Manic Monday – 09/25/17

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 09/18/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We started with some overhead squatting (which I’m finally making progress in!), then did a “3-mom” workout (every three minutes) of 250m rows, 10 KB swings, and 2 rope climbs.

Tuesday 09/19/17: 5k Run | Rest
We met with a mortgage broker in the afternoon, so I had to work through lunch, and then I had dinner plans with friends, so no run.

Wednesday 09/02017: CrossFit | CrossFit
We started with three rounds of EMOM: 2 Turkish get-ups, planks, and 10 candlestick rolls. After that was 3 rounds for time of 10 DB snatches, 50 double-unders, 10 box jumps, and a 400m uphill run. I managed to finish in 15:29, which I was proud of.

Thursday 09/21/17: 5 Mile Run | 1m WU + 8 x 400 + 1m CD
I’ve really been neglecting speed work lately, and wanted to run fast, so I decided to add some intervals to my middle distance run. It felt really good to do some speedy intervals for the first time in quite a while.

Friday 09/22/17: CrossFit | Rest
I had to work late for a United Way event, and after that, all I wanted to do was go home, have a drink, and sit on my butt. So I did.

Saturday 09/23/17: Rest | Rest
After a crazy week at work, I desperately needed a “sit on my butt” day. And that’s what I had. And it was glorious.

Sunday 09/24/17: 8 Mile Run | 8 Mile Run
This was the strongest long run I’ve had in quite some time. It was a bit hot, but I managed a 10:11/mile pace overall, which I was really happy with. Now if only I could manage that for an entire half marathon!

Weekly Mileage: 13
Total 2017 Mileage: 162

So, this was a great week workout-wise. I was pretty consistent, and even did a speed workout for the first time in ages. Unfortunately, this week was kind of a disaster on the nutrition front. Between being super busy with United Way activities, plus all of the food-based activities that United Way week entails, I was basically a garbage can. But hey, at least I was active. I’ll do better next week.

Oh, and get this–I OFFICIALLY REGISTERED FOR LEAF PEEPERS. I’m actually running a half marathon this weekend. Holy sh!t. I can’t lie, I’m really nervous, but also excited. This will most likely be my last race for a while, so I hope to make it count. Time to commence hydration, outfit-planning, and weather-stalking. Eeeeee!

How was your weekend?


Friday Free-For-All – 09/22/17

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Today is the final day of United Way campaign week, and I could not possibly be more happy about it. As usual, it was a ton of stress and work, and as usual, we raised a ton of money for a good cause. I can’t wait to go home after work and have a couple of beers and just let this shit goooooo.


We met with another mortgage broker this week. The first lady we met with a month or so ago sort of ghosted on us, which is majorly not cool. The new mortgage broker is with our bank. She answered all of our ridiculous questions and gave us a lot to think about, so we’re feeling pretty good about possible next steps. Yay! Next step will most likely be getting pre-approved, and hiring a buyer’s realtor to help us find a house. We’ve contacted a couple of referrals, so we’ll see what happens.

Final long run before the half will be tomorrow. Guys. I can’t even believe this, but I’m actually trained. Like, I’ve done two double-digit long runs, and some middle distance runs, and speed work. I think I might ACTUALLY run the half next weekend. In fact, I’m thisclose to registering online today. I think online registration is only open for a few more days, so I need to make a decision ASAP, as they don’t allow race-day registration.

Today is the first day of fall. Bring on the pumpkin everything, sweaters, boots, scarves, and of course, my dearest love, candy corn and mellocreme pumpkins. I plan to eat my body weight in candy corn. They are my most favorite candy of all time. I already caved and bought a bag earlier this week, but now I’m just really going to give in and go with it.


Do you like candy corn? I know it can be a polarizing food…



Manic Monday – 09/18/17

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 09/04/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
This was a doozy. We started out with a quick ab workout, then ran half a mile, then did a for time workout of 100 sit-ups, 50 burpees, and a 140m overhead dumbbell carry, and finished up with Jackie (1000m row, 50 thrusters, and 30 pull-ups). I was BEAT.

Tuesday 09/05/17: 5k Run | 5k Run
It was a beautiful, sunny evening, and I ran a nice, easy 5k.

Wednesday 09/06/17: CrossFit | Walk @ Lunch
We had our client appreciation event in the evening, so I went for a nice 3-ish mile walk on my lunch break.

