Thursday, February 26, 2015

Embracing Winter

I'm in the middle of week 7, and yikes this week is tough so far! For the past few weeks, weekday mileage has consisted of 2 3 milers and a 6 miler. This week was bumped up to 4,7,4. Only 3 extra miles? No problem...

Tuesday's run felt great. It was nice to have a different route, at least for part of the run. Wednesday's run downright sucked. I usually don't have terrible runs, but this one was pretty bad. The path I planned to run on wasn't plowed at all, so I had to resort to pseudo-plowed sidewalks along a busy street until I could get to a part of the path that was also pseudo-plowed. It was quite the workout running through fluffy, uneven, icy, chunky snow and hurdling over the piles at the end of driveways! Today's run was pretty good. I ran with a friend at the Shaker Lakes. It was bitter cold out, but we made it!

Eugenia and I post run!

Training in the winter is always challenging, but I still love it. Plus, I get to run with this crazy crew on long runs.

Say CHEEEESE!

And see pretty views like this.. 

ooooOOOOoooo

And most importantly, hang out by the space heater post run.. ahhh.. warmth!

Being a cat is tough


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hello Week 6!

I had every intention of starting up this blog again to coincide with my marathon training. Especially given the fact that was the original purpose of this blog (yes I know, 4 years ago..)

Well, sorry!

So here we are, at the beginning of week 6!!

Just to recap, at the end of December, a friend and I signed up for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon!!!! A FULL!!!! Marathon!!

Wow. I still can't really believe it.

I ran the Cleveland Half Marathon the previous 4 years. I love it. It's such an exciting race. I love running through downtown Cleveland, Ohio City, Lakewood, Tremont. I love the crowds, the bands, the support. It's great!

I sometimes love the weather.. 50s and drizzly?!? PERFECT!! 80s and sunny? Not so much! But in Cleveland, anything can happen!

Running a marathon was the first goal I had when I first started running. Seven years and 7 half marathons later, I'm glad I finally took the plunge and signed up!

Weeks 1 through 5 have been great so far. I'm following Hal Higdon's Novice 2 Training Plan. There are 4 days of running, 1 cross training day and 2 rest days. I've been enjoying the long runs on Saturdays, instead of the usual Sundays. It gives me more time to recover before the week starts again and I like having Sundays to chill out instead of worrying about getting a long run in.

Week day runs are on the shorter side (so far!). The longest one is on Wednesdays, and as of now it's 6 miles. Running 6 miles used to be a LONG RUN. Now I can just crank it out and get on with my day.

What's been a bit of a challenge so far is the weather. While I prefer running in cool weather rather than hot weather, it's been kind of extreme! The weather in Cleveland, and much of the midwest and northeast has been anything but mild. I'm about to head out on my 3 miler and it's a brisk 17 degrees. I miss the warm weather! I don't mind running in the cold, but it takes some convincing to get myself out the door. Once I'm out there, it's not that bad.

Time to lace up my kicks!




Friday, January 9, 2015

Finally!

Well, I actually did it. I signed up for a full marathon. After years (5? 6? 7?) of thinking about it and talking about it, I bit the bullet and signed up for the 2015 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon! I've run the Cleveland Half Marathon 4 times already. I love the race, so I thought it would be nice for it to be my first full. PLUS I can convince everyone to come cheer for me. Win!

I am thrilled! Excited! Scared! Nervous! Exhilarated!

I don't think it's fully sunk in yet. More emotions to come!

Training starts on Tuesday. Well, technically Monday, but Monday is REST DAY! My favorite day of the week.

I still haven't decided on a training plan. You know, I still have about 6 more days to decide. That's practically forever.

I'm going to be running with this girl.. and it's going to be pretty crazy.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Obsession

This is my obsession. Hot lime pickles. They're delicious. And spicy. And hot. And delicious. The best part is that they taste great on everything. Trust me, I've tried it on salads, rice, bagels. The list goes on.



Help, I think I'm addicted.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Random

I love the color purple
I'm kinda somewhat obsessed with my cats
I love chocolate
I love taking closeups of flowers
Not sure if I'm any good at it, yet!

I love the sound of crickets at night
My cat plays fetch with beer bottle caps
I hate cold tomatoes
I like to eat cherry tomatoes right off the vine

I don't like cheesecake
Unless it's chocolate cheesecake
Or mocha cheesecake
I hate fruit on my desserts
But I like fruit pie
I hate cake and ice cream together on the same plate
I hate when certain foods touch, like cake and ice cream
Cake should not be cold and soggy!

I love condiments
Especially mustard
And A1 steak sauce
No other steak sauce exists in my eyes
But we're out of A1, sadness



The end.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mile 1

So I just ran my first mile in more than 6 weeks! Yay! :) It felt GREAT!

It's still really hot and humid out so I won't be going on any long runs, but I'm hoping to start running short ones until it cools down. It feels great to go on a run again!

Before I start running longer runs, I'm going to BUY NEW SHOES! FINALLY! I still need suggestions! I'm still a little bit in love with the Nike Lunarglide+ shoes.

I mean.. look at them!Sexahhhh!

Back to work after my hot & sweaty run!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In Search of the Bean

Sorry.. this blog post has been sitting around for about 10 days now!

On the day we were going to drive back to good ol' Cleveland from Chicago, B and I decided to go on one last adventure around the city. We actually had plans to go to the Field Museum before we left. I had heard great things about the museum and was really excited to see it. Especially Sue!

Hello there, geese!



After mingling with the geese, we trekked to the L stop, realized we couldn't buy passes at that station, trekked back from whence we came to buy our passes, trekked back to the L, hopped off to wait for a bus, and saw this staring at us..



Wow, creepy!

After about a half hour long wait for the bus, it finally arrived.. destination: Field Museum! I had a blonde moment when the bus came to our stop. B kept nudging me to get up and get off the bus, but I was adamant that it wasn't our stop, even though we were right across from the Field Museum. The bus almost left before we had a chance to hop off, whoops!

Wellllllllll we walked into the museum and immediately left (after getting a teeny tiny glimpse of Sue!) We were hot and hungry and not in the mood to traipse around a museum for hours.

So instead, we went looking for hot dogs .. and the Bean!

Here we are, midway through our journey at the fountain in Grant Park. Pretty sure it's Grant Park.. we had walked miles by then and in the distance it looked like a mirage.



Millennium Park .. I really wanted to run through the water with the little kids! It looked so refreshing and it was SO HOT!



Here I am posing in front of a huge sculpture of a t-rex. It was also in Millennium Park.



There it is!! The BEAN!!!



OOOoooo so shiny.



Tee-hee. (P.S. check out my sweet shirt. Yes, that's Darth Vader pruning a tree. I scored it for free at the Pitchfork Music Festival at the Threadless tent!)



Trying to be all artistic. Did it work??



So we saw the bean, found some hot dogs, high tailed it back to the hotel to get the car, and left Chicago - homeward bound!

Always!



Meow.