sunburst 1/2 (kicked my booty, btw)

The Sunburst 1/2 was… difficult.

I could probably end the recap there but I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I did so I shall spin my tale for y’all.

We had a bright and early wake up call at 4:15 am.  I was thrilled to be slumber party-ing it up with Meagan and her fam.  I adore her sweat pea of a little one and her hubby is entertaining.  Top off the good company with a yumo pizza dinner, some fro-yo and Meagan’s very cute puppy, I was set.  Oh, the puppy?  Her name is Sadie and she has the iconic patch over one eye.  She is cuddly and jumped up and was my spooning buddy in the middle of the night.  I’m not kidding, her head was resting next to mine on my pillow.  My heart melted a bit.

It took about an hour to get to the start and thankfully we found a spot in the (free) parking garage.  The race started RIGHT on time.  Starting out the weather was perfect and Meagan commented, “you know it could be a rough one when at 7:30 am it’s the perfect temperature.”  Foreshadowing at it’s finest.

I really wish I could tell you how despite odds being against us – neither one of us was exactly trained for 13.1, the weather was promising to be quite warm and some hesitant mental games, that we blew through the course.  Nope.  I was confident up until the 5th mile.  I pre-juiced with some Vega Sport pre-energizer at the start, which was why I made it that far!

I started losing it at what I thought was mile 6.  I told Meagan, “I don’t think I am going to make it.”  Meagan: “We are almost at mile 8, you WILL make it.”  I was grateful to hear we were almost to 8 but I was still doubting my mad running skillz.  Meagan said right as I was losing hope, she was feeling confident – this was perfect.  Meagan emotionally carried me for the rest of the race.

just another perk of running!

It was warm.  I’ve never done this race before and it was rerouted from previous years since we couldn’t end in the Notre Dame stadium.  The nice part was there was a lot of shade and the course was really pretty.  There were some rolling hills with a few steeper ones that we walked.  We did start to do some walk/running bouts.  Meagan would call out our stops and starts – essentially I didn’t have to think, just run.

The water stops were about every mile and half or so, with awesome volunteers, water and gatorade.  There was also GU at one of them – strawberry/banana (umm… no) and I grabbed it at mile 5.  Salted caramel came to the rescue at mile 10.  Mile 11 or so, I started feeling heat-strokey.  I started getting chills and wasn’t feeling well.  I let Meagan know.  This kept up for about a mile.  During this time, some of the neighborhoods had sprinklers out and I took full advantage.  This definitely helped but I knew I needed the med-tent when we crossed the finish line.

I'm smiling so hard because we are done
I’m smiling so hard because we are done

Yep, we made it.  Son of a triscuit, it was hard.  I wanted to quit oh so badly and was proud that I didn’t.  Meagan’s recap is here and while she says that she was hurting, she certainly didn’t let on, which is probably why we finished!  Right after the volunteers passed out the medals, there were folks passing out cold, wet towels – I started feeling better almost immediately.  We got our knees wrapped in ice, hit the after-race snacks, FRUIT CUPS!  This is the first time I’ve ever had this and there wasn’t even honey-dew filler!  I grabbed a popsicle (yeah!), guzzled a chocolate milk, and picked up a bagel and banana for the road.

it's blurry because my hands were shaking a bit!
it’s blurry because my hands were shaking a bit! still so pretty

I told you it was going to be a tale… A couple of things I took away from this race: 1) the gut check 2) running with someone is so much fun!  The last time I ran with anyone was a year ago – with Meagan in fact!  Yet another reason I decided run camp was a good idea.  Oh yeah, and 3) the nutty things I will do for a t-shirt and a medal.

***No picture of said medal and t-shirt because I was too tired lazy to get up off of the couch and take one… maybe another day.***

my blogaversary!!!!

OH MY GOSH!  My blog is ONE YEAR OLD!  Its my blogaversary!!!  I can’t believe it! 

awww – I might have to celebrate!

