Last Day of Work…

Today is my last day of work, its crazy to think that I have spent the last 1.5 years there and now I am moving on. My responsibilites have been passed on to other people, and I am no longer needed. Food for thought.

Last Week:

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles

Sunday: 14 miles

Total: 19 miles

In other noteworthy news I went to the fair on Saturday and tried my first fried fair food, a snickers. It was delicious and disgusting all at the same time. I looked up the calorie count and it has 450 calories, suprisingly less then what I was expecting. Bring on more fried food!

I am not sure how I am going to spend my final 2 days in Utah. My last day of work of course, packing, saying goodbyes, running, getting my car registered. Even though I am really going it hasn’t hit that yet.

Keep it coming love

I am back in love with running, say what?! I was supposed to do a 13.1 mile run on Friday on the treadmill but I ended up staying up too late the night before and hanging out too long during the day so I bumped it till Sunday. Sunday rolls around and it went from 13.1 to 11. Oh well, my training plan has been adjusted and I think I will survive. I completed 5 of my miles outside and 6 on the treadmill. My miles outside were wondrously lovely and accidental. I was driving to the gym when I passed Liberty Park and had I just had to stop and run around a few times. It’s my favorite place to run and I will definitely miss it when I move. My goal this weekend is to complete the majority of my 14 mile run outside and wake up early this time to beat the heat and make it more bearable. I didn’t start running til 1:30 PM on Sunday.

 

a breakdown of the rest of the LONG weekend

Friday

Hung out with Benton and we accomplished the following things:

  • Shopping @ TJ Maxx
  • TCBY
  • Dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen
  • Shopping at the Mall.
  • Couch Shopping

= overall a very “productive”day

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Saturday:

  1. Worked from 9:00 – 1:00 PM
  2. Ran 2 Miles
  3. Went and saw a movie at the dollar theater The Watch

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Sunday

  1. Running
  2. Sleeping
  3. Eating
  4. Sleeping

Monday

  1. Went out to breakfast with Byran at Village Inn
  2. Watched a zillion episodes of Make It or Break It on Netflix
  3. Went and saw Hope Springs with my mom and a zillion of other sr. citizens in the theater
  4. Rented Wonderlust watched @ home with Byran, I ❤ it.

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So there you go this weekend I ran some miles and watched a whole bunch of movies and television. Sweet!

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Happy Thursday!

This week went by quickly, thank goodness. There is nothing worse then a SLOW week. Today is a rest day but tomorrow I will be running a half marathon on the treadmill. Just me, my ipad and 13.1 sweet miles. Round and around we go. I didn’t sleep very well last night, its time like this I am so happy Netflix exists: I was able to watch Cruel Intentions, Heartbreakers and Wish Upon a Star… does anybody remember that movie? I was so excited to see it on instant streaming, it was my favorite Disney Channel Original Movie. Well that and Zenon, if only that was on Netflix…

nausea

For this past week I have been feeling extremely nauseas. It does not feel good. And more then once I have used it as an excuse to “post-pone” my run. However, that marathon is coming full speed ahead and prepared or not I am going to finish. I have decided to start using it as “fuel” for training and changing my mental attitude… It may not feel good, but chances are I am going to feel worse for the last six miles of my marathon and its good to know I can buckle down and keep running.

The majority of my runs are completed on the treadmill, I cannot stand running in the heat. I love being able to zone out and watch S.V.U or at the end of a busy week run in complete silence without the fear of being hit by a car startling me into hyper alertness. I love having an unlimited supply of water by my side and a huge fan blowing on me. When I first switched from running outdoors to indoors I was worried it wouldn’t translate into “real running life.” And that being able to finish 20 miles on a treadmill did not mean I could finish 20 miles on the road, surprisingly it has not been an issue and for the most part I have actually become faster when hitting the pavement. My runs are completed at a 1% incline and I alternate between run/walking… yes I am the dreaded (by some) run/walker but its a method that works for me and gets me one step closer to the finish line. At the end of the day my goal to finish.

I just got home from the gym and finished 3.0 miles in 36:45 now it is time to eat delicious Crown Burger – Jr. Cheeseburger, fries and delicious fry sauce! And watch the much anticipated (by me) season finale of Teen Mom. Yes, I am obsessed with this show and I can’t believe its over. I will miss the antics of Farrah and Amber as well as Macy and sweet Caitlin. Love me some reality T.V. Fun Fact: I do indeed have Macy’s autograph. It makes me cry just thinking about it 😉 Tomorrow is Thursday, yay for the week coming to a close.

anxiety

Many things are causing me anxiety these days and while I would love to pretend everything is “fabulous” its simply not true.

