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...)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A crazy running dream!

The other night I had the CRAZIEST running dream!

The dream began at the start line of the Last Man Standing race. I ran this race last yearThis isn't an ordinary race. Here's the description from the website:


"The course is approximately 1.6 miles long and participants will have 20 minutes (12.5 minutes/mile) to complete the first lap.  However, the time limit will decrease by one minute per lap and participants can not start laps early.  Lap two has a 19-minute time limit, lap three has a 18-minute time limit, and so on.  Make it in before the cutoff and you continue to the next lap."

The "real" race course is half trail, half pavement, but all in the woods. But in my dream, the start line was in the middle of a town.

The gun went off and I realized I didn't have a bib. I had forgotten to enter! So I quickly filled out an entry form and then ran as fast as I could to catch up with everyone. I asked the volunteers how long the first loop would be and they said it was a surprise. Each loop was going to be a different route and a different distance. Wow, that's a lot of surprises!

My parents were at the start line crewing for me. I left my hydration pack with my mom and wondered if I should have taken it with me.

So it turns out this race wasn't just a running race. There was swimming and crafts involved too! At one point on the course we had to swim laps in the pool... but we had to hold on to a kick board and only kick. There were two girls ahead of me and one of them was cheating by skipping laps. It was making me really mad. 

Then I got to the craft portion, where I had to add tinsel to a Christmas tree drawn on a paper plate. I wanted to skip the craft section of the race but figured that would be just as shitty as the girl that was cheating in the pool.

Part of the race also included my parents driving me in the car. My dad took a wrong turn and I almost didn't make it to the finish line by the end of the 20 minutes it was supposed to take to run the first loop. Luckily I made it.

After the first loop, I took my shoes off so I could put on my compression socks. Compression socks are so hard to get on, and in my dream, I would put them on but they would fall off again. Finally I got them on and it was time to tie my shoes... except my shoe laces were broken and I didn't have extra! I started the second loop but unfortunately I could not run with broken shoelaces so I stopped and walked back to the finish line, crying.

The whole time this dream was going on, my dad was complaining about not feeling well. Every ten minutes he would have a partial seizure! WTF!!!!!????

I woke up feeling quite... off.

Do you ever have crazy running dreams?

If you eat/drink something specific before bed, does it give you weird dreams?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

VLOG: Christmas exploded and my house!

Hello! Welcome to my holiday home!

I would like to give you the grand tour... 


I knew I would forget to tell you some tidbits. First of all, I filmed this right after getting home from work, so my teacher voice is FULL FORCE. Sorry about that. Pretend you're in second  grade.

Next, I would like to mention how thankful I am that growing up, my mom and dad got me Hallmark ornaments for Christmas. Now I have special decorations to hang. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Last... Yes, our house is always this "tidy". That doesn't mean there isn't cat hair on the floor... but we don't leave clutter around the house. It's easy when it's just the two of us!

By the way, if you really watched this whole thing, I commend you. A VLOGGER, I am NOT!

What type of holiday traditions do you enjoy?

Do you have a pine cone on your toilet yet? What are you waiting for?

Do your fur babies mess with your decorations?

What does your house smell like?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MGR's Weekend Wrap Up!


Happy Tuesday!
My Tuesdays are really busy... worse than Mondays, but not as bad as Thursdays.
Here's what we were up to this weekend!


On Thursday I was getting the beginning of a sore throat, so I wasn't surprised when I woke up Friday morning with that hot, salty, burning feeling in the back of my mouth. I had a headache and I was tired. I took the day off work and just relaxed. I did do a light lifting session at home, but nothing major because as soon as my body started getting warm I started to feel worse.

It was bad timing to get sick because we had reservations to spend the night in Harpers Ferry, West Virgnia. It was the first night of their Olde Tyme Christmas celebration, and we planned to go take part in the festivities, have dinner, and do some Christmas shopping. I assured Paul that I was game to go and have a good time even though I didn't feel that hot.

We did have an awesome time, and you can read about it here!



On a whim, Paul and I decided to check out Market of Curiosities at the Carlisle Expo Center. It was basically an art/craft/vintage show but with very strange items! Not your every day tea towels and jewelry. Oh, they had tea towels and jewelry, but it wasn't the average type things you would see at an arts and craft show!


I wish I could show you the awesome Christmas presents we got, but some of the recipients may be reading this blog! So instead I will advertise for some of the artists we bought from!





Here's the one thing I got myself:


Then we ran a bunch of errands. We basically got enough food and alcohol that we could hole up inside our house for two months and never come out. Oh, if only I didn't have to work and we could do that!

That evening, we cooked up a storm. Paul made chili while I made red potatoes and roasted cauliflower.

Then we turned on all the Christmas lights and played games with each other. We had a furry visitor.










