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Seattle Bound.

What a busy last two weeks.  My life has literally gone from 0 to 1000 in the last month.  A month ago (I guess right before the Shamrock half marathon) I did not have much to do.  I was beginning a job but not working every day.  I was relaxing, making sure things were clean at the house etc.  After Shamrock, it seems my life is constantly on the move.  I can’t say I thrive on being always on the go, but I don’t mind it either.  It’s just a big change.

With work and my commute, I’m away about 45 hours of the week right now.  (That far beats the few hours a week I was away the months before working). 

Anyways long story short, I’m once again in a transition mode.  I am transitioning to having a job again and now transitioning into wedding planning.  In my little free time, I find myself reading wedding planner blogs versus healthy living blogs…I’m still here though.  I can truly say I am in a very good spot in my life.  Although I’ve been limited on the internet (sorry twitter, instagram, facebook and blogging) I am still enjoying reading blogs and chatting with people on various medias. I’ve just gone from sending 100+ tweets daily to 15.

That being said a few months ago my parents surprised me with a plane ticket to Seattle.  My oldest brother Doug and his wife live out there.  My parents were going to visit and then surprised me with a plane ticket to go as well.  This all happened before I began work, but luckily I was able to get off to go!  It couldn’t have come at a better time because lord knows I need to talk with my mom and dad (as well as my sister in law) about how to plan a wedding.

So from now until next Monday I will be hanging out in Seattle.  I’ll be visiting my brother and his wife Lindsay as well as their beautiful child (and my neice).  I’ll be exploring Seattle, possibly finding a 5k or 10k to update my athlinks with a new state and finally (hopefully) visiting the Oiselle HQ!

It’s going to be a great time and I could not be more excited for this adventure.  I might even have some good blogging content afterwords!

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to Seattle?  Any recommendations?

When was the last time you took a vacation?

 

Because I am a Material Girl

I wish I could tell you I had an exciting week but I actually spent it cleaning and organizing.  Though we moved over a month ago (Have I really been a Jersey girl for 2 months now?), we are still finding things that need to be organized.  We are also trying to downsize since somehow we have accumulated a lot of things.

This week has been a week of purchases because I’ve finally found items to use my gift cards on.  I got a lot of gift cards for Christmas, for which I’m very grateful, because it seems like there are a lot of sales right now.

First I used my Amazon gift card to buy a fitbit.  It seems to be a big trend in the blogging world, so I decided to get on board.  Plus they seem pretty cool.  Then of course I happen to get one that is defective so I have to return it.  I was lucky that the customer service was great and I have no complaints but I have to wait for another.

Remember that Christmas post about how I was lusting over Oiselle long sleeve flyte shirts?  My parents got me a giftcard for Christmas and I was finally able to order one.  They actually came out with bright green which I love.  I was also able to scoop up a funnel neck long sleeve which is also very nice.  . I wish I had waited another few days until the Lux side zip and joggings came out…but you live and learn.  Another reason I need to learn to stop jumping the gun.

So in reality I bought a fitbit and two new Oiselle tops but I feel like a big spender.   Since I have been making minimal purchases the last two months, I feel like quite the spender even though they are all from gift cards.  Being in the process of hearing back from interviews and waiting is one of the most humbling experiences I’ve ever had.  Being on a more strict budget is very hard but I know it’s what I need to being doing right now.

But anyways- 

Something I have learned lately is that I don’t need material things to be happy.  That doesn’t make a lot of sense to segway this post into since I just talked about how excited I was to accumulate a bunch of new things.

I have realized in the last 6 months between moving-I don’t need material things to make me happy.  Don’t get me wrong, treating myself is really nice.  Who doesn’t like to treat themselves to a nice article of clothing or another treat but I don’t have to do that to be happy.  I am perfectly happy with my friends, family and enjoying life.  I am perfectly happy saying the only thing I’ve spent nongift cards on this week is food and a wawa coffee.

