Weekend Catchup, NY Edition

I’m home!

Adam and I had a great weekend getaway in New York :).

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On the flight to and from New York I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from cover to cover. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally pick this book up.  There were times where I felt like the story was a little light but then I reminded myself that it was written as a play not a 700 page book. (I WISH it was a 700 page book!)

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I think I was nervous to start this book… worried that I wouldn’t like reading about the original characters being all grown up. Worried that the children would be too similar to the original trio, but that wasn’t the case at all. If you haven’t read this yet, what are you waiting for?!

We spent most of the weekend in Brooklyn since we were in town specifically to see NXT Brooklyn II and SummerSlam at the Barclay’s Center! I vlogged part of the weekend but I don’t know if there will be enough footage for a full video. Aside from going to the wrestling shows (which I don’t think a lot of runners are interested in), we didn’t really do a lot besides sleep since the shows run late into the night.

We did walk across the Brooklyn Bridge which was a great experience!

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I knew the view from the top would be amazing but it was even better than I expected. You can see the Statue of Liberty from the bridge!

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Do you see the statue poking out of the water over there to the left? That’s Lady Liberty!

I think I lost about 20lbs in sweat walking over the bridge in the middle of the afternoon. It was HOT out.

Adam and I walked from our hotel to the Barclay’s Center where the events were held at each day and by the time I got there I was so sweaty and unhappy (until we got back into the a/c).

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I don’t mind being super sweaty in my running clothes but I HATE BEING SWEATY IN REGULAR CLOTHES. I honestly cannot possibly explain in words how much I despise being sweaty in non-workout clothes. I think it’s disgusting. Thankfully the Barclay’s Center had their a/c set to like 60 degrees so it was nice and cold inside!

It was so cool to see all of my favorite wrestlers in person – especially Finn! He won his match and become the Universal Champion on Sunday night!

It’s so crazy to think that two years ago Adam and I saw Finn for the first time in front of an audience of about 50 people ,and on Sunday night we saw him perform in front of a sold out crowd at Barclay’s Arena. So cool!

Now that we’re back home I’ve got to get back into the swing of running after work, dealing with mortgage stuff and catching up on the last few episodes of Stranger Things.

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Am I the only person who doesn’t really like this show? I’m going to finish the season just to see where it goes, but I’m not really enjoying it.

I could care less about the teenager drama and I don’t feel a connection with any of the characters. I also think the plot is moving so so slowly, but I’m hopeful that it will pick up by the last couple of episodes.

Enjoy your Tuesday, I’ll be back tomorrow with my weekly recap!

Have you finished watching Stranger Things? Did it pick up at the end?
What did you think of the new HP book?
Most fun thing you did last weekend? 

Would You Rather: Running Edition

Let’s play a little game of “would you rather” today!

Would you rather…

1. Have a post race beer or a post race dessert? 

Oh this one is so easy!

I would definitely rather have a post race dessert. I’ve done a lot of races that give out free beer coupons and I have never, ever redeemed one. I think beer tastes completely gross. I drank it in college for a little bit but I was being really fake because I hated it!

Tbh, I would rather have a post race Chipotle chicken bowl more than anything!

2. Run with a blister the whole time or a side stitch the whole time?

I’m going to have to go with the side stitch.

Both really suck, but you KNOW a blister isn’t going to go away. In fact it’s only going to get worse as the run progresses. However, with a side stitch you can have hope that it will go away (even if it doesn’t)! That hope will give you a slightly more positive outlook and will make the run feel better than just being mad because you got a blister and it hurts like a b.

3. Run alone or run with friends for every run of an entire training cycle?

Run alone, for sure. In fact I don’t mind doing most things alone. Is that really sad?

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4. Run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?

Well, how hilly are we talking? Like 3 mid-sized hills over the course of a half marathon, or 10 small hills over the course of a 10K? Or two giant hills over the course of a 5K? And just how cold is it?

Also what length in the flat race in the heat? And how hot is it? And does the course have any shade?

I feel like I don’t have enough information to answer this question!!

5. Run a 5K or a marathon?

Since I am in the middle of marathon training right now I’m going to say run a marathon. However, I did get an email to pre-register for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K yesterday and now I’ve got 5Ks on my mind!

6. Run without music or without your GPS?

Definitely run without music… as long as I can listen to a podcast :). Right now I am marathoning my way through the Young House Love podcast, which is all about interior design since I will soon have a new townhouse to decorate!

7. Train through the winter for a spring race or through the summer for a fall race?

Training through the winter for a spring race sounds like heaven. The frigid winter temps down here dip into the 60s and sometimes the upper 50s, and that’s good training weather! However, I would never sign up for a spring race because by spring the weather here is too hot to really be racing!

