Monday, September 30, 2013

My favorite type of jewelry to accessorize with

Tunic - LEI / Leggings - eBay / Boots - eBay

No doubt about it, I needed to wear something comfortable to work today. I was having issues when I woke up because I don't have too many tunics and I wanted to wear leggings. Holy cow. I was SORE! I've experienced more soreness from running at various times in the past but at this point it's like I'm just bilt for I'm not use to being sore. I don't have much to report on the day like last time because this time I was definitely feeling those 26.2 miles. I don't regret anything though and would do it again in a heartbeat. I love me some medals, too.

I'm so happy I can finally call myself a marathoner. Now I just have to work on holding back a little speedwise when I am running a full AND that whole back to back half and full I'll be running in January.And it looks like Kristen, Craig and I will be running another half together in November in Brooklyn!

A note regarding my pictures. Getting better, right? I can't wait to have more autumn leaves in the background for amazing bokeh!

I must say it has been a pretty productive September. I got a new lens, came in 1st place in a half marathon, became a marathoner, and passed my Notary Public exam. See you in October.

xoxo ♔ Meg

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The day I became a Marathoner

Today was a day that I have been waiting for for 3 years.

Today, after years of waiting and thousands of miles ran I finally became a marathoner.

In preparation for Disney my cousins Kristen, Craig and myself ran in the 2013 Yonkers Marathon and Half Marathon. Kris and Craig ran the half while I ran the full. This was my first time competing in a larger race both in terms of runners and production. It is a big change from the race I'm used to, and I loved it. I also LOVED having someone to go with and hang out with while waiting around for the race to begin.

NYCRuns was in charge of putting on this race along with a bunch of others in the NYC and surrounding areas. They did a great job, from the spread of food they had, the volunteers staffed at each water stop, the photography on course, having your name announced as you cross the finish line, and the post race party and discounts available at the area restaurants it was an all around fabulous race day.

Gimme dat medal
Kristen and Craig thought they were going to take about 3 hours to complete the half. Craig ended up finishing in 2:07:41 and Kristen finished in 2:02:04. Those are great times for a first half! I am so proud of them! See, you guys didn't need THREE hours!

I finished my 1st full marathon (26.2 miles) in 4:00:12. Not too shabby for my first one and on a tough course. I didn't think the course was that bad to be honest. I ran the first half way too fast though which had an impact on my second half. I was hurting. I ended up having to take multiple breaks to walk some, but when I started back up, I was running at what felt like my normal pace. And I ran the last mile at my usual pace. I did not hit a mental wall at all even with all that was going on in my lower body region so that was definitely a positive thing. I almost don't even remember what I was thinking about for 4 hours.

I made some mistakes during this race that I will have to work on for future fulls and especially Disney. I can't wait to run more.

Getting ready for Disney!

After I finished I spotted one runner laying on the ground eating a bagel. 
That's what I wanted to be doing at that moment.

Thank you NYCRuns and Yonkers, for a fabulous race! I will definitely be back!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

spiked camo

Dress - Rainbow / Vest - H&M / Shoes - Charlotte Russe 

Hello! Sorry I missed a week on here. I spent the very last day of summer last Saturday with my best friend and my boys. And sadly I did not pass for 14 so I did not get an adorable Ty Beanie Buddy bear. :(

Back to today. I wore one of my amazing finds from a few weeks ago in Yonkers; this dress was only 10 dollars! Can't beat that! Ten dollar dresses are my favorite. I know the picture is hard to see but there are spikes on it on the top. 

I am proud to report, that I finally have my new closet! I finally took matters into my own hands and gave myself a new closet! Ah! Friday night I threw everything hanging up in my closet on my bedroom floor and started moving bins and boxes and reorganized my bedroom closet and the dens. This morning I started moving my shoes into my new closet and then my clothes. Ahh so much better. My mom still has some stuff on the bottom of the closet, but I can deal with that for the time being. I couldn't take my tiny closet any more! And I still need to put away some summer stuff and get out all my knits and other fall wardrobe items. I was definitely procrastinating because it was the biggest pain to get things out of and into my closet.

I am still learning how to shot self portraits properly with my new lens. I'm getting better. I know what I have to do, just a matter of getting the camera to do it! I have been taking what I'll call "head shoots" to practice some too. So here's something I don't do often, take pictures without sunglasses.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Victory Day

Top - Merona / Leggings - Forever 21 / Boots - Charlotte Russe

I was so excited to go to work today and tell everyone about my triumph.

