I had a cousin date tonight. This girl is a rockstar. She is taking 18 credits, works 18 hours a week, runs, averages 12 dates a week and still manages to hang out with her best friend….that’s me if you didn’t get it.
I met her on campus at BYU, my old stomping grounds, and it was so fun to remember the good ol’ days.
We look a lot alike….mom, is there something your not telling me?
She treated me to round 1 of dinner. Jamba smoothie with granola.
After we drank our smoothie we were freezing. Naturally, we walked to the other side of the food court and got hot chocolate. Why do they put candy by the cash register. It is like they are forcing you to salivate and crave the sugary goodness while you are waiting in line. Marketers are out to get me and give me diabetes.
I came home and Billster took me to get some cold running weather gear. I am taking my running outside this morning. Billy set up for me to run with one of his best buddies. 2:25 marathoner and runs a 4:19 mile. I am scared for my life. Literally, I am scared. We don’t get stronger unless we challenge ourselves and do things that scare us. Like running in freezing temperatures in a dark canyon with a white kenyan.
Billy is dropping us off @ 6 a.m. fifteen miles up a canyon and we are running back to our house. I will do a few miles of hills (hopefully, if I am still alive) on the treadmill when I get back. I am scoring big time…..hours of running training and technique from an elite athlete, don’t mind if I do.
What do you think of the gear? The pink shirt has made its appearance many times on the blog but the other stuff is new since I never run out in the cold I decided I need to suck it up and do it once in a while.
The third course of dinner was a meal for champions, or a five year old. Chocolate milk with a scoop of glutamine and a pb/banana panini.
Early bed time, I needed to prepare for a booty whipping.
No SCHOOL!! The rest of the day will be spent eating, reading and catching up on hulu!!!
Are you close with your cousins? How many do you have
Do you run with other people?
-Nope, but I am thinking that by training with stronger/better runners I am going to see some major improvements.
Do you have Monday off from work?
-4 day weekend, the joys of being a teacher.
-I got the All Fruit Five Fruit Frenzy and it was heaven. I used to work at a smoothie place in high school and I can make a mean smoothie.
chelsey @ cleane ating chelsey
GO YOU GIRL!!!! I thought it was hilarious that you called him a white kenyan. You're going to rock it!! Enjoy your 4 day weekend. We have a 3 day weekend, and Im going to visit my best friend on Monday! Super excited for a girls' day!!
I wish I had today off too! I get Monday off though (perks of a teacher of course) and I am so looking forward to it. Why do you get today off as well? (just curious)
Good luck on your run tomorrow!
One last question…I probably missed where you explained it but you mentioned (maybe once or twice :D) that you want to run a sub 3 hour marathon to qualify for the Olympics. Does that mean you really want to run the 2012 London Olympics marathon? Because it would be super cool to watch and say…hey, I know that girl!
Thats awesome! Training with partners always pushes you harder, and its more fun too!
Run with Jess
sounds like a challenging run this morning, good luck!!
Unfortunately none of my 9 cousins live near me, but we're close on FB if that counts?!?! LOL
My hubby has Monday off work, so I guess that means so do I. :)
I've heard it should be illegal, but I've never been to Jamba.
I like your running gear :)
I have cousins and I am close to two of them. I have a total of 10.
I don't run with other people. I've done a post today on my blog as to why I run and exercise alone.
My favorite smoothie is anything banana or strawberry related :)
Love the running gear!
I have 6 cousins but am not super close with any of them.
No Monday off for me – we get 2 days off for Easter "instead"
Have a great long weekend!
Are you doing the 'robot'?????
White Kenyans. There is an elite runner that lives near me that always wins the road races and my dad feels the need to tell him in every race hurryy the Kenyans are coming.
There is nothing wrong with 5 year old meals. Obviously why I add ketchup to everything.
I love four day weekends! Though soon, I will be unemployed and have lots of days off! Haha.
