Archive | October, 2010

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

Sadly, our pumpkin didn't make it to Halloween... That's what happens when it's 80 degrees in Virginia!

I promise that I will have a Wicked 10K post tomorrow.  I was waiting for the results to come in.  Let’s just say that we’re awesome…but you already knew that 😉

Have a safe and happy Halloween!



30 Oct

Morning All!

Leanne and I walked in the Wicked 10K bright and early this morning (8:00).

Early in the morning!

It was oodles, yup oodles, of fun!  Lots of costumes, beer, and Baker’s Crust Chili Bowls (delicious)!  I will post more later, but for now a few pictures.

So regal...

Early morning sleepy eyes.

And away we go!

I’ll post more later, just giving everybody a little taste.  Plus all the photos aren’t downloaded yet, so there’s that.  Happy Saturday!

Race update!

27 Oct

Hola!  Sooo, only four people have voted on our poll and one of those people was Leanne!  We want your input to where we should do our Florida marathon!  Really, we do!  Check out the earlier post to vote.

Getting down to the update…

Leanne and I are going to do the Wicked 10K on Saturday here in Virginia Beach. 

WICKED! Pretend like you're saying it like in the musical Wicked. Got it?

 We are dressing up in our college gear and we will have a blast!  Even if no one else understands it.  Take a look at the map to see where we’ll be headed.  Last year they started around 19th street, so I’m interested to see how the course is different starting from the Convention Center.  After the race there is a party.  At said party they give you Blue Moon and Baker’s Crust food.  This is also very exciting!  Look for pictures on all that!

Next race up is the Outer Banks Half Marathon.  Both of us are excited about this.  The race is the weekend of November 12th.  We, meaning me, don’t have school on Thursday or Friday.  Thursday is Veteran’s Day and Friday is a Staff Day.  I really wish that Friday was a day off so we could spend a long weekend in OBX.  We went on a family vacation this past summer to OBX and I loved it.  I wish to spend more time there. 

In December, we finally signed up for the Surf n Santa 10 miler

Which one is me?

We hemmed and hawed about this one.  It’s so close to being a half marathon, but not really…should we do it or not?  Well, we’re going to do it.  The swag bag is pretty awesome.  You get a santa hat, a jacket and a stainless steel water bottle.  How awesome, right!?

A quick update as to what is going on.

Vote on the polling page for our Florida marathon!  Your vote matters! 😉

Mas preguntas!

25 Oct

Okay, so only one pregunta, but it’s a good one.  Leanne and I can’t decide where to do our Florida half marathon; Key West of Disney?  What do y’all think?  Vote and let us know!

Hello Fall?

25 Oct

I mean really.  It’s 70 something today and tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the 80’s!?  Really!?

Hey there!  It’s been awhile.  How are you? 

This weekend has been full of decorating and training.  We went for a short walk earlier in the week, 2.5 miles, just throughout the neighborhood.  I didn’t take any pictures because well the neighborhood is just not that exciting.  

 Thursday we went to Pilates/gymnastics with Margaryta.  She did a lot of core and balancing stuff and I could definitely feel it the next day. 

Just pretend that this is exactly what Leanne and I looked like while doing this


Shoulder stand

Saturday was yoga day.  We did a lot of basic stretching and sun salutations.  It was very relaxing… 

Also on Saturday we carved our pumpkin!  Bond didn’t quite know what to think about the whole pumpkin carving experience…

Bond supervising, as he does best

Gooey pumpkin hand!


Saying that out loud (GUTS!) so made me think of that old Nickelodeon TV show.  Anyone else remember it?  Anyone?

Aggro Crag!

Mike O’Malley was the host and the kids had to crazy sports competitions.  I’m pretty sure that my brother and I would “do” the games along with the kids on the show at home.  

Being helpful

Now, we have a scary looking pumpkin outside!

Sunday we walked and Fort Story and did the Osmathus trail as part of our miles.

Osmanthus trail

This tree was not this way the last time we were through. Those termites must have been hungry!

Virginia Beach mermaid

That last picture of the mermaid…  That person has a bunch of cool stuff in their garden.  There is an iron skeleton and a bunch of other artwork, plus all the veggies and flowers they grow.   

Then of course after our walk we went to Starbucks for some coffee…

After that it was off to run errands and Michael’s, Trader Joes, and the Halloween store.  I saw these cool pumpkin luminaries that we are going to try and make out of the fake carveable pumpkins; hence Michael’s and the Halloween store. 

Delicious and I mean delicious food was made for dinner.  I made White Bean Chicken Chili, and Paula Deen’s hoecakes with pumpkin butter.  I seriously think I may be addicted to Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter.  It is sooo tasty; I could have eaten the entire jar!

Pumpkin butter, I love you!

We had a delicious weekend.  This week we need to get moving and do more walking!  The OBX half marathon is a mere 3 weeks away!

Hard At Work

24 Oct


I promise this blog isn’t written solely by Emily. Just mostly by Emily. Not gonna lie. We both knew that from the get-go. What can I say. I’m not much of a writer. There goes my career as a food critic. Oh well.

