Archive | March, 2013

Boston Marathon Training – Week ???

29 Mar

It has been so long that I wrote a recap post for my training, that I don’t even know what week I am on!

Since I am a little lost of that, let’s just do a countdown instead…..

4 weeks out from the race and I think things are going really well!! The only negative comments I have to make are that it is cold and I am starting to get really tired of these early mornings.

However those early mornings will be over soon, and race day will be here. For that, it is all worth it.

This is what 4 weeks out of training entailed:

  • 49.3 miles
  • 07:30 time
  • 5832 calories
  • 5 workouts

I ran some great miles this week, however I am in disappointed that I never got in a cross training workout. I have really enjoyed going to spin, but this week I just couldn’t get it into the schedule.

Hard days this week were mile repeats and a 22 miler.

The mile repeats went great. I ran these how I felt and pushed myself to see what I could do. When I was training for NYC, I was cranking out repeats at some awesome paces for me (6:20-6:30). I was so happy that I ran all four repeats between 6:35 – 6:45. I was feeling great and these were a great confidence boost.

The long run this week was the highest we will go in training – 22 miles.

We were fighting some pretty insane schedules with work and life, and also battling weather conditions. To deal with these things, Diana and I decided we would run our 22 miler on Thursday.

The run started at 4:30am, and ended right around 8am. It was one of the hardest long runs I have ever done, but I am so thankful we did it and had each other. I was also thankful that I have a soft office chair and could take the elevator all day at work. I was also impressed that I was only 30 minutes late (sorry, boss)!

Collapsed on the floor after 22 miles.

Collapsed on the floor after 22 miles.

Now it is officially taper time for Boston. I cannot believe how fast this training has gone and that it is almost over!!!

Finish line….I have you in my sights!!!!!

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xo,

Ali

Life Always Gets in the Way

28 Mar

Hospital Hill Bloggers Series

The last Hospital Hill blog post I wrote was a moderate level training plan you could use over the next few months. For this post, I would like to discuss sticking to the plan and following through with training.

For me, one of the hardest parts of training is balancing your running and your life.

Life will ALWAYS get in the way.

Throughout a three month training period you will always have reasons you don’t want to run.

And it’s not just you.

I have made every excuse in the book why I can’t run or don’t want to run. Here are my top reasons to skip a run:

  1. I am tired
  2. It is too cold
  3. It is too hot
  4. I’d rather go to happy hour
  5. I don’t feel good
  6. I don’t even like to run (in the last year all of my running buddies have yelled this at some point)
  7. I am on vacation
  8. I’m too busy at work
  9. I don’t want to run alone
  10. It is dark outside

All of those excuses are ones I make often. And I can only imagine how much harder it gets when you are balancing children and spouses too.

You will ALWAYS find an excuse why you can’t run, or why you shouldn’t run. But how you deal with these excuses is what shows on race day.

As you go through your training, think about WHY you are doing it. Are you running to complete your first half marathon and push yourself to new limits? Or to get back into the sport? Or to PR?

Whatever your purpose for running this race is, I will guarantee you that if you cave to the excuses you will pay for it when you start the race on June 1st.

You must stick to the plan to meet your goal. And you will be so much happier if you do.

The next time you consider skipping a run, think about WHY you are skipping and if you really need to skip. If you are injured or sick, it is OK and a good idea to sit it out. But if you are tired, cranky, hot, cold, etc. get that booty out on the pavement and run towards your goal!!

One of my best ways to deal with the excuses is to visualize the finish of my race, as I am meeting my goal. That right there, gets me outta bed every single time 🙂

Good luck these next few weeks!!!! I have enjoyed meeting so many of you over the last few weeks and hope to meet you in person on race day!

xo,

Ali

P.S. Consider volunteering for the race! I am working packet pick up on Thursday afternoon. (click here)

Seasonal Rage Disorder

27 Mar

I decided that I have recently acquired Seasonal Rage Disorder.

It is like the Seasonal Depression Disorder, only instead of having the side affects that one would think correlate to depression, I am having the side affects of someone with lots of rage. And I mean, LOTS of RAGE!!!!

The cause?

Well that is easy. It is the NEVER ENDING WINTER THAT WON’T GO AWAY!!!!!

I am always one of those people who gets so excited for the first (and even second and third) snowfalls of the season. I actually have always considered myself one of those weird people that don’t mind when winter is coming.

