Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Five

Hello!! how are you ? I hope your New Year Celebrations are underway and plenty! I have been busy at home helping my son build his Lego sets, making waffles and burning pancakes. I also have been reading your blogs, I know I have not commented in many, but I will return and comment!

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

Today, I'm going to write about things I want to do before the end of 2016. While I'm ready to start writing 2016..7 on all my documents for the next month, I still have a few unresolved business with this year.

1. Finish 4 books in the next 38 hours. I'm a quarter of the way through 3 right now and I'm thinking.... who needs sleep, right?

2. Run one more race tomorrow - This will interferer for about 30 minutes with my reading, but I have wanted to race in Rehoboth since last year.

3. Finish two stacks of timesheets at work. My office is closing at 11:30 today, and if nothing else, I need to finish the timesheets for the week.

4. Run 8 more miles in December. This is purely a need to finish the month in a round number. I met my miles goal for the year back in October.
5. Register for 2 2017 Races. Lots of races that I'm looking at have prices going up in January, but I have to pick two that will be the biggest savings. I have my eye on the Pittsburgh Grace Race, (Registration is $25 on December 31st) and weighting options on The Gettysburg Marathon ( Registration fee increases by $20 on 01.01.17).

Happy New Year!! Don't forget to wear your red underwear on New Years Day for good luck in 2017! <-- that might be only a Mexican thing, but I'm passing the message along.

Are you done with 2016?
How was your work week ?
Will you be wearing you red underwear for New Year?
Do you have any New Year traditions? - my Mom used to make us clean the whole house.
How long will it take you to adjust to writing 2017?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Weekly Wrap 12.25.16

Hello! how are you? I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are still off from work today!

Last week was super busy, so busy, that it felt like 2 weeks! Here is a brief view at it

Work outs
Tuesday : Cardio Funk at the Y
Wednesday : Zumba at the Y and 3 treadmill miles
Thursday: 3 tempo miles
Saturday: 4 miles

I tried the Cardio Funk class at the YMCA for the first time on Tuesday. The instructor was a great and very energetic dancer, I liked her a lot! She started the class saying that Cardio Funk was harder than zumba... yeah... no, it wasn't. If Art In Motion Fitness was around, I would tell her to go a Wicked Wednesday with Denise... that was a work out! After that, I went to Target and forgot where I parked my car! I walked around the parking lot for 15 minutes before finding it!

Wednesday at the office, we had our Holiday lunch! All the food was delicious, and I enjoyed obscene amounts of cookies!

On Friday We went to visit Longwood, for our annual family holiday visit. We had a fantastic time looking at the lights, the dancing fountain and the plants.

On the bus ride back to the parking lot, the entire bus started singing Christmas songs ! My son loved the experience and wanted to keep singing on the drive home.

On Christmas Eve, before we got started on making tamales, my brother and I did a 4 mile run. We had a great conversation and the time and distance melted in front of us.

Running by my old High School Cafeteria
We had amazing food, celebrated my sister's birthday and opened up all the Christmas presents!

This week is going to be busy too, I'm at the office today, but out the next two days and back for a few hours on Friday. I'm excited for the short break!

How was your Christmas?
How were the cookies?
How was your Holiday office parties?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Five- Holiday Edition

Merry Christmas! Happy Holiday! Happy Hanukah ! Happy 5 days off work at the end of the year!

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

Today I'm bringing you 5 Holiday / Christmas randoms.

1. Earlier this Week, NPR had this story on Christmas Ornaments- A Christmas Tree Ornament is Worth a thousand words.  It brought tears to my eyes! We all have ornaments with a special story.

2. Liam Neeson Audition for Santa- I love Liam Neeson's voice! Everything he does is perfection!

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You- The Mariah Carey Christmas Carpool. You all know how much I love the Carpool series! and this edition made me so very happy!

4. My sister did the most amazing thing!! She *accidentally* canceled the internet and cable at my parents house yesterday, and can't get anybody to set up the new Internet provider until December 28th. So, my parent's house will be free of internet distractions the entire weekend. So we will be back to enjoying Christmas, without posting and constantly checking Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. I will be an interesting weekend!

5.  We celebrate Christmas on December 24th. It has been this way all my life. We spend the 25th just relaxing and enjoying the day.  This year, Roger and I will be running our long Run, then enjoying a Christmas dinner and wine.

When do you open presents ?
What do you do on Christmas day?
What is your favorite Christmas / holiday song?
Do you think we will last this weekend without using up all of our phone data?

And I saved my favorite Christmas song for this Friday! This song is old, but it's my FAVORITE!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I Ran This Year!

