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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


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.


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.


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.


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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On a Day Like Today

A Warm Weather DayI couldn’t let such a beautiful day slip through my fingers again so I decided I just had to get outside and run. My blister bandaid was useless in minutes, but I was able to keep going, and I’m glad I did. Three days off might not seem like a big gap, but boy was I feeling it. Maybe I started off at too quick of a pace, or maybe it was the zombie hoard hot on my trail, or maybe it was the fact that today was the hottest day we’ve had so far this year (81 degrees!) and I am definitely not acclimated to warm-weather running just yet. I only managed 3.5 miles, though I did run my fastest 5k since November. (Woo!)

Running in the warm weather months is a whole different ball game than running in the winter months. When it’s cold out, you can just keep adding layers until you’re comfortable. Not sure what to wear? There are websites for that–like Dress My Run! Extremely simple, clear, and useful.

But when it’s warm out, it adds a whole new set of things to keep in mind, like sun screen and carrying water with you. (Actually, as I found out this past winter, carrying water is more of a year-round issue since many parks turn their water fountains off in the winter to keep the pipes from bursting. In the middle of a 13-mile run is not the best time to discover this fact.)

I don’t expect my next few runs to be very long or intense, but I’m okay with that. As long as I become more acclimated to the warm weather with each one, and keep getting outside, I think it will be productive and I’ll be in good shape for May.

Good thing races are usually in the morning before it gets really hot out. But I am not looking forward to when summer is in full swing and the humidity is crazy. That’s when I tend to take the most time off. Thank goodness for treadmills and air conditioning.

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