And we’re on this musical mission to help the others listen

TGIF!

I have nothing much planned for tonight. Maybe some happy hour? Maybe a hot date with the back porch? Opportunities are endless.

Tomorrow, I will run a few miles, then head over to the JM5K. My college roommate Sean is coming up for it, and I am super excited because this is his first 5K. I am also just excited to see him. As for me? Well, I just hope I don’t embarrass myself. I am coming off of my peak mileage week, and I think the legs are a little tired. Post-race, there is a great after party, so that shall be my afternoon and evening.

Here we are at the first one. I did not run fast.

Here we are at the first one. I did not run fast.

On Sunday, I am meeting the gang for our last run before the marathon (I will be out of town next weekend!). We “only” have 12 miles on deck. It’s hard to believe training is coming to an end. I am still having nightmares about the actual run. And I feel squeamish every time I run up a hill and realize how hard it is.

In first world problems, I have been trying to determine which way at Wildwood is tougher. Clockwise or counter-clockwise? I change my mind every time. I regularly run both. I compared the elevation charts and I STILL CAN’T DECIDE. For the longest time, I thought clockwise was harder. I think clockwise has harder hills, but less frequent. Counterclockwise has hard, long climbs. I don’t know. Life is hard. I even made a chart to compare here and it won’t upload. WHY GOD WHYYYY.

Tim and I both had stressful weeks, so we hit up happy hour last night. It was necessary and I just really love hard cider. SO, I will abuse that this weekend.

 

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You’re not the kind of girl who would be waiting for anybody not even me

So much silly drama yesterday regarding my bachelorette party. I was about to drink about sixteen bottles of wine when I got home, but somehow restrained myself. I considered canceling the whole thing and just going to the beach by myself. My feelings are really hurt, but I am happy that for the most part, everything has worked out and we are off to the Finger Lakes in July! No sashes, strippers or penis necklaces please. Just wine, early bedtimes and some running.

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Anyway, yesterday, I went to run my hilly 5K at lunch (I do most of my mileage in the morning, but twice a week, I run the last three at a hilly park over lunch), and I saw my old friend Gary! We used to run together all the time. When we first met years and years ago, he approached me because he said I always looked so happy and was always smiling when I ran. Anyway, I haven’t seen him in quite some time, so it was really nice to run into him. It put a smile on my face before I even started my run.

I swear, in the mornings, I have little problem getting up with my alarm, but it takes me so long to get out the door. I don’t know what my problem is. I know once I am out there, it is lovely and great, but actually leaving is a struggle. It was in the low 40s this morning, which is my favorite weather. I love a long sleeve and shorts for whatever reason. The sun was up for my last FOUR miles. It was glorious.

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Are you gonna go my way?

Has spring finally sprung? It was 70 degrees when I left work yesterday. It felt like a shame to stay in, but we really wanted to watch Game of Thrones. So, we opened all the windows the apartment and it was wonderful. There is just something I love about sleeping with the windows open (but locked. Don’t rob me, I have nothing.)

This morning, it was pouring when I woke up, but thankfully turned to a drizzle by the time I left. I ran a few easy miles, and just enjoyed being outside. I start cutting my mileage this weekend, so I am appreciating my “normal” mileage this week. We’re 19 days out, it just seems so surreal. I don’t know if I am ready.

I have a huge zit on my chin. Shouldn’t I be done with this by 29?

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Find nothing but faith in nothing

I treated myself to some flowers at the farmers’ market on Friday. I love how spring-y they look.

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After work, I met Cass, Sloane, Liz, Shelley and Nadya for happy hour at Anthony’s. You can’t beat $2.50 ciders. After a few, Liz, Shelley and I hitched a ride home from Tim and he and I ate dinner and watched some TV before I called it a night around 8 p.m.

Saturday, I headed down to the river for some miles, but the 20-30 mph winds had me not moving anywhere quickly. I packed up and ran three loops of Wildwood. The wind was slightly better, but still pretty brutal. I also hit the wall pretty badly near the end of this run. I usually eat A LOT on Fridays and I didn’t really this week, so I think that really hurt me. I felt like death, and came home, made a huge protein shake and crawled into bed and “rested my eyes” for an hour. I couldn’t sleep, but my body was too tired to do anything, even read.

I rallied though, and met the girls for a craft fair at the winery.

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I ended up buying this sunflower picture. It’s our wedding flower, and I just fell in love with it. Anyway, we sat outside for a few hours and enjoyed the sunshine and chit chatting. It was so nice. Warmer weather really improves my mood.

