It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, my favorite! I have three glorious, wonderful days off after today. There’s so much I can do, or I can choose to do absolutely nothing. The possibilities are endless. I love that. I need the extra day. This girl needs a break. And because I’m so excited about it being a holiday weekend, I decided it was the perfect time to share some fun facts!
- I have never listened to an audio book. My sister-in-law and I were discussing this last weekend and I couldn’t tell you why I’ve never listened to one. I could do it while I drive or run. So now I am trying to decide which book to choose as my very first one to listen to.
- Apparently the actual house from A Christmas Story in Cleveland is having a 5k / 10k this December. I saw this picture on Facebook yesterday. What a cool medal. It’s a major award! Seriously, I wish I was closer to Cleveland.
One week from tomorrow, I will be speaking at my Weight Watchers location as part of their Live Life Active event. To say that I am nervous is a HUGE understatement.
I follow @traderjoesinsider on Instagram and yesterday they posted this picture. Oh my goodness, I want to try these chips. They are probably high in points, but they sound amazing!
- Since I started running half marathons, I have been very firm about not doing a full marathon, I could never imagine doing one. A half marathon is hard enough. I now have this little voice in my head telling me I should maybe consider it. So, I am now possibly open to the idea of it. But 26.2 miles is insane, right? So far I’ve only been half crazy. We’ll see…. I’m not saying I will, but I’m not saying I won’t. Maybe.
- Our fabulous niece is staying over for a night next month when her mom and dad go see Heart in concert. The best part of all? She asked us if she could sleep over. I love that and I love that she likes staying over at our house. I adore her!
- I took my run outside this morning, saw a beautiful sunrise in the making, AND I have a new fastest pace time of 9:39. I was running like someone was chasing me, but I promise no one was. It was just really nice out and worlds better than the evil dreadmill.
- I am currently obsessed with sliced banana and fat free cool whip. Makes for a great 0 point dessert.
- We have to buy a new vacuum. This really isn’t a fun fact, because I don’t want to buy one, but ours has come to the end of it’s life. Having two Aussies who shed like crazy means that vacuum has worked very hard the last couple of years. RIP vacuum.
- I love the show Long Island Medium. We DVR the new ones every week. I think Theresa Caputo is so cool and she has an amazing gift. Yes, I believe in what she does. Call me crazy.
Can you share a fun fact about yourself with me today?
Yesterday’s run completed week 3 of the #mayruneveryday challenge I am doing. 3 weeks. 21 days of running every single day. How do I feel on the downside of this challenge? Absolutely fabulous. The desire to get out there every single day is strong and necessary. It helps me to deal with my day, my thoughts, and reminds (and quiets) that nagging voice in my head just how strong I am.
I am not running super long distances every day. I am not out to injure myself. I am running between 1 –2 miles daily during the week and aiming for at least 3.11 miles on Sunday mornings. But every mile I log means 11-ish minutes of quality me time where I don’t have to worry about anything else.
With each run, I get a little bit faster. And with each run, I prove to myself that I am so much stronger than I realized. I have yet to take a walk break on any of my walks. This might be the most amazing thing of all to me.
Today starts week 4, with 10 runs left. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not a light that says oh finally, I’m almost done. No… It’s a light that says, you are so close to completing this challenge and proving just how strong you are.
If there is any downside to running every day, it would be my appetite. I am definitely hungrier and it’s a struggle to eat more and enough, but not pig out.
Week 3 had a total of 13.68 mile, so I am still on track to meet – and exceed – my 50 mile goal for this month. It really has been great. I am super proud of myself and look forward to my run each and every day. More than ever, I feel like a #milemotivator. If I can do this, so can YOU.
If you missed my previous posts on this challenge, you can find them here….
When you run more, how do you handle being hungrier? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?
Let me just start this post off by saying that, yes, I am a total geek when it comes to movie soundtracks. I was also a band geek, playing flute from 4th grade through my senior year. And just to top it off, Rocky IV is probably one of my most favorite movie soundtracks ever, and my favorite of all Rocky movies besides the first one. And you already know that I am such an 80’s girl. Now that we all know how geeky I am, I can move on….
One of my favorite songs to run to is the Training Montage from Rocky IV. If you’ve seen the movie, you know it’s the part of the movie where Rocky is training in Russia for his fight again Ivan Drago. Best scene of the whole movie, except for the fight, of course. I have loved this song since the minute I saw the movie. Did I mention that I also had the Rocky IV poster in my room when it came out? I know you’re laughing at me….
Sometimes when I’m running and I feel like I’m dragging, this song will come on and it pushes me. If Rocky can win against Ivan Drago, then I can finish my run! I can run a little farther and a little faster. I’m not training in the freezing cold in Russia, but it sometimes seems just as hard. I know, I’m such a geek.
For your listening enjoyment, here is the song. You’re welcome.
Share with me one of your favorite songs you love to run to that you might not admit to…
Yesterday I went with my sister-in-law Jenna to a book signing at our local indie bookstore in Tampa, Inkwood Books. One our way to the signing, we went to Hyde Park to have lunch at Nature’s Table Café. I had a California Club on wheat bread. It was as delicious as it looks….. Bacon AND avocado? Yes, please.
After lunch, we headed to Inkwood Books for the book signing with Rick Yancey and his new YA book, The 5th Wave. This is supposed to be the next big thing, much like The Hunger Games. Jenna has a YA Lit review blog, Jenna Does Books, and whenever she attends these events, she invites me and it’s always fun to tag along. We both love to read and she is forever recommending books to me. If she loves a book, I know I need to read it. My to-read list is forever long!
Be sure to check out Jenna’s blog if you are a YA Lit fan… She has reviews, giveaways, and more. And most exciting… She is an aspiring writer herself. So proud of her!
Rick Yancey was very entertaining and fun to listen to. I always love to hear how an author came to be an author, how they turned their ideas into a book, and what they think of other books. It was a treat to listen to him talk about his influences and how his idea for this book, the first in a trilogy, came from his wife telling him that she is afraid of aliens. I am very excited to read this book.
The 5th Wave
“The first wave took out half a million people. The second wave put that to shame.” Now humanity, or what’s left of it, faces the oncoming of the 5th wave and only one rule applies: Trust no one. 16-year old Cassie travels alone in the plague and war-ravaged remnants of her hometown, desperate to fulfill a promise made to her little brother. Along the way she must evade Them, the enemy who is all but indecipherable from other survivors. When she meets Evan Walker, Cassie must decide whether or not she can put her brother’s fate–as well as her own– in his hands. The 5th Wave is an exciting, thoughtful, brilliant read.
Always a fun time with Jenna and it made for a nice Saturday afternoon!
Do you read YA Lit? How often do you go to book signings?