Monday, June 27, 2011

Main Squeeze Mondays

Yay! Today is everyone's favorite day of the week! Monday! I think that someone should make a song about today... Who care's about Friday anyway? Today is my favorite day of the week, more or less because half the time I'm not working (!!) and I get to share some of my favorite things!

I get to wake up nose to nose with this sweet face every morning. Sometimes I even get a wet slobbery kiss, lucky me! He has informed that he is a little jealous that Doogie gets his own little corner of the blog world and would also like one. So in an effort to show equal favor to my furry children, Harley and I are collaborating on what he would like to contribute to the blog world. Please stop the press, because it is going to be good!

I have so many favorite things in this picture! First off it was taken during my break, another favorite past time. But I would just like to thank the inventor of the grapefruit spoon. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, the finely serrated edges you invented make eating a grapefruit so much less painful and more enjoyable and a lot easier than with a plain spoon. I also love a good Whole Foods grapefruit! So BIG and fresh and sweet and tart! YUM! I also love my polka dot lunch box from thirty one gifts, it has my initials on it, so get your own! AND oh how I love Steaz! This organic black tea with lemon is oh so delish!! And a little expensive, go figure. 

My Nathan handheld. What a good investment. Makes running so much more enjoyable when it is already 110 degrees at 9 in the AM. And that handy dandy little pouch holds my pepper spray, chapstick, keys, and license!

In exactly 3 days or 72 hours or 4325 minutes or 259483 seconds and counting, I will be sitting here. Looking at this view, with a good book in my hand, soaking up some rays, and I could not be more excited!

Also, in exactly 5 days or 126 hours or 7562 minutes or 453763 seconds and counting K is getting married!! I have a feeling she already has a countdown going, but just in case I just thought that I'd let you know! I do love a good wedding, and what's better then when your best friends get married! We go way back, and I like her almost as much as I like Danny's fried chicken and a cinnamon streusel from Hungry Howies.. Just Kidding! I cannot wait to celebrate and I'm pretty sure K can't either!

And some tired little boy is turning ONE!!

Happy Monday!!! Have a blessed day! Psalm 136:1

Friday, June 24, 2011

"Doogie" Days of Summer

We're all just so concerned about the uncertainty of the markets around here, especially Doogie. It makes him so sick to his stomach, he can't even watch!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Race Report that I'm sure you didn't think existed

I know, I know, you all thought I disappeared again didn't you? Well the good news is that I didn't, and the bad news is... well there isn't really any bad news, I just worked the three days in a row after which just didn't put me in conducive state to blog in, anywho...

The RC Cola and Moon Pie 10 mile Run

4 am Saturday morning arrived a heck of a lot earlier then what I remembered it to be, as I'm usually counting down the hours until I get to go to sleep instead of trying to get up. I made a little pre-race oatmeal, for Juls, Rod, and Luke. Why yes I have nicknames for my parents, don't you? I got all of my electronics gathered together and some water (I brought tons of fluids!) and we were all out the door by 5:25am. Surprisingly only 10 min after our said 5:15am departure. I would just like to talk about the importance of a pre-race routine and how everyone always says to do exactly what you do before every run. Well I FORGOT TO BRUSH MY TEETH!! I always brush my teeth the minute I roll out of bed, but since my room was occupied, and I didn't think it was fair to wake up the entire house, I just figured I'd do it before we left, and I forgot! I hate that feeling of stale church breath!! I also forgot to take my tums! I was pretty sure my day was ruined before it even started! But we had a nice uneventful drive, and arrived in Bell Buckle, TN at 6:30am and I must say it surpassed all of my expectations as the quintessential middle Tennessee small town celebrating moon pies and RC cola! With a little town circle boasting a few antique shops and a cafe. This was a very well organized event if I must say so myself, mind you it was small with only 838 runners total, but we were able to park right behind the runners tent where I was able to pick up my race packet, and again easily exchange my small t-shirt for a medium after looking at it. I think there needs to be a universal small, medium and large t-shirt used by all races! But no one has ever asked me about it.. but this has nothing to do with this race. Let's just talk about the "runners tent", um again all races need this! You pick up your bib, you pick up your chip, and oh you need a small snack? Why we have this buffet here set up for you of bananas, grapes, sausage biscuits from the cafe, and water, take whatever you want. I wish I had a picture. Amazing.

