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Technological Meltdown

December 28, 2010
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Houston, we have a problem…

Ugh! That’s the best way I can describe the remainder of my day. I try to keep things pretty positive on here, but I can’t lie and say today was a bowl of cherries. Because it wasn’t.

I spent over ten hours glued to the computer.Β Yes, you read that correctly… TEN hours! And I have nothing to show for it. Except for this lovely screen…

Here’s the deal…moving from a hosted site on to a self- hosted on is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I am pretty sure I am doing things correctly, but I kept getting kicked out of and back to this default screen. And it’s not just my computer. It’s doing the same thing on my Dad and Mom’s laptop and I have tried three different browsers (Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 8). I believe part of the issue may be with BlueHost, my web host. It’s really frustrating and I’m concerned that it will be a continuous problem- and of course, tech support was no help. Thank goodness for a 30 day money back guarantee! Has anyone had experience with BlueHost? They came highly recommended, but if the problem is on their end, I want to get my money back and find a different host immediately!

Remember that “to-do” list I had to do? I only accomplished half of it. I never got to meet up with my friends because of this headache of a problem. Sure, I could have taken a few hours away from the computer, but I am such a perfectionist that I couldn’t peel myself away from the screen.πŸ˜‰

Ok, enough of me complaining, because I’m sure that is the last thing you want to read at close to midnight!πŸ˜‰

This afternoon I went on a 3.0 mile run around the neighborhood (23:26, 7:49 pace). It was a little chilly and gusty, but nothing compared to the chill I was running in up in Maryland. I kept a pretty steady pace throughout the run, but I had to stop at around mile 2 because I developed a stitch in my side. I don’t get these too often, but I guess I was pretty dehydrated.😦 I will admit that I haven’t been drinking as much water as I should since returning to Florida.

The highlight of my day came in the form of this little guy…

Meet Sam. This little guy was wandering loose around the neighborhood and decided to follow me home on my run. I didn’t see his owners around anywhere, but lucky for us (and him) he had a collar with a microchip number. A quick call to the 1-800 number and we were able to get Sam’s home information and get him back to his owner. Apparently Sam likes to wander the neighborhood often because the customer service representative says they get a call about him at least once a week. Sam is quite the adventurer.πŸ˜‰

Lunch this afternoon was light with a mixed green salad with sesame garlic tempeh and a whole lemon for a dressing.πŸ™‚

After lunch, I spent most of my time hitting, crying over, yelling at, staring at the computer. When dinner time came around, I really wasn’t too hungry, so I opted to eat a little later and made another salad.

I don’t know if this is my body’s way of detoxing from the goodies of Christmas because all I have wanted recently is veggies, fruit, and peanut butter (random, I know). My eyes proved to be more hungry than my stomach because I only ate about half of this.

Such a shame too because it’s a pretty salad.😦

Off to bed. My eyes and brain hurt!

Night everyone!πŸ™‚

Making a List…

December 27, 2010

“Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring.” -Lorrin L. Lee

I have a lot to do today! Is it just me or does it seem like we do more on a “break” verses when we are not? While I will admit that I like to constantly be “on the go,” sometimes it’s just nice to kick back and relax.

No matter though, a lot of what I have to do relates to some big changes on here!πŸ™‚

This morning, while it may be a little cooler outside, I was in a yogurt mood (when am I not?).

I grilled up some bananas for some heat and combined it with Chobani, oats, and 2 T peanut flour. It was like eating a PB and Banana sandwich, sans the bread. Elvis would have been proud.πŸ˜‰

I’ve already checked off a few items on my to-do list, so I’m off for a run! “To-do” lists don’t do themselves- although sometimes we wished they did.

Have a wonderful day!πŸ™‚

P.S.- Follow me on Twitter for up-to-date information about this site. It may or may not be down at some points during the day.πŸ˜‰

I’m a Dummy?

