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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Back To The Grind

December 17th: 6:30am wakeup. Cereal with almond milk for breakfast. Work 7:30am-4pm. Home to relax and cook up about 4 pounds of chicken for the week before the run.

Set up three frying pans with olive oil/butter combo. Three baths for the chicken. Flour. Egg. Breadcrumbs. Fried up almost all the chicken. Set off the smoke alarm in the process a few times (Goupil wasn't very happy).

Changed up for a run at 6pm. Goupil kept it shorter and I continued for 9 miles (61:28) at an honest pace. Back to the apartment for stretching, foam rolling and showering.

A couple pieces of chicken with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing for dinner. Chilled and bed at a decent hour.

December 18th: 6:20am wakeup. Bowl of Go Lean Crisp with almond milk. Work 7:30-4pm. Salad for lunch with chicken.

Home to chill and get going for a run. It was raining, but kinda warm out. Out for 10+ miles (66:44). Solid run and we had a handful of white chocolate chips for fuel beforehand. Back to stretch, foam roll and making a protein shake with the Magic Bullet. So good.

Gym for a quality session. Killed some reverse bench press (weight not important since it really only matters to me). Back to the apartment for another protein shake, shower and bed.

December 19th: 6:40am wakeup. Cereal for breakfast. Work 7:30am-4pm. Another salad for lunch.

Home to prepare for a workout (last workout was just over a month ago). Changed up and ready for a quick workout (3x1000, 6x200). I was afraid of the speed and the shorter intervals, but it went surprisingly better than I thought. We did have 800 rest between 1000s, but still a confident booster. 3:04, 3:01, 2:59, 33, 32, 31, 31, 30, 29. Everything felt effortless and I was able to change gears smoothly. 3+ (23:05) mile warmup. 3+ mile (25:00) cooldown that was run solo and slow. I had to stop at one point because I was overheating and felt like I was gonna "toss my cookies." It was weird, but I made it back to the car safely. Might be a precursor to my future episode.

Back to stretch, foam roll and take a extra hot shower. Bed. Passed out.

And I saw this on the television as I was channel surfing. Sweetness!
The name of the show is like really really close to my blog name.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Under The Weather

December 13th: After an okay night sleep, I woke up at 6:30am for my first day back at work. Oatmeal for breakfast. Bought lunch. Buffalo chicken wrap that was overpriced, but I used a gift card (costs me nothing). Work 7:30-4pm. Work dragged on and I was kinda exhausted from the travel day yesterday.

Home to relax and head out for a short run. 5.5 miles (39:48). Solid run, but not fun to bundle back up in this Northeast weather. Off to the gym to lift (last time was over a week ago). Felt good to get back in the gym. Surprised to be saying that.

Protein shake for dinner because I am a lazy person. A shock to the system overall, but nice to get back into everything after a relaxing vacation.

December 14th: Scratchy throat and congested when I woke up. Oatmeal for breakfast (no grocery shopping yet). Work 7:30-4pm. Bought lunch again because I still had some money left over on the gift card. Stopped off at Da Choppa for groceries. Healthy shopping today with lots of ingredients for salads. Salad mix, spinach mix, peppers, avocado, apples, raisins, monterey jack shredded cheese, and chicken. Bought some sweetened almond milk to switch things up (lighter on the dairy). No yogurt. A bunch a boxes of cereal (2 Go Lean Crisp, 2 Autumn Harvest). Bananas.

Home to put away groceries and change up for a run. 10 miles (69:01). Felt good today even with being under the weather a bit. No BU mini meet for me tomorrow, but I am chauffeuring Goupil down for the day.

Even with all that shopping, I made 3 eggs for dinner.

December 15th: 5:30ish wakeup. Left the house around 6am to drive down to Boston for the mini meet. Watched some friends tear it up on the track and got me pumped to get back into the training/working out mode. 6 miles on the day. Kept it short and all inside. Try to acclimate myself for the following week. My voice was horse by the end of the day with all the cheering since I wasn't racing. It's the least I could do.

Big salad for dinner. Everything except the chicken. Peppercorn ranch dressing. So good. Stuffed by the end.

December 16th: 7:45am wakeup. Oatmeal for breakfast. Scheduled run with the Willow Street guys at 9am at the Nisakyuna Bike Path. Just shy of 15 miles (1:41:15) and it felt smooth/relaxed. Great to get out for a longer run with a big group of people. Quicker finish.

Home to stretch, foam roll, and shower. Washed some dishes. Made a simple, but delicious protein shake with my new Magic Bullet. Protein power, vanilla almond milk, and a half of a banana. Mmm. It was worth the money. Blends it all up into a thin puree. The best part is the container you blend it in is the cup you drink out of in the end. Easy clean-up.

Chilled for the afternoon. Hit up the gym with Goupil. Productive session of lifting. Another salad for dinner.

42 miles for the down week with a couple days off. Ready for a full week of training with a workout and an indoor meet.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Rest Of California (At A Glance)

December 9th: Slept in. Brunch at one of the Comolli's houses. $25 taxi to get there! Ahh! Split among a couple people luckily. Delicious brunch. Quiche, fresh fruit, pastries, and orange juice.

Over to Twin Peaks for amazing views with Kimber, my sister Kate, and her boyfriend, Greg. Short hike from the car to the top of the hill. Photo shoot. Met a bunch of people at Land's End (not the store) for a walk along the coast. I hadn't eaten since breakfast and I was getting "hangry" (hungry + angry) by the end of the walk/hike.

Kate, Kimber and I stopped at Super Duper for a quick snack before dinner at the Retiro house (mostly to calm my empty stomach). Garlic and parmesan fries for me (something real light). Ice creams for the ladies. Extra ice cream cone made late. I took one for the team and ate it. Garlic fries followed by ice cream isn't a great combination, but it was all so good. Terrible breath. Kate can vouch.

Lasagna for dinner with the family and bed at a decent hour. Day off from running.

December 10th: Woke up with Kimber at 4am to send her on her way to the airport in the Super Shuttle. Back to bed. Made another trip to Land's End with a bigger group this time. Walked down to the water this time and checked out the numerous starfish. Ate at the restaurant. Fried calamari. Mmmm. Second time having it and it was an excellent choice.

The rest of the day was relaxing and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

5+ miles (37:07) on the my own in the evening.

