Would You Do It????

Sunday Amazon released their new Amazon Drones idea to the media. I found it extremely interesting, strange, and very Jetsons (oh how I used to love this show and couldn’t wait for it to become a reality). My thoughts on this were if you’re going to do this, you should definitely be working towards a machine that can deliver more than just five pounds. I totally get the idea and love that I can order something and it can be right there, but most things on amazon are more than five pounds.

I then came across this article on Runner’s World. Amazon definitely needs runners over drones! Who could you trust more than a runner? Runners are some of the most trust worthy people I have ever met in my life. Not only are runners trust worthy, but they’re also some of the nicest people I have ever met. Running is a community and when you are part of it, you just understand it. I loved this idea and I would totally deliver packages for a small fee! I would deliver packages for an Amazon credit (I am obsessed with Amazon and do a lot  of my shopping on here), sneakers, and a few race entries over money! I absolutely love the cons of this article…

CONS OF USING RUNNERS TO MAKE AMAZON.COM DELIVERIES

  • They cannot deposit packages into walled compounds, gated courtyards, etc.
  • They would not be able to deliver — i.e. “run with” — scissors. (They could, however, deliver Running With Scissors.)
  • Customers may be subjected to unbearably dull stories of the delivery person’s latest marathon or speed workout. (LOVE THIS ONE)
  • Certain boxes may not reach their destination, especially if the box is Garmin-sized.
  • They may smell bad.

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Yesterday was another beautiful day here in Jersey! It’s funny how our bodies work with temperatures. It was about 54 degrees here and I was running in shorts and a light long sleeve again. If it was 54 degrees in the middle of summer I’d probably be bundled up for my run! Today it is supposed to be in the 60s and rainy, but I’ll take that and run with it (literally run with it). Since I have no goal race in mind yet, I am keeping it to 50-60 minute runs during the week, 10 – 15 miles runs on Sundays, and maybe a “workout” here and there. Today I am thinking of one minute intervals X 10!

What do you think of the Amazon Drones?

Would you run for them?

How’s the weather in your area?

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What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

Good morning and happy hump day ya’ll! I’m sure you hear and see that it is hump day all over the radio and social media! I am pretty excited that we are half way to the weekend. I don’t have much planned but I have my older sister’s birthday and that will be fun enough!

Anyway, yesterday I did a nice easy hour of running. It was beautiful! I actually wore shorts and a light long sleeved t-shirt in December! AWESOME! After my run I took my pup over to the dog park to play for a bit before I had to work yoga (I work the desk as a Karma yogi so I can take yoga there at no cost…amazing!). I decided yesterday to stay and take the class. My hips are super tight and sore right now; I think part of it may be running in the new sneakers that don’t have much cushion.

stop taking pictures of me!

stop taking pictures of me!

As we know morning can be tough, especially when the cold weather arrives. I am definitely a morning person, but lately my body just doesn’t want me to get up. I know I shouldn’t fight what my body is telling me, but I love my morning routine. My body would naturally get up around 4:30, but lately I wake up at 5:00 and just want to turn over. Instead I put on my sweats, head downstairs, turn on my coffee machine, take out the dog (if I have him and this week I do), make my breakfast, turn on the TV, and catch up on blogs all while eating and listening to the noise of the TV. Around 6:15 I hop in the shower and get ready for work. Sometimes I do run in the morning if I have someone to meet up with; I live around woods and don’t really like heading out at 4:30 alone. I’ll do it once in a while.

The reason I get out of bed so early because I remind myself how much better I feel when I have “me” time before heading to work. I also love morning snuggles with my pup before leaving him for the day. I enjoy my morning routine of being able to relax, eat, watch TV, and catch up on anything else I want to. I actually look forward to my morning breakfast of eating a VitaTop with lots of peanut butter and some whipped cream with a hot cup a black coffee.

seriously, stop with the pictures! (notice his tongue sticking out?!)

seriously, stop with the pictures! (notice his tongue sticking out?!)

 

might not look good, but it is delicious!

might not look good, but it is delicious!

