Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Marathoning #4 begins!!!! :)

Marathon training has begun!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is extremely exciting... it all began yesterday.

Well, I thought I would be beyond thrilled but when I woke up I felt like this.

My knees had not been feeling too hot lately so I was not feeling the six that was on my sched.

So I hit the gym and did cross training on the elliptical and bike. I am pretty pumped I was able to listen to what my body was telling me and my knees feel great for toady's run. I mentioned before that I did one of my running days a week on the elliptical, for Boston, and got the same time as I did in the previous marathon!

I am a believer in listening to my knees... they tend to win when I don't.

I am excited to see where this training takes me. Some of you my know I am trying to cut about two minutes of my time in the great city of Chicago! But, at the same time I have never gotten too hard on myself about times. I like to run a race and enjoy it rather than feeling like my legs are going to burst. So if I do a little more speed work and run with some faster friends (Kurt) throughout the summer I think I will be able to do it... if not I will survive :)

What are your running goals? Do you set realistic goals or far fetched?

P.s. my pic uploads aren't working but I promise to get some in soon!

P.p.s. Good luck to all the other runners who begin training!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What Dad Taught Me

Happy Fathers Day to my wonderful Dad!! My Dad is for real the best one. I know people say that but I really mean it. He is intelligent, hard working, caring and dedicated to his family. Oh, and he is hilarious.

I am who I am because of my Dad and what he has taught me...

1. Work your butt off at whatever you do.
My Dad is one of the hardest working guys you will meet. On his "day off" he makes up some kind project to do outside or in the basement. Such as reorganizing the china set we never use or sweeping the garage until you can eat off of it. I am currently watching him outside "do a project". Haha, no clue what it is.

He is a travel agent and is constantly traveling and running around, he works for us :) He has always said he works for his girls.

2. Clean up
My Dad is an advocate for a clean car, room, house anything and huge about turning lights off. When I was little I thought this was possibly the most annoying thing about him. I DID NOT want to turn the dang light off in my room if I didn't feel like it... naturally I have come to learn that he was right. It saves money and the world. Smart guy.
I still work on the picking up after yourself thing...

3. Good food doesn't have to be expensive.
MyDad goes to all the best restaurants for his work- he takes clients out, hosts dinners when he is on trips... I think it sounds AWESOME. But my Dad knows good food and always tells me his favorite spots are not the super pricey places... he would even prefer to eat at home. My mom is a terrific cook and we all love her food, Dad would chose a home cooked meal any-day. This is something I have really come to appreciate too. I am working on my cooking skills and have really begun to enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen!

4. Be the life of the party and never grow up.
My Dad is well... a tad on the immature side. I mean this in the best way possible- he loves to have fun and make people laugh. He is seriously the BIGGEST goof ball and I love that about him. Anywhere we go he makes someone laugh (or nearly pee their pants) and always makes a party more fun. I have heard my Dad and I have the same volume... loud or extra loud. I love this about him.

5. Learn how to let things go.
My Dad knows how to let stupid things go. He is one of the most forgiving and caring people I have ever met. He never holds a grudge and when I am over dramatic about something he is the one who tells me to relax, take a few breaths and just let it go. Wise words (and he doesn't even do yoga)!

I love you Dad and all the things you have taught me :) I look forward to learning more from such a wonderful man!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Stop the planning.

I just read this post over at Honey Nut Lo - so amazing and true...
I find myself having SUCH a plan sometimes that I forget to just go with it and enjoy life. I do not HAVE to go to yoga after work or get groceries TODAY... some days I just need to go grab a cocktail on a roof top or get a big ole' ice cream cone with my sista.

The same repetitive plan will always be available spur of the moment fun activities will not. I can guarantee the crazy random times with a friend will be much more memorable :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

So You Want to Run a Marathon?

Alright, so it is that time of year... lots of people are starting marathon training.

I am so lucky to be starting my fourth training season! Wow I cannot believe it! Want to know why else I am lucky? I know a few people who are training for their FIRST marathon. Seriously so proud of you guys, one is my sister:) and a Holler to my friend Kate who ran her first 10 miller yesterday!!

I have had a lot of people asking me for advice on training, from "what should I eat?" to "what do you think about on long runs?"

First, I will note to anyone who wants to run a marathon- IT IS NOT EASY. I do talk about my love of running and marathoning BUT I don't want anyone to think that means it is easy or the entire process is fun. There are days when there is no fun involved... but you just do it (holler Nike).

