Living and loving life in vermont

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This week was heavy on running and light on cross-training. While that’s definitely ok once in a while, I don’t want that to become the norm. I really love my CXWORX and Body Pump when I can get there, and I want to continue to build my strength for injury prevention.

Monday 02/23/15:  Ran 3 miles on the treadmill and stretched, then lots of jumping rope and dancing at rehearsal

Tuesday 02/24/15:  Rest day

Wednesday 02/25/15:  Speed work–1 mile warm up, 4×400 with 400 recovery in between.

Thursday 02/26/15:  Rest day. Normally I would have gone to CXWORX, but we had a pizza and beer date with some friends instead :)

Friday 02/27/15:  Unscheduled rest day. I intended to run, but realized I forgot my sneakers, boo. I actually considered going to Fleet Feet and buying sneakers since I need a new pair to rotate in anyway, but I just can’t justify the purchase right now, so I just relaxed until rehearsal.

Saturday 02/28/15:  “Rest” day. I got to ride the Legally Blonde float in the Mardi Gras parade, and spent  some time running around helping to construct the float beforehand, walking around before and after, and throwing beads to the crowd. I also parked my car many, many blocks from the after party, and had to walk there to get home.

The float as seen from the back.

The float as seen from the back.

My awesome pink wig

My awesome pink wig

Sunday 02/29/15:  First rehearsal at the Flynn theater! I wish I’d taken some pictures, because this theater is beautiful. Fully restored art-deco. It’s great. We rehearsed all of the big dance numbers, including the jump rope number, so I got in several hours of dance and jumping rope.

I’m feeling REALLY worn down today. People at work and in the cast have been getting sick left and right, and I feel like it’s only a matter of time until I succumb. I’m trying to hydrate like crazy and eat well, but I just need more sleep, and that’s hard to come by right now.

The good news is, I have a 4-day work week and a 3-day weekend to look forward to. Ben’s cousin Scott is getting married this weekend, so we’re headed over to Ithaca for the festivities. Other than the wedding on Saturday, we don’t have much to do other than drive, so I’m hoping to catch some car naps and rest up.

Does your town/city celebrate Mardi Gras?

Have you ever gotten to ride a float in a parade?

Friday Free-For-All 02/27/15


I sold my first ever item on eBay. I think it went well. It’s always a little nerve-wracking dropping an item worth a few hundred dollars in the mail and hoping it gets there ok, and that the person on the other end isn’t going to try to take advantage of you. But what’s great is I can use the money I got to buy a fancy schmancy carry-on bag for our trip to Prague! The airline we’re using only allows 11 lbs per carry-on per person (seriously?!), and my current carry-on probably weighs at least half of that all by itself, leaving very little weight for actual clothes and stuff.

This Cake Batter Chapstick is amazeballs.  I’m sure it’s full of all kinds of terrible-for-you chemicals, but it smells JUST LIKE CAKE BATTER. I love it. And it was only $1.


My work computer hasn’t been working properly since Tuesday. At first, I thought it had died completely. It crashed, and after a hard reset, the display didn’t come back. It turned out to be a crazy coincidence that around the time my computer crashed, the monitor cable connection became loose. So after fiddling with cables, it seemed like everything was ok. And then it crashed again. IT thought it might be a bad display driver, so I downloaded a new one. It crashed again right before the end of the day on Thursday, so now it might be a bad or overheating video card, and I’ve got my computer casing opened up on my desk to help with air flow. Oh, and both our IT guys are on vacation, so nothing will be permanently fixed until they get back. Whee!


Ben and I are house-sitting again. This time for some friends of the family. No dogs to look after, no octogenarians to cook for. Just a beautiful house to live in. With a comfy guest bed to stay in. And they’re paying us in fudge and movie tickets. Win-win-win.

Have you ever sold anything on Ebay? How’d it go?

Have you tried Cake Batter Chapstick? What did you think?

Gym Do’s and Don’ts

I’ve been doing a LOT of treadmill running lately. Sub-zero temperatures plus feet of snow plus not having any daylight hours to spare means that the treadmill is my only good option. And honestly, as I’ve said before, I don’t actually hate the treadmill. In fact, if I had my own treadmill in my own house, I’d probably run a lot more.

It’s the other people at the gym that make treadmill running less pleasant. You know who I’m talking about. The Grunter. The Weight Dropper. The Phone Talker. The Smelly Guy. They all exist in every gym in some incarnation. It’s like common sense and common courtesy go out the window the second people step into a gym. Here is a simple guide of Do’s and Don’t’s to help you navigate the jungle that is your gym.