December 11th: Took a smaller group (Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and my parents) to Muir Woods National Monument. Ridiculously large redwoods. Lots of pictures and walking.

Downtown with my mom and Aunt Jane to return the wedding cake stand to the cupcake place. Bought a Lemony Lemon cupcake for later. Stopped at The Grove for a turkey club with the addition of homemade spicy mayo and avocado. Coca Cola to wash it all down. Cupcake for dessert.

Over to met others at Starbucks and window shop a bit. Stopped at Lululemon. Unfortunately, I did not see a picture of Josh Ferenc on the wall. I was kinda disappointed. He said it's still in the works and will be making it over to the West coast.

Day off from running and relaxed the rest of the day. Leftover lasagna for dinner. Packed my luggage and headed over to my sister's apartment so I could carpool in the same Super Shuttle with a family friend that had the same flight the next morning.

December 12th: Travel day was went fairly smoothly. The only speed bump (not very proud of this moment, but it was an honest mistake). Kim (mom's friend from high school) and I made it through security with a bunch of time to spare before our 6:50am takeoff. We decided to grab breakfast and Kim wanted Starbucks. So we found the Starbucks on the map. It showed that the Starbucks was downstairs. We proceeded downstairs. Kim ordered her coffee and we headed back up the escalator to find that we had to go through security for a 2nd time. Boo! The Starbucks should not be advertised on the other side of security. Another option would be to have a disclaimer on the navigation map/by the stairs that you are crossing an invisible barrier that only allows people to pass in one direction. Luckily, we had more than enough time to make it through security again and grab breakfast before the flight boarded.

Two flights. Bagel with cream cheese before the first flight. Huge omelette during the first flight (purchased in the terminal). 4 hours 36 minutes airtime to Philadelphia. Cookie Dough ice cream cone in the Philly terminal for a snack/dinner at 4ish. 39 minutes to Albany. Home by 8:30ish. A Clif Bar and bed at a decent time.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Epic Wedding

December 8th: 8:30ish wakeup. Changed up for a run with Bob. Some Golden Oreos as a pre run snack. Off up Fillmore Street (steep hills) to the top and down the other side. Looped around back to the house and over along the coast. Popped in quickly to see if Kimber had already left for a run. She did. So I went out towards the Golden Gate Bridge along the trail to attempt to find her. Found her! She recognized me since I was one of the only runners out there with short shorts on. 9 miles (66:36) between the divided run with Bob and Kimber.

Back to the Retiro House to grab a bowl of Corn Flakes with brown sugar. Great combo. Showered up, shaved and changed up to head over to the Prescott Hotel to meet up Dom and the groomsmen for a photo shoot. Over to the church early. Too early because another wedding was out in front of the church. Limo driver dropped us down the road for us to walk around since the limo needed to pick up Erin (the bride) and the bridesmaids. Decided to stop off at a bar for a quick shot to take off the edge.

Over to the church to seat people and get ready for the big ceremony. Ceremony to start at 3pm and everything went smoothly. Greeted a bunch of people and rocked my role of walking my mom down the aisle. A beautiful ceremony with no hiccups.

Off to the Olympic Club with the newly weds (Mr. and Mrs. Comolli) and the 18 members of the bridal party (9 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen) all in one stretch limo/SUV. Made it to the reception to get herded up to the main floor. H'ordeuvres were out of this world. Ahi tuna, mozzarella/basil/tomato sticks, peanut chicken on a stick, and others. Wolfed a bunch of those down before entering the reception. Mingled with a few people before making our way upstairs to the main room with the dance floor/tables/etc.

The reception I cannot even put into words. It was amazing. First dance between my dad and my sister Erin was a tear jerker. As soon as The Beatles (In My Life) came over those speakers, it was beginning of the waterworks. The soup and the salad was delicious, but could last long enough. My two other sisters, Kate and Sarah, decided to bring me into their maid of honor speeches. In the end, it felt right (alone from the fact that they used to dress me up a girl when I was little and to a point where I asked them if I could get dressed up as a girl). Kate started the whole thing, Sarah was second and I did my best to finish with my thoughts and words. I barely held it together for a few sentences because I was crying (with happiness) so much. To grow up with 3 older sisters was a blessing and I wouldn't want it any other way.

The rest of night was filled with food and tons of dancing with a live band. Great night all around!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Golf Isn't My Strength

December 7th: 8:30am wakeup. Some breakfast to fuel up for 18 holes of golf. Rode over to the Presido Golf Course with my uncles, my grandpa, and Bob. Rented some clubs ($50, not bad). A half of a bucket for the driving range. My cousin Frank gave me some obvious tips, but it helped a bunch. A 3 pack of customized golf balls with "Erin and Dom" printed on them for every player.

10:38 tee-off time for our group (Dad, Peter, Bob and I). First 9 holes went surprisingly well for only playing once a year or so. The back 9 wasn't as great and we stopped keeping score. We were losing balls and the tiredness was setting in for me. It was a ton of fun anyways. Wet and sloppy out there at some points, but we had golf carts to save some energy and stay dry. I had some decent drives, chips and putts to want me to play more in my free time. Just time consuming at the moment. Running is my priority sport and I see some success in it, which makes it kinda worth it.

Chilled at the golf course as people finished up their round and back to the house to change out of the wet shoes/socks. Ordered pizza for dinner and we sautéed up some mushrooms and onions for toppings. Home videos off my Uncle Darin's computer with the whole family. There were some definitely hilarious segments.

Day off from running. Even without running, my body (especially my back and arms) will be sore from the full day of golf.

Fun day all around.

The 18 holes of golf in Tiger Woods PGA Tour on the iPad didn't serve much of a purpose. A whole lot better there and no translation to real life.

May The Lord Be With You (And With Your Spirit)

December 6th: Slept in until 5:30am? Yeah, the biological clock was off and I couldn't fall back asleep. Swung downstairs (basement/1st floor) to say hi to my Aunt Mary Ann and Aunt Jane. Back upstairs (3rd floor) to the bedroom to lay in bed.

Out for a run with Sarah and Bob. Ran to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. Sweetness. Beautiful day and I was able to rock shorts for the run. Amazing feeling. Short sleeve and lightweight zip up. Added on a few miles once we arrived back at the house to make it 9+ miles (68:37). I was able to take off the jacket and cruise in shorts/t-shirt in December?! Yeah buddy!

