Flying Pig 2015

Flying Pig 2015

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Isn't Life Sort of What You Make It Out To Be?

I know God is in control but that's not really what this is about. I just see, via Facebook, how much some people complain about their lives. I have my occasional complaints but I've noticed that some people complain ALL THE TIME about EVERYTHING!
I want to enjoy my life. I feel like, during the times that I'm on a "complaint rage," my life isn't as fun and happy as the times I make the best of my situation. I would be such an unhappy person if all I did was complain about everything. I think our time on earth is a beautiful thing to be enjoyed. I know crap happens...but you get to choose how you react in those situations. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

4 Week Intermediate 5K Schedule

When I finished my 10K yesterday, I realized I have a 5K in THREE WEEKS! I'm the type of person that has to follow a training schedule or I'm not motivated to make it happen. I've found a lot of good training schedules on about.com. This is the one I found today:
 
Week 1:
Day 1: 40 min CT or Rest
Day 2: 25 min TR + 2 hill repeats
Day 3: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 4: [4 min @ 5K effort + 2 min EP] x 3
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 5 miles LR
Day 7: 3 miles EP

Week 2:
Day 1: 40 min CT or Rest
Day 2: 30 min TR + 3 hill repeats
Day 3: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 4: [4 min @ 5K effort + 2 min EP] x 4
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 7 miles LR
Day 7: 3 miles EP

Week 3:
Day 1: 40 min CT or Rest
Day 2: 25 min TR + 3 hill repeats
Day 3: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 4: [4 min @ 5K effort + 2 min EP] x 3
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 6 miles LR
Day 7: 3 miles EP

Week 4:
Day 1: 30 min CT
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 20 min TR
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: 3 miles EP
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: 5K Race!
 
If you use this, you may want to check out THIS link that explains how to do the different workouts (and what all of the big letters mean!). I like the variety this program provides. Also, I used THIS website to help me predict my 5K pace for training (based off of my 10K race time).
 
P.S. I made the mental decision today to run the Columbus half marathon in October...no full marathon for me this year!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Last Chance For Boston 10K

Two of the hardest things about racing: getting up at the butt crack of dawn and making myself eat something before the race.
Yikes!
 
So many things were going through my head before the race. I was worried about my knee, I could barely eat half an apple, am I wearing enough to stay warm?! You get the idea.
For the first time ever, I didn't have butterflies in my stomach. I think it's because my friend, Dela, was running her first race and I was so insanely excited for her! I am so proud of her dedication and hard work:
Go Dela!!!
 
Basically, the course was a 1-mile loop that you just kept repeating (number of laps depended on the race you ran). I got to look forward to 6 laps! Luckily, time at the starting line went by fast since I had Dela to talk to...but it was FRICKIN' FREEZIN'! I kept telling myself I would warm up after a mile. I never warmed up...it was THAT cold!
My first mile was my slowest. Honestly, I couldn't tell how fast I was going because I couldn't feel anything! After I finished my first mile and heard my time (I use the mapmyrun app), I knew I could go a little faster. After mile 3, my knee began bothering me a little. The pressure sensation continued to get worse but I never felt the shooting pain which was a huge blessing. It was amazing how focused I was while having fun all at the same time. Three things kept me going: the fact that Dela was out there, her family was there cheering us on, and the guy that gave everyone high fives each lap :)
Post race pic...look at how red my nose is!
 
To my surprise, I received a plaque as I finished! I'm not used to getting those!
Apparently, I was a top 20 10K finisher of all the men and women. I went online to look at the official results to see how I compared to everyone else and my name wasn't even on the list. Something might have happened with my timing chip or they just forgot to put my name in the computer. I emailed the race coordinator to find out what might have happened. Here are my race splits (per mapmyrun):
Mile 1- 9:54
Mile 2- 9:32
Mile 3- 9:20
Mile 4- 9:00
Mile 5- 9:02
Mile 6- 9:06
Mile 6.33- 8:43
 
This race has really pumped me up for future races. My next one is a 5K on St. Patty's Day! Here was my reward for a successful day:
 P.S. This is my first time to have this specific wine and it is really sweet if that's what you are into...a little too sweet for me but I'll drink it anyway :)
 
 
 
 


Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Davii Do Yoga...