What a year it was !! this year I raced my longest race, AND the shortest. I didn't set out to run a marathon in 2016, it sounded too scary, but I started the training and did it! I secretly gave myself a goal of 20 races this year, but realized by October, that was not going to happen, and I was ok with it.

Here are lots of pictures of my running
My first 5K of the year
Ice Fest 5K- 24.19. My fastest 5K of 2016

Washington DC RnR Half Marathon 1:58:59
My fastest Half marathon of the year
 Gettysburg Marathon 4:49. When I look back at this picture, I wonder my I lifted my foot and can't remember.
My son did his first 5K at the Kennett Run this year! I was so proud of my boy! I hope that in 2017, at least 1 brother will join us on the 5K.
July was the month of the 10K and Age Group Awards 
Sister #4 did her first 10K!! We are working on sister #3 running a 10K in 2017

Dewey Beach Lifeguards 10K- 3rd AG
Carlisle Fair 10K
Carlisle Fair - 1st AG

My son did his second Kids race and was very proud of his medal!


I also did the Harrisburg Mile
My son also ran the Harrisburg Mile
September was all about the half marathons
Bird In Half 5K
The most awesome medal I got this year!
Philly R'n'R Half Marathon 
 In October, my son did the Kids Fun run the night before the Half Marathon

Another Awesome medal
Hershey Half
And November was all about the 5Ks
I have lost speed on my 5Ks, and it was a bit disappointing. I look forward to
working on speed again in 2017
The Best Moment in Running - I loved all the races, I had fun in each and every one of them. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Bird In Hand; but the best running moment was this one day that I didn't feel like running. I wanted to go stay home and take a nap, but I got up and met the Fleet Feet Group and had a fantastic run with running friends. Whenever I don't want to run, because it's too hot, because it's too cold, because I'm tired... I lace up my sneakers, re do my ponytail and head out anyway.
15 races
1 Virtual Race
1 Marathon
4 Half Marathons
How was your running year?
What was your favorite race?
What are you working on next year?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Best of The Year- Music

Hello there! how are you? Everybody is recapping their year, their races and what they learned about running... and I'm over here thinking .... wait, we were going to be tested at the end of the year? I didn't even take notes!! I was busy listening to music!

In January, after hearing of Alan Rickman's passing, I said I was done with 2016. Just done. Of course, I knew that was nothing just wishful thinking, because it was only January and we had 11 more months. This year other really cool things happened too. I want to remember this thing by the good things that happened in my life so, I'll start with great music that came to my ears this year.

Enrique Bunbury- Dos Clavos a Mis Alas. Last Year I made a wished for a new Bunbury CD, instead he came out with an Unplugged... is it me, or are Unplugged albums so 2000? But I love Bunbury and this song made me cry and lifted me up at the same time. I must have been listening to it on my birthday, because the crying and laughing happened all in the one time I heard the song.

Fobia- Hoy Tengo Miedo. I found this song by accident on YouTube, and it automatically hooked me. I once listened to this song on repeat for 2 hours... likely because I was trying to not have a meltdown. Leonardo De Lozane's voice is hypnotic and makes me feel safe and happy.

La Sonora Santanera y Rocco, La Boa- I'm not allowed to play this song at home anymore.... I played it way too many times and Roger has promised to destroy my phone if he hears it one more time. But I love everything about this song! Rocco's smooth voice, the perfect synchronization of the band, to the claps and cheers at the end. I dance this song in the kitchen while packing my son's lunch... in my headphones.

Everything by Los Angeles Azules! But this song, (which I can't buy on iTunes) has been my life line for the last 3 months.

I'm working on a review of the running I did this year, it's coming... really.

What was your favorite song this year?
What was your favorite Podcast this year?
What do you listen to when you feel a meltdown coming ?
Do you need holiday detox music? I do!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Weekly Wrap 12.18.16

Good Morning,

how are you today? How was your weekend? linking up with Holly and Tricia this week.

Work outs
Monday - 3 mile Fartleck
Thursday - 3 mile frozen run and zumba
Friday- Hill training repeats, 3 miles
Sunday - 3 Treadmill miles

It was the week of the 3 miles.

Monday we ran in Camp Hill and ran into the Fire Department and Santa, we also got candy.

We also got pictures with the Christmas Tree and the moon.
Thursday I had the Ugly sweater run with the Fleet Feet Group. It was very cold, but lots of people showed up. The real feel temps that night were of 1°.

