Friday, November 29, 2013

Turkey Stampede Recap

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I did. I think I'm still full from yesterday. I'm did some shopping today, but I let myself sleep in and I wait to go out after all the crazies go home. (No offense to any crazy people.) Usually I go out in the afternoon to the mall, but today I stayed home and shopped online. I found some amazing deals and didn't even need to get out of my pajamas. WIN!

Yesterday was my second Thanksgiving 5K. We woke up, got dressed, and headed to Elkhart with my brother and sister in law. Drew's other sister was supposed to come too, but she chickened out last second.

It was SO COLD. I've never run a race in such cold weather before. As soon as we got out of the car, I regretted not bringing another jacket to layer on. We took some pictures and headed into the gym to stay warm until the start.
Drew and his sister Katelyn
Drew and me

The gym was warm, but PACKED. I saw a couple of people almost slip and fall due to the super wet and disgusting floors. 

I was very impressed with this race last year, and this year it just wasn't the same. This was a new location, and it was chaos. We couldn't hear ANY announcements, and many people seemed confused. 

We thought we heard the gun go off for the 10k, and many people started leaving so we figured it was time for the 5K to start. We waited a few minutes, and then all of a sudden people started running. There wasn't even a gun, a buzz, or anything! I was still trying to get my Garmin ready when I crossed the starting line. My family passed me by quickly while I was still fiddling with my Garmin. 

After about a mile I found a good pace, but it was really hard to breathe. It was so cold, and it felt like my lungs had shrunk. I couldn't take in very big breaths without coughing, so I just tried to keep going. After maybe a mile and a half (?) you could see other people going the opposite direction. I cannot tell you how badly I wanted to turn around and run with them. I was NOT having fun. I was just miserable. 

At about the half way mark, you did a 180 turn to head the opposite direction. That's about when my toes started to cramp. I stopped to walk for a few minutes, and had to walk/run the rest of the race. There were so bad, they felt like they were completely crossed inside my shoe. *I just tried to find a picture of what my toes probably looked like, and almost vomited. UGH do not search toe related things on google. Just, don't.*

Somewhere after the half-way point (2.5 miles?) there was finally a water station. If by a water station you count one card table with 5 or so frantic people trying to give water out. 

After what seemed like the longest race ever, it was finally over. I met back with everyone else at the gym, where we grabbed hot chocolate and headed for the car. 

They started asking what was on my hat, but I was too cold to take it off. When we got back into the car to defrost ourselves, I saw what they meant. My sweat on my hat had frozen. That is ridiculous.

 I was really disappointed with this race. It seemed chaotic and unorganized. The lines were insane, no one knew when to line up, and people could have been injured in the gym. The lack of water stations left me wanting more.

Last year I was super impressed with how well run it was, so I'm hoping the chaos was just because of the new location. All the proceeds went to an amazing cause (Faith Mission) so I will probably do it again next year. Hopefully next year they will learn from the mistakes, and it will be much better!

Did you score any amazing deals today?
Anyone else do a run on Thanksgiving? 
Are you still coming out of a food coma?

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you are all enjoying your day with family! 

I think my food coma has begun. 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Running lovers

As I sit down to type this, my dog and my husband are on the other couch playing video games. Well, Drew is playing video games, and Jeffrey is watching. This wouldn't seem like a big deal, but after yesterday's fiasco, I am glad things are back to normal.

Jeffrey's back leg has been bothering him for about a week. I came home one day from work and he jumped up to see me, per usual when he yelped and started limping. After a few minutes, he was fine and was running around normally. Ever since that incident, he has be limping off and on. He will be completely fine, playing and running around, and then all of a sudden will stop and limp.

I told Drew I would take him to the vet if this continued more than a week, which it did. I rushed home from work yesterday to take him, as they only had one opening before Thanksgiving. I was so happy they could get us in that I sped over as fast as I could. As we walked into the vet's office. Jeffrey started shaking. I didn't think anything of it, since he gets super excited/nervous any time we go anywhere. We sat in the waiting room and he was fine.

A few minutes later they called us back to look at his leg. I took him over to a table so they could look at him, and he completely froze in my arms. I had never felt him so tense before! I told him he was super tense and I wasn't sure if I should give him to them, but they said it would be fine and started taking in sweet calm voices to him. He looked like he was relaxing a bit, and he let them move his legs a bit to see what was going on. I kept petting his head and talking to him so he wouldn't freak out, and stayed by his side the entire time. As the tech started touching the leg that was injured, he started tensing again. Then, she touched is knee, and he went ballistic, and bit my hand. I don't even know what happened next, I honestly cannot remember how I left the room, but one of the techs led me out and kept apologizing to me. I think they were freaked out that they allowed it to happen, but I was the one really freaking out. I kept saying that I was fine and it wasn't bad, but the blood dripping on the floor made them believe otherwise.

