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Hey everyone. So school started back up on Tuesday at Columbia and I’m also taking a class at work on Thursdays. Between homework for both classes, work, and running, I am non-existent! Oh well..

Today’s run felt a lot like last weekend’s long run. Both runs were supposed to be 7 miles long. Both had to be run on a treadmill (last weekend because it was fuh-reezing and this weekend because there was ice on the ground). Both were run in my gym’s cardio theater where they were playing Usher’s OMG Tour lol. And the times for both were the same — 61:37 last week and 61:30 today. At least I’m consistent!

And now… time for some FOOTBALL!!!! …and homework 😦 … Totally cheering on the Giants even though I’m a Jets fan. It’s always fun to see a local team in the Super Bowl!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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Hi everyone, can you believe it’s 2012?! I can’t believe it came so fast.

My weekend was pretty awesome. After a slow week at work, Friday was the best. All of the traders left REALLY early, so I decided to hit the gym around 1 since I slept in and skipped that morning :-P. The gym was packed with coworkers (I will never get used to sweating in front of them haha), but I was able to nab MY treadmill. I felt kind of horrible since it’s THAT time of the month, but I knew Rodrigo was working late so I had some time to kill! 6.55 in 59 minutes. Not horrible. Not great. Meh.

Showered and then kept my future hubby company until he was ready to leave.

It was GREAT having another relaxing weekend with him :). We were lazy bums Fri night AND yesterday. But we finally dragged our butts out of bed to celebrate a really exciting new year (we’re getting hitched in 2012!!!).

We headed to a restaurant in Newark with a few of his friends (and their friends) for yummy food and open bar. Perfect way to ring in the new year. It was insane watching Times Square and thinking that we were there just last year!

See?

[Please ignore my raccoon eyes.. keep in mind this was taken after standing/freezing for TEN hours!]

It was much better staying warm indoors :).

We came home around 3 and passed out. Very fun night though.

Aaand I got to try out my Garmin this morning!!!!

The weather was perfect so I laced up and hit the road. The first mile felt good and the 2nd mile was better. I was impressed with my split (I love that the watch beeps and shows your split every mile!), so I decided to push a little harder on the last mile to beat my 5k PR of 25:41. Done and done! It felt awesome. I think I can get addicted used to this Garmin thing!

I hope you all had a fabulous time ringing in the new year. I am VERY pumped for 2012 because 8 months from today, I get to marry this hottie:

Can’t wait!

Which reminds me, one of my friends got engaged yesterday! What a great way to ring in a new year! So happy for Kelsey and Ryan :).

D

Hi everyone!

I have a new “PR” to tell you about!

On Christmas Eve, I woke up to go to the gym to pound out 5 miles. Buut, I felt great after 5 so I kept going to complete a virtual 10k. I’ve never done a 10k before, so I guess you could consider my time a PR :). Finished the run in 53:58 — not horrible! I seriously miss running outside.. the treadmill isn’t cutting it (even WITH the cardio theater in my gym).

Christmas came and went — it was a great weekend. I loved spending the holiday with my family and especially my twin and fiance :). School has been insane so this was the first weekend I had solid quality time with them.

For Xmas, I got a lot of stuff on my registry including knives, bakeware, China, etc. All fun!

Aaaand I got a ton of running stuff! Including my new friend….

A Garmin 210!

I’ve wanted a GPS watch forever, but held off on buying one because of the price. SO EXCITED!!!

Unfortunately, it’s too cold/pitch black during all possible running hours for me, so I’ll have to wait until Sunday to try it out. Love love love!

Now, off to clean my room and find something to wear for NYE.

Hope you had a great holiday!!

D

D here… Today is the last day of the Fall 2011 semester for me! I have my Time Series Analysis final at 7 — yikes! I ended up getting an A- in my other class.. Just can’t wait for it to be over. Hopefully I will be back to blogging after tonight 🙂

Wish me luck!

Hola!! D here.. hope you guys are having a great weekend so far.

Time for a Vegas recap! This was my first time in Vegas and it was a TAME trip. Can’t wait to go back for a true Vegas experience!

FRIDAY:

The weekend all started on Friday morning. Michelle and I stayed at my fiance’s house on Thursday night and he drove us to the airport bright and early! Check in was a breeze and we were so pumped for Vegas to finally be here — we signed up for this race MANY months ago!

