Monday’s Musings

Well first things first, and if you haven’t heard of or entered my Fitbit Giveaway yet, then you need to get your butt over there and do so right this second!  Contest ends on 2/3!

Today was your typical Monday morning with that good ol’ alarm going off at 5:20.  A funny thing though, I have been so excited about this giveaway that I woke right up and started checking to see who had left comments in the wee hours of the morning.  I was psyched to see 14 of you participate already, given that its my very first giveaway!

Anyway, at school today I was excited to receive my Christmas present from a coworker.  Why yes, it is a month after Christmas but she scrapped the present she originally got me. I was showing her some necklaces I wanted at Baublebar, and then my very good friend went right back to her office to order me the necklace I liked the most! She’s the best (and yes, I’m talking about you, Anh!).

I was also able to sign up for a race that I didn’t think I was originally going to be able to participate in! I typically go home during the first weekend of March to celebrate my sister’s birthday, but she will be in France instead, with her vocal group from college. Yes, I am jealous, but… I’m excited to be able to participate in this year’s Salem Black Cat 10-miler.

It actually works out really well, because its the same day that I had a 10-miler scheduled in my training plan.  The Black Cat race was created as a training run for all of those New Englander’s running that year’s Boston Marathon. Its a fun and motivating way in order to get in your 20 mile training run.  I will be participating in the 10 miler, created as a way to get the rest of us motivated through our training plans for the beginning of race season out here on the Northern side of the East Coast (typically races pick up in April and the majority go until the end of October/beginning of November).

The first 1000 registrants get a long-sleeve tech T, and all finishers receive a race medal (and you all know, that’s the reason I run).  Why don’t you come join me and register today!!

Lastly, friends, I’m seriously aiming for 30 miles this week. This is how I will do it:
Monday- 7
Tuesday- 5/weights
Wednesday- 7
Thursday-5/yoga
Friday- off (all day conference)
Saturday- off (all day conference)
Sunday- …. long run day… the one that gets me every week…. all I need to do is 6 dang miles to hit 30. I CAN DO THIS!!!!


Let’s chat:
1. What did you have for lunch today OR
2. What was on your agenda for this afternoon?

I was/am/currently….walking out of the building at 3:00. THAT NEVER HAPPENS!

Giveaway- Fitbit One

This weekend wound up being pretty busy with family fun, although I have yet to perfect the art of taking awkward blog photos at every opportunity. I guess you learn how to make it work, when you want people to follow along with your adventures.

I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get in my long run, thus making my total mileage a little lower than I had hoped. 25 for the week, with 7, 6, 7, 6 every other day.  I’m going to throw a party when I get in the perfect training week, because I don’t think I’ve ever accomplished that, in my years of running.

As you all know, I’m desperately trying to 1. BQ and 2. lose weight. No matter what I do, I can never get myself to move out of the same 3 pound range.  I know that losing weight is not necessary for my health or wellness. Science just simply states that the less you weigh (within reason) the faster you go. In order to give myself a little jolt in the butt, I’m signing up for Dietbet that Jess over at Blonde Ponytail is hosting for the month of february.

In this game, all you have to do is lose 4% of your body weight. That’s it.  The catch? You bet $25 that you will be able to complete the challenge. Everyone that is able to do so, splits the pot after the 30 days is up. Simple as that.  Want to join the game that Jess started?  Click me here!, or, try to set one up with your friends.  I have about 5 lbs to lose, but you have no idea how hard that is going to be.
Interested in losing weight on your own and realize that you’re going to need a boost?
In order to help you better your chances, I’m going to host a GIVEAWAY!! 
That’s right..you heard me. I’m going to help you improve your weight loss chances by hosting a giveaway.  The winner gets their very own Fitbit One. No questions asked.
This is a BRAND NEW, never been used, Fitbit one to be given out to ONE lucky winner.
The fitbit is able to track your everyday activity and sleep, in order to help you become healthier and:
-Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed
– Monitors sleep by tracking the number of hours slept, times woken up, and sleep quality
-Wirelessly uploads through bluetooth to your computer, iphone 4S or later, and other bluetooth devices
HOW TO ENTER:
* Leave a comment below about your favorite form of exercise 
OR 
what makes you feel happy and healthy, that’s it.
*All are welcome, including friends and family.
 
THE WINNER:
* Will be randomly selected and announced on February 3rd.
THIS GIVEAWAY:
* Is not sponsored by any third party, because I am not cool enough to be sponsored yet. It’s being done through the kindness of my own heart.
 
GOOD LUCK!