Here’s a picture of Emily working hard for your viewing pleasure. I promise I’ll post something substantial soon!

“…she’s a rich girl, she don’t try to hide it, diamonds on the soles of her shoes..”

18 Oct

A lot of things are not true about the above title.  A) I am not rich and B) I do not have diamonds on the soles of my shoes.  That would really hurt!  I never understood that song when I was little.  I was all, “Why would anyone want diamonds on the bottoms of their shoes?  That would hurt!”  Don’t worry Paul Simon, I understand now.  But I digress, I got new fancy shoes, so maybe that’s why I have diamonds on the soles…?

Is this what Paul Simon was thinking about?

 I wear Brooks Adrenaline and have for the past 6 years.  I love them.  Seriously if anyone out there reading is from Brooks; I would happily do a positive user review.  I pretty much killed my old Brooks by training and walking in the Rock n Roll half marathon.  Soo, I got me some new shoes!

My very colorful new shoes

I wore my new beauties on Sunday when Leanne and I walked in First Landing.  I was so happy to have my Brooks!  Last weekend I walked with my trail shoes and they worked, but these gave my feet what I needed. 

After our walk we of course went to Starbucks and ran errands.  I soon will be buying a new camera so  I can take pictures during out races and training.  I love my phone, but it doesn’t alway give the greatest of pics. 

My new camera?

It’s the Panasonic Lumix.  I’m thinking about getting it because it has good image stabilization and shutter speed; which are both vital when talking pictures while walking.   Anyone know anything about this camera?  Everything I’ve read seems pretty good…

Anywho, that’s about it folks!  Have a great rest of the week!

You’re not doing that right…

16 Oct

Today, my dear friends, I went back to yoga.  I haven’t been to yoga class in quite a while.  The thing is I love yoga, really I do!

It all started in college.  I can’t remember why I thought I needed to do it, but I did.  I bought a very reputable video… *cough* cast member of MTV’s Real World *cough* and started out. 

There! I'm not ashamed. Ok, maybe a little bit.

I did the video and as I thought was in need of some stretching out.  I tried to do the video at least once a week and felt more bendy.  I was, in my head, an amazing yogi.

So when Leanne said she wanted to go to a yoga class at a gym right down the street from us I of course said yes.  I mean come on I was a pro!  Turns out, as the title says, I was not doing it correctly.  There is a very big difference to what a trained yoga teacher tells you to do and a not so great video (and yes by the way it was a VHS).

So today, we told the teacher that since we hadn’t been to yoga to ya know take it easy on us.  She of course replied, “Well then I will make it as hard as possible!”  Just imagine it in a cheery Ukranian accent.  It all started out okay; lots of gentle stretching and spinal twists and then got more “aerobic.” 

One of my least favorite yoga pose or series of poses are warrior.  Just for the pure fact that sometimes we have to stay in warrior pose for like 5 breathes… not cool. 

Because I always do yoga on the beach with windswept hair...

Today was not such an easy yoga day.  I hadn’t practiced in 2 or 3 weeks?  So, I was off-balance and had very tight muscles.  I was frustrated!  Then we ended the time with side triangle…

Side triangle, you were not my friend today.

Could. not. do.  It’s my own fault really.  I will get back into yoga more, I will.  I know this was a complainy, whiny post, but I had to get it off my chest; I’m in a grumpy mood.  This was a selfish post, I realize this.  Please don’t take away that yoga isn’t fun it is!  I think everyone should try it at least once. 

Tomorrow Leanne and I are going to walk at First Landing and get back into the groove of training for our upcoming events.  Exciting times are ahead!

Start all over again

11 Oct
So, the taper week is over and it’s time get started again for the next half marathon.  Next on the trip tik is the half marathon in the Outer Banks

It's Momma G at the OBX! Hi mom!

Well, I guess technically before that is the Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach. 

The Wicked 10K is a pretty awesome race.  I did it last year and had a blast.  In the Wicked 10K you can dress up in costume since it’s on Halloween.  This year Leanne and I are going to walk it.  We are going to go as good and evil in the form of rival college football teams.  Leanne is an Ohio State supporter whereas I support the University of Michigan.  I think we know who has the correct affiliation… 😉

Anyway, we are planning on dressing up in all our collegiate gear and having some form of good and evil on our backs. 

This Sunday we started “training” again for the half marathon.  It’s not like you really do have to start all over again, but that’s how your legs may feel at the beginning.  We did a pretty easy walk on Sunday it was about 3.5 miles through First Landing State Park. 

 I love walking through here!  It’s also where we did our trail training for the White Tail Trail Half Marathon.  The trail in the park was pretty busy on Sunday as there were tons of little girls with their dads walking on them.  I’m thinking that it was some kind of Daddy and Me girl scout thing. 

After our walk, as per tradition, we went to Starbucks to get some coffee and read the New York Times.  This is my Sunday schedule, walk at First Landing, go drink coffee at Starbucks.  I get a grande iced soy latte and read the paper.  It really is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. 

Mmmm unecessary calories...

