Monday, May 21, 2012

Half Marathon Recap!

Sunday morning I woke up at quarter past 5- it was race day. My usual race routine/ running routine includes a mandatory cup of tea and something to eat, but I need at least an hour to digest/ wake up the system, so I go up early and lounged downstairs for an hour or so before changing up and taking off.

The race was only about 20 minutes away in Pawtucket, RI. So we left our house around 6:35 to head to the start.

Still not really awake!

Here we go!

I didn't want to get out of the car until after 7:00 ( 8 was the start), so I killed time on my phone-- love the iphone! :)

Then it was time to walk to the start, only about .25 miles away, I was definitely in my yawning pre-race mode, which I thought was a good sign. (I usually run well if I yawn a lot before the race!)

While waiting to start I stretched, used the bathroom, and did some very light jogging. I really wasn't in the mood to go crazy and do a warm up, so I just shook my legs out a bit to loosen them. I figured I would use the first mile as my official warming up; plus the temps were already mid to uppers 60s so I didn't think my legs were too tight.


And then it was time to say goodbye to JAB- he was my Sherpa for the day! :)
#96 yeahhhhh

It was a huge field-- under 1,000 for the half, there was also a youth 1K and 5k followed the half marathon.

Can you spot me and my hot pink socks?

We did a short loop, then it was an long out and back for the course.

I have to say that going into this race I really wasn't trying to PR. My PR is 1:29 and change, and I knew I didn't do the speed work necessary to break that time. Instead, today's goal was to finish. This was my first half in 2 years since developing tendonitis in my knees and dealing with that. I really just wanted to run one last longer race before getting married this summer. I know that as the months progress I will have more wedding things to do, so I wanted to have one last race to focus on and this was it.

I didn't set my expectations high- goal was 1:37-1:38ish. I figured I could have 7:30 pace, but wanted to stay consistent. Thanks to my garmin, I was able to watch my time and kept it steady. I tried not to look at it at first and then settle into whatever pace felt right. Turns out low 7's were the pace. My splits were: 6:51, 7:09, 7:06, 7:07, 7:14, 7:22, 7:10, 7:03, 7:18, 7:24, 7:18, 7:03, 6:59. I had fun out there too, there wasn't a super competitive field, but there were several women that I was legit racing with. I was around the 6th female about 6 miles into the race, but by mile 10 I was neck and neck battling for #2 woman. I totally felt like I was in high school again. This girl didn't want me to pass her and kept cutting me off. So I thought fine, I'll just draft off her until I see she's tired... I did and never went back to third place.

Approaching 11.5 miles I was pumped. We had left the bike path and were back in the city. I knew I was going to finish ( my first goal). I knew I was going to be faster than my target time of 1:37, and I knew I should be able to finish #2 female--- better than I anticipated!! (I couldn't see #1 woman at all, so she was a couple minutes ahead.)

JAB was waiting just before mile 13, so he spotted me coming through my final mile...

Don't you love the knee straps? They may not look attractive, but they've really saved me these past 2 years!
Compression socks are also my new bff.

I proceeded through to the finish, relishing the moment and trying to take it all in. I am pretty sure I will be riding this runner's high for a couple of days! (which is a good thing because I probably won't run for a couple days!)

I finished in 1:34 and was pumped. An awesome morning and my future husband was there to be my #1 fan and supporter.

Bonus-- plaque and a gift card to the local running store!! :)

We watched runners finish, I did a little jog, and then stretched in the shade. It was truly a great morning! It also was great too because we were home by 10:30. I love races that are local!

Jogging it out/ hoping this will help with recovery!

Watching the finish in the shade

The bling.

The future Mr. and Mrs. JAB! Thanks for being there for me today! :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Blackstone Valley Half Marathon

Spoiler alert!! I got second place female overall today!!

Time was 1:34-- not a PR, but I wasn't trying for one today, just wanted to have fun!!

Full post and pics to come... For now I am wiped out, but very content! :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

in one week

In one week I will have completed the half marathon! I have raced this event many times, but not in over a year, so I'm looking forward to it/ slightly nervous?

