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Brands That Give Back...

10.31.2011


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Did you know that every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer... but it's not just women that are affected... out of 100 new cases, one is a diagnosed male! I know that seeing the numbers in black and white can be a bit scary sometimes, but with medicine and technology at an all time high along with the help of many brands and organizations, we can all beat breast cancer together!!!

If you have been following me for awhile, you may already know how passionate and committed I am to this cause. Breast cancer is something that will at some point affect everyone woman, be it directly or indirectly, and it's time we fought back! You can read why and how I began raising awareness and money in this post and how this year's race turned out in this post. Thanks again to all those that have helped me with my fundraising or done their part... we need more people like you out there!

I wish I could do so much more (Ive been brainstorming some ideas), but for now Ive compiled a list of some of the greatest beauty, fashion, accessories brands that are participating with this cause. Each of these various brands will help by donating a percentage (in some cases 100%) of their proceeds towards different breast cancer organizations around the world. If there is ever a time to indulge and not feel guilty, here is the perfect opportunity. Some of these great splurges are while supplies last so rush out and do your part to help!

What a cute little tote to carry around... thanks to the Pink Pony collection by Ralph Lauren...

Stomp in puddles all day long while keeping your little tootsies dry in these wellies... via Hunter...

Lovely shades of pink to choose from for your eyes and cheeks... via Stila...

Treat a friend... or yourself to this adorable sock monkey and feel good about it...

My favorite skin care brand is participating... time to pick up some Clinique for the cause... 

Wear your hope on your sleeve with a Lily Pulitzer charm bracelet... too cute not to buy...

Vera Bradley has done it again... a cute print, a cute watch, and 100% of proceeds for the cause!!!

Pink gold for a pink worthy cause... Helen Ficalora's necklace is the perfect way to show it off...

Breast Cancer Awareness is the new shade to wear when it comes to nails... thanks Essie!!!

And to show how many people truly care... I share with you the Pink Glove Dance!!!


*This is not a sponsored post, just my way of sharing something very dear to my heart and ways that everyone can help. Thanks again guys!


***Today I am thankful for the color pink... so feminine, so beautiful, and now the symbol of greatness and hope***

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Days Gone By...

10.30.2011


These days it seems like the time is just flying by and I can't keep up! No matter how much I try and keep organized and plan ahead, I am exhausted by work and house chores. In the blink of an eye October is basically gone and all the things I had originally anticipated for it will now have to be done in November. I guess that's just the way life is sometimes hu? Ever feel like life is passing you by faster than you can handle? Do any of you guys have any tips or suggestions on how get the most out of your days? I'll try anything!

 1. good morning neighborhood 2. on my morning commute 3. first day at the new shop
4. pretty flowers 5. pumpkins galore 6. homemade butternut squash soup 7. stock room shot 
8. welcome to brick lane 9. mint dark chocolate is my vice 10. making some cuban coffee 11. hub's surprise date night 12. mrs. & mr. 13. witch 14. ghoul 15. persian  spread 16. i see you 17. i got mail 18. mmm pie 19. rainy london day 20. run dem crew night 21. spittafields market

Awesome- Hubs finally catching up to me on desperate housewives... finally I can see new episodes again, oh the endless drama that I heart so much!!! Making butternut squash soup with hubs... if fall has a flavor, that is definitely it!!! Hubs showing up for date night with all the essentials... wine, ice cream, and crisps.... what can I say, my man is a keeper!!! Getting an orange envelope in the mail... all the way from Miami!!! I mean I love any snail mail but getting an unexpected one from the rents just cause makes it that much more special!!! Running with the crew again... I definitely need motivation to run on these cold and rainy days ahead... not to mention my little tired feet... My sister in law coming for a visit and being extras in yet another of hub's work things...