But right now, I am going freaking crazy with this weather. And when the weather people announce that we are expecting another storm with MORE snow and MORE ice and MORE cold winds, I want to punch frosty in the face.

Yes, I realize that it is “officially” spring, but I refuse to call it spring until the weather starts behaving that way.

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When I got home from my run this morning and I was feeling all sorts of anger from the cold weather, I put together a top 10 list of reasons why I hate winter weather and our current situation.

It is negative and grouchy, but it is how I feel.

Here we go….

1. Constantly slipping on ice and nearly falling on my ass. This morning, I actually almost fell into a storm drain.

2. Hour long commutes to work. I swear, people see snow on the ground and drive like idiots.

3. What does sunshine even look like? And where did I put all my sunglasses since I haven’t been wearing them?

4. My Girls on the Run girls are totally over running laps inside a tiny classroom. That small space will NOT help them to train for a 5k. I would guess maybe (and I mean maybe) 50 laps is a mile.

5. Stuck on the treadmill. Enough said there.

6. Wearing the same damn sweaters over and over and over. My spring clothes are being neglected.

7. Hands so dry they actually start bleeding.

8. My nose is ALWAYS running!

9. Constant shivering.

10. Looking like Ralphie from A Christmas Story every time I attempt a run outside. Or actually every time I go outside for any reason.

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Thank you for listening to me. I actually feel a little better already. And if you have tips on handling winters that won’t go away and miserable weather, can you let me know???

Wishing you a good week ahead. And I PROMISE the next post will be happier. Unless of course, we get another blizzard between now and then.

xo

Ali

Calling KC Area Runners to the Drumm Run!

19 Mar

3-19-2013 5-38-10 PMWhat are your plans this weekend? If the answer is, “not sure” or “no plans”, I now have a plan for you!

Join other Kansas City area runners and myself on Saturday, 23 March at 9am for the Fifth Annual Drumm Run 5k and 10k!!

The Drumm Run is a 5k/10k event, for participants of all ages and athletic levels.

It is low key, relaxed, and most importantly – FUN!!!

The swag is great too – long sleeve shirts! – and the entry fee is pretty darn low at only $35 a pop (for either the 5k or 10k). You will also get to run through the grounds of Unity Village, which is one of my favorite places in the area.

Along with getting in a great run, you will also be helping an amazing cause.

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I urge you to consider joining in for this event and helping with a cause very near and dear to my great friend and running buddy Stacy!

And if you can’t join the race, please consider donating to Stacy’s volunteer page – Caden4Kids. She is almost halfway to her goal of $500!!! And trust me….you want to click this link to see the cutest 5 year old in town.

Hope you’re having a great week!!

xo,

Ali

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A week in my life – day seven.

18 Mar

Day seven is the last day of the ‘week in my life’ challenge!!

I have really enjoyed writing these posts and sharing my life with you. I have also loved the feedback you have sent me. It means a lot to have so many people who read my blog and have positive things to say back to me.

Sometime this week, I plan to write a post on my blog about the things I learned during the challenge.

Now let’s talk about Sunday. Sunday is my lazy day. I love them so much. Without lazy Sundays, I would literally go crazy. By now you have seen that my life can be really crazy hectic. But that it is crazy and hectic doing some really fun things. On Sunday, I get to relax and do whatever the heck I want. I also get to prepare for the next week.

I laughed when people commented that my Monday post was insane, because I knew that eventually the Sunday post would come around and you would all get to see just how lazy I can be!

Here we go with Sunday. Thank you all SO much for following me on this little adventure.

10am - I wake up. Without an alarm. Feeling so refreshed. I did sleep 11 hours after all.

10am – I wake up. Without an alarm. Feeling so refreshed. I did sleep 11 hours after all.

10:45am - Home from a donut stop. I was in HEAVEN!!!!

10:45am – Home from a donut stop. I was in HEAVEN!!!!

All that was left from those two big donuts.

All that was left from those two big donuts.

11:30am - In a sugar coma. Lay on the couch and surf channels. See that Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Pt. 1 is on TV. Get really really excited. Like I said yesterday. I love these movies.

11:30am – In a sugar coma. Lay on the couch and surf channels. See that Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Pt. 1 is on TV. Get really really excited. Like I said yesterday. I love these movies.