Let's hope I feel and look like this next Sunday! (This is me after my last long run for the training cycle-- 10.4 miles in 77 minutes :)

Aside from getting ready for next Sunday, the rest of the week didn't have too much excitement, but we definitely kept busy!

Workout wrap up:
Wednesday-- elliptical 80 minutes, core
Thursday-- run 8.3 mi, 62 minutes
Friday-- off!!
Saturday-- run 10.4 mi, 77 minutes
Sunday-- bike 2 hours

Other stuff going on in the RI

This weekend was gorgeous!!! Yesterday's run was somewhat cloudy, yet I still managed to get a little bit of sun. In the am we went to the airport-- future in-laws are on their way to Hawaii to celebrate their 40th anniversary! In the afternoon we went to visit my mom since we wouldn't see her on Mother's Day. After that was a meeting with the DJ, and then back to RI for homemade pizza!!! (becoming a weekly tradition I think, so delicious!) We finished the evening with a trip to Kohl's where we began our honeymoon shopping! (And saved $161?)

Today was another beautiful day with temps near 80!! I am still in shorts and love it! After riding with JAB this am we had a lot of household stuff to do-- cleaning, yard work-- I mowed the grass (some cross training?), and laundry. Another shopping trip followed, this time to Target, Home Depot and Ocean State Job Lot where we found a new rug for our living room for just under $40, score!!

This evening is the Survivor finale, so we have a couple hours to watch-- we'll probably DVR the after show and watch it tomorrow or Tuesday, so hopefully we don't have the winner spoiled for us if we don't find out tonight!

I've wanted Sabrina to win since the second episode, so my vote is with her, but I have to give props to Kim for truly playing the game well. We'll see who is the sole survivor!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Quick Tuesday with 1 good delivery

Today seemed to go by quickly, so here's a quick post of yesterday and today's happenings.

Monday-- I was in classrooms all day, both first grade and kindergarten.
Monday workout-- 80 minutes on the elliptical, core work, stretch.
Monday evening-- 1 hour 2 Broke Girls Finale.

Tuesday-- Another busy day at school-- am was teaching Kindergarten, pm was calling local places to set up our "Read Around the Town" summer program for K-4. My job can be fun with all the different things I get to do! How many reading teachers can visit a fire station and creamery over the summer?
Tuesday workout-- run. I was thrilled the rain held off, but bummed the wind didn't. My legs are tired after 7.6 miles in 56:45--- 7:29 average pace. For the effort it should have been faster, but the wind really bogged me down.
Tuesday evening-- catching up with work, paying bills, foam rolling and icing, and tv with JAB.

AND the good delivery? Remember those shoes that were sent to me in the wrong size? Good news, my correct size came in!
Of course in the interim I had already bought others, so now I just have my running shoes sitting in the closet for the end of July/ beginning of August. :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Long run conquered and recovery ride

Well I wrote an entire post while biking this morning and my computer deleted it, so this weekend is going to be done in bullet style.

Friday- school, grocery shopping, errands--- bought new running shoes since my others have yet to come in and wedding gifts for the little boys too, score!

Saturday-- Long run day!! 12.6 miles in 1:38. Big run for me, good for my confidence. Also happy I ran in new shoes, I don't think my old ones would have held up for this run.
-Meet with wedding coordinator-- things are looking good and feeling real!
-Picked up wedding shoes
- Homemade pizza,yum!!

Sunday-- 2 hour bike ride
- Early brunch with my future in-laws- took them to Julian's in Providence
- Drove the Half course in Pawtucket with JAB--- a lot of it will be run on the bike path, which looks peaceful
- House chores
- Dinner
- Work time
- Amazing Race season finale---> up next on the agenda!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Half Size Error

Happy Thursday! Why happy? Because it's almost Friday!!!

Let's rewind to yesterday first.

Yesterday was Wednesday, yes I know my days of the week. Nothing too eventful yesterday, aside from me spilling my lunch on my lap and having to use a tide to go pen to try to clean up. Good thing I work with 5 and 6 year olds who don't really notice dirty pants.