Awkward- A customer trying on trousers without closing the fitting room curtains... um hello mr. boxers!?! I mean really, who does that?!? Some customers refusing to talk to me... even when you make it a point to stand in front of them and talk directly to them... Yes I'm talking to you, don't act like you can't hear me, rude! Girl from work being overly apologetic for something and leaning in to hug and kiss me on the cheek... I mean is that really necessary??? A simple I'm sorry would have done the trick... Oh and finding out that I had made it in this ad and then getting cut because the client thought I was too pretty and not realistic... ummm thank you I think? I mean I am a real a person and newsflash, I do eat butter too!!! 



***Today I am thankful for the lovely crisp autumn air we've been having... so fresh and nice to take in... fall is officially here!!!***

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Bon Iver...

10.25.2011


Happy Tuesday everyone!!! After a great night run with my Run Dem Crew people, I am feeling pretty satisfied with life all around... time to sit and enjoy some pie (if you follow me on twitter, yep second night in a row!) and some wine, complemented by some tunes to set the relaxed mood I'm feeling... the calm after the run if you will. Then the genius that I am thought, hey it's Tuesday!!! Let me share my musical selection with my blog follower friends... I know, I know, I'm just that good hu?

So to add to my ever growing collection of indie-folk loves (seriously I think I may be a tad obsessed!), I give you Bon Iver. These guys just casually swooped into my life via my ears and into my heart... especially with my all time favorite of theirs, Skinny Love... swoon!!! The combination of poetry like lyrics accompanied by such heart felt vocals are reason enough to fall... and fall hard! After hearing them for the first time, I just couldn't get enough!!! Downloading their album, I listened to each song and devoured every word (did I mention I'm a poetry junkie?)... I was mesmerized by one song after another. I never expect to like every song in an album let alone LOVE each and every one... but well done guys, you have my heart.




my fave 10...
7. Team
10. Skinny Love Cover- by Birdy

*Sorry guys, the website I make my playlists on is down but I will have it up and running as soon as I can... enjoy the songs via youtube in the mean time =)

***Today I am thankful for the amazing views I have to the pleasure of seeing on my runs... I mean who else can say they have the Gherkin, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and some pretty amazing bridges on their route... I am really lucky and spoiled!!!

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The New Newlyweds...

10.22.2011

It was a night to remember... and remember it I did! Though more so through the piecing together of pictures and the other girl's stories than my own memories. I woke up with a dead cell phone battery, hair in a tangled, teased, and hair sprayed mess, last night's makeup still on my face, and a sore knee/ ankle (from all the insane dancing we did!) so already I knew it had been a good night!!! What am I talking about??? Well remember a couple of weeks ago I had my friend's bachelorette (hen) night and promised you lovelies a post about it... well here it is! As a way of celebrating Shelby's wedding (she got married yesterday in the states!!!) I am sharing our part in celebrating her pre-nuptials here in London.


The night started with a good old fashioned get together at a friend's house to play games (pin the cell phone on Zack and game show trivia), eat, drink, and get ready together. The spread consisted of various types of cheeses (Shelb's weakness), hot wings, pickles, and a seven layer dip complemented with cosmos!!! We belted out some good old tunes circa the 90's era and stuffed our faces. Then the fun began with all kinds of makeup, teasing, crimping, and hair spraying... did I mention the theme was Saved by the Bell... fashion inspired by the one and only, Kelly Kapowski in the highschool years?!?!




After slap bracelets were slapped on (yep we found some!), it was off to the club for a full night of dancing, twirling, and some more singing along. It almost seemed too perfect when the night consisted mainly of 80's and 90's music... I mean what more can a couple of girls celebrating ask for when they just want to have fun??? We got a lot of compliments on our style that night, and we weren't the only one's in fancy dress that either so we fit right in! Some of the night's highlights included an air guitar solo from the bride to be, some very dramatic hand gestures, and of course, some classic fist pumping










As you can see by the pictures, we took our roles that night very seriously... right down to the caffeine pills! We had such a fun girl's night and were really happy to get to share in Shelby's special day here since none of us (although all American) could afford to attend the actual wedding =( For some more pictures of the night as it went on via my iphone, check out this post.

