Archive | October, 2010

Caution- Crazy Week Ahead

17 Oct

Hopefully, that’s not me by mid-week…

Let see:

1. at least 16 training sessions

2. Job Info Session

3. Two group presentations

4. One quiz

5. One big individual project due

6. JOB INTERVIEW

7. Study Abroad info session

8. Workouts

It’s a lot. I just have to remember – one day at a time.

Lots of fun things to learn and hear about this week: my parents’ trip to Punta Cana, Mike’s trip to Catholic U, the study abroad trip to Spain, the Program I’m interview for, and hopefully** if I got a second round interview for the other job from last week!

I can’t complain, I have a lot of exciting things going on. I am going to chose to be grateful for my busy week.

-Jul

Pic from the weekend –> Best Friends!

 

Must-Haves

14 Oct

Inspired, I’ve decided to post my material wants and needs… they’ve been in paper and pen form since September! Alsooooo, Sean has been asking for this list so hopefully he reads 🙂

The Kindle 3G

At A Glance image

I used to think I’d NEVER want an e-Reader, but recently I’ve realized how awesome this is!

 

Camera

Canon PowerShot SD1400IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

I don’t have my heart set on a specific one just a good point-and-shoot! My current camera is 4 years old and fading fast.

This Beautiful Watch

Tommy Hilfiger Women's 1781000 Classic Gold Plated Stainless Steel Black Watch

 Amazon.com- Tommy Hilfiger, $95 ❤

iTunes $$

Running Watch

This is the new Forerunner 410… more of a nice-to-have than MUST have.

JETS and Yankee Apparel

New York Jets Womens Custom Hooded Sweatshirt - NFLShop.comNike New York Yankees Navy Blue Ladies Authentic Crew T-shirt

I don’t have any… and I call myself a fan! Despicable.

Well, that’s an expensive list! Good thing I have Christmas AND my Birthday coming up!

-Jul

PS> a JOB FOR AFTER GRADUATION would be really nice too 😉

Boston Half Marathon 10-10-10

13 Oct

I did it!

Time: 2:00:51

I truly had such a great time! I want to remember everything, so here goes…

I had a big bowl of whole wheat rotini with roasted veggies and pasta sauce for dinner at home. Afterwards I went over to Sean’s place where he had a cookie and a hot chocolate waiting for me 🙂 I hung out with Sean and Jer for a little while and then headed home around 10:30. I got everything ready and was in bed by around 11. I slept pretty well but I was definitely tired when my alarm went off at 6:10!

I had prepped my coffee the night before, so I just turned the coffee maker on and got dressed while it was brewing. I made my breakfast (2 slices ww bread with PB, Jelly, and a banana) and was eating my breakfast and drinking coffee by 6:20. I took my time reading a magazine and then sipping water. Right on cue, I headed to the bathroom 🙂 and then finished getting ready to go! I left the apartment by 7:15 and headed to Ruggles where I waited for the T with a bunch of other runners! We all got out at Forrest Hills and took the free shuttles waiting to take us to the starting line. It was a very smooth arrival!

The porta-potties were where things got dicey… The lines were SO LONG. I waited for about 25 minutes and then rushed over the Baggage Check (which was also mobbed with people!). Luckily, the volunteers just started taking bags and told us to head to the starting line. It was a close call, but I made it to the start with about 5 minutes to spare!

The weather was PERFECT. It was about 50 degrees and sunny at the start. I was definitely cold in only my shorts and t-shirt but 2 short miles in when I was warmed up, I was glad not to have my long-sleeve shirt! (I put my sweatpants and l/s in the bag I checked before the start).

The course was gorgeous! The start took us downhill for a while so it was hard to gauge my pace. Coupled with the crowd and the nerves, I had no idea whether I was starting out too fast or too slow! I ended up hitting the 1-mile mark at around 9:10.

One of the highlights was seeing Sean, Olga, and Matt at the around the 4.5 miles turnaround!! I was SO happy to see them!! They were tired, cold, and not feeling so hot so I know what a big deal it was for them!

For most of the way I felt like I was cruising! I ate raisins/Craisins and drank water around mile 4, took Gatorade at mile 6, had more raisins at mile 8, and more Gatorade at 9. I also drank water at every stop until mile 11.

