Friday, July 11, 2014

TGIF!

I'm so happy it's Friday afternoon! I'm actually quite surprised that it is here so quickly.... This week just flew right by! I've been busy so I suppose that helps! I have a few things I want to do (fun stuff!) and others that I'd like to accomplish this weekend, so I'm sure it will seem to fly by faster than the week did!

After I got home from work, I went out on my first run for M! I thought of him a lot during the run, and stopped when running by one of our beaches to snap a pic to share on FB. I ran for longer than 30 minutes (about 45, but I did take a couple walk breaks because I forgot to put KT on my knee!) as I thought I might.  After that I had enough time to shower and "get ready" for my little evening out.

Last  night my Mom and I had our little "date." I ended up getting the lobster nachos (and probably more 312s than necessary on a Thursday night...Or any night, really) for dinner (ohhhh so delicious!) and had enough left overs for, at least, lunch today.  However, I ended up getting an "unwich" from Jimmy John's because there's a guy re-doing my basement window. I always feel weird about being home when someone I don't really know is there doing something. I'd be upstairs but I'd still feel almost "in the way." And I don't want to have to engage in unnecessary small talk with someone who I don't really know (my Dad knows him). So, no nachos for me. Maybe I'll have them for dinner this evening... I guess it'll depend on how late my boyfriend works and whether or not I need to make dinner.

Annnnyway....

On the way to dinner we stopped by a local shop (Gordy's Skate Company) so that I could have my running tank made.  They do screen printing as well as sell skateboards, apparel, and accessories. My friend's family owns it so of course I wanted to give them my business....Plus another friend got a cute shirt form there recently and I wanted to pick up something similar. Anyway...My tank... I LOVE it! It's white with pink at the bottom and I had them put "I Run For M..." on the front in hot pink letters. 

The best part of that visit was when my friend asked me about it (she'd seen it posted on FB)... So I told her a little bit about M and about the IRun4 program. Another girl working in the store (the one who made my tank) also stopped and listened to me talk about it. Both of them thought it was a super cool program.  My friend said she'd throw a sticker in my bag for him. And then a moment later she said, "hang on a sec... I'm going to throw something else in there if you don't mind the postage." Of course I didn't mind. I thought maybe she had some other little trinket behind the counter or in the back.  She grabbed a little blue shirt and put the company logo on the back and another graphic on the front. She made M a free t-shirt for me to send to him!  How awesome is that!?!

Seriously, I almost cried in the store.  I'm sure it probably helped that I knew her, but it's so awesome to see business people do things like that for others.  I'm sure the cost of the shirt and designs isn't huge and doing something small like that isn't going to result in a loss for the business.  The best part is that it was a generous gift. I didn't ask. I wasn't planning to have a shirt made (not yet anyway...the thought just hadn't entered my mind!). She just took it upon herself to give him a little gift. SO thoughtful.  And just another reason that I'll continue to give them my business.  It's so awesome to see people giving back like that.

I can't wait to pick up an envelope and mail M is little shirt and sticker!!!

I'm currently sitting at my Nonie's eye doc with her, as she has laser surgery on her eyes. I left work a little early to meet her so that I could drive her home after.  After that I'll be heading home to do CLX Burn 3.  I didn't get a chance to do the abs workout yesterday so I will probably try to do that as well (depending on how much Burn 3 works the abs - it's been so long I can't remember). I'm not sure what time the man will get out of work. They've had a lot of business lately and he's really trying to get a lot done so he doesn't have to work tomorrow...Someone might need to tone down her whining about that (Guilty.).

Tomorrow I have a run for M on the schedule and maybe a ride up North a little ways. There's a cool store that features Michigan-made products that I want to stop by (and have not taken the time to do). It might be a nice afternoon for a ride and maybe a stop for lunch or dinner. If the man has to work, I'll go solo or see if my Mom wants to ride with. The weekend will also include the typical laundry, cleaning, and hopefully some re-organization of the basement. I'd love to FINALLY set up my elliptical that my Dad is still storing...In the box...From Christmas. So, that's pretty much the weekend plan. Sunday is my "rest day" from working out.

I hope that you have a fantastic weekend!!

XOXO

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mid-Week...Already!

*This is a post from Wednesday that I didn't post...

Wow! It's shaping up to be another fast flying week. I've been busy both at work and after work, so that's most likely why time is flying.  I don't have as much going on tonight so that will either make my day and week seem longer or it'll end up flying by because there are things I can accomplish (laundry, dishes, cleaning...FUN stuff!).