Back to shower, stretch, and have breakfast. Egg and bacon sandwich on an English muffin. Off to lunch with the guys (Dominic's dad Al, my Dad, my sister Sarah's fiancé Bob, my dad's friend Jeff, and Dominic) for meatball sandwiches at Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store. The meatball sandwich was ridiculous. Thinly sliced meatballs, cheese, some sauce. All on focaccia bread made down the street at this little shop. Destroyed it. I rode in the trunk of Al's car because we had so many people. Luckily, I'm young and flexible.

Back to the Retiro House (rented house for most of the relatives) to relax and hang out with the cousins (Elie and Quinn). Kimber was dropped off around 2:30pm and everyone just chilled at the house until the rehearsal at the church at 5pm. Changed up and off to the church. Quick rehearsal with a slightly strict priest. Over to the Olympic Club for the dinner. Big juicy steak and potatoes. Some little pastries for dessert. Saw a bunch people that I hadn't seen in a while and met some of the Comolli's.

Lots of pictures taken and speeches made. Over to a bar for some late night cocktails. Kimber headed back to the house because her stomach was upset from the flights. Hung out with more people and chilled before taking a taxi back to the Retiro House with my parents.

Fun filled first day in San Fran. Amazing weather and the forecast looks promising for the next 6 days.

San Francisco Travel Day

December 5th: 3am wakeup. Instant packet of oatmeal for breakfast. Out the door to met the cab driver at 3:30am with my luggage. He started driving out of the apartment complex and the cab driver seemed to have lost his way. Drove through the shopping center and made it onto the highway safely. Arrived at the airport by 3:50am.

I attempted to grab my boarding passes and check in at the kiosk. The screensaver was up on one of the kiosk (Windows XP) so I thought I could use it. Once the clock hit 4am, they all illuminated to United Airlines screensavers and I was able to check in. The lady at the counter printed out my two boarding passes (connecting flight in PHIL). I began walking away when I realized that I had two of the same boarding passes (both Albany to Philadelphia). I retreated back to the counter to clear up the mistake. I ended up having to go down to US Airways counter (sister airline to United) and have them print out my boarding pass for PHIL to SAN FRAN. Phew! A speed bump I wasn't expecting, but no worries. Made it through security without a problem. Stopped at Starbucks for a strawberry smoothie and a classic cinnamon twist. Boarded at 5am and off to Philadelphia. Took a nap for a short time on the puddle jumper.

Landed in Philadelphia and made my way to my next gate. I had to ask because I wasn't seeing any signs for Gate D. The shuttle was required. Made it on the next one with no waiting time. At my next gate (D9) without any hassles. Decided on Dunkin Donuts everything bagel with cream cheese since it was gonna be a 6+ hour flight. Boarded and on my way to San Francisco! The flight consisted of blog updates, naps, games on the iPad and iPhone, some radio music and watching the various episodes of television shows available on the flip-down monitors throughout the cabin (How I Met Your Mother, Animal Hospital, 20 Under 20, etc).

Landed in San Francisco around 11am. Picked up by my sister Erin to met everyone down at Super Duper for burgers, fries and a milkshake. Mmm. Better than Five Guys. Cheddar cheese, avocado, grilled onions, portabella mushroom, lettuce, tomato. Off to check out Katie's apartment down a couple blocks. Used the bathroom because it was much needed after the long flight. My intestines was turning over from the oatmeal, smoothie and bagel, but I managed to have 1.5 cans of ginger ale (with some orange juice) and not go to the bathroom on the 6 hour 7 minute (airtime) flight. I didn't even get up once to stretch out my legs.

Over to Erin's apartment to say hi to everyone and just relax the rest of the day.

Downtown for a bit to window shop and grab a super burrito at Los Hermanos. Brought me back to Armadillo's in Keene. Packed full of fillings and wrapped in aluminum foil.

Day off from running.

Make Dinner? Sure.

December 3rd: 5:10am wakeup. Alyssa and I volunteered to stakeout the parking lot for safety violations. We had complaints reported of people exceeding the facilities speed limit (no radar gun required since it's only 10 mph), not obeying the speed limit, and not using their directional for Trailer City. 99.9% of the cars did not do this. Safety observations noted. Powerpoint made on the issues and sent over to our manager.

Productive day with a bunch of SL3's for tool sign-offs and a long day logged in (6am-4pm). Late lunch and another day that I bought lunch (giftcard used). I ordered a chicken sandwich off the digital menu because it sounded bomb. Avocado, ranchero sauce, salsa, bacon, sautéed spinach and cheddar cheese. I was thrown off when I was asked what kind of cheese I wanted (I thought it came with cheddar). Next, the guy asked me if I wanted lettuce, onion, and tomato on the sandwich. I kinda blanked and said, "Yes please." The guy handed me my sandwich and turned to head to the register. Paused for a second and realized I ordered a more complex chicken sandwich. I returned to the grill and asked if I could get the chicken sandwich with the works (all the good stuff). I double checked the menu to make sure I was right. I was, obviously. Chicken sandwich was the name of it. I did not know you could just order a chicken sandwich made to order. You would think you would call the chicken sandwich special something catchy/intriguing, not Chicken Sandwich. I might toss that in the suggestion box. Everything else has a sweet name like the Cowboy Burger or the 677 Prime. All set. No spit added to the sandwich. Phew! Jelly filled shortbread cookies for dessert and a peach tea Snapple.

Picked up my suit on the way home from work. Home to relax and run 8 miles (54:09). Smooth run. Back with some energy and the motivation to make a real dinner. Porkchop with pasta and onions. Mmm.

Bed by 10:30pm.

December 4th: 6:30am wakeup. I had a couple packets of instant oatmeal. Work 7:30am-4pm. Home to relax and begin the packing process slowly. Booking a taxi was the most important thing since I had a 5:30am flight the next morning. I did my classic strategy with anything new and called a bunch of places. Judged each place on their customer service and price as well. Went with cheapest one and booked it for 3:30am. Off for a 6 mile run (40:20) with a progression towards the end. Back to shower and stretch.

I had a whole bunch of clothes lying all over the floor in my room and it was a bit overwhelming at first. I blasted the Dubstep station on Pandora and started the stopwatch on my phone. Started on one side of the room and ended on the other side. Took a break to make myself an omelette with onions in it. It was delicious. Back to my room to finish up packing my luggage for San Francisco. Completed packing by 11pm. Bed by 12pm.