Thursday 09/07/17: 5 Mile Run | CrossFit
We started with a set of 15 snatch complexes with increasing load, then did 3 rounds of 30-20-10 slam ball toss overs, slam ball squats, and slam ball push-ups.

Friday 09/08/17: CrossFit | Rest
I really wanted to run, but it was hot outside during lunch, and we were meeting a realtor after work. Whomp whomp.

Saturday 09/09/17: Rest | Rest
This was a “get caught up on life stuff” kind of day. Laundry, cleaning, napping etc. Then we had supper with our friends Lori and Emerson.

Sunday 09/10/17: 11 Mile Run | 11 Mile Run
Wow, this long run was SO MUCH BETTER than my 10 mile run two weeks ago. Faster, easier, and just more pleasant overall. Woohoo!

Weekly Mileage: 14.1
Total 2017 Mileage: 149

Friday Free-For-All – 09/15/17

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My company’s annual United Way campaign kicks off next week. I’m on the planning committee, which means that this week is usually a ton of work and stress. I’m already dreading it. I know it’s all for a good cause, but this is my fourth year on the committee and I think I’m just burned out. I really hope that next year I can excuse myself and get some fresh blood in there.

We had our Client Appreciation event on Wednesday night. This is another annual event that I have to help plan, and that is usually very stressful. Thankfully, it went off without a hitch, everyone was happy with the venue and the food, and it’s done and over with for another year.

I’ve been cutting back on caffeine lately. My trick is to drink two cups of half caff instead of two cups of full caff. So far, it’s going well. I haven’t felt too tired or like I’m feeling any withdrawal symptoms. I’m not particularly sensitive to caffeine, but I love the taste of it, and the feeling of comfort it brings. I doubt I’ll ever completely give it up, but a bit less most days is a good idea.

Ben and I are looking at a house tonight! This will be our first time actually going to see a house, versus just looking at stuff online. It’s a bit of a fixer-upper, but depending on what kind of shape it’s in, we definitely have the know-how to fix it up ourselves. It’s a bit further afield than we’d like, and the lot is quite a bit smaller than we envisioned, but based on our future plans, the price is right to at least make it worth looking at as a “starter home.” I really hate the concept of the starter home, but it’s a thing for a reason. It’s a way to become homeowners in the short term, and maybe sell it to get our “dream house” later. We’ll see. I’m probably getting way ahead of myself here. It’s just exciting to finally be LOOKING at stuff.

Happy Friday!

Manic Monday – 09/11/17

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 09/04/17: 10 Mile Run | 10 Miles @ 11:22
This was my longest run since marathon training last year, and it was HARD. It’s not that it was particularly hot, or that I was dehydrated or anything specific. It was just hard.

Tuesday 09/05/17: 5k Run | Rest
I had grand ambitions to do a nice little recovery run, but between pouring rain and lingering exhaustion from my long run, it just didn’t happen.

Wednesday 09/06/17: CrossFit | Rest
After a night of piss-poor sleep, I was already exhausted. And then our mortgage broker cancelled our meeting last-minute, so I was grouchy to boot, so I just went home.

Thursday 09/07/17: 5 Mile Run | Rest
It was another cold, rainy day, so running was out. And I had to work late, so CrossFit was out. Boo.

Friday 09/08/17: CrossFit | Rest
We were seeing a show in Stowe and I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to go to class, change, eat, and get out to Stowe without feeling super stressed, so I just went home.

Saturday 09/09/17: Rest | Rest
Another cold, rainy day where I just didn’t feel like doing anything. It was glorious to just laze around in PJs most of the day.

Sunday 09/10/17: 11 Mile Run | Rest
Despite my plans for a relaxing weekend, I ended up doing a fair amount of running around on Sunday and didn’t make time to run.

Weekly Mileage: 10
Total 2017 Mileage: 135

Oof. Not a great week. But I’m over it. I was exhausted and cranky all week, and all I wanted to do after work was go home, put on PJs, and snuggle with Ben. Having a house to ourselves for almost a week was really, really nice. We spent a ton of time together, which we really needed. Here’s to a new week!

Friday Free-For-All – 09/08/17

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We’re house sitting for our friends Jaska and Penelope this week. They live in a really cool old farm house, and we’re taking care of their cat and chickens. On the one hand, it’s been really nice to have our own space and a break from my in-laws for a bit. On the other hand, living out of suitcases and sleeping in someone else’s weird bed is not so great. I’ve been sleeping VERY poorly all week, and I’ve been exhausted and grouchy as a result.

