How to feel instant love

Just in case you are too blind to see it on a everyday basis, have a housewarming party.

The raging storm didn’t keep my friends away, which made me happy.   Almost all of my North crew came over.  My BFF came all of the way from SA!

IMG_1283[1]A good visual that my cross collection really does need to go above my couch, but that’s a two person job.  See that ODB, I know you are reading this and that’s a job for you to help me with!

IMG_1284[1]Kitchen fun

IMG_1288[1]I am a nerd, I made a clover on my 7 layer taco dip.  that makes it Irish, right?

IMG_1286[1]One of the food tables.  Missing the two pizzas as well as the two crockpots of Irish Nachos!  The nachos were a hit.  Everything was gluten free minus the pizzas and pigs in a blanket.  I also made a vegetarian and meat pizza and vegetarian and meat Irish Nachos.   I had placecards on all of the food so people knew what they were eating.  I have 3 GF friends and 2 vegetarians that were guests and I wanted them to know I took them into consideration.

Kicking myself for not taking pics of the nachos, they were so easy and good!  Not to mention TWO rice krispie treat variations (regular and mint chocolate), and Lucky Muddy Buddies (complete with marshmallows from Lucky Charms).IMG_1287[1]Not a bad bar if I say so!  I got about 10 bottles of wine for gifts which aren’t pictured.  Many bottles of beer, wine, and Tito’s and Deep Eddy were killed.

My friends were too much.  I am overwhelmed with the gifts they gave.  I am busy writing thank you notes, so everyone gets one the next time I see them.  Many sweet things to make my house a home!  IMG_1294[1]I can’t wait to get everything fixed up and show and after decoration picture!

And yes Michele, my sister told me the fact I have no kitchen decor almost gave you a nervous breakdown.  There WILL be decor when you and Evan come when school gets out!

Next time I hope the weather isn’t so bad, because my yard is pretty cool.  It’ll be even better when I’m able to fix it how I want it!

No connection

I didn’t get internet at the new house yet.  I was trying to hold off on things I don’t need like cable and internet.  Honestly, I haven’t missed it except for wanting to blog.   I had to email some pictures to my BFF, so that required a trip to Starbucks with the laptop.

Sheesh, where have I been?

  • Got completely moved into the new house minus my dishes, I need to go grab those Thursday.
  • My kitties LOVE the new house.
  • I have a kick ass backyard and I am dying to make it my own.  I need a grill, and a chair, and a chiminea, and a bird bath, and some new flowers.  Yeah, I foresee a lot of time and money spent on the yard.
  • I already tried to lure birds to my feeder.  They haven’t really come yet.  I love watching birds.  Almost as much as Missy and Chanel do.
  • I volunteered at Austin marathon expo again.   It was good but exhausting.  And I got sick 😦
  • Helped a couple from Mexico get engaged at the Marathon Expo on Friday night.  It was so cute!
  • I ran the Austin half for the first time.  It was a last minute decision.  I did ok considering I had very tired feet and legs and it was HOT.  Plus I haven’t been running a lot.  It’s one of my slower races, but it was faster than 2 hours.  Probably the 2nd hardest course I’ve ever run.  I felt great though.  I don’t even feel like I ran.
  • I’ve not really cooked in my new kitchen yet, I haven’t really been there much.  And I need to buy a microwave! And groceries.
  • I am on a break from work.  Ok, I worked half a day today remotely.  I spent majority of the day on the couch. Tomorrow I am doing NOTHING except making myself incredibly happy.
  • I have taken more leave this work year than I have in years added together.  I am finally learning how to relax.
  • I am loved.  It’s a great feeling.  I am not sure someone has ever loved and appreciated me so much.  It brings a tear to my eye to write that.  I can’t get enough.  I want more than I can have.

It’s a big couple of months.  I want to run one more half marathon this season.  I have travel coming up for work and a busy schedule.  LUNA season is starting in April, trip to SF to start that off.  And hopefully spending time on getting my house and yard in order.  And my personal life, yeah, hopefully working on aspects of that too.

Race Report: 3M Half

January 19, 2014-3M Half Marathon

20th anniversary of the race.  I believe this was my 4th time.  3M was my first half.  3M is also my standing PR (2012).

Expo

I didn’t go.  I’ve been before.  It’s small and uninteresting to me.  They allow packets to be picked up by waiver (which I love), so my mom got mine.

Swag

I am pretty much going to whine every year until they start giving full size boxes of band-aids again.  It’s still the best swag bag you can get.  Tons of 3M products.  Sandpaper, tape, safety glasses, wrist brace, towel, earplugs, post-its, hand sanitizer, medical support wrap roll, a sample pack of band-aids, super glue, electrical tape.  And the tech shirt. IMG_0614[1]

Course

My standing PR is on this course.   That was 2 years ago, which was the last time I ran the race.  They changed the course last year again but changed it back to the 2012 course.