1pm - Find our that Sisterhood of the Traveling pants Part 2 is on again. Get even more excited. I think to myself, "This is the best Sunday ever!!" Then I fall asleep while watching the movie, wake up when Ramsey gets home from his 10 mile run! Way to go, Rams!!!!

1pm – Find our that Sisterhood of the Traveling pants Part 2 is on again. Get even more excited. I think to myself, “This is the best Sunday ever!!” Then I fall asleep while watching the movie, wake up when Ramsey gets home from his 10 mile run! Way to go, Rams!!!!

4pm - East a lunch/dinner at Noodles and Co. One of my Sunday rules is that I refuse to wear real pants unless necessary. If you see me wearing jeans on a Sunday you have just witnessed a rare sight.

4pm – East a lunch/dinner at Noodles and Co. One of my Sunday rules is that I refuse to wear real pants unless necessary. If you see me wearing jeans on a Sunday you have just witnessed a miracle.

4:45pm - Stop by Lululemon after lunch/dinner. Buy a gift for a friends birthday. Feel myself being judged by the lulu staff because I look so terrible. No one even offers to help me. Feel like Julia Robert's in Pretty Woman. "I got money to spend in here, people!!!"

4:45pm – Stop by Lululemon after lunch/dinner. Buy a gift for a friends birthday. Feel myself being judged by the lulu staff because I look so terrible. No one even offers to help me. Feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. “I got money to spend in here, people!!!”

5:15pm - Get in the car, find my missing Garmin in between the seats!!!!

5:15pm – Get in the car, find my missing Garmin in between the seats!!!!

Stop by Russell Stovers for dessert. This place is my heaven.

Stop by Russell Stovers for dessert. This place is my heaven.

6pm - Eat some pretty freaking amazing ice cream. Anyone added up how many grams of sugar I have had today?

6pm – Eat some pretty freaking amazing ice cream. Anyone added up how many grams of sugar I have had today?

Read about the Kansas City pasta party before Boston!! Get really excited about meeting the other KC runners going to Boston!

Read about the Kansas City pasta party before Boston!! Get really excited about meeting the other KC runners going to Boston!

6:30pm-9:45pm - Write 3 blog posts, work and tweet.

6:30pm-9:45pm – Write 3 blog posts, work and tweet.

9:45pm - Start to wind down for bed. Hopefully I can fall asleep after my day full of being lazy :)

9:45pm – Start to wind down for bed. Hopefully I can fall asleep after my day full of being lazy 🙂

XOXO!!!

Ali

A post work 20 miler.

17 Mar

Two weeks ago, Diana and I ran 20 miles after work.

It sucked.

I have done a few 20 milers before work, and I thought that was crazy. But I now know that 20 miles post work is even crazier.

The main thing dictating the post work run was the St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run on Saturday morning. This is one of our favorite races in Kansas City, and we were not going to skip this race due to a silly 20 miler. Another factor was that I had an engagement party on Saturday night and figured it would be a late night out with friends. Sometimes these long runs can be really hard on my legs (I get really bad leg cramps and nerve pain) and make me so tired I can’t stay awake past 8pm.

I arrived at Diana’s around 5pm on Friday evening. I changed out of my work clothes into my favorite Target outfit and we headed out the door by 5:15pm. We decided the easiest and safest option would be to around her neighborhood. While this is easy because we know we won’t get lost, it is not easy because it can be very hilly.

The first 10 miles were all hills. Our legs were burning from a day of being on our feet and our stomachs were growling from not eating enough between lunch and the run.

At mile 10, my watch beeped “Batteries Low”. Funny I thought, because “Batteries Low” was exactly how I felt. I was tired from the week and my legs were dragging from the hills. I was also a little dehydrated from my happy hour(s) the night before. I would not suggest wine flights the night before a 20 miler.

Evidence of the wine flights. Cooper's Hawk was a blast...if you haven't gone there you should!

Evidence of the wine flights. Cooper’s Hawk was a blast…if you haven’t gone there you should!

Lauren and I drinking our wine and laughing at the local KC Weatherman photo bombing our pic.

Lauren and I drinking our wine and laughing at the local KC Weatherman photo bombing our pic.

The sun began to set and we continued to stay focused on pounding out the miles, as well as not being hit by cars.

I am sure that everyone driving by us either thought, “You are running on Friday night? Get a life!”, or “Get off the roads you crazy women!”

