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Country Music Half Marathon 4.1 01-24-11

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I wasn't officially due for running until Tuesday, but this week's training schedule will be modified slightly to Monday / Wednesday / Sunday for family time-conflict purposes. So tonight, after dinner, I headed over to the gym for an easy three miler! I wasn't feeling any soreness left over from yesterday's five mile run (not that I really expected to), so I felt good to go for a three mile run.

When I got to the gym it was CROWDED, like overflowing, so I ended up on a treadmill without a TV. I know, you're crying for me, aren't you? Soooooooo sad! I queued up some uplifting Matt Maher tunes on the iPod and took off running. It was a slow but very easy 5k. I inched up my speed little by little as I got towards the end...granted not by much, but still, technically, I was pulling some nice negative splits! I finished the 5k program in 34:50 (yeah, I'm Speedy Gonzalez) for an average pace of 11:14/mile. Cooldown added another 0.13 miles to the total.

And I was still feeling strong afterwards, so I hopped onto a TV treadmill, which had become available as the post-work crowds thinned out, and tuned into Food Network while I briskly walked another 5K. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! Wow, there was some insanely good looking food on there...I was almost drooling on the 'mill. I know, I know, why do I do this to myself, but as long as I'm just looking and not eating the stuff, it's not so bad. The kicker was that one of the restaurants Guy visited tonight was Cafe Rakka in Hendersonville, TN, which is within shooting distance of Nashville. They have this lamb dish that looked Ahhhhmazing! on TV, and now I totally want to go and sample it when I drive out there for Country Music. I just might do it! The food kept me happily distracted while I chugged out 3.1 more miles in 44:24, average pace of 14:19/mile, not too shabby for walking! Cooldown added 0.23 more, for a grand total of 6.56 miles for the evening. Next up, another three miler on Wednesday!

Today's Entertainment: Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives! Awesome!

Total CMHM training mileage: 53.68

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SUSIEMT 1/25/2011 3:56PM

    WooHoo Good for you! That TV certainly can distract you in a good way when on the TM. Keep up the great workouts! emoticon

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    Good idea - now you have your after race indulgence.

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FUNFROG79 1/25/2011 10:34AM

    Wow! Great job! I hope my time is as good as yours on my 5K on Saturday!

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ROOT4HOME 1/25/2011 9:58AM

    Way to Go pulling out two 5k's on the TM!!

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LAURIE5658 1/25/2011 9:44AM

    Awesome job, RB!!!

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LEIGHANN416 1/25/2011 12:16AM

  Great work! Did a 5K this weekend, and my goal is to do a 10K by the end of the year.

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Country Music Half Marathon 3.3 01-23-11

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today's scheduled training run was a five miler, the longest of this program so far - of course we're going to more than double this distance before we get to April 30! The temperature still isn't quite where I want it to be for outdoor running, so I grabbed a water bottle and headphones and headed straight for the warm, cozy gym and stationed myself on a treadmill for an hour of running, running, running!

My run was maybe a little boring, but felt comfortable and "conversationally" paced, as in, if I had a running buddy on the treadmill next to them, I could easily carry on a conversation with them while we plodded through the five or so miles. I'm getting more at ease with taking my running at a slower pace. It feels much more comfortable now than when I tried to bust my way through at sub-10:00/mile pace. That's not to say that I'm not open to getting faster as I re-accumulate mileage and build my running base...but for now, I'm totally fine with the 11-12:00/mile pace, if I can waddle through my miles and enjoy them! I don't actually have any particular time goal for Country Music at this time, although that could change by the time I hit the starting line in three months. We'll see!

Today's running mileage was 5.27 in one hour, for an average pace of 11:23/mile. I wrapped up by cooling down a bit, to bring the total to 5.54 miles.

Today's Entertainment: My TV selection for today was about as trashy as I could get...well, maybe. A marathon of Snapped, a crime documentary kind of show, was on Oxygen, so I caught an episode about a woman who kidnaps another woman's newborn baby and tries to pass the baby off as her own. Sooooo creepy and sad. I just can't imagine what would go through someone's head to steal someone else's child. Wow. Anyway, the hour of real-life drama got me through the run. I'll admit that I would have preferred some real-life people watching or outdoor scenery, but I expect that I'll have that soon enough!