I really feel all of my ramblings on this bad boy are helping me to achieve my dream of becoming a writer.  Maybe it’s a bit of free therapy, a bit of an ego boost, people to “talk to” and an amazing way to meet SO MANY INCREDIBLE PEOPLE!  I can’t believe the opportunities (by the way – I misspell this word every time I type it!) that have come my way because of this.  I’ve become a SweatPink Ambassador through FitApproach, run a marathon, was left a comment by the AUTHOR of “Second Wind”, ran 200 miles with some fellow bloggers and so much more!  I still can’t believe how much has happened.

It’s also been a positive creative outlet for me.  I didn’t realize how much I needed it until I started writing.  But the best part?  I was super nervous – what if it sucked?  But I took the plunge and my mom got to see it before she passed.  She loved it!  This was her favorite pic that I posted early on

my dishes are so happy!

In light of celebration, I also got good news yesterday – I WON an entry into the Blue Ridge Mountain Marathon!  Wahoooo!

of course I am a bit nervous too!

Ummm… check out this map and elevation!

I found it! Yes, I’m sweatin’ a little – but sooo pumped!

Yesterday wasn’t the best day so finding out I had won this certainly made it better.  Then my brother-in-law posted this on my facebook wall

Isn’t this awesome?!  I loved it!  Unfortunately I didn’t see this before the afternoon class that I teach… they weren’t participating in class and a few were on their phones.  Usually, I can brush it off but today was a whole other story.  They got extra homework!

Once I got home, I wanted to make a beeline for the couch.  Luckily, I knew I would be tired so I pre-packed my gym bag, got an Ipod shuffle (yes, my new nano is no longer with us) and set it all ON the couch!  I also refused to let myself sit down.  I changed and was off to the gym for 9 miles!  Mentally, this was tough – I ran on an indoor track and you have to go around it 9 times to make a mile, haha.  So, I broke it up into 3 sections and took a drink of water after each set of 3 miles.  This also helped me from getting too dizzy as well!

Oh and tonight – getting my tree!!

a (mostly) pictorial thankful thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  I love the focus on giving thanks, eating (!), hanging with family and then eating some more.  While I adore Christmas, Thanksgiving simply doesn’t have the same chaotic atmosphere that Christmas has.  Did I mention the good eats?!  Many of my favorites in one day!

I am super grateful this year.  It’s been a really tough year – as in if 2013 is anything like 2012 I’m moving to a cabin in the woods.  BUT rays of sunlight DID occur and it’s important to remember them!

Family – of course!

Running – and everything/everyone it has brought to my life

Friends (not all of whom are pictured) who have been never-ending fountains of support

Simon!

My new job

Focusing on reducing debt and spending more money on experiences rather things… like traveling!!

not giving into some of those bitter jaded feelings that tug at me sometimes

This blog!!

this was the first pic I used!!

Thanks to everyone to stops by – your encouragement, support and comments mean the world to me!  You all are helping me achieve my dream of being a writer!

Have a wonderful day!  I’m headed out for a run in a few minutes and then making some tasty dinner.  Then relaxing… non-stop – YAY!

challenge monday – not a push up in sight!

I’m never quite sure how weekends go by so quickly… there should be some kind of time-stop continuum that allows for weekend days to pass by slower.  That would be more fair of the universe, at least, in my opinion!

Also, not that my writing typically has any major cliffhangers but I will be writing about my Triple Crown 5k weekend tomorrow!  So stay tuned!

Now for the next challenge monday announcement!  I decided to base this one on a (style of) warm-ups we used in Crossfit.  The warm-ups always left me breathless but were finished quickly so it was a great way to do a quick burn and tone.  Here it is:

20 squats

30 mountain climbers (each leg counts as one so this equals 15 for each leg)

25 sit-ups

do this 3 times with no rest!

Again, I like these “warm ups” because you can feel it!  Do this for 5 out of 7 days if you can!

