Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wowza...it's been a while!

Wowza! It's been a week and two days since I've posted! I went to my aunt's house in Kansas for Thanksgiving and didn't have access to a computer!

First things first....I haven't run since Monday November 15th! That's almost 2 weeks and not a good thing when my first 5K is this Saturday! I'm getting back on track this week so hopefully the weather holds up and I can suck it up and get out there in the cold weather!

My running buddy and I got our outfits together for our 5K! Remember it's called the Reindeer Run, so we did Christmas theme! Here's some pictures:


Me tie dying

More dunking!
Headband with little light bulbs. $1 at Target!

Socks :)
Christmas Story boxers! My running buddy hasn't seen the movie?!
 Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends! Now we only have to wait until Christmas!!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday!

I'm on time...take note of this! It rarely happens that I have any time on Thursdays to do this post, but I'm not going to let you down!

Some things I'm going to be thinking about this weekend:
Can't wait for this!!
  1. Two of my roommates and a friend are heading down to FL to visit my other roommate who's doing an internship at Disney until January! I was totally going to go with, but finances and timing did not work out. They will have such a great time and many many pictures! I expect to hear A LOT from them!
  2. I'm tie dying long sleeve shirts with my running buddy Rebecca tomorrow!!! I'm so excited to do this! My mom and I picked out my accessories for my first 5K at Target, so Rebecca and I decided to make some unique shirts as well...You'll have to wait until race day to see out get ups...which is about 2 weeks and 2 days away!!!!!!!!!
  3. I think I'm going to go on this Habitat for Humanity build on Saturday with this group called Lutheran Campus Ministries. My roommate Missy and I have been going to the gatherings on Monday evenings for the past few weeks or so and we really enjoy it. They have members from different churches around the area come and cook a big meal for everyone that comes and then we have discussions, devotionals, and song singing after we eat. I'm meeting so many people that I would have never met before, so I'm really really enjoying it! 
  4. Other than all these things, I plan on working on some homework and just relax!
  5. Oh wait...how could I have forgotten! MY CAMPUS ONLY HAS 2 DAYS OF SCHOOL THIS NEXT WEEK!!!! We get the Wednesday off before Thanksgiving on Thurday, so we score big time!! I'm so excited for all the food on Thanksgiving (in moderation of course)!
Ok, so that's my ramblings! I'll be back sometime Saturday to share some pictures (hopefully)!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This is going to take some getting used to...

RIP Blackberry
My post title is related to my Blackberry, not my running antics! Can we all just take a moment of silence to honor my Blackberry Tour...I know how dramatic of me, but I loved that thing! I should have known something was going to happen since the last couple weeks, the home row lights stayed on constantly. Well last Thursday it finally shut down...for good!!! I loved the convenience of having the internet and being able to check my emails on my phone in between classes, but now that life is all over!

My new phone...mourning my old phone
I have a new phone and it's the Samsung Intensity which was about $100 and doesn't have the data plan, which is good because I'm saving my dad an extra $30 a month. The Verizon lady was trying to sell my dad and I a brand new Blackberry for $149, which I didn't see reasonable since my contract is up in January of 2012 and I could even get a free phone then with renewing my account. I got my old Blackberry Tour for free, so BUYING a new one was out of the question. So now I'm adjusting to T9word (though I have a slide out keyboard, but it's spread out and clumsy to text on), no games, no internet, no email, no Google....so with that please be patient since I don't have any device that allows me to share any pictures with you since my old digital camera is not working either. My Samsung phone came with a USB cord, so I'm trying to figure out how to share pictures from my phone. So from now on I may just have to use Google images.

I've still been running, though now I brought back my iPod from home which is super old school (circa 2005). I remember when I was working for $40/paycheck back when I was 16 and saving up for one. That's when they first came out and I think I paid $250 for an iPod Nano! Well I updated my songs with some Ke$sha, Owl City, and some other more modern music, so I'm set! It's such a different experience running with the music since I feel like I'm going much faster with the beats.

I have some running on my schedule tomorrow down at the trail with my running buddy...and my iPod!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday!

