Last Day Of Work

Goodafternoon! Today is my last day of work and it is almost over! I still can’t believe that after today I won’t be coming back – and that I’m moving to Michigan! I am so excited and can’t wait for the new adventures that are waiting for me.

I took Tuesday night off from running as I ran heavy miles the night before and because it was my birthday! I received so many nice messages from my family and friends.  After work, I went home and spent a little time with my mom and brother before I headed out to get my nails done.  Of course I went with a purpley-pink although I wish I would have checked out the color name since I love it so much!

After nails, my mom and I had yummy sandwiches and my favorite chocolate cake dessert from a local restaurant! The rest of the night was spent relaxing and talking – there is so much going on in our family right now and we are so blessed to have so much good news.

Last night was also an off night for me as I went bridesmaid dress shopping with my brother’s fiancée, her mom, my mom, and 2 other bridesmaids.  It was a lot of fun trying on dresses! Most of the dresses we tried on were strapless and flowy which was flattering for all 3 of us bridesmaids that were there.  We ended up going to 2 bridal salons and I believe the beautiful bride to be has narrowed it down to a few choices!

Today at work, we had a potluck to celebrate the Bills staying in Buffalo but it worked out nicely that it is also my last day! After work will be a quick happy hour to send me off followed by a birthday dinner at my parent’s house.  My birthday was Tuesday and my brothers is on Friday so we are doing a joint dinner.  I do need to get a 4 or 5 mile run in at some point to stay on top of my training!

How do you celebrate birthdays in your family? Do you workout on your birthday or do you pamper yourself?

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Rural Run and Pancake Bliss

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend.  Sunday is always a great day to relax, get some errands done and prep for the week ahead which is exactly what I plan on doing.

Yesterday my family went to my cousins grad party and it was nice to visit with family.  I did however miss my long run.  I went to bed last night wanting to get up early to run but not have to set an alarm.  I have been seriously slacking on the sleep lately and can feel it affecting me.

Luckily, I fell asleep really early last night and woke up this morning feeling slightly refreshed.  By 7:45, I was hitting the road with my iPod and a bottle of water to start my 14 mile run!  By the time I hit 1 mile I was already dripping with sweat.  It was only about 70 degrees but much more humid than I thought.

This morning, I opted for what I like to call my “rural run”.  This run takes me a little bit out of town into some farm lands.  There are big open fields, some old barns and a few animals along the way.  I extended my normal route so that I could get all 14 miles in and I may have made a bad choice…I ended up running a hilly 14!ruralrun

Where I live, the roads are very flat with only a few slight inclines so when I came across some hills, my legs were not happy.  I kept on pushing but I won’t lie – today’s run was really hard!  In addition to the unfamiliar hills, I was also running alone when I typically do my long runs with my training ladies.

I am proud of myself for finishing those miles but truly had to fight for each one.  Not all miles are easy but all miles are definitely worth it.  They are especially worth it when I come home to pancakes!!  My dad made both blueberry and peanut butter chip pancakes this morning and they were heavenly.pancakes

After a much needed shower, it was time for me to eat!  I had one of each kind along with a big mug of hot tea.  There really is no better feeling than taking a long shower and having hot tea after a run.  When I was done, my dad and I went to the grocery store to stock up for the week.  My latest obsession has been lettuce wrap sandwiches so we picked up some Boston bib lettuce for that as well as watermelon, turkey and the ingredients for dinner this week.

Now that the errands are done, it is time for me to relax.  I have been reading a book called “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple so hope to tackle some of that this afternoon.

What have you been up to this weekend!?

July Workouts

So my original intentions of this blog were to share my adventures of running but lately I feel I have neglected this topic.  To fill you all in, YES, I have still been running and following my training guide.  I have had to switch some runs around a bit in order to have some fun on the weekends but I have still been getting my mileage in.

I still struggle with the idea of not sticking directly to my plan but I know that sometimes it is necessary.  I tend to throw myself into my training 100% and lose sight of other things in life like FUN!  This is something I will probably always struggle with but for now, I think I’m doing a pretty good job.

Below you will find my July Workout log.  Next week, I will be adding in strength training 3 days a week, but will get more into that in one of my next few posts.  Again, feel free to ask any questions about my training or even share your own training log!

July 2014
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5
5 miles 4 miles 4 miles Off Day 8 miles
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
4 miles 90 minutes of soccer 5 miles 10 miles 5 miles Off Day Off Day
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Off Day 4 miles 5 miles 12 miles Off Day 6 miles Off Day
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Off Day 90 minutes of soccer 4 miles 5 miles 6 miles 5 miles 14 miles
27 28 29 30 31
Off Day 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles 5 miles