The Extreme Update I have Been Putting off for About 2 Weeks

Here goes nothin.

I went to Costa Rica for ten days with my husband. It was our 1 year anniversary and since we didn’t take a honeymoon, we decided to take a big trip for our 1 year anniversary. We left for the airport at 4am. Starbucks wasn’t even open and the security line didnt open until 4:30am, but we were first in line for that!!!

We flew from DC to Miami and then on to San Jose, Costa Rica. From San Jose, we had arranged transport to our first of 2 stops on our ten day trip. We headed to Monteverde. It was BEAUTIFUL there. Green, 70+ each day and amazing. The roads were not as awesome. Half of the ride to Monteverde was extremely turbulent because the road was not paved. We got to Monteverde and our hotel and realized it was a slight hike from the hotel to town to get any kind of supplies or eat (somewhere other than the hotel).  We spent 4 days in Monteverde where we spent our time hiking, wandering around cloud forests, ziplining, horseback riding and doing many other outdoorsy things. We had a great time but when it came time to head to Arenal, we were ready to move on.

The ride to Arenal was much better than the ride to Monteverde. Getting out was bumpy, but once we got out of Monteverde and Santa Elena, we got on some paved roads and headed on out and over to Arenal. We had to go around their large man made lake that was there. Arenal is one of the last active volcanoes in Costa Rica. This was super neat because 1) I had never seen a volcano and 2) holy crap it’s ACTIVE?!

When we got to Arenal we were informed that there the volcano hasn’t been that active the past two years but that it is still considered active. In Arenal, we had some real treats! Our hotel had some hot springs! How cool is that?! Our first full day in Arenal, we went on a volcano hike and then went to Tabacon where there were more hot springs. I just want to take a moment and describe how AMAZING tabacon was! It put our hotel’s hot springs to shame! This place was so nice. With our evening entrance, we got dinner also, which was EXQUISITE! Anyway, if you ever go to Arenal, you must spend an afternoon at Tabacon!

Aside from the hot springs and hiking, we went on a safari, looking for monkeys and tucans; white water rafting and had a generally good time! Coming home was bitter sweet. Life there is so relaxed and just different. It isnt all money motivated or materialistic like here, but they don’t have internet everywhere like they do here either. hehe. I enjoyed my time, but was happy to be headed home.

My husband’s and my trip home was not as smooth as the rest of our trip. Our flight was late leaving Costa Rica (because it was late arriving from Miami) so we got to Miami late and had to get through customs and immigration and recheck all of our bags in an hour. We were checking our bags as our flight was boarding… no good. So we went on the next flight. Found out at the gate we were flying standby as opposed to the guaranteed seats that were implied… but we got home. My pop picked us up and everything was fine!

Overall, Costa Rica was amazing and I would definitely go back and do it all again! I was happy my husband and  I brought rain coats (as it rained a lot in the cloud forest areas) and that we prepped by getting quick drying clothing so that we could do our own laundry and didn’t have to take as big of bags because more clothes could fit in with the quick drying clothing. For some reason it folds up smaller…?

Anyway, after Costa Rica, we have been trying to chillax and such. I got back into my training. Last week, I ran 4 times and this week I will be hitting 4 runs also. Two of my friends and myself have signed up for the Jingle All the Way 8k on December 9th. I do not expect a PR at all, but I do expect to finish strong! hahah possibly contradicting. who knows.

Other than that, not much to report. I am the featured blogger over at fitblogger today!  I am honored to be the featured blogger on this wonderful Friday as I go into this weekend with a 6 mile run planned for tomorrow. I haven’t run over 5 miles since I started my training two weeks ago, but I don’t expect a lot of problems. Meeting with Michelle tomorrow morning to embark on the journey together! Excited to be running with her again as it has been some time since we have ran together!

Anyway, thanks for the continued support and I hope y’all have a good Friday and a happy weekend!

 

Race pics, jumbled thoughts, frustrations and some positivity thrown in there somewhere

Well let’s start with the race pics!

Before the race, being crazy

My buddy, Aaron, rocking the geek run!

My friend, Sheena, working hard!

Me, running my ass off. Funny faces in their greatest glory!

