Surprise Night Shift!

Last night while chatting about the upcoming weekend, one of the other nurses asked me who was working. I went to go check, and found that my name was missing from Friday night. This was pretty odd, especially since I knew this was a long week for me (48 hours instead of my usual 36). I went to go check the rest of the week, only to find out that I’m working tonight instead!

Thanks to that lovely little surprise, I’ll be posting my planned post tomorrow, and for today, I’d like it if you would just enjoy some of my original photography. ūüôā Have a good night!


USS Constitution at Sunrise


Lenny Zakim Bridge


Gas Lamp on the Historic Freedom Trail


Lemon Zinger


Lenny Zakim at Dawn


Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail – Training Tuesday, part II

I could not sleep today to save my soul! I’m on a stretch of nights this week, so day-sleep is on my agenda, and pretty important. Lucky for you though, that means I’m awake to update and post on Training Tuesday!

Let’s grab a cup of tea and then off we go:


Disclaimer: My training plan was created to work with my personal running level, as well as my work schedule. I have absolutely no experience creating training plans, nor do I endorse that this is the best or only way to train. It is simply what works for me.

With my bizarre schedule, I was having a really hard time fitting in all of the runs that a standard training plan like Jeff Galloway or Hal Higdon suggest. Some weeks I can’t even safely go running at all, since by the time I wake up, it’s pitch black out. (Sidenote: It’s high time I invested in some reflective gear and a flashlight to take running!)

I googled “3 Training Days per week” and found the following website from Runners World:


Umm, sounds right up my alley! The plan from Runners World looks like this:

3 Days A Week

Now, as you know from my post that included my obsession with MegaNerdRuns’ plan, I like when things are pretty.

I’m still learning how to work computer programs on a mac, but I have to say, it didn’t come out to badly!

My plan!

(Clicking on the picture will enlarge it in a new window)

Well now you all have my work schedule!

The rest days are work days (I work a 12 hour shift, and I’m still working up the motivation to run before/after once I have that reflective gear!) Blue is a tempo run, green is a long run, orange is my speed workout, and brown is just a “get the heck out the door and move it!

I incorporated the speed workouts from the Runners World plan, and the rest was re-worked to get me appropriate amounts of miles per week, as well as a good long run each week.

The plan isn’t finished yet, since I didn’t have my work schedule that far in advance, but as soon as I do, I’ll post an updated version of my plan.

So there you have it. The PastaFreeRunner’s ING Half Marathon Training plan. I’ll let you know how it works out, and if it works at all!

(Another total side note, I’ve found new obsessions! Check out the Zensah Compression sleeves over at PBFingers, and these AWESOME runner inspired gifts at Meals and Miles! My Amazon Christmas Wish List just got longer- thanks ladies for the great ideas!)

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

A Case Of Leadfoot

I’m back!

After taking a few days off from the blog to help heal my hand and to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, as well as trekking to NY to visit The New Yorker’s family, I’m finally back and ready to blog again. It was a really nice break, but I missed all of the bloggers that I follow. Oddly enough, I look forward to catching up on their days as much as I would an old friend!

I took a TON of pictures at Thanksgiving, but I’m sending them to my sister to use in her blog, as she did all the work and I just did all the eating!¬†I’ll let you know when the food pictures are up!

I did do something productive on Turkey day; Amy, The New Yorker, and I all ran a 5k Thanksgiving morning and had a blast!

Before running

We got to the race and went to pick up our numbers. Somehow mine had gotten misplaced and given to the wrong runner, so I re-registered on the spot, and off we went. The weather was perfect, 40-something degrees and sunny. The New Yorker took off for the front of the pack, and Amy and I hung out towards the back. Our goal was to go out, figure out what was a comfortable pace and then keep going. Neither of us has run a 5k in a while (or ever, in Amy’s case!) so we had no big time plans.

Amy and my official results (she crossed a step in front of me!)

Amy and I

And the speedy New Yorker’s results:

The New Yorker

As the New Yorker pointed out, they ordered the results by guntime, not nettime, so Amy and I should have placed higher, as our nettimes were faster than our guntimes by 87 seconds. All in all though, we weren’t in it to win it, and had a good time. We also now have a 5k to base future times off of. It also gives me a new goal… I want to cut some SERIOUS time off my mile time! 10:something is not what I’m used to seeing!

