Monday, January 30, 2012 it's my job! (week 4)

On Sunday I wrapped up my 4th week of training for my 1/2 marathon at the end of March.  I'm doing well sticking to my training plan and have logged plenty of miles since the start of my training.  I'll tell you though, I'm tired!  Training is exhausting--physically and mentally.  Week 4 was more mentally exhausting than physically though.  I don't mind running at all.  It's my thing, my niche.  But I dreaded 4 out of my 5 runs.  They weren't even long runs--3 and 4 miles tops! I guess what it really boils down to is running after a long day of work, meetings, tutoring, etc. makes for a VERY LONG day.  And I wanted nothing more than to go home and be a lazy bones.  Good thing for my dear friend/running parter, Erin who kept me on track.  

I logged 21 miles week 4.  My 7 mile run on Sunday at the Tobacco Trail was my best run of the week.  But really, any run on a flat surface like the Tobacco Trail trumps a hilly run at Lake Johnson any day. 

Tonight I'm running an easy 4.  On Monday nights Erin and I run the Tir Na Nog Pub Run in Downtown Raleigh.  We LOVE this run.  Running in Raleigh is pretty cool and a TON of people show up.  Not just a few, like hundreds!  Afterwards, we scarf down $1 salad and pasta, (yes, $1)  and depending on what I have going on afterwards, we stay for trivia.  Tonight we're staying for trivia. Fun for sure!

Here's to a better week of training and a kick a*s 8 mile run on Saturday! :) 

Here's a great running quote:

"Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, "I've never seen anyone run like that before." It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better then anyone else. It's being creative." -unknown

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Past Few Days According to Instagram

Instagram has easily become one of my favorite apps on my iPhone.  It's just so fun!  There are really cool filters to add to the photos, and you can browse TONS of photos from friends to complete strangers!  I really am in LOVE with it!

Over the past few days I've captured photos of:

Megan and I

huge puddle leftover from the buckets of rain we got Friday morning

a large leaf pointed out to me by a student

the sun shining ever so bright and the cotton ball clouds poking out from the roof top

Lake Johnson

decorative plate in my bedroom

more Lake J

the top of an in table at my friend's house

glistening Lake Johnson

my student's wellies

If you have an iPhone you've got to take advantage of this app!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

To marathon or not to marathon?

I've been a runner for three years now.  It all started with the Couch-to-5k running plan.  For 9 weeks I trained, and on April 29, 2009 I ran my first 5k.  I chose to run the Run for Our Heroes race that honors Raleigh police officers killed in the line of duty.  I ran the race so hard that I could barely catch my breath.  It was hard, but I met my goal of running the race in under 30 minutes without stopping. 

My ultimate fitness goal has always been to run a half marathon.  13.1 miles is no joke in my book and quite an accomplishment.  I finally took the plunge with my friend and running partner, Erin to run the 13.1 New York 1/2 on March 24th.  I think a 1/2 in NYC is definitely the way to go for my first one!  Now Erin talks about us running a marathon and I tell her she's loco!!  I have no desire to run 26.2 miles!!!  That's just soooooo farrrrrrrr.  I can only imagine how HORRIBLE it would be fitting in my weekday runs on that kind of a training plan.  I struggle some days to find energy just to run 4 miles on a weeknight! 

But then I came across this little gem today.... Top10 Marathons Worth Traveling For

For those not in the mood to click the link and read on, I'll just tell you the locations:

Napa Valley Marathon in Calistoga, Calif.

Paris Marathon in Paris, France

Boston Marathon in Boston, Mass.

Virgin London Marathon in London, England

Vancouver Marathon in Vancouver, Canada

Mont St.-Michel Bay Marathon in Mont St.-Michel, France

The Great Wall Marathon in Tianjin, China

The Big Five Marathon in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Athens Classic Marathon in Athens, Greece

Big Sur International Marathon in Big Sur, Calif.

The ones that really got me thinking about conquering 26.2 were the Paris, Big Sur, and The Big Five marathons.  All of them would be awesome though!!  When reading about the Great Wall race I thought it would be beautiful, but horribly dreadful to run!  I know if I ever really do decide to go for a marathon it will have to be in a really cool place.  Somewhere requiring international travel and a great deal of savings!  Who knows, maybe one day I will run a marathon?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Instagram fun!!

I won two tickets at work a couple of weeks ago to a Carolina Hurricanes Game. Nice!  Every year for teacher appreciation Hurricanes tickets are donated to Wake County Schools and drawings are held to choose the lucky winners.  I took my friend Erin who is a huge Hurricanes fan.

 I snapped pictures with the Instagram app (which I LOVEEEEE!!)

The Hurricanes managed to pull off a 2-1 win.  I like to think I was their lucky charm! ;-)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Week 3--13.1 New York

Week 3 of training went so much better than week 2.  Having two rest days makes all the difference!