1. How do I stay motivated?

The main thing that keeps me running is the knowledge that if I train hard, the marathon will be that much more enjoyable. Let me tell you some days, when my alarm goes off in the 5 a.m. hour, I do not want to wake up and go for a 6-8 mile run... before work. But guess what? I do it. I feel amazing when I finish it and energized throughout the entire day. I have the freedom to do whatever I want after work.

Not only do I feel great afterwards but I know that completing that run is getting me closer to my goal and will help me enjoy the marathon. My thoughts on this are, if I skip a lot of training runs the marathon will be waaaay more difficult and so will the recovery. If I train hard you will see me smiling while running at mile 23 and heck, I will probably get a better time.

I have been very diligent about my training in the past and plan to continue this way. I do not skip runs, maybe because I am superstitious but I feel way more comfortable on race day knowing I am as prepared as I could possibly be.

Now, one quick note on not beating yourself up about it. If you have a vacation in the middle of training - take a few days off. I went to Mexico two weeks before I ran Boston and while I did run everyday I didn't track my millage or beat myself up about it. You live life and running should just be apart of it, you shouldn't live to run.

2. What do I eat?

CARBOOOOOS I eat bread, cereal, pasta, cous cous, qunioa, oatmeal and plenty of cookies and cupcakes :)

I also consume a lot of fruits and veggies and PROTEIN. You have to eat protein to keep your muscles building especially after those long runs. I definitely up my carbs during training- I try to have at least one serving a meal and at snacks. For those of you who avoid carbs... then you should probably avoid marathons. I don't eat as many carbs when I am not training but I swear you run better, faster and stronger if you are eating carbs while training. Your body NEEDS this type of energy and getting it from fruit and veggies alone won't do. You will be tired and your runs will suck.

I have tested around with different eating and this works best for me, but honestly I do not think there is a better way to train for anyone. I have known girls who run distances and still avoid carbs- they run slower than me and are way more tired... just saying.

Also, I treat myself during training. Well, truth be told I treat myself everyday... I don't remember the last day I went without a treat. During training I find myself frequenting bakeries much more often. Sure a ton of sugar is not good for anyone, I know this but I am working my booty off and when I run 20 miles I deserve a big old slice of cake with extra frosting... Woullets Bakery becomes a second home during training :) Some people would probably say this is not a good thing to do to your body and blah blah blah but for me, it works and makes me happy! I believe in a balance in sweets, buuuuut not so much when I am training.

The night before a big race I usually eat something carbo based with some protein and veg. This can range from some great Pizza Luce to a  Jimmie Johns sub, or a nice pasta dish.

And then I eat a lovely dessert.

A quick list of things I enjoy while training:
Whole grain breads, cereals, pastas
Fiber one pancakes (with choco chips)
Greek Yogurt (great protein for a recovery meal)
Fish- protein
Peanut Butter
Fruit - apples, bananas, berries.
Lots of veg
Tofu- protein
Eggs- protein
More bread
Protein bars- my favs are Luna and Kashi bars

I am not a big smoothie girl but I know a lot of people like making protein smoothies. I am more of an eater so I'd rather eat a meal instead of drinking it. I also drink Gatorade SOMETIMES only after like 15 plus miles- I don't like the taste of it.

I am not a Guu fan either- I prefer Chomps (little gummy energy bites) or Cliff blocks. Guus make me feel like I am going to yack.

3. What shoes do you wear?

Asics- hands down the best running shoe for me. I need the extra support. My best advice here is to go to a running store where they watch you run and they will help find the shoe for you.

Fro clothes- it depends on the weather but Nike running gear is my all time favorite.

5. Do you listen to music?
Usually, when I am training, but I don't really during the race. Personally I love to hear the crowd roar and pretend I am the winner. I do use music when I go out for long runs. I usually run alone, even for 20+ mile runs- I enjoy the "me" time.

6. Do you get nervous?
Only the day of... like 10 minutes before.

7. Do you eat the morning of and before long runs?
 I sure do but I know a lot of people don't. Some people can't stomach it but I need the fuel. I get up early so I can digest a bowl of cereal with almond milk, berries, a banana and coffee, of course!

8. How do you re coop after?

Um, I have been known to not be so good at this... I have learned from experience, taking time off is key. I have gone back to running 2-3 days after and have hurt myself. I recommend AT LEAST a week. I have gotten so hurt after coming back too soon that I was out for 3 months (idiot).

Take the time you need off- wait until barely anything hurts anymore.

Get a massage- it will hurt but it gets all the guck out.

Got to yoga- it works.

Eat when you are hungry- your hunger will be a little off and at odd times. Just go with it- this is an awesome time to really be in tune with your body. Some people are not very hungry that day and then starving the next and some are starving right after or even during the race. I have had a different experience with each race so I just tune into my body and usually eat even more than it tells me mwahaha (at least desserts).