December 27, 2010

What a day! Β A day spent reading this…

How’s that for light reading?πŸ˜‰

As you may have guessed it, I am looking to move to a self- hosted site by moving from to This book, while dry and boring, has been pretty helpful. Expect some changes this week!πŸ™‚

While at the bookstore, I stumbled upon some some other interesting finds:

Guess I better start thinking about the GRE soon…

And more graduate programs…

Hope someone buys the book soon!πŸ™‚

Sometime in the not so distant future.πŸ˜‰

I had fun skimming through this book. I literally laughed out loud at some points. Here are a few of my favorites:

One of my pet- peeves…

And my favorite…

But rememberπŸ˜‰ …

I highly recommend you buy The Runner’s Rule Book. It is absolutely hilarious!πŸ™‚

After a few hours of light reading, I made a filling lunch at around 2:00.

2 egg whites on top of Ezekiel bread…

With two carrots…

And a salad…

At around 6 my parents and I headed to our neighbor’s house for a get together. Usually we have a Christmas Eve party but we had to push the celebration to tonight. We had a simple dinner of homemade soup and sweets…

(Sorry for the horrible photos. I forgot my camera and had to use my phone)

Acorn squash bisque…

Along with a salad and grapefruit.

We talked for awhile about school, my training, and events going on in the neighborhood. Overall, a good celebration.πŸ™‚

After dinner, I hoped on the stationary bike at my house for a 12.2 mile 45:00 workout. I am starting my taper this week so my running mileage is decreasing. Disney is less than two weeks away! The nerves will start to kick in any day now!

Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive

December 26, 2010

“The journey is the reward.” – Chinese Proverb

Recapping last night:

As per tradition, my parents and I went to a local Chinese restaurant for dinner. I special ordered steamed veggies which was served with white rice.

I devoured the veggies and ate about 2/3 of the rice. And of course had a fortune cookie.

Hmmmmm…okay then.πŸ˜‰

I also left an Operation Beautiful note:

After dinner we started to drive around town looking at Christmas lights, but our plans were cut short due to the rain.😦

Once at the house I wanted to makeΒ dough balls but didn’t have flour!😦

Fear not, my father braved the rain and bought flour for me!πŸ™‚ -Thanks Dad!

With near disaster avoided I made dough balls…

Lots and lots of dough balls…

I made classic chocolate chip, peppermint chocolate chip, and a chocolate chip made with whole wheat flour (recipe coming soon! It came out pretty good!).

All that baking and my 10 miler earlier in the day really wore on me, so I crashed soon after.

This morning I woke up just before 9am.

In the mix:

  • 1 container Chobani plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c. multi-grain oats
  • Handful of blackberries
  • 8 almonds
  • 1 T TJ’s Cranberry Apple Butter

Today we are meeting with our neighbors for a get-together. Then I will be hitting the bookstore looking for this lovely book…


Is there self-hosting in The Singing Runner‘s future? You’ll just have to wait and see.πŸ˜‰

Have a great day everyone!πŸ™‚


A Very Merry 10 Miles

December 25, 2010

“You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.” – Billy Wilder

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their day and soaking in all of the holiday cheer!

This morning I started Christmas a little early, with a 10 mile run. This is my last longer run before Disney in 2 WEEKS! I can’t believe the race is coming up so soon!

I woke up at 6:30 and ate my usual pre- run fuel:

I packed up my fuel belt, hopped into my car and headed over to the University of Florida to do a loop around campus. My original plan was to do a 5-mile loop back to my car to rehydrate and fuel up, but I later changed my mind (which I will elaborate on in a minute.)

It was around 7:15 when I arrived on campus. The roads were DEAD! By dead I mean I only passed four cars on the way and they were all police cruisers. Guess no one goes out before the sun on Christmas.πŸ˜‰

Once I arrived on campus, I made a “hydration station” in my trunk- basically I poured two paper cups of water to make drinking a little easier and quicker for me. As I was doing this a police officer pulled up beside me (uh oh!). He asked me if I was lost to which I politely answered no, but that I was going out for a run. He looked a little taken aback and wished me a Merry Christmas. What, you don’t do a 10 mile run at 7:30 Christmas morning?πŸ˜‰

I started off on my 5 mile loop around campus. The UF campus is actually pretty hilly, which kicked my butt. During the entire first 5 mile loop I couldn’t seem to get a good tempo and pace. It was pretty frustrating. After the first loop I hydrated and took a GU.

