Catchup and Personal Discoveries

in the two weeks I have been missing and not blogging I have: -read 3 books (An Abundance of Katherines and Looking For Alaska, both by John Green… And Bridget Jones Diary) -observed one of the most beautiful sunsets i’ve seen … Continue reading

Lincoln Marathon!

I am now sitting in the airport and probably don’t have enough time to get my thoughts out there, but I can get it started. Time fades memories. I especially have the gift curse of losing details quickly and that … Continue reading

Interesting. Inspired. Smile.

While I was working the early hours of the morning, I stumbled across a couple of interesting articles. I found myself justifying more coffee, thinking of my personal encounters with running and what I’ve learned, analyzing my sleep, and plotting … Continue reading

Interesting, Inspirational, Smile

I thought I was crazy for considering an half-IronMan (since I can’t swim) and many think I’m crazy for having ran 50 miles……. A fellow blogger tells of the insanity of UltraMan…. “Pure grit and a love of endurance sports … Continue reading

Liebster Award and Nominees! :)

ImageOkay, so I am kinda mentally incapable of grasping the concept of the massive webbing of blogs and ways to follow all the different ones on different threads (that don’t just have the awesome little wordpress follow me buttons). I don’t understand how to get the image (for the Liebster award that Becky at Trails and Ultras has nominated me for… BUT I do know how follow directions (thank goodness this award comes with directions!)

First off let me go ahead and say how insanely thrilled I am to have been nominated for this little honor! That is so incredibly encouraging for me since I have only been blogging since Oct 1 of this year and am bumbling through this as best I can.

The rules for accepting your nomination are:

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator.
  3. You must pick 11 bloggers, each with under 200 subscribers, to be nominated for the award.
  4. You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to      answer.
  5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

11 Random Questions

  1. If there were a movie based on your life who would play you and why?  Holy crap, I don’t have the foggiest idea!  Let’s go with Natalie Portman because she is beautiful and amazing (I love Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium).
  2. What was the last thing you googled? Jogging tours in New Orleans
  3. What is one of your guilty pleasures? M&Ms… ohhhhh my gosh.
  4. What is something you know now but didn’t know then? Uhm… what?! I know now that I should have never smoked that first cigarette when I was 21. 6.5 years later I have finally quit (almost 6 weeks now). I know that I shouldn’t have done a lot of things that I am glad that I did because I am where I am now because of it.  But believe me when I tell you this… it comes as a total shocker to me that I am obsessed with fitness and nutrition.  I had never moved iron or ran when it wasn’t affiliated with some sort of game. There are a lot of things I know now but I didn’t “then”… That’s the point of life… lots of mental and literal head slaps
  5. What would you consider to be one of your greatest achievements. Completing 50mi during a 12hr race on a 1.03mi track after not running for over two months… and completing the requirements to be a soldier and a medic (soldier medic)
  6. What is the one thing not many people know about you? I’m the most social ADHD antisocial… I’m socially awkward due to a significant amount of bad experiences with people. It’s a strange phenomenon.
  7. If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about your life would you? What would it be? I would love to change a lot of things, like postponing my father’s death for several years. I would like to have known the correct path to take in college (psychology wasn’t the right choice)… I would like to have completed a degree while it was free to me. I would like to change a lot of things sometimes… but in reality I would change nothing. Every decision I made in my past has led me to where I am today.
  8. What is your favorite Disney movie? That’s a loaded question. I have several… The Beauty and the Beast… The Little Mermaid… Hercules… Mulan… I’ll stop there.
  9. What is something you’ve never done but would like to try? Snowboarding. Professional massage. Hot yoga. Kayaking…
  10. What is your favorite place to be? I don’t really have an answer to that. I am nomadic by nature. I love to be with my husband or my brother and his wife or my crossfit family… When I am with them I am happy. I am also content when I am on the road… with my feet or in wheels, it does not matter.
  11. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written? I don’t have a favorite. Each one of them is a part of who I am and represents me and the way that I think and live. But if I had to pick one, it would be a tie between “Ultramarathon Man, Pine Needle Pillows, and Neverending Hills” and “An Incredible 4day Weekend (ALMOST) Staycation.”

