Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More from my best week ever!

SO... this week is definitely one of the greatest/most exciting weeks of my life!

Last Thursday, I got together with one of my friends from my church back where I grew up (she was my Maid of Honor). We played Putt Putt and ate Slurpies. So worth it.

Saturday was my amazing race... with my amazing time... and also I got to get together with one of my college roommates (she was one of my bridesmaids). We did a lot of walking around, looking at expensive things in the swanky shopping centers here in Richmond.

Sunday... we saw WICKED!!!!!!!!! It was AMAZING. I cried when the music started because I was so in awe and so happy about finally getting to make a dream of mine come true. I fought tears as each new song began for the first act because I was so overwhelmed. I had this same "problem" with The Lion King on Broadway. It's kinda funny. :-)

Monday I had a great subbing job at one of the International Baccalaureate Schools here in Richmond (it's basically a school for smart kids). DH had rehearsal at church form 7 til 10 p.m. so I was all alone for the evening. Super was not creative... just leftover veggie/pasta bake, a nice salad, and balsamic zucchini.

Today... I drove to Charlottesville and cleaned my mom's house for her. She's super stressed out and is leaving in a few days to head to Texas over her Spring Break to see my brother, SIL, and beautiful niece (I am SO JEALOUS). I know this will take a lot of stress away because she really wanted to get it cleaned before she left, but really didn't have time. She just started this awesome new health program through her school where she gets a gym membership and a dietician and all this stuff to consult with to live as healthily as possible. I'm really excited for her and want her to be able to focus on that instead of how dirty she might think her house is (it wasn't dirty). :-)

For dinner, I made Tosca Reno's Clean Eating Chinese Chicken and Rice. It was the second time that I made it and it was much better this time, but it just lacks a little flavour. I won't post the recipe until I have it perfected. :-) DH's at another church rehearsal... With Easter coming up on Sunday, there's a lot of music to get ready.

Tomorrow we have church, which is always a blast. I love my CREATE Crafts girls. :-) I forget what the dinner is, but the dinners at church are usually quite good. Last week was chili and they had White Chicken Chili, the actual appellation of the chili is Judy's $1000 Chili because it's the chili that won the Chili cookoff, earning $1000 by itself for the missions trips this summer. :-)

Thursday... we see... NORAH JONES!!!!! :-) Can't wait until this concert! It's going to be AMAZING!!!

I haven't worked out since the race... I need to though. I also ate three servings worth of dry Capt'n Crunch yesterday. Oops.

In other food news... I LITERALLY ate the BEST banana I've ever had today. It was from Tom Leonard's and I have to say that I'll never buy a banana from anywhere else. It was perfectly ripe for me (no more green, but no brown at all). I savoured every bite on my drive to Charlottesville as I flipped through the radio stations because my CD player is broken.

Hope you enjoyed my overview of the week. :-) Have a great night!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Monument Avenue 10k Photos!!!!

The Start

Julia and me! We're SO cold!!!

Julia and me! We're so cute!!!!!

Just some of the cool costumes...

Me all done with my flower! :-)

Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k Race Report!!!!

Well, I worked hard to prepare and it paid off. I wish I had stuck to the training more closely, but I came through just fine.

I picked up my packet yesterday and it was SO crowded and traffic... don't even get me started on the traffic! The interstate was at a complete stand-still!!! That's what happens when registration is maxed out at 35,000 people. Yes. 35,000. This being my first expo, I was pretty overwhelmed, but it was very cool. Lots of free treats!

I did NOT sleep well last night because I was so nervous. I was pretty much awake at 4 and took cat naps in awkward sleeping positions until 6. I REALLY didn't want to get out of bed at 6. Like, REALLY didn't want to. Somehow, I made myself remove the warm covers from my body and shuffled out of the still very dark room. I changed into my gear right away and ate my fave pre-run breakfast: whole wheat English muffin, natural peanut butter, and honey. I also drank about 25oz of water. We left around 7.20 and it took us 40 minutes to get near the race and park when it's usually a not quite 20 minute drive. The parking was the hard part, but we found a little back road that had just started filling up and parked it there. I had forgotten to eat my almonds on the way there because I was the opposite of hungry. We hoofed it the half mile or so to the race area and watched the kid's one mile fun run. I met up with Julia, an amazing girl in the youth group who was also running with her family. Her dad took us to the corrals and, thankfully, the Porta-Potties. I was in severe need of my Porta-Potty. Severe. Very Severe. Painfully Severe. You get the point.

