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Happy 4th!

July 4th, 2012 9 comments

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July with lots of friends, family, food, and fun! I know I sure did.

I spent the morning sweating my butt off with an early morning run at the high school track and then again watching our city’s parade shortly after. I’m not normally a huge parade fan but, this year, C was IN the parade!

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My two closest friends, their kids, and my parents all made the trek to Lakewood for the event.

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And C did not disappoint.

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From what I hear, he did not take a break the entire parade. The kid is a machine on that unicycle!

I give him credit – the heat was pretty much unbearable today.

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But that smile says it all.

He had a blast. And we had a blast watching him.

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Did you watch a parade today? What did you do to beat the heat?? J and I went to the movies this afternoon to see Ted. Who has a pool and wants to be my friend?? I’ll bring cookies……….! :)

Good Friends Are Necessary For Marathon Training

July 1st, 2012 8 comments

Saturday I ran 10 miles.

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They weren’t the best 10 miles, but they weren’t the worst either.

I’m not going to lie and say that my marathon training so far has been ideal. I’m only 3 weeks in, but the worry is in the back of my mind. Just a little, but it’s there.

I remember when I was training for the Glass City Half Marathon and I rocked all my weekday runs and sucked at my weekend long runs. Seems to be a common theme this time around, too. Luckily I have the reminder that everything magically came together the day of Glass City and I PR’d the crap out of that race. That’s the one thing keeping me grounded when a have a “not so great” long run right now.

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So instead of freaking out about it, I headed out to spend a day in the sun with good friends. Friends who don’t care that I’m having belly “troubles” from my run, that I’m wearing compression socks and Sperry’s (together), or that I’m lazy our entire visit and let them cook for me.

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I think this training cycle is going to be A-OK. My mind is in a good place and while that little bit of worry is still there, it hasn’t taken over (at least not yet!). And with good friends like these, I think I’m gonna be ok.

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What do you like to do after your long run? Sleep? Drink? Shop? Dance?

Let’s Catch Up

June 14th, 2012 13 comments

Hey, Friends!

These past 2 weeks have been the definition of CRAZY.

In the midst of all the condo renovations, J lost a friend near and dear to him a week ago today and we spent a few unexpected days in Pittsburgh. It was incredibly sad and emotional, but it was where we needed to be for those days.

The new tenants move in tomorrow and we put the finishing touches on the condo today. I even did some renovations myself – check out what a little spray paint can do:

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Except now my favorite Banana Republic sunglasses are covered in speckled spray paint. Fail.

But the 2 biggest updates have to be the new bay window.

OLD:

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NEW:

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And the kitchen!

OLD:

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Wish I would have gotten a picture before they took out the upper cabinets!

NEW:

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A lot of man hours went into that kitchen. And now I am forever in J’s and my dad’s debt. I’d offer their services to you, but I think they might kill me. They’re both over kitchen cabinets right now.

We will all be so so so so glad to hand over the keys to the new tenants tomorrow!

In addition to all the above, I’ve been trying to keep up with all my scheduled workouts.

I’ve been spinning for the pups:

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Bike riding with J:

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Ummmm…..hello, booty shorts. Had no idea they were so short!

And running/playing/sweating with C in our matching shirts:

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It’s been a whirlwind, fo sho.

Oh, and I can’t forget, C got braces, too!

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Isn’t he the cutest 10 year old ever?? He told me when we left the orthodontist, “I look good in braces, Mom.” Hehe. So modest – not sure where he got that from. ;)

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Sadly I haven’t been able to spend any time relaxing in the sun yet. I’m looking forward to getting some sun on these white on white legs this weekend!

What have you been up to this past week?

This is How You Do It

May 21st, 2012 14 comments

Saturday was a ridiculously busy day. I wasn’t sure how we were going to do it all, but we dug down deep and got it done.

Here was the schedule:

  • 9am Hyland 5k
  • 9am baseball game
  • 11am soccer game (J coaches!)
  • 12pm birthday lunch for my mom
  • packet pickup at the expo
  • date night

Hmmmmm……..

Luckily I have the best parents in the entire world who showed up at our house at 8am Saturday morning to take C to his 9am baseball game.

J and I made it to the Hyland 5k with just enough time to pick up our bibs and gear up.

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And somehow managed to find Kimi and Stef (volunteering) for a quick hello before the start!

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We ran a quick(ish) 5k, finished with Chelsea, cooled off a bit, and got right back in the car to go to C’s baseball game.