9. How do you do it more than once?
I am addicted. I am addicted to the training, the kicking my own ass, the proving myself, the adrenaline, the challenge and the endorphins. It is a part of me.

10. Do you cross train and rest?
YEP, my training plan is 5 runs a week. I take one day off or add light yoga that day and do weight training the other day off. During Boston training I actually took one of my running days and logged the miles indoors, on the elliptical.  I had bad knees before training began and wanted to be extra careful- and guess what? I got the exact same time as I did in the race before :)

11. Can you take time off if you are hurt?
YEP, do it. One of the few times I have skipped a run was because of injury. Listen to your bod during training- don't go against it... it will win.

12. Do you ice after?
No, but I should and so should you.

13. Do you ice bath?
Nope, after Boston all I wanted to do was take a hot shower... I made my parents go get me a huge sandwich and took a hot shower (I promised them it would be cold) I regretted my decision the entire next week when my body killed.

14. Do you take pain medicine.
Yes, Advil becomes its own food group (this is not the best advice but its what I do).

15. What is your BEST advice in a nutshell.

Be serious, bite the bullet when you "don't feel like it", be ready to work really fricken hard, eat up, do yoga, listen to your bod and be prepared to feel the most proud of yourself you ever have in your entire life after you cross that amazing finish line.

I still get chills when I think about any of my finishes, I cried every time (sometimes in pain hahaha).

But seriously, all of the sweat, early mornings, running off a hangover, eating, blood blisters, PB sandwiches and protein bars are worth it in the end. It is something a lot of people would never do and guess what? You do it and you feel like you are the queen of the world... for at least ten minutes.

Any more questions I missed? Ask way!!!

Peace, love and marathoning!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Half Marathon and a treat...

Super short post tonight- but just want you to know (all of my HUGE fans) hehe that I am back to blogging.

I ran a half marathon the Minneapolis Marathon to be exact, on Sunday... I did well for not really training :)

I ran it in 1:43 not my best and I could have done betta - I started towards the back but oh well.

I ran it with my sister (we signed up on Friday night). I just want to explain how proud I am of her! She did not really train and never thought she would do one... not to mention she is signed up for the Chi full with me mwahahaha.

Anyways, I was just super happy because I love seeing people run further than they thought they could! She looked so strong and kicked ass. A best friend from home and a co-worker also completed their own first half marathons on Sunday. I may be a loser but I get so pumped for other peoples running accomplishments!

Congrats all my running buddies!!! You are all inspirational! 

Running is something so dear to my heart- it has taught me how to be strong and prove to myself I CAN DO ANYTHING. I love to run run run run run. I love seeing other people love it. I love it.

So I am making a promise of three upcoming posts to hold myself to:
1. My ABC's of food I got from my bestie Caitlin (who is training for her first half!)
2. So you want to run a marathon (my best advice)
3. Running is not for everyone- if you don't like it.... WHO Cares! Do what YOU love!

That is all. I am pooped and have to whoop some booty in the morning at Sculpt :)

p.s. I made amazing banana PB brownies that I want to marry. Super easy (I did not take pics but here it is)

1 box of No Pudge Brownie Mix
1 cup of Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup oatmeal (optional)
PB choco chip swirl chips
2 suuuper ripe nanners (mashed)
PB!- like a hlaf cup?
Powdered Sugar

Directions: Mix brownie mix, greek yogurt, 1 mashed nanner choco chips and oat meal. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Frosting:1Mashed nanner, PB, powdered sugar (some milk if needed) wisk this frosting together, add more sugar as needed (you can add a little butter too) dump over almost cooled brownies and top with more choco chips.

Eat and be in heaven. I LOVE using greek yogurt because it makes the brownies so thick and gooey- they taste sooo decadent.

Yum Yum Yum treats.

I may have another... you know, pre sculpt fuel :)

Night lovvvvvvvas.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Please, Wear Sunscreen... (lesson leanred the hard way).

My parents are wonderful... they bought me a plane ticket to come down and visit them in sunny Florida. Lucky me right? Time away from the WINTER THAT WILL NOT QUIT... one would think.

I was throughly enjoying the weather and time with the parents and sisters until, DUN DUN DUN we went boating. I decided I would be fine for a few hours on the boat without sunscreen. Let me explain. I never really burn or wear sunscreen- last year I did the crazy college Mexico SB and seriously did not touch a bottle of SPF (perhaps I was too busy holding other bottles?) Also, in my crazy Semester abroad, Semester at Sea, I did not burn either... I thought a few hours in Florida was nothing.
 Supper tan in Mexico

I forgot a minor detail, I used to tan all winter. I quit tanning this year for a variety of reasons, which started with being broke and lead to finally admitting that it was TERRIBLE for me and not wanting to look 95 at age 30.

