Project 365: Days 205-208

What? Oh yeah, I forgot two days. July was really slacking with my photos. It was a pretty busy month, that might have had something to do with it. Excuses, excuses.

Days 205-208

July 24

Crazy busy schedule

July 25

Poop truck

July 26

Penny šŸ™‚

July 27

My uncle’s dog I looked after, Sasha.




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Project 365: Days 196-202 Cottage Vacation

I’m here! I’m here! And I’ve been busy! Cottage Vacation one week, then I stayed at my uncle’s house and watched his dog for a week. So I haven’t been home much. And the times I have been home, I’ve had other things to do (like watch the Olympics, haha). But here are finally my pictures from my cottage vacation.

Days 196-202

July 15

Humpty Dumpty lamp. Scary the Diny’s since 2008.

July 16

One of the many sunset pictures I took.

July 17

Family of ducks that visited every day


July 18

Road my bike around the lake and took pictures at the park

July 19


July 20

Last sunset picture

July 21

Right before we left






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Project 365: Days 191-195

Oh yeah, I also forgot July 9th. I don’t know what was wrong with me! I was a little mad at myself because i had been doing well with remembering.

Days 191-195

July 10

I watched the whole first season of Girls in about two days. It’s amazing.

July 11

Stupid shin!

July 12

Wearing my knee-high compression socks with my capris. Super stylish

July 13

First pedicure!

July 14

Saw a deer at 1000 Islands Nature Center

July 14

1000 Islands

July 14

Sleeping so cute

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Project 365- Days 185, 187-189

I was very forgetful in the beginning of July with taking pictures. I missed July 3rd AND July 5th. Whoops.

Days 185, 187-189

July 4

After the Fox Firecracker 5k.

July 4

Serious sock tan. Please ignore the face that my pinky toe is non-existent

July 4

Penny looking so adorable, as always

July 6

Got behind this piece of machinery on my way to work. I wanted to drive under it.

July 7


July 8

My beach read for the cottage.


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Seriously, maybe I should just plan injury into my training plans. This is just getting ridiculous. At least this time it’s not my knee (although then it might be an easier fix).

Monday: I had scheduled 4miles. I went to my normal spot and started out. I felt okay the first mile, but then mile 2 started and my shin started to hurt. Bad, bad, bad. I ended up walking back and ending my run.

Tuesday: 7miles scheduled, but I wasn’t sure if I could run them. So I planned on testing out the first mile and see. Yep, stupid shins. So I quickly scheduled a chiropractor appointment because he helped my knees and then I went to Runaway Shoes and purchased some expensive awesome compression socks. I iced and compressed like a motherf’ker last night.

Wednesday: I wore my less expensive awesome compression socks to work today. Fashion diva here. And then went to the chiropractor where he tortured my shins (because, you know, I have shin splints). Went to the YMCA instead of running and even the bike hurt. So I did LOTS of weights. Taking out my aggression.

My plan for the rest of the week:
Thursday-rest. I have an appointment tomorrow after work and I’m going to just come home and rest, compress, and ice, ice, baby. It’ll be a grand time.
Friday- Day off of work, so I might go the YMCA early in the day because I have things to do in the afternoon. We’ll see how the rest day goes tomorrow.
Saturday- Sad to say, but I probably won’t be going to my running group. YMCA is again on the plan. Though there is a trail that runs right in front of the Y, so, if I’m brave, I may try out my shin on there.
Next week- All next week I’ll be up north. I plan on bringing my running clothes, but if my shin isn’t better, I’m going to walk a ring around the lake. Walk, walk, walk. Stretch, stretch, stretch.

So that’s the plan. I’m really frustrated because my training was going so well, but I’m doing everything I can right now to get back in the game.

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Project 365: Days 180-183

We’re getting into the middle of summer already! Boo! Wisconsin has been a sauna lately, so it definitely feels like summer here! Trying to get out most days and enjoy it.

Days 180-183

June 30

I saw these two hot air balloons when I was driving to my running group

June 30

And then I saw another hot air balloon in Darboy!

June 30

Fox River in DePere

June 30

I was able to hang out with my friends, Tom and Ella this past weekend! We had a fabulous day in the fabulous weather because we ARE fabulous šŸ™‚

June 30

Walking through Voyager Park

July 1

At the Wrightstown Boat landing. My dad, sister, and I went jet skiing!

July 2

My sister’s 17th birthday!!!! Out to dinner at Perkins. My sister and her boyfriend being themselves.

July 2

My sister always makes silly faces in pictures. My mom has learned to just take lots of pictures and hope for a good one.

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Project 365: Days 175-179

These pictures are from the last few days of June! I can’t believe I’ve bee doing this project for 6months already! Some days are easier than others to take photos, but I find myself taking pictures at times when I normally wouldn’t.

Days 175-179

June 24

My grandma with some of the grandchildren.

June 25

Stretching in the park after my run.

June 26

I never really listened to Maroon 5 until about 2 weeks ago, and now I listen to them all the time.

June 27

The Harmony Cafe in Appleton where my running meeting was held.

June 28

My mom braided my hair. Katniss.

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Fox Firecracker 5k Recap

This morning was the Fox Firecracker 5k and it was a HOT one!

Yesterday was the race expo from 4pm-7pm at Riverview Middle School in Kaukauna. It was quick and painless. I had to find my bib number from the list of racers and then proceed to pick up my shirt and bib. In and out in about 10min.