Tired and wondering why I woke up him up with me at 4am for this.

The 7am start time was fast approaching and so I moseyed my way there, I must say that it was a little off the beaten path from the finish line, but that was okay. I made the decision, with the persuasion from the hubs, not to carry my handheld water bottle because it was over cast and not too hot yet and there would be water stops every 2 miles, this would come back to bite me in the rear a little later... I made it to the start line, found some semi-normal looking people that looked like they were just running for fun and stayed around them, and there was a gun fire, or air horn or something to signal the start.. I was still questioning my decision to be up this early. To run.

I thought that I would just share some of my thoughts in chronological order from miles 1-10.

Mile 1: This isn't so bad. It feels good outside, I'm feeling good. I think today will be a good day. You're probably questioning all the black, with the heat - but in the hot summer months this color does not show sweat so bad, and these are the only nike shorts I have at the moment that my sweat marks don't make me look like I peed in my pants. 

Miles 2-3: Okay, maybe it's a little hotter than I had originally anticipated. Let me slow down a little bit, I don't want to kill myself at the beginning and not make my goal... These hills aren't that bad. Good thing my normal runs include hills... 
Mile 4: Water!! Um holy hill! I was warned this was a pretty hilly course, this is a major hill! I think I might die. I imagine that this hill might laugh at heart break hill in Boston.. I think I should speed walk so that I don't lose my oatmeal.. I wish I had taken my tums..
Mile 5: Top of the hill - is that an angel that I see? No, no but it is someone with a hose in their yard spraying people, um yes please, me! Oh that feels so good, thank you Jesus for that nice person. Oh you have ice cold water too... ohh maybe you are an angel. My armpit hurts I hope I'm not starting to chafe, I've never chafed in my life!
Mile 6: I might kill the hubs when I'm done. What I wouldn't give to have my own water at this moment. I'm hungry too. I think I might have swallowed a bug. Am I hallucinating!? No that lady is standing on the side of the road with an ice chest filled with ice! Yay! That feels really good on my armpit, it really hurts. 
Mile 7: Yet, another friendly Bell Buckle neighbor handing out powerade! Just what I needed!
Mile 8-10: At least this isn't a half! My armpit!! Ugh, I have chafed, how annoying! Ew, my mouth feels so nasty, I really wish I had brushed my teeth... I will say there was some walking involved. And some nice girl named Desiree ran by me at mile 9.5 and was like come on girl we're almost there - thank you Desiree!
Me and Desiree - Almost done!

Finish: Who can eat a moon pie right now? No thank you. Oh is that an ice cold RC cola? That feels soo good under my arm! I need some Vaseline like whoa!? When and what are we planning on eating?

The hubs said that the first runner crossed the finish like in like 57 minutes and I was right behind him! By like an hour! I didn't make my goal, but I was oh so close - and yet totally okay with being a back of the pack runner for this race considering I signed up for it 3 weeks ago, and didn't really prepare. I thought I did okay, and right on track with where I had been. I just know that I have to work harder for future races and my goals! 