3 hours sleep. No big deal. Ready to tackle the travel day to Cali.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend Fun

December 1st: 10:30am wakeup. Ahhh, sleeping in was amazing. Cereal for breakfast. A whole bunch of vegging out on the couch during the day. I was gonna hit up the laundromat, but it could wait. I was gonna pack too. Nahhh.

Run at 5pm (yeah I had all day to run and chose to run in the dark). 8.5+ miles (58:24) with a couple pickups at the end of the run. Felt good to throw in a few surges, but not have any goals/workout in mind. I think my mind needs a mental break from the rigorous schedule of training for something. I am excited get back at it, but you gotta enjoy the down days/weeks of training.

Back to stretch, shower and get into comfy clothes. Watched How To Train Your Dragon on FX. Towards the end of the movie, we received a text from one of our co-workers to come up to Saratoga. We made the executive (group/couple) decision together and settled on finishing the movie (Goupil hadn't seen it before) before heading up there.

Out for a few hours with our co-worker, her boyfriend and some of her friends. Met up with more people. A couple contractors/employees from work. Fun night and made it home by 1:30am. Bed right when we got home.

December 2nd: 8am wakeup. A couple packets of oatmeal. Met Derrick at Gold's Gym to carpool to the spot where we were meeting a bunch of Willow Street guys for a long run. 9am start for 14 miles. Great run. 7 miles out and back. 49:12 out, 44:36 back. Derrick made a push with 4 miles to go and I matched it immediately. No turning back from there. Joined by a couple guys for a quick finish to the parking lot. 1:33:48 total time. Longest single run (and most miles in a day) since the marathon. Legs felt good and enjoyed running with a huge group.

Off to the IHOP for breakfast with the group. Eggs, turkey sausage and a stack of pancakes. Glass of chocolate milk to wash it all down.

Back to the apartment to shower and foam roll. Chilled on the couch for a bit before making the trip to the laundromat to wash all my clothes. Once complete, I will pretty much have only clean clothes in my room. Washed my running hats, sweatpants, work pants, and all sorts of stuff to have everything available for California. Smooth at the laundromat without too many people there on a Sunday around 2:30pm.

Back to the apartment to relax and have a protein shake before heading to the gym. Goupil almost forgot about it. We headed there and arrived at 6:26pm. Front desk attendant let us know that Planet Fitness closes at 7pm tonight. Hmm. Circuit lifting with the free weights and that's all we could do. Short, but productive session.

Home to have another protein shake and a bowl of cereal (I believe). I was supposed to pack today, but that did not happen. It's all good. I don't mind packing last minute

59 miles for the week. Gym 3x this week. Legs are slowly feeling refreshed. Long run with some great guys.

Car accident that took two local students' lives Saturday evening on Route 87. Hit by a drunk driver from behind.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Target Run + Recovery Week (Monday-Friday)

November 26th: 5am wakup. Left by 5:30am to make it work in NY by 8am. A couple glazed donuts at D&Ds. Work 8am-4:30pm. Homemade chili from my mom and an Italian Stallion panini from the cafeteria. The toll person gave me an extra dollar, but I realized it after I drove off since I paid with a 20 dollar bill. This justified buying food from the overpriced cafe at work.

Stopped off at Target on the way home to pick up "a few things." Left the store with $120 dollars worth of stuff. Some great deals and everything was a necessity. Laundry detergent, mouthwash, some medicine, boxers, cereal, milk and Clif Bars. The Clif Bars purchase was 34 dollars worth. Target was running a deal I couldn't pass up. Buy 3 or more boxes (12 Bars) of Clif Bars and receive a $5 gift card to Target. Boom. Done. Chocolate brownie and chocolate chip.

Home to relax and decide to take another day off because it was already 5:45pm and my legs could use another day off. No workouts for me for a couple weeks. Just focusing on getting some miles in until my legs feel fresh again. I am thinking by towards the end of the December I will be good to go.

Made some burrito mix for dinner and headed to bed at a reasonable hour.

November 27th: 6am wakeup. Oatmeal for breakfast. Work 7:30-4pm. Easy day at work. Burrito mix for lunch. Clif Bar. Home by 4:30pm. Relaxed until heading out for a run at 6pm. 9 miles (63:38) with most of it with Goupil. I was thinking I was cutting off more, but I ended only cutting off a mile. Oh well. A solid run on my day back.

Gym at 8pm. I hadn't worked out in just over a week so it was slightly painful, but good to get back at it. Home to have a protein shake for dinner because I was too tired.

November 28th: 6:15am wakeup. Eggs for breakfast. Another helping of burrito mix for lunch. Work 7:30-4pm. Home to relax and drive over to Shen High School with Goupil to watch him TT (time trial) another 2 mile. Derrick was already working out and was finishing up his own. I was there for moral support and easy running. It was pretty dang cold outside so we bundled right up. Legs took a couple miles to warm up and I could feel my right calf tighten up. I think I could use a professional massage soon.

Home to thaw out and take an extra hot shower. Dinners have been lacking lately because of the late running/energy to make something. Bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats for dinner with some delicious creamy whole milk. Mmmm.

November 29th: 6:30am wakeup. Cereal for breakfast. Work 7:30-4pm. Home to chill and run with Goupil. I forget what I had for lunch, but it couldn't have been that exciting. 9 miles (NT). Cereal for breakfast and no gym. Delayed it one day because Goupil and I ended up chatting for a bit after the run while stretching. It happens.

Bed at some point.

November 30th: 6:40am wakeup. Cereal for breakfast. Work 7:30am-4pm. I took advantage of a giftcard from work to buy lunch. 677 Prime sub. Really good and kinda spicy. Home to run 9+ miles (63:03) with Derrick and Goupil. Gym after some stretching and putting on longer shorts. Decent day and I was ready for the weekend to start. I am not sure what I had for dinner, but I think I just had a bowl of cereal.

Solid Monday through Friday. California next week (December 5th-12th for my sisters wedding!).

The police car was in our complex for some reason. Goupil had mentioned that there were some state troopers at our complex in the morning the other week. Don't worry, my apartment complex is safe.

The other one is my fridge on Monday before Target. Kinda empty.

