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On October 30th 2o1o . . ย Chris, Mom, Jill, Marie and myself ran in the Monster Dash 5k to support Point Pleasant EMS in NJ.

In one word, I can sum up my first 5k ย . . . . FUN

The adrenaline of it all pushed me to run further without stopping for as long as I can remember.

Before I start I just want to give credit to our photographer . . . Dad. ย He got some great shots through the course of the race and we will forever have these to remember this awesome time ๐Ÿ™‚

When we got there, we went right in to receive our numbers. ย I was proud to be 1-2-3!

It was kind of cold so we all hung out in the sun.

We had an hour until race time, so Jill and I decided to to a warm-up jog back and fourth to the bathroom.

And Chris . . . he warmed up in his own weird way . . .

As time ticked by, we started reviewing the map and getting excited.

We all waited patiently at the starting line.

And before we knew it, we were off! ย Down the boardwalk, through the inlet and onto the streets. ย We were cheered on along the way by all of the EMS workers stopping traffic for us. ย We kept a really great pace only stopping to walk a couple times so Marie could rest her calfs. ย But we ran most of the way!

When we made it back to the final stretch on the boardwalk, we ditched Marie and picked up the pace. ย I ended up finishing in 35:38 which was WAY under my goal of 50 minutes!

Chris followed right behind me as Marie was not too far behind. ย Mom came in just over 40min and Jill kicked it into high gear to make it in 42min which is impressive for someone who walked most of the way!

We stuck around for the awards ceremony which began to drag on after a while. ย But, Marie did end up winning a pumpkin that she dug into shortly after.

We had such a blast and the sense of accomplishment makes things so worth it. ย I have such high motivation now, and we all cant wait for the next one.

I Did It!

Well, we did it actually!

All of us completed our first ever race this morning and we couldn’t be more happy ๐Ÿ™‚

I came in WAY under my goal and so did Chris, Mom, Marie and Jill!

I will have a full re-cap coming up once my photographer emails me the pictures from the race. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for now we have a Halloween Party to get ready for so I gotta put some blood on my shirt . . Spook ya later!

Its no secret that I am going to be a busy broad in a few weeks when I
start school. Between commuting, working and studying(cooking) my social
life will definetly take a HUGE hit. Thankfully, I have friends that
understand, and of course Chris understands too, but I refuse to let our
relationship to take a back seat to all the madness which is why I am
introducing . . .

Date Night

My only full day off from any commitments will be on Thursday, so date
night would be perfect on this day. We will be having dinner, then watching
tv or a movie, playing a game, going for a walk or just hanging out being
stupid. Its a great chance to connect with each other and it will force me
to get creative with dinners and desserts ๐Ÿ™‚

This Thursday, we did a ‘practice run’, so I put on my most elegant pajama

And popped open my Hello Kitty champagne from Ashley.

Dinner was Salsa Chicken.

Recipe coming soon . . .

Afterwards, we went for an exact 2.36 mile walk around a huge loop by our
apartment. Im not sure about this route though, it got pretty scary at
night through the parts without a sidewalk.

We made it back in time to watch some Halloween Specials on TV and then hit the hay to rest up for a busy friday and 5k this weekend!

Date Night #1 = SUCCESS

Do you and your other half have a date night? What do you do?

Yeah, I’m slacking. But how couldn’t I be? Just look at our living room!


I swear, couple that with what the kitchen and bedroom look like and it’s grounds for inducing a Val panic attack ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Thank goodness I have a full day off to make a dent in all this madness.

That’s not all I have been up to though. I’ve been doing this . . .

No, not prancing around like a dumb ass . . . Running ๐Ÿ™‚

I even bought one of these!


Edit: ANOTHER one of these.

I had 2 ancient Garmin’s waaaay back in the day before running was cool ๐Ÿ™„ I have been entertaining the idea of a new one for motivation as I am truly at a place where I am ENJOYING running and there was a sale on this one.

I feel like I’m on a spending binge lately caused by the looming wrath of debt coming up in my very near future. I might as well buy it while I have it . . . I think?

Other than major boring errands, Marie and I have another 5 mile ‘res’ trek planned for this afternoon. This will be the last run before the 5k.

I also have a special dinner planned that I am excited about ๐Ÿ˜‰

What have you been up to?

After Thursday’s gratitude breakthrough, I have been on a high of some sort. I just feel happy. Yes I have a massive to do list and things I could be stressing about, but in the big picture . . . Life is good ๐Ÿ™‚

So I did something crazy . . .

I signed up for a 5k!

Yes, it’s in two weeks and I know I am not trained whatsoever for it, but it sounds like a good time and Why the heck not?

It’s held at the boardwalk where my usual runs are, and it is also a costume race. I’m debating if I am going to wear a costume only because I may not have time to put it all together. I had a great idea of chris being Mario and me being an ‘invincible star’ with something attached to me that sings the tune. I know you all know it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh and another awesome thing besides Chris doing it too is that so is my mom and my two sisters! They don’t plan to run either which is why it’s good that its a walk too.

