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May 28, 2014

sister time!

I just got back last night from a long weekend with my sister. She's currently in tech school at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, and she had a few extra days off of class. I flew down last Thursday to spend some time with her.

Fun things included a 5k, lots of outdoor dining, a killer gym workout that included a million deadlifts,  the beach,  two trips to IHOP, and shopping! It was a perfect long weekend with my little bebe!

pre-dinner sunset selfie

The beaches in Biloxi are a little gross, so we drove a few hours to Pensacola Beach where the water was much clearer. Despite my best sunscreen efforts, I ended up getting a little red.

pale germans


After a few hours in the sun, we ate at this place called You've Got Crabs or something equally kitschy, but the seafood was great. For dessert I ordered Key Lime Pie, and they brought out the biggest piece I had ever seen! I took a few bites and deemed it too sugary, then boxed it up for Juli to bring back to her dorm.

as big as my head

we did not plan to make the same face

The theme for the week was Matchy Matchy, as we always seemed to be dressing in similar garb. After dinner one night, we couldn't find anyone to take our picture and were already out in the parking garage, thus this weirdly reflective selfie. #twinsies


Juli also needed new running shoes, and after trying on what I'm currently in, she got the same pair. She kept saying These feel too good to be true!  Seriously, they're like pillows. 


It's amazing how quickly six days can pass, so before we knew it, I had to fly home. Sad face. Hopefully I'll get down there one more time before she graduates in August- and maybe even bring John (and Carl!) with me! 

Kidding, Carl's not invited. Who wants to cat-sit?




May 21, 2014

race recap: be the match 5k

Well, this wasn't my worst race ever, but it was my second worst race ever.  Splits don't lie. 


After parking two miles from the start (for two reasons: 1. So I could run a warm up and 2. so I'd have to run a cool down), I ran the "hard part" of the course to remind myself of the hills, then settled around the start line so I wouldn't get stuck behind walkers. 

Which turned out to be pointless, because I basically should have been walking. I felt decent for the first mile, like I was starting to hurt on the second, and basically like I was crawling for the third. 

In defense of starting too fast, I would like to say that there was a headwind on the third mile, and then an 8 year old passed me, which didn't do much for my mental game. 

The temptation to look at my watch became overwhelming around 2.5 miles, but before I looked, I asked myself if I could be running faster. The answer was no. So I looked at my predicted mile pace, which used to be my "easy run" pace.

So this race was all kinds of awful, and I haven't run since. I'm seriously having doubts about how much time I want to put toward this thing I used to love so much. But that's for another time. 

In happier news, I'm off to visit my sister at her tech school in Mississippi for the holiday weekend. It's 80+ degrees everyday, with 100% humidity, so running will most likely not be on the docket. 

May 16, 2014

a goal for tomorrow's race

I said I'd at least try to write a "goals" post about tomorrow's 5k, so here it is, short and sweet. 

The first timed 5k I ever ran, at the beginning of my running life back in 2008, was 23:57, which has happily  been the slowest 5k I've ever run. My 5k PR is 20:25. 

My goal: Run somewhere in between those two times. 

Secondary goal: Don't have the first mile be my fastest.

I've decided to wear my Garmin, but I am going to do my darnedest to not look at it. With the way we're running around Harriet, I think there are some tiny rollers in the first mile, and a more significant climb in the second. So my overall race plan goes something like this: ease into the first two, hammer the last. Also: Don't be a baby.

Just for the record, I hate 5ks.

May 15, 2014

(lack of) race prepping. and blogging.

I haven't actually meant to go for a week+ without blogging, but it seems to be less and less of a priority these days, not for any real reason in particular, as I have a handful of drafts that I've never gotten around to finishing. But life doesn't care if I write about it, and I'm sure you're all moving along just fine with yours without any updates from mine. But we're here, so let's dive in.

It took me less than two days last week after posting that three very generous friends donated all the money (and then some) I was asked to raise for the 5k this weekend. (Thank you guys. Seriously.) My "training" though, has been more of a struggle.

With the cold morning weather, I've been finding it more and more challenging to pry myself out of bed, and evenings always seem full of plans like dinner with friends or cat cuddling. My internal clock is well aware of when it should be waking up, and I am consistently awake a few minutes before my alarm ever goes off. But this morning I stayed in bed, promising myself that I'd make it out tonight after work for a 5 mile tempo run.

In a conversation with the great Matt Gabrielson on Tuesday, I asked him what I should be doing to prep for my 5k, admitting that I had skipped my run for the day already. And he said, Well, you could start by running. Touche.   

But I will run tonight, and tomorrow, too, before sending myself out on a lung-and-leg-searing adventure around Lake Harriet on Saturday. Goal times have been floating around in my head, and I'll try to get some thoughts on paper (blog) before Saturday. No promises.

And just to avoid a post that is completely devoid of pictures, here are three selfies from people who hate selfies (me) and pictures in general (John). Because life is nothing if not ironic.


so bored

an alternative to smiling

a photobomb by my brother

May 6, 2014

registered: my first race of 2014

I put this race on my calendar over a month ago, but just grew the lady balls to actually register for it.

Because it's a 5K. We all know how I feel about those.

To recap, I have less than three months of running under my belt feet, and this is how consistent it's been:

i.e. not consistent


So, yeah....

But here's the deal: It's a race for something that means a lot to me. Even if this turns out to be the worst 5k of my life, my registration fee still benefits a great cause, and I'll have a baseline for my current fitness.

P.S- When you register, they set the a fundraising minimum of $100 and with 11 days until the race, even that seems like a long shot. However, if you're feeling generous, click your way over here.

May 1, 2014

grandma jumps in lake calhoun (tbt)

It's been a while since I've posted anything about my grandma. For anyone that's new, my grandma has Alzheimer's disease and lives at home with my grandpa. She still remembers who we are, who she is, and where she is (for the most part), but her mind tends to disregard daily cares like eating, dressing, bathing, etc. A nurse goes over on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and my dad and I make sure we're over there on her off days. I call every night to talk to my grandpa, just to check in and say hi.

They are, without a doubt, among my favorite people ever.

Anyway, the other day I found a box of old newspaper clippings, and in honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd share this one:



That's my grandma on the far right, jumping into Lake Calhoun, sixty-seven years ago yesterday. It's a little hard to read, but the caption on the photo lists the girls' names and their addresses! Ironically, the address listed is the one my grandma can still recite from memory.

Soapbox: If they're still living, call your grandparents tonight. I know it can be difficult to make conversation, but just tell them about your life, and ask them about theirs. If you don't have grandparents, call someone who is lonely, or needs encouragement. I promise it's one of the best things you'll do today.