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!!



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.


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:


It fits on top of my king size bed:IMG_3313

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

Close up of label:

back with label

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!


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.

Postage stamp 8.24.16

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:


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!!

8.12.16 c25k

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!

8.14.16 c25k

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!!


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 😦


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.


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!) 😦



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 😀





I found the motivation to get out the door for a run this morning…yay!

I told myself I couldn’t watch the French Open Final unless I went for a run…ha, and I bought it!! 😉

The weather was a bit warm and humid (71 degrees with 90% humidity) but thankfully it was also cloudy with a little breeze and few spritz of rain. I went to put on my Garmin watch but it said ‘low battery’ so I had to run without it today; instead I wore my Vivofit and I always have my phone & app.

I figured I might need some extra electrolytes so I dissolved a Camelbak tablet in water and drank about half before I left; I took plain water with me.


I had already used Mapmyrun to plot my course to include a few big hills in the neighborhood and a total of 4 miles. I set the app to my normal intervals and decided I would make this an easy run since I had skipped my runs during the week so I purposely started out slower than normal. Once I got my feet going I just fell into a a rhythm and tried not to force the pace.

I made it through the whole workout and I ran during all the run segments even when they were on the hills…yay! And my average pace was under 13…yay again! The even better part is when I finished 4 miles I knew I still had enough in the tank to go another 2 miles so hopefully next weekend’s 10k won’t be too bad. Now if only the weather will cooperate and not be both sunny & humid :-/


6.5.16 garmin

C25K app

6.5.16 rd

ttfn…watching the French Open now and will be sewing later.




Hexie Flower quilt & 5 miles

Picture heavy post  😉

I finished this baby size quilt last night but waited for natural light this morning to take pictures. The hexagon shapes were all made from scraps and the 10″ squares were left over from a layer cake I used in this quilt. The froggy flannel backing was picked up on clearance a few months back, I think it plays nicely with all the fabrics on the front.



I got up early this morning to watch some French Open matches and go for a run…happy to say I did both 😀

I wanted to get 5 miles in and do some hills in preparation for my next 10k which is probably the hilliest course ever! I mapped a course around my neighborhood that incorporated two pretty big hills and I ran that route twice…WHEW…those hills are rough!

I set the c25k app for my normal intervals and gave myself a little cushion by having it repeat 16 times…that allowed me 72 mins to complete 5 miles.

The first loop went pretty well, I ran during all the run segments even on the hills – yay! The second loop was a bit tougher…I ran all the run segments except halfway up the last hill, I was getting over heated and as slow as I was running I figured I might as well just walk, LOL.

As usual, the distance is a little different between Garmin & the app…


5.28.14 garmin

C25K app

5.28.16 rd

The red line in the chart below is the altitude for the route…rough, really rough!

5.28.16 altitude

I’m pretty darn happy with my pace considering the hills, so I think I’m as ready as I’ll every be for that 10k on June 11.



The 10k that wasn’t

I had planned to run a 10k on Saturday. I paid for it over a month ago and even made sure everything was ready the night before. I charged up my Garmin and earbuds, set out my Gu and put the water bottles in the frig. I knew what I was going to wear and I mapped out directions to get there.

And then the alarm went off at 6:30am and I said “nope, not gonna happen”. I turned off the alarm and rolled over; as Paula at Never a Dull Bling put it: I chose sleep over running. I also kicked myself for the rest of the day for making that choice. Ugh!

So here I am with my next 10k scheduled for June 11. This one is going to be rough – I know that going in because it’s being held right here in my town and the neighborhood lives up to it’s name “River Hills”. I did a quick mapmyrun preview of the course…look at these elevation changes!!


I’ve got 5 weeks to prepare so this time there are no excuses…GET ‘ER DONE!


On a different note, I’ve finished up another quilt. This one is for a charity drive being coordinated by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict called Hands2Help. I wanted to make a quilt that could be used by a male as well as female so the colors I chose were a little more deep and earthy. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I finished it with a few weeks left before the deadline…yay!


I added a label tonight using the character function on my sewing machine…not too shabby!


