Thursday, October 08, 2015

TWPICK Thursday is actually OU/Texas eve eve.

Good day to ya! It's good ol' khaki Thursday and I'm in my seat and jacked up on caffeine.

Today I took my #IDriveFor picture at the office. I drive for Janice, a previous co-worker, and almost birthday twin. She fought and beat cancer because she is totally amazing. While there has been buzz about the Susan G. Komen foundation not donating the majority of their money to research, the attention alone has saved numerous lives. I know more about breast cancer now since it became a 'trending topic' than I learned organically in the years prior. So donate, celebrate, participate...just help beat it! (singing MJ right there)

I am forming a very close relationship with my foam roller. I told the dude that if it starts telling me I'm pretty, he might have some serious competition.

Run Report

Another 4 miles last night.

Mile 1: 12:20
Mile 2: 12:01 (negative!)
Mile 3: 12:39.....
Mile 4: 12:12 (negative!!)

I ran with runner friend. She hasn't run in a few months so we stopped a few times for stretching and shoe adjustments. Those things are super important when you're trying to get back at it. If you ignore things or run uncomfortable, you likely won't go again.

We had the running mascot along for the duration as well. I wish I knew who owned this guy so I could make sure they keep him safe. He's great at dodging traffic and keeping other strays away, but it's still unsafe for him to run the entire town like this.

Thursday, 5am

Mile 1: 11:26
Mile 2: 10:38 (negative AND in the 10s).
(mascot was along for the 2 miles, what a cool dog)

This is proof that running with a faster partner will improve your speed, and you can do it.

No running tonight. I (may) have ladies group, and I have some baking to do.

I hope you had a great run/workout/nap/ice cream sandwich. Do what you want, as long as you're happy!

Someone watch the OU/Texas "game" for me on Saturday, and update me on how amazing we are the entire time. This is the 1st year in a long time that I won't be there. My football heart is sad and deflated like a football from New England.... :) heehee.  I'll survive. I have awesome stuff on the agenda. At least I get to wear my colors to work tomorrow. OU or No You!

See you soon!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Free-zza is a bad idea

Ugh, hey all. Take my advice, don't eat a ton of pizza just because it is free. You will pay in other ways. Blarch....

On with Wednesday! My neighbor cancelled today because of illness, so I slept in. That was terrible. We won't talk about that.

Tonight I will be running 4-5 miles with (long lost) runner friend. I should have some mile splits and feelings for you tomorrow. If we don't run, you know I'll at least have some feelings for you. ...don't I always?

Today I get to pick up some prints at Walgreen's. Real photos! I love printing pictures. We have gotten so accustomed to having them all at our digital-loving fingertips that we forget we can have them for real. I did not ask permission of the other people in the pictures, so, they'll just have to deal with it. :) Prell, fave, ma, broseph, SIL, and nephew, get over it.

I have a camping trip this weekend that I am preparing for. I'm sure I'll eat way too much food and be miserable. So stay tuned for that. Also, it's the Red River Rivalry this weekend, which I won't be attending NOR will I have access to watch it. makes you do strange things.

Ok, then. Come back tomorrow for stuff!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Doing all the running things.

Today, lets talk about running.

Friday night. 4 miles.  49:26 with one negative split.

Monday night. 4 miles. 47:40 with one negative split.

Faster than Friday.

 Tuesday morning. 2 miles. 22:32 with a major negative split.

Running with someone that has a faster pace helps....Thanks A. You rock.

 Thoughts while running last night:

Oh man, I'm totally going to rock this.
Just start out slow, that way you can have negative splits.
Negative splits...isn't that also a yoga thing? Hmm.
Ok, here I go, good pace.
My feet are heavy.
Did I put chaffing gel on my arch?
Get a drink.
Am I bouncing too much?
I hate this shirt.
Running, running, running, whoa uneven pavement!
Uphill, awesome. Lean forward.
Am I leaning too far forward? Do I need to lean back on the downhill? Are my feet thudding?
Tra-lah-lah, tra-lah-lah. CAR!!!
Is that a runner? No, she's walking. Is that guy on the bike bothering her? Well, he's ahead of me, so I'm safe.
Crap, hole! Stupid lack of sidewalks.
Is that a smashed pinecone, or a smashed squirrel? Gross.
Why are there so many cigarette lighters on the ground? Do people really just throw them out the window?
I wonder if any of those cigarette packs have cash in the wrappers....
Would stopping to check each one be a good excuse to stop running?
I should stop running. This is stupid.
How far have I gone? I haven't heard my app tell me my mile time yet.
Have I not even gone a mile?!!? I should stop n.. **one mile complete. time: blahblah**  Ok, good.
Wait, that was only ONE MILE?! Oh goodness. I'm slow AND tired.
It's ok, I like running. Look at my fancy running stuff.
What if I drink all my water before I get done? Drink!
Can I lay down in public?
2 miles, alright, hitting my stride.
Running, running, slowly running.
I should read more. Nah...I should really buckle down on my French lessons.
Do I want to work on the bathroom when I get home?
Am I having a heart attack? Oh look! There's someone I know! ~waves~ They didn't wave. :(
How far is 4 miles?! I should just run 1 mile each day. I could rule the mile. Queen of the mile. hahahahahahahahahahahaha. That's funny. Can that be a halloween costume? I'm so clever.
I wonder if I only focused on the mile, if I could ever get in the 6s....
Oooh, almost twisted my ankle. If I do, I wonder if I can lay down...
Did my GPS turn off? Hasn't it been thr **3 miles complete. time: blahblahblah** Ok, I thought so.
Only 1 mile left, turn it up Leah!
Turn it down Leah!
I don't want to shower when I get back. I'm too tired.
What if I want to interact with people....they'll just have to accept me.
Whoa! Was that lightning? No, it's daylight.
I should really keep going at 4 miles. I know I can run further today. I feel great!!!
Tra-lah-lah, tra-lah-lah, jump on the curb! CAR! "get off your cellphone moron!"
I'm going to Facebook about people driving while on their phones.....yikes, don't run into that mailbox! I should get off of my phone.
I hate this music, why can't I find music I like to run to?
Drink. Drink. Drink. When did I last wash this mouthpiece?
I've never lost a toenail running. Am I superhuman?
I think I'll go around the block at least a few times after my 4 mi**4miles complete. time: blahdyblahblah** Thank GOODNESS! I quit forever!!!!

