November 29, 2010

Is the only word I can think of at the moment. As I sit here in a mac n cheese coma, I know that I have to update my blog and tell you about all the wonderful things that have happened in the last 24 hours, but all I can think about is how darn full I am!
I guess that’s what happens when you have a husband that works late on Mondays and you have to fend for yourself for dinner. Mac n cheese is not the healthiest of options, but gosh darn it, I was craving a little bowl of shells with too much butter and an orange powder that is supposed to resemble cheese. YUM-O. At least I had a salad whilst the water was boiling šŸ™‚ ::takes another bite of “cheesy goodness::

So today was about as typical as a Monday in my world is. Get up, take care of dogs, go to work, come home, take care of dogs, eat dinner, etc. etc.
I was super excited to get my first (of many) fundraising efforts off the ground. I did an email blast to a good amount of clients and colleagues hoping for some sort of result. So far I’ve got three donations and I’m anxiously waiting for more! It makes me so happy that people are willing to give a little something even though it’s the start of the holiday season and there is lots O’ spending in everyone’s future. For now, I will definitely label my first email campaign as a success šŸ™‚

On the training front….today is a day of stretching! After I wash my dinner dish and pack my gym bag for tomorrow, I plan on taking some time to get a nice amount of stretching in. Arthur is being a pest though!

Let’s see how much constructive stretching I REALLY get in!


Vacation is O-V-E-R!

November 28, 2010

Can’t say I’ve been much of a blogger these past couple days (okay, okay 5) but with being on vacation and enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday .. I have an excuse, right? It’s also hard for me to sit in front of a computer if I don’t have to! Besides I had lots of turkey to eat and Christmas shopping to do šŸ™‚

Here’s a recap of how the training has been going (at least I stayed consistent with that):
Wednesday: it was still really nice here so I headed out for a 4ish mile walk/run with Arthur. I figured it’s not going to be long before it’s below freezing and I’m headed out for a run, so I’ll take running through crunchy leaves over the gym!
Thursday: TURKEY DAY! Also a much needed rest day šŸ™‚
Friday: 3.75 miles on the treadmill at the gym (various speeds and inclines). This was also after I got up at 6:30 to hit some black Friday deals. I was home by 9:15 a.m. and already had 3/4 of my Christmas shopping done and a solid workout in (score!)
Saturday: 40 min. on the AMT at the gym along with some stretching and ab work.
Sunday: 5 mile run outside with Arthur. It must be the cold weather because Arthur was cruising today and didn’t even LOOK tired afterward. He also ran around in the field for an hour playing fetch just a bit ago. I’m thinking if it’s cold, he can definitely accompany me on some slightly longer runs.

So even though I haven’t been blogging about it, I’m definitely sticking with my running and can’t believe that I’ve already completed 3 weeks of my 1/2 marathon training.

On the fund raising front, I’m going to send out my first email blast tomorrow. I’m hoping it yields some results! I’m also thinking about doing a direct mail campaign along with a 50/50 at a holiday party (still need to make sure that 1.) it’s an acceptable form of fundraising and 2.) that it’s approved by the organization that’s hosting the holiday party).

As for now, I’m headed to the couch to cuddle with my husband and dogs for the remainder of the evening.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

November 23, 2010

I have a feeling this post will just be a jumbled mess of how my day has gone. I mentioned before that I’m off this week, which is great…but sometimes I’m feeling like a lost puppy. I am so used to the rigorous schedule of:
Get up at 5:25 a.m.
Go to gym, workout, shower, leave for work
Get to work at 8:00 and work HARD all day until 5:00
Come home make dinner, unpack gym bag and repack with next day’s outfit, straighten up, do laundry, take care of dogs, answer work emails, etc. etc. etc.
Collapse on couch around 8 p.m.
9:30 bed time

The past couple days have consisted of getting up anywhere between 6:30 and 8:30, having my coffee while watching the morning news, enjoying a run outside, keeping the house ridiculously clean, etc. I feel like I have so much “free time”…..it’s kinda strange!

So what’s a girl to do? This ridiculously organized, over achiever started her christmas shopping … and wrapped everything she bought today. WHOO – HOO! I would LOVE to have a bulk of my shopping done and wrapped before I go back to work on Monday. Ambitious? yes. Totally doable? You betcha! I love this time of year and I want to enjoy it rather than stress about what to get everyone. Must’ve been the full moon on Sunday that has given me all these fantastic ideas on what to purchase for family and friends. Now I just have to scope out the Black Friday deals and get it done.

Today’s run consisted of 4.25 miles around the neighborhood with Arthur. We originally only had 3.6 planned, but it was so nice and Arthur was trucking alongside nicely so we decided to elongate our workout just a wee bit. He’s been nice and tired all day too…which makes for a quiet house.

