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Random Roller Coaster

Man, this week flew by!  How do I have a 25k in 8 hours?  Yikes!

Even though my shiny new plan came on Sunday and I was eager to start it, I also had to rearrange the days.  In the first week!!  But Monday was scheduled as a rest day and I just couldn’t waste a day off of work to run outside.  So Tuesday’s easy 50 minutes were completed on Monday.   That worked out better than the gym after on Tuesday anyways- work ran late like it tends to after a 3 day weekend.  IMG_8769I thought about running on Wednesday after work instead of Thursday but the day just ran away from me.  Or rather, my brain did.   Every quarter work gives out an award that goes to a few individuals.   The people are nominated by their peers and then voted on by a committee.  It was something new that rolled out at the beginning of 2014 and is kind of a big deal.  The executives deliver the award in person and then a story and picture go up online.  Every person who earns the award then has a chance to earn/win the Presidents’ Award for the year.    I knew they were coming out to our location because a coworker had received one.    I had to be sneaky when I was scheduling the lunches because I wanted everyone to be there to see him get it.  They arrived on time and surprise!!  I received one too! Two of us!  Holy crap!  My brain left the building for the rest of the day, I was so excited.IMG_8778Ever since I was sick, I have not been sleeping well.  I have had coughing fits every night and it makes it hard to sleep.  According to my lovely Fitbit I have been averaging 5 hours a night.  Ouch.  After a few coughing attacks at work on Thursday, I decided that an extra rest day would be a good idea and skipped the gym.    Boo!

Friday was average as Fridays go and I allowed myself to indulge in one cookie at work.   The shocking thing came that night when I went to sleep-IMG_878910 hours?  WTH?  I knew I was tired but come on!   I’ve also noticed that when I sleep with the Fitbit in my sock, it doesn’t measure restlessness very well.  Either that or I was unconscious.   You’d think that with all that sleep I would be raring to go today.  Not so.  After running my usual Saturday errands I came home with the intention of running sooner than usual.  Instead I took a nap.   Seriously?  Once I woke up I headed out for an easy 45 minutes.   It was not.  The whole 4.5 miles felt so hard.   I took plenty of walk breaks.  IMG_8804Which now leads me to being less than 12 hours from a 25K.  Commence the freak out.  Even knowing that I am predominately hiking it, I am freaking out.     What was I thinking?  Maybe I should just go to bed.

How was your week?

Ever been surprised (in a good way) at work?

Who raced today?  Anyone racing tomorrow?

Run!, Slacker

The Liebster

Happy Friday!

I was excited about getting this post up tonight, but I discovered that my blog has gone all wonky!  😦  All of my sidebars and widgets have completely disappeared and I can’t get them to come back.  Ugh.   So if you can see them when you are reading this, then I was eventually victorious.  If you see nothing, then help!!!liebster

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by HellyontheRun.   Thank you!  If you’ve never read her blog, head on over and check it out!  It’s great!  So here are the rules-

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.  Check!
2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.  Look below 🙂
3. You must pick 10 bloggers to nominate.  That’s a big number…
4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees.  Gotta dig deep
5. You must go to their blogs and notify them of their nomination.  I admit that I am so bad about this…

And the questions provided by Helly-

1. When people ask you, “Why do you like running?” How do you respond?

I like knowing that I can and I love the feeling you get after a good run.    I also admit that there is pride involved.   The running community is vast and growing all the time, but there is still that look of mild disbelief mixed with a little bit of awe you get from occasionally from a non-runner.    I try to talk everyone I know into running with me.
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I  have always wanted to visit England but I think I would pick Kauai.   My grandparents used to live in Princeville and loved it.  I was able to visit once when I was young and have always wanted to go back.  My grandfather has passed and my grandmother is not well, so that just re-enforces my urge to go.  My mother and I have a quasi plan of going the year we turn 35/55 respectively but right now it’s mostly talk.
3. Someone received an award they cheated to get. Do you notify someone or keep quiet?

I am overly honest, so I would tell someone.  I tend to be a little blunt, so I might end up confronting them as well.  Hmmm, that might not end so well.
4. What’s your favorite food?

It says food not meal, so that would be pineapple.   I love pineapple, eat it almost every day actually.   I just don’t want it on my pizza 🙂
5. Do you speak any other language besides English? If not, what language would you like to learn?

I’m sorely out of practice now but I speak Spanish.   When I worked at the restaurant, I probably spoke Spanish more than English on a daily basis.
6. The Voice or American Idol? (or none)

I don’t watch either, but if I had to choose, it would be The Voice.  Why? Adam Levine.
7. What is the last book you read?

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
8. If you could time travel, would you go the past or future?

Can I have both?  Preferably with a mad man in a blue box that’s bigger on the inside

9. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Paying down my credit card bills, and running of course 🙂  Breaking 2:00 in the half marathon.
10. What is your favorite holiday?

Hmmmm, any holiday that the family is together and my mom made her Beef Stroganoff.

And for the nominees are-

Don’t Blink- Just Run

Tartan Jogger

Running From it All

Did that Just Happen

irishrunnerchick

Pink Elephant on Parade

BayRunner Jamie

The Blonder Side of Life

The Road to Physical Fitness

I feel like I am forgetting so very many blogs right now.  I will do my best to notify you all within the next day or two!

And my questions-

1.  What’s is something you’ve learned about yourself from running?

2.  Name that song or artist that you can’t admit you like but sing along every time you hear?

3. What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?

4.  Name the best piece of advice you’ve received about running? Or anything?

5.  Now name the worst-

6.  What can you absolutely not leave the house without?

7.  If you won the lottery, would you keep your job?

8.  What is your dream job?

9.  Guilty pleasure tv show?

10.  Can you play an instrument?

Thanks again to Helly for the shout out!!!

Now it’s off to bed for me, I have a race in the morning!  At least Kimi approves the shirt and bag-Photo by slackerrunnerWho has big Easter Plans?

Any races or egg hunts planned?