Sunday, March 27, 2011

Habitat for Humanity

Good Evening!

First, an explanation. I’m sure somebody has noticed that I haven’t been posting everyday. I have made a decision to only post when I have something useful to say. Since that does not occur everyday, I will not be posting everyday :)

OK! Yesterday morning, we got up early(for a Saturday)at 8 and we to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore:

RestoreGenerally, Habitat for Humanity builds houses for disaster victims and low-income families:

habitat-wall-raising  What we did however, is work with ReStore. They are one of the largest income sources for Habitat. They take donations of home furnishing items and sell them to raise money for their house projects. We worked to move a bunch of huge items from a warehouse the the store.

Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization that I encourage all of you to get involved with!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Trail Runs and Hiking

Good evening friends:)

Really neat tech moment. We were reviewing for a test that I have tomorrow in my Personal and Community Health class.We did a game show-style review with multiple choice questions and these awesome clicker vote thingys:

016 It made reviewing so much more fun.

I love nature. I love hiking and I love trail runs.Yesterday, I went with Bestie Amanda on an “awesomesauce”(stole this from healthy tipping point :D) Hike. Here’s some pictures:

026 The sky looked awful, and rightly so. It started pouring on us, but it was okay,because it was super warm.

038 I thought this tree was cool, the way it curved around the other one.

022yes, this has been edited a touch :) 

Ok, so here’s the epic part. We saw this crazy oil thing tipped over in the woods. This is what it looks like :

049 This is what it said on the side: Parkersburg Rig and Reel:

055 What does that mean?

There are several more pretty nature pictures, I’ll post more later. Today Bestie Amanda and I went to the same trail and ran it this time. We had about a 10min/mile pace. Pretty good for me :)

off to homework! Love ya!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Race Recap: Coventry Challenge 5K

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” This quote by Neale Donald Walsch pretty much sums up my 5K experience.  If you had told me three months ago that I was going to be able to run a 5K without dying I would have laughed in your face. For a long time. Although my time was not anywhere near excellent( 40 min) I felt like a  million bucks. I got to run with a very dear friend of mine, and we got to catch up. It was a 5 min walk to the race, and the weather looked like this:

007It was about 7:20 am, if you wondered why the sun was rising as I was walking :) Pre-race I ate the yummiest(100% all natural) cranberry-oatmeal power bar:

005 I was thinking it might not be enough, but it was perfect. no nausea this race! I filled my water bottle with half water,half apple juice, and it was the perfect amount of pre-race sugar.

Ok, I am about to tell you about the best thing that has ever happened on this great,green earth. It is called Kiwi. Kiwi,(not talking about the fruit here, though it plays a part) is a frozen yogurt place that literally blew my mind. Here’s a picture:

kiwi The place is epic. The walls are lovely and pink, with giant kiwis painted on them. it felt like sunshine as soon as I walked in, but it got better. Along the entire back wall, there was self-serve frozen yogurt dispensers. There was about 30 different flavors, but that isn’t even the coolest part, the highest calorie count you will find in any yogurt is 120 for a half-cup.Better yet, there are several,very yummy varieties weighing in at only 80 calories! You fill your cup up with yogurt, and then it’s time to move on to toppings. There is just as many topping choices as yogurt choices. I topped my mango yogurt with kiwi,raspberries,blackberries and granola. SWEET!

Last but not least, i finally go my hair cut! I went with a sassy,shorter cut inspired by Miss Carrie Underwood’s Grammy look from 2010:

carrie ahir Here is how it turned out on me :

new picture It is way shorter than it was, but I love it! :)

Goodnight, and goodbye friends! Love you!

who has your favorite hair style?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trail Run and New Features

Hey Guys!

First off, I would like to direct your attention to the right of this post and the music coming from your speakers. I have uploaded my workout playlist( most of it) by request. The first song, spotlight ( Oh, Nostalgia) by Patrick Stump(from Fall Out Boy) is my current favorite song.I love it! watch the video, it’s super inspiring. secondly, I would like to direct your attention to not only the Daily Mile Training log, which I have had for a few days, but below that, a widget to list my upcoming races.( so you can keep track :D)

Bestie Amanda and I went on a run through a wildlife refuge today:

blog 002 It was awesome,fairly warm, and super muddy. There was a light mist going on sporadically, but it was mostly alright. The sky looked like this:

blog 011  Hence, the rain. But,i snapped a few “artsy” pictures for you to enjoy of our trip :

blog 022 I just thought the gold-colored leaves of this tree were cool.

blog 013I think this one might have been taken by Bestie Amanda. Check out her blog here :The Life You Are Given.

blog 005 I just LOVE pine trees,I always have.

