5 Miles + A Playlist

I ran 5 miles today. 5.4 to be exact. It was awesome and everything hurts. Especially the peroneal tendon on the sprained ankle foot. Sprained ankle foot? Does that make sense? No, it does not. Don’t care. I ran 5 miles today!

Before I left, I warmed up a smidge. Relaced my neon Asics to relieve pressure on the arch. Then I decided to make an hour long playlist. However, the second I stepped out the door I realized I didn’t load it correctly onto my mp3 player (a cheap Sansa SanDisk – it works fine when I do it right).  The songs didn’t load in a playlist, so I just had to listen to “Recently Added” and they were all out of order.  Still good, though.  More on that later.

So, I went out, tried to go slow.  The first 2 miles actually felt good.  I only stopped for red lights and to cross the street.  That’s the first time I can say that 2 miles felt good!  I faded quickly from there.  At about halfway I got to meet up with the local bike path, which is awesome and flat and pretty.  For the first time on it, I noticed that they don’t have water fountains.  I probably could have used one.  There’s a newly extended portion of the bike path that I went down.  However, I learned that it has no outlet and I had to double back.  That’s how I ended up adding almost half a mile to the run.  I was contemplating jumping the fence and trespassing through someone’s yard to meet up with the road, just so I didn’t have to add the mileage.  I was quite done at this point.  But, I made it back.

I paid attention to keeping my hips level, and my IT band didn’t bother me at all, so that was awesome.  My feet and ankles felt fine when I got back, but I threw some icepacks on them because I knew I was a little swollen.  Then I took off my running shoes and standing for the first time without them…well, I almost fell over.  My foot is not happy with me at all.  I’ve been icing it all day.  It’s hurting underneath the ankle bone along the outer bottom of my foot.  The same place it hurt when I sprained my ankle.  However, I know the pain is tendinitis cause by the long run, whereas last time it was tendinitis caused by a torn ligament.  I have not torn my ligament.  I assume with a couple days rest and some ice the tendon will not be inflamed and I’ll be running again on Tuesday.  Fingers crossed.

Here’s the playlist I was supposed to listen to!  I created a playlist on YouTube for the first time, so I didn’t have link or embed all the videos.  CLICK HERE to get whole playlist.

  • Fuckin Problems – A$AP Rocky
  • You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
  • Ironic – Alanis Morissette
  • Take Me To Church – Hozier
  • One Week – Barenaked Ladies
  • The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
  • You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
  • Girl All The Bad Guys Want – Bowling for Soup
  • She’s a Rebel – Green Day
  • Non Believer – Crash Kings
  • ‘merican – Descendents
  • Make Up Smeared Eyes – Automatic Loveletter
  • Cleaning Out My Closet – Eminem
  • Dead On Arrival – Fall Out Boy
  • American Idiot – Green Day
  • Come to My Window – Melissa Etheridge

