She couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life somewhere else

Hot damn, am I glad it’s Friday.

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I am attending a conference all day today, but luckily, it’s local (only about 20 minutes away), so it’s not bad. I hope the day goes quickly.

I have no real plans tonight, as I plan to get up at the butt crack of dawn tomorrow. T-bone and I will probably just watch the Blacklist and hang out with Miles.

I’ve been obsessively tracking the weather for this weekend, and it doesn’t look good. I am hoping to log a few miles before the spinning certification, but those may be on a treadmill. Sigh. I am spending all day at the gym anyway, what’s a few more hours? I am hopeful the cert is interesting and not too awful, but I haven’t heard many good things. Regardless, as of 5 p.m., I should be a free woman.

Tim and I are planning to “celebrate” Valentine’s Day Saturday. We have never really been big on the holiday, I think we’ve always just made dinner at home, but that’s really perfect for me. I hope he makes something delicious.

On Sunday, the gang is planning to run, even though the real feel at 8 a.m. is predicted to be -10. All for one and one for all? We’ll see how that goes.

If I ever defrost after said run, Lindsey is coming over to meet Mr. Miles and maybe slam a bottle of wine, TBD. Happy Valentine’s Day!

I AM SLEEPING IN ON MONDAY BECAUSE I AM EXHAUSTED. Sorry, had to be clear on that. I will hit the gym, get some work done, run some errands and spend some time with my favorite pup. I love having an extra week day off. A four-day workweek next week will be awesome.

Hope you all have a DELIGHTFUL president’s day!

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All the souls that came before caught their justice from the ground

A real feel of 7 degrees this morning… and boy, am I grateful, considering how terrible this weekend’s forecast looks like (hint: lots of negatives). I layered up, and off I went. My run felt pretty good, my legs felt fresh, the miles ticked off, and my stomach was only slightly problematic, which was a huge improvement from yesterday. The wind made my face hurt sometimes, but it was eons better than running on the treadmill. And it’s not completely dark when I finish my run! I love that.

I will spare you a Miles picture today, but his cone is finally off! He is so much happier without it. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to come home and have someone SO excited to see you. He jumps up and down and bounces on his paws when I open the door. It also breaks my heart to leave (Tim leaves after me, so he puts him in his crate), because he just stands at the door and watches me go.

Last night, Tim and I walked down to Shady’s so he could get a hopslam ale, and I could drink ciders and eat popcorn. Tonight, he has a work event, which means Miles and I are going to snuggle on the couch and read. I’ve been reading The Nightingale, as recommended by my mom. It’s good, but a little slow, and my nights have also been devoted to Miles, as opposed to reading. I love the library, but looming return dates with no chance to renew do give me anxiety. #firstworldproblems

I am really dreading actually doing the spinning cert class Saturday. The instructor emailed us and sounds like a real hardass, making it clear that we would only have 30 minutes for lunch, as opposed to the suggested hour, and we will be there until 5. I will be happy when it’s over and I can legally teach.

This week is dragging, I cannot wait to be off Monday!

 

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No wonder it was never plugged in at all

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I had to go home at lunch yesterday to walk Miles, so I asked for permission to work from home for the afternoon, so I didn’t have to drive back and forth in the snow. My car is such a piece of crap, and it’s ten times worse in the snow. Twice, I’ve hit a pole when driving in the snow, and let me tell you, that is not cheap to fix. Anyway, Miles loves the snow, so we played for a bit outside, and he seemed happy that I was home. He gets so excited when one of us walks in the door, I love it. He cracks me up though, as his two latest resting places include his crate (we borrowed a larger one for him), which you know, is where he has to go when we aren’t home, and under the bed. Oh, Miles. I love you.

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I strapped on my YakTrax this morning, and off I went. I was afraid everything would be iced over, but it wasn’t too bad with the trax. I was late getting out the door due to a variety of reasons, and then I just could not get comfortable. The real feel was 22, so I had on a cuddl dud and long-sleeve lighter under armor shirt. I was SO overheated after less than a mile that I had to stop and delayer myself. I know I am doing myself no favors if it is hot in Boston, but I just do not understand why I am always so overheated when I run. Also, my stomach was a complete and total disaster. I am not sure what was going on, but it has not been that bad in ages. I had to stop three times, which meant I had to cut a mile off of my run. Most of the time, I am so used to having stomach woes, that it doesn’t occur to me that it is abnormal. But when I realize that most people do not have to deal with this, I feel so unbelievably frustrated. I wish I could just quit, but what can I do? Not eat? It’s frustrating.

Oh well. At least I didn’t have to run on the treadmill this morning!

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Miles got a new cone! (His face is all squished because he was “standing” trying to get my attention.) This little nugget has stolen our hearts, and his personality is coming out more and more each day as he begins to trust us. He is going to the vet today with Tim, so fingers crossed for a clean bill of health. I promise I will stop being so obnoxious with photos soon.