At mile 15, we made a pit stop at Diana’s house to get a new watch for back up. I was shocked that mine still wasn’t dead, but we couldn’t count on it to last us the entire 20. We also couldn’t count on my RunKeeper app to tell us the correct mileage. I was shocked to see how off the distance was (it was almost a mile behind my Garmin).

The last 5 miles we stayed on flat roads and focused on getting it done. Our conversation had died down a bit, which really was due to how tired we were getting.

When the watched beeped 20, we had a mini celebration. We were so happy to be done with this run, and even happier knowing we could just have FUN the rest of the weekend.

We waddled inside Diana’s house, grabbed our drinks and laid on the floor with our legs up (btw – draining your legs is the best thing ever. If you don’t do that, you should. It really helps me with my leg cramps and nerve pains).

DONE!!! And the just like my legs, the watch never died either.

DONE!!! And the just like my legs, the watch never died either.

Draining our legs.

Draining our legs.

When I got home from Di’s, I was beyond exhausted. I took a warm shower, ate some eggs, then got into bed and called it a night.

Did this run suck? Yes. But am I so glad I got this run out of the way on Friday so I could have fun with friends the rest of the weekend? YES!!!

Here are some photos from the weekend, that made the crazy long run worth every since step.

Ready to run St. Pat's Day race! I'd say our time of 36 minutes was pretty impressive, especially being 13 hours post 20 miles!

Ready to run St. Pat’s Day race! I’d say our time of 36 minutes was pretty impressive, especially being 13 hours post 20 miles!

Bloody Mary's.

Bloody Mary’s.

Half of the Boston Crew.

Half of the Boston Crew.

Ellen and Bran'a engagement party!!

Ellen and Bran’a engagement party!!

Hi beanie.

Hi beanie.

All instargram'ed up and pretty!

All instargram’ed up and pretty!

Mwah!

Mwah!

Please share your crazy long run or hard workout experience! I love to hear from people that are as nutty as me.

xo,

Ali

 

A week in my life – day six.

17 Mar

HAPPY WEEKEND!!!

And I am VERY happy that the week in my life challenge is almost over! I am laughing because you can tell that the posts and photos are getting shorter and shorter. I am losing my non stop photo taking energy 🙂

Saturday was a bumpy day. I felt like I was rushed all day, and I hate that feeling. I did have a minor panic attack during the day. More to come on that later…

Here goes Saturday…

7:15am - Out of bed, checking the weather for our run. Thinking, "I AM SO TIRED OF COLD WEATHER!!! I WANT TO RUN IN SKIRTS AGAIN!!!!!"

7:15am – Out of bed, checking the weather for our run. Thinking, “I AM SO TIRED OF COLD WEATHER!!! I WANT TO RUN IN SKIRTS AGAIN!!!!!”

7:35am - Arrive to my run late. Feel stressed. Get in Stacy's car and see Diana sitting in Caden's car seat in this bright and happy outfit. Feel happier.

7:50am – Arrive to my run late. Feel stressed. Get in Stacy’s car and see Diana sitting in Caden’s car seat in this bright and happy outfit. Feel happier.

9:45am - Finish up with the 12 miler. It was a good run pace wise, but I was feeling not so hot during it. Just felt worn down and tired. I was also having some really bad vertigo. So bad I kept weaving...it is a side effect of some medicine I was taking).

9:45am – Finish up with the 12 miler. It was a good run pace wise, but I was feeling not so hot during it. Just felt worn down and tired. I was also having some really bad vertigo. So bad I kept weaving…it is a side effect of some medicine I was taking.

9:55pm - Get picked up by Ramsey from my run. Take a post run photo. Realize my numbers are backwards.

9:55pm – Get picked up by Ramsey from my run. Take a post run photo. Realize my numbers are backwards.

Post run errand to the post office to mail a birthday treat.

Post run errand to the post office to mail a birthday treat.

10am - Retake my post run photo with my hands held up in the correct order :)

10am – Retake my post run photo with my hands held up in the correct order 🙂

10:10am - Grab a post run breakfast at a cute little cafe.

10:10am – Grab a post run breakfast at a cute little cafe.

11:40am - Say "hi" to Lola!!!

11:40am – Say “hi” to Lola!!!

12:15pm - Drive to Ramsey's house to get ready for the Sporting KC game. Try to keep myself from having a meltdown because I am so rushed and feeling overwhelmed.

12:15pm – Drive to Ramsey’s house to get ready for the Sporting KC game, while having an internal meltdown.

