Friday, August 1, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things- August Already?

Thanks to our host Viklit and co-hosts Diana Wilder, L.G. Keltner, Cyborg Mom and CaffeMaggieato!

Well, it happened- August.  Not that I'm complaining, mind you.  August means that September is just around the corner and shortly after that things improve dramatically with the arrival of the best season- Autumn.  And before then, I may be celebrating a certain annual acknowledgment of my birth at the end of the month and that's not too bad either.

Anyways, time to celebrate!

Running Outside  So I've been telling you all for weeks that although I'm very proud of myself for building up my stamina by running on the track I was very aware of the fact that if I wanted it to transition into longevity in races I needed to get outside.  Well, I finally transitioned.  I logged in a full 4 miles outside yesterday!

It was WAY harder than I thought it would be- the heat and sun really suck the life right out of you and make it super difficult to keep up the pace.  Not to mention the hazards of uneven sidewalks, hills and insects.  But even so I manged to keep up a ten minute mile pace whilst running around my neighborhood and I'm pretty psyched about that.

Any of you who are runners probably already know about Map My Run- an app that tracks distance, speed and routes.  If you're not a runner but have any interest in it whatsoever I highly recommend you check it out- it's amazing and I don't know how any runner lives without it.

More 5ks  I ran another 5K on July 19th and learned another very valuable lesson: don't be late to a race.  I'm sure that's a pretty obvious one but somehow I overlooked it.  I was just getting parked (thanks to being redirected three different times) when the race was about to start and by the time I got through registration the race had already begun.  I sprinted to catch up to the crowd and then had to slow to catch my breath before I could pick back up and find my pace.  Needless to say, my time wasn't as good as it had been the previous race.  But I was able to find my stride and sprint to finish which I hadn't before so I'm proud of that.

I have another 5k tomorrow and this time I will NOT be late!

Reading/Writing  It's been so long since I wrote anything besides a blog post that I'm embarrassed to admit it.  First it was black belt training and then, obviously, running took over.  That's still not an excuse for completely dropping that important activity.  So I'm pretty psyched that I finally finished a book and wrote a full review on it (look below- isn't it cool?).  It helps that I seriously enjoyed the book, of course.  But really I'm just so happy to be writing something again.  Now if I could just get a piece of fiction composed...

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25 comments:

  1. Running a 5K more than once without collapsing in abject exhaustion is, to me, worth celebrating! Also the Black Belt! The writing will come; you have it on 'mull over and allow to percolate in the subconscious'. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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    1. What a good way of thinking about it- percolating. Love it- Thanks Diana!

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  2. Running is always a good thing. Helps me think. Words sometimes take time to come, but come they will. Have a good weekend!

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  3. I wouldn't want to run in the heat we have here. Hope you're not late to the next race.

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    1. This one's MUCH closer so there's absolutely no reasons for me to be!

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  4. Beverly, you made be feel exhausted just reading your post today! Well done on all that running, especially in the heat and good luck for tomorrow's race.

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  6. Running and walking are wonderful forms of exercises. I always get my ideas when I am walking early morning.

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    1. If I had enough internal discipline to force myself out of bed that early I imagine it'd be very good for the brain.

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  7. I've hardly written anything lately, so you're not the only one! Great job on the running, I'm impressed with myself when I manage to stay running on the treadmill for more than a couple of minutes.

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  8. Congrats on making progress with your running! I did some 5K's in grad school, and I was always amazed how much 'softer' the treadmill was compared to the road.

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    1. Isn't it, though! It's like a whole other world!

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  9. I walk, don't run, so I think you're amazing! Have a good weekend.

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  10. CONGRATS on all of these 5K races you are doing. Have an awesome weekend!

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  11. I crinkling my nose at all of that running. But if you're happy then I'm happy for you, too. I didn't realize you were a black belt. That's awesome.

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    1. Thanks! And don't worry, the running is certainly a form of insanity, I'm sure of it!

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  12. Sounds like you've been busy with the physical activity, Bev!
    And I agree with Diana - the writing is 'percolating'..... though I like to use the word 'simmering'...

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    1. Simmering is a good one, too. Thanks, Michelle!

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  13. Hey running outside in the heat is hard. I'm impressed!

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