Sooooo, how did the 1000 push ups go for folks?  This was miserable for me!  I didn’t even come near my goal.  Part of it was sheer laziness but the other part was my poor t-rex arms are currently on the pathetic side!  Perhaps a wee bit ambitious for this first challenge?!  Probably but I think that means it will need to make another appearance somewhere down the line.  I changed the challenge up a bit this week to be something that is fairly attainable but hopefully still is a mini workout.

I don’t now how they get these pictures of me!

Other than that, Happy Monday!  Or more accurately, Happy Short Week!  Yay!  With the Thanksgiving holiday comes the start of the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak challenge.  Are any of you participating?  I really want to but I am lacking the confidence in myself that I will actually complete it.  Obviously, this is why it’s called a “challenge” but still in my mind it seems like it should be so easy.  Why is this not easy???  Thoughts?  Are you going to do it?

wanna go streaking with me??

some san fran talk

Where do I start?  I ran a freakin’ MARATHON!  Wahooo!  To be honest, I am still trying to get used to this idea.  It’s very surreal and sometimes I’m not even sure it DID happen.  Then I move and I am reminded ;)

I really want to tell everyone I meet!

All last week was I nervous.  For my first full, I did a major undertaking – traveling across the country, an elevation chart that looked like a heart monitor in a hospital and a 25,000 runner marathon/half-marathon.  It was a bit overwhelming.  I drove down Thursday to visit my friend Meagan and to fly out the next day.  She and I had a great time talking all about running.  She ran the Chicago Marathon the weekend before so I asked her as many questions as possible.  We went on a shake out run, 4 miles in 41 mins and ended with a yummy dinner.  The run felt good and M was a major ego boost for me.

I got to San Fran at 3 ish and waited for my dear friend Danielle to fly in – it was sooo great to see her!  We grabbed a shuttle and got to our hotel.  We stayed in an American Best Suites and it was simple, within walking distance of the race start, cheap and clean – perfect!  We dropped our stuff and were out the door within 12 mins to head to the Expotique (yes, this is what Nike calls it).

Union Square was about 8 blocks from the hotel and after getting slightly lost, this came into view

there it is!

Yay!  My heart rate jumped a bit at the sight of this purple tent.  The expo opened on Thursday so I didn’t think we would get many freebies but this was the exact opposite.  There was no line for packet pick up and it was very smooth – I had a print out of a bar code that they scanned and I got my bag with goodies and my bib.

at the expo

We went started through the tent and WOW! there were a ton of people.  Maybe I was simply tired (or the massively loud music) but I found it kind of too much.  We walked around, got some awesome free granola from the Safeway station (they also had a “gerbil wheel” you could run in but we bypassed!), stalked the Neutrogena make-over line – too long, got some free Nuun, Luna bars and I picked up a ticket for the shuttle back from the end of the race.  From here we headed over to the Nike store and found our names on the wall!

this was pretty nifty – the wall was along the outside of the Nike store, I felt famous

The Nike store was PACKED!  I wanted one of everything!  We shopped for a while but again, maybe it was the lack of food, lots of ppl or whatever, I was getting done.  We made a few more stops and then went for dinner.  By this time it was around 9 pm?  After a tasty dinner, we went back to the hotel where dumped our Nike bags and made plans to return to the Expotique the next day.

Truthfully, it still hadn’t sunk in that I would be running 26.2 miles.  I went through the fun race packet, read everything cover to cover but still couldn’t wrap my head around it.  We went back to the tent the next morning around 8:30 am.  They had this really cool booth where you could get your picture taken but it didn’t open until 9:30 am so we got in line for the mini make-overs.  Well, this took a little over 2 hours!  Haha, at first I was all angsty but then D asked what else did we need to be doing?  Oh yeah!  It was ALL race business ALL weekend!  This change in mindset really helped me for the rest of the day/night.  Here is our fun photo from booth!

sorry about the bad pic – it’s a pic of a pic… this is our tough pose

Then it was onto some lunch (I had awesome french toast) and Fit Approach‘s yoga class!  It was fantastic to meet Jamie and Alyse in person – they are the sweetest.  We had a really incredible stretch session and then some chatting, free swag bags (which of course included some Sweat Pink laces) and some hugs.  It was a perfect pre-marathon workout session.