Congratulations to the newly Shelby and Martin Brownridge. Although I was very sad to not be able to attend the ceremony yesterday, I am extremely happy to be a part of your new lives together in London when you guys get back. Thanks to facebook and some of your family/friends, a few pictures have already hit the web and you both looked beautiful!!! I now pass on the title of newlyweds to you two as hubs and I near a year of being married. I asked hubs what you call a couple after they are no longer newlyweds but haven't been married that long either and he replied "suckers". Ahhh the things you have in store for you Shelby and Martin... I wouldn't change it for anything.

***Today I am thankful for another American/British couple making it to the alter... we are a growing population... let's make t-shirts!!!***

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Oh London Town...

10.21.2011


You'll notice a recurring theme in this weeks instagram shots... many are of them feature London touristy sites, food, and drinks. This is because one of my dearest friends was over visiting and that is usually what our dates consist of (the food and drink bit). Hubs and I had sooooo much fun playing tour guides... getting to show Marlena and Daniel all the sites and places they just had to eat at. All in all the week was a blur of laughter, catching up, indulging in all sorts of food, and making a lot of pit stops at pubs... the perfect visit!!!

1. my black sister from another mother 2. captin, coke, & jars as glasses 3. double decker bus ride 4. i'm on a bus 5. hyde park stroll 6. the leaves changing 7. marble arch 8. breath taking gates 9. buckingham palace 10. hello big ben 11. westminster abbey 12. beers & tequila combo 13. hubs & i 14. moniker art fair 15. early evening drinks 16. city sky line by night 17. embankment bridge 18. beers on southbank 19. we heart red wine 20. tower bridge walk 21. sweetest post it ever

Awesome- Having a best friend visiting from across the pond... and finally getting to spend time with her other half... Getting to act like our old college selves and drinking and eating like our old college selves... but now with the boys joining in too... Seeing the city through the eyes and excitement of a tourist... cause let's face it, sometimes I forget to really look at the beautiful city I live in... Seeing all my friends hanging out together... new and old and really enjoying the night... Finally having the weather and leaves change into what feels like Fall... hello scarves and hot chocolates!!! Coincidentally having a short work week so I got to spend as much time as possible with the friends... don't you just love when life works out that way... Randomly stumbling upon a graffiti art show... living in our neighborhood has made me really fall hard for all kinds of graffiti art...

Awkward- Not deciding on an exact spot to meet at the train station with Marlena (first timer in London) when her bus arrived and not having phone numbers to be able to contact each other with... how we found each other in the end I have no idea!!! Trying to cram six people into a four people booth at dinner one night... luckily only three of us were actually eating... the rest were only drinking... Knocking on a glass wall trying to get my friend's attention, only to get the guy's attention standing next to her at the bar, and having to wave "no not you, her"... he totally thought I was hitting on him... Being a tourist and going to touristy places and taking touristy pictures... awkward and let's face it, kind of awesome too! I only allow myself to do those things when guests are in town... Tweeting in a bar when a creepy guy walks by me way too closely and whispers "he's not worth it, he's a bastard" then walks away... I mean... what?!?! And lastly, having a guy hit on me at a bar when hubs walks over, introduces himself as the mr. and guy continues to hit on me... what is with these creepsters at bars lately?!?!

***Today I am thankful these wonderful pictures and my memories of such a great visit... come back anytime Marlena and Daniel!!!***

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Ten...

10.19.2011

Here are some very interesting (to hubs & my parents at least) facts that make me, well little old me!!! Hope you have as much fun reading them as I did writing them out...

01. My favorite ice cream for as long as I can remember has always been mint chocolate chip... I was never a vanilla or chocolate girl and I'm not sure what possessed a two year old me to want to try the green ice cream... that was an early sign, I would be different ;)

02. I am an avid list maker... before I can get anything done, I like to compile in neat little list in bullet format of all the tasks ahead... my favorite part of course, is crossing things off... and I have been known to add things Ive already done to a list, just to be able to cross them off...

03. My dancing career started when I was so inspired at my cousin's ballet recital that I knew I just had to join in right then and there... and so I did... I ran on stage during her performance and started doing my own dance... I was three!!!