Five Thing Friday – Creative Blogger Award


  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).
    1. Well this one’s easy.  Tasha at Transitions in My Life is a great blog to read.  Inspirational and motivational, but without the rose-colored glasses.  She keeps it honest.  It’s also a beautiful blog.  So, thank you Tasha.  I love that people I enjoy reading all the time, also read my blog. Thank you, again!
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    1. I had to do this part the last time I was nominated for awards, and I’m struggling to come up with things.  But I’ll start here, in a vulnerable place.  I think of myself as very liberal and open-minded, but if you disagree with things like gay marriage rights or argue that women don’t really make less than men or spout some shit about how people shouldn’t riot because it doesn’t solve problems (history proves otherwise), I just can’t listen to it.  I don’t have the energy or self restraint.  My mind is closed to those ideas.  Sorry not sorry.
    2. I also mentioned in my last 7 things about myself that addiction runs in my family.  My brother is a heroin addict.  Was?  Recovered?  Maybe.  It’s hard to trust anything he says again, and I certainly don’t agree with or condone the non-drug related choices he’s making.  I never knew anyone who had done heroin before, so I googled the shit out of it.  It’s a bleak fucking world out there folks and the U.S. has spent so much money on the “War on Drugs” with nothing to show for it.  That’s because stopping one supply of drugs just opens a hole for other supplies to fill.  Taking one user off the street makes one new user.  I don’t think we can cut down on drug use by focusing on the drugs.  I think you have to focus on the disease, on the addiction.  If no one wants them, then there will be no supply.  Drug dealers are in it to make money.  If the health care system treats and recovers everyone who the dealers get addicted, they’ll have no one to sell to.  In business, it costs something like 5 times more to gain a new customer than to retain an existing one.  Force drug dealers to always have to find new customers.  They’ll close down shop for something more lucrative.  Probably guns.  But that’s a separate problem.
    3. I have $132,000 in student loan debt.  It’s good debt, right?  Bahahahaha.  It’s astronomical and I cannot wrap my head around actually paying it off.  Most of the loans are on 30-year repayment plans.  At one point I had calculated all the money I would have saved if I didn’t have those payments.  I could have bought a car with cash 3 years ago.  Was it all worth it?  Honestly, probably not.  I’m smart enough and a hard enough worker to have worked my way up, but I need direction.  I’m not so good at forging my own path.  I needed professors and curricula to tell me what to learn and when.  Just thinking about all this is getting overwhelming.
    4. Apparently, I was feeling really serious today.  Sorry guys.  Let’s go with something lighter, now.  When I was a child, my mom told me not to eat in bed or there would be ants.  My childlike logic supposed that meant that crumbs turn into ants.  I went on assuming that for years.  It wasn’t until about junior high that I actually thought about it for a minute and realized, DUH, that’s not true!  My ex just told me a few weekends ago that’s one of his favorite stories to tell people…without telling them who, of course.  Of course!  Thanks bud!  haha
    5. I just decided I’m only doing 5, because it IS Five Thing Friday and I am tired.  We’re going to look at another wedding venue next week and I’m feeling optimistic.  They let you rent out the whole restaurant for a reasonable price.  It’s cool looking and it’s right on the water.  It has a heated outside porch (great for all the smokers in my family! lol).  And there’s a big hotel 0.2 miles from it (no shuttle bus costs!).  Hopefully the space is what we need it to be.  Seeing it on Thursday and I have my fingers crossed!  It’s also featured in this terrible, horrible music video (the scenes where he’s at the bar).  Sorry for subjecting you to this on a Friday.  Hopefully you find it funny!
  3. Nominate other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.
    1. I’m breaking the rules here.  No nominations.  A lot of people I read have already won it or similar ones recently.

Choosing a Wedding Venue – Work in Progress

Yep, I’ve reached my saturation point with wedding planning. If I was a stay at home fiancee, I would probably love this. But, I work full time as a Project Manager, and this is just another project. So, now it’s like I’m working 60 hours a week, but I’m only getting paid for 40. And the other 20 are costing me like $20K. (Seriously, weddings are fucking expensive! I’ve never thought that I’d look at something for the price of $10K and think, damn, that’s cheap. I don’t have $10K! How is that cheap?!)

I’m not someone who’s been planning their wedding since I was a kid.  I never thought I would get married.  And now, for someone who is usually very strongly opinionated, I find myself filled with ennui as I look through everything.  Okay, so I just wanted to use the word ennui in a sentence (and then furiously Google to see if I’m using it right).

The FH and I are paying for the wedding ourselves.  Therefore, I cast a wide search on TheKnot.com, WeddingWire.com, and Yelp! and Google for wedding venues in the $-$$ range out of $$$$.  From there I started a spreadsheet of all the places that looked okay.  Given my lack of vision, this ranged from restaurants, to country clubs, to barns, to museums.  Every space lists different sets of prices.  Most have a 20% administrative fee tacked on in the fine print.  Sometimes that covers the tip, sometimes it doesn’t.  Some you have to contact to have any idea.  One of my favorite places fell into that category and ended up quoting me $36K for an off-season, basic wedding.  UGH.

FH and I sat down to review the spreadsheet, which has exactly 30 venues on it.  We thought they all looked fine – story of our lives.  Narrowed down by location, removing everything north of us (my parents live a little north, his a lot south, so we want it at least a little bit in between).  Then we tried to guesstimate a total package price, even if they only provided prices for pieces of it (how’s that for alliteration – I’m on an AP English roll, today).