I'm just in time to post my Thursday post! With 15 minutes to spare until it's FRIDAY!!! So here are my thoughts:

  1. Sorry I took some photos on my run today of some fallen trees on the trail, but my Blackberry is acting up! The screen won't even turn on, just pure BLACK! I've tried everything like taking the battery out to reboot it, a hard shut down, charging it, and everything else under the sun!! I guess I'll have to take it to Verizon to fix it!
  2. I'm going home this weekend!! Since I won't be going home for Thanksgiving (I'm going to my aunt's house in Kansas), I decided it would be nice to grab a few things from home. And get some leftover food or groceries! Plus I want to start looking for some Xmas/reindeer accessories for my upcoming 5k!
  3. I had sooo much fun at the Tri-Sigma sisterhood! Like I said before we had a challenge day, like the MTV show If You Really Knew Me, and it was super AMAZING! We broke up into small groups and told something no one would know about us. We all felt much closer once we got back into the big group discussion.
  4. I don't have much planned for this weekend: a movie night with a couple of my friends, babysitting my nephews, running, sleeping in, eating home cooked meals, sleeping in my comfy bed, and just enjoying the comforts of home! I may go through some old pictures and scan them so maybe I could share with all of you?! If I find enough time or get bored enough I will definitely do this!
  5. I'm thinking tomorrow is going to be an easy day since we are watching a movie in my Organizational Leadership class, so I can just throw on some sweats tomorrow and chill!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fridays!!
  6. My goal this weekend is to just enjoy time with my family and a couple of my friends, since it will be awhile until I actually go home. The next time will be Xmas break which is in the middle of December!
 I will be back sometime this weekend! Have a happy and healthy weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Good thing Wednesday is over!

This is the construction on my campus route
More construction...right on the sidewalk
I'm soooo happy that Wednesday is all over! The day dragged on, but I find my time slipping away fast when the evening hours come?! I mean I was literally falling asleep on the couch at 7pm! 

I ended up dragging myself off the couch to go running (which I was going to do after work at 4pm, but the sun sets earlier now and I didn't want to be on the trail). I thought it would be great to go running walking around my campus route, which didn't end up the way I planned. The plan was to run the same amount of time I would have down at the trail, but I ended up mostly walking since it had gotten very windy...excuses, excuses...blah, blah, blah! I ended up running for about 6 minutes total and thought about just heading to the outdoor track (with no lights, so people couldn't see me...haha), but there was already a few runners on their, so I continued around campus. It was a GREAT change from the usual trail, though it was TRYING to rain on me! I went for a total of 30:01:18. After my run I was thinking about doing squats and lunges, but that took too much effort (again with the excuses!). Maybe I should have taken a look at my Inspirtation Page. Though for some odd reason I had enough energy to clean the counter and stove top since there was NASTY food all over it from dinner!
Love Windex Multi-Surface! Get's the job done!

I'm super excited for our Tri-Sigma sisterhood tomorrow because we are having Challenge Day. It's going to be like the MTV show If You Really Knew Me and should be impactful! I'll update you with the details tomorrow!

Also today I started this writing journal extra credit thing for my Recruitment and Selection class, which makes me write for 15 minutes for 6 consecutive days about my everyday actions. All I know is that this Grad student is doing this for his project, plus the professor is rewarding us with extra credit, and that's all it took for me to sign the waiver!
Pecan Pie (sorry I already started eating it)



More of my thoughts tomorrow...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Oh our run was...INTENSE (for us anyway)

Today I went to the trail with my running buddy to really get serious on our training! She was in the same mind set as me, so we really worked ourselves hard today! We did a quick 4 minute warm up and then just start jogging. Well we were both asking if we were doing fine or if we wanted to walk, but both of us felt great (and not too winded either!). We ended up running for 10 straight minutes and got to the mile marker in that amount of time. After our tiring 10 minute run (the longest we've run without walking) we decided to walk for 3 minutes, just so we could catch our breath. The gas line people were oh so kind to flag the sides of the trails where there gas pipes were, so Rebecca and I used those to do our intervals back to the start. We did about 4 more running intervals, all 2 minutes each(or using the flags) and both of us sprinted to the bridge the last 20 seconds. Very surprisingly we felt great (sweaty and huffing), but we were really excited that we didn't feel crappy after ward.