Tomorrow I think I’m off to the gym to do some cross training on the AMT and lifting in the morning. Afterward I may head to my office and start putting together a list of recipients of my first fundraising email blast šŸ™‚

He must’ve known I was talking about him!

November 22, 2010

I swear Arthur must have signed onto this blog and read all my nice comments about him….and then he sought some type of revenge for whatever reason. Sunday’s run was less than fabulous…Arthur and I headed out for a nice 4.25 mile loop around our neighborhood. We’ve run this loop many times and he’s always so good with me. Well, he decided that he wanted to sniff almost every pole, post, electrical box and random leaf along our route. Needless to say, our “run” consisted of run about 50 yards and then stop to smell something, run another 50 yards and stop to smell something, etc. etc. etc. Even though it wasn’t an ideal situation, at least I got the distance in, right?

In other news, my other monster (a.k.a. Omar the great dane) decided to break his pinky toe on Thursday. How a dog manages to break a toe is beyond me…but my “little” boy decided it was time to spice up my life a bit and did a number on his toe. Maybe he was feeling left out of the whole marathon training thing and this was his sneaky way to get some attention. (I swear these dogs scheme against my husband and I as we sleep at night).
A quick trip to the vet and $500 later…Omar is sporting a “cast” on his leg and I can’t say he’s too happy about that!

I also decided that I was going to take this entire week off. I needed a break and figured this was the perfect time to get my ducks in a row as far as my fundraising for Team DetermiNation goes. I spent a good part of the afternoon designing an email blast that will be going out to my clients. I am also anxiously awaiting my fund raising packet from the American Cancer Society. I’m hoping there are some other good fund raising ideas enclosed in it. I have a good idea of what I want to do to raise the funds that I need, it’s just a matter of executing those ideas! I am very fortunate that I have a good knowledge of what I have to do in order to meet my goal. I also decided that if I reach the $5000 mark early in my fundraising efforts, I am going to raise the goal to $10,000. I really hope it comes to that because the more I raise for the ACS, the better!

Today’s training was conveniently called “stretch and strenghten” on Hal Higdon’s 1/2 Marathon training plan. Oh, I guess I should mention that in April I’ll be running the Asbury Park Half Marathon! Very excited as this will be my first 1/2 and also a great stepping stone in my training for NYC. This 1/2 marathon is also supporting a great cause, the NJ Special Olympics.
Anyway, back to my plan….I didn’t stretch nor strengthen today! Instead I took two long walks with Arthur and enjoyed the unseasonably warm day. I have a 3.6 run on tap for tomorrow along with stretching and some core work.

I’m also thinking about adding another piece of flair to this blog by talking about people that I’ve known who have battled cancer. After all, it’s these folks that serve as the inspiration behind this goal I’ve set for myself. I still have to figure out the logistics of it all (whether or not I’ll use real names, etc.) but stay tuned because I’ve got some really great people that I want you to “meet” and their stories will touch you just as much as they have touched me.

My bestest running partner ever!

November 20, 2010

Meet Arthur, my running partner:

He can only hang for about 4.5 miles until he gets tired, but he makes an excellent running partner for that duration. He never complains if I have to stop to stretch, he loves to happily trot next to me and appreciates that I’ll let him sniff a few telephone poles along the way.

Unfortunately he won’t be able to train for those hard core marathon miles, which is going to be tough because the minute I put on my sneakers, he’s ready and waiting to tag along.

Friday consisted of a short cross training workout and today was nothing but a rest day (unless I include the short walk I took the dogs on and cleaning the house!). Tomorrow I have a nice 4 mile route planned outdoors, with Arthur of course šŸ™‚

My Team DetermiNation webpage!

November 19, 2010

The American Cancer Society:.

Just wanted to quickly share the link to my personal fundraising page! I really hope I’m doing this right LOL!Ā  More to come later on today šŸ™‚

:::tap tap tap:::….Is this thing on?

November 18, 2010

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’ll start this off by saying that I have NO CLUE what I’m doing, so please bear with me as I figure this whole blogging thing out!

I decided to start this blog for a couple different reasons. First and foremost it’s going to serve as a journal of my training as I work my way towards the 2011 ING NYC Marathon.Ā  But not only am I training for this awesome feat, I’ve also decided to add meaning to my miles by running with Team DetermiNATION….so you’ll get the fun and exciting DONATE NOW messages and updates on my fundraising progress too šŸ™‚

In all honesty, I decided to run with Team DetermiNATION because it seems like all of us have had some connection to cancer — whether its through friends, family, colleagues, etc.Ā  The American Cancer Society is a great organization and teaming up with them is going to make this whole experience so much more than just little ole’ me running through the boroughs of New York…it’s going to give me (and everyone who supports me) a chance to be a part of something bigger that just a race.

As I get more acquainted with this whole blogging thing, I hope to add pics and be more creative!Ā  Stick with me and I promise to be entertaining along the way.