PAUSE. Yes, I was full out having a meltdown in the photo above. I was stressed to the max, feeling so rushed and just straight up overwhelmed. Then I took a moment to work on my perspective and think about why I was so stressed.

I was so stressed because I was rushing to get from a run with my friends, to breakfast with my love, followed by the Sporting KC game, then to meet friends to watch the KU game.

Boo freaking woo. I thought, “I am so stressed and about to cry because I am spending the day full of things I love doing….Why am I having a meltdown right now?!?!”

On my run today, someone said the phrase, “check it before you wreck it.” This was perfect for that very moment. I needed to check my attitude before I wrecked my day. Get over it, you are doing things all day that you are CHOOSING to do. There is no need to feel stressed and feel cranky. As soon as I realized this, I felt 1000 times better. My attitude changed and I was ready to face the day with a new, positive, attitude.

1:15pm - Head to the Sporting KC game. Ramsey noticed my meltdown status and surprised me with a glass of wine. He knows how to calm me down. Then I spilled the wine in his car (I was sipping on wine, Ramsey was driving...no worries, we has not drinking and driving!).

1:15pm – Head to the Sporting KC game. Ramsey noticed my meltdown status and surprised me with a glass of wine. He knows how to calm me down. Then I spilled the wine in his car. He wasn’t happy. (I was sipping on wine, Ramsey was driving…no worries, we has not drinking and driving!).

2:00pm - Sit down in our seats at the game. Grab a couple Blue Moons.

2:00pm – Sit down in our seats at the game. Grab a couple Blue Moon’s.

CHEESE! First home game of the season ended with a tie. 0-0...keep in mind why I get frustrated at soccer games.

CHEESE! First home game of the season ended with a tie. 0-0…Remember why I get frustrated at soccer games.

6:00pm - Meet some friends to watch the KU game. Rock Chalk baby. They WON! And we won with some amazing bar food!

6:00pm – Meet some friends to watch the KU game. Rock Chalk baby. They WON! And we won with some amazing bar food!

8:30pm - Home for the night. Feeling so exhausted! I actually feel asleep next to Ramsey watching 20/20. When I woke up I turned on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Pt 2. I immediately start crying...I love this movie!!! And I love these ninja turtle PJ pants.

8:30pm – Home for the night. Feeling so exhausted! I actually feel asleep next to Ramsey watching 20/20. When I woke up I turned on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Pt 2. I immediately start crying…I love this movie!!! And I love these ninja turtle PJ pants.

Go to bed. NO ALARMS set on Sundays!!!!

10pm – Ready to go to bed. NO ALARMS set on Sunday mornings!!!!

Hope you had a great Saturday too!!!

xo,

Ali

A week in my life – day five.

17 Mar

TGIF was the theme of Friday.

Fridays are great days. They are busy, but you see an end in sight to the week and know that relaxation is almost here!!

Here we go….

6:10am - Wake up, pry Ramsey out of bed for a morning run.

6:10am – Wake up, pry Ramsey out of bed for a morning run.

Set the Garmin in the window to catch a satellite. This can save 5 minutes of standing outside before a run waiting for your Garmin to catch a satellite!

Set the Garmin in the window to catch a satellite. This can save 5 minutes of standing outside before a run waiting for your Garmin to catch a satellite!

Admire the morning sunlight while running next to Kansas City Country Club Golf Course.

Admire the morning sunlight while running next to Kansas City Country Club Golf Course.

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Strike a pose when I get home. Notice the pants??

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I had no pants at Ramsey’s house. I had to search for a pair of his that would work. Came up with these long underwear pants. I have no clue how he wears them…they fit me and my butt is WAY smaller than his!

7:am - Quick and easy 3 miles done!

7:am – Quick and easy 3 miles done!

8am - Ready for work!

8am – Ready for work!

I love these TB flats. So girly and fun.

I love these TB flats. So girly and fun.

8:10am - Go to work. Stop halfway down the street because Ramsey left his coffee cup on the roof of his car. The thing didn't spill!

8:10am – Go to work. Stop halfway down the street because Ramsey left his coffee cup on the roof of his car. The thing didn’t spill!

8:10am - Get to work...feeling a little weak from the night of wine on Thursday. Needed some grease.

8:10am – Get to work…feeling a little weak from the night of wine on Thursday. Needed some grease.