I want to drink 3 of these a day!
My goal of increasing my water intake has not been going so well. Today I only had one full water bottle and had every opportunity to drink more, but I was just doing all these little tasks which made the day just fly by! Tomorrow I will for sure try to drink more since I'll be gone from the house from 10am-6pm by conveniently filling it up on campus (but only from the soda fountain water spout since they have the best water)! I need to consciously make an effort to guzzle, guzzle, guzzle especially since my facial skin has been soooo dehydrated and looks very blah! My lips have gotten much better, but I still feel like the water intake issue is definitely what's causing my skin to go haywire!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

53 Running Commandments

Steph in Hebrew on the left, brochure in the middle, Steph in Russian on right
Before I share the 53 Running Commandments I'm going to tell you about the international fair I went to in Eau Claire. My roommate wanted to go to get extra credit in on of her classes so I tagged along. It was super fun and there was so much food(wasn't free) and learning to be done. Many "countries" were there and we had a brochure to get stamped proving that we went (I did one for my friend who couldn't go). There was traditional dances like belly dancing and Irish dancers, different games and music from the different cultures, and tons of authentic food! I thoroughly enjoyed all the different smells though we only bought some desserts from Germany, the Jewish people, and then I tried some free tea from Vietnam.

I found these commandments on That Lynn Girl's blog and thought it would be nice to share. 
53 Running Commandments
1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.
9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.
18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Don’t always run alone.
20. Don’t always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.
24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.
35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.
36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. “Winning” means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesn’t look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Don’t make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run.

SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!

As promised I'm posting a 5k related post! So I just looked at my blog countdown and there's 27 days until the 2010 Reindeer Run in Minneapolis!!!! I can't believe that it's coming up sooooo fast! It seems like just yesterday Rebecca and I decided to start training!

Now it's time to buckle down and get some serious training in!

I'm adding another day of running to my normal routine and then walking on the days I have "off." I don't have any rest days since walking is pretty easy to accomplish and I'll be going for about 20-25 minutes.

Some things I want to work on the next few weeks (some are not related to running!):
  • Run at least 18-20 minutes each session (exception of a couple seconds of walking).
  • Drink at least 2 full water bottles (25oz) a day (way under recommended ounces a day): can you say Operation Hydration!
  • Get some holiday gear for my 5k on December 4th. I'm thinking running tights, cute holiday boxers, fake antlers, knee high holiday socks, and maybe some sort of cute shirt.
  • Stop chewing my finger nails and cuticles. I don't want to have my fingers look ratty when I'm interviewing for full time jobs. 
  • Only eat 2 desserts a week=no more Nutty Bars...I need to give them away!
  • Catch up on all my blog subscriptions and my Cosmos!
  • FINALLY take my training very seriously these next few weeks!!!!!!
DON'T FORGET: turn your clocks back an hour starting at 2am tonight!! YAY for an extra hour of sleep!

Friday, November 5, 2010

One day late: Thoughtful Thursday!

I was super busy lazy yesterday and didn't get around to posting my usual Thursday post! So here it is:
Excuse my name...I share a fridge with my roomies
  1. My parents left for West Virginia today so my dad can do his marathon in Huntington, WV on Sunday! I wish him the best of luck and I know he'll do great! I could use a little mini vacation and would love to go on these trips with my parents except I have school and work...BOO!!! 
  2. I'm working a 2 and a half hour shift tomorrow just for the heck of it because what else am I going to do?! Well I mean I could sleep in, but I sort of get to since my shift starts at 10am. Oh well, more $ for me!
  3. This day is almost over! I have almost lost my cell phone, today's schedule was haywire because I picked up a 4 hour shift, I got a bubbling blister on my heel from my boots, the trail was super busy with track stars and a TRUCK, work went by sooo slowly, etc, etc!
  4. I am so in love with the hummus I  bought yesterday at WalMart! I'm trying the Roasted Red Pepper flavor and am already DEVOURING the container! I had it on my egg tortilla rollup this morning and have also been enjoying it with pretzels...Yum!!!
  5. I find myself working on some more homework this weekend, except I'm going to try to finish it tonight and tomorrow since I don't want to wait until Sunday so that I can just use that day to rest!
  6. My first 5k is rapidly approaching! I'll post a special freak out post tomorrow with goals and am going to start cracking down and getting my butt into SERIOUS gear!
So gross!
Ok enough of my ranting and thoughts! I went to the trail today to get some running done! Sorry I don't have any pictures from my run because I forgot my phone, ugh! It was a bit chilly (I forgot to actually check the temp, but I guesstimate it was about 36-37 degrees). The air was kind of hard to breath, but I quickly adapted because I really wanted to work out hard. My shins were screaming in pain as I ran the first 5 minutes after warming up! The pain quickly faded and I kept on with my intervals. I ran for about a total of 15 and a half minutes, which I felt was great since the trail was very crowded with college track stars and tons of bikes! There was literally a pickup truck driving down the trail when I first started...I was like "for real?!" Of course this would have been happening today! Considering the hectic happenings at the trail, I finished strong and felt GREAT!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your night! I will be back tomorrow for a post related to my first 5K, AHHH!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I LOVE WEDNESDAYS!!!