The course is pretty cruel after 9! You head pretty much straight up hill and then turnaround and run the rolling hills back to around 11.5. You continue uphill around the Franklin Park Zoo and then finally turn onto a flat and head toward the stadium where the race ends on a track. It was pretty awesome finishing on the track because they don’t make you run that far, and I had a little kick left! I sprinted the last <200 in and finished before the clock hit 2:01!!

After the finish you grab your medal and then walk through the refreshment area to the shirts and baggage claim. The after-finish area is really well organized! I grabbed a few waters, a banana, bagel, some powerbars and granola. I took a mini PB&J burrito that Boloco was handing out (which I ate on the bus, and it was AMAZING) and drank a mini smoothie that B.Good was handing out. It was perfect 🙂

Sean was waiting for me after I got my stuff and snapped some finishers pictures!

After a pretty easy trip back via shuttle and T, I took an ice bath, showered, changed (into my new shirt!) and made a quick protein shake. I rushed over to church for 12:30 and made it on time! I’m really glad I went too.

Sean met me afterwards promptly at 1:30 and we went to Thornton’s for my post-race lunch! I had the Felix which was turkey, avocado, tomato on an english muffin topped with a poached egg. (I got the hollandaise on the side and didn’t end up liking it). I also got a slightly lame serving of too greasy fries. It was a great post-race meal, nutrient-wise 🙂

The rest of the day was spent working on my accounting assignment, napping, and basking in my glory!

Can’t wait for the next race 😉

-Jul

Mid-Week Fun

7 Oct

I volunteered to help out at the Personal Trainer – in training weight room clinic last night. It actually really fun teaching lunges and shoulder presses all night with my PT friends! When I left, however, it was already 9:15 😦 I got a call saying my guy friends were headed to the local bar to watch the Yankee game. And you know what? I was DYING to go! I felt like going out and doing something fun like that even in the midst of a crazy week would be good for me. Turns out, it DEFINITELY was 🙂 I finished my entire pumpkin beer (shocking, I know!) and truly enjoyed my night!

It’s a good thing too, because look at this CRAZY schedule:

Today (Thursday)

  • 2 clients
  • Class
  • Career Fair
  • 2 Clients

*without any breaks

Tomorrow (Friday)

  • 2 classes
  • Job interview
  • 3 clients
  • possible 4th client

UGH. Good thing I love my job, and I’m on top of my school work.

And off I go!

-Jul

Go-to Chili Recipe

5 Oct

I’ve been craving chili for weeks! So, when October finally rolled around and I had a chance to go to Trader Joe’s, it chili-time!

Turkey and Bean Chili

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (with green chile)
  • 15 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried onion

Sauté garlic in olive oil in large pot. Add ground turkey and cook until mostly browned. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, and spices. Simmer for about 20 minutes.

*The spices are a bit light because of the spiciness of the fire roasted tomatoes!

I’m Quitting

3 Oct

It’s painful to start something, get really excited, commit, and then gradually realize you don’t love it quite as much as you initially thought. I am not someone who quits. I have always been taught from a young age that if you start something, you finish it. Not liking the coach, sitting the bench, or getting bored with the sport are not valid reasons for quitting. (There are, of course, valid reasons – like if the coach is abusive).

One of my promises to myself this semester was to do only the things that bring me happiness or better the lives of others around me. The Club Running Team has not turned out to be everything I hoped for. The leadership is poor, organization is non-existent, and there is no real “team” feel or camaraderie. So, I’ve made the decision to quit.

If I had stayed on the team it would have been for 2 reasons:

1. So I don’t have to run at night alone in the dark

2. To not be a quitter

Neither are good enough reasons to do something that really doesn’t bring me or anyone else any benefit. I’m a little sad to leave some of the nice “slower” girls that I’ve met but I feel like I have to do this for myself.

As for my own running, now that I’m not “in-training” any more (well as of this Sunday), I can be a little more flexible on how much and when I run. I’m excited to do some more interval training, spin classes, and weight lifting! Variety makes me happy 🙂

I’m off to do some homework!

-Jul