Getting Old?

Well, last week I turned 42! Does that even seem possible? Well maybe to you- you don’t really know me, but I bet to my parents or my auntie- that just seems like crazy talk! LOL

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This is 42!

This is 42!

I thought I might have this profound series of thoughts… but I don’t. LOL

I WAS thinking about how I just do not care about new or popular music anymore. I would rather have an 80′s dance party than listen to any other kind of music. My Guy is so opposite of that. The other day he bought tickets to a rap concert. Really? LOL It is a local- now-national rapper that our boy loves… he’s not even sure who is going to go with him to the show- he just got the tickets. :) http://rhymesayers.com/atmosphere/ 

But me? When I turn on the music (usually in the shower, since we do not have a car to listen to the radio in…) It’s usually Pandora 80′s music station! LOL I love a good 80′s dance party! I always say- nothing can keep you in the doldrums when you are facing to the 80′s! LOL

What about you? What kind of music do you like to listen to? Has your taste continued to expand? or has it just stayed the same as you get older?

La-

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Tale of Two Runs

So I ran a race a few weeks ago. The Torchlight 5K. It’s a fun race- it starts at the Basilica and goes through downtown Minneapolis and ends in my neighborhood on St. Anthony main.

Now, I have been running with Moms on the Run- but even though I insist on running despite my husband’s concerns, my doctor’s concerns- I have not been running that much.  I have been skipping my Saturday group because I am sooo tired (loosing sleep for early meeting at work) or we have had stuff going on and then honestly- it is HOT in July and I do not do heat well- so I have skipped at least once due to heat- and another day I was having such a rough day I just skipped because I thought I was going to cry… LOL You know- we all have those days!

Starts at the Basilica!

Starts at the Basilica!

So anyway- when I ran this race- I was not as prepared as I probably should have been. But I did it anyway! LOL My Guy waited for me at the finish line. This is the first race since I met him that we did not run together! Crazy!

Look how far away from the start I am! I was in the 4th wave!

Look how far away from the start I am! I was in the 4th wave!

Anyway- I started out way too fast. But it always feels SLOW. I knew from the beginning that it would be a rough one. I ran my Moms on the Run intervals which was 8 minutes run- 1 minute walk. THAT killed me. The last intervals I had really done was 5/1 so this was quite an increase.

Almost at the start!

Almost at the start!

It was cool to run the beginning 1/3 of the race because there are huge crowds already lined up waiting for the Aquatennial parade that comes after it. And it was awesome to have My Guy waiting for me at the end.

I don't look too bad for the hard race it felt like it was!

I don’t look too bad for the hard race it felt like it was!

There's My Guy!

There’s My Guy!

One of the cool things about this race is that there is a big party after… bands, free beer, merchandise tents… it’s a good time. I got to see my Moms on the Run coach after the race- that was fun and My Guy and I grabbed our free beer- even though we don’t even really drink beer! LOL But at a Beer Race- you have to drink your beer! LOL

Coach Colleen!

Coach Colleen!

Free Beer!

Free Beer!

So seriously- it took me a LONG time to recover from this race. I don’t know why it was so hard. Maybe because I ran that first mile so fast? Maybe because it was 8 minutes of running? But my knees hurt so much after- and for a couple of days- but that was the first time all summer (after the shots) that they hurt so much. I didn’t run for more than a week after because I was just still UGH.

Then yesterday- it was our regular weds run group night. And I did NOT want to go! UGH! LOL It’s hot and I am just all blah! So My Guy decides he will go sit in the park and read and wait for me- so we will leave together and I will know he is out there waiting. That actually did help- it was good for us both! And I always do love being with the ladies!

Instead of the intervals everyone else is up to- 15 run/1 walk X2… I did my 5/1 X6. Since I really have not been doing much of the extra work and skipping classes like I mentioned before- I figure I should go back to where I was comfortable and start working from there.

Always such a pretty view on my runs!

Always such a pretty view on my runs!

St. Anthony Falls

St. Anthony Falls

It felt so much better! It was still hard- especially going up that last hill… but I did it! At the end- I was the last person back to the start and they are all so sweet- two of the gals ran back to run to the end with me. THAT is why I love this group- no one is ever left behind!

(In the beginning I was one of the first ladies finished each week- almost two years off from running- my knees were happy and rested- but now after even just the two days – ok or ONE day- a week running- this arthritis, even with the cortisone shot- is making it very difficult!)

I actually feel pretty good today- even though  my pace with the shorter intervals was ALMOST as good as that race! I am not nearly as sore and it won’t take me a week to recover. Crazy! I knew I was not doing great at the race! Also- I feel good about kind of restarting at this level. My Guy and I are going to run a Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving- as kind of a “Last Hurrah” to running for us both. I think I will be able to work back up to a pretty good pace if I stay focused and stop skipping classes!

Race Pace

Race Pace- Full 5K

Run pace

Run pace- Not quite full 5K

So anyway- that’s just some run musings… It’s interesting. My ambivalence yet my desire to run fighting with each other… I only have a few more months to run- so I really need to get this going!

How is your MOVING? Are you getting out there this summer?

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The Funniest Thing…

So- most of you know that I work from home. My commute is THE BEST!

Bedroom —–> Living room!

