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Overcoming the ballet body image.

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IT Band Issues

My right leg’s IT Band has started acting up.  On today’s 4.5 mile run I started to actually notice it.  I think I started feeling it on the last few runs too, but it was hard to tell.  Thankfully, I’ve been though this before (on my left leg) so I know how to take care of it: ice, stretch, strengthen, and use the IT Band brace in the meantime.  I think since I caught it earlier than last time I’ll be fine to keep running as long as I take care of it in between runs.  Last time I was really diligent about the exercises and icing/stretching and it was better in a week or so and I was able to stop using the brace even on the long runs after a few weeks.

Oh, and according to my new Garmin, my pace was about 8:30/mile today.  Better than yesterday’s 9:00/mile pace!  😀

Besides my morning run, I also went to the doctor for a physical.  I discovered while there that I needed a TDap (tetanus/pertussis aka whooping cough) shot.  Lucky me.  However, it’s important to get the whooping cough vaccine since I’ll be spending time with my baby niece in a few months.  Mat has a physical appointment before the baby comes also, so he can get the vaccine too.  We certainly don’t want to make her sick!

Needless to say, my left shoulder is already sore.  I made sure to get my crunches/planks/push ups done when I got home before it got too sore.  I wasn’t sure if it would get worse tomorrow so gotta get it done today!

After the actual appointment, I went to the lab for bloodwork.  Besides not having had a physical in a while, getting one now will give us a discount on one month of health insurance payments.  Win!

One more errand after that: pick up my face wash prescription from the pharmacy.  When I finally got home and got the crunches and stuff out of the way, I got around to eating.  I was pretty hungry after a run and having been up since 6, but I was glad I hadn’t eaten because it allowed me to get the bloodwork out of the way today.

I decided to make peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal.  Delish!



I also had a banana (unpictured) and coffee.  Still in the Christmas mug.  🙂



Today’s plan is to get some more post-Christmas cleaning/organizing domes (hopefully) and laundry folded (also hopefully) before meeting my college roomie Jenn for Golden Spoon.  All in all, not a bad day!


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Christmas 2012

Whew!  What a few days it’s been!  I’ve been so crazy busy that I haven’t had a chance to sit down at the computer AT ALL.  Let’s play catch up shall we?


Friday’s day of togetherness was to bake Christmas cookies.  So we did.

I wanted to make peanut butter blossoms since we never had them growing up (my sister is allergic to peanuts).  I used this recipe and they turned out AMAZING.

pb blossoms

We also started wrapping presents and enjoyed some wine while doing so.


Saturday began with Mat at work as usual and me running.  I did an 11 miler, still following my training plan.  When I got back, it was cleaning and baking and wrapping galore.  I honestly don’t remember much of Saturday because it was so jam-packed.  Oh no wait, I just remembered one of the big things we did.  We saw a house!

Mat got off work at 2 and picked me up immediately so we could be at the house around 2:30.  It was a house that our realtor found on Friday and we decided that even though it was a crazy weekend we wanted to see it.  I’m super glad we did because we ended up putting in an offer!  Hopefully we’ll hear by the end of this week.  We’re trying not to get our hopes up, but if I said I wasn’t crossing my fingers I’d be lying.  🙂

After seeing the house we went home, did more chores and stuff, and then went to a Christmas party at Mindy and Joel’s house.  We weren’t going to stay super late because Mat had a paper to start that was due on Monday (yes, on Christmas Eve), but you know how it goes when you see people you haven’t seen in a while.  We got home around 11:30 and he started his paper and then we both crashed.


Sunday we slept in a little and then got started on more chores.  I don’t remember the order of things, but as Mat wrote his paper, I baked two cakes.


The red velvet one had mint Hershey’s in it and was used for the red velvet trifle.  The yellow one was for my mom’s tres leche birthday cake that I make for her every year.

During all the food prep, we were also trying to get the house offer papers signed.  We were driving up to meet my parents for my mom’s birthday dinner (and early dinner – 4:30 reservation) so time was tight.  As we tried to print the contract, we discovered that our printer was out of black ink.  Mat tried to go print it at the apartment complex office, but that didn’t work either.  So, we hurried to get ready and drove to my parents’ house where we finally printed it and managed to talk to our realtor and go through all the important stuff on it.

