Wednesday, September 19, 2012

life stuff

Life's latest progress...


Turns out that home ownership isn't as fun and wonderful as people make it out to be.

Sure it's your house, but every damn thing that's wrong with it you're responsible to fix where a lot of things in our "new" house need urgent attention.

And @#*! ain't cheap.

In the nearly 5 weeks that we've been homeowners I've come to realize that:

"move in ready" doesn't always mean what you think it means.

Move in ready my butt!
Anyone looking for some concrete rocks? I've got plenty of them.

you won't have hot water unless you light the pilot light...who knew?
if the previous owners of your home fixed something, it doesn't mean they actually fixed it. More than likely it's just a temporary bandaid that will hold just until the sale closes.
not everyone is as anal about housekeeping and fine details as I am. We have a 4 bedroom 2 bath house where none of the doors have the same knob. Tacky city, but they all match perfectly with the cheap mis-matched 1970's light fixtures.

Still not understanding what style the previous owners were going for here.
Tacky chic?

that quick DIY project will more than likely take you 10x longer than you think.
suburban homeowners are douchey. And why do speed limits have no meaning in the burbs?
a home that is a blank-slate can be overwhelming to decorate and furnish when you have absolutely no furniture.

Making baby steps

One room painted. But vacant. No curtains. No furniture. No lights. 

Turns out I'm no where near the Martha Stewart I thought I was.
I'm pretty much a disaster with any type of tool.


After my half on the 9th, I took several days off and strayed away from any and all type of structured workouts. Most of this year has been pretty touch-&-go in regards to my running where there was a point in time that I basically cooked my legs and wasn't sure if I'd be able to recover before the end of 2012. But I think things happen for a reason and there is a lesson in everything.

Best running lesson of this year that I've learned is:

more isn't always better. 

Whether that's mileage, intensity, cross training, focused workouts, speed, whatever.

Learning to train SMARTER makes a hell of a lot more sense than learning to get in more training. Making best use of those miles and where quality trumps everything is my #1 priority right now. A 5k PR with 24 days of training after burn-out only happened because I kicking my own ass shook me up enough to get my head screwed back on straight.

It's just running.
And I'm not a pro.
It's a hobby that I do because it's fun.

So maybe I didn't hit that half marathon PR 10 days ago, but I'm pretty stinkin content with a 1:29 finish after the mess of a year I created for myself. With only two 4 mile tempo runs beforehand, I'd say that a 1:29 is pretty solid, especially when the stomach wasn't really up for racing that day.

Just gotta take what you can get and appreciate what you DO have.

I've ran my past 2 long runs with a hand-held and I don't know how you hand-held lovers do it. I hate it. 

The water makes this gross and annoying sloshing sound, and it is just annoying to hold. But, it's either carry it or die of dehydration out here. Which I tried once, and it didn't turn out too well.  It's fairly small, only holds 10 oz., but I really feel silly with this thing attached to my hand. Sometimes it's hard for me to jump on the bandwagon of these new running trends. Hand-helds, skirts, gu's, fancy socks...just all seems like companies ways of getting more of my money when in the end I get the same results without all the crapola.


Went to a local Road Runner Sports event last night in Naperville.

Basically I got to be a running geek for a night where I spent my time blabbing on and on about everything running with some pretty cool vendors. Not sure the Nike rep appreciated my input about how they really need to step up their game with their next version of the Nike+ watch, but he listened anyhow. Free samples and prizes are always the way to a woman's heart. They gave away a 2 month unlimited Core Power Yoga membership that I was crossing all my fingers and toes for, but walked away empty handed. The good news is they host these types of events often, so maybe I'll be luckier next time.

Being in the presence of nearly every running shoe on the market right now wasn't a bad way to spend a night.


I must have been 20 cents short of a dollar back in January when I signed up for the Chicago Marathon thinking that I would actually be able to race it and finish somewhere around 3:05. It all sounded well and good at the time, but I am NO WHERE near that fitness level right now. Not even close, and most likely won't be for some time. 

Basically I'm glad that events have transpired the way that they have this year where all I care about this time around is running with my bestie and supporting the crap out of him. I'm a nerd and have found myself getting a bit choked up these days about him getting back into marathoning. The past few years have been a difficult build up back to the point where he can once again run without pain after his last marathon in 2006. Seeing him cruise through double digit runs makes me a very proud wife.

Pretty sure he is going to knock my socks off on 10/7. Never in my life have I been this excited for a marathon. No nerves, no pressure, just running way it's meant to be...FUN. Still trying to convince him to wear matching outfits, but he's not biting.


