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The Move

I’m all moved!!!

Yesterday was a loonnngg day but I’m so happy in my new place! I just love the apartment and the neighborhood! (Lexi the cat likes our new place too)

There were so many boxes! The move made me realize that I really need to get rid of some stuff… I need to donate a lot of stuff to Goodwill.

This is what our living room looked like after the movers left… I was a little overwhelmed to say the least!

Tonight Ryan and I are off to Cold Spring, New York. This will be a fun weekend of hiking, kayaking, good food, and playing with Ryan’s new camera!

Next week – RUNNING!!! and lots of it!


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Oregon Vacation – Biscuits, Wine Tasting and Pool Party II… and back to reality

FRIDAY: Pine State Biscuits. Probably the best thing I’ve ever had. My Mom called it “heart-attack on a plate.” It was that good.

SUNDAY: Wine tasting with my parents was so much fun! Every time I visit Oregon they take me out to the wine country and we taste and learn about many different wines. It’s so relaxing and fun.

MONDAY afternoon: I had another impromptu pool party. Everyone just hanging out and lounging by the pool. This is when I got super burnt… Yes, I did put sunscreen on, but I guess not enough…

Then is was back to the “real world” and my training! I only ran once while I was home… not good.


This week: Getting back in to training:

It’s been super humid here which makes my legs feel as though they weigh 1,000 pounds each. Wednesday I went to the gym to run. There was no air conditioning… I could only run two miles because of the horrible heat and humidity in the room. I did get some weight training in.

Last night, (Thursday) I was on puppy duty so after Bailey and I went to the dog park (notice the Oregon harness) I ran by the river and banged out a good five miles. The humidity was pretty terrible but I just kept at a slow and steady pace (9:24).

Goal for this weekend: Relax and make a really good dinner with Ryan tonight, run 12 miles Saturday morning!!! And go to a super fun barbecue ūüôā

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Oregon Vacation – Pool Party

One of my favorite days while visiting Oregon was the pool party I had at my house! My friends and I had so much fun and I’m pretty sure my parents did too!

Pizza at a Fourth of July party… Why not?!

A little competitive Beer Pong action happened… My team came in second.

We also had a dancing segment in the competition… No big deal. Has anyone else heard of Double Dream Hands??? If not go to YouTube right now. You’re welcome.

This trip to Oregon really made me realize what wonderful parents and friends I have!!! I miss then terribly!!! October can’t come soon enough!

(Chloe and Sarah – You better keep training!!! I want to see you finish the Portland Half-Marathon!!)

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I’m here! In Oregon!

Oh my gosh. I’ve already done so much fun stuff and I haven’t even been here for 24 hours!

The night before I left Ryan and I went out for Mexican food. So delicious. The guacamole at Vamos is soooo good!

Then I was up a 4am on my way to Newark International Airport.

Once I landed in Portland it was off to lunch and then of course… one of my favorite places, NORDSTROM!!! I had bought my Dad Sperry¬†TopSiders¬†for Father’s Day and the size was wrong so we had to go exchange them and my Mom and I had to do some browsing and pre-Anniversary¬†Sale shopping…

In the end my Dad choose a pair similar to mine so we just had to take a twins photo!

We ended the night with delicious Chinese food and watching the movie Hitch. A classic. My parents had never seen it before and thought it was pretty funny.

This morning I started my day going to lap-swim with my Dad. He goes everyday, Monday – Friday, so I thought I’d join him and get some cross training in.

After our great 45 minute swim he made some¬†tasty oatmeal loaded¬†with raisins and blueberries. I then decided it was now or never and threw on some running clothes and¬†ran a quick 3.5 miles.¬†¬†I¬†felt good and I’m happy I’m able to work¬†running into my vacation. Hooray it’s Friday! More fun stuff planned for the rest of the day and tonight!! I can’t wait ūüôā

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I’m Somewhere Over the US… RIGHT NOW!!!

Guess what!? I’m on my way to Oregon right now!!! On the plane, hopefully sleeping… I can’t wait to get there!¬†

Family, friends and really good food awaits me! Oh, and laying out in the sun by my pool… And maybe some shopping (Mom)???

Ahhhh! I’m so excited!!

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

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Super busy day at work and super busy in life too. Why is it that everything gets crammed into one or two weeks when other days/weeks nothing is going on??

Anyway, I ran six miles yesterday. The first three miles my legs were a little tight and were asking me why they were doing this again when they had just run ten miles the day before. But with everything else going on and traveling to OREGON¬†on Thursday I had to run yesterday. And it did feel good. The last three miles felt really good. Today is a rest day (hooray!) and tomorrow I’m hoping to run eight miles, but we’ll see… I have to wake up at 4am on Thursday for my flight so running Wednesday night might not happen.

Flexibility is key here, people. Training cannot run your life or ruin it. ¬†It’s suppose to be fun! And so far for me, it has been ūüôā


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My Weekend


Things that made me smile this weekend:

Breakfast: coffee, granola and fruit

Packing for Oregon

Cooking dinner

Going on a training run in Central Park and witnessing the start of a race. I loved being on the “other side” of the line.

Eating a delicious bagel after running ten miles.

Laying out in the sun and reading a good book.

Fresh fruit and great beer. Summer has arrived.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Though I didn’t do anything crazy I really enjoyed myself. Took some ME time and just did what I wanted. My ten miler in Central Park was so relaxing. I just took my time and loved every second of it. The weather was perfect too. Three days until I land on the West Coast!




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One week from today I will be home in OREGON!!!! YES! I can’t wait!!!

Today it’s really gross and humid out. I’m suppose to run 7 miles…. Do I suffer from boredom on the treadmill??? Or, suffer in the humidity outside? Decisions, decisions…

In electronics news: My lap top decided to stop working yesterday. That was fun. So that’ll be something to add to the list of things to do when I’m home. Hopefully it can be fixed and I don’t have to buy a new one (Mom and Dad…). For some reason I have really bad luck with electronics. This is my third lap top, I’ve had tons of cells phones, three i-pods… the list goes on and on.

I hope you enjoy the delights I have for you below… Can you tell I need a ¬†vacation???

¬†I hope I got a laugh or two out of you… I was laughing pretty hard! Have a wonderful Thursday ūüôā


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