04. I am not so secretly obsessed with FRIENDS... I own the complete series box set... can recite just about all the lines... use the show like a kid uses their security blanket... and have often related any and all of my life's scenarios to an episode... I'm also a Monica...

05. People think I am everything but Hispanic... I am 50% Cuban, 50% Peruvian, and was born in Miami... Spanish was my first official language... and Ive been mistaken for Indian, French, Arabic, Italian... and just about anything else that has dark hair, brown eyes, and olive skin...

06. I am always hungry it seems... no matter what time of the day it is, I'm usually munching on something... and I can get very cranky if I don't get food fast enough sometimes... so I tend to carry snacks around in my purse... sometimes healthy, sometimes not so healthy...

07. I met hubs as a camp counselor one summer in the states... he is British and so we started dating long distance... for five years... then he proposed in a tree and carved our names into it... we now live on the other side of the pond and have been married for almost a year... he is my lobster!!!

08. Running has never been my thing... actually I have always hated it... which is why it shocked the hell out of all of my friends and family when I announced I was running a half marathon two years ago... I have now ran three... and I now consider myself a runner...

09. I can touch the tip of my tongue to my nose and have broken my arms three times... not in any way related but equally as weird...

10. Cleaning and organizing are my thing... I do it when I'm bored... when I'm stressed... when I'm sad... and especially so when I'm procrastinating, which almost always... there's just something about doing mindless tasks that work like therapy for me... I told you I am a Monica!!!

Check out these two lovely lady bloggers, The Flower ChildDwelling and Srslyliz for some more fun 10 lists and feel free to make one yourself! Leave a link to your post in the comments so others and myself can snoop...

***Today I am thankful all the little, quirky, and weird things that have shaped me into the person I am today!!!***

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Link Love 10.16.11

10.17.2011


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Let us fall into Fall shall we? Now that the weather has finally adjusted and settled over here, it's time to bring out the warmer clothing, have fun with all the diy projects, and indulge in all the seasonal goodies!!! It hadn't really hit me that Fall was upon us already. Sure there have been signs like all the Fall fashions lining the store windows, bloggers everywhere posting about Fall inspired everything, and well the fact that it's now mid October... yet somehow with the heatwave and the leaves not having changed color or fallen yet, London has looked and felt more like the Summer we didn't have this year. It wasn't until this weekend as I was strolling through Hyde Park that I saw my first colorful leaves... and so now Ive been bitten by the Fall bug... oh my!

Drooling over this amazing butternut squash soup recipe... I can already taste the richness...

Just swooning over this fall leaves photo... perfect for any living room with a cozy couch...

Brunch just got better thanks to the pumpkin brunch... via A Subtle Revery...

A really easy way to decorate your pumpkin... make it a carrot-nose jack o' lantern this year...

Extra warm and chunky knits made with love... details coming real soon guys!!!

These boots were made for skipping... and to go around jumping in leave piles...

This week's favorite little thing of mine... sometimes we do need to look back...

Beautiful and simple fall inspired bouquet... especially loving the twine and jars...

A classic burnt sienna is just the color my nails need this Fall... you know to feel involved...

Another way to get the glittered pumpkin look... really a huge trend in home decor this Fall...


***Today I am thankful for the all the beauty and vibrant colors that can be found in nature when Fall is upon us... not to mention all the yummy seasonal goodies too!!!***

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Let's Eat, Drink, & Be Merry!!!


I'm back guys and super excited to share... well, a whole lot of stuff!!! Seems like even when life gets to busy to blog, the old wheels are still churning ideas for future blog post... now if I can hopefully organize myself to actually get all those ideas into posts sometime in the near future, well that would be terrific! I'm feeling motivated this evening on catching up on some of my regular posts and others I had started and didn't quite finish in time (story of my life). You may or may not know but, I had one of my dearest friends visiting so needless to say I went missing from the blog-sphere again! We had a fabulous time here in London Town and I will share more about it in a later post.... but first things first, onto Thursday London Love time!!!