Total CMHM training mileage: 47.12*

*Total corrected from previous CMHM blog entry, in which I accidentally omitted some mileage from the total.


Project Pixie Dust: Day 71 01-23-11

Monday, January 24, 2011

*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***

Sunday, almost back to another work week. Oddly enough, I'm kind of looking forward to the week, not so much the working part, but just getting on with this whole house buying process. It just seems like our loan application process is stuck in a holding pattern, thanks to this loan officer who doesn't seem to want to return our calls/emails with any real answers, and we're hoping to somehow bust it out of that pattern, even if it means scrapping this bank in favor of another one. Ohhhh...drama!

Meanwhile, we did our best to have a relaxing Sunday. For the first time in awhile, I attended church with Bruce, but it ended up being more stressful than anything. The place was jam packed, the homily was extremely blah, and Timmy didn't want to sit still even for a second. Oh well! After that, we felt like getting out of the house for a bit, so we scraped together some change, as in actual coins, and bought ourselves a cheapo meal at Taco Bell. I don't think we've done that since I was in grad school, but back then we were perpetually broke, and a "scrape together change to eat at Taco Bell" was a fairly glamorous date night for us! After lunch, I got in a very nice five mile run to wrap up week 3 of half marathon training, and we made some homemade pizza for dinner. Yummy!

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (46 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (24 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D today. It wasn't specifically that I ate Taco Bell and pizza. Those things alone wouldn't have undone my day. It was the candy. At the grocery store yesterday, I did somehow rationalize a big bag of conversational hearts and I ate WAY too many...and the calories in those little boogers really adds up! I didn't even really have an accurate calorie count from yesterday as I kind of lost track of how much candy I ate. Oops.

Running: Great run, even though it was on the treadmill! 5.54 miles total.

Cross Training: None today.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 96.87 miles complete, 1193.13 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Rest day!

And there you have it, not much else to report for today. Ready to get going with another week...


Project Pixie Dust: Day 70 01-22-11

Sunday, January 23, 2011

*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***

Saturday! I'm still riding the wave of emotion from all the house buying stuff. Definitely a tumultuous process! I just keep echoing back to myself the mantra all of my friends use to describe the process - it IS worth it! At the end of the day yesterday, I was relieved to put a busy week to rest. Last night before bed, I looked out the window for a while. Even though the temperature was in the single digits, it was snowing, and the frozen flakes looked like glitter falling from the sky and dusting the ground. It was some of the most beautiful snow I had seen in a while. Its peaceful beauty seemed like a sign to me that everything is going to be all right, and God's plan for us (whatever it is) will be fulfilled. Hard as it is to remember that when I'm in the thick of a stressful situation, it is important to remember. I woke up early this morning, around five o' clock, and couldn't get back to sleep, so I ended up eating breakfast, putzing around on the computer for a bit, and then heading over to the gym to burn off some steam. Before the boys had even woken up, I was already back home, having walked over four miles on the treadmill.

Today I managed to pull myself somewhat back on track. We did go to McDonald's for lunch - the height of glamour for now since we're in money saving mode - and I ate a bit more than ideal, but the rest of my eating for the day was passable, and I tracked everything and stayed comfortably within my limit. I also got a hefty dose of cross training in!

