Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Sorry I have been MIA on the blog lately, but life has seemed to get the way of blogging!

I'll be back for real tomorrow with some exciting (at least I think so) news on the fitness front.

For now, I leave you with these. Images of me living life!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

4 Things I Learned During My Run Yesterday

Yesterday after work, I headed out to meet up with my regular running group on Wednesday night to do my regular 5k route.

I knew starting out that it was going to be a rough one.  I was already sweating in the parking lot before even starting to run.

This was one of those runs where you learn something about running and yourself as a runner.  Here's 4 things that I learned.

1.  Running a hilly route after doing some seriously tough hill repeats the day before is not the best idea.  My legs were slow and heavy.  I could definitely feel the day before.  For future reference, I will put a least a day in between those runs.

2.  I sweat...a lot...I am not one of those girls who glistens. Also, I have very sweaty kneecaps.  Why? I don't know, but my kneecaps sweat A LOT.  Like tiny rivers running into my socks kinda sweat.

3.  For some reason GI issues seem to crop up more for me when it's crazy hot and humid outside.  Not sure why, but that shrimp salad I had for lunch came back yesterday with a vengeance. I was lucky I didn't have to pull a Paula Radcliffe out there.

And lastly,

4.  I am a much stronger runner mentally than I was 6 months ago.  I can't tell you how many times I felt like quitting yesterday.  Just cutting across the street to make the route one would see.  Between my GI stress, the sweat running in my eyes, down my boobs, and into my socks, and my acme anvil legs, I was done, but my mind wasn't. I finished because I told myself I could finish.  I know it was only a 5k (nothing like the pain of a marathon), but I felt pain and now I have the confidence in my mental ability to push my body through that pain.  And that is a good feeling.

Life in the day of a runner

Sometimes it's those not-so-stellar runs that tell us the most about our running, our bodies, and our minds.

Although I hated every minute of my run yesterday, I will take another one like it any day.

Have you had a crappy run lately where you learned something about yourself or running?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dead Tree Review: The Birth House

The Birth House by Ami McKay

I downloaded this book to my Kindle after seeing it on a Goodreads suggested list.  The $1.99 price on Amazon did not hurt either.  I tend to go through books pretty quickly, so a small price tag was appreciated.

Here is publisher's description of the book:

The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, The Birth House is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.

I have to be honest and say that I did not really love this book--I honestly only slightly liked it.

Let me explain.

I want to start with the things that I liked about the book.

  • I enjoyed the historical look into midwifery and rural Canada at the turn of the 20th century
  • I generally like anything set during WWI
  • I found the main character, Dora, to be really interesting and likeable--kind of the strange bird best friend
  • I liked the emphasis placed on friendships amoung women in the book

What I didn't like (and I have to admit most of these don't likes are pretty persnickety)

  • The other characters in the novel were not well developed.  They feel like they are just hanging out.
  • Sometime it feels like the book is a recounting of historical events just strung together
  • The resolution of the main conflict is completely anti-climatic--essentially making the entire book anti-climatic 
  • It feels like the secondary plot lines of the book are just super abruptly resolved. 

Overall, not a huge fan.  However, I did finish the book which I usually do unless it is just terrible a la the Twilight Series.

What was the last book that you loved?  Slightly liked? Hated? 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Weekly Chase: Holy Hell Do I Need Some Goals?

Remember last week, when I said on the hot mess scale of Britney Spears to Amy Winehouse, I was at a Lindsay Lohan?  Well, I took the weekend off of life.  I used this weekend as a total reset.  No running and no working out.  Instead I spent time at the beach with The Boy and Watson.

Now I'm back.  Today is Monday and that means a new fresh week of awesomeness! I am ready to kick this week's ass.  Here we go!

Road Runner Girl

Weekly Ass Kicking Goals: 

Goal #1: 3 weekday runs (including 1 session of either hill repeats or speedwork)

Goal #2: 8 mile long run this weekend (as per marathon training plan)

Goal #3: 3 strength training sessions this week

Goal #4: 1 spin class

Goal #5: Eat clean

Goal #6: Properly Hydrate for these killer summer runs

These goals are really important this week for two big reasons 1. I need to reset and get back in an asskickin workout habit and 2. I still have a few lbs from vacation that I want to drop!

Wish me luck!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Everything Is All Over the Place: I'm a Hot Mess

Do you know the times that I am talking about? The times that feel like you just can't get your shit together?  Like your regular schedule has been shot to hell & there is nothing that you can do about it?


Right now is one of those time for me.  Since I have been back from vacation, I feel like I have yet to get back on my schedule, my entire life schedule.  My blogging has been erratic (for that I apologize), my running has been less than stellar, and I can't seem to get my head in the game at work.  I'm a hot mess of disorganization.   Like a Lohan Hot Mess.

And that is really hard for someone who organizes things for a living.  I like my life to be neat and tidy.  I like a schedule.  I like training plans (that I follow to a T).  I like to go to bed around the same time on weeknights.  I like to organize my life into neat little compartmentalized piles. I am a control freak & right now this control freak is out of control.  And this, people, is STRESSING ME OUT!

I really think is this stemming from a lot of uncertainty that is happening in my life right now.  Things are happening work-wise that I really can't talk about yet, but I feel like that uncertainty is bleeding over into the rest of everything...blogging, training, eating.  I know I sound like a total whiny control freak and I know that I am. Totally first world problems.  I know that there are people out there with real problems like where is my next meal going to come from, where I am going to sleep tonight, or how am I going to pay for my prescriptions.  I should just shut up & get over myself, but I just feel so derailed. 

Wow, reading back over this post, I realize that it makes me sound like a complete neurotic nut job.  Oh well, say hello to reality people.  Up close and real. 

Tips for getting my life back together? Or tips for getting over myself?

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