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Got to the game just in time to watch C pitch!

J left at 10:30 to fulfill his soccer coaching duties and I stayed with my parents to watch C finish out his baseball game.

As soon as it was over we booked over to the soccer fields (with C experiencing his first ever full car wardrobe change!). Once the game was over we came back to the house for a little lunch cookout/birthday celebration for my mom (she’s somehow 55 again? Weird).

We enjoyed some sausages from TJ’s Butcher Block and a little homemade Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake before my parents took C home for the night and J and I headed to the expo to pick up our bibs for Sunday’s race. We went smelly and all. No showers yet – and, just for the record, 5k sweat, mixed with baseball field dust, is not a good combination. I sincerely apologize to anyone who was next to me in line at the packet pickup.

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We finally made it home around 4:00 and ended up falling asleep (yep, still no showers) for about an hour or so. Which could quite possibly have been the best nap of my life.

And date night? Yeah, never happened. We ate leftovers, showered (yay!), and went to bed early. Like good runners do. Or like old people do. Your call. :)

Tell me one thing you did this past Saturday!

Spinning For the Win!

April 30th, 2012 13 comments

I’ve always loved spinning. I even became certified to teach spinning a few years ago (though, I found out the hard way that it was more fun for me to take a spinning class than to teach it – I’ll stick with step and weights – classes I know I’m good at teaching!). However, I didn’t fall in LOVE with spinning until I attended one of Jenn’s classes. And when she opened her own studio (Psycle) I was ecstatic!

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It’s seriously a party on a bike. Great music, motivating instructor, and a badass attitude – she basically kicks my ass every class. It’s awesome.

So when I received an email saying that Anne, one of Psycle’s instructors, had made it to the final round of Bad Girl Ventures, I couldn’t not promote it. She wants to create an indoor cycling studio using bikes that generate electricity while you spin, making her studio “green”. Check it out:

Anne Hartnett, 28
Prospective Founder, Harness Fitness
Founding date TBD, Cleveland, Ohio

The idea: As one of BadGirl Ventures’ Spring 2012 Finalists, Hartnett is in the fledgling stage of her entrepreneurial career. She envisions Harness Fitness as a wellness studio that will garner a “triple bottom line.” With stationary bikes that capture the energy exerted by their users, Hartnett says she’ll evaluate her success not only on profits, but also on “the community we create, the impact our products and services have on the planet, and the influence of our profits on our local economy.”

Sweet inspiration: “I really look up to the entrepreneurs that we’re seeing birthed through our compromised economy,” says Hartnett, citing Danielle Deboe, who opened the the trendy retail spot The Dredger’s Union in Downtown Cleveland in 2010 and the niche boutique Room Service in 2007. “She’s paving the way for local businesses to grow. She sells all locally made products and they’re very unique.”

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If you think Anne’s idea is as cool as I do, please complete this short survey. Once the survey is submitted you’ll be entered to win a $50 Lululemon gift card. Win win!

Edited:  Sorry, the Lulu survey is closed, but this one will enter you to win a $25 gift card to Market Garden Brewery (it will literally take you 2 minutes).  Sorry about that!

Do you spin? Do you have a favorite spinning studio in your city??

Back on Track

April 29th, 2012 19 comments

This weekend was the epitome of over-indulgence. I was in a wedding and for some reason all bets were off. Friday and Saturday I ate and drank like the world was ending. I got little to no sleep and my diet consisted completely of carbs, carbs, and more carbs.

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Oh, and lots of this:

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And this:

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And these:

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Ugh. Never again.

But I did get a meet a reader who introduced herself to me at the rehearsal dinner. Turns out there are people out there other than my family reading my blog (well, at least one)!

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Hi Nikki! :)

So, even in my food/alcohol hangover and with only a few hours of sleep, I got up this morning and went for a 5 mile run with J. I hadn’t run since last week’s half marathon so it felt good to get out there and pound out some miles. I’m happy to get back on track after a weekend of overdoing it.

Is it hard for you to get back on track after a period of over-indulging? Two days usually is my max before I start to feel gross and NEED some veggies and exercise back in my life.

St. Malachi Race Recap (and a winner!)

March 11th, 2012 18 comments

This weekend I ran the annual St. Malachi 5 Mile race. It’s the first real race of the year and it’s also the one year anniversary of meeting Kimi!

I didn’t sleep very well Friday night due to my nerves, but knowing that I’d be representing Team Sparkle Skirt traveling skirts with Kimi put some fun into the race for me. It helped me not focus so much on the 5 miles of hills I’d soon be facing.