With a prediction of waking up to several inches of snow, I was thrilled to peer out the window at 5 a.m. and see barely a dusting on the ground, with nothing falling from the sky. About halfway through my run, it started to snow, and by the time I had finished, it had really picked up and was starting to stick. Here’s hoping for an early dismissal from work, but clear roads by tomorrow? Ha, a girl can dream. I just hate that dang treadmill. And I am pretty sure I am going to be stuck on it at least once this weekend.

Sooo, I got on the scale before my run, and I am down TEN POUNDS since January 2. I am trying not to get too excited, it could always be a fluke or water weight or whatever, but I saw a number I haven’t seen in maybe four years? It was a really good feeling, and great motivation to keep trying to eat right and keep trying to avoid junk food as much as possible.

Now, off to clean the car and hopefully get to work in one piece.

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And that’s about the time she walked away from me

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It’s safe to say I am completely in love with this dog already. Miles (I’ll let you guess who chose that name) is such a good boy. We aren’t sure how old he is, the SPCA originally told us 2, but on his paperwork, it says 8. I’d guess somewhere in between.

He’s been very well-behaved thus far, and he’s really opening up to us. We suspect he may have been abused in the past. He’s a little skittish, and loud noises really startle him.

Tim and I spent Friday night at home with him.  We watched the Blacklist and snuggled with our latest addition. I just love him so much. I am also a big weirdo and keep referring to myself as “mom” and tim as “dad” when I am conversing with the dog.

On Saturday, I was supposed to meet Jim for a run, but he was the first person (aka right behind) on the scene of a fatal car accident, and stayed for the police, coroner, etc. How terrible. So, I ran alone, and it was pretty lonely. I was really struggling mentally, but it got done.

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Once home (finally), I ran some errands, and then spent most of the afternoon getting my CPR certification done. With Miles by my side of course.

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Tim suggested we walk to the brewery so that Miles didn’t get spoiled by having someone around all day, so we stopped by for a cider (or two) and then swung by Shady’s for some popcorn and one more before heading home to watch Netflix and hang out with Miles.

On Sunday, I met the gang for a run. It’s Colin’s birthday Tuesday, so we celebrated afterward. Most people ran 10, Mike and I got in 14 at 8:04 pace.

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What a crew. I am so grateful to have such wonderful running friends.

I spent the rest of  the day cooking and cleaning and hanging out with Miles. Nadya stopped by to meet him, and she was impressed by how good he was. Let’s hope that continues! Tim and I made nachos to watch the game, and you know what? They weren’t nearly as good as I had remembered, and I didn’t feel that great after eating them. Hmm. Anyway, I made it about halfway through the second quarter then went to bed. It was pretty boring, and the commercials weren’t that great, so sleep won (per usual).

Now, it’s back to the grind. Today is the anniversary of Tim’s and my first date four years ago. (Thanks Timehop.) Time really flies.

And this time next Monday, I’ll be off to celebrate presidents!

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Then you’d really know what it’s like to have to lose

Happy Friday!

I feel like this week absolutely flew by, so I am not complaining. Maybe it’s because I slept through most of it? Ha. I took the most glorious nap over lunch yesterday. Cliche, but as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was sound asleep. It was a delightful 40 minutes.

And Fridays are my favorite because I sleep in until 5:20. I do miss running, but I enjoy spinning, and I got to run yesterday, and I get to run tomorrow. It all works out.

This weekend, we haven’t made many plans, as our new friend will be joining us! I will be sure to post lots of pictures. I am really excited, but also really nervous to get a dog. It’s so much responsibility, and I just hope we’re good dog parents.

The only thing on the agenda really is some running, and we are celebrating Colin’s birthday post-run on Sunday. I also have to start getting ready for my spinning certification, which is next week already. I have to do my CPR certification, and start looking through the spinning book. I am really dreading spending an entire Saturday (8-5) in the spinning cert, but I know it’ll be worth it. I am slightly irked that I will have to miss the Olympic marathon trials though. I’ve been following and reading all about it for months, and I have my predictions.

Well, wish us luck! Hopefully, everything goes smoothly.

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I feel the pain with or without you

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We busted out some cider from the Finger Lakes to celebrate last night!

Then, I went to bed at 7:15. This week has really knocked me out, I am not sure why.

This morning, I was up before 5. I ran a half mile to the gym, then met Bob for a ten-miler. It went so quickly, we were running right around 8-minute miles, and just chatting. It was freakishly warm out, I ditched my gloves and ear warmer within the first mile and had my sleeves pulled all the way up. 11 miles before the sun! That’s a good feeling.

I’ve lifted three times this week already, so I may treat myself to a lunchtime nap instead today. It’s been ages since I’ve done that, I used to do it every single day. I plan to bring my gym bag in case I change my mind, but some shut-eye sounds beautiful right now.

Guys, I sometimes switch from Third Eye Blind pandora to NSYNC pandora, and it’s awesome. Really great. 10/10 recommend.

 

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