Mother’s Day 5K

Last mother’s day I ran my very first 5K. It was the Mariner’s Mother’s Day 5K that benefitted the local high school’s booster club. I started the Couch to 5K journey in Feb of 2013 and I decided the Mother’s Day 5K would be my goal.

Mother's Day 5K 2013

Mother’s Day 5K 2013

I ran my ass off. I made it halfway before having to walk up this massive hill, which was discouraging but I made it. I finished in under 40 mins which was my goal but it was one of those “if I can’t do it in under 40 mins, maybe I shouldn’t be doing it at all” which are a little more discouraging but I finished. From here, the running bug had bit me.

This past Mother’s Day, I made it a point to run again because it marked a year since starting my running journey. this year when a lot better than last year 🙂

Mother's Day 5K 2014

Mother’s Day 5K 2014

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The organizers rerouted the course to avoid the massive hill from last year, except they had the walkers start ahead of the runners. Now, I’m not positive why this happened but it didn’t work out fantastically because the runners caught up with the walkers and, in addition to being corraled through  a muddy alley way behind the school, we were dodging and weaving.

I was able to run a good distance but I’ve been battling this knee/back/butt muscle issue that causes my leg to throb. That slowed me down a bit and I actually had to walk for a 1/10th of a mile. I still managed to PR though, which made me insanely excited. Official records had me as 34:04. I’ll take it!

This year, I was lucky enough to run with some awesome ladies.

Me and C Mother's Day 5K <– C has been motivating me to get my rear end moving and to continue running.

There were also some ladies from my station, as well as the wife of one of the guys that decided to run   –>

 

 

 

And of course, it wouldn’t be me without something happening to make me laugh:

Go Figure!

Go Figure!

I knew I tanned easily but this was literally 30 mins in the sun and now I have a reminder of my knee brace. Fantastc.

Next up — the big move to Maryland and the Baltimore Women’s Classic

I used to have a blog

So I used to have a blog. I used to post. I used to be all into this online journal bit.

Yea…. about that….

I think I was supposed to blog once a day in Feb, that clearly didn’t happen. I was also supposed to be losing weight. That hasn’t happened either. I’ve had a lot going on.

My willpower is shot to shit. Seriously, I need a swift kick in the ass. I’ve been able to run outside which is a plus (since, you know, we live in the tundra and it’s muddy and icy all the freaking time!)

Pretty much

Pretty much

 

I survived though.

Speaking of surviving —

Race The Runways 2014

Race The Runways 2014

M, J, and I ran the Race The Runways 2014 at Brunswick Air Field. It wasn’t terrible. Well, it wasn’t awful considering I had virtually no training. I managed to eek out a PR by a minute LOL my original Half time was 3:00:24. Race The Runways, I came in at 2:59:17. That’s a huge deal f0r me.

Next up — the Mariner Mother’s Day 5K through town and after that, the Baltimore Women’s Classic.

While we’re talking about Baltimore, I got orders! We’re heading back to Baltimore for 4 yrs. Early transfer out of this joint. Not by choice but I can’t complain because with this transfer comes the news that I’m making E6. 9 years in the making and I cannot wait! I’m not overly excited about going back to Baltimore because E and I wanted to travel some more but the money will make up for the lack of movement.

Going back to Baltimore also brings the opportunity for more races. Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K, the Charles Street 12 Miler, the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon, and the inaugural running of the Across The Bay 10K. Out of 20,000 runners, I was lucky enough to be quick enough to register because it sold out. Of those 6.2 miles, 4.35 miles of them will be across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, 181 feet in the air. I’m so excited!!

I’m going to attempt to keep up with this a little more, now that we’re moving but I can’t make any promises…

January can suck it

Eleanor Roosevelt said:

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

Ain’t this the truth!

January and 2014 is off to a bang up start. Pneumonia, Beanie not wanting to sleep, the dog is just a mess in general, work is picking up, E is working a lot. We’re all dealing with madness in the Coastie house but at least we’re all on the mend.

