The kind of person I want to be.

I try to be a good person. I try to be kind, honest, and caring. I try to be nice and cordial with everyone, even if we aren’t the best of friends. I have many great examples (family and friends) of how to treat others and my parents raised me to be a good person.

I also have a few examples of how I DO NOT want to be. Some people are negative and miserable and they go after others to try and spread the misery. Thanks to those people, thank you for showing me how not to treat others. Thank you for helping me to appreciate the other awesome people in my life who lift me up instead of break me down.

I hope you all do something nice for someone today. In the words of a good friend of mine, be a buddy not a bully.

Love, Linda

Baltimore 10 Miler 2014: Race Recap

This past Saturday, I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler. I went into the race with no expectations, but I of course wanted to do well and give it my all. I drastically cut my mileage to recover and let my knee heal, so I wasn’t quite sure how running 10 challenging miles would go.
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The race was scheduled to start at 7:30 am, but it ended up starting about 15 minutes late. The reason they gave was “due to the traffic in the surrounding area”…people were running late I suppose.

Start line selfies!

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Barefoot runner…

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We lined up with the 1:20 pace group and started off at an easy pace. We settled into a nice, sub-8 minute pace for the first few miles. Right before we reached the half way point (slightly under 39 minutes), we passed the 1:20 pace group.

Our goal was to try and keep pace for the second half, but the second half is HILLY. It was definitely challenging and I thought I was going to have to walk during a hill at mile 8. The last two miles were brutal for me and I gave everything I had to keep up with Jeanette. I finished right next to Jeanette in 1:18:14.

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I am very happy with my time. My knee felt great the whole time (3 Advil did the trick :-)) and I beat my time from last year (1:22 ish).

The after party is always a great time. Running, free beer, and good friends. Such a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

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And the best way to spend a Saturday evening…

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North Carolina, BFFs, and Banana Cream Pie

Last Saturday morning, Annabelle and I flew to North Carolina to visit my BFFs in North Carolina.

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Annabelle behaved pretty well on the flight and she had so much fun playing with her seat mate (a nice preschool teacher who got stuck in the middle seat next to us).

Once we arrived, Lauren was nice enough to make a quick stop at Starbucks because I was a walking zombie. I enjoyed an ICED soy vanilla macchiato because it was sunny and in the 70s. It was glorious.

Since it was close to lunch time by the time we got to Lauren’s house, we ate lunch and then headed out to enjoy the weather. We took a nice long walk and made a stop at the playground. I’m not sure how Annabelle felt about the swing, but she was super sleepy so maybe that’s why she doesn’t look thrilled.

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Lauren really enjoyed her swinging experience. 🙂

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By the time we walked home, AB was out cold.
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Lauren and I sat on the porch and talked while eating animal crackers until she woke up. It was really nice to sit and catch up :-).

The rest of the night was spent hanging out…
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…and eating ice cream and banana cream pie while watching White House Down (yes, Channing Tatum is amazing). This pie is from Harris Teeter and it is AMAZING. I don’t even like banana flavored things and I am in love with this pie.

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Sunday was another fun day!

Breakfast: eggs with ham, red peppers, and cheese with hash browns on the side.
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Workout: 7 mile run on a local trail. Lauren, Rob, Mason, and AB went for a walk while I ran :-).
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Lunch: grilled chicken, sun dried tomato, and cheese panini with pasta salad on the side.
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Dessert (before dinner): we drove to NC State to get ice cream from their creamery. I got cookies and cream and campfire delight…campfire delight = amazing.

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BFFs: Mason and Annabelle are great friends. She kept kissing him over and over again. 🙂
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Steelers fan? No way! 😉
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We headed home on Monday morning and we were sad to go.
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Thanks for a great weekend Lauren and Rob! We’ll be back soon!
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Where did you go on your last vacation?

Banana cream pie? Yay or nay?
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Baby Fest 2013: Christmas Edition

On Saturday, a group of my friends (friends since elementary and middle school!) got together for our annual ornament exchange.  Each year we get together, eat lots of good food, and exchange ornaments.  It is always fun when we get to see each other and even more fun now that we have a bunch of little ones running around.  It was slightly chaotic.  🙂

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Annabelle and Bennett mesmerized by the glass door.  Happy 1st Birthday Bennett!

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For the food, we did a potluck and it worked out great.  I hosted this time and I am not capable of preparing a good meal for a large group of people.  We had bbq chicken sandwiches, broccoli salad, fruit salad, taco dip, pita chips with guacamole, cookies, and a pretzel/jello/whipped cream dessert.

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Here are the ornaments from this year. 🙂 It is so fun to look back at all of the ornaments from previous years and it’s great to get 5 new ornaments every year.  (I have no idea why this picture is sideways, but I am way too tired to try and fix it.  Just tilt your head to the left for a better view).

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The gang!  Kristie and her daughter Kaylee, Justin and Amber holding their son Linden, Me and Annabelle, Kate holding Bennett who she stole from Amber and Justin, and Lauren and Rob  (PS Rob is my #1 fan and I greatly appreciate his readership.)

