Monday, October 13, 2014

Marathon Monday

Well friends, not every week in half marathon training can be magical. It's not like this past week was bad, just nothing exciting. I mentioned just briefly last Monday that I was finally reunited last Sunday with my running partner. That was the highlight. Running with a friend is always more entertaining than logging the miles on your own in my book. I have a lot less of {these} crazy thoughts when running with someone. We did our long run for the week together and then I did three more weekday runs alone, for a total of 15.27 miles this week.

Weekday runs are my biggest challenge. Somedays it's just the last thing I want to do, but I have been trying to keep myself in a good routine. I bring my clothes to school and change before I leave. That makes it easier to come home and get going, or to just do my miles around my school. I am hoping that my motivation and self-discipline can hold out for the next 88 days. Going on a RUNcation is definitely a motivating factor :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Love

Happy Friday! I'm so glad it's the weekend. We don't have major plans, but I'm happy with that. I hope to run a bunch of miles on Sunday morning, and we are going to one of my favorite DC restaurants on Sunday for dinner! What are you up to?

{ONE}


Katy Perry on Gameday. My first three loves go back to last Saturday. I like Katy Perry and I really like College Gameday. I was so excited it was a two for one deal last Saturday morning. She was the celebrity picker, and seriously she was so much better than a lot of the fools they get on there. She even had props.

{TWO}

Corso vs. Katy Perry. Lee Corso brings a lot of hilarity to the last 10 minutes of my favorite Saturday morning tradition...you never know what might happen, really. Last week, though, KP blew him out of the water pick wise. Look at {this} run down. This is how we do.

{THREE}

Ole Miss vs. Alabama. Football is really the only sport where I can watch a full game, beginning to end, and be invested, when one of my teams is not involved. I was loving the Ole Miss Alabama game last week. I was very invested in an Ole Miss win, and it happened!

{FOUR}


Gas that Starts with a 2. This is my gas station! Gas prices in the 2's...WHAT?!?!

{FIVE}

Running Thoughts. Crazy stuff goes through my mind when I'm logging my training miles. Mostly when running alone I do a lot of math trying to figure out how much longer. {This article} is so funny and I have legitimately thought almost all 75 things on the list. Especially the ones about finding bodies.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Recipe of the Week!

Pork Tenderloin with Zesty Dry Rub

Alright, I have a confession. I can't remember how I made this. I started with a recipe I found online for the rub and modified it, but I can't find that recipe either. Truth be told, though, you aren't missing much. I just wasn't into this. I wanted to try something new because we eat {this awesome pork tenderloin} all the time...and we are going right back to it. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't amazing. Worth a try for something different I suppose. So here is my best guess for what I put in it...

Ingredients:
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1.5 tsp. chili powder
1.5 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. brown sugar
3/4 tsp. oregano
1 tbsp. paprika
1.5 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. granulated sugar
1 pork tenderloin (about 1.25 lbs.)
2 tsp. olive oil

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, combine everything except the pork tenderloin. Rub the mixture all over the pork tenderloin, making sure to coat it completely. Place the tenderloin in a pan in the oven until cooked through. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Marathon Monday

I have just had the most fabulous week in training! Let's start with last Sunday (because I'm not trying to drive myself crazy with Tuesday-Monday weeks this go around). I couldn't do my long run on Saturday because we had morning plans and then Penn State was on, and after that it just gets to be a little bit warm. So last Sunday...I tried experimenting with a little variation on my normal 5ish mile route because I'm already getting a little bit bored. My new trial route was nothing amazing, but it ended up going very well. I achieved my fastest pace ever for 5-6 miles. Good way to start the week.

Both Monday and Tuesday we had back to school night at BES, so those days had to be no mile days because I have given up my morning miles since it's darker and the temperatures are now more manageable in the afternoons. After the longest start to the week ever, I was happy to have a reason to leave work at a reasonable time to get some miles in on Wednesday. I had to work a little bit harder to keep my enthusiasm for after school on Thursday. I decided maybe a random route would cure my boredom with my 3ish mile weekday route. After inhaling serious fast food grease smells and gas fumes while running this random route, followed by my RunKeeper malfunctioning, I didn't have high hopes for my pace as I was getting closer to end of my run. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and my RunKeeper informed me that I set a new record for pace...and it was by quite a bit!

I ran both days this past weekend, but only Saturday's miles count in my total for the week. I did another 5ish miles. This time my usual 5 mile route. The weather was pretty nice, but the sun was a little warm. The best part was that I beat my Sunday time by one second! The best part about the whole weekend, though...I FINALLY REUNITED with my running partner yesterday! Seriously so much better than dong the miles by myself. Not only that, but it was nice and cool, but still sunny, and I got a change of scenery! I was just thrilled for myself.

