Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekly Wrap 1.29.17

Good Morning! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend.

I'm  linking up with Holly and Tricia this week.

Work outs

Monday- 2.5 miles intervals + Weights
Tuesday - Weights
Thursday - 3.6 miles tempo + 1 hour of zumba
Friday: 4 miles fartlek + Weights
Saturday: 6 miles tempo
Sunday: 7 mikes trail run 

Last week, Roger and I had a disagreement on how many miles our training plan has been calling for. We are attempting to train for a marathon for later on the spring, but he had us on the Half Marathon training plan by mistake. I told him this last week, and he was adamant that he was correct and that we were doing the right miles... then after checking, he realized that HE WAS WRONG! and I was right! My reward for being right, was running longer distances!
Not Loving
On Saturday, I was feeling very disappointed and sad at the news of the Muslim Ban, set forth by the President. It just kept hitting me on waves, and I would cry, then be angry, then cry again. I felt impotent, and so useless. So finally around 3 I went for a 6 mile run. During the run, whenever I felt like I was going to start crying, I would run faster. If the feeling of anger hit me, that naturally made me run faster. My body felt less anxious after.

So very much Loving!
After the run, my siblings and I hit the Chambersburg Ice Fest. We walked, we had coffee, and tacos. It was great to spend time with them!

Our Daily dose of Vitamin T (for Tacos, tamales, Tortas)

On Sunday, we did something different. I had seen there was going to be a trail run along side with Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run in Lancaster. I was torn for a little while, because this was my Zumba Sunday, but after triple checking my options, I chose the trail run. I mean, how often can one say that one ran with a New York Times Best Selling author of an awesome book, right?

Christopher McDougall directing the warm up

The run was very hilly, there was a huge climb, but the park was beautiful ! and the run was amazing. I ran along Mr. McDougall for about 30 seconds, then we lost him, when he went to run with the 5 mile group.

The last and highest climb of the run
With Jodi, and Bekah at the top of the hill. We were barely on the edge of a mountain. right behind us,
we could only see the drop

I was really hungry after the run! so hungry, I ordered cheese fries at Chillis and later got ice cream at the grocery store.


Currently Reading
Life In Parts by Bryan Cranston.  The First chapter had me in the verge of tears!

How was your weekend?
What toppings do you like on your cheese fries?
Did you get your vitamin T for the week?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Five and Some January Rufessions

Happy Friday!

My sister sent me a text message on Wednesday, saying that she went through the day thinking it was Thursday... only to realize that it was only Wednesday. She was over the moon for today being Friday!

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


Before anything else, I want to send out a huge shout out to this wonderful and awesome women/bloggers who attended Women Marches through the United States. Megan, Ali and Rachel, You ladies are my heroes!

Today, I bring you some random things and Runfessions

1. I runfess that I have been feeling jealous.... of everybody posting their new ambassadorships on social media! Whenever a "I'm a Nuunbassador " pops up on instagram, I think to myself "Man! I want to be an ambassador for Nuun!" And then I get over it as quickly as the twinge of jealousy started, when I remember that I have no desire to be an ambassador for anything that is not a taco. Congratulation to all of you awesome people who are ambassadors!

2. I runfess that I was a glutton at the grocery store last week. We picked up this warm loaf of multigrain bread at Wegmans, and after we had it sliced, I ate about 1/4 of it... before we even left the store! I was really hungry and that bread was so delicious!

3. I runfess that whenever somebody post their race plans for the season or the year, I get a major case of FOMO. I am already signed up for 2 races in Spring and whenever I hear somebody talking about spring races I'm all "Where, how much is it?, can I still sign up? Agr! I can't afford to travel to Florida!"

4. Speaking of races, this year my sister and a co-worker will be joining me for the Hershey 10K ! and as excited as I am for running with them, I'm more excited for the post race breakfast!! I'm all about the food after the race.

5. Every morning, I have to find some small motivation to get out of bed into the cold. This week, it was the thought of my waffles with nutella. It's all about the nutella things, right?

Are you ready for the weekend?
did you Runfess yet?
Did you have your Nutella this morning?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Weird Things and Lies I Tell My Son

In my life of  trying to be a better person, I have learned that speaking to my son openly about things, can be more beneficial to his life and learning, than me pretending to be the most patient mother in the world and wishing for time alone to sneak in sips of wine before he goes to bed. In that same time, I also learned that sometime lies are the only answer to kids questions.  

