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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

It has been a super busy Monday, as always.

I got up at the crack of dawn this morning to get my workout in before the candy madness that was sure to follow.  My workout was an easy 4 mile run (taper, remember?) plus 10 minutes on the elliptical and abs and pushups.  It was so difficult to get myself moving this morning…especially because it was only 33 degrees at 5:20.  33 DEGREES!!!  Are you kidding me?  Already? I had to scrape FROST off my car.  Ugh.

I am not ready for winter. 

On my way to work this morning I stopped to get  gas and a nicely dressed woman got out of a van and walked over to me.  Me, assuming the worst, thought she was going to ask me for money (it happens more often than you’d think), so of course I pretend not to see her standing right in front of me.  She persists, and eventually hands me this:


Then, she got into her van and drove away.  She didn’t give anyone else a mag. Just me.  Clearly I look like a sinner.

I think it was the pumpkin earrings. 

School was fun today, and of course the kiddos were hyped up about the candy.  Since one of our students doesn’t celebrate Halloween, we couldn’t do any sort of witchy/ batty/ spidery/ gobliny/ monstery activity.  Annoying.  I found a super cute witch finger craft that looked fun… but, nixed.  So, instead, we got to do some fun pumpkin things… and we made these:


Oranges decorated like pumpkins! So cute, and the kids loved them.  Some had earrings, one had a mustache, one was an angel- really simple idea.

They also gorged themselves on cupcakes and candy…and I sent them home on a sugar high.  Take that, parents.

This afternoon we started to hand out candy to the hoards of people bussed in from the burbs.  You have no idea how crazy the neighborhood gets during Halloween.  The past two years we went through over 1,000 pieces of candy- Seriously.  One piece for each “trick or treater”.  I put it in quotes because it’s not just the kids in costumes who are trick or treating… it’s their lazy, cheap, ridiculous parents on the cell phone, it’s the 2 month old babies, it’s the 17 year olds with mustaches and car keys, it’s the extra bag for the ‘sick baby cousin’…

It is ridic.  And it really makes me angry when we have to turn the light off early and the actual kids miss out on candy…because I already gave it all to their parents.

So we thought we’d be a little grinchy this year and put out a sign-


It lasted 2 groups.  I got embarrassed.  One woman scoffed at the sign and said, “Costumes? I tried, but… so..” about her kid in jeans and a t-shirt.  Um.  It’s TRICK-OR-TREATING.  The entire point is to dress up in costumes to get candy.  Some people are so pathetic.  Freaking go to CVS and spend $4 on a bag of candy.  Stop freeloading.

After the downpour, we finally headed inside to have dinner.  New crockpot concoction!

I got this recipe from my “Best Slow Cooker Recipes” book.

Mediterranean Chicken

– chicken breast or thighs

– jar of marinated artichoke hearts

– 2 cups of sliced mushrooms

– 1 can of whole tomatoes, drained and sliced

– 1 can of sliced black olives

– 1 cup of chicken broth

– 3 tbs quick cooking tapioca

– Italian seasoning

1.  Put the veggies in the bottom of the crockpot.  Place chicken on top of veggies and sprinkle with tapioca.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt, then pour chicken broth over it all.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8.



Hope you had a good Halloween!


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Tool Time

Last night’s Halloween debauchery made me remember that I can’t drink like I could when I was a functioning alcoholic in college.  Dang.  Not only am I consuming way less drinks than I did back then… but the hangover seems to be a million times more painful now. 


The fave and I dressed up like Tim the Tool Man and Heidi from Tool Time.  I’d really like to thank the drunk a-hole who yelled “Hey Heidi!  Thought your boobs were bigger!” at me across the street.  Yes, dick, I’m not Pamela Anderson.  I know.  And I’m okay with it.



Big difference… if you know what I mean.

Despite waking up with a pounding in my head that was as equally painful as Tim’s skills on the tool show, the party was a success!  And. I was decently productive today and even made it to the grocery and gym. 

This Sunday’s workout included a 2 mile run, 30 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the bike.  It was easy, low impact, and helped sweat some of the toxins out of my body.  I’m actually a little sore from my run yesterday- not sure if it was because I pushed my speed or what. 

I’m supposed to be tapering these next two weeks, and I’m definitely going to lower my mileage, but I’m still thinking about doing another 12 miler just to end my longer runs on a good note mentally.  I need to focus positively on the marathon, and I’m not sure I ended on such a great note last week. 

I counted today and I have only 37  official miles left before the marathon!  So far I’ve ran nearly 600 in training for the race… wowzers.  That sounds like a lot…. is it enough??  We will see in 13 days.  Holy shizballs that makes me nervous and sweaty just to think about.


So true.

And because it’s Sunday and it’s God’s day… I have a confession.


I ate candy.  In fact, I’m eating candy right now.  And I’m going to eat some tomorrow.  No question.

But after that I’m done until after the marathon… just let me have this day.


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This weather…

makes me want to curl into a ball on my bed and never leave.


It is gross outside.  40 degrees and rainy is not the weather I like to see.  Or the weather that gets me up and motivated to go to the gym…or anywhere else.

