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A slow run is better than no run

27 Jul

Tuesdays are my “late” days at work – where I don’t have to go in until 11 AM.  When the alarm went off this morning at 7:45 – I had 3 choices.

1 – Go back to sleep

2 – Go to the Social Security office to start the process of changing my last name

3 – Go for a run

I let the scale decide my fate.  When I stepped on the scale – I knew what I had to do.  RUN!

It doesn’t surprise me that the scale wasn’t very pretty this morning.  Last night I went to a friends to catch up.  We ordered the Isola Verda pizza from Mezzanotte – and it was sooooo yummy!  I also drank 3 Skinny Dips.  But it was great seeing friends and I made it home at a decent hour – so it was a success!

Anyway – back to this morning……..I got dressed and headed to the Y for a run.  I was happy to see one of my favorite treadmills open – so I stepped on with high hopes.  I started my run and a few minutes in I got a terrible pain in my side.  Must be the granola bar I ate before the run.  So I pressed on and ran 1 mile and decided to walk a lap.  Then I ran another mile – and the pain was still there – so I walked another lap.  Repeated again.  All in all, I got 4 miles done in about 48 minutes.  Sort of pathetic, as I’ve been trying to keep my miles at 10:00 or under – but I will not complain because I finished my goal and burned close to 600 calories.  🙂

I’ve got a busy week ahead, so tonight I have a date with my couch.

Do you eat before a run?  Does it give you a pain in the side?  How can I avoid that next time?

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Fit for a Queen

25 Jul

Last week a few friends from work and I decided to take advantage of Charlotte Restaurant Week, also known as “The Queen’s Feast”.  Since 2 of the girls were in from Florida and Georgia – we decided to head somewhere Uptown.  After glancing through the menu options of uptown restaurants – we went with Blackfinn.  We picked Blackfinn because:

A:  They were located in the heart of Uptown @ The Epicentre

B:  Their 3 options included steak, chicken, or seafood

C:  Their set menu also included 1 free adult beverage!

It was so great to catch up with friends and eat some yummy food.  I went with the Coconut Shrimp, Field Greens Salad w/balsamic vinegrette and Salmon w/aspargus.  It was delish!

Afterwards, I was feeling pretty sleepy and my feet were killing – but the girls wanted to get one more drink – so I went with them to Howl at the Moon.  Okay, seriously?  I LOOOOOVED piano bars…….in 2001.  I tolerated them in 2002.  But now?  ICK!  Especially on a Wednesday night – such a weird crowd!  Anyway, I grabbed and ice water and hung for another 20 minutes or so before calling it a night.  It was great seeing you girls!

Saturday morning we went to celebrate our good friend, Nathan who completed his first triathalon!  So inspiring!  I just kept thinking – I could do this!  What is holding me back from doing this?

His wife set up an amazing brunch for friends – so J and I rode our bikes the 5 miles to their house to eat.  It wasn’t so bad on the way there, as it was still 9 AM and maybe in the 80s.  But by the time we left, it was almost noon and it was HOOOOOOOOOT!!!  But we sucked it up and rode the 5 miles back home.  We spent the rest of the afternoon running a few errands and then hit up the pool.

That night we went to see “Inception”.  Everyone has been raving about it – so we had to see what all the fuss was about.  And quite frankly?  I didn’t love it!  In fact, I barely could stay awake through it!  Am I the only one who didn’t love it?

Today J & I set a goal to run an entire 5k with the treadmill set at 6.0.  I was determined to finish a 5k in 30 minutes – and according to the treadmill, I did it!  But according to my Nike + iPod app – my time was 32:05.  I am not sure what to believe – but I do know my speed is improving!  Maybe by Saturday I can kick it up to 6.1 or 6.2?

Busy week ahead – so I’m hittin’ the sack!

G’Nite!

Better than Christmas!

20 Jul

Since I didn’t have to be to work until 11 this morning – I got up and headed to South Park Mall to partake in one of my favorite sales of the year: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!

I always go to the sale for 3 things:  Shoes, Mac Makeup Sets and Undies.

The past 2 years I have purchased the brush sets – so I  skipped the Mac counter and moved on to the other 2 necessities.

First, I purchased 2 pair of undies.  If you have never worn a pair of hanky panky undies – you are missing out!!!  They ROCK!!!  And they are usually $21 a pair!  I refuse to pay that much – so I watch for sales.  This year – you can buy them for $12.90/pair.

Next, I hit the glorious shoe dept.  I was initially looking for some boots – but I just bought a great pair last fall – so I decided to find something a bit different (plus, why buy 1 pair of boots when you can buy TWO pair of shoes for the same price?).  I ended up with these:

The Miz Mooz ‘Slone’ Pump in cognac – and Enzo Angiolini ‘Mielee’ Pump in dark red.  I was going to get the dark grey, or navy – but the dark red was soooooo pretty!!!

Next stop:  American Cancer Society

I was there to volunteer for work – a couple of co-workers and I stuffed about a MILLION folders and then about 5 MILLION bags.  See????  Not exaggerating!

Our company is a sponsor for an upcoming breast cancer event – so I signed up for the 5k.  Yeehaw!  It’s just a “walk” – but I’m going to run it to see how I can do.  It’s not a race – so I won’t officially be timed, but I’m running it anyway.  Anyone else want to join me?

It was a crazy, long day at work – didn’t get home and have dinner until after 9 PM.  I’m wiped!!!  Off to watch some TV and unwind.

G’nite!