I FREAKING LOVE OUR LIFE!!!!


Sunday was very productive! I finally finished decorating my house for Christmas. There is literally nothing else to put up! I will be sharing a VLOG with you this week featuring my Christmas decorations!




I ran 8 miles and I felt GREAT. 


Then we went to Paul's parent's house to celebrate Thanksgiving. We jibber jabbered the whole time. The food was delicious and I kissed Swipey!


When I got home, I wrapped a ton of Christmas presents!


Life is good!
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Harpers Ferry, WV

I'm pushing off my Weekend Wrap Up a day so I can share our quick little getaway to Harpers Ferry with you! We went there this weekend and it was an experience we will never forget. You'll see why...

Harpers Ferry is just an 80 minute drive from our place in Camp Hill, PA. I had seen pictures of the town from when Paul went with his parents a couple weeks ago, but it was even more cute and old time-y in person. And I didn't realize it was a National Historic Park!


The first thing we did when we got to the little town was walk down to The Point where the Shenendoah and Potomac Rivers meet. We walked halfway across the bridge. It was cold! The bridge is actually part of the Appalachian Trail.



The reason we went was because the town was celebrating their Olde Tyme Christmas, and tonight was the first day of celebrating! You know something is really old fashioned when they spell old with an "e" and time with a "y"!




All the cute little houses and inns were decorated to celebrate the season!


We walked around the cute little town and did some Christmas shopping. I wish I could show you what we bought, but some of the gift recipients may be reading this right now!


We had dinner at a cute little place that reminded us of Colorado.


I had a burger that was out of this world and Paul had a grown up grilled cheese sandwich.




Then we headed down to the heated tent where there were people dressed in old fashioned clothes passing out cookies and cider. We took a seat and listened to the opening ceremonies of the Olde Tyme Christmas. A park ranger and town leader gave us a little bit of history, then a musicologist (which I don't think is a real thing, just a self appointed title!) acted as the tour guide for the crowd of at least 100.



He led us out of the tent and across the street, where he lit a yule log. Then we sang Deck the Halls. Next, the musicologist led us down the main street where we would stop at the different shops and sing a carol. Each shop owner would come out and light a candle. The musicologist told us stories and history throughout our walk.



We sang so many of the most beautiful carols... God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Here We Come A Caroling...

The whole time we were walking and singing, I couldn't get over how beautiful it was. I'm not religious, but even so, I appreciate any group of people that come together in peace and harmony to wish peace and goodwill to all!

I whispered to Paul, "Do you think we're the only atheists here???" He laughed.

Our caroling ended at St. Peter's Catholic Church- a beautiful church at the stop of a hill.



The priest came out and said a prayer, then they lit the Christmas tree outside the church. We sang Silent Night.



Next, we all squeezed into the church to watch a live nativity scene. I thought a live nativity scene was where people dressed in costumes and stood still at a manger scene. Those are the live nativity scenes I am accustomed to. This one was more like a show and it was really going slow... and I was feeling really tired... so we sneaked out somewhere sometime after the angel Gabriel was done.


On our way back to our hotel, we talked about how we never envisioned we would have so much fun and would get to go CHRISTMAS CAROLING in Harpers Ferry. But we missed the cats, so instead of staying the night, we drove home!

I know, we are so weird!

If you have the chance to go to Harpers Ferry, I really recommend it! And if you are someone that really loves the Christmas season, you would love the Olde Tyme Christmas celebration!

That was our short little 5 hour trip to Harpers Ferry! It really felt like we were there for longer than that because it was as if we were in another world!
Have you ever been to Harpers Ferry?
Do you like Christmas caroling?
What do you expect from a live nativity scene?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Spreading love and support.

A hate-filled letter was sent to a mosque in Steelton. The Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg received a photo copied letter that was also sent to many other mosques around the nation. The letter called Muslims "vile and filthy people" and also said Trump was "going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews."

You can read the article about this hateful incident here.

Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. From the article:


"There have been a number of incidents of harassment and intimidation towards members of the Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg. Muslim women have been harassed while shopping, a man had a knife held to his throat and told "We're watching you" and the society have received threatening calls and emails that armed group would come to their mosque."
Because of the threats, there have actually been undercover officers stationed in the mosque during Friday night services. The police presence has been there since September, 2015.
This is horrible. I know just a few ignorant, scared, and hate filled people sometimes make the most noise. It's time the rest of us make some noise in opposition! We need to let those who feel targeted know we support them. But how? 
Advice from the article:
"When asked what people in the community can do to support the Muslim community, Samia Malik, an elder in the Muslim community, said "get to know us."
"Smile. Just smile at me when I'm at the grocery store," Malik said. "I almost feel like they think there's 'TERRORIST' written on my head when I walk into the grocery store. Really.""
My SIL spoke about this incident on Facebook and said she was going to write a letter of support to the Mosque. I thought it was an awesome idea and decided to do it as well.