I love UnderArmour gear. Haha. Girl, you are going to rock that run. Doesn't that canyon know who you are?! I can't wait to hear about it!! :)
I run with other people sometimes, but not usually. I'll be running with my bestie when I get home, though, and Shane runs with me, too. Though he has to slow down a million mph. If we ran at his pace, I'd make it like 100 meters. Haha. You should check out my giveaway! It's my first one, and I'm like a kid at her first day o school… Nervous and excited. Haha. I'm such a dork.
I can't wait to hear how the crazy running went!
I love training with better runners. Shows you how they train and it is a chance to learn something, plus you sometimes have to hang on for your life. Funny thing it, lots of faster people run easy enough on easy days to keep up with them. It is the workouts where they show you who's the boss.
Did you see Miles Batty on campus? He just popped a HUGE mile last weekend!
OH MY GOSH well first off good luck and have fun! a 4:19 holy shiiiiiii*
and then run when you get back?? do your muscles EVER Get tired!! WOWZA
hmm fav smoothie would be tropical.. pineapple mango kiwi!
Omg I love my cousins, I have a million I am not even going to try to count, we are all best friends basically. Why are you two so gorgeous!! Slash I am commenting on this via my droid walking down the hallway to class and a lady just told me "don't fall in the fountain" and I thought you should know…I have my confused face on right now there is no fountain at my school? Hahaha I love silly people.
I will be running with my dad every day on our trip to DC this weekend, he is a marathoner and hard core, I am super nervous but I love running with my dad, we chat about anything and everything I love him:)
" Like running in freezing temperatures in a dark canyon with a white kenyan."
Good luck- I'm sure in a few I'll be reading about you kicking some white kenyan bootaaaaaaaay
I hope you're off having a wonderful run!!! I love any sort of smoothie. And hot chocolate. And candy. Basically, I want to be your best friend and eat with you all the time! (Creepy much?!)
I'm jealous of your weekend! I love my UA cold weather gear and it keeps me really warm, even in sub-zero temps. Good luck with your new Kenyan friend.
IMPORTANT QUESTION: Are you doing the robot in your picture?
I LOVE my cousins. There are 15 of us and we all are bizzare and hyper. LOVE US!
I love my UA gear- it is stupid expensive but lasts for EVAH.
Have a great run- wish I had a Kenyan running buddy!
I actually have Monday more or less "off" but have to go to Boston (a fun trip though!)
No Jamba around here- I live in the sticks…
Jogging with Fiction
Under Armour is my favorite for running gear!
I have a ton of cousins, but they are all scattered on the opposite side of the country so I haven't seen any of them in a while, but we are having a giant family reunion in NC this summer so I can see everyone!
I run with other people occationally, but most of the time it's alone because people think my mileage is crazy :( I'm so alone.
I have off Monday too, so excited! Good luck with the kenyan style run. I love Jamba's strawbery surfrider and underarmor too.
Cousins are wonderful! My bestie is in Korea currently with the hubby/Army.
I don't run with other people, it's my "me" time and time to lose myself in my own thoughts. I occasionally run with the BF but he's a bit slower ;)
I don't work but I do have Monday-not-so-fun-day (9-7) off from school! This last semester is wearing me out.
I've never had a Jamba, but I do enjoy strawberry-banana-lemonade smoothies. I'd much rather have a PB&Banana and Chocolate Milk though. Through college our soccer coach used to make us drink a cup of chocolate milk before going into the locker room after games! It is a great recovery drink!
janice ann snaps
Good luck running in the cold. In December I ran outside when it was 14 degrees. My eyelashes had mini icicles on them. It was so fun though. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are the best. I eat one almost everyday for lunch. one of my work friends looked at me and said "Are you ever going to get sick of eating that?" :)
I have a question…you said you put glutamine in your chocolate milk, what do you use that for?
Love your posts! Keep it up! Great job running!
