Spring Break[down]

Yes.  The blog is on Spring Break.  While I'd like to imagine the blog (and myself!) going down to Cancun and drinking frosty frozen concoctions, getting tan and making questionable and regrettable decisions, it is really just an issue of time and the complete and total lack thereof.  I've got a million things going on right now with no time for much of anything but survival.

Be back soon swoon.   

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What I Wore {post 71}

Friday!  Last Friday in March! Who can believe that?  I am ready for a good weekend and a great race on Sunday.  I'll be sure to report back on Monday or Tuesday with a full race report.  

Printed Shift Dress

I found this sweet dress at the j.crew factory on sale.  I really loved the modern print and the fun shift style.  I kept things simple and wore nude patent heels and a long gold necklace.  Hair was back because it was time for a haircut and that's how I roll. 

St. Patrick's Day! Green Top, Black Pants, Black & White Accessories

I wore this top last year on St. Paddie's Day too.  I love it.  I found it at the Banana Republic outlet a few years ago.  I wore it to work with black pants, black flats and my black & white pearl necklace and black & white Dalmatian printed belt.  Easy.  

Striped Top & Taupe Pencil Skirt

I've had this pencil skirt (from the Limited) for 3 years now.  I found the top at TJ Maxx for about $15.   It's funny because in real life, it reads more blue than red, and in this picture it seems a bit more red!  This was a very simple outfit.  And comfortable too.

Have a great weekend!  Spring is in the air! I know it. 
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2015 Training: Week 12

Ahhh ... March.  You've got to love a month (and in this case a week) when you experience all four seasons.  This week was crazy.  We had cool, cold, warm and hot.  And snow.  6 inches of snow!  Thankfully, it didn't affect my workout, but it really did make me mad.   Like Unikitty* mad.  *hint - theme!- there will be more cats in this post! 

Week 12 [March 16-22]:  5:35:33 hours (35.5 miles)

Monday:  rest day
Tuesday:  walk/run
Wednesday: speedwork
Thursday: easy run
Friday: rest day
Saturday: long run - 20 miles
Sunday: walk/run

The Workouts

Monday I really enjoyed the rest day.  I was feeling pretty good despite my 18 mile run the day before.  

Tuesday was a walk/run - easy 5 minute walk, 35 minute run.  It was about 45 degrees when I left the house.  And by the end of the run, I had rolled the arm warmers down.

Tuesday was also St. Paddie's Day!  Who enjoyed a black and tan? This girl.

Wednesday was speedwork. I had a busy morning, so I opted to do it at the Y after work and on the treadmill. It was fine.  Nothing crazy.  The volume was lower than in weeks past, so it felt like a little gift.

Thursday.  Easy run, but it was cold again.  It felt like a kick in the teeth after the warm temps earlier in the week.  Obviously I am thrilled.  

Friday was a rest day and thank goodness, because it snowed this day.  Grrr.

Saturday I had a long run of 20 miles.  I went to my son's basketball game at 8:30 and ran when I got home.  Thankfully the temps warmed up quite a bit, so the snow was melting and the trail was clear.  The run was 20 miles, all endurance pace.   It was a great run for most of it, but at the end, I struggled.  I will illustrate in the best way I know how - with kittens.  The first 16 miles, I felt like this:

There were even moments of this:

Then once I hit mile 16 or so, something changed. There was a shift. I felt a little like this:

And then, those final 3 miles, I was like this.

Here is how I actually looked post-run:

Pretty hot.  

And here is what got me through those final 3 miles: knowing a Sprite was waiting for me.  Oh and I got new sneakers! I love them.  I've continued to buy my ruby red Sauconys since I first found them in June, and I think it's time for a change.  The new blue suits me just fine.  

Sunday was a very easy workout.  I was sore from the 20 miler, but this one felt good.  15 minute walk - then 5 x 4 min run/1 min walk - then a couple minutes walk. 