We walked around the festival, which kind of reminded me of the Mullet Festival with just a tad bit more class, and not as much dust, or mullet. (If you are unsure of what the Mullet Festival is, please stick around until October and it may have its very own post! Or you can just go to the Niceville website and verify that it really does exist.) We ate lunch at the Bell Buckle Cafe and enjoyed some down home southern cooking, and went to find a spot to wait for the parade, which we didn't think would happen, because a bus fell in the ditch and a little boy got his foot run over and broke it. I don't think the bus actually landed on his foot, I think that this was a separate incident, but I'm just really not too sure. I think this is how rumors get started? Finally the parade started and it did not disappoint. For a town of about 400 people, it was exactly what you would expect! I do have a couple of pictures, but I'm having a hard time transferring them, so you'll just have to use your imagination. Ms. Tennessee was there, and Ms. USA (or maybe Ms. America, I still don't know the difference between the two, because is it, or is it not the same country? USA and America? Do we really need two pageants??) and the queen and king of Bell Buckle made their appearance, and you had your standard fire truck, an all female motor cycle gang (these were not your average grandmas..) and a bunch of small children dressed like RC colas and moon pies handing out candy... not moon pies. After this we headed home, where we all proceeded to nap like small children most of the afternoon. I hope to run this race again, as it was very fun, and very well organized, and I want that hill to give me another chance to tackle it without thoughts of death and suicide... 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some of my Pet Peeves about the American Language

Now I'm not claiming to be an English teacher, although that was my back up just in case nursing didn't work out. Luckily for your children, depending on how you look at it, nursing worked out. I would've been a terrible teacher. But, seeing as how I often start sentences with 'and' or 'but' and am the queen of run on sentences, I'm just not so sure how well teaching English would've worked out. Even though I could totally do with the schedule, only work 180 days of the year? (sidenote: I did the math and I only work 152 days of the year give or take BUT I work nights and 12 hour shifts, and weekends and holidays, so basically its like double...)  Get 3 months off every summer? Two weeks at Christmas? And a spring break!? Um, yes please. I would just like to point out that both my parents were teachers/administrators growing up, thus getting all the same holidays as me, and I was probably in high school by the time I really thought about it, and realized that if I didn't become a teacher, then I would not get a summer, Thanksgiving or Christmas break. And the thought of that my friends, was absolutely depressing. Lo and behold I became a nurse, at a hospital no less that NEVER closes its doors, and I will always be working some random holiday... but that's a story for another day!

In an attempt to get inspiration for this blog, I read a lot of other blogs, a lot about running, some just about other people's lives, but I notice a trend in a lot of them, mine included (I am not immune to my very own list of pet peeves), this trend is bad grammar! The misuse of certain words, that I feel inclined to inform you and educate you on these and their uses! So, let's get started!

Conjunctions
There are seven of them, and we have been discouraged from using them to start a sentence for like ever. BUT if you read here often, you notice that I start sentences with them ALL THE TIME! After doing some searching, here and here, I am convinced that I'm not breaking any huge cardinal rule of the English language. I am very informal, and am not really trying to win the Pulitzer prize or anything - just giving you an exclusive look inside the oh so interesting lives of the Tucker's.
Too vs To vs Two
Two is a NUMBER people a NUMBER . Don't use it unless you're replacing the NUMBER 2!
Too is used in the same way you would use also, or to describe something in excess
To used in every other situation
source
Their vs They're vs There
Their is possessive much like his, hers, and ours
They're (ughh contractions!) people if you use they're and you break it up in your sentence to 'they are' and it   does not make sense then don't use it! It is not right!
There is a place.
source
Than vs Then (I mess this one up all the time)
Than is used when comparing two different things
Then is talking about time
source

Okay, I feel better now that, that's all cleared up.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Molasses

And I'm not talking about the syrupy substance that you put on pancakes* I'm talking about my run last night.  A slow as molasses 7.88 miles. Are you asking yourself why I always talk about running? And why I always have to mention how slow I am? Well folks, this is partly about me, and at the moment it is the most exciting thing we've got going on around here, besides the fact that we now know the origin of "believe you me". You can read about it here. But, I digress...

