Jul 29, 2014

99 Excuses, but a virtual 5k ain't one

The last time I trained properly for, and  ran a 5k (dressed as a super hero no less), I PR'd at 28:58.

(insert happy dance and pancakes)

 It's almost hard to fathom that was almost a year ago (I began running two years ago).  

Time flies. Slacking (whilst training) persists. 

Ok, its an epidemic, don't get too close.


Ever since the stress fracture that would never heal I've been too chicken to, afraid of, stalling for -- nothing. 

My leg is -- fine.  

My brain hasn't quite got the memo, and my rear had grown quite accustomed to couch surfing/snacking.

Honesty hurts. 

Plus my mom says I have a "flair for the dramatics." 


The struggle is real.

With 2014 speeding by and my first full marathon approaching, it is high time I get my shitake mushroom together and make (and fight like hell for) REAL goals. 

My race (times) record this year has been -- lackluster.

I have no one to blame but myself.

So, I signed up for a few races prior to 26.2 in order to get me ready: physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Full race calendar -------------->

Enter (my first) Virtual 5k, the brilliant (link up) brain child of  Desiree + Jenny. You should totally join in too!

You can also follow along on Instagram, hashtag #DJV5K 

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Add in a wedding (weekend) to plan, another international trip, and you know life -- I've got my hands full.

Jesus take the wheel.

Like any good perfectionist, I got to work setting a game plan. 

Run 5/week (total)
Easy - 2

Cross Train 5-6/week + plank daily

WEEK 1: 31 Mi
MonJun 30Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:36
WedJul 2Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 10:09; Cool
ThuJul 3Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:36
SatJul 5Long RunDist: 12 Mi @11:36

WEEK 2: 32 Mi
MonJul 7Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:34
WedJul 9SpeedworkDist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 3x1600 in 9:22 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuJul 10Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:34
SatJul 12Long RunDist: 14 Mi @11:34

WEEK 3: 33 Mi
MonJul 14Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:31
WedJul 16Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 10:05; Cool
ThuJul 17Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:31
SatJul 19Long RunDist: 16 Mi @11:31

WEEK 4: 26 Mi
MonJul 21Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:29
WedJul 23Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:29
ThuJul 24Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:29
SatJul 26Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:29

WEEK 5: 35 Mi
MonJul 28Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:29
WedJul 30Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 10:03; Cool
ThuJul 31Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:29
SatAug 2Long RunDist: 18 Mi @11:29

WEEK 6: 36 Mi
MonAug 4Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:27
WedAug 6SpeedworkDist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 3x1600 in 9:16 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuAug 7Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:27
SatAug 9Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:27

WEEK 7: 37 Mi
MonAug 11Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:25
WedAug 13Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:58; Cool
ThuAug 14Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:25
SatAug 16Long RunDist: 16 Mi @11:25

WEEK 8: 29 Mi
MonAug 18Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:23
WedAug 20Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:23
ThuAug 21Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:23
SatAug 23Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:23

WEEK 9: 38 Mi
MonAug 25Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:23
WedAug 27Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:56; Cool
ThuAug 28Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:23
SatAug 30Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:23

WEEK 10: 40 Mi
MonSep 1Easy RunDist: 9 Mi @11:21
WedSep 3SpeedworkDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 4x1600 in 9:10 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuSep 4Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:21
SatSep 6Long RunDist: 16 Mi @11:21

WEEK 11: 41 Mi
MonSep 8Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:19
WedSep 10Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:52; Cool
ThuSep 11Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:19
SatSep 13Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:19

WEEK 12: 32 Mi
MonSep 15Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
WedSep 17Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
ThuSep 18Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
SatSep 20Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16

WEEK 13: 42 Mi
MonSep 22Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
WedSep 24Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:50; Cool
ThuSep 25Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:16
SatSep 27Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:16

WEEK 14: 23 Mi
MonSep 29Easy RunDist: 2 Mi @11:14
WedOct 1SpeedworkDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 4x1600 in 9:05 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuOct 2Easy RunDist: 2 Mi @11:14
SatOct 4Long RunDist: 12 Mi @11:14

WEEK 15: 22 Mi
MonOct 6Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:13
WedOct 8Tempo RunDist: 5 Mi, inc Warm; 3 Mi @ 9:36; Cool
ThuOct 9Easy RunDist: 4 Mi @11:13
SatOct 11Long RunDist: 8 Mi @11:13

WEEK 16: 36 Mi
TueOct 14Easy RunDist: 3 Mi @11:13
WedOct 15SpeedworkDist: 4 Mi, inc Warm; 2x1600 in 9:03 w/800 jogs; Cool
FriOct 17Easy RunDist: 3 Mi @11:13
SunOct 19Marathon Race Day26.2 Mi @10:12 Time: 4:27:18
(training plan via Runner's World Smart Coach -- its FREE!!)