Long story short- I FRIED MY SKIN. I got first degree burn on my thighs, shoulders and chest. My shoulders have already pealed off. Side note: this may get TMI. I could not move the next day because I was a dried cherry. A day later I felt I needed to get a long run in while in FL weather so I went out and ran 11 miles. IDIOT. My legs blew up to the size of Free Willie.

The size of one of my thighs.

From there on out I was inside or hiding under an umbrella sulking and feeling bad for myself. My Dad seemed to fall in love with the saying "All to think it was easily avoidable if you would have listened to me." 

Thanks, Dad.

I am here to say... Dad was right (and Mom) If I would have put on a simple layer of lotion I would not be sitting here with legs the size of  Willow Trees ( yes they are still swollen and yes I am a little freaked out). Side note: I went to the Doc. yesterday and they gave me ointment that smells like toxic BBQ sauce and pain killers. Both weird me out.

Anyways, the moral of my unfortunate story is this... Why learn the hard way when you don't have to? 
I did not have to learn the hard way- I know that sunscreen prevents sunbrun.
I have seen this in many forms of life, too. For example:

Running- learned the hard way not to over run my miles in a week- injury. Why learn the hard way when it is proven that you will get hurt if you run too much.
Work- did not ask questions I should have asked early on in a project. Why learn the hard way when a simple question could have saved time and energy?
Drinking- learned the hard way martinis will ruin my next three days- Why learn the hard way when my sister and parents warned me.
Roommates- Plenty of avoidable arguments that a simple conversation could have saved.
Dating- learned the hard way a jerk is a jerk- Why date a jerk after you already have dated one... they are all the same. Nice guys are way better.
Overeating frosting- okay, I actually just did this because I have homemade PB frosting in my house and now I have a stomach ache. Why learn the hard way when I have suffered frosting stomach aches many times before (okay I'm not that sorry about this one).

Now, do not get me wrong there are somethings that are better learned and NEED to be learned the hard way- or we will never get it. But, after my sunburn from hell, I have decided to start taking a step back and looking at past experiences and others experiences and learning from those instead. 

We are lucky to follow after those with more experience. At work, we should be going to our seniors... they are a tool and a resource- a true privilege to have.

Health- experts study topics such as running, alcohol, eating and SKIN DAMAGE to come up with valuable results that we can learn from THE EASY WAY.

So the moral of my story is... if you don't have to learn the hard way don't- it will save you time, money, skin, and your health.

Now I am going to go eat more frosting.

P.S. For your entertainment: I tried 233245 home remedies Including: a vinger rub down, tomato juice mixed with buttermilk bath, oatmeal bath, face mask all over my body and worst of all icy hot ALL OVER MY BODY...I ran around the house crying/ laughing at the pain/ freeze my body was going through. I do not recommend any.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I am always so aloof? Yesterday I posted about starting my New Years Resolution back up... umm did I not realize tomorrow marks the start of Lent?! Haha, I make myself chuckle... well it works out nicely- I will now be writing down three things I am thankful for each day... for Lent.
I was raised Catholic, as mentioned in my best friends post :) but I do not tend to be into the whole giving something up for Lent thing. I think it is because, as a kid, I felt like I was being punished for something. Now, I look at it as a reason to do something good for me and others in my life- giving something up like texting, treats, twitter, or shopping would simply make me crabby. Instead, I am going to do the three things I am thankful for ... and as I sleep tonight I am going to think of something else. I think it is going to be volunteer once a week. I will let you know.
I think it is important to think of something we can do that will make us happy and better people, rather than give something up (well for me that  is- you would not want to know me if I had to go without treats). I think doing something positive makes us all #winners (sorry had to hahaha).

Well, I will keep you posted on how this goes for me/ if I think of anything while I sleep.

Goodnight ninjas and noodles. mwah

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hello Monday

I have nothing exciting to say today. I did not slip and fall once, I did not spill on my shirt, and I did wear tennis shoes to the gym. BAH, boring Monday.
OKAY - I just deleted a whole blog about why I actually like Mondays, but then I read it and it was boring. I have nothing to blog about so I am going to tell you 5 things.
1. I made carrot cake balls this weekend (I will put up a recipe later) they were unreal.
2. I did not go out on Friday night- I really need to remember how nice that is more often.
3. Do you remember Kettle Corn? I do and I love it.
4. One thing I would change about my body is my knees- I would get new, perfect knees that never got hurt. (I have had every runners injury in the book and currently have one).
5. It is 10 p.m. and I am going to bed. Exhausted.

