Showing posts from August, 2017

Friday Five 9.1.17

Happy Friday! how is your Friday going. I'm going to brag and tell you that I have a 4 day weekend, with the holiday on Monday !!

I'm Linking up with the Friday five 2.0 ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy. Today's Theme is things we learned this summer, and because I am a very literal, and a pain in the butt, for me Summer is not over until September 22. But my last summer races will be taking place in the next few weeks, so I will share with you what I learned this summer training cycle.

Please bear with me, I rarely talk about my training, that I could just start rambling.

1. Sleep in, and learn to stand the heat. Last summer we used to train earlier, like 7 am, to avoid the heat of the day and humidity. And when I showed up to Bird In Hand Half, I immediately regretted the "cool temperatures" training. That day was hot, sunny, steamy and humid. I didn't crash, but my body was not ready. This summer, we slept in and went for training later o…

Books From August

I am ahead on my reading goal for the year, and that made me consider adding 10 more books for the year... but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.

Today I'm joining a new (to me) link up.  I'm linking up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books. I've been stalking this link up for quite a while, it's about time I joined in.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - This books is difficult to read, but a necessary read. It took me a while to finish it, and the parts with the Slave hunters made me feel completely sick and hate humanity. 4 *

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- I read this books out of order, read #2 of the series first. It wasn't a complicated story, so it was not difficult to fill in blanks. This is the re-imagined, Sci-fi, YA dystopia version of Red Ridding Hood. Entertaining, but a little sappy at the end. 3*

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson- Ms. Woodson has a beautiful power in how she uses and writes her stories. I read her other book Brown …

Weekly Wrap 8.28.17- Week of Celebration

This summer has been fantastic, busy and warm. I am not ready for it to end, but we will move forward .

Thursday - 2.5 miles run and Abs
Friday- 6 miles and 4 1 minute sprints for a total of 7 miles
Sunday - 13 miles long run 

On Monday I met with the always fabulous Megan for drinks and to hang out. Those talks always go by so quickly and I really enjoy talking her, she is so smart and kind. There is no pictures, but it did happen. We are this much closer to solving the first Serial. 

This was my son's first week of school, and we were busy getting back to our school routine. So far, things are going along well, give us 3 more weeks and I will be searching for my notes from Open school night. 

On Thursday, as I mentioned on Friday Five, we drove to Philly for my citizenship test, which I passed. I will talk more about that experience later this week. Most of the day was spent on the road to Philadelphia and back, followed by Back to School night and a quick 2.5 miles. I forgot…

Friday Five 8.25.17

Happy Friday! I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness

I have lots to celebrate this morning, so I'm going to share with you highlights of my week and random stuff.

1. I passed the Citizenship test! Yesterday afternoon, I had my appointment for my citizenship test, and I passed! The process has been long and there is one more step to complete yet, which will be my swearing in Ceremony; which is when I fully become a Citizen of the United States.

2. I am jumping age groups! Today I am turning the big 35, for some races that means I will now be in a new age group... a very competitive age group! And I'm not ready to their level of awesomeness!

3. My son is off to a great start for school! Yesterday I attended my son's Back To School night, and showed with my boxes of tissues and gift card, and My son's teacher told me that he was grateful I remember to bring tissues, because he forgot to ask for some! It's going to be a g…

Can I Bribe My Son's Teacher?

I was going to write up a race recap for the HARRC After Dark 7K, but got bored just writing down the details about why I wanted to do the race... so here is my recap, I paid to run, I got an awesome hat, I ran in the heat, it was hard, my shoes came untied at mile 2 and I finished in 37 minutes.

School has started and with this comes all the work of having a child in school. I have a routine and schedules, because it's the only way that we get through the days. Every year the promise to myself that this year things won't be missed, or forgotten is made, but it's barely 1 week in and glasses were already left in the car. 

I saw on Instagram that a local coffee shop was offering a "start the school year off right" baskets, for parents to give teachers, and the idea came to me... can I bribe my son's teacher, before I start messing up? 

I expect that this year I will forget to force, I mean encourage my son to do his homework at least 4 times. In my heart, my son…

Weekly Wrap 8.20.17

Happy Monday! My son is off to his first day of school, and I am very happy and exited for him... but not for homework, I am never excited for homework. 

Tuesday - weights (arms and abs) + 6 miles tempo run
Wednesday- 8 miles easy. 
Thursday - 2 morning miles
Sunday - 13 miles long run

On Tuesday, my son and I spent the day getting him the rest of the things he needed for school, which were a pack of sticky notes, patches for his book pack from last year and a box of crayons. School normally does a collection of items from all parents and if they need anything else, they send out an email. I bought a bucket load of things for the classroom last year, this year is his Dad's turn. 

