Do they drink near beer and go play golf?

So, yesterday, we finally were able to see our venue with our parents.

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This is just the entrance to the property.

It’s really beautiful and they did an amazing job. I am glad we took a risk booking a venue that was just a plot of land when we signed the contract.

I did feel like sort of a moron because the wedding coordinator would ask us all sorts of questions about where we wanted X, Y and Z, and I had no idea. I mean, just put them where you think it’s a good idea? I know there are a lot of couples who are anal about that kind of stuff, but honestly, you tell me where you think we should put it and I will be probably happy no matter where the cake table is.

After the venue, we went to dinner at this really awesome restaurant that had an entire gluten-free menu. It. Was. Amazing. I ate so much pizza, I was mad at myself, but I couldn’t stop because it was SO good and I was SO hungry. (That’s what I get for eating spaghetti squash for lunch. I love it, but it is NOT filling.)

Anyway, we weren’t out too late, I was snug in bed by 9 p.m. I woke up this morning to run, and checked the weather app on my way out the door. 76 degrees, with a real feel of 85, humidity in the high 80s and a dew point of 70.

Oh, okay.

Surprisingly, the run went pretty well. My legs felt better than they have in quite some time (must have been all those carbs), and the humidity did get to me, but I hid an extra water bottle, so that really helped when I looped back. And okay, I did stop in the City Island bathroom and use a ton of paper towels to try and dry myself off, but that was not helpful. My ankle still bothers me, but knock on wood, it doesn’t seem as bad? I am not sure. The run really put me in a good mood, so let’s go Thursday. I am ready for the weekend.

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Is this the sound of our demise or is it just the opposite?

One year ago today, I was in the hospital! It was not very fun!

Last time I was in the hospital, I saw dogs. I saw no dogs this time. Sad.

I am high as a kite in this photo. Legally. I had honestly never been been high before and have not been high since.

And, one month from today, I get married.

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It has sort of felt like we have just been pretending all along, and now, nope, it’s real. I am not even remotely prepared and we have 1,000 things left to do. I am very overwhelmed. Tonight, we go look at our venue with our parents, and then we have to go to dinner to discuss things and I am fairly sure I may never make it home to bed.

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You pretty young things you go changes

Yesterday was another busy one. After 9.5 hours of sleep, I still wanted to die a little when my alarm went off, but I dragged myself out of bed, and Tim and I walked over to the gym. I had a decent workout, considering I had done 100 kettle bell swings on both Saturday and Sunday, so my arms were a little sore.

Bench
5 x 45
5 x 55
6 x 70 x 3

Deadlift
5 x 85
3 x 115
3 x 135
5 x 150

Lat Pulls
10 x 60 x 2
10 x 70

Dumbbell Rows
7 x 35 x 3

Work was pretty busy, two different meetings took up a chunk of the day.

This is totally unrelated to anything, but I am looking for new lunch ideas. I used to roast a spaghetti squash and bring that every day with tomato sauce, but they are way out of season now. I am struggling. WHAT DO YOU EAT THAT IS EASY TO PACK, GLUTEN-FREE, HEALTHY AND VEGETARIAN? Not hard at all.

This morning, I cried a little when my alarm went off at 4:40, despite 9 hours and 15 minutes in bed. Regardless, I had a nice, mostly uphill run with Bob. 11 miles before 7 a.m.? I will take it. It’s pretty humid out, but there is a magical working water fountain about seven miles in our route, so I was a happy camper. My legs felt better than they have been, I guess it was the three minutes of foam rolling I did while watching the first episode of the Blacklist last night.

I am actually in a pretty good mood after that run. I prefer running with people so much more these days. It’s really great. Sorry I am slow.

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You see stars that clear have been dead for years, but the idea just lives on

It feels like it’s been a while, even though it really hasn’t.

My brother was in town on Thursday night, so Tim and I went to meet him for a bit at a bar. It was late for me, but since I was working from home Friday, I knew I’d get to sleep in a little (since I wouldn’t have to waste time getting ready and commuting). I don’t get to see my brother too often, so it was nice to hang out for a while.

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On Friday, I got a little bit of extra sleep, then headed to spinning and the weight room. I spent the rest of the day doing work, and I feel as though I got more done than a typical Friday. I really, really liked working from home. Anyway, Tim left early in the morning for his bachelor party (that’s why my brother was here, but he stayed with his friend), so I was a lone solider, which I didn’t mind nearly as much as I thought I was. I was pretty busy all weekend though. Anyway, here is my Friday morning workout.