DON’T get on the treadmill/elliptical/bike right next to me if there are several others available. This is a widespread phenomenon that I’ve discussed with several of my blog friends lately. There’s absolutely no reason for you to be right next to me when there are 13 other empty treadmills. It’s just plain weird.

DO wear deodorant. Yes, I know, you’re going to be sweaty and smelly by the end of your workout, but you shouldn’t already have noticeable body odor when you walk in.

DON’T wear perfume, cologne, or scented lotion. I need to breathe in order to run, and I can’t do that if I’m choking on your Axe body spray.

DO use the sprays or wipes that are provided to thoroughly clean up your machine after using. This isn’t just about sweat, people (although it is mostly about that); flu season is upon us and the shot doesn’t do jack-diddly this year!

DON’T talk on your cell phone unless it’s an emergency. No one needs to know your latest boyfriend drama.

DO put your weights or equipment back where you found them when you’re done. It’s a safety issue as well as a courtesy issue.

DON’T just sit on a machine playing Candy Crush on your phone. Other people want to use that, and you’re being inconsiderate.

DO offer to rotate sets with someone if they’re obviously looking to use the same machine/weights you are. It’s just plain common decency, and who knows, you might find a workout buddy!

DON’T grunt like an animal when you’re power thrusting/cleaning/jerking/whatever. Yeah, I get it, you’re lifting heavy. You’re really strong. But the animal noises are kind of unnecessary, and make it seem like you just want me to pay attention to how heavy your one rep max is. Good for you bro. Keep it down.

DO abide by your gym’s time limits, if they exist. At my gym, you have to sign up for cardio machines, and there’s a 45 minute time limit during busy hours. Learn the rules at your gym and follow them, so you’re not known as the treadmill hog.

DON’T drop your huge heavy weights on the floor after you barely are able to lift them up. Number one, it startles the crap out of me every time–I don’t need a heart attack halfway through my speed workout. Number two, it just makes you look like you’re desperate for attention (see above).

I was going to go over locker room etiquette too, but I think I can cover it with one phrase: PLEASE DON’T TALK TO ME IF YOU’RE NOT WEARING PANTS.

What are your top gym do’s and don’ts? Did I miss anything that you feel strongly about?

Chess the Musical

Y’all, I got some super exciting news on Sunday. You may recall that I had an audition last week. I went out for Florence, the lead female role in Chess the Musical, and I FREAKING GOT THE PART!

This part is super meaty. Lots of excellent songs and some really serious shit happens to the character. It’s also a part that has been sung by my idol, Idina Menzel, of Frozen fame. I’ve been a fan of hers since long before Frozen came out, and to get to sing some of the same songs as her is a total dream come true.

This definitely isn’t the big leagues–this is a small show in a small theater in a small town. But it feels SO COOL! I feel like a rock star. I’ve never actually had a leading part in a community show in Vermont before, and I’m SO EXCITED to get to show people what I can do.

Here’s a little taste of the kick butt stuff I’ll be up to this summer :-D

Another reason I’m so excited is because this is just one more reason to stay healthy and keep up with my running and cross-training. This type of rock and roll singing is incredibly athletic. Yes, you read that right, singing can be athletic. I’ll need to stay super hydrated all the time, and have a strong core to support scream singing my face off. IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!

Have you ever been in a play or musical? Would you?

Manic Monday – 02/23/15

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Another busy week. I’m finally starting to adjust to my crazy pants schedule, but I do wish there were more days in the week sometimes. Training for the Spring Fling 10k is going well, and I’ve been feeling really strong in my running thanks to all the cross-training lately.

Monday 02/16/15:  Body Pump. I had the day off from work AND rehearsal, which was a pleasant surprise. I spent most of the day puttering around the house before attending class in the afternoon. This is only the second time I’ve taken Body Pump, and I really wish my schedule weren’t so crazy right now, because the only option I have to take the class regularly is at 6am on Tuesdays. Yuck. Also did some rolling when I got home.

Tuesday 02/17/15:  Rest day. As I mentioned in last week’s Manic Monday post, Tuesday is the only day of the week I actually get to go home right after work, and it’s really nice to just relax.

Wednesday 02/18/15: First speed work since October! I warmed up for a mile at about a 10:30/mile pace, and then did 4×400 at about 9 min/mile pace, with a 400 recovery in between. It was challenging, but not awful. I then spent a good 10-15 minutes doing a thorough stretch after.

