Its Fun Things Friday&A big Announcement!

Well Gooooood Morning! Happy New Year!! I was SUPER lame this year! We did NOTHING on New Years Eve! I made an AMAZING Chicken Pot Pie (from scratch!) which is something I have ALWAYS wanted to do! It was a looong effort but so delicious that it was totally worth it!




We also watched 10 things I hate about you. …A throwback from my teen years? don’t mind if I do!

And drank champagne. Or sparkling wine, I’m not really sure what it actually was.


New Years Day I was supposed to do a little 10k the next town over from me…but I woke up with a terrible stomach ache and decided not to do it! I hate eating the costs of a race I don’t actually do , but, in this instance I was okay with it because I really did NOT feel better until the actual start time of the race (11).

I decided that instead of a race, I would do a marathon goal pace workout on my treadmill. I started with a slow warmup of 7.4mph for 2 miles. I did 4 miles at my goal mp of 8.4, but it felt too easy and like I could stay there forever. Your ‘goal marathon pace’ shouldn’t feel like you can stay there forever-it should feel challenging, and if it doesn’t: then it is time to reevaluate your paces! I increased it to 8.5-and once I did that, it was a struggle-but a doable struggle. I wanted to quit/take breaks/call my mom…but I powered through. This pace was “uncomfortable” for me but doable. 5 1/2 more miles there & for the last 1 1/2 miles, I increased it to 8.7-9.0. This run gave me a lot of confidence (once it was done!). I haven’t done a long run lately, or included a “mid week” long run at my gmp–I know I cannot slack on this! Runs like this give me confidence that I CAN hold my goal pace during a marathon because it will feel EASIER due to tapering/excitement/race adrenaline!
Total Miles:13, 7:13 avg pace.


A fun fact for you: I Bought “Unbroken”–> you know, the book turned movie that you see the trailer playing every five seconds on your tv? The one about the Olympic athlete who is also eventually taken as a prisoner of war? It is sososososoososo good.

My favorite quote so far for you is this:

“Louis had a rare bio mechanical advantage, hips that rolled as he ran; when one leg reach forward, the corresponding hip swung forward with it, giving Louie an exceptionally efficient, 7 foot stride.

Almost every week, Louie ran the mile, streaking through the season unbeaten and untested… Next, he tried the 2 mile in UCLA’s Southern California cross country meet. Running so effortlessly that he couldn’t feel his feet touching the ground, he took the lead and kept pulling away. At the halfway point, he was an eighth of a mile ahead and observers began speculating on when the boy in the black shorts was going to collapse. Louie didn’t collapse. After he flew past the finish, rewriting the course record, he looked back up the long straightaway. Not one of the other runners was even in view. Louie had won by more than a quarter of a mile.

He felt as if he would faint, but it wasn’t from the exertion. It was from the realization of what he was.”

You need to read it!!

New Years Day, my work BFF sent me a text …

My treadmill days will never be the same again…and I already expect to fall off quite a few times due to extreme laughter.. #bestshowofalltime

Ok. Now for an announcement!! I have been keeping a few things off the old blog lately.

See this girl? She is my SIL, and She’s my favorite!!!!




Anyway…SIL is running a MARATHON this year!!!


Yup! We are both doing it! SIL is running for Dana Farber! She has a million beautiful reasons to be running. She is INCREDIBLE and I am 100,000,000% proud of her!

Since SIL is a new(ish) distance runner- and I am not, I asked her to do a guest post! It will be up first thing Monday morning, so make sure you check back! In plan on roping her in to do one guest blog a month to tell you all about her journey! There is nothing like your first marathon!!!

Please wish her luck over the next few months along this crazy beautiful journey!!!!!


38 thoughts on “Its Fun Things Friday&A big Announcement!

  1. Hi and Happy 2015! May the Speed with you 🙂
    One quick question, if I can: do you think it’s still possible to get a charity entry to boston like your SIL or is it too late?
    thanks!!! and best of luck to the SIL!

  2. This is totally random but I had been reading in the feed and today went to your full blog… Our blogs are formatted extremely similarly and I SWEAR I didn’t do that on purpose (your blog is older). How weird is that? But, I guess there are only so many templates! Anyway, my first 1/2 is in April, too! Will be shooting for a 1:45 (nowhere near 1:30) Good luck and be speedy!

  3. Congrats to your SIL! What fun that you can run it together! That pot pie looks aaahhhhmazing! I love pot pie, but have only made it from semi-scratch. Happy New Year!

  4. Nothing wrong with a chill NYE! That pot pie looks so yummy!

    Congrats to your SIL, what a fun adventure for the two of you 🙂

  5. Woohoo!!! That’ll make this Boston that much more memorable for you. Give a big hug for me … and tell her I said congrats and enjoy the life changing journey!!! 🙂

  6. Congratulations to your SIL! That will be so much fun for you guys. 10 things I hate about you is definitely on my radar since I even wrote a running parody with it 🙂 Sorry you had to miss that race, stomach problems suck in general and especially when they interrupt running!

  7. I think that is a great new year’s … we skipped champagne since neither of us care that much about it, and just had wine 🙂

    I started reading Unbroken but then had a new book by a favorite Russian author come out so I jumped, but want to finish Unbroken. Think I’ll jump back again 🙂

    And it is funny how generational some things are … never seen ’10 things …’ all the way through, and Friends seems to have grown from ‘just another show’ when it aired to some mythical status over the last decade. It has aged only slightly less badly than Seinfeld 😉 Which is ironic since most of my ‘go to’ shows are from the 70s and 80s, which might as well be from outer space with how out of tough they are with reality of today! haha

    • I’ve already noticed a whole lot of things that have gone out of style from when Friends went off the air until now-its kind of funny!

      I’m in the middle of the book now and hoping to finish it by the time I go back to school on Monday! I also bought another running book that I’m dying to start-a flip flop is a possibility! “born to run” is next!

  8. 10 things i hate about you was literally one of my favs along with never been kissed…

    You had a fabulously badass work out!!! 1:33 for a work out?! I cant wait to see what you run for a race! easily sub 1:30! You are awesome!

    Thats so awesome about your SIL! What an incredible first marathon! It’s going to be amazing!

    I think you should make her a chicken pot pie to fuel up! That looks glorious! and I love those bottles–I’ve seen them all over the place, and they are just so freaking festive.
    Heath Ledger….. le sigh…..

  10. Oh my gosh, I LOVE 10 Things I Hate About You! That is one of my fave movies!! I’m in love with Julia Stiles!! The coolest! Also, fabulous run! Way to start 2015!! Exciting news, too!! Yay!! Have a wonderful Friday! XOXO

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