In preparation for this race,
I decided I wanted to do some yoga to get stretched out. Mr. Boo asked if he could join me :) It was at that point I realized the Davis Date Jar included this date:
The card is kinda hard to see but it says "Try a new workout." We did the P90X Yoga video. This workout wasn't new to us but we haven't done it in a LONG time. Yoga in the Davis house is quite the adventure. We look like fools (and Mr. Boo usually does it in his boxers which makes things interesting)! I strongly suggest trying something like this with your spouse. It's just hilarious.
 
 

Friday, February 22, 2013

$urprise!

Before I get to the actual topic, I have to show off my well deserved happy hour margarita from El Vaquero...their margaritas are muy bueno!

So, I was going through the wallet I was using prior to my current wallet and found something I forgot I had...Christmas money!!! I was so excited! I was just saying a couple of days ago that I need a new pair of running tights for this cold weather...especially since I'm running this 10K on Sunday. BRRR! I went to Target and they had a lot of their workout gear on clearance (FYI!). Here's what I ended up with:
 
These "you-can't-miss-me-coming" shirts (both clearance items)
 
A new sports bra (also a clearance item..and, yes, XS...NEWS FLASH: I have little boobs) :)
 
These capri running tights and full length tights (with a cute zipper at the bottom)
 
I never get to buy running clothes so I'm REALLY excited to try them out! I'll premier the full length tights at my race on Sunday!
 
 
 
 



Thursday, February 21, 2013

You MIGHT Be Surprised That I Like (or don't like)...

1. Swamp People (a show about alligator hunting)
This is Troy...but my favorite is Bruce (just look him up).
 
2. Memphis rap from the early 2000's (please don't judge)
If I were you, I wouldn't do too much research into this one. If you are dying for an example, look up "Chickenhead" by Project Pat. This rap tends to be more humorous than awesome.
 
3. Cheese
YUCK! It's becoming more tolerable. I do like pizza which makes me think I'm ok with mozzarella. Little bits of cheese in recipes don't bother me but I mostly dislike it.
 
4. UFC
And that's my favorite fighter...GSP.
 
5. Peeing
I HATE to pee. It's just an annoying task. I always have to go at an inconvenient time.
 
 
This is just a taste of Dr. Boo. I'm sure there are SO many other things I could put on this list :)
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

So Much To Look Forward To...

In case you don't already know, I love my planner. I get excited at the end of every year when I get to buy a new one...NERD ALERT!
My current planner :)
 
I had this funny feeling that March was a popular month on my planner this year. When I looked at the next 5 weeks, I realized I had something scheduled for every weekend! Here's what I get to look forward to:
-2 races (10K and 5K)
-Karaoke night (of which I will only watch and laugh)
-Brunch and movie hosted by my friend, Becca
-Baby shower for my friend, Lindsay
-Life Group dinner
-The Brunkens are coming!!
-AND Easter!
 
P.S. I can't believe Easter is only a month away!\
 
 


Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's All About Food...

I'm trying to start a new tradition of making Mr. Boo Saturday morning breakfast. It's also my way of getting him out of bed by 10am...I'm afraid he'd sleep til noon if I didn't get him up! Yesterday, I made Bacon Pancakes:
These are so easy to make:
-make your choice of pancake mix (I used GF) and put aside
-cook bacon (depending on the amount of "southern" in you, you can save some bacon grease to cook the pancakes in for some extra bacon flavor)
-when you pour the pancake mix on the griddle or pan, put a piece of bacon on top.
-cook, flip pancake, cook
 
I also made these potato bites:
These were delish! You can find the recipe here. I made some with cheese and some without cheese. Mr. Boo was a fan which made me happy :)
 
That afternoon, I was inspired to bake some cookies. They were a hit! They are called Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies...recipe found here.
 The best part? They have milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and Reese's Pieces! MMM!!! I also used GF all purpose flour and added xanthun gum. SIDE NOTE: If anyone wants to send me a Razorbacks serving tray so I can stop using the Buckeye tray, I would welcome that gift :) hehehe.

