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October 18, 2013

November 11, 2013

So, the biggest thing that has gone on in my life lately is the fact that I just got engaged. So, what you’ve all been waiting for: The Engagement Story

Tim and I had been dating a little over two years and had talked about getting married, but he kept telling me that it was going to be a little while before it happened. As much as I (and everyone around me) wanted it to happen, I had decided to just relax and let it happen when it was supposed to.

We had made plans to go to Stillwater for OSU’s Homecoming Walkaround on Friday night, October 18. For all of you non-Pokes fans, this is where all of the Greek houses make elaborate decorations welcoming Alumni back to Stillwater and celebrating Homecoming weekend. Friday was cold and rainy all day and we knew it was going to be even colder in Stillwater, but we decided to go ahead and go.


One of our friends rode over to Stillwater with us where we met up with his wife, who is one of my best friends. We walked around the Greek houses enjoying the brisk, but luckily not rainy, weather. Walkaround was always one of my favorite parts about Homecoming in Stillwater and this was the first year that Tim and I got to experience it together.

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After Walkaround was finished, we decided to walk around campus. We said goodbye to our friends and took off towards campus. We walked, talking about our favorite places on campus and reliving some of our memories there. Tim kept saying, “I wish we would have known each other while we were here” to which I replied, “We met when we were supposed to meet”, which I really believe is true. We did a little shopping in the Student Union store and warmed up a little before heading back outside. We walked over by the library fountain and sat down for a while. I thought it was a little weird that we were sitting there for so long, but it didn’t really click that something special was about to happen.

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After a while, we stood up an Tim suggested we walk towards the Student Union. We walked over there and up onto the balcony overlooking campus. I don’t remember exactly what was said up there. I do remember commenting that I had never been up there before. The words that I do remember clearly is that Tim said again, “I wish we would have known each other while we were here” and then a few minutes later, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” as he got down on one knee. I remember that I was shaking and a few tears fell as I hugged him and said “yes” and then he put the ring on my finger.

I couldn’t stop smiling as we walked back to the car and as cold as my hands were, I couldn’t make myself put gloves back on to cover up my gorgeous ring. We tried hitting up one of our favorite local restaurants for dinner, but the wait was too long so we opted for Chili’s instead. This is where I let everyone know the big news!

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It was the perfect engagement. I am so glad that I was surprised and that he did it at a place that means so much to both of us. More importantly, I am so happy that I get to spend the rest of my life with this man who I love more than anything in the world.

I love to run…most of the time

November 8, 2013

So now for the good stuff.

I have a few posts planned just to update what has gone on in my life the past several months. One of the biggest things going on is a (semi)triumphant return to my old running glory. Well, I’m not quite back there yet, but I’m getting there.

As most of you know, I ran my first Half Marathon in the Fall of 2011 at the Route 66 Marathon. Not only did I complete my first marathon, but I crushed my goal and ran it in 2:02. I jumped straight from the Half Marathon into Full Marathon training…and promptly got hurt. About halfway through my Marathon training, I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to do a walk/run combo for the Full Marathon. As disappointing as that was, I followed through and completed my first Full Marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in the spring of 2012. Even though I had scaled back, that Marathon was the last straw for my overworked, injured body and I had to take a break from running that summer. I had hip and back pain that literally made it hard to function in my day to day life. But I rested my body and let it heal.

After some time off, I was ready to get back to it and started training for my second Half Marathon. It was evident from the beginning that things weren’t going to go according to plan. I was struggling. As much as I hated it, I went back to doing walk/run intervals again and completed my second Half Marathon (much slower) in the Fall of 2012 at the Route 66 Marathon and then did my first out of state race at the Hot Chocolate 15k in Dallas in Winter 2013. I struggled throughout the spring and summer to even do 2-3 miles at a time without taking a walking break. But I was determined to get back to it and made a plan to get my mileage back up so that I could start training for a Half Marathon again.

Bedlam Run, Summer 2013

Bedlam Run, Summer 2013

Surprisingly, I have done just that. I have steadily built my mileage back up and am now 3 weeks away from doing my third Half Marathon. I am definitely not as fast as I used to be, but throughout this training I have gotten a little faster (from struggling to hit a 12:30-13:00 mile, I am now averaging 10:00-11:00 mile). No, it’s still not as fast as I’d like to be, but it is steady progress. Every run has not come easily (The worst being my 7 mile long run), but I did 10 miles a few weeks ago and loved every minute of it. And I know I’m going to finish this half marathon in a few weeks.


So, where do I go from here? I would love to do another Full Marathon, but I’m not going to rush it. After the Half, I will probably scale back for a few weeks and then pick up my mileage again. Maybe a full Marathon in a year or two is a possibility. I’d also love to do a distance relay or a triathlon, but no formal plans have been made for either of those either. For now, I’m just going to enjoy this love of running that has come back to me. And that will be enough.

