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LOLZentines

Sometimes we all forget to get our special someone (or ourselves) a nice Valentine gift or card.  Never fear, LOLZ has always got your back.  I hope you have a great day and print out a few to share with your friends….

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Please vote to send me to Napa!  Thank you so much for your support.

Questions for you:

What are your Valetines Day plans?

What are your weekend plans?

Both of my plans are driving down to Virginia Beach.  YAY road trips.

Typical LOLZ Problems…

Tuesdays are normally my race recap post but since I didn’t race last weekend I don’t have anything to recap.  I do however; have a long run adventure in Princeton to recap.

Last week Meghan and Greta asked if I wanted to come do a long run with them in Princeton.  Princeton is only 45 minutes from me so I agreed.  (Living in a small state is really nice). I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into but I knew it would be a great change of scenery.  The plan was to run 16 miles at roughly a 7:50 pace.  Since I don’t normally run training runs remotely close to that pace (8:30 being my long run go to) I was terribly nervous.  I knew I could race at that pace but holding a long run at that pace made me entirely too nervous.

With that I decided to get out of my comfort zone.  After getting lost in downtown Princeton, I made it to the parking lot and we started the run.  Little did I know I had already set myself up for a bad time.

The first few miles were icy and we hit some major hills.  I’m actually glad I didn’t know how hilly Princeton was because I didn’t need to be anymore nervous then I already was.  I get really nervous running with people and worry I’m holding them back (because I am very flexible and easy going with pace).

I was really excited with how quickly the run went and how easy the pace felt.  I didn’t feel like I was going into cardiac arrest and I’m really (really) glad that I decided to push out of my comfort zone and go up there.

This post actually isn’t about the run itself.  Long story short, I broke out of my comfort zone and was able to hold a pace I didn’t think would be possible.  I should focus on doing that more often.

This post is about after arriving to my car 16.5 miles later, I realized I had locked my keys in my car.  For those of you who don’t know, I drive an adorable 2000 Pontiac Firebird.  Some refer to it as a space ship with the longest windshield and doors they have ever seen.  Others just refer to my car as Lorraine since that is what I named her in high school.  (It’s hard to believe Lorraine is 14 years old and I’ve had her since 2007!)

Here is my car.

Here is my car.

With that I stood outside wet from sweat in the 20 degree weather.  One of the most miserable things post run is frozen sweat to your body. I was so lucky Greta was with me and offered me dry clothing in her car.  If that isn’t true Oiselle team love…well I don’t know what is.

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After calling Princeton campus safety and realizing that was a poor idea, Meghan came up with the idea of (duh) to call Triple A.  After being on hold for 20 minutes they said they would be out in 75 minutes.  This gave us the perfect amount of time for eating and chatting post run.

This ordeal took too long so we weren’t able to eat at the original restaurant and just went to Panera.  After the restaurant being overly crowded we finished our meal and triple A came.  Giving a shoutout to triple A, they came in roughly one hour which is a lot faster than usual.  When they say 75 minutes, I usually assume 100 minutes or more.  (That must just be a Hampton Roads thing…)

After any run all I want to do is eat and relax in warm clothing.  I don’t want to fooling around with a locked car nor do I want to sitting in a crowded restaurant with screaming high schoolers.  Oh well, it was completely my fault.  Of course when triple A came Meghan snapped a few photos labeling them “#Hollieproblems on twitter.  I got a great lol out of it but I’m not sure the triple A lady did.  She was friendly though and I was grateful she was able to easily pop open my door.  (luckily I don’t have automatic locks…that would be a pain).

I keep it classy.  I thought it was just better to laugh about my issues now versus laughing a year from now....Let's face it I will probably have forgotten in a year.

I keep it classy. I thought it was just better to laugh about my issues now versus laughing a year from now….Let’s face it I will probably have forgotten in a year.

So lesson learned…pay more attention.  I know being scatterbrained has always been a big weakness of mine and this was just another example of it.  This all could have been avoided if I had brought my A game.  We all make mistakes though and I was grateful to have two new friends to run and then stay with me.  I didn’t let it stress me out or ruin my day.

These are just issues I face daily and that’s why I have enough content for a blog…but really.

Finally, please don’t forget to vote #lolzfornapa!

Questions for you:

Have you ever locked your keys in your car?

The other time I locked my keys in my car was in downtown Washington DC at a gas station…that is a lol for another day.

What is one thing you like to do post long run?

Super Hero 4 Miler (25:32)

For me this race started the night before.  From a quick glance, I had assumed the race was being held in Moorestown, NJ.  I was excited because it was roughly 30 minutes away from my house and I had committed to go.  The night before I realized it was in “Morristown, NJ”.  Morristown is roughly 100 minutes away from me towards NYC.  After debating whether we would drive up there we eventually decided to go for it.  We didn’t have much else to do on Sunday and wanted to explore a new area of NJ.