The tupperware is an avocado skin that was sitting in my car what a super long time. Just three it away

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rest Of The Weekend

November 23rd: Woke up pretty well rested around 8am. Out for a run with Sarah, Bob, and Tucker before brunch. Back for delicious food (quiche). Hung out for a bit before heading into town for Wreck It Ralph. Stopped off at Shop Rite for a candy run. I decided to grab one individual candy for myself instead of risking eating all the candy that is available. I went with root beer barrels. A Redbull to wash em down. A Gatorade to pound before I even walked into the theatre because I was dying of thirst.

Personally, I loved the movie. A bunch of one liners and being a child that grew up with video games, it had some great references. Back to my Aunt's for turkey sandwiches. Toasted bun, turkey doused with gravy, a scoop of mashed potatoes, and mayo for the glue. 3 down. Mmm.

Home to relax and watch Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (for the first time). Hilarious. Jane visited and watched it with us.

Bed at a decent hour. 5 miles on the day.

November 24th: 9am wakeup. German pancakes for breakfast. Bacon. My dad and I hit up the Town Fair Tire to purchase some new treads for the Subie. Once we figured it out, we headed out to the place where he bought his suit so the guy could get a measuremnt on his dress pants. Stopped off at a couple TJ Maxx's to find the right luggage for my trip to Cali. The first one had a fairly decent selection, but not enough color range. Being the same person, we did not impulse buy and found another TJ Maxx. A much wider selection with a bunch of colors. We pulled all the Samsonite luggage off the shelves to make the ultimate decision. I narrowed down that I wanted the ones with 360 degree mobility. Next, I eliminated the colors I did not care for. I test drove about 6 of them before making up my mind on a medium sized (red) and carryon (black). Back to pick up my car and what a smooth ride home on the highway. As Goupil put it, it's like throwing on a new pair of trainers for a run. Totally is.

Home to relax, run 5 miles (36:42) and head off to Kimber's house. Pasta and meatballs for dinner at Kimber's residence. Hung out for the rest of the night and bed at a decent hour.

November 25th: 8:30am wakeup. An omelette for breakfast. Chilled out before making a trip to a Christmas tree farm with Kimber, Mrs. Stannard, and Brookie.

Headed back to Newtown to met up with my buddy Ben Wicki at Starbucks. Ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese at the shop next door before making my way over to Starbucks. Strawberry smoothie and caught up on things.

Home to just chill out the rest of the night. Stayed at my parents for the night and planned to leave early in the morning for work the next day. Day off from running because my legs needed it and my throat was a little scratchy.

My high school reunion was on Friday, but I didn't feel like going.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ups and Downs of MRR

November 21st: 6:30am wakeup. Oatmeal for breakfast. Work 7:30am-2:45pm. Manager let us out early with full day of pay. Sweetness. Home to pack and head home to Connecticut. Smooth ride with no real traffic. I took the Taconic Parkway home, which made the ride hilly and curvy (couldn't use cruise control that often, boo).

Home by 7pm. Immediately changed into running clothes for a short shakeout run. Talked with my parents for a bit before heading out at 7:30pm. Brisk, but beautiful night out. I was cruising along thinking about the Manchester Road Race the next morning and just about a mile into the run, I realize I forgot the envelope with my bib number back in NY. Shiznit! Instantly, I begin stomping my feet on the ground (not good for the joints) in frustration as I was running down the road. I stopped in mid-stride and thought to just turnaround. What's the point of running right now? I told myself to just get the 3 miles in and started surging to the end of the street. I attempted to tear up, but it's definitely difficult to cry while running. I was more mad with myself (rather than sad) and so many thoughts were rushing through my mind over the next 2 miles. Some of the things that popped into my head included the 7 consecutive years of running the MRR on Thanksgiving morning with my family, Kimber was arriving at about 8:30pm to carpool to the race the next morning, I could run my local 5k race in Newtown depending on registration, pace Kimber through her race, not race at all. With about a 1/4 mile to go, I shined the flashlight over this blind hill and my beam of light met with the eyes of an smallish angry dog on the left side of the road. I screamed bloody murder like a little school girl and repeatedly yelled "No!" It retreated back to it's yard slowly (never turning its back to me) and I sprinted the next 50ish meters away to safety. Home to slam the door and pout around. I emailed the guy that sent me the elite entry bib number to see if I could grab another one in the morning. My stomach was uneasy and I was bumming like crazy. Sat down for dinner with the family (and Kimber) with a stink face. I checked my email right before we sat down and I got an email stating I was gonna be setup with another number without any problem. Woohoo! Switch flipped to ecstatic. Good to go.

Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Chilled the rest of the night in good spirits and ready to race tomorrow. We will see how the ups and downs of the day affect my race.

November 22nd (Turkey Day): 6:20am wakeup. Oatmeal for breakfast. Changed up and off to Manchester for the race. I got dropped off at Carter Chevorlet to pick up my new bib number. A whole slew of runners are bundled up in the room I enter. It's all the elites. I didn't know they had all these amentities for the elites. Sweet. Food, coffee, water, chairs for resting, and private bathrooms. With 15,000 people in the race, it's extremely difficult to get access to a port-o-potty (one year I ran down a side road and used a random person's bathroom because it was too close to the race). Lucky me. Blessing in disguise forgetting my number. Donn Cabral was in there and a whole bunch of fast guys. Coolio. Off to my normal spot to drop my stuff off and warmup with Thomas Paquette. 3 mile warmup and changed up for the start of the race.

Strides "with" Anthony Famiglietti. Wicked sweet. 2 time Olympian for the steeplechase. Start at 10am. Quick first 1/2 mile. 5:00 at the mile and downhill from there (2nd mile actually is uphill, but you know what I'm saying). Survived, but the elite women started passing me up the hill before the 2 mile marker. Still an amazing atmosphere and greateful to be out there healthy. Just not in 5 mile shape and the legs (especially the calves) are still feeling the marathon. 2.5+ mile cooldown. 11 miles on the day.

Off to the next town, Coventry, to pick up a grill for my Subie. Sweet. Conversed with the guy for a while and his wife/girlfriend. Subie enthusiasts as well. Parting out a car because the woman hit a deer. Car wasn't exactly recoverable. Works for me.