Luckily, I was able to get to road runner to get fitted for some serious sneaks. They do this awesome free testing to see check balance, where you pronate and I even got custom orthotics! I ended up taking home these babies. I’m a fan of Saucony, very comfortable.

I was lucky enough to score some free stuff like socks, gu chomps, a hat and some pens since it was Ladies Night

I’m excited! Exercise is so much more enjoyable when you aren’t doing it for weight loss ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you think of me signing up for a 5k with zero training? Yay or Nay?


Posted on: October 8, 2010

If you haven’t already, check out the Self Discovery Word By Word Blogger Series on Ashley’s blog Nourishing The Soul.

The word first word of this series is GRATITUDE and what comes to mind when you see this word. I have to say I didn’t know what to write for this. Especially seeing amazing entries like the one from Katie but sometimes I get inspiration when I don’t expect it.

I haven’t exercised in almost 2 weeks. I don’t feel guilty about this, I swear. My body needed rest, it was raining, and the stars just didn’t align. However, this made me nervous to finally go out for a workout today as I was starting to make slow but steady progress in my running.

Mom and I decided to go to the reservoir which is always a good option. It was cold, empty and beautiful.

I told myself that I would only run for 2min then walk for 3min the whole time and if i got tired or couldn’t keep this pace, then there was absolutely no shame in walking. During one of the jogging intervals, I decided to not stop. I ran for 10min straight! I passed a family of deer on the way and I think my proud smile kept me going. I was so proud.

THEN I decided to do the same about 10min later. I put a good song on and just went for it. Can I tell you . . . I DIDNT STOP FOR 21 MINUTES! I made it all the way smiling through the hilly terrain to the very end.

I’ve NEVER EVER ran this long. This was big. I started thinking about why I was able to do this today and not any other day.

Well, the in two weeks that I didn’t exercise I took care of myself much better then usual. Vitamins, vegetables, relaxing, having a good time with friends, laughing, eating less sugar I believe that exercise is NOT the only way to take care of yourself.

Today, the sum of all of this added up to . . .


My body was thanking me for taking care of it! I think in this run today, I finally made the connection. If you take care of your body, it will show you GRATITUDE and take care of you! I would have never had the energy or motivation to do this had I not consciously made the effort in taking better care of myself the past 2 weeks. Again, something you already know but don’t necessarily believe until all of the lessons you learn snowball in your head until they click.

I believe that my body deserves this gratitude in the form of taking better care of myself. I put it through SO much hell in the past few years by dieting, overtraining, and hating it, and it always followed me through showing me signs as I ignored them in a quest of a newer ‘better’ body.

The lesson . . .

Show your body the gratitude it deserves the way it is RIGHT NOW or it will never show it back to you.

What have YOU done to show yourself gratitude?

Without stopping?


I usually run for one song on boardwalk. Then walk a bit, then continue running. Today, I ran the whole way! Of course this was in between walking and other jogging intervals, but it felt great!

It’s showing me that I’m making progress. More importantly, I actually LIKE doing it and there is no pressure on myself.

*happy dance*


I obviously have a million things flying through my head since I have been accepted to Natural Gourmet Institute and will be going in less then 2 months! There has been one thought that’s been shining through all of the craziness and it seems to have a stronger presence then the rest of my thoughts. Its clear now that is that its coming from my Inner Voice

I started thinking about how incredibly busy I am going to be physically and emotionally. I need to keep up 2 days of commuting, studying, reading, practicing cooking, along with a full-time job. Not to mention all of the things I am doing now like dishes, cleaning, laundry, finances ect. Oh, and in case you we’re wondering, blogging will have plenty of time while I’m on the train ๐Ÿ˜‰ *slaps high five to 3G*

I envision myself ragged and tired and always on the go. I see no time for fun things in my life (though I consider the school fun, thankfully). I see stress, financial worries and no ENERGY. This scares me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Now, maybe I’m greedy . . . But I want it all! I want to be a top student. I want to contribute and show them ALL I GOT. I also want to stay on top of things at work. I want to keep up with things in the apartment. I want to keep up with my relationships with Chris, family and friends. I still want to do fun things with the tiniest bit of money I will have, if any.

Me: How am I going to do this?

Inner Voice: Well, the only way your going to do this all is by making sure you take care of yourself. In fact, if nothing else, as a student . . . You have no CHOICE but to take care of yourself!

That is absolutely correct. Above all else, I must find time to take care of myself.

I must create time to exercise my body in a way that is enjoyable.

I must take DAILY time to sit in silence with my thoughts.

I must live in every moment I get to spend time with the people I love.

I must feed my body in a way that will give me strength, energy and emotional well-being.

