June 30, 2013

race recap: henderson sauerkraut days 5k

So I ran a 5k yesterday, the same one I've run in 2010 and 2011. Sorry to disappoint, but there will be no race recap video like there was in 2011. There aren't even any pictures of the actual race, so you visual people can just skip this. But here it is, my race recap from the Henderson Sauerkraut Day's 5k.

In bullets, for easy digestion:
  • I hit and killed a squirrel on the way to the race. I have NEVER hit an animal before and it made me really sad. (Not race-related but I thought I should confess.) 
  • This race is actually closer to three miles, since that's what my (and everyone's) Garmin says every single year. 
  • I ran this a minute and a half slower than I did two years ago. (21:34 according to Garm)
  • The surrounding high schools have a summer racing series so there were a lot of high school cross country and track girls there...
  • ... so I assumed my secret goal of getting top three was gone.
  • I realized within a half-mile what a sorry state small town high school running is in when I passed a group of six girls.
  • I reeled two more in over the next two miles. 
  • Remember how I said the Livestock 5k last year was my slowest in years? My average pace for this race was slower than it was for that one. Ugly.
While I don't feel great about my fitness, or how I paced this race, I do feel great about beating a bunch of girls that are roughly 10-13 years younger than me. 

I also got a cute medal and shirt, which is more than enough to please me. Three cheers for small town 5ks! 
yes, that's a cabbage with a face and legs

June 28, 2013

happy weekend

Last night: The most perfect night for baseball. And we won!

This weekend:  A 5k race, a 10-year high school reunion, and a going-away party. And that's just Saturday! Sunday is completely reserved for running and writing.  I'll need a weekend after my weekend!

  • Did you make the move from Reader yet? I ended up going with Feedly and I really like it.
my heart exploded
  • Life, illustrated with jellybeans.

Have a great weekend!

June 27, 2013

fun things

Forget last Thursday night’s storms. Friday night (pictures here) was one for the books, knocking out my (and about 250,000 other people’s) power for four days. It finally came back on for me late Monday night.

It was a little warm without fans, and rather inconvenient to not have a fridge, but I still had water and could use my stove. I also took it as an opportunity to deep clean my fridge, which is now sparkling. If it wasn’t for charging my cell phone and Garmin, not having power wasn’t really that terrible. Silver lining.

I’m still getting back into the swing of things with running and yoga after getting back from Germany, but feel really good overall. I continue to nail supported headstand and am trying to work up the courage to go back to yoga sculpt, which nearly killed me last time. I'm also back to running actual workouts (intervals, hills, etc.) instead of just building mileage.

But it's not all health and fitness around here. On Tuesday night I took my little sister Amy to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Cabooze. It was her first "real" concert (though still minor appropriate). It was a perfect night weather-wise and we had a great time. Some pictures:

Here's to summer!

June 21, 2013

happy weekend

TGIF! Twin Cities friends, holy thunderstorm last night! It was so LOUD! Very cool to watch/listen to, but it prevented me from running this morning, which means I have a steamy after-work run to look forward to.

This afternoon my brother received a few awards for his work as a police officer. My dad and a couple of my little brothers went to the ceremony. One of the speakers (who is not a cop) said that his big worry each day is whether he'll have 100 or 200 emails, while these guys have to worry about their lives. I think our safety/security is something that we can take for granted and don't think often enough about the people that work to protect us. So go high-five a service member and tell them you appreciate them!


  • Thing #248 that I love about summer: salads!

Have a great weekend!

June 19, 2013


Time to get serious.  I'm officially registered for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, thanks to the guaranteed entry I got for running the TC 1 Mile in May. 

I read somewhere that running a fast half marathon requires the endurance of marathon training with the speed of 5k/10k training, so I would expect training to be similar for a fast 10 miles (fast being a relative term). Problem is, I have no idea how to do this. High mileage and lots of speedwork? Gross.

I've already committed mentally to a goal which I'm pretty sure is a long shot, given my current running fitness and the fact that this race is a mere 15 weeks away, but someone once said if your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough. So this is me*, looking at my goal. And no, I'm not making it public yet.

Tonight: Running with the Gabrielson family. Their baby is already faster than me.

*Colleen was on a major GIF kick during our daily email exchange, so that link is compliments of her. xo

June 18, 2013

germany, day one

I'm back! Time to recap Germany, or else I will never write these posts! Plus, I'm home re-adapting to CST, so what better time to write?

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start... (Name that tune.)

So the original plan was for me to fly out of Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Long story short, my flight into NY was delayed to the point that I would have missed my connection to Germany and so I ended up flying out the next day, effectively losing one full day of travel.

I got into Munich on Wednesday morning and waited for my mom and sister to take a train from where we were staying to pick me up. By this point I had been awake for nearly 24 hours and was not the best version of myself. I was puffy, covered plane germs, and really, really, tired. 

My mood improved after some food and a beer, which is literally cheaper than water in Germany. (Tap water is kind of a foreign concept, no pun intended.)

weisswurst, my favorite meal
After eating, we started the long train ride (with four transfers) back to our apartment in Garmisch. I kept falling asleep between stops but I did manage to take a few pictures during the ride, though this is the only one that doesn't have a glare from the train window.