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training schedule vs. my schedule

Monday: 4 miles @ pace vs. 4 mile @ pace
Tuesday: rest vs. rest
Wednesday: 3 miles vs 3 miles
Thursday: rest vs. rest
Friday: 3 miles vs. 3.5 miles (hills)
Saturday: 3 miles vs. 3 miles (hills)
Sunday 6 miles vs. 7 miles

total miles logged: 20.5

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Introducing the yummiest smoothie ever!!!  Super easy to make and healthy at the same time! You've gotta give it a try.  If you like your smoothies on the sweeter side you can add agave too.  I love the color!  It's just so GREEN!!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ohhhhh Ahhhhhh....

I FINALLY did it!!!  I learned how to create a picture collage.  I still have a loooooong way to go until I get them just right, but for now this will do!! :)

I got my iPhone before Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!!) and it has sooooooo many splendid photo apps.  Please don't think I am narcissistic because several of the photos are of myself. I've just been playing around to see all the neat filters I can put a photo to.  

I have to thank Blogger Lillie  for letting me in on the secret of how to do this.  I've never met Lillie.  I just stumbled across her blog when I was blog surfing one day.  Her blog is my favorite one to read.  Love it!

Anyway, I look forward to many more collages.  :)  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Things that make me terribly happy

1.  A long weekend with three sleep ins--No school today for MLK. :)
2. Naps--nothing less than 2 hours
3. That first sip of coffee when you've put just the right amount of creamer in your cup.
4. My February 8th track out quickly approaching.
5.  Pushing my body physically and seeing that I can run farther than I ever thought.
6.  Snuggling children
7.  my iPhone (it's just too fun not to love!)
8.  Talking to my little sister, Dominique everyday.  
9.  When I hear a new song and I'm sure it was written just for me.
10. NYC in March.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Week 2--13.1 New York

This week I fell wayyyyyy behind in my training.  I'm actually disappointed in myself.  I ran 3 out of 7 days this week.  Eek! I know, BAD! I can really only justify only one of those days not running.  On Monday I was in Burlington babysitting my niece and nephew.  So cute by the way!!!

 So here's my week:

Monday: 4 miles @ pace vs. rest
Tuesday: speed training vs rest
Wednesday: 3 miles vs rest
Thursday: rest vs 3 miles (Finally logged some miles!!)
Friday: 3 miles vs rest
Saturday: 6 miles vs 5 miles (hills)
Sunday: 5 miles easy vs 6 miles

total miles logged: 14 (I logged 24 miles last week.)

Those rest days REALLY hurt me too this week.  I was DYING on Saturday when Erin and I ran hills at Lake Johnson.  It was painful and pure hell.  Erin and I also decided that we really need at least two rest days a week.  It's too much to run 6 days a week.  Working all day and then trying to run at night is tough.  Plus, all that running is hard on your body.  I'm welcoming a 2nd rest day with open arms!!  

Next week will be better.  

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week 1--13.1 New York

This week was my first official week of training for the half marathon I'll be running on March 24th with Erin and Jennifer in NYC.  I'm exhausted!  I'm not used to having only 1 rest day per week.  My shin splints are going full force and my right ankle has hurt on three of my runs this week.  That's not enough to stop me from running like it's my job though!

My plan is to record my weekly workouts on my blog.  My friend Amanda has a cool way of documenting her weekly workouts so I'm taking a page out of her book and using her format.  :)

Monday: 3 miles @ pace vs 4.5 miles
Tuesday: speed training vs 3.5 mile
Wednesday: 3 miles vs 3 miles @ speed
Thursday: rest vs rest
Friday 3 miles vs 3 miles
Saturday: 5 miles vs 5 miles
Sunday: 4 miles easy vs. 5 miles easy (We ran a new trail @ Lake Crabtree and didn't know the entire loop was 6.5 miles. )

total distance logged: 24 miles

If you're wondering what the easy, pace, and speed training means let me explain.
easy- 11-11:30 minute miles
pace- 10:30 minutes miles (This is what we are planning to run our miles in during the half.)
speed- 10:00 minute miles

I have this AWESOME app on my iPhone called iMapMyRun that keeps track of my distance, pace, and calories burned.  I can also see the route I've run which is nice to see what I've accomplished after each run.  I really love this app!!

So there you have it.  Until next week! :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year--Ringing in the New Year with Beth and Trina!

Okay, so you're probably asking yourself, who is Beth and Trina??!  Well long story short, I have this book, Backstage with Beth and Trina.  And it's scratch and sniff.  The book is ridiculous!  It was given to me forever ago.


My little sister was visiting me for a few days and I showed her the book.  We had many laughs while I read it to her in my best Beth and Trina voice. Afterwards, I insisted she take it back to Alaska with her to pass on the ridiculousness with her friends.  (She is by-the-way!)  

So her and I made a New Year's Eve plan together, and while getting gussied up Dominique busted out our new names for the night.  You guessed it, Beth and Trina! What, you  mean it's not normal for a 26 and 28 year old to do this?!  Well you don't know my sis and me!!! :)

Anyway, her and I had a BLAST creating our own Beth and Trina Adventure! Love my Dominique!!! :)

 Dominique, aka Beth

 Hey Y'all, it's Trina!

 Awesome app on my iPhone

 sweetest sis 

Cheers to 2012!!!  xoxo