Okay, your eyes are probably bleeding by now!  So a brief rundown of the rest of the night: we headed to Fisherman’s Wharf for seafood, the sights and a trip on the trolley.  It was great fun but standing in line for the trolley there and back did a number on our legs and feet.  On the way back, there was some very odd downtime with the trolley and we got to hang out with GIANT rats, a street performer and a long line of frustrated, cold folks.  We didn’t get back to the hotel until 9:30 or so, which was way past the time we had planned.  Here are some fun pics!

tomorrow will be the race recap!

shoetopia

Shoe Utopia… or Shoetopia for short.  I know it exists.  It’s this magical land where running shoes that are perfect for your feet naturally gravitate towards you as soon as you frolic through the gates.  They are the right size, shape, color and make your feet feel as though you are running on clouds.  I believe.  I want to be the mayor of Shoetopia.

After my 10 miler the other night I started to have some serious concerns about my Brooks PureFlows.  First, know that I ADORE them!  I want them to be the shoes that would follow me around Shoetopia begging me to buy them.  They would snuggle with me and bring me coffee.  Did I mention I love them?  But after the run, I had some blisters (that unfortunately were on top of other blisters from an earlier run) and  the underside of my feet hurt.  As in from the toes down to right before my arches.  My left foot definitely hurt worse than my right.  I thought maybe this was because I had worn high-heeled boots all day (YAY boot weather!) but they hurt yesterday too.  Then today, I still had a bit of residual pain.  Hmph.

Last night I spent some time looking into shoes.  Were my PureFlows not enough shoe to carry me through all 26.2?  Should I go back to my Asics 3030’s, which have been described to me as, “a lot of shoe”?  I wasn’t sure.  Last week I took the ol’ 3030’s out for a spin and realized I didn’t like them as much as I used to.  Sad.  I felt kinda bad for the little guys since they have served me so well for the last 4 years.  I hit runnerswarehouse.com and tried to find some that a) I liked and b) might be somewhere in the middle of my 3030’s and PureFlows.  I found these:

total sucker for these colors!

Armed with this knowledge, during my lunch I went down to Gazelle Sports – our local running store.  Whenever I walk into this store, I always wish I was a kabillionare because I would buy almost everything.  But I’m not so I usually have a mission in order not to spend funds earmarked for crazy things like bills.  After talking with the shoe guy, he felt I had probably purchased my PureFlows in one size too small which was contributing to my feet hurting and blisters.  After trying on a few different pairs of shoes my new running bff’s are:

let’s be besties, okay? oh and they are one size bigger

Do you have theme song that plays when you open the box to a new pair of shoe?  I hear the voice of Ariel that Ursula trapped in the shell around her neck.  Yes, I am strange!

The shoe guy said the PureCadence shoe is basically the shoe-child of Asics 3030 and PureFlows (if shoes, you know, got married and mated).  When I originally did my research on shoes, I think I remember looking at the PureCadence but because they were $30 more I went the cheaper route.  Live and learn, I guess.

I will be bringing my old shoes down to Gazelle because they said they can stretch them a bit.  Oh and I think the “Run Happy” campaign from Brooks is brilliant.

Last night I was going to take them for a spin but it started pouring.  Today I was going to run and this is what I woke up to.

hmm… looks a little rainy

So, I’ll probably run a short run in my PureFlows (shorter distances don’t hurt my feet as much) this afternoon when the rain lightens up a bit.  Then tomorrow I’m taking the new kicks out for a 15 miler.  I need to get some distance on these puppies!  And the color?  Fantastic!  My “sweatpink” will definitely be showing in these and my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship will be loud and proud!