My body and mind are the vehicle that will be getting me where I need to go. I must bring fourth the best in order to handle everything going on in my life.

Something is clicking here. This is something that I am choosing to do for MY life. For once, I’m not on anyones watch and I am FULLY responsible for my success or failure here. For once, I feel like I have a profound reason to start taking care of me.

THIS is priority #1 and it must start NOW!

This morning I woke up at 5am after a night of tossing and turning due to raging heartburn, and the fact that still . . . It was too hot and dry in our room.I told myself just to get up and go run anyway because I will feel better after. As my mom drove us to the beach, I contemplated sleeping in the car while she worked out.

So, I walked the first 15min like usual without music. Then when it came to the time I usually run, I turned on the music and it just seemed too noisy. So I walked and walked until I was a little more then half way thorough and tried again.

I lasted a hot 10 seconds . . .

Now, I was getting angry. I skipped a little bit of what I usually do and focused on getting back to the car. I started feeling just heavy, gross and noticed my new bloat I was sporting jiggled with every step.

My mom stopped to talk to a fisherman that she knows in the distance and I stopped far enough away from them waiting for her to come back so I could grab her keys. She stayed there for a good 5min and waved me over to come meet him. I obviously was in no mood so I threw my arms in the air and she came back and I snapped at her telling her I didn’t want to talk to anybody.

Now I’m sitting in the car waiting for her to finish and you know what?

I DONT feel better after exercising today.

I know I shouldn’t be hard on myself for walking. And I know a biting reason why I didn’t have the energy was because of all the processed food and sugar I ate all weekend, but I thought I was supposed to feel better. Isn’t that the rule?


At home I have a mountain of laundry to tackle and I have to head in for a stressful afternoon at work. I hope I cam turn this fowl mood around by then. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

We have all heard that we should exercise even if we don’t feel like it because no matter what we will feel better. Has that ever not been true for you too?

Fall work hours are in full effect. For me, this means working 3 full days on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (7:30am – 7:30pm) with a little break in between. Oh and Saturday mornings for a few hours most of the time. Anyway, the point is . . . unless there is a meeting . . . I have Thursdays off!

But this is not a typical day off filled with commitments and errands and all that junk. This is a REAL day off where I can choose to do my laundry, or not. I can sleep in, or get up at the crack of dawn for a beach workout. I can have a nice meal out with Chris, or see a movie . . . Or I can make a complete mess of my kitchen trying new recipes and evil creations . . . MUHAHAHAHA ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Now I’m sure the novelty will soon wear off and I will be scheduling some crap and getting a routine down. But for now, let’s enjoy this Thursday shall we?

Today I . . . .

Did NOT sleep in– yeah, things took a turn for the worse after I posed along side my box of tissues. I felt the worst ever. I think a big thing is that the guy that lives upstairs smokes and it’s been really bothering me. Isn’t there laws against that? I had a cup of sleepy time tea and had sleepless night. Work was hard to get through, but I did it, and I think my major adjustment helped. I decided to sleep in instead of going to workout at the beach with mom, but I ended up getting up at 5:21am and started my winding journey through the blogosphere with a swamp smoothie in hand (blueberries, spinach, almond milk, hemp protein, agave nectar)

After what felt like ten minutes (but was really like 1.5 hours), I decided to get some things done such as draining tofu, cleaning dishes, prepping for dinner. I finally settled enough to have a cup of my favorite coffee and have 2 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies that I unfroze and popped in the toaster oven. I’m still so puzzled at how there was only enough dough for a couple cookies when I know I froze a lot more dough ๐Ÿ˜‰ Either way, I made sure I ate them in my star pajama pants.

Went to the resivuor for a workout ALONE – I used to do this all the time years ago. Lately I haven’t gone alone though. It really wasn’t a good workout. I did not realize how hot it was . . . 97! All I had in me was a swamp smoothie, the cookies and coffee. I didn’t drink much water either. By the 2nd mile I started getting lightheaded. I trucked on though and got some jogging intervals in but mostly walking. I did 5 miles in 1:27.

Made an interesting dinner for Chris and I – I planned to make stuffed peppers using the leftover turkey meatloaf I had in the freezer. I realized that cooking already cooked meat wasn’t going to turn out so well so chopped up all the ingredients and simmered it in marinara. I served mine over quinoa and Chris’s over pasta.

Paid the rent – yeah this one is important ๐Ÿ˜‰

All in all, I’m satisfied with the day. I don’t often have a day where I at least ‘feel’ like i can do anything I want, so we shall see how long it takes for the novelty to wear off.

Long day of work ahead. Oh and the hurricane is supposed to give this part of the state some wind, heavy rain, and surf. I’m going to try to unplug and maybe read a book with REAL pages, or get some stuff at Target, or give myself a manicure. Hmm. . . .

What is it that you end up doing when you have ZERO commitments?

  • None
  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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