In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


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Stranger in Need of Motivation

It’s been more than a year since the last time I blogged which means we’re pretty much strangers. I’m like that friend who pops in and out of your life when she needs something. Well, here I am, in need of something. At least I’m not afraid to admit this is a one-way street.

Running has been on the backburner for most of 2015. And I don’t like it so I want to do something about it. However, I’m picking the least optimal time of year to get back on the bandwagon since it’s dark when I get to work and dark by the time I leave. But I want to get back to my 2013 self that ran 8 half marathons and a full in one calendar year. Where is that person?!

So here is your stranger – desperate for motivation, encouragement, a kick in the butt, etc. That’s assuming my followers haven’t neglected me like I have them. Maybe I had a sliver of hope that blogging would give me a renewed burst of running energy…TBD. I’ll blog again soon with an update. Or will I?

 

 

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To Run or Not To Run

I’m back to blog after another long hiatus. And I’m back to talk things out. I’ve recently had an itch to run another marathon. 4 months from now I’ll hate myself and I’ll hate running. But for now, I want to run. My wedding is next August so I keep thinking I should sign up for something to get myself motivated and in shape. What better time to run another marathon, right? Well, maybe. The problem? I’d be training in the dead of winter….a Wisconsin winter. There is nothing worse than that. The other problem? There are no marathons in the Madison area in the spring which means I’d have to travel. No, it’s not the end of the world but I sure do love sleeping in my own bed the night before a race.

My two options right now are the Oshkosh Marathon on April 19th or the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha on May 2nd. If anyone has other ideas, I’m all ears.

As I hem and haw over this idea, I keep asking myself, “why not just run another half.” Because I just want to do another marathon and I really don’t have a good reason why. We shall see. I have 2 months to decide.

Marathon Sign

 


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Negative One Year

Look at me…posting again already! Maybe my blog itch has returned? I couldn’t help but blog because I have so many important things to share.

First of all, I bought a bike! I am so stoked. I took it out for my first ride last night and I’m in love. I am most excited to do something active other than running and this is a hobby that Bennet and I can do together (he runs too fast for me). I got the bike at the Trek store and let me just say, the guys there are saints. They know everything there is to know about bikes, which is exactly what I needed as I know nothing.

My Trek beauty

Second important thing: I’m running my 2nd half of 2014 tomorrow and I’m not a bit mentally prepared. It haven’t even thought about the fact that I’m running a race tomorrow but maybe that’s a good thing. I’m running the Madison Mini, which is ranked the #14 best half marathon by Runner’s World. In terms of time, I have zero expectations for this race. I have quite a few friends running it so I just want to go out and have a good time.

Now for the most important thing: Today is Bennet and I’s Negative One Year Anniversary! What is that, you ask? We have just one year until our wedding day! I say “just” loosely. 365 days is 365 too many because I am so incredibly excited to marry this guy.

I won’t be gushy, but I have one thing to share. Yesterday I saw this link on my Facebook feed: 21 Uncommon Romantic Gestures That Would Make Any Girl Melt.

As I started to read the article I thought, “I’m totally going to send this to Bennet as a hint.” But as I continued on I thought, “Well, at least he does that one…oh, he does that one too….Yep, there’s another.”

I finished the list and I realized how lucky I am. He’s actually amazing. Sometimes I forget all the little (and not so little) things Bennet does for me. Lately I have been stressed with wedding planning and let’s just say I can give him some ‘tude. I need to remember that the planning should be fun and in the grand scheme of things they won’t even matter. Because at the end of the day, I get to marry my best friend in the world and most definitely my better half.

365 days to go

Of course, as I’m typing this blog post, flowers are delivered to my office.


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Must.Blog.

I’m a disgrace. I haven’t blogged since May. But in my defense, my last post was the greatest post ever and I wanted that to be the most recent post forever and ever. If you didn’t read it, go back and please do so.

I will not bore you with excuses of why I haven’t written. I’ll just leave it at this:

Lake living

 

Besides lake living, I’ve been (attempting to) plan a wedding! I know we still have a year until the Big Day, but I get anxious when I think of all there is to be done. Because I like lists and they make me feel more accomplished, here we go:

Finished

  • Date (8/15/15)
  • Venue (Pleasant View Golf Course)
  • Photographer
  • Day-of Planner
  • Wedding dress!
  • Wedding party
  • Honeymoon (St. Lucia!!!!)

Big To-Dos

  • Videographer
  • DJ
  • Hotels for guests
  • Shuttles
  • Food!

Let me just say, if you live in the Madison area, I really, really welcome your suggestions for anything on the to-dos list. Especially a videographer.

I won’t bore you with wedding details so I’ll move onto another thing keeping me occupied: running.

I have my 2nd half of 2014 next weekend: the Madison Mini. I feel like a wimp compared to last year (6 half marathons, 1 full marathon). I hate that my priorities have changed, but I just didn’t find the time to travel for halves this year. I’d like to say maybe 2015?? However, 2015 will be the Year of Weddings amongst my friends and I. Oh well, I’m still getting the miles in, just not in official races.

*Break from writing*

I just started thinking, “I am rambling on about things people probably don’t care about. What did I used to post about?”

