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The ‘Best Effort’ Award

I gave myself an award this weekend. In the ‘Running Category’ I received the ‘Best Effort’ award (hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay motivated…)

Wow, I am shocked! What an honor this is! I never thought I would be accepting the ‘Best Effort’ award. Jeekers, I didn’t even prepare a speech or anything. Well, I couldn’t have done this on my own that is for damn sure. I have so many people to thank. I’d like to thank God along with the Academy. First, I’d like to thank Colin for always giving me great pep talks and for showing me some good stretches this weekend. I’d like to thank Matthew for giving me advice (he is a pro at running), my fabulous parents, my siblings, Meg, Mary, Heather, Nuge, Christine, LVP, the Temples for the extra encouragement, Lady (the dog) for licking me while I was stretching, the people who honked and waved at me while I was running and the cool breeze for keeping me from keeling over. Thanks to Fitness Magazine for their amazing half marathon training schedule! Also, let’s not forget those people who were following me my whole run – Fatman Scoop, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Miranda Lambert, Timbaland, Ke$ha, LMFAO, Stevie Wonder, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, y’all my peeps. This was a team effort, so THANK YOU ALL!

I ran 11 miles yesterday, with no walking, and under 9 minute miles. I am so happy with my run yesterday, I can’t even fully explain. I didn’t want to run AT ALL, it was rainy and gross which made me just want to sit on the warm, comfy couch and catch up on the DVR. But, I knew if I did not run the 11 miles, that I would have a real tough time at the half marathon next weekend. I kept delaying all day yesterday. Colin motivated me by asking, ‘You know what the difference between good and great is?’ No, what? ‘Doing something when you don’t want to do it. Anyone can do something when they want to do it.’ Very true. I’m going to keep those words with me this week.

This is how I felt:

Lady

Anyway, Matt showed me a great loop to do, so I had half of an avocado + a Kashi Go Lean crunchy chocolate and caramel bar, drank some water, put on my gear, downloaded some new tunes, stretched it out with Colin, and got on the road.

I felt good the whole run, which kept me feeling pumped up. Everytime that devil appeared on my shoulder urging me to walk, I checked in with myself, ‘Does anything hurt?’ ‘No’, ‘Are you still breathing okay?’ ‘Yes’, ok then – shut up devil, I’m running.

When I was done I felt like this:

But, my foot felt like this:

Because of this:

Sorry, I realize that picture is both TMI as well as relatively disturbing, but it is necessary to show in order to prove my commitment to running. I got the blister half way through my run which kind stunk but it kept my legs from feeling completely numb which I think is a good thing…. Colin and I are going to go to New Balance after church to look into new sneakers. I really should have thought about getting new sneakers when I first started training but I’m a fool and didn’t. I’m not sure if it is the best idea to get new sneakers with only a week till the half marathon but I guess I’ll ask the people at New Balance… If you have any thoughts/suggestions on this I welcome them.

The other day I was talking to someone about the New Balance ‘love/hate relationship with running’ commercials. I think almost every runner can identify with this. I know I can!!!

So, the race is next weekend and I’m getting more excited rather than nervous! My mom is coming up to Boston on Friday to ride up to VT with Colin and I, my dad will be in England this week for work (as long as he gets on a flight!) so he will fly into Boston next weekend, then up to Burlington. Meg and Matt, along with his parents will be coming up to VT on Saturday and Colin’s parents will already be there of course! It’s going to be a lot of fun and I am so thankful that Matt will be running the race as well and that all our family will be there cheering us on. :)

Other than running yesterday, we also went to Merrimack last night to hang out with Colin’s sister Liz and her friends. We kept saying we will definitely come hang out/drink with them before they graduate and it’s already halfway through April! They’re graduating in a month! So we decided last night was the perfect night to make good on our promise. We headed over there around 8, Liz had made sauce and Colin made the dough + pizzas. We ate, drank, played games and had fun! It’s always funny to be back on campus and I think that was our last time ever! Once Liz graduates I just don’t think it will be acceptable for Colin and I to go back. Miiiight be a little creepy….

