A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday 5 - CRAZY DREAMS!

Before we get started, I wanted to tell you to pop over to Kristina Running because she interviewed me about qualifying for Boston and she is posting my answers today! Note: I AM NOT AN EXPERT!!!! I did qualify for Boston twice but I don't really feel qualified to give too much advice about it. At any rate, check it out anyway. Kristina is my friend and I love her blog! And if you like my blog, you will probably like her's too. Running + Cats = A GOOD TIME!

Hey all! I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5 2.0!

I had a hard time figuring out what to share with you this Friday, mainly because it was a very up and down week for me. Some great things happened and some bad things happened. But I'm having trouble focusing on the positive!

So instead of telling you about my week in general, I'm going to share with you some of the CRAZY dreams I had! It seems like every night I had very vivid dreams that I actually remembered.

Are you read to dive into my sick brain? Of course you are. Why else would you come to Meg Go Run!?

1. I dreamed Anderson Cooper was giving me recorder lessons. The lessons only cost $4. What a bargain!

Ummm... of course you can teach me to play the recorder!

2. I dreamed I met Hillary Clinton. She was VERY tall, as if she was on stilts, and she wore a trench coat. Since I already planned what I would say to Hillary Clinton if I ever met her in "real life" (who knows, maybe I will run across her in the woods someday!?), I knew exactly what to say to her in my dream. She smiled but didn't say anything back.

3. I dreamed our friend Bob sneaked into our house while we were sleeping. He redecorated our front room, which I call our music room. He got us new furniture and everything. When we woke up and saw what Bob did, we told him we didn't like his decorating. Bob stormed out because he was mad at our reaction to his hard work.

That's Bob on the right.

4. I dreamed I witnessed an airplane crash. I was walking on a street near the house I grew up in and I saw a plane going in for a landing at a nearby airport. (There isn't actually an airport in my hometown.) The plane landed but skidded off the runway and burst into flames. Suddenly, people from the plane were falling out of the sky all around me. They had blood coming out of their nose, ears, and mouth. I kept trying to comfort them but they all looked like they were in a lot of pain and couldn't talk. I had this dream two nights after I booked our flights for California. Just BOOKING the freaking flights gave me nightmares!

5. I dreamed we moved back to my old apartment. I remember instantly feeling really sad in the dream. Paul and I love our house. I never ever want to move. In my dream, I remember thinking, "Why did we move!!??" and I had a horrible feeling in my stomach. Even if someone gave us a really, really, REALLY nice house, I don't think I would want to move. I would miss this house too much...

Oh, that's not the end of the dream! I had a housewarming party for my "new" place and some of my coworkers came. My friend Peggy was sitting on our sectional sofa and I apologized to her because it smelled like cat pee.

That's not the end of my dream either. Suddenly, my dream CHANGED. I was laying on my belly on a stability ball on Route 11/15 in front of the Camp Hill Mall. I was at a red light. When it turned green, I slid down the wet streets on my stability ball, kind of like it was on a water slide. I slid fast past the mall... 

Suddenly, in the middle of the road were the administrators from my school district. They had silk flags (like in a marching band) and were doing a routine for me as I slid by. "How nice!" I thought. Then, I slid off the exit to get to my house, and the same coworkers that were at my housewarming party (including Peggy) had silk flags and were doing their very own routine for me.

Boy did I feel special that so many people from my school district decided to perform for me as I slide down 11/15 on my stability ball!


This was my hair when I woke up Thursday morning:

Tell me about one of your crazy dreams!

Do you dream about plane crashes?

Would you move if someone gave you a house a lot bigger and nicer than the one you live in now?

Did you ever have a dream you would never ever tell a SOUL? I have!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

We planned our summer vaycay!

We planned our summer vay cay! Flights are booked. Hotels are booked. Cat sitter is booked. Race entry is paid (YES THAT'S RIGHT I'M RUNNING A RACE ON OUR VACATION!). The only thing I have to do yet is reserve our rental car, and as soon as the Alamo website is done being wonky, I will get right on that!

The short story is we are visiting Northern California to see the Redwoods! We'll be in Arcata for a night and Garberville for a night. Then we will drive down the famous Route 1 to Stinson Beach and stay there for three nights.