It was supposed to be a solid 8 but somewhere in my turn around, it got cut off by 0.12 miles. I've never claimed to be good at math. It was also getting dark and I figured I could do without that 0.12 miles, lest I run into some sketchball and never even make it home... I watch a lot of Criminal Minds** and have an extremely vivid imagination when it comes to my safety and lack there of. Hence my major argument for the adoption of this mangy mutt -

He's pretty scary right? He will lick you to death, with that over sized tongue of his, and that is a promise! So watch out! In reality, I take my safety seriously and carry pepper spray (thanks to my mother in law, I lost my whistle though...), my phone, my license, and credit card (mainly because I run by Target..). But, believe you me, that no one is taking a second look at this huffing, puffing, perspiring, chub rubbing, SLOW runner! 

Anywho, this run of mine. One of my last long runs before the RC Cola and Moon Pie 10 mile on Saturday. I plan on one more 8 miler, before taking it easy on Friday. Today went well, I ran the entire time, only stopping to stretch once and take this picture of the sunset over the Stones River - 


That view sure does beat running in downtown White Plains, no nature there. The weather was perfect, not blisteringly hot like it has been, and a nice cool breeze. Finally I didn't feel like I was running through the Sahara desert for days, in sweats, with no water to drink. That may be a slight over dramatization, but I really can't say it enough - IT IS HOT Y'ALL! Also, I had no GI issues and minimal cramping! Woo hoo! And I even forgot my tums before I left! And since I had taken it nice and easy, I was able to speed up a little the last few miles for negative splits! I am so ready for Saturday... and some RC cola and Moon Pies.. Bring on the hills! 

*what I wouldn't give for some pancakes at two o'clock in the morning! Cracker Barrel seriously needs to think about being a 24/7 establishment
**Everyone needs a Derek Morgan in their life. They just do.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Doogie" Days of Summer

Someone can't take the heat... And I'm not talking about the Mavs...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What makes a runner, a runner?

If you can recall last week, here, when I announced that I'd like to run everyday in June, that I would like to log 120 miles for this month... Yeah I remember that too. But if I am lacking in anything (which isn't a lot) it is follow through. I like to say that I am going to do things, start things, finish things, etc. So while I haven't ran everyday, I have ran five out of seven days, and logged a whopping 21 miles. While not the most miles for a week ever logged, this is a lot considering the amount of time I've taken off and my inconsistency AKA lack of follow through. I still have 23 days to run 100 miles! I can do this!


I have been reading a lot of blogs and forums about runners, by runners and these people are fast. I'm talking like sub 20 min 5k's and qualifying for Boston, etc. Some of these people run "slow, dragging" miles at a 9 min pace!? What the what!? So while reading all the information out in the world wide web and in making these goals for myself and logging my ever so slow miles, and also my fastest 3 (10:38 pace! woo! go me!) miles to date, it got me thinking, what makes a runner, a runner?
Definitions from Dictionary.com -
run: to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step all orboth feet are off the ground.
runner: a person who runs, esp an athlete


Who am I kidding? I am not an athlete. I was a mediocre gymnast, an okay cheerleader, and an undedicated weight lifter (they wanted us to wear singlets, um hello... no thank you). I am built like a line backer for no good reason, other then if I was a boy I could have been a football player. When I tell people I've ran two half marathons, and I've signed up for more, they ask me,"So, you're a runner?", and I reply, "Um, no. I just run." So again, what makes a runner, a runner? Am I not a runner because I've only ran half marathons, not the full? Am I not a runner because I am by no means a purist runner? I love all the gadgets, shoes, clothes that go with running! And if my iPod dies forget it, I'm going home. Am I not a runner because I can't just eat a banana and go? I need carbs people and time to digest! Am I not a runner because I run my recovery/slow runs at around a 12:30 pace? Am I not a runner because I have yet to run a track workout? Am I not a runner because my "fast" is equivalent to the average runner's slow? Am I not a runner because I don't run everyday? I don't follow a training plan, I don't do Yasso 800s, or run for negative splits. Am I not a runner because I absolutely could not talk while running at my comfortable pace!? I refuse to waste valuable breaths. Am I not a runner because I feel the need to refuel even if I'm only running 10 miles?