12:15pm - Go to Panera with Lauren. Is that not the prettiest bag?!

12:15pm – Go to Panera with Lauren. Is that not the prettiest bag?! And the Panera guy in the background looks like he is falling asleep.

12:45pm - Instagram a collage from the week.

12:45pm – Instagram a collage from the week. Find me here: instagram.com/alihat

1:15pm - Get really excited because the Harlem Shake liked my picture!

1:15pm – Get really excited because the Harlem Shake liked my picture!

1:45pm - Enjoy my cookie.

1:45pm – Enjoy my cookie.

3:30pm - Meeting in the Creative offices. Admire their little character set.

3:30pm – Meeting in the Creative offices. Admire their little character set.

6:15pm - Finish writing my cards for the engineering Kanban board. Drop them off in their office so they know what to work on Monday!

6:15pm – Finish writing my cards for the engineering Kanban board. Drop them off in their office so they know what to work on Monday!

Think...."ok, I WILL clean on Monday!!!"

Think….”ok, I WILL clean on Monday!!!”

6:45pm - Go to my parents with Ramsey. Sit outside in the amazing weather, drink some wine, and chat with my Mom, Dad and Brother.

6:45pm – Go to my parents with Ramsey. Sit outside in the amazing weather, drink some wine, and chat with my Mom, Dad and Brother.

Box of wine appears to be gone. But wait, if you pull the bag out of the box, you can get another glass out of it!!! (yes, learned that trick in college!)

Box of wine appears to be gone. But wait, if you pull the bag out of the box, you can get another glass out of it!!! (yes, learned that trick in college!)

After a night of laying on the couch, chatting with my family and relaxing, I go to bed.

11:23 pm – After a night of laying on the couch, chatting with my family and relaxing, I go to bed.

xo!

Ali

A week in my life – day four.

15 Mar

Ok. So taking photos is getting old. Like, really really old. BUT I put myself up to this challenge and I WILL follow through!!!

Thursday was a pretty relaxed day. Thursdays are actually one of my favorite days of the week. I get caught up at work and usually get to do something fun with my boyfriend on Thursday nights! This Thursday was no different.

As I said earlier, I am getting a little bored with all the photo taking. Thursday I tried to take some pictures of things I had yet to take photos of. Beware…TMI ahead.

yep. Another ridiculous wake up call.

yep. Another ridiculous wake up call.

6:15am - Easy 6 miles with Diana done!

6:15am – Easy 6 miles with Diana done!

Craving a Gatorade post run. Bought one at the gas station, then realized I bought melon instead of orange.

Craving a Gatorade post run. Bought one at the gas station, then realized I bought melon instead of orange. And Melon Gatorade is yucky.

When I get ready at Stacy's, I wear my American Girl robe. I have had this thing for AT LEAST 15 years. The arms are short, but the length hits above my knees now. I can't get rid of it!

When I get ready at Stacy’s, I wear my American Girl robe. I have had this thing for AT LEAST 15 years. The arms are short, but the length hits above my knees now. I can’t get rid of it! Another thing to note….I hate bright lights in the morning. I basically get ready in the dark.

7:25am - Ready for work. Trying to wear my winter clothes before spring hits!

7:25am – Ready for work. Trying to wear my winter clothes before spring hits!

7:45-8:30am - Sit in the WORST traffic EVER!!! Remember yesterday when I said that traffic made me bitchy? Holy crap. I was RAGING when I got to work. I know for some people an hour commute is the norm, but for me it is not. I get SO sleepy in traffic!

7:45-8:30am – Sit in the WORST traffic EVER!!! Remember yesterday when I said that traffic made me bitchy? Holy crap. I was RAGING when I got to work. I know for some people an hour commute is the norm, but for me it is not. I get SO sleepy in traffic!

10am - Oats.

10am – Oats.

Lauren can make a rockin sock bun. Look at that thing peaking out!

Lauren can make a rockin sock bun. Look at that thing peaking out!

11:25am - Instagram break. Checked out fellow GOTR coach Heather's photos from her practice the night before. This girl has the BEST ideas.

11:25am – Instagram break. Checked out fellow GOTR coach Heather’s photos from her practice the night before. This girl has the BEST ideas.

11:30am - Head downstairs for meeting. Must take elevator because my TB boots are so tall I worry I will fall!!

11:30am – Head downstairs for meeting. Must take elevator because my TB boots are so tall I worry I will take a tumble!!!