Oh, one more thing. I am starting one of my New Years Resolutions again tomorrow (I feel off the wagon) but hey, who says I cannot start again? I am writing down three things I am thankful for everyday. I encourage you to do the same! Or pick up a resolution you forgot about! Woo hoo

I am so tired and boring - I apologize for this post- I am trying to be a better blogger by actually blogging.

Goodnight cutie pies and gum drops.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yoga Lessons

Okay- Hi remember me? I blog here (apparently not so often).

Anywhooo I am writing tonight to
1. tell a funny story and
2. do a little yoga talk.

1. This morning I thought to myself, "Whatever winter we are done! I am wearing my cute flats to work!"

Winter won... As I left the gym from an early morning sweat session- I slipped and fell right on my butt and spilled my bag, shocking. I somewhat awkwardly laughed at myself (had to look cool) and made it to my car. Then as I was walking into work... it happened again, shocking. Oh, want to know the best part?!?! I had coffee in hand. Terrific. Obviously, the start to a good day.
                                           I legit looked like this, except I am not a man.

Now, this leads me to number 2.

2. A lesson from yoga. Well for starters I have been making it a priority to keep yoga in my workout schedule, now that I am working full time. It keeps me calm, grounded and feeling excellent. Not to mention it aids digestion, relieves stress, builds strength and flexibility and tones the bod... I could go on BUT I will get to the point...

I was in a yoga class this evening, which I almost skipped because I was tired and wanted to go home, but I made myself go. I have never once regretted going to yoga. I took a C2- these are usually very fast paced classes, but tonight the teacher kept it a little slower, which actually made it more challenging for me. I often have a hard time with patience. I like to go, go, go. I don't really like sitting still and love to multi-task ... yoga stops that for me. I am challenged to turn my mind off and focus and breathe.
                                         No, that is not me- but clearly this guy can focus.

In this slower class tonight I was a little frustrated at first. I thought to myself "ahh this is boring, hurry up" but I stopped- told myself that I might as well enjoy it, I am here for an hour now. So I let go of my expectations for the class and focused and moved. The class was absolutely beautiful, once I let go. It felt perfect on my body and worked out all of my kinks. This ties back to my early morning bum fall and I realized how much yoga has changed my views.

If I would have spilled on myself and fallen on my bum four years ago (before yoga) I would have been pissed and probably decided that it was going to be the worst day ever. Therefore, it would have been. Now, I laugh at myself and KNOW that me falling has nothing to do with the rest of my day- I let it go. Just like when I take a yoga class that is slower than I hoped, I accept it and let the class flow.

When you just learn to accept life as it comes everything is easier and more pleasent. For me, things become humerous i.e. working out in Ugg slippers, slipping on my bum and spilling coffee, spilling red sauce on my white shirt (every time I wear white). These are all little things that could wreck my day, but instead they bring me a little giggle- mwahaha.

I have really chilled out since I began yoga (not to mention gained strength flexibility, confidence, I could go on...) and I have also learned to take everything as it is in that moment.

My favorite yoga mantra is "You are exactly where you are meant to be".
                                    This one time I practiced yoga in India for a week, For realz.

Really makes you stop and breathe and accept. That is exactly what I thought to myself as I sat down at my desk this morning, with a wet bum and coffee stained shirt... then, I giggled and had a wonderful day!

p.s. TOMORROW IS FRIDAY wazzzup weekend.

p.p.s. I am currently eating milk chocolate and toffee covered almonds from Lunds. omgomgomg get them now.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 6: Your Favorite Super Hero and Why?

Who is my favorite Super Hero?... ummm

This one took me a while. I mean I am a girl and was never a big cartoon person. The only shows I liked were Ruggrats, Aurthur and that Recess show. Is that weird?

BUT I have to pick one so I moved away form the cartoon idea and onto CHRISTIAN BALE

                                                            Helloooo Dreamboat
He was Batman in "The Dark Night" and he is one of the best looking men in Hollywood (that is not my reason why but it does have to do with it).

I found it hot how he had to be secretive about being Batman and he did it so well. Oh, and he saved people....

Okay, honestly he is dreamy and hot and I would love to meet him. That is why he is my favorite Super Hero. Sorry this is not my best and no, I am not shallow.

On a different note (to make you giggle) I had another incident at the gym and it included Ugg slippers. Hehe, best part... my tennis shoes were in the bottom of my bag but I failed to look (give me a break it was 6 a.m.) and worked out in the slippers. After my workout and 234432536 odd looks I went to change and found my tennis shoes. Cool.