Walking home: I love running. I bet I can get 2 or 3 miles in before work tomorrow.

Running. We love it. We hate it. We do it.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

TWPICK Thursday, and where has the time gone?

Salut! So sorry for my hiatus, friends. I didn't mean to leave you hanging. I don't have pictures yet from last weekend, and another event is creeping up.

I promise to post them eventually, maybe, if I think about it.

This weekend I have 5 reminders of events on my phone, and I can't attend them all. The problem with having a lot of people you love, that love you and want you around, is that you don't have time for them all AND if you cram as much in as possible, you end up with no free time on the weekend. 1st world probs.

Running in circles

I intended to run last night, but then I didn't so.... I did lay on the foam roller to stretch my back and listened to my French language app while doing so.

I should get a few miles in tomorrow morning, and get back to running early next week. Maybe.
 High price or low quality

I went shopping recently and was disappointed to find what $30 buys. If I was buying just Totino's pizzas I could have brought home 20 pizzas. But since I (try to) shop healthy, this is what I got:

It's sad that it is cheaper to be unhealthy right now. Later in life it won't be, when the chemicals and additives catch up to you. But for now, it's cheaper.

1st world probs.
Between you, me, and the 'french' post:

I mentioned that I was listening to my French language app. I learned French in high school because I am a bit French-Canadian. However, I had no one to practice with and over time I lost my ability. I have a friend that is trying it with me, so hopefully we'll make major progress.

Stay tuned for possible pop-up posts in French! Au revoir!

Monday, September 28, 2015

No, yes, and maybe

Good Monday morning all! I see we are all a little droopy eyed today. Mondays are the worst way to start a week. But look at it this way, we're closer to the weekend!

Quick weekend recap:

Running: No. I didn't do any exercise.

Sleeping in: Yes, I did do some of that.

Maybe: there are lots of those, we won't even begin to peel that onion.

I was busy with shoe shopping, hair playing, cleaning, gown wearing, laughing, friend making, cuddling, exploring, and generally doing things that make me smile.

I was blessed Saturday night (and again Sunday) to finally spend some time getting to know a very wonderful, very kind and loving, very important person. He was integral to my life, before I knew it. God showed me where He had been working long before I came up with my "plan". I'm smiling just thinking about how wonderful this new friendship is.

Tomorrow morning should be run-filled (harhar), and then on to work. Our 10k is quickly approaching and I am quickly dismissing my real need for training.

I have GOT to get focused. But Friends is so fun to watch, and the couch is so comfy, my head I sound like Tom on P&R singing the 'My Boo' song he wrote for Ann.

I have my first porch pumpkin of the season. Cantaloupe #2 is about ready to be picked. The growkra is still going nuts. I also have more banana peppers than I can count.

Come back tomorrow, I may have pictures!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Is it really Friday? Team building Thursday.

Oh what fun it jump off of a 30ft pole on Khaki Thursday.

Yesterday was just a regular ole day, you know, traipsing through the woods, building fake bridges, carrying strangers through pretend spiderwebs, and doing trust falls. What? Just a day at the office.

Well, I wish that was my 'office'. I'd do it every day if I could.

Our area Leadership team went to a team building day at a local camp, and it was F.U.N. I see why the past members have said that you make life-long friends in this class. I feel like I am. Since I'm not from 'round these parts, I've struggled to make deep connections with people as friends. Yesterday felt like a turning point for me.

Runners form bonds on the streets. Church group members form bonds through Scripture. BF/GFs form bonds of the heart. But in professional situations, it's difficult to really connect with people that you may only see once a month, or only communicate across town via phone or email.

I'm thankful for the opportunity, and excited for what may come of it.

Sweaty, grimy hugs to everyone on my team!


Have a great weekend everyone! I'll be all dolled up tomorrow night, so I hope someone takes a picture of me so you can all be super jelly of my amazing-ness.

Ankles crossed that I get a few miles in this weekend too!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Why try Wednesday

Ugh.... I should have stayed in bed.

I ran 0 miles today, and that trend will continue until tomorrow morning.

I've had multiple cups of coffee, and a large Dr. Pepper today.

I left the office for a total of 11 minutes.

Why, oh why, did Wednesday have to be so cruel?

Tomorrow IS khaki Thursday and it's Leadership field trip day! This couldn't have come at a better time. I'll be climbing phone poles and building trust bridges tomorrow, so we'll catch up on Friday.

Until then, enjoy these two things that I wanted to share:

IT FINALLY HAPPENED! I knew it was going to fall! Mwahahahahaha!

I say this with excitement, and a bit of 'I-told-ya-so', both of which are misplaced because this is MY YARD. I am excited that it finally fell. I did tell ya (lots of ya's) so, but the problem's my problem! I hate being right some times.

This makes me smile and cringe. English. Thanks.

(I may have shared this before. It goes along with the stupid fox that I like to share over and over.)


Go be positive.
Go be amazing.
Go eat stuff.