Exciting News!!

Good morning everyone! I hope your Tuesday is off to a swell start. Mine definitely started off on the right foot- I bounded out of bed at 6 AM (okay, dragged ass is more like it, work with me) to hit the gym for a 5k tempo run. I warmed up for a quarter mile at 5.5, then upped it to a 9:40/mile pace until 2.8 miles, where I finished the remaining .3 miles at 8:00/mile pace. Total time for the 3.1 miles: 29:40. Yesssss. I am definitely going to meet my goal of completing a 5k (race) in under 30 minutes!

In all of my excitement, I forgot to grab my pre-packed lunch AND dinner that I put out on the counter. I won’t even be able to salvage it! I made a huge batch of my shrimp/whole wheat penne/creamy nutmeg concoction on Sunday to have for lunch and dinner on the run. I am volunteering tonight so I wanted to be frugal and meal plan ahead- I have savings goals in mind! I also won’t get to enjoy my eggplant/roasted red pepper/goat cheese/tapenade on foccacia for lunch. Boo! Ah, sometimes even the best laid plans can’t help you. Do you meal plan? If so, what’s your strategy? The good news is that my favorite cafe has my favorite sandwich as their special today- turkey and cheddar with sliced apples and a maple glaze. I’ll get over forgetting my food 🙂

Speaking of saving, for eight months out of the year last year I tracked my finances to the last penny using pearbudget. I cannot say enough good things about pearbudget! It essentially is a budgeting program where you set the budget, input your daily expenses and track what you are doing. There are monthly analyses/charts/all that good stuff. It might seem a little anal to some but it really helps to keep me accountable to my savings goals. Their customer service is top rate. A few weeks ago I emailed pearbudget to let them know that although I loved their service, I was no longer tracking my finances, and would they be willing to refund me my $30 (my subscription renewed automatically after a year)? Charlie from Pearbudget emailed me back less than ten minutes later letting me know that my account had been refunded. Then, a few days ago I decided that I was going to start tracking my finances again as of March 1. I emailed Charlie yesterday to see if they could “recharge” me and he got back to me within 5 minutes, suggesting I utilize their free month (there is no initial charge to use pearbudget– you try it for a month to see if you like it. If you do, it’s thirty dollars for the year or three dollars a month) and go from there. How awesome is pearbudget!! So, if you are interested in budgeting/tracking your finances, check it out! **By the way, I am not affiliated with pearbudget at all, nor are they offering me anything to spout my praises about them. I am just a really satisfied customer! 🙂 Do you follow a budget? Does it work for you?

Okay, what was the point of this post? Oh, right, exciting news! A few weeks ago, my good friend Laura indicated that her husband Jim was looking for some runners for the 12 person Ragnar Relay being held in New York the weekend of May 14-15. I have read about Ragnar in the blogworld and it definitely piqued my interest! In any event, Jim contacted me on Sunday and as of right now I am set to be on the Ragnar relay team! Eeep! The Ragnar Relay is a 12 person overnight relay race across 178 miles. Each team member runs three legs of the race, each with varying difficulties.
I am really excited for this challenge but also fairly nervous- I don’t want to let anyone on the team down! Have you participated in the Ragnar Relay? Would you? My friend Laura is coming along for the ride to provide support- I am excited!

I hope that you have a great Tuesday. Later this week I’ll post my new race schedule and a full bridal shower recap. Have a good one!
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