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Getting Old and Being Busy (Not Necessarily in that Order)

19 Mar

“As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two…” – Sir Norman Wisdom

My delish birthday brownie made by two lovely Kennedy's

The past eight days have been busy. Crazy busy. I remember most of it, except for Monday:

Sunday, March 11: Sleep through my run and enjoy coffee and rain instead. Birthday brunch at Dexter’s for my loveliest lady friend. Volunteer serving dinner at a local center. Eat dinner while watching Magic game with friends at Wildside in Thornton Park. Sleep like a baby.

Monday, March 12: Work. I have no clue what else I did Monday. It scares me that I can’t remember this day at all. While this is likely just due to the ridiculously busy, but amazing, weekend I had, it still makes me nervous. Crap, this is the first sign of getting old.

Tuesday, March 13: Run 4 miles in the AM. Work. Yoga at night. Sleep like a baby.

Wednesday, March 14: Wake up and run 5 miles in the AM. Work. Get my hair did at Alchemy. (See my pretty hair on their Facebook page here. I love it! And look how tired I look. Photo proof.) Sleep like a baby.

Thursday, March 15: Work. Go to my little sister’s house for some much needed sister time. Drink wine. Sleep like a baby.

Friday, March 16: Work. Have one drink with friends for Happy Hour. Eat my favorite pre-long run meal: Black Bean Deli chicken entree with plantains and salad and rice and black beans while watching Grey’s Anatomy. Get in bed by 10:30 PM. Sleep like a baby.

Saturday, March 17: Wake up at 3:15 and tear apart my jewelry box looking for green earrings to wear so I don’t get pinched during our run. This is particularly important since I’m the one that warned everyone via email days earlier. Start 18-mile run at 4:30 AM. Finish 18-mile run sometime before 10 AM. Eat breakfast. Ice bath. Curse (a lot). Defrost. Shower. Walk an additional mile or 2 at Winter Park Art Festival. Go to Scruffy Murphy’s in College Park, drink 2 Guinness draughts, jam out to country band (apparently that’s how we do in Orlando), eat corn beef and cabbage and shepard’s pie and fall asleep by 7:30 PM. Sleep like a baby (and for over 12 hours).

Yesterday, March 18: Wake up one year older. Instantly my body feels older, but quite possible that’s 18+ miles speaking. Pack up and head to Cocoa for the most beautiful beach day ever. Spend six hours on the beach. Fishlips for dinner. Come home and eat the delish surprise tiramisu Donnie somehow managed to hide from me. Shower. Sleep. Like. A. Burnt. Baby.

Today, March 19: Wake up. Hit snooze. Fall back asleep. Wake up. Hit snooze. Fall back asleep. Wake up. Hit snooze. Fall back asleep. Eventually wake up for real. Work. Farm Market. Blog for the first time in a week.

I can’t find my borrowed Garmin anywhere, but as soon as I do, I’ll post about the 18-miler. And yes, it worries me that I can’t remember where I placed it.

12 Random Facts.

22 Feb

Carolina recently tagged me and I’m game. Here we go!

Here are the rules:

  • Post these rules.
  • You must post 12 random things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions set for you in their post.
  • Create 12 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

Here’s my randomness:

  1. Every single member in my family pronounces my name differently.
  2. The pronunciation I use when introducing myself is “Hey-marie.” This is how my preschool teacher pronounced my first name on my first day of school. I didn’t speak any English, and assumed this was the ‘American’ way of saying my name.
  3. My pugs, Rex and Tank, are named after Chicago Bears football players Rex Grossman and Tank Johnson.

    Rex and Tank

  4. I, however, am not a Bears fan.
  5. I learned to speak English by watching Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.
  6. My parents never bothered to point out to me that there should be an accent mark in my last name. I didn’t realize this until last year and asked my dad about it. He said they never told me because they didn’t think it was relevant now that we were living on the mainland.
  7. I was born in Puerto Rico.
  8. I used to be addicted to Dr. Pepper. I broke my Dr. Pepper addiction when I moved to New York City, and it was harder to come by.
  9. I replaced my Dr. Pepper addiction with sugar-free Red Bull. I’ve been able to get this under control. Not having a bodega under my apartment helps.
  10. I lived above a bodega and a bakery when I lived in Astoria, Queens. For the first month I lived there I couldn’t figure out why I kept dreaming about donuts…
  11. I have some of the best friends a girl could ask for, both new and old. I’ve known one of my childhood best friends, Boothe, since preschool but I don’t think she liked me until we were in middle school. Lucky for me, she liked me by the time I broke her arm when I dropped her right before our 8th grade cheerleading competition. I’m super lucky she’s the forgiving kind. 😉
  12. Running was my least favorite P.E. activity growing up. Oh, and those tests they give you to show how physically inept you are… you know… like doing a pull-up.

