Thursday, May 28, 2015

Currently...

Feeling... exhausted. I have no idea why. I had such a relaxing weekend and this week has been such a struggle. I tried so hard to get up and run this morning and it was not happening. I'm pretty bummed about it.

Reading... "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (longest.book.ever.) and "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This is one of my mom's favorite books but she never read it to be at bedtime somehow I never read it, so The Pilot and I are reading it now. It was written by a pilot...fitting, right?


Watching... Nothing great. We keep watching "Mad Men" and I.just.don't.get.it. Every time I want to quit though, I read some blog post about how OMG SO AMAZING the series finale was so I keep pushing through.

Thinking about... summer plans...adventures...vacations...

Working on... a new storage solution in our apartment. This weekend might get messy.

Loving... that The Pilot is finally flying again. He finished his training class in April and unexpectedly had 6 weeks off. It was great to have him home but he was getting really antsy about flying again. He hadn't flown since February!

I definitely took this picture the minute he walked in the door.
Check out those Captain's stripes!
Needing... a good night's rest...I got that this weekend, but apparently it wasn't enough.

Grateful for... a husband who is open to new and different opportunities.

Excited about... spending a lot of time outside this weekend.

That's what I've got on tap this weekend.
What's on your 'Currently...' list?


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

30 before 30

I was 22-years-old, fresh out of college and working my first job when I started this blog. I was living in Boston...a city I had moved to without having ever visited...just for a job that I didn't really love. One day, while flipping through a magazine in a doctor's office, I read an article called "Yes! You Can Run a Half-Marathon!" So, I decided to run a half-marathon and said that one day, I would run a Full too. I started this blog with running a marathon at the top of my 25 before 25 list.

You all know where that story went. Here I am...five years later...still blogging...still running...and I think it's time to nod my head to my roots and let you all know about something else I've been working on...my 30 Before 30 list.

In no particular order, following the theme of some personal, some professional and some just fun, here is my 30 Before 30 list. Some of these are repeats from my 25 Before 25...either because I didn't get to them...or because I'm starting them again. You can read that list here.


1. Travel to Cuba.

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Being a Cuban American, it's incredibly difficult to reconcile never having been there.
2. Run a sub-4 marathon.
3. Visit every Major League Baseball stadium. (22/30)
4. Cook my way through a cookbook.
5. Do a 30 day yoga challenge.
6. Go horseback riding.
7. Blog every day for a month.
8. Buy a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress.

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9. Go to the ballet.
10. Run another international marathon.
11. Go on another layover with The Pilot.
12. Take a cooking class with The Pilot.
13. Attend a black tie charity gala.
14. Order a wedding album.
15. Put all of my photos from my past travels into an album or scrapbook.
16. Start writing the novel I have brewing in my mind.
17. Go back to New Orleans.

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18. See Kenny Chesney in concert.
19. Host a dinner party.
20. Pay off my credit card debt.
21. Make my own article of clothing.
22. Read a book in Spanish.
23. Perfect French macarons.
24. Go back to Paris with my mama.
25. Make a lattice-top pie.
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26. Master these 30 recipes (i.e. know how to make them without looking at the recipe).
27. Go to one spot during all four seasons and photograph it with my DSLR.
28. Tour the White House.
29. Take a painting class.
30.Visit Carolann in Hawaii.

Do you have a similar list?
I'd love for you to share a link in the comments!
Are any of these items on your 'bucket' list?


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's All About that Base...Week 3

I had a great training week last week. I got all of my workouts in, I felt great and I feel like I'm getting a great base under my belt.

I also had an awesome Memorial Day weekend. I got a lot of things done around the apartment on Saturday, spent a good amount of time reading, enjoyed a lot of time outside with friends and spent a lot of time by the water...both on the river and at the pool. It was a great weekend and perfectly relaxing. We had thought about maybe going out of town but The Pilot got put on a trip that didn't bring him home until late afternoon on Sunday and I'm so glad that I didn't brave the airports this weekend!

Anyway, back to training. I'm still sticking to my commitment of doing yoga twice a week, though I'd like to get 3 yoga workouts in this week. I still haven't done any of my PT exercises but between yoga, stretching and foam rolling, I'm feeling really good...especially after a challenging yoga session that focused on core work. I really need to get those exercises in though.

