This mutinous state I’ve found you in the past 4 days upon waking up in the morning (and even some hours prior to the dreaded alarm clock) is unacceptable. I must request that you please just “play nice” until I can go see my doctor. Until then, in an effort to appease you and strike what I find to be a relatively one-sided compromise, I promise to feed you all of the TUMS and other antacids you want, to avoid coffee, and to eschew consuming anything else I may find delicious or otherwise enjoyable. Your immediate action is requested.
Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die: I really like this album. It took me a few listens to really get into it, but now it’s on heavy rotation while I’m busying myself at work, or around the apartment, or on the train… You get the picture.
Memory Foam Mattress Topper: My new bed was a magnificent (and extremely necessary) addition to the apartment, but this memory foam topper I got for the bed was just as necessary. I sleep like a baby (when I’m not melting into a puddle).
Nike Pro Combat Capri Leggings: These have been one of my favorite things for a while now, but one of my best friends (who I miss dearly all the time, but especially now after spending last Friday-Monday with her) brought me the most awesome gift. Knowing me as well as she does, she knew that these leggings were high on my list of coveted items (I would seriously live in these things if society deemed them appropriate everyday wear) and that my favorite color is purple. Two favorite things in one piece of clothing!? And I can run in them?! YES PLEASE. Plus, she made a shirt with my two favorite running mantras. (Did I mention she’s one of the best people I know?) Thank you, Woo. I love you!
Brunch: New Yorkers brunch. It’s a thing. Seriously, don’t believe me? Come here and we will brunch. This weekend I got to spend brunch with 3 awesome visitors at one of my most favorite low-key brunch places (I mean, board games and all you can drink mimosas?) on my 26th birthday. Pretty much the best way to spend a momentous day.
Having a vacation on my calendar in the month of March: Mid-March in Tampa, FL with a cute boy? Don’t mind if I do! Heyyyo!
Today’s Song-To-Describe-My-Current-Physical-State Brought To You By: Snoop Dogg & David Guetta’s Sweat (Remix)
My apartment feels like a Bikram yoga studio. I haven’t stopped sweating profusely since after finishing last night’s Insanity workout. [Gross, I know.] Both of my radiators are turned off and yet my apartment is inexplicably steamy. (My windows are impossible to lock once they’ve been unlocked, so my little bathroom window is the only source of cool, outdoor air.) And so, I sit and sweat.
And Just Like That, Birthday Weekend Is Upon Us...
I’m having the hardest time focusing today at work. Tonight, my birthday weekend kicks off with the arrival of two of my most favorite blondes! Woo and J-June both arrive in NYC from their respective Midwestern cities around 9:00 and then the fun begins! A long weekend provides us plenty of opportunity to get into some trouble good clean fun.
Tonight one of my college roomies, fellow ADPi and E-board sister/member, a fellow Tumblr runner, and brand new NYC resident and I got together for dinner.
It was an incredible evening filled with Founders beer (I found a secret stash in NYC — tag Bells, you’re it!), fajitas, talk of running and Umich, and lots of catching up and observations about the transition from Midwestern/West Michigan life to living in the Big Apple.
I am so excited that she’s here in the city and I can’t wait to spend more time with her here!
SO EXCITED that Reb is in NYC now! After a hectic day I’m really looking forward to making some dinner and catching up with her and hopefully arranging some Fifth Third RBR training runs! It will be so nice to have such a good friend around more often! Now, if I could just get out of here at a decent time…
1. I started my blog because I wanted to start running seriously and it seemed like a good way to keep myself accountable. It also allowed me to fill my family and friends in on my day-to-day life in New York City.
2. One thing I love seeing on other blogs pictures. Especially of the “every day life” variety. Sometimes a picture can say what words can’t.
3. Something I love about blogging the outlet it provides and the community. I’m fortunate enough to “follow” some really wonderful individuals who are full of wisdom and who succeed in making me smile daily.
4. A favorite blog post of mine is probably any one of my half marathon race recaps. I think the NYC Half race recap was the most emotional for me to write/go back to read, and continues to be one of my favorites. It was an incredible race that meant a great deal to me.
5. Something my friends in real life know about me that I’ve never before mentioned on my blog is I’m sure I’ve mentioned just about everything on my blog, so I’ll list a few: I hate (really, I hate them) eggs but secretly wish that I liked them, I’ve never had stitches *knocks on wood*, I bite my nails if they aren’t painted, I’ve broken a rib and my right ankle, I’m pretty sensitive about certain things and I cry during the sad parts (or really happy parts) in movies, and I like to substitute my friends’ names for other words in songs to make it their own personal version.
6. My new favorite blogs to read are (they aren’t new, but they have new things going on!) my friend Rebecca’s blog (moving to NYC THIS WEEKEND!), and my friend Melissa’s blog (just had a darling baby girl on Wednesday!), and the blog of family friends who live in South Korea. Always nice to get updates and see pictures of Natey, Shelby!
7. Some things I tend to avoid doing on my blog are being negative (I’m sure I am negative sometimes, but I’m more prone to optimism and smiling) and taking myself too seriously.
Remember when I went on that whole Oprah rant about how it’s okay to feel pretty? In the past few days, I’ve realized that there’s a completely different side to that, too: what happens when someone else calls you pretty. It’s one thing to look in the mirror and own it on any given day; it’s…
Downton Abbey: I love this show… I heard a lot about this show on twitter (@pattonoswalt is a diehard fan) and when I discovered that season 1 was on Netflix Instant Streaming I dove right in and never looked back. Because I don’t have cable (yeah, you read that correctly) I succeeded in watching season 1 in its entirety (about 7 episodes) in a weekend while getting a start on the season 2 episodes on PBS.org. Needless to say, I’m hopelessly addicted to the show and I may have succeeded in getting my mom into it as well. *Also, major bonus that it’s a PBS show! Wooo public broadcasting!
Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Care Hand Cream: 'Tis the season for dry, cracked hands. The constant glove application, removal, and subsequent hand washing I do at work really wreaks havoc on my already dry skin. This lotion is the solution to my problems. (Unfortunately I fly through it and find that I'm constantly having to restock.)
e-Textbooks for Rent: Space in NYC (and in my apartment) is at a premium. When I discovered that my Anatomy and Physiology textbook was available in ebook format I got really excited. When I discovered that I could rent said textbook from Amazon for a fraction of the price of the actual text book, I just about died. This set-up works wonders for me because it’s cheaper and I can take my book with me wherever I go. An iPad is much easier to toss in my bag and carry around than a 7 pound monster of a book. Yay technology!
Insanity Workout: Ok, so I guess favorite is a bit strong. These workouts generally kick my ass and to distract myself from the ever increasing burn in my quads and core, I find myself speculating about the mysterious and not-so-subtle affinity Shaun T seems to have for Tonya, but that’s beside the point… The reason this falls into my favorite things is because of what the workouts have done for me. My 10k PR last weekend was no accident, and I attribute much of my success to the introduction of a more steady strength and conditioning regimen to my training. These workouts are simple enough to do in my living room (I’m sure my neighbors love all of the jumping around) when I don’t have time for a run and they force me to work muscle groups I often neglect.
**Note: Any and all opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. I am not being compensated in any way for anything that appears on my blog. (Though should Eucerin decide to send me enough intensive repair hand lotion to bathe in, I wouldn’t say no.)
Riding the struggle bus today… Sickly Caitlin is sickly.
Yesterday morning I noticed I was a bit sniffly and throughout the day I got progressively more sniffly until last night. Last night it became a full-blown head cold complete with terrible sinus pressure and the inability to breathe out of my poor congested nose. (Oooh, mouth breathing - sexyyyyy.)
After a fitful night of sleep I woke up and made a beeline for the medicine cabinet and the large stockpile of cold medicine there. (If I hear there’s something that might cure what ails me, I’ll take it. Better living through chemistry…) I’m really hoping the Dayquil I took kicks in and helps me make it through the day.
My hermit-esque existence at work and the number of times I find myself putting gloves on and then removing them to wash my hands only to put another pair on, and the sexy surgical mask I wear makes me feel better about potentially infecting coworkers… Mice can’t get rhinovirus or whatever it is that has taken up residence in my body anyway.
Also, because I’ve noticed that it doesn’t seem to be common practice - especially on the subways (ahhhh! germs!) - here is a friendly PSA for all New Yorkers (and everyone really) on the appropriate way to cover your cough or sneeze. If you’re not doing it this way, you’re doin’ it wrong.
After some issues with my Garmin, I finally have yesterday’s PR 10k race uploaded…
The morning was chilly. I usually make sure to have my bib and everything pre-race to avoid the hassle of getting it taken care of on race day. (One less thing to worry about a few more minutes of sleep.) This race though, I wasn’t able to make it to the 3 hour pick-up window on Friday so I arrived at the race start early. It was a chilly wait with Alice, but well worth it.
The course was in Riverside Park and it was my first time running there. I noticed how hilly it was as I walked to the start and was admittedly a little intimidated. Within the first .5 mile there was a giant hill (and the course was a double loop) so on my way up the first time I reminded myself that I would have to do it again. Leave something for later - there’s a lot of race left! I reminded myself to keep my feet underneath me and to not go crazy on the downhill, but to use it to recover instead. I think this race was the first race I have run where I really paid attention to running a smart race. I actually put thought into it instead of just running fast - and it paid off!
Official times aren’t posted yet, but my Garmin said I finished at 54:57. My previous 10k PR time was 1:01:01. (I’m really excited to see what I can do with the Coogan’s 5k and my standing 5k PR in a month.) I will update with the official time once it’s available.
It’s my favorite holiday again! The one day each year* that it is socially acceptable to eat all the things and drink all the beers while watching all the footballs.
I didn’t get to run the NYRR Gridiron Classic this year because I’m a bum and waited too long to register, but I’m still really excited about the rest of today’s festivities. A very welcome addition to my day is the Michigan vs. Michigan State basketball rematch this afternoon. I don’t have a team to cheer for tonight, so it will be nice to get some actual cheering in today. If there’s enough interest, I’m hoping to organize some Super Bowl Squares at my friend’s party. That always seems to help in the cheering department.
Who do you like in tonight’s game?
*Ok, this isn’t true. It’s far more socially acceptable than one would think. (Thanksgiving anybody?)
1. If money wasn’t an issue, the first thing I’d cross off my life list is getting out of debt *shakes fist at student loans* and going back to school full time to start/finish this nursing degree once and for all.
2. Brussels sprouts is/are something I like that other people think is weird. (Note: It’s not actually that weird, but I really like Brussels sprouts, so that’s the weird part.)
3. If my life were a movie right now, the title would be “Rent” (Oh, that’s taken?) Hmm… .
4. Three things I am looking forward to this month are Super Bowl Sunday (go Tom Brady!!! I’m not cheering for either team, just that good-looking and incredibly talented Michigan Man Tom Brady), my 26th birthday,and Julie Woo and J-June’s visits.
5. My favorite song to sing in the shower is Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” or No Doubt’s “Just A Girl”.
6. If I found out that the production of Girl Scouts Thin Mints was ending this month, I’d go out and buy as much as I could tomorrow.
7. One thing I’ll never grow tired of is long conversations with good friends.
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