It appears I’ve picked up a new sewing technique…English Paper Piecing. One of the folks I follow on IG put up tutorial and I figured what the heck, let’s try it. It involves hand sewing which I’m not very good at so this would give me some practice. I downloaded the Hexagon templates, printed and cut them out and I made two before bed Saturday night… now I’m up to 36!

My brain needed a result to work toward so I picked out 7 and made a hexi flower shape and appliqued it to a 10″ layer cake square I had left over from another project…this has now morphed into a potential baby blanket.

pink v2

blue green


I really like where this is going…and I’m using up scraps, WIN/WIN!

That’s about all for now…G’night!

Walk not Run

I should’ve gone for another run this morning but I did not. After lunch I decided I needed to at least go for a walk. The 84 degree temp today is above average for April and we got some lovely humidity to go along with it, so rather than try to run in that I figured a walk would be better than nothing.

I mapped out a 2 mile route over some of the big hills in my neighborhood – at least I could put in that much effort – and I still had my app set for 3 min/1.5 min intervals so I walked a little faster during the 3 min portion.

It got really hot, really fast – it was a good decision to walk and not run (although I did trot a few a times). I sure hope Saturday’s weather will be better for the 10k…at least it usually is in the morning 😉

4.28.16 RD WALK

Running again…

So, I looked at the calendar this morning and realized it’s been 16 days since my last run…wow, that’s sad. It’s not like I had an injury or illness – unless you can count laziness as an illness 😉 yeah, NOT!

Knowing I have a 10k coming up this weekend I figured I better get my butt out the door for at least a short run to make sure my body still remembered how! Of course I didn’t go this morning when the temps were more agreeable…no…I wait until high noon when it’s 74 degrees! sheesh!

I had very low expectations but I turned on my app with the same intervals of 3 min run/1.5 min walk and just went with it. I had only planned to do 2 miles so I wouldn’t over do it and I took an out & back route in my neighborhood. During the warm up walk it felt really good just to be moving and stretching my muscles. After that came the first run segment, I didn’t force anything I just picked up the pace and ran at a comfortable speed. Interval 1 was a success! The next few intervals felt just as good; now, that could be because the out portion of the route was a slow, steady decline…you see where I’m going with this?

Once I hit the 1 mile mark I turned around and began the slow, steady incline back home…and boy could I feel it. Not just in my legs and lungs but the heat was getting to me too. I slowed my running pace to compensate and I finished up the 2 miles I planned but I was pretty overheated and my face was beet red – no pictures of that!!

Overall I’m pleased with my pace and distance, for now. I need to do another 2-3 miles on Thursday if I hope to complete the 10k on Saturday…either way my plan for Saturday is “just finish”!

Here’s a snap shot of the elevation for the run today…not a significant decline/incline but enough to make the return a little challenging 😉

4.26.16 elevation


4.26.16 garmin

C25K app

4.26.16 rd



Update WIP project

As I mentioned earlier this week, I started a new top with the March fabrics from my FQ club.

I mixed 7 different FQ to make either the center or the outside frame and then I had ‘fun’ trying to figure out how to put them all together. Once I had them all laid out on my ‘design bed’ I found the colors and patterns were just too busy when butted up against each other which led me to the decision to sash them with strips of white.

I had a couple yards of plain white so I set about cutting all the strips I needed and finished putting the top together last night. I think it needs a border but I’m not sure what it should be…maybe a 3 or 4″ strip of solid orange or coral???

top flash

The backing fabric I found for this project can be seen in the pic from my last post…oh, what the heck, here it is again. It’s a cute jelly bean/egg-shaped pattern with all the same colors as the top.


Once I figure out what to do about a border, then I can move on to thinking about quilting. My initial thoughts are to stitch an echo diamond pattern inside and outside of the diamond centers and then maybe some straight lines on the white sashing…hmmm, I’ll keep thinking…


I got another short run in today. The temps have started to rise here – after that winter I’m not complaining at all – but I’ll need to start getting up earlier. I went out around 9am today and by the end it felt really hot. My 10K is this Saturday and I’ll be interested to see how close I am to my time from last year (1:18:48).

4.9.15 Garmin

That’s about all for now…I’m headed to my sewing room.