We have visited Stinson Beach before and figured it would be the best place to hunker down as it is close to some awesome trails, the cute town of Sausalito, Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais, and of course, San Francisco.

I will be running the Table Rock Trail Race 30k which takes you through Muir Woods and down one of the most beautiful trails I have even been on- the Dipsea Trail. I ran on this trail for a couple miles when Paul and I took a trip to San Francisco several years ago. I remember running up the trail, turning around, and seeing the Pacific Ocean behind me. It was MAGICAL and I'm so glad we get to go back and spend more than just a couple hours there.

Eventually, I'll write more about the race, why I chose it, and why I'm not “racing” it. Of course I will also give you lots more info about what we have planned a far as our itinerary. It will include a lot of driving, a lot of hiking, and not a lot of sleep! I will hopefully get to meet up with Rachel for a run while we are in Arcata. I'm always jealous of how beautiful it is where Rachel runs... well now I get to run there too!

I already miss the kitties...

Here are some pics from our first CA trip!

Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge

That was not a moving trolley.

Hiking just outside Muir Woods. I think I will be running this trail at the race!

One of the most gorgeous drives, though I am not sure it's as good as CO!
Maybe it is, it's just apples and oranges!
Have you ever been to NoCal?
Any suggestions on “Must dos” while we are there?
Do you have summer vacation plans yet?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Websites I Visit Most

Last week, Kristina wrote a fun post about the websites she visits most. I was really excited to read about that, mostly because I am a very nosy person in regards to the personal lives of bloggers I follow. (Sorry if you find that creepy but it's the TRUTH!)

Kristina's post inspired me to do one in a very similar style! Here I will list the websites I go to every day as well as some that I visit a couple times a week.

~ Websites I Visit Every Day ~

1. Meg Go Run. Since I post every day and like to respond to all comments, I log into Meg Go Run a couple times a day. Meranda told me blogging would be so much easier once I had a smartphone, and she was correct! While I'd never dream of writing a whole post on my phone, I do comment via my phone.

2. Other Blogs! If you ever wondered what blogs I read regularly, check out my blog roll! I recently updated it because I realized it was a little outdated.

3. Facebook. Facebook is a great place for me to keep updated on the news. I follow The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and NPR. I currently have 90% of my Facebook friends hidden just because it was getting to be too much “noise”. I was at the point where I either was going to quit Facebook or just hide a lot of people...

4. Solving JonBenet. This is my favorite JonBenet blog to read, and it's basically for the comments. It's more like a forum these days than a blog. While I don't agree with the host's theory of who killed JonBenet (he thinks it was her father with no help in the crime OR cover up from the mother), I do like to read all the discussions in the comments. I have only commented on the blog a couple times but I want to comment more because I have finally solidified some of my opinions on the case! Some of the comments and the host can be very condescending to those who don't agree with their theory, which I find annoying. But it's like a train wreck and I can't look away! This is what I read before I go to bed at night!

~ Websites I Visit A Couple Times A Week ~

1. Internet Movie Database. I like to check out the discussion forums for The View, Survivor, and Big Brother. Unfortunately, on February 20th, imdb disabled all of their message boards! I have been a member there for fourteen years, so it truly is the end of an era...

2. Google. Does Google even count? I am always asking Google stuff! Mostly I ask how old people are or if they are married. And by people, I mean my favorite hosts and political correspondents on CNN. Do you have favorite correspondents? I love...

Jim Acosta              David Axelrod

David Gergen         Gloria Borger

Jim Sciutto

Kirsten Powers

3. Amazon. We buy a lot of every day things on Amazon because we have Prime and it's so easy! I recently got a 10 pack of cat treats for the kitties. Now I don't have to buy cat treats for like a year!
What websites do you visit daily or weekly?
Do you have favorite news hosts/correspondents?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Utah Valley Marathon & Half Marathon (GIVEAWAY!)

Last week, the Utah Valley Marathon reached out to me and offered me a couple free race entries and discount codes for my lucky readers!

Utah is definitely on me and Paul's “to visit” list, but we already made summer vacation plans. But my loss is your gain! Hopefully you can take advantage of one of the free race entries or discount codes!

**Note: I do get a very small kickback if you use the discount code, but that is not my motivation for sharing this deal with you. I am just hoping that there are people who plan to run this race that can get one of the free entries or a bit of a discount**

As I searched the race website, I realized this race has something for everyone! Not only is there a marathon distance, but also a half and 10k.

