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14 miles! September 27, 2010

Filed under: fitness,hEaLtH,running — dragonfly180 @ 6:35 pm
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Saturday, I had 13 miles planned. I have been having some issues with my right quad for a few weeks. Sometimes it’d feel better, but mostly, it’d just ache while I’d run. I stopped doing any ST on my legs and would just do the arms part of the CLX dvds, if I did them at all. On Tuesday’s run, my quad ached some, and I cut my run short but mostly because it got dark on me. On Thursday’s run, it ached the entire time and I *had* to cut it short. So I let my leg rest the entire weekend and took Monday off from work. I’ve been needing a day off anyway, and the temps were set to stay in the 50’s and 60’s most of the morning, which is unusual for this far down south this early in the Fall. We might have a cool morning, but it’s usually in the 80’s by 9 a.m. Well, this morning, I left the house at 9 a.m. (I slept in for a change!) with the temps still in the upper 50s, and it stayed cool the entire time I was out there. It felt so GOOD! I hit 13 miles at 2:30:32 and kept going to finish out the last mile of my route. I made it to 14 miles at 2:42:37, beyond the half marathon distance! My times were a little slow this morning, but I have to admit that I found myself on several occasions just running along at a very easy pace, enjoying the cool weather, the changing leaves, and whatever song was in my ear. The wind was really pushing against me this morning, too, but it felt so good that I couldn’t be mad about it slowing me down some. And I only ended up with a tiny blister on my pinkie toe this time. I feel like if I can do 13 miles at 2:30 on a leisurely LR, then surely I’ll come in a bit faster on race day. As the date draws nearer (October 9th), I have to admit that I’m starting to question myself, my training, my fate *lol* Everything! I’m most worried that I’ll start out too fast and bonk midway. I know that if I can keep my pace under control, I’ll be okay. But in 5K races, I usually do hit the first mile or so a lot faster than I should and struggle some in the end before speeding up with the finish line in sight. I’m really regretting that I didn’t run a 10K before this distance. Of course, if I had, I figure I might never have taken on a half marathon race! Running a distance at home and in a race are two different things. I wish I could just do this without worrying about a time and just enjoy it as my first go at a half marathon race, but I am so competitive with myself. If I’ve done it X pace before, I should be able to do it again! But it still amazes me that I am running this distance, when this time last year, I could barely get past 6 miles. No matter what happens at that race, I have run the distance already. I am the healthiest I’ve ever been. No one can take that away.


ice cream party September 26, 2010

Filed under: entertainment,food,hEaLtH — dragonfly180 @ 8:25 pm
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i am almost in a sugar-induced coma right now. we had an ice cream party at the house today to celebrate my 30th birthday, which was yesterday. we had hotdogs, chips and dip, my mom and hubby bought birthday cake, and we had an ice cream “bar.” we bought vanilla, chocolate, and butter pecan ice cream and pineapple and orange sherbets. we had caramel syrup, strawberry syrup, hot fudge, heath shell, orange shell, butter finger, oreo, reese’s pb pieces, pineapple, strawberries, cherries, bananas, and whipped cream. oh yeah. i’ve probably eaten 3000 calories today! i even had a banana split for supper! *lol* so yes, i plan to be a lb or two heavier the next time i weigh in. i promise to be back to healthy eating tomorrow. it was fun while it lasted, though.


birthdays and dreams September 22, 2010

Filed under: raNdOMnesS — dragonfly180 @ 6:32 pm
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i thought that turning 30 this year would bother me, but it really hasn’t. i joke that i’m in a foul mood about it, but really i’m more in a foul mood about the way work has been going rather than about my impending milestone birthday. maybe because work is so unsatisfactory right now, my 30th birthday is no big deal in comparison. i’ve been so worn out from work and so focused on training for this half marathon that i’ve barely even reflected on my birthday.

i guess that my biggest regret is that i promised myself that i’d work hard and be published by the time i was 30. i let another summer slip by without writing much of anything. i really need to pursue this dream, but i’m always filled with so many excuses. check out this article about excuses:

Excuses for not making ideas happen

i’m posting this more because i need to refer back to these points often, but maybe it’ll help motivate you to kick the most common excuses that hold people back. i wish every day that writing was my career, yet i don’t do anything about it. well, i’ll be 30 for the next 12 months, so maybe i can still accomplish that dream. and i suppose that if all i regret is that one thing, then my life is pretty good. so here i embark on my 30th year on this earth, and my wish is that i find the motivation and creative ability to leave a small but lasting impression through the written word on this world before i leave it.

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”~ Sydney Smith


fireplace mantle September 1, 2010

Filed under: decorating — dragonfly180 @ 8:35 pm
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so i’ve been promising house decorating updates and haven’t delivered much, have i? well, here is a BIG change we made to our living room in the past few weeks. we have gas logs in our fireplace, and we previously had just this long mantle board over it. kinda boring. we’d been looking for a mantle since we moved in, knowing that we definitely wanted to make the area look more interesting. we looked and looked and looked some more. we found this mantle in an antique store on the Canton square months ago but didn’t buy it since it was pricey. we kept looking. finally, we came back to the store and still really really loved this one, so we plunged in and bought it. it is circa 1930s and is made of Tiger Oak. it’s just beautiful and still in pretty good condition to be so old.

our fireplace BEFORE:

our fireplace AFTER:

the lady at the antique store gave me a beautiful pie server as a little gift with our purchase. she also handed me a bag of cucumbers from her garden, i guess as a thank you for being her big sale for the day. i love the south. southern people are so thoughtful.

if you look at the before pic, you can see the color i painted the walls (called autumn surprise, of which i put a color swatch up on the blog previously). i promise to get more house pics up soon!