June in Review

We made it! We are moved and settled in (just in time to potentially move again in Sept, but this time to a place closer to our work places. We’re done moving from state to state).

14 Hours, 8 States, 8 Potty Breaks (ZERO Accidents from the Small Human!) and we’re finally moved back to MD.

I had signed up for the Baltimore Women’s Classic which was June 22. I hadn’t really trained for it but I was hoping for the best since it was *only* a 5K. Word of advice: Don’t ever say *only* a anything. A race is a race is a race and should be respected as one.

4,000 women running through the streets of Baltimore. I’m sure it was a sight to behold.

Nailed It!

Nailed It!

There was a difference in the official time clock and my Nike +, probably because my GPS wasn’t digging the scenery but overall, I still PR’ed. Official time was 32:51:10 with a chip time of 10:36/per mile. This was my fastest 5K ever

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The course was absolutely gorgeous, which surprised me. Of course it had a damn U-Turn in it. All of the streets in Baltimore and you have to put a U-Turn into every single race?! Try again. But Charm City Run headed this race up and I have to say, they did a great job. The atomsphere was fantastic.

Race Completed

Race Completed

E’s bithday just passed and that gave us some time off (we’ve both been incredibly busy with work and school (me), and the Small Human). I think I blocked out forgotten how Mayland really was. The traffic, the people, the over-crowdedness of it all — but I definitely forgot the scenery after a horrendous downpour until MIL and I walked out of the craft store and saw this:

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And of course, the 4th of July:

'MURICA

‘MURICA

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

@ the Fireworks

@ the Fireworks

When I was leaving Maine, a friend of mine told me about these things called “Virtual Runs”. I had zero idea what they were so I looked them up. I found out, you get medals for doing these, plus the money goes to charity. DOUBLE BONUS! I found one that has a medal that is so dang cute, I had to sign up.

Who wouldn't want this?!

Who wouldn’t want this?!

The proceeds go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. A lot of folks (those runners who would rather use their mortgage payment to pay a race entry fee rather than their mortage BAER) don’t see these as “real races” because they aren’t sanctioned, you don’t run for time, etc. Well poop on them. I don’t mind it and I find that I push myself to better my time. I signed up for the 10K (which, really, the only difference is my bib says 10K on it, whereas others says 5K or Half Marathon) and I ran it this past Saturday AM.

Peace and Love 10K

Peace and Love 10K

Let me tell you about running MD for a minute. If the cars don’t kill you during the run, the humidity will continue to try. It was ridiculously hot and sweaty but I bested my previous 10K time by almost 5 mins. (Previous time 1:19:22) (NOTE: the HRM time was after a cool down, the actual time is what Nike is statin in the upper left hand block)

Next up – The Charles St 12 Miler which, you guessed it, we run 12 miles down Charles St. This should make the patrons of Baltimore City non too happy. (What else is news).

And another new revelation:

This is happening...

This is happening…

Not only am I really hoping I don’t die but I’m really REALLY hoping I don’t die in front of a bunch of Marines. Now I need to find an extremely obnoxious CG shirt to wear for this race 😛

Saying Goodbye

I’ve had to say good-bye more times than I may have like, but everyone can say that. And no matter how many times we have to do it – even if it’s for the greater good, it still stings. And although we will never forget what we’ve given up, we owe it to ourselves to keep moving forward. What we can’t do is live our lives afraid of the next good-bye because chances are they are not going to stop. The trick is to recognize when a good-bye can be a good thing – when it’s a chance to start again

This seemed to be the theme of my Thanksgiving.

My parents and IL’s ascended upon our home in Maine, after a horrid drive up from Maryland. I think it took them about 15 hours because the East Coast had a storm from VA to ME. Gross. It was a good time though. Beanie loved having her grandparents around and, of course, they spoiled her rotten. I’m already working on undoing all of the spoiling. Least favorite parental task ever.

Thanksgiving was a good day. The women-folk cooked while the men folk entertained Beanie. I don’t have any pics of the feast because, lets face it, we all eat the same crap. We know what it looks like and, unless you’re in a food competition, it’s not really fun to look at food.

The highlight of the day, though:

A Big Win!

A Big Win!

And despite Mike Tomlin and his devilish ways, we still came out on top. I really wish our defense would figure their nonsense out. I mean, we’re one of the top rated red zone defenses yet we consistenly flub at the end. But this was a good turning point for us. We’re in contention for a Wild Card spot and here’s hoping we can keep Purple Friday going through December and into the new year!

MIL and I walked the Turkey Trot on Black Friday. It wasn’t terrible for her first 5K. I took the stroller with Beanie. Beanie wasn’t impressed but to her defense, it was wicked cold out. 57 mins to walk it. I’m proud of MIL for this accomplishment. We definitely attempted to burn off some of the cals we took in on Thanksgiving LOL

My parents and I took Beanie to see Santa being brought in via CG boat. Our Station brings Santa into Rockland Harbor to visit, every year, and this year was no different. It attracts a pretty decent crowd and the community loves us for it.