I am really working on trying to get myself up and out of bed to get back to running and at the gym in the mornings.  I stopped running in the morning because my hours at work changed and I can also workout at 2:00pm due to this. It is actually perfect because I can run in the middle of the day be finished no later than 3:30 and still have an entire afternoon ahead of me. It also kept me off the treadmill which I would do a lot last year due to the fact my running buddy could only meet up with me once a week in the morning.

I get this post is a bit all over, but what I am trying to say is my “me” time whether it is my morning routine of relaxing before work or running (and yes I still make sure to fit in my breakfast and coffee before jumping in the shower) it helps get me out of bed in the morning!

If you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning and want to become more of a morning person, check out this website. It has some great ideas on how to motivate yourself in the morning!

What get your out of bed in the morning?

Do you have any particular things you MUST do before heading to work in the morning?

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

 

 

When the Cold Hits…

I thought I would do the recap of good ole’ Thanksgiving and all that good stuff but truth be told I took zero pictures. All I have to say is it was a wonderful day filled with new people (I started out at my bf’s cousin’s house) and my family (then went to my family) and it cannot get any better than that. I also didn’t eat as much as I thought I would. I pretty much took the marshmallows off the sweet potato casserole (my mom gets them nice and crispy) and a few small pieces of turkey. For dessert I had some of my chunky chocolate chip banana bread – wait no I lied, I took the chunks out of the banana bread, chocolate moose – again I lied, I took the chips out and ate those, and the icing off of cupcakes from Magnolia’s Bakery in NYC (my uncle works there and brings them every year). We always have a TON more dessert than dinner; whenever it comes to a holiday that’s how it always pans out.

Friday we finally celebrated Chanukah as a family. My older sister and brother-in-law hosted Chanukah. Again, another food-filled holiday. We had bagels, potato latkes, crock pot french toast, spinach soufflé, and all the left over desserts from the night before. After we finished eating my niece and nephew wanted to open presents. So that’s what happened! I think the gift my bf got the kids ended up being the hit of the night. He got them Nerf guns and I ended up taking over and shooting everyone. It was a ton of fun!

Sunday after my group run I headed up to a long time family friends for another brunch. As always it was amazing and another great time with family and friends. I wish I took pictures of all the food from the holiday weekend. It really was all amazing. Oh well!

When the cold hits it can be hard to get out there and run. I keep reading everywhere to invest in a winter running jacket but I just haven’t done it. I have been running since HS and to be honest I have never bought winter running gear. In college I ran in North Jersey where it snows more and the temps are colder than were I grew up but still no winter weather gear. I would throw on running tights, a cotton t-shirt, a long sleeve cotton t-shirt, and a cotton sweatshirt…ummm…what was I thinking?! Gear was something that was just never focused on, we just RAN. I think this year I may actually buy some warmer winter running gear (no probably not, I say that every year)!

Anyway, here is an article I read on competitor running about staying warm in the winter. Two of the tips I liked:

1. Stay Warm In The Wind

Run with the wind in your face on the way out and wind at your back the second half of the route. If you run with the wind at your back the first half of a run, you’ll get hot and sweaty, and when you turn around, the wind will get very cold.

Use a substance such as Vaseline on exposed parts of your skin, such as your face, to help protect from the cold and wind. Vaseline is naturally waterproof and quite windproof. It will help keep your face from “falling off” in bitter winds.

Lastly, invest in a jacket with wind-breaking features. This easy investment can go a long way in keeping your arms and upper body warm on a cold day. <– I know I need to do this!

2. Wear A Mask

Galen Rupp took a lot of heat from running enthusiasts when he showed up at the 2011 NYC Half Marathon wearing a mask. While many onlookers thought he might be a ninja, or worse yet a bank robber, Rupp was actually protecting himself from allergies and the cold air. The cold, dry winter air can cause bronchial spasms, which restricts air from filling the lungs. Running in a light mask can help warm-up the air before it hits your lungs. You don’t want or need a beefy scarf, but a light mask can help filter the air just enough if you tend to have breathing issues, especially when you try to run hard.

How do you stay warm in the winter?

November Foodie PenPals

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving/Chanukah/Thankgivukkah! Mine was great, but I’ll get to that in another post (as I’m sure you’re all so eager to read about it! 😉 )!