This particular race had a special prize called the “Polar Bear Award”.  It is given to the least dressed female and least dressed male (no nudity).  I had decided if it was warm enough I was going to go for the prize.  I actually ended up winning for females and received a coupon for a free hour massage…sadly it’s back up in Morristown!.  Running in a sports bra and runderwear is pretty comfortable and it was warm enough that I was okay with it.  The only awkward part of the race was that we were running by multiple churches as people were leaving.  I was lucky the other people who were running half naked were about my pace so we kind of flocked together for a while.   There is a screenshot and video below that you can basically see I was running in runderwear and a strappy Oiselle sports bra.

The race started at 11:30 which is a little late for me.  It reminded me of a cross country race that starts which generally start between 11-12.  I am normally eating lunch at 11:30 so it was awkward to fuel for.  I ended up eating breakfast at 6:30 and eating again at 10.

The actual race:

Once the race started, I could immediately tell we were going down hill.  I tried not to take the race out fast because I had been warned it was a hilly course.   My times reflect the hills pretty well.  My first mile was uneventful and I clocked at a 6:05.  In the last 5k I ran, I believe my first mile was a 6:12 so I was happy with this.  I knew it was a net down hill mile but who doesn’t enjoy seeing faster miles?

The second mile began a few short and steep uphill climbs.  My body began screaming at me around 1.5 and I wasn’t sure how the rest of the race would go.  Around mile 1.5 I questioned if I would be able to maintain this pace. I could feel my pace getting slower and slower and my breathing becoming heavier.  Throughout the entire race the second place woman was roughly 10 seconds in front of me.  I wanted to catch her so badly but I couldn’t.  I tried to surge the hills and pass her but I couldn’t do it.  I maintained the 10 second gap the entire race.  I ran the second mile in 6:26.  I was not happy and tried to remind myself that it was a very hilly mile.

The third mile brought one of the worst hills I’ve run.  (I would honestly say it was worse than any of the hills at the Mountain Goat 10 miler…yes Jason worse.) I ran up the hill at roughly an 8:10 pace.  It was a very rough mile and after the hill was over (3.7) I was just hoping that mile number 4 was not going to be as hilly (6:36).

Mile four was relatively flat with a slight uphill finish.  The mile itself was also pretty boring.  I was running behind three high school boys.  I heard them discussing their plan and when they would surge to the finish.  Since they decided to surge around 3.25, I determined the rest of the race probably wasn’t going to be that hilly and I let out a breath of relief.  This assumption was purely made on hearing high school males talking (looking back it could have gone badly). I followed their surge but I wasn’t able to keep up.  I started catching them on the final .1 stretch but only because they started skipping into the finish line (while holding hands).  So YAY my ending race photos have three high school boys skipping and frolicking that I couldn’t catch.  Oh well, I was proud to lay down a 6:13 last mile.  If you are really interested in watching me run I make an appearance around 3:30 in this video.

A terrible quality screenshot of the finish (video in link below)

A terrible quality screenshot of the finish (video in link above)

My goal was to keep my overall pace under 20 minute 5k pace (6:27) and I was able to do that averaging 6:20.  I’m pleased, especially on hills.

The real highlight of the race was being able to meet  the Women’s Running Magazine web editor.  How awesome is that?  I told Fueledbyfuel that I didn’t think he understood how starstruck I was.  I can’t ever sing Women’s Running enough songs.

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In short: The hills were tough but I’m glad I ended up going up there.  The next race I have is February 15, the Virginia is for Lovers 14k.  This definitely gave me some confidence for that. 

Questions for you:

What is the hilliest race you have done?

How did you celebrate Super Bowl Sunday? 

Random Life

I haven’t posted a lot in my day to day life because I haven’t done a lot.  Look at me being exciting!  But it’s Friday and the weekend is almost finally here.  It could be the fact someone has had rooster hours and working at 6 am but I’ve been up earlier and this week has gone by extremely slow.  I just hope the weekend goes just as slowly.

Let’s see what I’ve been up to the last week.  Besides a nice week of no traveling and down time, I’ve been cleaning off and on.  I’ve had a doctor’s appointment and I got to hang out with a fellow Oiselle NJ teammate, Brennan.  Way back in the day (read:  At the Nike half last year) Brennan and I met at the starting line.  Now we get to hang out frequently considering we live 45 minutes apart.

Wow flashback

Wow flashback

We decided to head to Cherry Hill Mall, eat at the Lux Café and window shop.  Lord knows I don’t need anymore clothes or need to be spending anymore money for a while…but I can never resist a good sale.  (Luckily I found nothing I needed).