Later, we packed up and headed to the new brewery. I decided to call it a day after that, as I knew 20 miles would not be fun hungover, plus Tim and I had dinner plans. I went to bed around 8, woke up around 5, met the gang around 6, and we hit the trail by 7. I was weirdly VERY nervous about this run for some reason. But it went okay. After 2 hours and 49 minutes later, we were done. Mentally, I think 10-15 were tough for all of us. We were more than halfway done, but still had quite a while to go.  I felt pretty good for most of the run though, so that was nice. My hip is a little tight, which makes me nervous, but I will just ignore it. We had ciders and gluten-free muffins after at a picnic table. It was great.

After I got home, I had no desire to do anything, let alone drive to Lancaster for a book tour. Tim ended up coming with me because he needed to take his mac to the Apple store, but when we arrived, they told us there were no openings for today (he tried to make an appointment online, and couldn’t, so he called, and they told him to just come in). So, he was an unhappy camper, and I was cranky mccrankypants. Fortunately, Chris McDougall was AWESOME! I really enjoyed his speech and when I met him, I told him I had just interviewed him for the paper, he told me he had to hug me to thank me. He was so great. I am so happy I went.

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And now, Monday. But the sun is shinning.

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I heard them say that dreams should stay in your head

TGIF! Am I right?

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Thankfully, not much is planned for this weekend, except for Sunday. Meeting at 6 a.m., and driving an hour to run 20 miles of a trail. Who am I? For my other marathons, I’d go out until 2 a.m. and then get up at 8 and run 20 miles around the city solo. Now, it’s like an ORGANIZED thing.

After that, and probably some beers/ciders for those not allowed gluten, it’s home for a quick shower, a ton of food and then it’s off to Lancaster (which I still pronounce incorrectly). I am going to see Chris McDougall for his latest book tour (and probably cover it). I am super pumped. I really hemmed and hawed about going, but I am sick of not doing things because of potential issues, so I said f it, I am going, and I am going alone and I am a-okay with it. I used to go to the movies and other weird stuff alone all the time. I think I secretly fantasized about meeting a guy there or something, but instead I met my husband-to-be at a hipster bar. Of course. PBR.

Anyway, last night I lifted weights AND foam rolled while watching The Following, so I am pretty impressed with myself. I also actually got nearly nine hours of sleep, according to my fitbit. Good job, body. Probably because I didn’t drink a bottle of wine last night because #thursday. I guess this is growing up.

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Chemicals wear me down in your summertime bacchanalian

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Pittsburgh has an option to apply for a seeded position if, as a female, you have a race a half marathon or longer that was run at a 7:50 pace or faster. My September half marathon was at a 7:26 pace.pace. So, I applied, not really thinking I’d get in.

But I found out yesterday my bib is 299. I’m in.

Part of me is terrified. The other part of me is so excited. I keep hearing horror stories about the course. “Challenging.” “Tough.” “Difficult” “Hilly.” So, yes, I am a little worried, and I am scared and nervous to start with the fast people. I am so used to pancake-flat routes, and while I have been running the hills at Wildwood a few times a week, part of me worries that’s not enough. It’s coming closer and closer, and I’m a little more than a week away from taper time, so perhaps a case of too little too late? I guess we will see. As I told Steve, I will be the fattest fuck in the seeded division. (Sorry for the language.)

Yesterday was tainted with some unexpected wedding drama that left me really stressed out. I sometimes wish I could just pull the “It’s MY wedding” card, but fortunately, I am not that much of an asshole.

Tim and I went to the opening of the new brewery and as anticipated, it was totally jammed, so we only stayed for about an hour. It’s super cool inside, and I am excited they have cider on draft and I am even more excited it’s two blocks from my house.

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Just a picture and a feeling and a face

Happy Hump Day?

Yesterday, I got my hair cut after work, and while trying to schedule my next appointment, my stylist suggested a 7:45 p.m. cut. Sorry, that’d be my bedtime. Poor Erin was very perplexed.

I was greeted with lots of fog and a slight wind this morning when I headed out the door, but I pretty much blacked out for my entire run, and I don’t remember any of it. I like those runs.

For my fellow Game of Thrones fans, did you see this?

I thought that was hilarious. Game of Thrones come back this week, and while it is on past my bedtime, we always watch it on Mondays. I can not wait! I have missed my friends. Tim and I have re-watched the second-to-last episode of last season, and plan to watch the last episode again this weekend.

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And now that we are on the last season on Netflix of Parks and Rec, I don’t know what else is next. We still watch Brooklyn 9-9, but have kind of abandoned New Girl. I also still watch the Following, which is ridiculous and I do still love. We were about halfway through Breaking Bad, and kind of got bored. Maybe we will go back to that?

Anyone have any recommendations?

We are going to check out the new brewery down the street tonight, which is exciting and also probably really good for my weight loss goals.

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