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And as funny as it sounds, the massive crowds of people actually helped calm my nerves. There wasn’t a lot of time to wait around for the race to start once I got through the port-a-potty line. There was just enough time to snap a few photos and then head to the starting line.

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Running (and real life!) friends, Christie and Kimi

Before I knew it the bell rang and we were off.

Whoever designed this course was not fooling around. Holy hella hills. Cleveland is a relatively flat city, but this race runs through hill after hill after hill.

  • Mile 1 = 8:22 This isn’t so bad. I feel good! Wait, ouch, that guy just kicked my right ankle. Crap, not my ankle! Stupid guy. Get out of my way.
  • Mile 2 = 8:07 Wow. Is my ankle ok? It seems fine. Stop focusing on it and just run. Are these guys mad that a girl in a sparkly skirt is passing them? I kinda hope so. Suck it, boys.
  • Mile 3 = 8:47 Ok, this is starting to blow. Plus, I’m going to have to go back up that hill I just came down. Just hang on, Heather, hang on.
  • Mile 4 = 8:48 Suck it up, Heather. Breathe, breathe, breathe. Don’t look at the upcoming hill. Don’t look.
  • Mile 5 = 8:00 OMG, I.want.to.die. And who’s touching me? Oh, hey Andy. Don’t talk to me, I’m concentrating on not dying. Go ahead. How the hell is he running so fast up this hill right now? Showoff. But, wait, there’s the finish line. RUN!!!!!

Final time = 42:05 (8:25/mile pace). Shut up. The last time I ran Malachi I ran a 44:50! I can’t tell you the last time I PR’d at a race so this felt pretty damn good. It’s coming back, my friends, it’s coming back……… :)

Congrats to everyone who ran Malachi (and to anyone who raced this weekend!), I hear there were a ton of PR parties happening. Love it.

Oh, the winner of the FREE LARABARs is:

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Congrats, Jeni!!!! Email me your mailing address by tomorrow night and I’ll pass it on to the people from LARABAR!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Have you PR’d lately?

Run For Sherry – Cleveland Style

February 12th, 2012 15 comments

Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. Kimi and I had organized a Cleveland #RunforSherry for this past Saturday but, unfortunately, the Cleveland weather did not cooperate. The snow wasn’t TOO bad, but the wind was absolutely brutal. :(

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So we all did our runs virtually, keeping Sherry in our thoughts and simply running because we can.

My run wasn’t the best. I even cut my schedule 7 miles down to 5 because I wasn’t feeling it. I was pretty emotional and had a hard time focusing. But when I wanted to quit at mile 4 I thought of Sherry and how her ability to run was taken away from her, and ended up finishing pretty strong.

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5 miles at a 9:16 pace (the treadmill’s numbers include walking at the end).

What made me really happy, though, was seeing the #virtualhighfives my friends sent me from their runs.

Kimi:

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Alana:

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Heidi:

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I’m so proud to be a runner and be a part of a community that comes together to support such an important cause.

Runners are awesome.

How was the weather by you this weekend? Were you able to run outside?

Oh, and the winner of the Vega Sport giveaway is Melissa!

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Congrats, girl! Email me your address by the end of the day Monday (Feb. 13th) and I’ll send it to Vega asap!

Running Doesn’t Get Snow Days

January 29th, 2012 15 comments

This is what Christie said to me while we were running down the middle of a snow covered street Saturday morning. It literally felt like we were in a Nike ad with the caption “Running doesn’t get snow days.” :)

We knew there was a chance of snow but when I woke up it was still clear. No snowflakes whatsoever.

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But between the time I left my house and the time I got to Christie’s at 7:00, this is what happened:

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Seriously. Unfortunately this caused Kimi to not be able to meet up with us (she lives out in the boondocks – still trying to convince her to move her cute little ass closer to us – no luck so far :( ), but since I was already there Christie and I decided to put our big girl panties on and get it over with.

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The beginning of the run was rough. It was dark, slippery, and tough to get our footing. Stupid snow. It was snowing pretty heavily and hard to see sometimes. But once the sun came up, and were on roads where we could run right down the center of the street, we were able to pick up our pace a little. The 6 miles flew by and it actually ended up being a lot of fun running in the snow!