I think I’ve mentioned that my favorite store outside of working out is BCBG.  I love their style and I love it even more when it’s at an outlet store.  Regardless, we went inside and looked around.  There is a lot of new and fresh style ideas that I’m digging lately. Such as the rose gold trend.  Brennan and I decided to try $500 outfits on at BCBG because we are adults and store managers no longer follow us around wondering what we are doing in the store.  Plus I had my Russian hat on, which screams I make a lot of money.  (or at least it pretends too).

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This post was really scattered like my brain as been lately so I apologize.  Since that was the highlight of my week I have nothing else to add.  I’m honestly just happy for the weekend and a possible 5k on Sunday.

Questions for you:

How was your week?  Do you have any weekend plans?  

What is your favorite nonathletic brand?

Tis the Season to Detox

When Swanson contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in the 21 day sugar free challenge in January I 100% agreed very quickly.  You see I barely ever get “blogging perks” and free things.  They were going to send me a book about the challenge as well as 100 dollars to use at their store to get items I would need.

Long story short: Swanson gave me a 100 dollar gift certificate towards their store and this book.  (I’m not in college so can read things for fun again!) All thoughts, food choices and musings are my own.  IE: They are not paying me to whine and complain.

While I haven’t been eating terrible I have been eating a lot post marathon.  That was two months ago and I guess it’s time for me to get back on track. I should probably stop using the fact that I’m not training for anything and that I ran a marathon 2 months ago to eat everything and be lay around.  It isn’t that I hoard cookies or eat cake for every meal but my nutrition has resembled a high school boy for the last two months.  If only I can eat as such and not gain weight.  With less workouts (taking a few months of down time) and more eating, I’ve found myself feeling lethargic often and I assumed I gained some weight (which I did more on that later).

They first sent me a book called the “21 days of detox”.  When I signed up for the challenge, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  I thought it was the mental push I needed to start training and start getting on back with nutrition.  I didn’t think it was something that was going to stress me out just reading about it.  In the book it mentions no artificial sweetener (I’m a fiend), no sugar in raw form and basically if it’s sweet it’s out.  I tend to jump the gun on multiple things and reading the book made me realize I essentially signed a contract without reading it.  (Not that I couldn’t back out I guess).

If you know me then you know I like sweet things.  At first I was close to emailing Swanson back and saying no thanks this isn’t something that I was interested in.  Then decided I would give a try.  Why?  I don’t know, maybe the fact that people’s food preferences are always sensitive.  Think about it…if you don’t care for something someone else is cooking, it will normally offend them.  I would rather have beer then liquor.  I like sweet breakfasts like French toast and waffles versus salty and savory like eggs.  I thought it would get me out of my comfort zone as far as cooking and trying new things as well.

This detox challenge involves limiting all sugar and artificial sweetener.  That for me will be the hardest.  It involves eating whole and natural foods (not as big of a deal because I don’t know a lot of fancy blogger foods anyways) as well as limiting processed carbohydrate sources.

While looking through the book I decided I should make a list of things that I will find to be the most challenging as well as the easiest to give up.

Things that appear to be easier for me in this challenge:

Giving up most bread.  I’m not a carbohydrate fiend, with the exception of pancakes I don’t eat a lot of carbs.  I would rather have a pound of steak of protein.  (that is except pita bread-it’s my favorite!).

Eating similar foods daily.  If I know it follows the “detox rules” I have no problems eating it everyday.

Eating natural foods daily doesn’t seem all that challenging as well as eating lots of steak, seafood and eggs.

Things that will be harder:

Giving up anything and everything sweet.  I have a sweet tooth.  I don’t eat dessert every single day but I do eat dessert.

Giving up artificial sweeteners.  I put at least 7 in my coffee every single morning.  That alone is going to be a huge challenge for me.  (My coffee could be the hardest part of the challenge!)

Following any sort of food plan.  I don’t follow plans in life, in training and certainly not food prepping.  I am hoping this will open my eyes up to how to meal prep for the week and be a bit more organized too.

Trying new recipes and new foods.  I am worried Tim is going to come home and my house will be on fire.  Let’s hope that isn’t the case though.  Some of the recipes call for coconut and almond flour or flours I’ve made fun of before.  Hopefully they stand the test of a waffle iron.

Finally weight:

I also weighed myself this morning and weighed 135 (Up about 5 pounds from the marathon).  I haven’t weighed myself since the marathon but this was a good wake up call that I have indeed gained weight.  The majority of my outfits include black leggings or tights so I couldn’t tell my jeans have probably gotten tighter.  My goal is not to lose weight throughout this month but I wouldn’t mind being back at race weight either.  I wanted to give a very comprehensive and objective view of the challenge to see how it goes (who knows maybe it would be good for you to do!).

