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A quick check-in.

I just got back from a weekend up in Cleveland visiting Ben. Even though he is only two hours away, a short weekend feels so rushed and exhausting. I’d hoped to get some running done up there in some new-to-me metro parks, but we ended up being too busy for that. Between the rain and the hot weather, it just seemed like a better idea to go to the movies or nap. More on that tomorrow.

Workout Check-in

Sun – 6 miles (treadmill – 1m walk, 4 m run, 1 m walk)
Mon – Off
Tues – 4 miles (morning run)
Wed – Off
Thurs – 6 miles (afternoon)
Fri – Off
Sat – Off

Total: 16 miles

I’m really pleased that I ran more miles this week than last! But still, only running 3 out of 7 days just doesn’t cut it for me. Next week’s goal is to, once again, run more miles than this week and to run at least four days out of the seven. I was too tired to run today after the drive back, so I have to fit four runs into six days. Shouldn’t be too hard, really, but life always seems to get in the way. I really need to pick out my half marathon training plan and start on that. Structured plans seems to keep me more accountable, plus, October isn’t all that far away…

Oh, and this totally cracked me up last week. I love when brands let their social media managers have some fun.

Lululemon being funny on twitter

How was your weekend?
What’s your favorite corporate twitter account?

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Caffeine Roundup.

Caffeine Roundup

RUNNING//

For Everyone Who Says They Cant.
Anne from FANNEtastic Foods did an amazing interview with Jeff Le who shares his incredible story of never giving up.

Why Taking a Break Isn’t the end.
We’ve all had to take time off and it can be really, really hard to get back in the game.  But it can be done.

Is Being Lean Really Worth It?
Not specifically running related, but it raises a really interesting question about lifestyle and what’s right for each of us.

WRITING//

Revising your writing again? Blame the Modernists
I’ve always thought that revision is where the magic of writing really happens, but I guess that hasn’t always been the case.

7 Things Dungeons & Dragons Taught Me About Storytelling
Another fun list about great story telling.

Comfort Writing and How To Avoid It
A great post about keeping your writing fresh.

READING//

Etsy: An Unlikely Source for Children’s Books
If you’re looking for fun children’s book, why not check out Etsy? Never would have thought of this!

The Legacy of Franz Kafka As Seen Through His Impact on Gabriel García Márquez
In honor of Franz Kafka’s birthday this past week.

Famous Books Inspired By Dreams
I found this list really interesting. I’ve definitely had some strange dreams, but I can’t imagine any of them becoming full-fledged stories.

FOODING//

Low-Fat Lemon Bars
I made these last night and they were fantastic! The ingredients a little confusing in some parts, but definitely worth it.

Fish in a Tin
Still not sold on sardines as an alternative to tuna? Then check out this post.

roasted cherry bourbon milkshakes with hot fudge.
I haven’t had a chance to make this yet, but it looks incredible. Definitely on my to-make list for this summer.

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Rest Days.

If you follow this blog at all, you know that I am very into both running and writing, and I am especially thrilled when the two overlap (See: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami). So when I found this quote on one of the writing blogs I follow, it really jumped out at me.

“There are days when I don’t write at all, but they are more like rest days.
There are days when I write a few thousand words and none of it goes into
the book, but those are like practice days, and they definitely happen to
everyone.” — Joanna Penn (in an interview with The Write Practice)

Just like running, you have to exercise your writing muscles. Back when I was working on my thesis for grad school I had no problem just sitting down and pounding out a few thousand words, but it was because I had been practicing for two years. And in the last year, as I’ve taken time to sort of detox from grad school, I’ve found myself having trouble even getting started. It’s sort of like how the hardest part of your run is the very first step (and the next few if you’ve taken some time off recently like I have…)

a professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit

You have good days and bad days in both running and writing. The key is getting yourself to start and then not letting yourself give up because of a bad day. Just take some time, rest, and start again tomorrow.

What does your writing/running schedule look like?

Do you plan your rest days? Or take them when you know you need them?


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Festive shorts & morning workouts.