Monday was the standing date night. I did CLX Burn 1 and then walked the dogs for about half an hour before our wrestling date.  I think I had left overs from our 4th of July party for dinner that night. Or maybe some of Sunday's left over pizza....One of the two. I've been eating left overs all week so it sort of blends together. 

Yesterday I went home and got my 30 minute training run in (training for a 10 miler in October) and showered before heading over to my boyfriend's Aunt's for a cookout. We were there until sometime around 9:30 and I didn't make it awake very long after we got home. I was falling asleep so I told him good night around 10:30 (at 10:15 it was my goal to make it that long!).  I don't typically go to bed without him but last night I was exhausted.

My run yesterday was...Difficult. First, it had been raining so I ended up on the treadmill. Sure enough the sun came out and it was dried up fairly quickly, but oh well.  So the treadmill is boring torture to me. I want to go slower than normal on it and, well, I just don't like the dang thing. So that made it super difficult. Second... My legs were not happy.  I was starting to get pretty sore from Monday's CLX workout by yesterday afternoon. I felt fine in terms of breathing and such, but my legs hurt SO bad.  I plugged away at a fairly slow (for me) jog and finished the 30 minutes in what felt like longer than that.  After my run, the soreness really set it. All night I was sore. I've been sore most of the day today but it does seem better this afternoon.  I'm not feeling it quite as much anyway. 

I know why I'm sore... I worked muscles that haven't been worked in that way in a while. As much as it isn't so much fun to be sore, I like it. In a way it feels good to me... Because I know I worked my muscles and pushed hard. I'm also kind of bummed that I'm so sore because it means that in the last...however long it's been since I did ST (a couple months!?)... my muscles have obviously had some deterioration. It makes me annoyed with myself that I got away from it.  BUT I'm also happy that I am back into the swing of things.  I have CLX Burn 2 on the agenda for today and will most likely walk the dogs for a bit. My time isn't as crunched as it was on Monday so we'll probably walk for an hour rather than half an hour. 

I suppose I should get moving... I need to get Burn 2 done and then go make dinner. I plan to grill some chicken topped with black bean and mango salsa (recipe from Skinnytaste). I'm altering the recipe slightly, as I do not care for raw onion and my cilantro needed to be tossed. I may jazz it up with some extra spices or something....Whatever I end up adding or taking away, it sounds yummy and I can't wait to have some! I'll probably just steam some veggies to have on the side. Or maybe some quinoa on the side. Or maybe I'll have both in some sort of concoction that I'm sure I'll find on Pinterest.  We'll see how hungry I am after my workout and some cleaning.  I'll most likely walk later this evening, after dinner. 

I suppose that's about it for now. It should be a fairly quiet and laid-back night for us, which I'm looking forward to! I'm also looking for a little Mommy-Puppy (okay at ages seven and eight they're no longer puppies, nor are they small enough to be mistaken as such , BUT STILL...) bonding time which we will have on our walk.

Off I go...to make these muscles burn!!

XOXO

Super Exciting News!

Happy Thursday!! I received some amazing news last night! After nearly four months I was finally matched with my IRun4 buddy!! I'm happy to share that I'll be running for an adorable little boy. I don't want to share much personal information about him on the blog since we were just matched and I haven't asked his Mom's permission, so I'll just refer to him as "M" for now. 

First, a little about IRun4.  IRun4 was started by a man named Tim Boyle, who had a friend who physically could not run...When Tim's friend told him to run for him, Tim took it to a whole new level and, in short, IRun4 was born.  The hard working staff at IRun4 match runners with those who cannot run. The runners then run for their buddy! I've been following the page since I first heard of it and signed-up. It really can be an emotional thing to follow sometimes!!

When I logged into FB last night and found that I had a buddy I was so thrilled!!! I honestly got a little teary-eyed when I found out...And again when I saw the picture of M's sweet little face that his Mom sent to me.  She also shared that M has Angelman Syndrome and sent me a wonderful link FULL of information!

If you're like me, this is something new to you... I'd heard of Angelman, very briefly, and really didn't know much about it until I visited Cure Angelman.  When I visited I learned that Colin Farrell is a supporter....Because his son has been diagnosed with AS. I learned, by reading what he said and from M's Mom's excitement, that walking is  HUGE milestone for those with AS. Colin's (ha! I sound like we are best buds) son walked at age four; M just before he turned three.

AS is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a problem with  a gene. Someone with AS will require life-long care. There is no cure at this time.. Typically, individuals who have AS do not develop functional speech, often have seizures, and experience severe developmental delays.