Conclusion:

So yes this should be an interesting month for me and I’ll chronicle my journey and hopefully be able to stick to it all month long while giving a realistic viewpoint.  Oh finally for my own personal enjoyment I’ve decided if I can actually stick to this plan I’ll get a hair cut in February.  It’s been quite a long time.  I think the fact that I’m unsure if I can complete this challenge is what drew me in to keep with it the most.

If you have any questions feel free to email me.

Questions for you:

Have you ever done a detox before?  Can you offer advice? 

What is one thing you would struggle with?

Splenda and I go hand in and hand…like mornings and coffeeaday.

July through December Musings

It seems like the second half of my year was far more exciting then the first.  I like to save the best for last right?  Actually after the marathon my life seems to have simmered down.

July:

I turned the big 23.  I’m an old lady now.

I finally ran a 5k PR that I feel I’m never capable of again (18:35).

Life is good!

Life is good!

August:

As with the rest of the summer I worked a lot between 50-70 hours and was really burnt out.

I ran an 8k PR and then was hit by a cylist who broke my arm.

YAY for no sling!

YAY for no sling!

I was accepted to run for Oiselle! 

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September:

I ran the Rock and Roll VA Beach half marathon with Laura and Heather.  It was awkward because I ran it with a broken arm.

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I moved to Texas.

I ran another half marathon a week later in San Antonio.  1800 miles of driving, two half marathons back to back…only to go a few seconds faster in San Antonio and win a sweet Growler.

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(one week later) I found out I was moving to New Jersey.

The night we found out we were Jersey bound

The night we found out we were Jersey bound

October:

I drove back across the country seeing Laura along the way.

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I moved back home with my parents (again!) for a few weeks before my marathon.

Kris and I dressed up like Pumpkins for a 10k that I missed my PR by 5 seconds.

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November:

I ran my first marathon.

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I moved to NJ.  After moving to NJ, I took some time off of running and just relaxed and looked jobs for a while.

December:

I haven’t (honestly) done a lot of note worthy things this December.  It’s been just assimilating into NJ and looking for jobs.  I hope I have something to report by the end of the year.  I guess I’ll work on that.

I took photos in the snow.  It counts as productive.

I took photos in the snow. It counts as productive.

I did run my first and only race since the marathon, The Surf and Santa 10 miler.

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Thoughts of 2013:

Although 2013 was anything but calm I truly enjoyed the year.  It seemed like it flew by and that I was happier then I have been, especially in the later half of the year.  It seems like I should have been more stressed being jobless and the 4000 miles I drove in 2 months but I wasn’t.  It was a really good year.  I have found the more stressed “I should be” is when I become less stressed.  Little stressors that shouldn’t stress me out often are the worst for me.

Anyways upward and onward to 2014 from here!

Question for you: Most notable thing of 2013? 

Hollie Jollie Christmas Part 2

This year was my first Christmas spent away from my parents.  It was a big change but they are actually coming up to visit this week to see our new house so I’m excited about that. 

Since Tim’s birthday was on Saturday, we drove over (neither up nor down…just straight across) to PA on Friday afternoon.  We were lucky he had from Friday afternoon to Thursday am off.  (He has to work today).   Anyways we drove to his parent’s house and I always enjoy seeing them and his entire family.  I’m so lucky they are a part of my life as well as his whole family is so caring and welcoming!

He seemed to have a good birthday on Saturday.  We relaxed, hung out, went for a nice (hilly) run and went to a Japanese hibachi/steak house called Aki.  It was good though I was disappointed (I don’t think he was) that people didn’t come obnoxiously sing happy birthday.  They did give him a piece of cheesecake though with a candle.

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We spent the next few days preparing for Christmas.  Not doing too much but wrapping presents, going for multiple hilly runs and just hanging out.

At the top of a 1000 foot climb

At the top of a 1000 foot climb

We went for some mountain and hilly runs.  I had a very productive week of running while on vacation.  All of our training runs were filled with hills.  Today is a well deserved rest day.

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We sat and drank eggnog in front of the fire.

On Christmas Eve, we all decided to go to White tail mountain for some skiing.  By we, I mean Tim and his father went skiing and his mom and I watched and drank starbucks.  Lord knows I’m clumsy without two sticks attached my feet.  It was a lot of fun watching and hanging out and a great way to spend Christmas Eve.

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Christmas was spent enjoying time and being together.  Tim’s sister has recently had a baby and they came over.  She is too adorable.  Speaking of awesome, look at what Tim’s sister made both Tim and I.  How cool are these coffee mugs?

I actually wrote this post in the car ride back to NJ and then posted it when I got home…look at me go using my time wisely.

Questions for you:

How has your Holiday season been?

Was Santa good to you this year?  

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