I cannot even begin to explain how embarrassed I was. Looking back, I bet we all looked pretty comical. They were apologizing, and then I was apologizing, and then I was crying because I was so embarrassed, and just kept repeating "I'm fine! No really, I'm fine! I'm just so sorry!" They bandaged my finger up, but the blood kept coming through so they had to put a big bandage on. Great, now it looked even worse! Finally I went back into the room and the told me (again) that they were so sorry, and they should have put a muzzle on him. They asked if they could muzzle him now or give him a sedative for the X-ray. I was still crying and just wanted to get out of there so I told them to do whatever they needed to do.

As soon as they left the room, I called my husband at work (of course, he left his cell phone at home!) and told him to come to the vet as soon as he was done with work. Luckily he works just down the road from the vet's office, and he came right away. Poor guy, he thought we had to put Jeffrey down. No honey, he just bit me and had to be sedated. No death today!

We found out that he has partially torn a ligament ( I think?) and we are supposed to give him anti inflammatory meds to see if it gets better. If it doesn't get better, he will need surgery. He just turned 1 in April, so I'm hoping he will not have to have surgery already!

After I came home, I took of the ridiculous bandage to see the damage. Watch out if you don't like blood! This sucker is huge!

 Yeeeeah, actually it's the smallest cut ever. I'm not sure how that much blood could have come from that small of a cut, but whatever. I'm just so thankful it's all over with and we are all home, safe and sound. The poor guy had sedative at the vet and then they gave him a reversal, which made him SUPER confused for a few hours. He just wined and walked in circles for awhile. We were worried, but now he's all better. Thank goodness.

After we all came home, I had to leave for church rehersal for a few hours. Every so often I would get an update from my husband, and after awhile, he sent me this snap chat:
Maybe where?
 I knew then that he was okay. :) He always send me messages like this when I'm gone at night and the dog misses me.

Tomorrow is the first time Andrew and I will get to run a 5k together. We decided to stay in tonight and go to bed early, like the old people we are.  I made Drew get his clothes ready with me so we could make running lovers instead of running men. 

Our running lovers 
It's been quite awhile since I've run, so we will see how it goes!  It's fun to look back and think that a year ago, I ran my very first race ever. That's when my love of running started. I'm just so grateful that I am able to run, and especially thankful that I get to do it with family this year. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Are you doing a Thanksgiving race?
Headed anywhere fun?

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Indianapolis Mini Marathon

Sunday I decided, on a whim, to sign up for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon. My brother in law and I decided to just go for it before we could really think about it. Yes, that was really our plan. Sign up quickly so that we actually do it.

Within a few hours of talking about it, I had gotten my registration all set.

And within minutes of getting my receipt, I freaked out a little bit.

If you've followed me for awhile now, you may know that I wanted to run a half last year.  I kept waiting to start a training plan until after I had signed up, and then the sign up didn't open up until a little over a month before the race. So, needless to say, that didn't happen. 

Then, I was going to run the Fort4Fitness half. I had a tonsillectomy in July, and wasn't able to get back into running as quickly as I had hoped. I was under trained, soI ended up changing to a 10K. In the end it was  a really good decision, as I had never run that distance before. But I was still determined to one day do a half. 
Now, here I am, registered and scared that there is no turning back. I will not be turning this into a 10K race. I am running this half marathon... come hills or high water. <----see what I did there?

The Indy Mini is super flat, which is a huge plus. I will be running with my brother in law for sure, and possibly my sister in law, and one of Andrew's cousins. This means for a super fun time with family and friends that weekend, which I am WAY excited about. We can all keep each other on track with training, and have someone to complain to when it gets rough. 

I plan on following the same training plan , and I hope to start it early so I have some extra leeway if I need to change something up. 

Have you ever signed up for a race on a whim? 
Are you running on Thanksgiving? 
If so, what distance?  I am running a 5K and may die. 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

One Small Change

I've been in a bit of a funk. I haven't felt like blogging, because I wasn't quite sure what to write. I wasn't eating well, I wasn't running, and I felt like a bit of a failure in some ways. I just couldn't seem to get away from the food. I would think about stopping, but I honestly didn't want to. Every day was another chance to change that I would let go of each morning. I didn't care. My friend Erin put it so well. I told her what I was going through and she said, "It is such a struggle and the more we gain the more we don't care." That was me for many weeks.

