Showing posts from July, 2016

Random Saturday Rant- Stop Touching My Desk

I work from a desk... My Fitbit says that I spend an average of 10 hours sitting down... which makes sense, I work doing data entry, reports and audits.

I have my desk organized in a way that works perfect for me. I can reach my phone, my stapler, my hole puncher, m keyboard, my staple remover from where I sit, and I know when something has been moved. It doesn't bother me when something is moved, only when it's not returned to its original spot... like my whole puncher.... if my whole puncher magically walks away from my desk and doesn't walk back, I will go on a mad woman hunt until I find it.

Well, there is this woman who used to work at my office who likes to "mess with me" and likes to mess up my desk for her own enjoyment. It is cruel, rude and it makes me very angry.

I have had many conversations with her over the years, a lot about mental health. She has suffered from depression, and finds it very irritating that people tell her that it's all "on…

July Runfessions

Yes! A Friday that I'm at work for Runfessions!! While I'm sad to be at my office, I'm glad to be around to Runfess with Marcia 's link up!

1. Back when I ran my first marathon, I was ready to add one of those awesome 26.2 Magnets to my car. It got ordered, and placed in the back of the car. Then about 2 weeks later, it got taken off. I runfess that I didn't like the magnet in my car. It felt like unnecessary attention. The only time I felt enjoyed it, was when I cut in front of a 13.1 in the highway... that was my indication that I was being a runhole and needed to take it off.

2. I runfess that on Wednesday I didn't open my work email until 3:30 pm. I checked running blogs, commented on most, checked my personal email 10 times and had lunch, but didn't think of opening work email. I only missed 14 emails, 6 of which had nothing to do with me. 2 that needed immediate attention. 4 that could wait until Monday.

3. I Runfess (Zumbafess?) that I am in complete d…

Throw Back Thursday- Before I Was A Runner

The other day I was looking at my work shoes, thinking I need a new pair, because this ones are falling apart. While I do have tons of beautiful shoes in my closet, most that have not been worn for a long time, because they hurt my toes. Before I started running, there were many things, like my work shoes, that I never gave more than a second thought to it. Here are a few

Work Clothes
Before Running : Oh, I have a meeting today, better wear a dress, with those red heels, and my black pantyhose.

After Running : I'm running after work today, better wear my sports bra, don't want to have to change in Starbucks. Better also not wear a blouse.

Work Shoes
Before Running : I love this new pointy blue pumps! they pinch my toe, and are giving me a callus, but they look amazing!

After Running : Curse You blue pointy pumps! why do you hate me so? I still love you, but I'm not wearing you again. Hello ugly black shoes, I love you. You are my best friends... please never fall apart.


My 100 Book Challenge

Back in 2014 My sister sent me this list she found of the Amazon's 100 Books to Read In  A Lifetime. I was reading a lot at the time, and she suggested I did this as a challenge. 

I'm reviewing what books are done, not to brag... only to remember for myself.

First I scanned the list and found that I had read 9 books already! only 91 to go!

I had read the following
PersepolisAre you There God? It's Me MargaretGone Girl *Harry Potter *The Fault In Our Stars *The Hunger Games *The Very Hungry CaterpillarGood Night Moon The Great GatsbyAt the end of 2014 I sent my sister an update of what books I had finished. I do this twice a year. She has since forgotten that she sent me the list.

10.  Born to Run *
11. 1984
12. Charlotte's Web
13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
14. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
15. Love In The Time of Cholera
16. Me Talk Pretty One Day
17. Middlesex *
18. Pride and Prejudice
20. Angela's Ashes
21 The Giver
22. The Lightening Thief, Percy Jackson *
23. Th…

Tuesdays On The Run - Come Run With Me !

Come Run with me, Let's run, let's run away... If you can use some exotic Gus, there is a bar in the running store... ok, I lost it there. Original words by  Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. I only replaced fly with run, because the song is a classic.

Linking up with PattyErika, and Marcia. Today's theme on Tuesday's On the Run is Scenes from your Summer runs, and here are some hills.... I mean scenes from my summer runs.

I love running in Harrisburg, it's mostly flat and it makes me feel fast. But Roger is not a fan. That is what running groups were made for!

 One of our favorite routes is in Hershey, the Jonathan Eshenaour Trail. It's about 10 miles long and if we are there on the right day, we can sometimes smell the chocolate from the Hershey Factory. The trail is a mix of hills, flats, trail and ducks!

Weekly Wrap: VB RnR and BIH Training Weekly Wrap #8

Good Morning everybody! How are you today? I hope everybody had an awesome weekend in training.


