My heart is so full of happiness right now. Even though today is unlucky Friday the 13th, two great things have happened.
But I cant share until next week!
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My heart is so full of happiness right now. Even though today is unlucky Friday the 13th, two great things have happened.
But I cant share until next week!
This year I made one small goal for myself, create a better work/life balance. That has gone out the window. I have worked every other weekend this year (with the exception of three) and I have worked myself so hard. This of course means I am really far behind on things I want to get done around the house, personal life, etc.
My running mojo is completely gone. I have had nothing but bad runs lately and I just can’t get as excited as I was a few weeks ago. I still have to train for the Peachtree Road Race July 4th, but after that, I am not sure. I did not run a single run last week because I was so busy with work. It isn’t a good excuse, but I am on my feet all day when it is show time (and we had two this weekend I had to run) and going for an actual run seems like torture. I hate this feeling. I was DYING to run a marathon this year, but right now I cannot imagine even training for a half.
I have a few fun house updates to share with you all, but everything is sort of at a stand still because we spent too much on springtime fun. I also have some really fun plans to share with you once I finally get around to brainstorming them.
In the meantime, I am getting ready for ANOTHER busy month (wait, it really hasn’t slowed down), but I am getting down to planning my birthday. It is indeed a big one this year, 3-0! I haven’t done anything for my birthday since my 25th, so I thought it would be a great idea to do something for this one. Here are some images from my Pinterest board showing the direction I want to go:
I am so looking forward to a three day weekend so I can get a few things done in our yard. Wouldn’t you know it that on the week of our one year house (and wedding) anniversary, our lawn mower decided it just didn’t want to work anymore. And of course the grass knew what was up and grew like crazy with some of the rain we had a few weeks in a row. Needless to say, we are THOSE neighbors. At least we do live in the city where HOAs do not exist and there are other yards worse off.
Right now the yard is actually irritating me because I dont really know what to do and it is EXPENSIVE! I’m about to bombard you with pictures and hopeful plans for this current jungle of mine
My plan here is to start over. The first third of the yard is planted with bermuda sod that died and the back two-thirds has everything and anything growing. It is really hard to walk back there, so we have to have it grated, tilled, and flattened. I think you read the same thing I did, $$$$.
Another view from the back door. The dreaded hill that I hate so much. I can’t begin to tell you how much trash is start to erode out from under the depths. Here is a few of the side yard. There is absolutely NO sun over there and it really irritates me that the seller placed bermuda grass over there. If you do not know anything about grass, bermuda is a temperamental little bastard. It died after last year and thanks to the grating of this spot, it floods, bad.
My plan for this section is to essentially turn it into a shade garden. I want to kill all of the grass and extend the path from the gate to the back. I will plant shade loving plants and maybe even place a fire pit over here. First though we have to add some drainage to stop the water from poolingThe patio. I decided to leave it the hot mess that it is because I am being lazy today. My plan here is to update the pillows, clean the cushions/dye them a darker color, buy a rug, lighting, add more character. What a mess!! Can you see the line of what was sod and what was seed? It was a pain it is right now because it is essentially mud when it rains!! We are going to sod the whole yard, but we need to save up for this venture first.
The hill. Sigh. I never knew this hill would bother me so much. I am trying to work in sections just so I am not so overwhelmed with what I need to do with it. There have been signs of erosion, so I have a few years left to act. The section in the picture I planted everything you see. Two tall bush trees (ugh I forgot their names), three azaleas, one hydrangea, rosemary, and a few creepers. I need one more azalea bush and a few more creepers in this section to hopefully slow the erosion down. I also need to build out the bed with stone
Check out our garden! I am so proud of this. We dug the tiers out with our bare hands and spent a lot of time prepping these beds to move up from the crappy clay we have to work with. The tomatoes are still green, but the plant is about 3′ tall and have 14 maters growing. I just pulled all the lettuce because it reached it’s mature age and need to replace it with something else. Our cucumbers came back strong, but our strawberries aren’t really producing. We also have peppers, tons of onions, blackberries, kale, and spinach
We have to finish out the path between the tiers and build the back wall to the top tier to hold the hill up. I have the wood for that, just need to actually do it. Then we would like to build steps going to the second tier.