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It’s looking like a pretty slow week, what with the holiday coming up and all. What is this day off work on a Thursday nonsense?  At least it breaks up the week a little, and I’ll probably just work from home on Friday since I would otherwise be the only person in the office. Most people will probably take a vacation day, but me? I don’t have any real plans so for the 4th so I don’t mind getting some work done from the couch.

american flag running shorts

I’m actually a little bummed that I didn’t sign up for any races on the 4th. I think I saw one nearby where if you signed up early enough you got a pair of very patriotic running shorts. But I’m so out of shape that it wouldn’t be worth it to sign up now. Maybe next year. Besides, I’m kind of excited to get to sleep in a bit.

workoutsummary

My run this morning was tough, but manageable. And it’s one of the farther runs I’ve done in a while, but I still had to take 3-4 breaks. Sad, I know, but my legs were killing me! It’s really the lack of fuel when I head out in the morning that keeps me from working any harder. I had half a banana this morning, but it just didn’t cut it. I think I’m going to have to start getting up earlier to make sure I get some food in me a little bit before I head out.

running time splits

My average pace is usually around 8:30/mi so this run wasn’t to far off (except for that first mile – yikes!). I was out for probably 45 minutes, but only actually running for 35 of that. Now I’ll go hide in shame.

selfie

I actually wore my hair down at work today! Usually I just throw it up in a ponytail or a bun, but it was so warm out that I didn’t mind just letting my hair air dry after showering. I really need a haircut to get some of my layers back. More layers = more curls!

neil gaiman poets and writers

My amazing boss, Jen, gave me her recent copy of Poets & Writer’s because she knows of my love for Neil Gaiman. This issue included a great interview – seven questions about his writing and his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I suggest picking up a copy if you’re a fan. And even if you’re not, he has some great advice about using social media as a writer.

How are you planning on celebrating the 4th?

Looks like it is going to rain here on Thursday. Guess I’ll just have to stay inside and light sparklers!

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Caffeine Roundup.

Caffeine Roundup

RUNNING//

Ridiculous New Shoe from Adidas: SpringBlade
So Adidas came out with some new shoes…with springs…what do you think? Gimmicky or the shoe of the future?

Running Laps Should Never Be a Punishment!
I remember hating the 10-minute warmup runs I had to do back when I played soccer. It wasn’t punishment, but I remember  any running that didn’t involve a soccer ball sure felt like. Younger me never would have considered doing distance running for fun.

The Running of the Interns
On the day of the Supreme Court decision to overturn DOMA (yay!), a new sporting event emerged!

WRITING//

The Decline and Fall of the English Major
I was an English major in college and I often sing its praises, but the English major has had an interesting progression over the past few years. The once traditional liberal arts major is now becoming few and far between.

Daily Routines of Famous Writers
I love lists like these. Simple, interesting, and inspiring!

Call for Submissions:The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
In case you had a story you were looking to submit.

READING//

The Lottery Letters
Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite authors and her story “The Lottery” has stayed with me since the first time I read it in high school. I was blown away by the story’s complexity and commentary on society. So I found this New Yorker article to be hilarious.

14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen
Hello new summer reading list!

ΦBK Summer Reading List
I’m a Phi Beta Kappa member, so I get their monthly newsletters. I thought I would share their brainy books reading list. Some interesting stuff!

FOODING//

Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie
Anne from Fanntastic Foods put together the perfect combination of breakfast smoothie and morning coffee.

DIY Coffee Concentrate + Speedy Almond Milk Iced Coffee
As it continues to get hotter and hotter, my coffee is getting colder and colder. Here is a great recipe for DIY iced coffee with homemade almond milk!
(Door Sixteen had the same idea)

Honey Sunflower Bread
I absolutely love baking bread and this new loaf from Budget Bytes might be my next project.

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Smoothies & 2 miles of struggle.

Yesterday, I took a rest day. Mostly because a crazy storm woke me up in the middle of the night which totally threw me off. And apparently there is something icky going around at my office so I opted for catching up on sleep, but honestly, I was probably just being lazy.

So this morning when I awoke to grey and drizzly weather, I wished I had picked today to be my rest day instead. I almost didn’t get up and run. Weather is a huge deterrent for me, or rather, it makes a great excuse. But I didn’t want to be lazy and take two days off. Plus, I really wanted to run!

run stats

With much reluctance, I got out of bed and hit the road. Once again, getting a late start forced me to knock off a mile for time so it was another 2-miler. I decided since this would be a short run, that I would do it without any stops. Two miles with no stops? No problem, right? Hah! I wish.

