Nutshell

My life in a Nutshell

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Long Trail

Stratton-Arlington Road to Old Rootville Road

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11 years ago, before I was a director for the student travel company and was a low man on the totem pole, I was charged with the duty of driving a Penske loaded with camping and cooking equipment for 100 people around the country.  Never having met before, Lyndsey was assigned to work with me.  We spent weeks on end sleeping on a green tarp in various parts of Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and California just to name a few places.  The sleeping on a green tarp under the stars for nearly two months….that was one of the things that made that summer great.  The job was miserable.  Driving that mammoth truck through mountain passes every other day to food shop for 100 people.  Lugging 1600 lbs (yes that is one thousand six hundred) of tents, tarps, and poles off the truck at each camping stop along with the 80 lb grills and such…that sucked (though I was in kick ass shape by the end of that summer).  I went into it figuring that by the end of the 6 weeks, Lyndsey and I would either hate each other or end up being the best of friends.  We do not hate each other and 11 years later we are still adventuring together. 

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Adventure prepping. Bag is packed. 26.4 lbs sans water and the bagels I’ll grab in the morning.

Adventure prepping. Bag is packed. 26.4 lbs sans water and the bagels I’ll grab in the morning.

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You know how I stink at hills?  Well, I figure if I want to get better at them, I should probably run them a little more.  The overall climb wasn’t so much for 6 miles, but you can see it was mostly all in one place.  It’s on my favorite road in the area.  I had always attempted it from the opposite end first and I’ve always had to take walking breaks because it’s just a little longer and steeper from that end.  I had given up on this road and hadn’t tried it in probably a year and a half.  I set out today with no goal other than I want to run more than 3 miles and headed for the further end of that road to attempt the climb.  I made it without walking and enjoyed it because it’s the prettiest spot in South Burlington.

6 miles 1:06:44

After having followed a training plan for one thing or another since February, I now feel like I’m walking aimlessly through a sea of fitness choices every day.  I don’t currently have short term goals set and so I basically just decide on a daily basis what I want to do.  I suppose that’s okay as long as I’m deciding to do something, but it feels strange.  Working towards something gives me a purpose for my workouts.  I’m just not sure what I want to work towards.

Perhaps I just need it to snow so I can start skiing.

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What a lovely weekend!

Sometimes my weekends are pretty packed.  I was away last weekend for the half marathon and I’m going away next weekend to spend 2 nights/2.5 days hiking on the Long Trail. This one was happily left mostly unscheduled. Yesterday was filled with catching on stuff around the house and relaxing.  I also spent a couple hours with an old college friend that only get to connect with a couple times a year.

Today was the Shelburne Farms 5k that I signed up for from my couch as I was taking a rest day after the half.  I’m so happy I did.  I did not attempt to PR this.  I just went out to run and enjoy Vermont.  Shelburne Farms is stunning during all times of the year, but the colors were incredible today.  This is mostly a trail/dirt road/mowed path run.  The grass was wet from yesterday’s rain and there were hills so it made it challenging, but at every single turn in this race you encountered a new absolutely incredible view that made me think…..”How lucky am I?  I live here.”

32:25 10:27/mile

I grabbed a pineapple, spinach, cilantro, cucumber juice and a decaf americano on my way back into town.  Both were quite delicious.  Then, I hit up my usual Sunday morning yoga class.  My body was so happy.  Being out of town last weekend and having parent teacher conferences in the evenings last week (and again this week), it had been a week and a half since I had last step foot in the studio.  I felt a zillion time better leaving than I did when I walked in.

The rest of the afternoon was spent hanging out at the farmer’s market and then at a friends’ house.  I am loving every moment of this fall season. 

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We go until the first week in November. I’m already mourning the loss of my farm fresh veggies!

We go until the first week in November. I’m already mourning the loss of my farm fresh veggies!

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Thanks Intervale Community Farm for the bountiful harvest every week. In my kitchen this morning:
Roasted delicata squash, acorn squash, and onions
Beautiful green salads with pea shoots, feta, olives, and roasted onions
White bean and kale soup

This coming week in lunches is going to be quite tasty.

Thanks Intervale Community Farm for the bountiful harvest every week. In my kitchen this morning:
Roasted delicata squash, acorn squash, and onions
Beautiful green salads with pea shoots, feta, olives, and roasted onions
White bean and kale soup

This coming week in lunches is going to be quite tasty.

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My first run post half marathon. It was a beautiful fall evening run and I was glad to be out there, not having had a minute to move my body before today. Somehow even after 4 rest days in a row my legs (quads specifically) are still pretty tired.

I’ve got some friends going to see Gone Girl tonight at 8 and I’m not sure if I want to go because I don’t know if I want to stay out that late. 38 year old senior citizen over here.

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a little #tbt
One of the few (nearly) full body shots I have because I hated full body pictures.  This was November 2010. I know I’m not a skinny minny now, but I sure am in a far healthier place. 

a little #tbt

One of the few (nearly) full body shots I have because I hated full body pictures.  This was November 2010. I know I’m not a skinny minny now, but I sure am in a far healthier place. 

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I had a parent teacher conference before school, through lunch, and 5 scheduled after school.  Therefore, I had not one ounce of energy left at 6:45 when I left the building (after arriving at 6:45 this morning).  My dinner consisted of:

  • a hunk of mozzerella cheese
  • about 8 chocolate covered brazil nuts
  • 3 (yes I just wrote 3) smart dogs (veggie hot dogs….I don’t even like hot dog.  I’m not sure why I even decided to buy these.  They were fast and required 0 preparation besides heating.  Maybe that’s why). 

It’s also 7:55 and I think I’m going to be in bed by 8:00.