Two things really stuck with me when I was reading and researching a bit more about AS and those diagnosed with it...

First, their families and friends call them Angels. I LOVE THIS.

Second, they generally have a happy demeanor, they smile a lot, they get excited, and they laugh.  My guess is that their laughter is infectious.

In reading about something so difficult, I felt a little relief in reading that Angels are generally so happy.

I can't really explain why I've had an emotional response to this. I don't know sweet little M, or his Mom. We became FB friends shortly after we were matched and had one conversation.  Somehow someone who is a stranger (living three states/roughly 12 hours away!) has suddenly become a huge part of my life.  I have a whole new attitude on running... I feel like I have a greater sense of purpose when it comes to running.  Now I'm not running because I "have" to or just because I need the exercise or to stay healthy....M has already given me the gift of a new mindset and new motivation to run. I'm currently training for my Tower of Terror 10 Miler in October. I'll be dedicating that race to M....Because really, what kid doesn't love at least something related to Disney? And Disney is the happiest place on Earth!

So, today when I run, M will be on my mind and in my heart!

Oh! And an update... Yesterday was a CLX day. I did Burn 2 and later took my dogs for a walk (about an hour by the time we got home). The grilled chicken with mango and black bean salsa was DELICIOUS. I had left overs for lunch today, so it had to be good. The flavor of the chicken was good enough to eat alone!

As you most likely gathered from what I said earlier, today is a running day. I have 30 minutes on the schedule but I'll likely be gone a bit longer/run a bit farther than I would in 30 minutes. After that, my Mom and I are heading out to dinner. I have a strong desire for some sushi or some lobster nachos this evening. My boyfriend is working a little late (UGH AGAIN) and my Dad has some kind of meeting/dedication thing he has to go speak at, so we're having a Mom-Daughter date night.  Naturally, because I'm so excited about being matched with M., I'm stopping to visit my friend (who's family owns a local shop that just happens to do t-shirt printing) and I'm buying a new tank for my next run.... I'm not sure how M would feel about silver glitter or hot pink letters  (I imagine he'd think they were fun!!), but I'll be opting for one of those.

Well, I am off to do my first run for M!!!

Have a great day everyone!!!!

XOXO

Monday, July 7, 2014

Seriously, Where Does the Time GO?

I have not posted in a week and a half - a week and a half!! HOLY COW!! Last week was a busy week for me and I ended up working a bit late a couple days which kind of cuts into my time.... And life outside of work was fairly busy as well!

The weekend before we didn't do a whole lot.... In fact, I'm pretty certain we stuck around home all weekend. My boyfriend had to work most of Saturday (GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE, AND GRUMBLE) so I spent some time with my Mom and a little time with friends. I did the Relay for Life walk for about an hour in the morning and then went to a local music fest for a little while with my Mom and one of her friends. Then I went home and started throwing a pity party (because I was lonely and pissy about my boyfriend having to work...so really for no reason other than I wanted to be in a bad mood, apparently). I was laying in the sun, sipping one of those light frozen cocktails in a pouch and my friend mentioned she was going to the music fest. So, I changed, packed up a cooler, and walked over there. I spent a few hours hanging out with her, her hubby, and their son, listening to music and sipping on some drinks (well, her son didn't but us adults did!). Someone did not eat all day and may have gotten a little tipsy. Good thing I was on foot!

My boyfriend was home maybe an hour before I got there (if even that long) so we hung out and made dinner.  A little later we went to the campground where my parents were staying and hung out with them for a bit, as well as my boyfriend's Dad, Grandma, Aunt, and younger Cousin who were also staying there. It was kind of cool to get part of both of our families together and just hang out for a bit.  We ended up staying out there much later than planned and when we got home I was pretty much done for the day. The friend I hung out with earlier invited us over for a fire but since it was so late and I was drained (from being outside all day, I guess), and sunburned, we just went to bed. I don't think my friend stayed up much later anyway, although I later found out that the guys were up half the night! Guess it wasn't too late to stop by!!

Sunday we pretty much just hung out at home.  I did some cleaning and he did some yard work. Other than that, we didn't go too far or do a whole lot except relax and spend the day together. The weekend seemed to go by way too fast since he had to work that Saturday.