After work it was a gym day. Although I wore my favorite shirt--
I was basically being hypocritical, because I did not run, I went on the elliptical for 80 minutes, still a good work out.

Last night was a survivor night and Kat was voted off. It was definitely ironic that she went on preaching about how great blindsides are and then got blindsided herself.

That brings us to today- Thursday!

Long meetings at work today, although productive, as I think we're heading in the direction. However, the weather still had me dragging. I was really hoping for an outdoor run today, but when the skies opened up again while driving home I figured it just wasn't in the cards... to the gym again I went!

Today I ran! I told myself I'd do 6 or 7, but then was in somewhat of a groove and feeling good, so I went to 7.75 in about 58 minutes. I cooled down with another quarter mile, just to get to eight for the day. A SWEATY EIGHT!!
Note to self-- Don't wear these earrings again when you're planning on running. They will bounce and hit your head and ears a lot and drive you crazy, even though you already are pretty crazy.

I was semi-pumped to be done the run and excited to go home, knowing my new running shoes would be waiting for me!!

Do you ever get really excited for something and then realize that what you see in front of you wasn't what you were expecting? Major bummer.

Ok, so I have a half marathon in 17 days and need new running shoes. I thought today would be the day that I would get these bad boys in my possession...
Well technically they are in my possession, but in the wrong size!!! I ordered a 7.5. The box says 7.5. The receipt says 7.5... but the sneakers say 7! GRRRRRR!!!! I really don't get angry about things, I mean in reality this was stupid. But it really ticked me off, so I threw the shoe on the floor. Yes, Julie that will solve the problem. I proceeded to sulk for 30 seconds while JAB tried to calm me down. Then I called dicks sporting goods online to fix the problem... *hopefully* the correct shoes will be sent out tomorrow, which means I should have them early next week? I am hoping that gives me enough time to break them in before May 20th. (I also hope my current shoes will get me through my long run this weekend!)

Although that little episode didn't make me super happy, I am happy to say that I put it behind me and had a nice dinner with the fiance. Now I get to be happy again and relax with him in a bit... and be happy because tomorrow is Friday, Friday, Friday! (cue Justin Bieber)... and with Friday means a day off from working out. I think my body is ready for that and the weekend!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Remember When?

Next week is Teacher Appreciation week, so the PTA is doing a little something something for all of the faculty! To get ready for this we have to submit some baby photos, so my mom sent me these babies!

Remember when I was the only child and my uncle (photographer) would do photo shoots of me?

Remember when I was the cute little cousin and my other cousins adored me!?

Remember when I loved chips and would bite your head off if you tried to take it from me!? hahaha

I think I will be selecting the first picture to submit for the school to see!

Remember when I said I would do a positive Monday post weekly and already didn't do it?! fail. oops.

So yeah, yesterday, I was positive about some things... it was sunny and made me happy! I was happy to get 80 minutes on the elliptical. I was happy to have a nice chat on the phone with my mom, and I was super pumped for the tv line up last night-- new How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, and Mike and Molly <------we dvr-ed this last one and will be watching it tonight!! Today I was not in as a good of a mood as yesterday--- blame it on the rain. I really just feel like I am in a funk when it's cold, wet, and dreary out, but I tried to think about tomorrow, when the sun will return! I had a fun afternoon today, part of my job is visiting classrooms and this afternoon I was in a PreK room. I really love it there, although at times it makes me wish that I still was a classroom teacher! I was undecided about today's run leaving school. The weather channel said 20% chance of rain in RI and as I was driving home, this seemed to be 100% rain, so I drove to the gym to run. I haven't done this in FOREVER! I used to be able to run on the 'mill all of the time, now that I am used to running outside I really don't like feeling like a rat on that thing! But I did it and feel good about it too!

Ran for an hour, done.

Of course I haven't run inside in a while and I forgot how sweaty I get if I run at the gym. There definitely isn't the good air like I get when I am running outside. Post run I can proudly say I was a sweaty beast. Nothing that a nice shower can't fix!