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  • Mile 1 = 9:50
  • Mile 2 = 9:34
  • Mile 3 = 9:39
  • Mile 4 = 9:35
  • Mile 5 = 9:27
  • Mile 6 = 9:20
  • Last .09 = 8:15

Hellooooo, negative splits. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you……. And a 9:33/mile average pace – been awhile since I’ve seen you, too! Not too bad with running in that weather. Not.too.bad.

And because we’re big nerds, we all sent virtual high fives when we were finished.

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I really meant it when I said we were big nerds. But we’re fun big nerds. And I kinda love it.

And would you know that after I got home and showered, the snow had stopped and the sun even ended coming out later in the day?! Seriously. No joke. Cleveland weather is ridiculous.

How was the weather by you this weekend?

7 Random Facts

January 16th, 2012 26 comments

The cute little Caitlin tagged me last week in her 7 Random Facts posts. I started thinking about it and figured why the hell not.

Seven Random Facts about Heather:

1. You all have to know by now that my nickname is Heatha. It’s really not a spelling error, it’s meant to be that way! One of my best friends, Jen, got married about 10 years ago and we all got pretty smashed (that’s what you do at weddings, right?). Anyways, I was in the bathroom and she came in there looking for me screaming Heatha! Heatha! and I yelled back Jenay! Jenay! (I’m pretty sure I was sticking my arm out under the bathroom stall waving to let her know where I was, too – because, you know, she wouldn’t be able to find me in the small, 3 stall bathroom). And that’s it. The nicknames stuck and we still call each other those names to this day.

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Jen and me on New Years Eve a few years back – I swear we do a lot more than just drink together. :)

2. I sucked my thumb until I was 6 years old. This is why I now have Invisalign (and a lot less money in my bank account). I remember my mom and dad put this hot pepper liquid on my thumb one time to try and get me to stop. Well, I forgot it was on there and I had to run to my neighbors house for water because my mouth was on fire and I knew my parents would not have been happy with me. I can’t remember the outcome (if my mom and dad ever found out about this), but I remember being so embarrassed. Maybe this is what finally made me stop?

3. I worked at McDonald’s for 7 years (all through high school and then college). I was even employee of the year one year, which got me nothing but McDonald’s stock that I still have and know absolutely nothing about. I eventually became a manager and would come home from college (University of Toledo) every other weekend to work. It was a pretty sweet job since I was in charge and mostly everyone who worked there was my friend (C’s dad worked there, too!).

4. I’m a landlord. When C’s dad and I got divorced (we were only 27), C and I moved in with my parents for about 6 months. And as much as I love my parents, their house was just too crowded (C and I were sharing a bed at the time!). So I bought a condo and C and I lived on our own until we moved in with J a little over a year later. It was quite possibly the best year of my life – I loved living with my little guy by ourselves. I swear it’s why we’re so close today.

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One of the few pics I could find from the condo. It doesn’t show too much of the place, but it was too cute not to post!

5. J and I met playing on a Cleveland recreational kickball league. A good friend of mine worked with J at the time and asked us both to be on the team. Holtz didn’t know it at the time, but he was playing cupid! J and I had a lot in common (big breakups) and we pretty much hit it off immediately.

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Me with the matchmaker, and a horribly old, bad picture – sorry, Holtz.

6. I would much rather eat cookie dough than actual cookies. I have all the will power in the world when it comes to cookies, but that will power doesn’t even exist when there’s cookie dough around. I’m a total addict. That’s why I don’t bake as much as I’d like to – I seriously end up eating my weight in cookie dough. I always end up with a horrible stomach ache but it doesn’t matter. It’s too good NOT to eat!

7. I secretly hate that I am so tall (5’9″). I’ve ALWAYS been the tallest of all my girlfriends and I’m usually pretty close to the height of the guys, too. I can never wear heels without being self conscious and lower heels are definitely not as cute. It pretty much sucks. I’m always in the back of pictures or the silly girl in front with her hands on her knees because if she stands up straight her monster height will block everyone else. The only person who I’m never taller than is my dad (who I obviously get my height from).

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This is me, my dad, my mom, and sis on Christmas day. I’m so much taller than both my mom and sister and I’m not even wearing shoes!

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And here’s me, Andy, and Christina. Check out Christina’s feet. She’s on her tip toes and I’m still towering over her.

I can still remember being down at the Basement (hell yes, went there every weekend!) many many years ago and some random guy at the bar saying to me “What are you, like 6 feet tall?”. Ughhhh……still gets under my skin.

Damn, that wasn’t easy to come up with!

Now, tell me one random thing about you……………..