Alrighty,it’s off to bed for me, have a great night!

what new and exciting in your life?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Break Highlights

Good Afternoon,

I am sorry for my utter lack of posting this past week,I was on spring break, home with my family, and it was super chill. There wasn’t something epic and new to post about every day, so I figured I would wait and just give you some highlights afterward.

I had some awesome oatmeal:

016 1/2 cup of Irish Oats, 1/2 Golden Delicious apple, dash of cinnamon, 1 tsp brown sugar. To make it all better, the bowl smiles at me when I finish it all :D


017 I ran in the rain too.I did about 2 miles. It was about 55 degrees outside, and pouring. I had always heard that running in the rain is an amazing experience, check out this post on Healthy Tipping Point (my favorite blog to read) How To Run in The Rain (unofficially).So, back to my run. It was…amazing.I didn’t even need my ipod, nature was loud enough. The rain was warm,but cool enough to cool my face off. I felt like a Gatorade commercial,legit. It was fun, and exciting,and inspiring,and thrilling.

Sarah 002 Haha! I am so lobster red! here’s another:

Sarah 001

I am doing an impromptu 5k this coming Saturday. My old high school hosts a 5k every year. Being the weekend after spring break, I couldn’t run it. However, the boyfriend got a gum surgery done this past week, and we have to go back home to take the stitches out. yay! If you live in the Pottstown/Philadelphia area, you need to come check out the Coventry Challenge 5k!(Chances are, if you read this blog and do live in the area, you already are.)

ccs 5k It usually has a huge turnout, as you can see. I’m super excited :D

What makes you feel epic?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Next Race

Just writing that is intimidating and exciting and nerve wracking all at once.

Friends, consider me in training for a 5k. I know to some of you that is nothing. 3.1 miles, whatever. But to me, it is so much more. running a 5k, for me, means that I am slowly,and surely taking my life back. I am taking my life back from the side of me that says”you can’t do it”, “you are too fat to run”, “there is no way you’ll  make it” and “everyone will realize you are a failure and stop loving you”. Running, for me is so much more than being fit and healthy, and getting in shape, even more than losing weight. Running, for me, is a way to show myself that I am worth it, I can do it and I WILL do That being said, i am running the Eco-Thon 5k at the Columbus Zoo. It is through “the wilds”, which is really neat,because we get to run through all the different eco-systems. For example, we will run across the plains of ”Africa” and then break through a tree line into a rainforest!

With registration(which is super expensive $30) You get your t-shirt, and goodie bag, but also a pass to do the tour of the safari thing.

giraffes How cool is that?! Also, my honey may be running this one with me, along with Bestie Amanda and her honey.

Anyway, I am so super excited about this race, if you are anywhere is the general Columbus area, you should come!

wilds collage What is your next exciting adventure?

P.S- If you look on the left side of the page, under the about me section, you will see a brand new DailyMile mileage counter, so you can watch me train.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sunsets and Tortellini

Good Evening,

Although the promise of Spring Break is in the air(we leave Friday afternoon) Midterms still loom overhead. I hate two actual Midterm tests, and the rest are just the teachers telling us our grades. I suppose I will survive.

Lunch was super yummy,they had a organic cheese tortellini, so I got a little of that and loaded up on veggies(mostly corn) and veggie soup:

001 Nomtastic…seriously,so good. Dinner was a marinated chicken breast with some mashed potatoes,green beans and tomato soup. I have been craving tomato soup like crazy and they happened to have made some tonight(I asked them to when I worked in the caf this morning :D)

002 Notice the lack of gravy on my potatoes :) I saw this ahhhh-mazing sunset as I was coming out of the cafeteria this evening:

004 Luckily I had the camera with me, this is why I tell y’all to remind me to keep it with me! Back to studying, wish me luck!

Is the there anything you are super stressed about this week?