I laughed and thought to myself "typical".

Another note? I had a wonderful Valentines Day! I am usually not a fan of but it was perfect this year :) I am a lucky girl! Hope yours was wonderful. If it was not so wonderful I hope you ate lots of chocolate. If it was wonderful I hope you ate lots of chocolate.

My office seems to see holidays as an excuse for large amounts of treats. I suppose I can live with that.

My healthy snacks included:
-red velvet bar: YUM - I need to make these!
- cupcake

Literally, heaven

I enjoyed some carrot ts with my lunch though so obviously, it balances out.

Love, cake, and Super Hero's

Friday, February 11, 2011

Okay, I am back!

I know, I know it has been like a WEEK. Terrible blogger manners on my part, I apologize.
BUT I CAN EXPLAIN! As you all know I began my first "full-time-big-girl-job" on Monday... Let me tell you how happy I am!
I am working with some of the smartest, hard-working and creative people I have ever met. I can honestly say I am learning more here, in a week, than in college (well some classes). I am so blessed to be working in the field I want and with such talented individuals. Okay, enough sap...

I am trying to think of a funny story from this first week that has happened... well today I wore white and spilled salsa and coffee on myself. Shocking? Nope.

Other than that probably just my mass confusion about remembering how to keep a key card glued to my side at all times (I have gotten locked out when going to the bathroom)...

Oh and I am loving not paying $121890473 a day to park downtown/ get lost in that dang sky way.


A picture of somewhere you have been.

I chose this, it is from Semester at Sea (best 4 months of my life). I am standing on the Great Wall of China and slept on it that night. Pretty cool.

I think I chose this because not only is it quite a site to see but it was a definite time in my life when I realized how blessed and lucky I am. Not many people can say they made it to The Great Wall of China, let alone when they are 20 years old. I was overwhelmed with love for my parents who allowed me to go on this trip and the life I left behind me at home.

Also, this trip in general was a real eye opener for me. I really saw how much more there is in the world other than my little tiny at St. Thomas life. When things seem like "such a big deal" at home... they probably are not. I am so fortunate for all of the people in my life. This trip unveiled my love of travel, I will now suffer from the travel bug for the rest of my life (oh no).

Alright that is all.

Oh wait! I had some Girl Scout Cookies last night and nearly cried with excitement... sad.

Peace, Love, WEEKENDS!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Days 4: Bad Habit

Day 4: A Habit You Wish You Didn’t Have?

Well, I am sure you can easily guess…. Being late (although I have cut down immensely) . I am reaaallly working hard to knock it off. I thank my older sister Megan for her lecturing on being late. She tends to keep me in line, which I need from time to time.


 It is one of my New Years Resolutions to not be late. I am usually late due to various things i.e. I went an extra mile on my run, went to yoga instead of getting ready, stopped at a bakery or forgot I had to get gas. Personally, I feel these are all legitimate reasons but unfortunately, others do not.

 I have learned that when you are late it shows the person waiting that you think your time is more important than theirs. I try very hard to never act like I am better than someone else (because I am not) . A valuable lesson I learned in Yoga Teacher Training is how we are all the same , we are all human and need to treat ALL others equally. Being late is showing you don’t care and/or your time is more valuable. Well that is just rude. I don’t want to be rude so that is my habit I am QUTTING.

I mean I don’t want to be late to the marathon do I?! NO! That would mean no PR…

Quick side note: one time I was legit three minutes late for a ten mile race and I still got 3rd haha I think it made me run faster but COME ON, Molly! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Silly-Bad-Luck= Confidence Booster?

One of my many silly bad luck stories...

So as I have mentioned before I have silly amounts of bad luck. I had an incident the other day I thought I would share.

I woke up nice and early to go get some cross training in at the LA Fitness in Uptown. First of all getting up early is tough especially when you live in the Minnesota winter (aka hell). Also, the gym I belong to is about 15 minutes from my house. From bed to machine it takes about half an hour (ugghhrhrhh). I was so proud of myself for getting there before work…. Good thing I forgot one minor detail.

MY TENNIS SHOES. Um, okay ……..

So I stood in the locker room contemplating my options.
  1. Go all the way home without a workout and be crabby about it
  2. Try to speed down to CPY and make it there before C2 starts
  3. Workout on the elliptical… in my Ugg slippers

I chose number 3.

 I got plenty of goofy looks. The best part about it was I pretended it was completely normal. Every time someone looked at me confused or just flat out laughed at me I would look at them with a, “Okay weirdo, never seen a girl get her elliptical on before? “ look and then they would awkwardly walk away. It was actually quite entertaining to me and made the 55 minutes on the elliptical wiz by (that thing can be so boring).

