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Happy National Running day!

I had a fun photoshoot with the ladies of Autumn’s family this week. While I absolutely love (no pun intended) shooting wedding photos, there is something special about doing family shoots, especially when they’re generational, like these.

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Tuesday was a monumental day in Wisconsin history. I guess it was a monumental day in American history, since our Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, was the first governor in our nation’s history to retain his position after a recall election. This election was hard on Wisconsin citizens- there were a lot of polarizing issues and as a result, neighbors are fighting with neighbors and families are fighting amongst themselves. The final result was 53.1% to 46.3%, and that means that a lot of people are feeling betrayed by their friends, no matter what side they are on.

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I voted. And this is not a political blog, so that’s all I have to say about that. πŸ™‚
Brian and I made a delicious dinner last night. It was so good that we recreated it tonight!

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Butter lettuce cups with grilled chicken, shredded carrots, sprouts, red onions, tomatoes, sliced almonds, and homemade balsamic vinegar dressing.
After dinner tonight, Brian and I headed out for a short run to celebrate National Running day.

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The ducks were out, but in a different neighbor’s yard.

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I really love living so close to the water. We ran through the park, and realized that it’s city band night! Thanks for the tunes, musician friends.

20120606-212154.jpgIt was an enjoyable 3.25 miles, and that’s the farthest Brian has ever run before! Congratulations, honey.

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As we were stretching out, I had a great idea for a photo shoot. Yoga with Pups. I can see it now! Abbie has mastered downward dog, but she only does it when stretching, and not on command. Child’s Pose, however…

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…and Misty is a pro at Cow Pose.

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If only I could teach her to do Cat Pose: she’d be more balanced! πŸ˜€
We’re sitting down, eating our newest favorite snack.

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Brian saw this on TV the other day while channel surfing. It was on “The Doctors,” which I don’t watch because I feel like it’s just, I don’t know. Stupid. Anyway- this is air popped popcorn with chopped walnuts, banana chips, and a drizzle of agave. Whole grains, carbs, protein, and healthy fats. Win-win! I threw some chocolate chunks in Brian’s bowl, just to make it extra dessert-like.
I’m looking forward to this summer- my new summer schedule is busy, but pretty darn amazing.

Miles this year: 331.5

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A busy week of photos and recovery!

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Hi!
How are things over in your world, friends? Things are going well over here. I’m in the middle of a busy week! After the 1/2 marathon on Sunday, I took a day off to rest, and started some recovery runs this week. I’ve been a sore lady! On Tuesday, I ran three miles indoors and did 45 minutes on the elliptical machine. I spent quite a while talking to the Cybex rep at my gym; he was supervising the maintenance staff as they assembled our new piece of equipment- I think it’s called an Arc Trainer. Here’s a blurry photo of the guys assembling it, from my perspective on the elliptical next to them. πŸ™‚

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I also stopped over at Christian’s Bistro to get a few shots of Michael, the executive sous chef. He is featured in the May SCENE as the subject of the Frugal Foodies column.

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His knife tattoos used to scare the crap out of me, but then I found out that he’s a cool, nice guy who just happens to have knife tattoos. At least he’s a chef, and not a serial killer. LOL.
Tuesday night, one of my BFFs, Amy, came to town for dinner.

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Isn’t she the cutest? She showed up in a surprise- she got a new car!

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What a sweet ride. As we cruised to dinner, I had flashbacks to when she was 16 and I was 15, and she’d drive us to school together in her sweet Contour. πŸ™‚ We went for sushi at Matsu Ya. Gosh, I love that place!

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Our post-dinner plans included Belts, red wine, and a new-to-us episode of True Blood.

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I started off today’s errands with a photo shoot over at Adventure 212.

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I really DO feel like I live there! I was working with two adorable ladies today.

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I got in a quick run and I was able to try out that new equipment. I like that new thing! It was different than anything else I’ve tried, and I felt like I got a good workout in on it. I’m looking forward to using it more! On my way out of the gym, I stopped in at Wally’s (amazing chiropractor) office to catch up with my coworker-turned-coffee-friend-turned-wedding-day-personal-attendant, Jessie. She’s his office assistant on Wednesdays. How cute is she?!

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I stopped over at Walgreens on the way home to pick up my thyroid medication. I have to go every month- it would be much easier if I could get a 90-day prescription! Every time I go, I think about how I have to take those pills every day for the rest of my life or I’ll die. I looked in the mirror of my car visor at my scar and and thought about how good it looks. I took a picture, and you can hardly even see it. I’m so blessed that I had such a good surgeon who made my scar very small.

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Luckily, I had an afternoon coffee date with my sole sisters Kim and Nancy.