That honesty and open policy has let me to say some pretty wacked out things to my son... about everything. I started writing this down a long time ago, and this is just a short collection of them.

On Going to Sleep
Me: My Dear boy, please go to sleep. Mommy doesn't function well with only 4 hours of sleep.
My Son: But I am not tired !

On McDonalds
My son: Can I have McDonalds for lunch?
Me: no, McDonalds is closed right now.
MS: It's Sunday at 2?
Me: Yes, they close to clean up for dinner

I deny my son McDonalds, because I want to take him to get Pizza at Carrabas instead.

On Santa Claus
My son: How does Santa know if I'm sleeping? How does he know when I'm bad?
Me: I tell him.
MS: How?
Me: We have a weekly report we have to send up. We tell him if you talk back, if you don't put your laundry away, if you don't do your homework... and if you are really good and eat your dinner.
MS: Can I see this "report"?
Me: No, it's for parents only.

Wegmans Shopping carts
My son: I don't want to buckle my seatbelt!
Me: If you don't buckle up, the Wegmans shopping cart Police will give us a fine and take the car cart away!
My son: There is no Wegmans Police!
Me: See the guys over there with the bright orange shirts ? That's the Wegmans Cart Police.
My son slowly buckles his seat.

Aldi Shopping Carts
My Son: Mom! this store doesn't have shopping carts police!
Me: I know, that's why we have to pay to borrow one.

Random Weird things I have said

"Mommy doesn't like it when she steps on Lego!"

"Mommy is tired, hungry and in pain from the toy car you just drop on my toes! Please eat your food and do your homework!"

"Fine, don't do your homework, but you will have to explain to your teacher that YOU didn't want to do it!"

When did you find out about Santa?
What fast food places did your parents take you as a kid? I used to love the burgers place on the corner, by where my aunt lived.
how were you with homework as a child? I never once did my homework as a kid.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What I Ate Sunday

I love eating! I am that person who lives for eating, who doesn't care or will look up calories on something that tastes delicious... even my bio here and on Instagram say Tacos for no real reason.
Over the last few years, my eating has changed, never because I wanted to lose weight, but because I wanted to eat food that would help me with my running, not have me on the side of the road puking.
However, whenever I go to visit my Mom's house, I eat a lot!! This past weekend we did the same... and later that day, I had an awful 5 mile run.
My son woke me up at 8:00 telling me he was hungry. My mom made him pancakes, and I made myself two eggs over easy with toast. Something about having eggs and toast at my mom makes me very happy. I also had a cup of OJ and 16 oz of black coffee with sugar.
The day before, I had gone with my sisters to get crepes, my son asked me to bring him a powder sugar creepe, but I didn't, because I didn't think he would eat it. But as soon as I walked in, he was asking me for his crepe. I promised him that we would go and get him one on Sunday. So we headed to Kennett Square to get it.
My brother came with us, and asked if I wanted to share a nutella crepe, and I said yes. I can't resist nutella crepes... I have very little willpower when it comes to food.

My mom offered to make me enchiladas for lunch, before I left, which I accepted. My stomach felt still full from breakfast, but I hate having to stop to pick up lunch on my drive back to Harrisburg.
I topped my enchiladas with cooked potatoes, carrots and raw shredded cabbage. This is how it's served in Mexico. I had a sip of water, maybe 1/4 of a bottle as I was driving back home.

I told myself to drink more water, or nuun before getting back home, but I didn't. I was so focused on getting home, unpacking, changing and taking my son back to his Dad's, that I didn't drink water again.
On our way to our running route, I took a few more sips of water, to about 1/2 bottle.
Around mile 1.5, my calves were yelling at me that I suck at drinking water! They hurt so much, that I had to stop and stretch them and walk for a while.
I dragged my butt to finish those 5 miles, which were supposed to be a tempo run at 9:15, but ended up being a slow, and painful run at 10:45.
After our run, we had to go to Wegmans to pick up some groceries, and we picked up dinner there too. Roger picked up sushi, and harassed me when I said I was getting chicken AND wings... he kept asking me "chicken wings or Chicken AND wings", followed by "That's not marathon food", I was childish and kept saying back "I'm not running a marathon tomorrow!" But I did get a small salad with lots of greens... to be the side of my Chicken AND wings. And as soon as we got home, I drank 32 oz of water with nuun and half of an orange San Pellegrino soda. 