ANYWAY, by the time I got out of my lovely (sarcasm) Porta-Potty, I had about 30 minutes until go time. I joined up with my corral and DH stayed with me until about 5 minutes before I started. I munched on almonds while we waited because I was starting to feel pretty hungry. This was one of my mistakes. A really nice girl in my wave was going to throw her jacket away because she didn't want to race with it, but she spotted DH and asked if she could at least give it to him and if she saw us after the race, she'd grab it, and if not, we could keep it or give it to Goodwill. With that taken care of, I bid DH goodbye with a kiss and steped ever closer to the start line. And then... we were off.

Almost immediately I felt a side cramp, which I usually get if I eat too close to running or if I'm not breathing properly. It wasn't too painful, but it was a nuisance for about one third to half of the race. The first mile took FOREVER because there were about 1500 people in each wave and I was in the back of the wave. If I'd have been able to run at my own pace for that mile, I might have beaten all three goals, but I am extremely happy with having met two. There were SO many cheerers out there, which really boosted my confidence. Around the second mile, someone handed me a pretty flower, which I held onto for the entire race. I gave lots of high fives and received so much encouragement. The race was pretty flat, but mostly felt like a constant crawl uphill, which is nothing compared to the hills I run. I kept wanting to drink the water at the stations (which were posted at every mile), but I resisted because I hadn't trained with water or Power-Ade, so I didn't want to mess up anything. During the last mile, I caught up to the girl who'd given us her sweatshirt and we stayed together for most of the last mile, though I'll admit, I really pushed in the last .2 or so and I got ahead.

My first goal going in was to run the whole thing, which I did. My second goal was to beat my wave, which was the group who expected to finish in 70-75 minutes, which I did. My third goal was to beat 67 minutes... I don't really know where that time came from. It's just slightly faster than an 11 minute mile pace, which I thought I could do, and probably could. My only 6.1 mile run was done in 67 some odd minutes, so I knew it'd be more challenging adding the last tenth of a mile on and picking up speed. I probably could meet this goal very soon, but I am very happy with my time (unofficial), which was....

67 minutes and 35 seconds (OFFICIALLY)!!!!! My split was 34 minutes and 50 seconds... which is over two minutes off my first 5k... which means that the second 5k of the race was 32 minutes and 45 seconds, which is awesome for me! I placed 15,265 out of 35,000 people... so yay for being faster than half of the racers!

If you've read all this so far, you should comment on this post, which is probably one of my longest ever!

After the race, we (the girl with the sweatshirt and I) met up with DH, who had missed my big finish! He was disappointed, but I know the professionals got my photo because there were about a billion of them. :-) DH and I then high-tailed it outta there while I called everyone I know who is in the country (my Dad and his wife are on a European cruise right now...) to tell them of my accomplishment! We got home and I quickly showered, did my hair and a little makeup, then went over to our friend Tony's for the consumption of pizza and two-bite brownies with some youth and young adults from church. He is moving to his first home, so we helped pack up the U-Haul after the pizza-eating. I ended up regretting this food choice because my tummy did not appreciate pizza after running 6.2 miles.

While the boys took all the stuff over to Tony's new place, I met up with my college roommate, Amanda! It was SOOOO amazing to see her again. We've not gotten together since we graduated, so a meeting was quite overdue. We hung around two of the swanky shopping centers here and oogled all the ridiculous items and their even more ridiculous prices!

DH is now out taking engagement photos for a coworker, so I am left alone to clean the house for my mother, who is coming tomorrow because we are going to see WICKED!!! Then... on Thursday... we are going to see... NORAH JONES!!! This is seriously the best week ever.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Oops... again.

Well... I started off not so great and ended not so great...