Over to my Aunt Kathy's for Thanksgiving dinner. Relaxed with the family. Delicious dinner at 4pm. Dessert. Leftover turkey sandwiches around 8pm. Mmmm. Crashed at my Aunt's because we were seeing the movie in Wallingford this year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 19th-20th

November 19th: 5am wakeup. Out the door by 5:30am to make the commute back to NY. Stopped off at Mickey D's for a sausage egg and cheese. Chowed on some homemade banana bread (courtesy of Kimber) before making it to work by 8ish. Work was easy and slow. Bought some cookies from the vending machine (Oreos). I forgot what I ate for lunch.

Home by 5pm to run 10++ miles (72:15 + strides) with Goupil. Back to the apartment to stretch, foam roll, and shower. Made a quick chicken wrap (leftover chicken parm from the weekend) with ranch dressing, hot sauce, and cheddar cheese.

Watched The Amazing Spiderman. I heard it received good reviews and my sister Sarah said it was better than any Toby McGuire one. Wrong! Not even close to as good as the original with Toby. Too similar and not as cool. Bed by 10ish. 11 miles on the day.

November 20th: 6:20am wakeup. Small bowl of cereal for breakfast. Work 7:30-4pm. Yogurt during the midmorning. Meeting with our project manager. Positive things for the future. Good review from the Global manager on me personally. Sweet. Chicken wrap for lunch with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing. Pretzels as a snack. Cornbread.

Home by 4:30pm. Goupil and I headed over to the "hill" in Clifton Park to do a workout around 5ish. 5x800 meter hills. Smooth. 2:56, 2:52, 2:50, 2:44, 2:43. Felt strong running faster and controlled. 21:11 warmup and 20:22 cooldown to get 11 miles on the day. No gym. Pushups, situps and pullups. 3x10 pullups no problem. That's a first!

Another chicken wrap for dinner. Chilled and headed to bed at a decent hour.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 12th - November 18th (2 mile TT)

November 12th: 5 miles (35:11). Received my Wrightsock shipment from the sales rep. Unfortunately, they sent me the wrong socks. 3 grey pairs and 9 white pairs (supposed to 9 black pairs). I felt bad because I let the lady know I don't wear white socks. The shipment papers said grey and black. Oh well.

Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Leftover chicken parm from Saturday's night out at Bellini's
Dinner: More leftovers (Kimber's chicken a la vodka sauce) and a protein shake

November 13th: 8 miles (51 + strides). My mom sent me a phone car mount for my iPhone. Sweetness. I used it in the kitchen and on my night stand that night to test it out before placing it in my car. As well as this, I received my check from the Hartford Marathon. Coolio. 4 days since my last lifting session. A small shock to the body, but it felt good. Benched 115 pounds 5 times. I am shooting for my body weight (135 x10) by the spring time.

Breakfast: Cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats)
Lunch: Chili (2nd serving) with cheddar cheese
Dinner: Protein shake.

November 14th: 8 miles (59:xx) down at Albany. Warmup with the guys, 15+ minutes on the track, cooldown with the guys.

Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Chili (3rd serving)
Dinner: 5 Guys. TCBY.

November 15th: 8 miles (59 with strides towards the end). Today's run felt smooth and the strides felt great. Felt strong and things are clicking back into position. Another lifting session. No shower before bed because I'm gross.

Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Chili (what a surprise 4th serving and finished off the slow cooker pot).
Dinner: Protein shake because I'm lazy.

November 16th: 5 miles in the AM (39:03). Short day at work. Home after work to wash some dishes and pack up to head to my sister Sarah's house. 8pm arrival. Ordered out and watched a movie. Classic catch up on the latest songs dance party.

Breakfast: Cereal.
Lunch: Double decker PB&J.
Dinner: Cajun Steak Bomb and jalenpeño poppers with cream cheese filling.

November 17th: 3++ miles (24:25) in the AM. 9 miles total in the PM. 2 mile time trial in the hood of Leominster. 10:02 (77, 74, 73, 75, 73, 76, 76, 75). Solid day. Along with the smooth running, I purchased my suit for my sister's wedding on December 8th in San Francisco, CA. Rich from Macy's truly helped me out with 25% off and Kimber opened a Macy's card to snatch another 15% off. $186 for a 2 piece suit and shirt. Boom!

Breakfast: Eggs with onions and ham.
Lunch: Nothing
Dinner: Spinach ravioli with homemade sauce and potato gnocchi, side salad.

November 18th: 13 miles on the day divided into 3 runs. 5 mile pacer for Sarah (36:25). 3.5+ miles (26+) to Planet Fitness. 3.5+ miles (26+) back to the house from Planet Fitness. 1pm race made for a weird day, but lots of eating.

Breakfast: Omelettes and toast
Lunch: Half of a turkey sandwich after the race. Banana. Garlic bread. Protein shake.
Dinner: Salad, pasta, and chicken. Banana bread pudding for dessert.

59 miles for the week with some promising runs and a confidence booster with the 2 mile TT. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving weekend.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stockadeathon 15K

November 11th: 6am wakeup. Oatmeal and a half of banana for breakfast. Picked up by Renee Tolan (Willow Street) to carpool to the race in Schenectady, NY. Arrived with time to spare. Chilled before doing a 2.5+ mile warmup (18:56). Off to the elite bathroom stop (elites and Brooks VIP members - people who bought Brooks in the last 3 months) so it was a bit crowded. Changed up at the tent into the uniform and racers. Off to the line for strides and scoping out the competition. Some great competition on the line and I was feeling okay after strides.

Off the line well and through the mile 5:20. Hmmm. Didn't feel that slow. 5:20's for the next 2 miles and through the 1st 5k in 16:52. The next mile was easy and I went through 4 miles in 21:45. 5:45? Blah. A few of my teammates have passed me by now and I am struggling hard. The crowd began to cheer, "First women!" and "Go Maegan!" Uh oh. I threw in a downhill surge and started to race again after that short lapse of "my legs feel like sh*t and I don't know how this can go any worse." I powered up the next hill and came through 10k in 34:22 (17:30). I kept pushing and passing someone one by one. I caught up to a couple teammates in the last miles and pushed in with them. Finished up in 51:21 (last 5k in 16:59). I survived. Cooldown a mile plus and chowed down on food in the refreshment tent. Chocolate milk, chocolate pudding, fruit snacks, chips, and Coca Cola. Massages offered and I took full advantage of it.

Home by 12:30 or so. Chilled for the rest of the day. Attempted to go to the gym at 6:45pm, but they were closing at 7pm. So we literally walked in and walked back out when we realized what time it was. Kimber made cornbread to go with the chili we had for dinner. Watched Leave It To Beaver on Netflix and crashed for the night soon after.

