One Woman Army

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 19, 2008


This is a LATE 3rd post of the day, again I am sorry for the off schedule today! Things just haven’t been going according to plan from computer glitches to Youtube being down for maintenance, to the internet being down at work! But, I don’t let that get in my way….no sir ee! :D

I hope you are all having a great night and are looking forward to a fun filled weekend. I know I sure am- it is going to be a busy week ahead!

Tonight I was going a bit stir crazy. I have felt quite sedentary lately with sitting at the desk job all day and then in the car. So tonight I just had to move. Eric and I had planned to go for a walk after the Leafs hockey game, but I checked the temperature and it was a chilly -8 degrees Celcius (17.6F) outside so I hopped on my treadmill and began to look through the programs that I hadn’t had time to go over yet. That is the beauty of treadmills, you can hop on no matter what the weather!

I found an Army Fitness Test on my treadmill and I thought….wow sounds intimidating and scary. But, being a person who is motivated by challenges, I knew I had to try it. It’s only 2 miles, I thought. So I ran upstairs, got changed, and headed back to test myself.

I admit I was quite nervous! I felt like I was actually trying out for the army! lol. I was a bit worried that I had a full stomach, but I told myself I could always stop and re-test in the morning if I needed to.

And so Eric tried to do a video during my run, but let’s just say that didn’t work. I couldn’t talk I was so out of breath!

Here I am post-fitness test, sweaty, and all:

After doing this fitness test I realized even more how motivated I get with challenges like this. I think that is why I am finding the half-marathon training so exhilirating. When I reach goals that I set for myself, nothing feels better.

I admit I was feeling a little GI Jane after this run.


LOL!!! Ok, maybe not quite that hardcore…

I asked Eric what score he thought I got out of 100 and he said 85. I never know if he is just under-estimating so I can yell out that I scored higher or if he was actually guessing seriously. Regardless, it’s always fun to say “Nope…..ONE HUNDRED!” And do a little victory dance. :D He just laughs and rolls his eyes.

Now that I know what I could run on a full stomach, I am anxious to re-test myself fresh and empty in the morning to see if that makes a difference. Time will tell! It would be fun to test myself every week or two to see how my speed and time changes as I improve my running.


Good news!

I heard from my boss tonight that our team day is cancelled and I can work from home tomorrow because of the snow storm! Yippee! :D I am so excited. This will give me a bit more time to pack tomorrow and not be rushed so much to leave on Saturday. I am going to pack and do laundry over my lunch hour (and blog of course!).

The Bad news

No Homemade Pistachio Larabar experiment tonight. I did make them, but I haven’t perfected the recipe yet so I am going to give it another go before I post the results! They will be up soon though!

And I leave you with a Sketchie video…’s called ‘Sketchie meets the new Washing Machine’ :D

Eric says its boring, but I think it is cute. He is so scared and creeped out by our new washer and dryer!!!

He won’t go near it! lmao

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ttfn300 December 19, 2008 at 8:15 am

hehe, he is totally sketched out by the washer!! :)


Katie December 19, 2008 at 8:16 am

Have a great day working from home! We are getting major snow too but Hubby made it through (we ride together) so here I am at work :(


Colleen December 19, 2008 at 8:22 am

When I was little we had a cat that acted that way around our vacuum (when it was turned off)…she would sneak up to it and be really scared. Every once in a while we would poke her gently in the belly when she didn’t notice us and she would jump so far in the air! But she never ran away! She composed herself and then just sauntered away! :)


girlrunningaround December 19, 2008 at 8:35 am

Great videos and a great run! My husband was peering over my shoulder as I watched your Army video and the first thing he said was “Is she Canadian?” He could tell from the way you talk. I thought it was funny because I didn’t even notice.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 19, 2008 at 8:40 am

tffn300- haha yes he is sketched out by the washer!! love it.Also out vacuum…and many other things!

Katie- Sorry you had to go into work today :( Drive safe and leave early!!

Colleen- Your story made me laugh! Sketchie does the same thing (when he is so focused on something the littlest thing will make him jump 10 feet). Its sooo funny.

girlrunningaround- haha I have been told that a few times now about my accent! That is really funn because I dont notice it. You know what else though? Ive been told I have an American accent too! I used to live in the states when I was young for about 5 years and I used to have the thickest southern drawl ever!!!!

Angela :)


VeggieGirl December 19, 2008 at 8:58 am


Hang in there with the busyness!!


caitlin December 19, 2008 at 9:33 am

i love that freaking cat!!


marafaye December 19, 2008 at 9:52 am

YAY for snow days!


Denise December 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

I love your kitty! Too cute! Can’t wait to hear about the pistachio experiment.


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