What I’m Reading: Wednesday

I’m happy today that there are blue skies outside. It was still 90 degrees on my way home from work, so I’m waiting just a bit before I head out for a run. I’m going to try a bit of a longerish run then do the Wednesday BBG workout. The boys are having boy night so that should give me plenty of time to get everything done!!

I’ve got a big stack of books I need to tackle soon. I have the bad habit of adding to the large amount of unread books I already own.

  • Someone at work introduced me to the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I’m currently on book 4. I love the concept of the books, but the plot is getting more and more drawn out the further into the series I get. Several of the girls at work are reading them though, so its fun to talk about what we think!
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  • Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin – this book actually helped me change my attitude and step up my exercise routine. I’ve loved it so far and only have a few chapters left. I loved it so much that I also have her
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  • The Happiness Project sitting on my desk too. I’ve read a lot of great reviews about both of these and can’t wait to dive into this one too
  • Taken by Dee Henderson – I’m almost done with this one. I’ve read all of her other books and this is probably my least favorite out of all the books I’m reading right now
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  • Life is Short (No Pun Intended) by Jennifer Arnold – recommended by my aunt and cousin – looking forward to reading this as well. It looks to be a pretty quick but interesting read
  • I just got Dottie Frank’s newest book All the Single Ladies in the mail yesterday! These always make for great quick summer read
  • IMG_2184Piles of books everywhere!

This doesn’t include a couple of books I had started and put down, but I really need to make my way through these before I add anymore!!!

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Tuesday Thoughts

Dark clouds followed me home from work today. Luckily I made it in the door before the rain and thunder started. I read a little bit then attempted a walk/jog during the thunder break. I wanted to get a bit of a longer run in today, but I’m not about to stay outside in a thunderstorm. I only made the half mile loop around the house before the thunder started to get loud again. I had a front row seat in my desk chair for the thunder/hail storm to follow. I changed my plans a bit and just finished up with some yoga. I still have 600 steps to fit in before I reach my step goal. Good thing we have 2 flights of stairs 🙂

IMG_2403Def not running with this falling from the sky!

On a fun note, I’ve been wanting a fun planner/calendar for a while. I’ve made Pinterest boards and checked out many an Instagram picture of different ones. I spent a good deal of my day off yesterday watching planner videos … yes I am a Nerd! I really wanted one that would go from now through the wedding as my current calendar is small and stops at this December. I finally decided on the Erin Condren life planner which lucky for me made its 2015-2016 launch today! The first thing I did when I got home was jump on the computer and order one! I’m super excited for it to come in the mail. I’m hoping I can use some of my left over Project Life embellishments with it.

Now its time to relax and work on some of the books I have piled up around the house 🙂

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Weekend Shenanigans

Wow! What a fun weekend!! It was productive and relaxing all at the same time.

Saturday we all got up early to head to Sullivan’s for the Flopping Flounder 5k! Erin, Brian and I were all running. Craig, Evan and Tim came out to offer some support. The race started right at 8am. We didn’t realize how far down the island it started and parked too far away. Luckily we were plenty early and had time to walk to the starting area and find the porta potties. I’m glad they had some fast moving lines! We all just lined up in one group for the start. I started about mid pack in the middle but as soon as we crossed the start line I moved over to the side. I knew if I started off too fast I would get tired towards the end. The race was almost run in a figure 8 pattern. The first 1.5 miles were really pretty by Fort Moultrie and through some of the nicer residential areas. It was also fairly shaded. At the halfway point we ran back by the start. I saw all the guys and got a small sip of water from the one aid station at the same time. The second half of the race was in the full sun without as much interesting scenery and seemed to last a lot longer. Having just signed up for the race that week and not have trained for it – my goal was just to finish still running. My watch said I kept a 9’40” pace which I’m pleased with. My official time was a bit slower.

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I made it across the finish and every one else was already there. We stayed for the post race festivities. They had some great watermelon available and the boys got breakfast burritos. They had a raffle with a Ton of prizes. I won a gift card to a spa! After that they quickly went into the awards. Brian Finished 3rd in his age group! Yay Brian!