I would rather spend money on events or going somewhere versus spending it on an article of clothing.  In college I felt I was striving to have the latest and greatest things to make myself happy.  As I have grown older, I’ve learned I don’t need the latest and greatest gadgets to be happy.  I need my friends and family more.   I guess as I grow older and put myself in different situations I continue to learn more about myself as a person.

So I continue to get rid of things I no longer need or use, I’m jumping the gun to welcome the weekend in soon.  Though I do not have a job yet I do look forward to the weekends because the house isn’t as quiet in the day time.

Finally I’ll be adding this to every single post.  As a shameless plug please vote DAILY for me to win a trip to run at the ZOOMA Napa Valley race in June.  I am really excited and hoping for the best!  Your support has been so overwhelming.   My facebook page (that I barely use…and I’m working hard to actually use) will be featuring a daily meme.  Feel free to like it. 

Question for you:

Would you rather spend money on material items or events?

What are you up to this weekend? 

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).

brennanandi

Super stars

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?

Dear Santa…

I have seen a lot of gift giving guide posts and it makes me think…what should I ask Santa Clause for Christmas?  I am pretty sure my parents made me write Santa letters until I was about 14 or 15.  If you did not write a letter to Santa then he was not stopping by.  In my house Santa always brought presents in the night and it was formal.  That meant we had to go to bed extra early so Santa could put them all under the tree without us knowing.  The last few years that isn’t really a problem since I go to bed before the Santa’s do anyways. 

Well dad and I go to bed around the same time (and before 9pm).  So anyways in keeping with tradition I thought I would share some of things I personally want for Christmas.  I can’t give you a guide of what to get your parents, brothers and sisters but I can tell you what I want.

I remember when I was 10 or so, Matt woke me up at roughly 3 am and we sat and waited for our parents to wake up at 9.  (They had a strict do not wake us up policy) so we sat from about 3am-9am waiting downstairs with unopened gifts.

Though perhaps not this year, Dad, Matt and I always have a tradition to run together on Christmas.  (Don’t feel bad for Matt though since he is so SoCal). Three years ago, I ran my first 10 miler, then the previous two years we have run ten together and it’s so enjoyable. Dad even wore this glorious Santa hat.  So anyways here is the letter I’m writing Santa this year.

I think dad and I did 14 last year but I don't remember.  He did wear that hat and I did wear those leg warmers.

I think dad and I did 14 last year but I don’t remember. He did wear that hat and I did wear those leg warmers.

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Dear Santa,

I have been extremely good this year.  I haven’t gone to jail, assaulted anyone or broken the law too much.  I did speed a few times and once stuck my hand through the big black fence that divides Mexico and the US but other than that I’ve been pretty good.

I wasn't really going to climb the fence I swear!

I wasn’t really going to climb the fence I swear!

Since you can’t bring me more happiness then I already have in my life I will ask you for some material gifts that also bring me happiness.  This year I’ve learned that in order to be happy, I must make my own happiness and I have done just that!

Like this iphone.  I have to update my plan and can get it pretty cheaply.  Plus it comes in schmellow yellow which is my favorite color.

iphoneyellow

I also really want a new Oiselle long sleeve flyte or tank or lux layer.  I know they are sold out in my size but I’m patient!  I love the two flyte tops I have and now have a dream to collect them all.

LOLZ needs some new coffee mugs.  I have lots of Holiday and festive ones but I don’t want to lose all my instagram friends with the same boring coffee mugs.

Oh coffee mugs how I love thee (wow this is from a while back)

Oh coffee mugs how I love thee (wow this is from a while back)

Finally I know you are one of the most respected figures in the world so could you please write my a recommendation for a job.  I think that jobs like to see Santa as a personal reference since that means I’m probably on the nice list.

Love forever and have a Hollie Jolly Christmas,

LOLZ.

Xoxo

Real Life

Over the last week I’ve had the pleasure to run and hang out with a lot of different people.  I finally feel like I’m assimilating into New Jersey.  I’m enjoying myself, though I would enjoy myself more if I had a job.  That being said I am really happy right now and not stressing myself out looking for a job.  I have found that stress is what you make of it and I decided I wouldn’t let myself be stressed and enjoy this time.