This week is not so bad training wise, and it will culminate with the Love Run half marathon on Sunday.  My coach has me running about 5 miles before the race.  Here's hoping this one is a good race!
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What I Wore {post 70}

70 What I Wore posts? With very little repeats?  Yes! And Yay.  

And yay for weekend.  Yes and yay.  I can't wait.  I have a long run and a visit from a dear friend for our favorite: steak, wine and chatter.  She does my soul good. But before I head out for my fun weekend of goodness, here's a round up of recent outfits.

Navy Dress, Tan Cardigan, Brown Boots, Wine Tights

I loved this outfit.  It was one of those throw together I think this will look good I'm not really sure oh wait yes it's good outfits.  I started with a navy dress from j.crew. It's strapless, but it's fine in all seasons under a sweater.  I paired it with a tan cardigan with ruffle trim from Target (years old) and wore my brown leather belt, which is sadly kind of hidden by my arms.  I wore wine colored tights and my brown boots.  It's a great end of Winter get the heck out of here Winter outfit. 

Fuchsia Sweater, Black & White Sheer Blouse, Black & White Pin-stripe Skirt

This was another throw-together and hope it works outfits.  I wore this on a day when I had a bunch of meetings but didn't want to wear a suit.  I was happy with how it turned out.  I tried to take a pic without my face and don't like the way that turned out at all.  Even with my morning mean face, I think that's better than a faceless shot.  

Grey Slouchy Top, Bootcut Jeans & Long Necklace

I *loved* this outfit! I had a party one night and the dress was casual but I didn't want to go too casual.  I bought these jeans at Old Navy.  In past years, I have sworn off Old Navy jeans as not flattering or comfortable but I decided to give them another try when I had a crazy promotion where I ended up paying about $17 for a pair.  I couldn't not buy them and try.  And I found that they've revamped their jeans. I went with the Flirt style in Crater Lake color (size 2 Short on me) and found that they are very flattering, with a higher rise and smaller back pockets than they used to be.  The bootcut is a very narrow boot as well, which makes for a modern fit.  Sold.   I found the slouchy top at Nordstrom  (Top Shop brand) and online it was about $30, which seemed a pretty good deal.  I wandered into the store and found that it was on sale for $16.  Um ... ok.  I ended up buying it and its blush pink twin.  I'm wearing a size XS, by the way.  I wore my cowgirl boots from Austin Texas but the outfit needed something.  I wore my long necklace from Talbot's (years ago on clearance) and think that made the outfit work.  

There you go!  Happy weekend! See you back here on Monday.
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The New Blog Look

Good morning!

Wednesdays are usually all about home projects, but today is about my home here on the interwebs - the new blog look!  Here's a little story of how it all happened and who made it happen.

History of the Blog

The story of how Swoon came to be is kind of fun.  A number of years ago, Jamie was planning her wedding and I was helping out with the details, and we both realized how much we loved it.  At the time, I was working at a job (not my current one) that I didn't love and needed a creative outlet.  Jamie and I considered event planning and made pretty decent strides to that end.  We branded ourselves "Swoon Events" and started a company, started blogging, worked with a designer to create our logo and color scheme and even met with a PR consultant.  There came a point where we had to decide whether we did it as a hobby or a profession, and neither of us was willing to leap to the latter. We also realized, as we blogged about home stuff, that our passion was more with home projects and DIY than with weddings and events.  So we did a rebrand, and Swoon Style and Home was born.  We also redid our blog and went with the yellow and grey color scheme that was on the blog for so long.  We shared the blog for years - taking turns posting and sharing about our home projects and style/fashion loves.  

Time marches on and things change ... and Jamie found herself busier at work without the ability to blog.  So the two of us talked (um ... we talk a lot.  usually some wine is involved) and I asked if she minded if I took over the blog for awhile and redid it, of course leaving the door open for her to return at any time.  She was all for it.  I say all this so that you know that I didn't railroad my way to change up the blog.  Jamie was, and always will be, a huge part of what Swoon is. 

And as time marched on, and my life changed, a lot of my focus turned to running and triathlon.  Bill (kind of jokingly) suggested that I rename the blog "Swoon Style Home and Sweat" and I thought that was brilliant.  My posts were settling into a routine anyway - Monday workouts (sweat), Wednesdays projects (home) and Fridays what I wore (style).  I didn't want to change the URL but definitely loved the idea of adding the "sweat" to the name.  Thank you Bill! 