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We talked about Nancy’s race in Boston, and my race in Oshkosh, and plans for our future races. I am SO PROUD of Nancy’s strategy to run through the heat- she arrived healthy (though dehydrated) and smiling at the finish line, and many runners were not as “lucky.” One of the lessons that I’ve learned is that one shouldn’t underestimate the marathon. Though I get “better” and certainly more experienced every time, it is still a challenge, no matter how prepared I am. Nancy and Kim are so good at keeping my mind focused on the important things in my running life. It was nice to talk through my plans for the next four races (in seven weeks!) and solidify my pace goals. I was a little down after my placement in Oshkosh, though I gained new perspective since then. First of all, I discovered that my field actually contained 29 brave women. Ninth out of 29? I’ll take that. Second, I saw the amazing Gladys Knight on Jimmy Kimmel last night after she’d been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars. She said something that really resonated with me.

“It wasn’t so much about getting the trophy. It was about standing up and saying, ‘we can live our dreams, if we just give it a shot.'”

You know, I’m living my dreams right now. And that’s pretty darn awesome, isn’t it? I have to remember to focus on the moment- on my own accomplishments- and not get hung up on competition with other folks.
When I got home from our coffee date, Brian and I ran outside to the park for a few “self-portraits.” It was way overdue, and our website needs some new photos of us, stat. The last time I met with a new client, she didn’t recognize me because our photos on the website are so old. That’s just ridiculous, isn’t it?! We’re in the photo business. How hard can a self-portrait be? Here’s the result from tonight’s shoot with minor editing…I left the bags under my eyes so everyone knows what a starving, exhausted artist I am, haha.

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We did good. πŸ˜€
Good night, friends!

Miles this year: 216.3

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Yoga, fitness photos, and more dancing :)

Yoga is awesome.
I’ve been doing yoga for almost a decade now. For a few months, I’ll be really into it and practicing regularly, then for a few months, I let it slip by the wayside. This year, I’ve made it my goal to include more yoga in my weekly routine, because it forces me to focus on my own body, my own capabilities, and I strongly feel that yoga helps me avoid running injuries. One of the most amazing things about yoga is the self-awareness that it brings to my normal fitness routine. For a while now, I’ve been focusing on a progression that leads to Pincha Mayurasana. While Brian and I were at an after-hours gym shoot on Tuesday, we played around in the mind and body studio and came up with this incredible shot.

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I am so proud of being able to bring myself into that pose and I’m amazed at what I can do. Looking at that photo brings me a super cool feeling of being equally proud of myself for being the subject, and of my husband, for being the awesome photog that he is.
Here’s a few photos of the beautiful woman who teaches yoga at my gym, Karen. πŸ™‚

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to volunteer up at the health care center in Wausau. They are having their “prom” on Friday, and we wanted to help the staff make it a memorable event. Dale and I, along with a few of our students, taught a few mini-lessons on foxtrot, waltz, and swing to the staff. We also did demos for the residents: waltz, foxtrot, a swing style medley, cha cha, and Viennese waltz. The icing on the cake was being able to dance with the residents. We pushed a few of them around in their wheelchairs, and held their hands and moved to the best. I got to dance with a 91-year old man! His smile was so big, it warmed my heart.

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I started out my morning over at Adventure 212. Sometimes I feel like I live there!!
I’ve been doing a bunch of fitness and food photos for them lately, and I have a great time. Here’s a few shots from my recent work over there.

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This is Michelle and Sarah- I just had to grab a quick photo of them before they left for their ride. How cute are they?!

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After finishing up today’s shoot, I ran a couple miles and did 20 minutes on the elliptical in preparation for my calf massage. I’ve been having a rough time with my calves this week- they’ve been very sensitive, tight, and they have the tendency to cramp up when under any pressure. Tom at 212 is my sports massage guy, and he knows his stuff. I prepared myself for a little relaxation and a lot of pain.

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He helped me out with those calves, and gave me some suggestions as far as heat and stretching to prepare for Sunday’s race.
After I showered, I noticed that I couldn’t get the ends of my hair apart. Those split ends just locked on to each other and became one curly, nasty mess. :-/ I looked in my calendar and realized that I haven’t gotten a haircut since October. Ridiculous, I know. I called my stylist to see how long it would be until I could get an appointment… And she had a cancellation, so I drove right over there after my massage for a haircut. I have incredible luck!
I was so overdue for a haircut that the bottom couple inches of my hair were dried and splitting, and my bangs almost reached my chin. :-/

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Luckily, Tammy over at Trendsetters Act II made quick work of my mop and I ended up with a shorter (and curly-er, if that’s possible!) hair style. I love it!

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A quick stop at the co-op on the way home to pick up some basics- spinach, soup, and coconut- and I was on my way home. It was great to catch up with my favorite co-op brothers, Noah and Luke.

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Brian wins the husband-of-the-day award by cooking a delicious dinner of spaghetti with chicken. He even made homemade sauce! Bless his heart.

Miles this year: 197.2

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A fever, a mullet, and a postcard from Florida.

What’s up, guys? I had a great day yesterday.
I started my morning with another photo shoot over at Adventure 212. A combination of fitness shots, the daycare area, and of course, more food!

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I love my photo shoots over there. I end up with breakfast (the yogurt parfait), lunch (the chicken wrap), and coffee! πŸ™‚

I ran home to backup my photos and do some quick editing before heading over to Mattias’ house for a photo shoot with the cutest 16-month old ever.

