In Her Shoes

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


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Itching For Taper

5.5 weeks left of training. That’s nothing, right? Wrong. All my running friends (but one) are tapering right now. And I’ve never been more jealous of anything in my entire life.

All I have in my way are a few 8 & 5 mid-week runs. Oh…and a 19-miler tomorrow and a 20-miler in a few weeks. I’m trying to be positive about my training and I’ve actually felt really good lately. I haven’t been pushing myself speed-wise because, to be honest, all I want in this marathon is to feel good about it. Oh, and to PR, but I’m pretty sure I can do that. Hopefully I’m not being cocky.

But more than anything, I’m trying to make this experience fun. Last weekend I did the Brewers Half Marathon with a bunch of friends. I ran the entire thing with Mel and Jen and we put ZERO pressure on ourselves. We ran at a really comfortable pace and didn’t worry about breaking 2 hours. I didn’t feel the greatest…I guess I just never got in my groove. But we still had fun with it, of course.

Mel, myself, Jen before and after

Mel, myself and Jen before and after the half.

Jlo and I in Miller Valley

Mel snatched this of Jen and I during Miller Valley. Loved this part of the race.

Running through Miller Park

At mile 12.5ish we ran through Miller Park. This was my favorite thing I’ve done in a half to date. So cool!

Schultz's first half

This was my friend Schultz’s first half marathon! Love when people get into running.

Nater

This was also Naters first half…he ran it in 1:39. Stud.

Krista PRed

My girl Krista PR’ed with a 1:44. Holy mac.

Runing brings friends together

Old friends coming together through running. Love it.

Another medal to the pile!

Add another medal to the pile!

So onward I push. 19 miles after work tomorrow (yuck) but then I have 2 weeks till my 20 miler, which I’m doing in Denver. Yippee!

In other news: this is a must-read. Love, love, love.Β 

Enjoy the beat.

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Staycation

Happy 2013! I’m back after a nice, long, refreshing, relaxing, fun, uneventful, lovely little winter break.

Luckily, due to our office being closed for 2 snow days, 4 days of holiday and taking 3 vacation days, I had a splendid 13-day vacation.Β And what did I do? A whole lot of nothing. Our family trip to Arizona was postponed to January, so I had 13 days to kill. Ok, I didn’t actually do NOTHING….

On our first snow day, my friend Beth and I made a snowman. Meet Burky -- a combination of Bucky and Herky.

On our first snow day, my friend Beth and I made a snowman. Meet Burky — a combination of Bucky and Herky.

I thought I was going to have to work the next day (which we ended up being closed again because of the snow) so I dug my car out. But not without playing on it first!

I thought I’d have to work the next day (but nope–we were closed again) so I dug my car out. But not without playing on it first!

I'm attempting the 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of the Newton Elementary Shooting victims. We dug out a random person's car!

I’m attempting the 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of the Newtown Shooting victims. We dug out a random person’s car!

I hung out with old friends who were in town for the holidays.

I hung out with old friends who were in town for the holidays.

And saw even MORE old friends!
And saw even MORE old friends!

My best friend who lives in Denver was home during my entire break. I hung out with her EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. We spent most of our time being lazy watching movies, sports and vegging out. Real healthy.

My best friend who lives in Denver (Emily) was home during my entire break. I hung out with her EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. We spent most of our time being lazy watching movies, sports and vegging out. Real healthy.

Don't worry...we spent some time being active. Snowshoeing at my parents!

Don’t worry…we weren’t complete POS’s. We went snowshoeing!

Took a drive through the Olin Park Christmas lights...again. This picture does not do the background justice.

Took a drive through the Olin Park Christmas lights…again. This picture does not do the background justice.

Went to the Badger game and watched the annihilate Samford.

Went to the Badger game and watched them annihilate Samford.

Celebrated NYE with some of my favorite people in the world.

I rang in the New Year with some wonderful peeps.

Needless to say, my winter break was a tad shy of crazy. And I had no problem with this. Actually, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Wait– I take that back. I was supposed to practice the guitar everyday and didn’t touch it once. But other than that, it was just the break I needed.

Happy New Years! Now listen to this amazing video: