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6. An Eventful Weekend…In Pictures

6 Dec

At ChristmasTown in Busch Gardens

Pretty Christmas Trees

Gorgeous Tree at Busch Gardens

Chick-Fil-A Cows getting ready to run the ChristmasTown Dash!

After the ChristmasTown Dash…with a new PR! ;)

Fireworks at Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination

It SNOWED! Topped off the Christmas-filled weekend perfectly :)

-xoxo

Gorgeous Day

31 Mar

What a lovely day…its sunny and warm and breezy. Just perfect. And that’s saying a lot considering I’m talking about the ‘Burg…aka my least favorite place! But I’m in a great mood today…which probably has something to do with the fact that I’m going home tomorrow for a long Easter weekend :) I always go home for Easter because my family and the boy’s family always have big Easter lunch/dinners…but instead of leaving Friday, I’m leaving Thursday afternoon because my professor decided to cancel my late class. So glad. I find that as the weeks get busier as we get closer to graduation, I get stressed and just want to LEAVE this place! So having weekends at home every now and then make it a whole lot better :)

I’ve been pretty good about getting things done over the past week and a half…which is good since I’m not as stressed anymore! I have tons of work, but as of right now, its all spaced out just right…thank goodness. I actually made a list of everything I have to do today and even put times beside it….haha. So in a few minutes I’m heading out for a ~7 mile run in this gorgeous weather so I can get back and finish everything else I have to do! I never sacrifice exercise…it always makes me feel sooo much better once I get a good sweat in ;) Does anyone else make exercise a big priority?

So excited to be at home with the fam tomorrow. You’ll find me laying outside tanning all day Friday ;) And Saturday, I’m running the 5k race with the boy and one of our friends…so excited. Apparently, they have been training quite a bit, so I’m sure I’m going to be impressed with their 5k time! I’ve been speed training quite a bit myself…trying to go for a record 5k time. Hey, why not? :)

-xoxo

Running, TJ’s, Family, and Love…Perfection

14 Feb

Wow its been such a busy weekend! I felt like I wasn’t able to relax at all while I was home, but I did a lot of fun things so its okay ;) Friday, after I did an Abs class, my friend Brian met me at the Y for Spin class. It was nice to catch up and we got a good workout in too. I didn’t push myself 100% like I usually do, because I knew I was going to be running a 14k the next day, Saturday.

Saturday morning I woke up at 5:30am to get ready and drive to Virginia Beach for the VA Is For Lovers 14k…well actually my dad drove. I love my fam…they always go to every race to support me, even when we have to wake up at an ungodly hour! :) Thank goodness my dad drove, since we had 3″ of snow on the ground when we were leaving! Umm…the weathermen did not call for that much snow! They said only a dusting…and obviously the city bought into it, because there was not a single snow plow on the roads near my house. In fact, we had to drive about 35mph until we were about 20 minutes into the trip, when the roads finally cleared up. But luckily, we left early enough to have extra time to get to the race location. I’m going to shamelessly plug J&A Racing for again putting on a fabulous race! If anyone has ever heard of the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, well, J&A puts that race on too. They did a spectacular job on this VIFL 14k as well…and I’ve heard that the inaugural Blue Moon Wicked 10k (October) was awesome. They give awesome finisher’s “gifts” and medals and nice technical running shirts at all three of their races. I also like the courses as well. I may be partial because I just love that these races are local and I love Va Beach ;)

After the race Saturday…which I ended up being the 481st finisher out of 3,000…crazy. I didn’t realize I even did that good…haha. The fam and I went to Panera for lunch…which is by far my favorite place, ever. I choose Panera over any other restaurant…seriously! Then we went to Trader Joes…ahh its like heaven. I love walking around and looking at all of the neat things to buy. We ended up with quite a bit of things: quinoa, variety pack of TJ’s hummus, pita chips, almond butter, no salt added albacore tuna, lots of 0% greek yogurt, my fave…and a few other things. I have a fully stocked kitchen back at school now ;)

Saturday night, the boy and I had a Valentines Day date night a little early, because I had to leave to go back to school today. We went to the Cheesecake Factory, where we proceeded to wait an hour and 15 minutes(!) to be seated. It was so crazy there last night! However, every experience I’ve had at that particular Cheesecake Factory has been super-crowded and long waits…I think its because its the only one in the area! I got a Barbeque Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad…obviously not the healthiest thing, but I only ate 1/3 of it…their portion sizes are humongous! Afterwards, we were planning to go see Dear John. However, it took more time in the restaurant than we thought it would, and both of the nearby theaters had a showing at the time we preferred. So I quickly called my mom and got her to look up movie times at other theaters, and a few minutes later we decided to drive to the only theater that had a showing we could make it to…which happened to be on the way home, so it worked out well! I don’t have a lot to say about that movie, except this: the movie is NOTHING like the book. The plot location wasn’t even the same?! Overall, it was a decent movie, and of course had sad parts (this is Nicholas Sparks we’re talking about!) but I would recommend not reading the book before you see it if you plan to! Its not a huge deal, its just hard to separate what you read and what you’re seeing on the screen. I kept telling my boyfriend “No! This is not how it happened!” hahaha :)

