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I’m back in it and Week 5 of half marathon training

My new Altra Torin 2.5 and Under Armor tights. Aren’t they pretty?

I’m back into the swing of things and just in time to get ahead of my half marathon training plan.

This weekend I introduced a new pair of Altra Torin 2.5 running shoes to my lineup.

I previously ran in Brooks PureFlow 2s for the past four years. I owned two pairs that I rotated. I know, a bit old and worn out.

Last fall, I purchased the Brooks Glycerin 13 post-partum. They were great coming back after pregnancy, but now they are a bit too cumbersome and clunky for my desires. I always feel pushed to get cushioned shoes after pregnancy, as I always end up far too bulky and uncomfortable as I add running back in.

This fall, I looked at the Brooks line and tried many a pair I returned to Zappos. They were all far more narrow than previous versions. I was highly disappointed and with this new longer distance plan I needed to find at least one new pair soon.

So, I started a search for a different zero-drop cushioned shoe. Continue reading…


I’m not a failure despite failing at many things: Week 4 of marathon errr half marathon training

Before I get into my training from last week, here’s a few accomplishments I’ve had over the Thanksgiving weekend.

I completed my baby guy’s crochet animal hats, plus several more for gifts. The Monkey now has his special sock monkey hat!

The Crab has a fun little monster. I hope to eventually find a crab pattern I like and will whip him up a crab hat in the future!

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DIY Opening a Wall doesn’t have to be costly

I mentioned the other day that we opened the wall to our kitchen. It’s been a decision I am so very pleased with, but Chris was adamant against for two years before I convinced him to do it. After trying to hang shelves on that side wall for the second time unsuccessfully, I said either open it up, or I’ll do it myself. I’m a tough project manager to deal with. And this project cost $0 and just time.

We didn’t want to have to rerun electricity and the thermostat on the opposite side of the wall, plus a vent, so that’s why we made a window vs. opening it completely. Continue reading…

No New Clothes for a Year: COMPLETE!

On this, the biggest shopping day of the year, I thought I’d update you on my “No New Clothes Buying” experience. The year is complete, as I stopped buying clothing for myself primarily over a year ago this season.

I’ve made it through an entire year not buying any new clothes!

Check out the February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September recaps.

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