{Hannah} How Do You Know…

…if someone’s run a marathon?

Don’t worry–they’ll tell you!

still smiling for my fans after 23.5 miles

Last Sunday, I ran the TCS New York City Marathon!

I got tired around mile 16 after going over the third bridge (there are five), and started walking through the water stations at mile 18.  Since I started out faster than I should have, I was still able to finish in 4:28:08, which is under my goal time of 4:30.  For my first marathon (and one of the toughest marathons at that), I’m pretty proud of myself!

My name was even printed in the New York Times–check out about a third of the way down the first column below.

I celebrated post-race with my parents and friends, and with lots of pizza and cake.  I was pretty sore for a few days, but I’m mostly back to normal now.

I printed off a few pictures and put them in a frame from Michaels to commemorate my accomplishment.

I’m not sure if I’ll run another marathon, but like an “inspirational” quote had said: there’s a lifetime of knowing that I have. 🙂

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{Hannah} Thirty and Flirty and Thriving

I took a break from studying to celebrate my thirtieth birthday this past weekend!

It started with a 90s themed Shabbat dinner at a synagogue where I help with the young adult events. Then on Saturday, my friends and I went to the Spongebob musical and out to dinner.

To wrap the weekend, I ran in the United NYC Half Marathon like I did last year. I didn’t have goals going into the race, but I surprised myself by running two minutes faster than last year!

My next decade is off to a fantastic start–can’t wait to see where it takes me!

PS. Post title from 13 Going on 30, which I watched again this weekend.

{Hannah} Holey Dress

If you haven’t figured it out, I like to shop secondhand, which means ending up with less than perfect items. I found this dress at Goodwill, but it wasn’t until I got home that I noticed it had quite a few tiny holes.

I wasn’t able to darn the holes like I’ve done before, since the fabric is a silk wool blend, and the knit is very fine. I googled around, and came upon this tutorial, which seemed like the perfect fit for me!

I picked up some Stitch Witchery and fusible interfacing from Michaels, and got out my iron and ironing board.  I also cut a piece of parchment paper to prevent the Stitch Witchery from sticking to the ironing board and got a light dishtowel to act as the pressing cloth.

I set the iron on the wool setting with steam, and got to work on the three holes I had originally found.  It went by pretty quickly!

I got into a groove with cutting and pressing, and wound up with over ten spots that got fixed.

With all the warm weather we’ve been having recently, I can’t wait for spring so I can finally wear this dress!

{Hannah} These Boots are Made for Walking

And that’s just what they’ll do! One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.

Winter means boots, but it also means salt.

It gets onto everything, and can damage leather if left on too long.

I gathered some shoe cleaning supplies, like vinegar to remove the salt, and leather lotion to condition.

A little bit of vinegar on a paper towel easily removed the salt and dirt. I let the boot dry as I moved onto the next one.

Then I lightly covered each boot in leather lotion, let it dry, and buffed with a clean cloth.

Are you ready, boots? Start walkin’!