My favorite was when my boss came in. I took off my medal to hand it to her, and she flipped it over to read it and exclaimed "First place?!" 
Yes indeedy. 
Then she said "And you said you didn't even know if you were going to get a medal." I told her my time and the my age category and a colleague said to us "And that's the really healthy category." Later on in the day I went back to tell her of my overall placement in the race which lead to a good 15-20 minute conversation about the race, my training, and my upcoming (first) full marathon. It was just a glorious day. I am still riding the high.

Let me jump back into some actualy fashion/style talk, since that is what the main focus of this blog is. Thinking ahead to the day after race day, I knew I wanted to wear leggings. Not that I thought I was going to be sore (which turns out I was sore) but regardless I wanted to be comfortable. Mom and I were in Target for a LONG time looking for a nice tunic. It took us forever to find one. How does Target not have more tunics?! I don't understant That being said, anyone know where I can find nice, inexpensive, work appropriate (and casual) NOT see through tunics? Please let me know if you have any suggestions. 

xoxo ♔ Meg

p.s. This was my 100th post!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

20th Annual Putnam County Fall Classic

You know what feels amazing?

First Place!!

Today I ran in the 20th Annual Putnam County Fall Classic Half Marathon.

And guess what?! I came in FIRST PLACE in my age division for females! I still can not believe it!

I finished 13.1 miles in 1:45:31. That comes out to a 8:03 minute per mile pace.

And turns out, I placed 15th overall out of 75 total runners. That is a far cry from my 59th place finish last year for the same race.

A little over a month before my race, I looked at the results from prior years for this race. I compared my estimated pace to finishing times for females and I thought I had a pretty good probability of a top finish. I was thinking I could very well finish top 3 female in my age category or top 3 overall female. Even though I envisioned it happening, I didn't honestly think that I could come in first! It still seems so surreal, but I am living in the moment and loving every moment of this accomplishment.

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I ran fast and I ran hard. There were a few times during some inclines that a little voice in my head started saying things like "I can't do this". I didn't let that voice hang around for long. Since I am my own coach, my coach self told myself that I worked too damn hard and wanted it too much to give up. I just had to push through. Luckily, a nice down hill stretch showed up just when I needed it.

I somehow kept track of the females in from of me during the race. There was 1 girl (who I believe finished 1st overall female) who was ahead of me from the start and I never saw her again. I was holding 2nd place overall female for a while. Around mile 3 I heard some heavy breathing that sounded female coming from behind me. Around mile 3.5 she passed me. I kept her in my sights for a while but eventually I lost her. Around mile 8 another girl came up behind me, asked how I was doing and eventually got ahead of me. I kept her in my sights for a couple miles but eventually I lost her too. I was a little disappointed because that meant I was in 4th for female. What made it worse was that none of them looked like they were over 30. I could only hope.

During the last half a mile, I could smell food from the Founder's Day street fair that was going on at the finish line and it was shockingly making me sick. Lol normally my first thought after long runs is food. I came across the finish line and was so pleased with my time. I was estimating if I had a good day I would finish around the 1:50 mark, and if I was having a great day I could possibly finish in the 1:40's. Guess I had a great day. I changed my shoes and drank some Powerade and eventually did get something to eat.

Right about the time we finished eating and were getting ready to head home, they were doing awards. They gave out awards for the 5K first. They had top 3 finishers for both males and females in each age category; 70 & up, 60-69, 50-59, 40-49, 30-39, 20-29, under 20, and overall. After they did the half marathon...and had to announce all those categories...again.

As they got closer to my category I started praying. When they finally got to my category and announced the 3rd place finisher the time was in the 1:50's, I thought to myself "Wait my time was faster than that." They announced the 2nd place finisher and her time was in the 1:50's too. Again, I thought to myself "Wait! My time was faster than that too!" When they announced 1st place and the time was "1 hour, forty five minutes..."
I knew it was me.

I like reflecting on this 1st place finish. I like looking at my mileage log. 
It proves that hard work and dedication truly does pay off.

xoxo ♔ Meg

Saturday, September 14, 2013

AJ's 1st Birthday

Top - Forever 21 / Shorts - LEI / Socks - JCPenney / Shoes - eBay / Necklace - Forever 21

We celebrated AJ's first birthday today, circus style! 

I don't understand how I only own 1 item of giraffe print. Believe me, if I had it I would have worn it today.
The place looked a-mazing. I still can not get over the fact that Craig cooked ALL that food by himself. Truly unbelievable. I spent some time in the kitchen for the occasion as well; 4 hours and 48 cupcakes later. I was so happy with how they turned out, both look and taste. I got a lot of great shots at the party which I am going to show!

Party Time

Happy 1st Birthday, Munchkin! 
I know it was a good one, and here's to many more.
Love, Aunt Megan 

xoxo ♔ Meg