I then came to work, on time, with a good workout in sans tennis shoes. I thought about it and wondered what most other (normal people) would have done in my situation and I figured many would go home due to embarrassment. I am tough to embarrass. Plus, I think I embarrassed the weirdo’s looking at me! Which leads me to the moral of the story:

 If you act embarrassed and or unsure of yourself everyone can read that. If you act confident no matter what you do others will feel that and your outcome will be success. i.e. I did not act embarrassed, got an awesome workout in and made other people thing Uggs were the new tennis shoe.

I use this mentality when marathon training. People always tell me I am nuts. For example, when I go out for a night on the town including quite a few cocktails and have to run 22 miles the next morning, everyone tells me how nuts I am (maybe so). BUT I am confident that regardless of my state the next day I WILL run those 22 miles. Guess what? I have every single time. Who is the weirdo now?!?! (probs still me).

Confidence is key in marathon training and I am instilling that in my mind for my next one. I will get my PR and if you think I am crazy… you’re crazy. (It’s okay, I am too.)

Day 3: A Picture of Your Friends.

Day 3! I have the best friends ever...

Okay, I have two sets: College and high school and they both mean the world to me :

First I will do the HHS girls… I met two of them, Kristin and Sarah in kindergarden and have been friends ever since. We went form K through 8th grade together and got in our share of trouble. Then, we moved onto high school together. We came from the tiny Catholic school so it was a bit intimidating at first…. Until I met this girl Caitlin: p.s. check out her hilarious and witty blog here. She is a third sister to me.

 We clicked right away and there was no turning back. We became instant best friends and probably somewhat annoyingly obsessed with each other. Our moms talked about how we had our own language.  We enjoyed countless sleepovers eating cookie dough until we felt sick and laughed until we cried. She has been there with me through EVERYTHING. She is a fitness guru (for realz) and is an inspiration for healthy living and just living in general (my blog inspiration and introducer too!)

Love you!!

Then we met Layman. Did I just have class with you and we fell in love? I can't even remember but we all five became best friends and loved every second of HS together. Leaving them for UST was tough!
Forth of July at Laymans

My Cabin

But I did it… College came and I picked UST (THANK GOD) because I met these fine ladies. I have some unbelievable memories of college thanks to all these girls. Crazy, hilarious, roll on the ground laughter along with some crying (we are girls) a few cocktails (a few?!)

... and weekends away loving life.

Best two weekends ever. 

 I am blessed to have each one in my life and they have all made me a better person.
I consider my friends my soul mates and I know I am SO lucky to have them. 

Love you all :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 2: Explain the name of your blog...!

Day 2:

I have kind of gone over the meaning of my blog name in the previous post but if you do not feel like making a few clicks with your mouse I will tell you here:

I am moderately obsessed with running and do it a lot. I have completed three marathons and they were all incredible experiences and I just signed up for numba four. Holla
My first one was here in lovely Minnesota, the   Twin Cities Marathon!  I had run the ten mile about two years before. I guess I could explain why I started running….

So in high school I was on the dance team. I loooooved it so much! I loved my whole team and the competitiveness. Competitions were my favorite. I ran here and there in high school, mostly when it was not dance season to keep in shape. Once I got to college I was not dancing anymore and found myself with a lot more free time: So I started running, a lot. I loved the endorphins and the challenge I thought to myself “ just go two more blocks today” It was terrific.

I ran a few 5ks and the TC10 Mile and then went abroad on Semester at Sea  (Best four months of my life) For those of you who have been abroad you will understand this next part: When abroad you think you can do anything… I ran my first half marathon in South Africa woooweee!

The "crazy runners" on the ship

After that I thought “hey why not do a whole one” so I signed up while on the ship. Needless to say when I got home I thought to myself: “Oh sh*#”. I trained hard and did not miss a run all summer. I had a goal of finishing under four hours and I came in at 3:25… not too shabby!

Fabulous Friends

Am I skipping?

After I crossed the finish line I had bffs and fam. waiting and I cried a lot… I was hooked. I love training (and the eating that comes with it) and the feeling of crossing the finish line is unreal.  I guess I am a girl who thrives on challenge. Oh, and I got 3rd in my age group!

My parents had planned their anniversary before I signed up so they missed my first marathon … and since they missed it they said “hey, lets go to Boston” BOOM

Celebrating with beers! (This was two nights before, I swear).

I did it … I beat myself there by about 20 seconds haha I thought it was way harder though (more hills), Boy was that a terrific weekend.