Now that I am clean it's time to get ready for another day tomorrow-- middle of the week, it's hump day!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

weekend update

Ah the end to another weekend, why do they come and go so quickly!?

No photos from this busy weekend, but here's what went down...

Friday evening- run- just under 8 miles, done. Early evening in, early wake up call the next day!

Saturday-- up by 7, in Worcester at 8:45-- Pre Cana day! Actually this was pretty good, I feel like JAB and I really could connect to one another. There were about a dozen couples from 3 parishes in Worcester who are getting married over the course of the next year. We had veteran married couples there to talk about different topics-- communication, starting a family, having children, finances, the actual ceremony itself, and other real issues that arise when two people begin lives together. Some people there weren't even catholic, but it was actually pretty cool, there wasn't religious beliefs being forced on any "non catholics" at all. We concluded the day with an evening mass and I got to do a reading. I love speaking in the microphone!

Post- Pre Cana-- went to visit Mom (Dad was out with Nan), chatted with her, JAB gave her some PT advice for a minor injury, then back to RI we came.

Evening consisted of watching Legally Blonde-- I think I need to perfect my "bend and snap!"... works like a charm!

Sunday am-- I slept in til 8, JAB was up and biking in the basement around 7. He had a 3 hour ride, followed by a 45 min run, so he wanted to get some of it done before I got up. Plus he requires less sleep than me, so he sometimes just lets me stay in bed a little while longer :)

I had a long run today. I procrastinated a bit and got some cleaning done first-- floors, bathrooms, and laundry, then around 10:30 I headed out the door. Today was one of those runs that things just felt right. I was comfortable, relaxed, not going for time, just enjoying the run. I didn't really look at my garmin too much, just a few check-ins and wound up finish 11.3 miles in just over 1:26-- around 7:39 pace. I'll take it!

When I got home JAB was in the yard, so I mowed the back yard, then we came in to stretch, shower, and eat.

Unfortunately the running store we went to after lunch didn't have the shoes I need, so I ordered them--- fingers crossed they're here soon so I can break them in soon and be ready for the half marathon on May 20th!

I pretty much wear out my shoes every 3 months... which translates to 4 sets of running shoes a year, at around $100 each--- so at a minimum it's $400 in running shoes yearly! Oh well, it's what I love and it keeps me healthy, so that's the price you pay!!

JAB had to help his parents install a window--- 2 hours later--- it was done.

I was really getting hungrrrrry over there, I think partially because I knew I was making homemade pizza tonight. After a long run I feel like I need something bigger for dinner, and this pizza hit the spot!!

Time to face reality again... work in the morning, but first "REALITY" tv-- the Amazing Race!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Double Digit Wedding Land!

99 days until we get married-- we are officially in double digits baby!

Yesterday marked the 100 days to go in our countdown. I have to say that the engagement is going by pretty quickly! We got engaged last July, so we've already been engaged a little over 9 months, which means only about 3 to go! That's about 75% complete for you mathematicians out there.

Other wedding excitement will continue tomorrow. We have our Pre Cana day. Some churches do meetings over a few months, other parishes do a weekend retreat, but ours just does a full day of it.

What is Pre Cana?

According to Wiki-pedia... yes I googled it, even though I am a practicing Catholic, I still wasn't fully clear on what the Pre Cana entailed...

Pre-Cana is a course or consultation Catholic couples must undergo before they can be married in a Catholic church. The name is derived from John 2:1-12, the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee, where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine.
Approaches to Pre-Cana vary among Catholic dioceses and parishes. Often six weekly sessions are led by a priest or deacon with support from a married Catholic couple.

Online programs have emerged as an alternative to gathered events as Parishes and Dioceses cope with fewer resources, geographically expanding congregations and deployed military couples.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops considers the following topics as "must have conversations" [1] before couples marry:
Conflict Resolution Skills

Other topics that may be covered by PreCana include:
Ceremony Planning
Family of Origin[2]
Marriage as a Sacrament
Natural Family Planning
Theology of the Body
Couple Prayer
Unique Challenges of Military Couples
Children of Divorce

Basically we meet with other couples and talk about issues that could arise during marriage, plans we have for starting a family, and other things like that. Sometimes there are married couples who meet with you too to talk about their experiences as well.

