Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Seven things Tuesday

Today is a very important and special day.  On September 20, 2004 Mike and I met, that's right we met.  Since we started spending almost every second together right away that's the day we say is our anniversary.  Today marks seven years together (we've been married for a little over one year) and we have gone through a lot together.  I can quite honestly say that without him I would not have made it through a lot of things that have come my way over those seven years and I hope he would say the same thing.  I'm pretty confident he would.

In honor of those seven years I wanted to do a "seven things Tuesday" and if people like it then I can continue it every week.  The seven things may not always be running or training related, but the majority most likely will! 

Our Anniversary

 We look like babies and, yes, I was blonde back then!

Mike and I already celebrated our anniversary on Sunday by going out for wood fired pizza and having some blueberry wine from Maine at home.  Today is still special because I can look back on everything that we have accomplished in seven years.  We have lived in an apartment and then bought a house a little over two years ago.  We have had three birds, two cats and one dog.  Combined, we have received four college degrees.  We swam together and now are running together.  We got married.  Most importantly we have celebrated our successes, comforted each other during hard and sad times and have been a constant source of support and love for each other.  I love you Mike!

The Stick

 Demonstrating its awesomeness

I am now the proud new owner of "The Stick"!  Last night I used it for the first time and it felt amazing!  It did hurt a little bit in really sore areas but in general it made my legs feel a whole lot better.  When I bought it yesterday, I asked the store associate at Eastern Mountain Sports if they had The Stick.  She asked if it was the "toothbrush for your muscles" and I said yes.  Turns out it does say that on the packaging!  She said that it looked like a bunch of marshmallows on a stick, haha. 

Born to Run

 This is obviously where and how I read...

Today I started reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and I am loving every word!  I've only read about 50 pages but it is a very engaging book and I think it is only going to get better.  I can't wait to learn more about the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico and how they run ultras on a constant basis.  

Long Breaks in between Work Shifts

This handsome guy was happy to see me

I've mentioned a few times how I was supposed to take classes for my second Masters degree, but decided to defer for a year.  I didn't make the decision until after my work shift was scheduled around those classes.  This means that I have a four hour break where I am not "on the clock".  The last two weeks Mike and I have been able to run, but today he had to work.  I took advantage of the long break and went home.  I was able to take our dog, Bernie, on a walk and start writing this post.  It was nice to be able to relax!

Registering for Races

Today Mike and I registered for another race!  You can check out our entire race schedule on the Upcoming Races page.  We are finally registered for the Run for Hospice 10 Mile Race and I'm excited but nervous at the same time.  It worked out that this race fell on the same day that we have to do a 10 mile training run.  We will probably race it rather than use it as a training run, but we'll see how we feel at that point.  Either way, yay for another race!    

Future Plans

I have been seriously considering our first marathon, which is crazy since we haven't even finished our half yet.  The Wineglass Marathon in Corning, New York seems like the perfect marathon for first timers.  Registration starts in December, according to the website, so we need to start talking about our plans asap.  I would really like to run a marathon next year and October seems like the perfect month, not too hot and not too cold.  I will keep you all updated on our decision!

Our Daily Run 

Tonight we just ran near our house.  We did another 4.5 mile run and in the beginning I was optimistic about holding sub 10:00 minute miles the whole time.  We didn't.  I was a little upset because I felt like we were going so much faster than the Garmin said.  I am confident that we will do it sometime soon!

Lap 1 - 9:56 pace
Lap 2 - 10:00 pace
Lap 3 - 10:24 pace
Lap 4 - 10:49 pace
Lap 5 (.5) - 10:40 pace

Total Time: 46:28.68
Average Pace: 10:20 minutes per mile

What were your seven things today?

1 comment:

  1. Okay.... seven things I did on tuesday- actually, I didnt do seven things, Jamie- because most of our day was taken up by driving to virginia!!! Sounds like you did alot more than me!!!