Disapproving Bun

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thurmmie “Tan Tan” Morrison

Your dissertation books are taking over my napping spot. And how about you pick a useful different topic, maybe “Bun Chores”, or “How to make a perfect carrotini”??

– Thank you Shannon!

PS: Shannon is an avid runner and started a very interesting initiative: Run For The Buns. Find out more at
Www.runforthebuns.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/runforbuns

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M3S Holiday Run and 2015 Goals

Holiday Run

Any time I participate or pace one of the M3S Sports races I leave the event excited and happy I went. David Babner and his crew have really nailed the race experience. Some events can be a little pricey for my budget, but that is par for the course for most events of a similar size and distance.  Not sure I would hold this against M3S as they are trying to bring a great event to the community and operate as a business.

On Sunday December 13, 2014 I ran the Holiday Run which was a 4 miler out at Sharon Woods in Westerville Ohio. I was an alternate pacer that day, meaning if someone was injured or sick I would be called to duty. This was not one of those days. Since I was not needed as a pacer and this would be my last running event of 2014, I decided to run and race as hard as I could.
This is a great scenic course. It is held in one of the metro parks around the Columbus Metro area. There are several hills of ‘significance’ during the race. Just little bumps to wake you up and make sure you are paying attention. Peaceful woods and a course of around 300 folks and mild temperatures made for an awesome day. I finished in 40:42 or a 10:11 pace.

The race finish line had a cute snowflake medal, hot chocolate, cookies and bagels. The race shirt was a long sleeve tech that looked like Santa’s suit and a Santa hat. Overall, two thumbs WAY UP. If you want to run next year, sign up early as this race sells out every year.

With that being my last race of 2014 I started thinking about my 2015 goals and what I would like to see this time next year and this is what I came up with:
1) Finish, Defend and graduate from my PhD program
2) Lose those 25 pounds
3) Run 100 miles a month for 1,200 for the year
4) Participate in 40 running events, these can be at 5k distance or longer

The first two are goals that I believe I can meet over the next several months. With the weight loss, I am shooting for the 25 pounds to be lost by my birthday in March and my dissertation I believe I can finish next semester if I keep pushing myself HARD. The other two I will spread out throughout the year.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and let me know if you have your goals ready for 2015 yet!

Dress Shopping is For the Birds

Sigh. Yards of sequins and silky fabric and all I could think of was that this was going to be a disaster. Maybe I don’t HAVE to go to this holiday party-yes, I have to go to this holiday party. Dress shopping is on a level with swimsuit shopping and I am not even in the store today. My mother did me a favor, she has great taste and she brought them home for me to look at. And honestly, that was all I could do was look.

It was one of those moments where I finally put two and two together and realized that I had let things get out of hand. I had seen the pictures, stepped on the scale….but now I was trying on a dress.

2014 was a great year for me. I accomplished so many things with running and I finally got my dissertation on track, but 2015 needed to be different. I am not much for setting New Year’s Resolutions, mostly because they seem silly. I’ve learned that waiting until the beginning of a new year is a silly reason to set a goal. Life is short, set the goal now and go for it!
I had some ideas rolling around in my head of what I wanted to do with my running. As DH likes to tease me, I have multiple running goals going on at the same time. In my mind they work together and aren’t really separate goals. Case in point, 50 marathons in 50 states can be a part of running 15 marathons in 2015. One does not exclude the other.
Yet, as I stared at these sparkly, shiny ‘dresses’ in front of me….I knew something else had to take priority.

Being a PhD student and working full time has really been tough for me. I am trying not to whine because it could always be worse, or harder, but it still hasn’t been easy. One of the side effects is binge eating lots of junk food and fast food (ok, admittedly that is an excuse), but you get where I am going.

I am 25 pounds overweight. These are not just cosmetic pounds, these are actual pounds. I need to lose this weight. It makes running very hard, joints and muscles hurt. It makes finding a dress hard, and, I am going to keep it real, I love pretty clothes.
I am that girl who watches the Biggest Loser while eating a bag of chips.
Last night I jokingly told DH that Bert and I were “Chubby Bunnies.” Hence The Chubby Bunneh Chronicles were born. In 2015, I am going to blog about my weight loss journey. I figure if folks can go on national TV then I can write about it and hopefully people will hold me accountable.

My goal is to focus on eating healthier and defending my dissertation. I would like to lose the 25 pounds by my birthday on March 28, 2015. That is around 2 pounds a week with a little wiggle room.

Focusing on getting me healthy will help with my dissertation too. A fast food brain is not one that writes well.

I hope you will follow along and help me through this journey.

Reflecting on 2014

2014 is coming to a close. With the holiday season comes reflections on the year and what I have and have not accomplished. The thing is I did not have any really high hopes or grand ambitions for 2014. Those who I have run with for a long time know that my tendency is to sign up for races and events and never finish them. I am a big thinker who has difficulty with the follow through. That has been my modus operandi for as long as I can remember.

But that is NOT what happened in 2014. And damn if I am not proud. I had a kick butt year and I am thrilled with all that I accomplished. Here is the highlights reel of 2014:
1) I will hit 1,000 running miles for the year. Barring that I break my foot or face some incredible illness (knock on wood), I will close out 2014 having logged 1,000 miles. For the record, since I started running, I record about half that number. I DOUBLED MY MILES IN ONE YEAR!
2) I will have run 19 running events this year from 5k’s to ultras.
3) I raised $3,000 for one of my favorite rescue groups and completed the 100k distance in the process!
4) My dissertation topic was clarified and I am well on my way to completing this bad boy!
5) I finally made it into the marathon maniacs and half fanatics club!
6) I was a pace group leader for four major running events around Columbus Ohio.

Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the way that 2014 has shaped up and I still have a couple more running events for the year. I am eager to make plans for 2015 and those are beginning to take shape in my mind; the biggest one being that I get to graduate with my PhD, but I am also contemplating what I want my running schedule to look like.
Either way, I am truly blessed and grateful for having had such an excellent year and I cannot WAIT to see what happens in 2015!