Icing my ankle with a bag of peas
I was dead tired today! My roommates and I hit the town last night, yes on a Tuesday, but for a very good reason...our friend Jason's 22nd birthday! We went to his house and drank some wine and finally headed to the bars at 11pm. Well it was a short night because he was done at 12:30am and we all had to help walk him home (and make sure he made it to his bed without killing himself on the stairs going to his room). We walked to our house which is like a block away and I needed to take a shower considering the amount of beer that had spilled all over my clothes! So I didn't get to bed until 1:30-2am then I had to wake up at 6:30 for my 8am class. I had a 2 hour break at 10am which I spent sleeping so that I could be awake for work! It was weird to say I went out on a Tuesday, but we all had a great time and laughed at the funny things that happened! For some reason I woke up today and my ankle was super sore and swollen so I don't know what happened there. Along with the sore ankle, my leg muscles have felt really tight and painful so I stretched out really well today though that didn't do much for them.

After the first mile...and I wasn't dying either!
Blinded by the light...literally!
Ok enough about my social life! Now I went running today and it felt AMAZING after not having done anything the last few days! The weather was nice when I started out, but then it got very windy and cloudy with gray skies which made the last half of the run sort of miserable because of my tiredness. I did a quick 5 minute warm up walk working up to my running speed. I ran for about 5 minutes and took a quick minute walk break. After that I ran the rest of the way to the 1 mile marker which was about another 7 minutes away. I reached the mile marker, took a picture of myself and continued walking for about 2 more minutes. From there I ended up doing a couple 1 minutes intervals, one 3 minute run, a 2 minute walk, and then finished with a 2 and a half minute run. I took the runs down to the marker very slow so I wouldn't use all my available energy and the runs back were a little more intense. So after my confusing recap of my run I ran a total of 19 minutes and some odd seconds out of the total workout time of 28:24:33.
Gray skies at the end of my run

You can do so many activities in your SNUGGIE!
I'm loving this week since I had my finance test on Monday and I haven't really had any other homework, so it gives me time to catch up on reading blogs and the magazines that I'm so backlogged on! Plus I can get to bed earlier which is such a great bonus!!!! Ah, the life of a college senior!

Is anyone else dealing with unbelievable chapped lips and utterly dry skin?!?!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oh where the time goes!

Alien greeting us at the haunted house!
OMG I just turned my calendar to November! I can't believe how fast these first couple months of school went! On Friday night my roommate, her sister, and I ended up going to the town next to us so we could go to a Haunted House! Let me tell you, I don't like scary things and this was SUPER SCARY!! I pretty much held onto my roommate for dear life and had my eyes closed 90% of the time. It was a good $3 spent because when I did have my eyes open, the decorations were AMAZING! Halloween is over and I had a blast at my sister and brother-in-law's party! Sorry I only have one picture because I was relying on others to take pictures since I usually use my phone, though I didn't keep it on me. I ended up being Farrah from Teen Mom and dressed normal along with a baby doll whose arm i stuck in my pocket. The night was really fun, but my cousin and I didn't fall asleep until 5:30am. We only got about 3 hours of sleep until everyone came into the living room to talk. Then I drove the 1hour and 45 mins back to school...dead tired!!

Becky(bride from Oct. 16th), Me, my cousin Rachel
After dropping off my cousin, my aunt and uncle asked if I wanted to take some of their leftovers, since they don't eat them, and I kindly took them(hey I'm a college student, I would never pass up free food). They gave me beef stew, meatballs, Nutty Bars, chili, and buttermilk biscuits. All which are homemade(besides the meatballs), so I will have meals all figured out for this week making it easier for me to just throw it in the microwave without preparation! I LOVE leftovers, especially when they're homemade!! I would have taken a to-go container of the chili at my sister's, but I totally forgot about it (it's my mom's recipe!).

I didn't run today, but I took a short 20 minute walk. For some reason I was super tired today and ended up taking a 2 hour nap after work. I woke up and didn't feel like doing ANYTHING! I plan on running on Wednesday and hopefully I'll actually follow through...which I don't see it being a problem!