Last week I was able to drive up to Princeton and meet one of my Oiselle teammates, Jen, and go for a run.  After getting lost as I normally do, I made my way to the park and had a great run.  That was honestly the best run I had had since the marathon and it made me think I was starting to get into shape again (even though it was two days since beginning running).

jenandi

Then fast forward two days of applying for jobs I headed back to VA.

On my way down I stopped at Katie’s house and finally got to meet her.  We went out for dinner at Greene Turtle.  I think she was one of the first blogs I started following way back in the day and she was one of the first Oiselle athletes I “knew”.  So it was pretty fantastic to have another Oiselle meet up!

KatieandI

In my 36 hour stay in Virginia I also got to hang out with Theresa (I can’t put into words what a great friend she has been to me throughout the last 7 years (7? Oh my!)).  Theresa and I had made plans to go to JoJacks (my favorite café) on Saturday for lunch.  My parents asked if I wanted to go there the night before (not knowing) and of course I wanted to go.  So I had Jojacks for dinner Friday night and for lunch Saturday morning.  I would say it’s an awesome reward for finishing that 10 miler.

Look at us all being #twinnerz

Look at us all being #twinnerz

I was glad I drove back Saturday afternoon/evening because on Sunday we got a huge snowfall in New Jersey.  It doesn’t normally snow here (I asked) and didn’t snow in my area at all last year. This week alone we have gotten two significant snow falls.  No it’s not Upstate, NY snow but it’s still too much for me.

snow

The most important update is this though:

My love for foursquare is a touch too much...

My love for foursquare is a touch too much…

 

Well that is all.  I’m actually off to Philadelphia today (only 45 minutes from me) to go hang out with Tina.  I am being spoiled by all this excitement but I should take advantage of it before I work full time again.

In cliff notes version: My life is going well.  I’m finally enjoying running again, enjoying hanging out and making new friends and not enjoying the weather.

Questions for you:

Do you like running alone or with friends?

I see the positives and negatives to both.  I like running with others but enjoying running by myself too.

What is your favorite restaurant ever?

Jojacks is up there for me but these New Jersey Diners and I have fallen in love.

1 Week to Go (NYCM) 54 miles

This week in workouts was a combination of taper and I’m so busy I don’t have time or energy to workout.  There I said it.  It’s been fairly good that my week of taper has coincided with moving, looking at houses, traveling, being at home, being ultra busy and every other excuse I can think of.  As I said before I have absolutely no idea what a good running taper is.  I’ve researched and looked at various articles but it’s my first taper for a running race. (swimming I just followed a coaches plan). If this plan doesn’t work, it doesn’t and I know next time I run a marathon not to do this.  I know a lot of things not to do next time training for a marathon but that is a post all to itself.

Monday: 12.23 miles Charlotte, NC. 
Tuesday: Cross train (elliptical)
Wednesday: 11.12 miles home, fast finish (8:25 overall pace)
Thursday: Off
Friday: 7.22 progressive run
Saturday Wicked 10k (39:28) (total 11 miles)
Sunday 12.75 miles
Total: 54 miles

Thoughts:

As most articles suggested, the second week out is the time to reduce mileage by around 20-25%.  I’ve gone 102 miles-80 miles-54 miles.  So that is falling about into that. (a little more actually). My legs honestly did not feel as good as I was hoping with the cut of mileage.  Hopefully they will continue to feel better.

The Wicked 10k on Saturday went extremely well.  I’ll have a recap tomorrow but the weather and course made it for a fast race.  I was only 8 seconds from my PR and with no speed work I should be happy.  Am I happy?  I’m pretty happy but alas a 10k PR would have been nice too, especially since I have reduced my mileage.