1) Moving – While I am so excited to move and start school and have a new adventure part of me worries its the wrong decision. I will be leaving my family, friends, job and everything that is familiar. I get anxious thinking I will be oh so lonely and that after being out of school for a year  it will be more difficult then I imagined. I will miss my friends and family and especially Byran. Its always hard to know when you are making the right decision for the right reasons. While I feel like it is the right decision for me, it does not come without apprehension.

2) Buying a couch – What a dumb thing to feel anxious about! But I have had nightmares about purchasing a couch, I have spent countless hours pursing the internet wondering what type of couch I should purchase. For every positive review about one I find that I like there seems to be a negative… and it sends me in a downward spiral of doubt about what I should buy. Should I purchase a cheap couch or should I spring for something more expensive that will last longer? Why is this causing me so much anxiety. For me a couch represents comfort and relaxation, and being in a new environment those seems like two things I will need which brings me back to my anxiety about moving and being in a new environment.

3) Marathon Training – I committed to too much this summer, I finked around and I didn’t train as much as I did last summer. I am starting to get it together and truth be told I always feel under trained and under prepared when it comes time to run the marathon but thinking about completing 26.2 miles in October terrifies me. I have to keep reminding myself that I have done it  before and I will do it again. Run through the pain … right?

In the end I know everything will be alright, but I think I will feel better once I am there and know I can make it instead of anticipating all that can go wrong. Hurry up September 15th, I am ready to get it over with already!

I’ll See You in the Walla Walla

Its official, I am moving to Walla Walla for Graduate school. I will live there for approximately one year while I complete my M.S.W. and then it will be back to Salt Lake City. I am moving on September 15 and have found the cutest duplex. I am so excited for all the new adventures to be had. I am also excited to be done with my education.

Other Exciting (Running) News:

Indian Summer Half Marathon in the Tri-Cities on September 22: I am debating signing up for this run. It would be my first half in my new location. But I may or may not still have company while moving and I have never ran an event without knowing someone was near by in case something happened. That being said I think it would be a great way to explore my surroundings and to get a training run in.

Nike Women’s Marathon on October 14th: last year I ran the half and this year I will be running the full. It is an incredible event, I can’t wait to add to my “bling” collection and also to travel to San Francisco and spend time with my mom, aunt and grandma.

The Walla Walla Crush 10K on October 20: This is again tentative as I may be too sore from the marathon the week before that I will most likely be under-trained for but we’ll see. I would also love to find a race near-by to run on Thanksgiving since I will not be able to go home this year. So i’ll be keeping my eye out for that.

Some sweet pictures from last year’s NWM Half:

Vegas Vacation

I returned from Vegas today, I had such a wonderful time its always a bummer to be home… but they’ll be other vacations.

Day 1: Friday

My mom and I drove to Vegas on Friday morning for the Amica 19.7 half marathon  at Lake Las Vegas. Friday night we stayed in the The Ravella it was one of the official race hotels, it was surprisingly pretty for a man-made lake but ridiculously hot. Like 108 degrees… um no thanks! We picked up my grandma, checked into the hotel, swam and then carbo-loaded at The Luna Rossa, it was delicious.

Day 2: Saturday

The next morning I woke up at 5:45 to get ready for the 6:30am start, I checked the temperature on my phone and it was already 90 degrees. Yikes! The previous Monday I ran the Memorial Day half, and my knee was giving me trouble, that combined with the heat helped me make the decision to drop down to the 10k. It was a relatively small race with the primary event being a triathlon the following day. I am so happy I dropped down, the temperatures rose steadily and it was an extremely hilly course. I texted my mom to let her know the change in plans and met her 6.2 miles later at the finish. I finished in 1:18, a 12:33 pace.

My “Bling”
After the race we ate breakfast, gathered our things and headed back to my grandma’s house… I was exhausted from waking up so early so we lounged allowed for the majority of the day (which was lovely) and then went shopping at Nordstrom Rack were I scored a pair of jeans, two shirts, some nail polish and the bargain of the day… a pair of Red Wedged Toms for $25.00! They had been worn and refurbished returned hence the deal. How I love deals (and the rack)!
After we returned from our shopping adventure we went out to dinner with my Uncle and some of his friends at King’s Fish House, I got my usual post run meal of Cheeseburger & Fries then headed over to Ben & Jerry’s for a million samples and three different to-go cups: cherry garcia, late night snack (which has fudge covered potato chips in it) and Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz.
Day 3: Sunday
Sunday morning started with Dunkin Donuts & Starbucks and then we headed out for a day on the strip. We went to the Mirage to see Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden  home to dolphins and large cats. The dolphins were AMAZING, you were so close and they looked so happy and peaceful swimming around. It was another scorching day and it took everything I had not to jump into the pool with them.
After visting with the dolphins we headed over to the large cat area, they were all asleep. They looked sad cooped up in their cages, and I really wanted to take one home.. or set them free into the wild.
“I’m locked up, they won’t let me out!”
After that it was time to eat again, of course! I believe it was the theme of the trip! On the way out we passed Kardashian Khaos  where the queen herself about to do a meet & greet. Unfortunately I didn’t meet Kim, however I did get to navigate my way through the 50 million other people who were waiting to do so. Really… I am glad I stuck with the dolphins.
After navigating through the crowd we made our way to Caesars Palace  and then promptly sat down for lunch at Joe’s  which was heavenly. My grandma and I split the steakhouse salad and the grilled turkey and swiss sandwiches (descriptions below) yum.
JOE’S STEAKHOUSE SALAD
with Grilled Vegetables, Goat Cheddar
& Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette
GRILLED TURKEY AND SWISS
with Bacon, Tomato & Louis Dressing