Easy enough, no? Granted I've got a super OCD version of all this in excel to track all my life via running/fitness/and shoe mileage, but no one wants to see all that drama.  If you do, email me and I'll send you a copy and declare you my best friend. 

Thankfully I now have a treadmill, "whom I absolutely adore!" so really I have the tools for success. Without leaving home and putting on clean clothes, which requires actually doing laundry.

I digress.

There is not one dang reason why I can't hit some goals. Hard.


5k: 28:00

13.1: (a) 2:15, (b) 2:20

26.2: Cross the finish line, upright, and smiling. 

Here's to happy dancing at the finish!

What are your race goals for (the remainder of) 2014?

Have you ever ran a full marathon? 

What's your favorite race distance?

More importantly, what is your favorite post race food? 

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Jul 28, 2014

Monday Musings

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  1. The newest season of Homeland. Eeek.
  2. PartyParty app. I can't even. Guess what I've been doing in my spare time? this, and this. Duh
  3. Sara Barellis -- girl has PIPES. Gah. And the Sia cover? Mind. Blown.
  4. Miles and Rubin were the poster children for this study, I'm certain of it
  5. Going to Starbucks and my coffee awaits me? This sounds too good to be true, but I love it all the same.
  6. Must attend a Tracy Anderson week, must. Like soon. Like, now. 
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie. Have to see it, with wine and popcorn, or else.
  8. Music Nostalgia. Had to find my birth year, 1982. I actually know most of them!
  9. May have to try Lancome Bridal Collection.  Ok, buy and let someone else do for me. #makeupincompetent 
  10. Had to buy coconut butter.  My mouth waters at the thought of it.

What are YOU musing about this Monday?

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Jul 25, 2014

A few of my favorite things (June) edition

June, in my humble opinion, was quite a chart topper. So. Much. Awesome.

food + drink

Lunch with a friend at Sauce on the side, Edgewild for a friend's birthday, picking up sweets at Diana's bakery, Tortilla Soup at Seasons 52, and brunch at Half n Half where I had the yummiest chorizo breakfast tacos (above).  That sauce, divine. 

Plus everything I ate in France, but that's a whole other post of awesome coming soon.

Kitchen creations ceased this month due to France and the "make a meal of whatever you find in the fridge/freezer before we leave, we are not grocery shopping".  Basically a whole lot of random.


Come Get It Bae -- Pharrell 



I'm officially caught up. I bought Season 1 to watch whilst traveling to/from France, worked like a charm. 

Gosh I'm addicted to this show! 



Hitting up a cards game, running my first back-toback race at hospital hill, seeing the flaming lips in concert, our trip to France (I promise, post coming soon!), our engagement (!!), and signing up for a month of Bikram Yoga.

What are some of YOUR favorite things from June??

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Jul 23, 2014

One day...

Foreshadowing much in Everyday, Ordinaire

Big news. 



Let me start from the beginning. 

We've been dating (at that point) almost two years.  

We talked about marriage, baby carriages, and retirement.

We lived together for the past year. 

We co-adopted two dogs.

We were happy and in love and he embraces that I'm bat shit OCD.

Moving on.

My gal pal who worked in a jewelry store (before she selfishly left me to move across the pond for three years) had me choose my ring setting (solitare, rose gold) and asked my favorite stone (oval) like, months after Mark and I started dating so I thought NOTHING of it, even when I put it on a "wish list"  from Ladies Night and he saw it when he got my Christmas gift. 

Subtle is my middle name, oh.

Plus my friend always says you gotta "put what you want into the universe."  I put that on blast. Believe. First date Marcia was all "do you want marriage and babies?"  Hey, better to screen early and not get all in love and find out the opposite and my eggs die. Fact.

I digress.

With our trip to France fast approaching more than a few people asked if I thought he'd ask. I shot that business down, there is no need to get my imagination a going then if it doesn't happen like I visualized in my brain movie, be upset and ruin vacation.  

So I put it out my mind.

It worked. 

The week we left, Mark was making a to do list for himself on the dry erase board when I chimed in, "you should write me a love note, put that on the list".  So he did (see below, second line -- he had erased it before I could snap a better photo, gah!)