I’ve never had GU on a run before, but I wanted to test it before my race. I know some people who say GU can be rough on their stomach, which concerned me. But I didn’t have any problems!πŸ™‚ The strawberry banana flavor was pretty good! My only issue with the gel (and I figure this will go with any brand) is the texture. I felt like I was swallowing mucus! (Sorry to be gross.) I downed it with a cup of water and took it like a champ.πŸ˜‰

As I started on my second loop, I decided that I REALLY did not want to go through the entire loop again. At the 4 mile mark of the course, there is a pretty steep hill that is difficult on my knees. So I decided to run 7.5 miles out and then turn around and head back to my car. This proved to be a good decision since my knees started to hurt a little at the 9.5 mile mark. My knees have actually held up pretty good this week and my knee pain has reduced as the day progresses!πŸ™‚

Overall I am pleased with the run. I came in 2 minutes slower than my previous 10 miler but this run had a lot more hills and inclines, whereas my other 10 miler was completely flat.


Mile 1: 8:12
Mile 2: 8:26
Mile 3: 8:31
Mile 4: 8:36
Mile 5: 9:05 <—GU and rehydration
Mile 6: 8:52
Mile 7: 9:10
Mile 8: 9:06
Mile 9: 9:24
Mile 10: 9:07
TOTAL: 1:28:35 (8:51 pace)

Lot’s of 9:00 miles in there which is not like me at all, but I still came in under 90 minutes so I’ll take it.πŸ™‚

After stretching and showering, I made a Christmas inspired breakfast:

In the mix:

  • 1 container plain Chobani yogurt
  • 1/4 c. multi-grain oats
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1 crushed mini candy cane

I also had a fruit burrito with blueberries, blackberries, TJ’s Cranberry Apple Butter, and half of a whole wheat wrap.

After breakfast my parents and I opened presents! I had already recieved my two big presents- my Garmin and a food processor, but I got a few smaller, running related items. I’ll share them in the next post.πŸ™‚

The rest of the day has been spent relaxing and eating a small lunch:

A PB and Grilled Banana Sandwich ( 1 slice Ezekiel bread, 1/2 banana, and 2 T TJ’s Peanut Flour mixed with water) with carrots and celery.

So yummy!

Later my parents and I are going to get Chinese food (a family tradition) and then look at the Christmas lights around town!

I hope everyone has had a lovely and blessed Christmas!πŸ™‚

Taste The Rainbow

December 24, 2010
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No, no…not Skittles.

The rainbow of the healthy kind.πŸ˜‰

After my quick run this afternoon (more about that in a minute), I wasn’t too hungry. I waited about an hour to see if my appetite would return.

I opted for a colorful light lunch!

Red tomatoes…

Orange carrots…

Green celery…

Blue blueberries…

Purple blackberries (haha)…

And white mushrooms…

I also had it with a humus and yogurt dip I made.πŸ™‚

A few hours before lunch, I went on a quick 2.55 mile run around the neighborhood, which took me 20:12 (7:55 pace) to do. My legs felt a little heavy, but I think it’s from sitting in a car for 14+ hours yesterday.

Usually on Christmas Eve we have a get together with our neighbors. This year we had to postpone it until the 26th, so tonight’s dinner was a simple one.

A mixed green salad with tempeh and a mug of candy cane tea.πŸ™‚

I’ve been working hard on changing the layout of this website. I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I like the way it’s looking. I can’t wait to reveal it within the next week.πŸ˜‰

I’m off to catch up on my blog reading and hit the sack! I have 10 miles to tackle early in the morning before the Christmas festivities!

Have a wonderful Christmas!πŸ™‚