I had my first Lyric Development Committee meeting this week. So far, it seems like I made a good choice. The other committee members are friendly, dedicated, and knowledgeable, which is reassuring. And it doesn’t seem like it will be an enormous commitment of time and energy, but I’ll still be making valuable contributions to the organization. I’m excited to see how things progress.

I haven’t worked out at ALL since Monday’s long run. It’s kind of a bummer because I was on such a roll in August, but c’est la vie. I’m overtired from not sleeping well, and it’s been a busy week with work and social engagements, so I’m just gonna let it go. I’ll start fresh with a longish run tomorrow or Sunday to get back on track.

I started watching Lost on Netflix recently and I’m OBSESSED. I know it was huge while it was actually on TV, and then everyone was really pissed off about the ending, but I never watched it. I felt like it was finally time for me to know what all the fuss was about. Somehow, I have made it all these years without actually ending how the show ends. I know, amazing, right? Here’s to some delightful days of binge-watching ahead 🙂

Did you ever watch Lost? Were you mad about the ending? No spoilers please!

Oops… I Did It Again!

The theme of my racing schedule for 2017 seems to have been “I might run that race. But probably not.” I was supposed to run 4 races in May, but due to circumstances largely outside of my control, I only ran 2. Since then, I’ve identified 2 races that I was planning to run, and then didn’t, either from lack of training or lack of funds.

And now, I’ve done it again. I will NOT be running the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half on Saturday. There are several contributing factors:

  1. The $55 registration fee just feels like too much to spend
  2. My recent foot niggles have caused me to miss several long runs, and I don’t feel prepared
  3. We are planning to see a show in Stowe on Friday night, and I know I won’t get enough sleep

I’m sure I could probably push through on the “under-trained” thing, but my whole intention in running a half this fall was to run it for time. And if I’m under-trained and unprepared, well, what’s really the point of paying for a race?

I’ve identified one more race for the fall that might work for me–The Leaf Peepers Half in Waterbury on October 1. It looks good because the registration fee is only $35, it’s relatively close, and it’s supposedly a really nice, scenic route. I’m going to continue running as though I will be racing a half on October 1, and if it happens, great. If it doesn’t, no sweat. There will be other halves at another point in my life where I’m ready to really commit to training.

Do you have any goal races on the calendar for fall?

Tardy Tuesday – 09/05/17

Manic Monday

Whoops! The holiday made me forget to post. Better late than never, right?

Training For: Charlotte Covered Bridges Half?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/28/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We did a special workout to celebrate some members of the box getting married. It was a LOT of work, but also lots of fun, wrapping up with Hero WOD Bradley, which is 10 rounds of 100 m run, 10 pull-ups, 100 m run, and 10 burpees, with 30 seconds of rest in between.

Tuesday 08/29/17: 5k Run | 5k Run
Not much to say about this, other than it was great weather and a solid run.

Wednesday 08/30/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We did Helen (3 rounds of 400 m run, 21 KB swings, and 12 pull-ups), then did a “death by wall ball shot” workout, which meant an EMOM of wall ball shots, starting with 6 and adding 2 each minute until you couldn’t complete them within the minute. It was ROUGH, but good.

Thursday 08/31/17: 5 Mile Run | 5 Mile Run
A lovely afternoon and a lovely run. I averaged right around a 10 minute mile pace and felt great the whole time.

Friday 09/01/17: CrossFit | Rest
I had my wisdom teeth out in the morning, so I opted not to go to CrossFit.

Saturday 09/02/17: Rest | Rest
Ben and I drove to the Berkshires and back in one day to see a production of the musical Company at Barrington Stage Company. It was a long day, but well worth the trip.

Sunday 09/03/17: 10 Mile Run | Rest
It was a cold, stormy day, so I didn’t run. I knew I had Monday off work, so I pushed it off.

Overall, it was a pretty good week. I would have gone to three CrossFit classes had it not been for my oral surgery, and I got two runs in too. AND I actually did my long run on Monday. Sweet!


Friday Free-For-All – 09/01/17

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Happy September! We’re definitely getting a touch of fall here in the northeast. It’s usually in the 40’s in the morning when I wake up, but it’s still nice and summery during the day. I’m hoping these warm days last through September to make up for the rainy, cold June we had.