Wednesday, after work I did a slow 8 miles. I ran from Camp Hill to Harrisburg, City Island specifically, because there was a baseball game and I knew the place would be full of people. 

Before I continue, some clarification. I am not afraid or worried about running in Harrisburg, I have ran there early …

Friday Five 8.18.17

Happy Friday! Sadly, today is the last Friday before my son starts 3rd Grade. I am happy that he is starting 3rd grade, but not all that excited for school, homework and school schedule.. UGH!

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness . 

Today's theme is Running / Fitness fuel, but I'm no expert on the subject, by any stretch of the imagination. However, I would recommend checking out the link up for other awesome bloggers who eat way better than me . 

I used to eat randomly whatever I was hungry for. However, in the past 3 years I have found that my body doesn't get anything out of a McDs quarter pounder and fries, and it also leaves me feeling miserable. And today I want to remember 5 foods that have been added to my eating in the last 4 years, that I want to believe help me feel better. 

1. Salads - I used to hate salads !! it made me feel like if I was a cow chewing green leaves and raw tomatoes, but I have learned to LOVE sala…

I Dream of Bread

When I was in college, I wrote a paper about dreams, it was over 15 years ago, but I still remember that one theory that talked about dreams taking you to the feelings, places and memories you craved the most, and the one about unresolved issued that brought anxiety. At the current moment, I have three re-ocurring dreams that are a mix of anxiety and places I miss. 

"I overslept for work" 
In the time that I have worked at my office, I have overslept my fair amount of times, but have managed to arrive to work barely on time. But my brain likes to play tricks with my mind, and about once a month, right after stressing out about an audit or a file review, I dream that my alarm goes off and I turn it off and go back to sleep, and wake up 4 hours later, realizing that it's 10:30 and I didn't go to work. In my dream, the list of reasons of why I'm not at work on time start to roll off my brain... I had a family emergency and couldn't bother with calling the office, …

Weekly Wrap 8.13.17

Happy Monday to you! I had another busy week, with a few trips and some work.

Thursday- HARRC After Dark 7K + .50 miles warm up and 1 mile run to the car
Friday - Weights and abs
Saturday- 9 miles and abs
Sunday - 12 miles long run and abs

On Monday I was supposed to run 5 tempo miles, but my body was totally wiped out! All the driving and weekend activities caught up to me. Plus I was at the tail end of my period, and my body needed a short nap, or what I thought would be a short nap, I woke up 1 hour later and still felt tired. I only got up because I needed to do some laundry, if not, chances are I would still be in bed.

This week was 2 days of vacation with my son, he goes back to school soon, and we are trying to squeeze everything out of the summer. So, as I shared last week, we headed out to Sesame Place with my mom and my niece. I made a point to find my mom a shaded spot to sit, while the kids and I were doing rides, and lots of water. It was a huge success, everybody lov…

Friday Five 8.11.17

Happy Friday! how is your day going?

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. Todays' Theme is Running Friends and Family, so I will tell you about awesome races I've done with family and Friends.

1. Kennett Run - This was my first 5K in the USA, and my sister and I have been doing Kennett Run since 2012. The Kennett Run is a small local race, but it attracts a lot of people from the area. This race offers a great environment for the whole family.

2. Bird In Hand- I love the Bird In Hand Races! the atmosphere is friendly to runners, and to families. There is different distances offered, the Kids run, 5K on Friday, and a half marathon on Saturday morning. There is also a hot air balloon launch as the races are taking off, and that adds such a unique touch to the event. Also, on Friday night, the Pasta dinner is amazing!! and the Family Chicken BBQ after the Half marathon is divine!

3.  Rock 'n' Roll Races- I love Rock '…

I'm The Weird One

This post has been spinning around in my head for a while... typically when people start statements with "I'm the type of person that", it makes me think that is the type of person who they want to be, but are not. For example, a dear friend of mine says things like "I'm the type of person who is very private about my personal life... but I'm going to share this with you... " and by the end of the day, that private moment he shared with me is common knowledge for everybody at the office.

Well, I'm the type of person who wants to be normal, but then I find myself itching to get out of the high heel shoes and the pretty dress and walk around barefoot on the sidewalk.... which I do not recommend you do in NYC, those sidewalks are filthy... or Atlantic City NJ.

I'm the weird one who plans and schedules everything in my spontenous family, the weird one who wears black every day at work, the weird one who carries a bottle inside a hydration pack, beca…