Again, thought nothing of it. Ran errands. Exchanged currency. Got a mani-pedi. Went for a run. 

We foolishly bought tickets to The Flaming Lips concert two days before we left, so I got ready, ramble-panicking about all the stuff we needed to do -- pack, laundry(!), find the spare key. Copy passports. Minutia.

Come downstairs once I'm all dressed and I see a card with my name on it.  

No big, I asked for a love note. Think to myself, "man he actually listened, two brownie points for him".

 Think nothing of it.

Till he tells me to open said "love note", where I read lovely things he's penned, look up and see a ring box in front of me. 

Cue freak out.

In true "I don't live in reality and over think everything Marcia" fashion I assume I'm being punk'd and make some equally enthralling comment about how mean it is to joke about something so serious. 

Then I (finally) realize he is not joking.  

And I start to hyperventilate inside. 

I have no idea if I actually said yes, I totally blacked out. 

Holy shit, we are keeping each other for-e-ver. 

If I could bottle that giddy-on-top-of-the-world feeling I'd sell it on the corner and make millions. 

The rest of the nights chain of events went, obviously unnoticed. 

We met friends, as planned, for dinner at Fork and Stix pre-concert. 

Insert friend exclaiming (once we got seated), "holy shit is that an engagement ring?!" 

I'm sure whatever I had was delicious.  Then again they could have served me rocks and I'd have no clue.

Cut to concert.

Again, I'm fairly certain I paid zero attention to what was going on besides snapping a few photos. 

At one point Mark and our friends (Meredith, Susan, Jim, and Becky) caught me knee deep in a doe eyed stare at my ring finger, and not the concert. 


Post concert we hit up Pin Up Bowl for a celebratory engagement drink (I was too excited to have anything except stare with a cheesy grin). I remember running from outside to in as I text/called friends (at midnight) to tell them the news. 

Friend answers phone "did I wake you (doesn't wait for answer) -- I'm engaged!"

Smidge excited.

The next day Meredith sent me this photo (above) that she got that day. Seriously, how fitting.

I cried, obviously. 

Then, upon our return from France I happened upon a doorstep surprise from Amie

And I cried, again. 

And if that wasn't enough of fate-mixed-with-reality, my sister emailed me this email (see below) I sent her ages ago while we were gone, her too assuming an engagement was upon us. 

And, I cried -- again. 

All the feelings. 

From: Marcia
To: Jennifer
Subject: One Day...


Why not make my desires "crystal clear" (name that movie) so when my big day comes (one day, I hope, please 8lb 5oz baby Jesus) I will not be the source of undue stress and stress induced wine consumption.  Which leads me to my list. Please save this, we know I have the attention span and memory of a gnat.

- Wedding: I want to elope. Period, dot, Amen. Where I am open, but preferably on a beach, barefoot

-Wedding party: None. Too much stress, drama, opinions. Plus I'd much prefer to have them enjoy the day than spend it in some itchy ass overpriced dress they'll never wear again with a $500 hair and makeup job. For the day.  Besides, I need to shine, its is after all, my day

-Guests: Immediate family is ideal. If some close friends can join, great

-Bridal Shower: As long as there is champagne/wine I could care less. 30 people or less. I'm cool with having it in my hotel room (see "bachelorette party")

-Bachelorette Party: A Good old fashioned slumber party (beginning immediately after the shower). Hotel suite, manis, massages, plenty of bubbly, mongrammed pjs, old movies. Super small group (less than 10 people). I will foot the bill. 

-Reception: I don't "need" one, but I could be persuaded. Immediate family and close friends.  Less than 100 people. At the World's Fair Pavillion in Forest Park.  Big Party, HUGE. Food, booze, music. Cocktail high tables, giant dance floor under the stars

-Engagement Party: I'd LOVE an in home or private wine dinner (by Robust) with about 10 people. 

Holy cow I'm getting married.

(insert happy dance)

-- Random Closing Thoughts -- 

Thank God I got a manicure. You should have seen my hands prior. Nobody would have proposed to those cuticles. No one.

The ring and the engagement was a true surprise. 

No, he did not get down on one knee (first question my mom asked), it was more of a bent-over-lean type deal. 

Yes, we called our families on the way to the concert. 

The hounds approve.

Looks like I got myself a fiance'...

My cup certainly runneth over. And over.

Somebody pinch me. 

But not too hard, engagement photos are coming up and I bruise easily.

--the future Mrs. Piper --
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