Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Back in Biznass!!

I don't know about you guys, but I am glad that Monday is over! I don't really love Mondays, I seem to be much more productive on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sorry for my absence of late, I am been so busy it's been tough to find time for anything. Quick wrap-up:
  • Last week I was busy basically all week with studying for my big test Thursday.
  • Wednesday night I was up all night (not even a wink of sleep) and had to drive 2.5 hours to Savannah, GA for my exam 9 AM Thursday morning (thankfully, Matt drove me while I studied)
  • The test was SEVEN HOURS LONG.
  • Unfortunately, I have to take the test again. BUMMER. I have 30 days to study.
  • Because I was so cracked out on caffeine and no sleep Wednesday-Thursday, my body was messed up until...basically, yesterday. I felt out of it and so light headed all weekend!
  • Although I was sad about the outcome, I was glad for it to be over (for now). I hardly ate anything all day Thursday. I immediately came home and chugged...a huge Green Smoothie + some vitamins. That seemed to help.
  • No running ALL LAST WEEK!
  • My BFF Alesha came to visit from Raleigh, NC Friday night, and unfortunately I was so wrecked, I had to pass out around 10:30 PM. We did, however, make it out to dinner first at Shem Creek Bar & Grill. We like it raw!
  • But we did get up and "run" 4.5 miles Saturday morning through downtown. I had to walk a lot and felt extremely dehydrated and run down. Sorry Leesh!
  • Stats: 4.5 miles in 47:38. Sllloooowww.
  • But we both felt better for getting it done!
  • Alesha and I headed to Folly Beach Saturday even though it looked like it was raining in that direction. But it didn't! It was a gaaawwrgeous day. We laid out for awhile, then ventured up the beach to find...a bar. As if I hadn't done enough damage to my body that week, I wanted to start drinking during the day.
  • So we found a bar at the newly redecorated Holiday Inn on Folly (that sounds lame, but Folly is such a small beach it's actually a pretty nice hotel) that was beach-side. Perf.
  • Alesha forgot her ID so I was stealthily buying us drinks...just like the good old days!
  • We had three rounds of cocktails while we watched some drunken girls embarass themselves dancing in their bikinis to the band.
  • After we had enough and the sun was setting, we headed home...er, to Taco Boy. We split some guac and each had a taco.
  • Then we really headed home, got showered up, ate some Doritos (apparently I wasn't mean enough to my body yet) and headed out on the town for some drinks + to meet up with my boss' bachelorette party! (Pics to come soon)
  • Matt was nice enough to give us girl time basically all weekend (I hadn't seen Alesha in a loooong time and this was the first time she had been to visit us since we moved to Charleston last August) so he drove us to our first stop, Chai's on King.
  • Then we walked...in heels...about a mile to Light, a dance club on East Bay Street. We proceeded to dance the night away/eat jello shots/drink some more.
  • Then we headed to Wet Willie's, a slushie bar on East Bay Street. I had about 1/2 of a White Russian slushie and then spilled the rest on the floor. (Was an accident, but I was glad to be rid of it, waaayy to sweet.)
  • By this point, we were dunzo, and called Matt to come get us. It was pouring rain and we were ready for bed! (Alesha, I am sparing the details for you... :)
  • Sunday morning, I did NOT get up to run with TNT. Oopsies. But it's okay, I have a lot of training time left and this week marks the beginning of actual training for me.
  • Last night I was almost 80% convinced that I was was NOT going to run after work. But I was feeling crappy and I knew that I needed to go, so I went. Begrudingly.
  • It turned out to be a good 3 mile run through historic downtown Charleston. I took a new route and ran down South Battery St and then back up the waterfront, so pretty. I even met up with a little pup named Ollie who seemed to be lost. I tried to take him home to the address on his collar, but he wasn't having any of that so I ran on.
  • Stats: 3.0 miles in 28:00 minutes. Splits: 9:56, 9:30, 8:34. I'm back in biznass biyatches!
  • Tonight we have a TNT meeting on Nutrition (woo hoo! my fave topic) and then we are heading out on a group short run.
  • I think I have decided on a training program! I will post on that tomorrow.
Coming up on ChasRunner soon: Marathon Training Plan for a sub 4:30 26.2, a blog re-design, smoothie recipes, and all about juicing with my new juicer!

Also, as a follow up to my recent post about the benefits + dangers of soy, check out Gena's post on the topic if you haven't already!

A big THANK YOU goes out to Amy of Will Run for Fun for sending me my favorite Cliff Mojo bars! I mentioned to her that I was so sad I couldn't find these bars in Charleston after she posted about them, and she was kind enough to send me a care package! Thanks girl!

If you haven't checked out her blog, you should. She is a former NCAA cross country and track runner who is now a cross country coach. She has a lot of good running/training advice! (Also if you haven't tried Cliff Mojo, you should!)

Have a fab Tuesday and I'll see ya tomorrow!


  1. Holy moly, remind me never to drink with you - I just couldn't keep up!

    Sounds like a great weekend :)

  2. Geez, you've been busy! Isn't it nice to catch up with friends?

  3. Sometimes it's nice to take some time off and just have fun!! Glad your back! Great job on the 3 miler, looks like your week off didn't affect your running times at all!! Please share some nutrition info if you learn anything interesting!!

  4. Glad you liked the bars! :)

    What I like about you is that even when something goes wrong or is out of your control, you seem to keep your cool. Like, the test was obviously hard and you tried, but at least it was a learning experience and now the next time you take it, you'll know what to expect!

    And you take running seriously, but still keep it fun, like running nice and easy on days when you don't really feel like running. I like that attitude! :)

    Looking forward to seeing your blog re-design! I of course like the way it looks now, but change is always fun :)

  5. The BFF weekend sounds like a blast. I'm doing the same this weekend! It's always the best when it seems like it's been FOR.EV.ER. The beach/drinky pics look like fun. Good job on the 3 mile getting back on track run. Bummer about the test though. :(
    Not to beat a dead horse, but if the relay thing doesn't work out, I might cry. I'm way too excited for not being officially "in" yet. Hah.

  6. Wow, what a weekend!

    Cute beachy/drink photos...I need a weekend at the beach.

    I love Mojo bars, they are tasty.

    Looking forward to reading your plan and seeing the new layout.

  7. you have been a BUSY girl!!! sounds like lots of fun stuff going on and cant wait to see the plans for marathon #2!!

  8. You had a busy weekend! The test sounds exhausting. Isn't it funny that many times when we don't feel like runnign at all we actually have good runs.

    Hope you are having a nice Tuesday.

  9. I like the play by play! I hope you're feeling better about your test after the weekend with some girl time.

    I'm going to have to find some mojo bars...they sound fun, if nothing else. :)

  10. You got to go to the bar in a bikini?!?! That's it, I'm moving to Charleston. No more convincing needed.

    And a care package too, is totally cool!

  11. you and leesh look hot in your cutesy 'kinis!! wish i had been there. im dreaming of that slushie bar too!! soooon, im coming sooooon! xoxo

  12. You are a marathon drinker!! I would have needed a nap!! I am looking forward to hearing about your training and your new blog look :)

  13. Hi there...my first time to your blog! You know what I do before I run? I go out and punch any neighbor of mine that may be out doing yardwork and then I start snarling like a werewolf and skip away...it confuses the hell out of everybody...and I mean EVERYBODY!