Tuesday - Weights +  HARRC Full Moon Run 3.5 miles
Wednesday - Harrisburg Mile
Thursday - 3 easly early morning miles

Totals : 7.5 miles

Last week my theme was sweaty and hot, and surprisingly 3 days last week were a bit cooler... like the temperatures were in the 80s instead of in the 90s.

This week, sadly, the theme was pain. Two weeks ago my calf/ankle pain started to subside. I started warming up more before my runs, but on Tuesday I started having some pain in the back of my right heel. I googled it. Some articles claimed lack of stretching my calves/ ankles.

Tuesday, arrived home to this

I have a love hate relationship with suspension training...

I ran with the a combination of three running groups, about 18 people were there. It was a different type of run... The run was to be 3 or so miles, with stops at three local breweries. Almost everybody had a beer at the first brewery, a…

Throw Back Thursday- High School

Do you remember that weird foreing girl in High School who didn't speak much English, was very quiet and you were sure had no friends... and likely depressed because she wore a lot of black? Yes,? Well, that was me in High School.

I moved her in 1997, and started High School in 10th Grade, I didn't know anybody my first year. I knew a few sentences in English one of them being "I don't speak English" and "Where is the lav?" I used to say lav because I couldn't pronounce the difference between BATHroom and BEDroom.

Here are a few pictures and stories from my time in High School

Me at my locker... or my sister's locker. We would use which ever was closest to the class we were going to. I used to wear this really old glasses, they were super dorky, but I loved them because I couldn't see without them.

Later in 1999, I got contacts. I used to read a lot of Sweet Valley High, and even did a book report on the book I'm holding. Because I didn&…

Goal Check In - Halfway Through 2016

I started this year with very lofty goals, overconfident that everything would stayed as planned, and left very little room for anything but my goals. Next year, I need to take into consideration getting sick, and schedule conflicts. But at the same time, I accomplished other things that did not feel possible last year.

Races I wanted to Run, but didn't

Hershey 10K - Sick, and schedule conflict Garden Spot Village Half - Recovering from being sick

Bunny Palooza 10K- Sick Races that I didn't expect to run Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Gettysburg Half Marathon Carlisle Summer Fair 10K I'm currently registered for 6 more races later this year. Other Non - running Goals Cut back on Instagram- that was made easier when my sister told me she expected me to stay below my data usage each month... I'm in a family plan with all my siblings. I'm doing ok with this one. Read 85 books- I'm failing at this one. So far I am on book 30, so I fell 10 books behind. But adding mo…

PR? Puerto Rican Rice? Where is Mine ?

Last spring as I started training for the my first half marathon, Instagram started suggesting other runners to follow. I kept seeing strange abbreviations that made no sense to me... PR, FOMO, AG Placement, Pace, Bib, GPS Watch, BQ, wick away, PF, IT Band, compression socks.... so many words and abbreviations!

Linking up with PattyErika, and Marcia on Running Lingo.

A quick google search explained to me what things where... but I always hoped it was something else...

What I hoped it was - Puerto Rican rice... because I LOVE Puerto Rican Rice more than my Mexican rice. Sadly, there has not been any Puerto Rican rice at any races I've done.

What I thought It meant -Burger Queen? What does that have to do with running? Breakfast Queen probably... sounds more likely.

I had no idea what AG placement meant, until I got one in a 5K. It was pretty awesome!! And it became a goal to get AG placement at the Kennett run, but it hasn't happened yet.

Also when I started running, I wo…

VB RnR and BIH Training Weekly Wrap #7

Good morning ! How is everybody doing today? how was your weekend?  I hope you stayed cool and got all your work outs and miles done!

I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap post.

Work outs this week
Monday - Zumba with Susan, and Weights
Thursday - 5mile trail run
Friday - 3 mile progression
Saturday- Masters Zumba with Denise and Susan. 4 mile hike.
Sunday - 12 miles long run

Run 20 Miles
Weight - 1
Zumba - 2
Hike 4 miles

The theme this week was soaked in sweat! It's July, which calls for lots of sweaty runs.

Thursday sweaty run at Pinchot Park with Jodi. We took a dip in the water behind us after the run.

A Friday sweaty progression

A sweaty Zumba work out... no pictures of that.

A sweaty hike at Caledonia State Park

Followed by a really yummy fresh burger at this place :

And finished the week with a super sweat soaked long run on Sunday.

So, in my long run I kept thinking about all the advice I've read in blogs about how to run in the heat... so I de…