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July 26, 2010 § 8 Comments

Hey guys!
As promised I have a few updates for you all.
On the running front things are going pretty well. I’ve been running several times a week!  Post 5K I’ve only been doing 1.5- 2 mile runs. 😦 But, I sucked it up and ran 2/3 days on vacation. What a first for me. That vacation (you’re probably thinking: what?! that girl LIVES at the beach!) took place in Wildwood, NJ. I’m visiting my Dad in PA until early August and we wave jumped and burned to a crisp as a family all this weekend!

BCBG girls top I'm loving

Feelin' the burn

Now I’m back (right outside of Philadelphia) until the first week in August. Keep an eye out for an update on eats and the good times here. 😀 I’m headed back to South Carolina until early September. So does this mean I have a school plan for the fall? You bet your sweet little bloggie self I do!

If you remember, late spring I was going through a bit of a school crisis. I was loving my university (New Mexico State) but not a fan of the location. That statement still is the truth. After a few meltdowns and tears I got down to business. I started looking for alternatives. I wasn’t happy and didn’t feel comfortable going back. BUT I hadn’t anticipated being so upset as to look for other programs as soon as I felt something was wrong.

Plan B (no not that kind of plan) kicked in. I visited two community colleges and even considered going for massage therapy for income until I made up my mind where and when to return to school. A good friend of mine turned me on to a nanny program starting in September. 

Annie the nanny stats:
a six month program
it is an accredited private school and will count for 16 credits
I am able to live with a local family while in town if I give 15 hours of babysitting per week
great travel opportunity (patience…I’ll give it up soon!)
so absolutely perfectly ME

I want to work with children for the rest of my life. The reason I decided to become a psychology major was to be able to work with kids in therapy, a camp, or school setting. This is going to be a great experience and work opportunity next spring, summer, and for as long as I want to. It can also ease the burden of student loans when I do go back to school full time.

Flashbackies for the soul

spuds, mom, and me

cousin, myself, and spud

baby spud

age seven. refrained from a peace sign i guess...

Today:

spud grown up!

 To Portland, Oregon it is!! Nanny school here I come!

Which brings me to another exciting bit of news. Portland seems to be home to a lot of awesome runs. Specifically the half marathon coming up in October! I’m not sure if it is something I should shoot for or not. My schedule will be pretty full. However, I want to make time to run at least five days out of the week. What do you guys think? Anyone out there dying to instruct me? I’m a girl who can take direction! Give me a training schedule and I will rock it out. I want to stay focused and be able to succeed and make it through the race this fall without collapsing.

Thanks for sticking it out with me!

xoxo, Annie

Freedom 5K

July 11, 2010 § 17 Comments

Hey everyone!
I hope you all are bronzing and not boiling in this ridiculous heat everyone seems to be having. While running recently, I think back to a few months ago. I begged and pleaded for warm weather during the winter. Would you believe I’m craving a cold night spent wrapped in blankets, watching movies, and drinking hot coco. You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no! 

Enter smooth transition. Here are some recents.

My first text. Baby girl growing up!

5th from left

 

My first 5K was on July 3rd and was absolutely wonderful. With my new phone blasting some sweet jams (thanks to Pandora) I was good to go! My mind was on the finish line the entire time. But shall we backtrack a bit? Because this post isn’t random enough.

 That Friday was a pretty average day on the job.

My girl K hiding from the camera

Afterwards I picked up my race packet literally down the street. The Market Common is my home away from home. There was a sweet little festival going on and the runner’s tent was amongst the chaos.

I went to the beach for a while to clear my head.

The next portion of this post is titled: Things not to do the night before a run.
 I went to dinner and had ginormous bean burger and chips, spent time on the back of a motorcycle (in flip flops),  and nearly died laughing on the boardwalk. You probably think I’m kidding. I’m totally not. I went out with my longtime friend Davy and didn’t get in until after 2…..

Imagine pictures to remember da good times. Glorious.

I fell asleep around three and woke at 6 to get ready for the race! I popped a few bites of a Chocolate Chip Clif Bar in my mouth, downed some water and a cup of coffe and was out the door.

The thrills of waking up a 17 year old

Now on to the goods. I LOVED this race! I made it to the starting line just in time (try waking up a 14 and 17 year old to cheer you on 😉 ). I started at 7:15 and time just flew by. During mile two I experienced some knee pressure that lasted for the remainder of my time. 

I crossed the finish line at 31:35 to volunteers and families cheering everyone on! But my brothers weren’t there! After a few minutes and a frantic phone call, they showed up…McDonald’s cups in hand.

“Oh, you finished running quicker than we thought”…can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. So, a fake finish photo was in order.
http://independenceday8k.com/

I got in 124th place out of 167 runners.  The fastest runner completed the course in under 16 minutes!
What I’ve learned: don’t stay out late the night before, eat a more balanced breakfast, and train more frequently to feel comfortable with the milage. Running 2-3 times a week simply didn’t cut it.  All in all I had a great time and can’t wait for the next one!

xoxo, Annie

PS Check this bad boy out! http://wannabewriterrunner.com/2010/07/09/giveaway-time/

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