* just so I can clarify, Roger is not abusive to me when it comes to food... I know it sounds like it, but I eat more than him.

I have no idea how many calories all of that was, I could go back and count them, but I don't care for what the number is. I do know that my body didn't get enough water, and that I paid for it on my run.

What is your favorite food at your parents?
How do you make sure you drink enough water?
What is your favorite salad dressing?


Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekly Wrap 1.22.17

Hello there! how are you ? How was your week? Work has been busy and life has been busy too.

I'm  linking up with Holly and Tricia this week.

Tuesday: Cardio Funk class x2
Wednesday: 3 easy miles with sprints at the end, + weights
Thursday: 2.5 miles of intervals + Weights
Friday: 7 miles easy
Sunday: 5 miles

Last Tuesday my legs were feeling really tired, so I didn't plan to run. The cardio Funk instructor was doing two classes, back to back, so I ended up staying for that instead of running on the treadmill. (each class is easily worth 3 slow miles)

Ouch! That hurt!
Can I just say intervals are really hard and exhausting? ok, that is out of the way now... Good thing I made tacos to recover from that.

Very Much Loving !
Friday I had an appointment with US Immigration and Naturalization Services, for my fingerprints. I was going to drag this out and make a big announcement, but I decided that was overly dramatic. So here it is, I am becoming a citizen of the United States. My current status is a Legal Resident, but after much consideration about fees, and my life, I made the choice to apply to become a citizen. The next step in the process will be to have an interview and a civics test with US Immigration and Naturalization, probably in the next 6 months. In the mean time, I'll be studying the 100 questions, and hoping they will not ask me who is President.

Friday I took a break from all social media, and I want to say to all of you, I'm sorry for not reading your blogs, or liking your post that day. I needed a small break from the inauguration stuff. I will go back and catch up.

Family fun
Saturday was a restful day, I wen to see my mom for her Birthday. We went to get Crepes, and we ended up playing dress up and dancing in the living room.  Well, it was mostly me dancing and dressing up, but it was still a lot of fun. We even did a recreation of Dirty Dancing I've Had The Time Of My Life, with the lifting of the Baby and all!

It was also very inspiring to see all the Women Marchers! What an amazing group of people!

Currently Reading
Hitler's Furies By Wendy Lower. It has been very interesting to read about how women helped the Nazis during WWII, and  how they were helping a cause that was also against them. What has struck me the most so far, is how citizens of Germany were encouraged to allow Hitler to "unify them" and encouraged to "give him a chance". It sounded eerily familiar.

How much do intervals hurt for you?
What do you put inside your Crepe? I'm either Nutella or strawberries and cream.
Do you play dress up with your family?
Could you pass the USA Citizenship test? Quickly, without looking on Google, who is your State Representative, and your Senator?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Coffee, My Love Story

The first time I had coffee, I was around 5.5 years old. It was instant coffee that my grandmother gave me with lots of sugar. My memory is very blurry on why she did this, but I do remember that I loved coffee after that.

My mom denies the following story, but I have verified it to be true by 2 other sisters. When I was around 6, my mom didn't have anybody delivering fresh milk at our house. In Mexico, she used to have a lot of items delivered to our house, cheese, bread, milk, fruits. Anyway, she lost her milk person, and she still wanted us to have milk, but refused to buy milk in gallons. She bought two cans of condensed milk, and made us instant coffee with condensed milk (My mom could have capitalized on the invention of Frappuccino ) It was delicious! So, again, I was hooked on coffee!

After my mother secured a milk lady, I started adding instant coffee and sugar to my milk, and drank it that way for many years, I believe until around the age of 27. Just for the record, my mom HATES that I drink coffee, and anytime that she sees me drinking coffee, she starts to list the reasons to give up coffee.

Since then, I have had brewed coffee, iced coffee, frapp coffee, coffee ice cream, espresso, lattes, mochas (<-- I have no control over my own body when I drink mochas, it's worst than being drunk), macchiato, both the Starbucks kind and the real ones, coffee candy, Vietnamese coffee <- this one is like a punch on the face, followed by hysteria. and I can say for sure, I love coffee.