And yet, I want to get faster. I want to run a 5k in under 30 min. I want to run a half in under two hours. I have running goals. Things that I want to accomplish as a runner.


After much contemplation, I came to the conclusion that, yes I am a runner. I may run at a fast walking pace, but I'm getting out there, and looking good all decked out in all my Nike garb if I say so myself. When I run 6 miles, albeit at a 12ish min pace, I've done more than most people have done that day. 



I mean, you're not going to catch Doogie out there running on the greenway anytime soon... So, next time I get asked if I'm a runner, I think that I'll reply, "Why yes I am."

Slow Runners Unite! 
Am I not a runner, because I look like I'm walking over the finish line, legit dragging my feet.. and all I was thinking was food, food, food...

Monday: 3 miles (10:38 pace!!)
Tuesday: 4.65 miles hot hot hot

Monday, June 6, 2011

Main Squeeze Mondays = My main, main squeeze

 
Rehearsal dinner. Thankfully I got to spend the month before in Florida in the sun... someone else obvi did not.. 

Gettin' hitched.

Today the hubs, AKA my main, main squeeze, and I celebrate TWO years of holy matrimony, wedded bliss, happily ever after-ness, etc, etc. TWO!!! Can I just say that it has flown by crazy fast! Our dating years flew by, and marriage has flown by even faster! I've been lucky that I've had a few days off and we've just been able to relax and hang with the animals.
In two years of marriage, we've lived in three different apartments, all just as small as the next in two different cities and added a cat and dog to our lives. While it's definitely not always easy, God knew what he was doing February 13, 2002 when we sat down next to each other in Wednesday night youth group. I wouldn't change anything, life is an adventure and our's hasn't been anything but!  I'm glad to be along side my best friend, my confidante, SOMETIMES my biggest cheerleader (he tells me he doesn't think I can do something, and I do it.. that's how we roll), my husband in this journey. I can't wait to find out what God has in store for us, because if it's anything like the past two years I can only imagine... The sky is the limit? Thank you my dear for being the most Godly of husbands and an example to me every day, I love you to the moon and back!


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, 13


One week before we got engaged... yes I have a lazy eye..

Engagement session.

Love. 

Disclaimer- when I decided to start main squeeze Mondays, I hadn't anticipated the "z" button would break. It is still function-able as you can tell but  there's just no cover. If that makes sense? What I'm trying to say is it is difficult to type and use the "z" but I do it for the people... all 5 of you... I aim to please.   

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ultimate stare down

Harley better watch it...

Yes we let our cat sit on the kitchen table. He uses it more than we do...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Perspiration

I've been mentioning it around here a lot, but summer has arrived y'all! It is like 110 degrees outside with 152% humidity! It is hot! hot! hot! With these brutal temperatures comes sweat, and boy oh boy do I sweat a lot. I sweat like an old fat man at the gym. It is not pretty. I heard once that girls don't sweat, they glisten. This then caused me to question my femininity (say that three times fast!) because y'all, I don't glisten, I drip. I drip from places I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to drip from. But last I checked I'm still a girl. So this is good news. I generally steer pretty clear from the color gray because it show every single drop of sweet and salty, ammonia filled, hypothalamus produced sweat. But I have one t-shirt that I love to wear, it's soft, and worn and fits me just right and is the perfect shirt to run in as it doesn't cling or show any of what my mama gave me, ie: muffin tops. But after 6 miles in the Tennessee heat and this is what I have to show for it - only 6 measly miles..

I may or may not have gone into Target looking like this.