I didn’t get a chance to write about my Foodie PenPal yesterday as I had to go to the doctor in the morning with my bf; he was experiencing really bad headaches and I went with him to make sure all was okay. After that, I had to take my dog to the vet because he has been walking around with his tail between his legs after I took him on a 45 minute run Friday morning. He wouldn’t sit down and he was just being very…how do I say this…blah. So yesterday was just a crazy day.

Anyway, I want to thank Jill from LivingLoveRun for all my A-M-A-Z-I-N-G goodies. I am the worst blogger when it comes to taking pictures and I literally couldn’t contain my excitement and dug right into all my stuff! She knew I loved chocolate just by the name of my blog and totally succeeded in getting me the best chocolate treats!

1. The best Kind bars ever! They were chocolatey and delicious!

2. Raw Revolution Bar – I have never ever had one before but OMG it was so good. I said to myself I would just take a bite (it was a chocolate coconut) and put the rest away for later. Nope, didn’t happen I ate the entire bar!

3. Sugar Cookie Tea – It has been such a nice treat at night. It gets the snacky edge off when I just want to eat everything in sight!

4. Dark Chocolate Acai Blueberries – I see them all the time but never tried them. I think the bag last me two days. I just couldn’t stop myself.  NO.SELF.CONTROL!

5. FUZZY COZY SOCKS – It’s like Jill knows me without knowing me! I wear them all the time. I actually look forward to the holidays because my parents get them for my sisters and me every year!

I was so thankful for all my wonderful goodies! I thank Jill for being patient with me as work had gotten super busy and the day I went to send out the package my parents had made the decision to put down one of my four childhood dogs. He has been so sick and that entire week his quality of life had finally became dull. He was just not there and it was a mess. So thank you Jill for being an awesome PenPal!!

fpp November Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

This was so much fun! I met an awesome blogger (love reading her blog) and can’t wait to continue!

Happy December everyone!

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How was your Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Happy Chanukah from my fur family to yours!

Happy Chanukah from my fur family to yours!

Good morning and  Happy Holidays! My favorite day of the year is here and to make it even more special it is also Chanukah! Last night was the first night of Chanukah but due to all of us cooking (my parents, my older sister, and me) we are actually celebrating big on Friday.

Today I will start my day off with a run. I have been running in the rain and wind the last two days and decided this morning I’ll head to the gym and run on the treadmill. I’m not sure what I’ll really do or how far I’ll go, but I’m sure it will be some type of intervals due to the fact I can’t run one pace on the treadmill for more than a few minutes!

After my morning run, my bf put together a group to head down south (only 30 minutes) to volunteer at a Church for a couple hours. Once we are done there, I’ll have a few hours to just relax and then it’s off to his family’s for a couple hours. Finally last stop will be my parents house! The very last Thanksgiving in my childhood home. The plus side to them moving is the fact they will be three miles away from me and 6 from my older sister (eventually my little sister will move back down this way); I will just have to run there often for dinner!

I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving! Even though we should be thankful for every day we are here on this planet and getting the chance to live. Make today extra special by recognizing how LUCKY we all truly are to be here!

Have a GREAT holiday!

Have a GREAT holiday!

Do you have special plans today?

Do you cook any special meals?

My signature items are the sweet potato casserole (my mom used to make it amazing and I took over), chunky chocolate chip banana bread, and chocolate chip banana bread. My house smelled like a sweet shop last night!

10 Lessons Running Teaches You About Life

Good morning everyone! Only two more days until Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday EVER (I don’t celebrate celebrate Christmas) because it is BIG in our family. My parents have been hosting it since forever and this year will be the LAST year in basically my childhood home; I lived there from 3 to 23. so.sad. Of course my parents will still host it in there new and closer home to myself and my sister’s family (they live around the block from me). Anyway, more Thanksgiving talk later in the week!

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 – Buffet Style

As far as my running right now I have no plan. I am pretty sure the 5 miler on Saturday ended racing season until March. I want to focus on a strong half for the 2014 year. I ran times I knew I was capable of but was so excited to execute this season. I am looking forward to running even faster in 2014 and for right now it’s just going to be easy low key runs and days off when I feel like it (well, I’ll see what coach has planned for me).

