At the moment…

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… reflecting on the life of a great man, who left this world far too soon. MLK is such an inspiring leader, take a moment to read/watch some of his speeches, his words will move you.

… finished all the final touches for my husband’s birthday extravaganza.

… I’m also using MLK’s quote as an inspiration to keep up my winter running. There is a half marathon in Delaware coming up in March that my husband and I also say we will run. I think this is our year.

… slightly obsessed with the band Haim, I’ve been listening to their album on repeat for weeks straight. They play in Philly in May, not sure I can wait that long to see them live.

… realizing that I did a similar blog post only twice last year, one being January 15th, guess this is my thing in January.

… we are trying to decide where to go on our next travel adventure, somewhere in Central or South America. Any recommendations???

… sad that the fire station on our block moved over the weekend to their new station. I’m going to miss the fire engine going down our block and saying Hi to the guys on my daily walk with Daisy, their absence is already noticed.

… looking forward to a short work week!

Tootles!

At the moment…

…I have totally failed on the February Photo Challenge I blogged about at the beginning of this month. I wanted to experiment with my phone to take pictures, but my phone is on the blink. I’ll take a photo and then I can’t pull up the images, plus I realize the quality of the photos totally sucks. And my laptop is also dying a slow death, so I haven’t been uploading any photos on my computer, afraid I might see the blue screen of death before backing them up. Maybe next month? Maybe I’ll just get an iPhone and Mac and solve all my problems?

…totally rocking my half marathon training, thanks to my super awesome training partner (best-husband-ever!). I was following a seven week training plan and slowly increasing my long run every week, with some 4-5 mile days during the week. I managed to do 9 miles on a treadmill (snow outside) and find a couple days where it wasn’t too windy out to get in my 10 and 11 miles, over the last 2 weekends.

…thinking this is going to be a great year of running. Already thinking of doing another half marathon next month and joined the lottery for the Broad Street 10 miler in May.

…excited to visit New Orleans again and enjoy some good Cajun food!

…J’aime beaucoup parler français! I’m totally loving my French class. It’s hard to find time to practice daily, but I’m starting to get the basics down.

…designing in my head a whole new everything for our bedroom.

…so excited that I am now a preferred member of an airline! Now I understand why people just book flights just to fly in order to get enough miles to maintain their status. PHL-PHX-AUK-SFO-IAD-PHL, might be my plans for next weekend.

…this preferred status is part of my problem, you see I’m addicted to travel. Oh how I wish travelling the world could be my job!

Running in the Cold

Like the rest of the wold, I”m starting the new year by being active (although trying to avoid the gym until this active motivation dies down). Last month, I signed up to run the New Orleans Half Marathon in February with my friend who is doing the full marathon. Being active isn’t one of my new years resolutions, I decided long ago that this just needs to be a part of my life at all times. Last year, while I was active, my running was not where it had been in previous years, I only ran in one 5k race (Turkey Trot). So this year, I decided to kick off the year by already having a race to train for (50 days left to train!). I’m excited about the upcoming race, especially the post race hurricanes and po’boys!

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So far this week, I’ve been running in the cold and I’m sure it’s only going to get colder (hello snow!). I have no specific races that I want to run the rest of the year, but I’m hoping to do at least a couple more half marathons this year.

Here’s hoping the training goes well!

Summer is hanging by a thread

I don’t think Mother Nature really knows what season its suppose to be. Today sure felt like a warm summer day, I was struggling to run this evening, I wasn’t quite use to the heat after a couple of weeks of cool weather. All I know is that technically in another hour or so, it will officially be fall. I’m already googling to find the nearest Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts (I’m still learning the area and think its a pretty good sign I don’t have this information already memorized) to get myself some kind of delicious pumpkin spiced coffee drink. I think the coffee shop in the neighborhood even has a pumpkin drink, might be stopping by there on my way to work tomorrow morning.

Tonight I enjoyed 2 big glasses of milk with dinner. There is something about milk with dinner that makes me feel like a kid again, but boy, a glass of milk really hit the spot sometimes (especially with Mac n Cheese, although we didn’t have Mac N Cheese, but I’m thinking that’s on the menu for tomorrow).

Mother Nature is treating us to a pretty cool thunderstorm right now. I’m off to cuddle with Daisy on the couch and watch from the window.

Enjoy your night!

A new PR, a Polish Fest, and a new collar

HI!

Although it was raining, Dave and I ran in a 5k race this evening. We both did really awesome and I set a new PR! My time was 23:31, a 7:35 pace! I didn’t know I could run so fast. It seems our marathon training is paying off, we both improved our pace from our last 5k. One of my goals this year was to set a new PR, I’m marking that one off the list!

Last night we went to check out the Polish Festival on the Riverfront. The main attraction is the food. We waited in line for about an hour (luckily we enjoyed some Polish beer while waiting) and had an awesome meal of pierogi, golabki, and kielbasa. Dave’s family is Polish, so I’ve had an opportunity to enjoy all these tasty treats before. The food was sure worth the wait!

Fun and Games at the Polish Festival

Food!

And Daisy got herself a new collar. Hopefully she can bring some luck to the Hokies, they sure could use it!

Let's Go Hokies!

