8 days until the BIG day!

I’m amazed by how quickly the days are flying by but also by how SLOWLY my work days are passing. LOL It will take every ounce of focus in my pea brain to stay productive next week. I just have to hang tough until next Friday. Then, Jon and I will be buzzing our way to Lihue! WOOOO HOOOO!!! I’ve got a “MUST TRY” list that’s ridiculous! Just a few places on my list: http://kauaijuiceco.com/ (so stoked to try Best Breakfast!), Aloha Aina Juice Bar http://www.yelp.com/biz/aloha-aina-juice-bar-koloa (excited to try my first ever aรงai bowl) and http://www.thefreshshave.com/ (shave ice). I’ve heard a lot of good things about Josselin’s Tapas Bar so we’ll hopefully have time to check it out.

Jon and I went to the track at the high school next door for a short run. Jon mentioned the students built a community garden on campus with loads of vegetables ready for picking. When he met with the school principal last week, she told him the vegetables were free for the picking. Since I didn’t have a bag, I just sampled a cherry tomato. YUM, fresh garden veggies. NOM.

Nice pose. So cheesy.

Nice pose. So cheesy. OOTD: Lululemon 105F singlet in baroque blue, chevron dot speed shorts and Moving Comfort Jubralee sportsbra.ย 

The students did a great job! Rhubarb is a beautiful thing…just sayin’. ๐Ÿ˜€ Too bad I didn’t get a pic. Derp.

The garden was pretty awesome! Ignore my big ole head.

The garden was pretty awesome! Ignore my big ole head.

I know I’ve already said this but I’m claiming senility. I’m going into this marathon with positive thoughts which is difficult since I’m a “realist”. haha I’m going to enjoy every bit of wildlife and tropical scenery on the course. I’m hoping to see and meet the locals in the neighborhoods we run through and I REALLY hope their dogs and puppies are spectating with them. ๐Ÿ˜€ I โค dogs! I’ll be taking many, many photos along the way. Unless, of course, I’m passed out in a ditch somewhere delirious from heat, humidity and dehydration. I keed, I keed.

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Two Weeks Plus One

I’m a poor excuse for a blogger, LOL. Sorry for the silence. I haven’t run since my last post so not much to blog about. I’ve been avoiding my training runs. Self-sabotage? Maybe BUT I’m still crossing that finish line!

On the other hand, my husband has stuck to his training plan 100%. He’s been waking up early, sometimes at four in the morning(!) on weekends to get in his long runs. I’m envious of his discipline and determination. I tend to procrastinate and let my inner fat kid make all the decisions. Ugh! My plan is to get out and run this weekend. Maybe I’ll have an update within the next few days. One bit of good news, I’ve lost about 9 pounds since the beginning of June just by making better food choices.

Thankfully, the weather finally cooled down a bit the past few days. My new favorite dinner has been a tomato and mayo sandwich. So delicious and perfect for hot weather. There’s nothing like the smell of toasted bread. Mmmmmmm…

Perfect summer dinner.

Perfect summer dinner.

We went over to my parent’s house to see Mom on her birthday. She shared some of her awesome garden goodies.

From Mom's garden.

From Mom’s garden. โค

I have no clue how to prepare eggplant. This should be interesting. Who knew eggplant came from such pretty flowers? I didn’t, that’s for sure.

Eggplant flower

Eggplant flower with Mom in the background.

Since I don’t have anything to mention about running, I’ll post my latest beauty haul. I recently saw a review of Colleen Rothschild Beauty on YouTube by LisaLisaD1. She mentioned that the eye cream and body lotion were amazing so, of course, I had to give them a try! I’ll share my thoughts once I’ve had a chance to try them.

Packaged nicely

Packaged nicely

Complete Eye Cream and Nourishing Body Lotion

Complete Eye Cream and Nourishing Body Lotion

I also got lucky and won a nifty pint glass from Nuun! I thought it would have a watermelon printed on it but it’s just the standard logo. *pouts*

Nuun Hydration pint glass

Nuun pint glass

That’s all for now. Kauai is sooooo close. I’m getting super excited for the trip. The half marathon is haunting me but I will have fun NO MATTER WHAT! ๐Ÿ˜€ Until next time, I’ll leave you with this…

Boo, wondering when I'll get out for a run next.

