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I can’t even see that far back…

Okay, so I’m a sucker for end of the year blog posts. I stole this from Brie. You should check out her responses too, cause I love her blog!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I got married! I also did a lot of traveling and saw a lot of places for the first time: Jamaica, Austin (Texas in general), New Orleans (Louisiana in general), and West Virginia. Oh, and I got my first ever massage on our Jamaican Honeymoon.

I also ran my first race on January 3rd. It was FREEZING!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did a pretty good job with my resolutions. I’m happy with this past year. And I definitely plan on making more resolutions. More on that in the next few days!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No one gave birth this year, but I have good friends due in April, May, June, and August!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no. I’ve been very blessed this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A lot less student loan debt!

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 27 – Our wedding date!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing two races and planning a wonderful wedding!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I missed out on several races. One I was registered for but decided not to run (as it was the day after we moved). I also intended to run several others but never followed through. I’m fairly disappointed with myself for not following through.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A couple bouts with food poisoning and a variety of work out “ouchies” with a side of achy knees. Otherwise, again, I’ve been very fortunate.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My wedding dress! (I’d love an excuse to wear it again…)

12. Where did most of your money go?
My Student Loans and Hub’s tuition. More recently, to this little fellow:

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13. What did you get really excited about?
Getting married, going on our honeymoon, all my work travel.

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Our first dance song (David Gray’s This Year’s Love) or Don’t Stop Believing (specifically the amazing rendition from Dan and Kelly’s Wedding)!
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15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder?  Happier!
– thinner or fatter? About the same, maybe a little fatter (Sad smile).
– richer or poorer? About the same.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

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And, spending time with my friends. I love to relax and sometimes it turns me into a little bit of a homebody. So, if you’re reading this and you live in/around/near DC – let’s hang out!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Waste time: on the internet, watching mindless tv, etc.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Surrounded by my wonderful family in Atlanta!

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I enjoyed: Top Chef, Biggest Loser, Glee, Gossip Girl, and The Office.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I finished 62 books this year. Highlights included: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, the Hunger Games books, The Looming Tower (Lawrence Wright), Zeitoun (by Dave Eggers), and Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan).

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Sarah Barailles, Florence and the Machine, The Used, and mind-numbing top 40 music.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I only saw a few movies in theatres and none of them were anything to write home about, sadly.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25 and spent the day at work. I had delicious, cheap Italian food and drinks with friends that evening. Hubs and I belatedly celebrated my birthday a month or two later with a fancy, wonderful dinner out.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Paying down my loans farther. I wanted to be at a certain number by 1/1/11 and I’ll fall short of that. I’m making it my goal to have no more loans by the 27th birthday – ideally, though, the loans will be gone this time next year!

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Well, I’ve been trying to diversify my casual wardrobe and move away from all my college t-shirts. That’s an ongoing battle. It’s hard to buy casual clothes when you really need work clothes.

26. What kept you sane?
Hubs, my amazing friends, my parents, and good workouts.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010

I learned a lot this past year. I need to believe in myself more and follow through with challenges I set for myself (running: case in point). I also need to stop worrying about what other people do and don’t have. Someone will always have more than me and someone will always have less – I need to be happy with exactly what I’ve got.


All right, the Dawgs on on TV and I need to concentrate on football. We’re headed in to Old Town in a few hours and I can’t wait to chow down on some tapas.  There’s a delicious chocolate stout six pack in the fridge and a large saison for toasting with at midnight. This is certainly a fortuitous start to 2011. Happy New Years, Y’all!


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I feel boring lately. I wake up, go to work, come home, clean my tupperware, pack up the next day’s food, have dinner, sit/watch tv/read a book, sleep, repeat. I’ve been in a serious work out funk and I need to break out. I want to go on a run, I really do. I even looked at races coming up and have my eye on two 10ks (one in November and one in December) but I suppose I should get a few runs in before I even think about registering.

Monday after work we took a new coworker out to Happy Hour where I had a delicious greek salad and a glass of white wine. New coworker has awesome friend potential written all over her AND she’s a marathoner. She invited me to join the running club she leads and she promises she is an epicly slow runner too.