Live long Shoetopia – I think I’ve found you!

the rolling stones know their stuff

I saw this today on Pinterest on the Sweat Pink Sister inspiration board.  It was exactly what I needed to hear today.  As a total over-analyzer I often ponder the question if everything happens for a reason.  I struggle with this when I hear about sad/bad things happening to others or when my mom passed.  In fact, last week, I had a couple of sad dreams about my mom.  The dream on Tuesday night (into Wednesday, a.k.a “meltdown day” – hmm, imagine that?!) was a bad one.  I dreamt she just left my family and I kept saying over and over that she would have never done this; there must be some mistake.  I woke up in the early hours of the morning and a huge sense of relief washed over me as I knew mom hadn’t left.  But it took me a few minutes for it to register that she had died.  Yes, this was a tad overwhelming.  Add this to the monthly hormonal imbalance, trying to get used to my new position at work, starting crossfit, and I have been an emotional basket case for almost a week now.  I’m trying to pull and keep it together.  I have my moments of success but other times, I haven’t done as well.  Note to self:  Amy, you are a total sap – don’t watch the Harry Potters where Dumbledore and Diggory die – TOO SAD!  Good thing no one was around!  This quote is amazing!  I’m going to plaster it in my apt and in my office!

On to less depressing matters… I got my new running shoes today!  The Brooks PureFlow!  I am very excited to put them to the test.  My goal is a run in the morning but it all depends how I feel.  Why might I be sore?  CrossFit baby!  Tonight’s session went okay.  We did a load of burpees, which made all parts of my body cry a little!  Why are burpees so hard?  Why does my chest have to hit the ground?!  Haha, burpees – you do NOT complete me!  The coach came over to me to help me with technique for my air squat.  He told me to relax – apparently I am one giant ball of tension!  I explained I didn’t want to do it wrong – that I like to do things well even if I’m slower than the rest of the group.  As a swimmer, I was usually in last place but I had killer form!  The coach’s response tonight, “well, relax because you ARE doing it wrong!”  Oh, ok, good to know.  Then he also explained he was going to START pushing me.  Uh-oh Marley.

ooo – the purple is fantastic!

One of my co-workers sent this to me today with the following caption

have you ever made a sweater for simon?

Haha, thankfully, I have NOT ever made Simon a sweater!  That might be crossing the line into cat lady territory :)

Oh!  I also got my 1/2 off compression socks in the mail!  Yay!  They are bright red and I really like them.  They don’t squish my feet (toes)  like my other pair.  I have rather large feet for my height (I wear 7 and 1/2 in regular shoes and 8’s in running shoes and I am only 5’2).  Sometimes compressions socks feel they are too short for my feet!

I was a bit sore this morning from my run last night but I 100% don’t regret it.  I felt powerful and it was a major ego boost.  I needed it.  I also took pics of my tummy so I could track my progress on a weekly basis.  I have no intention of posting these just yet!  Ha!  Sorry but I need to actually see some progress before I’m comfortable blasting them all over the internet.  Last week I felt mega hungry all week and I’m hoping this was simply the hormones and not the effects of crossfit.  I will say I was hungry when I got home tonight and I think I need to start cooking food for the week on Sunday.  I end up making less than stellar choices or I nickel and dime my calories.  Tonight I had cereal but I am still hungry… ugh!

 

noticing the little things

I’m slowly starting to get out of my funk :)  I’ve been paying attention to the little things that make the days just a little brighter.  Yesterday, I woke up ON TIME!  Yay!  Do you know how rare this is for a Monday morning?!  Then today, I was wearing an outfit that made me feel particularly sassy.  I wore a red peasant top with a blue and white chevron stripped skirt.  As I was walking from the grocery store early this morning a woman yelled out, “Excuse me miss, where did you get your skirt?”  I told her and she said, “It’s really cute!”  Double yay!  Seriously, folks, I was smiling for a solid 7 mins… OH!  And she called me “miss” – not ma’am!

