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Oh hai Austin

August 10, 2011




August 9, 2011

I’m going to Austin TX today! I get to see the lovely Kat Duncan, who I haven’t seen in a year and a half!

I haven’t traveled for fun and to a new place in a really long time, so I am super excited to see Austin. However I just checked and let’s just say it would probably have been a better decision to go in December…

If you need me over the next four days, you can find me eating barbecue and cupcakes. Yay!!!

Dumb and dumber

August 8, 2011

Sometimes I am… not very smart.

Like how it took me several years to realize that I’m lactose intolerant. Or when I ran 8 miles on a 104 degree day starting around noon because I couldn’t drag my ass out of bed. Or how about all those times I’ve refused to go to sleep at a reasonable hour because my book was just too good?

Today was another one of those moments when I realized that I might actually be stupid.

I went to give blood at a work drive, and just like the last five times I’ve tried to donate, I was turned away because my hemoglobin levels are too low. According to the American Red Cross, the normal levels for women are 12.1 – 15.1 To donate, you need a 12.5. Today, mine was 11.1.


Remember all those times I’ve bitched about how tired I am? Well, apparently, “A low hemoglobin level may reduce your body’s oxygen carrying capacity and may make you feel tired and irritable.”


It may be time for me to eat more meat… Or actually take my multivitamin everyday.

Anyone got advice on how to get your iron levels up?

Random Friday Facts: Recess Version!!!!

August 5, 2011

1. I had this for lunch today. Be jealous.

Noms at Seventh Hill on Cap Hill

2. It’s recess, which means I ate that for lunch today, and I ALSO happy-houred last night AND went out to dinner AND got drinks after. It’s a little pathetic how much my social life improves during recess.

3. I’m going to visit my friend Kat in Austin next week! (because it’s recess – duh) I’m a little nervous about what Texas is like in August (uhhh this girl makes me even more nervous) but I’m SO excited to see Kat. It’s been almost two years!!! And I’ve heard amazing things about Austin, so in general I’m REALLY excited!

4. I really want to buy a bike and start biking to work/crosstraining, but the thought of going into a bike shop and asking for help makes my head hurt. The few times I’ve been in bike stores the employees have, pretty much uniformly, been snobby and dismissive and not-at-all willing to help a newbie. I mean, whatever bitch, I may not be able to tell a tube from a deraillieur (I googled “bike parts,” obvs) but if you’re nice and helpful I may drop some cash in your store. I really don’t understand this bike store business philosophy.

5. I’m doing speedwork tonight. Pray for me.

6. We have a problem with pantry moths in our apartment. I’ve tossed all my food and I refuse to buy more until they are all gone. Thinking about it is making me shudder right now.

7. My boyfriend’s roommate bought a Groupon for a party boat rental in Baltimore, and I have a boat driving license (they exist), so that means I’ll be drinking and driving a boat tomorrow evening, folks. Probably not best that I admit that…

8. I might go see a movie by myself tonight. I think it’s too bad that people think this is weird. I think it’s awesome to have a Beth date. Maybe I’ll buy myself some froyo too. And I don’t even have to put out after. Win!

9. Sometimes I photoshop coworkers’ faces onto movie posters and then print them out for them. There’s quite a few of them in my office including Man on Fire and Takers.

10. I’m going to sign off now, because I need to go listen to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on audiobook. Yes I’ve read the book five times, what’s the big deal?!

Wordless Wednesday

August 3, 2011

IT’S RECESS (hence the flip flops)! Not completely wordless but I really hope other people stockpile shoes underneath their desks…. It’s not just me, right? Right??!

Well that’s done.

August 2, 2011

And by that, I mean that:

AND that:

And BAM, the two things that were stressing me out the most are OVER. I don’t even know what to do with myself now.

Jussssst kidding, I totally do. Time to get back into my marathon training! So on Saturday I did a (hot) 10 miles on the West Bloomfield Trail.

I was back in Michigan for a wedding this weekend, and as I was trying to figure out where to run, I realized how ridiculous it was that I lived in the Great Lakes State for you know, 22 years, and NEVER ONCE RAN THERE. I didn’t even know where to find a real trail!

Enter my mom, who recommended the West Bloomfield Trail. Apparently it’s a rails-to-trails project (thanks Google!), and it’s certainly in a really nice area, but since I have a strong sense of self-preservation I wanted to see an exact map of the trail beforehand.

Well, color me surprised when I saw this on the website:

Not helpful, West Bloomfield Township. Not helpful.

Anyways, the trail actually turned out to be very nice and mostly shaded.

Obviously this is not me, but this is the WB Trail. And this photo was too awesome not to use. Credit user friday1970 on Flickr.

In the DMV metro area I usually run on the NCR trail or the C&O Canal trail, which go through some pretty rural areas and are very secluded, so I was surprised (and pleased) to find that this trail actually ran through some neighborhoods and commercial areas. This was especially helpful when I realized I had left my water bottle and Gu at a coffee shop (I’m a smartypants) and stopped in a gas station to get water at mile 4 and a 7/11 to get a Gatorade at mile 8. I’ve never seen a 20 oz Gatorade disappear so quickly. I made that sports drink my bitch.

I got home yesterday and promptly didn’t go to the gym. So today I was determined to knock out a 5 miler on the treadmill. I hate the heat, I hate it so bad that I prefer running like a hamster on a machine I also hate. But you know what? I had Shark Week to keep me company. And I was right, watching people getting attacked by sharks definitely motivated me to run.

So now sleep, and tomorrow RECESS! 🙂

Cutting myself a break (or not)

July 27, 2011

Moving + the debt limit crisis + extreme record-setting heat + marathon training = I’m just so freakin’ tired lately.

The first thing to go was marathon training – I skipped my long run (10 miles) this weekend. Actually, my Team in Training group cancelled it because it was going to feel like 115 degrees that day and it was just NOT a good idea to run in that business. I told myself I’d run it on Sunday or Monday morning, and consulted the Twitter.

Yeah, so set my alarm for 5am on Sunday and Monday and just did. Not. Get. Up. I’ve posted before about my problems sleeping, and while I haven’t had any problems sleeping lately, I just can’t seem to get enough of it. Because of work being so crazy, I’ve not been getting home until 9:30 and my work phone has been beeping like crazy until midnight or so every night. Le sigh.

Despite being legitimately busy and stressed out, I’m really struggling with cutting myself a break on this. In the past, when I’ve had a few problems sticking with a healthy lifestyle, I’ve oftentimes completely let it slide  – ie the six month running break I accidentally took in 2010. It’s feast or famine over here, kids.

Logically, I don’t think that’s going to happen now – I feel so much better lately I don’t think I could let myself drop off. But illogically I still freak out about missing a workout (or two or three…).

And on one hand I feel like reading blogs inspires me to be healthy and challenge myself athletically, butttttt on the other hand, it seems like some of my favorite bloggers never miss a freakinworkout, and thus I feel like I should’ve been able to find a way to fit one in, too.

Anybody got suggestions on how to deal with missed workout guilt? Or how to fit workouts in when life goes crazy?