Lifting:
Back Squat
45 X 5
65 X 5
85 x 3
110 x 6 x 3

Strict Press:
5 x 40
5 x 45
6 x 50 x 2
5 x 55

Lat Pulls
10 x 60 x 2
10 x 70

Seated Overhead Press
10 x 20 x 3

Farmers Carry
1 x 30
1 x 35
1 x 40

Around 5, my friend Maura texted me to meet her for happy hour, so I swung by for a cider. Then, I got changed and headed over to the beer mile.

We had a delayed start, but began around 7:15. My legs actually felt good, the gluten-free pale ales went down easily, and I was done at 8:04, a new PR. I was pretty pumped about that. I hung out there until about 9:30. I hadn’t realized it had gotten that late, and I hadn’t eaten dinner, so I headed home.

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I was up WAY too early after my late night to meet Colin and Jim. We ran eight miles, and my legs complained the whole time. They just felt so heavy and sluggish. I tacked on a few more, quickly showered, and as I was blow drying my hair, my mom and grandmothers arrived.

We had an appointment for my last dress fitting, and my grandmas wanted to come to see the dress. It was nice of them to come, but I totally had a HOLY SHIT I AM REALLY GETTING MARRIED moment. I didn’t say anything, but I got a little freaked out. I really started wishing we had just eloped, because I really got even more nervous about everything. Oh well, soldier on. My dress still fits though, thank God. I need to lose roughly 30 pounds in a month. Doable, I am sure.

We didn’t have time for a long lunch, so we went to Yellowbird and everyone seemed to like it. My two grandmothers are the cutest things, and it was adorable watching one help the other down a step with a cup of coffee. It was also sort of a “whoa” moment because I think my grandmas are so strong and healthy, but they are both in their 80s and a little more fragile than I thought. I am lucky to have them.

I was bummed they had to leave (to make church), as there are so many things I would have loved to show them. Oh well.

I had a little free time, so I took care of some errands, laundry, took a power nap and read for a bit. I then had to start getting ready, because Liz and I were headed to the winery for a luau. It was a beautiful night, and we had a nice time sitting outside enjoying our beverages. The food was “eh” at best, I would have been annoyed if I had paid for tickets, to be honest. I did finally get my first corn on the cob of the season though!

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After we left, we decided to swing by McGrath’s for a drink, then we went home. It was a nice night!

I was up way too early again to meet Jill, but I am so glad I did. We met at 6:45 and got in 12 miles. I know I always say this, but the miles went so much faster with her. My legs were still a little heavy and sluggish, but they felt better than Saturday. I am so happy to have gained so many running friends in the past year! I ran to/from our meeting spot, so I got in 15 total. I also filled my 22-ounce water bottle five times.

Tim arrived home a little after and I was in the middle of another power nap. We went to brunch with his mom, sister and brother-in-law, and then we came home and he played video games and I did work. We took a break to go meet Maura for a drink, then came home for dinner before another early bedtime. Yet, I still sit here yawning already.

Some day, I will catch up on sleep.

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I can hear every thought that you’re thinking

So, I went for an easy lunchtime run with my friend Mike yesterday. My legs still felt like garbage, but we usually run easy, so it was fine. When I got back to work, I realized I didn’t have my Fitbit on, so I pretty much had a stroke, dumped everything out of my bag, called the Y to see if it was in the locker room, then started crying because that meant my mom was right (“I knew you’d lose it.”) , and because I was already having a bad day. While debating whether I should go back to the Y and look myself, I found it stuck in my sleeve of the shirt I had on. I don’t even know how that happened or how I didn’t notice.

Last night, I was still in a bad mood after work , so I put dinner in the oven and crawled into bed with my book around 5:30. (I am reading A Piece of Cake, as recommended by some Buzzfeed list, and I am really enjoying it.) Tim came home and tried to snap me out of it, but I was just the lone passenger on the cranky train. I did drag myself out of bed to eat dinner, and we finished the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which I liked. It was cute, funny and an easy watch (i.e. no crazy plot twists or 1,000 people you had to remember). Then, I went to bed at 7:30.

I was supposed to run with Jill today, but she had to cancel, thank God. My legs still feel like toast, but it was better than yesterday, so I don’t know. My legs just feel so heavy, like I am dragging a ton of weights with me. I mean, I know I am dragging a ton of weight with me, I just mean more so than usual.

