Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oh Yeah

These are the shoes that have so far transformed my running routine. Made for feet that over pronate (whatever that means, I haven't looked it up yet), these Adidas Adistar Salvation were worth every penny - and quite a few pennies they were. But it doesn't matter. I ran on the road for a few miles and there was no pain in my shins or knees, and that means these bad boys are awesome.

Next up on my runner's need list:

The Garmin Forerunner 305. Basically a mini computer on your arm, this guy has GPS to track your workouts and distance, a built in heart rate monitor and the ability to monitor your progress. At the cost of almost $200 though, it might be some time before I buy one, but when I get going on my long distance runs, I'll need to know how far I've gone.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In a Flash

Life has been incredibly busy for the past two weeks, and my blog writing (and reading) has suffered immensely. But I owe it to my small handful of readers to update you on my life since so many of you are far, far away. Without further ado, my life story of the past two weeks:

I've been at Emerge for two weeks now, and they weren't kidding when they said I'd be diving in head first. I'm on three accounts right now, one of which is a brand new client, so I'm working late each night trying to wrap my head around what my clients do, what my roles and responsibilities are for each account, and still trying to meet the deadlines.

It's been exhilarating, to say the least! My mind hasn't been this challenged in a long while, and I'm so very thankful for the opportunities and trust my new colleagues have placed in me so early in the game to get things done. I also feel like I'm in a position now where my experience and career level gives me a certain amount of credibility to get the job done, and I'm being given the opportunities to prove that.

Everything about Emerge felt right from the first time I interviewed with them when I first got laid off, until I got the call from them 5 months later with an offer. My colleagues are brilliant, talented, and definitely live the motto of teamwork. It's a family there, right down to Tessie, the black lab who's frequented our office one day each of these past two weeks.

Marathon Training:
Marathon training has been going slower than I'd like, but my knees haven't felt so great. I'm taking steps to correct that, starting with getting properly fitted for my needs. I went to a running store on Friday and got fitted with shoes that fit like a glove. Apparently I over pronate when I run, and the balls of my feet land on the inside, so it's throwing my alignment out of whack. I got some shoes to curb that and I'm hoping that helps. I'm also taking a glucosamine/chondroitin complex. It's supposed to help regenerate cartilage and lubricate your joints, so hopefully these two steps will help make training a little easier.

Despite all this, I love getting up and running. It's such an accomplishment to see how much my body is progressing and changing and how my stamina is steadily increasing. I've decided that once I'm steadily running 5 miles, I'll join the local running club to really work on increasing strength and decreasing my mile time.

Last, but definitely not least, is my side passion of baking cupcakes. I baked 3 varieties of cupcakes last week, totaling 5 dozen cakes. Everything was made from scratch, from the batter to the icing. The Kitchen-Aid was in full effect! Here's what I made:

Strawberry-Lemon - A moist vanilla cake with fresh-sliced strawberries folded in, and topped with a light, lemon frosting.

Caramel-Apple - Delicious apple cake with a creamy caramel core, topped with cream cheese frosting.

S'mores - Scrumptious chocolate cake topped with marshmallow cream frosting and a graham cracker garnish.

The S'mores were the raging hit, as tasted by my colleagues and our MSU friends at Easter Brunch. The Caramel-Apple cupcake was a close second, followed by the strawberry lemon. I'm having trouble firming up the home made frostings, but I've got some ideas of different ingredients I can use to try to make that happen. I can't tell you how happy I was to spend a whole day baking away and making these delicious creations. And to have validation that I was on to something was just another level. I've got some ideas for about a dozen different new recipes and am planning to start another blog to document the cupcake side of my life.

So there you go. That's been my life for the past two weeks. It's been hectic, but it's been great. Stephen is still on the job hunt, but he remains optimistic. He's headed to North Carolina with some of his former colleagues next week, so I'll have some alone time (very nice!) and then we're headed to Puerto Vallarta the week after that. We're both looking forward to lapping up the waves and working on our tans (and I'm looking forward to running on the beach, something I've never done!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Wish Me Luck

Wow! What an exciting Monday.

I start my new job today, so wish me luck!

Also wish the Spartans good luck as they take on UNC in the NCAA Championship. Hopefully Canal Street in Boston will be going nuts later tonight when MSU wins the tournament. It's going to be tough, but they've beat 3 really great teams the past 3 games.