We went to dinner at The Summit House which is where we had our wedding reception.  My mom likes to go there every year for her birthday.  Having a Christmas Eve birthday means she wanted to do something special with the family a day or two before.  Works for me!  The Summit House, while expensive, is AMAZING.  We get a 1 year anniversary dinner there in June and I already can’t wait!

We got home and cleaned (hadn’t had time earlier) and got the contract signed, scanned in, and finally emailed to our realtor.  He got it sent off by 11 pm (he rocks) and now we’re waiting to see what happens!


Mat had to work a short shift on Christmas Even morning, and I set the alarm for 5 so I could fit in my run before finishing my mom’s cake and cleaning the kitchen.  I ended up hitting snooze for half and hour before finally pulling myself out of bed to discover it was raining.  I definitely dilly-dallied on getting out the door at that point.

I did 4.5 miles, did some sit ups, planks, and push ups, and then got the cake done.  I have no pictures of it though – I’ve been really bad about that lately.  I got the kitchen totally cleaned and finally got myself ready.  Mat got home and got ready and then we loaded the car with gifts for my family and my mom’s cake and drove up home.  After stopping in to see Mat’s parents we headed to my parents’ house where we watched mom open her birthday presents, ate a yummy meal, went to church, had birthday cake, and opened Christmas presents.


Our first married Christmas morning was really nice.  We enjoyed eggs and pastries while opening gifts.


cinnamon rolls


My stocking stuffer was this CD.  I was super excited!

stocking stuffer

My big present to Mat was his XBox 360.  He’s wanted one for a while and didn’t think it was possible to get it.  He was definitely surprised when he opened it!

shocked hubby


Mat’s family came over to exchange gifts early in the afternoon, and then my family joined a few hours later for dinner.  It was our first time hosting for a holiday and I’d say it was a success!  (Again, I’ve been bad about the picture lately).


After sleeping until 8 or so, we headed out for a 7 mile run.  Mat made it about 1.5 miles before he decided to turn back.  His IT band has been acting up again and he didn’t want to push it.  That left me to go the rest of the run on my own without music.  Sad times.  My legs were super fatigued.  I think it was because of the heavier food the last few days combined with being super busy and rather stressed out (understatement – the stress made me have another breakdown/mild anxiety attack last night).

But, I made it through the 7 miles and walked 1.5 miles home.  I used an 8/8.5 mile route and then walked the last part so I didn’t have to try and come up with a new route.  One nice thing about being off work.  🙂

As I tried to motivate myself to do sit ups, Mat was excited about his XBox.

happy hubby

I was excited about my new Garmin!

post run


After reading about it on another blog a couple months ago, I knew I wanted one.  I’ve never had one before and always had to guess at my pace.  I was excited to see that I kept a 9 minute mile despite feeling like crap.

Here’s my splits:

Mile 1: 8:59

Mile 2: 9:08

Mile 3: 9:07

Mile 4: 9:07

Mile 5: 9:07

Mile 6: 9:12

Mile 7: 8:58

I need to work out speed, that’s for sure.

My post run breakfast (or lunch – it was late by the time I got around to eating) was an old favorite: cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, strawberries, granola, and honey.  I bought strawberries for my mom’s birthday cake and had a few left over.  Win!

fave breakfast


Since then I’ve basically sat on my butt.  It’s awesome.

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

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Starbucks Time!

Today’s day of togetherness was to get delicious holiday drinks from Starbucks.  We’ve already done this several times this holiday season, but never with such deliberateness.  🙂

So, after work, I picked up Mat and off we went.  Since dance practice went until 5:30 today it made the most sense time-wise for me to pick him up and go straight there.  It’s exactly what we did yesterday for going out to dinner because I had a doctor’s appointment after work.  Actually, it’s what we did the time we bought the new Starbucks holiday mug too.  Apparently I’m the weeknight chauffeur?

I had my usual holiday drink: skinny peppermint mocha.  This time I had them put a little whipped cream on it too.  Why not?



