Run & Ride 10K

Yep, that’s right…I completed a 10k this morning. After not running AT.ALL. for the past 6 weeks I went out with my running buddies and completed at 10k. Now mind you, it wasn’t pretty…and I did A LOT of walking…but I did it😀

I had no goal or target – I just wanted to finish. I didn’t wear my Garmin (it needs to be charged anyway!), the only thing I used was the C25K app and I had it programmed for 2 min run/1 min walk intervals.

The weather was pretty decent this morning, a little more humid than I would’ve liked but all in all not bad. The course for the 10K weaved in and around our local amusement park called Carowinds and the entry for the 10K also bought your ticket into the park for the day…not a bad deal!

The 10K started just after 7am so most of the run was over before the sun stared bearing down on us. I did pretty good for the first few miles, following the intervals pretty closely. Once I passed the 3 mile mark I flipped the interval around and started running 1 min and walking for 2. Around mile 4 I felt my IT band start to bother me – I kinda figured that would happen since I haven’t been running. After that, I ran when I could and just walked really fast the rest of the time.

When I got to the 1/2 mile I ran a little more just to ‘get it over with’! and to look good for the pictures…LOL!

They haven’t posted official times yet but I’m pretty pleased with the time on my app…it’s not too, too far off from my normal pace, so I’d say that’s a win!!

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I’m hoping things at work will start to get back to normal and the temps will start to look like Fall soon…I really, really need to get back into a running routine😀

Another month flies by

I’ve been so busy with my day job that I can only squeeze in a little bit of sewing in the evenings and on weekends and I’ve just been too tired to sit down write my blog😦

I’ll try to catch up on everything that’s been going on since my last post…first up: I have not been running or exercising AT.ALL. double😦😦

I signed up for a 10k on 9/11 and there’s just no way I’m going to be able to run it…I’m toying with the idea of not going but the jury is still out at this time.

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On the sewing & quilting front things are going much better…below are the pictures of what I’ve been working on…

I finished my Xmas quilt, label and all…

On the front porch in natural light:

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A close up of the quilting fresh from the dryer:close up after dryer

Close up of label:

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I finished another quilt top – I couldn’t resist using the fabric in the August Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. It’s Sundrops by Corey Yoder and it’s just so happy and bright! This pattern came with the Jolly Bar pack so I went with it!

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I wanted the top to be a little bigger than the pattern so I chose not to use the sashing strips and instead added a 4th column using fabric from the July Sew Sampler box – Dixie from Cluck Cluck Sew. It blends beautifully.all pieced

I have the backing all put together and this one is on the list for basting today…along with the Purple Rail Fence quilt seen here. I also started and finished a Postage Stamp top…now this one is a bit modified in that I used wider strips (3.5″) which results in a bigger “postage stamp”…I’m just not into tiny pieces!

I followed the instructions from Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and within a few short days I had the scrappy top all done!! I used about 35 FQs from my stash and scrap bins so that makes me very happy. I have a few strip squares left over so I might try to incorporate them into the backing…still deciding.

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I took a break from making quilts to make a few pillow covers. I’ve had the batting squares cut for quite some time intending to follow the Quilt-as-you-go class at Craftsy from Maureen Cracknell (it happens to be on sale right now!) ((I have no affiliation)). I made one of these pillows last year and needed a few more to complete the look in my living room so I banged out two more this week:

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OK, I think that’s about it for now! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen all this but I like to post here as well to save a record of my work.

Until next time…ttfn!

 

Summary for the week

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve got a 10k coming up next weekend so I need to get back to running on a regular basis and surprisingly enough I completed 3 runs this week!

The second run on Friday was more of a walk because I was feeling quite creaky and stiff from the run on Wed…but hey, it counts!!

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The third run was this morning. I slept in a little and didn’t leave the house until 8:45…I paid for it with the heat & sunshine. Thankfully I took a route that had lots of shade and I brought 2 bottles of water. I purposely did not look at the weather before I left – I was afraid I’d talk myself out of it if I knew the numbers! But I can tell you it was HOT!

I decided to use a 2 min run/2 min walk interval and that worked out perfectly. I started off running a little slower and I can see I picked up my pace during intervals 4-7. I took an extended walk break through interval 8 and then got back to running the rest until I hit 3 miles. Whew, was I ever happy to hear the c25k lady say that!

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I’m planning to get two more runs in next week – about 2 miles each – and then we’ll see how I do for the 10k on Saturday… wish me luck!!

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On the sewing front, I’ve been quilting on my Christmas quilt – trying all sorts of new free-motion quilt stitches. Since this one is all mine, I’m feeling quite relaxed about doing whatever I want.

First I traced a poinsettia design on all the blocks using a Frixion pen and then free-motion stitched around it…they turned out really great! However, since I used white thread they don’t really show up all that well in photos😦

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Then I added curved lines in all the red & green fabrics, going from corner to corner – point to point…again hard to see it in the photo. Then I added ‘ribbon candy’ in the sashing strips and I’m working on adding ‘icicle lights’ in some of the other open areas.

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I’d like to get the quilting finished today because I have to work late almost every night next week which means there probably won’t be much time to sew (waaaaaaaaah!)😦

ttfn…

 

Short, slow run

Well I finally got my rear our the door this morning for a short run/walk. My original plan was just to go for a walk to get the bones & muscles moving but as is usually the case once I’m out there I do a little more than planned.