Gracie (Complicated Day)
I hope you kicked booty this am!
that is so awesome that you are running with a crazy white kenyan!! :) you're so lucky to have that great opportunity, i agree that it will only strengthen you as a runner! hope its going great!
i run a lot outside in the winter (except this winter bc its been crazy ice everywhere) and i love under armor stuff. its the best!
most of my friends don't like to run. which is super depressing for me, how could you not like running?? i have a few friends that run and we sometimes run together, but i need to make friends with some fast people that will push me harder!
i have monday off! sooo excited! and i loooove jamba juice but we don't have them in new england, so whenever i'm out on the west coast i get JJ smoothies like every day.
good luck on the run! (or maybe your already done? I don't really know with the time difference…) I think its great your trying to get more miles in outside as Boston can be chilly even in april! I've been training up in vermont for a few months now and after running in 4 degrees a few days ago I decided I no longer have any weather excuse.. it just takes some good gear and a tough attitude, which you now have both of! enjoy your long weekend :)
Good luck & have fun! Just think of the chocolate milk & candy you have when you get back. I love my cousins – my 1st cousins are all older than me, so I get to hangout with them and their adorable kids.
I usually run by myself, but my friend is training for her first half, and I said I would train with her!
Cute running gear!! GOOD LUCK you're a rockstar you'll be great! I like your robot pose :) I'm aiming for a 10-miler today!
I'm close to the cousins on my mom's side, since we all grew up living so close. They're so fun, I love them :)
I'd love to do a few runs now and then with others, but for the most part I like to run alone.
I just tried the Strawberry Vivanno smoothie from Starbucks last week, and I think I have a new favorite :)
Enjoy your long weekend, and good luck with your crazy canyon run with the "white Kenyan"!
Love the new running gear. Looking at the pose I instantly could here the Styx playing "Mr Roboto"…oh wow! That totally shows my age. LOL And yesterday's question about fitness gear would be Target (pronounced Tarshet) Havent tried any underarmour. Let us know how it works. Good luck running with the Kenyan!
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I can't wait to read about how your run went!! I bet you dominated…I'm proud of you for being so brave to go run with the lightning man even though it can be intimidating!!! Don't worry, when we run together I'll try to tone down the 4:19 mile pace.
I'm not that close to my cousins, I live in New York and everyone is scattered around the US. They live in Oregon, Louisiana and Alaska… All spread out!
I do run with other people but I like to run alone. It's ME TIME and I love the inner contemplation.
HOORAY for Monday off! I'm super jealous you have today off!! And any Jamba Juice smoothie is my fav. My all time favorite is Caribbean Passion!!! YUM :-)
Love the UnderArmor stuff. I wore some of their running tights last night on my run. Great stuff!
Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
I'm pretty close with my cousins! On my dads side there are 25 of us and that's just first cousins.. I kinda forget how many there are once you include my cousins kids!
No Monday off for me! Enjoy your run outside!
Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
When I read "Like running in freezing temperatures in a dark canyon with a white kenyan." i literally laughed out loud haha you are so funny.
I hope your run goes well.. can't wait to hear about it!!
i love how Billy sets you up to run with someone… so nice!!
Looking at that pb/banana panini makes me want to eat one RIGHT NOW!
Loving the new gear. You have cute feet, has anyone ever told you that?
And is everyone in your family gorgeous or what?
I'm anxious to hear how your morning run went. I think it's awesome how supportive Billy is and all the ways he's helping encourage you along your journey.
I am not close with my cousins…I don't have that many and we are all spread out in age.
I have one particular friend that I love to run with. She fell off the running wagon last year so I'm priming her right now to be ready to run with me this spring again.
Enjoy your 4-day weekend!
So awesome, you're going to be on TV someday and I'll say I read her blog!!!! This quote you wrote hit home:
We don't get stronger unless we challenge ourselves and do things that scare us.
Hmm I just don't have the confidence you do anymore! No one to run with because the good Lord put us out in the middle of nowhere. This is stretching me mentally.
I don't get any days off.. I'm a sahm! :)
Meg O @watchmegorun
I have those same under armour gloves in pink. They are amazing! I am semi close with cousins via fb because they live far, I still work Mon, I've only had jamba juice once though I wanna try again. None in Mich though! I sometimes run with people and try to convince more every day. Have fun running and happy Friday!
That is so awesome!! Running with partners will certainly push you!
How do you like those gloves and pants? ive been curious myself to purchase them bc I need to get outdoors and run more also.