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Don’t you agree? He was so cute and such a little character. Mattias’ uncle is my friend, Danny Mitchell, so he was there and we got to catch up a little bit. πŸ˜€

After that photo shoot, I stopped over at Point Embroidery. I love those guys! Craig and Rick are a lot of fun, and I love supporting them with my business. I was double checking on our t-shirts for “Running for Rachael”… As word has spread about our cause, the Fox station in Madison heard about us. They are going to run a story about it, and want to interview us! I wanted to see if we could get our shirts in time for the interview. Luckily, they’ll be ready πŸ™‚

Speaking of Running for Rachael… Here is my site. I hate asking for money, even for a good cause- but if you would donate a few dollars to help our cause, I would greatly appreciate it. Seriously. <;3 you all.

A great run (and awesome stretch session!) later, and I came home to make dinner for my mullet-sporting husband.

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I really need to give that guy a haircut. Anywho, after dinner, I just wanted to lay around. That cold that I’ve been fighting reared its ugly head! I grabbed the thermometer to check my temp… 97.7. WTF? Of course, I was convinced that my thermometer must be broken, because I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. So I had Brian take his temperature… 95.9! Clearly, if my math skills are correct, that gave me a temp of 100+. No wonder.

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Despite my shirt, I was no laughologist last night. In fact, when a big gust of wind blew open the back door, I screamed and burst into spontaneous tears. I know, a big, sick, crying, whiny Heidi is the best. Wish you were here! 😦

When I woke up this morning, the mailman had a wonderful surprise for me from a Starbucks regular- Frank! He heads south for the winter, and sent me a postcard.

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I miss the coffee, but it’s my customers that I miss the most. <;;3

Miles this year: 150

PS: RIP Suunto Lumi strap. Again. I don't know if i can replace you for a fourth time. It’s time to look for a new watch, no pun intended. Grr.

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C’est FranΓ§ais, Monsieur!

Brian is hilarious. Yesterday, we were in a discussion about tulle. Well- I was in a discussion, haha. I was blabbering on about ball dresses, and Brian was half listening. πŸ˜€ I asked Brian to spell tulle, and he said, “T-H-U-L-E.” I giggled, and told him Thule was was rack system. He asked for the language of origin, and I said, “C’est FranΓ§ais, Monsieur.” Brian’s response? “FranΓ§ais, Monsieur.” hahaha. Get it? C’est sounds like “say.” πŸ˜€
In other news, I had more food photo shoots this week. Steak, anyone? Yummmmm.

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Brian and I started Operation: Clean Up Backyard. We’re moving our shed to the back corner of our property, and putting in a little patio area where the shed is now. I’m so excited! We started by cleaning out the back corner- it was full of years of leaves, old Christmas trees, and brush. There was also some garbage from the previous owners, a few stray shingles from last year’s windstorm, and a bunch of random lava rocks. I did a lot of the raking as Brian dug out about 10 trees that had planted themselves a few years ago. I transplanted a bunch of day lilies to our big flower bed, too. After four trips to the yard waste drop off site, we had a clean slate to work with. We started raking the ground to be level, and put in four pavers to support the corners of the shed. We’re hoping to move the shed tomorrow, with the help of some of our guy friends.
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After:

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I had a great long run today. I woke up to Brian brewing me a pot of coffee, and he stopped at the store on the way home to pick up two kinds of Jolly Ranchers!

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It was raining when I woke up, so I delayed my run a little bit so I could start out with dry feet. I fueled with chomps, Swedish Fish, and Jolly Ranchers today. My friends over at Starbucks filled up my water for me at mile 9. There’s nothing as crazy as walking into a coffeeshop all sweaty just to get water. πŸ™‚ Special thanks to those guys! I was feeling a little on the slow side, but that’s the point of a LSD. I turned around out in Crossroads Commons- halfway through, I was in good spirits!

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There are just two sizable hills on my route today- the hill on 10 by Iverson and the hill on Brilowski over the train tracks.

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It was indeed, a LSD, but I feel good, still energetic, and not completely wasted. I’ll take it! πŸ™‚

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Miles this year: 138

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Hello, UP!

What a whirlwind week over here.
One of my favorite “guilty pleasure” running bloggers, Skinny Runner, posted my story about Rachael. I wrote up a little thing about how running can help overcome hard times and depression, and SR thought it was a worthy thing to share with her readers. As a result, I ended up with 1,400 extra readers on my blog this week. Hello, visitors! πŸ˜€
I had a super fun long run with Kim on Thursday.

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She joined me for the first nine, and I finished up with five more. The run ended up being pretty quick for me on such a windy day! I had windburnt cheeks after that run. 😦

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Brian and I got up early this morning and headed up to Marquette, MI for the UP Builders Show. We’re running the booth for our good friends, Kristi and Jon at The Almond Tree.
It was a loooooooong drive in the car.

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Hey! Welcome to Michigan!!!

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The UP is really beautiful this time of year! I loved all the snow on the trees, looking at all the drifts, and the HUGE rocks.

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Off I go… The “builders” will be arriving soon, and I hope they’re hungry! πŸ˜€

Miles this year: 100.5

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