I’m halfway through my English class and about to start a Political Science class on 3 Feb. I decided 2014 was the year to finish my degree. I won’t be complete with my Bachelors but I’ll have finished my Associates Credits by Oct. This means I start a new class every month and am taking two classes per month. How much fun does that sound like?? Yea, I’m not raising my hand either.

Pneumonia had kept me down for about 3 weeks but I think I’ve finally kicked it. I wasn’t able to run for those 3 weeks and when I tried, I thought I was going to die so I (for once) followed the doc’s orders. I’m back on the dreadmill again and have a new Half Marathon in sight. Since, obviously, I didn’t have enough going on 😉

Race The Runways 2014

Race The Runways 2014

I was lured under the pretense of it being a flat course so I’m willing to give it a whirl.

Honestly, for a while, after reading many blog posts about people running races, I started to feel down on myself about my performance on the Baltimore course. I finished in exactly my goal time (3 hours) but I was feeling down about it. I walked a lot, I took the water breaks, my stomach wasn’t feeling it, etc. But then I read an article about how Baltimore is one of the tougher courses out of a lot of races all over the country. And I actually met my goal. So I broke up with MapMyRun and I refocused. I downloaded Nike+ and got on board with their (FREE!) coaching plans and now I’m well into Week 3 of training and, while I’ve had to do all of my runs on the treadmill, I’m feeling pretty good about it. I run to finish, not to win. I’m not running to win the world and all that jazz. Truthfully, I run for the medals because they’re pretty 🙂

I read a post about a girl who admitted to cutting mileage off her race during one of those Hot Chocolate 15Ks. I applaud her for putting herself out there and putting herself on blast but my main question, why bother? If you aren’t going to run for you and you aren’t going to finish strong, why bother starting at all? Running isn’t a sport that has hand outs. It’s all you. You don’t have someone to pick up your slack. You can’t expect someone to be all “YAY! YOU DID IT” because you didn’t. I get that some people legit can’t finish a race, for whatever reason. But if you aren’t going into the race with the intentions of doing your best and finishing strong, don’t waste your money. It doesn’t affect me, obviously, just merely an observation. I had to giggle because the whole tone of the post was defensive and attacking. Your readers aren’t the ones that did anything wrong, lady. You admitted to not finishing the race, yet you still allowed yourself to obtain a FINISHER mug and prizes.

I haven’t decided what resolutions I want to do in the upcoming months. Last year I did pretty well with sticking to them. I completed almost all of them. I failed at the Photo A Day challenges but that’s the norm. I didn’t fair well with the NaBloPoMo challenge but I’m thinking I might try that again. It’s funny. I love the write but I’m having a tough time at learning up to write correctly. My English class is teaching me this and I think I much prefer to remain uneducated, in that sense. Maybe another NaBloPoMo will help with that (doubt it).

I was recently introduced to some new craft porn:

pumpkinbanner2013_ShadowA bunch of ladies that I follow on IG have started the “Once Upon a Time” Sampler and I decided to get in on the action. You pay a one time fee and, every month, you will receive a new .PDF that contains the pattern for that month, along with a list of supplies you need. I figure why not resume yet another hobby 😉 Plus, it’ll look good in Beanie’s room. At least until she tells me she hates it all and makes me redecorate.

Here’s to finishing January strong and having a happy and healthy Febuary!

Oct has it’s ups and downs

October has been a month of ups and downs for us. Getting to visit Maryland was awesome. It was great to see our friends and (some of our) family.

Some other photo dumps of Oct:

dog headband

This poor dog. Lenny takes a beating, that’s for sure! It’s tough when your master is a 2 yr old girl who adores headbands and tutus.

