Weekend: Distance WALK

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Good Morning and happy Monday!  This weekend was a blast and was full of fun and productivity!  Wootwoot!  Let’s get started with a recap!

So, a HUGE event of the weekend was my dye job hair appointment on Saturday.  I decided, finally, after years and years of “bringing out my natural blonde” with highlights, to GO BACK TO MY ROOTS!  I like it.  But, what I like even more is that I NEVER hav eto touch my hair again with dye and this is what I have naturally!  Pretty lucky, huh?!?!  Yay!  Good change.  My hairdresser, Allie, says that we change our outters when we are going through a process of changing our inners.  Hmmm…deep, no!!? Anyway, what do you think!?!?!?  Have you ever made a rash decision to go back to YOUR roots?

OK, moving on, Saturday night, Husband and I went to the Phillies game!  We are UBER fans and have partial season tickets.  Saturday we capitalized on our amazing seats and enjoyed a lovely (WON) game! 

Sunday…ohhhhh Sunday!  So, Shiya and I were supposed to attend a half-led primary series Ashtanga class.  According to Shanti Yoga Shala’s Website

Led Half Primary Series

The poses of Ashtanga yoga are meant to be memorized and practiced consistently to achieve a healthier, stronger, disease-free body and mind. This class is a manageable way in which to learn, practice, and eventually memorize most of the first series of Ashtanga yoga. it will help the practitioner build strength and flexibility, as well as develop an understanding of what yoga is beyond the physical practice. Additionally, this is a GREAT way build a foundation for Mysore practice. Half Primary will practice Surya Namaskar A & B, Standing poses, primary series up to Navasana, and finishing sequence.

Anyway, we WERE going to go to this class, as we had done last Sunday. It is a great way to kick off a Sunday, end a weekend or start a new week!  BUT, this lil’ lady here slept until ten of NOON!  Yup, that’s TEN minutes before class was slated to start.  SO, Shiya being the lovely girl she is, agreeed to walk “the loop” (the 8.something mile Art Museum loop) with me instead.  I decided this would fit necely into my training plan for the Half.  So, off to the museum district we went.  Well, the ING distance run was just finishing up, so we were not able to park nearly as close to the museum as lazy bones I was hoping, so we added some distance to our little walk.  We ended up doing 8.5 miles in 2:13.  Not bad, eh!?!?  And above all, we had a BLAST!

HUGE perk of following those distance runners, like the lovely LP who ROCKED it, btw-you go girl!- was that we snagged ourselves an AMAZING gallon of Deer Park that was leftover.  Shiya and I were SO thirsty and had given both our water bottles to two ladies who had gotten in a terrible car accident on Kelly Drive just at the start of our loop.  So…we guzzled…BIG time 😉

So, as you might imagine, Shiya and I were quite hungry and thirsty post-distance WALK (hehe) so we took a trip over to Garces Trading Co!  It was a glorious day-perfect to sit outside, sip wine, munch on magnificent cheese, and…chat (of course)!

NOM NOM!

And look who joined us (with a treat of his own)…

What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Other fun things that took place this weekend:

Target run to “fall” up the house (aka decorate!) and stock up on home essentials…

One of the purchases: for those people who have been to our house, this is especially funny because we are known to hang our gingerbread family wreath ALL year round!

Ordered take-out from the most rediculous amazing deli ever:  Famous Fourth Street Deli!

Oh, and PS:  Oscar wanted me to tell you all that he had QUITE the weekend as well….hehe

HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND!??!

Speedwork. (?)

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Today I did SPEEDWORK (as in, I had to get home for an appointment and wanted to squeeze in three miles for my Philadelphia Half Marathon training plan by torturing myself and pushing to the max-wow, long sentence)  but in the end, it felt good.  I did 3 miles in 27:53.  Yup ladies and gentlemen (if applicable), that IS speedwork for me.  Lately I have been S frustrated with my running. I keep saying that I feel like I lost my “running legs.”  I cannot STAND this.  I am VERY impatient by nature, and that does not pan out well when training for a ANY running race.  The fact is that growth is slow and steady and PRACTICE IS KEY even though it sometimes seems like a reminder of how far I am from where I want to be (usually a certain memorable level of fitness that I attained for a certain race- for me, Broad Street).  Anyway, this is what I have been struggling with lately.  SO…to turn my frown 😦 upside down 🙂    (wow that was dorky) , I decided to browse my training records from when I first began running back in NOvember of ’09.  I mean, I am definitely at a higher level of fitness now than when I initially starting running, but I am fit not in running,  Running is another kind of “in shape.”  Yes, I “Spun” all summer and did some yoga.  I even took occasional runs as part of my weekly fitness routines.  BUT, training for a race is just an entirely different story.  Looking at my old training logs was definitely helpful in being realistic.  Have you ever experienced this sort of thing?

I needed a Rainbow this Morning

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And look what I got!

It was a wonderful treat on my ride to work today.  I was feeling a bit gloomy, admittedly, and the rainbow was a huge help and encouragement.

And just like that, it was gone.  Appreciate the little things in life, or they might quickly disappear.  I’m leaving you with a quote (again thanks to Cute Little LP) that is inspiring and much needed 😉

“ALWAYS BE A FIRST-RATE VERSION OF YOURSELF INSTEAD OF A SECOND-RATE VERSION OF SOMEONE ELSE”  -Judy Garland

Like a FLU-U-U-U-R-Y!