I had my wisdom teeth out this morning. I took a “sick day” from work, because my appointment is at 11:30. Thankfully, I only had two left that need to come out (had the other two out back in college), and it was just be a simple extraction rather than a surgical procedure, because the teeth are in my mouth. So far, no swelling and manageable pain. I just hope I can attempt a long run on Sunday or Monday. I need to ask my oral surgeon about that…

Long weekend, whoop whoop! I’m VERY excited to have a four day weekend, thanks to oral surgery and Labor Day. We’re taking a quickie road trip to MA tomorrow to see a show, then I hope to run long at some point, and maybe do a hike and/or some swimming with Ben too. I just hope the weather holds out, and my mouth doesn’t hurt too much.

Have you had your wisdom teeth out?


August 2017 Wrap Up

I know it’s a day early, but I’m trying to stick to my M-W-F blog posting schedule, so just roll with it!

All I can say is, YAAAAAAAY. Since Dogfight wrapped up early this month, I have been going to class three times a week. The first two weeks were a tough adjustment, and I was sore pretty much all the time, but now I’m feeling great. I will be wrapping up this month with eleven total classes, which I believe is the highest number since I started.

I’m already seeing some noticeable gains since getting to class more consistently, and I’m excited to see where it continues to take me. My friend Cat recently commented that my arms were looking amazing, which made me feel SO GOOD, because I’ve always been self conscious about my arms.

I’m also delighted to report that although I’ve only lost about three pounds since I started CF in January, my overall measurements are almost back to where I was three years ago. So basically, I’m becoming more muscular and slimming down a bit, which is good enough for me. I actually need to buy some new jeans because mine are a officially too big! I spent all night at Ben’s birthday party pulling them up over my butt.

If I complete tomorrow’s scheduled run, I will finish out August with 7 runs for a total of 31 miles in August. Considering that fitting running in alongside CrossFit continues to be a challenge, I’ll take it. CrossFit takes priority for me because the membership is so expensive, so with three days a week already spoken for, squeezing in the runs is harder. This is compounded by the fact that just waking up early in the morning and running from my house is simply not doable due STEEP (seriously) hills and busy roads with no shoulder. This means after work and lunch breaks are my only options for mid-week runs, and depending on the weather and my schedule, it just doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

I’m still on the fence about running the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half on September 9. I haven’t run long in two weeks due to my right foot niggles, but otherwise, I feel good, and pretty well trained. My heart is telling me to go for a PR attempt, but my budget is telling me that the $50 registration fee would be much better spent elsewhere. I’m toying with the idea of putting it off another month and finding a race in October, but I know myself well enough to know that I would have the same wishy-washy feelings then as I’m having now. Only time will tell whether or not this fall holds a half marathon for me.

Oh my, am I LOVING this break right now. I continue to have FOMO over fall shows, but I just keep reminding myself how amazing it is not to have rehearsal or shows four times a week. I’m trying to just soak up all the relaxation I can, because I rarely allow myself to have down time, and I know it’s only a matter of time before I cram in something else.

BEN CAME HOME! This was not the first time we’ve spent an extended period of time apart – we spent four months apart while he did a study abroad program when we’d only been dating for about four months – but him being away nearly the entire summer was still challenging for both of us.

The good news is, the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is definitely true. I feel like we’ve been so much more appreciative of each other, and spending a lot more time together since he got home. We’re also planning a weekend getaway to Toronto for October. Even though we travel a lot, we’ve actually NEVER taken a vacation together just the two of us. We’re always staying with/visiting other people. It will be nice to have some “us” time before we (hopefully) get pregnant in the next few months.

Our eye-opening appointment with the mortgage broker. We’re definitely not giving up by any means, but we’re expanding our options. We’re looking at potentially buying land and building a small house with the option to add on later, considering staying with his folks for another year or two, and lots of other possibilities. But yeah, seeing the bottom line numbers was scary and stressful for sure.

August Goals
As a refresher, my goals for August were:

  • Stick to “no booze and no treats Monday-Thursday” rule–mostly yes
  • Go to CF at least twice a week, preferably three–mostly yes
  • Run at least twice a week–mostly yes

So, the caveat with all of these goals is that I’m counting “August” as post-Dogfight. Once the show wrapped up on August 5, I did really, really well with getting to CrossFit three times a week, and running once or twice a week, with only a few exceptions (mostly due to my ouchie right foot). The no booze/no treats rule was messed up a few times due to special events like friends visiting from out of town, but for the most part I stuck with it, and it’s becoming the new normal. So much so that I’m not even making it a September goal!

September Goals

  • Go to CF 12 times (the max allowed with my membership) – no excuses!
  • Complete a 10+ mile long run
  • Plan a long weekend trip with Ben

Do you have any goals for September?