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After Brian’s age group awards were done we hit the road stopping first at Dunleavys for the after party. Everyone with a bib got a free glass of beer, so we enjoyed that with some pub burgers for “brunch”

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We headed home after eating for a quick change then were off to Erin and Craig’s for relaxation in the river 🙂

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Saturday was also Belmont Day and I’m super stoked that I finally got to watch a horse win the Triple Crown! Super exciting. Erin and I took the dogs for a long walk after dinner then I was too tired to stay up any longer.

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Sunday Evan and I got up for donuts then took a great rail buggy cruise out to Edisto. I spent the rest of the afternoon getting some chores done and just relaxing at home!

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Happy Weekend! 🙂

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Monday: A look back

Hello June! I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by. I need to get on the wedding planning ASAP!!

I had a great first week of the month exercise wise. I know I really need to start stepping up my game the next two months before training really starts, but this is a good first step.

I’m planning on running the RNR Vegas 1/2 with Katie in November (need to actually sign up soon!). I’m really looking forward to going back out to Vegas and trying to finally get my sub 2 half. My goals for the summer are to up my strength training. I’ve been following the BBG guide for M, W, F strength workouts then adding in walking, running, kayaking and yoga into the mix.

Recap of Last Week’s Training

Monday: BBG Week 5 legs/cardio; 2 mile walk, 5′ yoga/stretch (15, 270 Steps)

Tuesday: 1 mile walk (1o,625 steps) and Party in the Park

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Wednesday: 2.5 mile run and BBG week 5 arms and abs (12,480 steps)

IMG_2292Happy National Running day! Didn’t get a pic on my run but made this of some of my old favorites 🙂

Thursday: 45′ walk (12,183 steps)

Friday: rest day before 5k tomorrow! (7,947 steps)

Saturday: Floppin Flounder 5k! (22, 227 steps)

IMG_2355IMG_2319IMG_2352I look like I’m about to sneeze in this last one!

Sunday: 50′ walk (15, 610 steps)

Total for the Week: 14 miles and 96,342 steps!

My goal for the next month is to up my weekly milage by at least 2 miles a week and get a couple longer runs in there so I’m all ready for August!

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The End of My Weekend

This week has been a little backwards starting with the holiday on Monday and a  planned day off on Tuesday. Its turned into almost the whole week off of work to be followed by a whole weekend working.

Group Walk Night on Monday

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Fisher Helping me read

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IMG_2143Fisher Helping me Stretch

IMG_2169Walking with Oliver

IMG_2174 Got some meal prep doneIMG_2182 Fisher helping me do some work IMG_2210Kayaking adventure!

Now time to wind down, do a little reading then head to bed. 🙂

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My Goals for the Week

During my nice relaxing weekend at the cabin I came up with my goals for the week. I knew that I needed to change my routine. I’ve been wanting to get up earlier and workout before work, but the warm bed in the mornings has won out. This weekend I decided this was going to be the week to change that. Unfortunately,  I haven’t had a chance to try it out as I’ve been called off work. Since I wasn’t at work; however, I got right to work on my goals.

1. Exercise at least 30′ every day.

2. Change diet

3. Stick to my Goals

I’ve done well so far this week getting up and getting out the door. I’ve done at least 30′ of cardio each day as well as a BBG workout yesterday. Evan and I are supposed to do some kayaking tonight!

I’ll put up a full weekly review of my exercise at the end of the week. For now, I’m using my time off to get some extra house cleaning done and read a little further in my books!

Happy Thursday 🙂

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Soooo … I’ve gotten a little behind.

Marathon training was more stressful than I thought. I wasn’t mentally prepared for the long runs or increased time demands for training. Instead of taking a short pause to reflect on what was happening I more or less shut down. My training slacked off after the 16 miler and blogging just stopped after week 2.

But, I finished the race – made it across the finish well within the time limit and got my medal. I evan ran a relay race only a few weeks later. My miles have waxed and waned since then, but my desire to blog never truly went away.

I read a great book over the weekend – Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin – that really helped me to stop and see how my actions were derailing my goals. I’ve had a super long weekend and a few extra days off work to refocus – and figured – there’s no better day than TODAY to start over.

So here’s to blogging regularly again – to training again – and to actually reaching the goals that I set.

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