The New Design

So where to begin?  I knew I wanted a totally new look that really reflected me.  I started where I started in the past with blog design: the blog Snippet and Ink.  Snippet and Ink is a wedding blog, but she also creates gorgeous inspiration boards.  Those are mostly for wedding planning purposes, but Jamie and I used them a number of times in the past for our blog designs.  So that's where I started.  I went through all of the inspiration boards and went with the one that I liked the most.  This one:

Photo courtesy of Snippet & Ink
I loved the gold, the white, the cream and that blue.  I thought it was memorable, chic and yet still very simple.  It seemed very me.  Also, I would kill for that dress.  

I wanted a blog with a lot more white space.  Something easy to read.  And also something pretty to read.  I think the blog is just that!  I also wanted something that was easier for my readers.  I've gotten comments that the "comment" section was hard to find.  Now it's right at the bottom of the post, which definitely makes more sense.  The new nav bar at the top also makes sense.  I'll eventually update those buttons/pages.  

The Designer

I started with the designer who worked on past iterations of Swoon, but she is on maternity leave.  So I did some google searching and landed upon Stephanie at How Sweet Designs.  I loved the blogs that she designed, her ordering/designing process seemed very simple and streamlined, her prices were totally fair, and I thought she was a great fit.  And she was! I have to say - it was truly a pleasure and a breeze working with her.  And it took maybe 3-4 weeks from the second I placed the order until the site went live.  I highly recommend Stephanie if you're looking to redo (or even start up) a blog.  It helped that I had a clear direction, but she was able to understand my vision even when I couldn't articulate it all that well (e.g., "the font isn't swirly or swoopy enough ... can you change it?").  

So that's the story of the new blog! I hope you enjoy it. I sure am!  
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New Blog! New Playlist! Also 2015 Training Week 11!

So many exclamation points!


So, you have probably realized that my blog was completely revamped recently.  I cannot tell you how excited I am about this.  I'll post a little more detail later on, but suffice it to say, I am super excited with the final results.  :)

Week 11 of training was a challenge because of work travel.  I had a conference in New Orleans, and between long travel days and one very long night (umm, actually only 12:30 but c'mon), it was hard to make room for the workouts.  I capped the week off with a brand new playlist, which I'll share at the bottom of this post, and a fantastic, confidence boosting long run of 18 miles.  Ready for details? Oh I know that you are.

Week 11 [March 9-March 15] 4:32:32 hours

swam: x
biked: 30 minutes (on trainer)
ran:  4:02:32 hours (27.8 miles)

Monday:  rest day
Tuesday:  walk/run track/speedwork
Wednesday: track/speedwork rest day -- travel
Thursday:  walk/run easy endurance run hotel treadmill
Friday:  easy endurance run rest day -- recovery and travel
Saturday: walk/run bike
Sunday:  18 mile long run

Yah.  So as you can see, I had to move things around quite a bit.  Only two workouts (and one was a rest day) stayed put.

Monday I rested.  After my 17 mile run, I felt I deserved it.

Tuesday was supposed to be a walk/run but I knew I would have trouble doing my speedwork any other day that week with all the travel and work, so I opted to do the speedwork on this day.  I also discovered the indoor track at the YMCA. Why ... WHY ... haven't I done this before? It was so much better than running on the treadmill!  The track is 1/11th of a mile, but for my purposes (and because I am *terrible* at math), I went with 1/10th of a mile.  The workout was:

10 minute easy + 5 x 30 seconds progressive pick-ups with 30 seconds walk recovery + 6 x 3/4 mile at alternating 7:20 and 7:40 pace with 1 minute walk and 1 minute easy run recovery + 5 minute easy run recovery.

This was a hard workout but a good one.  Did it.  Felt pretty good about it  Yay.