Friday night I went out with some co-workers after work for some drinks. We decided to go over to Faneuil Hall. First try was McCormicks and Schmicks – too crowded, next stop Kitty O’Sheas – dead, third stop McFaddens – decent amount of people, plus Nicole scored a table = win for McFaddens (even though I truly, truly dislike McFaddens. Sorry if I’m offending anyone.) We had a such a great time at McFaddens that we decided to continue on to Hennessy’s around 9:15ish to see Fast Times, the best 80′s cover band ever. My friends and I used to pretty much stalk them in college and had way too much fun doing it. It was great to see them but a little weird without my girls!

Overall, a very good Friday night.

We’re heading to church in a little bit, then New Balance. Later, I’m meeting up with Nuge and Christine for dinner. I can’t wait to see them and catch up!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday :)

I’ll leave you with a few little tid bits -

  • Twitter is awesome:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/technology/16twitter.html?hpw

  • Unemployment rate falling in MA:
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/dedham/articles/2010/04/16/jobless_rate_falls_a_first_since_07/
  • The Material Girl herself approves of the all Madonna episode of Glee:

http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/madonna-rates-glees-all-madonna-episode-brilliant-2010164

  • Great food finds from Boston.com:

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/galleries/2009/0628/10foodfinds/

To all those running the Boston Marathon tomorrow: you are extremely impressive, I admire you, you should be proud of yourselves and I wish you all the best of luck! I give you my ‘Best Effort’ award!

 

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That is why God made Colin a boy and Colleen a girl

This, for me, is the equivalent of Colin receiving his box of new turkey hunting gear from Cabela’s. That is what God made Colin a boy and Colleen a girl.

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Jack Johnson tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am !!! CAN NOT WAIT :)

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Tonight we went to see RENT performed at Merrimack. It was awesome – they did such a great job! I was impressed by the fact that Merrimack decided to put on what could be called a ‘controversial’ show (dealing with AIDS/HIV, drug use, girls kissing girls, boys kissing boys, gender confusion etc.), especially with the fact that Merrimack is a private, Catholic school. Good for them!

I love the music, the characters, pretty much everything about RENT and I truly thought they did the show justice tonight. Congratulations!

Tomorrow is a busy day. I have to run 11 miles, YIKES!

After that, we have my co-workers wedding tomorrow night, which Colin and I are really excited for. Should be a great time! Although, I was not able to ‘Rent the Runway‘ unfortunately! I totally dropped the ball on that – I waited to the last minute to remember that I wanted to rent a dress! Ugh. Luckily Nicole helped me out BIG time and brought in some dresses today for me to try out, so we’ll see, I haven’t decided on one yet…
Time for rest. Goodnight!

No excuses, blog like a champion

I have been such a slacker; zero blogging this weekend. I am ashamed of myself. Please accept my most sincere apologies. My new motto will now be, ‘No excuses, blog like a champion.’

Happy Spring everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL weather we had over the weekend, especially Saturday.

Now even though we had such a great day, it was hard not to be jealous of this picture message I received from my sister Kelly who was hanging out with my parents in Vegas. I may be a weeee bit jealous but I’m also really happy they’re having such a good time!

Kelly's lounging poolside and Colleen is jealous.

I started my Saturday off with a 9am appointment at the Robert Jason Salon in Andover. I didn’t want to be inside at all, but since my roots were taking over I needed some highlights asap (not a natural blond, big surprise! Is there such thing as a ‘real blond’ anyway?)

This was my first time to the salon – I have given up on my old hair stylist due to the fact that a visit to her salon is like a glimpse into the life of one of the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ (or Revere.) Also, the whole experience never takes less than five hours and you won’t leave without hearing an inappropriate story such as the time she got into a screaming match with her boyfriend in the driveway, which resulted in her breaking his windshield. To top it all off, they had ice-cold water to wash your hair – not exactly a pleasant experience. She always gave me a great cut and excellent highlights, but it’s time to move on. When you feel like your stylist should be paying you, instead of the other way around, it’s time to find a new one.