It’s billed as flat and fast.  I thought it was in 2012.  In 2014 it didn’t feel flat at all.

The course offered water and sports drink about every 2 miles.  In the middle our friends at Clif (parent to LUNA) had gels.   This year the course also had baby pools on the course to throw your wrappers in!  I loved that.  I only take gels at water stops, so I never have to worry about littering.  The Clif stop unfortunately wasn’t near water for at least another mile.

There were actually protesters at the start and midpoint of the race.  Apparently 3M kills forests.  Last time I checked, so did every other company in the world.  The only thing I worried about was they were on a bridge over the course at the midpoint, I am glad there was a cop watching them, I didn’t want anything thrown on me.  And  I am pretty sure their pre-printed signs were not recycled!  Hypocritical much?

Post Race

The new trend in Austin is to have food trucks come and sell you food after the race.  I don’t run with money and I also don’t throw any in my drop bag.  Just as well, I almost never eat post race food anyhow.IMG_0648[1]

There was enough at the finish for the average runner.  Bagels, bananas, oranges, and chips.  I took a banana, an orange, and a bag of HEB brand Doritos.IMG_0675[1]

Fun facts Friday

Well I don’t know if I would consider them all that fun this week!

  • My foot felt better after icing for a few days.  Ran on it Tuesday and it was fine.  After Thursday wasn’t so good.  It’s still sore across the top 😦
  • I may have a place of my own soon!
  • I am nervous about Sunday’s race.  I am not ready.  I keep telling myself to just have fun.
  • I took a personal day Wednesday.  Not something I do enough.  It was pretty awesome.
  • Just as soon as I posted my excitement for the 3 day weekend on Facebook, things started to change.  And not for the better. Saturday plans were completely scrapped.  I had no words, just tears.
  • There are 2 more days to this long weekend, but Saturday I had my heart set on for a while
  • AIP totally had reduced my inflammation.  HAD because I cheated once and it made me bloated and miserable.  Back to strict AIP with structured reintroduction.
  • I’m still a sucker for greeting cards
  • And goofing around at Buccee’s

Running Rogue

Headed to downtown East Austin for the Adios East Side celebration for Rogue running store.  They are moving to the heart of downtown west of IH35 to a bigger space Feb 1.

They kicked off the day with runs leaving at 6 and 7 am.   Met several friends down there for the event.  HUGE turnout.  I knocked out a great 8 miles, which is the longest i’ve run in over a month.  I thought about 10 but I didn’t want to push it.  I have a race next weekend that I will be participating in, but certainly not racing.  I’ve been registered since last May, which was wishful thinking on my part, since I was barely back to running then.

We stuck around for the party for a bit, then a trip to Trader Joe’s, and then back North.  It was a productive yet exhausting day of errands after that.

My mom is visiting, so her and I got a Netflix movie and settled in for the evening.  I went to get up to put my dinner plate in the dishwasher and I totally crushed my foot in my sister’s futon.  There was a bar holding the cushion on and I was sitting on my foot.  When I leaned forward to get up, the whole side of my left foot was smashed by the bar.  There was a crunch.  Hopefully it was bone pushing muscle against metal.  Anyhow, I have a swollen and sore foot.  It’s been iced off and on since it happened.

Hopefully this is just a bruise and nothing serious.  I was getting my hopes up about having a better race than Shiner next weekend!

Fun Facts Friday

  • I still want to learn how to swim properly.
  • My hair is finally starting to get longer!
  • I have 2 James Avery charm bracelets.  One is overflowing, the other is slowly being built.  Both are very special to me.  One day I am going to blog about the meaning of each.
  • I am dying to go crazy in the kitchen again, but I only halfway cook since I’m in a temporary situation.  It’s only me to cook for 90% of the time, which is still and adjustment for me.
  • AIP is hard.  I want tortilla chips.  And salsa.  And just a little cheese.  And chocolate. It’s only been 8 days, I need to give it a full shot to see if it helps.  I’ve been feeling better, but not 100%.
  • I have a race VERY soon.  I am SO not ready.  I may be running with mom if she’s not still injured.
  • Drive by Truckers AND Lucero are both coming to Austin soon, not soon enough!  I have tickets for both already
  • I miss my friends.  I need to make the rounds and see everyone I can soon
  • There is no better feeling than feeling loved and appreciated

2013: Year in Review

I honestly don’t remember a whole lot from 2013, especially the first half.  To be honest, looking back, 2013 was just ok overall.  Majority of the year was stressful workwise, especially until September.