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (45 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (23 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a B today. My eating was passable. I plated up a good "balanced" breakfast of fruit, cheese, scrambled egg, and bagel thin, and it was very tasty and satisfying. I feel queasy if I eat eggs in any large quantity, so one little egg is just the right amount! For lunch, we were feeling stir-crazy so drove over by the new house to take another peek and ate by the McDonald's nearby. Timmy didn't finish his food so I ended up munching on his leftovers, but I did track it all. And I enjoyed it while I ate and watched him running wild on the Playplace! Funny, up until recently he was kind of afraid of the McDonald's Playplace and wouldn't venture above the first level, but today he was fearless and climbing all the way to the top like a little monkey! The Playplace was pretty crowded today. I'm sure a lot of other parents had stir-crazy kids, as we're clearly not in playground weather, so brought their kiddos to the golden arches for some exercise. (Note the irony, folks!) After lunch I went grocery shopping, as the only produce left in the house was half a bag of clementines. Seriously. I mean, Bruce supposedly went grocery shopping on Thursday, so how is it that we still needed so much stuff?! I stocked up on all kinds of yummies, though. I was proud of myself because I stuck to the outside of the grocery store for about 90% or so of my shopping. You know how "they" say all the nutritious whole foods are on the outside, while the pre-packaged junk is on the inside? So, yeah, it was produce, meat, dairy, tons of good stuff for us! The only weird thing was that Target was completely sold out of broccoli. Broccoli?! Was there some kind of broccoli contamination crisis I didn't hear about or something?! I ended up having to buy frozen which, eh, isn't the best, but what are you gonna do?? I have been in a cooking rut lately, so I decided to try a new recipe for chicken pot pie soup tonight. A few of my friends had raved about it, and it sounded like a perfect homey meal for a cold day. And I wasn't disappointed! It was all of the goodness of chicken pot pie (sans crust anyway) without any of the naughtiness! A big filling bowl of it was less than 300 calories! Considering that my McDonald's was *gulp* 782 and didn't honestly satisfy me all that well, dinner was a clear winner! The extra good news is that the recipe made up a HUGE pot of it, so I've got plenty for the upcoming week. While I was on Gina's Skinny Recipes, the recipe source, I spotted several other potentially yummy dishes, so I'll no doubt be trying some in the near future. Other than the fast food, my other naughty for the day was a couple of servings of conversation hearts (the Valentine's Day candies). I do love those evil things. When I get them, I still like to try to line them up to make funny sentences, just like I did when I was in grade school!

Running: None today, but I have five miles on the agenda for tomorrow! I'll be doing that while the rest of the world watches the Packers/Bears game. Honestly...I just can't get into football. Sorry, friends!

Cross Training: My early morning excursion to the gym got me 4.3 miles on the treadmill (walking) and an episode of Law & Order. In the evening, I tacked on a seventy-minute Walk Away the Pounds video, mainly because I was bored and had a ton of nervous energy that I didn't know how to handle! Total "mileage" for today added up to 8.97! Awwwwwwwesome!

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 91.33 miles complete, 1198.67 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: About thirty minutes today. I made up the upper body exercises I didn't do yesterday, and also did today's scheduled (dreaded) core work. All of this was from SparkPeople videos.

I am still pinching myself about the house stuff. I know, I know, are you totally sick of it by now?! Monday is our meeting at the bank to sort out all of our unaswered financing questions, and I am so anxious just to get there and gidder done. That is the only real hurdle now between us and home ownership. The numbers all look great, but I just want to have it all in writing and official-like. We are supposed to have a loan commitment letter delivered to the sellers by the 11th, so that is really not long. And we signed the amendment to our offer asking them to fix the well/septic today, so we'll see! It will be cool if they just make the repairs so we don't have to pay for them, even though the outcome doesn't affect our decision about the house! We can use that money to buy ourselves a washer/dryer, which the house doesn't come with, instead! Oh, and eventually a dining room set. Our table and chairs soooo small and rickety, and I can't believe they haven't fallen down yet! I got them for $89 from a discount store that was closing up shop over ten years ago, and would have been surprised to see them outlast grad school! But here we are, still using the silly things!

Well, anyway, once you get bored with the house talk, I'll regale you with all my crazy planning and strategizing for the WDW 2012 marathon. Seriously, I'm almost as excited about this thing as I was about or grad school graduation. LOL! I am such a running geek! I can't wait to bore you with all my dreaming and planning...stay tuned!

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FUNFROG79 1/24/2011 9:00AM

    What an exciting time for you all!! emoticon

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    My son used to love the playlands at McDonalds when he was little...then came laser tag...enjoy him!

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LAURIE5658 1/23/2011 12:07PM

    Aren't you quite the Chatty Cahty this morning LOL. You are so cute with the house and so NORMAL! Knowing what I know with all things home ownership, I am so excited for you. Just getting a new home all spiffed up with your tastes is so speical in itself. Again, please keep us posted!