Back to the Robert Jason Salon… It was awesome! Everyone was so nice and the girl who did my hair (Ashley) did a wonderful job. I will definitely be going back. I highly recommend it.

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And, new customers get $25 off their first visit!

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Next, I convinced Colin to come for a run. My body was tired but since I’m training for the half marathon I knew I just had to push myself. The whole time during the run I was wishing SO BAD that I was just going for a walk, or just sitting on a bench, relaxing, enjoying the sun. I kept cramping up and I had to stop and walk a few times. Colin was doing way better than I was and he hasn’t been training for a race. It was beyond frustrating. I literally had to say Hail Marys throughout the run in order to get my mind off the fact that I was running (also to have God and his team up their on my side in case I croaked.) When we finished our run I had a bit of a breakdown. I just felt so disappointed with myself; I felt defeated. Luckily Colin gave me a really encouraging pep talk to help snap me out of it. In the end, I knew I had to get my run in for the day even though I didn’t want to, and I did. I finished. I didn’t just convince myself that it was OK to walk the rest of the way, I didn’t give up. That’s what’s gonna help me cross that finish line in April.

After our run we headed back to Newton (where Colin lives) he went to play basketball and I went in search of new shoes for our night out in Boston. I tried on some really cool heels at Target that I loved but felt way too tall in. This girl standing by me complimented how great they looked. She was extremely nice and eventually encouraged me to get them! I am really happy I did, so I owe her a thank you. Maybe she’s reading my famous blog right now…

Here are the shoes -  http://www.target.com/Mossimo-Palani-Gladiator-Sandals-Black/dp/B002OO7Z5I/ref=br_1_4?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=13836771&node=13836771&sr=1-4&searchRank=pmrank&searchPage=1&sessionID=182-8267774-4505357&searchSize=30&qid=

I’m roughly 6’5 in them, no big deal…

Saturday night a bunch of us went out for Danielle’s birthday. First we started the night off at Nuge and Christine’s (aka X) apartment; we had some drinks and a lovely dinner (including a cake, candles and a beautiful rendition of ‘happy birthday.’) Then we headed to Buskers which is over by The Garden. It was a really good time! The DJ played a lot of good music and we danced the whole time we were there. Total success.

My camera phone is a bit blurry. Xis lookin good though!

The lovely Rippa hailing a cab! (none of my friends have 'real' names by the way)

The beautiful birthday girl!

I heard about 3 new websites over the weekend and they’re awesome! Figured I would share…

When.com – http://www.when.com/ Lists all sorts of activities to do in your area, ranging from free events, sporting events, restaurant deals, etc.

Going.com – http://boston.going.com/ Similar deal with a more hip look to their website. People can post stuff they hear about and they also have a ‘recession busters’ section which lists cheap/free events.

Trails.com – http://www.trails.com/ ‘Your guide to the outdoors,’ You type in your area and they’ll give you places to explore on a nice day. Hopefully the good weather will continue. Fingers crossed…

Tourtracker.com – http://www.tourtracker.com/ The who-what-where-when of concerts.

Tomorrow the Soul Fire BBQ in Allston has an all you can eat wings special on Mondays from 5pm-10pm for $8.99. Get your wings however you like ‘em – buffalo, hickory smoked, spicy honey, Southern fried, apple bacon (featured flavor of the week.) http://www.soulfirebbq.com/ – 182 Harvard Ave, Allston, (617) 787-3003.

Today we took Lady to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence for a little bit, then relaxed the rest of the day. Went to church at 5:30 where I got to see two girls who volunteered the same year I did. It was a very nice surprise! We then went to Whole Foods, I got my groceries for the week (more strawberries and grapes which I already taste tested, and they are delicious.) Then Colin made some amazing burgers paired with equally amazing sweet potato fries with a maple glaze. Ooooweeee it was a good dinner!

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m looking at a busy week ahead so it’s time to get some sleep. Goodnight readers, hope you had a great weekend :)

PS- We’ve been watching the new show Life on the Discovery Channel and I’m definitely gonna have nightmares of Komodo Dragons tonight.

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