January

I don’t remember much except that I was supposed to run Disney and I couldn’t.  3 month running hiatus due to adrenal issues.

Hosted godson’s baby shower.  Sorority chapter at Texas State activated.  Poured myself into yoga.

I do remember legislative session was in full swing.  I was working A LOT.

February

More legislative session, not running, and tired.

Our secretary at work died 😦

8 year anniversary with Dan.

My godson was born!!!

Had surgery at the end of February.

Got a stand up desk (YAY!)

March

More legislative session.  Stress.  Recovering from surgery.  SXSW.

Couldn’t defend my Thin Mint Sprint title 😦  Volunteered instead.

I started run-walking at the end of March.  It SUCKED.  I couldn’t control my breathing.

April

More legislative session.  Stress.  No rain.  More work stress.

San Francisco for LUNA Summit with all but 1 of my teammates.  Great time!  Started run-walking more.

May

More legislative session.  Stress.  No rain.  More work stress.  Traveled a little for work.  Dan’s parents came for a visit.

June

Legislative session over!  Still no rain.

Changed doctors.

I became a Godmother.

Jalapeno Half in Fort Worth.  The only summer race I’ve ever done, may be my last!  Great weekend with mom and sister.

Turning point with work role.  New assignment.  Still no rain.

July

Working my old duties AND new duties at work.  Still no rain.  In fact, it got worse.

Work trip with visits with some of favorites.

Vacation booked to Hawaii.

Stopped doing yoga much at all.

Finally got some overdue appreciation during a big work event.

Had a big weight gain out of no where (big for a short amt of time and my frame).  I didn’t change my food or exercise.  Frustrated.

August

This was the turning point of the year.

Went to see Jason Boland and Pat Green in New Braunfels and had a wonderful time with a bunch of old friends.  It was very reminiscent of the old days.

I separated from Dan.  Hardest thing i’ve ever had to say/do.  He agreed it was right.

Hawaiian vacation cancelled.

September 

September was the longest month of my life.  Trying to get the last 8.5 years of my life sorted out.

I decided to live in our house until October.  After October 1, we would go our separate ways.   Except my way was me leaving my house.  My home.  Moved in with my sister.  He kept our house.

I only told my family and closest friends about the split.  That’s what he and I agreed to.

Spent a week in Houston to “find myself.”  Friends, family, sports, food.  To sum it up, it was a “game changer.”

Dove into my new work role 100% and made the decision to stop letting others dump on me.

October 

Started over.  No home.  No money.

Overwhelming support from my family, friends, and coworkers.

Traveled a lot.  2 work trips and a trip to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s half.  Great memories made.  Love SF.

Started getting back to many things I used to do pre-Dan.  Things I put aside because he didn’t like them or I no longer had time.

Once word started to get out that I was single, it spread like wildfire.  All of a sudden I had texts and messages from people who wanted to date me.  This was very foreign and unexpected.  Actually, uncomfortable.

November 

A little more work travel.

Not feeling great running.  No energy.  Not having an easy time lugging extra weight either.  Shiner Half was perfect weather for me, but the race for me was anything but.

I started missing my old house.  My stuff.  Being hostess for Thanksgiving.

Got my first Christmas job.  It was a great idea.  Not much money, but good people and warm hearts.

December

By far the best month of the year to me.  Despite missing my old house again.  My fireplace.  My Christmas tree.

I had another great month at work.  Got a raise.  Got lots of kudos.

I learned patience. Or the closest I will ever get to it.

I learned the true meaning of love.  Watching my godson open his Christmas gift.  Spending a weekend in yoga pants and an over-sized sweatshirt.  Carefully selected groceries.  Listening to others.

Cut back the running to almost nothing.

Waiting on salivary cortisol test to come in.  Fingers crossed my adrenals are fine.

~~I am almost 20 lbs heavier than I started the year.  I don’t have my own place.  Another whole year of frustrating visits to the doctors with no answers.

Even with those things hanging over my head, this year was ok.  I know 2014 is going to be a big year for me.  Big for my career, big for my health, and big for my relationships.   I will love more and work less.  This year I will NOT let vacation time roll!!!

I am going to make a new home for myself.  Spend more time with my godson.  Spend more time with family and friends.  Spend more time on me.

The Shiner aftermath

Not everyone came out in 1 piece apparently after our race 😦

One of the girls DNF and turns out it was a stress fracture.  Her second in the last year.  After we chatted for a while, she said her Dr. did only scans, no bloodwork.  Several different hormone imbalances and auto-immune conditions can make stress fractures more likely (I’ve read way too much to educate myself on that).  Hopefully her Dr. can look into why her leg is a persistent issue.