And here are my answers to Carolina’s questions:

  1. LOST. The best or bestest show of all time? I kid (not really)! What’s your favorite show of all time? Me and LOST never really got along. I watched a couple of episodes and decided I wasn’t ready to commit. As for my favorite show, my main squeeze is currently How I Met Your Mother. But there’s been other notables during this life of mine: Grey’s Anatomy, Felicity, Dawson’s Creek, My So-Called Life, Full House ...
  2. If you could take your celebrity crush on a date who would it be? Where would you take him/do? There are lots of pretty men to look at on the TV, but I’ll stick with my current leading man.

    My Crush

  3. Favorite ingredient to cook with and why. Doritos. I used to put them on everything (e.g. salads, pasta, sandwiches). I still dream of starting a cookbook one day. Sadly, I had to put this unhealthy habit to rest alongside my Dr. Pepper habit.
  4. What song are you most embarrassed to have in your iPod? I should be embarrassed by 85% of the songs on my iPod, but I’m not. However, there is a voice memo of me singing somewhere in there and I will DIE if it ever plays during a party.
  5. If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go & why? Right now? Anywhere that’s sunny, with clear blue waters, fine sand and that runneth over with pina coladas. Why? Because I miss beach season.

    Everything tastes better on the beach

  6. What’s your favorite way to work out? Running and laughing, preferably both at the same time.
  7. Favorite nail polish color. Go! It’s a toss up between OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! and OPI We’ll Always Have Paris.
  8. Best movie you’ve seen this year? 2012 just started, but I know what will be my favorite movie: The Hunger Games.
  9. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry & why? My rose gold nose ring. I was hesitant about spending the money until Donnie pointed out that it’s the only piece of jewelry that everyone absolutely sees. Wise man.

    Pretty nose ring.

  10. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Love.
  11. If you could do the same thing every day what would you do? Ummm… I already drink coffee every day.
  12. What’s the first blog you started reading?… I love style and this used to be the best way to see daily style pics.

Now, here are my questions:

  1. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  2. Are you a morning or night person?
  3. If you HAD to change your first name, what would you change it to?
  4. Do you have any tattoos?
  5. Which movie, if playing on TV, are you unable to walk away from?
  6. What was the last thing you had to drink?
  7. If you could take a year off an go travelling, where would it be?
  8. What goal have you recently accomplished?
  9. Name one thing you worry about running out of.
  10. What top 5 blogs do you visit weekly?
  11. What was your childhood nickname?
  12. If you had to sing karaoke, which song would you choose?

Tag, you’re it!

What’s your random fact? Post one in the comments section!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

Rex explores a future career as a pin-up pug.

31… Going on 32

11 Feb

A couple of weeks ago I read about a fellow Marathonfest runner who became a heart attack survivor at the age of 31. She’s since created a blog about her experience and her road to recovery. We’ve not met, but being her same age and a newer runner myself her story really resonated with me and made me think about my health and life in general.

At 31, my brain still thinks I’m 21 but my body often reminds me that those days are long behind me. Yet, I still embody the belief that nothing will ever happen to me and that I have my whole life ahead of me.

While discussing the rarity of having a heart attack at 31 on one of our morning runs, my group leader Sue said something that stuck with me: “You know you’re really getting old when your friends start dying of natural causes.” At the time I chuckled but I came home and asked Donnie if we were at that age yet. I don’t even remember how he responded, but we got an answer in the worst way possible earlier this week.

On Thursday morning Donnie lost a good childhood friend to a heart attack. He was 33 and he left this world too young.

I missed this morning’s run to drive Donnie to the airport so he could go to the funeral this weekend. But truth be told, I have been going back and forth on skipping the run since Wednesday. My body is tired, and I can’t seem to get my energy back. I’ve been joking that it’s because I’m soon to turn 32.