Still no concrete post-marathon plans. I think it would be in my best interest to just go with the flow and keep myself committed to non-structured activities. There is a small possibility that there could be another race before the end of the year, but that's not a decision that I'm willing to fully commit to yet.

How do I convince my hubby to be a total cheese ball and wear matching race day outfits?


  1. Britt! You gotta try the bigger handheld. I have an extra one if you want to give it a try :)

    The doorknob collage is HILARIOUS!!!! LOVE IT!

    I am annoyed by people speeding in our hood too. I worry about kids... okay, really, I worry about people's animals getting hit. Let's be real.

    That night out sounds so fun! Wish we lived closer so I could go and hang out with you! Sunday was not enough! I was too distracted by those runners!

  2. I agree with your thoughts on running just being a hobby. I tend to start taking it all too serious and then it becomes a stressful thing rather than a way to relieve my stress. Way to go on the fix its around the'll make it look fab in no time.

  3. Sorry about it being so dang expensive! I'm tryin to convince my hubby to buy a house soon, so maybe I just won't mention the home repair aspect? :)

    I'm training for my third marathon right now, and I just came across your blog. This is awesome stuff. You are wayyy out of my league, my marathon league that is. I don't think I could ever manage a 3:05 finish. I'm hoping for 3:59. Ha. :)

  4. Arghhhh! Those doorknobs would drive me crazyyyy! Just the fact that we still have some gold ones bugs me :) and agreed - I've not been all that impressed with home ownership like I'm supposed to be

  5. We've been in our house for just over a year and even with no major problems, I still wonder why we decided to buy sometimes. Oy Come on Mr. Chicago Runner Girl, Matching outfits are cute and if they are picked wisely, they'll make you faster. Scouts honor!

  6. Home ownership is good and bad. I own my own house but I have a home warranty that I buy every year to cover things that may break inside the house and I have used it once every year since I bought my house. My heat went out once and my AC out twice. I was very thankful that I had the warranty, all I had to pay for was the trade call fee. That may be something yall want to look into if it's available.
    Good luck!

  7. ahhh this is all stuff to keep in mind when buying a house! I plan on getting one before my fiance and i get married but i know its going to be rough! haha. thank you!

  8. +1 here for anti-hand held. It's a beating. I gave it an honest 2 month try before I bailed. Just never felt right. But def gotta have some water on the training runs down here in Texas so I rock the Fuel Belt.

    As far as the matching race day outfit, c'mon don't make your man do that.

    1. Would matching outfits compromise his manhood?

    2. Ha! Not at all, it's just not a good look.

  9. Love all the different doorknobs! Your house definitely has character :) Although I only can imagine that it would stink to start one seemingly easy project only to find you need to do 3 other projects before you can start the original one.

    I really like the idea of matching race outfits. I doubt I could convince L for matching shirts or anything.

    October 7 is going to rock! Cant wait to start the party in the 2nd wave Woot woot!

  10. I have that same handheld, and while I prefer to run without it, I'd rather use that than a belt on hot days. And unfortunately there aren't many drinking fountains where I live right now. Makes me miss Downers Grove so much more! I could plan a route to hit a fountain every mile. Until October when they turned them off.

  11. I always say that it's nice to own your own home because it's YOURS...but also the problems, work, and expense are always YOURS. Keep your head up! Everything will end up falling into place and getting completed! :)

  12. After years of running and training I finally decided to work with a coach for my current marathon training cycle. The most major thing I learned is that less is more. I am doing so well and feeling great but with the same weekly mileage that I trained for a 1/2. Crazy!

  13. Gosh, i can't stand the handheld or the belt...i like to run with as little on me as possible. however, when i'm out in the burbs or the middle of nowhere (where a lot of my relatives live), i sometimes hide water bottles in the bushes on my route if it's a really long run...sounds crazy and a little risky i guess but it never fails me!

  14. It would be awesome if you two were matching!! I tried to get my boyfriend to match me during a mud run last summer, and he did, but only because I coordinated our outfits...I laughed the entire 10-miles :)
    Moving is so much work...I've helping my brother and sister-in-law (to be) move into their brand new house all week, and it's been crazy, I couldn't imagine how hard it would be if they had to fix their house up. It's sparkling, they are so lucky.
    I am so excited to meet you in 17-days! :)
    I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

  15. I wish I was running Chicago. Maybe next year. We have lots of family there. Being a homeowner is hard work!