Sunday, November 28, 2010

Running Inspiration

I've been reading some of Run Blogger's recent posts, and older posts, and am inspired!

This guy really started running about 3 years ago and did a marathon after just 1 year of running. So I know I won't reach that, but I'm also starting from a less active lifestyle. But I am definitely inspired to turn this into a running blog. I already blog a lot about my running here. Of course I will do some other updates as well, but I will definitely continue to blog about my running a lot.

So on that note, J and I did a 3 mile with the dog today. Remy is getting much better about running with us. I think I need to try working with him more on my own. I would absolutely love to be able to run with my pup regularly. I like showing him off. He's just so damn cute!

The run today was a little slow because my calf muscles were rather tight. Probably due to my first bike wreck that I had on Friday. I tried to take a sharp turn too fast and just fell over on my side. Huge bruise on my calf now. Was pretty sore for the first 24 hours. Now just a pretty bruise. Bike is just fine.

J and I are doing this little event on post called the 12 Days of Christmas Half Marathon. You run 10 miles on your own, then we get together on Dec. 12 to run a 5k. We have 6 miles done already, and another 5k to run next Sunday. That leaves 1 mile to do outside of the run. Easy.

Ok. That's all that's in my head. Time to get ready to snuggle up in the soft flannel sheets I just put on the bed today.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Scrooge

I am one of the biggest Scrooges I know. Seriously, I probably wouldn't put out any christmas decorations if J weren't here. When he does get his chance to deploy, I probably won't put any out.

I don't really know when I started to dislike christmas. It was a slow process, with years of singing the same songs over, and over, and over, in church and school and various choirs. Years of cramming 20 or so people into our little living room for christmas dinner. The ugly sweaters, the bad gifts, the poorly written christmas letters.

The one part I don't really mind is buying gifts for my family. It's usually a fun process to pick out a gift for them and do a little exchange.

So, considering I don't like christmas, or snow, or cold, what do I like about winter?

Chanukah.

Yes, in the wintertime, I become a big ol' jew. Chanukah never had all the fuss and hubbub, no annoying songs played over and over. We would always do an open house for Chanukah, so we did still have 20+ people, but not all at the same time. And I always got to help in the kitchen, which kept me busy.

I love the easy tradition of Chanukah. You say the blessings, light the candles, and enjoy! I tried my own Chanukah open house last year, and it went ok, but things are just kinda crazy this year. So J and I will still do our own Chanukah dinner one night, with latkes and matzo ball soup. We will enjoy a quiet holiday without a lot of fuss. I even have a CD of Chanukah music we can listen to this year.

This year, my in-laws are coming for Christmas. The huge upside to having them is that there is no big dinner to do. Their tradition, which I love, is to have a table full of noshing goodies. That's cheese, crackers, chips, dips, veggies, maybe some fruits or little salads. You relax and munch.

What I'm really looking forward to is next year. We've decided that next year, we will say no to christmas guests. We're going to save up and plan a week long christmas vacation in Steamboat Springs, CO, where we had our honeymoon. Don't know if the pets will go with us yet. Well, Duke would probably stay here and have someone check on him. But it might be fun to take Remy along.

I must admit, I'm kinda excited to see how Remy reacts to snow. And Duke, too. We've been letting Duke out in the back yard with Remy and he's loving it. He doesn't try to leave the yard, just explores out there. So now we can see how he reacts to snow.

So, Chanukah starts this Wednesday at sundown. I get to enjoy a full Chanukah and have a small break before christmas starts. Thank goodness the in-laws will be staying at a hotel, so I can relax with a glass of wine before bed each night. ;)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

I already had one. My folks came down and we did an early thanksgiving with them on Sunday. They headed home today. It's nice when they visit because they're pretty laid back. They don't have to go see and do a lot of things, they just want to see us. They did spoil my pets rotten. Remy spent most of the afternoon staring out the back gate, like he was waiting for their car to come back. He hasn't gone upstairs looking for them yet. Maybe tonight though.

Tomorrow we're going to have another thanksgiving with our friends. We'll each bring a dish or two, and Remy will get to play with his BFF all afternoon.

We're also doing a 5k run tomorrow morning. I hope I can do as well as last week's run!

I do have a lot of running to do soon. J and I signed up for a 12 days of Christmas half marathon. You can run the first 10 miles on your own time, and log it on a little worksheet. Then on December 12, we all get together and run a 5k to finish up our 13.1 miles. We are signed up for a 5k Jingle Bell Rock Run that benefits a friend's organization, so that will be my first 3 miles logged.

I guess it's really not that much running, but it should be fun. That is assuming I'm not getting sick. I woke up super stuffy today. I took some mucinex and will take some tonight so I will hopefully sleep well.

Wow, my life is pretty boring. Oh well, it's better than the drama.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Turkey Trot

This morning was an annual Army 10k to earn points for the Commander's Cup. Don't ask me for more info because I don't know. But along with the 10k was a 5k that was open to DOD civilians and dependents. So I ran the 5k.