Here are my 11 nominations of pages that offer inspiration and incredible personalities to match. This took me a long time to compose. Some of these pages are new to me since I had to browse for less than 200 followers. I have read several posts and look forward to future posts from all of these. I found a way to learn how many followers a page had and I think it’s inconsistent and possibly correct. So I apologize to these people if they have more and I have mistaken. As I stated right off the bat, I’m kinda handicapped when it comes to this stuff.

  1. Thesecretlifeofcoachdc
  2. Run Away With Me
  3. If I Had To Do It Again…
  4. The Ambitious Fox
  5. My Heart and Hamstrings
  6. 321dead
  7. Running4two
  8. Keeping off 200 Pounds
  9. Willing to Lose [WEIGHT], Racing to Win
  10. Ramblings of a Baby Mama
  11. Why I Run Disney

Lastly, I have to come up with 11 questions.

  1. Win lottery. What is the first thing you would do?
  2. How do you escape frustrations?
  3. What’s something you would never do?
  4. What’s one food you cannot, and will not, live without?
  5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
  6. What famous dead person do you think it would be neat to talk to?
  7. Who is your hero and why?
  8. Speaking of heroes, what is one super power you wish you had?
  9. What’s your worst nightmare?
  10. For the impending zombie apocalypse, what will be your weapon of choice and why?
  11. You have 3 days to live and an unlimited supply of money. How do you spend your last 3 days on earth?

There you have it folks! Thank you for your time. This has taken me days to prepare. But if you make it to this point you definitely have a better idea of who I am!

Life is Best Enjoyed with Improvisation Skills

I learned a lesson on Saturday while I was working the Auburn football game (as a first responder)… if you do not want to do work at an EMT-Basic, do NOT tell anyone you have a license to be an EMT-B.  When sh!t hits the fan, that person will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat and the next thing you know, you are in the back of an ambulance traveling emergency to the hospital trying to stand upright as you search for lubricant for the naso-pharyngeal airway (aka NPA that secures an open airway through the nose of a patient). I imagine it’s almost like surfing. Haha. Maybe not quite, but it was a killer quad workout.  I left the game after halftime in order to secure a couple hours of sleep before my long Sunday.

Sunday was volunteer work day in Atlanta. I woke up at 2am, made myself a cup of coffee and a bowl of protein oatmeal, and went about getting some snacks together for the day. The hubbs and I made the 2 hour journey to report for gear check… small tent with 30+ scheduled people. We abandoned ship. I know, I know… that makes us sound terrible. We were there for 45 minutes and I even dived in and helped but it literally got overcrowded at that tent.

We decided it was time that we have some “us” time in Atlanta and explore a little. So we drove around downtown noting building structures and singing songs together. We passed a sign for the legoland discovery center and looked up the hours and notated that we would be back by to see that around 11am.  We had to stop and use the restroom at a hospital because there were no others around.  Accidentally hopped onto the upward moving elevator afterwards and just rode to the top with a nurse (I was laughing rather heartily).

I hate being cooped up so finally I asked if we could travel by foot in a clean gorgeous part

Broadway Diner... little charmer for breakfast.

Broadway Diner… little charmer for breakfast.

of the city, so Paul parked and we walked… and walked… talking, laughing, enjoying the sights, and holding hands along the way.  Eventually, come 830 am, we decided it was time to double back to a 24 hour diner that we had seen to have some breakfast.  He had eggs benedict and I just had scrambled eggs with bacon. MMMMMMMMMMmmmmm.

We walked some more, and securing Starbucks, we

Badminton in Mid-Town Atlanta?! YES PLEASE! (we wound up disappointed because someone purposefully destroyed the racquets)

Badminton in Mid-Town Atlanta?! YES PLEASE! (we wound up disappointed because someone purposefully destroyed the racquets)

knew we were good to keep walking.  We found a plethora of restaurants that we would love to try at some point, including The Melting Pot (my mouth was practically drooling as I read that menu).  I was jealous of all of the runners out there with their runner partners and hilly, beautiful “Midtown” Atlanta pathways… I mentioned this probably 4039 times while we were out and Paul was jealous of all of the people out with their “puppy”. Paul calls any dog a puppy… even if they are small bears. Haha.