The race starts in Provo Canyon. Google Image Provo Canyon. I dare you! It's just an hour from Salt Lake City.

The Utah Valley Marathon was named a TOP 10 race in America by Runner’s World Magazine in 2014. Because this is the 10 year anniversary, they are giving out a nice race jacket instead of a shirt. The course is a super fast downhill, which could be perfect for a BQ. And if you're into bling, the race medals are very large.

Since I am not techno savvy at all, this is how I will do the giveaway... The first TWO people to comment on THIS POST who express interest in the free entry will receive one free entry. I will simply email you the code.

As for the 15%, I am able to give that code to all of my readers! When registering, use the code MGR15 for 15% off!

Don't forget to comment if you want one of the free entries!

Also, feel free to share this info with anyone you know who lives in Utah and may want to run this race!
Have you ever been to Utah?
Are you running Utah Valley?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up!

Happy Monday!

Here's what we were up to this weekend...

I woke up Friday morning not feeling too much worse than the day before. I decided to go for a 6 miler. While my legs felt fresh from several days of rest, my motor was just so lethargic. I finished my run feeling completely exhausted, although my legs felt like they could keep going. It was a weird feeling.

It was tough to make it through the school day, but I did it. I warned every class that "I look angry, but I'm not angry, I'm just tired." It's always nice to get some sympathy. For the record, I find 2-3rd graders the most sympathetic. K and 1st grade are still very just into themselves.

I wore some jewelry my SIL designed for me. I'm an elementary school teacher, so it is completely acceptable for me to wear earrings and a necklace with my cats' pictures on them. 

Since we're trying to save money for vacation and I was so tired, we decided to stay in on Friday night. I went to bed early...

... and slept for a grand total of 13 hours! I was sick of being sick and decided I would have a great day no matter what.

Look at my boy!

I drove to my hometown and did a 10 miler which included going up and down a mountain. I was so tired.

Then I went back to my parents house and hung out with my family. It was Grandma Michael's birthday and she was 88 years young!

Ellie and Grandma had Snap Chat time...

On my way home, I stopped by my Grandma & Pappy's house to visit them. We had a nice chat!

I was feeling so tired and crappy. When I got home, I chatted with Paul, ate dinner, wrote a blog post, and went to bed. I had a fever again...

Despite 11 hours of sleep, I woke up tired. Paul and I decided we'd still do what we had planned- have breakfast at Funck's Diner and then hike at Swatara State Park.

 Carbing up on French toast and bacon!

The hike was beautiful. We even ran a little bit at the end. Our total mileage came to 7.4 miles. We were so tired!

Dinner was a hot dog, bbq chips, corn, and a piece of chicken. Yum!

I did a puzzle while we watched Seinfeld.

Then I went to bed early. I haven't been able to stay up for longer than 12 hours at a time this weekend. Do I have the flu!?
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

10 Beautiful Miles!

Yesterday, like most people in Central PA, I decided to get outside! It was February 18th and it was 60 degrees! After being sick for several days, I decided that I wasn't sick anymore. I would go outside and have a beautiful trail run and all would be right in the world.

Well, the trail run was beautiful but I was still not feeling well. My legs felt great but my "motor" was just... so, so, so tired. I managed to do 10 miles. It was enjoyable, I was just tired.

Starting from my parents' house in Millersburg, I ran over to Lenkerville and past my elementary school. The playground looked a lot smaller than I remembered, and the only piece of equipment that remained from my childhood was the "Bug".

I used to sit with my friend Jared on these steps and play Wheel of Fortune at recess! Ah, such wonderful memories!

Then I ran up Berry Mountain via the paved road. I was so slow that I could have walked the same pace I was running.

The top of the mountain wasn't too muddy. I'm always nervous about running up there by myself.

I stopped at the power line and looked out over the valley...

Then I ran down a dirt road and across the Wiconisco Creek.

To add some mileage, I ran around a neighborhood that had a beautiful mountain view.

Then I ran back into town via the rail trail that went by the Ned Smith Center.

I was glad I got to enjoy the beautiful weather even though I wasn't feeling great.

But now I have a fever again... Boo. I'm dumb.
Did you get outside yet this weekend?
Do you remember your elementary school playground?