Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Apple Picking

But I am so enthralled...
O New England...
La da dum da...

  
O New England...
La da dum dum...

{The Decembrists - O New England}

It's not autumn in New England until you've gone apple picking...so welcome fall!

I drove out to Honey Pot Hill, my favorite orchard, and was amazed at how full the trees were with apples. 

The weather was perfect: a crisp fall day. I wandered the rows of trees looking for the perfect apples. 

I came away with a bushel of Macintosh, Cortland, Macoun, and Empire apples. Plus some Bosc pears for good measure. 

There is really nothing better than a fresh apple, especially one you've picked yourself. Now I can enjoy the big batch of apple sauce and juicy apples as the fall weather really kicks into gear!


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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 42

The Good:
Race photos are in! Love seeing myself running and that smile at the end! The running shot is from around mile 9.5 - looking good!

The Random:
Had a good chuckle over this while apple picking the other day!

The Fun:
We started our geography unit! The kids are loving the activities and learning so far and it's fun for me to be teaching one of my favorite units.





 
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Pinecone and Purple

Crunch:
 The crunch of leaves and pinecones is now filling the air!

Skyline:
 Makes my heart skip a beat every time.

Orange:
Orange mums are my favorite!

Vibrant:
I love how vibrant the hydrangeas get as fall begins!

Trip:
A trip to my neighborhood movie theater to see "Battle of the Sexes" - loved it!


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Friday, October 13, 2017

October Randoms v. 1

 sunrise watching...shabbat shalom...tranquil water
white pumpkins...spitting turtle...moose crossing
blue hour...new toms...yellow glass
 reading friends...etrog season...mini pumpkins
full moon...goose berries...boston skyline
chasing unicorns...flat tamar...race ready
half finisher...new medal...latest bling
tomato grid...minimal bowl...pine cone
vibrant hydrangea...canoodling carrots...apple picking


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

52 Frames. Year 2. Part 6.

Still just loving this community and how it's pushed my photography!

Week 36: Unexplored
Week 37: Choose A Color
Week 38: Water
**chosen for 52 picks**
Week 39: Abstract
**chosen for 52 Picks**
Week 40: Blue Hour
Week 41: Food Photography


   

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BAA Half Marathon 2017

There's nothing holding me back...
There's nothing holding me back...

{There's Nothing Holding Me Back -- Shawn Mendes}

So...that was AMAZING.

Half-marathon number two is in the books.

After 12 weeks of training I knew I was ready. I woke up in a great mind set (with a natural dose of jitters). I had a goal and hoped I'd achieve it, but told myself it was about running and finishing strong - nothing else.

Last year I had to contend with a torrential downpour...this year warm-ish and muggy, but I just focused on the goal and refused to let that get to me!

I've found that every race I run I detest mile 1...I just need time to find my groove and low and behold by mile 2 I was in a good place - pace, mind set, breathing. Then he miles really went by quickly. Jenny was there cheering me on around 4.75 miles in and my mom was at mile 5. It was great to see friendly faces in the crowd as the heat began to wear me down(and get a new water bottle from my mom).

I adjusted my nutrition plan around mile 6.5 when I felt myself dehydrating in the heat. I caught it early and recovered without any effects. By mile 8 I knew I was doing it and really let myself just run and have fun.

In general it was just great to have a crowd this year! Last year it was so wet there were stretches where it was just wet and alone. You train and train alone, and there is something rewarding to hearing people cheer your name and say "you've got this."

Miles 9-11 were FAST. The caffeine in my Clif gel kicked in and I felt like I could just go and go and go. Of course...it began to rain around 10.5 miles in. I just laughed. It felt good to cool off, but clearly I need to do half marathons in the rain!

At mile 12 as we entered the zoo I just took off. I let whatever was left in my tank just power me through. As I approached the stadium I realized how hard I was pushing. But I didn't let up. I entered the stadium...saw mom in the stands and crossed that finish line with a HUGE smile on my face (and yes...in the rain!).

Since I completed the distance medley this year - 5k, 10k, and the half there were two medals waiting for me! Never been so proud to have that hardware around my neck.

Official time was 2:07:35. 14 minutes faster than last year!! 330/880 in my age division. 1324/3360 out of the female field. 3117/6331 overall. This brought my racing year to a close. 4 races. Tons of hard work, but so so so so worth it.

We shall see what is next!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 41

Well! I ran my 2nd half-marathon yesterday! Full recap tomorrow (still processing and coming off my race high) so today it's a mishmash Good.Random.Fun. as I look back on my 12 weeks of training!

This training cycle has been my best yet. I didn't need to skip a single run. Did some small schedule tweaks as trips/weather arose, but every run on the planning calendar was crushed.

I only had one bought of training fatigue and an epic run the following day helped me over that hump quickly.

This go around, I focused on the goal and really didn't worry about pace or mileage. I just ran. I saw parts of the city I haven't seen before. Saw chickens, turkeys, flamingoes, and ducks. Ran hills. Ran for donuts. Ran with friends. Tried new group runs. Ran in Boston, White Plains, and Washington D.C. I ran in the dark, in the mist, in the rain, inside, in the muggy summer heat, and in the early crisp fall temps.

In 12 weeks I covered 262 miles. All for my goal of an epic 13.1 mile race.

The last 12 weeks have been a mix of good, random, and fun runs (plus the usual why do I do this). Chasing unicorns all the way!


   

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