Friday Firsts

Today saw a number of FIRSTS – as is appropriate for the first Friday in 2009.

Today was much better than yesterday with one small exception – I woke up to more SNOW! But, I got out of bed & put on my running clothes anyway. I had coffee (yum) and made oatmeal. On the stove. With non quick cook oats. And it was good! I can’t do that meal on work days, because I often don’t eat breakfast until I get to work (I hit the gym earlier than I can make my body want food), and I don’t have a stove & dedicated fridge at work). But, it was the FIRST time I’d made stovetop oatmeal (although not likely the first time I’ve eaten stovetop oatmeal). And it was good.

But I foresee delicious oatmeal three days a week, at least. I made it with half water & half vanilla soymilk then stirred in some peanut butter & apple butter – and sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar. SO DELICIOUS!

After I had digested my breakfast & girded my loins, I headed out for my run. In order to get my 20 mile week, I needed to run 8 miles between today & tomorrow (since I did NOT run yesterday- and instead hit the elliptical for an hour instead). I had the vague goal that I would try for slightly more than half of the 8 miles – 4.5 or so.

That was some hard running. It was so beautiful out – the sun was shining, the sky was blue, the world was blanketed with snow. Snow, which covered the sidewalks. Snow, that made slush on the roads. Snow that was wet, wet, wet. And it was the FIRST time I’ve run six miles on a Friday. Ever in my life. In fact, Saturday/Sunday has always been long run days, and long runs have always been anything over 4 miles. So – my definitions of long are obviously changing – which is good, what with that upcoming marathon & everything.

I had to stop every mile to walk for a minute, running in the slush & ice & snow was hard on the ankles –I think I worked extra hard just maintaining my balance (which isn’t that good to begin with).

But – I ended up running six. (And my socks & shoes were soaked when I got home!) So – tomorrow, I’ll go for a quickie little 2 miler with the architect (I can always talk him into running with me when it’s 3 miles or less; much like he could talk me into cycling with him if it was under 20 miles).

And I feel good now, many hours later. I’m not taking the pain pills every day anymore – just on running days, and that seems to be working pretty well.

The rest of the day has been busy with errands. I took my shoes to a shore repair place. I returned the first dress I purchased for the holiday party that wasn’t. I picked up a couple of things at Target.

Oh, yeah – and I did this:

I donated one foot of hair to Lock of Love. It’s the FIRST time I’ve cut off a foot of hair. It’s the FIRST time I’ve cut my hair since 2007. It’s the FIRST time that my neck has been cold because of lack of hair.

As I’m writing this (in a bar, waiting for a friend – a bar without wireless, so I can’t upload until I’m home), the architect has not yet seen it, so I’m not sure if we’re divorced or not. Hopefully not. This is short. Possibly shorter than I’ve ever had it since I was 8 or something. It was scary. Very, very scary.

Tell me internets (and yes, I’m shamelessly trolling for compliments, likely not the FIRST time), do you like it?

Finally, I want to wish Carolina John & his wife best of luck on their FIRST half marathon tomorrow. I know that they’ll rock that thing!

34 responses to “Friday Firsts

  1. LOVE THE HAIR!!! It’s totally adorable and very flattering. Short hair is fun, and if your neck gets cold, you just wear a scarf! Hopefully the architect will like it – and you’ll get used to it – but after all, it’s only hair. It WILL grow back eventually!

  2. Look at you Gazelle runner!!! You look adorable..i really like your new hair very much!!

    And, your running is turning into like….well running!!! How amazing for you. I have not run in 3 days and i am waiting for a call from my friend to meet up this morning for a run. It is sunny and 31 degrees. Nice!!

    Have a great day friend!

  3. Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous! So chic! Nice work, lady! 🙂

  4. LOVE IT! Isn’t it amazing how in both of our nerdy before and after pictures, the after photo overall just looks so much more radiant and beautiful than the before photo–with our tired, old, rusty hair? I think this is no coincidence. The camera just *knew* to take a much more lovely picture since we were so much more beautiful.

    And SIX miles?! I am impressed, and in honor of friendly competition, slightly jealous! Good job!! Nice way to start the new year….real oatmeal (exactly the way I eat mine w/ peanut butter), AND a 6-miler. Karma alone should carry you through the rest of the year.