It was brutal.

Seriously, it was rough–just all around uncomfortable. It was hot, muggy, still drizzling. I ran slow, but I didn’t stop, so at least there’s that. And at the end, I hit my distance, but I was so close to twenty minutes that I just kept going until I hit that mark.

I don’t know what it is, but this transition to running in the mornings is really difficult for me. A lot of it has to do with my not eating before hand. I can still get out and run on an empty stomach, but my workouts really suffer for it. I just don’t have the energy to do long runs and I can really feel it in my muscles. This morning, my lungs were fine but my legs were actually hurting…and it was only two miles!

Bad runs are frustrating and I seem to be having a slew of them lately. Maybe tomorrow I’ll skip the morning run and hop on the treadmill in the evening instead. It’s not ideal, but it might be good to actually get at least one hard workout in this week.

smoothie

On another note, I am really into smoothies for breakfast right now. They are easy to make, quick, and actually kind of fun to eat/drink. The only problem is now I have way too much to carry when going in to work: my lunch bag, my purse, my coffee, and my breakfast smoothie. Try opening your door with all that in hand! Thank goodness for cup holders.

The smoothie above was my breakfast yesterday, and is sort of a kitchen sink situation, using whatever I had laying around.

Things I typically include in my smoothies//

blueberries
strawberries
blackberries
rasberries
bananas
oatmeal
flax seed
chia seed
salad greens (kale, spinach, etc.)
peanut butter
almond milk
soy  milk
green tea
protein powder

There are a million more options. That’s the best part about smoothies: if it blends, throw it in! Later, I’ll put up some of my favorite smoothie recipes.

What do you eat before you go for a morning run?

What’s your favorite smoothie ingredient?

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Finally, Another Race!

After running my first Half Marathon back in May, I just haven’t been able to get myself motivated to get out and run. The weather is getting warmer, especially after this past weekend, and it’s getting harder to convince myself to get moving when I have to wait until late evening for things to cool off. It seems that when I don’t have a race to train for, I lack the motivation to make my workouts a priority. And after my awful run the other night, I was worried I had lost my running goove.

snack

But then last night, as I munched on my apples and peanut butter evening snack, I participated (for the very first time) in the Sunday night #RunChat on Twitter. It was amazing. So much enthusiasm for running! And at the end, they offered a 20% off  code for the Runner’s World Half Marathon in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this October. Conveniently, my little brother happens to go to school up at Lehigh University (located in the town of Bethlehem). And that was enough to convince me. I signed up!

Runner's World Half Marathon

This will be my second half marathon ever and a challenging one at that. According to the website, there are FIVE hills! But they claim that it’s all downhill after mile 7…

I let my parents know my plans and we’ve decided to make it a Runcation! I’m really excited — this will be the first time my entire family will be there to cheer me on during the race. And now I have the motivation I need to get back out there and start training!

workout summary

splits

And that training started this morning. Apparently, my internal clock decided that at 7am, it was time to get up. Even if I tried (and I did) I couldn’t get back to sleep for my normal wakeup time at 8am. I know, I’m spoiled. I checked the weather forecast for the day and it was calling for upper 80s, so I decided that since I was up, why not get out there and go for a run?

It wasn’t easy. Already it was muggy, but at least there was a slight breeze and the sun wasn’t too intense.

morning street

I ran my favorite route, the perfect 3.1 miles to the park, around twice, and then back home.

the park

It’s was beautiful this morning, and I think I might have to this again real soon.

by the pond

I noticed that I was feeling some pain in my left achilles, which I think is because my left calf muscle is feeling tight. To be honest, I’m still not sure my current shoes fit me quite right – I’m running on a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 8s that I got off Amazon for cheap. I can’t wait for the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s to go on sale, which should happen as soon as the new 10s come out. Then again, I might just head back to the running store and get re-fitted again. Who knows, maybe my feet and running form have changed and these aren’t the shoes for me anymore. Usually I have trouble justifying a running shoe purchase unless it’s really necessary, but I’ll definitely be needing some new shoes come October…

purple shoes

How do you know when it’s time to get new running shoes?

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