Fabulous Friday

Happy Friday!!! We did it weekendspringhappiness WHEE!

As far as running, the last two weeks have been life changing.

I am starting to really get faster. I’m becoming the strong runner I’ve always dreamed of being. I am so happy and so proud.

 

Fabulous is…. Breaking that goal. Last Wednesday I had my meet. THAT meet. My secret goal was to break 7:00. I was afraid to type it because I didn’t know I could do it. But I figured out what each of my laps had to be, and gave the times to a lovely teammate who told me when I was ahead, on track, and when I needed to pick it up. My coach was well aware of my goal and definitely said the right things at the right time.

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I did it. My first official mile. 6:53.3.

 

I almost cried as soon as I finished. Partly because I wanted to throw up, but partly because I was proud. I had pushed myself more than I ever have before, physically and mentally. All my efforts thus far paid off. And you know what? That was my FIRST (official track) mile time. I’m only going to get better from there.

P.S. I was last in my race, yet I think I was the happiest at the finish line. Everyone has their own goals and dreams.

 

Fabulous is….a few pretty freaking awesome long runs. Last Saturday we did 5 miles, pretty fast (under 10:00 pace) and it was sunny and GORGEOUS. The varsity and frosh/soph girls were at a meet, so it was just the JV team and the slower underclassmen, but it was amazing and we got Panera afterwards. Smile

Not my picture, but I got the breakfast power bowl. It was delicious!

 

Fabulous is…. Butt-Kicking workouts- that actually went really well. Recently we did 1,000 repeats, 200 repeats, and a tempo run. I love 200m repeats because I was the fastest in my little group of runners. It was nice to be leading the pack instead of being the end! I like to switch things up Winking smile 

 

Fabulous is…. being named Athlete of the Week!! It’s just the 2nd week that they’ve named an athlete and I seriously almost cried when they named ME!! I know I’m not the fastest but I can’t believe they notice how hard I’ve worked and I guess I’ve been a positive influence on the team and stuff. Look, I got a sparkly poster!!! Star

Fabulous is…. IMAGINE DRAGONS CONCERT. nuff said.

 

Fabulous is…. my new & improved GPA. I retook a math class after freshmen year (I was 2 years ahead and shouldn’t have been!) and my counselor just told me that they could drop the credit. Goodbye unweighted C!! Now my cumulative is 4.0. That just sounds a million times better than 3.85, even though it’s a pretty small difference. I just have one more quarter left before I apply to colleges- scary!- so that will really help me out.

Fabulous is… YOGA CLASS! I finally (and I mean FINALLY) checked off that goal to attend a Yoga class. I got 15 classes for 50 dollars at the local studio my friend loves. Thank you, Groupon! Normally the classes are 10 dollars. I tried my first one on Sunday. Man, it was tough. My legs were shaking so much!! It was 75 minutes long and it was pretty vigorous. I loved it though. The room was hot, the teacher (a guy) was so accepting and helpful and positive, and I left the studio feeling accomplished and happy. I loved it and I’ll be going back.  I think Andrew is going to be the best boyfriend ever and come with me this week!

This is in the yoga studio Smile

Fabulous is… Spring. Happy Spring!! Red rose Maybe it’ll be warm now. Yesterday morning it snowed. My mom said “Maybe mother nature is going through menopause, but like backwards, with cold flashes instead of hot flashes.”

Hehe. Today is warm though and I am going to run in shorts and it is going to be the best thing ever.

What fabulosity did YOUR week consist of? Smile

Did you celebrate the first day of spring?

Smashed any goals recently?

Are you going to see Divergent when it comes out? (I hope I am!!)

Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND-

Red heartEmily

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March 2014

Hello and happy almost Friday!! Smile I hope you are having a fabulous week.

I don’t know about you, but for me February FLEW by. March totally snuck up on me, so this post is definitely late, but better late than never right? Winking smile

Let’s recap last month. These were my goals.

1. Break 8:00 in the mile. I only have one time recorded for the mile- and it was a downhill mile right after cross country season. I got 6:57 in that. I really think I can break 8:00 on the track, as long as I keep doing the workouts and putting my all into practice every day.

The time trial ended up being 3/4 of a mile. I have yet to run a timed mile in track. Wowza. How did that happen?? I have a 400 time, an 800 time and a 3200 time but no 1600….. Hopefully my coach puts me in the mile soon. I need a time!!

2. Take a yoga class.

I didn’t do this. I had leadership training for the Snowball event all of February so I couldn’t make it to the class. Also, my sister has confirmation on Wednesdays, when the class I want to take happens, so it’s pretty hard to coordinate me going. Sad smile But essentially these are just excuses. I DID continue to practice yoga at home through videos, but I didn’t end up taking any classes last month.

3. Practice oboe for at least a half hour 3 times a week.

Sadly, this one was a no-go. I’m ashamed that I didn’t make the time and my audition showed it- it went very badly. 2nd round auditions are coming up, so I have a chance to do better this next time.

 

Overall I’m pretty disappointed in my Feb. goals. I accomplished a lot in Feb., including good grades and running things and more freedom from ED and becoming a better person and a stronger leader through the Snowball program I led. I think these things got in the way of my “Official” goals, and I think that’s okay! Buuuut I still plan to do a little better in March. Smile

 

My goals for March:

1. Break 7:30 in the mile. I broke 8:00 in the 2 mile… I’m secretly hoping to break 7 though!! Hopefully I run a mile race soon. Smile

picture of my feet because why not.