This is the wall to our bedroom. If I had my way and unlimited money, I would build out a porch and install french doors from our room. I dont have all the money, so I will have to settle with mulching the bed and building a stone wall around it.
The other side of the house. This is where I pushed all of my leaves to. Nothing is growing back there and I dont think anything can. I toyed with installing a putting green there, but I dont know if that would hurt resale.
Our little shed. This was a week project in the heat of August last year, but so worth it. We do not have a garage, so this has been a life saver. I’d like to build a bed around the side of the shed and extend it along the fence. First, I will need to chicken wire the space under the shed to keep my kitties out.
I transplanted the plants next to the shed from my mom’s yard. Apparently they reproduce like crazy and I could use some vegetation over there. The biggest problem is the magnolia tree in the lot next to us. The leaves are a PAIN and stink when they start rotting.
This is the other side of the shed. NOTHING will grow here either, so part of me wants to extend some outdoor storage over there so we dont have to deal, but I have no immediate plan. We also need to build out the bed where I have planted my creepers and jasmine.
First and foremost, we need to mow the dang grass!!!
Plans for the immediate future:
Plans for the future:
Plans for the not forseeable future because we wont be in the house long enough:
So it looks like we have our work cut out for us. Anyone have a landscaper friend?!?!
Hey hey! I seriously cannot stand jet lag. For some reason going North to South kills me every time and I am still somewhat exhausted.
Last Thursday, my sister, Matt, and I headed off to Chicago for my cousin’s wedding. In case you lost count, my dad’s side of the family still lives there and I lived there for the first 14 years of my life. We arrived pretty late on Thursday, but it was an uneventful trip in.
Friday we had plans to take my other sister to the Cubs game since that was one of Matt’s requests, to see Wrigley Field. When I woke up (which was early because the sun was up at around 5:30 am) I looked out the window to see if it was raining like they said and sure enough….it was SNOWING!!!! May 16th and there were huge, fat flakes falling from the sky. I was in total shock. I cannot remember a time when it snowed in May up there, cold yes, but not snow! Needless to say, I was poopy pants for sure.
We headed downtown and froze our butts off at the game. Thank goodness for the hot chocolate vendors in the stands!
We decided to call it a day after the 7th inning stretch and meet my dad back downtown for dinner. We were cold and wet and no one was really interested in the Cubs (Braves fans in my house). We jumped back on the train, had an amazingly filling dinner at Miller’s Pub, and then headed down to Navy Pier.
With the weather being as poopy as it was, I was surprised it was as clear as it was. We jumped on the Ferris Wheel for a few photos and decided at 9:30 it was time to head home. My legs needed a good rolling after all!!
Saturday my dad, sister, and I woke up early because I signed us up for a race. This was my sister’s first ever race and chose to run the two miler. My dad and I opted for the 8k. First mistake: letting a 13 year old pace my first mile. We were flying. BUT….BUT I may have figured out the leg cramping issue. Dehydration. At mile 1.2 I noticed my legs were going to give me issues, so I started drinking the water bottle my sister did not want. I felt so much better. So I kept drinking every time there was even an inkling of tightness until I stopped feeling pain. Of course, I was VERY full of water and wanted to barf everywhere. I made it 5.02 miles in 1:05. Must work on that time!
I was very exhausted after and wanted to nap, but napping is not something I can do after a run. We all laid down for a little bit and then my sisters and I went to get our hair done for the wedding. Once done, we hopped in a limo and headed downtown to my cousin’s wedding at the Sears Tower.
It was a nice wedding and had spectacular views like this:
Yep, you are looking 103 floors down to the street. Those Sky Boxes are crazy scary!
Sunday we were on the go again! My best friend from growing up lives in Milwaukee and it was high time we saw her and met her baby. I must say, Milwaukee is a very cute town. We drove around a bit and saw some of the sights. I also threw her daughter a small surprise cupcake party for her first birthday.
Monday we headed back to Atlanta and I am still trying to catch up on sleep. I am feeling very lazy and useless. Oh, and broke. Very very broke. It was a fun little trip, but reminded me yet again about how I would never move back. Let me remind you why….SNOW ON MAY 16TH!!!!!
