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Time to Celebrate

Today is my MPH graduation day.

I know a lot of students don’t even go to their Master’s graduation. They figure they’ve been to their undergraduate ceremony, so why do they need to go to another? And I get that, especially as many of my classmates are in their 30′s. But for me, commemorating my MPH is so much more than just reflecting on two years of HARD work, it’s celebrating my complete transition to an adult.

I went into a Master’s program straight from undergrad. I moved from Michigan to Chicago (away from family) and had to start my life in a new city (granted I knew Ian and a handful of other people in the city). I really came into my own as I had to figure out what was important to me and what was not. I also ended up working a lot this past year and have had to learn to balance school, work, and free time.

It’s been a hectic two years but I have to think that I’ve grown and matured a lot :).

Last night Ian and I decided to start the celebration off with a mini date night. We have dinner plans with my family tonight so we kept dinner simple (and cheap!) and headed over to Flaco’s Tacos, a quick serve Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood.

I started with a glass of sangria (hey- we were celebrating!)

And we split some chips and salsa

I kept my meal on the lighter side and ordered two tilapia tacos.

They were okay, a little on the bland side with too much slaw filler, but overall not too shabby. I loved that the fish wasn’t fried and was seasoned nicely without being oily!

It was so nice out last night (after it cooled off) and we weren’t quite ready to head back to our super hot apartment so we ventured downtown to Sprinkles so Ian could pick up a cupcake. The ominous clouds must have spooked away the usual Sprinkles customers because we didn’t have to stand in a line for 15 minutes to get a cupcake. Woohoo! I debated grabbing one as well, but when I saw they didn’t carry vegan gluten-free cupcakes I decided not to. My stomach has been way too bizarre lately to risk it.

Luckily, as we were walking home we passed a Whole Foods and stopped inside so Ian could pick up some grapefruit. I just happened to walk past the bakery section when I saw this baby:

Chocolate peanut butter vegan and gluten free cupcake??? I was sold!

Even Sonic was interested in the cupcake once we brought it home…

I guess the furbaby takes after his mama ;)

After starting our laundry back at the apartment (the only not fun part of the night), Ian and I dug into our cupcakes.

A banana cupcake for him:

And a chocolate peanut butter cupcake for her:


We spent the rest of the night watching t.v. and sweating on the couch. Property management, please turn on the AC!

It was so hot that we had to sleep with the fan on which is never a good thing for Sonic. He appreciates the cool air but is terrified of the fan! As a result, he sleeps at the top of my pillow (between my head and the wall) so he is as far away from the fan as possible. Also, whenever we turn the fan on, he attacks my head during the night. I’m not sure if its because he’s scared and wants to wake me up or if he’s just not used to being so close to my hair but he will actually grab pieces of my hair in his mouth and pull them out of my pony tail. Then he starts to clean the piece of hair. What a weird furbaby…

Case in point, I went to bed with a normal ponytail and woke up like this:

Attractive right?

Anyway, I woke up early to get a run in before it got too warm and knocked out four miles. When I got home I did the advanced core workout from Advanced Marathoning.

I’m relaxing around the apartment this morning and then grabbing lunch with my mom once she gets into town. The festivities begin this afternoon!

Happy Friday :)

Almost Wordless Thursday

First I want to thank all of you for your comments on my last post! I somehow managed to survive my capstone presentation and today have my second of three presentations this week. I’m sure you’re jealous ;).

Also, I’ve had two pain-free and hamstring-spasm free runs this week! Yesterday I completed a strong 5 miles and today another good 3. I’ve missed feeling good after a run! Fingers crossed that my hamstring continues to heal!

Lastly, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my RnR race bib giveaway (half OR full marathon). The giveaway closes Friday evening, so make sure to enter before then!

I’m off to tackle another busy day. By this time next week I’ll be all done with school! Have a wonderful Thursday!

Friday Things

1) I need to remember that I am no longer 21 (and slowly approaching old lady status). Going out for a late (9 p.m.) dinner and drink on Thursday night and then getting up early (5:15 a.m.) on Friday is not as easy as it once was. Hence the “Friday Things”, my mind is too tired to write a proper post.

2) A side salad and fried pickles do not make for a good or healthy dinner.

3) I have to give a presentation today, it’s like my 100th this semester. In the next four weeks I’ll have to give at least 4 more.

4) A cottage cheese parfait made it back into the breakfast rotation this morning. Today’s had cottage cheese (duh), fig jam, banana, raw oats, walnuts, TJ’s gluten-free granola, and sunflower butter. It was pretty amazing.

5) Speaking of food, yesterday I made Ian a smoothie with banana, milk, vanilla chobani, cinnamon, and cookie butter (there may have been a crumbled cookie in there as well- his request). It tasted like liquid banana bread. Unfortunately I have no idea of how much of each ingredient I used so I can’t post the recipe on the blog.

6) I am so sick of the elliptial, please heal fast hamstring.

7) I have class and work today, but I know many of you have the day off. Enjoy it :)

8) Sonic is doing much better, he actually sat on the desk near the window. Baby steps.

9) I don’t care what your political views are, this site is pretty funny (back story found here).

10) In one week I leave for Boston!!

Do you have the day off? If so, are you doing anything fun?

Boston Marathon: The Run That Wasn’t

If you’ve been reading this past week, you know that I’m having some heel problems and that I decided to take some time off from running and skip my 13 miler today. I have 20 on my training plan for next Sunday and really don’t want to do it in pain so I’m taking every precaution that I can!

I headed to the gym this morning fully intending to swim and then go to a cycling class. While I was in the pool I kept thinking to myself how much I enjoy swimming but I really really miss running. I eventually came to the conclusion that I don’t want to be “to blame” for my ankle not healing, and going to a spinning class today just wasn’t worth it. I love spinning but I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize my recovery.

I ended up swimming for distance (as opposed to intervals) and made it a mile before I called it quits. I guess I’m lucky I have access to a pool, but I really would have loved to have been out running this morning!

And with that another weekend is over, isn’t it sad how fast they go by!

The couch, the ice pack, and t.v. are calling my name, have a great night guys!

What’s your favorite way to cross-train or exercise?