Friday Free-For-All – 04/17/15


I ran this week! I didn’t realize it, but it had been about 5 weeks since my last run. Holy crap! That’s almost as long as when I was out due to foot injury last fall. So on Wednesday, I had my triumphant return to running, and also my first “runch” (lunch run) of the year. 2.5 easy, breezy miles along the lakefront bike path. And I plan to do a “long” run this weekend of at least 4 miles.

Spring has sprung in northern Vermont. It was in the 50’s and 60’s all week. The lake is unfrozen. Trees are budding and flowers are starting to bloom. Thank goodness! I try really hard not to complain about the weather and just take it for what it is, but this winter was BRUTAL, and I’m so happy to bid it adieu.

Chess rehearsals now aren’t starting until May 31. While I’m disappointed that I don’t get to start working on this awesome project as soon as I thought (originally it was May 20), I’m VERY excited to have a bit more time to myself to work on my fitness goals, hang out with Ben, and spend time outdoors!

I got my hair cut yesterday. It had been almost exactly 6 months to the day since my last hair cut. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing since I’m actively growing my hair out, it was starting to get a bit shaggy, and I want to make sure I take care of split ends so that, as my hair grows, it stays healthy.

I am obsessed with Polar seltzer. Particularly Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor. I’ve always loved seltzer, but lately I just can’t seem to get enough of it. I drink two cans a day at work, and several times I week I buy one of the liter-sized bottles at the store too. It’s great by itself, but I also love using it to make cocktails. Yum!

Are you planning to run this weekend? How far/long?

Is it spring where you are?

Chess the Musical

Y’all, I got some super exciting news on Sunday. You may recall that I had an audition last week. I went out for Florence, the lead female role in Chess the Musical, and I FREAKING GOT THE PART!

This part is super meaty. Lots of excellent songs and some really serious shit happens to the character. It’s also a part that has been sung by my idol, Idina Menzel, of Frozen fame. I’ve been a fan of hers since long before Frozen came out, and to get to sing some of the same songs as her is a total dream come true.

This definitely isn’t the big leagues–this is a small show in a small theater in a small town. But it feels SO COOL! I feel like a rock star. I’ve never actually had a leading part in a community show in Vermont before, and I’m SO EXCITED to get to show people what I can do.

Here’s a little taste of the kick butt stuff I’ll be up to this summer 😀

Another reason I’m so excited is because this is just one more reason to stay healthy and keep up with my running and cross-training. This type of rock and roll singing is incredibly athletic. Yes, you read that right, singing can be athletic. I’ll need to stay super hydrated all the time, and have a strong core to support scream singing my face off. IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!

Have you ever been in a play or musical? Would you?