It’s not ideal to train through south Florida summers but there’s a part of me that actually loves it. Slow, easy runs in the heat of summer aren’t really all that bad!

8. Would you rather give up running for 1 year to get a BQ or never BQ but run as much as you want?

I know the answer you’re supposed to give here is “never BQ and run as much as you want,” but honestly I’d give up a year to get a BQ.

I’m SOOOOOO far off from even being able to think about BQing that I think it would be an experience worth having. It would be awesome, for one day, to feel what it’s like to run so fast and efficiently.

During the year that I had to give up running I would make an effort to get better at biking and swimming so I could do a tri upon my return.

9. Always run in shorts or always run in tights?

I love running in compression shorts, so I think my answer is a mix of both since they are tight shorts :).

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10. Run an ultra marathon or do a triathlon?

RUN AN ULTRA. Definitely run an ultra.

What about you? What’s your ideal post race meal/snack/drink?
Would you rather run a 5K or a marathon?

Chicago Marathon Training Week #12 (+ Need Running Advice)

My long run on Sunday was such a killer.

I set up an aid station in my car and made a stop every four miles to down some Gatorade and grab a Gu. During my stop at mile eight I sat down for a second and did NOT want to get back up.

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At this point in training running eight miles isn’t a big deal. My legs weren’t tired, but I think I was pretty dehydrated. I shouldn’t have gone out running when the sun was still so high. I thought 6pm would be late enough but I was covered in salt by the midway point of my 14-miler.

Thankfully I had brought three bottles of Gatorade with me. I thought that might be excessive, but I ended up drinking almost all three bottles completely. When I stopped at mile 8 I downed an entire bottle in about 30 seconds. That Gatorade was like liquid gold. It literally brought me back to life! THANK YOU GATORADE, I LOVE YOU!

Weekly Training Recap:

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: .5 mi w/up, 4 miles @ 13:37, .5 c/d

Wednesday: 5 miles easy @ 15:02

Thursday: 1 mi w/u, 4 miles @ 13:48, 1 mi c/d

Friday: 4 miles easy @ 14:48

Saturday: 4 miles easy @ 15:00 on treadmill + strength training

Sunday: 14 miles easy @ 15:03 (HOT OUT)

Overall it was a good week.  I hit the paces and mileage that I needed to.

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That being said, I am having some doubts about being able to run 26.2 miles at 13:42 pace.

I know the heat and humidity in Chicago this October is likely going to be MUCH more favorable than what I’m dealing with now… but it’s still hard to believe that I’ll be able to cover the entire course at my goal race pace. I just don’t see how it’s going to happen.

I’m still not ready to make an official adjustment to my A-goal but it’s weighing at the back of my mind.

On a more optimistic front, I’m been really happy with how my lifting has come along this training cycle.

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I haven’t really made any gains but I’m glad that I’ve stuck with my routine – even if I did bring it down to only one day a week. I’m pretty sure every other year I’ve completely abandoned weightlifting when I’m focused on a big race. I hope my continued dedication to lifting will help me feel less tired during the marathon.

I remember in Portland around mile 18 my back started to really bother me. I think my posture had probably gotten pretty bad by that point. Hopefully my upper body and core are feeling strong at mile 18 this year!

I’m hoping for another strong week, although I’m not entirely sure what to do about my long run this weekend. I won’t be able to do it on Sunday so I need to either move it to Friday of this week or Monday of next week.

I’ll be flying both Friday and Monday. If I run it on Friday I will have to get up super early to get it done before my flight. Then I’ll probably be tired and cranky the first day of my NYC trip.

If I wait until Monday I’ll be able to do it in the afternoon when Adam and I get home. I should be well rested on Monday, but I’ll then be doing my long run on my normal rest day which could mess up the rest of next week.

Tough decision!

What do you think I should do? Move the long run to Friday or Monday?

Why Monday is My Favorite Day!

Monday is here again. Isn’t it such a shame that the weekend goes by so fast?

NAH.

Mondays are GREAT! Mondays are my rest day and when you’re following a Hansons plan, finally reaching your one rest day after a long week that includes back-to-back long runs during the weekend is like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! :)

Mondays are excellent but let’s rewind back to the weekend for a minute.

On Saturday I decided to vlog (and even got Adam to agree to be on camera a little, yay!):

It was a very productive weekend day:

  • We went house hunting again
  • I got in a lifting session
  • Went for a nice little run on the t-mill
  • Helped my mom mount her new TV
  • Cat napped with Cecil

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To anyone who thinks cats are all aloof and independent, please come visit Cecil. He will definitely change your mind!

An update on the house hunting front for anyone interested who doesn’t want to watch the vlog: we found The One and we’re putting in an offer today! *fingers crossed*

It was the first time that Adam and I walked into a place and were instantly blown away. When I fell in love with the condo we put an offer in on a couple of weeks ago, it was really the view that I fell in love with not the unit itself. The bedrooms were small and the bathrooms were small too.