It’s likelier that I’m tired from the incredibly busy month I had at work, and the marathon that I ran and only gave myself a week to recover from. And the horrible food I’ve been eating all week so that I didn’t waste our leftover Super Bowl food hasn’t helped one bit. Nor has my busier than usual social calendar, which has also lead to poor food choices.

In the effort to kickstart my energy, I’ve decided to clean up my eating habits and I need to figure out how to do it on a budget and make it fit into my schedule. Unfortunately in today’s society, eating good is neither cheap, nor convenient. And while the higher costs of healthy eating are a bit depressing, it’s the finding time to grocery shop and cook that are my biggest challenges. I will conquer and divide and it will be well worth the extra effort.

Besides, one day I want to be turning 81 and complaining that my body just isn’t like it was when I was 32.

Any words of advise on meal planning? 

When Pigs Fly

20 Jan

After yesterday’s early AM run, some of my running group ladies and I sat at Panera drinking coffee, gaining back the calories we’d just burned and planning our next race.

Here’s a hint:

Figured it out yet?

No, it’s not the Bacon Chocolate Marathon (though I think there’s potential there). Some of us are running the Flying Pig Marathon in May!

You might be wondering why I would want to run a race in Cincinnati, OH of all places to choose from. I read about Flying Pig a while ago in a Runner’s World article called ‘A First Marathon to Remember.’ I remember thinking “hey this sounds like a fun race.” And I have a fondness of making pig noises. When I found out some of the ladies wanted to do it as well, I was in. Plus the flying chocolate pig (with bacon) that my group leader gave me was oddly delicious. I’m hoping its a sign of a race to remember.

I was too focused on running my first marathon during the New Year to make any goals for myself. That’s alright, I typically try to set goals for myself randomly, not just at the start of the year.

Here’s a look at the last set of goals I set for myself:

Previous Goals:

  • Run a marathon – Check!
  • Start a blog – Check!
  • See more doctors – Um…

Okay, so I haven’t been too good at that last goal. For some reason I haven’t brought myself to do a basic wellness exam in years. And I need my eyes retested bad. But I did manage to go to the dentist and keep up on my cleanings. Maybe it’s a tiny check.

With that I introduce my next set of goals.

New Goals:

  • See more doctors
  • Try yoga
  • Run a marathon without feeling like death

Do you have any fun new goals?

What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

30 Dec

I’m starting my New Year’s Eve with one last longer run before my first marathon! Let’s hope that this 10-miler won’t be as frustrating as the last 8-miler and the 10-miler before that. Why, oh why is it the shorter long runs are getting to be so much harder than the really long ones?

Afterwards I need to get my nap on because we are joining friends in ringing in the New Year at the Enzian’s James Bond New Year’s Eve Party tomorrow night. I’ve been scouring the internet this afternoon looking for ways to ‘Bond Girl’ my outfit. You better believe I’ll be sporting some Bond Girl eye liner and red lips!

2011… I hate to see you leave, but I love to watch you walk away! 2012 welcomes me to my very first full marathon.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? 

Happy Christmas

24 Dec

This morning started super early with a taper run. That’s okay… I want today to last forever. I love the Christmas holiday!

I’m very thankful for all of the love in my life. I’ve been so blessed this year and I look forward to a wonderful new year!

Merry Christmas from me and my very ugly pugs!



Love Actually Night Required Reading

9 Dec

This post from The Hairpin is the perfect read in preparation for my lady friend’s upcoming annual Love Actually Night. I will also start to incorporate words like “shag” and “rubbish” in my every day vocabulary.

Sniffle… Cough, Cough

5 Dec

I hate being sick. And my nose piercing hates me blowing my nose so much.

Please feel free to post me your favorite Get Well Soon card from

This one’s my favorite so far:

Image source

Three Pic Thursday

1 Dec

My day in three pics:

1. How many miles I ran today (though I had a great excuse):

2. Picked up my bib for this Saturday’s OUC Half Marathon

3. Rewarded myself with some delish Hawkers Asian Street Fare takeout. I finally got to try the fried green beans and they were even better than I dreamed they would be!

Is it Friday yet??