We took some sweaty pictures after the race before heading home to stuff our faces:





Before I get into my run from today, I HAVE to tell you about dinner last night! I took a page out of the book of some of my favorite bloggers (such as Julie at PBFingers, Meghann at Meals and Miles, and Chelsey at Clean Eating Chelsey) and made an open face sandwich.

My mom had made me some turkey salad and turkey soup from the leftovers on Thursday. I adore turkey salad sandwhiches and was having a sad moment (no more sandwiches…) when I realized that I had a gluten free bagel in the freezer! SCORE! I took it out, thawed it, toasted it, and then put the turkey salad on.

Turkey Salad

It looked delicious just like that, but I wasn’t about to stop there…


It was just as amazing as it looked!

My mom also left out any kind of pasta/grain in the soup (she’s always thinking of me!) so that I could add my own. I chose quinoa, since I love it so much, and added it into the soup.

Dinner perfection

The soup and¬†sandwich¬†were the PERFECT dinner combo, and I was completely satisfied with my creation ūüôā

Now for Today’s Run:

I had plans for a 4 mile run. I plotted it out on, and headed out the door. I’m still getting used to running with the garmin on my other wrist thanks to my fav accessory of the moment. I’m also still getting used to dressing for what the weather actually is, instead of what I expect it to be based on the calendar! Today was 60 degrees and sunny. I wore lulu crops, a tank,and a long sleeve shirt. By the end of the run, I had taken off the long sleeve shirt and was sweating like a crazy woman!

My run ended up being 4.05 miles, which I ran in 41:21. While I kept up pretty much the same pace as the 5K, I felt like I was running so much slower! It was like I had leadfoot, but not the kind that gets you pulled over by a Statie on the highway!

It felt like 4 hours!

Have you ever had the experience of running the same pace twice in a row, and having one feel like a good clip, while the other feels like running through molasses? Thats what happened between the 5k and today! Its so weird!

Well there you have it! All caught up to today! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend/Black Friday/Cyber Monday!


Feeling a little funny…

Remember my new accessory?

Well, I got an upgrade.

Being a nurse in one of the best hospitals in the country (hell, the world, I’ll say it!), and having good health insurance means that I have access to some of the country/world’s best specialists. Its always an awkward/cool moment when you are standing at the nursing station, only to discover that the nice man/woman on the iPad behind you, that you have been working with for months, is THE leading (insert specialty here) in the world!

Last Friday one of the NP’s on my floor set me up with an appointment to get my thumb checked. I went this morning, and within 20 minutes had an answer (sort of), 2 cortisone shorts in my wrist, and was headed to Occupational therapy for a new splint.

The verdict? Tendonitis or early onset arthritis (I played basketball and lacrosse in high school and broke my fingers and thumbs a few times).

The treatment? 2 stabs of cortisone:

Vampire wrist bites


and 3 weeks minimum in this jazzy little number:

well at least its pink?


I’m also typing with one hand at the moment, which is WAY more difficult than I expected!

On that note, I’m going to put off my planned post about my training program until tomorrow when *hopefully* the pain from the cortisone shot calms down a little.

Sorry for the rough pictures! Have a great night!

Has anyone else had a cortisone shot? How fast did it start working for you?

In case you missed it…

This weekend I

brought it back high school style and did some speedwork...


discovered a great new way to make Mush Free, Pie Free Apple Pie!

I hope everyone is having a great Monday! I’ll be back tomorrow with my 1/2 Marathon Training plan for Training Tuesday!

I’ll leave you off with a picture of the John Hancock ¬†Building and Storrow Drive that I took a while ago!

Storrow Drive


Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Mush Free Apple Pie and a Long Run

I woke up today, looked out the window, and was super excited that it was sunny out (unlike in Utah!)

I planned to do my long run for the week today and had crossed my fingers that it wasn’t going to be raining. When I checked the weather, I was a little shocked to see this:


64 degrees?? It is almost Thanksgiving, right? I just can’t get over how warm it still is. I’m not even remotely complaining since the high for tomorrow is 46!

The New Yorker and I made breakfast before heading out to run a few errands. He made French Toast:

French Toast

and I had cinnamon apple oatmeal that I made myself!

So good!

Last night The New Yorker and I were talking about apple pie. I asked him why he didn’t like it, and he said it was too mushy, and he didn’t like pie crust. I haven’t found pie crust that I can eat that doesn’t taste like cardboard, and I have been dying for some apple pie.

I decided to take the essentials of the apple pie, and create a pie free, gluten free, mush free “pie-less apple pie”. All I did was cut up some apples, and add cinnamon and sugar and mix them up. We had a delicious dessert, and the leftovers were perfect on my oatmeal this morning!