The days are only getting crazier and crazier.  Today I filled in the person who is taking my former position.  If you ever want an ego boost or to realize simply how much knowledge is packed in your head – teach someone your old position!  I was a bit impressed with myself.  Tomorrow I have a presentation and it should go pretty well.  Oh and here is the long-awaited pic of my office!

just a wee bit sad…

Also, when I was cleaning my office this weekend, I found the signs my staff had made me for my first half marathon.  They were so great!  Training is supposed to be hard!  It’s supposed to get tiring and feel like it’s never-ending!  Seeing these signs reminded me that 1/2 marathons used to be SUPER scary to me but I still did it.  The marathon is the same!  (Please also notice the Sweat Pink laces!)

I know – pretty neato, eh?!

Oh and don’t forget to keep your floppy disks – FOREVER!

no, I can’t throw them away – is there any way to get this info off?

Tonight my friend, Emily came over and I opened one of my bottles of champagne I bought at Trader Joe’s.  I undid the foil and took the wire thingy off and got a towel to get the plastic cork off.  I turned away and POP!  The cork popped off by itself and flew into the air!  It freaked me out and I screamed just a wee bit :)  It was peach flavored – I strongly recommend it!

Last, I want to say thanks so much for all of your support in my funk!  I know some of you are going through a funk as well for a variety of reasons and I am cheering for you all!  We can get through it!  Noticing the small things, remembering not to take ourselves too seriously, and like my good friend Kara told me, “there IS a light at the end of the tunnel”.  When I told her I didn’t see it, she reminded me it’s there.  Tonight I rearranged my living room a bit and organized some more.  The cuteness factor went way up!  Another positive!  And remember the dude-drama?  It’s eased a bit… friends for now…  I commented on a post by Kindergarten Crush (check out her blog!  She is such an inspiration!).  She was talking about the men she dated after her husband passed and I responded something about my last relationship going belly up.  She was kind enough to reply the following:

LOL ugh, I feel for you! It’s rough but I truly believe that when you live your own life and make your goals a priority, love will fall into place. Happened for me that way the first time as well as the second :) Hang in there girl!

Isn’t this fantastic advice?!  I’ve been thinking about it a lot and it’s picked me up a bit and reminded me to focus!  Again, thanks for all of your comments – I really do think about the advice!

no order to this

Oh my gosh – when will this week be over?!  Haha, I do remember a post I wrote a few months ago about enjoying the moment and not hoping that time would go by faster – what was I thinking?!  To be honest, I am simply still tired from my travels.  I don’t bounce back from time changes well.  Okay, enough whining.

Look what arrived in the mail today!

yay!

Yay!  Our t-shirts will be here soon and they say “sweat pink ambassador” on the back.  Want your own “drink pink” glass?  Order it today!  They are super cute!  I can’t wait to use it on my wine walk this weekend :)

Tonight I did get off my duff for a bit to do some unpacking and rearranging.  My apt still resembles an episode of “Hoarders” and it’s driving me bonkers.  I’m not gifted when it comes to finding a place for everything.  In fact, I struggle.  Part of it is lack of motivation because it seems like such an endless job.  Another part of it is the crap-load of stuff with no place for it to go!  Slight exaggeration but you get the idea

progress :)

Even though I hate doing it piece by piece and want it all finished NOW I think this is the best way.  At least I am being intentional about what I am keeping and what might end up being donated.

Oh!  Here are my “goal jeans”… yes, please feel free to roll your eyes!  But when I tried them on with my sister we both decided they were super cute!  They are just a bit on the tight side – not horribly so but I would like for them to be a little looser.  Besides, since it is still massively hot here in MI, I won’t need to wear them for at least a month.  Unless an incredible cold front moves through (please oh, please!)

love the wide waste band on these bad boys!