After 16.51 miles this week and consistently doing the miles at a good pace, I feel like I am getting back to where I was in the spring. Good thing because we are now less than 100 days (95 to be exact) away from Disney!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Love

{ONE}

Book Club. One of my goals this school year is to do some book clubs. I started my first one this week, and now I am even more excited. I'm sure you will hear more about it on my blog. I am starting with six fifth grade girls reading the book Because of Mr. Terupt. Can't wait to see how things progress.

{TWO}

The Count-selor. I get asked all kinds of questions in my line of work, but this week I got asked a question I have never heard before. I was talking with student who is new to my school this year. We didn't really know each other. He kept asking me where my kids were (because he thought I had a class that should be in my office). I reminded him I was the School Counselor. Then he asked what I COUNT all day. I was laughing so hard. I tried explaining what the counselor actually does. He just wanted to know if I count money.

{THREE}

Cooler Weather. I am SO SO SO excited for some actual fall weather this weekend. I'm celebrating by making my first pot of chili!

{FOUR}

Maps & Charts. You might know that I'm a little bit of a map lover. I don't know why, its just a thing. Well last week I saw {these maps & charts} that show statistics and make comparisons. More things I really like. Check them out, some are surprising.

{FIVE}

Coffee Saturdays. I quit coffee back in July. I was pretty strict about it back then. Now, though, I have loosened up a little bit. I just couldn't handle College Gameday and football Saturdays without it. I look forward to my coffee fix each weekend!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Marathon Monday


MARATHON Monday! It's officially back! It's back because I signed up to run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January!

Here's the story:

I have a friend who does Disney's Marathon weekend every year, and last year a lot of my friends went, but not me. After they came back I was convinced that I was going, but wasn't sure what race I would register for, if any...maybe I would just go on vacation. Registration opened in April - and sells out very quickly - and at that time I wasn't really sure where my life would be in January, and I still hadn't run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon yet, so I wasn't completely sure half marathoning was for me. So in April I signed up for the 10k held that weekend and figured I could at least walk the 6.2 miles if nothing else.

Fast forward to two weeks ago...I was wavering about even going to Florida. I was thinking I was just going to take my registration for the 10k as a loss and stay home. I was also considering registering for the Richmond Half Marathon in November since I had started doing miles again. Matt was encouraging the Disney trip, but I felt like there was a lot to consider, and a lot of reasons to not go. Then suddenly Disney decided to open up more spaces in the half marathon. I didn't sign up immediately. I was having major heartache over this. Really, I was. I couldn't decide if I should abandon my Florida plans completely or solidify them by registering for the additional race. Matt was extremely sick of hearing about it, so finally I decided that if it was still open on Friday morning I would register. And guess what...it was.

I filled out all the information and really stared at the 'submit payment' button for a long time. I finally clicked it. I can't say all of my reservations were gone. I felt sick until at least lunchtime. I'm still not sure I made the right or best decision, but at least it's a decision. I'm going to Florida in January...to run a 10k on Friday and half marathon on Saturday...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Love

{ONE}

Final Decisions. I am a person who loves to know what they're doing. Someone who almost always has a plan. I have been wavering on a few decisions that needed to be made, and I finally made one this week. It feels so much better to have made a decision. I'm going to let you in on the details on Monday :)

{TWO}

Something to Look Forward To. This Friday one and two are related, so I not going to give away too many details, but I'm sure you know the feeling I'm referring to...big, exciting plans to look forward to.

{THREE}


Doc Nix & the Green Machine. There was a video that went viral earlier this week of George Mason University's band, the Green Machine, playing a Rage Against the Machine song. I wanted to tell everyone who watched it that it really did them no justice. Matt attended GMU for graduate school so we attended a few events there. The Green Machine performed at all of them. Seriously they are better than the event you are going to see...so much fun to watch. And Doc Nix, the pimped out director, is a show in himself.

{FOUR}

The Return of Primetime TV. Even though we did some great throwback TV watching via Netflix this summer, it's exciting to have some of our favorite shows back this fall. I'm especially excited about Modern Family and Parenthood being back in the rotation.

{FIVE}

Coworkers. I have A LOT of interesting coworkers. The cast of characters that make up that staff is truly something special. This week at work was busy, eventful, and not always positive, but each day at least one of my coworkers made my days with a hilarious story, exciting plans, or just by being a nice person. I am also super excited that my new co-counselor is awesome!!!