11:30am-1pm - Attend the Limited WIP Kanban meeting. Kristen and I are always the only girls there :)

11:30am-1pm – Attend the Limited WIP Kanban meeting. Kristen and I are always the only girls there 🙂

Eat a turkey and avocado wrap.

Eat a turkey, pepper and avocado wrap.

2:00pm - tea time.

2:00pm – tea time.

3:00pm - Some amazing friends helped me with my avocado issue from day three post!!! THANK YOU!

3:00pm – Some amazing friends helped me with my avocado issue from day three post!!! THANK YOU!

6:20pm - Leave work for dinner with friends.

6:20pm – Leave work for dinner with friends.

BEAUTIFUL weather!!! Amazing to drive with the sunroof open!

BEAUTIFUL weather!!! Amazing to drive with the sunroof open!

6:30pm - Sit in parking lot at dinner place to make Ramsey take a photo of my earrings I can instagram. Argue with Ramsey over taking 10 photos of the earring when only one was necessary. But he did do a good job on the picture and it scored a lot of likes!!

6:30pm – Sit in parking lot at dinner place to make Ramsey take a photo of my earrings I can instagram. Then I argue with Ramsey over taking 10 photos of the earring when only one was necessary. But he did do a good job on the picture and it scored a lot of likes!!

WINE at Rye!!! This restaurant was awesome. If you live in KC, you must go! It is owned by the same people as Bluestem, which is my favorite KC eatery.

WINE at Rye!!! This restaurant was awesome. If you live in KC, you must go! It is owned by the same people as Bluestem, which is my favorite KC eatery.

Beef Tartar. So yummy.

Beef Tartar. So yummy.

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. My favorite meal!!

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. My favorite meal!!

Wine from Edna Valley. I love Edna Valley wine because my BFF Nicole lives there!!!

Wine from Edna Valley. I love Edna Valley wine because my BFF Nicole lives there!!!

9pm - Home from dinner. Change into cozy pants. Look at the way my super tight jeans dug into my skin! It was painful!!

9pm – Home from dinner. Change into cozy pants. Look at the way my super tight jeans dug into my skin! It was painful!!

This is where we have TMI. What are those?? Oh, they are my toenails. After 3 glasses of wine I finally decided it was time to get these babies off. I barely pulled and they came right off. I think they have been on the verge of falling off for over a month. #Runnerprobs

This is where we have TMI. What are those?? Oh, they are my toenails. After 3 glasses of wine I finally decided it was time to get these babies off. I barely pulled and they came right off. I think they have been on the verge of falling off for over a month. I apologize if you are gagging right now, or if you were eating your lunch while reading this. Even I feel sick right now, however that could be due to the wine I drank last night. #Runnerprobs

10:30pm - Snuggled next to Ramsey. I'm on Tweet Deck, he's on Facebook. We are so damn social.

10:30pm – Snuggled next to Ramsey. I’m on Tweet Deck, he’s on Facebook. We are so damn social.

OMG OMG OMG I get to sleep in tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:45pm – Set my alarm for the morning. OMG OMG OMG I get to sleep in tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TGIF everyone!!!!!!!!

Ali

A week in my life – day three.

14 Mar

I love Wednesdays.

I usually get a ton done at work, and a ton done in my life. I also usually have time to lay down and watch mindless TV. This Wednesday was no different.

Here go the photos…..

4:30am - Ughhhhhhh.

4:30am – Ughhhhhhh.

5am - Not even sure how I drove my car to the gym I was so tired.

5am – Not even sure how I drove my car to the gym I was so tired.

5 miles on the treddy (thanks, Holly!). Ran a pretty good pace for an easy day!

5 miles on the treddy (thanks, Holly!). Ran a pretty good pace for an easy day!

Tortured myself for 10 minutes on the stairclimber. I was literally dripping with sweat!

Tortured myself for 10 minutes on the stairclimber. I was literally dripping with sweat!

Time for arms and abs. I haven't been doing these much since I have been focusing so much on running. I was definitely feeling it today.

Time for arms and abs. I haven’t been doing these much since I have been focusing so much on running. I was definitely feeling it today.

6:40am - Home from the gym, make some coffee, get in the shower.

6:40am – Home from the gym, make some coffee, get in the shower.

I didn't eat this morning before my gym workout, so I was STARVING! I chugged my shake.