1. row of fashionable mannequins 2. how i show myself love everyday 3. creativeness on my day off
4. a lovely friday night beer 5. with a lovely friday night curry 6. the huge mustache that fell on someone... seriuosly! 7. homemade  (not by me) delish chicken wings 8. some caffine pills for excitement 9. the ladies drink cosmos 10. shelby making faces through the years coasters 11. sooo saved by the bell 12. shelby's last single night in london 13. what i thought might be the cure 14. what happens when hubs works on a sunday 15. mani & pedi i so badly needed 16. i heart color and bored at work 17. muffin & coffee break time 18. what i feel/look like after a day at work 19. homemade mac & cheese (that i made!) cause i'm awesome 20. his & hers chocolate milk in wine glasses 21. now that is some extreme grillz!

Awesome- finding all sorts of inspiration through sheer boredom for me to photograph and share with you lovely folks!!! coffee... because let's face it, it just is... finally having the time to dive back into some designing... it's been way too long!!! Sharing some beers and curry with my main man... mr. hubs!!! arts and crafting a gift for a friend with hubs... can you help me cut out some mustache and lip stencils please??? Saved by the Bell bachlorette nights (or hen nights if in london) with the gals, amazing food/drinks, and some good classic 80's tunes!!! Shelby getting married to M in less than two weeks... welcome to the Americans married to Brits club, want to make t-shirts??? All the bad food you justify eating because surely one of them will cure your hangover... right?!? Self pampering and very lazy Sundays... Desperate Housewives... who knew?!? Or was it just me that has been out of the loop all these years??? Um in case you didn't notice, the amazingly awesome skull candles I can't stop playing with/photographing at work... Biggest sell yet... £1107 to date and I am a selling machine... who knew?!? 

Awkward- Having an epic fight when trying to change the mannequins clothes and the mannequin winning... just like playing with barbies that are twice my size!!! Watching four girls wait in the bathroom line for a hefty ten minutes... only to see a guy come out and some very unimpressed death stares being sent his way... The teasing and hairspray that were involved to get that 80's volume... so not awkward at all!!! Getting turned away from the club for being "too drunk" and asked to go eat some food and come back when I hadn't even drank yet... needless to say we sat in a coffee shop for five minutes and then went back... the bouncer said thank you for co-operating... I shouted "I didn't even eat anything!" as I ran in... (Boycott Inferno if your a Londoner) Some of the guys we encountered on our girls night out... also in fancy dress... denim cut-offs and denim tops... pictures soon I promise!!! Ordering chicken nuggets, a cheese burger, fries, and coke and having the checkout girl look at me funny... yes it's all for me, I am severely hung over, and don't you dare judge me!!! Some co-worker... still... who luckily never looked me on f.b. so I am in the clear for now... Eating a whole pizza for dinner two nights in a row... all by my tiny self!!! Frenamies... a term I recently introduced into hubs vocabulary... oh to be a guy and drama free!!! Giving your opinion to a customer when you hear "what do you think about this tie?" only to discover his wife is standing behind you and no he doesn't care that I think he could chose a better tie...

***Today I am thankful for coffee, food, and drinks because it seems to be the majority of what I'm taking pictures of lately... and not necessarily in that order***

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Florence + The Machine

10.12.2011


So it's Wednesday and not really Tuesday anymore... but for the sake of music, I decided to post Tuesday Tunes anyways... especially since I had already decided on showcasing Florence + the Machine... my obsession as of lately! Listening to her strong vocals combined with the upbeat roar of the many accompanying instruments used throughout her songs really puts me in the best of moods!!! Her sound is a unique blend of rock, indie, and soul done like non other. And then there is the other odd combination of her blazing red-orange curls and goth/retro fashion sense that has made her a leading fashion icon. My favorite song of hers that has been on non stop repeat (poor hubs!) for the past couple of days is The Dog Days Are Over... such an uplifting and snap your fingers while you stomp your feet kind of tune!!! Makes me want to choreograph a contemporary dance to go with it... maybe Ive already started... while I was cleaning the day away... guess you'll never know ;)

In other news, one of my very bestest friends is visiting starting tomorrow... all the way from the other side (my side) of the pond!!! Needless to say, I apologize in advance if I disappear... we might be far too busy catching up, eating sushi, and drinking wine... just so you know!




my fave 10...

