Thursday, January 30, 2014

Running Update

I haven't talked running much on the blog lately... heck I haven't talked much on the blog lately at all. The last big running thing I did was the Columbus Marathon back in October. I've taken the last several months very easy running-wise. Running what I want, when I want. If I don't feel like it, I don't worry about it. I've still been in the 30+ miles a week range, which might seem like a lot. (But back in the spring when I was training for Boston, I was putting in 55-60. So it's really been cut in half.)

It's really kind of funny - I am way less busy now than I was last spring. (When I was teaching + baking 80+ hours a week.) I had no problem getting motivated to run back then. I was up before 5:30am everyday of the week! Now that I'm working a much more normal amount (probably 35-45 hours, depending on the week), it's so much harder to get the runs in! I don't know if I've just come to appreciate sleep, or if it's being on my feet more all day long, but sometimes I just cannot even fathom going for a run. I even started doing some other forms of exercise! (Gasp.)

I started with Jillian Michaels. I convinced myself to do the 30 Day Shred. I lasted until about day 22, and then it was Thanksgiving and I fell off the bandwagon and ate lots of pie instead. Since then, I've just tried to do some sort of strength workout or video 3 times a week. (Which usually ends up being once a week. But that's better than nothing!)

A couple weeks ago, I decided that I'd had enough of the lackadaisical approach to running. I decided to introduce some speed again, and more consistent mileage. I'm happy to say that I have officially completed two tempo runs, and my mileage has been in the 40's these last couple weeks! Haha. My goal is to do some sort of speed workout each week. I've been trying to get a 'long run' of 10 miles or so every other week, too. 

My first day back to speedwork. 3-mile tempo on a sunny day. 

I will admit, it's been really hard to get motivated this winter to train. I used to think 25*F was cold. That would seem like a balmy spring day right now. The coldest I've gone out in was -6*F (seriously!) My running buds & I met up that morning, only because there was absolutely ZERO wind! And it wasn't really too bad.

However, a few days later, it was 7*F so we met up again, figuring if it's above zero, it's gotta be ok. Well, it happened to start snowing and blowing like crazy in the middle of that run. It was real pleasant. (The plan was to run 8-10... I think we ended up with 4.5. Ha.)

I had to take a selfie of the icicles that formed on my eyelashes & eyebrows.

So what does running look like for the spring? I have no idea. I am signed up to run the Boston Marathon again, but I don't know if I have the energy/commitment to train for 26.2 right now. Also, it falls on the Monday after Easter... so not sure if I really want to travel then. That would also probably mean closing my cupcake counter the Saturday before, which would be a pretty great day for business right before Easter. Decisions, decisions! I told myself I must decide by Valentine's Day. That'd still give me about 8 weeks to get some long runs in if I decide to go for it.

I've also thought about finding a half this spring to run... but I know I won't come anywhere close to my PR (1:27) so part of me does not even want to attempt. (I know, I know... how ridiculous!)

Or... maybe I'll just devote the spring to competitive cupcake eating... bwa ha ha...

Any thoughts on what I should do running-wise this spring? Please share!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Photo Dump

After a busy, busy holiday season, I've decided I'd like to try to get back into blogging a little more regularly. I really miss having a place to write out my thoughts, musings, and whatever's on my mind. I also really enjoy being able to look back on different times of my life... and crazy shenanigans that have occurred.

So, first post back - just a glimpse at the last month or so. 2013 was a great year, and we have so much to be thankful for.

At the beginning of December, Sara's Sweets took part in the Downtown Lima Holiday Fest. We offered cupcake decorating for kids, and it was a huge success! About 250 kids came through, wowza. It was a crazy day, but lots of fun.

The holiday season was NUTS (in a good way!) for Sara's Sweets. I baked closed to 5000 cupcakes in the month of December alone. It doesn't seem like that many, but when I remember that I do all my baking out of my home kitchen with my one oven, it seems like a ton.

Before we knew it, we were heading back to IL to spend Christmas with our families. We celebrated in the best way - with cupcakes for all! (Just kidding, I actually didn't bring any cupcakes home with me because I completely sold out on Christmas Eve. I was greeted by disappointed family members.)

It's not really a cupcake. It's a dog toy. Isn't she so cute?

We celebrated Christmas with both our families and it was really great to see everyone and catch up. 

At my Business Man's parents' house on Christmas. I'm in love with the shirt I am wearing here... it says "This is how I roll" with a rolling pin on it. From my favorite blog - Annie's Eats.

And then... my best friend got married! We lucked out that her hometown is 50 miles from my parents', so we didn't have to travel too far. I was in charge of cupcakes for the big day (surprise, surprise), and thanks to a lot of help from my mom we got them to the wedding safely.

Talen was a gorgeous bride, and the day went off without a hitch. The weather even cooperated and we were able to get some pictures taken outside. (It was just a tad chilly. Haha.)

The Fab 4 - running together since 2006.

Then we hightailed it back to the Bean Town and rang in 2014 with homemade pizza and cupcakes. I love this new pizza cutter that I got for Christmas... it's so quick and easy to use! (Though it's very sharp, which I learned the hard way.)

And what does 2014 have in store for us? Who knows?! As for right now, I am enjoying catching up on some much needed rest after a super busy Oct-Nov-Dec. I've got a bridal show at the end of January, and then the craziness will pick back up as the spring rolls around! 

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