After that we ran some errands and got…pumpkins!  It’s Fall!  Well, kind of, since Virginia Beach doesn’t really recognize Fall until the end of October…sheesh.  So to end this lovely post, some pumpkin pictures!

These were cool. They're all bumpy and green. They reminded me of green candied apples

Regular ol' pumpkins. They had sooo many at this little farmers market


So, Leanne was super psyched about all the pumpkins and Fall decorations

How did you spend your weekend?  Are you ready for Fall?

Yes, we are that fast…

3 Oct

And we’re back!  It was a short weekend trip in Ohio, but I’m so glad we were able to do it.  It gave us the opportunity to visit with our families and to do a half marathon! 

As I said in the previous post, Leanne and I walked the White Tail Trail Half Marathon in Caesar’s Creek.  Also, as I think I’ve said before we were a bit apprehensive about it.  We woke up bright an early, both at respective parent’s house.  I had this lady to help me in the morning…

Cleo! She was so excited to help me, she fell asleep.

 So I don’t know about you, but I have a routine to how I set out my stuff the night before.  This is kind of what it looks like.

Race number, shoes, chip, and cat head.

 It pretty much looks like that for every race, minus the cat head.  So up and at ’em around 6.  Breakfast was a sesame seed bagel, Justin’s cinnamon peanut butter, and a banana.  Good stuff.  Leanne was over to pick me up at 7:00 and then we were off to Caesar’s Creek.  We were sooooo happy to be back in Ohio at the beginning of Fall.  The weather was perfect, nice and cool and a little chilly.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t turn into a weenie once I moved to “the Beach”, but it kinda happened and I was cold on Saturday morning.  My mother and Michigan relatives will be so disappointed in me!

Anyway, we got to the Creek to this beautiful view

Caesar's Creek Lake

 This is actually where the finish line was, we got shuttled to the start line.

The green flags are where the start was. Not a very big race at all, 170 people


I had to take a picture of the cute doggies!

Seriously, this dogs were so cute and good.  I just had to take a picture. 

Hey, I know those girls!

Okay, so the race starts and we are of course at the back, totally by choice.  There were some crazy runners at this race you were really hyped!  We started and immediately pace another walker.  We said, “hello”, but moved on.  Then we entered the trails.  This course was so great and beautiful.  I tried to take a lot of pictures, but didn’t want to lose our pace or impale myself with various twigs and such.  So here is a pictotour (?) of our race. 


Pretty trail

I loved all the leaves on the ground!  Not a whole lot of the trees were changing color yet.  But it was still beautiful.

Caesar's Creek Lake

Side – note.  All those rocks are the beginning of a huge fossil field.  In elementary school we took a field trip to Caesar’s Creek to go fossil hunting in this same spot!  It’s really pretty awesome.  A bunch of elementary school kids, paper lunch bags and as many trilobite fossils as you can fit into said paper lunch bag.  It makes for a good day.  Really, it does!  What didn’t you go fossil hunting with your school!?

Rounding the bend to the other side of the lake! Mini party on the inside!

Okay, so there aren’t any photos from this point until mile 12.5 or something.  The reason being that the trail got super über hard.  Mile six we were feeling great!  We couldn’t believe that we actually felt that good at the halfway point.  Then mile 7-11 came along.  Lemme just say that the trails in VA Beach have nothing on trails in Ohio.  NOTHING!  Mile 7 was hard, but not too daunting.  Miles 8-11 were a different story.  Steep incline grades and then steep declines.  It was grueling.  If the inclines and declines weren’t bad enough you also have roots, tiny bitty rocks,  super narrow trails and weird hairpin turns.  But!  Much to our credit we passed 4 groups of people!  Go us!  One team said, “Are you the super fast walkers we heard coming up behind us?”  It was awesome! 

I gotta say miles 9-11 were the longest two miles of my life!  Dramatic, who me?  Seriously though, just when you thought you had done the last incline, you had to go down tiny little steps just to go back up again.  Also, mile 11 sucked.  You could hear the road, but couldn’t see it, the trail just kept going on and on…  It was disheartening.  Have no fear at mile 11 we got a water break.  It was here that we meet up with a run walker we had passed early on in the race.  We got our water and kept moving, she stuck behind a bit and got dirt out of her shoes.  We knew she was going to be passing us at some point and heard her coming so we got out of the way.  As she passed us she pulled out her ear bud and said, “You guys are fast walkers!”  Woohoo! Go us again!  We are that amazing, what can I say. 

Okey dokey only two miles to go now!  This lovely view greeted us and we knew we were so close!


I had tried to take a picture of the finish line, but I turned my phone off on accident, so no photo.  The really great news was that we finished in 3 hrs 18 mins.  The same time as our Rock ‘n’ Roll finish! 

This was a great race!  The scenery was the best I’ve had so far.   It was a hard half marathon, but I wouldn’t trade it.  There were some bumps along the way, sure.  The root that tried to take off my pants, the prickly twigs that attached themselves to me, twice, and Leanne’s adventures that she will have to share with you 😉 

Dirty, dirty, dirty feet. I had pants on! How did this happen?

13.1 miles through Caesar’s Creek, Ohio?  I’d do it again, just not toooo soon.

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