Thank you Beyoncé

I have Beyoncé to thank for my run tonight.

While trucking along on the treadmill, I decided that “Run the World (Girls)” might just be the best song ever to listen to while running. Admittedly, maybe not for everyone — the dudes out there might not feel me — but the ladies must. I mean think about it…if these lyrics can’t keep a lady running, what can?

This is pretty much what was happening in my head tonight:

B: Who run the world? GIRLS

Me: Running stinks

B: Who run this mutha?

Me: When will this run be over?

B: This goes out to all my girls that’s in the club rocking the latest

Me: I just want to go home, sit on the couch and watch the latest episode of Smash

B: I remind you I’m so hood with this

Me: Um, seriously…when is this going to be over? Should I stop now?

B: I’m reppin’ for the girls who taking over the world, help me raise a glass for the college grads

Me: Remind me why I’m doing this…oh my wedding dress, yes, yes of course

B: Strong enough to bear the children

Me: Hey, you’re actually doing pretty good

B: Who run the world? GIRLS...

Me: All done — nice work!

I can’t say that I’m a person who loves running (unfortunately). To be quite honest, most of the time I don’t want to go to the gym and run, but I force myself to and about 99.9% of the time I feel good about myself when I’m done. Some days it’s hard to just get myself to the gym, and some days I get to the gym okay, but it’s hard to physically get myself through a workout. Tonight I remembered why music really helps me get through a workout. I haven’t been bringing my iPod lately while I run (for whatever reason…not quite sure), but I needed an extra pick-me-up today, so I created a playlist and thankfully the music really kept me running. Without it I feel like I would have been very tempted to give up after five minutes, but Beyoncé worked like a charm. So, thank you. ;)

My playlist from tonight’s run:

  • Countdown
  • Run the World (Girls)
  • Love on Top
  • Check On It
  • Get Me Bodied
  • Upgrade U
  • Ego
  • Ring the Alarm

What gets you through a workout?

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Here goes nothin’…

I started this week off right. Not that I organized the Boston Marathon, or that I ran in it or anything. I wasn’t even able to go watch (hey, someone has to bring home the bacon! I had work…) But I did read about it – and through reading different stories I felt the inspiration, the motivation, the hard work, the dedication, and the love that had been poured into this event. It is amazing and gives me an enormous sense of encouragement as I set out to tackle my first ever half marathon this weekend. 

The weekend has finally come. It’s time. I’m ready. It seriously feels like it has taken a long time to get here. Truthfully, it kind of has – it has been about two months of training. I decided for Lent that I would DO something positive instead of giving something up. My ‘something positive’ = train for a half marathon with the intention of actually signing up for one and not only signing up, but completing it. And I’m almost at my goal. 

It’s a great feeling to know how hard I’ve worked and now I’m just a day away from success (hopefully!) This process has taught me a lesson – no matter how much you want to give up on something, if you gave your word and if your goal means so much to you – you need to keep going, to push yourself and to finish what you started. 

If you’re interested in running your first half marathon, good for you! I say DO IT! First comes the decision to set out to run a half marathon, then comes finding a training schedule/plan that works for you (my recommendation, Fitness Magazine’s beginners training guide

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/running/training-schedules/half-marathon-training-beginner/

make sure your sneakers are comfortable – if you need a new pair, invest in them and then when you feel confident – sign up for a race. After you pay the $30 – $50 fee (typically around this amount) + all the hard work you put in, you are going to finish that race! Another tip I have is to constantly update the music on your iPod – it does wonders! My playlist recommendation?

http://thedailycraic.com/2010/03/12/falling-asleep-on-the-train-is-embarrassing/

So, Colin and I leave for Vermont soon! We’re heading to Colin’s parents house and my parents are going to meet us there as well. Mrs. Temple is cooking us a big, wonderful, delicious pasta dinner (which I can’t wait for!) and I think it’s gonna be a great time. Tomorrow we’re going to visit my mothers aunt in South Burlington, have lunch with the Temples, roam around and hopefully meet Meg, Matt and his parents at some point! I’m so excited that Matt will also be running in the race and that his family + Meg will also be coming up for the big event! Such a great weekend ahead :) I’ll let you know how it goes. 

 

For more information on the run go here – http://www.addisoncounty.com/pages/event.asp?content=halfmarathon 

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone for their support and for keeping me going! 