Wednesday I had to rest.  I had to get up at 4:00 am to get my flight, traveled all morning, arrived in NOLA, then went to a conference, then happy hour, then business dinner, then crashed very hard in the hotel bed.   A workout was darn near impossible.

Thursday morning, I ran on the hotel treadmill: 10 minute walk and then 30 minute run.  Perfect.  Thursday afternoon, I carbo loaded some beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde.  Here is what happened:

If you've never had a beignet, first you must.  Second, they are like donut/funnel cake things and are amazing.  So good.  

Thursday night was busy with more business dinners and then an evening on Bourbon Street. Here are Amy and me on a balcony of the Bourbon Cowboy bar with Bourbon Street over our shoulders.

Friday.  LOL.  There was no way I was getting on a treadmill.  See above re: Bourbon Street.  I had work in the morning and then travel all late afternoon and evening.  A rest day was a necessity.

Saturday's workout was impossible timing-wise. The best I could do was 30 minutes on the bike.  Better than nothing.

Sunday.  Oh Sunday! Glorious long run Sunday!  First, it was upper 30s.  I wore short sleeves, arm warmers, capris and a smile!

No hat! No gloves! No ear warmer! No tights!  No ice or snow on the route.  It felt so so so good just to run and enjoy and not have to contend with conditions!  

The run was an 18 miles with 8 at race pace (8:15-8:25).  The workout was 8 miles at 9:05-9:30 pace, 8 miles at 8:15-8:25 pace, 2 miles at 9:15-9:45 pace.  

Here are my paces:  

Miles 1-8:

mile 1 -- 8:57
mile 2 -- 9:04
mile 3 -- 9:08
mile 4 -- 9:04
mile 5 -- 9:17
mile 6 -- 9:29
mile 7 -- 9:12
mile 8 -- 9:09

These miles felt good.  I had to consciously slow myself down.  Especially since I knew I had 8 miles of hard work ahead of me.  As for the next 8 miles ... I crushed them.  

mile 9 -- 8:22
mile 10 -- 7:51
mile 11 -- 8:03
mile 12 -- 8:09
mile 13 -- 8:11
mile 14 -- 8:11
mile 15 -- 8:14
mile 16 -- 8:12

I tried to maintain a steady, even pace (pretending I was actually racing and had to hold it for a full marathon) for these miles.  Except for mile 10 where I apparently lost my mind and ran a 7:51, I succeeded and was even a little faster than I should have been. 

Miles 17-18

mile 17 -- 9:06
mile 18 -- 9:20

I finished nice and strong. My final mile is up a pretty punishing hill home, so that one is always a bit slow.  Especially with 17 3/4 miles in the tank.  And if a great happy run wasn't enough to make me happy and dance a joyful little jig, this was waiting for me when I walked in the door:

My kind friend/coworker came through like a champ and watched the kids for me while I ran.  Molly loves when he does because he bakes with her ... and today she wanted to bake me a cake.  She insisted on all of the decorations and the message.  Cake is amazing.  

I was also feeling the need for a new playlist, so I created one the night before my run. As always, because I have no shame and because I know I have some kindred out there somewhere who actually appreciate and will copy the list, I will share it with you.  

Have a great week!
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"Another Bad Playlist"