B: Kashi with skim, juice
S: Almonds
L: Leftover Chicken Caesar Tetrazzini
S: Apple with PB
Post Exercise: Chocolate Milk
D: Veggie Pasta Bake


B: Some of the Kashi, but it was a gross kind... tasted like dog food... so a cookie instead. A "healthy" cookie... but a cookie none-the-less, and juice
S: Two slices WW toast with Country Crock
L: Leftover Chicken Caesar Tetrazzini
S: Milk Chocolate Godiva bar
Post Exercise: Chocolate Milk
D: McDonald's Double Hamburger, Small Fries, and Cookie.

The italicized things being my bad choices. Haha.

We took our taxes into Jackson Hewlitt and ran out of time for dinner before Craig's church rehearsal, so... McDonald's. And they messed up my "NO Cheese Double Cheeseburger" by putting cheese on it, so I had to go back and they gave me free cookies. So I ate one. But not all three. Sigh. I'm hopeless.

My 5 mile run went very well. I am very happy with my time and effort and I feel pretty good about Saturday because of it. I was right about feeling more confident about Saturday if I ran today. I actually felt a little sad about having to take a break from the running after the race while I was showering. Haha.

I'm watching Grey's reruns until DH gets home and we can watch LOST and Idol. :-) I may work out again to make myself feel better about the McDonald's. I usually get the apple slices instead of fries, but I wanted fries! I haven't ordered fries in years. :-)


I mixed up my 6 mile time and I ran it three minutes faster than I wrote online!!! 11 minute mile pace makes me much happier!!! I am being a good girl and going for my 5 miles now...

My first Zumba class!

So I've been looking into Zumba classes for a while and I've always kind of chickened out... That and DH and I are desperately trying not to spend extra money right now (which we are REALLY bad at), so being unable to justify paying for the classes was another reason I stopped myself from going. Well, DH and I were at a shopping center where I knew there was a gym that gave classes, and I decided to pop in and just *ask* about the class. It turns out that the gym is closing after this month, so they are offering the Zumba class for FREE for the rest of the month! If only I'd gone in sooner! Well, I mustered up the courage and went last night! It was me, the instructor and her mother who was in town, and three other older ladies, plus the girl working the desk.

Overall, I'd say it was pretty fun. I felt a little awkward when learning new steps, but once I got into each new song after a minute or so, I felt OK. The songs were fun, the instructor had a lot of energy, and I worked up a decent sweat. It wasn't terribly challenging as far as exercise is concerned, but I know it got my heart rate up and I enjoyed it. I'll probably go back for the last two sessions if I can. If you're considering going, I'd say go for it! It's worth one shot at least! :-)

Today is a 5 mile run... I'm putting it off and putting it off... It's grey and warmish out, but not hot, so any time I choose to go should be good. I KNOW that if I do this run, I'll feel a lot more confident about the race on Saturday. :-) I just have to go out and DO IT!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Looking forward...

Exercise for the week:

Sunday: 6 mile run
Monday: Zumba class
Tuesday: 5 mile run
Wednesday: REST
Thursday: 2 mile run, maybe a Zumba class
Friday: REST
Saturday: 10k race (eek!)

Meal planning for the week:
Sunday: We had pizza with our friends
Monday: Chicken Caesar Tetrazzini
Tuesday: Veggie Pasta bake
Wednesday: Church supper
Thursday: Mexican pasta bake
Friday: Leftovers!
Saturday: Something exciting and creative!

DH and I are watching Lars and the Real Girl, but I wanted to keep you all updated on my organized week. :-) I'm proud!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I ran 6.1 miles today. Holy moley that's a looooong way. I am SO looking forward to taking a break from running in six days. :-) I mean... I've liked running, but I'm ready for a break, especially with this HEAT! Sorry this is short, but I gotta go out to Maymond again with DH. He's shooting engagement photos for a co-worker and I'm going to read under a tree. :-)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Burn Notice Challenge

A nestie buddy and I (and maybe others!) have committed to be accountable in our eating and working out. I really need this to get some extra motivation to drop the extra pounds left over from my terrible habits over the past months... okay year. :-)

And now... without further adieu... my body measurements (ish... I used a tie and a ruler because I don't have measuring tape. I'll invest in some soon.)

Bust: 27.5

Waist (sucked in): 24.5
Waist (not sucked in): 28

Hips: 32.5

What I'm most concerned about is the big difference between my waist measurements... That's 3.5 inches of extra stuff floating around my stomach. Stuff that shouldn't be there. Of course, my stomach has always been my trouble spot. Part of me is glad that I never took my measurements at my heaviest point (almost 150 pounds my sophomore year of H.S.), but the other part of me wishes I could see the difference now; I think it would be encouraging.