I just found out today it is supposed to rain all weekend and that makes me somewhat poopy because I need to Round Up some of the weeds that have been growing where they are not supposed to. It also means another week will go by without us mowing the lawn. Our mower is broken and Matt has tried to fix it but now it is leaking gas, so we THOSE neighbors! UGH!
My running group officially ended this past weekend with a 5k. We were a 5k training group and we were suggested to pick the 5k race that was affiliated with the running store, but some of us went rouge and signed up for the Stache Dash that was taking place the same day. Based on the pictures from last year, it looked like a good time. They also provided VERY STRONG margaritas after your run.
Friday on the way to dinner to meet friends, I got frisky and bought a bunch of mustaches for the group. I never dress up for races, so it was time to turn over a new leaf.
The race itself was very small but EVERYONE dressed up! We were off to the start and a few things I noticed:
A man was running with his beer WITHOUT spilling
We spied a Taco in the crowd and tried to chase him for a picture
They had us start uphill
In all the excitement, I started way too stinking fast. I was maintaining a 10 minute mile (which I have not worked up to yet) and we were working the hills hard. By the time I hit mile one, my stache fell off and I was sucking. I was so grateful to see the first downhill, but also knew I wouldnt be running without stopping. I was sort of disappointed in myself.
Once I hit the second mile (UPHILL), I stopped for a second to wait for my friend. The hills were a little insane and set us up to fail (maybe not most runners, but myself for sure). We ran/walked a bit for the rest of the way until we hit the last portion of the race….you guessed it….UPHILL! The last hill was a complete butthole and laughed at us as we ran it. And ran it we did. I was happy to see this one done and over with.
Did I mention the FREE margaritas after the race? Did I also mention how strong they were (which is awesome for free)? Did I ALSO mention how buzzed I was after the TWO drinks I had? Dont run and drink without eating first, LOL!
As much as I hated they threw these stupid hills in the mix (SO.MANY.HILLS), it was a fun race for a good cause and I will run it again next year. Hopefully better trained for hills! Way to throw a stellar party, Tin Lizzy’s!
So you made it through Monday. Yesterday was my rest day and I took advantage. As soon as I was done cleaning the kitchen after dinner, I fell asleep on the couch at 7pm! My body is TIRED!! My body was not too tired to earn an award though, the Liebster Award. I worked super hard for this award and I want to thank all of the people and fans involved. Without you, I would probably be lost in this great big world! My friend Beth at Discombobulated Running recognized my hard work and presented this award to me during a fabulous award ceremony. You should have been there! The lights, the tablescapes, the….Oh, that may have been in my head. Whatevs.
So here is the Q&A (Beth asked SUCH personal questions. I feel exposed):
TGIF! This has been such a long and stressful week at work. I found the straw that broke this camel’s back and I feel like my eyes have been crying for days and I haven’t eaten since lunch yesterday (seriously, I like to eat). Not good when I am really trying to focus on running.
To focus on the getting better part, I feel like things are much improved on the running front. Two weeks ago I ran my first 5k back and killed it, for my turtle self. Tomorrow is the last “meeting” of my running group for this training cycle and a few of us decided to be rebels and not run the groups suggested race and go for something a little more Cinco di Mayo themed, being close to May 5th and all. I checked the course yesterday online and it looks like it has some rolling hills, but my goal is to run it all without stopping.
Week 6: A really good running week if you ask me. I “ran” with a running group my running shoe store hosts on Thursdays. It was brutal. They were all elite runners and I was left behind in their dust. But hey, I got the mileage in and routed a new course if I need it. Weekly Miles Budgeted: 9 Completed: 8.1
Week 7: First week back on the bike. I know these aren’t run miles, but to me they are miles. I am still doing cardio (have you seen Atlanta’s hills?) and my legs are working their little tails off. This week I also exceeded my planned numbers (somewhat) Weekly Miles Budgeted: 9.5 Completed: 15.2
Week 8: This week started really strong, but I noticed some phantom pains in my leg and instead of irritating it more, I decided to listen and rest some. This was also my first 5k back! Weekly Miles Budgeted: 9 Completed: 7.6
Week 9: All-star week right here. I was active all but one day! I biked to work twice last week and my mileage was pretty spot on. It was my last real run with the run group and we did some speed work in the park. Of course someone helped me out in telling me my arms were crazy sauce during the speed bursts, so I screwed my breathing up trying to focus on my arms. Still, it was an AWESOME run. Weekly Miles Budgeted: 10.5 Completed: 22.85
Week 10 (this week): Total fail. Working late, absolute exhaustion. This week made me realize maybe during the weeks I need to find a running partner. I think I need that push. Plus the weather was really bad down here for a few days, so riding my bike was out. Weekly Miles Budgeted: 10 Completed: planned 3.1
My numbers still might be on the low side, but what I am noticing is the mileage I do run is less intense. My body has accepted what I have asked it to do and while there are still a few adjustments it needs to get used to, it is playing very nicely.