I hit 12 miles last week with a "long" run of 4 miles.. Again, not a very high number but the focus is on gradually building up my weekly mileage.


This is a little bit deceiving because I only did 2.5 on Thursday and Saturday, but Daily Mile rounds up for some reason. (PS if we aren't friends yet on Daily Mile, let's be!)

After Saturday's run, I did a yoga workout at home and then spent the rest of the day on my feet doing things around the house. By 8:30 I was toast. Those 4 miles might not seem like much but they took a lot out of me. I was so excited for yesterday's rest day but when we woke up, we got invited to join some friends on a bike ride to East Potomac Park to spend the afternoon at the pool. It was an 8 mile ride roundtrip which I did on a BikeShare bike since I don't have my own bike and man oh man was that a workout. Those Capital BikeShare bikes weigh a ton and I was definitely moving a lot slower than the group I was with, but hey...it was worth it!

I wasn't sure what to do this morning because my legs were pretty dead from the bike ride, so I decided to just play it by ear when I woke up. Clearly I spent way too much time in the sun this weekend because when my alarm went off, there was absolutely no getting out of bed. Today might just have to be a rest day, or I'll do something after work. We'll see!

Either way, I'm feeling really great about training!
Have you started training for a fall race? Or thinking about one?
What's on your list?
{Linking up with Tracy and Alyssa}

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Currently...

Feeling... relaxed. Work is really busy right now but I was off site yesterday morning and all day today. It's so great to get out of the office just for a change of scenery sometimes!

Reading... "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It's almost 1,000 pages and while it's interesting, I feel like a lot of it could have been left out.


Watching... "Mad Men." I don't know why I'm still watching it. I really don't get it but I think that's the appeal? Also, the season finale of "Scandal" was disappointing.

Thinking about... summer trips. I've got a few things planned that I'm super excited about!

Working on... researching some stuff for a little side project I'm hoping to work on.

Loving... that it's a 3 day weekend. I have no plans. Adventure awaits!

Needing... some cute new work tops...but I kind of hate shopping. I guess I should cave and sign up for Stitch Fix...I tried once and they said it would be almost 2 months before I got my first box. Yikes!

Grateful for... a job that I love.

Excited about... Chicago training. It's going really well this morning. I had a really good run this morning and every run is building my confidence.

What are you up to this Thursday?
Any fun Memorial Day weekend plans?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It's All About that Base...Week 2

I was really happy with how my first week of base training went. I did what I set out to do despite jetting off to California for 45 hours.

I woke up every morning at 6 to work out. Tuesday and Thursday I ran. Wednesday and Friday, I did yoga in my living room. Saturday, I went for an easy run in San Francisco.

Oh hell Daily Mile, I've missed you!
I'm not sure why I have a 'meh' face. All of my workouts were great last week except for one.

I didn't do a typical weekend long run last week, but as I said, I'm focusing more on building my weekly mileage and this week was definitely an increase from the previous week's 6 miles.

Yoga was a great way to complement my weeks. I definitely felt a lot of tightness in my hips and I'm hoping that over time, that will go away as I continue to complement yoga with running.


I still haven't figured out my training plan for Chicago. Mainly my biggest questions are 1) How often do I want to run each week?, 2) What do I want to start my weekly mileage ad and what do I want my highest weekly mileage to be?, and 3)What distance do I want to start my long runs at?

A lot of those questions will be easier to answer as I continue to build a base so I'm not to worried about it but for now, I'll revisit the goals I set for base training last week:

1. Build up weekly mileage - A. I would have liked to hit 10 miles last week but I think going from 6 last week to 9 this week is a smart start. I'll aim for 11 or 12 this week.
2. Focus on core/glute/hip strength - B. Yoga was a great way to focus on this but I didn't do anything in the line of PT exercises.
3. Aim for consistent paces - A. I was pretty happy with this. Sunday, The Pilot just took off. I wore my watch only so that I would know when I needed to turn around. While Thursday's run was slower than Tuesday's (9:50 versus 9:31), I maintained pretty even splits, starting slowly and easing into the run.

There you have it! I'm looking to keep things similar to last week, with the exception of doing a true "long" run this weekend.

What does your training look like right now?
Are you gearing up for something or winding down?