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Catching Up to the Present

6 Mar

What have I been up to since starting an unofficial blogging “break” in December? I’ll recap some of the runs below in more detail at a later date, but here’s a look at what I’ve been doing-running and otherwise!

Enjoying the holiday season with my first trip home for Christmas in FIVE years! Complete with quality time with the family, christmas cookies and other homeade meals and treats galore, SNOW, a trip to NYC and a Coldplay concert.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Freedom Tower in NYC

Freedom Tower in NYC

 

Snow

Snow

Stew Leonard's, the Best Grocery Experience. Ever.

Stew Leonard’s, the Best Grocery Experience. Ever.

Coldplay!

Coldplay!

Ringing in the New Year from my condo complex’s parking lot with a friend.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Taking in some Broadway at the Bob Carr with student rush tickets to Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Running the Color Run in January during it’s first visit to Orlando.

Running the Dick Batchelor Run for the Children at Universal Orlando for the second time. One of my favorite 5K’s!

Not exactly a running photo, but take in the post-race area at Universal's CityWalk!

Not exactly a running photo, but take in the post-race area at Universal’s CityWalk!

Celebrating my golden birthday (26 on the 26th of January) with surprise cupcakes, work, pottery painting and dinner with friends!

A Welcome Birthday Surprise!

A Welcome Birthday Surprise!

Palm Tree Pottery

Palm Tree Pottery

Starting spring semster grad school classes. Two online courses this semester. Taking advantage of tuition waivers and making slow progress towards my Master’s.

Running the Lady Track Shack 5K, an all female run in Winter Park, Florida.

Running the innaugural Winter Garden 10K-and tackling a new distance!

Running the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon!

Planning my 2013 (into 2014) dream race schedule which includes signing up for Disney’s Tower of Terror 10 Miler and hopefully signing up for Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon when registration opens!

Preparing for my sister’s arrival to Orlando for Spring Break- which means some upcoming time spent enjoying the local theme parks!

 

Busy Week, Non Existent Running

20 Nov

This past week was an insanely busy working week for me, so my half marathon training suffered. While I was supposed to complete two 5 mile runs and a 12 mile run, I managed to complete one 5 mile run. It just happened to be bad timing that week 11 of my 13 week training plan coincided with all sorts of work dinners and events that I couldn’t really avoid. Here’s hoping this week goes a little better as the half is in less than two weeks!

This week, my half marathon training plan that I have (loosely) followed has me running two 3 mile runs and a 6 mile runs, but I know that won’t be exactly accurate. I signed up to do two virtual runs with For the Love of the Kids which raises money for Paul Newman’s non profit, the Hole in the Wall Gang, a camp for children dealing with serious illnesses.

The way the virtual run works is that you sign up for the race of your choosing- a 5K, half marathon or both. Before the race you receive a race t-shirt and bib in the mail. Then, during the designated dates, you run your race distance or distances! The organization provides four days to run, so you can complete your races when it’s convenient for you. Once you complete your race, you return the For the Love of the Kids’ website and enter your race time. After the race, the organization mails you finisher medals!

I tend to be more motivated when I am in a “race” mentality, so I thought this was an awesome way to motivate myself in the final stretch of training, support a deserving organization and gain some new race bling! With the Thanksgiving holiday and a lighter work schedule, I should be able in good shape to get my training done!

The First Post

14 Nov

I’ve been (semi)regularly running for a little while now and have been training for my first half marathon for about nine weeks, but something funny happened within the last week and a half. I actually started liking running. It stopped feeling like a self imposed torture. While it still feels like a challenge every day and some days I don’t look forward to it quite as much as I’d look forward to catching up on the DVR, I’ve really begun to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a run, whether it be one mile or ten miles.

While I’ve run some 5K’s here and there, with little to no training, this is the first time I have really set out with a true goal in mind. While I am in the final weeks of my training for the OUC Half Marathon on December 1st, my hope is that this blog will help me track the final stages leading up to my first half marathon and a continue love for running (and a growing addition to race bling), with a little eating, traveling, working and life mixed in!