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LOTR, Back-to-School Shopping, and Luaus

This weekend was a relaxing one. Derek officially finished his OBGYN rotation after he took his exam on Friday, and I had a lot of tough cases last week. Needless to say, we were both excited for the weekend. We kicked things off with Mexican food after work followed by watching the first half of Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. When we watch some of our favorite movie series (i.e., Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc.), we like to look up drinking games and loosely play them. We don’t actually drink every time, but it’s a fun way to watch the movie. Below is the game we used on Friday.

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Source: geekytyrant.com

Please excuse the language on #8. It was a hilarious rule though, especially given Frodo’s propensity for bizarre facial expressions every time the ring’s power starts to overwhelm him. Also, because it takes 3+ hours to watch any LOTR movie and there are about a billion panoramic scenery shots, it would be impossible to play the game for real.

On Saturday morning we woke up and went for a long walk on the American Tobacco Trail, which is conveniently right next to our townhouse. The weather last week was amazing, and we wanted to get outside and enjoy it. After our walk we headed to Panera for lunch and then on to Target to do some shopping.

Derek “helped” me pick out sunglasses.

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So helpful.

We also picked out school supplies for a third-grader. Our church is collecting backpacks, school supplies, and food for kiddos who need it in our community.

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I’m a big nerd, and I always loved going back to school so shopping for this stuff was really fun. I hope our third-grader likes the backpack!

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The afternoon was spent reading with intermittent napping. It was the perfect afternoon. I finished reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but I still enjoyed it. It is about a woman named Ursula who starts her life over again when she dies. The book starts in 1910 with Ursula’s birth and moves through time until she dies, with each iteration playing out differently based on her decisions. The concept itself is interesting, but the historical content, particularly for the WWII years, was my favorite part.

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On Saturday evening, we headed over to our friend Patrick’s apartment complex for a luau.

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Don’t we make the most stunning couple?

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I take it back. Derek and Patrick make an even more beautiful couple.

After hanging out at the luau for a bit, we went out in Chapel Hill for the night with some friends. We didn’t get home until 3:30AM. Yes, 3:30AM!! I haven’t been out that late in a long time. We had a blast, but I was exhausted by the time we got home.

Sunday primarily involved doing laundry, meal planning, and cleaning. I also picked up a new book at the library that one of my friends from grad school recommended. It’s called Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. It is apparently pretty popular and was published in 1966, but I didn’t hear about it until earlier this year.

I also completed my long run for the week. I don’t know if it was the heat or the lack of sleep from staying out so late the night before, but this was my toughest training run yet. I was definitely pumped when I finished it.

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It was SO nice to have a weekend that didn’t involve Derek or me driving 2.5 hours to see each other. I’m also glad he’s home just in time for us to celebrate his birthday this coming weekend! We’re planning on getting together with our friends for some late-night bowling. Should be fun!

4 Bridges Training {Week 4} + Meal Plan

Another week of training down! I completed all of my runs last week, though I had to shift them around a bit due to weather. In typical North Carolina fashion, the weather changed from burning hot and sunny to severe thunderstorms in a matter of minutes last Tuesday. I opted not to run during the monsoon. I also stuck to the meal plan pretty well. The only meal I shifted over to this week was Saturday’s steak and asparagus stir-fry because we ended up eating snacks for dinner instead. Overall a pretty good week!


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 4

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3.5 miles + strength

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: 3.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 40 minutes

Sunday: 5 miles

Meal Plan- Week of 8/18/14

Monday: Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry + Rice Noodles (carried over from last week)

Tuesday: Sweet Chili Soy Salmon + Brown Rice + Broccoli

Wednesday: Fiesta Chicken Enchiladas (look for the recipe on Thursday)

Thursday: Homemade Veggie Pizza

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Lasagna (Derek’s birthday request)

Sunday: Leftovers/Wing It

My Running History

Did you know yesterday was National Running Day? I love a good pseudo-holiday. 🙂 Since it was National Running Day, I thought I’d share some information about my running history and my next race.

Believe it or not, I started running when I was about 10. I completed my first 5K, which was a fun turkey trot race, when I was in fifth grade.

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A nice closed eyes shot. My friend Logan, whose wedding was a few weeks ago, is on the far left.

After that I ran sporadically until 7th grade when I tried out for the middle school track team. I made the team and loved running with other people. Middle school track is actually how I met my best friend Jenna, whom I have been running with ever since. My experience on the track team confirmed what I already knew: I am a distance runner. I was terrible at sprinting but decent at the 800m and the mile. To this day, I have great endurance, but I’m just not built for or a fan of short distance.

In high school I had the opportunity to get back to longer distances on the cross country team. Running cross country in high school was one of my best decisions. I loved the camaraderie with my teammates. The team went on overnight trips for invitationals, which were always fun, and we had a pasta party every week before our regular meets. I was also in great shape, which helped during my spring lacrosse season as well. It turned out that I was a decent runner, too. My PR for the 5K was 21:01. Unfortunately, between lacrosse and cross country I ran into some overuse injuries. I had plantar fasciitis, which was quite painful, followed by trouble with my IT band. I recovered with the help of orthotics (which I still wear for my super high arches) and physical therapy.

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Me and some of my cross country friends during junior year of high school. I’m second from the right, and Jenna is in the middle.

I went through phases of running during college and graduate school. In my freshman year at UNC I trained for a half marathon. During the 11th week of my 12 week training, I hurt my IT band again and wasn’t able to race. It was such a bummer. I ran very sporadically after that until my senior year of college when I trained for the Raleigh City of Oaks half marathon. I was proud that I finally did it, and I finished in just under two hours.

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My cousin and I after finishing the City of Oaks half marathon.

I usually ran 2 to 3 times per week in graduate school and trained for another half marathon in the spring of my first year. Derek actually decided to run it with me. Although we enjoyed the time spent together, Derek has decided that it was his first and last half marathon. 🙂 He’s just not a distance runner. I’m really proud of him for giving it a try though!We ran the Run the Bluegrass half marathon in Lexington, Kentucky. It was hilly, but it was the most beautiful race I’ve ever done. The course runs through a bunch of horse farms. At one point a horse even ran along side us behind the fence! It was a ton of fun, and I we finished in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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Derek and I finishing the race together.

My brother ran the Bluegrass half marathon with us, too. He’s actually gotten really into running over the past few years.

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My brother Jared, me, and Derek at the race.

After my last half marathon, I decided not to train for another one while I was engaged. I thought wedding planning, finishing graduate school, job hunting, AND training for another half would be too much at once. In fact, I got so busy that running sort of fell by the wayside for a few months. Now I’m slowly but surely building back my mileage, and I’m running 4 to 5 days per week. It’s been over a year since my last half marathon, and I’ve been itching to get back into it. As if on cue, my brother texted me a couple weeks ago and asked if I wanted to run a FULL marathon with him in October. I told him I wasn’t in shape enough to train for the full, but I was up for the half marathon at the same race. I’m excited to say that I will be running the 4 Bridges Half Marathon on October 19th. My brother will be running the 7 Bridges Marathon, and I’m pumped for him. I can’t believe he’s doing a full. How awesome!

Between now and October I will periodically post my weekly workouts, and I will post my half marathon training plan when I start it in late July or early August. Until then, I’ll be working on building back my mileage base.

Reader Questions: Have you ever ran in a race before? If so, what is your favorite race?

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