Project 365: Day 92

Today my brother came over and did a little photo shoot with Dylan and me.  There were many different scenarios, but I think the one that turned out the best was mixing the oil and vinegar together and taking some cool macros.  

Running Update

One month into the new year!  Here are my stats:

Total Miles for the month: 50.1 (wahoo!!)
Longest run: 7.1 miles
Fastest mile time:  still haven't checked in a while, though sometimes I do a 9:45 on my longer runs
Indoors, on the treadmill:  getting my comfortable/maintainable pace close to 6.0
Pain:  a little bit is coming back to my hip, but I'm trying to keep it in check

Other:  This year I started a push-up challenge (I got the idea from a friend who did this last year).  Basically I started with one push-up on the first of January, and every day I add a push up.  Which means today I did 31.  I definitely needed to do something about my crazy weak arms because 1- I strained a forearm muscle while hanging laundry, it took nearly a week to stop hurting (pathetic I know), and 2- sometimes when I'm running my arms get tired before my legs (super pathetic, I know).  So far the push-ups are going well.  I even throw in lunges/squats/planks/whatever else I can think of, on the days I don't run, so it's forcing me to do more cross training, which is good, and definitely noticeable.  I'm still doing 98% of my push-ups on my knees, which is kind of wimpy, but I had to start somewhere.  Also, I did 4 extra push-ups today so I could end the month on a nice round number.

Push up this month:  500
Push up total:  500

Need to constantly remind myself:  "For a mortal runner, running is something we weave into our busy lives. It's not our career, it's our passion. And to that extent, we all need to train with the flow of our life schedule, our experience level, and our body's ability to recover."  --Runner's World magazine


Project 365: Day 91

I couldn't pick between these two, so it's a double feature today!


Project 365: Day 86

Admittedly I skipped a day.  I was sick and just didn't manage to get any pictures.  But I'm feeling better and carrying on now.

This is actually from an impromptu photo shoot I did with my brother and Dad while they were explaining the finer details of flash photography, so I didn't technically take the photos, but I was part of the process.  And I did edit them.

Some bonus pictures:


Project 365: Day 84

There was a "faces in unusual places" type theme for the project this week.  Here's one I see all the time on my floor.  Probably more of a head than a face, but I think it still works.  This has always looked like a really pissed of bird with a long beak to me.  Anyone else see that, or is it just me?


Project 365: Day 82

And some extra snowflake pictures because this was so fun.

Dylan made the editing decisions for this version...  he's so much more colorful than I am ;)


Project 365: Day 78

This is bad.  I tried to see if I could "save" a bad picture in editing.  I couldn't.  Here's the best I could do.  Also, I am well aware of the over-editing I've been doing lately.  But I'm just playing around and learning different styles and techniques, which is fun.  Anyway, hopefully I'll get some better images this weekend.

(here's the original for comparison.  I only took 5 pictures today and they were all WAY under exposed.  I had a good plan and great morning light intended for this, but then my kids needed me (which was fine), and by the time I got to it the light was gone and this was all I got.  I'll try again another day.

Project 365: Day 77


Project 365: Day 76

Photo Book

Did not realize Shutterfly was going to post this directly to my blog for me, but that's okay.  Here's a little photo project I did last fall (as in 2012, so more like 2 falls ago).  I finally got around to making the book.  Can't wait to get the hard copy in my hands :)

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Project 365: Day 73

Running Update Jan 2014

I'm a little over due for an update on my running progress...

Here are my stats for the beginning of 2014:

On the treadmill:
Average comfortable pace:  5.5 mph
Fastest pace I can hold for 2 minutes without needing to stop:  8.0 mph
Recovery pace:  5.0 mph (I'm working on getting this faster, it's up from 4.5)
Typical run length: between 30-45 minutes
Haven't checked my mile lately.

Longest run:  6.2 miles with an 10:30 minute mile average, which has held true for all of my longer weekend runs lately.  A big improvement over 6 months ago when my long distance runs were at a 12:30 pace.
Running outside this time of year is COLD!