I had a nice surprise in my box in the mailroom at school today: letters from kids.  They were thank you/Christmas letters that they had done in one of their other classes.  Some of them were really sweet!  Things like this are what make being a teacher seem worth it.

letters from kids


I went to the trainer at school today to ask about my knee.  She thinks it’s a pulled hamstring and recommended laying off the stretching for a few days and taking it easy on the running.  So, sadly, I’m going to skip tomorrow’s planned 3.5 mile run.  She said biking was ok, so I’m planning to get up and use my indoor bike for an hour or so while watching the news, just to make sure I get some sort of cardio in.  I hate missing runs, but I know that if I want it to feel better and heal I need to rest it.  I also want to go for my 11 miler on Saturday (taking it slow of course) so I know I need to rest it now.  I’m was planning on ballet tomorrow night too, and I think that will be ok as long as I don’t overstretch it.  When it was at it’s worst a month or so ago, it hurt really bad to stretch in ballet and so obviously I stopped stretching.  It started to get better.  Then, I got lazy with the icing and overworked it again this past Saturday.  I think I’m going to start being really diligent about icing after every long run no matter what.  This isn’t just recreational running anymore – it’s marathon training!

2 more days until I’m off for 3 weeks!!!  And we’re going to Solvang!!!  Weeeee!!!  😀

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Go Out to Dinner

Last night for our 24 days of togetherness we picked go out to dinner. It was exciting because we never go out on weeknights. We decided on Corner Bakery because a) we really like it b) it’s not expensive and c) it’s close to home.

I had one of my favorites: the Santa Fe Ranch salad with chicken and avocado.


I also munched on saltine crackers before our food came because they’re by the drinks and are free. 🙂

I did something to my right knee. I pulled something in the back of it back during the Long Beach Half and it was starting to get better and then during my 14 miler thus last Saturday it started bothering me again. I ran 3.5 yesterday and was fine, but then during this morning’s 6 miler it started bothering me more. I’m not sure what’s wrong. The back of the knee pull has migrated around to the outside and front. I’m annoyed. I don’t want to miss out on my training!

Any thoughts from my running friends?

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Our Top Ten

Today’s day of togetherness was to think of the top ten things about our relationship. So we did just that.

Along with tasting one of the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I made for tomorrow’s Christmas party.

Here’s the close-up.

And of our list. 🙂

Yesterday we made our gingerbread house. It turned out really cute!



This afternoon we finally got to see a house. It was a home in San Juan Capistrano that was attached on one side. It was nicer then I thought and had some good qualities, but we don’t think it’s for us. I kind if feel when we find the right house we’ll just know. At least I hope so. But, we’ll see what happens. We don’t know much about the neighborhood yet and that’s a huge factor in buying a house.

And with that, I’ve got 14 miles planned for tomorrow, rain or shine. Good night!

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Our First Christmas Card!

Today’s day of togetherness was to address the Christmas cards.  This is the one we sort of cheated on and chose is specifically on a day where we had time to address the cards and make sure they get out in time.  We’ve actually had the cards for a week, but for some reason Costco didn’t give us envelopes with them so we didn’t have those until yesterday when I went back and asked for them.

I was proud of myself.  I got home from work, folded some laundry, and sat right down to start writing addresses.  I got through all 80 or so cards in one sitting.  Go me!

Mat is almost done stuffing/sealing and then it’s just the stamps and return address labels.  I don’t think we’re going to finish tonight – I need some TV in my life.  We’ve been PLOWING through The Big Bang Theory on DVD.  Seriously the most hilarious show ever.  We both hope Mat gets season 5 for Christmas because we’ll definitely be more than done with the first 4 before Christmas gets here!

The Christmas card mess.

christmas cards


Dinner was crock pot black bean enchiladas with boca burgers.  It’s basically a filling of corn, black beans, onion, and some spices including smoked paprika and then rolled and layered in the crock pot with salsa and cheese.  I plan crock pot meals for Mondays because Mat is off work and can prep it, and that’s what happened today.  He added boca burgers to it for added oomph.


We topped the enchiladas with Greek yogurt, more salsa, and hot sauce.

Last night’s dinner was Bisquick chicken pot pie and salad.  It’s something my mom used to make and is super easy.

chicken pot pie


I need to do a full review of my marathon training so far.  The plan is to organize my life during Christmas break.  It’s been a rough several weeks and I’m definitely in need of a breather!

I leave you tonight with this blurry picture of Oakley, silly as always.



Time to watch Big Bang and get to bed.  Good night!