Turkey Trot 5K

As mentioned in my previous post, I decided not to get up early to run an organized Turkey Trot, instead I waited for the temps to warm up and ran my own Turkey Trot around the neighborhood.

I planned to make this an ‘easy run’ so I didn’t push too hard during the run segments but as I got close to 3.1 I realized I would finish under 40 minutes so I picked up the pace in the final run segment ;-)


Let the ‘feasting’ begin :-D


Happy Thanksgiving

I’ll be spending the day sewing, running, watching football and hanging out with friends.

I finished up the third and last double pot holder (using this tutorial except I extended the length to 35″) for the friend we’ll be having dinner with today. She bought the fabrics a few months ago and finally decided which would go together. I also made her some finger pot holders too…great for holding handles and lids.



This isn’t the finished shot, but I turned these two into finger pot holders as well

I’m doing my own ‘turkey trot 5K’ today because I didn’t want to get up at 6am to run in the cold. It’ll be in the 50’s by lunch time so I’ll head out then ;-)

Lastly, I’m making broccoli casserole to take to dinner around 4pm. We’ll hang out with friends from the neighborhood and their relatives while we fill our bellies with delicious food and watch football. Then we’ll come home and watch more football and recover from our ‘food coma’.

If I can muster the energy, I may wander back into my sewing room later this evening to start a new project…yeah, we’ll see…

I hope all my US friends have a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to stop and think about all you have to be grateful for, it really does make you feel better <3



Week 2 Day 1

The weather here today is pretty darn nice…low 70’s, nice breeze…a great day for a run! Since the time change, it gets dark between 4:30-5:00pm and I’m not a night runner…instead I decided to sneak out between conference calls for work!

I’m not sure if sneaking out is what made me pick up my pace but it looks like I’m a little faster than the average pace from my last run…woo hoo! Progress of any kind is a good thing :-)


A little more mojo

I’ve completed the first week of Zero to 10K, logging my second run on Friday and the third this afternoon…yeah, that means I didn’t run at all this weekend. Not sure what happened but I kicked my butt out the door today!

I backed off the speed on Friday since I had just run the day before, but I completed the run so that’s a win ;-)


I pushed hard again today and I could really feel it…I got winded a couple of times – not sure if that’s good or bad? I’d like to stay in the 10 min/mile range, clearly I’ll need to do a better job of gauging how fast I’m running cuz right now I’m all over the place :-/


I sure hope this means my running mojo is returning :-D

I’ll sign back on later to update my sewing/quilting escapades.

I found a little

I think I might have found a little mojo…or maybe it was guilt…either way I got outside for a short run today. Since I’ve been so sporadic I decided it would be best to start over and do the Zero to 10K program in the RunDouble C25K app. And since I’m starting over I figured I’d try to increase my speed as well, so I’m pushing a little harder on the run segments.

Week 1 Day 1 called for 8 repetitions of 60 seconds running, followed by 90 seconds walking. The weather was perfect; low 60’s with a breeze, so thankfully no over-heating issues. The first two run segments just happened to be uphill but the rest of the course was relatively flat so it was a little easier to pick up the pace. I didn’t wear my Garmin because it was a spur of the moment decision to go running and I hadn’t charged it up in awhile.

It was actually kind of nice just taking my phone and earbuds – no fanny pouch or water, but it was a short run.

11.12.15 c25k

I found this really cool ‘ring’ for my phone that sticks on the back (it’s removable and reusable) and can be used to carry the phone or as a kickstand. I really love it…I can only find it at QVC.com. This makes it really convenient to carry my phone while running – I was never able to get used to an armband.


Off to my sewing room tonight…ttfn

Mojo oh mojo…where did you go?

I’m not sure if it’s the time change or the weather change or something else altogether but I just can’t seem to find my running mojo. I haven’t run since Oct 31 when I put in a hard fought 3 miles – it wasn’t so hard from a physical perspective as it was the mental perspective. The whole time I was running I was cursing myself for not being more consistent and fighting back the gremlins that kept telling me it was ok to stop at 1 or 2 miles. Ugh…why does my brain do this?

Every day since then I’ve been trying to pep-talk myself into a run but it just hasn’t worked…the gremlins have won. About two weeks ago I re-joined Weight Watchers, after a 3 year hiatus, and I’ve been making better food choices but I haven’t fully committed to that either. I’ve been trying to focus on “why” I want to lose weight and be more active but that hasn’t resulted in finding my mojo. Any suggestions would be appreciated :-)


On a brighter note, I’ve been getting caught up on some of my sewing/quilting projects. I finished and mailed the Christmas Tree table runner and I’ve gotten caught up on the HST Sampler QAL from Amanda at 3and3quaters. There are nine blocks planned in the series…here are my first 6:







I chose to use a Michael Miller layer cake called “Happy Dots” and I really love how fun and pretty the fabrics are…the only issue is I don’t have enough of each color/print to make some of the blocks because there were only a few duplicates in the stack. I’m going to have to check my stash for some other dot fabric, if I don’t have any I guess I’ll just have to buy more!!

That’s about all for now…as I said above, if you have any suggestions to spark my running mojo I’d LOVE to hear it.

It’s been too long

Oh my, I’ve been traveling so much lately…I added it up – over the last 43 days I’ve been gone 24 of them! Ugh, not my idea of fun :-(  Albeit, 10 of those days were for vacation but having them sandwiched in between business travel was just not a good idea.

I’m back home now and I have no plans to travel through the end of the year – aahhhh. I have lots of things I need to do right here at home:

  • Sewing/quilting
    • Finish Christmas tree table runner
    • Finish Pink Camo/Bunny crib quilt
    • Catch up with Amanda’s QAL (she’s already on block 6!!)
    • Finish Dog Gone Cute blocks/quilt
    • Start king size quilt-as-you-go for my niece
    • Finish black/white quilt
    • …and much more I can’t recall just now
  • Running
    • Get back into a regular schedule
    • Train for Half Marathon in March
  • Weight Watchers
    • Yep, I re-joined!
    • Grocery shopping – so I have better choices in the house
    • Need to drop 28 lbs

I’m sure there are many other things that should be on this list but that’s all that comes to mind at the moment. And, I’ve already checked one thing off this list!!! I finished the Christmas tree table runner last night!! It just needed to be quilted and have the binding put on but for some reason I had been procrastinating really badly :-s



I did FMQ using swirl circles on the trees, and random loops in the background. I tried to do a ‘ribbon candy’ effect on the red striped section…not sure how successful I was – lol  This table runner will be mailed off to my friend in California, just in time for her to start decorating later this month…whew!

It’s been raining A LOT here in South Carolina for the past several weeks and it’s no different today, so I’ll be spending most of the day in the sewing room…let’s see what else I can check off my list!!