Monthly Archives: July 2011

Avoiding Collapse

Welp, I didn’t collapse.

But yesterday’s 5k was a scorcher. I am kinda disappointed I didn’t do better in this race, but all things considered I guess I should be pleased with the outcome. I have completed maybe 5 runs the entire month of July, and only 2 of them have been outside. Had this race taken place in April or May, I could have PRed like WHOA.

Anyways…here’s the scoop.

My unspoken goal was to finish in under 28 minutes, so I accomplished that. However, I did have to stop and walk right around mile 2. I needed a mental pep talk and had to take in some water. The humidity can be crushing. I felt like I was flying the last mile, but when I looked down at Mr. Garmin I was running about a 9:40 pace. Ouch.

So anyways, not the best race ever, but I’m glad I did it. Half Marathon training starts on Saturday so it was nice to have a little race to motivate me.

In other news I spent $170 on groceries today. I’ve decided to shop almost exclusively in the natural/organic section of Kroger. It’s painful on the wallet but I feel better about what I’m putting in my body. Hopefully today’s haul will last a solid 3 weeks!

FEED ME (real, wholesome, nature-made foods)

Goodbye weekend, you’ve been fun!!


Summer Racing

Despite the wretched heat (have you heard?!) I am running a 5k tomorrow.

The Pony Pasture 5k is a super small race that runs alongside the James River. I ran it last year to “mentally prep” for the start of the half marathon training team. I finished last year in 30:58, which is pretty much exactly a 10 minute mile. However, this isn’t a chip-timed race and I started in the back, so I was probably about a minute faster. These were my Garminless days. Oh sad!

My goal for this year is to NOT COLLAPSE. I haven’t really been running, let alone outside, so I’m not really sure what to expect. I suffered through 3 miles on the treadmill on Wednesday and it was not pretty. I was really pushing it and only managed to maintain an 8:50 pace. I was hoping to crush my 5k PR since the course is FLAT and awesome, but I think the heat is going to prevent me from doing that. I finished the Phillies 5k in 26:27, so a PR is really a stretch.

Last year's PP 5k

Once this race wraps, it’s on to my 2nd year in the half marathon training team!!

Bring it on!!


Somehow in the midst of my recent travels I seem to have misplaced my Garmin charger. Truth is, it’s been a nice excuse NOT to run. I am freakish about running without it – I just can’t get out the door. It’s like my security blanket. Unfortunately it also means that I haven’t really been running at all. I took a hardcore spin class last week and have been doing BodyPump 2-3 times a week as well. As for running…nada.

So tonight I FORCED myself out the door with my little dinky wristwatch. I decided to run for about 15 minutes and turn around in the hopes that I’d do about 3 miles. I ended up running almost exactly 3 miles in 27:34 which is about a 9:11 pace. It was balls hot outside so I really shouldn’t have gone that fast. See, I NEED my Garmin!

Garmin you are my bff. You make me smile.

I’m starting half marathon training on August 6th so I really need to build up a base. This time around I plan on doing some REAL cross training, so hopefully a little running base and some weight lifting will take me to a new PR!!! Do I smell a sub 2 hour half in my future?!?!?

The best part about my next half marathon? I leave for my HONEYMOON two days later!

T minus 102 days till the wedding btw…

Shoes OMG Shoes

Since when did we get to mid-July??

Wow sorry about the hiatus.

Anyways, I’ve got some UPDATES in the house!!!!!!!

My first dress fitting is on Saturday. I have been spazzing out about finding shoes (since you HAVE to have your shoes for the first fitting) and I ended up buying FOUR pairs to try on the with the dress. I ended up using Zappos for my shoe needs since they provide free shipping both ways and have a 365 day return policy. So I went nuts and ordered three pairs and bought 1 pair at DSW. Side note: I absolutely hated all the bridal salon shoes, yuck-o-saurus-rex.

In no particular order, here are the contenders.

Badgley Mischka “Fuller” shoe. I really, really love these shoes. But I really, really don’t love the 4 inch heel or $185 price tag. But they might be perfect with my dress, so I need to give them a chance. I NEED to.

“Brie” by Touch Ups. $50, yes please. Especially for a shoe that I’ll wear exactly 1 time. These are a much shorter heel and have a nice pearl detail. They also scream WEDDDDDDDDIIIINNNNGGGGGGG!!!!!!!! They are a bit shinier in real life that I prefer, but they’d do the trick. They are also super bridal-y, which I don’t love.

“Partyy” by Steve Madden. ZOMG. I LOVE these shoes. They are a bit more “stripper”-ish that I usually go for, but the sparkle detail had me at hello. I didn’t see these babies before I placed my original Zappos order, so I ended up having to place a second order just for these. They are extremely impractical however, so I’m not sure if they’ll take the cake. I’m also unsure about the champagne color and the 5 inch heel. But man are they purdy.

Steve Madden Luxe “Glitz Pump”. Love the subtle bling, but not sure how I feel about bows. One of my bridesmaids H.A.T.E.S. the bow-on-the-toe look. I don’t feel THAT strongly about it, but I don’t want to commit a fashion faux pas either. But if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it. (Fit’s the dress that is…)

The jury is still out on this one, but I’m sure one of these lovely ladies will go down in wedding history for me. Oh and if you haven’t seen the SHOES video, you should go watch it. It’s a classic: