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Here’s what you missed: Wedding and Running!


I told you I’d be back!  Here’s a re-cap of what I’ve been doing the past week while I took a break from writing:


Last weekend I went to Dallas to see my big sister (from my college sorority Chi Omega) get married.

Dynamic Duos – a doctor and a prom queen.  So young!

She taught me how to play dress up and talk to boys. I taught her how to make snow angels (she’s from Texas…not much exposure to snow back then).

My first snow at Rhodes

And now I can hardly believe the girl who encouraged me to skip my first class (“just one time”…) is all grown up and married.  We had a great time celebrating her new journey.

Mr. and Mrs.

The ceremony was beautiful – a dark room with pink and blue back lights and a string quartet playing while everyone walked down the aisle.  Her girls wore navy blue, floor length gowns and her dress was beautiful and classy.  They each wrote their own vows and tears were shed by bride, groom, me and others.

Pretty sis!

After the tears turned to smiles, it was time to party!

Me, Alycia (Memphis) and Ally (Austin)

There was one table dedicated to Rhodes kids – mostly her girlfriends and their boyfriends/husbands.  I very happily flew solo with my friend Alycia.

Colorful bunch

We knew we wouldn’t get too much time with Tay at the reception but we managed to snag a few photos with her 🙂

Rhodes Girls

I am not in the right period of my life to be thinking about getting married but that doesn’t mean I can’t take notes for my wedding in oh about twelve years…..so here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. Do NOT let your girlfriends sit close to the aisle where you can see them.  If they cry, you will cry before you’re even two steps down the aisle.
  2. Make sure the party lasts all night.   Your guests will want to keep dancing.
  3. Have plenty of food available if there’s an open bar.  Snacks, a three-course meal, and a to-go meal (hers was breakfast tacos – hey we’re in Texas!).  Sick guests are good for no one.

So, I’ve got those notes for future wedding planning just in case I don’t take my dad up on his offer for $10,000 to elope.


Yes, I have been running!  This week is going much better than last week – I decided to kick it off with a bang on Monday and get a double digit in.  I did a big loop from my apartment to downtown and back.  Coming home (on foot or bike) is always so much harder than going downtown, it’s uphill the ENTIRE way.  Good practice for strong quads and calves.

Avg Pace
Summary 1:29:26.6 10.01 8:56
1 8:45.3 1.00 8:45
2 8:59.7 1.00 8:59
3 8:38.7 1.00 8:38
4 9:04.9 1.00 9:04
5 8:41.5 1.00 8:41
6 8:55.2 1.00 8:55
7 8:54.9 1.00 8:54
8 9:04.2 1.00 9:04
9 9:28.5 1.00 9:28
10 8:51.1 1.00 8:51
11 :02.6 0.01 6:44

Not quite on target.  Damn.

I had to be a big girl on Tuesday and decided not to go to the taco run so I could stay up late and get up early to finish a presentation for my nutrition class.  Instead of getting my 4.5 tempo run and free breakfast taco, I was making slides on the phosphorylation of P70(sk6)…..I’ll spare you.

I taught core class Tuesday night and am looking forward to teaching again next week!

Thursday I put my game face on to take on the track again. 6×800 repeats on the agenda.  6×800 repeats completed, almost all at pace.

Avg Pace
Summary 39:54.2 4.27 9:21


1 8:34.1 0.95 9:00
2 1:29.4 0.04 34:23
3 3:36.5 0.51 7:03
4 1:30.1 0.04 37:40
5 3:29.9 0.50 7:00
6 1:36.4 0.05 31:42
7 3:33.1 0.50 7:02
8 1:26.1 0.06 25:04
9 3:32.2 0.49 7:14
10 1:45.7 0.05 34:21
11 3:48.1 0.50 7:36
12 1:26.1 0.06 25:43
13 2:42.9 0.36 7:31
14 :09.4 0.01 22:13
15 1:03.9 0.14 7:48
16 :10.4 0.01 18:28

Some weird button pushing happened on the last two numbers – they should be added together for 3:46.8.  My goal for all splits was 3:36.  Legs were heavy and burning by last two and I almost talked myself out of them.  Almost.

Then later on Thursday, my store Texas Running Company teamed up with Lululemon and Bar Method for a running and fitness community event.

Big group for running and “barring”

Our group left the Texas Running Company at 6:45 for a short run to the Bar Method studio on W. 5th Street.  I chatted the whole time with Lena (you can see me on the far right of the photo, she’s the one I’m talking to!).  I had never taken a bar class before and let’s just say it kicked my ass (and my quads).  I feel my quads a lot today.  A LOT.

An excerpt from their website:

The Bar Method™workout creates a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles.

The women who led us through the class were cheerful, helpful and energetic as the running girls and a few boys burned and shook with pain.  They did their best to keep us working hard through the shakes while maintaining good posture and a smiling face.  I enjoyed the class and the group of runners and am looking forward to more community/fitness fusion runs in the future!  I definitely recommend Bar Method based on yesterday’s workout and the way I feel today, unfortunately it doesn’t fit in this student’s budget right now!

Setting up Internet!

That’s right – I’ve got it at the apartment now so I can be back in tune with y’all.  I’ve missed you!

What’d you do for the last week of summer?






St. Jude Half Marathon Training: Week 11 Plan


It’s safe to say running and I took a break last week.  And I should have seen it coming.  I’m almost half way through the 18-week training program for the December 1st half marathon and so far, through moves and vacations, it’s gone pretty smoothly.  It’s unrealistic to expect a 4.5 month training program to go perfectly smoothly and happily for the duration.  Then last week, after two fantastic runs on Monday and Tuesday, I just didn’t want to.  I gave myself a rest day Wednesday and then woke up to a very humid Thursday and still didn’t want to.  Then Friday rolled around and homework before the wedding trip seemed more imperative.  And then it was wedding day and now I’m here.

Today was the first day since Tuesday that I actually wanted to run.  Last week’s hectic schedule with school and work and no internet and no credit card and still being new here and the rain and not eating or sleeping well all just piled on top of me.

So what do you do when that happens?  You have to be patient and loving with yourself.  Take care of the things that need immediate attention (quizzes, class, work, dishes in the sink, weddings) or that will lower your stress level.  Know that the road and your shoes are there when you’re ready to come back.  And you’ll be ready eventually, there’s no telling how long a break you’ll take but your muscles and mind will start to want to run again.  To need to run again.  And then you take those first steps and it’s a little strange – you wonder if you’ve lost all your fitness (you haven’t).  Your first run back should be low-pressure and easy – today I took mine in a light drizzle with no music.  An easy two mile run around a new part of the neighborhood.  And now I’m working my way back to a happy relationship with my running.

St. Jude Training Week 11:

Monday: Make-up last week’s 10 miler (important to get the double-digits in…)

Tuesday: Taco and Tempo Run

Wednesday: Break day

Thursday: Track

Friday: Tempo and Hills

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 12 miles long – pushing pace.

We’ll see how all of that goes – still adjusting to student life again (starting with the late nights!  9:30 is no longer bedtime for this sleeping beauty!)

Here are some pictures from the wedding!

So beautiful!

Taylor was my big sister in our sorority at Rhodes and is responsible for most of the non-academic things I learned the first few years at school.  I am so glad to have shared her special day and to be reunited with some faces I haven’t seen in three years.

Rhodes Girls in Dallas

How was your weekend?