Well, running. So I went back and looked at my post about my marathon last November. After reading it, I have a minor inkling to sign up for the Madison Marathon in November. I said minor, people. Minor. We’ll see how I feel after the half next Saturday. And if I’m really crazy enough to sign up.

What a random blog post. See you again in another 3 months.

 


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The Greatest Game Ever Played

No, I’m not talking about the golf movie with Shia LaBeouf, however that is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’m talking about the “round” of golf I played last Saturday. I put quotes around “round” because I only played 5 holes. Why? Because my BF put a ring on it as I was putting out on the 5th hole.

Back it up. 

It all started when I was just 14 little years of age. I was in art class. It was the first day of second semester of my freshman year in high school. I spotted this gorgeous guy across the room who had swimmer hair (you know, that bleached disheveled look) with his black hoodie up. He kept putting his head down on the table, clearly not wanting to be there. Yeah, I immediately developed a huge crush on that guy. I later found out his name was Bennet, he was a junior and was the brother of a girl in my grade (Emily) who I’d already known through mutual friends. Well over time, I obsessively told Emily “how hot” her brother was. And I guess over time Emily and I bonded over it because we became best friends and still are to this day.

My crush on Bennet remained for the majority of the year. He didn’t have a clue who I was until I creepily took a picture of him in the middle of a swim meet. As I took the picture, the flash on the camera went off, which apparently is a no-no in swimming? Stupid. Anyway, I stopped the entire race. The swimmers had already dove into the water but the official stopped everyone, came over to the stands and yelled at the woman in front of me (I’m sorry!) for taking a picture and then made the swimmers get back on the blocks to start over. Talk about mortifying. Yes, Bennet found out it was me.

So overtime, I got over my crush and started dating someone else. Let me pause by saying guys are so dumb. Because this is when Bennet started to like me. Nice timing, Buddy. Throughout high school I dated other guys, Bennet went off to college and we remained friends because I was always over at their house hanging out with Emily. Bennet continued his little crush, never hiding his feelings along the way. Long story short, the timing was always off for us. We never liked each other at the same time and were always dating other people.

Bennet and I circa 2006. We look so young!

Bennet and I circa 2006. We look so young!

Fast forward 11 years. 

Bennet and I are both single. His persistence pays off and I finally give into him. We start casually dating. Things get serious. We lightly talk about our wedding some day and how awesome it would be to have it on the 5th hole of the Woods course at Pleasant View Golf Course.

Present time (5/3/14 to be exact)

Bennet and I are golfing the Woods course at PV. We get to the 5th hole and I have a 40 foot putt, which I ALMOST sink. After I’ve regained composure from my Tiger Woods putt, I tell Bennet to throw me the ball but he forces me to come tap it in. I walk up to the hole and I see a little box in the cup. Everything becomes a little blurry but this is where he drops to a knee and pops the q.

The Greatest Game Ever Played

So there you have it, folks.  I can’t believe how excited I am to marry this guy. It’s been a long-time coming and an entertaining journey. He’s the greatest guy I know with the biggest heart and the best humor. He makes me happier than I ever could have imagined and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

The End.


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Three Awesome Things

I have 3 awesome things to share.

First, this. It’s a great read about women’s confidence in the workplace. I hold a managerial role at my office and I am lucky enough to have wonderful support from my 4 principals, 3 of which are men. One of my male bosses sent this to me yesterday and I finally got a chance to read it. Moral: HAVE.CONFIDENCE. I’m learning that everyday.

In studies, men overestimate their abilities and performance, and women underestimate both. Their performances do not differ in quality.”

Second, this quote. Beautiful.

Just you wait

 

Third, a song from Coldplay’s album Ghost Stories, which is released on May 19th.


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An Overdue Walk In My Kicks

It has been 1 month exactly since I last blogged. I deeply apologize for inhibiting you all from reading about my incredibly interesting life. But to be honest, I think I’m doing you a solid. There’s not much new here, I just feel obligated to write since it’s been so long. And because Emily is harassing me about it.

But what IS new? Well…

I’m training again! Thank god. I’ve amped it up to Hal Higdon’s Intermediate training schedule, which means I’ve added a day of running and track workouts. The best part of this round of training? The BF is doing it too! Bennet is an oober athlete. I’m not kidding…he’s done Ironman twice. But he hasn’t always been overly fond of running. So after much convincing, he signed up for the Madison Half Marathon with me! Even though we’re not training together (let’s be real, he’s a lot faster than I am), it’s still fun to plan our runs around the same time and talk about our struggles/accomplishments.

My niece. She’s still cute as ever. Proof:

My SIL took Mila's 10 month pictures yesterday. I can't handle how awesome she is.

My SIL took Mila’s 10 month pictures yesterday. I can’t handle how awesome she is.

But seriously? How adorable.

But seriously? How adorable.

Guys, this is sad, but I can’t think of anything else. My world revolves around work, running, obsessively watching HGTV and Mindy Project, mini traveling vacations on the weekends and just trying to stay sane. Which can be hard to do.

will share a quote my mom sent me not too long ago. It resonated a bit more than other quotes do. And yes, I printed this out and posted in my office, in hopes that it would resonate with others as well. Cough, cough.

I leave you with a lovely beat by one of the greatest bands on the planet.