I also got two new dresses, and about five new shirts.  I got it all ridiculously cheap (I didn’t pay over a $100).  LOVE it when that happens!

 

On the work out front… I’ve been lazy.  So back at it tomorrow.  It’s been a nice couple of days off but now I can feel that I’m ready to run.  Not to mention, some of the stress from coming back to work is getting all pent-up.  This is not good, haha.  It makes me slightly panic-y and really, that’s no fun!

Hmm… doesn’t seem to be a real point in today’s post.  I’ve got lots of things swimming around in my head so hopefully a better post will find it’s way on here tomorrow!

 

yeehaw! it’s friday (i’ve been tardy all day… now it’s saturday…)

*Special note – I wrote this yesterday and somehow forgot to hit “publish”… oopsie

Wahooooo!  I have a winner for the Aspaeris pivot shorts and Sweat Pink shoelaces!

Meghan from Uncooked and Unwalked – you are my first winner!  Yay!  Congrats!  Shoot me an e-mail at germanamy33@gmail.com and let me know what size and color of pivot shorts you want and I will get them to you.  You can check the Aspaeris shorts website for fit and color choices!  Okay, so I am super excited to get these to you!  Oh and your pink laces?!  I promise, everyone will ask you where you got them – they are quite the conversation starter!

Can I just tell you how much I am into the tv show “Scandal“?  It makes me feel smart as I watch it – kind of like the West Wing used to.  Man, I LOVED the West Wing!  You know what used to worry me though?  People actually thought Jed Bartlett was the President of the United States.  EEEEKK!  Of course Jed Bartlett seemed like a great president but he was A CHARACTER ON A TV SHOW!

LOVED this show!

I do get discouraged at times when people don’t know very simple things about this country when men and women  and their families are fighting so hard to protect our freedom.  C’mon people!  Just know the basics and I will be happy!

Tomorrow I have an all day training session for teaching.  I teach a class during the Fall semester for incoming students.  I enjoy teaching but it is HARD!  Haha, there is so much that goes into it so if you are grateful to a teacher – tell them!  ***This went pretty well today.  I met up with my student facilitator who is amazing and I heard some cool ideas I want to integrate into my class.

I also went to the midnight showing of “Avengers” Thursday night.  Okay, let me say this is a long movie – as in it ended at 2:30 am.  Wow – I am getting too old to do this and then try to get up the next morning for work and function!  When did this happen?!  I did enjoy the movie though so go see it!  I LOVE going to see movies and worked in a movie theater for 5 years.  It doesn’t hurt that I am a sucker for movie theater popcorn.  Last night I ate dinner late so I wouldn’t succumb to the temptation and I am proud to report I didn’t!  A win is a win people :)

haha, there were even movie-goers dressed up!

BUT what I am MOST excited for this weekend is THIS!

Yippeeee!! I love races!!!

and THIS!

Well… I couldn’t find any good pics of it but it’s the Borgess Run for the Health of It 1/2 marathon!  The Borgess 1/2 has been around for a while and this is the Kalamazoo Marathon‘s second year.  Last year I was pretty gung ho on running the Kzoo marathon but failed to train.  I thought maybe I could get ready for it in a month (can we say delusional?!) and then realized only running intermittently throughout the winter did not a marathon training make.  The Borgess 1/2 was my first ever 13.1 and I have very fond memories of this race.  Since I have the 25k next weekend and some other races in the line-up I decided not to run it.  Instead I am going to SPECTATE THE HECK OUT OF IT!  Haha, and completely mooch off of the enthusiasm of all of the other runners – can’t wait!  Not to mention, my friend Emily is going to kick some booty in the 1/2, another friend Becky is running her first 1/2 and my friend Brian is going to run his first full.  I can’t wait to be there to see them!

Alright, I have probably bored you all to tears.  Tomorrow I am going to have some FUN race reports, my own little announcement and hopefully some training to detail.  Happy Saturday everyone!