Have a great weekend!! 

http://www.addisoncounty.com/pages/event.asp?content=halfmarathon

The ‘Best Effort’ Award

I gave myself an award this weekend. In the ‘Running Category’ I received the ‘Best Effort’ award (hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay motivated…)

Wow, I am shocked! What an honor this is! I never thought I would be accepting the ‘Best Effort’ award. Jeekers, I didn’t even prepare a speech or anything. Well, I couldn’t have done this on my own that is for damn sure. I have so many people to thank. I’d like to thank God along with the Academy. First, I’d like to thank Colin for always giving me great pep talks and for showing me some good stretches this weekend. I’d like to thank Matthew for giving me advice (he is a pro at running), my fabulous parents, my siblings, Meg, Mary, Heather, Nuge, Christine, LVP, the Temples for the extra encouragement, Lady (the dog) for licking me while I was stretching, the people who honked and waved at me while I was running and the cool breeze for keeping me from keeling over. Thanks to Fitness Magazine for their amazing half marathon training schedule! Also, let’s not forget those people who were following me my whole run – Fatman Scoop, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Miranda Lambert, Timbaland, Ke$ha, LMFAO, Stevie Wonder, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, y’all my peeps. This was a team effort, so THANK YOU ALL!

I ran 11 miles yesterday, with no walking, and under 9 minute miles. I am so happy with my run yesterday, I can’t even fully explain. I didn’t want to run AT ALL, it was rainy and gross which made me just want to sit on the warm, comfy couch and catch up on the DVR. But, I knew if I did not run the 11 miles, that I would have a real tough time at the half marathon next weekend. I kept delaying all day yesterday. Colin motivated me by asking, ‘You know what the difference between good and great is?’ No, what? ‘Doing something when you don’t want to do it. Anyone can do something when they want to do it.’ Very true. I’m going to keep those words with me this week.

This is how I felt:

Lady

Anyway, Matt showed me a great loop to do, so I had half of an avocado + a Kashi Go Lean crunchy chocolate and caramel bar, drank some water, put on my gear, downloaded some new tunes, stretched it out with Colin, and got on the road.

I felt good the whole run, which kept me feeling pumped up. Everytime that devil appeared on my shoulder urging me to walk, I checked in with myself, ‘Does anything hurt?’ ‘No’, ‘Are you still breathing okay?’ ‘Yes’, ok then – shut up devil, I’m running.

When I was done I felt like this:

But, my foot felt like this:

Because of this:

Sorry, I realize that picture is both TMI as well as relatively disturbing, but it is necessary to show in order to prove my commitment to running. I got the blister half way through my run which kind stunk but it kept my legs from feeling completely numb which I think is a good thing…. Colin and I are going to go to New Balance after church to look into new sneakers. I really should have thought about getting new sneakers when I first started training but I’m a fool and didn’t. I’m not sure if it is the best idea to get new sneakers with only a week till the half marathon but I guess I’ll ask the people at New Balance… If you have any thoughts/suggestions on this I welcome them.

The other day I was talking to someone about the New Balance ‘love/hate relationship with running’ commercials. I think almost every runner can identify with this. I know I can!!!

So, the race is next weekend and I’m getting more excited rather than nervous! My mom is coming up to Boston on Friday to ride up to VT with Colin and I, my dad will be in England this week for work (as long as he gets on a flight!) so he will fly into Boston next weekend, then up to Burlington. Meg and Matt, along with his parents will be coming up to VT on Saturday and Colin’s parents will already be there of course! It’s going to be a lot of fun and I am so thankful that Matt will be running the race as well and that all our family will be there cheering us on. :)

Other than running yesterday, we also went to Merrimack last night to hang out with Colin’s sister Liz and her friends. We kept saying we will definitely come hang out/drink with them before they graduate and it’s already halfway through April! They’re graduating in a month! So we decided last night was the perfect night to make good on our promise. We headed over there around 8, Liz had made sauce and Colin made the dough + pizzas. We ate, drank, played games and had fun! It’s always funny to be back on campus and I think that was our last time ever! Once Liz graduates I just don’t think it will be acceptable for Colin and I to go back. Miiiight be a little creepy….