13+ miles on the day and 50 miles on the week. A decent workout and a survival race. Looking back at my New Bedford Half Marathon, I must of went through 15k in about 47 low. Knowing this, the 15k's have not come at a good time in my training. 1st 15k: I ran a 20k in the winter series. 2nd 15k: Boilermaker. And this one was yet another bad day. Rerally and get ready for Manchester Road Race and indoor track.

Regionals @ Westfield

November 10th: 7:45am wakeup. Bowl of cereal for breakfast. Woke up to a fairly deflated mattress in the middle of the night and moved over the single bed with Kimber. Basically all this means is a bad night sleep. Drove Kimber to Starbucks to grab a coffee since Goupil and I don't drink coffee. Nick Webster drove over to the apartment so we could all carpool to New England Regionals at Westfield State College.

Drove down at 9am to make it down there in time for the men's race. $5 dollar donation at the church parking was non-optional. Hmm. So it should of advertised $5 dollar fee. Spectated by running around to see them at all different points. Great race by the guys. Watched the women's race and saw Maggie Fitter kill it for the Keene State women. Said our goodbyes and off back to Clifton Park.

Stopped off at the Lee Premium Outlets for some premium deals. Nike Outlet immediately with major clearance. 30-40% off. Ca-chang! Picked up a pair of running shorts (legit ones) for $6 bucks. A dri-fit tee for $11 bucks. A sweet lightweight pullover jacket for $30 bucks (originally $50). The best purchase of them all was a pair of Lunarfly 2 Breathes for $22 bucks. Yes, I said $22 bucks. New gym shoes.

Back to Clifton Park to relax and head out for an easy run. 3 miles with Kimber. Back to stretch, foam roll and no desire to make dinner. Out to Bellini's for dinner. We didn't have a reservation so we were originally seated right at the front of the restaurant next to a door to the outside with a cold draft. 30 seconds later, the hostess let us know a booth opened up in the main restaurant. Probably the best seat in the house. Above everybody and out of the way of traffic. Sweetness. Delicious bread with olive oil and herbs. Chicken Parmigiana. Huge serving. Full quickly. Not too full for dessert. Big ole piece of chocolate cake with a hazelnut layer. Mmm.

Over to Da Choppa for ingredients for chili. Made chili with Kimber and bed soon after.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Busy Day

November 9th: 6:30am wakeup. Cereal for breakfast. Honey Bunches of Oats with vanilla bunches. Same lunch as Monday-Thursday. Work 7:30am-4pm. Busy bee all day between tool sign-offs, facility safety walks and meetings.

Home by 4:30pm. 5+ miles (36:56) modified loop of the Evergreen. Back to stretch, shower and clean up the apartment a bit. Put away some clothes, washed some dishes, etc. Kimber arrived around 8:45pm. I made a chicken and veggie wrap for dinner.

Relaxed and bed by 11pm.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Go Dog Go!

November 8th: 6:30am wakeup. Cereal. Another classic lunch made. Work 7:30am-4pm. Home by 4:30pm. Run with Derrick at 5:15pm. 4 miles (28:11). The high visibility vests came in. One for me and one for Derrick because he didn't have one. He was appreciative of us taking care of him. Back to foam roll, stretch and head to the gym for some light lifting.

Met up with our buddy Tom in Albany for a brewski (hard cider for me). Hung out for a bit before making the trip back to Clifton Park by 9pm. Felt good to shower after a long day of non-stop moving/sweating. I made the mistake of rocking flannel pants and a waffle long sleeve to the bar. Sweated by buns off.

Made a chicken and veggie wrap. Mmm delicious. Bed by 10pm. The day just flew by for a Thursday and I felt like I didn't have any down time. I like my down time and not feeling rushed. Oh well. It's just one day.

Boom! The Brighter, The Better!

November 7th: 6:30am wakeup. Cereal for breakfast. Classic lunch of double decker PB&J, Balance Bar, yogurt, and banana. Work 7:30am-1pm. Pre-trial court hearing at 2pm. Stopped off at the apartment to change up into fancier clothes.

Swung by to sign in and sit in the court room with about 20+ other people. Wow. All sorts of violations; speeding, window tint, cell phone use, etc. The violation was brought down to a speeding/parking violation and $125 bucks with no points on the license. Sounds good to me. Deposited a check at the bank and home by 3pm.

Watched a few episodes of Workaholics. Passed out at 4pm. Up at 5pm to run a workout at Shen High School. It wasn't worth heading down to UAlbany. 4x400, 6x200. Full rest. Quick, but relaxed. 72, 70, 69, 69, 34, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32. 2.5 warmup and 3.5 cooldown. 10+ on the day. The great thing was the workout was under the lights. I passed by the track on the warmup and saw lacrosse practice ending, but when I came back football was jogging onto the field at 6pm. Hmmm. I did a few strides and asked the coaches if they could just watch lane 1. They said they would be on the field so I shouldn't have to worry. I started up my 1st 400 and coming into the homestretch with players in lane 1 and 2. Thanks for nothing coach. As I had about 75 meters to go, the coach yelled out to the team to move onto the field and watch the track because this young man was using the track. It baffled me and made the rest of the workout super smooth

Back to the apartment to stretch, foam roll, and take a hot shower. Protein shake and off to Josh's house in Albany (right across the street of the entrance of UAlbany) for the team meeting. Recapped on the summer/fall racing. A look ahead on winter and spring. The best part was the new team jackets!! Highlighter yellow! Siiiiick! Subs for dinner. We all video chatted with Karen (moved out to Colorado a couple weeks ago).

Home by 10pm and bed soon after.

Here's my motivation to keep running and stay healthy.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Almost Like Christmas!

November 6th: 6:40am wakeup. Honey Bunches of Oats for breakfast. Main course already made for lunch. Packed some snacks. Carpooled with Goupil again. Into a decent routine for the mornings with the absence of the morning runs. That will change soon enough. Work 7:30am-4pm.

Stopped off at Redbox to finally return my DVD after 3 weeks. Ouch. Oh well. Arrived at the apartment to a package. I forgot what I ordered so I opened it up as soon as possible before trying to remember what I ordered. It was like a true surprise! My Nyko Wii Remote charging station for $14.99 + free Amazon Prime 2 day shipping. Sweetness.