*Click through to the blog to view actual music player...

***Today I am thankful for a day off... florence + the machines and dancing around make cleaning the flat just that much more fun!!!***

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A Lazy Sunday...

10.09.2011


Kelly Kapowski Fashion...
Today has been a day of eating crappy, being lazy, and drinking plenty of water!!! Why you may be asking? Well not just because it's been any old Sunday, but because yesterday was one of my dearest (and one of the oldest friendships in the UK) friend's bachelorette night... or as the brits say, a hen do! The theme was Saved By The Bell and the fashion was Kelly Kapowski inspired... there were games, snacky bits, cosmos, and a ton of dancing!!! A full post and pictures of the night will be up sometime this week but for now I leave you guys with the above snapshot to sum up the night... hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoy the links!

The secret recipes behind some of my favorite coffees... Starbucks style!!!

A glamorous little pumpkin anyone can make... glittery and gold via IHOD...

Just about the cutest DIY paper cups ever... let you know if I try to make some...

Style, style, style and in a hot pink cover... perfect for a coffee table in need of some pop of color...

Gals with glasses makes me want to get some new ones myself... possibly these...

This week's favorite little thing of mine... I could sleep all day really...

As always, some good key tips to keep in mind fellow bloggers... via IDFB...

Fun new ideas to spruce up your nails via Cupcakes and Cashmere... my fave is the glitter nail...

A tasty pumpkin pie recipe that I really want to try... great way to kick off the Fall season...

***Today I am thankful for the 80's... their great taste in fashion and t.v. shows really made last night very memorable!!!***

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Thank You Steve Jobs...

10.06.2011


***Today I am thankful I found and fell in love with all things apple... from my very first i pod nano in college, to having the pleasure of working on a 27" i mac at work, getting Betty, my macbook pro laptop for christmas, and finally my new i phone 3 which I adore... thank you Steve Jobs for helping me embrace technology and my inner geek.***

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Race Report: Run To The Beat...

10.05.2011

Yes it's taken me over week to post about my Run To The Beat Half Marathon experience because yes, that's how long it's taken for me to recover from it... no, not really but I like being all dramatic sometimes! So now without any more delays... the half marathon breakdown through my thoughts, experiences, and of course pictures.
Words can't even capture how much excitement and nervousness there was in the air!!! It still amazes me that how no matter how big or small the race is, no matter if Ive ran that distance before, no matter if Ive trained really hard or done just barely enough... I still feel the same crazy energy fluttering around in me on race day... and you know what? It's kind of addictive!

I kissed hubs goodbye and left extra early just in case (and because I'm always late to most things). The train ride over was filled with runners from all over, heading in the same direction as me, with the same purpose as me... to finish the race!!! There's an unsaid bond that runners have amongst each other... it's in the slight nod as you run past... it's in those matching nervous glances... it's in the secret smiles you give one another.... and those are the things that carry me through my runs. Most of the time we are complete strangers, but when you are geared up, running, or heading towards a race, we become kindred spirits. At that moment, they are the only ones that can relate to all the hard work, pain, sweat, and even tears that you have put into your training... no one else could ever really understand...

I was lucky enough to run into Charlie and some other Run Dem Crew members before the race and that also helped calm my nerves. We had come this far and there was no turning back now. The day was unusually hot for London and while normally I would have welcomed it, all I wanted for today was cool and overcast... like it had been every other day. But like in life, sometimes you just have to work with what you are given and make the most of it.