Fleet Feet Ugly Sweater Run. Picture from Fleet Feet Facebook page
On Saturday I finished wrapping most of the gifts, then the Grinches  (my brothers ) came over and stole them.... to take them to my parents. This will give us more space in the car for the drive down.
I have another long story for you... Sister #3 always gives everybody the same present, last year it was sunglasses, the year before it was scarves. So Sister #4 wants all of us to do this same ... and has assigned me books to gift everybody.  So Sunday, I went to the bookstore and picked up books.
5 books for gifts, and Craigy Ferg for me.

 We also donated a toy to Toys For Tots... Funny story.... I picked up a Barbie, hoping that my son will not want to keep it for himself to play, I don't oppose to my son playing with Barbie dolls, I do oppose my son wanting to have all the toys in the world. But He said that she was so pretty, that he wanted to add that Barbie to his Christmas list. 😄😄😄😒.

Work is going to be busy this week, but we have a holiday lunch to look forward to! and cookies to bake later this week.

How cold has your week been?
Did you donate to Toys for Tots?
Have you done an ugly sweater run?
How about an ugly sweater party?
Did you see Santa yet?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Five 2.0 - Christmas Coutdown

Happy Friday! How was your week?

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

Christmas is so close that I can almost smell the oranges and peanuts!! Yes, for me Christmas smells of oranges and clementines, all together in a bag with peanuts.

Today I have 5 things random things  that I'm looking forward to or got me through this week

1. Going to the Movies with my brothers this weekend- My brothers and I are going to see Star Wars, The Rogue One this weekend. I'm always excited to spend time with my brothers.

Our Star Wars Movie Date last year

2. Wrapping all the presents! We are supposed to get snow overnight, and it's cold... that makes it perfect to wrap gifts and clean out the closet.

3. Madonna Carpool Karaoke- I love this James Corden Series ! I sang along with Music, that's my favorite Madonna song! I used to dance that song in college until they kicked me out of the party.

4. Suzy's Gift Guide- there is all sorts of Gift Guides for people out there, but this one from Suzy is the most perfect one! This gave me the idea of what to give my son's teacher.

5. OmG!!! That's all I have.... Wait... let me dig deep..... Coffee!! I love coffee and will be having massive amounts of coffee today and this weekend. Hopefully with a pastry!

Have an awesome weekend!!

Did you wrap your presents yet?
Are you waiting to throw them all in gift bags and call it a day?
What is your favorite Madonna song?
Going to see the Rogue one? Or are you lucky like Heather and already saw it?
What does Christmas smell like for you?

And my Christmas song for the day...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

My Favorite Books This Year

Last week, NPR released their Best Books of 2016, or as they call it NPR Book Concierge . I imagine myself the Director of a Library and picking books to purchase for the collection and wish to add them ALL!

This year I didn't read as much as other years, turns out Marathon Training takes a lot of time! But here are some of my favorite books that I found this year.

Before I start, I'll tell you that my preference for books varies, but right now my favorites are funny autobiographies by comedians.

Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple. This book is funny, crazy funny. I identified with Bernadette very much, and could not put it down. This book is everything, funny, a mystery and a look at how we treat others who are not exactly like ourselves.

Fosse by Sam Wasson - I picked this up in a whim... the library had nothing I wanted available, and I desperately needed something to listen to. So I started on Fosse and was hooked! This was one of the few books that I listened to during my long run, I just needed to know what crazy ideas he was going to have next.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- In the last 3 years I have read more WWII books than in all my life. I kept seeing this book in different list, so I went for it. This book takes you through the life of 2 sisters living in occupied France at the time of WWII. I listened to this book through the Elections, and cried when I finished it. Part was that it felt so scary to think of the election results and part was that the book ended very sadly. I sobbed... in the middle of my run... in the middle of the park, with nobody else around.

Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae- This book reminded me of being n High School and trying to fit in, where I was never going to fit in. The stories of going to TJ Maxx and trying to find something that looked similar to what everybody was wearing... and realizing that the clothes wouldn't make a difference.

Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars by Juan Martinez. I wasn't expecting to like this book, but it got me hooked in the first chapter. I didn't follow her trial while it was happening, but reading about it was addicting.

Special Mention- My son and I read the entire Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Parks. It is such an amazing series for kids, if you have kids, check it out! She is never boring, and she always has a lesson to teach kids. My favorite book of hers is Junie B Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy. I couldn't stop laughing while reading this book.

I had a goal to read/listen to 85 books this year, but around September, I realized that it was not going to happened and lowered it to 65. I'm making my way through 3 other books right now, and I still hope to hit that 65.
What great books did you read this year?
Did you have a reading goal on books?
What type of book do you prefer? Mysteries, biographies, classics?
Have you checked out the NPR book list?