Let me be honest. I SUCK AT BLOGGING! I have at least one blog post in my brain each day and I just don’t prioritize blogging. I also don’t prioritize putting away clean laundry.
I did 3 things I never thought I’d do in 2011 and barely touched on them on the blog. Maybe a recap of each will be in my future. But don’t hold your breath. In chronological order:
- Ran across the Mackinaw Bridge! My fear of heights was kicked to the curb to accomplish this feat and it was awesome! Even more spectacular was the rainbow we saw.
- Went to watch the Detroit Tiger’s play the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series! The Tiger’s won the game we attended but lost the series
- Went on a 5 day Western Caribbean cruise! It was an awesome vacation!!
In 2012 there are a few things I hope to accomplish, but I’m not really ready to go public with 2 of them (and no, babies are not on the list!).
#1 is related to my professional (haha)/career
#2 is related to my relationship with Brent
and the third I am making public in hopes that I’ll stick with it…
#3 Run a 2 hour (or less!) half-marathon!!!!! This seems crazy far-fetched right now and I’ll have to shave about 12 minutes off my time. I’ll need to actually complete speed work (gag!) and push myself to keep my pace up. But I’m looking forward to completing a half-marathon with a goal beyond simply finishing.
I have more to post about, but thought I’d share about something I’m currently a smidge obsessed with: Extra Dessert Delights!
I go in phases with chewing gum and currently I’m hitting the gum chewing HARD as evidenced by the 4 open packs floating around my purse. I’ve tried each Dessert Delights flavor and have a hard time picking a favorite. Below are some of my “expert” tasting notes.
*Mint Chocolate Chip – Very good, but no surprise there, it is basically mint gum with some chocolate flavor
Key Lime Pie – Very enjoyable, especially on a run. I like the lime flavor but it does seem to lack a “pie” flavor (no crust or whipped cream detected)
*Orange Cream Pop – Perhaps the most disappointing. It tastes fine, but is nothing special or creamy about it
Strawberry Shortcake – YUM! I do like this one a lot, but it is missing that short cake punch
*Apple Pie – Probably my surprise favorite! It tastes like apple, cinnamon and had the hard to nail down crust flavor! Brent liked it so much, he accidentally swallowed the first piece within seconds, mistaking it for real food!
I typically chew gum to curb a craving, especially after meals. This gum does the trick! A spicy meal leaves me craving something chocolaty, pop in Mint Chocolate Chip gum and I’d be good to go without dessert. I also ALWAYS chew gum while working out and these are fun flavors to chomp on when I’m drowning in my own sweat.
Plus, when I chew this gum (especially Apple Pie), I feel like I’m chewing one of Wonka’s experimental “meal gums”…I’m not turning into an apple am I???
*Flavor currently open, also working on a pack of Extra Fruit Sensations Sweet Tropical
Extra did not sponsor this post or compensate me for it, but I wish they had!
Lately, I’ve taken to literally running errands. I’m fortunate to live in a SMALL town and running errands is a fun way to sneak in some running.
Running and hitting the ATM with Hannah
A couple of weeks ago I had mil.es that I wanted to complete and the heat was BRUTAL! After 3 miles I was SPENT and had gone through 10 oz of fluid. I felt terrible. I cut the run short. While stretching and berating myself for being weak, I was thinking of the errands I had to get done. I needed to hit the ATM, get the mail and an iced coffee sounded great. Then it dawned on me…
I stuck the debit card in my pocket and ran another 3 miles, with the ATM my end point. I got cash, crossed the road for an iced coffee and enjoyed a cool down walk home after hitting the post office.
- Yeah, I go into public places looking like that!
Today I ran 1 mile after a quick change in the work bathroom and before picking up Brent at work. Once home, I did another quick mile, to and from the post office. Running home with a curled up magazine in hand, I imagined it as a relay baton and me dashing to hand it off to my team mate.
I’ve run through town clutching an envelope in my hand and deposited a sweaty city bill through the drop slot as the sun sets. I’ve stood in line at the bank drive-thru, waiting to deposit a check. I’ve been asked if I was running or simply having a major hot flash, as I paid for an iced coffee. I’ve been stared at and probably smelled too.
But its okay, I love getting quick, fast runs in. I love not driving to do errands. I love fitting running into my life, not trying to squeeze my life around running.