Yesterday, I came home ready to go for a run. It turns out half the town was out of power. Our building only had one functioning elevator (for over 500 residents = bad news) and there was no power or a/c at all. That killed my run. Two main reasons: (1) running around here is great because there are sidewalks — but the drivers are aggressive. You were not about to find this girl dodging cars without the help of lights and crosswalks. (2) We live above the 9th floor and often times we do not have water pressure when the power is out. I’m way, way too much of a sweat-er when I work out to not have a guaranteed shower waiting for me at the end of the run. Instead, Hubs and I went out to eat and enjoyed each other’s company.

Today, it rained. I could have met up for a date with the dreadmill, but running inside really kills my enjoyment. That’s the fastest way, I’ve found, to not want to run again soon. My hopes are pinned on my day off tomorrow. Hubs is working from home and hopefully I can rouse myself early and hit the pavement. Tomorrow there WILL be a workout of some sort. No more lazy, lazy, slothful Anna!

Otherwise, I finished the first disc of Glee and am still in love! I cannot wait for Netflix to send me another disk! When not watching Glee, I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and enjoying it. It’s slow going but thought provoking. I’d definitely like to read more of Michael Pollen’s stuff. I need to finish Jane Eyre too. I left it behind during work travel and came back too engrossed in my current read to put it down. So, hopefully I’ll have a book review coming up soon. (Cause I’d really like to wrap these two books up!)

This weekend has some great things on tap: wine night/birthday celebrations, some serious football watching Saturday (hopefully cheering on my Dawgs to a win over Arkansas), and some cooking. Kelly had an amazing looking Mexican Casserole a few weeks ago that I wanna try and I have a huge can of Libby’s pumpkin in the cupboard that wants to be used. Anyone have a good recipe for soup that uses canned pumpkin?

Happy (early) Weekend folks! Tell me, what is the best thing that has happened to you lately?


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Pacer’s Quarter Marathon

So, after writing my post yesterday, inhaling as much vitamin c as I could, and resting up, I decided to go for it with the race today. I didn’t want to let myself or Kelly down.

4:30am found me wide awake about an hour before my alarm. I managed to rest for a little bit longer before hauling myself out of bed. I’d laid out my gear the night before so it was nice to not search for anything in the dark. I chowed down on a slice of peanut butter toast and grabbed a Naked Juice and Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar for the car. (I have to say, that is now one of my favorite bars!)

I was ridiculously early to meet Kelly, so I found a parking spot and tried to “harness my chi” and get my mind right. We met up and took a cab to the race start where Kelly picked up her packet and we dropped off our bags. After a quick port-a-potty break and a jog around the block to warm up our legs, we were ready to go.

The first two miles were great! Kelly is a joy to run with and talking with her really took my mind off of the fact that I was running a race I was ill-prepared for. (Yes, that’s right folks, I talked while I ran! That’s another first for me and I was surprised at how “easy” it was.) We crossed the mile three marker before we took our first walking break — I was pretty proud of that.

We ran through mile five and then walked for about half a mile. My left ankle was feeling rather tight so it was nice to walk a little and let it loosen up. The entire time, I was monitoring it for “bad pain” and thanks to Caitlin’s post about “normal pain” I felt like I was able to assess the situation and keep going.  Normally, I would have used that as an excuse to stop but I knew nothing was out of sorts so I kept pushing through.

Kelly and I set a goal during our first walking break of finishing in 90 minutes. Neither one of us was really prepared for this race so it was more about having fun and finishing. The race was also a half marathon — folks completing the half ran two loops of the course. It was really inspiring to see the lead runners for the half!

I struggled through the last mile and having Kelly there kept me moving. She told me that if we pushed, we could really kill our goal and complete the race in under 80 minutes. With that goal in mind, we stepped it up a notch. We crossed the finish line around 79:30, got our medals and celebrated!

Officially, this is the longest distance I’ve ever run. We averaged just over a 12 minute mile. For a race run sick, tired and un-prepared, I’m so so thrilled! (I think I would be thrilled even if I wasn’t sick!) Even though I walked and even though my times are nothing compared to some of the amazing women whose blogs I follow, I know that I personally have to start somewhere. I’m proud that I gave it a shot. I’m thrilled that I ran the first three miles straight. I’m elated that I finished under my goal!

Kelly and I also chatted about running the Disney Princess Half in about a year. I’ve never been to Disney and her husband-to-be hasn’t either. Stay tuned, I may be buying a tutu and training for a half!