We ended the day with a yummy dinner at Barley's Smokehouse with our friends, the Hatti (pleural for Hatt).
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I had some wangs...yes, wAngs...with jerk sauce and this drink:
I love me some cider.


Friday, February 15, 2013

SORRY! (and an EASY past bake recipe)

Another fun night indoors for the Davii (that's what our friends Dan and Becca call us...they are that awesome!). Let me start by saying, this weather STINKS! I can't wait until it warms up. Anyway, Mr. Boo and I got burned out on the same ole pasta with beef...so I did some research. I decided to make a baked pasta...it was slightly more delish.
 
(I forgot to take a pic of the finished product but this is exactly what it looked like)
 
It's so easy to make...ingredients include:
-8 oz. pasta (I used gluten free penne)
-1 jar pasta sauce of choice
-1 lb. ground beef
-1 1/2 to 2 cups mozz. cheese
-roasted red peppers (optional, I like a little kick)
 
Directions:
Make your pasta al dente (as instructed on box/bag). While this is boiling, brown the beef then drain. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, jar of sauce, browned beef, and mozzarella cheese. Put in a greased 9x13 inch casserole dish. I sprinkled the top with cheese and red peppers. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. EASY! I baked some garlic bread to go with it...delish.
 
After dinner, gym time and play time with the girls, Mr. Boo and I had this date from the date jar:
 
Play a board game!!! He picked out SORRY! We decided 2 out of 3 was the way to go. HE WON BOTH :( and this was the result both times:
 
 
One measly move away from the finish. Oh well. At least I had fun losing.
 
 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Mr.Boo-Style Valentine

Mr. Boo and I have never really "celebrated" Valentine's Day...just not our thing. This year, he pleasantly surprised me with a gift. One of our favorite restaurants is Carrabba's...YUMMY! It was even our first meal as an engaged couple :)
The Carrabba's Meal
 

Me and the wine

We ALWAYS get the same meal. We share the chicken parm with garlic mashed potatoes and a salad....oh!...and bread!
 
Earlier in the day, Jimmy told me not to worry about making dinner tonight because he was taking care of it. Obviously, I knew something was up...I just didn't know what. When he arrived home, he asked me to go upstairs for a few minutes. I heard the rattle of silverware, opening and closing of the microwave, footsteps up and down the stairs, etc. When he let me leave the room, he asked me to go down to the basement...
 
I'm stupid for not taking a picture BUT he set up a candlelight dinner downstairs where the pups couldn't interrupt us. He put blankets over the windows to make it dark (the curtains let in too much light for his plan). He had the table set with candles, silverware, and dinner from Carrabba's!!! YESSSS!!!
 
It was very sweet of him to do something like this on a day that we typically don't celebrate. Carrabba's will forever have a special place in our hearts...hehehe. After dinner and chill time, he ended the evening by giving me a foot massage. So nice. Thanks boo. I love you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Brunkens...

...that would be my sister Shawna's family. I was 4 when she was born and honestly don't remember much about her being a baby. Here is a pic of when we were pretty young:
That's my mom in the middle, I'm to the left, Shawna to the right (with her tongue out!), and Ashley is the baby.
 
I'm writing this post because I am SO EXCITED about them visiting next month!!! After my nephew, Drew, was born, my sister and her hubby Jaimie moved to Nebraska. Since then, seeing them doesn't happen as often as I'd like. I was in college and grad school which made it even harder. We see each other once every year to year and a half...NOT ENOUGH!

At the end of March, they are coming to Ohio for the first time EVER! My mom will be driving in from West Virginia for a couple of days, too! Shawna and Jaimie have given me three nephews and a niece! They are all cool in their own ways.

My buddy, Drew
 
 My sister with Drew and Quinten (the second oldest boy)
 
Brennan, the youngest
 
Brooklyn, the oldest and only girl!