Mmm your third course dinner looks YUMMO!
I puffy heart UA! Not only do I wear it for cold weather running, but they make my most favorite running shorts!!
I had one of my cousins as my maid of honor in my wedding. :-) I have a lot of cousins. I'd give you a number but I am too lazy to count. and I have a large family due to divorces, re-marriages, adoptions and it could turn into a book of a response.
The only person I run regularly with is my dad and it's usually a race, trail running or our long runs. He's the one that got me into running! I will run with the husband once in a while and may run with a girl friend once in a while. but usually I like to run on my own.
I don't have Monday off and never had Jamba Juice.
Oh my goondess- you & your cousin DO look so much alike- so beautiful :)
I wish you the BEST of luck on your run…thinking about it- you are probably done as I am posting this & I hope you are enjoying a HUGE breakfast with lots of candy afterwards ;)
Enjoy your long weekend- can't say I'm not jealous :)
Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
Good luck with your new training partner!
I don't have to teach today, but we have teacher in-service instead. I do get Monday off as well!
It has been about 5 degrees every morning here, so I can relate to needing good cold-weather running apparel.
I love this quote! "We don't get stronger unless we challenge ourselves and do things that scare us. Like running in freezing temperatures in a dark canyon with a white kenyan."
I usually run alone but do like running with others. I can't wait to have Monday off and I have two UA long sleeve tops that I LOVE! They have great stuff!
Hope the run went well! Can't wait to read about it!
I have 7 cousins, but they all live in a different country, an ocean and a continent away :( I haven't really been friends with him since I moved to the US when I was 14.
I love my under armor shirt. I usually wear another layer on top of it, but it's not really necessary, after the first mile you'll be sweating bullets anyway.
A 4:19 mile!? Wow… I can't even run a 4:19 KM (I'm in Canada).
You are AWESOME for constantly pushing yourself! I hope your run went well this morning!!!
wow, that's a lot of cousins! you'll be great out there, nice warm gear! xo!
We already had our 3 day wknd last week to coincide with the public schools day off, so sad it's over! Enjoy yours =)
And you're gonna rock the run of course!!!!!!!
Big Daddy Diesel
Can I borrow 10 of those miles and use them for my Saturdays long run?
I do not run with people, dont thnk there are anyone that slow to put up with me, but I bike with faster people, and, yes, I will verify that training with faster people will make you faster, especially if they are the type (like the type I ride with) if you slow down, we wont, so you either have to remain fast or be by yourself
Pretend this is real
I hope wore shoes with your new cold weather clothes! ;)
Wow you are going to rock that run, that is awesome that you get to train with a pro! How cold is it there? That will be great to get you ready to meet your goal at Boston! I started training with a running group last summer and it has made such a huge difference. Long runs fly by with all the chatting, and I think it helps me get faster because I push myself to stay with my friends that are just slightly faster. Plus we alternate, if they are having a bad day, I can pump them up, and vice versa. It's unlikely we'll all have a bad day at the same time. Good luck tomorrow!
1. I have 58 cousins. It is the truth. My mom is one of 16. I am close to the ones around my number. Me = 49
2. Alone always. That is the only time I am alone.
3. My job has no days off, no benefit, no pay. So no for Monday off. And Bill works so boo hoo hoo
Also I vote to add socks and shoes to that outfit! Unless you are going barefoot on us?!
I used to be the only girl cousin on BOTH sides of my family… so no… I wasn't really close with anyone. But then my Uncle had 2 little girls (one's 5 and one's almost 3) so I can't wait to be their BFF as they get older!!
Can't wait to hear about that trail run! Bet your faster than you ever thought possible :-)
Oh my gosh, thats unreal!! I cant even believe someone can run that fast!! I hope you had a great run and survived the freezing cold!!
But I love your Under Armor, so cute!!
You have such a great supportive hubbs!, haha…I use a lot of exclamation points.
Thats amazing how you keep pushing yourself, way to go!!
Yes, lots of cousins, but never see them, and I love love hot chocolate with candy! Reminds me of home! :)
White Kenyan…hahahahaha. Can't wait to hear how it goes!!