I am actually really looking forward to spending all day at church. I think it will be a great time for JAB and I to grow together and talk about real issues and conflicts that we will face during our married lives together.

And now for something completely different-- running! Yes, I didn't run yesterday, but this was planned. I had to switch up the routine this week because I wanted to plan to take Saturday off, since I will be up in MA in church all day! Soooo Thursday was a bike day, which meant today (Friday) was a running day!

Today's run was actually better than I thought. I knew that there were 25 mph winds, which I wasn't thrilled about, but I decided to run the loop I had planned, even though it is slightly hilly. As I was running I actually felt a little slow at points, but the wind resistance made me definitely work harder and even though I felt somewhat slow I thought "Julie, you're running, you're healthy, you're happy, it's sunny, and YOU'RE RUNNING." I couldn't complain to myself about the wind or the slight chill in the air, instead I enjoyed the run.

I even smiled afterwards!

And I must have not been running as slow as I thought, actually I think I was quite slow on some up hills, but I recovered nicely enough on the downhills that it averaged out to some ok stats. I wasn't shooting for anything time-wise today, just trying to get 6 or 7 miles in. I ended up doing that plus a little bit-- 7.53 miles, done!

Evidence- I really did it! And now the weekend can begin-- with the day off from working out tomorrow! I love running don't get me wrong, but this was a long week and I think my body is ready for a day off from working out tomorrow.

Here's hoping Pre Cana goes well... has anyone else been through this?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Favorite Race

Happy Hump Day! It's the middle of the week, actually it's Wednesday evening so the week is more than half over!

It's been a long week already, I'm thankful that's there's only 2 days left to it! Once again I have another conference to go to tomorrow-- in Holyoke, which is about an hour and a half commute for me. I love going to conferences and learning new information, but tomorrow's commute is going to be a bit much, oh well! :)

After work today, I went to the gym and while there realized I was wearing a shirt from my favorite race, so I had to take a photo.

I am giving the #1 sign there because this is a great race, in my opinion!

The race shirt that I am wearing is from the Applefest Half Marathon. It's in Hollis, NH usually at the end of September. This shirt that I have on is actually from the first time that I did it in 2007. While that was not my PR for the half, it still is a great course and location. I've run it a few times and look forward to running it again with a new name! :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Think Positive Monday-- First Edition

I think the sun forgot to get out of bed this morning, so my body wants to be in bed too.
It was the first day back to school after a week off and I have to say my body definitely fell out of a work routine and it's hard to adjust it and get back on schedule!

I feel like I have a case of the Mondays-- Office Space anyone? BUT I realized, I should be positive... so from now on Monday I will try to think of things that are positive for the day! (I should think this way every day though!!!)

I made it to school safely, despite the monsoon- like rain fall!

I found out today that I will be going to yet another conference-- this Thursday!

The rain cleared up, well sort of... I didn't get soaked going to my car after work!

I was able to go to the gym for a workout! 80 minutes on the elliptical, some core, and stretching, and I was one happy camper!

(Yes I am cool and waited for someone to leave the locker room so I could take this awesome shot.)

I came home to a package! I love getting mail!---> contents weren't for me though, some of my junior bridesmaids' gifts came in!!

I don't have a lot of take home work to do this evening!

I get to see my fiance in a couple of minutes!

This week is the last week in triple-digit-countdown-land for the wedding and this weekend is our Pre Cana retreat!!

I think that making this list makes me happier than before I had written it. Sometimes I don't realize how great things are, but by reflecting on them I see that a little rain and the day of the week that start with Mon- and ends with -day has nothing on me, it's all about positivity!!!! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Long run, babysitting, church, and a movie

This morning's long run is done! A happy Saturday for sure!!
I am pretty sure that I ran faster at the end of my run because I really had to go to the bathroom! I think I had a little too much cereal before bed last night ! Oh well, 11.1 miles in just over 1:23- that means average of 7:33 pace. There were some hills though so I know I was slower and faster at different points.