On really rainy days- My Guy brings me my laptop (and my coffee) in bed… so I don’t have nearly as far to go! LOL <3

So anyway- I have those great windows behind me while I work. I look out over a bunch of great trees! They even keep the rain from coming in the window and I can always enjoy fresh air!

So that is the background- here is the story- I have a 7:30 am conference call EVERY DAY! (Let’s not even get me started- that alone could be a blog post! I loose an HOUR of sleep every day! It is actually starting to take a toll on me- but that is a whole different story!) Anyway- when you start your day on the computer for work at 7:15 it doesn’t leave a lot of time for a shower and getting all pretty!

So the other day I had to get out to meet My Guy around noon for an appointment, but I had conference calls throughout the morning. I snuck a quick shower in between calls but did not have time to actually get dressed before the next call. So- hey-  I live alone- on the third floor- and it’s not a video conference… no worries!

I put on my make-up while I talked on the call… and since the air conditioning is on I heard lawn noises in the back- but it wasn’t distracting- it was normal outdoor yard sounds.

Until I stood up and stretched- in my skivvies- and looked out the window!!

A MAN IN MY TREE!!

A MAN IN MY TREE!!

LOL OH MY WORD! LOL That was a scare! HA! I don’t think he saw me- or cared if he did- but boy did I get a big chuckle! How did I not know that there was a swarm of MEN in the trees in the backyard as I sat there and quietly worked in my undies??!!

Lot's of huge branches on the ground!

Lot’s of huge branches on the ground!

Oh! Hello There!

Oh! Hello There!

After he climbed down a ways!

After he climbed down a ways!

That was a scare! LOL And it makes for a fun story!

Have you ever had anything strange like that happen to you?

La-

 

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Busy Summer

So lot’s going on this summer… (But not too much!)

1- The Girl graduated from High School! WOW! My Guy’s baby girl is all “growed up!” What a great kid. I just adore her. She is fun, smart, independent, and full of ideas! We are actually moving her into her own apartment this weekend. I never would have been ready a month and a half after I graduated to live on my own- it’s pretty amazing. She and her BFF are just getting it done! She is enrolled in community college and ready to make her place in the world!

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2- We are HOUSE HUNTING! OMG! How much fun is it? I really am enjoying the process. When I bought my first home back in NY- it pretty much fell into my lap- so I didn’t get to have the whole “house hunting” fun. We found one last month that we really loved. Totally cute and totally in the low end of the budget- so happy making! THEN came the sad making- this has been the wettest spring since 1876- and the inspection revealed water in the basement. That just threw it all off and we could not see a good way to move past that. So, now “Onward and Upward” as I like to say. I keep telling My Guy- “I will fall in love with 100 homes and that means I can fall out of love with 99 too!” He on the other hand is more methodical in his thought process and as the primary “maintenance” guy has more concerns than I do. At the end of the day we both know that we will both KNOW when we find the right one. We have only seen about 15 houses so far- so we are still kind of in the early stages and we are already on a very good 2-month to 2-month lease so we have time. I am excited about the possibilities!

3- I am still running. My knees are holding up OK. Not awesome though- they are kind of starting to ache a little and now I freakin’ have shin splints! Are you kidding me? UGH! But I am truly enjoying the whole community spirit of being in a running group! On Monday I met one of the other gals and we ran our extra workout together. We also got caught in a huge downpour! LOL It was fun and crazy! There were some other gals who heard we did that and next Monday we might have a couple of us all running our extra workout together. Fun- just fun! :) My weight is staying steady- hoping to loose a little more this month- but as long as I feel good about what I am eating and my activity level- I am going to be happy with this for now!

Running in a crazy deluge!

Running in a crazy deluge!

After a run with Coach Colleen!

After a run with Coach Colleen!

True Mom Style- double stroller and I have trouble keeping up with her!

True Mom Style- double stroller and I have trouble keeping up with her!

What is going on in your summer?

La-

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Down and Down!

YAY! Finally- I am moving the scale in the right direction and feeling good about it. Yes- my knee situation sucks. I am moving past it and going to keep on finding ways to live a healthy lifestyle and keep working on getting back to my goal weight. (Loosing weight is a REALLY good thing for knee issues… REALLY!)

Down 10 lbs!

Down 10 lbs!

So- finally since Easter I have lost 10 lbs. At the time of writing this it was closer to 12! WHOO HOO!!

Exactly 10!

Exactly 10!

Running two days a week- SPIN/Krank two days a week (I need to figure out how to add a long ride on my bike every week to really feel like I have it “figured out.”) I have not ben going crazy with worrying about food- but I have been being careful.

Eating like I know I should- mostly veggies and lean protein. No snacking. (OK OK fine- occasional snacking!) I have noticed that I always drop at least a little when I have exercised. That is pretty good motivation!

I am going out of town next week for work. It is always a little more difficult to manage that whole “healthy lifestyle” thing when out of town- but I am sure going to try! I do not want another “chimichanga incident.”

They were goading me on- to "Strike a Pose!"

They were goading me on- to “Strike a Pose!”

I love the “gym” I go to. It is a SPIN/Pilates gym mostly. No treadmills etc. It’s been a totally fun experience! So glad I bought that Groupon! Still trying to figure out the class schedule outside my SPIN/Krank class- summer schedule changed and I don’t get to do my mat Pilates anymore. :( But it’s still so worth it!

What do you do to stay active and MOVING? How are you doing in your weight loss/ healthy lifestyle journey?

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