I like my coffee warm, black with sugar. I don't add any creamer, it feels grainy in my coffee. I'm not sure anymore if it keeps me awake, or I just enjoy the flavor and something warm in the morning.

And because things never change, my mom will ALWAYS tell me to 1. stop drinking coffee and 2. to please add some milk or creamer to my coffee.

How do you drink your coffee?
Do you remember your first coffee?
What food/ drink does your mom want you to give up?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weekly wrap 1.15.17

How are you today? I hope you had a good weekend.  I'm  linking up with Holly and Tricia this week.

Work outs 
Monday- weights 
Thursday - 4.5 miles with Fleet Fee group and Zumba at the Y
Friday- 3 miles tempo and weights
Saturday- 7 miles and weights <- I accidentally ran 3 more miles than I had planned. 
Sunday- 8 mile long run and Zumba with art in motion 

Random annoyances
Tuesday, I was up extra early, and was on track to arrive 10 minutes early to work. Until something felt funny with my car. I was all too familiar with the wonky car feeling... I pulled over and started cursing when I saw a flat tire. After a long wait, a dent next to my tire and a failed attempt at taking off my tire, my car was up on the tow truck and off to the mechanic. I almost lost my cool and started crying out of frustration... but blasted the music on my headphones and kept my head up. I let the guy at Jack Williams have it, this was my 3rd flat in 2 months, and I got my tires there... they fixed my tire for free. 
My car is dirty... don't judge me... I don't make time to wash it.
I posted briefly on Friday that I was busy with audits and that I would get tacos after finishing them, but I was delirious of hunger half way through the audits, that I kept making mistakes. I stopped and went for my tacos, I felt more ready to handle audits after eating.
For 1 week every January, Harrisburg hosts the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. Saturday, the River Runners Group (our local running group) did a run at the local park close by, and then after, head over to the Farm Show for milkshakes. I met my running buddy Adriane there, we did our 3 mile loop and then decided we would run to the Farm Show. This is where I accidentally ran 3 more miles than planned. I ran to and from the Farm Show... because Adriane needed more miles, she is training for a 100K.
The Milkshakes were delicious! I was glad I was there with friends, I split up a milkshake with another runner, and a pretzel breakfast wrap with egg and ham with Adriane. We also shared a blooming onion with the group.
My favorite Zumba instructors from Art in Motion Fitness have found a space to do a weekly Sunday Zumba class! So this past weekend, I joined for some good butt shaking and lots of sweaty dancing. I had to much fun! It was good to be back with my zumba buddies again!
Then off to the long run.... I was hungry for most of the 8 miles.  So when I went to the Grocery store, I picked up some chicken wings and chicken tenders. They were delicious! I'm craving them, just thinking about them now.
Currently Reading
I finished My Marathon last Saturday, and promptly started The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, I've never read it and it's on my Amazon 100 books list.

When was the last time your car was towed?
Do you arrive on time to work?
What is your favorite milkshake flavor?
What dips do you use for chicken tenders/nuggets?
Favorite Wing flavor?


Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Five 1.13.17

Happy Friday! This week has been so insane, crazy busy, that it felt like 2 weeks in one. I have been a bit absent from the Blogesphere, because work and life have been super busy.

I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness  for the Friday Five 2.0. Today's theme is Dream Vacations or Winter Destinations, but I'm giving you a combination of places that I want to run this year and two dream races.

1. West Chester Pa- This town has been on my list for a couple of years, they have races often, but I keep missing them! this year for sure! My sisters work here, and it's a lovely small city.

2. Oxford PA- I did a race in my hometown in 2014, and 2015, but both races didn't happen on 2016. I love running in my hometown, and the benefits of a giant pancake at the local dinner is all the motivation I need.

3. Pittsburgh, PA- I am finally registered for a race there! in September, I will be doing the Great Race 10K.

4. *DREAM RACE* Fort Lauderdale, FL- I've wanted to run the A1A Half Marathon for a while, but schedules and budget never work out. I'm hopeful that this is the year I will do one race there, but also trying to not be too sad if it doesn't happen. And Fort Lauderdale is always a great place to visit all year round anyway.