Sheena and I finishing strong!

Sheena and I after the race

Overall a good time! Happy I am signed up for approx three more races. Hope to get a ten miler in there in addition to the 10k, half marathon and triathlon!

I have had a ton of random thoughts lately. Everything from I am not where I want to be at the age of almost 30. I am really proud of my latest work. You can view it here. It is a flash piece on the 50th anniversary of Wally Schirra’s Mercury flight. I liked doing it because it is COMPLETELY different from what I have been doing for the past 8 years (since I got out of school). I have been moving towards different for a while, I think.

Totally random and unrelated, kinda awesome, kinda sucky. I have 7 NEW books on my kindle/kindle app on ipad! (awesome) I have no time to read any of them right now (sucky!)…. sad. Hopefully after my midterm, things will die down a little. I am eagerly awaiting the email to tell me whether I made the cut to be an Oiselle ambassador of sorts. I am hoping for the best and we will not discuss the worst. But whatever happens, happens and if not today, then it will all happen for me another day. Anywho. waiting….
I have never had a pumpkin spice latte. I am off to get one now. Fattyness be damned! I ran for a solid 75 minutes in my soccer game last night! hehehe. Catch y’all on the flip side. Sorry for lack of info right now. Waiting for things to firm up.

Running away from it all

When I run, I forget everything and focus on the run. Every step… AND of course, the asshole bikers who don’t know how to say on your left…. so I shout it for them after they startle me. “on my left! thanks!”

One cyclist shook her head because she so clearly heard me say that and I tried to speed up to get her to shake her head to my face… but well, she was on a bike, I was in mile 5 and dying of thirst so yea… there was just no freakin way.

Notable about today: I ran 7 miles. And I did it in an hour and 30 mins. While not my best time, keep in mind the time of day (930 am) I ran, the temperature it was (80 degrees), the temp I am used to (73ish degrees at 5am and no sun) and the fact that I forgot all water… STUPID! 5 miles at 5am is nothing compared to the 7 miles at 9:30 am that I did this morning. (side note, my garmin is working properly, but i think i may get the 310xt just to make sure that this kinda thing doesnt happen again)

I am covering the launch tomorrow morning at 4am — RBSP (www.nasa.gov)

And I am going to relax some more and watch Once upon a time… my roommate got me semi-addicted… LAME!

 

have  good night.

Chuck Brown Day, Clinton Portis Retiring(?), a Cray-cray Winter ahead and of course(!) a running update

HUMP DAY!

It’s Chuck Brown’s bday today. The recently deceased father of go-go is being honored in the District today, with the mayor pronouncing today, August 22, to be Chuck Brown today. So you all should be doin what I am doin and listen to some go-go. Whether you like it or not, you should just suck it up and do it because Chuck Brown was a great musician who gave a city THEIR OWN TYPE OF MUSIC!

For Chuck Brown day:

Chuck Brown, Bustin’ Loose (above); Northeast Groovers, The Water (below)

and one more to show how modern go-go can get….

just so y’all know… if you want mas modern go-go… Wale (DC REPPIN’!) is a great reference. In some of his earlier music, he even uses go-go beats in the song that got him popular being Chillin ft Lady GaGa. Also if you need another reference, Doin’ da Butt by E.U. from the 80s is go go too!

A sad day has happened…. Clinton Portis has decided to retire. A lot of people get mean about Portis and talk about how he sucks and is always injured this and that… but before his knee injury that benched him for the rest of the 2010 season and most of the 2011 season…. when he was merely a shell of his former self… He was a good skin, 7 years on the team before being released in 2011. They expect him to appear for a press conference and being a long time skins fan, I plan on looking for updates… as I want to see if Portis appears in character… he was def one of my fave skins players, next to Sean Taylor (#21, RIP) and a couple of others…

So accuweather has reported that we might have a cray-cray winter this winter! I LOVE SNOW! Aldy has never seen snow but Lou-Lou loves it!

YAY! POSSIBLE SNOW! anything to look forward to that is cold, crisp, and YAY!