A Horse With No Name (America)
All Out of Love (Air Supply)
All Through the Night (Cyndi Lauper)
Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley)
America (Simon & Garfunkel )
Annie's Song (John Denver)
Another Night (Real McCoy)
Any Way You Want It (Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis & Julianne Hough) Rock of Ages Soundtrack
Baby, Now That I've Found You (The Foundations)
Baby, What a Big Surprise (Chicago)
Be My Baby (The Ronettes)
Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)
Can I Get A... (JAY Z)
Can't Deny It (feat. Nate Dogg) (Fabolous)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
Can't Smile Without You (Barry Manilow)
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Us3)
Carefree Highway (Gordon Lightfoot)
Centerfold (The J. Geils Band)
Dance With Me (Orleans)
Danny's Song (Kenny Loggins)
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Chicago)
Down (feat. Lil Wayne) (Jay Sean )
Even the Nights Are Better (Air Supply)
Faithfull (Journey)
Fantastic Voyage (Coolio)
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (ABBA)
Hard Knock Life (JAY Z)
Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away (Chicago)
Heaven is a Place on Earth (Belinda Carlisle)
Hello Again (Neil Diamond)
Hypnotize (The Notorious B.I.G.)
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) (Daryl Hall & John Oates)
Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice)
If You Leave Me Now (Chicago)
Inside Out (Eve 6)
It Takes Two (Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock )
It's My Turn (Diana Ross)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (ABBA)
Lady (feat. Kenny Rogers) (Lionel Richie)
Lotta Love (Nicolette Larson )
Mamma Mia (ABBA)
Manic Monday (The Bangles)
Morning Train (Nine to Five) (Sheena Eason)
Open Arms (Journey)
(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away (Andy Gibb)
Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John)
Regulate (Nate Dogg & Warren G)
Sad Eyes (Robert John)
Still (The Commodores)
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses)
The Tears of a Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
Touch Me In the Morning (Diana Ross)
True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
Waiting for a Star to Fall (Boy Meets Girl)
We Built This City / We’re Not Gonna Take It (Russell Brand & Catherine Zeta-Jones) Rock of Ages Soundtrack
What Kind of Fool (Duet With Barry Gibb) (Barbra Streisand)
Wherever You Will Go (The Calling)
Windy (The Association)
With Your Love (Jefferson Starship)
Work It (Missy Elliott)
You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)

What I Wore {post 69}

Ahhhh Friday once again.  Yay yay yay.  I love closing out the week with some pretty clothes. This is the time of year when I look at my sweaters and Winter clothes with disdain and contempt.  I am ready for florals and light fabrics and feminine, ethereal Springy clothes.  And new shoes.  Always with the new shoes.  

In the meantime, here are a handful of recent Winter outfits.  :/

Black & White Skirt and Black V-Neck Sweater

Talk about wardrobe workhorses.  I have had this black silk v-neck sweater from Banana Republic for ages ... probably going on about 10 years at this point.  I love it and will cry big crocodile tears when it eventually wears out.  I wore it with my black boots and black & white skirt ($11 TJ Maxx a few years ago). 

Maroon Sweater, Black Pants, Turquoise Necklace

I am a huge fan of the dark red + baby blue or turquoise color combination.  It all goes back to 1996 when I was in Rome and strolling the Via Conditti (which is the most fashionable street in Rome) and saw that color combo on a dress in the Versace window.  It stopped me in my tracks - literally.  I didn't dare go in the store, as I was 20 years old and likely wearing grubby American college coed clothing, but I remember being struck by how stunning that dress looked.  Honestly, I think that was the moment in my life when I vowed to stop dressing like a grubby American college coed and start dressing (and looking) a little more fashionable.  That is a really long way of explaining why I wear (and love!) this color combo as often as I do.  Anyway ... the sweater is from the Ann Taylor outlet, the pants are from the Banana Republic outlet (and are hemmed so that I can wear flats with them), and the necklace is a fun carved rose necklace from Tarina Tarantino, circa 2002.

Orange Sweater & Boyfriend Jeans

I wore this on a recent snowy/icy/whatever I hate Winter right now day in the office.  I wore my snow boots into the office, but once there, changed into my floral flats from Boden.  The jeans are steals from the Gap outlet - they're the boyfriend style.  I had to have them tailored a bit, but it was worth it.  The sweater is a $4 clearance find from Loft from a few years ago.  You can't see it but it has a sweet little grosgrain ribbon tie in the back at the neckline.

Have an awesome weekend, ya'll! 

More Kitchen Organizing

Ten minute project here.  More cabinet organization in the kitchen. This time I worked on the cabinet above my sink, which currently holds my tupperware, my big pasta bowls, my wooden and plastic serving bowls, matches & lighters and my beloved Le Creuset Dutch Oven that I use all of the time in the Fall and Winter.  It also held a mismash of things, including water bottles, pitchers and odds and ends.  The cabinet doesn't even look that bad.  But to me, it is chaos. 