5. DREAM RACE - RnR Mexico City. it would be amazing to run in Mexico city!! I think I would cry! but again, everything has to line up... schedules, time, money. I will start saving now, to maybe think about it in 2018.

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday... I'm back to completing my audits and reports... if I finish them early, I'm totally going to get myself Tacos. and If I don't have them done by 3:30, I will still get myself tacos, cause I'll be hungry.

What is one dream race for you?
How about local races?
Did you finish your Friday work yet?
Do you have off Monday?
How long was your week?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pennsylvania; Seeing, Running and Eating : The Bucket List

This August, I will have been living in Pennsylvania for 20 years. For some time, I was upset to be in such a cold and wintery state, but a few years ago, I decided to embrace all of PA and visit as much of it as possible. Here are some times on my PA bucket list.

I used this List as a guide from Penn Live, because I needed a base.

* Spend Groundhog Day in Punxsatawney.

* Visit Flight 93 Memorial

* Attend a Little League World Series Game

* Tour the Capitol - Done (2000, 2001 and 2005).

* Visit the Yuengling Factory ( and have a beer there).

* Ride The Incline in Pittsburgh - Done ( 2003 and 2016)

* Tour Gettysburg Field - Done ( 2015 and 2016)

* Visit Centralia- or Drive Thru

* Visit the Galleries in Barnes Foundation

* Visit the PA Grand Canyon - Done ( 2015)

* Visit Road Side America

* Visit Penn Cave

* Walk Along Presque Isle - This is half done, I visited in 2001, but had no idea where I was.

* Visit Bushkill Falls

* Eat at Maple Shady Smorgasbord

* Tour Flank Lloyds Wright Falling Water

* Visit Independence Hall- I have been outside of Independence hall more times than I can count, but I have never toured inside.

* Visit Knoebels Amusement park- Done ( 2016)

* Attend the Philly Flower Show

* Visit Lancaster's Central Market - Done ( I love this market !! 1999, 2015, 2016)

* Visit Shawnee Inn

* Visit Mutter Museum in Philadelphia

* Visit Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh

* Visit Omni Bedford Springs Resort

* Explore Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

* Visit Jim Thorpe PA- Done 2015

* Take a Drive along Route 6

But It all started with the 13 Best PA views on Pennlive. We are still working through this list too.

* Boathouse Row in Philadelphia - Done 2012

*Ganoga Falls - Done 2014, 2015, 2016

* Mount Tammany

* Pennsylvania Grand Canyon - Done 2014

* Mount Washington View of Pittsburgh - Done 2002 and 2016

* Millersburg Ferry Crossing of the Susqhehanna River- Done 2016

* Presque Isle - Done, but don't remember much of it.

* Loyalsock Canyon Vista

* Boulder Field - Done 2015

* Marion E Brooks Natural Area

* Middle Creek Lake

* Doubling Gap Lake Outflow- Done 2014

* Youghiogheny River Gorge- Done 2016

Things that I added myself, because I think it's part of a better PA experience

* Eat a Cheesteak in Phillly

* Visit China Town in Philadelphia

* Visit Hershey Park and Chocolate World

* Visit Longwood Gardens

* Take a tour of Herr's Potato Chips factory

* Do a horse and buggy ride in Lancaster County

* Hike the Waterfall Trail in Ricket's Glenn

* Hike Flat Rock Trail in Colonel Denning State Park

* Have a fresh pretzel at the Sturgis Pretzel Factory

* Attend Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg PA

* Attend a Dickinson Christmas Festival in Welsboro PA

* Attend the National Apple Festival in Adams County PA

* Attend Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square

* Attend an event at Penns Landing in Philadelphia

* Hike the PA sections of The Appalachian Trail.

* Run with the Amish in the BIH 5K or Half Marathon

* Eat lunch at Reading Market in Philadelphia

* Eat your way through Kettle Kitchen Village in Intercourse PA

* Have lunch at Bird In Hand Farmer's Market

I have spent a lot of time in central PA, and south east. I am hoping that this list will take me to explore the north and east of PA.

If you are from PA, what other things do you have on your PA list?
If you are not from PA, but have visited, which of this have you done?
If you have not visited PA, What are you waiting for? you are formally invited!