Enthusiasm coming into Legoland Discovery Center

Enthusiasm coming into Legoland Discovery Center

Eventually, it was time for Legoland Discovery Center.  We parked what seemed like forever away (at least 20min walk or so and we walk fast) and took a route that had no sidewalks, I managed to slather myself with red mud…. but we made it and we were excited…….. only to be turned away because it is for kids only. We were totally defeated at this point.  We did take our time browsing the lego store next door though.  We took the long way back to the car that had sidewalks the entire way and then we put Atlanta in our rearview.  (We will be back next week with a couple that has a kid. YAY!)

We took a nap, snagged some Mexican food from a nearby restaurant we have never been (cheatmeal!!), and had another short adventure grocery shopping together (he woke up from the nap slightly on the obnoxious side of things).  I had to guard the contents of the shopping cart… otherwise we would have left with cinnamon rolls, tasty kakes, and whatever else the crazy man put in there.

While Paul and I had, quite literally, NOTHING go right (or according to plan) on Sunday… We were able to enjoy one another for the entire day.  That’s rare for us and I’ll gladly accept it.  There was a lot of quick witted humor between us (mostly from me, I was ON it) and a lot of laughter. Precious gems in life.

BONUS: We probably trekked 8-10 miles by the end of the day (ACTIVE REST DAY anyone??!!)

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MidTown Atlanta… gorgeous area. Saw a lambo drive by… yeah, I felt like I didn’t belong there. haha.

This is THE ULTIMATE lesson: Some people live their entire lives playing according to a particular sheet of music…. Sunday served as a reminder that life is best enjoyed with improvisation skills. You never know when the sheet of music will blow away.

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Strange parking garage that we walked through… Just felt strange looking left and seeing a beautiful little wooded area that we would have missed without the detours and bizarre-ness of yesterday

Bear Complex with a Disney Confession

All day yesterday I was looking forward to CrossFit because we were doing the Bear Complex for one rep max.
The Bear Complex is a series of 5 movements (1. Power Clean 2. Front Squat 3. Push Press 4. Back Squat 5. Push Press) that counts as one repetition.
First of all, that is BRUTAL. That second push press coming off the back is tough taters.
Second of all, it turns out you don’t get any stronger if you only go to CrossFit 2x a week.
So I shouldn’t be disappointed in my success with 85# and the fact that I BARELY failed with 95.  It was the second push press that got me, I couldn’t lock out my elbow. SO CLOSE.
LESSON LEARNED: I will make time for an additional day or two of strength work at my box. The goal is 3-5 days a week with 2-3 of them being strength work. I also run 4 days a week.

Now for my Disney confession:

Today is chores and organization day. I’m doing laundry (including bedding) and have vacuumed out my car.  I have planned next weeks meals in “Operation Clean Out the Freezer” fashion and made a grocery list… all while listening to Disney music.  I have developed my Top 10 Disney song list too.  2-8 were so hard for me to rank it was silly.  This magnificent list is as follows…
10. Mary Poppins- Chim Chim Cheree
9. Hercules- One Last Hope
8. The Lion King- Be Prepared
7. Hercules- I Won’t Say I’m in Love
6. Aladdin- Friend Like Me
5. The Little Mermaid- Kiss The Girl
4. Beauty and the Beast- Belle
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas- Jack Lament
2. The Little Mermaid- Under the Sea
and the #1 Disney song in my opinion……………………………………….
1. Mulan- I’ll Make A Man Out of You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64

I’m having a super lame Friday… I know. I had a friend ask me to go out, I had to turn him down because I have to run 8 miles later. This is how a day in the life of a fitness/nutrition junkie goes!
Busy weekend anyway.  I work the Auburn football game on bike patrol for EMT coverage tomorrow noon to 6pm and then move inside for the game. I’ll get home around midnight or so.
Then I leave around 3am to get to Atlanta in time to get to my volunteer station for the half marathon up there. It’s my first time volunteering.  Then cheat meal day! yayyyyyyyyyyyyy.