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Love these people so much.  🙂

Do you have any ongoing holiday traditions?

Are you still in touch with friends from high school and/or college?

DC Ragnar Relay: Part 2!

After our first leg, we headed to the next major exchange point to get some rest… This exchange point was a creamery/farm in the middle of nowhere.

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You all know how much I like ice cream and I really wanted to get some from here, but I had a 9.2 very hard course ahead of me and I didn’t know how well it would sit.

Van #2 waiting for Van #1 to finish up their second leg. Have I mentioned how awesome our entire team was? 12 very strong and determined runners!

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We chugged along and rocked our second legs…in the pitch black and in the middle of the night. My course was through a state park on a narrow trail…home of coyotes and mountain lions!!! My team was very supportive and stuck with me for the really scary parts. 🙂

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We met up with Van #1 at the next exchange point and we waited for Tim to finish his 10 mile run. Once Tim finished, Clare started Van #1’s third and final leg. This exchange had a photo booth so Liz and I took some sweaty, smelly, exhausted pics.

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I think we all finally got about an hour and a half of sleep. It definitely felt good to shut my eyes and just relax. However, when Iwonka mentioned pancakes and coffee, Tim and I were up and ready for some food. Food never tasted so good.

Van #1 completed their third and final leg and they were ready to relax and wait for Van #2 at the finish line. The last 6 legs had to be shortened to 3 legs due to the government shutdown, so we ran in pairs. It was really fun to run with a teammate on the final stretch.

Iwonka and Phil

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Liz and Ryan

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Me and Tim with the rest of the team crossing the finish line!

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So proud of the Young Guns! We finished 66th out of 315 teams!

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This team knows how to celebrate…noodle beer bong!

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Ragnar shirt, medal, and bib

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I can honestly say that this was such an awesome experience and it was the most fun I have ever had running. I am very fortunate to have made a bunch of new friends and I look forward to hitting the pavement with them again soon. 🙂

Me and Rachel last weekend!

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And me and Rachel sometime in the 80s 🙂

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If you love to run and you are up for an adventure, you must try a Ragnar Relay!

DC Ragnar Relay: Part 1

Where to begin…this experience was far better than I could have ever imagined.  I was not originally scheduled to run this relay, but due to a last minute injury, I was given the opportunity to join the Young Guns and I had soooo much fun.

The race took place on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th.  I packed on Thursday night and it was pretty simple…lots of running clothing, running shoes, face wipes, and deodorant.  I packed each outfit in a large Ziploc bag so that I could change out of one sweaty outfit, put it in the bag, and put on the fresh clothing.

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I woke up at 3:30 am on Friday morning and headed to Rockville to meet the rest of the team.  Van #1 hit the road at 4 am because they had a 7 am start time, but I was in Van #2 and we didn’t leave until around 8 am.

We met Van #1 at the first major exchange which was Exchange #6.  Here’s how it works:  Van #1 holds runners 1-6 and they each take a turn running a leg.  Runner 1 starts running and the van drives to where they finish and then Runner 2 takes over.  When runner 6 is finished, Van #2 starts and runners 7-12 take a turn.  Exchange #6 was fun because we got to see the members of Van #1 and hear about how their first legs were.

Young Guns!

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Van #2!

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Umm Tim, where is your team shirt???

Van #1 finished strong and then it was Van #2’s turn!

Runner 7:  Phil

Runner 8:  Iwonka

Runner 9:  Ryan

Runner 10:  Liz

Runner 11:  Me.  My first leg was 9.2 miles long :).

Photo: Linda rollin out for her first go!

Runner 12:  Tim

Both vans met up at Exchange #12 and waited for Tim to finish.

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Once Tim finished we ate a delicious cafeteria meal, relaxed, and drove to the next major exchange point to try and get some rest.

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More to come…we did all of this two more times!

Have you ever run a Ragnar Relay?

A big mileage week and dinner with old (and wonderful) friends.

I ran 4 days in a row this week…Monday-Thursday.

Monday 6.75
Tuesday 5.6
Wednesday 6.75
Thursday 6.3

Saturday 12 (well, that’s the plan at least)

This will give me a total of 37.4 miles for the week. I have not run this much or this often since before I was pregnant and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can continue to do this injury free.

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Yup, that’s for all of you Twilight fans out there. I’m still sad that it’s all over.

Last night, Annabelle and I met two friends out for dinner. I met Heidi and Jess many years ago and we twirled baton together for years.

Old school picture taken at the national competition at Notre Dame…I’m thinking this was around 1997 or 1998?

Kellie and Jess then…

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Kellie and Jess now :-). (Kellie wasn’t there last night, but here she is at her bridal shower a few weeks ago.)

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Heidi then…

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Heidi now…

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We had a great time and AB enjoyed meeting them!

Do you still keep in contact with friends from your childhood?
What are your weekend plans?

Fan Fridays!

Seeing that I don’t have many “fans”, this may be the first and last Fan Fridays post. 🙂

My friend Lauren’s husband Rob is an avid Running4two reader and I am so happy that he got everyone on board…even Linden who is now my #1 fan. This picture made my night!