Thursday 02/19/15:  Usually, I would have gone to CXWORX, but I had an audition about 45 minutes from my office, and it was snowing, so I didn’t want to cut it too close and be delayed because of the weather. I did, however, do some dancing at the audition, so it wasn’t a total rest day.

Friday 02/20/15:  Ran 4 treadmill miles after work, which is the longest run I’ve done since before I hurt my foot in November! Yay! It wasn’t totally magical, but it still felt good to get it done. I made sure to stretch very thoroughly after.

Saturday 02/21/15:  Rest day. We went to visit my parents for the day, and sat on our butts eating snacks and drinking beers. We were supposed to go to a party in the evening, but the weather was really crappy, and what should have been an hour and a half drive back to our area was more like two and a half, so we just decided to stay home.

Sunday 02/22/15:  Semi-rest day. I didn’t do any actual workouts, but rehearsal was full of dancing and jumping rope, so I still ended up getting my sweat on.

The goal for this week is to continue to focus on recovery efforts. Sleep. Stretching. Hydration. Rolling. Things are only going to get more crazy as the show date approaches, and I need to be taking care of myself so I get through it in one piece. Here’s the tentative plan for this week:

  • Monday: 3 miles, stretch; rehearsal
  • Tuesday: Rest; stretch and roll
  • Wednesday: 2 miles, stretch; rehearsal
  • Thursday: Rest–dinner with friends
  • Friday: 4 miles (maybe speedwork?); rehearsal
  • Saturday: Rest–Mardi Gras parade! I might get to ride on the Legally Blonde float :-D
  • Sunday: Rest; rehearsal

How was your weekend?


I had an audition last night! You already know that I’m a theater kid, and I’m currently involved with Legally Blonde the Musical, which goes up in April. Last night I auditioned for the musical Chess, which would happen in late summer. This is a great show, and it’s with a theater group that I’ve always wanted to work with, but never have before. It’s always tough to tell how things went, but hopefully by Monday I’ll have some news!

This is a jam-packed weekend. Rehearsal tonight, then tomorrow morning Ben and I are driving to my parents’ house in Quechee (about an hour and a half South) because my younger sister is visiting from Detroit. Then tomorrow night we’re driving back up for a party with the cast of Legally Blonde. Then Sunday I have rehearsal all afternoon, and then there’s a potluck dinner for the cast and crew of Legally Blonde. Whew! I’m tired already!

I’m getting a promotion! My boss called me into her office yesterday afternoon to let me know that I’d be transitioning into a different position, one that will be SO MUCH MORE interesting and engaging than the admin stuff I’m currently doing. It’s going to be challenging, but I think it will be a great change for me. It will be a slow transition with training and stuff over the next couple of months, and my official start date will be May 1!

I wish I were going to be in Disney this weekend. My fellow members of Team Can-Am, Lisa, Kim, Kellie, and Nicole, will all be there this weekend for the Princess Half Marathon and Glass Slipper Challenge. I’m very sad that I won’t get to be there running and/or cheering, but I know Lisa, Kellie and Nicole are going to rock their races and have a blast, and Kim will be the best cheerleader anyone could ask for. And we’ll all be together for Wine and Dine in November :-D

Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

I mentioned briefly in my Manic Monday post that I’m officially training for a 10k on March 21. Since I’ve never actually run a 10k race before (just a couple of virtual races), I wanted to get back to having a training plan so I can hopefully set a new PR. What happened is what usually happens for me: I found a plan and totally doctored it to suit my needs. I was initially set to run a 5 miler that same weekend, but then the race was moved to a later date, so I started with a 5 mile/8k training plan from Hal Higdon.

I had to switch around the running versus cross training days because of my rehearsal schedule, but the basic idea is still the same. Right now, my running days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I do CXWORX on Thursdays, and try to fit Body Pump in where I can. Basically the only day I can fit it in is Tuesdays at 6am, which simply isn’t going to be a regular occurrence. I heart sleep too much. And I keep hoping to get to yoga on Sunday mornings before rehearsal, but again, I heart sleep.


Technically, I’m in week 4 right now, but as is always the case for me, I fudge things more often than not. I have all of the scheduled runs written in my planner, but I’m not super married to The Plan, whatever The Plan is in any particular instance. I don’t know, I just have some kind of psychological block against following plans to a “T.” I just try to run a few times a week, with at least one “longer” run, and I want to get as close to 6 miles as possible before race day.

Are you good at following a training plan, or do you play it fast and loose like me?

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