Today is going to be a fun day. I'm supposed to run 6 miles, but I don't know when I am going to be able to do it... I slept in, which means if I ran as soon as possible, it'd be really hot outside, but we have a play to go tonight that is starring three of our kids in the youth group, so I can't run super late. I'll figure something out. :-)

Have a great day!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm back...

Okay, I know it's been forever. I'm sorry. There has been a lot going on with my getting sick, church, teaching, and trips to Charlottesville. It's busy in this household.

I'll update by category. :-)

Running: I ran my first 5 mile run on March 2nd. It was amazing... I finished in under 53 minutes, which is slow for most, but great for me! :-) I had to take a week off because I got sick, then I was lazy for another 6 days. I ran Monday... 2 miles, very slowly, in the rain... and cold. I felt BAD. 13 days off is KILLER. I went out for five miles yesterday... mistake. I ran about 2.25, bought a HUGE bottle of water (it was the cheapest!) at the gas station, walked a mile, then started running again, with my giant water bottle... that was cumbersome, so I dropped it at a road sign and kept going to run a total of 1.75 miles on my second leg. All in all, a 4 mile run, with a 1 mile break. And don't worry, I went to pick up my water bottle in my car after the run. I'm drinking from it right now because it was a lot of water and I couldn't finish it. :-)

Food: Pretty boring around here lately because of the sickness and the busy thing too. I've been doing the majority of our produce shopping at Tom Leonard's, which is AMAZING. It's a "farmer's market" with the best and cheapest meats, veggies, fruits, cheeses and other yummy things ever, including LOTS of samples. Tee hee. We picked up some Nan and Trader Joe's after having a delicious dinner at the home of some of our friends from church. ALSO... I met the Lee Brothers!!!!

Go ahead! BE JEALOUS!!!!! They kicked off their new book/cooking tour for Simple, Fresh, Southern at the Williams Sonoma at Short Pump Towne Center. They made some amazing Asparagus Soup and a really great dessert. :-) So fun!!! I had just finished up subbing at an alternative school and I had to break up my first fight... so the book signing was my treat. :-) Super day overall!

Crafting: I have been making a little bit of jewelry and teaching some of the girls at church how to make things at CREATE (our Wednesday night activity for youth... Photography, Crafts, and Music are the three courses they can take right now).

(Sorry, I forgot to rotate!)

I've really enjoyed getting to know some girls from the youth group through this and LSMengage (Lower School Ministry). I also made my first project on my SEWING MACHINE (I got it for Christmas this past year). My mom helped me make a pair of pajama pants; they are super cute. In fact, I'll show ya!

Not the greatest photo of me... Oh well... :-) I also started working on my wedding album again. It's hard and slow, but I just want it to be perfect. :-)

Life: I'm currently reading this:

It's Ah-MAZING. I love it. It's extremely challenging. I feel like I'm underlining EVERYTHING. So far, the things that have hit me are this quotation:  "The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time. He treasures us and anticipates our departure from this earth to be with Him-and we wonder, indifferently, how much we have to do for Him to get by" (Chan 61) and the chapter called "Profile of the Lukewarm". This chapter is the one that I am in the middle of right now and it is quite convicting. I can really feel God speaking to me through this book. I am so glad that my brother gave it to me for Christmas!

Subbing is going well... I'm making money at least. :-) I'm trying to get my name out there as much as possible so that I can get hired in this county (fingers crossed!).


I have really gotten tired of my fitness slump though. The beach is in 2.5 months and I really need to lose some pounds before I hit the sand in my too-teeny bikinis... :-0!!!!! I have talked with some Nesties and we are going to keep each other accountable throughout the coming months. We haven't talked details, but it's super nice to have someone else out there who understands and is willing to help! :-)

Well, I think I will wrap this up... but, I plan on doing a 101 in 1001 update soon. :-) Hope you have a lovely day!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


I AM VERY SORRY. I have the stomach flu and I have not even looked at my computer since... Monday? Yeah. I'll update later. :-)