It’s been a rather rough week in paradise. You remember the song right? Reunited and it feels so good? The agony of being separated from my beloved coach, my refrigerator and my music was almost worth the wonderful reunions.  It’s been a roller coaster week for sure, and I’m ready to leave it behind and get ready for my upcoming ski/snowboard weekend with the family!

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WEEK OF JANUARY 19, 2015

RUNNING: I have been reunited with my coach and it’s fan-tas-tic! Coach Rocket Scientist (CRS) has come back to me and with a vengeance! Her scarcasm is as sharp as ever. When we were going back and forth about my goal pace for my first marathon in April, she suggested an 8:15. Um, say what now? I came back with at least an 8:00 and then decided I really want to pull off at least a 7:40 seeing as I will try for flat 7’s in NYC. This was her response:

“Shall I let you mull some more…?  Maybe a 6:40 pace?  5?  Anyone for 3?”

And that’s why I love her.  And, don’t tempt me with the 6:40. In the meantime, I’ve been running my little butt off and loving every minute. Except most of the treadmill minutes…

Total running mileage: 37.2

Running almost 15 miles with two of my BRFs, with this view, is why I run!

Running almost 15 miles with two of my BRFs, with this view, is why I run!

CYCLING: You didn’t think she was going to let me get away without cycling did you? I’m still enjoying my Tuesday class and then adding in at least one other cycling day.

Total cycling mileage: 47 

Being on the bike trainer really isn't THAT bad...

Being on the bike trainer really isn’t THAT bad…

SWIMMING: I’ve had some pretty cool workouts prescribed for the water. I’m also becoming fluent in swim speak, and can even make sense out of this: MS: 2 x (10 x 50, 30″ RI) Exactly.

Total yards: 3,650

STRENGTH TRAINING: I’m adding this in to keep me honest. In addition to the physical therapy exercises I have, I need to throw in some running related strength training in order for my aging body to remain uninjured. In case you missed it last week, this is what I’ve been doing:

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FUEL: Besides making all the desserts with Jen at Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio, I had this delicious number for lunch at one of my favorite local places – Nature’s Grocer. It was as fabulous as it sounds and much needed to replenish my body after a 40 minute run followed immediately by a 40 minute swim session!

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RACING: This happened:

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Oh I accept. I accept your challenge NYC – bring it on!!!…right after I run New Jersey in April. Ok, so not right after but you know what I mean. Anyway, I accept!

THINGS I LOVE: Our annual ski trip to Vermont! It’s coming up quickly and everyone is getting excited. I hope the weather is at least tolerable. That’s all I’m asking for – just tolerable.

THINGS I HATE: My six year-old refrigerator dying out of the clear blue and then replacing it with one I hate.

I woke up to melted ice cream in my fridge last Wednesday and so began the saga of throwing out all the food in the freezer (good-bye Kashi pizzas!) and putting the rest in coolers on our back deck, all before 8:30am:

Just like camping!...and you know how much I love that.

Just like camping!…and you know how much I love that.

I then had to take both boys with me to shop for a new one after being told that the compressor on the old one was beyond repair. Did I mention this fridge was only 6 years old? You suck Amana. You suck real bad.

So after trying to listen intently to the salesman about the differences between fridges, the sizes, the capacity, blah, blah, blah (all while my kids were running in between the aisles of appliances) I chose one. It was delivered the very next day and that’s when I noticed the labeling:

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I mean have you ever seen this??? I know what the hell they are for! What did I get, the display model? And NO, they don’t come off. The labels are etched in the glass. I mean, what the hell are you going to put in there? Socks?

MUSIC: What’s this? All I can listen to on my iPod is Serial! Can someone please just tell me if Adnan did it? Or at least tell me if they figure this whole thing out? Is Jay lying? I mean clearly he’s lying about some things but if this case doesn’t have a clear murderer at the end, I don’t know what I’m going to do! I guess I’ll be back to listening to music.

Exactly!

Exactly!

TV: Have you seen Backstrom? You know, the new show with the guy from The Office (Rainn Wilson) in it? I was skeptical too but my husband and I decided to give it 5 minutes. We were pleasantly surprised at it’s dry humor awesomeness. Give it a chance, you won’t be sorry!

BOOKS: So I decided to read American Sniper after hearing Bradley Cooper interviewed on Howard Stern. The book is always better then the movie so I wanted to read it before seeing it. Also because I get to the movies about once every six years or so.

When I first started reading the book, I honestly thought it was horrible. Truly. Then I read this part:

“I’ve lived the literal meaning of ‘land of the free’ and ‘home of the brave.’ It’s not corny for me. I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my chest. Even at a ball game, when someone talks during the anthem or doesn’t take off his hat, it pisses me off. I’m not one to be quiet about it either.”

That definitely made me stop and think. I’ve heard a lot of National Anthems before race starts and I can’t say I’ve been reverent during all of them. I will be from now on.

The jury is still out on the book since I’m only halfway through it.

RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “They all suck equally” – Refrigerator repair man when asked if there’s a particular brand he would recommend.

How was your week?

How old is your fridge?

What are you reading, watching and listening to?