The No-Title Post

The No-Title Post

{1/19/15: I just looked at my site and couldn’t figure out why this post had a number for a title.  Turns out, I forgot to give it an actual title in my rush to put it up last Friday night, lol!} Thank you to everyone who offered supportive comments from my post from earlier this week. I can’t deny that this 10 pounds is really been frustrating me for many months. I appreciate the suggestions, and I have been thinking about getting one of those body fat scans for a while, I just need to figure out where to go to get one! I did take some measurements and pictures before I started my marathon training, so hopefully I’ll see a difference after 18 weeks.  Unfortunately, I could definitely tell a difference between the pictures I took earlier this...

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The State of Things

The State of Things

  Ironically, after that post I made Friday night about running in the winter and how I’m such a hardcore badass about it, I got up on Saturday morning and was greeted by this: In case you can’t read the fine print, that says 0.4 degrees!!  Yes, that is air temperature, with the winds averaging about 10mph.  How fun does that sound? If you think I chickened out and went back to bed—you’re wrong!  Friday’s post was kind of a motivator in that I couldn’t spend 2000 words talking about what a rock star I am for running in any winter weather condition…and then promptly get up the next morning and wimp out. So, out on the road I went! At least I was greeted with a beautiful view, right? Of course, within a quarter mile, my legs were frozen and my fingers weren’t...

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Winter Running Guide

Winter Running Guide

  So, it turns out that December 2014 was the first December without snow in southeastern Michigan in something like 85 years.  I heard a lot of grumbling around Christmas time about the fact that we weren’t  getting a white Christmas, and while I have been known in the past to follow that sentiment, this year I was perfectly fine without snow on Christmas Day, or any other day for that matter. Now, everyone knows that I am a weather geek, as evidenced by the many pictures I post of my weather station. I have been known to get excited about a snowstorm or two in my lifetime. But training for a marathon last winter (the worst winter in Detroit history), completely changed my outlook on winter weather.  These days, if the temperature stayed about 47° all...

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Are You Ready for 2015?

Are You Ready for 2015?

    It’s hard to believe that the new year will be here in just 5 or so hours!  I swear it seems like just a minute ago, I was looking down the barrel of 2014 and committing to my first marathon!  Of course, back then, I was just committing to “a” marathon.  I honestly don’t think I would have said back then that I’d do a second one, but here I go anyway.  Even though I’ve chosen a training program that will be very challenging (when did I become an “intermediate” marathoner?!), I’m excited about it and looking forward to having a great race.  I’m also looking forward to running it with my four awesome friends and my son Jamie.  I’ve already registered my relay team, and I’m excited...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

  I promised I’d be back, and I am!  Just long enough to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or Happy Hannukah, or whatever you prefer).  I did finally get my Christmas cards done and mailed out…on Monday, ha ha!  Still, I think they turned out pretty well.   My boys had a great Christmas.  Jamie got a new stick, but since he had to be there to pick it out, we just went ahead and let him use it after we purchased it on Friday.  He’s already had a game with it, and it does seem to have improved his play!  He thought that was all he was getting, but I’m a sneaky mom who also managed to surprise him with…a phone!     It was a hard decision, but we know it will make our lives easier in the long run, with all the times we...

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2015, I’ve Got Big Plans For You!

2015, I’ve Got Big Plans For You!

This is going to be my last update for a little while, partly because I don’t have a lot going on to talk about, but mostly because I need to get my Christmas cards done!!  In case you missed it last year, I hand make all my Christmas cards, anywhere from 80 to 90 of them, and that takes a lot of work. And considering we are now two weeks away from Christmas, and I’m not even close to having my Christmas shopping done, I need to focus! But first, let me catch you up on what HAS been happening on my corner of the world. We had hockey this past weekend for JJ’s team, and he almost got a goal on Saturday! He’s a defenseman, and he doesn’t get many goals. So we get a bit excited when he gets one. His team was down by two goals mod-way...

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Turkey Trot Race Report and Thanksgiving Hockey

Turkey Trot Race Report and Thanksgiving Hockey

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (in America, at least!).  Me, I got up at 4:30am to be on the road at 4:58 so I could run 6 miles before running a 5k.  Yes, indeedy, I am a freak.  But on the other hand, I knew I wouldn’t have time to do a long run on Saturday because of the hockey tournament Jamie was in. (Thanksgiving hockey tournaments…not my favorite. :/ ) I ran it pretty easy, because I didn’t want to be too tired to run with Jamie.  My average pace was an 11:32, but since the winds were coming from the NNW at a pretty brisk clip, I wasn’t unhappy with that. Once I got home, I changed into a fresh set of clothes and then Jamie and I headed out to Detroit. We got there in plenty of time, and we even sat in the car for a while,...

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