I found the apartment via Airbnb and it was actually in a house owned by an American that had been living in Germany for the last 40 years. It was really nice to have an English-speaking resource right downstairs from us, and he was wonderful about helping us find our way.

he also had an amazing garden. there were flowers everywhere!

Anyway, once we got there, we all took a nap, then got up and went to dinner. Every corner held some sort of opportunity for a photo op. 

town square

mom, because this house said Engel on it (her family name)

view to my left during dinner

view to my right (mountain, not my mom's head)

view in front of my face

We started back to the apartment just as the sun was setting. I loved the moon (very tiny) and the view of the church in this photo. 

You can see a few more photos from our first day in this post (lederhosen!), and read the abridged version  of what we did Day 2.

Back with more soon!

June 13, 2013

auf deutsche

Flase, this post is not in German.

It's come as a surprise to me that I am more likely to answer in Spanish or French, like my brain knows that English is not right, but lacks the German vocabulary. C'est la vie... (said with irony, if that isn't coming through.)

We are in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, site of the 1936 Olympic ski jump ( or maybe the entire winter Olympics. I don't really know because everything is in German.) One thing I do know: this is not a typical American- tourist destination. Menus and signs aren't translated, and many people that we've interacted with speak as much English as we speak German. We're managing just fine, though. Turns out smiling and pointing is universal.

After a long day of travel yesterday, we all napped for a few hours before going to dinner. This morning we slept in and then walked through through town to do some shopping. The afternoon brought a gondola ride up a mountain, with a beer at the top and a looooong, steep walk down. We actually took the wrong path down the mountain, (again, due to lack of English anywhere on the signs) and missed what we had gone up there for, which was to see the Parten Gorge. Happily we discovered that it's only a 20 minute walk up the mountain so we'll try again in a few day when our knees have forgiven us.

It has been amazing to not worry about carbs (unavoidable), exercise (we're walking most places), and to be able to enjoy the incredible blessing of being here with my mom and sister Juli.

I've been taking most pictures with my camera but here are a few from my phone. More soon.

June 10, 2013

auf wiedersehen

Germany-bound this afternoon. Very much looking forward to this:

 Garmisch-Partenkirchen invokes a little Psalm 121
I'll check in if I can find a place with decent internet. Back stateside next Monday night.

June 7, 2013

happy weekend

This weekend will be filled with packing and organizing and prepping for my big trip. I could not be more excited to escape this gray and get back in touch with my roots. My sister and I have been leaving voicemails in fake German for each other all week. My real German vocabulary is limited to good morning, counting to ten, and wo ist das Bier? Really, what else do you need?

Speaking of sisters, yesterday was my sister Amy's 17th birthday.

us, last night, compliments of instagram and my kitchen lighting

We decided to go to dinner at one of my favorite places and I called ahead to make sure she could get in since it's a bar. The girl I talked to said as long as we came before 9, it would be fine. We rolled in around 8:45 but there was a bouncer guy already carding and wasn't going to let Amy in. 

And then the best thing happened: Him: If you were her parent, then maybe, but you're only a few years older than her. Me: I'm actually 11 years older than her but I love you for saying that. And then a manager came over and confirmed that we could indeed come in and eat. 

So the big news is I can apparently pass for my early 20's. (Related: Bangs are like Botox.)

  • Reading The Separation of Church and Hate was like getting truth-slapped in the face.
    Christians often speak out on moral issues—war, abortion, marriage—before establishing that following Jesus is respectable, rewarding and an attractive pursuit. This is about as effective as asking the prodigal to clean up before he has any desire to go home. If we offer moral wisdom to those who do not yet find us morally wise, our audience will likely hear our arguments merely as arm-twisting power plays. 
  •  Please add "musical" to my list of desired traits in a husband for the sole purpose of them possibly doing something like this with our baby. (Other traits include beards, tattoos and down with G-O-D.)

Have a wonderful weekend!

June 4, 2013

all of the things

After two short posts in a row (in which I do no real writing) here's a life update post with more than enough words to make up for it. 

I'm leaving for Germany for a week in less than a week. Long story short, my Opapa (great-grandpa) died in September. His kids and grand kids (e.g my mom) are bringing his ashes over to Germany to place them with his wife. My mom did not want to fly all the way to Germany and only stay for a week, and I couldn't take two weeks off from work. So next Monday my sister and I leave for Frankfurt to meet my mom, then drive to southern Germany, where we'll be staying in close proximity to this:

neuschwanstein castle (source)
I'm so excited for all things Germany, including, but not limited to: mountains, running in mountains, hiking, beer, food and lederhosen. 

Last week I hit a big yoga milestone: I did a supported headstand for the first time! Legs all the way up and everything!  I know it's one of the most basic inversions but I feel pretty great about it. (Remember when I was barely attempting it?)

not me, but you get the idea

Running: The June 1 5k didn't happen because they turned the race into one of those color runs where they throw corn starch in your face. No thanks. I have a tentative 5k for the end of June, but after a week abroad, I'm not sure I'll be ready to run. I might just set my sights, and training energy, on a 5k PR for later this summer.

So that's it for now. Time to cuddle up with Rick Steves. 

June 3, 2013

a prayer for today


May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.  
- Saint Terese of Liseaux

June 1, 2013


If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. 
- Lewis Carroll