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It’s That Time to Learn More About Me

My good friend, Kristina at A Blog About Running tagged me in a super fun survey so you fine people can learn more stuff you probably didn’t want to know about me. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you? 

I’ve never seen Jurassic Park…until last week. And I loved it! I never watched it as a kid because I wasn’t into dinosaurs… I was way nerdier cooler and liked Star Wars and all things Disney.

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the Discovery Channel building during a visit last month. (Silver Spring, MD)

2. Have you ever met anyone famous?

I got to go backstage and meet Alanis Morissette in 2005. It was surreal to say the least, especially since Ive been a fan of hers since 5th grade!

3. What is something you hope will never come back in style?

I’m not a fan of gouchos. I think i owned a pair when they came back in style, my mom made fun of me because she used to wear them back in the day.

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4. What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list? 

Bora Bora. Every time I see a picture of those huts on the water, i cry a little. It looks fake, it’s so darn pretty.

5. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? 

Cobie Smulders. I get told I resemble her almost weekly. I take it as a compliment, I think “Robin” is super pretty 🙂

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6. Who is your favorite Disney princess? 

Ariel. And no, not because she was a mermaid. She had the best songs, the best voice and the best hair. Also, she traded her voice to have legs. Probably to run, not just to find Eric. 😉 Also, i do this side, hair twisty thing all day long… oops.

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7. What would you sing at karaoke night? 

Anything from a 90s rock band so I can do the Eddie Vedder/Creed/every 90s singer voice…hence the video below

8. Who would you want to be stranded with on a  deserted island? 

Easy answer- Cameron. How can I not?

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from Cameron’s Instagram

9. What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Seeing people slouch. It makes me sad.

10. What clothing item/accessory/shoes do you have way too many of in your closet? 

Grey tank tops. It’s becoming a big problem. A problem i’m not fixing haha.

Pick a question & answer for me to get to know you! 


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Weekend Pupdate!

Time is flying with the new addition of LE to our household. She’s even made it bearable during all the non-running & recovery I’ve been going through. Trust me, it’s much easier doing hip exercises on the floor when there are puppy kisses as rewards :).

We recently found out in her file that her birthday is Christmas Eve and will be 6 months old soon. She basically came potty trained (she had two accidents the 1st day in her new home) and she sort of knew how to Sit. She only whined in her crate the first 2 nights and hasn’t had any issues in her little home since.

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I taught her how to come and lay down on command, she learned everything in less than a half hour. I’m a dog whisperer. If you need my services email me haha. Over the weekend she finally got the hang of “shake.” It’s incredible how smart she is.

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The best news of all? I’m pretty sure she’s going to make an excellent running buddy. Now, i’ve done research and have several friends who made sure I knew that dogs cannot go for miles of running until they are fully grown and no longer a puppy. I’m excited to know next spring i’ll have a buddy to run with. Here’s a good article if you need some doggie running info. They actually list the best kinds of running dogs and she falls under the category because of the herding mix.

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The only issues we have is a little chewing—but she listens when we say no, and we just give her something she can chew on so hopefully she will learn what she can and can’t chew. And she jumps on the couches when we’re not looking…She’s a smarty though and knows what she can get away with. We’re in trouble.. with a face like that, it’s hard to say no!

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Last but not least, gotta give you a quick update on my running! I ran 3 times last week. The shorter runs I’m doing a 2:1 run:walk ratio. On the long runs it’s switched around and the walking is longer than the running. (about 4 minutes of walking, 2 minutes of running). Using the run/walk method is helping me check in with my body & not push the pace too much. Seems like as soon as I get into a groove, it’s time to walk again. I’m anxious to get moving so this method is literally stopping me from doing too much too fast. June is all about slow easy mileage building so I can finally begin half marathon training this summer. Wish my IT Band luck!

Last Week – I ran!

Monday: 20 min Stairmill (1 min lateral, 1 min forward alternating)

Tuesday: 15 hips, 10 core

Wednesday: 2.5m RUN!!! 10:00/pace (4 min running, 1 min walking), 50 pushups, 75 hanging leg raises, 100 single leg balance lunges (50 each leg)

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 5000m row, 15 min core

Saturday: 6.7m walk/run, 2m walk with LE

Sunday: 2.5m run, 2.2m walk with LE

Total Mileage: 11.7 run/walking, 4.2 doggie walking 

Any puppy tips? Chewing, jumping on people or staying off the furniture?

Any unique tricks your pet knows?


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ERMAGERD IT’S NERTIONAL RERRING DER!