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From left to right: Justin, Linden, Amber, Rob, and Lauren. They spent the evening making the S’mores bars that I found on this awesome blog. If you need a good BBQ dessert, this is a winner…I’ve eaten one every night for the last week!
Here is Amber showing off her mixing skills.

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Linden was in charge of the note taking. Rob is in the background…he was in charge of the beer drinking.

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The finished product!

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If you want to be a part of Fan Fridays, send your pics to lak25@comcast.net!.

Spending time with friends, workout, and my new shoes!

I got up pretty early this morning and since Chris worked until late last night, I was on my own for breakfast.  I had some fruit and a chocolate banana protein muffin.  It was tasty, but I was not full for long.

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My friend Kate bought a new house this past year and Lauren and I have never been to see it in person.  Lauren, Annabelle, and I went to check it out this morning and our friend Amber and her two little ones met us there.  Kate has done a lot of work on the house so far (new floors, painting, etc.) and it is looking really good.  However, she is currently housing her brother, sister in law, and almost 1 year old nehpew for a while and the house is not looking how she envisioned it quite yet.  Therefore, I did not take any pictures.  But just so that you don’t feel left out, here we all are at my baby shower. 🙂

I said goodbye to Lauren because she flew back home tonight :(.  Annabelle will miss Aunt Lauren, look how sad she looks.

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I was very hungry when I got home so I made something quick and easy for lunch…veggie burger and multigrain pita chips with “less guilt” guacamole.  I also had a grande soy chai from Starbucks that Chris got for me while I was out :).

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After a lot of couch sitting and taking a short nap with AB, we finally did the 3rd day of insanity.  Today was Cardio Recovery (33 minutes long) and it was very different from the previous two days.  We did a lot of slow movements and stretching.  Even though we weren’t doing a lot of cardio, it was still pretty difficult to hold the stretches and squats while keeping proper form.

This is me performing two of the stretches…I am wearing my new top from Old Navy and I absolutely love it.  The built in bra is very supportive and I like how the length is long and flowy.

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Dinner was quick and easy…chicken pot pie soup, grilled cheese, and green beans.  I rounded off the meal with a bowl of cookies and cream ice cream…not pictured :).

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Look at theses babies!!!  I am so excited to try these out!

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ANYBODY DOING HOME IMPROVEMENTS THIS WEEKEND?

Nope, but I really need to do some laundry.

WHAT WAS YOUR WORKOUT TODAY?

FAVORITE FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM?

Cookies and cream

 

 

A morning run and Babyfest 2013!

Saturday morning started off great for two reasons:

  1. Annabelle slept for 5 straight hours!
  2. I went on my first post-baby run!

I met my friend Frank (and his dog Buddy) at the trail for an easy 6 miles.  I didn’t wear my Garmin or pay attention to the time because I know that it will take a while to get my pace back to where it was and I am just happy to be running again.  Once my body gets used to running again, I will start to work on my pace…10k race in about 5 1/2 weeks :).

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It felt so great to run again, but my body is feeling it today!

I had oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, and a banana when I got home…refueling for workout #2!

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My next workout was Day 2 of Insanity!  This workout was Cardio Power and Strength and it was 40 minutes long.  The exercises included moves such as power jumps, suicides, squats, and kicks.  We also did moving pushups and tricep dips for strength.  This workout seemed pretty hard to me…but I’m sure the 6 mile run didn’t help.  Chris adds a comedic factor to the workout as he hates on the guys in the video who can jump and bring their knees up to their ears :).  I hate on the women who have long hair and wear it completely down for an intense workout…you ladies are with me right?

Next on the agenda was Babyfest!  My friend Lauren lives out of town and she came home for the weekend to meet the new babies in our group.  Her parents are super awesome and they always invite us over and cook delicious food.  On the menu last night was salad, lasagna (the best lasagna ever made), and garlic bread.  This picture does not do it justice.

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The dessert spread was absolutely amazing!

  • fresh fruit with whipped cream
  • brownies with cream cheese icing
  • chocolate chip pie
  • peanut butter pie
  • apple cake

Since I ran 6 miles and did Insanity, I decided that I deserved to have one of each.  I ended up having a little bit of everything except the brownie with cream cheese icing…I regret that decision now.

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Here is Lauren with Annabelle.  AB was trying to talk her into having a baby.  😉

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Without any planning, Annabelle ended up being twinners with her buddy Kaylee.

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Here is a shot of the ladies and the babies :).  Shout out to the KD Class of 2000!

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It was a great night with awesome company and delicious food!  For those of you that couldn’t join us (Rob, Chris, and Mason), we missed you!

I just wanted to share this with you.  It was 30 degrees and snowing, but the ice cream truck drove around the neighborhood with the music on ready to fufill your ice cream needs.  I did have to keep Chris from going outside and chasing it down.

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HOW FAR DID YOU RUN THIS WEEKEND?

6 miles

DO YOU STILL SEE YOUR FRIENDS FROM HIGH SCHOOL?

Yup, all the time and it is great.  🙂

IS IT EVER TOO COLD FOR ICE CREAM?

No way!