We got to see an amazing Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon over the Penobscot Bay

Harvest Moon over the Penobscot Bay

E and I rarely have a say in what this little girl wears, these days. She picks what she wants and she’s quickly learning that jackets are required

Clearly dressed herself

Clearly dressed herself

Unfortunately croup hit our house 😦

croupA fever of 101.2 and she sounded like a seal that smoked 2 packs a day. Poor beebah was miserable

can't hold this girl down

can’t hold this girl down

Fortunately, she rebounded quickly and is back to her sassy self

And we’ve capped off the month with a trip to the “big” playground

Sliding Time_1

Sliding Time_2

Sliding Time_3

Oct has been a good month for the Coastie house ♥

Into June

Work blocked WordPress from our server so while I can see my own blog, I can’t write my own blog. Rude, right?? WTH, Gov’t Server?!

We took Beanie to the Augusta Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery to help put flags on the graves of the Vets we’ve lost. Aside from the rain, it was a moving experience.

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There's nothing quite as awesome as teaching your own kid about respect

There’s nothing quite as awesome as teaching your own kid about respect

The weather here flat out sucks. There’s no two ways about that. It rains/is wet All.The.Time, it’s colder than it should be, and dangit, I just want a tan. The one day we managed to get Beanie outside, it only lasted 37 mins. But I’m thinking she had plenty of fun 😉

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This has to be one of my favorite pics right now. She is completely a Daddy's Girl

Anywho — nothing else major going on. Oh, except one thing.

I’M TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON!

That’s right, I was talking to the SIL one day and she mentioned the Baltimore Running Festival. I thought, how fun would it be to run through Baltimore City, without being chased by the cops, and check another item off my Bucket List? When I looked at the route, it seems doable so I said “I’m in”. Now I’ve acquired two running mentors, a large support network, and a whole lot of excitement.

My first 5 mi run!

My first 5 mi run!

I’m excited to keep going, the weight is coming off (slowly, but surely) and I’m really having fun with this!

IMG_4158Now we move into June…

Mariner Mother’s Day 5K

First off – Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!! I hope your day has been spectacular and I hope you get some type of rest and relaxation 🙂

Back in January, I said I wasn’t going to make any resolutions. I swore off of them because I never stick to them. Instead, I said I was going to make monthly resolutions consisting of things I could actually accomplish. In Feb, my SIL and I decided we were going to go back to Couch To 5K and attempt to complete it. I finally did it. I must have started this program three times (probably more) and I finally finished it. It definitely wasn’t in 8 weeks, I mean, it was all I could do to work FT, be a mom FT, be a wife FT, and take online classes but I managed.

Today, I ran my first 5K ever.

Mariner Mother's Day 5K

Mariner Mother’s Day 5K

This was, by far, my fastest time ever. Go figure, the only person I knew there (that was running, E and Beanie came to cheer me on) was the UPS man that delivers to my work. We didn’t run together but I’m pretty sure he beat me. Story of my life.

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My Cheerleader

My Cheerleader

The course was exactly what I thought it was. It wasn’t pretty but I finished. And I’m still alive, that’s a bonus. I survived and I’m already planning the next run. I think I can honestly call myself a runner now, even if I do get out ran by old men.

The rest of the day has been a lazy one but that’s a typical sunday for us. Although I did get an awesome card from Beanie

Mother's Day 2013

Mother’s Day 2013

 

She even got dressed up for me ;) because, you know, you can never have too many tutus on. At once. And shoes on the correct feet? Overrated!

She even got dressed up for me 😉 because, you know, you can never have too many tutus on. At once. And shoes on the correct feet? Overrated!

Photo Dump

Yesterday was fun.

We ended up getting a signal from an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) so the Station Folk took off. Didn’t affect me much until they figured it was coming from land.

*Scratching my head*

How the hell can you sink on land?

So me and one of the peeps from the Station took off and we got to go door to door, asking if they knew of anyone that was repairing their life rafts. Finally, it was found and we go to go back and eat lunch. But while we were out, I got to see some of Owl’s Head Harbor. I’ve been talking to E and I keep saying how I want to get out and take more pictures so this worked out perfectly!

