Ladies Weekend

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So this post should have been done weeks ago, but being summer, I’ve been slacking a bit. Forgive me. I promise I’ll start cooking again once it cools down and I can handle standing next to the stove.

To back up, my bestie from high school and I planned a ladies weekend getaway and bless her heart, she decided to go along with anything I threw at her. Including a 5K that raised money for Dana Farber. This is half of my summer goal of doing four 5Ks and it was the same 5K I ran last summer, but this year I kicked it up a notch, shaving off 45 seconds on my average mile per minute. Yup! You read that right.

Even after the race both of us were smiles. She’s such a doll for doing this with me.

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It probably didn’t hurt that we planned a massage, manicure, and a pedicure immediately following our run. Gotta say, it helps get you to the finish line faster knowing there’s a treat at the end. So what I’m getting out of this is that for the next two 5Ks I’m running this summer, I better plan a treat for the end. All I know is that I’m making white tutus for the next one for the group of us that are running the Color Run in September. Can’t wait!

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Hula Hooping, My New Best Friend?

It’s a little hard to admit, but I’ve started something that only children and circus performers do for fun. Or at least I thought until one of my friends told me she watches TV while doing it for hours on end. (I’m still a bit skeptical about that, though.)

It’s hula hooping.

There, I said it. Now the whole world knows it. I have purchased a hula hoop and spent hours figuring out how to keep it up on my hips while I watch episodes of Sex and the City. (I like to think I”m a Carrie, but that’s a blog post for another day.) It started by watching many, many, many Youtube videos. See exhibit A:

I have to say, it’s not as easy as it seems at first, but once I got the hang of it, I couldn’t stop. It’s silly, but after about 15 minutes, my abs start to feel it and so do my hips. I’m not saying I’m burning a crazy amount of calories, but it’s better than sitting on my floor munching on cookies while watching TV.

If I wasn’t embarrassed to be seen on video, I’d show off my skills.