Friday, May 16, 2014

It's FRIIIIIDAAAAY!!!


Happy Friday, also the eve of my 13th half marathon!  Tomorrow I'll be out and about at the crack of dawn to run my 3rd Brooklyn Half.   NYRR does a great job with this race, even though it's a pain to get to and I have to be up at 4am.  I also have PR'd every time I have ran it, although I'm not expecting much tomorrow.

Anyway....

Thing's I'm loving right now!

Trampolines!
I went to Skyzone for one of their Skyfit classes.  I have to say, I was expecting it to be easy, but it was pretty hard! The instructor even incorporated weights into the mix.  Definitely an awesome way to spend a birthday or a fun day date with the gals.

And if you can do this...even better!


Crossfit231
I'm back at it with a vengeance! A new box opened up at the end of my street, which means walking distance which also meant that I left Cobalt which I was loving, but was just not getting to. These guys are great, it's a bit of an older crowd which I really like.  Not that I am old, but it's nice to workout with people who are more my age (30's), also helps on the social angle.


8 pounds
Gone and NEVER coming back!  Now I just need to lose about 10 more.  I'm about 40 days off of wheat, life changing! Have I had trace amounts yes, but nothing obvious like a hunk of bread or a box of Cheeze-its.

What are you loving right now?


Thursday, May 15, 2014

DC Half Recap

What a could of weeks, I've been busy, busy with work, friends and just life.  It's been good.  I'm still sitting in the "hallway" but am learning to enjoy it more, and may even start decorating soon!

So way back on April 27th I ran the Nike DC Half.  I went into the lottery as a team (there were actually 2 teams) with a bunch of chicks I didn't really know (minus my 2 running buds) and hoped for the best. I wasn't really properly trained to do anything more than just run, I was sad and sort of meh.  The good news is that as soon as I took a little nap on the 'ol Amtrak I snapped right out of it! The sadness over the boy lifted, I bonded with the gals, and had a blast!  It's amazing what a little sleep can do!

On the Amtrak


As far as the race goes, I did better than expected: 2:12:15 - not too shabby!  I was really pleased with my mile splits which were all even for the most part.  I have had some major fluctuations in past races and was so happy to see that each mile was basically even.  I was able to kick it up for the last mile which made me happy.



So would I race this again?  Only if we got in as a team.  $175 is a lot, and I could care less about the Tiffany's necklace! The course while nice, was a little boring.  I was expecting to see the monuments and I think we only ran past the White House and the back of the Lincoln Memorial.  I would also plan to stay over 2 nights next time so I could get more sights in.  You just have too much to do the day before a race to really do anything else.  Nike did a nice job, I never felt too crowded on the course, but I was also in the 2nd corral, those in the back had a much different experience.  The expotique was a little cheesy, but that was to be expected.  Major props to the staff and volunteers.  I was also pleased to see a bunch of men on the course (I know, I know...).  They were fun to run with and seemed to enjoy the all women's theme!



  We also managed to make pyramids to happen.  We tend to do that a lot, doesn't everyone??












Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Hallway

Life is so weird sometimes.  In the blink of an eye everything can just change.  I've been in the change before, or the "hallway".  I hate it and it's never comfortable, but such is life.  I've documented on this here blog countless breakups with the boy.  Just shy of 4 years together, at least 4 breakups and a million memories, we decided to call it quits.  I ugly cried, he (surprisingly) didn't.  It's been just less than a month, and for a few days in a row I'm feeling better.  Last week?  Ugh, last week was PAINFUL.  And social media never helps. And tears and unanswered phone calls don't help either (oops).  But, we both know this is it, we knew for a while that it wasn't working, that I wanted to get married, that he didn't, ect, ect. So just like that, we ended it.  I'm sure we will run into each other and say the casual hello, but I think we both know that that hello can't turn back into us being together (again).  We just don't work, even though I wish we did. 

So...

Today, I am working on myself, reading, writing, going back to therapy.  I even hit up a few al-anon meetings (best program ever, seriously).  I'm not shy about 12 step programs, I have 10 years success, they work.  I'm running, crossfitting, going out with my gals.  This new life doesn't have to suck.  I'm determined to NOT let it suck! I've wasted too much time being unhappy with the wrong person, time to find the right one.

I'm also losing weight. I've given up the wheat for good (also documented here countless attempts to get with it regarding my food),  It's been 30 days and I feel amazing.  Down 8 pounds and a bunch of inches.

I have no clue what the future holds, but I will make it a good one! 

And before I forget...Nike women's half this weekend! I'm excited to run (even though I'm not really trained) and have fun!



Monday, March 10, 2014

Feb!

When I don't post, I'm realizing I can't remember ANYTHING for these monthly recaps!

Feb was a work filled with work, work and more work.  I was stretched a bit above my comfort zone and was ok with it....I didn't cry and I got through one of the biggest projects I'll probably have to do here.  Good stuff!

Workout wise - I was at my gym more than normal, treadmill, pump and jump, spin....went to CF once and had a bunch of runs including an 8 mile fun run put together by the local running store. I think I skied 2x, all the usual things.

Ah, lame.  But that's all I got...looking forward to an awesome March.




Thursday, January 30, 2014

Woops, Forgot to post My Dec Recap!

Wow, December FLEW by!!!! 

In a nutshell...

Christmas, really awesome, lots of cool gifts exchanged and received (I love the giving part a little more though, seeing loved ones excited about a gift rocks).

NYE, it sort of sucked, which I think is normal. I'm always in a funky space, expectations out of control, me and the boy a little on edge....typical. I should add, the party we went to did not suck, in fact it was the perfect quiet night with friends.

Working out, hmm...let's see....I got in a few Crossfit sessions, I ran some miles, the longest being 8 miles in the snow in Central Park (amazing).  I went back to spin and embraced the 'mill. Oh and I placed first in the Athena category at the Ho Ho Ho run!  Not a PR, although I was only off by about 30 seconds which completely amazed me.

Weight, gained back those same damn 3 pounds.  I'm back to square one.  Nutritionist tomorrow.  Why do I suck at losing weight???? 

Random, Ranger game with front row (literally behind the bench) seats, executive suite. Pink concert with my dad, also up in the suites, a party with the coolest tri team around.

I'd say Dec was a hit!




Goodbye January!

January, where did you go....and of course I'm a posting slacker....just keeping it consistent :)

Here is the low down on the month -

Ran some longs (7 and 8 miles in Central Park), the Sayville Run to The Brewery 10 miler. No Crossfit and barely any miles the last 2.5 weeks.

I skied a bunch.

I gave a kick ass 2 hour work presentation at my national sales meeting.

I ate amazing meals (Peekamoose!).

I cut back on wheat (I think I broke my denial, ya, it's annoying me too).

I saw Gabrielle Bernstein with my BFF Amy from CT.  While it wasn't as life changing for me as others, I enjoyed her message and have really gotten into listening to her podcasts. 

Girls is back on, and I'm digging the new season.

Lastly, a  fellow runner was hit by a car in very dense fog and didn't make it,  My hills team ran in his honor at the Brew Run, while I didn't personally know him, my heart still hurts.  Runners, we need to be safe! Drivers, look around and DON'T TEXT! I swear running has made me a better driver!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

This Life

Sometimes this life I get to live is just too much...too incredible...too, beyond what I ever thought it would be.

This week has been fun and exhausting and worth officially breaking my running streak for! Because of work I was gifted tickets to see Fuerza Bruta on Tue and Big Fish (I loved it, theater critics you are WRONG!)  last night which meant 2 days in the best city in the world.  Plus I got to ski on Sun, I lost 3 pounds (the 3 I had gained) and I get to hang with my friends and smile and ...you know, poop rainbows and unicorns. 

So without sounding ridiculous, I'm just happy.  Happiness comes easy to me, but there was a time where I was literally drowning in the life I created.  I was fat, I drank (wayyyy to much) smoked (waaaaaay too much) was negative all the time and was basically living life with my eyes closed. 

Today?  Today, I have changed all of that and then some.  I've talked about all of this before, so while it's redundant, I'm feeling too good not to share. 

My guess is that most readers are somewhat on a healthy life mission, because I for one was not reading about running when I was struggling through my early 20's. But just know that if life sucks, it can change. You don't have to get stuck in a rut, ever. 

Ok, so off my optimistic soap box, back to the reality which is a pile of work I have to get to.

Tonight, tonight is back to crossfit or a run.  Ahh, this life!