Friday, September 12, 2014

Hi 5 for Friday

Hi 5 for Friday! Somebody at Tucker's knows how to use chalk. 

1 - There's a new donut shop in town called Hurts.
2 - I got to eat Greek food at Hummus for lunch.

They had a good lunch special.
3 - Epic worship was great and I think everyone enjoyed the service.

4 - Last nights run was shortened to less than 2 miles but Wednesday mornings run was 5 miles with a speedy 12 minute mile pace! I'll be busting out 3 miles this morning.

Tucker burger after the pack pint run.

5 - More donuts. I promise I didn't eat them all but I thought about it.

I'm linking up with The Lauren Elizabeth blog, a super cute fashion and interior design blog.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Half marathon training and Chapel Creek Winery grape stomping

The day started at Lake Hefner with a 10 mile run around the lake. The sun was rising behind me when I arrived. We ran intervals of 10 minutes with 5 minute walks until mile 9. We decided walking was I order until the finish. 

After the epic run, we went to church. Later that day we went to Chapel Creek Winery in El Reno for a grape stomping festival. There was live music, good weather, and wine. All the grapes are grown in Oklahoma. The weather may not be grape friendly but the farmers make do.

Selfie action

Running buddies drinking wine!

Souvenir glass with wine.

Grapes are cute!

I washed my feet off before stomping on the grapes.

I had lots of fun relaxing with a glass of wine with friends. Sometimes I do events strictly so I can blog about it and sometimes I forget to post about it. Today was a success on many fronts. Tomorrow, I'll run 4 miles on the treadmill. Half marathon is coming up in a month!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Perk Place and Sauced

Today's run was rained out. I got up and out the door to meet my runhers friends, some of whom actually did run. I ate breakfast instead. We've rescheduled our run for tomorrow which will be dry and not hot.

I opted for a small skinny mocha and the sausage breakfast burrito.

The burrito was fantastic but one of my friends ordered a scone which was hard as a rock. The staff was friendly and accommodating. They offered towels to my soaked friends. True story, the coach said I made the right choice not to run. Haha!

Last night, I moved some more frames and then had dinner at Sauced. The pizza was good and they had live music for the first Friday art walk. It's going to be a great neighborhood to live in and I can't wait to get settled in!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New home

We have come to a point where we will be staying in Oklahoma City for the foreseeable future. Its time to settle down in a good neighborhood. You can come to expect posts about this area of OKC and it's an upcoming part of town. But first, the inside of our beautiful home.

I've got to get new pictures after we've settled in. All this furniture belonged to the seller. We will be moving in about a week and I can't wait to get settled!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Half marathon training update and stitch fix

Its September and I forgot to register for the Route 66 half marathon. This means I'll be paying an extra $10. The price for procrastination makes running races expensive. I will need to plan better. I have been running with a buddy and its been great. She's pushing me to go faster. We are comfortably in the 13 minute miles. Today, we did hills and that had me huffing and puffing. We did 5 miles today and 9 miles on Saturday. My feet were a bit sore after Saturdays run but I haven't been achy, which has me pleased.

Recently, I've eaten out and have the photos to prove it.

Fridays lunch was a bento box full of yumminess.

Thursday night, I ordered the fries and the shake at Tucker's. I don't plan on doing that again. The fries weren't that great and I am trying to not gain weight. The shake is a good idea as long as I remember to not drink the entire shake.

I was very pleased with my first stitch fix box. I ordered it because I am no fashion blogger but I want to be fashionable. Since I'm not ready to spend hours catching trends, the stitch fix seems to be the perfect solution. I was not compensated for the stitch fix and I'm looking forward to my next box in October.

I had some misses but there was a big hit in the box.

I absolutely adore this top and I can't wait to wear it on Wednesday. If you don't follow me on Instagram @esthernorine you definitely should. I've been getting back into it and I prefer to post pictures of beer. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Half marathon training update

Today was 8 miles. I started out doing 10 minute runs and 5 minute walks but my pace was creeping up to 14 minute miles. I can go faster. So I switched to 15 minute runs and 5 minute walks. I was able to keep my pace below 14 minutes. I crossed too many streets and had to back track once to get water. All of that meant I was over 8 miles by the finish.

Later on, I went out to lunch with a friend. I was not hungry because I had just polished off a bagel breakfast sandwich about an hour before we went out. I had a salad and she had blackened shrimp risotto.

After getting my food for the week, I came home for a well deserved two hour nap.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Half marathon training update and a sandwich

I went to firehouse subs today for lunch and it was a delicious choice. 

I'm on one track right now as I get closer to my first half marathon. Today we ran 4 miles, which was good but we meant to run 5. Tomorrow, I'll be running three miles at the pack pint run and my reward will be beer.

The half is October 5 and I'm very excited to run! I have a strength class tomorrow in the morning because I've learned through the grapevine that strength training helps runners. (I've just read that randomly online but the principle seems sound.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Half marathon training update & A weekend recap

Looking at my posts, I've realized, just now, that I have been on the same title for quite some time. Then again, training takes up lots of time and energy. Today, I ran 3 miles. I'm hovering around the 15 minute miles. I need to find some speed one of these days. Haha!

Last weekend, the inlaws visited, which was a first in over 10 years. We got caught up on events and we introduced them to Oklahoma City. Friday, we spent hours at the Toyota dealership because somebody felt the oil had to be changed. Then lunch at Cafe Plaid in, Norman Oklahoma, across from the university of Oklahoma campus. Dinner was delicious at the Picasso cafe in the Paseo district.

We went to the myriad gardens and the museum of art o Saturday.  Sunday was their 40th anniversary and we had a great dinner at Redrocks Canyon Grill. We ended the weekend with a gorgeous sunset over Lake Hefner (I do most of my long runs around this lake). Hopefully, they appreciated our hospitality and will come back to visit soon.

Me and Kathy.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Half marathon training update

Dear friends,
It's been too long since my last update. Today's run was 7 miles, one hour 38 minutes with an average 14 minute mile. I felt great during and after. I was running in 10 minute intervals and 5 minute walks. 

Apparently, I've outrun these shoes but I'm not giving up on them until after the half marathons. I plan on running one in October and November. This all seems so crazy but I know that its doable.

Here is my food prep for the week. I have a need to eat healthy but I hate to chop. Nature has that taken care of for me: sugar snap peas, grapes, strawberries, grape tomatoes, bananas, and I made hard boiled eggs. I've seen a lot of tips for eating healthy but none fit my lazy style. Truthfully, being as lazy as I am doesn't have to mean poor eating. I call these boxes my snack boxes.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Half marathon training

Today, I ran 3 miles and I went a tad faster. Just under 45 minutes. It felt good and I was really red afterwards. Here's my running shoes when I was stretching.

I was so red and flush in my face when I was finished. I've recently learned that I need to hydrate during my run and not just before/after. I'm currently drinking from a Tervis Tumbler. These are great cups, double walled and a straw. It's easier to hydrate with a straw.

I went to a pizza place for dinner with a friend and failed to take a photo. Guess I'll have to go back. ;)