Yesterday’s workout and today’s workout were pretty much the same (thanking God right now I did my longer run earlier this week because there ain’t no way I would be running for 2 hours in this mess).  I did 5 and 6 mile runs, plus abs and arms.  When I say I did my arms I mean I did 35 girl push ups.  And light, light, basically not even mentionable lifting.

Today’s run was great, which is super unusual lately.  I ran 6 miles in 51 minutes and felt amazing- like if I had more time, I could have run 6 more.  It made me remember why I love running and my legs and tummy felt wonderful.  It didn’t hurt that I just put new music on my ipod, which changes everything for me.

I got up early before work yesterday to do my workout and it felt great to have it done.  I had more energy all day, until about 9pm, but there’s nothing unusual about that.  Friday nights I’m more tired than any other night of the week it seems…which is unfortunate. 

However, because of my good decision to do the longer run early this week, I did get to have this last night.


And of course, it’s Halloween weekend… so I’m off to finish my super awesome costume!

Any good suggestions of new songs I should download for the big run??

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New Attitude

Ho-kay.  Here’s the deal.

From this moment on, I am going to have a new attitude about the marathon.  Yes, I’ve had a bunch of crappy runs that have ended in nausea, vom, and other terrible things I shouldn’t mention… but, I’ve also had some really good runs that left me feeling super successful and completely sure of myself (when I made the 20 miler my B, I felt on top of the world).

So- I have a plan.  Of course.

1.  Stop stressing every second.  I wasted a lot of precious beauty sleep last night thinking about running.

2.  Veer off the plan and do another 10-12 miler next week.  My last longish run is supposed to be 8… but I think I need to have one more good 2 hour run to feel like I can complete the marathon. 

3.  Do the 10-12 miler before work next week or Saturday morning (although, that is one week before the marathon- is that too soon??  I don’t know how early I’m going to be able to convince myself to get up before school), because running in the afternoon after a day of eating and work under your belt is much different than running first thing in the morning.   I’d like to say, yes, I can do it this Sunday, but let’s face it… Halloween is Saturday night.  No way am I getting up and running 12 miles after that.

4.  Continue to watch my sugar intake and stop eating three apples everyday.

5.  Take Imodium starting 2 days before my longish run.   See if that changes anything for during and after the run.

6.  Get sleep!  For serious. 

7.  Talk myself up (in my head of course…you won’t hear me bragging about how awesome I am, because let’s face it, who wants to hear that? ha) and think positive thoughts about the marathon.

And that’s where I’m at.  If you think of anything else to add to the list let me know. 

To pump myself up, I’m going to be thinking about how awesome it will be to be here just one short week after I run a marathon.


I actually think this should be at the top of my list.  Reward.

I’ll also be drinking a few (or more) of these.


Maybe I should write a book on motivational techniques.  This is really working for me right now.

In closing and on a totally unrelated topic…. I’d like good Halloween costume ideas.  Easy, simple, but funny.  Go.

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Three (Random) Things Thursday 6

1.  Yay or Nay… Deborah Bradley definitely had something to do with the disappearance of baby Lisa.


My humble opinion… yay.


2.  The chair from PeeWee Herman used to scare the shit out of me.  Seriously.  What a scary f-ing chair.  Whose great idea was it to put a kid chewing chair on a kids show??  God, I mean, that mouth can open so wide it can eat an entire kid.

That’s what she said. He said.


I am definitely going to have nightmares tonight.

3.  Sister Wives Kody Brown just had his 17th kid with his 4th wife. 

sister wives

Keep it up, Mr. Brown… Catching up with the Duggars, slowly but surely.

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I’m just not quite sure…

…what to do about this whole marathon thing.   Yeah, I’ve spent the last 16 weeks of my life preparing, and yeah, I’ve spent more money on nerdy running gear than I’d like to admit, and yeah, I’ve given up a bunch of social stuff to do it…


Today was my last ‘long’ run before the marathon- 12 miles.  I haven’t had real sugar since Saturday; I’ve avoided weird food; I even took an Imodium before my run today. 


Did it help?  No.  It did not.

I ran the first six miles in 55 minutes, did 3 on the tready at the gym (thanks Stacy for talking me through a mile!)  at 6.0 pace and ran 3 miles home in 28=

Total:  12 miles in 1:53.

When I got home, I immediately got sick…interpret it how you like…but it’s whatever sick you’re thinking, because all types of sick happened.  Sorry.  TMI.

I don’t know what to do.  Ugh. 

After an hour and a half, I finally ate some bread and then dinner.  And now I feel a little queasy but okay.  And I’m more than a little discouraged. 

Sorry for whining. 

Anyway, in other news…

Today was a half day at school… I avoided the beany Mexican bar for lunch and sat through meetings semi patiently.  I also got this from a former student today (it’s supposed to be an atom…the M&M’s are the neutrons I think…) and taught the kids about DePauw. 


And, I had dinner made for me, which is always amazingly awesome.  And, Wednesday is over, so that means only two more days this week! Win!

So friends, any advice/ stories of encouragement are welcome Smile


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Oh Wednesday.


Why can’t I just… not work?


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