Today I got up at 6:30 and ate a Clif bar and banana. I really wanted to PR this race, but with the heat, I wasn’t sure if that was going to be possible. When I looked at the weather before I left, it was already 77 degrees. Whoa.

When I got there, I had to park about 10min away from the starting area. By the time I was done walking from my car to the starting area, I was already sweating. Well, this shall be an interesting race.

The University of Wisconsin marching band was there for entertainment before the race. Also, there were skydivers that fell from the sky and each had a different flag attached to them. That was pretty cool. I’ve never seen anything like that.

The UW Band led us to the starting line and played the Star Spangled Banner when we got there. Just standing there made me sweat. The gun went off and it was time to run.

The first half mile was really hard. I couldn’t get going because it was hard to breathe with the heat. Once I got going, it went better, not great, but better.

Mile 1: 8:31 (eh)

One thing that I didn’t like about this race was that we couldn’t use the whole width of the road to run. We ran on the left-hand side of the road and the right-hand side was just empty for the occasional car the police let through. I guess because Kaukauna is a little town, there couldn’t be too many roads blocked. But only having half the road made it really crowded and added to the heat seeing we had to be really close.

Oh hello mile 2. Hello hills. There were quite a few hills, bigger hills on this mile. No fun in this hot weather. I tried to keep trekking along, but the heat was taking a toll with the hills. I took some water and dumped it on my head at this mile. I was already wet from sweating, might as well get drenched.

Mile 2: 8:54

The next mile I felt a little better, actually. I tried to kick it into gear for the last mile. It was going well, until I got near the end, I felt like I was going to be sick. I slowed down a little and threw some water on my head. That made me feel a little better and I sprinted to the finish, just to get finished.

Mile 3: 8:30

Finish time- 26:27. BARELY a new PR. I beat my old 5k time by 5seconds. If it wouldn’t have been so hot, I probably would have done better, but we can’t control the weather. I’m definitely happy with my time considering the heat. I took 5th in my age division out of 35.

When the race got done, I drank some water and drenched myself some more. The results were posted shortly after and then I left.

This race reminded me of the Turkey Trot. There were lots of families running and walking because it was the Fourth of July, so that makes it a great event. This was a nice small town race. The course was nice, with plenty of shade. It was about 15min from my house, so not that far for me to get to.

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June Summary/July Goals

June was a pretty successful month. Juneathon, friends, running. It had it all! Let’s see if I accomplished any of my goals for the month and make some new goals for July!

June Goals:

–Juneathon: Accomplished. I worked out every day, logged it, and blogged about it. I tried new things and I feel a lot better with my body.

–More strength training: I would consider this accomplished. Going to the YMCA helped me with this. I was able to use different machines there and use heavier weights there too. Welcome back, strength training šŸ™‚

–Running Group: Accomplished. I met with them every Saturday (except the Saturday of the Bellin Run). I also went to one of their fun runs and to the monthly meeting. Everyone in this group is so positive and encouraging.

–Sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon and one other race on my schedule: Big time accomplished! I was able to sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon at a discounted rate at the Bellin Run race expo and I signed up for the rest of my races this summer.

–Go to the YMCA and take a spinning class: Sort of accomplished. I joined the YMCA, but I didn’t take a spinning class. I usually go to the Y on Friday’s and there aren’t classes offered on Friday’s. But I usually make an attempt to get on the bike while I’m there.

–Take more pictures: Accomplished. I managed to get to the Appleton Botanical Gardens and I took more pictures family functions this month and when I hung out with my friends.

–Visit one friend: ACCOMPLISHED!! I visited my friend, Tom, in Madison last weekend. And this weekend I was able to see him again, along with my other friend, Ella! Yay! Those were two of the best weekends and I hope I am able to to more stuff with them the rest of the summer.

–Finish one book: Epic fail. It’s really hard for me to read anymore because I don’t get any breaks at my job. At Walmart, I used to read on both of my 15min breaks and during my hour lunch. But now I really don’t have time when I get home because I have other things I want to get done.

June Summary:

–Ran in the Bellin Run! It was a lot of fun, despite the heat.

–Got new hours at work. 7am-3pm. It’s nice to get done an hour earlier, but getting up at 5:30am sucks sometimes.

–Started watching the new Dallas series. So far, so good!

–After seeing my uncles Ironman tattoo, I started thinking about maybe doing a triathlon in the future.

–I started taking three more multi-vitamins and I feel awesome.

July Goals:

–Take a spinning class this month: Maybe I can accomplish this goal in July

–Keep going to my running group: I would like to get some friends in my group. That was one of the reasons I joined was to make running friends.

–Get my school stuff straightened out: Look at my schedule, do my FAFSA, lame stuff.

–Keep visiting friends: I hope I can continue to see my friends and maybe see my cousin this month too!

–Start thinking of where I could work once school starts: ugh

–Attempt some speed work into my training

–Write out my schedule for the upcoming week on Sunday night

–Continue to keep up on blogging: with Juneathon, I had to blog once a day. It was hard some days, but not impossible. I don’t want to blog every day, but at least three times/week.

This month my family and I are going up north for a week, so I’m not sure how many of these I will be able to accomplish, but we will see!!

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Project 365: Days 167-170

Well, I wasn’t able to fix my memory card, but with the help of a rude Geek Squad member at Best Buy, I was able to get the pictures off my card. So here are the days that I was missing!

Days 167-170

June 16

My sister eating one of the HUGE cupcakes at my cousins birthday.

June 17

My with my aunt and uncles dog at Father’s Day.

June 18

Painted nails!

June 19

Sent this picture to my sister. She LOVES Mustangs.

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