I recently read this article 10 Lessons Running Teaches You About Life. They are all so dead on. I tried picking my absolute favorite but the reality is they are all so true. One that really stood out is number 6. Many people think I am crazy, insane, or just don’t have a life because I fit my run in either at 4:30 am or at the end of a work day. Truth is, I make time to run. It’s something I love and enjoy doing so I make it a priority.

6.  You do have time– you just have to make it.

If something is important to you, you’ll make time for it.  If not, you’ll make excuses.

I found number 10 to just be inspirational.

10. There is peace even in the most chaotic times.

No matter now grueling, stressful, sorrowful, or painful your situation is, there is always a silver lining and something positive to be found.  Seek it out, learn from it, and keep moving on.

What lessons has running taught you?

Running has been my therapy. Through all my years it has been my time to go out there and leave it out there. 

Can you relate to any of the 10 lessons?

A PR and Group Run

Where did the weekend go?

Saturday I ran a local 5 mile Turkey Trot. Prior to the race I had a few goals in my mind. My first goal was to run under 32, around 32, 31:40, or just come in the top 5. I picked under and around 32:00 because my best is a 32:38 (I think); then I chose a 31:40 because I figured it’s 5, 6:20 paced miles, I can do that. It was a nice late start which allowed me to eat my normal breakfast, relax a bit, and then head over to the race. It was a coooooold windy morning.

I got to the race around 9:45, went to the bathroom a few times, and then did my warm up. Around 10:40,  I went to use the bathroom again (I think this was my fourth time while at the race) and the line was ridiculous. I jogged around looking for Port-A-Potties (there are bunch around people’s houses right now because of the rebuilding from the hurricane), but they were all locked up! Finally I ran up onto the boardwalk near the start and found the bathroom but of course the women’s bathroom was locked! We all just decided to let the men use the urinals and we would use the stalls.

After I used the bathroom, again, I ran down to the start. It was insanely crowded and I pushed and dodged my way to the front. I took off some of my throw-a-way clothes and left on one long sleeve. Right at 11:00 we were off. One of the runners there I have yet to beat; we see each other at a lot of local races and she usually just beats me. About half a mile in I thought oh wow, do I feel my half marathon from a two weeks ago! I didn’t know how the rest of the race would go. I just made sure to keep this girl within my reach and do what I know I can (one girl was way out in front).  Around mile 2.5, I made my move and passed my friendly rival (I tried taking her with me) and I just kept telling myself to push the pace. I did just that and I felt pretty good. I don’t wear a garmin when I run; I wear a $5 Walmart watch so I have no idea what my individual miles were but I passed the clocks around these times (someone said they think mile 2 – 3 was off or was it 3 – 4…I don’t remember).

Mile 1 : 6:09, Miles 2: 12:34, Mile 3: 19:01, Mile 4: 25:24 (I think, to be honest, I don’t even remember if I looked at their clock or at my watch after passing the 4th mile), and Mile 5: 31:39/31:40 (I’m not sure which one it is, they have me at 31:39, but I think I might have been 31:40).

Whether it’s 31:39 or 31:40, it is still a PR after an awesome racing season. I came in 2nd female overall. Unfortunately, I missed the award ceremony because I thought it was back at the bar it started at and not the finish line. I’ll survive! I’ll take a PR over any award, prize, etc any day!

Sunday morning was the first cold cold windy windy run of the season. Saturday was cold and windy as in the low 40s with 15mph winds. Sunday OMG it was low 20s and 30mph winds (no joke on those winds). Sunday night one of my pots that made it through Hurricane Sandy outside my house fell and shattered every where. Lets just say if it weren’t for the group run Sunday I don’t know if I would have gotten out of my warm bed to run in that weather. Once we got going, it was still that cold. I had no run distance on my schedule; I was able to talk a few people into running 12 with me which was nice. Final run 12.2, 1:34:17. done.and.done!

After the run, it was one of our fellow runners birthdays. We went inside to the fireplace and celebrated before we all headed home for Sunday football.

Sunday Group Run Crew

Sunday Group Run Crew

(They always throw me into the middle so I’m hunched over in that pose; it’s become a let’s all make fun of Meagan!)

How was your weekend?

Do you run with a group? Does it help you stay motivated in the winter months?