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Half Marathon Training, Week 1 Day 2 

3 treadmill miles. Next time I’ll take the heavy rain. Sooooo sweaty.

Half Marathon Training, Week 1 Day 2 

3 treadmill miles. Next time I’ll take the heavy rain. Sooooo sweaty.

Half Marathon Training, Week 1, Day 1
This weather? Beautiful.
Finally having an inhaler? Beautiful. 
Could not be happier with this run :)

Half Marathon Training, Week 1, Day 1

This weather? Beautiful.

Finally having an inhaler? Beautiful. 

Could not be happier with this run :)

Just pretend I’m there at Mile 24.
I so, so wish that I could have made it out there this year. Kick ass and take names, you amazing runners!

Just pretend I’m there at Mile 24.

I so, so wish that I could have made it out there this year. 

Kick ass and take names, you amazing runners!

Caturday!

Cam is in Milwaukee to visit his Grammy and attend his aunts funeral.

Me? I’m just slowly becoming a cat lady.

Friday Five
  1. What the shit is this white stuff that’s covering my ENTIRE CAR? Snow, you say? SNOW?! What the hell. It’s APRIL. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE SPRING.
  2. I’m working without pants on. It’s pretty glorious. Especially when you add in the fact that I’m also not wearing a bra.
  3. Cam’s grandma has been in the hospital since last weekend. She had an aneurysm last week. Cam’s mom went to her house and had to have the police break down her front door - she was unconscious on the floor. Gma was taken to a local hospital, and then airlifted to a larger hospital in Milwaukee. She’s currently stable, but will be in the ICU for another week or so. After that, she’s going to need 6-8 months of therapy. It’s a long road, but she’s got a great support team.
  4. I’m supposed to run 4 miles in this stupid snow. I’ve considered using the dreadmill, but I don’t know if I can do it. Stupid frozen bits of water, getting in the way of my life plans!
  5. We’re having two cute little visitors this weekend - my nieces! We’re planning to take them rock climbing - woop woop! A nice little spot of sunshine. :)
Coffee Date: April 3, 2014

It’s been a while since I posted anything of substance about my life. So, let’s get an update in here:

I really love my life.

  • When I can let go of work… I’m incredibly happy.
  • I have a fat-happy cat who likes to cuddle.
  • I have the most luxurious eggplant-colored bed sheets. 
  • Work-day mornings are relaxed and almost always include fresh eggs and bacon. My days start off in a really wonderfully zen place.
  • Weekends are filled with family, running, great glasses of wine, and all kinds of snuggling.

I’m actively looking for a new job.

  • I know a few people are convinced that if I just keep my head down and keep working, it will probably get better. That’s not entirely untrue. It might get better. But the reality is, I’m really unhappy. My work stress is impeding my non-work life. I’m not dragging my current company through the mud, but I am advocating for myself. 
  • I’m not looking for perfect, but I am looking for a position that has room for growth. I’m looking for a company that will appreciate that I work hard, and that will listen to my voice - and allow me to actually do my job without standing over my shoulder.
  • This company is just under 25 people. That means a lot of things. It means that I wear a lot of hats. It means that I report directly to three people - all of which are convinced that their work is my top priority. This means that I have more work than I can possibly do, and that things don’t get done. I’m often scolded for the things that I didn’t get to and rarely praised for completing the things I did get to.
  • There have also been a number of ethical issues. I don’t want to go into great detail, but skimping on standards is not a business model I want to be a part of.
  • I’m also, as it turns out, being vastly underpaid. Existing open positions comparable to what I’m currently doing have pay ranges that are 50% more than what I’m taking home. I tried to bring this up with my boss in the past and he chuckled. He said that he’s already paying me more than I’m worth. That piece alone frustrates me enough to want to get a fresh start.

 I’m excited for my upcoming races.

  • I’m running a 5k on April 19th. I had a time goal in mind when I registered, but at this point, I’m just looking to run hard and enjoy being back to racing.
  • I’m starting Half Marathon training soon after that. It’s blended with the Hanson’s Marathon method, since I’M RUNNING THE TWIN CITIES MARATHON IN OCTOBER.
  • Also, Lojo and his arm candy are coming. Stoked.

What’s new with you?

Hospital selfie with grandma. Damn, do I love this kid and his family!

Hospital selfie with grandma. Damn, do I love this kid and his family!

Practicing for the Hanson Method

Marathon Training has definitely not started yet.

However, thinking about marathon training and worrying about being a “real” runner who could follow the Hanson’s Method… has definitely already started.

My “easy” pace range (for a 4:45 finish) is 11:00-11:30. 

I’ve been shooting for that range in my miniature pre-official-marathon-training runs. 

Yesterday? Nailed it.

It is March 27th. THIS IS SPRING, PEOPLE.

This weather is draining. I wasn’t supposed to run today, but I did. Just a quick mile to let out a little steam.

Now, stir fry please?

Can we talk about marriage for a minute?
  1. Shut up. I know I did that thing where I almost married the wrong guy. I learned a lot. I grew up a lot. Not all the way, but a lot. 
  2. It’s not about “starting our life”. Our life has already started.
  3. That doesn’t change the fact that I would like to be his wife. Not just “a wife”. Not just married. Married to him. His wife.
  4. Weddings are ridiculously expensive. Holy shit. Even with a guest list of 30, we’re looking at $5-6k for a good party.
  5. Money is dumb. Debt is even dumber. I refuse to go into debt over a diamond, a dress, dinner, drinks and dancing.
  6. I guess I’ll just keep up my balancing act between being googly-eyed-excited and being level-headed-budget-savvy

Now, what does my internet family think?