Based on my honk-o-meter--- I'd say these socks were a hit by drivers and pedestrians today. I had 4 cars honk at me. I usually don't like this, I mean people really, I am just a girl out running, but still, this sort of made me think that they enjoy my socks. When it comes to running clothes I say the more obnoxious the better!

First time wearing these babies today, I think if the temps are similar in a month I will be sporting them for the half marathon. Two thumbs way up for comfort!

Once again this run was a good confidence booster. I have run the full marathon before, but with everything going on in my life (all good things!) I am trying to prep for this race with as little training as possible--- going with the motto train smarter, not harder.
I was excited to see the garmin hit 11 miles today and be done!

Excited face. My shirt is not as annoying as my socks.

I have been very good about making sure I stretch after workouts. That and a little core work.

Since JAB's sister-- my future sister in law! Is moving to CT, she asked us to go over and help out watching her little guy while she did some things. So it was off to play with this guy!

He really is too cute.

I also did some help with organizing kitchen things and putting covers back on light switches and outlets. We spent some time distracting and playing with my future nephew though so he wouldn't want his mom! Of course when JAB and I starting to eat our lunches (we packed them so we could be there sooner)... he wanted some food.

He's like his godfather-- the way to his heart is through his stomach!

We finished the day at church back in our town in RI. It was actually really nice to be there today and as I sat in the pew I was thinking about next weekend. We have our Pre Cana retreat up in MA. I think it will be awesome to have the day with other couples on the same path as us. I am hoping that we get to enjoy our time there and talk about our future lives together.

Saturday ended with a movie. "The Hangover" was on tv. Neither of us had seen it. Was it a two thumbs up movie? No, but it was light and funny, easy to watch after a long day. Plus it was nice just to curl up on the couch and relax together!

Now it's Sunday am... time to get ready for a couple hour bike ride, then do some household stuff and get ready for the work week--- that's right, back to school tomorrow!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Last Day of Vacation

Today is the last day of April vacation, so sad! But this just means next vacation will be summer vacation, woot woot!

Didn't sleep in too late, I had some things to do...

Ok I am huge dork, but today I actually watched a video on You Tube to see how to stuff the wedding invitations-- these are some complicated things man!

After an hour and a half this morning I stopped working on them so I could shower and head out for errands. Fridays are my days off from working out, so I didn't have to wait til after I got my sweat on to shower!

Went to the bank. Felt pretty cool walking in with a box of rolled coins. Cashed in for $95! Not bad for coins lying around our bedroom!

Then I visited with the bro before heading out food shopping. I like to go for a good grocery run at Market Basket when I am up in MA. There are things I like to get at Trader Joe's, but Market Basket has really good prices, so I try to take advantage when I can.

All of this for about $80!

And here's what was inside!
15 greek yogurts
6 bananas
oatmeal x2
power bars
sandwich thins
chick peas
lunch meats (for Jeff's lunches)
turkey kielbasa
turkey pepperoni--- pizza making tomorrow
salad greens
peanut butter
summer squash
salad dressing
bbq sauce
trail mix bars
frozen tater tots
vegetarian baked beans (canned)

After lunch, it was back to invitations and laundry. I am proud to say their are all stamped, labeled, and stuffed!!!! Our final guest list count was 197. Our room can accommodate for 200 so we should be good! :)

(still don't have to send them for about a month though!)

Finally, it was time to do a little baking to surprise JAB... heart shaped corn muffins! Although I think I overstuffed the tins, they poofed out and don't really look like hearts!

Now I'm waiting for him to come home and enjoy the surprise!... then I think it's a low key night here in the J squared household!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

a week away from 100

One week from today will be 100 days until I marry this guy!

I'm pretty excited!!

But until then, vacation week continues!!