Monday: 20 min Stairmill (1 min lateral, 1 min forward alternating)

Tuesday: 15 hips, 10 core

Wednesday: 2.5m RUN!!! 10:00/pace (4 min running, 1 min walking), 50 pushups, 75 hanging leg raises, 100 single leg balance lunges (50 each leg)

Happy National Running Day! This might be the first time I’ve actually blogged & ran on N’tl R-Day! No IT pain might I add 🙂 And in lieu of this spectacular holiday i’ll be having fun with this post, borrowing a few running questions from Lisa @ Running out of Wine in her style.. with a wine glass in hand!

Cheers to you Lisa!

Cheers to you Lisa!

Here are Lisa’s NRD prompts and my answers..if you want to answer one or all in the comments below, feel free! Share your Run Love 🙂

  • Right now, I run because… I’m testing my IT band out, so I can get back to a training schedule!
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not running, but enjoying time off with this girl!

  • I started running because… I wanted to lose weight. 9 years ago I used to weight over 160 lbs and wasn’t active. Running was a simple and interesting new way to get in shape.

Smiling pre-race cause my knee doesn't hurt...yet.

  • When I don’t run… I cross-train. When i run...I cross train. Only running does not work for my body, plus I like the way muscles look…Right now I’m digging Kettlebells, Rowing, Crossfit Endurance and bodyweight workouts with tons of burpees, pushups & pullups. Anything that’s a challenge!

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

  • One thing that running has taught me is… It brings out the amazing in people. If you ever question humanity go watch a marathon. If you ever want to see how strong you are, go run a marathon. If you ever want to see selfless people, volunteer for a marathon. If you ever want to see people realizing their potential, stand at the finish line of a marathon. No, running isn’t everything, and running a marathon isn’t the only way to see these things, but from what I’ve experienced, it brings out really good qualities in people–> and not just the runners, i’m talking about the family & friends & spouses who support a lifetime sport and the volunteers & race directors for allowing the races to happen.
meeting new runners is one of my favorite things

meeting new runners is one of my favorite things

  • My favorite kind of run is… A race. Nothing beats the day your hard work is put to the test. Plus running a race is basically a tempo run, which are my favorite kind of runs 🙂
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Crossing the finish line

  • Right now my biggest running-related goal is… A sub 1:30 half. This is something that might take another year or two. But I won’t rest until I get it.
This face.. cause i think i can do it.

…cause i believe i can do it.

Have a great rest of the day guys! Even if you don’t run–> be active today!


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As Seen On My Walk

As you know and are probably tired of hearing. I haven’t been running. Trust me, it’s strange having a running blog where I don’t talk about running fitness. But my next race isn’t scheduled until November, so if i’m taking time off to fully heal, this is it.

Beach Drive

Beach Drive

Yesterday was the first day i had no pain near the knee, and only experienced hip tightness toward the end of the walk/run. I was doing about 4 minutes walking then 1.5 minutes running (at a very easy & slow pace). Running without pain might be one of the best feelings in the world. I’m feeling optimistic that time off is definitely helping, alongside the skill work & glute/hip strengthening exercises. These will finally be up on the blog this week!

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favorite tree on Rock Creek Trail. Best roots ever.

favorite tree on Rock Creek Trail. Best roots ever.

I have been walking on the weekend with a good friend who also is coming back from an injury. And as much as it pains us to see runners along the path, we both are happy to get out and get some miles in! Time soars with lots of girl talk, venting, bonding, animal spotting, nature..all that good for you crap!

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huge bullfrogs…still can’t believe the size of them!

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baby chicks in a backyard near the trail. 🙂 they were SOOO CUTE

It’s great to have a friend in the area who can go for miles and miles & enjoy it. Plus we do breakfast afterward and we hit up one of my favorite places.

Capital City Cheesecake, Takoma Park, MD.

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We got lattes & bacon, egg, cheese sandwiches on multi-grain ciabatta. The small cup was a sample of their plain fro-yo with espresso, carmel & chocolate. It doesn’t look like it, but it was HEAVEN.

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And then I took a few mini cheesecakes home for Cameron (his favorite dessert).

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Lemon Raspberry & White Chocolate Raspberry

Weekly Workout Recap!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 20 min StairMill (1 min lateral, 1 min forward for duration), 15 min hips, 10 core

Wednesday: 4000m row, 50 bosu single leg burpee w/pushup, 50 bosu situps

Thursday: 20 min lateral elliptical, 35 min running skill work & sprints! (no pain!)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 6m walk/running (4-5 walk, 1.5m run), 1.7m walk with LE 

Total Miles: 7.7 walking

Does anyone use walking as a form of cross-training?

Favorite dessert?