After we finished eating we went and explored the Forum Shops, we tried on vintage inspired clothing at Bettie Paige Clothing they were so adorable and then window shopped and lusted over designer clothes.
Kate Spade 
 
 
 
Juicy Couture 
 
Louis Vuitton 
 
 
Tiffany & CO. 
 
Next we walked through the casino and out the doors making our way to Serendipity 3 , a restaurant that sells delicious ice cream treats. where we were able to split a frozen hot chocolate. MMMMM
 
After that we headed back to my grandma’s house to relax, swim and eat dinner.
Then back to the SLC

24

Today I turn 24… so long to 23. I am sad to see it go 23 ended up being an amazing year, I was able to do and complete so many things I never thought I would accomplish. This year I ran three half marathons, two marathons, graduated from college, I got to visit Dublin and London, and overall start to feel like I have some real direction in life. When I graduated from high school, I went completely off the deep end I had no idea what I was doing and I was just a mess in general. I was afraid the same thing would happen when I graduated from college so I threw myself into running knowing I needed something to keep me afloat. It ended up being something truly remarkable, and has bettered my life in so many ways. I was the girl who dreaded gym class and would skip it for any reason possible.. today I can now say…

So much changed for me in my 23rd year, I feel like 24 can’t beat it but I do have some exciting things to look forward to this year. The Salt Lake Marathon on April 21st, The NWM Marathon in October and possible the NY marathon in November. Last my not least my ultimate goal of finally leaving UT, hopefully will happen. I am applying to graduate school at Walla Walla University the deadline is June 1st so hopefully I’ll be able to stop procrastinating like I have done all year for school and get my application in on time. 
So as far as plans for my birthday go, I do have to work awhile, then dinner at Mazza... the most delicious place to eat.  Other then that relaxing and reading the hunger games. Sounds pretty perfect. 
I am obsessed with the Hunger Games, after seeing the movie I am reading the book with a vengeance. 

It has been forever and a day since I have posted on here, things got way too busy and it fell to the wayside. I think the easiest way to update you all is to make a list:
  • I graduated from the University of Utah in August with a degree in Social Work
  • I ran the NWM 1/2 Marathon in October
  • I ran the Dublin Marathon on October 31
  • I no longer work at Odyssey House (thank my lucky stars)
  • I work PRN at The Montessori School of Salt Lake and Cancer Wellness House and PRN at Highland Ridge
  • I moved in with Byran officially in July
Things I am looking forward too:
  • applying to graduate school out of state
  • running the LA and Salt Lake Marathon in the spring
  • going to Disneyland with Benton on vacation
  • finding a full time job
  • The Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

Tarantism Thursday…

It’s only 10:00 AM and I have already accomplished more today then I usually do before noon. For some reason I woke up at 5:45 AM… this is very unusual for me, I guess its because I passed out on the couch around 11:30 PM last night and my body is incapable of sleeping for more then 4-5 hours. I eventually gave in to the realization that I was not going to fall back asleep and got my ass out of bed. I had to do a 3 mile run today so I decided to get it out of the way before the heat hit … when I started at 8:00 AM it was 75 degrees, I hate heat. I finished 3.10 miles in/37:40 averaging 12:08/mile… not to bad by my standard. Now I have 4 hours with nothing to do before I head to my internship, I’m not used to spare time so I’m not quite sure what to do with myself?! My word for the day is tarantism which means a nervous disorder characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance; popularly attributed to bite of the southern European tarantula or wolf spider. I find myself often with a uncontrollable urge to dance at the supermarket, when I’m running, walking to my car, sitting in class, maybe I was bit by a spider? Just looking at that picture makes me shudder!!


 Do you ever find yourself dancing uncontrollably at inappropriate times? 
All the time much to the embarrassment of those around me – unless its my mom, aunt or grandma they usually join in. Maybe it runs in the genes
 
How do you feel about spiders? 
I do not like spiders they freak me out, I also disturbed by the fact or myth that we will swallow spiders in our sleep. Bluck