Showing posts from November, 2016

SMT Turkey Trot 2016

Race Details
Price : $24 - Early registration
Date: November 24.
Goodies: Long sleeve cotton shirt, candy bar, Papa Johns's Pizza BOGO coupon.

I was really excited for this race, because I have run this route several times, and it's one of the biggest 5K in New Cumberland. But when I woke up that morning, I felt sick. I was a little dizzy and a little  nauseous. But not enough to stay home and rest...

I normally have  bagel and coffee before a race, but my body didn't want more than 1 bite of bagel and my coffee was too hot to drink. I drank some water and we left the car.

Roger had planned to beat his 5K time, and wanted to finish at 25.30. I felt so sick, that my goal was just to finish the 5K.

We lined up in the back, because Roger took too long in the bathroom, and we made it to the start line, 2 minutes before the race started. It took us about 3 minutes to cross the start line, there were a lot of people at the race.

At the start of the race, I started running slowly, …

Weekly Wrap 11.27.16

Good Monday Morning to you! How are you today? I hope you are having an awesome day and a fantastic Holiday weekend!

This week linking up with Holly and Tricia.

Work outs
Wednesday - Zumba
Thursday- Turkey Trot
Sunday - 9(ish) miles trail with Megan.

On Monday we did some light Christmas Decorating, my son was to be with his Dad for a whole week, and Roger couldn't handle not having him around to decorate the Christmas tree. We also had the first Thanksgiving dinner of the week. This whole day was exhausting! But very well worth it.

When I decorate the Christmas Tree, I need to have Elf (the movie) playing in the background, or I just can't function. but that day, I couldn't find the movie anywhere. I was losing it a little, so I opened the sparkling wine. That made it better.

On Thursday we did the local Turkey Trot, there were Turkey Trots all over, but we did the one closest to us, because I like the course. It was great fun!

After that we headed to my parents for official…

Giving Thanks For Everything

When Thanksgiving rolls around, we all make a point to be grateful for the things we hold dear, our family, our children, our partners, our running shoes, our health. But a few years ago, I saw a picture on Pinterest that reminded me of being grateful for the things that are annoying, not only on Thanksgiving, but everyday.

I'm thankful for being stuck in traffic- because it means I have a car to be stuck in traffic with.

I'm thankful for the line at Starbucks- because this means I have a job and income that allow me small random expensive coffee treats.

I'm thankful for the fights I have with my siblings- because if we can fight, it means they are healthy, have a strong opinion on something and believe on something. < Even if it's hurtful at the time.... my older sister likes to pull my hair.

I'm thankful for my son's tantrums and meltdowns- same as with my siblings, I am always oh so grateful that he is healthy, smart and able to fight negotiate with me on…

Girls On The Run 5K 2016

Race Details

Registration fee: $30 (early registration was $25)
Race Date: 11.20.16
Weather: 37°, with 20 mph winds.
Goodies: Shirt, Ticket to Hershey Park, drawstring bag at the finish and snacks.

What do I say about a run in the wind and cold? It was awesome!? Cold, but fantastic?!

This is the third year I have participated on the Girls On The Run race, they do two races, one in the spring, and one in the fall. The one in the spring always conflicts with my family 5K. And I run the fall one, because I promised my Cheesteak guy 2 years ago. I don't even know if his daughter still runs it, but I can't risk losing my cheesteaks. Only rational thoughts around here, right?

I woke up Saturday with a little bit of a sore throat, but told myself that I was not sick. The entire day went like that "I'm not sick, I'm not sick, I'm not sick".  I went to bed sucking on candy to sooth the soreness.

On Sunday we stopped at Panera for a bagel and coffee before the race. I…

Meatless (delayed) Monday

So, on the last Friday Five, a lot of people shared recipes... but I didn't, because I totally missed the idea and gave a list of foods I loved, most of which I have never made on my own. Well, today I'm doing something a bit different and will share a simple recipe with you.

Also, a few weeks ago, Deb invited me to participate on their Meatless Monday link up, and when an awesome woman invites you to her link up... you just do it!

At my parent's for Thanksgiving, we only eat breakfast, and snack until it's time for dinner. This is one snack dish I bring for us to share, it's a favorite of all, even of the brother who only eats pizza all year long.

Cowboy Caviar

1 can of black beans
1 can of black eye peas
Juice of 1 lime
2 table spoons of Red Wine vinegar
2 table spoons of Olive Oil ( I use Extra Virgin for more flavor)
1/2 cup of finely chopped cilantro
1 chopped medium onion
1/2 cup chopped red (or green) bell pepper
3 chopped tomatoes
1 cup of sweet corn coo…

Weekly Wrap 11.20.16

Good Morning,

I hope you had a good weekend! It was cold here.

This week linking up with Holly and Tricia.

Monday- 3.5 Mile run
Thursday- 4 mile tempo and 1 Zumba class
Friday- 3.5 miles (sprints and rest)
Sunday - Girls On The Run 5K

The Sunday,  after spectating the Harrisburg Marathon, I did not feel like running at all. But I promised myself that I would run on Monday. During lunch, I saw that the local running club was having a Full Moon run, where they would stop at 3 bars for a beer. And so I went, not for the beer, because I'm not big on drinking, but for the company.

There, I found my running friends Jodi, and Ryan. It felt so good to be running with friends! I went home feeling so great!

On Thursday I went to the Fleet Feet group run, where I ran with my new running buddy, Adriane. We talked for the entire 4 miles that we were running, it was such a great run! She is sarcastic like me, so we were laughing a lot too.

Right before I went to run with Fleet Feet, I he…

Friday Five - Holiday Foods

The most Stressful time of the year is here!! And that of course brings the most wonderful foods with it. During a conversation with my sister, I told her that Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve are the two days that I don't stop eating, and I love it!

Today I'm joining Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0.

Now, before I keep going, I feel a warning needs to be put here. I do not offer you healthier options on food, and will not tell you to cut your portions... I am simply not that type of blogger. There are many other wonderful bloggers who have those wonderful tips and amazing ideas. You can find them in the link up.... they are awesome!

Is there anybody still reading? Good, thanks! Here are my favorite Holiday foods

1. Tamales-This pockets of deliciousness take all day to make. But they are more than worth the wait. Unfortunately, because mills are not common sights in this country, we have to make them out of corn flour, they are sti…

Random Thursday Thoughts

I have been having a lot of thoughts this last week, and I was not able to put one post on each thought, because my brain is too scattered right now. But here is a random collection of things running through my head.

Recycling - I am attracted to people who are intelligent, I can't help it... but people who recycle are even more attractive to me. So, whenever Roger puts his shampoo bottle in the garbage, I get really angry at him and tell him that I question our entire relationship. But then he takes his reusable cup to Starbucks and sorts out the recycling, and it's all good again. It helps him that he is, in my opinion, a very attractive man.

With President Elect - Cheeto, appointing a climate change skeptic to EPA, we need to do what little we can to conserve our environment. Now more than before, it is important for everybody to know and follow recycling procedures at home and at work. Also, if you can, take your reusable bag to the grocery store and reusable cups for coff…

Hero Run 5K 2016

Race Details

Fee: $15 (Registered in May)
Date : November 6th, 2016
Weather: sunny, high 60s, low wind.
Goodies: There was a table full of Bananas, coffee, cupcakes, granola bars, water. Included with the race packet were a tech long sleeve shirt, and a magnet.

Swatara Police Hero Run 5K is one of my favorite races of the year, and on May, I start looking for the registration information and mark my calendar right away.

I love any races in which I can dress up! my son questions my sanity when I don't dress up as what he would call a "normal super hero", as I have gone as El Chapulin Colorado ( A Mexican parody of super heroes, not because I wanted to make a joke of Heroes, but because he is a Mexican Icon) and last year, I was supposed to go as Selena, but accidentally left my sparkly sports bra at home.

This year, I put on everything before leaving home, only waited to put on the red lipstick, that is the Selena signature, until after my coffee.

I met up the River Runners…

Christmas Shopping Headaches and Other Options

6 years ago in the Christmas Season, I was close to a nervous breakdown, wrapping gifts, saving receipts,  baking cookies, wanting the gift exchange with my family to be perfect.... the type of insanity that leads people to hating the season and the holidays. That year, I slept 3 hours on December 23rd, and 4 hours on December 24th. And had to return at least 10 things, and donated half of my presents.

The following year, I decided that a new plan was needed, that I would no longer drive myself crazy trying to make the holidays perfect and instead, I would plan out the entire month. That November, I sent my family an email asking them to give me 5 things that they really wanted for Christmas, double and triple emphasis on really wanted. I told them that no wish was too big, or too small, but that I did ask for them to list things they would use. Somebody asked for an Apple TV device,  somebody else asked for socks, while a brother asked for a nice dress jacket, and a sister asked for …

Weekly Wrap 11.13.2016

Good Morning,

how are you today? how was your week?

This week linking up with Holly and Tricia.

Tuesday - 3 miles and Weights
Friday- 3 miles and weights

Last week was pretty awful, I really don't want to talk about it again. But this weekend was pretty good, so I'm going to tell you about it, but first, shout outs

Shout outs - Congratulations to Karen on her first Marathon, also congratulations to Heather on her Richmond Marathon. Emily And Chaitali were running Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas, and I was oh so jealous!

Saturday my son and I had a lunch date. I love having lunch dates with my son! We went to a Mexican restaurant, because from now on, I will be supporting more restaurants owned by immigrants. My son and I had a good talk about his week and what our plans are for the Holidays.

After that we headed to 2nd and Charles, our favorite used book store. We picked up the last of the Junie B. Jones Series, and Silent Spring by Rachel Carson at really good prices!!…


11.9.16 was a difficult day, a difficult day to comprehend and get by. I walked the entire day in a complete fog and old feelings that I had pushed down came back up... scary thoughts.

Back in college I suffered from depression. I struggled with getting out of bed, with eating, with just living. The cloud and fog of "This isn't worth living" hung over me most of the time. I struggled. But small things got me to keep moving, like the energy to go see Chicago at the movie theaters again, blasting the song Fighter by Christina Aguilera on my cd player, the thought of fresh baked baguettes, the plan to see this kid,  Dave at work and his bright smile.

All of those small things and the help of counseling helped me through this dark days... most of my memories of those days are of cloudy, dark and rainy days, even when they might have been sunny days. That's how my brain copes with those memories.

This feelings came back during my divorce. The heavy fog and pain. And this …