My last high effort run yesterday went according to the plan.  The goal was to start off easier (8:30 pace) progress and hold for a few miles at goal marathon pace (7:15) then push the envelope a little more and drop down to 7:00 minute pace. Even with not wearing racing flats, I was able to do this so it was certainly motivating.

When I had bad tapers with swimming, I never felt good and found myself feeling sluggish at the start of the race.  (I swam the 1000m and mile in college).  As much as I tried to swim fast, I just felt like I had no turnover or speed.  Hopefully that isn’t the case here.

Next week I’m cutting my miles again with a few miles spread out at marathon pace.  Nothing left to do but continue to rest and mentally prepare for the race.  As I’ve said throughout this training cycle my primary goal for this marathon is to finish.  Would I love to run a 3:10?  Yes, of course, however with waiting around a cold start for 3 hours as well as running a very overcrowded race it’s very tough to say what will happen.  I know if I cross the finish line as happy as when I start, I will be happy.

Questions for you:

What was your first marathon goal?

What is your most confidence boosting workout? 

The Travelers Miles (80)

This week I’ve essentially been on the road and trying to continue my training.  As you may or may not know, I’m headed back to Virginia (home) and hope to get back tomorrow night.  Though if I don’t,  no big deal as I don’t have a time crunch to actually get back there.  That’s why we have spent the last week on the road and just taking things as they come.  We make awful time, stop at multiple places along the way and run a lot.  I fully enjoy it.  It’s nice to not have any pressure to get back quickly.

Monday: Home OFF: Recovery from last weeks 100 mile week…I didn’t move from the couch for about 8 hours besides to eat and use the rest room.  That is not an exaggeration. I should have been packing to move but didn’t even have the energy for that.
Tuesday: Home 13.2 miles untimed
Wednesday: Houston, Tx 12.63 miles untimed
Thursday: Louisiana 13.1 miles untimed
Friday: Pensacola, Fl 13.67 miles (8:30 with 2 miles 7:30)
Saturday: Atlanta Haunted Hustle XC 5k (19:15) total: 11 miles
Sunday: Charlotte 16 miles progression (8:04 overall pace)
Total: 80 miles

Thoughts:

The first three days were spent solely not caring about pace and just getting through the miles.  I took Monday off because I needed to recover.  I honestly felt like if I didn’t take Monday off I would have done damage to my body.  I also don’t think I could have actually run as I was so exhausted.  I enjoy rest days (when they come because they are needed) and having easy days. I fully enjoyed bonding with the couch (and avoiding packing) all day long.

The rest of the week was spent just getting in the miles.  I knew my body was going to be tired.  I had no incline to push the pace, the goal of this week was to get high mileage while traveling and no injure myself.   Friday, I added some quicker miles to prepare me for my first 5k in close to 3 months.

The race in Atlanta was about how I expected it to be.  It was a cross country 5k and I haven’t run anything in the low 6 minute pace since my arm broke in August.  I haven’t run a cross country race since early June either.  (I love cross country though!).  It was nice to shock my body into it and after driving 1200 miles and not being rested (or tapered) it was about how I thought.  I knew it wasn’t going to be a PR but still a great time.

My long run went perfectly.  It was in a cross country park in Charlotte and the weather was beautiful.  I started around an 8:30 pace and then progressed to a 7:30.

Next week/Taper Thoughts:

I’ve never fully tapered for a half marathon and never run a full marathon before.  When tapering for swimming championships I had a mix of having the best race of the season post taper as well as having slower races then in the season.  I plan to slowly cut down my miles and hopefully my legs will feel fresh for the race.  I don’t know how this taper will go but I have my life to run marathons.  If this isn’t the best race ever then I can train and try new things next year.  Though my goal has been 3:10 this entire process, finishing a first marathon is truly an accomplishment in itself.

Questions for you:

Do you do deal well with taper?

Are you a good traveler?

I’m not, I’m a really high maintenance traveler.  I always need to stop and use the rest room, am hungry, thirsty and everywhere in between.  I don’t know of anyone who enjoys traveling with me.

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