I didn’t eat this morning before my gym workout, so I was STARVING! I chugged my shake.

7am - I hate being rushed in the morning. I like to relax a little bit, watch GMA and play on my phone. It helps me relax before I face the day.

7am – I hate being rushed in the morning. I like to relax a little bit, watch GMA and play on my phone. It helps me relax before I face the day.

Make this instagram picture while laying in bed.

Make this instagram picture while laying in bed.

7:45am - Dug out this OLD sweater today!! It was an amazing find from the Limited.

7:45am – Dug out this OLD sweater today!! It was an amazing find from the Limited.

My silver jewelry staples. And can you see how dry my hands are???

My silver jewelry staples. And can you see how dry my hands are??? I had to rub neosporin on them because they started bleeding!

8:20am - Read my Timehop Abe while sitting in traffic.

8:20am – Read my Timehop Abe while sitting in traffic.

8:40am - Woohoo start my day!!! I will clean my desk tomorrow I suppose :)

8:40am – Woohoo start my day!!! I will clean my desk tomorrow I suppose 🙂

9:45am - Breakfast #2. Overnight oats. If you don't eat these, you should.

9:45am – Breakfast #2. Overnight oats. If you don’t eat these, you should.

11am - Attend a client meeting from my desk.

11am – Attend a client meeting from my desk.

11:30am - Catch up on the blog world. Ever read Mom's Gotta Run? If not, you should. Jen is awesome and has overcome so much. I was lucky to be connected to her through the NYC Marathon experience. Jen had everything she had taken from her in the hurricane. Seriously, the girl is amazing.

11:30am – Catch up on Mom’s Gotta Run. Ever read Mom’s Gotta Run? If not, you should. Jen is awesome and has overcome so much. I was lucky to be connected to her through the NYC Marathon experience. Everything Jen had was taken during Hurricane Sandy, and the girl remains positive and inspiring. Check her out.

1:15pm - Eat lunch (leftovers from yesterday)

1:15pm – Eat lunch (leftovers from yesterday)

1:45pm - Dessert! An Arbonne Fit Chew.

1:45pm – Dessert! An Arbonne Fit Chew.

I limit myself to 2 pieces of this gum throughout the day. It is just so good!!

I limit myself to 2 pieces of this gum throughout the day. It is just so good!!

2pm - Take a break between my client conference calls and put together my 'No Nonsense Nelly' folder for practice.

2pm – Take a break between my client conference calls and put together my ‘No Nonsense Nelly’ folder for practice. The lesson tonight was one of my favorites. We talked about negative self talk.

3:45pm - Snuck up on Ramsey and snapped a pic!

3:45pm – Snuck up on Ramsey and snapped a pic!

3:50pm: Apple with PB.

3:50pm: Apple with PB.

3:59pm - Run downstairs for a meeting. Weighed down will all my crap.

3:59pm – Run downstairs for a meeting. Weighed down will all my crap.

5:00pm - Out the door! My office is on the left.

5:00pm – Out the door! My office is on the left.

7:30pm - Home from GOTR practice, get the mail.

7:30pm – Home from GOTR practice, get the mail.

7:45pm - Eat an easy dinner. Peppers, onion, avocado, eggs.

7:45pm – Eat an easy dinner. Peppers, onion, avocado, eggs.

Can someone teach me how to cut an avocado?? I am seriously terrible.

Can someone teach me how to cut an avocado??

8:00pm - Make my lunch for tomorrow. How much avocado is too much???

8:00pm – Make my lunch for tomorrow. How much avocado is too much???

8:20pm - Oh you know, just packing up all my crap for Thursday and Friday. I will be at Stacy's tomorrow, and Ramsey's Friday. I swear I am always packing!!!!!!!!

8:20pm – Oh you know, just packing up all my crap for Thursday and Friday. I will be at Stacy’s tomorrow, and Ramsey’s Friday. I swear I am always packing!!!!!!!!

8:30pm - Sit on the couch and watch Rachel Zoe. Mindless TV at its best.

8:30pm – Sit on the couch and watch Rachel Zoe. Mindless TV at its best. Also, write this blog post!

Snack on some skinny girl cheesecake.

Snack on some skinny girl cheesecake.

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9:30pm – Set the alarm for tomorrow’s run. Snuggle into bed to try to get a good nights sleep!

Have a great Thursday!!!

Ali

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