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(title of post to be sung to “Like a Virgin” (Madonna, duh)

Nom Nom! This is like a flurry but better!  A flurry is actually a Dairy Queen Blizzard but with fro-yo (they used to do that- I worked there!)  So, my creation is frozen yogurt plus recees cups and ground snickers-yummmmmm!  I ate half last night and froze the rest for tonight, so it was VERY ard.  I like my fro yo soft.  So I micro-ed it, but started talking to Husband and forgot.  So…..flurry!

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Yea, a lil’ softer but still amazeballs!

Try it, I tell ya!

PS:  the fro yo featured in my “flu-u-u-u-ry” was from an new yogurt place that just opened…(drum-roll, please)….two blocks away!  Review to come!

Fashion this Fall: What I am seeing

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Listen, I’m  no Bruno…

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BUT, I can certainly give my opinion regarding “Whasssup” and what is “ischt don’t think so” for this year’s Fall Fasions.  All I needed was a quick trip through Old Navy to narrow down the top FIVE must haves for this Fall…

1.  Corduroy

OF ALL TYPES!

Friends, your favorite fall/winter fabric is now not only reserved for pants (and Mr. Rodger’s button down sweaters) but also SKIRTS, SHIRTS and DRESSES!  Long live corduroy!

2.  Button down shirts

For this trend, it seems the BIGGER the BETTER!  Yay for me and all those chicas who like to throw on some leggings and go!  The “boyfriend” shirt/pants/whatever trend is clearly what’s “in.”

3.  COWBOY BOOTS!

Good news for this trend too, Ladies:  ALL sizes go!  Short booties, knee high and even thigh high are a GO!  Try Old Navy for some cheap versions that in my opinion, are just as good!

4.  FLANNEL!

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Making a comeback from last year, this trend seems to be going hard and heavy this year!  I forgot to snag a picture, but stole one  from cute LP’s site 🙂  Thanks girl!

5.  BELTED SWEATER JACKETS

Again returning from last year, these oversized sweaters are soooo comfy, warm and (again) perfect for legging-wearers OR to throw on over top.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my quick “fall fashion finds” and I would LOVE to hear from you…what are YOU seeing this trend-wise this fall!?!?

When You are NOT a Morning Person and Just Don’t Have Time

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So I have been preparing this post for a while.  I wanted to address two things as I return to full-time work this month and summer comes to a close.  Here are the two things:

1.  I am NOT a morning person, so my runs/any exercise must be performed AFTER work

2.  When I just don’t’ have a lot of time (due to my crazy schedule) but would like to continue my life as is…

OK, so here goes…

I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON.  “MOST” runners complete their runs before sunrise, and frankly before my eyes have thought to open.  I simply hate the morning and kinda always have.  BUT, I DID sign up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November, so I need my mileage.  Yesterday was a perfect example of how I altered my workout to fit my physical and mental needs.  I KNEW that I needed mileage.  I had been traveling to Oregon (post coming soon) and needed to get back into my routine.  Well, put it this way: I WAS TIRED and not feeling it after work.  SO, I BARTERED WITH MYSELF; I promised myself that if I committed to 5 miles, I would take it easy on speed, and with that I was able to do my mileage (albeit a bit slower than usual) while keeping myself and body happy.

This treadmill kicked my bum...and won 😉

Right, so the point is: ALTER YOUR WORKOUT.  If IT doesn’t work, YOU won’t work!

So needless to say, I was STARVING when I got home.  This brings me to my next topic:  TIME SAVERS…

I tend to keep healthy QUICK options on hand for dinner.  For instance, last night I made Buitoni whole wheat tortelini (in the refrigerated section) and Perdue baked chicken cutlets.  I also made a cucumber salad consisting of cucumbers and Whole Foods brand balsamic dressing.

For a week-night meal, it was YUM!  Now, what do I do when I decide to invite a bunch of people over for a BBQ but I just don’t have a ton of time!??! It is ALL in the planning.  See for yourself.  First, I always try to plan out cooking times on my white board hanging in the kitchen.  I can also write little notes to myself, as I tend to be forgetful at times 🙂

PS: Dress meant dress fries with Old Bay- yum!

UPDATE:  I have no idea where I was going with the above post, but I just published it anyway 😉 Sorry! 

QUESTION:  How do YOU prepare for company?  (Especially when you don’t have time)

9.11.2010

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Today was a day that changed history, the face of our nation and the state of innocence that we once were accustomed to.

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Today we remember those who passed, whose lives were taken from us all too quickly, and we mourn the losses for all who were affected.  We shoulder the burden of grief and hope that each year it will become easier, not to forget, but to live on with the memories and the strength to move forward.

This year, 9/11 is different to me, as I usually recognize this day while in the company of my current class of students.  We always read this book:

September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right

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I like how it focuses on honoring memories by moving forward and living our own lives to the fullest.  It is very easy to relay this message with a crew of students poised with curiosity and a new innocence perched before you.  As it falls on a weekend this year however, the notion is different.

Posted in the memory of B.J.S.