(I have movies of both but go figure, my computer is being stupid.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another thing I had to say good bye too: My MFP streak.

434 days of tracking my food/caloric intake and exercise and I forgot to log in yesterday.

I FORGOT!

For 434 days, it was a way of life. I logged almost everything. But yesterday. Yesterday didn’t happen. To be completely honest, I was bummed this morning. But I’m looking at this as a new start. I’ve been slacking since I busted my ankle up before Halloween. I haven’t been working out, I’ve been slacking on the food logging, and my weight has be bouncing back and forth with the same 2 lbs. 2 lbs isn’t terrible but it’s the 2 lbs that is on the cusp of two weight classes. That’s what’s got me irritated. So I figure, fresh start, time to bring it and get these next 10 lbs off. Weigh ins for work are coming up mid/end of next month and I told myself, I won’t have to be taped this time. I want to get on the scale, show my peeps that I made the standard via weight, and move on with my life.

I also got an app that will have me working on speed work. It’ll have to be on the treadmill because we’re in our winter season. I love running outdoors but the thought of potentially running over ice has me less than thrilled. On super dry, sunny days, I’ll get a run in outdoors but for this new app (Running for Weight Loss PRO: Trainer. On special today for $3.99 which I think is a great deal considering most are $5.99 and up) I’ll be on the dreadmill.

I’m ready to face 2014 head on and move on.

Accidental Runner

Apparently I’m not a blogger. But the weather has broken and now it’s turning tundra-ish up here. 27* when I left this morning. That’s some bullcrap.

So we left off in June. A LOT has happened since then.

For starters, I think I’ve become a runner, by accident.

I started this journey back in Feb of this year, as a resolution. I wanted to do something for myself that didn’t cost money and that would benefit me in the long run (no pun intended). So I started with the Couch-to-5K program. I loved it. Ran my first 5K in May (Mother’s Day). After deciding I was going to run the Baltimore Half Marathon, I decided I wanted to go for the Lobster Fest 10K.

In an effort to train for the Firecracker 5K (as a training run), I got distracted. By a food truck. Rolled my ankle. That was fun.

Yea...

Yea…

Spent a couple of days like this:

I think the flip flop really compliments the combat boot, dontcha think?

I think the flip flop really compliments the combat boot, dontcha think?

But I managed to shake it off and run the Lobster Fest 10K. I sucked.

2013 Lobster Fest 10K

2013 Lobster Fest 10K

Ok so I didn’t totally suck but it was horrible. The heat and humidity was terribly, I tweaked my knee around Mile 3, I could only run for maybe a minute at a time from Miles 3 to 6. I booked it once I hit Mile 6 but by that time, I was already way in the back of the pack. I managed to finish with 6 people behind me. I set 4 goals for myself:

1) Finish – CHECK

2) Don’t finish last – CHECK

3) Finish in under 1:30 – CHECK (finished 1:19:47)

4) Don’t pee on yourself – CHECK

Overall, I felt pretty optimistic. Although the sobbing and complaining of not being able to bend my knee kind of put a damper on the mood for the rest of the day. E wasn’t too terribly pleased that I continued to run but eh, oh well.

Finally, all of the training came down to this:

The 2013 Baltimore Running Festival

The 2013 Baltimore Running Festival

I was registered and ready to go.

We left for Baltimore after E got off work. 12.5 hrs later, we finally arrived. We ended up in crazy traffic in NYC so we got off 95. In the Bronx. At midnight. Right. 3 white people and a Rottweiler. Our brightest idea yet.

I got up around 5:30 to get showered and tame my mane so we could leave by 7. We get in the car, get down there, and park in the first place we find. We see the Marathon kick off and start walking down to the starting pens. There were 5 pens for the Half. Since I had registered to finish in 3 hours, I was in Wave 5, at the back of the pack.

It took us 17 mins to actually cross the start line. 10,000+ people being corraled through one street in Baltimore, to cross the start line. It was a mad house.

Starting Line!

Starting Line!

Miles 1-5 went fantastically. I was able to keep my pace and run. Of course I get stuck next to the grown man who wants to sing Celine Dion. Sorry pal but the power of her love wasn’t what was keeping me going.

Mile 6 it got tricky. We joined courses with the full marathon runners, as well as Leg 4 of the Relay.

Mile 7-10 I ended up walking a lot. My stomach was upset, my knee was throbbing, and I was just out of it.

Mile 11-12 I took off, running for my life

I hit Mile 13 and I was on Cloud 9.

Finally finished!

Finally finished!

I met both of my goals:

1) Finish

2) Finish in under 3 hours. My official time: 3:00:24.