We were willing to brush those things aside because the view was great, but in the end when our offer was rejected we felt somewhat relieved. Even if we had gotten it at the price we offered I think we would have still felt a little unhappy with the size of the rooms in the long run.

The place we found this weekend is a townhouse. It’s about double the size of the condo which means the rooms are all plenty big :). There are a million things about this townhouse that we love and I hope that I’ll be able to show and tell you about them all soon!

There’s no view of the ocean, but since I go running at the beach several times a week I will still get my fair share of waves, sand and pretty palm trees.

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My long run on Sunday was killer. I went in the late afternoon (6pm) when the sun was still up a little bit too high. I must have lost 10lbs in sweat!

I’ll tell you all about that tomorrow in my training recap post!

Let’s just say between the heat/humidity/cumulative fatigue I’m definitely feeling the burn of marathon training.

During my run yesterday I said to myself, “I will never train for a race again. It’s too hot to be a distance runner. Kill me now.”

Of course by the time I finished the run I was already thinking about how this training is preparing me for the opportunity to PR in the half this fall… but for now the focus is on Chicago only!

Before I sign off I just have to give a shoutout to my friend Cori who ran her first 50K this weekend!

During training for her first ultra, Cori raised $1250 for the National MS Society. How awesome is that?

I’m sure she’ll be writing a recap this week so keep an eye on her blog!

Best thing about your weekend?
Which day(s) do you celebrate Rest Day each week?

Annoying!

Yesterday during my drive into work I realized I left my running shoes at home.

SO annoying!

If I forget to pack socks in my gym bag I can still make due, but I can’t run without my running shoes. I guess I could give barefoot running a try but I don’t want to. I am terrified of things stabbing me in the bottom of my foot. I don’t even like to walk barefoot around the house!

I’m pretty sure this foot fear stems from a childhood friend once stepping on a screw and getting it stuck in the bottom of her foot. I could be misremembering that — or it could have been something I saw on tv — or just an irrational fear of mine that I’m remembering as being real! Who knows but the fear is REAL! I even get anxious when I see other people walking around barefoot.

One time I watched a scene in a running documentary that showed Anton Krupicka running barefoot in some grass … oy. I legit had to look away until the scene was over!

Since I forgot my running shoes I decided I would just go home after work and run on the treadmill.

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I’m becoming seriously spoiled by these air conditioned runs! I need to get back outside asap before my heat conditioning wears off :).

When I was done with my run I treated myself to a smoothie. Generally speaking my rule is that I get a nice cold smoothie after a super hot outdoor run but you know what? I just really wanted some mango.

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So, you might remember that Adam and I were planning to put an offer in on a condo. The night before we put the offer in we did a TON of research on the condo market in our area. All the research indicates that right now a lot of sellers are trying to cash in by selling at inflated prices in our area.

In addition to online research I reached out to a local real estate investor to ask him what he thought about the condo buildings Adam and I are considering and he was able to give me SO MUCH INSIGHT. If anyone else is looking to purchase a house or condo I would highly suggest getting in touch with an experienced local real estate investor whose willing to chat with you. This investor was able to tell me about land leases for certain buildings, what is being planned to be built on empty lots near other buildings, etc.

For instance, there is one high rise we’re looking at that has an empty lot across the street from it. I was worried that if another high rise went up there it would block my view — but he said a Whole Foods is planned to break ground there in the next year. That’s really great insight that no one else was able to tell me about.

After learning more about the market conditions I realized the offer we were going to put in on the condo would probably mean we would be overspending. At the same time I knew if we put in a lower offer we likely wouldn’t get the condo.

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As much as I loved the condo the last thing I want to do is make a bad investment, so we put in a lower offer than we originally planned and it was rejected. I wasn’t totally surprised but I was a little sad since the condo had such great views of the ocean and the city. The condo is still on the market and maybe the seller will eventually lower his price.

That being said the investor told me he wouldn’t personally buy in that building because the association leases the land from the county and when the lease is up the county will jack up the prices and the association will have to increase the HOA fee — which is already almost $800/mo. Not for nothing, but that’s already almost another mortgage payment on top of the mortgage payment. If I was living there and the HOA fee went up I might have to start selling Cecil’s very soft fur on the black market.

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To be fair he does have the softest fur of any cat ever and I believe I could get good money for it.

Anyway, that is probably WAY more than you ever wanted to know about the condo real estate market in Fort Lauderdale. If you read through all of that you are a good friend! Let me know anytime you need someone to listen to you ramble on about things like I just did and I’ll be your girl!

Happy Thursday :).

When you found your house did you just know it was THE ONE?
What’s your favorite smoothie combination?