    • It might have helped if I’d actually brushed my hair in my “before” pic, too! But who wants to look better in the before? That’s no good.

  5. Your hair is the cutest!!!

  6. Well considering that is my hair cut too (except I have bangs) I think you look fantastic!! And good job donating the hair to locks of love. I’ve done that a few times in my life and it’s a great feeling. Also – I adore adding stuff to my oatmeal – right in line with you!

    • This is the 1st time I’ve donated my hair – I’ve never been brave enough before.

      I think the hair looks better on you. 🙂

  7. your hair is SOOOO cute! i was actually daydreaming about cutting my hair on my run this morning. i dont know if i can part with it but a cute bob like that could be soooo fun 🙂

    • The nice thing was that it dried super fast after my shower today (instead of the hours it took before),and I think I’ll save a fortune on shampoo/conditioner.

      I’m hoping I get used to it & it’s fun rather than scary soon.

  8. I love the haircut – so liberating!

    • Thank you! It’s weird not being able to put a pony tail in, though. I’m going to have to either always wear a hat when exercising or figure out a headband system that works.

  9. LOVE the haircut! It’s quite fetching. Too darn bad it leaves you with a cold neck. Oh well! Now you have a good excuse to shop for new hats/accessories. Unless you’re like me, and no excuse is necessary to shop.

    • Thank you! Unfortunately, I never need an excuse to shop – although I really need to NOT shop for awhile. Frugality is important, apparently, when one’s husband is unemployed.

  10. Holy crap!!! Look at your hair! It looks fantastic! You might want to borrow my blow dryer now =).

    Great job on the 6! I need to make sure I can keep up with you when we start training for San Diego.

    • I went to Target to buy a hair dryer yesterday – so now it’ll take me a little longer to get ready in the morning!

      I think you’ll be just fine – I’m more worried about keeping up with you when we actually start running together LONG distances.

  11. Ooooooooh Amy!! I LOVE it. What a great cut- your hair looks super shiny and healthy. Yay! I love short hair because it is fun to style and play with, but I am currently trying to grow mine back out. Good for you donating to Locks of Love.

    Great job on the run and have a great weekend. 🙂

    • Thank you…I have never had short hair, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with it (although it’ll be nice to not wear it up all the time).

  12. I think it is ADORABLE!!! and locks of love is SUCH a great reason to cut it off. Yay! 🙂

    • Thank you! I knew I wanted to get it cut quite a bit (although I hadn’t planned on QUITE this much), and thought that if I’m going to cut a lot off, someone should benefit, right?

  13. LOVING the hair!! I’ve donated mine three times now…it gets easier! The first time I did it I almost threw up when I left the salon, so I know how you feel. But knowing someone is actually going to use it to get through a tough time sure makes it worth it. Looks awesome! And just think, maybe you’ll run faster without the ponytail drag! 🙂

    • I also felt really nauseated when leaving the salon. And it was chilly – and my neck was cold.

      It is starting to grown on me (hee) a little, but I’m not sold on it yet.

      Maybe the lack of drag today was what made me faster 🙂 I was actually hoping to see a difference on the scale – my head certainly feels 5 pounds lighter! Alas, no such luck.

  14. I’m late to the party but I LOVE the new ‘do! And good on ya for the running too.

    • Thank you! I’m still working on liking it, but it’s definitely easier to shampoo, comb, dry, etc. And I am a pretty low-maintenance gal, so maybe this will work out.

  15. thank you, we did rock the half. I just got the report posted this morning because it was the first time my legs would let me go downstairs.

    And i like the haircut! certainly not divorceworthy. Locks is a great organization. It frames your face really well.

    • Thank you – your manly opinion means much, as I was becoming convinced that all men would hate it due to its shortness.

      Congrats again on the half mary.

  16. I love love love the ‘do… it’s awesome and it looks so cute on you. Luv it.. oh and by the way this morning I had a breakfast of bread with pumpkin butter on it… mmm mmm good.

    • Thank you! We are enjoying the CDs very much – and although I haven’t started the book yet, it is on my to-read shelf (the library books have to come first, as they get angry when I don’t return them on time).