So glad tomorrow is Friday! (Didn’t buy my dress today, I’m going tomorrow at lunch, exciting :-))

Weekends are never long enough

This past weekend was pretty relaxing and fun. Dave’s birthday was on Friday, so I left work a bit early so I could make it to DE at a reasonable time without hitting too much traffic. We went for a nice birthday run and then got ready to head to Philly. It was restaurant week and we were going with another couple to eat at Alma de Cuba. The food was amazing, loved the ambiance of the restaurant as well. After our tasty meal, we also went to meet up with Dave’s friend for a birthday drink and then made it home.

The rest of the weekend was pretty low-key. We did watch Paranormal Activity, which wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be, but still had me closing my eyes to try to avoid something scary that I thought might happen. And of course, on Sunday there was football to be watched. The Saints-Vikings game was pretty intense, but fun to watch.

We also ran on Sunday, both Dave and I have done a great job at maintaining our running through the winter. We are thinking of running a 5k race that goes right by Dave’s house and also doing a 5 miler race in March. It’s fun to have a couple races to look forward to. I’m not sure what kind of big race(s) I’ll end up doing this year, but I’m sure I’ll figure them out in time. I did put my name in the NYC half marathon that’s to take place in March, but my name didn’t get pulled, maybe next year. Note to self, add to list of things to do in life: run a race in NYC (maybe the marathon this fall???? haha).

Happy Monday!

Running down a dream

I think I’m almost done with all my holiday stuff! I get to relax for an hour or two and then all the holiday fun begins. This weekend I’m going to a holiday party in DE and then Dave and I will celebrate together, I work for a few days and then its back to DE for a hot second and then off to CA. Time usually seems to fly by this time of year, it’s going surprisingly slow this month, but I’m not complaining. Not sure where this year went, but I will take a nice slow-moving month to end the year.

I’ve been running after work. It’s cold out, but of course once you get going, you warm up pretty quick. I’m a nerd, but I’ve really enjoyed running through the different neighborhoods and checking out all the holiday decorations. When I was younger we use to always drive through different neighborhoods to check out the decorations, so it reminds me of that fun memory, except its more environmental!

I’m going to try to update my pictures before my battery dies. GETTING MY NEW COMPUTER THIS WEEKEND! I’m so excited!

Mexican Jumping Beans

So there was an interesting article in the NY Times health section about the best exercise for increasing bone density. Just to cut to the heart of the article, simply jumping up and down a few times a week, is the best exercise you can do for your bones. Not only does it help your bones, it also helps improve your balance.

Now my life makes total sense, I was after all nicknamed Jumping Jenny and I only broke my finger once, no other broken bones. I thought it was all the milk I liked to drink.

Speaking of jumping, I did Jillian Michaels ‘Boost Your Metabolism’ workout tonight and there was a lot of jumping. I was hating her towards the end, but it was a good workout. Not ideal for those that live in apartments though, you will drive your downstairs neighbors crazy. This whole shorter day thing that’s going on is really getting in the way of my running. My longest run since the marathon has been 3.8 miles, sad. My laziness and 9-5 job are also getting in the way, but I’m hoping to get a long run in this weekend. No excuses!

Maybe I’ll get up tomorrow morning and get a run in before work, in which case I got to hit the hay. Later!

New 5k PR!

Hi,

Well, I had a very productive and fun weekend. It’s a shame weekends are only 2 days long.

One of the many things that we did this weekend was run in a Veteran’s Day 5k. I was a little nervous because this was my first race since the marathon. Also, since the marathon I had only gone running a handful of times, so although I wanted to run really fast, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to. I was thinking that all my months of training would be lost after a couple weeks of not being as active as I once was . Boy, was I wrong! I’m so proud of myself, I beat my previous 5k PR by 2 mins and 9 secs! I got a 24:41 which is a 7:57 min pace per mile. I was a second off from getting 3rd place in my age group. It was a great race and super exciting to see how much my training this year has paid off. I did sort of get the marathon blues that people often talk about, wasn’t sure what I was going to do next, but this race helped snap me back into running mode.

I’m definitely enjoying this moment because one doesn’t shave their PR like that very often in one’s running career. It was a great feeling to see that time on the clock. Now I’m looking forward to the Turkey Trot race coming up a couple weeks (a couple weeks, where is time going????).

Love me some oats!

Check back with me in about 6 months and see if I’m singing my title’s same tune. I went to Costco earlier this week and found a super large box of oats (10lbs) for a super great price ($6!) – that is just a deal I can’t pass up. Even if it means I will be eating oatmeal for the rest of my life!

I’m hoping to enjoy oatmeal in the morning throughout the winter and learning how to make some really good oatmeal cookies. I’ve got a lot of oats to work with, I think I’ll be able to perfect some really good cookies! If anything it could be fun just to see how long it will take a person to consume 10lbs of oats 🙂

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I was up again this morning to go for a run. If one goes 2 times in a row does it automatically become a habit?? I only ran about 2 miles (had an early meeting I didn’t want to risk being late), but I did quick sprints throughout my run. It felt good to be out there running. Might be doing a 5k race this weekend, can’t wait to see how I will do.

So glad the weekend is right around the corner!