I love all Smoothies. We don't have Jamba here, but we have Smoothie King which is pretty good. I seriously love them all. I usually go for something with green tea and fruit or chocolate peanut protein.
Are you scared stiff or frozen from the cold in that pic?
Four-day weekend for me, too! (Teacher as well.) It was so nice to get in my long run this morning out in the sunshine! And now to just relax the rest of the day. Hope your run goes well!
yay!! I love under armour!
can't wait to hear your running recap. when my friend talked me into running a half marathon this past year, she definitely made me a better runner =) good luck!
I have zero cousins. BWAAAAA. It makes me so sad.
Happy 4 day weekend, wowza, I had no idea anyone had today off. Can't wait to hear how your run went and if you were able to keep warm!
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My favorite jamba smoothie is the one with peanut butter and banana in it. It's dreamy.
Siobhan @sio 'n the run
I use to go for runs with partners during my cheerleading practices but not anymore.
Is it bad that I have never even heard of jamba before?! I do love the sounds of the peanut butter and banana or anything jammed with berries!
Love the gear! Can't wait to hear about it!
Ah!! I hope there wasn't snow on the trail! Last winter my husband dropped me and my running buddy at vivian park and we were fine for the first mile.. and then there was snow everywhere and deep! We like crawled through it. Be safe out there!
I'm a solo runner, unless you count running next to people at the gym on tm.
I have a pair of UA tights and like them.
Enjoy your run…you'll get to see the sun rise which is so fun!
Lucky you get a 4 day weekend! Fortunately I do have Monday off…yayyy enjoy!
Friend/cousin dates rock my life. And the fact that I'm not the only one who follows a smoothie with hot chocolate also makes me a pretty happy girl :)
I have over 40 cousins so I would say there's a few keepers in there. My mom is one of 10 and my dad is one of 5, so we get some good pickings (oh, and too many black sheep…).
Enjoy the four-day weekend!! I'm sure you'll fill it with candy, running, and maybe even a flashback Olsen movie. Say Passport to Paris? ;)
That run sounds awesome. I hate running on a treadmill so most of my running occurs in the dark at 4:30am during the winter. The best part is that no one ever sees me so I don't care what I wear so long as I'm warm:). We have been off of work since yesterday so I have a 5 day weekend, I love the teaching schedule for that reason alone! Summers are great too, especially since I have kiddos. Can't wait to hear about the run. Post soon!
I absolutely love my cousins from my aunt, they are like my own siblings, I'm the oldest though by a lot=) I only have 6 first cousins but lots of second and third cousins who are close to my age. I like running with people who have a similar pace to me, so multiply your friends pace by 3 and then you guys could run with me! I unfortunately don't have monday off of school=( and my favorite smoothie is a blend of pineapple, strawberry, orange, and no yogurt for this girl!
Oh my….that guy would kick my a**. I have a few cousins who are at least 20 years older than me so that doesn't count!
I only have one cousin, and she is only about 5 years old, and I've only seen her a handful of times.
I do not run with other people. Not that I'm opposed to it, I just don't really have anyone to run with.
I have Monday off!!! WOOHOO!!! Our teachers here aren't getting it off though. They have had too many snow days this year and they are going Monday to make one of them up.
I wish I were closer to my cousins. I have about 90 1st cousins (Dad was one of 14) and none of them live anywhere near me. That's why I love FB.
I usually run with my daughter. When I start hard core marathon training in May I'll do long runs with a group.
Not so fond of smoothies. Crazy, I know. Can't wait to hear how the run with the white Kenyan went.
Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds
You know… before I was a Realtor… or writer… HA!… I was a teacher. I taught English in Japan… and while I didn't appreciate it at the time… I do miss it now. I occasionally still think of my students… the good ones anyways :) And Japan has a crap load of holidays… I think more so than the US! I wouldn't mind teaching overseas again… best experience of my life!
Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds
I just realized I didn't answer ANY of your questions and went off on a teaching tangent… haha. Anyways… to answer ONE question… I don't run with anybody. I'm a slow poke. Maybe if I can consistently pull in 8-minute miles over a long stretch of time… I don't mind running. But until then… I just slow people down!