Our plane boarded perfectly on time, but the flight was terrible. So much turbulence the entire time. Michelle hadn’t been on an airplane since 2008, which made this flight even worse for her… HORRIBLE! We couldn’t wait until we touched the ground. And 5 hours later:

Safely at the gate :). Landing in Vegas was amazing because you could see all of the gorgeous red mountains and I loved that we could see our hotel (Mandalay Bay) from the runway!

Also loved that slot machines greeted us the second we got off the plane. Michelle convinced me not to lose all of my money.. yet.

Gotta love big Vegas signs and fake palm trees in the airport 😛

We quickly got into a cab and headed for our hotel. We had a great room on the 14th floor.. my lucky number! Shelly and I were waiting for my friend Emily to get to Vegas from Tampa so we unpacked and grabbed some lunch at a Mexican place. No bueno. The chips were awesome but the veggie burrito gave me the worst stomach ache. Not good on 1/2 marathon weekend! We headed to the strip after that.

Vegas is great for people watching — so many interesting characters! But one of the cool things about our weekend was that pretty much everyone was either a runner or a cowboy!! There was a rodeo event the same weekend. I had never seen a cowboy in person before so I loved it.

Kinda blurry but that was a cowboy carrying a lasso!!

We walked from Mandalay to the Venetian to check out a little bit of the expo before it closed. It was pretty dead when we got there around 7:15 so we got our bibs (couldn’t get Emily’s though 😦 ) and checked out some merch.

Finally, Em landed!! The plan was to grab dinner with her and her dad who was there on business and then see the Cirque du Soleil show “O” in the Bellagio. We had a little miscommunication with the scheduling of the show so we had a HUGE time crunch. Luckily, Bellagio had a pretty good buffet so we got some eats there before seeing the amazing show!

I’ve always wanted to see a Cirque show and “O” was the perfect one for my first! The stage was a big pool and there were tons of cool effects with the water. I loved it!

By the end of the show, we were all exhausted so we took a cab back and passed out!

SATURDAY:

Although I would’ve LOVED to sleep in on Saturday, my body naturally woke me up around 8 so I decided to do a shake out run in the hotel’s gym. I guess I’m not that stealthy and I ended up waking the other girls up! So they joined me. The gym was PACKED! All 8 treadmills were taken — I guess that’s what happens when a running event is scheduled for the next day! Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long and I was able to get in a slow 2.5 mile run in. It felt awesome to run! This was the point where I really started thinking about my time goal (sub 2) and freaking out!!! Ugh.

The run left us all .. starving! So we headed to Denny’s (there are a million of them on the strip!). I had never been there before and it was not a good first experience. When we sat down, I noticed that the water glasses were teeny tiny so I asked the waitress for a big glass. Nope. Can’t do that. What about a pitcher? Nope. Not that either. She seemed distracted the whole time we were there so breakfast took forever AND I didn’t get the hydrate at all.

After that, more expo time for us and Emily. This time it was packed! We had fun checking out the Brooks and Moving Comfort gear. We all bought a cute shot glass:

And I also got a 13.1 magnet for my car finally!

On the way back from the expo, we picked up some $1 frozen margaritas despite it being fuh-reezing outside! Seriously.. the high was 51 and super windy — that’s worse than NJ! Chilled in the room for a bit and then got dinner at Red, White, and Blue in our hotel. I was nervous about my stomach for the next day so I stuck with salmon and potatoes. And TONS of water. The food was pretty good and I kind of geeked out when I noticed HRG. Decided NOT to be creepy and say hi. But I thought it was awesome to spot a blogger <3. Somehow, it was really late by the time dinner was over so we headed back to the room to hang out (and watch Hangover!) before bed.

Stay tuned for the big day :). I’ll try to post part 2 tomorrow.

D

Guess what?

I DID IT!!!! I PRed in Vegas and I feel great! 😀

Previous PR — 2:00:42 in the Hamptons 9/24/11

New PR — 1:57:22 in Vegas 12/4/11

I will post a full recap soon. Life is a little insane.. I got MORE exciting news at work which will keep me extra busy. And it’s finals time in school. Meh.

But, I am one excited, sub-2 hr half marathon runner!!!!

D

I have a lot of exciting things to post about (i picked my dress!), but I am without my laptop until AFTER Vegas! Soooo hopefully when I write my next post, I will be a sub-2hr half runner! Hehe :). Can’t wait!

D

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