yay halloweenie!

Happy Halloweenie!  Did you eat any candy yet?  Here is my favorite:

take 5 loves me back
take 5 loves me back

And here was the trick part of my holiday

yes, this was stuck to my window by a co-worker!
yes, this was stuck to my window by a co-worker!

Of course I laughed a lot – especially at the reaction of some woman who walked past me in the parking lot.

All in all, Halloweenie was a huge holiday in the fam.  My mom adored it.  With my job, Halloweenie isn’t quite so fun anymore.  It’s usually a night filled with mischief and debauchery.  I’m also proud to say, I”ve gotten over the desire to tramp it up!  I’m sort of an adult!  If I were to dress up, this is what I would choose

witchHead’s up – if you have a Chipoltle near you, wear a costume and get a $3 burrito.  I’m going to.

Yesterday I planned on running 8 miles.  I started running and felt pretty good.  My ankle and arch started acting up around mile 4 and I had a thought.  Maybe tightening my shoe laces will help?  I gave it a shot and couldn’t believe the difference.  It felt so much better that I did it to the other foot too.  I’ve never liked tying my shoes tightly so this was a big and new deal for me.

Anyway, at mile 5 I was almost home and thought to myself, “5 is good for today”.  Then I thought about the next day and knew I wouldn’t be able to get a longish run in and I told myself I was already mostly done.  So, I hiked up another big hill (it was my third for the evening) and finished up all 8!  I was happy with myself!

I hit some negative splits with the first and 6th one indicative of the hilly terrain:  11:30, 11:17, 11:07, 11:05, 11:07, 11:51 (I was hating my life right here), 11:17 and finally 11:05.  It was a good run and I iced both knees and my ankle when I got home.  I love it when I am a smart runner!

I can't help it - I adore this!
I can’t help it – I adore this!

Have a fun Halloweenie!

I love halloweenie

Happy Halloweenie!

My mom LOVED Halloweenie!  It was her favorite holiday and she always went all out.  Example:

I rest my case!

She made both my sister’s and my costumes and of course, her own.  We were decked out every year.  Since we didn’t live in a neighborhood full of kids, we would trick or treat in a different neighborhood with family friends and the moms would stay back and hand out candy to all of the trick or treaters.

As we got too old to trick or treat, she would make the BEST bags of goodies for all of the kiddies – they loved coming to our house.  Mom would find the grossest candy she could find (gummy brains, gummy earwax – whatever) and they would love it!

Today has been kind of up and down for me, since it’s the first Halloween without mom.  I did “dress up” a bit for work though

I was trying to show my socks… not sure what’s going on with my arms though!

I think people made fun of me but I’m sure I made my mom proud!  Haha, she loved it when I pulled stuff like this!  So, it was nice to remember her this way.

On the running front, I headed to the gym tonight to partake in some indoor running.  Oh yeah… I don’t like indoor running.  Oh well.  I ran half a mile around the indoor track and then jumped on the treadmill for a “speed” session.  I did 2 miles in 19:30, which is a 9:45 pace!  Then I finished the mile on the track.  I didn’t feel great when I was trying to finish the mile on the track so when I got done I walked two laps.  I started to run after this to finish it out but then I had a bad dizzy spell and decided I needed to walk the rest of the mile.

I shouldn’t be surprised by the dizzy spell.  I’ve been playing it fast and loose with my meds recently.  I know it’s not wise but my meds make me tired 24/7 so sometimes I “forget” to get the refill on time.  Me=dumb.  Plus, Motrin 800’s dehydrate me quickly so this is a possibility as well.  Despite my head feeling crappy, I’m pleased with the speed session and looking forward to charting progress.  I already know it would have been tough a few weeks ago to sustain that pace for the whole two miles.  Progress is a beautiful thing friends!

Hope you have a fun holiday!

I shouldn’t be allowed to use sharp things

odds and ends to be thankful for

I know I’m odd… its BEAUTIFUL weather here yesterday and today but it freaks me out.  77 degrees at the end of October?  Polar bears are crying… I can feel it.  Nevertheless, it’s Thursday and a day to chat about what I am grateful for in life.  This is important.  So, without further ado, what am I thankful for this week?

1.  I finished a marathon.  Yep, I know I mentioned this (a few 100 times) but I’m kind of still getting used to the idea.  It doesn’t really feel like it happened.  People are still asking me how it went and the answer I keep telling them is, “it was HARD!”.  Because I inhale blog posts from a number of bloggers, I had kind of lost the whole concept of, “marathons are tough and not everyone runs them”.  In my cyber-world, EVERYONE runs marathons, so it ain’t that special.  Hello?!  Earth to Amy!  You rocked 26.2 miles!  Way to go!

2.  I laughed out loud at this:

this caught me off guard and I laughed so hard I scared the cat!

3.  I’m carving my pumpkin this weekend!  Yippeee!

4.  I recently saw a quote on pinterest or facebook and it said something about the days being darkest before the dawn.  Or maybe it was something about a storm passing and a rainbow.  I’m not putting these memes/sayings down – I’ve found comfort in them many times.  What I realized though, was for the first time in a year, I WASN’T in need of this type of boost.  I’m not trying to brag here.  I feel like the foggy blah of depression/where is my life is going doesn’t feel so overwhelming.  This has been nice.