So after not getting home ’til almost 1am last night…and then not going to sleep until 3am, I am exhausted! I made the 5-hour drive back to school this afternoon, and it was extra-boring and seemed longer than usual. Blah. I stopped by the grocery store on the way in because *surprise, surprise* we’re supposed to get about 3″-6″ of snow overnight & tomorrow. Just what I wanted!!! ha ha just kidding. I have never been more ready for the beach and hot weather! Well I think I’m in need of some serious sleep…back to the grind tomorrow…that is unless classes get canceled! Fingers crossed ;)

-xoxo

Three Things Thursday

11 Feb

1. I’m going HOME tomorrow morning for the weekend! I’m so excited. It’s been about a month since I’ve been back at school, and I miss the fam, the boy, and my little Chloe sooooo much :) I’m also running the VIFL 14k on Saturday morning, hitting up Trader Joes afterwards (because there isn’t one near my college!), going on an early Valentine’s Day date Saturday night with the boy…Cheesecake Factory and dragging him to see Dear John! I love that he puts up with me ;)

My lovely Chloe ;)

2. I had a huge revelation on Tuesday…okay, not really. haha. But since my car has been snowed in over a week now, I haven’t driven out to the gym. Anyways, Tues & Thurs are my long days of classes and I have a break from 1:45 to 3:30pm, so I walk to my gym that I joined a few weeks ago. Its right near my last class of the day, and its nicer and less crowded than the nearest on-campus gym (there are two…one is super-nice, the other…really old!). Only problem is, now I don’t use that 2-hour break to read for classes anymore. Oops! Well, I like running better anyways… :)

3. Speaking of my car being snowed in…well tonight I took the shovel out there and did WORK. And got a good workout, too, I think. Who knew snow and a shovel could get your blood pumping?! Oh, by the way, I have 4-wheel drive, but I’m still terrified that I’ll slide on the ice or whatever…so I tried to shovel as much as I could. I probably didn’t have to shovel at all…my beast of an SUV would’ve probably made it through there…haha!

-xoxo

Sometimes You Get What You Want :)

10 Feb

So I woke up to howling winds this morning, but I didn’t think too much of it. Then I heard that the temperature was 14 degrees with a wind chill of 1 degree. Yikes! Walking out the door to catch the bus, I knew it was going to be a miserable day, weather-wise. With 50-60 MPH winds (which are still happening…its sooo loud and scary!) and about 2 feet of snow on the ground, there were some massive snow drifts building plus snow flying through the air. It was so bad that all of the hard work of clearing the roads and sidewalks was for no good. There was 3” of snow covering the sidewalk to the bus stop, and the main road in town was covered in snow and ice. I saw so many cars sliding and “fish-tailing” down the road…glad I wasn’t driving! Although it would be nice to be able to drive again…so tired of being snowed in!

Once I finally got back to the house, I knew I absolutely did not want to go back outside again…so I did a Kathy Smith Strength Training video. Its one of my favorites, actually, and its a really good workout! I start sweating within 5 minutes of starting…its that good ;) I’ve been upping my running mileage lately, so I figured it would be a nice break to do some strength/toning workouts.

Last year, I ran the Shamrock Half-Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA for the first time, and absolutely loved it. For the previous three years (during high school/freshman in college), I participated in the 8k run that they have…but I was ready to challenge myself. So I started training for the half…and got injured. I was sooo mad and frustrated that I couldn’t even run a mile without my leg hurting. I was the “elliptical queen” for about 2.5 months because I couldn’t run, but I wanted to keep my endurance up. A few weeks before the half, my leg was feeling pretty good, so I went out and did an 8-mile run. I then proceeded to run the half two weeks later, having only one “long” run (8m) under my belt! Well, it was definitely a challenge, but I ended up doing well. Especially for not being able to have trained properly! Flash forward to Fall 2009, and I had dreams of running the Shamrock Marathon this Spring (March 2010). I kept up with my training runs through mid-December, and then I started to have some leg/knee pain, and I had to back off. I was disappointed, but I still managed to do some long-distance runs. Once I got back to school, though, I was unable to get in my 16, 18, 20+ mile runs because of the snowy weather (and class schedules). So I disappointingly changed my plans and am pushing my marathon training back a few months. In the meantime, I wanted to run the Shamrock HALF again, to improve my time. Plus I can run 13.1 miles now easily…and its much more enjoyable :) The problem–the half-marathon always sells out in early December. So I went on Craigslist and placed an ad for a Half-marathon race bib….and less than 24 hours later, a girl emailed me and offered to sell hers. She has a stress fracture and is unable to participate. I feel sorry for her…I know how it feels to be injured! But now I get to run the half…under someone else’s name. haha can’t wait!

I’m still thinking about some more races this year…I like having something to train for. It makes long-distance running that much more fun :) So far I have a February race (VIFL 14k) and a March race (Shamrock Half)…and did I mention this is the first year I can partake in the free Yuengling beer at the end of the Shamrock?! So excited :)

-xoxo