I finally found my family after the race

I finally found my family after the race

Right. SHE needed the nap...

Right. SHE needed the nap…

2013 Baltimore Running Festival - Half Marathon FINISHER!

2013 Baltimore Running Festival – Half Marathon FINISHER!

All in all, I’m SO glad I did it and I can’t wait for the next one!

To date: I’ve run 346 miles and I’ve lost 25 lbs 🙂

Happy St Patty’s Day

From a very grumpy leprechaun

From a very grumpy leprechaun

It’s been forever since I last posted. We survived Beanie’s first trip on a plane. We saw the family. We celebrated a birthday. It was a whirlwind trip to MD but we were so happy to see the folks we did.

I’ll be back sometime soon (probably after my school work is done LOL) for a recap.

PS. I’m still not on FB. Be proud of me and validate my feelings. This is huge for me 😉

Hello March

The SIL is doing one of those POTD things on Instagram again and this one looked interesting so, once again, I’m copying catting her and doing it too.

Bring On March!

Bring On March!

Day 1: UpMy heart rate after a morning work out

Day 1: Up
My heart rate after a morning work out

We did a Deck of Death work out this morning, as a unit, and I tell you what — that’ll get your HR up and fast! Scale hasn’t budged but I’m on C25K W5D3 and still going strong. Here’s hoping for a breakthrough!

Next week is one of our nephew’s birthday’s so we decided to go to MD. In an effort to save money, we found a dog sitter and we’re flying. Problem is — this is our first plane ride as a family. I’m a trained professional. I used to live on planes when I was at my last unit. I’d hop all over the country and to Hawaii without a problem. Beanie — Never flown before. What the hell have I committed myself to?

None the less —

Flight has been booked!

Flight has been booked!

I can drink, right?

Ravens Football!

Ravens 1

What a hell of a way to retire, Way To Go, Ray!

Ravens 2

 

Action Shot - On the Move

Action Shot – On the Move

Ravens 3

I saw this meme floating around and I literally laughed out loud

Ravens 5

You know someone was going to come up with something…

WOO HOO!

We did it. The Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl!

Let’s face it: Haters Gonna Hate. But to everyone who complains about Ray Lewis crying, shut your face. Seriously. The man has had an incredible career, he plays for the second most penalized team in the NFL, he is the Original Raven, and after 17 yrs of playing, he’s retiring. It’s an emotional thing for him. Football is an emotional game. You can’t play this game without being emotional. Right now he feels like he’s carrying the weight of the City of Baltimore on his back and it’s emotional for him. Last night, those guys played their hearts out and aside from Pollard’s nasty hit on Ridley, it was a clean game. They earned that win and you have to give credit where credit is due.

Funny though, how much the ball was ran and passed equally and we finally started to really utilize Doss, Boldin, and Pitta now that Cam Cameron is gone.

Funny indeed.

My favorite new “meme” out there:

Sorry Tom Brady.

Sorry Tom Brady.

I get why this is an “Instagram” Photo-Of-The-Day because this is shown in the “Nashville” filter. (I stole this pic from my SIL, Thanks T!)

There is a trend starting, no?

There is a trend starting, no?

And just because I thought it was pretty funny:

Breakfast DatesApparently Beanie thought E needed some dates for breakfast. She systematically placed all of her Little People on his tray and plate. This little girl is finding so many different ways to amuse herself 🙂

 

It’s Football Sunday!

(as originally written by Dave Tieff on FB)

“Why are Ravens fans making such a big deal out of Ray’s retirement?”

Here’s why:

I’ve seen some grumbling in the national media (Terry Bradshaw), from current NFL players (Reggie Wayne), and from countless fans of other teams who don’t understand why Ray Lewis retiring is such a big deal to Ravens fans. I was sort of surprised at first, but then I realized you have to be a fan to truly understand, and you have to keep in mind the history of Baltimore football–not to mention the history of the NFL.

Once upon a time, the Baltimore Colts won a Championship in 1958, a game that was dubbed “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” That single game put the NFL on the map and thrust football into the fabric of American culture forever–and virtually overnight. It also produced the NFL’s first big star, Johnny Unitas. Before Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana there was Johnny U. I wasn’t alive to see Johnny Unitas play, but his significance has transcended generations, and to this day Baltimore fans call him their own–it makes no difference whether he was a Colt or a Raven. As Johnny once defiantly said when asked about his records being part of the Indianapolis Colts history, “I didn’t play for Indianapolis, I played for Baltimore.”

The Baltimore Colts won a Super Bowl early in the SB era, and also lost one of the most famous Super Bowls–or games for that matter–to the Joe Namath lead NY Jets. By the early 70s the Colts had remained one of the NFL’s premiere teams. A big deal for a small city when compared to New York, DC, and Philadelphia. When I was old enough to become a fan in the late 70s the Colts still fielded a competitive team and a playoff contender. I had no reason to believe the Colts would ever leave Baltimore.