My awesome sister and brother-in-law...good people :)
 
 Can't wait to see you guys next month!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Life Group Dinner: City BBQ Style

Life Group (LG) dinner nights have become my favorite Sunday of the month! Mr. Boo and I hosted this month. Jimmy ordered a smoker a few days ago and it arrived just in time to make pork for the dinner! With that being said, we decided on a City BBQ theme (for those who aren't familiar, City BBQ is one of Jimmy's favorite BBQ places in Ohio). And, yes, I always have to have a theme when I have people over :) That's just how I roll.
 
Here's the cook (me) with her ref apron on...it even has a penalty flag (which I used throughout the night). You can see my station behind me:
 
 
I started by making the dessert for the evening. It's my mom's famous "Dirt Dessert." It includes pudding, whipped cream and oreos:
Freakin' delish! If you would like the recipe, let me know and I'll post it.
 
I then started making the gluten free (GF) green bean casserole. I used a few recipes I found online to make my own version. Again, if you are interested in the recipe, let me know!
Steamy! P.S. This recipe uses Funyuns instead of french fried onions. Also, I love using fresh green beans instead of canned...makes it so much better!
 

After putting this in the oven, I began making the mac-n-cheese. I've NEVER made mac-n-cheese in my life...not even the box kind! It's so incredibly easy. I used GF pasta and sharp cheddar cheese. You can find the recipe here. I don't eat mac-n-cheese but the crowd said they loved it.
I learned I'd have to make twice as much next time...this ran out fast!
 
After putting this in the oven, I popped open the can of baked beans (the only thing that wasn't homemade...but still delish).
 
Next is Mr. Boo's specialty of the night...THE MEAT! Here's the yummy pork he made:
We used Famous Dave's "Rich and Sassy" BBQ sauce. My fav! Another P.S. the meat pictured is just half of what was made!
 
Finally, you can't have a BBQ theme without:
SWEET TEA!!! I'm a southern girl...I know how to make me some sweet tea, y'all!
 
Let me know if you need any of the recipes!
 


First Workout After Rest Days

A week ago, I did a 5 mile run and told you about this injury. I did Hip Hop the next day but took the rest of the week off because of yet another injury (if you missed it, read about it here.) Yesterday, I decided that I HAD to do something...I felt SO LAZY! Mr. Boo motivated me to go to the gym with him :) Thanks boo.
On the way, I was trying to decide what I wanted to do. Honestly, I was afraid to run. I was so scared that I'd hurt myself (REMEMBER: I HAVE A 10K IN ONLY 2 WEEKS!!!). I finally determined that I would get on the elliptical for at least 30 min then do some leg strengthening exercises (for my PT friends out there, I almost said LE ther ex because that's what I'm used to documenting daily!).
 
So, I hop on the elliptical, turn up the resistance, and go for it. As I approached 10 minutes, it occurred to me that I haven't felt any pain so far. I could tell my piriformis was tight but not painful...my knee wasn't giving me any indication that it was hurting. This is GREAT! After 10 minutes passed, I decided to be brave and try the treadmill a.k.a dreadmill:
 
 
I put it on 6.0 (10 min/mile) which is a steady, easy pace for me at this point in my training. I decided that I would turn it up to 6.1(approx. 9:50 pace) if I still felt good around 5 minutes..and I did! I was so excited about how I was feeling...NO PAIN! To be safe, I stayed at 6.1 the entire run. In my mind, my goal was going to be 3 miles...that's about the distance that my knee began to hurt a week ago. All I could think was "I don't want to hurt myself!" It's so hard to rest when all you want to do is run and improve your time.
 
One mile came and went...still feel good. One and a half miles...good. THEN IT HAPPENS...1.75 miles. my knee starts feeling that pressure that is so familiar to me now. Very shortly after the pressure starts, I get a shooting pain and slightly lose my balance. Yikes. At that point, I knew I needed to stop when I reached 2 miles. After finishing, I stretched, focusing on my tight piriformis, and did some hip exercises.
 