I lover underamour tights, but i think my new favorite cold gear stuff is the Nike Combat line. Its phenomenal. And the tops get that balance of being warm and breatheable right. Granted Seattle isn't as cold as Utah, but it's been in the 30s and low 40s lately.
We sadly do not get work off on Monday :( I forgot it was president's day or something.
I run with other people about once a week at Sunday Brunch Runs. I really enjoy running by myself, but i agree that having someone kick my butt up to another gear is really great.
Holy cow! I'd be terrified to run with that machine. I thought you were the fastest person alive! You mean to tell there is someone faster than Janae? :)
I am from Alaska and my running is typically outside in the snow so we have a lot of the same gear!! Very cute BTW!!
I wish I had Monday off, unfortunately the University thinks that as a college student we don't need any days off. lol
Running with other people is the bomb diggity, I mean you have someone there to push you (and to compete with ;) so it makes for a much more interesting run!
Hope you had a blast running with superman!
WHOO hoo for teacher scheuldes! I was lucky enough to get the whole week off! Thank you presidents!
I just bought running pants like that and I LOOOVE them. I want to wear them everyday…and sometimes I do. I should really buy another pair.
I love the new cold weather running gear! Also, GOOD LUCK on that CRAZY run! If anyone can keep up with that guy, it's you! :) Enjoy your 4 day weekend!!
Side note: I've never had Jamba Juice before!!!
I seriously cannot wait to hear about your run with this guy! hahaha I'm sure he totally kicked butt and you were right there with him!
JAMBA JUICE IS MY LOVE. Oh my word that stuff is a complete meal- I have no idea how you had hot chocolate, candy, AND round 3 after that! Probably just cause you're freakin' hard. That's how it goes down.
Woah, good luck on that run!! Can't wait to hear all about it. :)
2-yes! Love my running girlfriends
3-heck yes, and a couple more days to boot. School is out here all week for winter break.
Enjoy your butt-whupin'
Hooray for new running clothes and running outside!
-Yes, I have 16 of them.
-Run with my fiance most often.
-I have Monday off and took today off for an extra long weekend!
-Strawberry surfrider smoothies from Jamba Juice are my absolute favorite!
I love how you present your fitness, yet show that it's OK to grub once in a while (saw that chic fil-a shake…yum)
I think it's great you got to run w/the white Kenyon (LOL) marathoner. It's good to challenge yourself in fitness. I have a friend who I want to run with, want to….TBD
Jess @ Blonde Ponytail
hahaha!! Love the elegant 3 course meal!! OH, Jamba Juice, how I miss you!!!
So, you can make any gear look good–I love all the under armour coordination!! So legit! Here is the deal, some name brand is going to be sponsoring you after Boston, so the pink mock will have plenty of friends! Billy may have to wear it b/c you will have so many other options!
ya'll are too cute! :-)
I have no idea how many cousins I have, but it's a ton. My dad is the youngest of 9, so they are all way older than me. Some of their kids are my age though, lol!
Too many cousins to count and they all live far away :(
I run alone and I kind of like it that way.
Yes, I have Monday off :) My favorite Jamba juice is definitely the Mega Mango.
Those sour patch kids look so good, I didn't know they made watermelon flavor…yum!
That pinini looks delish!!
Love your cold weather outfit!
I have a lot of cousins but not very close to them all.
I rarely run with others but would love to! I want to run with someone faster than me so I can push myself a little more. It's harder for me to push my pace if I'm running alone.
I'm not working right now cause I moved to a different state, so yes I have Monday off :)
5 Miles 2 Empty
you said white kenyan and I snotted on my keyboard. i'm a nose laugher….
Still love the pink shirt. In fact, can I have it? Oh yeah it wouldn't FIT me! =)
I am not really close to my cousins. They all live far away. I have 8 cousins. 7 boys and a girl!
I don't run with others often but I wish I could more! I need to find more local running buddies!
Yes, I had yesterday off and it was wonderful!!
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