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The downside to work travel

I love going new places and traveling! Lucky for me, occasionally my job requires field work. Two weeks ago, I traveled to my home town of Atlanta and then to Austin. This past week, I took four flights in five days to visit Phoenix, Sacramento, and Los Angeles (with a side trip for a few hours to San Francisco). It was wonderful aside from all the flights (not a huge fan of flying).

I’m finding out the downside to work travel – illness. Some nasty girl on the plane next to me from San Francisco to LA was coughing (bring-up-a-lung-style) and not even trying to cover her mouth. It was like the thought never occurred to her. Ick, ick, ick. Finally, after half an hour of hacking she started coughing into her sweater. Unfortunately, that evening I started feeling icky – sore throat, stuffy nose and topped it off with a headache the next morning.

Not wanting to spend my five hour flight the next day feeling like hell, I searched down a bottle of Naked Superfood Juice. Based on its color I was really expecting it to taste nasty. Instead, it was delicious! I devoured it, several cups of tea for my throat and probably half a bag of Halls Defense drops. I managed to feel okay the rest of the day Thursday and half of Friday. However, the five hours of sleep I snagged Thursday night before our long flight didn’t do me any favors.

By the time I got off the plane yesterday (only to have to take a bus and then a train to get home), I felt not so hot. My head is throbbing and I can breathe out of about half a nostril. 11 hours of sleep (yeah!) last night has lessened the headache slightly, but I’m still feeling icky and bummed. Based on previous experience, I’m thinking I’ve got a lovely sinus infection.

I’m supposed to run my quarter marathon tomorrow with my friend Kelly. I already knew I wasn’t going to be able to run the thing straight through — but I hate the idea of not even crossing the finish line. I’m gonna give it a little while longer before I make the call — but just walking around the apartment makes my head pound. I breathe like I’m having a heart attack already when I run, so I’m not sure if I should attempt a run when I can barely breathe as it is. And, if I do the run and I finish it, I’m either gonna feel super proud afterward or like I’m going to die. Maybe a combo of both.

Not totally sure what to do. I don’t want to let my friend or myself down, but I don’t want to feel miserable either…

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A quick recap from the newlyweds:

  • I spent last week traveling for work and still managed to get in a few runs. Behind schedule, but got on track for last weekend’s 5k.
  • Tom and I are (mostly) moved into our new apartment. We’re sleeping on a mattress on the floor (wooo!) and have so many bruises and cuts, but I love the new place.
  • Said new place has TONS of kitchen toys spread out. I’ve spent the past few days pawing through wedding present cookbooks.
  • Moving, traveling and finals (for Tom) lead to a deadly combo which annihilated our 5k ambitions this past Sunday. But hey, at least we got a sweet tech-tee for our money? Next year GW Parkway, next year!

I’m back at work for a week or so before heading to the West Coast. Moving killed my running this weekend and the weather was FOUL this evening. I’m hoping for a decent run tomorrow evening. Regardless, I don’t think the approaching quarter marathon will be a 100% running event for me. It would be wonderful if it worked out, but right now I’m not optimistic. I hammered out a 5k Thursday am, but prior to that the running has really been touch and go. I need to not let this get me down — time to stay on the horse! My current goal is to finish the course in 80 minutes. That allows for some walking and a little over a 12 minute pace all told. We’ll see.

Aforementioned kitchen tools and cookbooks have me rather inspired. I’ve got hoardes of recipes in my head that I want to try. Tom and I are putting together a yummy sounding crockpot dish sometime this week. Expect recipes to come kiddos!

Time for me to head to bed soon. I need to rest up so I can’t use the “I’m tired” excuse for not running tomorrow evening!

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I’m starting to wonder if I have bitten off more than I can chew. Saturday I had my first run in a month or so. This is my fault, fully. And, because I have slacked, I made it 1.89 miles before I stopped. It was not pretty.

I gave myself two days to slough off the soreness. Today I took advantage of the fact that I’m on an 8-hour schedule (more on this in a minute) and off at 3:30. I beat the apartment gym rush and secured myself a treadmill. This time I made it 2.3 miles in 22 minutes or so according to the Nike+. Granted, this is much faster than I normally run but I was still sorely (meant in many ways) disappointed that I’m struggling like this.

In light of my struggle, I came upstairs to have a good look at a calendar and the number of days I have between me and the quarter marathon that I signed up to run. Keeping in mind that I probably want to give my legs a few days off from running, I need to have my last run on Wednesday, May 5th. That’s 22 short days from now. Oi! That means that if I run every other day, I need to add .4 of a mile for each run. I need to really lay the hammer down and make this happen.