I have a 5k planned this weekend
I would really like to hit the 4 miler on my own without walking at least HALF.
I signed up for an 8k with my dad when we pop in for a visit this month.
Hills hills hills. I hate them, they hate me, but boy do they help improve running. I need to start introducing more of them and stop relying on the beltline for my runs.
Training for Peachtree starts in three weeks and I think the best way to tackle that race is to run the course as much as possible. Im looking at you, Heartattack Hill.
Find a running buddy. I may ask a few of the girls from my running group to see if they would like to meet up during the week. I was considering signing up for the running group again (since they have it timed to end on the Peachtree race, but the price went up and I don’t know if it was really worth that cost).
Happy (blech) Monday, guys! I hope you had a lovely Easter with your friends and family.
I signed up for the Sweetwater 420 5k, which took place this past Saturday, and was also my first race back into this crazy world we love. But we need to back up to the week of…
Last Saturday I had a great group run with a very large running group. I love running with this group because there is always someone to run with. Our group running ends May 3 and I would LOVE to sign up again for the 10k group, but I haven’t decided if I wanted to fork over the cash.
Tuesday I had a solo run and decided to hit the Beltline again. It was FREEZING cold and the wind was so strong, I had to turn my music up just to hear it. The run was only 1.5 miles, but I wanted to push my calves into thinking they could do the whole run without stopping. That they did. I was super pumped. The next day I had to take a forced rest day because I was having what seemed like phantom pains in the exact spot I had a stress fracture a few years back. Im sure they were just psyching me out, but better to be safe than sorry.
Ok, onto Saturday. I woke up and it was cold. Cold and rainy. Not my ideal running weather (I know, Im weird to like hot temps). I was running this race alone and had no one at the finish line to cheer me on (sad panda) so motivation was meh at best. I arrived to Centennial Olympic Park about an hour early to pick up my number and I really had nothing else to do. I waited around a bit and what happens 15 minutes before the start……I had to pee. Bad.
I left my spot in line for the nearest potty and was so happy to not find a line. I hate the last minute fake out.
I jumped back in and we were ready to go.
I was sans Garmin and feeling really good about how my body felt. I feel like if I had worn Garms, he would have made me mad and I would have constantly looked and screwed up my flow. In the matter of minutes I was already at the first water station (1.5 miles) and had not stopped running for even a millesecond. I figured I made it this far without stopping, why not go for the whole thing!
Mile 2 was the first spot I saw an actual mile marker and figured, I didnt stop, what’s another 1.1 miles?
Then we hit the hills. At first they were small ups and downs (didn’t stop). Then they were up (didn’t stop). Then I made the second to last turn. I could see the park, I could feel the finish, I was starting to suck because I was getting overly excited about running this far without stopping and without pain. That was when I saw the hill. Dear God, the hill. I sort of tuned myself out while running it and may have even left my body for a few minutes just to get through. It was so brutal I was about to ask the woman running with her stroller next to me if I could hold on with her.
But I didnt stop.
The last turn was a slight downhill and it was over then! I was soooo excited. I ran a 5k without stopping to take a break. My body let me do this!
I was so excited that I cashed in my voucher for a free beer and chugged it because my heart was a pumpin! I wish I had someone there to celebrate with, but had to settle with texting people instead.
My official time was 39:33. That is the slowest 5k I have ever run (that I can remember), but I am starting over and can only improve from here.
And I didnt stop!
~~My body was really tired for the rest of the day, so I lazed around with the animals, but my legs felt great and more importantly my feet were just fine. God Bless the foam roller!!~~