Friday night I went out with some co-workers after work for some drinks. We decided to go over to Faneuil Hall. First try was McCormicks and Schmicks – too crowded, next stop Kitty O’Sheas – dead, third stop McFaddens – decent amount of people, plus Nicole scored a table = win for McFaddens (even though I truly, truly dislike McFaddens. Sorry if I’m offending anyone.) We had a such a great time at McFaddens that we decided to continue on to Hennessy’s around 9:15ish to see Fast Times, the best 80’s cover band ever. My friends and I used to pretty much stalk them in college and had way too much fun doing it. It was great to see them but a little weird without my girls!

Overall, a very good Friday night.

We’re heading to church in a little bit, then New Balance. Later, I’m meeting up with Nuge and Christine for dinner. I can’t wait to see them and catch up!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday :)

I’ll leave you with a few little tid bits -

  • Twitter is awesome:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/technology/16twitter.html?hpw

  • Unemployment rate falling in MA:
  • The Material Girl herself approves of the all Madonna episode of Glee:

http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/madonna-rates-glees-all-madonna-episode-brilliant-2010164

To all those running the Boston Marathon tomorrow: you are extremely impressive, I admire you, you should be proud of yourselves and I wish you all the best of luck! I give you my ‘Best Effort’ award!

 

Get this devil off my shoulder!

When I run, there is a devil on one of my shoulders and an angel on the other. The devil is a mean little bastard who tells me it’s okay to give up, to stop running, to just walk the rest of the way. The angel tells me I’m doing great, to keep pushing, and that if I quit now I’ll never be able to run the half marathon so I better suck it up.

Today my run was 9.5 miles (it’s really supposed to be tomorrow but since it’s Easter I figured I better run it today.) I went at about 9:30 this morning and it was already very hot. It’s 82 degrees out right now! The heat added a bit of a challenge, but other than that I would say the run went pretty well. I didn’t have my iPod charged, so running that long without music was difficult, I don’t think I’d do that again – the angel and devil are too loud without music. 

If you ever have the chance to run outside in Vermont, I’d say take it. While running, I was thinking how lucky I was to have the mountains surrounding me, such beauty is inspiring. (Although at times I was thinking how unlucky I was to be running 9.5 miles in 80 degree weather, but thats neither here nor there…) I don’t know how I did it, but I did! I finished and am another step closer to crossing that finish line. 

In other news… 

Looking for restaurant/food events going on in April? @HiddenBoston (on Twitter) posted this link and it has a ton of good information – http://www.bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/search/label/restaurant%20events 

So the iPad made its debut today. People are lining up all over the place. I don’t understand this to be honest. Does Apple trick people? Do they brainwash them? Why are these people standing in line for hours to get a new piece of technology? Don’t these people realize that Apple will release a cheaper, upgraded version in a few months? 

http://www.boston.com/business/technology/gallery/ipadlaunch/?camp=localsearch:on:twit:hp 

Since today is so beautiful, the Temple’s are having some people over and we’re gonna grill outside! This means I get to have some of my favorite foods – hamburgers + Mrs. Temple’s delicious grilled shrimp! They feed me well when I come up here. Good thing I did some running this morning… 

Well, in observance of Easter I think I’ll take the day off from blogging tomorrow. I hope everyone has a wonderful, blessed Easter with their families! :) 

Some funny Easter pictures for y’all… 

Because I date a hunter...

Funny Easter baby

 

Running 8 miles gives me butterflies

I let myself sleep in today – these past few weeks have been exhausting. After I finally pried myself from my bed, I made some pancakes (special treat!) and got ready for mass. I’ve always liked Palm Sunday mass – it reminds all of us how much Jesus went through not for himself, but for others. No matter what you believe in, or don’t believe in – you have to give Him credit.

I was dreading my run since my eyes opened this morning. Today was the BIG one (for me at least) – eight miles. I’ve never run eight miles at one given time in my life. As I laced up my sneakers, had a little water, and stretched everything out – I had butterflies in my stomach. I was nervous. However, my iPod was charged (with a kick-ass playlist), I did feel well rested and I had my favorite sports bra on – I was good to go. I went to http://www.mapmyrun.com, created a nice eight mile loop, and then went off to actually run that loop.

I made it! I finished doing a little under ten minute miles – which I’m quite happy with for now. I had a little cramping around mile five or so, which was frustrating, but other than that it went really well. I even saw Meg and Matt (in their car going to the grocery store) towards the end of my run – they were waving and cheering for me which gave me an extra boost!