Mile 1-3: After nearly 15 minutes of being herded like cattle, I finally reached the start line and I was off!!! I felt great, my playlist was set to my most upbeat and favorite songs first, my new shoes felt amazing, and I had my Lucazade Sport to keep hydrated. I ran at my newly acquired pace of just under ten minutes and hoped I could keep it up through out most of the race (maybe even all of it?) In all of my training I have learned that although these first couple of miles are usually my fastest, they are mentally my hardest and it takes me awhile to find my rhythm. Twenty or so minutes into the race, I realized it had been awhile since my Nike+ had mentioned my mile and pace... I looked over at my arm band only to find that I had accidentally paused my workout even though my music had still been playing... grrr! My own time was now off and a mile behind but what can you do? I just hit resume workout and carried on. As much as I had hoped for the better, the heat was much more intense than I had expected and I quickly felt dehydrated. I was glad I was carrying my own bottle since the first water station didn't show up till around mile three! So far the race was lacking in any kind of shade and the sun was having no mercy on us... how I wished I had brought a hat...

Miles 4-6: Unexpected hills on this course, what??? And yes for all three miles!!! Again something I was not prepared for. It seemed every time I turned a corner, I looked up to see the road going uphill again. By now I was starting to feel the consequences of having worked the day before (standing for eight hours) and every step felt like I was running on needles. I kept running, though at times going uphill actually felt like maybe I was going backwards??? Surely someone less fatigued could walk uphill faster than I was running by this point. I knew this was majorly affecting my time but between the pain, the heat, and the hills, I just had enough energy to keep running... and so I trekked on... I made sure to listen to my body and slow down as it asked for. I decided I didn't care about my time anymore after seeing so many runners had passed out for pushing themselves too hard in this heat. If I could just finish the race in one piece, then I would be happy. And so I ran... silently cursing the people who had chosen this route...

Miles 7-9: I was wiped out!!! I started to think thoughts like "oh my sweet Jesus I'm only half way through, how am I ever going to finish" and "God can you please through some clouds and a gust of wind our way???" By now I had almost finished all of my own drink and had begun to grab water cups at the stations with the sole purpose of pouring it over my head for a quick cool down. I mentally started going over all of my errors up to that point far like getting carried away and running too fast at the beginning, working the day before, not checking the weather and realizing  would need a hat... and the list went on and on. All things I will make sure to correct next time... if I finished this time... why couldn't I find my rhythm??? And where were all the supporters to cheer me on when I needed it the most??? I saw some fellow RDM members run past me that I had left behind in my dust at the beginning of the race... slow and steady wins the race Jackie, next time I will be slow and steady. I was fading and fast...

Miles 10-13.1: Don't ask me why it had taken me this long to find my groove, but at last I had found it and was ready to finish this race! I was feeling invincible as I approached mile ten and knew I could easily push the last three miles out of me. I was singing along at some points (I tend to do that) with sheer happiness to almost be done, high fiving little kids standing along the course line... when the unthinkable happened... mile 11 and my I phone died... hence no more music. I feel I must point out that for a music based race, their was a serious lack of it. I hadn't really minded since I was using my own anyways, but it would have been nice to have theirs as a backup now that I was music-less. Another lesson learned, next time don't get so excited with new phone that I use up battery uploading to facebook and twitter... womp, womp. Those last couple of miles I did my best to run, but like Ive said, I can't without music... and so I power walked/ran/power walked/ran until mile 12 where the cheers to other RDM members gave me a new boost. Passing mile 13, onlookers kept cheering "Keep going, the finish line is just around the bend!" and I kept running around bends thinking where is it??? I think I actually got tears in my eyes (amazing considering how dehydrated I was) when I finally saw the finish line... and gave it all had to cross.

Final outcome: 2:23:54 time, 10"59' pace, and 8,583 place. This was three minutes slower than I had wanted, I walked some when I was really trying to run the whole thing, but you know what? I couldn't be prouder!!!





Some serious stretching followed by some serious eating was very needed indeed! Hubs and I went to The Diner to celebrate where I ate what all half marathon champions should eat... a pancake stack sprinkled with powdered sugar, home fries, scrambled eggs, bacon, and washed it all down with spicy bloody mary. Yay me! After that, pretty much crashed for the rest of the day... and then some!






***Today I am thankful for the chance to have participated in the London Half Marathon... it may not have been the time I was aiming for, but I am glad I finished and with no injuries too***
 

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