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Almost There

21 Dec

There are so many things that I am just “Almost There” with.

The Jenny Challenge. I have run 88 miles – only 12 more to go! My plan is to have it done by Friday (the 23rd) which will mean I ran 100 miles in 30 days! Oh how my legs hurt.

The work week. Only three days to go! As of Friday at 3 pm I am done working until Jan 4th. This week long vacation in Florida is going to be so so nice.

Christmas shopping. I have one more present to get and then I am finally done! I got a ton of my shopping done right after Thanksgiving but this past week I kept finding more and more presents I needed to get. I ended up getting 24 different people presents this year- thats insane!

Ahh almost almost almost there!

At least someone isn’t in a hurry for this week to end.

I’m going to miss this lil guy when I’m in Florida!

How are you dealing with the anticipation of Christmas?

Jenny Challenge Update

13 Dec

It’s amazing how much easier running gets when you

intelligent thoughts over here today folks.

There are only 12 days left until Christmas which means only 12 days left to reach 100 miles! Luckily I am at 60.8 as of today so it is looking doable.

I have done most my runs on the treadmill the past week- including a looong eight miler last Friday and 6.3 miles today. I have gotten pretty used to the treadmill now and don’t really see myself getting back outside as much now that it’s getting colder. Hey a run is a run right?

So 12 days and 39.2 miles until Christmas! Anyone else been running lately?

Time for the biggest loser season finale! See you in the morning for the recap!


Check out my new favorite headbandz- great for running!

Run Run Rudolph

6 Dec

Santa’s gotta make it to town!

Too early? I figured at the rate I’ve been blogging it might be Christmas when I post again.

But really running is the only thing of any #fitblog interest I have been doing. I blame The Jenny Challenge.

November brought a total of 62.45 miles which was my highest month since July. Due to the Challenge I am on pace to run an 80-90 mile month in December #thatshitcray. So far I have already run 15.5 miles this month!


Besides running nothing too interesting going on here in Smashville. Only 14 work days left until my glorious week and a half off for Christmas and Florida.

My poor puppy has a skin infection so we will be off to the vet today. Lil guy can’t stop scratching.. and therefore is constantly irritated and won’t sleep through the night again. That makes me a very tired puppy mom.

Really who can get mad at this face though?

Happy Tuesday!


The Jenny Challenge

29 Nov

Well the worst day of the week has come and gone. Dear Monday- I hate you.

Luckily I was able to almost complete my Christmas shopping thanks to Cyber Monday. Between that and Black Friday I have spent waaaaay over my limit in Christmas presents. Now if someone could please find out what my father wants my shopping will be 100% done.

I was also able to get in a 4.5 mile run. Nothing special except for the fact the I am now at 12.5 mile for The Jenny Challenge.

Yep that’s right- I am attempting to run 100 miles between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is going to be quite hard but I have  a plan mapped out and so now I just need to stick to it. I’m already one 4 mile run behind…oops.

Technically the challenge counts 10 minutes of any cardio as a mile so if I followed that I would be at over 20 miles by now but I am going to try to just count actually running mileage. We’ll see if I still feel that way in a week or so.

Anyone else want to join in the challenge? It’s not too late to sign up! Check it out and let me know if you decide to do it.


Jenny Challenge Running Mileage: 12.5 miles

Bonfield Express 5k Race Report

28 Nov

For the first time ever I participated in a Turkey Trot!





I wasn’t really sure I cared about doing a race again this soon but when I knew I would be in the suburbs on Thanksgiving morning I though I should probably sign up for a turkey trot. Luckily I was able to recruit my boyfriends two sisters to do it with me!

I didn’t really have any specific goals for this race besides go have fun but I knew I could probably run a decent (for me) time if I tried. I decided to make under 25 my A+ goal.

The course was more challenging than I am used to running on (i.e. the very flat lakefront path) but it was a really pretty course. I went out way to fast and semi-died on the second mile but came back for a strong finish.

  • Mile 1: 7:51
  • Mile 2: 8:16
  • Mile 3: 8:11
  • Last .11: 47 seconds
  • Final Time: 25:04
When I finished and saw that I was only 4 seconds away from my goal I was a little pissed because I knew if I was paying attention to the time I could have made myself finish faster. But I also felt like I was going to throw up so I knew I had run hard!
My most recent PR is 24:55 from the Hot Chocolate 5k last year so I have a feeling I can break that in my next race.
I was 600/4441 and 38/559 in my age group.
Congrats to Lauren and Erin who finished their first 5k ever!

The Long Run That Wasn’t

18 Nov

Last night I was all prepared to do my long run this morning. I had my warm winter clothes set out and my garmin charged and ready. The plan was to run to work and since I work at 6 am that led to a veryy early wake up call.

And then I stepped outside. It was freezing and windy. Did I really want to run outside today? Nahhh

So no long run happened outside. I am hoping to get 6 treadmill miles in later and then do a short run outside tomorrow to bring the weekly total to 16.

It is becoming harder and harder to motivate myself to do longer runs outside because I am not currently training for anything. Does it really matter if I run a long run this week? Not at all.

However I did sign up for a 5k Turkey Trot on Thanskgiving morning. I don’t have any high expectations for it besides just have fun and try to enjoy racing again.

So what’s a girl to do when she fails at her workout? Naturally start Friday off with a billion calories of Dunkin Donuts.

I have been craving a pumpkin donut since September and never got one.. today was the day. And it was so worth it.

Happy Friday!


Cold 7

11 Nov

I completed my first sub 35 degree weather run of the season!

7 miles with a 9:06 average- I’m happy with that considering I haven’t ran 7 in at least a month (probably 2).

And the best part is I finally achieved my weekly mileage goal- I am at 15.5 miles for the week. Sadly I have a slightly angry right piriformis muscle and knee. I am hoping they feel better after some foam rolling.

Happy Friday from Chicago!