5.  Thanks so much for the awesome feedback on my whole carb-y “problem”.  Haha, I feel like there should be some kind of support group for us carb-folks.  Although I have a feeling it would turn into one heck of a carb recipe-swap! ;)

6.  I have a bib for Tyranena!!  Oh my gosh!  Thanks to Kim from Life in the Twin Lane , I will be running alongside my Panty Raider teammates in WI.  I can’t wait to see them!  These women rock my socks off and totally crack me up.  It’s going to be a fantastic weekend full of laughs, running, beer and hopefully cheese – I mean, it’s WI after all.  Next weekend… Yay!

7.  The Tiger’s are in the World Series!  I’m not a super fan but I love how excited fans get around here.  People are absolutely GIDDY – I love that energy!

my first Tiger’s game ever was this season! Yes, I take partial responsibility for them being in the World Series… I mean, where would they be if I hadn’t been there?!

8.  Tuesdays nights – these are spent hanging out with friends watching scary stuff on tv.  It’s just for the month of October but it has been a blast.

9.  My blog-aversary is coming up soon!  Okay, in about a month but STILL!  The fact I am still writing is a major feat for me.  I guess it’s like running – it has become one of my passions.  I have some ideas of how I am going to celebrate and I’ll keep you updated!

10. I’m getting some of my running/working out mojo back.  I know tons of people talk about how they can’t wait to get back to running after their marathon but I’ve enjoyed the lazy time.  However, I am starting to feel the “crazy” seep in (running is cheaper than therapy) and I’m not sleeping as well.  All point toward the need to lace my running shoes back up.  It’s weird though, the last time I had them on I was trucking through the hills of San Fran.  It seems like a life time ago!

good thing nike took some pics… I have some of me actually running – I just need to buy them

promises kept!

The last day of Sept… what a long and crazy month.  I know October is going to FLY by since there are just a few gigantic things happening this month

sorry – are you getting tired of this pic?!

I also have a couple of other smaller races and it will be just as busy work-wise as Sept.  Wacky school year!

Yesterday I promised a few things… first a long run update.  Last Sunday I went for a 15 miler.  It started out decent.  I went to the Kal-haven trail, even though the trail and I have a contentious relationship.  This time proved no different!  I made two major mistakes:  1.  I broke in a brand new pair of shoes.  Yikes!  Don’t do this!  I didn’t have much of a choice but by the end my legs and feet were completely worn out.  2.  I didn’t bring any fuel with me.  Oh I brought Nuun and this probably saved me from completely passing out on the trail!  On my 10 miler the few days before, I only brought Gatorade/water and I was okay.  So of course me and my gigantic ego thought I didn’t need anything.  Yep, at the end of this run, I faded.  Seriously, with my legs wanting to jump ship and sheer lack of energy, I’m sure I looked like a zombie coming out of the trail.  Scary!  I was also freezing towards the end of the run and couldn’t get warm until I took a 20 minute HOT shower.  While I don’t know the science behind all of this, I’m guessing I did my body wrong and won’t be doing that again.

yep – this is a fairly accurate picture of me!

Today was supposed to be my last long run before the MARATHON!  18 miles were on the agenda and I was kind of looking forward to it.  As I mentioned in a past post, I was (sort of) diagnosed with PCOS.  Today this is happening

this should probably say, “can’t move today”

Sorry for the over-share but I’m in so much pain, I’ve had to resort to doubling up on pain killers.  Yep, I’m a little high.  I checked with my pharmacist friend before to make sure I wasn’t doing anything dangerous.   I’m trying to figure out when and how I’ll get those 18 miles in since today is totally out of the question.  But they are important to me – simply for confidence sake.

Onto more pleasant things:  Recipe… enjoy!  Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t the healthiest meal on the planet but it isn’t the worst and you know what’s in it.  I got this from pinterest so I’m not sure of the original creator of this yumminess – my apologies!

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
 
The chicken coating:
 
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
 
The sweet and sour sauce:
 
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
 
       Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.  Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.  
Don’t skip the part of turning the chicken every 15 minutes – this really helps to coat the chicken in the sauce.  I also put a little less than a teaspoon of garlic salt in there (personal preference).  Next time, I am going to mix in some red and yellow peppers and pineapple in with it and hopefully it will make a bit more sauce.
Lastly, I’m crazy jealous right now… as I mentioned on Thursday, my brother is in the states.  He and my sister are getting fun sibling time – without me!  Boo!!
love this pic – it was just taken the other day :)

So I’m wearing my fleece polar bear pants that I convinced my sister she should give me (they originally were her’s) and sent them very sappy text messages.  Real quick – anyone with sisters ever notice how their clothes are always so much cuter and more comfortable than your own?  I swear, I could hijack my big sis’ ENTIRE wardrobe :)  I’m also decorating for Halloweenie very soon (it was supposed to be today but the whole curled in a ball in pain thing got in the way)!  Heid and I have this way of always decorating at the same time.  It’s strange.  One of us will text the other and sure enough, without discussing it first we are putting up the holiday decor.  Kevina cracks me up and I always get a boost of motivation from the little go-getter.  He is a fiercely hard worker – I tell him to sleep every time I see him and I really admire his tenacity.  Kev also has more talent in his pinky finger than I do in my whole body.  Yep, I’m definitely missing my sibs!

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!  I’m going to start a petition to make weekends three days and work weeks 4.  Let me know if you want to sign it.  I’m going to change the average work week – you on board?!