Back At It

November 7, 2013
I took a hiatus from blogging at the beginning of this year. There were many reasons why I decided to do so, however, I have been itching to blog again for a while now. Before I get back into it though, I really want to weigh why I stopped in the first place and why I want to start again. So prepare yourselves for an extremely boring return post. I promise there is more exciting stuff ahead (a return to running, a promotion, an engagement, wedding planning)!
Reasons I stopped bloggingand reasons I want to start again:
1) I wasn’t very good at it–now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to insult myself, but when I compared myself to other blogs out there that were successful and that I enjoyed reading, I was definitely lacking. My posts sometimes rambled. I would go days without updating. My pictures were sporadic and not very good. I often lacked focus.
I’m not going to come out here and say that I am suddenly going to be good at blogging, because that’s not true. But the truth is that I enjoy writing. I enjoy telling my story, even if it is sometimes boring. I enjoy having a place to share my opinions. So I’m not going to focus on how “good” of a blogger I am. I am just going to write.
2) I don’t ever use the computer anymore- I got an IPad in February which became a replacement for my laptop. While I still have my laptop, it is old and worn down and doesn’t work very good and I rarely get on it any more. This makes blogging a little hard because I’m not a good IPad typer. The thought of typing up a whole blog post on my IPad does not sound appealing to me at all.
This is probably going to be my biggest challenge. But because I’m not going to focus on how often I post–just when I feel the urge to, I can make it work. We have a desktop computer that I can type on…even if it is older and may not be the best. I also can go in early to work to use the computer there. It can be done!
3) I worried about what people thought of me-This is the reason I never linked my blog to my facebook. I share it on Twitter, but I also limit who I follow on twitter more than on facebook. I would worry about people judging me or knowing too much about me or numerous other things.
I’m sure this isn’t going to change completely. I will still worry. I will still probably not link to Facebook. It’s something that I don’t feel will stop me from blogging though.
So that’s it. Nothing too dramatic. Just me putting it all out there and deciding where I want to go from here. I’m still not sure exactly what category this blog is going to fall into–Running? Wedding Planning? Maybe just Life.

I’m back

November 6, 2013

Or at least considering coming back. Stay Tuned.

January Check In

February 2, 2013

As you all know, I set New Years Resolutions or goals that I want to follow through with this year. In order to keep myself in check, I want to try to check in at the end of each month.

Here’s how January went.

Do the New Rules of Lifting Program I have been doing this program at least two days a week. I have done workouts 1A,1B,2A,2B,3A,3B,4A,4B,5A,5B, and 6A. That means I’m getting really close to being finished with Stage One (there are 8 total workouts for A and B). It is going really well. I feel more comfortable in the free weight area of the gym and I have definitely noticed strength changes. I also think I can tell a difference in how my legs look (thanks to all of the squats and lunges).

Try a fitness class at least once a month I was so reluctant to try this one, but two weeks ago I went to a Spin class. It was really hard, but I loved it. I even went back last week!

Try a new recipe twice a month Accomplished. Not necessarily super proud of my efforts because I went really simple this month, but I will take it. I made Low-Yolk Egg Salad from which was really good and I attempted doing Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. They didn’t really taste like Mashed Potatoes, but I like Cauliflower, so it wasn’t bad.

Run at least 4 days a week Done. I didn’t skip any of my training plans this month!

Get back into my Size 8 pants comfortably This is still a struggle. I have been consistently tracking my meals and working out like a mad woman, but my weight is going up instead of down on the scale (Up overall…it has been up and down all month). Trying not to focus on the weight and more on how I feel.

Swim laps at the gym Haven’t done this yet.

Apply for promotion if the opportunity presents itself No opportunity has come up yet, but  I try every day to work my hardest and prove myself. I have been taking advantage of training opportunities and volunteering for more responsibilities.


Things are going well so far!

January Reads

January 29, 2013

I have been trying to get back into reading more this year. It wasn’t one of my Resolutions, but I am trying to read as much as possible.

I ended up reading four books in January and thought I’d leave a quick review of them.


I found Brooklyn through a recommendation on Goodreads. Here is the description from Goodreads.

Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

It took me a while to get into it, but then I did and I couldn’t put it down. Towards the end, though, I started not liking the way it was going. Not sure I would really recommend it to anyone.


Sky is Everywhere

This was my second book in January. I also found it through a recommendation on Goodreads. It is about a girl, Lennie, whose sister dies and the aftermath of it in her life. It was an easy read, but not necessarily what you would consider quality. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book.

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Sophie’s Choice is one of the books on Modern Library’s top 100 Novels list. A few years ago I set out to read all 100 books. I got to this one (which I think was my 5th one) and stopped. I just couldn’t get into it. I decided I wanted to give the list a go again. I’m not going to lie, this book took me a couple of weeks to read. It is not easy to read in any way. That being said, it was a really good book. Here is the goodreads description of the book:

Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman’s past–one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.


This was probably my favorite book of this month. I read it in about a day. It is one of the popular dystopian teen novels that is out right now (think Hunger Games, but focused less on action and more on a love story). It just pulled me in and made me wonder what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to read the next book in this trilogy!



