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Squirelly Tail Twail Wun Half Marathon 2018

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Race Details


Cost : $25 plus processing
Goodies : post race food, race magnet and mud to take home *
Weather: light drizzle at the beginning, 45 degrees, cloudy, 90% humidity.
What I wore: compression socks, shorts, short sleeve shirt, sleeves and a raincoat for the first 2 miles.

* it was impossible to not take mud home.

Last year Roger and I did this race, and he was very excited to run it again this year. Unfortunately, he couldn't run it, because he had a very important work meeting on Monday and didn't want to be sore for it. Anyway, we ran it last year and I complained about the mud... but, boy oh boy! That mud was NOTHING, NOTHING compared to this year.


I knew it was going to be rainy, I knew it was going to be muddy, but I had no doubt in my heart about running it.




It is not an exaggeration when I tell you that 85% of this trail race was mud and water, the other 5 were ankle deep water, and even a knee high creek crossing. I ran through so much mud and water, that my le…

Week In Review- 3rd Birthday and a lot of Mud

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Happy MONDAY! how are you today? I'm sore and tired, but so happy that it's Monday.

Workouts
Monday - 3 easy miles and light weights
Saturday- 4 easy miles and pulling weights
Sunday - Squirrely Tail Twail Wun Half Marathon

On Monday after work, we went to the gym to run and do light weights. The only thing I want to report from that day, is the super adorably cute dumb bell!



Tuesday was an insane busy day at work, I missed out on the nice weather, but made up for it with having ice cream.

On Thursday, I met up with my sisters to travel to New York City for another Ricardo Arjona concert. My younger sister had a birthday earlier on the week, and all she wanted for her celebration, was to go to New York and see him again in concert. We had a great time singing and dancing. We also walked to Times Square for some pictures.








The next day I was so tired, I almost used my emergency work Doritos.


On Sunday, I headed out in the rain for the Squirrely Tail Twail Wun Half marathon. It was…

I Can't Act Like a 25 Year Old anymore

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Last night, I went with my sisters to New York City. My younger sister had a birthday earlier this week, and all she wanted for her birthday was to go see Ricardo Arjona in concert at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. I didn't get her a present, so I made plans to follow her wishes... but man! My body doesn't like flash trips anymore!



We started doing flash trips to New York back in 2005, when we went to see La Ley. We took the train and spent the rest of the night at the club where the concert was, and another 3 hours at the train station waiting for the first train back home. We slept about 2 hours on the train, and went to work.... I was 23 and a night of no sleep barely affected me.

We managed a few more trips before my body started to give up. For the last 3 years, it has become harder and harder to recuperate from those trips. Now my body demands at least 6 solid hours of sleep and a good meal, before and after the show. But work keeps interfering with my concert …

A Day In The Life- A Day At Work

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It has been a while since I did a Day In The Life Post... mostly because I overshare.




7:00- 8:30- We meet for a few minutes every morning to review any big events happening at work that day. From the moment I arrive, I'm pulling information from the state system. We enroll new participants two days per week, this was an enrollment day.

At this time, I also make my oatmeal. I am not hungry when I first wake up, but my body needs breakfast. I eat Wegmans Organic maple spice oatmeal, that is the only flavor I like.




9:30- I started to work on another task. For every participant that comes to our program, activities and hours need to be tracked. Today I added activities to their state profile, while I waited for the paperwork from new enrollments.

10:00- 11:30- Most of my Mondays (in this case Tuesday), my morning are in a tight schedule. The instructor is supposed to have the paperowork for new enrollments to me by 10, but today he got distracted and didn't get them to me until 10:…

Week In Review - 2nd Birthday

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Happy Monday! and Happy President's Day, (is that a thing people say? )



Workouts
Tuesday - 4 easy miles and weights
Wednesday - 5 miles (1 warm up, 3 intervals, 1 cool down)
Friday- 11 miles progression
Sunday- 5 miles fartek


Last week I ordered a pair of Brooks sneakers, they were on sale for an excellent price. I had gotten the Pure Flow sneakers before, and liked how light and flexible they were. The arrived on Monday of last week, so I decided to try them for my run on Tuesday. Well, they were awful. I normally run on Nike Free 5.0, which are super light and super flexible. Going from them to the Pure Flows was horrible! they Pure Flows were clunky and stiff. I ran 1 mile and wobbled another mile back to my car to change. My feet hurt after the run... but that's what I get !

We also had fastnachts on Tuesday.




On Wednesday, I met up Roger for 5 Valentine's Day miles. We ran intervals, then went home and made Valentine's Day dinner at home. We love going out to eat, exc…

I Am Not in The mood to come up with a tittle

I know it's Friday and I had a different post ready for today, but my heart is not ready to go back to normal as scheduled. Another school shooting happened on February 14, and 17 people are dead. Mass shootings, as common as they are, still hit me hard, but school shootings are extra difficult to deal with.

On Thursday, I couldn't stop thinking about those families and their loss, but I was also selfish and kept thinking about my own son going to school, and my friends who are teachers.

On my way to lunch, I was playing happy music, trying to lift my mood. I called my niece to wish her a happy birthday during my lunch. I spoke to her for about 30 seconds, and that lifted my mood for a little bit. Then Roger called me, to tell me that we needed to consider buying a bullet proof book pack for my son, and my heart couldn't hold the tears anymore.

I cried all the way back to work, devastated to think that this is our current reality, a world in which we have to consider sendi…

SUYB - January 2018 Books

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Happy Tuesday! Time for my favorite post of the month, Show Us Your Books! This month was off to a slow start, with a very long book at the beginning of the month. 




Today I'm linking up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books.






Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

I picked up this book, because I want to read What Happened? by Hillary Clinton, too. But I should have started with her Autobiography, which I want to request this week.

From this book I learned that Hillary Clinton is a very intelligent woman, who should have become our president. She has done so much work to prepare for such a role... but we all know how that only created a legion of haters, because it's easier for them to be hateful of a smart woman, than to admit that she is deserving of the highest political office.... anyway, I am completely away from my subject now.

This book was long, full of things I didn't know or understand before, but very well written. 



What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

WMMR is the tragic s…

Week In Review - The One With The Bugs

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Happy Sunday! I hope you had a productive weekend!



Workouts
Monday: 3 miles easy
Thursday: 5 miles (3 easy, 2 tempo) and core
Friday- 4 miles (2 of hill repeats, 1 warm up , 1 cool down) and weights
Saturday - 12 miles progressive long run
Sunday - Weights and core


On Monday, I met Roger at the YMCA to run on the treadmill. Part of me is so tired of the treadmill, and another part is so happy to be watching Gossip Girl... I should be more ashamed of wanting to watch Gossip Girl, but it is one of my favorite shows. Judge me, but I will still watch the show, and you should watch it too.

On Wednesday we were scheduled to have snow and sleet. Our office was closed and school did too. I had big plans, we were going to be lazy and do some laundry, maybe bake a pound cake... until I noticed my son starching his head with a lot of force. I asked him to let me check his head, and there it was, every parent nightmare, lice!!

I was ready to burn the house, move to another country, in another continent…