Leftover dessert

After a great breakfast we headed off to do those errands. While we were in Target I got a phone call from work asking if I could come in tonight to help out. We have been super busy lately, and frequently have been finding ourselves short staffed. Having been in this position only 2 days ago, I decided to go in to help out. We quickly finished our errands and headed home so I could go running and then go to sleep.

We walked in the door and found the cat cuddling with her toy octopus.. how cute..


I got changed really quick and headed out on my run. The weather was amazing, and I wore my Lulu crops and a T-shirt. It was so weird to have all the leaves changing and falling, and be running in a T-shirt!

I ran a little over 4 miles, and took my usual route on the Harborwalk. I LOVE running by the New England Aquarium because 2 of the exhibits can be seen from the outside. I visited my friends the harbor seals, and then ran by a Northern Fur Seal. They all looked so happy swimming around!

Otherwise I had a pretty uneventful run. My playlist is still new and interesting, and I was able to stick to only one break other than traffic lights. Even those were a minimum today, which was awesome!

I finished my 4.1 mile run in 39:36, which I was pretty happy with.

Not bad!

I’ve been checking out some resources about long runs in an attempt to figure out what I should be aiming for. I found this article from Runners World, this article from Jeff Galloway, and this article from

I’m still trying to figure out I want my time goals to be, and am hoping that my 5K on Thursday will give me a little more of an idea of how to plan for my half marathon and long runs.

I hit the shower, and started making my dinner for work tonight. I wanted to make sure I was going to get some sleep before heading in at 11, and I figured, worst case scenario I would sleep until 9:30 or 10:00 and then bolt out the door.

My salad consisted of spinach, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms, almonds, and a hard boiled egg.


I absolutely LOVE eating big salads, and this one is definitely big!

I didn’t get too much sleep which is OK, since I tend to run on coffee and adrenaline the first night I’m on. My only problem is that I had planned to run tomorrow during the day, and now I will be sleeping. Hopefully, I wake up in time to sneak it a run before work while it’s still light out!

Only 4 more days until the Thanksgiving 5k!

How do you plan your long runs? Is there a particular plan you like to follow?

Speed Work Saturday

The last time I went to a track to do something that resembled a speed workout was…uh…um…. shoot, maybe Freshman year of high school when I mistakenly thought I was destined to be a sprinter.¬†Since then, the only thing I’ve done in terms of a speed workout is sprinting between trees, or telephone poles, and usually the 2 closest ones I could find.

As part of my Half Marathon Training¬†I am throwing in speed work once a week. Tonight’s workout was 4×400. I dragged The New Yorker to the track with me to time, motivate, and for a lap, pace me.

The Track

My first lap I went out at full speed. I VERY quickly learned that I am not an Olympic sprinter, and slowed down to a “running through¬†molasses” speed before I hit 300 meters. That first lap was a decent time, and had I kept up the speed I started with, I might have had to change my racing plans!

Split 1

The next lap was a bit of a recovery for me. I was seeing stars and winded like an old lady, so I didn’t really put that much into it.

Slower... 1:58:33

For the third lap, The New Yorker decided to pace me in hopes of a 1:50 400m. We took off and at 300m I was huffing and puffing again. The New Yorker looked at me and said, “come on, you’ve got this, 100 left to go”. I picked it up a smidge and we ended with this:

1:50:01 - how perfect!

I was so impressed with him! He was a great motivator and an awesome pacer! I did feel like I was about to throw up all over the artificial turf, but with only one more 400m to go, I was determined to finish.

While we were in Hawaii on our honeymoon, The New Yorker went to a CrossFit class. He got a shirt there with the saying “All it takes, is all you’ve got”. I absolutely loved that saying, and have been repeating it to myself when a run gets tough.

Back to the track.

We had planned for me to take that last 400m in under 2:00:00. When I hit that 300m point, all I heard in my head was “All it takes is all you’ve got”. I picked up the pace and finished in 2:00:54.

Last lap!

While it wasn’t under 2:00:00, I was pumped that I didn’t hit 2:01:00.

It also established a good base so that for future speed work I know how to plan what pace I should be hitting.


I’m lucky enough to have a track nearby, and a wonderful husband who will time and pace me. I actually almost enjoyed the speed workout, and am looking forward to my next one.

Have you done any speed work recently? How do you motivate yourself on the track?