January 27, 2013

How about a few confessions?

  • My new guilty pleasure show is Buckwild on MTV. It is so bad/trashy/scandalous/ridiculous, but I can’t help it. I have been watching it every Friday night.



  • I gave up drinking pop several months ago because I was seriously addicted to it. I have been craving it a lot lately, so I caved and bought one. It wasn’t as good as I remembered and I think it will take care of the craving for a while.

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  • I always wondered how people decided what their “song” was when they were dating someone. And then I started dating Tim and what I think of as our “song” isn’t what I ever thought it would be. But we heard it together not long after we started dating and he texted me the lyrics to it a few weeks later, and then we started taking pictures of our radios when it came on and somehow it just stuck. Smile by Uncle Kracker.




Just a few that popped into my head.

Any confessions you want to share?


7 Miles and Plans Changed

January 26, 2013

Last night I kept thinking over and over again about how nervous I was about doing my long run outside. I have been running pretty much treadmill only for the past several weeks. Primarily this was because it has been cold, but also I have struggled on my past few runs outside. I can finish a long run on the treadmill with no breaks, but get me outside and I struggle so much. I knew it was important that I get outside though. I have a race coming up in a few weeks and I knew it was necessary for me to do some outside running.

And then I decided to just change my mind about it all. I decided to just go out there this morning and run for fun. I vowed not to worry about my time and to not stress if I had to take some walking breaks. And you know what? I did it. I ran 7 miles. I walked some. I struggled with hills and even slight inclines. But I did it. And I enjoyed it.



As I mentioned, I’m training for a race right now. In a few weeks, I will be in Dallas doing the Hot Chocolate 15k.

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I had originally planned on jumping straight from it into a short Half Marathon plan to do a local, small Half Marathon. Yesterday while I was sitting at work, I decided that I wanted to change my plans. I’m not super happy with how hard running has been for me lately. I really want to focus on getting my speed back and getting better at running again. Instead of doing the Half, I’m going to do the 10k at that race and then spend the spring and summer doing some 5k’s and working on the fundamentals. Then I will hopefully be ready to tackle a Half in the Fall and really be ready for it.

I have some other fun running plans, too, but I’m keeping them to myself for now until I know they are for sure happening.

Have a great Saturday!


In Pictures

January 22, 2013

Here are a few things you might not know about me…bedroom edition.

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I rarely make my bed. I kind of feel like a should, since I’m a grown up and all, but I don’t. Maybe I should make that a goal for this week?

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My life is a little in disarray right now. Partly because my apartment is just too small. And partly because I’ve started packing for my move (which is over a month away, but who said you can’t start early?).

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Gone With the Wind is one of my favorite books and movies. This has result in a collection of Gone with the Wind things. And while I may not put them up as decorations in the new place, I still appreciate everyone that helped me build my collection. (Note the half empty bookshelf…I packed up a bunch of books the other day).

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Every night before I go to bed, I pick out my clothes for the next day and lay out my workout clothes. Makes getting ready in the morning easier.

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I found these initial letters really cheap at Michaels a couple of years ago. I’m not going to hang them up when I move, but maybe I’ll put them in my office at work?

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When I was teaching, I started a collection of Kohl’s stuffed animals and books. Now that I’m not a teacher, I feel like it’s a little weird to own stuffed animals, but at least my (future) kids will have some nice stuffed animals.


What’s one thing about you that you would like to share?

A Flair for the Dramatic

January 21, 2013

Pardon me for a minute while I step away from my usual posts about running, eating, and happier things. I feel the need to just put something out there.

I hate drama.

No drama


This pretty much defines my life. I don’t like to argue with people. I don’t like controversy. I don’t like that feeling that builds up inside you when things start getting a little crazy.

I stay Drama Free.

Unless we’re talking TV shows, then I say the more drama, the better.

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I mean, who can resist crying Dawson, right?


But in all seriousness, I just try to stay drama free.

That’s why today my world is feeling a little off kilter and I don’t like it. This inauguration has brought about drama amongst everyone in the way that politics always does. People forget the importance of being respectful to others. People don’t know when it is best to keep some opinions to yourself. Family and friends start arguing with one another.

That’s what I don’t like.

And I know a lot of it is just my personality. I love that I am low drama. I don’t feel like everyone should be. I love how opinionated and outspoken some of my friends and family are, even when I don’t agree with them. Sometimes I wish I could be too, but for the most part, I just enjoy staying out of it.

Especially when it comes to politics. Some of that probably has to do with the fact that I fall so middle of the road. I am registered as a part of one party (those who know me know which one), but that doesn’t mean it rules my life. I have voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates in elections, both presidential and otherwise. I have some conservative values and some liberal values. I kind of like that a single party doesn’t define me. But I get defensive when people start attacking each other. And I hate how separated this country is because of politics recently. I know it is just a part of life, but it is not one I have to enjoy.

My one wish is just that people would remember the importance of respecting others.


And now I’ll get off of my soapbox.