Two cool things

I have two cool things to share tonight –

The Jimmy Fund is hosting a BIG, FUN race this Tuesday called:

Race to “The Town”

Where you can: “Take to the streets of Boston for a scavenger hunt benefiting the Jimmy Fund, and win tickets to the premiere of Warner Brothers “The Town,” starring Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner.

Teams of two will race throughout the city to pick up clues at different locations featured in the Boston-based film. The first 15 teams to complete the race will win tickets to the Sept.14 movie premiere at Fenway Park, and the top 2 teams will also be granted access to mingle with the stars at the afterparty.”

“The Town” –


I’m sorry, but anything involving an amazing charity PLUS Ben Affleck gets not one but two GIANT thumbs up from me (Ben Affleck is my #1 celebrity crush and always will be). The movie looks reeeally good as well. If I didn’t have to work, I would be there in a SECOND! Sign up and good luck!

Also, congratulations to all of those who participated in The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk today!

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This Wednesday is free yoga in Copley Square hosted and taught by a Healthworks Instructor in partnership with City Sports. This is the last of the three-week series, so make sure you don’t miss out! Class is from 6:00 am – 7:00 am; bring your mat and sign up by emailing events@citysports.com.

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

Congrats to the runners of the Boston Marathon!

Truly sorry I didn’t blog yesterday.

Excuse: had a bad day. Can’t blame me for that right?!

Has this ever happened to you – you’re going on weeks and weeks feeling good about yourself, what you’re doing, what’s going on around you, your life in general right? And then one day you wake up and realize that there is still a ton of things you need to work on. Maybe one or two really big things that are always hounding you.

This was my day yesterday and it just left me feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thankfully Colin helped me talk it out, which I am a true believer in – Communication is key to everything in life; jobs, relationships, friendships, etc. (my Comm professors would be so proud!) At the end of the day, before bed, I was already feeling better. Sometimes you just have random bouts of feeling o v e r w h e l m e d with everything going on around you. I am so happy I have Colin to be there for me whenever I need him, he is amazing and extremely patient, kind, understanding etc. etc. I need someone like that to put up with me! I am a very lucky girl.

Anyway, congratulations to all the AMAZING runners who participated in the Boston Marathon yesterday! What an accomplishment! Maybe one day I will be running this marathon….

Here is a great re-count of running in the marathon yesterday from Jessica at A Fete For Food -

http://www.afeteforfood.com/

Interesting! ‘26.2 Secrets of the Boston Marathon’ from My Secret Boston -

http://ow.ly/1AfI6

The ‘Evolution of the Marathon’ From Boston.com -

http://www.boston.com/sports/marathon/articles/2010/04/16/the_race/

Interested in what marathoners eat pre-race? -

http://www.boston.com/sports/marathon/articles/2010/04/19/marathon_runners_food_requirements_are_a_lot_to_take_in/

Inspiring! 26.2 miles can really do a number on your bod -

http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/04/19/262_miles_take_a_toll_on_the_body/

Lookie here! Valerie Bertinelli completed the Boston Marathon yesterday -

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20362338,00.html

Serious congrats to all the runners! SUCH an inspiration to all. Especially when you have a half marathon this weekend…

Need to cheer up one of your friends?! This will definitely do the trick -

http://www.careerbuilder.com/monk-e-mail/default.aspx?cbRecursionCnt=2&cbsid=98c901b44ea84ba499fac23b34b5f516-325096596-R9-4&ns_siteid=ns_us_g_monk_email

I am a BIG fan of Monk-e-mails :)

Need more followers on Twitter? Who doesn’t? Some tips from Boston.com -

http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2010/04/18/ten_tips_for_attracting_a_following_on_twitter/?page=1

A few tips from me -

1. Tweet articles you come across that are interesting

2. Tweet new artists/songs/albums you love

3. Tweet delicious recipes

4. Tweet updates on sports, celebs, whatever interests you

5. Recommend others on #Follow Fridays

Thinking about cutting sugar out of your diet? Might be your best idea yet. Read this from SHAPE magazine -

http://www.shape.com/healthy_eating/nutrition_101/stop_eating_sugar

Have your allergies been out of control?! It’s that damn pollen! -

http://news.health.com/2010/04/16/off-charts-pollen-counts-bring-misery-millions/

Boost your brain power! Improve your memory! Tips from MORE magazine comin’ atcha -

http://www.more.com/4271/13936-ways-to-improve-your-memory

Tonight Colin, Meg, Matt and Fr. Jim are going to Dillons in Andover for a belated birthday dinner (Fr. Jim turned 80 on April 1st!) Should be great to catch up with the wonderful FJ. Plus Dillons is usually delicious so I’m looking forward to that. I’ll let you know what I order!

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday xo

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!