The weather this morning actually cooperated a bit with overcast skies and a little breeze; humidity was still pretty high but it didn’t feel too awful. I set my c25k app for 20 minutes and just started walking, after the 5 min warm up I decided to see if I could run a little…very slowly and casually. My legs felt like led which I expected but I pushed on for about 5 mins and then slowed to walk. I walked until my legs felt a little better and then did that again and after the third time the 20 minutes was up. I thought about extending my workout but didn’t want to push it too much since this was the first time I’d been for a run/walk in over a month {{{shakes head in disbelief!}}}.

I have a 10k run scheduled in 10 days so I really need to get back into a routine of running – and pretty quickly! Hopefully today is a re-start of that habit😀

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ttfn…

 

Warning: Lots of pictures

I’ve got a ton of sewing projects to get caught up on … so be warned there are a ton of pictures in this post!

First up: The Splendid Sampler

Although I’m still about six blocks behind I have completed quite a few blocks since my last blog post…

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Block 47 done

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Block 46 done

Block 50!!!

Block 50 done

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Block 41 done

And here are all my completed blocks up on the design wall (taken before I finished #41)

All Blocks as of 8.6.16

I’ve also finished and shipped my very first t-shirt quilt!

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Next up – I had a friend ask if I would FMQ a baby blanket she made and of course I said YES! I just love an all over meander!

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And as if I didn’t have enough going on, I jumped into a 12 days of Xmas in July QAL hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. You can still follow along with the steps on her blog – her directions were very clear and easy to follow and I especially love how she made sure to provide pressing instructions so all the seams nested – double win! I’ve pieced the back and it’s ready for basting – hoping to get that done today so I can start FMQ snowflakes all over it!!

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I’ve also managed to stay current with the Sugar Block Club BOM hosted by Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock. I’ve been using the same color palette that she uses in each of her blocks – not sure how it will all end up! Here’s the August block, I just love this navy fabric with clouds & rain… must.get.more!

August done

And last but not least…I was itching for a finish so I pulled out an old UFO and got the top done this morning – whoop whoop! Don’t quite know what I’m going to do with this but it measures 54×48 so it would make a generous sized baby blanket…if someone is really into purple!

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Ok, I think I’m all caught up now…whew!

Off to watch the Olympics (GO USA!) and maybe do a little more sewing…ttfn…

Quilting update

I just realized I haven’t posted anything since 7/5…whoops! I can tell you that I have not been running (surprise, surprise!) but I have been sewing!

After I finished the Quilt for Pulse quilt, I got it in the mail…and the coolest thing happened! Alissa posted a picture on Instagram the next week and I actually spotted my quilt in her living room (upper right, circled in red)!! What are the odds of that😉

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Isn’t that just the coolest picture…so much hand-made love❤

Once that quilt was finished I was left with a bunch of HST so I started putting them up on the design wall trying to figure out which layout I liked best…and landed on this one…it sure is bright!

HST quilt

I decided to do some swirls with echo and before I knew it, it was all quilted.

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Since there was so much color on the top I went with a black and white butterfly print for the back.

HST backing

I had a teal solid left from the fat quarters used to make the border and it became the binding. Finished measurement 40″ square. No destination for this one yet…I’ll post it to FB to see if any friends would like to buy it.

HST completed

I also worked on some BOM & QAL blocks for Sugar Block club and The Splendid Sampler

Block 42 doneblock 43 done

July done

And last but not least…I’m almost done with the T-shirt quilt!! I got DH to help me baste it yesterday and I spent last night and today getting it quilted! Whew…my shoulders are exhausted!

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I know these pictures have bad lighting but the quilting actually shows up better that way – go figure! The client chose the purple backing fabric from a few online choices I provided.IMG_3242

I finished cutting & piecing the binding so all that’s left is sewing it on…that will be tomorrow night! The shade/color is a little off in this binding picture but you can see the design in the fabric much better.

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That’s about all I have for now…G’night!

 

American 4 miler

So I did a little run yesterday…I had actually forgotten that I signed up to run a 4 mile race on the 4th of July even though I had run it for the last two years…geez, where is my brain!?

Thankfully my running buddies reminded me late last week however I didn’t take the opportunity to do any training runs. But I still got up at 5:30 am yesterday morning and did the run!

I was dreading the weather because they were forecasting upper 70’s with 80% humidity for the 7:30am start…virtually swimming! But we were blessed with a rain storm that passed through in the wee hours which lowered the humidity a bit and the clouds stayed around for the entire run…YAY!

I knew I was going to have to take it easy or I’d never last 4 miles so I stuck with my 3 min/1.5 min intervals and  started out relatively slow for the first several run segments. I ran without any music for the first two miles – it was really nice. I took in my surroundings and even talked with a few other runners on occasion, clearly not pushing for any PR!

After 2 miles I turned on some running music and focused on completing the run, my legs were feeling pretty good and during a walk break at the 40 min mark I ate my Salted Caramel GU – yummmm! The rest of the run was pretty uneventful, I made the final turn for the finish line and picked up my pace as much as I could to get in under 55 minutes.

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C25K app

(I forgot to shut it off right away)

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And our funny finisher’s photo!

(That’s me on the right – I had already finished my beer!!)

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And then there’s the bling

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ttfn and…G’night!