Aches and Pains:
Not too bad lately.  I feel a little bit in my left hip on the longer runs, but I'm mostly pain free.

Other interesting news:
I ran a 10k on New Year's Eve with a time of 1:05:13 which put me at a 10:30 pace.  Which is awesome especially since the last time I ran a 10k was in 2009 and it took me 1:21:??.


Farewell to 2013

My annual end of the year survey, better late than never.  I cut out some of the more repetitive questions, or the ones that don't really change from year to year (still no one night stands, dont anticipate that changing any time soon), so the numbers don't necessarily go in order.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?

Started taking pictures in manual mode, Ran a 9 minute mile, went into the winner's circle at Saratoga

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't keep them 100% as intended, but I did a decent job.  I started running and stuck with it. I tried to join the local photography club (I went twice), but it was really intimidating, so instead I made the effort to learn more on my own, ending the year with a real class.  But I failed at keeping up with laundry.  Oh well.  This year I have a few resolutions, most of them have to do with finding a better balance in various areas of life:  family, housework, hobbies, and exercising

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My Aunt Maureen had her first :)

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. Where did you visit?
Not a lot of traveling this year.  I went up to Saratoga with the kids over the summer, I think that was about it.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Better balance in my life

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Sarah's wedding :)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting Aaron to sleep through the night (at 16 months old), all my running goals

9. What was your biggest failure of the year?
Hurting myself and not being able to do the Leesburg 20k.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes and yes.  Strep throat, mastitis, (2 rounds of antibiotics in 1 year after not having to take them for as long as I can remember), bad hip and knee from running.  Though I did manage to avoid the stomach bug the rest of my family got in the Spring, so I guess it could have been worse.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
extension tubes for close up photos :)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Dylan's for doing so well when he started kindergarten :) Sarah for finishing her master's program, Rebecca for finishing high school

14. Where did most of your money go?
Kids, House, Food, photo stuff

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Sarah's wedding :)  All my photography stuff

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
All These Things That I've Done by the Killers.  It was my running anthem this year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or Sadder?: happier
ii. Thinner or Fatter than last year?: thinner!  I lost 30 pounds.  granted most of that was lingering baby weight, but I worked hard for each pound.  And I'm back to my pre-grad school weight now.  woo!
iii. Richer or Poorer?: richer, I guess

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Like last year I"m going to say sleep.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
change poopy diapers (Aaron has like 3-5 a day still)

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it with our families.  Kids in the morning opening gifts, in-laws came over for a little while, then dinner at my parent's house with all the Waldron family.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Probably the Mindy Project, I am increasingly becoming one of those people who doesn't watch much TV.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
hmmm....  not sure, I read a ton.  I really liked a lot of the YA books I read this year, Shatter Me, Cinder, the end of the Divergent series, The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, to name a few

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

crap, I dont think I had any amazing discoveries this year.  I'm in a music funk.

28. What did you want and get?
Extension tubes, a running watch, new boots, the main level of the house repainted

29. What did you want and not get?
HOnestly I think I got everything I could realistically get... of course there's always more to want, but I'm trying to focus on enjoying and making hte most of what I have.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
huh, I didn't watch too many new movies this year.  And most of the new one's I did see were more for Dylan or Matt.  So I guess Iron Man 3 and Cloudy with Meatballs 2... mostly because I think those were the only new movies I even saw.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32... here's my blog post from my birthday

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A full 10 hours of sleep every night so that I could function better and not be so crabby all the time.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Make an effort.  I started wearing jewelry again which kind of pushed me into trying to look some what more presentable.  Not that I'm stylish by any means, but I don't want to be frumpy all the time either.

34. What kept you sane?
Running.  Helped so much physically and mentally

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013?
That I am capable of being stronger than I thought.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

And when there's no where else to run, is there room for one more [run]" The Killers song, I changed the last word from son to run even though it's repetitive, because it is more motivating

Project 365: Day 72