After my run I was thinking… I’m really lucky to be surrounded by people who encourage me. My sister lives a very healthy lifestyle – eats really well and works out almost everyday, her fiance Matt has run 1/2 marathons as well as marathons, Colin gives me the best pep talks and always helps me celebrate after a big run, a few of my girlfriends are also planning on doing a 1/2 marathon (at the beginning of May), my parents are coming up to Vermont for the run, Colin’s parents are also going to come watch, Meg’s coming, Matt might run with me, and of course my main man Colin will be there cheering me on. I have all of these people encouraging me and helping me each step of the way. I’m pretty sure I would have given up a few weeks ago if I didn’t have such a great support system. Thanks guys :)

So, I signed up for the race. Now I definitely, 150% have to do it. Ahhhhh!

Need some running tips? I found a good list…

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/running-tips-beginners-guide?cat=12761&tip=12765

Such an inspiring story from the Globe – it really is amazing what kindness can do for people.

Harvesting hope from a giving tree – The story of three couples, three kidneys and one goal: life

http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/03/28/harvesting_hope_from_a_giving_tree/?page=1

Did you miss Boston’s Restaurant Week?? Well, you’re in luck! The North End Restaurant Week started today, Sunday March 28th and will run until April 2nd, then again from April 4th – April 9th. http://www.northendchamberofcommerce.com/

I’ll leave you with this – Rachael Ray’s Taco Pasta Toss

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipes/rachael-ray-30-minute-meals/Taco-Pasta-Toss

I made it for dinner and it turned out really good!

Goodnight and have a great Monday morning! I heard there’s gonna be rain – stay dry!

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes…

I have a confession to make. It might be shocking. It might be offensive. 

Here it goes: 

I.despise.yoga. 

I really do. I’ve tried it a handful of times and each time I’ve despised it equally (except when I did Bikram yoga, I despised that even more – yoga in a room with the temp set to 100 is not normal.) I just don’t understand, every other woman in the world loves yoga, so why don’t I?! My sister Meg and I decided to do a candlelit yoga class at a place in Andover tonight. It was free and sounded intriguing. I always trick myself into thinking that the next time I go to yoga, I’ll like it; it’s like my brain blocks out the hatred I hold for it. We arrived and got settled on our mats, as the class began it really wasn’t too bad… Then the annoyance and boredom kicked in. A- Why do yoga instructors always have to have such eerily calm and soothing voices? I know you’re not gonna want someone up there teaching your class that sounds like Fran Drescher but come on! B- The whole class all you hear is the instructor saying: downward facing dog, iiiin-hale, exxx-hale, warrior one, namaste blahblahblahblahblah, C- The instructor should do the class with everyone! I’m sorry, but having someone walk around the room telling me what to do while I stretch, bend and contort my body in ways I didn’t think possible is simply rude. And D- I am honestly just not mature enough to be in a room full of people ‘om-ing’ with our eyes closed. You better believe my eyes are opened and I’m laughing to myself because it sounds like I’m at some sort of cult meeting or something. 

On a more positive note, there was a pregnant lady in front of me who was so cute with her little belly sticking out. She was doing such a great job with the yoga – waaay better than me! She looked so strong and beautiful. Pregnant women amaze me. 

I’m sure I’ll be tricked by yoga again (somehow Megan is always involved in this by the way, I never voluntarily go to yoga on my own… maybe I’m on to something here…) Maybe one day I’ll actually enjoy it, you never know? I’m not giving up on it, but for now I’ll stick with things like running, lifting, zumba, basketball, etc. Your workout is what works best for your body, what makes you feel powerful and happy with yourself – you have to do what’s best for you. However, I do recommend to keep an open mind in reference to trying new ways to workout because at some point you’re inevitably gonna have to spice up that old trusty workout, or else you could lose interest, focus and motivation. 