No it was not raining, that was just my hypothalamus trying to protect my brain from reaching too high temperatures causing me to SWEAT! And I was worried about the creepy guy on the greenway dragging me into the woods and killing me... I think I scared him!! Anywho, I got home, realized that I should perhaps retire the gray favored t-shirt, and perused the Nike website and found these gems on sale - 

The Nike Racer tank

They are a little big, and while I'm not exactly a small girl, I probably could have gone with a small, but for now I'll just keep the medium. Also, while I'd rather not show off these not so summer ready arms (I'm working on the 100 push up challenge), I am hoping that these will provide for a slightly cooler run. I'll let you know.. here's to staying hydrated!

Just to make you smile

Since it's everyone's favorite day of the week and I want you to enjoy a good laugh!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The "Doogie" days of summer

These are very similar to the dog days of summer as our cats days are full of stagnant days which are dull and lacking in any progress. Here is the average day looks like in the life of Doogie.

He likes to lay on the couch and nap..



Sometimes he sits at the kitchen table..


He is also very good at begging for food..

Please sir can I have some more?

Every now and again we go outside to eat bugs and watch Harley fetch...

This doesn't last long as it is H-O-T hot hot hot outside!!

Lastly, in an attempt to be more healthy this summer, Doogie has agreed to get on the inversion table...

What is this? Will it help flatten my belly!?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy National Running day!!

Also, happy June! I don't know about y'all, but I am wondering where this year has gone!? I feel like I just said good bye to all my New York peeps and moved to Nashville! In 5 days the hubs and I will be celebrating TWO years! TWO!
Anywho, as this is the first day of June I have some goals for this month that I'd like to put out there in cyber world in hopes that if I know I've typed them out for the whole world to see, if the whole world chooses to meander on over here and read about my life, and keep me accountable! I deleted my previous dailymile.com account, and opened a new account to keep a new track of all my miles run. SO - I am planning to run everyday in June. You heard me, everyday! As well as running everyday, I'd like to log at the very least 120 miles for the month. For me, this will be a lot. This comes out to about 4 miles a day. I probably won't run 4 miles everyday, but I think all the tempo/pace runs, hill workouts, and long runs that I do should come out and keep the 28 miles a week that I'd like to accomplish! There it's out there. That's my goal and I think I can do. But feel free to keep me motivated!

A sweet action shot of me running on National Running day! Someone needs some vitamin D like WHOA!

Sunday - 1.25ish miles of hills!
Monday - 3.01 miles
Tuesday - 2 miles
Wednesday - 5.98 miles - day 1!

Nashville Women's Half Marathon


I must be losing my mind! Or maybe it was the sign at the gym advertising a training program for this particular half marathon that offers a 16 week training plan, weekly group runs, and a t-shirt!? Uh, you had me at team running t-shirts. One can never have too many t-shirts. 
I have actually been planning to run this half with my sister, as we really wanted to run the country music half marathon but life got in the way. We quickly got on active.com and found the Nashville Women's Half Marathon. It boasts much of the same route as the country music half marathon - a starting point at the Country Music Hall of Fame, run through music row, and Centennial Park and end with a downtown street party. Sounds pretty sweet. Along with a downtown route, you get a "one of a kind" finisher's medal with a removable charm that you can turn add to a necklace or charm bracelet. I don't know about you, but I like a good piece of jewelry. You also get a tech shirt SPECIFIC to women - I am so excited about this, a race shirt that will actually fit me. 
I cannot even "brag" about my first half marathon because the tech shirt is so big. My second half marathon, the tech shirt was so small, luckily it was a pretty small community based race and I was able to exchange it for a size that actually fit me! 
I'm hoping that this half will go relatively better than my previous two, this time around I have all summer to train. And, as I mentioned at the beginning, the YMCA is offering training and a running group. I am super excited about the running group, I am hoping that it is at a time that I can join them! I need friends! Especially to run with! People to keep me accountable, now I can only hope that there are people that run as slow as I do. 
So, here's to running in my third half, enjoying at least two sweaty hours with my sister, and meeting new people! Let's all cyber clink!

Just to add a bit of color - here is my favorite picture of my boys - Harley's face is like wth!?