Hills, Humidity, or a Good Race: Pick Any Two

Hills, Humidity, or a Good Race: Pick Any Two

  Half marathon number four is in the books for me, and I can say that it was my hardest race ever.  That title really sums it up, and since I was forced to pick the first two, you can imagine that the last one was not anywhere close to being a reality. :/ The weekend started off pretty well. My husband and I drove out early Saturday afternoon, and it was nice to have some quality time, just the two of us. As we drove down I-94, I noticed a bunch of billboards for a place that sold supposedly “famous” chocolate truffles. I looked it up online and tried making subtle hints to stop, but my husband didn’t seem to be too enthusiastic. Once we arrived at the Super Eight motel, it was…interesting. Okay, I’m not going to lie.  I’m a...

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Twelve Miles – Oh Deer!

Twelve Miles – Oh Deer!

Oh goodness goodness!!  I am such a bad blogger.  But truly, if you knew how much work I am doing right now for my job (12 hour days are the norm right now), along with the fact that hockey started up this week…well, you’d feel really sorry for me. But, no pity parties!  There is a half marathon to train for!  :) I did my last set of intervals a week ago Monday. I cannot tell you how happy I was that they were done. I really struggled with finding the enthusiasm to get up that morning, but somehow, I managed to drag myself out of bed, and run down the road really fast in quarter mile intervals 10 times. It was horrible hot, but I managed to do sub-8s for the first five.  I walked most of the breaks, and I did not even come close to sub-eights for four...

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Detox Week

Detox Week

This past Friday night, my boys finally had their hockey friends over for a sleepover. In a matter of a few minutes, we went from being a household with two hockey boys to being a household with five hockey boys.  It was great! :)   The three brothers who came over are all a lot of fun, and they get along with my two boys wonderfully. There were very few squabbles in the time that they were here, and most of it revolved around siblings, since brothers will be brothers. Other than that, it was a pleasure to have them over. They were wonderfully polite and well-mannered, and just a lot of fun. When they were in the pool Friday night, I came out and asked if they would mind doing a “crazy pool jump picture.” Not only did they not mind, they embraced the...

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Under Construction…

Under Construction…

Yes, I updated the design of my blog!  No, I did not fully think it through!!! I decided I wanted something different, so today I picked a new theme for my blog.  Unfortunately, it isn’t playing nice with all my pictures, which seem to be sized too large for mere mortal blogs.  Please forgive the dust/off-kilter layouts while I work through the technical difficulties.  Thank you for your patience–and for not running for the hills! PS:  The current background picture is the one I entered in the fair this year, which took 2nd place in the scenic...

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Allen Park Race Report

Allen Park Race Report

I really can’t begin to describe everything that’s been going on, but top on the list was a big deadline I had at work on Thursday (a week ago today). And then the aftermath on Friday.  I’ll sum it up by saying that 2,800 emails went out Thursday night, and the good news is they went out as they were supposed to. The bad news is, everybody called about it on Friday. Well, okay, not all 2,800, but a lot of them. :p This is one of my two big stressors at work in the last couple of months, so the good news is that part of it is finished, and there’s a bit of relief because it did go out as expected. The bad news is, there still more to come, and I have another project due at the same time. I did not plan this well! Anyway, in spite of all the...

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Best Oatmeal Cookies EVER!!

Best Oatmeal Cookies EVER!!

I know I have a tendency toward hyperbole (I do it EVERY SINGLE TIME, right? ), but truly, these cookies are ah-maze-ing.  I have always enjoyed oatmeal cookies (as long as they didn’t have raisins, which I detest), but these cookies…dude, they’re like crack in cookie form. This recipe was a gift from God given to me by a former co-worker who was an intern at my office a few years ago.  Her name is Mallie, which looks like it would rhyme with O’Malley but is actually pronounced like Molly.   She brought some cookies in one day to share with the office, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover they didn’t have raisins.  (Nothing depresses me more than getting excited to eat an oatmeal cookie, only to discover it has raisins.)  I...

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Running off the Stress

Running off the Stress

Argh. Work is still stressful. After my loooong working weekend, I skipped my Monday intervals. Then I skipped my Tuesday easy 3-miler. I had planned to run three on Wednesday, but I forgot to set my alarm. That was day number FOUR of no running. As it turns out, I get really cranky when I don’t run. Ask my husband. I was an A #1 bitch when I got home Wednesday night, and then I found out that I had to take JJ to a hockey skills skate in Woodhaven for $10. I pissed and moaned about it, since Wednesday was supposed to be my night to make cookies for the fair. Still, because I’m a good hockey mom, I took him, with the intent to run 5 miles while he was on the ice.  Great plan, except…the skate was actually in Taylor, five miles up the road, and it...

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