THEN, we prioritized which ones we would visit based on price, proximity to us (easy to visit vs. requires a whole day) and general appeal.  FH prefers restaurants to catering halls.  The decor and vibe is built in and it’s much more ‘us’.  I totally agree.  It’s also a little more work and very limited on day and time (usually can’t hold a night wedding at a restaurant).  I’m realizing that I prefer the full service places, even if they are a little generic.  And they’ll definitely be generic since we don’t have the money for a florist or cool garden lights.  We’re see-sawing between these two camps right now.  Here are the current places under consideration:

  • Zuka’s Hilltop Barn – pretty enough, estimated at 14K for November or December includes food, open bar, bridal suite, hair and makeup, ceremony
  • Saphire Estate – better food options than above, estimated at 13K for December, does not include hair and makeup (so these are about the same price)
  • Abby Park – really cool restaurant, can only do 12pm – 5pm, can’t do ceremony on site so that would be at 11AM, but full 10K package includes cupcakes and floral arrangements

And that’s where we are.  Everything is okay, but it all has it’s drawbacks.  Which, for a very indecisive Libra, makes making a decision nearly impossible.  That’s what FH is for…

The End of Workout Wednesdays

It’s not as drastic as it sounds.  I need to switch to a Monday through Sunday week like normal people.  Right now my long runs are smack dab in the middle of the week and, for whatever reason, I can’t wrap my head around planning that way.  Particularly, with the race on a Sunday…everything is building up to that.  To make that switch, this post is half of a workout wednesday post and next Sunday I’ll post a full week.

Even though I won’t write about it all, these were my goals for the week and the ones I finished are crossed off.  It wasn’t the best showing.

  • Thursday – Run 4 miles
  • Friday – PT + stretching
  • Saturday – PT + Abs + Arms
  • Sunday – Run 2 miles
  • Monday – PT + stretching
  • Tuesday – Run 1 mile
  • Wednesday – PT + Abs + Arms
  • And finally, go to the school ID office to get my alumni ID so that I can finally get into the gym to do other cardio besides running.


  • Pull Ups = 2
  • 2 workouts;  48 minutes cardio;  4.06 miles running
  • PT = 1


  • Thursday 5/21 – 4.06 mile run, 48:30 minutes – Again, the GPS is funky.  This route maps to 4.06 miles, but I’ve run it twice (once last summer) and it has GPS’d to 4.31 and 4.4 miles.  I’m going with 4.06 since I don’t think my running pattern was zig zagging all over the place like the GPS line.  Also, I found my IT band.  Holy hell.  It started hurting at the beginning of mile 4 and that last mile was torture.  It felt like I had a wooden hip.
  • Friday 5/22 – PT + Stretch + Foam Rolling – Stretched out my hips and hamstrings.  Foam rolled EVERYTHING.  IT band hurt with the foam rolling, but it hurt equally on both sides.  Thursday only my right side was bothering me during the run.  So it seems okay.


  • Run 2x – I don’t think I ever even wrote it here, but one of my main goals was to hit 5 miles before the end of May.  That’s coming up this weekend.  I also want to do 1 short run before it to make sure my ankle feels okay.
  • Yoga – Any of these sequences from Runner’s World.
  • Strength – Runner’s Strength Workout
  • PT 4x

You may have noticed a running theme, here.  My sole goal and focus for the next 6 weeks is the half marathon.  Screw weight loss, six packs, size 2 jeans, jacked arms.  I. just. want. to. run.  I need to focus all my extracurricular exercise on helping me run.  So, probably no pull up challenge for awhile.

Full disclosure, I’m having some pain on the underside of my right ankle.  (I sound like a broken record! – but this time it’s the right, not the left, so that’s new)  Here’s hoping it’s just a little inflammation and not a tear.  All of these goals are contingent on it feeling 100%.

Now that I’m hitting some distances, I also need to be careful with increasing.  The standard rule is don’t increase more than 10% per week.  That can be a little confusing when you’re starting at 0 and I haven’t been following the rule.  I’ve been increasing my long run by ~30% and my overall mileage by ~20%.  BUT, my weekly mileage still is really low.  That has been purposeful.  If I’m going to run the half, I can’t follow the 10% rule, but I have been trying to keep my other runs really short to compensate for increasing that long run so quickly.  None of this makes the long run easy and I’m definitely not doing a good job of conditioning myself to exercise for 3 hours straight.  Next month I’m going to have to start focusing on endurance – probably by adding in some heavy cross training that won’t increase my odds of injury.

Countdown to half marathon = 6 weeks, 3 days