As for a running update….I am still just over an hour for 5 miles, but hoping to get that down… I am still having some issues with my shins, but fewer… back and knees scream from time to time, but Kundalini yoga helps a lot and so does yin yoga. I have started cycling and plan to register for the triathlon at KSC in May of 2013 because working at NASA and running a half marathon are not enough! So, I WILL finish in the standing position even though I havent been in water to swim in several years…. and the longest I have done on a bike was 12+ miles LAST WEEKEND…. Follow me here for training blunders and exploits as well as other idiotic moments.

I am contemplating bright pink compression socks and on a side note, my friends and I who went on the bike ride got caught in a torrential downpour for over 3 miles before stopping under a bridge to wait it out a bit.

I was wearing my Garmin FR 210 and I am hoping that it didnt completely jack it up… I say this because this morning, I went for a run with my live in running buddy Michelle, and my garmin was in front of her Nike Sportsband by 0.2 miles…. normally it is behind it by 0.2 miles, meaning that my Garmin is jacked and giving me an extra 0.4 miles which is no good…. Going to REI this weekend to possibly trade in for 310XT or just new 210… and going to pacers to ask some questions tonight and possibly obtain bright pink leg sleeves. 😛

 

Thanks for reading! Happy Hump Day!

Randomity at it’s finest.

I’ve been reading a lot of random stuff lately… trying to catch up on politics I missed over the summer during my 6 week intense class…so between reading to catch up on all of the public events I have missed and I have also been contemplating lots of different things.

I have been doing web design and development for close to a decade (8 years and some change) and it is awesome. I like it. It allows me to explore both creative and problem solving sides of me, but I want more. I have a thirst to do more, be more, see more, live more, everything… just MORE. More, more and more. Can I have another helping of interesting, and another dose of inspiration? Please? NOW! If you are truly passionate about something, then you should go get it. Don’t lie down. Don’t let someone tell you that you cannot achieve something. Chances are they are in their own rut and they are speaking about themselves. My mother, one of the most amazing women I know, has been watching me over the past couple of weeks. When I told her I wanted to run a half marathon, her initial reaction was “start with something smaller, shorter, less” and my response to that was why? I kept pushing. She is now thinking and has voiced that she believes I can do this half marathon thing. She believed in me before I believed in myself as far as grad school goes. She is truly an amazing woman. Extraordinary if you will. During a time when most would be crumbling, she persevered and achieved her doctorate at the ripe age of 62. She is an inspiration who didn’t listen when people told her no or cant or wont.

She gave me the ability to tune out those words as well. You say I can’t code something because I don’t know how? Would you tell Steve Jobs he couldn’t innovate or tell Bill Gates he couldn’t code or Mark Zuckerburg that facebook WONT work…. all of these people started with someone telling them they couldnt.

Ignore the negative, embrace the positive. I was recently talking to a good friend of mine (past coworker, turned amazing friend, turned neighbor) and she was having some life dilemmas. We have been talking a lot lately about the future and what there is to it. She is a unique being who is a total trooper. I asked her a question about whether she thought people could make a life out of being inspirational speaking and life coaching? She said yes and that I had inspired her. This got me thinking. We continued the discussion, ending with me in all caps stating NO MAN LEFT BEHIND!

I know this has been a jumble of thoughts, but I want to take this time to encourage all of you to do one thing today or over the next couple of weeks that you thought you could never do. Sign up for a race, write an article for a local blog or paper, make a music video, start a movement…. do what makes you feel awesome. DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES (or surprises) YOU!.

GET SOME

Stay tuned. More to come.

Update on the Blog side of things

I plan on updating and moving this blog to it’s VERY OWN PROPRIETARY DOMAIN! WOOO WOOO!!!! (i just gotta do it)

Since the husby is out this weekend as well as the roommate, I should have some spare time. Here’s hopin I get offa my bum and DO SOMETHIN!

Also, started a facebook page for my blog; check it out here!

I feel so separated!!!

It has been SO long! I am not dead. I’ve gotten married, moved to the east coast, am living at home again, working for nasa(!!!) and arguing w people I don’t know about politics on the metro and in the clinic while waiting for my friends! Short update as I am doing a website right now. Back again soon!!! Hump day Wednesday! Look for it! It should help w your travels!