Boo, wondering when I’ll get out for my next run.

Wow! Only 27 days to go!

Yikes! Has it really been 15 days since I’ve posted??? I’m such a slacker. But I didn’t have much to blog about since I didn’t get out for any training runs. Yep, another half marathon without proper training. But I’m still going into it with the goal to finish. I’m looking forward to the sights, sounds and smells! I’m so excited for this half marathon! It’s creeping up so quickly! I’m stoked to meet Bart Yasso and Dean Karnazes at the expo/packet pick-up. I’ve also heard they’re hosting a shakeout run the morning before the event. Weeeeeee!!!

For the past two weeks, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I thought I might be battling a cold but I never felt fully “sick”. Hmmmm, allergies maybe? I just couldn’t kick it. Which might be why I didn’t feel so great yesterday morning when my husband and I decided to run a local 5k/10k. I signed up for the 10k so I could add a bit of mileage to my (non-existent) training. Jon ran the 5k. My mind and body were all over the place! My stomach was jittery before the start but once we got going, I felt good. I was feeling strong and optimistic. My first mile was 10:13 which is pretty fast for me. Mile two was about 12:00. Then, at the 2.5 mile mark, the wheels fell off the bus. I had to stop running because my bladder was full. Seriously?!?! Not a honey bucket in sight. So I just kept walking. After the first 5k loop, I seriously considered calling it a day. I thought I had my mind made up when the volunteer at the 5k/10k turn off, gave me some encouragement. I couldn’t quit now, right? So I completed the 2nd loop…walking. I tried to speed up to a jog, here and there, but my bladder wasn’t having it. LOL So miles 3-5 were ugly. I have no idea what my splits were because my GPS watch is old and I kept forgetting to push the stupid “lap” button after each mile. I was busy day dreaming about porta potties. My last mile was about 14:10. I was able to shuffle a bit. I’m guessing that my profuse sweating was drying me out a bit. Ugh

The calm before the storm. On our way to drop Boo off at grandma's.

The calm before the storm. On our way to drop Boo off at grandma’s. This is before he got groomed.

On our way to the starting line. My stomach was just starting to misbehave.

On our way to the starting line. My stomach was just starting to misbehave.

2nd time around. The high power lines were crackling away. Can this be safe?!?! :D

2nd time around. The high power lines were crackling away. Can this possibly be safe?!?! ๐Ÿ˜€

Just finished. Still no honey buckets.

Just finished. Still Honey Bucketless.

After the run, we had to hustle it back to mom’s to pick up Boo and get him to his grooming appointment. We thought he’d be able to sleep more comfortably if his fur was sheared short. It’s been uncharacteristically hot for this area. Ick.

Boo's "After" (see his "Before" above).

Boo’s “After” (see his “Before” above).

We’ve had some amazing sunsets and cloud formations the past week.

I loved the rays coming off the puffy little clouds.

I loved the rays coming off the puffy little clouds.

Pink and blue leopard clouds.

Pink and blue leopard clouds.

And just to add to the silliness. I asked Jon to take some photos of me and Boo after his haircut. Jon thought it would be funny to hold down the shutter and keep taking photos. I had to use Jedi mind tricks to retrieve my iPhone.

Yes, the bobby pin enhances the force.

Yes, the bobby pin enhances the force.

Just kidding. I was just reaching for my phone and he caught this scary pic of me. LOL I was a couch potato the remainder of the day.

See, I don't *always* scowl.

See. Proof that I don’t *always* scowl.

I have no idea when I’ll get out for another run. I’ve found that if I plan it, it doesn’t happen. *sigh* I’m aiming for sooner rather than later but I’m just going to leave it loosey goosey because that’s how I roll. See y’all later. ๐Ÿ™‚