So, as usual, I pulled everything out and thought about what I needed and what was working and what wasn't.  What worked:
  • The pasta bowls within easy reach.  We are big pasta fans up in this joint.
  • The lighter/matches on the top shelf.  I regularly light candles and fires in the fireplace and want those things out of reach.
  • The tupperware in close proximity to the sink
What didn't work:
  • My Dutch Oven could not be any more difficult to reach. I would have to take out all the tupperware to get to it. Not working!
  • The mishmash of "stuff" in the cabinet.  It made me crazy.

What I did:

I bought some white bins in the Dollar Spot at Target. They were $3 and I knew they'd come in handy.  The top shelf worked.  I put the salad bowl and the matches/lighter back up there.  I also put the knife sharpener (which was stuck in the way back of the second shelf) up there too.  Now it's easy to find.

For the middle shelf, I put my tupperware container in one white bin and the lids in the other.  I threw out any gross or match-less pieces.  

For the bottom shelf, I put my pasta bowls, the Dutch Oven and my glass storage containers.  Now when I need to grab my Dutch Oven, I only have to move a couple of things.  Much better.  

As for the other items, I moved the water bottles into another white bin and put them in a different cabinet.  I still have to organize that one, so you'll see them in awhile. 

But hurrah.  This cabinet is done.

2015 Training: Weeks 9-10

Winter Schminter.  I am done with Winter.  And for me to say that, it's saying something because I rather enjoy running in the cold.  But I do not enjoy running in the ice or freezing rain or sub-zero wind chills.   I am definitely at the point where I want Springtime.  But I still have to train, so I'll suck it up and do the needful.  

Week 9 [Feb. 23-Mar. 1] 5:06:19 hours

Swam: n/a
Biked: n/a
Ran: 5:06:19 hours (32.1 miles)

Monday:  day off/bike/swim
Tuesday:  walk/run
Wednesday: track speedwork run outside!!
Thursday:  easy run
Friday: day off/bike/swim
Saturday: long run + Frostbite Five Miler
Sunday: walk/run

Yes - training is pretty running-specific right now.  And with my schedule of late, if I have a "day off" with the option of a swim or a bike, I'm typically just taking the day off.  I miss the pool so much.  

Monday was a day off after my 13 mile run on the treadmill.  I was pretty sore ... my legs don't like the treadmill that much at all.

Tuesday I had a run/walk combo.  I again had to do this on the treadmill because of the conditions outside.  

Wednesday was supposed to be speedwork, but it was pretty nice out (or at least not icy) and I couldn't stomach the idea of another treadmill run.  So I nixed the speedwork and instead enjoyed a lovely 3 mile run outside!  With headlamp and singlet!  My face may not show it, but I was really happy.  

Thursday was an easy run, which I had to do on the treadmill.  Bah.  Friday was another day off and I took advantage since my Saturday was a doozie.

Saturday I ran the Frostbite Five Miler, a local race that I love.  But my coach also had me tack miles onto that and treat it as my long run day.  So I had to run 11 miles before the race.  I ran them at a 9:00 pace, which is pretty darn good given the hilly route.  I had a pretty good race after that 11 mile effort.  I certainly didn't PR, but my 40:30 time was my second best time ever at the race.  Not too shabby.  

Sunday was an easy walk/run recovery.  Super easy.  Super comfy.  And it was outside, which made me super happy.

Week 10 [Mar. 2-Mar. 8] 4:55:15 hours

Swam: n/a
Biked: 45 minutes (on trainer)
Ran: 4:10:11 hours (26.5 miles)

Monday:  day off
Tuesday:  walk/run
Wednesday: track speedwork treadmill run
Thursday:  easy run  day off
Friday: day off/bike/swim:  45 minute bike
Saturday: walk/run
Sunday: long run - 17 miles

ARGADSFJALSDKFJSALKFJAOIEUFOIDLSFK.  Ever have one of those weeks where everything is crazy and nothing goes right and it's all a mess? This was my life - in every way - this week.  Workouts were no exception.  

Monday I enjoyed a rest day.  Yay.