I was bummed that I felt the knee pain but thankful for two things:
1- My piriformis didn't bother me while running and it felt much better after stretching...I have no piriformis symptoms today!
2- I was able to run! Even if it was only 2 miles, I was able to do it. I think it helped to warm up on the elliptical.
 
I have only TWO WEEKS until my 10K so I'm not expecting to do really well but I am confident that I will finish with a decent time.
 




Friday, February 8, 2013

Mr. Boo + He-Man = Date?

So...we dipped into the date jar again and pulled out a card that said "Mute TV and make your own dialogue." At first, we weren't sure if we would follow through with this one. BUT, just as we were about to decide to do a different date, Jimmy looked on our coffee table and saw the He-Man DVD. At that point, we knew we had to make this date happen!
 

And, yes, we imbibed some moonshine again. My goal was to sip it from my shot glass but that was too intense...had to add it to some OJ.
 
Our date turned into the Mr. Boo showcase (which was quite entertaining for me). It definitely kept me laughing :)
 
Update:
I'm still dealing with this piriformis thing. I couldn't even tell you if my knee is still bothering me because the booty be hurtin' me. I think I'm finally going to do some form of a workout tomorrow. I've taken enough days off to feel lazy.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Runners: Potential April Race

Remember this blog? I mentioned that I wanted to do 1 race per month this year. I found a potential race for April:
 
 
I heard about this race from Second Sole Gahanna (you can sign up to receive their emails). That's all folks!

P.0.W.

P is for...
Piriformis...known to my patients as a "booty muscle."
 
It all started after bowling on Saturday. My booty was fatigued. I knew DOMS would meet with me in a couple of days. And it did! My poor piriformis was so sore and tender. Despite this I ran my 5 miles and did Hip Hop the next day. I took Tuesday off and felt good about it...then Wednesday presented itself to me. My piriformis was KILLING me all day. I had awful pain while driving, especially when I had to push the clutch (I drive a manual). That night in doggie agility, I was picking something up from the floor. I used my ouchie leg to do this one-legged squat thing to get what I was picking up. WORST SHOOTING PAIN EVER. That was it for the night. I was limping, stairs were awful, etc. I came home and stretched it like I have never stretched it before. I got a tennis ball, put it between my tight muscle and the wall to give myself a little massage. Like this but standing using the wall:
 
 It feels so much better this morning!
 
0 (as in zero) is for...



Zero time to spend with Mr. Boo. These last three days have been completely insane for both of us (mostly my schedule) so we haven't spent any quality time together. I dislike that immensely. We even had our weekly dog agility class with the girls, which is time we get to spend together, and I was totally checked out because I was hurting (the "P" noted above) and tired. Here's Angel at agility class (just for fun):
 
W is for...
Work. I really like my new job (Home Health PT). It's just been a little stressful this week. Random patient things have been happening which require more work for me. That, mixed with regular home duties, has had me working (mostly documentation) until the wee hours of the night...which is one reason I've had "0" time with my husband (again, above). I'm just trying to stay positive about my business knowing that my boss is on my side and wants to help me to be less busy next week.
 
That is all. I have no clever ideas on how to end my blog post :)
 









Monday, February 4, 2013

My Love/Hate Relationship With Mornings

 
Hate: The act of getting out of bed. I'm the annoying person that has to hit snooze 20 million times before I actually get up. Mr. Boo does an amazing job of not getting mad at me and my alarm clock. He also does a pretty good job of not talking to me in the morning. I dislike morning conversations. I typically don't remember them. The most I will ever say to Jimmy is "I gotta go pee." (in my whiny voice, of course). If you talk to me in the a.m., I'm probably mean.
 
 
Love: How I feel after being awake 20 minutes or so. After I pee, brush my teeth, and get ready for work, I get to look forward to a cup of coffee. This is one reason I love my new job. For my old job, I had to drink coffee on the way to work. With my current job, I start off at home before going to see my patients. Therefore, I get some chill time in the morning :) This is what I enjoyed this morning:
 
(yes, I wrote down the date I opened it...I'm weird about expiration dates)
 
I start my coffee, read my daily devotional, make my cup of coffee, and prepare my work for the day. Totally, awesomely amazing.