While I'm not taking any vacations this week, I surely have stayed busy. Yesterday, for example, I managed to occupy my day doing the following:

gym-- elliptical 80 minutes---> realized it's much slower than during the day than after school!

laundry-- exciting I know, but doing loads during the week means less on the weekend! I know, profound thought there. Seriously though, when you have a runner and a triathlete living together you can just imagine the odor of our dirty laundry :( better to get it cleaner sooner!

shopping-- multiples stores visited for various purposes. #1- staples- I was sent a coupon for a memory card. Since we're going to Hawaii this summer (hello honeymoon!) we want more memory for my camera-- 16GB for $15? um yes, I'll take it!
#2- Michael's-- I needed to get some calligraphy/ colored pens to use on wedding invitations---> more on those later!
#3- Target-- This store has it all. I like to do a big grocery shopping trip once a week, but if we need a few small things (ie: I'm on a frosted flake kick and am running low on lactaid) it's good to pick them up there while doing other shopping for vitamins, allergy pills, etc. They also had easter candy for 70% off! BUT, nothing there I wanted, we actually still have our Easter candy sitting in the cabinet; we're not major candy eaters here. (Although the Power Bars the bunny brought us have long been gone!)

kitchen-- I am going out with some girlfriends tonight for dinner, so I wanted to make sure JAB had dinner leftovers that he could have tonight.

I sent him a text with this picture yesterday to show him the fruits of my labor:

Homemade chicken pie! (While I am a vegetarian, he still likes meat, so I like to make some special meaty dishes for him too!-- although he likes most of the vegetarian meals I make as well! )

I think it was a winner! I had sweet potatoes that I wanted to use, so I added them to the filling, which came out great!

And now he has leftovers for this evening too! Yes, the way to his heart is his stomach!

Today started off by sleeping in til 7:45! I don't know how I am going to wake up at 6 again next week, I like this later wake up call.

I worked on invitations while digesting breakfast.

The front porch is turning into invitation central.

Then I went out for a run. My goal was to just do an hour, but wound up a little over.

I was happy that I got it in, just in time to shower and head to my massage!!

Aren't my knee straps attractive?!

Now it's time to go do more invitation work before meeting up in MA with some of favorite girls tonight!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Marathon Spectator

Marathon Monday has come and gone again... one of the perks of teaching in MA is Patriot's Day off-- plus it's the first Monday of April vacation, so it's off anyway!

Originally, I was going to run on the marathon course before spectating; however, due to the crazy warm day I decided to switch up the workouts and hit up the gym at 6 am before leaving for Boston. 8.5 miles on the elliptical, done.

My sister lives in Brighton, so I drove there from RI, then walked to my cousins' house in Brookline. They live on Beacon St., on the marathon course-- definitely a seller for me, they say location, location, location, right?!

Me and my younger sis-- I guess we kind of look alike even though I'm 4 years older!

Top two women at mile 23

Top male at mile 23

View looking down Washington Square-- kudos to everyone that gave it their all. Just in spectating I went through 4 bottles of water and still should have had more. It was a tough day, but for those that ran and adjusting their times, pace, and goal, congratulations!!!

As for today...
it started off with sleeping in til 8:00 a.m. LOVE VACATION.

It continued with 7.5 miles of running. It was another warm day, but not as bad as yesterday. I probably shouldn't have waited until 10:00 am to run, because it was already 76 degrees, but I ran and averaged 7:29 pace, so I'll take it.

Of course after running I looked like this and resembled the color of a tomato, but I'll take the heat over cold and snow!

After lunch it was time for some retail therapy. Good news, I found my wedding shoes!!! I don't have them yet though, they have to be dyed. I also figured out how to stuff the envelopes for our wedding invitations. I definitely felt lame when after opening all of the packages I had no clue what goes where and had to google "how to stuff wedding invitations." Seriously, what did people do before the internet and google?

Vacation fun continues tomorrow-- time to finalize our wedding guest list and I need to make sure I have everyone's correct address so I can type/ print up labels. I'm sure a gym trip and errands will be thrown in the mix too. And I also predict the day ending with Survivor!

Now it's time to watch some tv... I love having DVR so we can record the shows we like and watch them on our own schedule/ time! :)