Today I've turned a bit of a corner. I've accepted my new weight (which by the way is higher than it's ever been), signed up for a half marathon in the spring, and am ready to break out of whatever this funk is.
But before I go all full force into my plan, I want to share something with you. Something that has never happened before. Today, after lunch, I got on the scale, and didn't cringe at the weight. I am at my all time highest weight, and I didn't even flinch. I looked into the mirror, and smiled. Somehow, through this unhealthy funk, I've come to appreciate my body. Even at a less than stellar weight, I now appreciate my body more than ever. I may not be skinny, but I am still beautiful. I've never felt this way before, and I think this was a gradual change in my heart, but I'm so happy with that change.

So, what's the plan now? I don't want to change everything right away and fail. I've done that way too many times before. I have a 5K on Thanksgiving, and after that I want to be more intentional about running and working out. I want to create a manageable schedule that doesn't burn me out or take my time away from more important things (my family, my new Bible study, my devotions). I'm not looking to drop a ton of weight quickly. I want to incorporate a small change weekly to reach a healthier balance in my life. It's going to take time and effort, but I know this time I can and will succeed.

My small change for this week will be getting in my water each day. With Thanksgiving and a beak from work, I'm going to want to flush a lot of the junk i've been eating out of my body. Water will do the trick!

I would love to have you join me with this every week. Think about a small change you can make. It can be as small as getting 8 hours of sleep 3 days a week, or going on a walk.

What is your one small change for this week?

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Costume arguments & chicken and waffles

Halloween was last week, and I didn't eat even a piece of candy! Yay me! However, I could have eaten my little niece right up.

Is she not the cutest thing ever? We met my family at my parent's for pizza and to love on little Lilah in her costume. We then argued over her costume. Two of my family members thought she was supposed to be a watermelon. I would have agreed with this, if not for the little green stem and leaf at the top of her head, which makes it look like a strawberry. Still not sure what the costume is supposed to be. *cough strawberry*

Saturday morning we got up early to ride with Drew's family to West Lafayette for the Purdue vs Ohio State game. 
The Men: Dan(BIL), Daniel (future BIL), Bill(FIL), and Drew.
I haven't been feeling the greatest, so I was worried about the cold and wore about 53093 layers. I was still super cold. I didn't feel as bad when I saw this kid sitting behind me. 

Even though I was cold, I had a pretty good time the first quarter of the game cuddling up with Drew. 

After the first quarter, I started to feel pretty miserable. OSU stomped on Purdue (the score ended up being 56-0), so it was a pretty boring game. Add in the fact that I was cold to my core, and it made for a pretty miserable Emily. I was so glad when halftime came, and my mother in law, sis in law, and future brother in law wanted to leave to get coffee. Yes please. We stayed to watch the halftime show, which was incredible. Purdue was awesome and let OSU's band perform. In case you haven't seen it floating around the interwebs, check it out. It's incredible. 

Instead of the dinosaur eating a Michigan guy, it ate an IU football player, since they were performing at Purdue. Pretty cool to see in person. We also got to see the script Ohio with the dotting of the i. 

It looked like the stadium had more Ohio State fans than Purdue, which was a little sad. 

After the halftime show, a group of us went for coffee and to warm up. As we were leaving I wondered if I would regret my choice, but I can say with absolute confidence now, I am glad I left. I would have been miserable if I had stayed in the stadium. We stopped by Cafe Royale and I ordered a non fat caramel latte. It was SUPER hot, for which I was grateful. The place was a little weird, they had a huge sign that was upside down in the shop. I couldn't decide if it was on purpose or not. I forgot to get a picture. I DID grab a photo of the women's restroom...


After the game was over, we met back up with the rest of the group and went to dinner at Cristo's, although I kept calling it Crisco's.

 They serve breakfast all day, and I was having a hard time deciding between breakfast foods or dinner foods. Then, suddenly, the clouds parted and the angels sang when I saw this....

Chicken and waffles! I've wanted to try this dish for years. I decided to forget about calories and go for it. While waiting for our food we enjoyed each others company and drank too many cups of coffee. Finally, everyone's food arrived and we quickly dug in. 

The chicken and waffles came with an apple cider cinnamon glaze which was super tasty, but the waffles were still a little dry so I added some of Drew's syrup. 

After we filled our stomachs, we went back to Purdue's campus to take my sister in law Katelyn and her fiance Daniel home. We decided to grab a few family pictures with Dan & Jenni's brand new amazing camera. I told Drew I want one for Christmas. :) 

Best. Picture. Ever. 
My Love.
The whole family. 

Have you ever left a sporting event because of being cold?
Every try chicken and waffles? 
What do you think of Lilah's costume... strawberry or watermelon?

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