At a time when I feel so helpless as to what I can actually do to show love and support to the many groups that have felt marginalized and targeted by the presidential campaign and results of the election, writing a letter of love and support is a single action I can take that will hopefully let the members of the Muslims in my community that there are more people that love than hate.

Imagine if they got hundreds of letters of support and just this one letter of hate?

If you would like to write a letter to show your support, here is the address:


Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg
407 North Front Street
Steelton, PA 17113

Saturday, December 3, 2016

MGR's Weekly Workouts


It's that time when I share my workouts for the week!
I try to make these interesting... I know they aren't.
But I do like to have the data to look back on!

Saturday- 8 miles in my hood. This run felt great!


 

Sunday- 9(ish) miles around Pinchot Park. I met up with Ana @ Mother, Hike, Run, Repeat for this run. We had a great time chatting!


Monday- 6 neighborhood miles. I wanted to lift, but when I looked at the weather for Tuesday morning, it said it was going to rain. So I figured I'd run today and lift tomorrow. This was another wonderful fall run! I wore my compression socks more for warmth than anything and they made my legs feel so weird. I felt... unstable. I almost took them off after a mile but didn't feel like stopping. Eventually my legs felt normal.



Tuesday- Lifting chest @ home.

Chest Press- 5x10x30lb
Push Ups- 10x10
Shoulder Press- 5x10x20lb
Tricep Dips- 5x15
Hip/Glut/Core Stuff

Wednesday- Lifting back @ home. I was going to sleep in and go to the gym after work with Paul, but I just couldn't do it. I woke up at 4:55 and all I could think about how nice it would be to get my workout done first thing in the morning.

The band I use at home for pull ups does not give much assistance at all. It is all I can do to get through six pull ups without puking.

Band Asst. Wide Grip Pull Ups- 5x6
Band Asst. Neutral Grip Pull Ups- 5x6
Shoulder Press- 5x10x20lb
Row- 5x10x25lb
Bicep Curls- 5x10x15lb
Planks- 3x1 min
Hip/Glute/Core Exercises
Stretching

Thursday- 8 morning miles. My ITB bothered me during this run for some reason. But I had it in my head I was running 8 miles, so that's what I did. My ITB was super sore the rest of the day! It was weird. Normally when my ITB hurts, it's down by my knee. Today it didn't hurt at my knee at all. It was more like midway down my leg.



Friday- Chest @ home. I almost didn't do anything because I had such a bad sore throat and felt really lethargic. But as the day went on, I felt a little better. I opted for lifting due to the ITB pain the day before.
How were your workouts this week?
Do your legs ever feel weird or unstable running in compression socks?

Friday, December 2, 2016

5 Items I Would Buy All Over Again (VLOG!)

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

This week's theme is Items I Would Buy All Over Again. I decided to do this in VLOG format.


If you don't feel like watching, here is my short list!

1. Thick Reebok running tights. 

My Reebok's are my only pair of running tights. It's a good thing I run alone because I wear them several days in a row. I'm sure they are pretty stinky by the end of the week. They're warm and comfy. They were pretty expensive ($50) because I bought them at Dick's, but they were worth every penny.

2. Smartphone. 

I put off owning a smartphone for as long as possible because I knew once I got one, there would be no going back. I freaking love it! I love how easy it is to take really good pictures and post them with just a click or two. I love the navigation system. I love playing Scrabble against the computer. I love how I am never bored anymore while waiting for an appointment or waiting in line. My life has been transformed. I'm not sure how much my phone was because Paul took care of everything, but I feel like it was less than $100 with the "free" upgrade, rebate, and all that good stuff from Verizon.

3. Big Girl weights.

Big Girl weights refer to the massive amount of metal I purchased from Dick's about two years ago. It is awesome to have dumbbells ranging from 8lb-30lb right in my home so I am always able to lift, even if I can't go to the gym. I have a total of 216 pounds of weights in my guestroom... which cost $216, but worth every penny!

4. Vacation purse.

Two summers ago, we went on a twelve day road trip from Denver to San Diego. Before we left, I bought an awesome purse (which we dubbed "vacation purse) at TJ Maxx. Not only is it stylish, but you can fit SO MUCH in it! Even though I use it daily, I still call it my vacation purse. It was about $20, from what I remember.

5. Monopoly Deal.

Monopoly Deal is a REALLY fun card game. It's based off the game Monopoly where you have to accumulate properties, you can charge rent, and build up your bank. It's one of our favorite games to play together. You can play with a group or just two players. My favorite is just two players. Paul and I even made up our own versions of the game. If you are a Monopoly Deal fan, hit me up and I can tell you some more fun ways to play the game!
What items would you buy all over again?
Do you have a favorite card game?