After yoga Meg and I went to Palmers (a small upscale restaurant in Andover) and sat in the bar area. Meg had chardonnay, I had pinot grigio, we shared the grilled brie and then each had a grilled shrimp and goat cheese salad (love that goat cheese!) This salad is so incredibly delicious and is just what I needed tonight. PS- Our waitress’ name was ‘Penny Lane’ which I thought was worth mentioning… 

Lastly, I wanted to share this with you: 

Reese Witherspoon (Avon’s Global Ambassador) was in Washington DC this past Wednesday in order to promote Avon’s products which they are selling so that their proceeds can go towards the effort to end violence against women. http://ow.ly/1h4eP   

   

If you click here: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/avon/42564/ You can watch both Reese along with Andrea Jung, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products Inc. speak to the crowd at the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women breakfast. You can also go to the link below to order any of the Avon empowerment products. 

http://shop.avon.com/shop/product_list.aspx?level1_id=300&level2_id=380&pdept_id=383&cat_type=C  

I bought this bracelet for my mother, my sisters and myself – it’s so pretty! 

From Avon.com

From Avon.com

 

What a great message these women are putting out there; I really admire Reese Witherspoon and I think it’s wonderful she has chosen to use her fame in order to help a good cause. Violence against women is heartbreaking and it has most likely affected you, someone close to you or someone you know through someone else (a friend of a friend, etc.) The issue of violence has been lurking for years; no matter how equal women and men seem to be, no matter how strong and independent we are, violence is going to remain an issue unless something is done. Support your sisters, your mothers, your aunts, your nieces, your friends, yourself. Help these women get a fair chance in life – buy the bracelet/necklace/ring/t-shirt and spread the word! :)

Falling asleep on the train is embarrassing

Its been a long week, I’m pretty tired. Who isn’t?

I got on the train, grabbed a great seat (no one squished in next to me!), and opened my book. I don’t think I even made it through a full sentence; I fell right asleep. I didn’t just take a light snooze though, I full on passed out. When I woke up I was sprawled out, things everywhere, apparently just not giving a crap about people watching me with my mouth fully opened and most likely a little drool coming out.

I quickly got over the embarrassment, I mean what do you want me to do? I’m tired! My only problem at this point  – well maybe not my only problem, but my main problem at this point – was that I had to dig deep in order to find some motivation to go to the gym and run 3 miles. This is the last thing I wanted to do, but since I am training for a half-marathon and have made the commitment I decided to just turn off the complaints running through my head and just get ‘er done.

My workout went smoothly and when I was done I was really happy that I pushed through. It’s so easy to complain and to talk yourself out of going to the gym, going outside for a run, going to a class, etc. but you know that once you just shut up and do it you’ll feel great about yourself, maybe even a little proud. Even if throughout the whole workout you can not wait until you’re done and are able to just go home, it’s worth it.

Something that helps me keep my energy up is music. Here’s a playlist with a ton of good songs that’ll help you keep going.

1 – Put it in a love song – Alicia Keys featuring Beyonce

2 – The way you make me feel – Michael Jackson

3 – Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

4 – White Liar – Miranda Lambert

5 – Call on me (workout remix) – DJ Hush

6 – BlahBlahBlah – Ke$ha

7 – Shots – LMFAO

8 – Good Day – Nappy Roots

9 – Superstition – Stevie Wonder

10 – Sandstorm – Darude

11 – Diva – Beyonce

12 – Shook me all night long – AC/DC

13 – We shall be free – Garth Brooks

14 – Africa – Toto

15 – Imma be – The Black Eyed Peas

16 – Hey soul sister – Train

17 – Don’t stop believing – The Cast of ‘Glee’

18 – Fat bottomed girls – Queen

19 – In my head – Jason Derulo

20 – Beware (Jay-Z remix) – Panjabi mc

21 – Cowboy casanova – Carrie Underwood

22 – Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel

23 – Ain’t too proud to bed – The Temptations

24 – Fantasy – Mariah Carey

25 – Shoop – Salt n’ Pepa

26 – Telephone – Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce

27 – Rock with you – Michael Jackson

28 – I can’t help myself – The Four Tops

29 – Sexy chick – David Guetta featuring Akon

30 – Jai ho! (you are my destiny) A.R. Rahman featuring Nicole Scherzinger

31 – Mary – Zac Brown Band

32 – Be faithful – Fatman Scoop

33 – Hit me with your best shot – Pat Benatar

34 – I’ve got a rock and roll heart – Eric Clapton

35 – Love, sex, magic – Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake

36 – Love shack – The B-52’s

37 – Tambourine – Eve

38 – Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

39 – You make my dreams come true – Hall and Oates

40 – Off that – Jay-Z featuring Drake

Yes, I did get a wee bit carried away. Oh well, hope you enjoy! Keep running!