2. Actually go to that Yoga class…. Finally!! Or any other yoga class. No excuses this time.

P.S. I am totally crushing on Liz’s yoga pictures on instagram. @carpediemandrun

3. Focus on loving myself. This means less calorie counting, more acceptance, making sleep a higher priority, and practicing yoga!

Cheesy awkward selfie. oh jeez.

 

What are your goals for this month?

Red heartEmily

Waiting.

I am waiting…

For my final grades to be posted. (But I met my goal- I’m preeeetty sure I got a 4.0 this semester. YAY! )

For the results of my blood test. I don’t know why it is taking so long for my Endocrinologist to call back Sad smile

To see if school will be canceled or not tomorrow.

The forecast WAS a high of 3 and a low of –20, but it changed… we’ll see!

 

So far, my weekend has been pretty great.

Friday night I went to a party with some band friends after practice. They all talked about college and prom and it was awkward for Andrew & I! I’m kind of glad I have a year of high school left, but I’m going to miss all of my senior friends SO much. This is what I wore… apparently I looked cute? Since when are baggy plaid shirts with leggings cute?

Please excuse my messy room and dirty mirror. I should probably clean them.

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday! I did a workout with the sprinters and then we did some shopping and went out to TGI Friday’s for dinner.

I split a steak, had a side of roasted veggies, and even split a dessert. NO guilt! Smile Unfortunately, it was too dark for pictures, so you’ll just have to trust me that it was good.

 

I eat out SO MUCH. Not by choice. I eat out every other weekend with my dad because that’s what we do instead of sleepovers, and it seems like there is always somebody’s birthday or some reason to go out for dinner. I would much rather eat at home, honestly, but I know I am very lucky to be able to afford to eat out and have such delicious food. This morning I did an easy run at my gym and then went over to Egg Harbor to meet my sister & Dad for brunch.

 

I got my favorite meal ever- A scramble with sweet potatoes, black beans, broccoli, avocado, melted cheese, and scrambled egg. At first I wasn’t going to let myself eat it all, but then I realized I was HUNGRY (I had just ran 4 miles!) and the food was all healthy (even if it was high in calories) and so I finished it. Plus, I ordered a side of berries, and I got fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. It was so good.

Today is the LAST DAY of the yoga challenge! I was bad yesterday and didn’t do the video, so technically I’ve got two left to do. I need to start taking yoga classes because I’ve been saying that forever. Jessica, Leigha, what have you guys thought of the challenge? Maybe I’m just hoping, but I think I might be a little more flexible than when I started!

I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to the blog lately, but I was focusing on my grades and myself. Please forgive me Winking smileWinking smile

 

 

What are you waiting for?

Do you eat out a lot?

What is your favorite brunch place?

Red heartEmily

 

P.S. Happy Blogiversary to Leigha who writes at Minougirl!! Party smile She is hosting a fabulous giveaway to celebrate.

Snowpocalypse 2014 & January Goals

Sooooo winter break just got extended two days due to CRAZY snow and temps WAYY below zero. Everyone is celebrating by sleeping in and wearing pajamas all day, myself included. I hope everyone is staying safe!!

I’m kind of freaking out because we are supposed to have finals (mid-terms for some classes) Wednesday-Friday next week. I’m also supposed to have two tests Wednesday, that I realllly hope are canceled since I was counting on the review time in class.. Disappointed smile

Anyway. I’ve had a pretty lazy weekend so I’m feeling kind of antsy. The weather doesn’t exactly allow for a run, and my mom’s at work so I have no car (or gym membership) so I added in some Blogilates. I figured out how to pick youtube videos from my phone and have them play on the TV. Preeeeettty snazzy.

 

I organized my drawers. I had found this on Pinterest and had to try it. It worked!! It literally doubled my space. Open-mouthed smile

Used to be two drawers!!

I’ve been trying so hard to finish my AP Language essay on The Crucible. I officially hate The Crucible. I don’t have 4 pages worth of words to talk about that book. I’ll finish it eventually. I hope. Oops.

As the first Monday of the year, I decided to set some goals. I’m setting Monthly goals, not a yearly resolution. That’s way too overwhelming. I’ll pick three things to work on each month.

January Goals:

1. End 1st Semester with a 4.0 or higher. This would make me feel so accomplished. I need to study a lot Spanish and Math to achieve this.

2. Complete the 21 Day Yoga Challenge like Jessica and Leigha. These ladies inspired me! This is a great, healthy way to challenge myself and I am looking forward to stepping outside my comfort zone.

3. Work with my RD, not against her, to find a healthier balance with food. I gathered the courage to email her, and she emailed me back saying we will work together so that I can have a better relationship with food. I’ll be seeing her every 2 weeks. She wants to share everything I shared with her with my parents, which I am really scared of, so I think I’ll ask if she can tell them some things and not everything. It’s a new year and I want to be “okay” with food so that I can be a great runner and function as well as my body possibly can.

Thanks again for encouraging me to reach out to her. I love you all!

That’s all for now. Hope everyone is enjoying their extended break (if you have one!) or that you are staying safe & warm!!

How are you spending your Snowpocalypse time? What are your 2014 Goals/ Resolutions?

Red heartEmily