Throwing a wrench in my plans is a hearty dose of work travel. Tom and I head home for a wedding (not ours this time!) this weekend. Sunday night we return and Monday I head out for a week of work travel. I’ll return that Friday only to spend Saturday and Sunday moving into our new apartment and running the GW Parkway Classic 5k. Monday I’ll head back out again and return Friday. That first weekend in May will hopefully harbor my longest run to date and at least 6.5 miles (so I know I can complete the quarter marathon). I’ll also be traveling the week prior to the race. Yes, that’s right, three weeks of work travel in a row.

That means I’ll be spending a LOT of quality time with the hotel gyms. I want to finish this race — that may mean getting up early for runs or running when I really don’t feel like it. I need to make this happen!

Anyone have any tips on how to cram training into a work travel schedule?

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My Dream Race Plan

Last night, I had a few minutes to kill before going out for dinner and drinks with Tom’s work folks. So, I made my dream race plan. Basically I just scrolled through a Washington, DC area race calendar and picked the ones I want. If I have any say so, here’s what I’ll be running in the next six months:

April 25: GW Parkway 5k (Tom and I are already registered to this)
May 9: Pacer’s Running Festival Quarter Marathon
June 5: Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure 5k
July 4: Go Fourth 8k (5k today was canceled – planning to transfer my registration to this race)
July 24: Crystal City Twilighter 5k (who doesn’t love a race that ends with showers, beer and a party?)
September 25: Clarendon Day 10k

I figure, keeping in mind the races I want to run will keep me training. And, by gradually increasing my mileage I keep making things a little more difficult and keep upping the ante.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find a 10 miler or a half marathon that suits my fancy someday soon.

Like I mentioned, our 5k this morning was canceled due to snow. I plan to hit the treadmill for at least 3 miles this afternoon. I wish I could run outside, but I’m still not willing to chance breaking or spraining anything! I’m also aiming to run tomorrow and Monday. We’ll see how that works out. This weekend will probably be a big eating weekend (last night was, tomorrow is a friend’s Mardi Gras Party and it’s the last few days before Lent starts and I say goodbye to candy until the beginning of April). I figure a few good runs will balance things out and keep me grounded. (I’m much less likely to drink too much if I know I need to run in the morning.)

With that, I’m off. A few more things to do productivity wise and then it’s time for a date with the gym…

PS. Anyone who wants to run any of those races with me — just let me know! Company is awesome and I doubt I can convince Tom to pony up for all that…

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Registration x2

Okay, so after an evening of pawing through DC Racing Calendars and looking at race web sites, Tom and I signed up for two races!

* By George 5k at Hain’s Point on 2/13

* GW Parkway Classic 5k on 4/25

Eventually I’m going to need to pick a race with a longer distance. For right now though, I’m content with running a couple more 5ks. However, there is an 8k on March 14 that I’m considering running. My only concern is injuring myself less than two weeks before my wedding. All I need is to twist an ankle, trip/fall/skin up some part of myself, etc. It’s definitely still under consideration though.

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Let me set the stage for you: Sunday dawned a bright, sunny morning. The outdoor temperature was about 22 degrees. However, the constantly blowing winds (gusting over 35 mph) made it feel like 2 degrees. Yes, two. As in, the temperature was lower than the number of miles I was about to run.

Blair was an excellent pacer. Sporting pink and looking jaunty like Running Barbie, she was my personal pep-talker, pacer and countdown. She kept going, so I kept following. There were times I wasn’t sure I was moving anymore the wind was blowing so hard. But I finished. And, despite the AWFUL wind and weather, I finished in 34:53! Yesss — I was under my 35 minute goal!

Blair and I collected our swag (t-shirt, water bottle, chapstick, muscle milk, running stickers, completion medal, and some snacks) and headed out. I rode my high all day. Not only did I conquer the 5k under my time, but I did it in the worst weather I’d run in to date. I think I’m ready to try again — this time with less wind and a higher temperature. What are my odds for Feb 13th swinging more in my favor? I’m trying to talk Tom into running a 5k with me out at Hain’s Point. We shall see what the future holds.

Also, one final note on the race yesterday: just after Blair and I crossed the finish line it blew over. Yes, Blair and I are awesome!

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