My knees are feeling better.  Not usually an issue, but I was limping on Saturday after the race.  Walked on the treadmill yesterday at the gym to loosen it up.  DOR today but stood at my desk and I was fine.  May try back to the gym again tomorrow to ease back in.

Sending healing vibes to everyone!  I want my gals all in 1 piece!

Race Review: Shiner Half Marathon

Last year’s recap

Expo/Packet Pickup:  Good thing mom lives near San Antonio.  All of the pickups, other than until 5 pm on Friday and race day were in San Antonio.  Luckily mom picked up for herself, sister, and myself.

The shirt is cute.  Brooks tech tee in neon yellow with the Shiner Beer ram on it.

Beneficiary for the race is the Boot Campaign, which is a Texas based charity.  Check it out here!

Pre-race:  Seemed well organized.  Plenty of porta-potties.  The start is kind of narrow though.  Wish they would start the 5K before or after the start of the half and not at the same time.

Shot of MOST of our LUNA group.  I didn’t get the big group shot with the guys on my phone.  In fact, I am not sure who did!

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Course:  Still not my favorite course just because it’s not scenic at all.  Doesn’t help that now Eagle Ford shale drilling is everywhere there, providing for less nice scenery.  The spirit of the community and the participants is my favorite part of this race.  All of the race volunteers are locals.   Small town, simple, community loving locals.  The kind of thing that makes your heart smile.

Refreshment:  Water, Gatorade, and gels on the course.

After the race they had probably 5 different kinds of Shiner beer and some great looking German food (brats, kraut, potato salad), plus bananas and water.  I stuck to bananas and water.  Sister had sauerkraut for the first time ever and she loved it.  Still laughing at the fact that she didn’t know what it actually was.   Mom and sister said the food was really good.

Post Race:  The live band was really good, or at least I thought they were.  Awards were beer steins again.  My friend Megan won her age group, YAY!

Here is a shot of the medal.  It’s very unique.  Plus the back is a beer bottle opener!IMG_2755[1]

This year I actually got to buy stuff at the brewery gift shop after the race, before the masses hit it up.  Someone is going to be spoiled with the goodies I found!

Overall it was another good race.  The issues I  had this year were ALL me (minus the weather).  This year was SO cold and windy.  Luckily not wet.  I started in capris (which I never wear), a tank, arm warmers, and a throwaway shirt with gloves.  I tossed the gloves at mile 2, the shirt I tied around my waist just in case I needed it later.  Arm warmers came off at mile 3, back on at 6 for maybe 5 minutes.  I had my temperature perfectly mile 7.  Tank top and capris only.  Someone told me the windchill was in the high 20’s.  I felt fine while I was moving in what I had left on.

I struggled the whole time mentally and physically.  At one point I wanted to DNF which i’ve never done.  I kept having my eyes lose focus which freaked me out (think it was severe allergies) and I had to walk at least 4 times.  Then my stomach bothered me.  Seriously?  I’ve never had issues with either during a race.

There wasn’t as much fun and socializing this year as last, because of the weather.  It was still cold and blustery.  My mom finished about 1.5 hours after I did, which meant I was standing still in the cold for a good while.  Between the three of us girls, none of us were happy with our actual times, but it wasn’t a worst either.

It was a hard pill for me to swallow.  I ran a 1:47 last year with ease, pretty much untrained in very humid and warm weather.  This year I was 10 minutes slower.  I am also 15 lbs heaver and not myself.  I love racing but I haven’t loved myself in the last 2 races.  Probably a sign I need to back off and take a break.

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10 random facts

This has been floating around Facebook.  Figured I would play along on the blog instead…

My turn, 10 things y’all may not know about me –

1. I used to read all of the time.  Now I can’t seem to find the time.  I’ve been reading the same book since September.  And it’s a good book.  I really need to finish it!
2. I was Student Council President in High School.
3.  I was sorority President in college.
4.  I’ve always been drawn to leadership positions, however, that’s not been the case in my job.  Don’t ask me why.   I would probably be a good boss.  Some reason it scares me.
5.  I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  It’s a pain in the ass.
6.  I hate taking pills.  I almost never take I don’t absolutely have to.  That includes Tylenol, Advil, etc.  I have 4 perscriptions now and I hate it.
7.  I have a scar on my forearm from burning the crap out of it cooking last Christmas.
8. I’m a tomboy.  I like to hunt and fish, although I don’t get the opportunity much.
9.  Nolan Ryan was my childhood hero.  I love baseball.
10.  I am a sucker for greeting cards, notes, and little things.  I love sweet surprises.