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Project Pixie Dust: Day 69 01-21-11

Sunday, January 23, 2011

*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***

BIG day today! I've been talking about it for a little while, but we had our home inspection. I was anxious about it all morning, and to make things even more nerve-wracking, I couldn't actually attend due to my work schedule. Bruce and our agent would be there, and I more than trusted the two of them to watch the inspector, ask questions, and generally monitor the process. I'll admit I was a little jealous that Bruce would get to go back in the house, though! That time will come for me soon enough, I suppose. And I did not envy the fact that Bruce had to do a fair bit of standing around outside. The high today was ONE! Yes, Fahrenheit. Talk about a heat wave!! Haha, I was actually relieved to be in my cozy basement office when I thought about how darned cold it was.

The great news is that we had an almost flawless inspection! The inspector was very impressed with how sound the structure was and with the quality of the renovations the sellers had done to the house. There was nothing major to report, nothing that the sellers needed to remedy before closing. The inspector gave us a binder with a full report and some recommendations to consider, but nothing earth-shattering. The only thing we have to take to the seller is some work needed for the well and septic system, but even those things are pretty minor. Because the house is such a great deal (even more so after the inspection revealed the quality of the house), even if the sellers don't remedy the well and septic stuff, we'll just take care of it ourselves. Bruce and I agreed that it would be stupid to walk from the deal based on those little issues (even though we'd legally have the right to). Very exciting! We still aren't through with jumping through hoops though, as we still have the scary financing stuff to finish up. The loan officer we've been working with has been not so responsive to our questions and requests to meet up, and that's worrying us a little. They've had our financial documents for almost two weeks now, and still no word on how things are looking. It's odd, because they took the documents to (allegedly) prepare us a pre-approval letter for our offer, but when we didn't end up needing the letter, I guess they just sat on them?! We're planning on a meeting with the bank on Monday to get some definite answers out of them. If we're not satisfied with what we hear, we have our eyes on another bank. The thing is, we really want to trust the people who are loaning us such a huge crapload of money. They have to be the right people, ones who will respond to us and actually care about our business. After all, we could potentially be dealing with this lender for thirty years. That is a LONG time! I have to admit that I am feeling a good bit of heartburn about this financing business, but hopefully Monday will clear everything up. We've run the numbers many times, we have great credit, and all our ducks are in a row, so I can't imagine anything going horribly wrong, but I would just love that reassurance that we're good to we can breathe easier and just look forward to moving!

As for food and pixie dust stuff, I definitely had more of an off day today, I think because my emotions were really running amok. First the anxiety about the inspection. Then the excitement to hear how unexpectedly well it went. And then fretting about the financing. Argh, home buying really is a roller coaster! Although, in positive news, the scale moved in the "right" direction again and now I am just two pounds from my weight goal. Not bad for 2 1/2 months' worth of good old fashioned hard work!

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (44 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (22 days running)! Almost didn't make this one but I squeezed in some fruit before bed to just squeak by.

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D- today. I started out with a reasonable enough breakfast, but as the day went on and my emotions were up and down, I really started to slide, and quickly. I didn't even end up tracking properly, and feel kinda bad about that, since it's the first day in a while that I haven't. I know I overate a good bit, and didn't make the best balanced decisions...lots of baked good and sweet type items. I just have to take a deep breath, grab ahold of those emotions, and remind myself that tomorrow is another day.

Running: None today.

Cross Training: Took a rest day.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 82.36 miles complete, 1207.64 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: I was scheduled for upper body training today but decided to hold off until tomorrow. I just really wanted a rest, and figured I'd have plenty of time to squeeze some in tomorrow.

Well, this house thing is feeling more and more real! I'm trying to have faith that things will come together nicely in the end. Things have been going surprisingly quickly and smoothly so far, although this financing stuff has brought us to kind of a speed bump. Hopefully we'll have the answers we're looking for very SOON! For now I'll need to have faith and let my restless soul of mine calm down and trust in God's will.

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LAURIE5658 1/23/2011 10:17AM

    RB, home buying (especially your first) is one of the most stressful events in life given the size of the investment. I will send positive vibes, prayers, crossed fingers, whatever it takes to get this project DONE! Please keep us posted!


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