Thursday, June 30, 2011

Archie the Farting Dog

Today while I was walking Archie
a lady pulled up next to me and asked if I have heard of the book:

Walter the Farting Dog
She said that Archie reminds her of him:

How funny is that? I definitely see the resemblance.

Training update:

Today I had a 3 mile run
(I've had 3 mile runs all week)
It's so incredibly frustrating to me.

I can say that I do enjoy running in the morning.  
I just need to tweak my morning meal (Ezekiel is too heavy) and learn to deal with this humidity.

I did make this great smoothie today to cool down after my run :

(damn blogger flips my photos!)

1 cup green tea
1 peach
1/2 banana

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My work allowed me to rearrange my work schedule so I can have time for my morning runs.
Today was my first day

As you can see - it was hot, hot, hot.  
This will take some getting use to.

I'm also working on figuring out what to eat before and after.  
I usually have a very large breakfast with eggs and english muffins, coffee and fruit of some sort.
But I can have all that before an early run.

Today I tried just an Ezekiel muffin with peanut butter 
then had the other half with a green monster afterwards.

I think I need something with a higher GI before my run.  I'll stick with this for this week though.

Good news is- I'm finally getting into the rhythm of running again.  
Feels good.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

all in my grill

Yesterday I finally went to the dentist and got my teeth cleaned.

I  have been putting it off because my teeth are so sensitive
(thanks to 2 rounds of white strips in college)

But it felt so good to have them done.

for so long I hated my teeth. 
Then in 2006 I got braces and I went from 

to this

to this
(taken the day I got my braces off)

This may sound self centered but
 I LOVE my smile
Love it.
Everyday I spend a good 2-3 minutes admiring my teeth.
(true story)

Getting braces was one of the best decisions I've made.
Here is a picture to make YOU smile:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Training days... or lack thereof

In my last post I grandly announced that I was running in the Savannah marathon...
I also have a 1/2 marathon in September.

Unfortunately- my enthusiasm for these races have not translated into actually training for them.
I have yet to run.
I don't know why
but I have no motivation whatsoever

The main problem is
if I want to run outside
(which I do- so much better than the treadmill)
Then I have to get my lazy ass out of bed early enough to still get to work on time

and that has yet to happen.

I've laid out my running clothes
gone to bed early
and even wrote mantras

none of it has helped.

Tomorrow is a new day I guess.

I would love any tips you may have...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Georgia under my feet...

So last night I took the plunge and signed up
for my first marathon!

Running a marathon is on my BUCKET LIST
so I decided to just jump right in and do one this year
it falls inline with my training for the VA Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon I am doing in September

In truth,
I just want to run a marathon so I can put this

 on the back of my car

Abbie helped me write up 4 running affirmations to help keep me motivated
and to help me achieve my 1/2 marathon goal of 2 hours

I went to bed early so that I could get up and start this training.

Decided to sleep in instead
It's so hard to be motivated for a morning workout

training is going to be hard....

(I did go to the gym after work- no worries)

Now I must go- the Bachelorette is on!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I Speak Nice

Yesterday was my 2nd Toastmasters speech
I talked about Meatless Monday

 I won best speaker again- it felt great

but the nervousness I felt both before and during my speech was unbelievable. 
I literally felt my heart beating
It felt like it was going to jump out of my body
Hopefully it will get easier as time goes by

Funny thing-
On Friday the Meatless Monday website had an article that they have reached 50% awareness
I can assure you that of the 20 people in the group-
not a single one had heard of MM.

In celebration 
I had wine

and watched Temple Grandin

I'm a loser...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dirty Dogs

Today my neighbor asked me if I knew a good groomer in the area

Are you kidding?

Our little maniacs are the josiest dirt balls you'll ever meet.

and I love them

Sunday, June 5, 2011

 It's the return of the RED FACE!

I decided to take the past two weeks off from the gym.
I just felt like I needed a break from my routine.
and it was GREAT. 
It was so nice to come home straight from work and have so much time.

But today I got my ass back in the gym.
Time to start training for my 3rd 1/2 marathon in September
and my 1st full marathon in November.

This time my 1/2 marathon goal is 2 hours
which is 15 mins off my last run.

The last run I did I felt wonderful
but I know I can do so much better.
This will be the first race that will be an actually REAL challenge for me.

And I'm keeping the bar high by making my marathon goal 4 hours. 

On the healthy eating front
I've completely fallen off the wagon

To go with my training I'll be consuming a little more of this

and a little less of this

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I'm on a boat!

Reasons I love Florida...

Turn your volume off to watch this. Lots of wind.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Handsome Dylan

I spent my memorial day visiting my nephew
Handsome Dylan

He slept - while we discussed our hopes and dreams for him...

I'm not used to holding babies - but he was very patient with my awkwardness...

He was in love with his grandma...

Tell me that isn't the cutest baby you've ever seen...

No,  seriously... he's the CUTEST thing I've ever seen...

Nice work bro...