Fast forward to 1984, and the classic seen of the Mayflowers trucks leaving in the middle of that dark, snowy night for Indianapolis. As a kid I was crushed, but older generations who had been fans from the Johnny U days had their hearts ripped out to see their beloved team leave forever. It really doesn’t matter what age you are, when your football team leaves, a team with a once proud tradition, it leaves a whole in your soul and a black cloud over the city.

So what does this have to do with Ray Lewis?

12 years later we got a football team back in Baltimore, and I was ecstatic. But I know many will agree that at first it just seemed strange. New uniforms, new name, and new players that we hadn’t come to love, or even like–yet. Ray Lewis changed ALL OF THAT. When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in only their 4th year of existence, the pride came back to Baltimore, and the team and it’s fans adopted the personality and spirit of it’s most passionate player, #52. He became more than just another great football player, he was the most inspiring and uplifting player we had ever seen. Please try and name ONE other player that’s had more of an impact on his teammates, his fans, and his city. You can’t, because there aren’t any.

Ray Lewis is more than his skill on a football field, which by itself is worthy of a first ballot Hall of Fame Induction. He’s the voice in the huddle before the game, he’s the dance coming out of the tunnel, he’s the emotional leader of the Ravens and has been the face of defense in the NFL since he entered the league. He made us proud to be Ravens fans, and more important then the mascot name, he made us proud to be BALTIMORE fans again. First there was Johnny Unitas, then there was Ray to UNITE US once again. Baltimore was back on the map, and has been there for his entire 17 year career, and because of one man will remain there for long after he retires. As a fan we all owe him a sincere debt of gratitude. It’s meant much more than wins and losses, though fortunately there have been many more wins.

So here we are at the AFC Championship once again. There’s no question that Ray’s return after his injury has provided the spark that the Ravens needed to get to this point, when no one (outside of Ravens fans) thought they would make it this far. Of course the story book ending would be the Ravens beating the Patriots and then ultimately winning the Super Bowl in New Orleans and sending Ray out the right way. But honestly, the story is already written. Football is back in Baltimore and that’s where it will stay, and it will reach far beyond the outcome of this season. I know there are/were MANY great people involved who brought football and joy back to Baltimore, and as a father of two sons I am eternally grateful for the excitement and memories that that will create throughout our lifetimes. But there’s really been ONE MAN who made all of this possible, and Sunday could very well be his last game. Here’s hoping you’ve got two more wins left in you Ray, but either way, the biggest victory has already been ours.

POTD Day #20: Scent You Adore

Scentsy!

Scentsy!

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

I absolutely adore Scentsy products. I adore their Cafe collection and anything Pumpkin, I’m on board. Apple Press, Mochadoodle, Sugar Cookie, and Pumpkin anything. LOVE!

The {New} Weight Saga and Cuddles

Total for the week: -1.2lbs

Total for the 90-day Challenge: -1.8lbs

Total for 2013: -1.8lbs

Total miles logged to date: 9.02 miles

I was pretty darn impressed with myself this week. I thought, for sure, that I would see a gain. Being a woman sucks sometimes but I managed to eek out a loss. I switched the workout up this week, as well. Walking some days and starting to do some toning work. Arms and abs with Crossfit on Friday and swimming on Tuesday and Saturday. Clearly it seems to be working for me 🙂

How about them Ravens?!

NAIL BITER!

NAIL BITER!

POTD Day #13 – Cuddle Buddy

Cuddle Buddies :)

Cuddle Buddies 🙂

It’s Only Weird If It Doesn’t Work

For 17 years, you danced your way out of that tunnel and for those 17 years, we danced with you. Today you dance your last dance but rest assured, we will continue dancing for you and carry on the tradition that is Baltimore Football.

Ask any true Baltimorean what Baltimore means to them and they’ll more than likely say “FOOTBALL”. You ask any real Baltimore Football fan what that means to them and they’ll say “RAY LEWIS”. So you can imagine our sadness when Ray Lewis announced he was retiring from the NFL after this season was complete.

Today was his last dance out of that tunnel.

Baltimore is a city full of superstitions. For instance, no one in my circle can wear a Flacco jersey. We never win when one of us wears a Flacco jersey. Beanie wore a Ravens football dress for her first football season, starting when she was 10 days old because we won every time she wore it. But she couldn’t wear her Ravens pajamas pre-game day.

Ray Lewis

We won’t say “we’ll miss you, Ray” because he knows Baltimore is home and we’ll always rock our #52 jerseys 🙂

POTD – Day #6: Perfume

POTD 6

 

Like my SIL, I’m of the body spray era. I guess this is considered perfume. I still rock Victoria’s Secret “Heavenly” and I love it!

 

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