It was COLD! About 37 degrees at both the start and finish. I was at the back of the pack. Seriously, there were only 2 people behind me.

I ran the whole way, no walking. I warmed up enough to take my gloves off. And as I finished, I was in shock. 32:50!! I finished in 32 minutes and 50 seconds!! That is my FASTEST. 5K. EVER. I mean seriously, it's about 2 minutes faster than my fastest time last year! And it's a whole 5 minutes faster than my last 5k.

So needless to say, I'm feeling pretty good today. J finished his 10k at a good time, and we came home to a nice hot shower. I ran a few errands and did some ironing. This afternoon I'm getting my hairs did with the girls, and makeup done. Then it's off to the ball! I have a gorgeous blue dress that I got second-hand from a friend. Amazingly, it fits perfectly, and it had been fitted to her when she got it.

Tomorrow is the yard sale in the morning, which I will work for Relay For Life, and after that my folks should get into town. We'll have an early Thanksgiving dinner with them on Sunday. I'm excited for them to meet Remy!

Ok. Time to get busy again.

Friday, November 12, 2010

running update

It's been a little while, I know!

So, I did my first official 8k run (5 miles). J ran the whole thing with me. My goal was to finish in 1:15 (that's hours:minutes), since I was doing about a 15 minute mile in my training runs.

I finished with an official time of 1:01:06. Much better than I expected! I was proud of me, J was proud of me. It was great. I definitely earned my new tattoo!

J and I went for a run with the pup this morning. Remy's getting better about it, he didn't drag behind as much today. I still need to map out the route and see how long it was, but it was nice. I'm also hoping to start doing McKelligan Canyon soon. It's a hilly drive, so I will probably walk it, but I need hill training to walk the Bataan in March.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vacation

You know what they say about needing a vacation from your vacation? Yeah. Not that we didn't have a great time, but we're tired. We got into DC on Wednesday and only had time to find dinner. Thursday we got up and went for a run. We ran past the Capitol, and through part of the National Mall. It was around 5 miles all together. Yay! Then we got ready and headed back to the Mall.

We hit the Smithsonian Air and Space museum first. It was much better than I was expecting. Space ships, airplanes, and a whole exhibit on the planets with photos taken from satellites. It's amazing how beautiful the planets actually are.

We ate lunch at this fancy seafood place, The Occidental Grill. It was amazing. I had the jumbo sea scallops.

Then we walked over to the Smithsonian American Art Museum where they had a Norman Rockwell exhibit from the personal collections of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. I don't remember the name of the place we ate dinner at that night, but we got dessert at a little bakery and took it back to the motel.

Friday J went on his own run through the Mall, all the way to the Lincoln Monument at the other end. Then we went to the National Gallery of Art. It was wonderful! Some of our favorite artists there, including lots of Degas, one of my faves. We ate lunch at a little cafe set up in the rotunda of the museum, fancy french food. We headed back to our motel early so that Misty could pick us up.

She took us into North Beach, MD where she lives. We met her guy and his folks, and some of their friends. Had a little halloween party, but dang it was cold out! We had breakfast with Misty and Tony (her guy) the next morning and they drove us back into DC.

We cleaned up and headed out to a little bar called Asylum. We were supposed to meet my college friend there, but she couldn't even make it into DC because of the traffic. The Rally to Restore Sanity was going on at that time. We were half an hour late getting there as well. The Asylum does brunch on weekends and they have a regular menu and vegan menu. It was super tasty. Although I didn't get to see my friend, it was great food.

From there we went to the National Archives. We didn't do the whole tour thing, but just saw the good stuff. The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, you know, the good stuff. We walked over to the Lincoln Monument so I could see it. Everything was still very crowded from the Rally crowd. For dinner, we had trouble finding a place that was still open, seems the rally crowd ate up all the food. We found this tavern place that had fancy cigars and private humidors. You could literally rent a humidor to keep your cigars in. I don't remember the name of that one, either.

Sunday was race day. We got up early and headed to the Pentagon Metro station (we used the Metro rail to get everywhere expect MD). Once J took off, I walked back over to Lincoln and found some breakfast. I hung out a the 16 mile marker and actually did manage to find J as he passed me. I got a couple pics of him in action. Then I headed back over to the finish line. It was crazy! So many people. And the "finish festival" seemed so far from the finish line! The runners had to walk so far just to reach the "family link up" area. But we did find each other.

After the run, we went back to the National Gallery and found the Rembrandt paintings. I got a few pics. Rembrandt is one of J's absolute favorite painters, hence our dog's name. For dinner we found a nice brewery and had some amazing food and amazing beer. I had crab cakes and J had filet mignon. We stopped at the Red Velvet Cupcakery on our way home. Awesome!

Of course that meant Monday was fly home day. We still got up early and headed to the Mall yet again for the Vietnam Memorial. It was so cold that morning! But we still enjoyed it. We packed up and headed home after that.

So yes, DC was fun and successful, but my feet hurt and I'm tired. Now we're trying to get back into our routines. I'm running my first 8k Saturday night. Looking forward to a long weekend after that to actually rest a little!