Owl's Head Harbor

Owl’s Head Harbor

Owls Head Shore

Owls Head Shore

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Pulled for the Winter

Pulled for the Winter

Friends that hitched a ride

Friends that hitched a ride

 

 

No more FB App

No more FB App

 

Not that I need to have it with me 24/7 but this reduces temptation. (Let’s face it. I’m far too lazy to actually go through the internet to get onto FB LOL) It felt weird this morning because it deviated from my normal routine but I think I feel better without having read nonsense drama that made me roll my eyes. Of course now I’m getting more IG requests but I don’t mind 🙂

This snow — I’m kind of over it. The city has taken to dumping the excess (read: WAY TOO MUCH) into the water because we literally have no where to put it.

Apparently I’m not the only one that is over it. After getting out of the car, she made a beeline for her Cozy Coupe and started scooting around the basement, waving as she scooted.

Beanie's had enough. She's peacing out.

Beanie’s had enough. She’s peacing out.

The {New} Weight Saga – Week 6

Total for the week: 0 lbs

Total for the 90-day Challenge: -3.3 lbs

Total for 2013: -3.3 lbs

Total miles logged to date: 32.2 miles

I’m plugging along with C25K and I have to say, I thought I was in for a gain this week. Last week’s big loss was purely due to the plague that I contracted from my asshole awesome coworkers and husband but this week, I was actually able to maintain that loss.

I’ll take it and be happy 🙂

In other news –We got SNOWED IN!

Thursday, we kept getting all these notifications of a winter storm warning. Now, living in Maine is a whole lot different than living in Maryland. Living in Maryland, people hear “SNOW” and immediately the grocery stores, Wal-Marts, Targets, and any gas station become completely void of all milk, toilet paper, and bread. People in Maine hear “SNOW” and they think “hmph, just another day in Maine.” Seriously. It snowed about 3.5′ yesterday and Friday and E still was able to go out and find a store that was not only open but had bread and milk (and Chex mix but that was a nice treat).

Friday was a volunteer day through work. Every year, the town of Camden holds the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

I know, I didn’t know there was such a thing either.

E and I went to help out and got to go down the Toboggan chute.

I was ready and protected from the elements

I was ready and protected from the elements

Doc on the left, Me on the right, observing (aka doing nothing)

Doc on the left, Me on the right, observing (aka doing nothing)

E came to play with us

E came to play with us

 

Frozen Pond Angel

Frozen Pond Angel

We aren't quite sure how this happened and how the garage door didn't close all the way but this is what we found when we initially went out to snow blow

We aren’t quite sure how this happened and how the garage door didn’t close all the way but this is what we found when we initially went out to snow blow

 

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The snow has finally stopped

The snow has finally stopped

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We're asking for Florida for my next tour

We’re asking for Florida for my next tour

Of course, Beanie seems to think otherwise —

Beanie thinks it should be beach weather. I tend to agree with her

Beanie thinks it should be beach weather. I tend to agree with her

 

Nature in Maine At It’s Finest

One Word: BUURRRR

One Word: BUURRRR

Snow on the ground. Snow in the forecast.

It’s the perfect time to bundle up with Beanie and E and watch some movies that we’ve wanted to see 🙂

HAPPY PURPLE FRIDAY, Y’ALL!

Cold = Bullcrap!

POTD Day #23: Something You Love

Artic Fog

Arctic Fog

This was taken this morning in Rockland Harbor. When the air is that much colder than the water, fog can be seen rolling across the water top.

I don’t love the cold. I think this cold is bullshit. I think this temperature is inhumane and I don’t care for it one bit. But I love the Ocean/water. I love the beauty of it and the fact that it reminds me that there is something out there that is bigger than you and me. The fact that it is so serene, yet has the power to be so incredibly deadly.

"Feels like -16*"

“Feels like -16*”

I do not love this.

So there was a mishap in the Coastie house recently. Don’t worry, no one was harmed, physically. Except the Iced Tea Maker Jug.

RIP Iced Tea Jug

RIP Iced Tea Jug

This is what happens when I’m in a hurry to clean my kitchen and I put everything into the dishwasher. Apparently this jug is not “bottom rack of dishwasher safe”. E tried to “reform the plastic” which turned it into this catastrophe. I’m not even sure what the hell he did.

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