Run at 5:30pm with Goupil. 8 miles (56:48). We figured out the area we wanted to run before we ventured out. Unfortunately, we have run this neighborhood only in the daylight. After about 25 minutes of running and not making it back to the main road (aka hitting a few dead end signs), we stopped and asked a local guy about to leave in his car. He had to think for a second, but he directed us flawlessly us out to Plank Road with precise directions.

Back to the apartment by 6:30pm to stretch, foam roll, and wash some dishes to not allow them to add up like the last couple weeks. As well as dishes, I cut up my veggies for my burger to have everything ready for post gym workout

Off to the gym at 7:15pm for lifting and lots of abs. Again, abs until I felt like throwing up. Home by 8:30pm. Nice toritilla burger for dinner. Avocado, peppers, onions, peppercorn ranch, and ground beef with Italian dressing, bread crumbs, and BBQ sauce.

Some television and bed by 10pm.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Issue? Throw It In A Wrap

November 5th: 6:20am wakeup. Bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats for breakfast. Lunch made. Double decker PB&J. Cape Cod sea salt and cracked pepper potato chips. Odwalla bar and Chobani Greek yogurt (courtesy of the race refreshments). Pretzels. Banana. Smooth day overall. Carpooled with Goupil to work and nabbed one of the last spots in the front parking lot (closest walk). Easy/productive day at work.

Home by 4:30pm. Run with Derrick at 5:15pm. 7++ miles (52:00) of the normal loop. Cut the 2nd half short through the Shen High School fields. I almost didn't make it back to the apartment in time for the bathroom. Too close for comfort. Stretched, foam roll, and showered first to air out the bathroom for Goupil.

I didn't know what I wanted for dinner so I just started making food. Steamed some broccoli (Yeah, I know how to spell it Dom). Sautéed up some mushrooms and onions. Cooked up some chicken with Italian dressing, chili powder, and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. The best way to eat all this is to toss it all in a wrap with a bunch of cheese. Mmm.

Watched some Hulk on television. Frozenish chocolate milk for dessert. Bed by 10:30 or so.

Quality run and legs were just tired from yesterday. Not much soreness.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Fall Frun 10k

November 4th: 6:35am wakeup. Hmm. The race isn't until 11am, but I am wide awake. Surfed the net and updated the blog to pass the time. Out of the bed at 7:20am to make a couple packets of instant oatmeal. Watched some television. Changed up (aka bundled up) for the 1+ mile car ride to the race venue.

Arrived at Shen High School at 8am. Walked into the gym to pick up the bib and met up with teammates. Warmup at 8:20am. 2.5 (18+) miles around campus. Back to the gym to change up and head to the starting line. The goal was to tempo for as long as possible. Off the line well and onto very familiar roads (I run them all the time). 1st mile: 4:20. Boom. It was off by a minute. 5:20 first mile. Ran with Chuck Terry and Mike Roda for the next 3 miles. Mile 2: 5:25 (10:46). Mile 3: 5:24 (16:10). 5k: 16:47. Felt fine and relaxed. I held back on the 4th mile and stayed in single file behind Chuck and Mike. 4th mile: 5:31 (21:41). Sweetness. 5:25 pace and feeling good. Within 15-20 meters of passing the 4th mile, Mike threw down a surge that changed the pace significantly. He wasn't looking back so Chuck and I tried to cover the move. Chuck wasn't having it as much so I cruised past him to try to close the gap on Mike. 5th mile: 5:09 (26:50) and Mike up about 5 seconds. Ever so slowly closing the gap on Mike. I don't he was expecting me behind him. 6th mile: 5:07 (31:58). The final mile was part pavement and dirt/grass. The last .2 was on the track. Mike still had a solid 2-4 seconds on me and I wasn't sure if I wanted to close up the race. With about 200 meters to go, I made one last move and never looked back. 32:56 for the finish and 1st. Boom! Closed up the .2 in 58 seconds, cool!

Into the gym to throw on some warm clothes and cool down with a bunch of the guys. 2.5 miles (19:12). 11.5 on the day. Back into the gym for the awards ceremony and tons of free food. Stocked up on snacks and Cokes. $100 for 1st, a sweet red hat, and a red long sleeve for a Sunday morning. Can't complain.

Back to the apartment to have a protein shake and watch television. Year One on FX.

Gym at 4pm. Lots of abs and lifting. I felt like I was gonna blow chunks during the lifting because we did so many abs. The good thing is it prevented me from buying too much food at Da Choppa. Major grocery shopping was a success except that didn't have my orange juice (Simply Orange High Pulp), so I had to settle with pulp free. Gross.

Back to the apartment to make a big batch burrito mix combing the leftovers from the other night. The result: a huge heaping pile of burrito mix on a plate with a Cherry Coke. Mmmm. Hot Tub Time Machine for the first time. Hilarious movie.

Bed by 11pm.

11.5 miles + lifting for a productive day. 51 miles on the week. Solid week with a couple hard efforts to get the legs back underneath me. Stockadeathon 15k next Sunday. Should be a fun one.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cleaning Madman

November 3rd: 10am wakeup. Chilled in bed for some time. Goupil had already left at 6am to go to a benefit walk in Beverly, MA. Made some oatmeal for breakfast. Plan was to run at 11:30ish, but I decided to just run once in the evening. Searched on Craigslist for a dresser in the area. No dice. All too expensive or too far away. I currently do not have a dresser. Half of my clothes are on the ground (clean) or in a laundry basket/hamper. Watched some television.

Motivated myself to wash some dishes since they were overflowing onto the counter. Cleaned up in the kitchen. Emptied the garbage. Gathered all the recycling and headed over to the transfer station. Just in time. Arrived at 3:57pm and they closed at 4pm. Finished the dishes when I got back.

Run at 4:45pm. Decided to run the 10k course I planned on tempoing the next morning. Total for 7.5 miles (50:35). Back to stretch, foam roll, and clean the garbage can before taking a shower. It had something growing in the bottom of it.

Abbreviated burrito mix because I was still out of groceries. Rice, beans, tomato, avocado, onion, cheese and ranch dressing. No bell peppers or salsa. Kinda crucial elements to the burrito mix.

Watched The Ugly Truth on TV and bed by 11:30pm.

Katie, this came up on Pandora while I was cleaning my room.