I go to PT today to get my tendonitis checked out. He put pads into my shoe liner to try and make me not land on the outer edge of my foot as much, and force me to land more evenly. Well, most of the bottom of my foot is rock hard from running, but the part I don’t normally land on is soft as ever. IT HURTS LIKE HELL from trying to land like that. My feet feel rubbed raw, to be honest. I hope its helping.

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You could cut ties with all the lies that you have been living in

My bad mood began yesterday after work. I had no desire to go to the meeting at the caterer’s. So, naturally, I was fuming the whole drive home. Then, I got home and I was angry because I am always the one to take out that trash (because I get home first, and Tim takes it in the next morning. There was no real reason to be angry.). Then, I was full of rage because why do I always have to peel and cut the potatoes? Once again, because I am home first, and what else am I really doing? Then I was even more irrationally angry because Tim left his clothes in the dryer.

So, I wasn’t in what one would describe as a good mood by the time we got to the caterer’s. As I suspected, we really had no need to meet in person, as what we needed to discuss could have easily been accomplished over the phone. At that point, I started to just feel so overwhelmed with everything. I feel as if we will never be able to pull off this wedding. It took us 20 minutes to get there and 25 minutes to get home, and we didn’t get home until after 7. So then I was angry because I was hungry and because I usually like to be in bed by 7:30, either reading or lights out. I’d like to clarify I realize how ridiculous I was acting, I just couldn’t shake it.

I woke up this morning, temporarily forgetting about my bad mood, and then I stepped on the scale and have somehow gained even more weight. I am torn between maybe this is just how much I am supposed to weigh because I work out every single day and eat pretty healthy. The other part of me is a drill sergeant and thinking about what I could possibly cut out of my diet. Oh, maybe my string cheese? There is 80 calories.

So, anyway, after feeling like a huge fatty, I went out for my run. It was a beautiful morning, with low humidity and a low dew point. But I didn’t enjoy it. For the first three or so miles, my #bumleg was acting up. Then, I had to stop to go to the bathroom. And my legs never really warmed up. I felt like I was dragging lead the whole time. No matter how hard I tried, I could just not go any faster. I have no idea what speed I was running, but I know it was bad. My legs were just so dead.

I came home miserable. I just started crying into my breakfast. About what? I don’t know. I just feel so defeated. So frustrated. OVER NOTHING. BAD RUNS HAPPEN. WEDDINGS ARE STRESSFUL. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE TRASH OUT. I HAVE FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

I do wonder if maybe I am just burned out. Tim suggested I take Friday off, as he will be off and home for the morning at least. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t at least considered it. I am tired. I am frustrated. I don’t feel like myself at all.

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She’s the merry widow on the widow’s walk

Oof, yesterday was quite busy.
Mondays (and Fridays) are my days to sleep in, and I really enjoy seeing an alarm that starts with a 5 instead of a 4. As usual, Tim and I walked over to the weight room, and I did the following:

Bench
5 x 45
5 x 70 x 3

Deadlift
5 x 45
3 x 115
3 x 135
5 x 150

Lat Pulls
10 x 60 x3

Dumbbell Rows
7 x 35 x 3

Overhead seated press
10 x 20 x 3

I had a super busy day at work, but I did manage to squeeze in a lunchtime spin class before a meeting.

Wedding stuff is really picking up again. Last night, we had a call with our florist. Thank god she was willing to do a call and not drag us all the way over there. Tonight, we do have to go to our caterer’s house, and I am just hoping we get home at a reasonable hour, due to the aforementioned alarm clock.

I forgot to mention that over the weekend, a whole slew of random keys just stopped working on my laptop. That is especially helpful when you are a freelance writer on the side, let me tell you. Fortunately, I can use Tim’s laptop when I must, and he is asking his IT friend at work to help out. The laptop is less than a year old, so hopefully, it is nothing serious, or if it is, hopefully, it is under warranty. And in that case, hopefully, I can find said warranty.

This morning,I got up at 4:40 to meet my fast friend Bob for a run. I am always incredibly self conscious running with faster people, and today was no exception. I feel guilty for slowing them down, especially because I really struggle running in the humidity. Today was particularly muggy, and we ran a relatively hilly course, so hopefully, I didn’t slow him down too much. We weren’t even going that fast, I just die a little when the weather is like this. Miles fly by when you have company though.

I feel like this post needs a picture, so here is a picture of a deer I took three years ago. It is relevant because we saw a deer this morning.

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