Mile 17, riiiight after heartbreak hill. Why the smile, freak? 

The best parents ever!

Next Marathon: My roommate Rach talked me into and our other roommate Jalisa joined!

6 a.m. 
Mile 20-something 

I tacked on 5 minutes this time but I did this one for fun with my roomies and did not care about my time. Awesome to see your friends finish!

Love you both!

Now I am headed for Chi town next where I am hoping to get my PR (3:23) and then hit up NYC! (city of dreams)

Oh, the second part has to do with how I tend to be late, which is not a good thing but I think it goes to explain a few silly qualities about me: I have goofy bad luck and sometimes lack in organization skills. I am also usually late because I 1. Was running 2. Was at yoga 3. Was shopping or 4. Stopped in a bakery. All legitimate reasons?!

30 Day Challenge: Day 1... picture of me.

30 Day Challenge: 

So in order to get myself running (no pun intended) I have taken up a 30 day blogging challenge. Everyday there is a different question that I am supposed to answer… okay, here we go:

Day 1. A picture of me and 15 interesting facts about me: Gee wiz this should be fun…


I chose this picture for a few reasons that lead into interesting facts about me.

  1. I am goofy/ weird. I really am and I prefer to be around goofy/ weird ppl.
  2. I LOVE SUMMER- this picture was last summer and I am a summer gal
  3. I teach yoga and love it
  4. I love running and just signed up for marathon numba four
  5. I ran the Boston Marathon and got my PR there!
  6. I have at least three cups of coffee a day (one is usually an Americano)
  7. I am obsessed with dessert and frosting
  8. I can lick my elbow, which is supposed to be humanly impossible
  9. I love gum
  10. I have naturally REALLY thick eyebrows (used to have a uni haha)
  11. I went on Semester at Sea and visited 12 countries
  12. I am not a huge fan of kids but hope that will change someday
  13. I tend to run late
  14. I have a chipped front tooth with no intentions of getting it fixed
  15. I have slits in my ear lobe… earrings ripped out and I have not fixed it

Cool huh?


Freshly 22! 

I am 22 and finally beginning my first job since I graduated in May. I have done some work-from-home and free-lancing, as well as interning and have had some wonderful mentors! Now I am starting my dream job (starting as an intern on Monday) wish me Luck! (I plan on kicking ass and taking names).

One thing I SWEAR I will improve on (and explains the name of my blog a bit) is running late. I really have a tendency to be late. BUT it is a New Years resolution to knock it off. I read a wonderful quote that totally put it into perspective for me:

“When you are late it shows that you think your tiny world is that much more important.” –don’t remember who said it.

EWWW I do not want to come off as a person like that: So I am working on it.

Also the “running” part… I juuuust signed up for my 4th marathon (Chicago 2011, wazzup). With one of my bffs (Rach and sister Megan and friend Kate). I cannot wait I am shooting for my PR, which is currently 3:25 and I am going for 3:23 so I can do NYC. We’ll see… (there will be plenty more running/ marathon posts to come!)

Other little things about me: I am a runner so obvi. I am a foodie and even more of a “sweetie” (probs. not a term but it should be) I LOVE dessert. I mostly eat pretty darn healthy, I like the way it makes me feel and how I run but seriously, put a brownie in front of me and CHOMP it’s gone (esp. if it is from Bread and Chocolate.)

Or the best cake in the world from: The Cakery in my hometown

21st bday cake (omg)

I can be a little impulsive/ spontaneous: I also have odd amounts of silly bad luck.  Luckily, I usually find it hilarious and laugh it off. Examples: Spill whenever I wear white, I run out of gas far too often, every time I put a water bottle in my purse it is somehow opened. I have forgotten underwear and a hair dryer on early morning gym visits before work (uncomfortable and ugly)... Too much information? 

I love to shop: my friends and family have intervened.

I live in Minneapolis and we have a love-hate relationship (love summer and hate winter).
                                               The best summer of my life with these kids.

My family is the best Mom, Dad, Megan and Kate. I grew up as the forgotten middle child but I am okay with it because now I am the favorite, hehe.

Da Fam.

My friends are awesome, like really the best. I live with six girls in a "Post College Sorority" house.
We pretend this is our "symbol"...

My friends from high school are unreal as well... 

Sometimes I wish I was still in College because UST rocks but for the most part I am enjoying this whole “grown-up” thing…
Great UST memories!

*Disclaimer: you will all learn I am immature – and I plan on staying that way.

Oh lastly, I teach Power Vinyassa Yoga and the lovely CPY and I teach Sculpt as well. I am obsessed with yoga. I will have posts on that lata gatas