Tuesday was a walk/run combo - 5 minutes of walking (it was supposed to be 15 but it was way too cold for that) and 30 minutes of easy running.  Here I am after.  Done with Winter.  Done with cold.  Done with everything.  

Wednesday - damn.  It was supposed to be a track speedwork workout, which these days means a treadmill speedwork workout.  Totally fine, whatever, ok.  I got to the gym around 6 and got started.  The workout was: mile warm up, then 6 x 3/4 mile at 7:20 and 7:40 paces (alternating) with 1 min walk and 1 min easy run.  Easy enough.  Only it wasn't easy enough.  I'm not sure what the problem was ... I don't think I ate enough the night before or that morning because during my second fast 3/4 mile interval, I felt way off and not well.  I stopped, walked, tried again but at that point I was done.  I threw in the towel and made the workout just a 30 minute run.  I figured I would just do my speedwork the next day.  

Thursday - uh.  Yeah.  This happened.

Really beautiful.  And a snow day for both me and the kids.  My only workout was digging out my car and walking to and from the hill and sledding with the kids.  Sometimes you've got to walk away from the training plan and enjoy life as it comes.

Friday was a rest day/bike/swim.  It was also another snow day.  I couldn't and didn't want to take another rest day.  I had to work all day but was able to make time for a 45 minute bike on the trainer.  It wasn't that bad.  

Saturday was an easy walk/run combo.  I had the kids and we all agreed to hit the indoor track at the YMCA for some fun laps.  The kids brought their iPads and either played on them or joined me for some running.  It was a lot of fun - I walked 10 minutes and ran 20.  It was a really nice break from the treadmill.  

Sunday was my long run.  It was not particularly well timed given it was Daylight Savings and I lost an hour of sleep.  My 6 am alarm felt way too early.  I had to be on the road by 7 am, as I had 17 miles to do.  I was *thrilled* that the temp was in the high 20s and would be sunny and warm to mid-30s by the end of the run.  Due to some very poor planning on my part, my night before meal was a handful of peel & eat shrimp, 2 bacon wrapped scallops, 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers.  I went to bed at 11 pm and thought ... oh boy ... this could go very badly tomorrow.  But it felt way too late to eat something, so I risked it.  And, wouldn't you know it, I had a great run.

I felt strong and good.  My tummy was happy.  And so was I :)

More of the same this week with a big 20 miler long run on Sunday with some very fast paced miles.  I've got a bit of work travel as well, so it'll be a challenge to make time for the workouts.  But I will do it! 

Have a good week.  

See you swoon,

What I Wore {post 68}

FRIDAY.  What more can you say about Friday but to all caps that sucker?

So I have some exciting news - my blog redesign is just about done and I love love love it!!  It should be live in the next few weeks.  I can't wait to share with you.  The URL will stay the same.  But gone are the yellow and the busy-ness of the current template.  I find the new site a lot easier to read and navigate and the comments are especially easier to use.  Sadly, the Swoon logo that I absolutely adore is gone as well.  Jamie is [at least temporarily] hanging up her blogging hat, and a solo cameo gave me a big sad.  So I did a complete control alt delete with the site for a fresh new look.  More details when the new site is up and running, but I can sum up my feelings about it with a giant rainbow colored squee!!!  

Anyway, here are some outfits.  I am so ready for Spring. After the week of ice and cold and snow and mess ... I am ready freddy for Spring.  

Orange Print Dress & Brown Boots

I love this dress.  The print is so fun and it's a very comfortable and flattering dress.  I got it awhile ago from Banana Republic Outlet for something crazy cheap like $11.  The only danger is Amy has a dress very similar, so if I don't check with her before wearing, I am always a little afraid that we will be twinsies.  

Bootcut Jeans & Wool Cowl Neck

I bought this cowl neck wool sweater back in 2012 from Ann Taylor. I remember that because it was a great deal and 2012 was a super warm Winter ... so warm that I couldn't wear this sweater!  The past few Winters have more than made up for it.  I wore this on a Friday to work.  