So then Monday came around and it was back to work! Work started getting busy with the holiday coming up and three of my four work days seemed to be a blur. Monday night our standing date night. And Wednesday after work I had a meeting. I'm not sure what happened on Tuesday.... Nothing too noteworthy, I guess! Thursday was fairly calm at work and then after I ran some errands to get things ready for our little gathering on Friday.  My boyfriend was home a lot earlier than I was (of course he had an appointment so he was out of work early to begin with!) so after we hauled in the groceries and such I started dinner right away. We ate dinner and then I got to work on some little projects (treats and decor) for a small 4th of July party we hosted.... There were about 15 people there, which was a pretty good size - and enough work! So anyway, after I cleaned up from dinner, his little brother came over and hung out. It was nice to have someone to entertain the guy while I got all crafty...Haha! I made some luminaries, a bandana "flag," some flower pot decorations/center pieces, Jello-shots, and Rice Krispie treats. I started on a headband but decided I was ready to relax. So I sat and hung out with the boys, watching TV until my boyfriend's brother left and we decided to get to bed. 

On Friday I got up and decorated, cleaned the house, inflated and filled a pool, set up chairs and a table, and got all the little party things ready for the day.  All I had to do after the parade was set things out and finish cooking a couple things. We watched the parade and hurried home so that I could start getting things ready...We walked and my parents managed to beat us to my house. My Mom helped me get stuff finished, which was super nice.

The one thing I made that I LOVED was a berry bruschetta. Oh. My. Gosh. It was to die for! I bought a skinny baguette of a multigrain bread at the bakery in the grocery store and had it cut into small pieces ahead of time.  All I had to do was add the toppings (goat cheese spread on the bread, topped with some fresh sliced strawberries and a few fresh blueberries) and bake them (at 350 for 5-10 minutes). I probably could've eaten all of it but I'm really trying to not eat an entire loaf of bread (skinny or not!) in one sitting...Ha, ha!

It was nice to have family and friends over and hang out! My cousin, her daughter, and boyfriend were spending the night so they all hung out while I cleaned up. My cousin put her daughter down for a late nap and then she fell asleep too, so we ended up staying home and watching the tons of neighborhood fireworks and having a fire instead. I was bummed about missing them but I wasn't going to leave guests at the house...Especially when my cousin's boyfriend would've been the only one awake.

Saturday we were going to a distant cousin's party, but another cousin was supposed to come over and go with us...And then I didn't hear back from her... I was bummed about not seeing her (and then not going to the party because we sat around and waited too long, leaving ourselves short on time) but I know she was babysitting her niece, a toddler, and she has a toddler of her own....I know that things with kids can get a little crazy sometimes so I'm sure something happened. And we were going to head to the party during what was most likely nap time. Oh well!

Saturday night we headed out to my boyfriend's Mom's house to spend some time there and catch a smaller fireworks display. His step-dad was working so it was just us, his Mom, the two youngest siblings, and all of our dogs (four total) plus their three cats...The cats hid though so it wasn't like they socialized with us much.  Anyway, we hung out for a while, watched the fireworks, and then came home and stayed up kind of late just talking and having a good time.  We spent a good chunk of the day there yesterday before we headed for home. After we got home we didn't do much... I started laundry and did a couple things around the house while he napped.  We ordered take out (pizza) for dinner and hung out for a bit. His brother came over to hang out too, so we all sat around watching some old wrestling stuff and talking.  I went to bed just after his bother went home, while my boyfriend stayed up a little later and finished the documentary he was watching.

Then today...Back at it.

Seriously, life is going by too fast. I wish I had more free time to ENJOY more fun things, especially in the summer. I LOVE summer!  Apparently we just need to randomly become independently wealthy so we can travel and go to sporting events for the rest of the summer....Seriously... Money Fairy, please make that happen, thanks!!

In other news.... I'm starting a "new" workout plan today!  I'm going to do Chalean Extreme again and mix it in with my 10 miler training (which has snuck up on me and I am late in starting!). I'll be doing 30-45 minutes of some activity daily (depending on DVD length) and there are only  a couple days where I have both training and a DVD scheduled...I  actually skipped a couple of the routines last time I did CLX but I don't think that they are super long, so that's a bonus. I thought it was  good way to really get back into the swing of things with a better plan. I've been doing walking/running/biking but kind of at random and because the last couple weeks have seemed so busy I haven't done as much.  This schedule is not overwhelming and I won't be stressed to try to fit in too much stuff...So...It should work well for me.

Today is the first day of this round of CLX which I'm looking forward to! Maybe if I'm feeling really ambitious I'll add in something else... It's a lot less pressure to know what I'm doing and to not be trying to do 60-90 minutes a day on a day when I'm shorter on time... Although 60 is still do-able.

So I guess that's about it for now - I'm off to do a workout and then get dinner ready!

I hope you had a happy and safe holiday!

XOXO