Leggings, Slouchy Sweater & Hunter Boots

Here's a weekend outfit.  The forecast was for snow (of course) so I wore my Hunter boots (which are a pretty green), with my black leggings, grey slouchy sweater, white top and grey knee socks. It was cozy and easy and I think chic enough for errands and basketball games.  

Have a terrific weekend!  See you back here on Monday with a round-up of the last two weeks' worth of training and - I promise - a house project!  In the meantime, I hope your weekend is epic.  Or at least kinda fun. 

See you swoon,

Race Recap: 2015 Frostbite Five Miler

Ahhhh ... Monday Monday.  Monday after freezing cold and ice Monday.  March sure did come in like a lion, so I am holding onto hope that it will go out like a lamb.  Tomorrow would be awesome. 

But despite the freezing cold temps, I had a race this weekend! The Frostbite Five Miler in Ambler, PA.  I've run this sucker a bunch and I like it because it's a true apples-to-apples comparison of performance since the course is the same.  Only this year, I think it's an apples to oranges comparison with past races because coach had me do an 11 mile warm up.  The big race (NJ State Marathon) is just 8 weeks away, so Saturday was just another long run day.  Last year, I managed to break 40 minutes, which put my pace in the 7s, which thrilled me given how hilly it is, and I was hoping that this year I could do the same.  That didn't happen, but I'm still pretty pleased with my performance.  

Here's a little history of my times:

2012:  42:28 (8:30 pace)
2013:  40:51 (8:10 pace)
2014:  39:35 (7:45 pace)
2015:  40:30 (8:06 pace)

Sure, I didn't break 40 (so close!) and I didn't beat or tie my time from last year, but even with 11 miles in the tank, I managed to beat my 2013 time.  That's not bad at all.  And in order to keep it simple, I just ran two loops of the race course and then tacked on an additional mile at the end.  My running buddy Tina met me at 6:45 (the race started at 9:00), so we were able to run that course twice and had about 20 minutes before the gun went off.  Perfect.  

It was ZOMG freezing when we started running our 11 miles at 6:45.  I think the temp was about 15 degrees.  It was so cold that my water bottle (that I wore on my fuel belt) froze.  Still, it was a lot of fun and it's always good to see the course conditions.  I forgot just how hilly this course really is!  

What's funny is if I look at my splits from this and last year, there is a definite pattern, which says a lot about the course!

Mile 1:  7:38 [last year: 7:41]
Mile 2:  7:32 [last year: 7:48]

Miles 1-2 are not bad.  There are a few uphills, but there's a lot of down.  I felt like I was flying down these hills.  I looked at my times and was like yes - yes - yes hold on to this pace. You can do it (put your back into it).

Mile 3:  8:15 [last year: 7:57]
Mile 4:  8:04 [last year: 7:46]

Mile 3 is a doozie - it's very uphill and the hills are long and really tough.  Mile 4 isn't easy either.  A bit of a break but still more hills.  You can see how even last year my time slowed on mile 3 and rebounded, but not as fast as the early miles, on mile 4.  I knew when I saw those 8s that I was in trouble.  Because Mile 5 is the hardest of all.  I tried to push and make up some time, but I was just done.  My legs would not go any faster.  

Mile 5:  8:26 [last year: 8:09]

What I remembered as a "gradual" uphill is actually a very challenging hill for a good 1/2 mile.  I saw my watch and knew that a sub 40 wasn't happening, but if I ran hard, I could come close.  You can see my face here - I wanted to finish strong:

The coolest thing about this race was that when I crossed the finish line, a woman in purple behind me came up to me, gave me a high five and then hugged me and said "THANK YOU! You paced me the entire race!"  I had no clue.  But damn ... that made me feel good.  Who doesn't like to be a rabbit?

So, I'll consider this one a bit of an anomaly in terms of results.  And I'll keep on keeping on with the training.  I have to hope that when the weather turns, I'll feel better about running. Right now I feel a little off my game.  

Just a head's up that there won't be a post on Wednesday.  This weekend was cray.  I have a bunch of half finished projects but had zero time (or inclination or motivation) to do them this weekend.  

See you swoon,