Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!

When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Workout Recap - Week 40

Sunday, September 25th – 8ish miles

Monday, September 26th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Tuesday, September 27th – 4ish miles

Wednesday, September 28th – 9ish miles

Thursday, September 29th –  4ish miles

Friday, September 30th  Rest Day

Saturday, October 1st – 19 miles

New shoes, new watch, new month ;) I'm stoked to say that October brought with it a bit less humidity (although, let's be real, we're only one day in, so I'm not holding my breath). We've been struggling with another heatwave with high humidity, so any break is greatly appreciated. (And since I was without a working watch for the last two weeks I don't know how the heat and humidity impacted my pace, but thankfully I'm not training for speed at the moment, so it's not an issue.)

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, September 30, 2022

September Books

 Can you believe that reading wasn't my jam growing up?! Clif Notes were my best friends in high school - I'd "read enough" to get by for a paper or test, but other than that I did not enjoy the act of reading so never did it... like ever. Maybe I wasn't reading things that held my interest or maybe it was because it was "required" so I didn't find it enjoyable, but whatever the reason, I'm glad I challenged myself to add the goal of reading 17 books in 2017 (which turned into 88 books in 201777 books in 201867 books in 201966 books in 2020 and 67 books in 2021). In the last year or so, especially since going back to work outside of the house full-time, the majority of my "reading" has been through audiobooks since I don't have as much time to sit and read physical books (not to mention I walk to work and walk on my lunch break so have two-ish hours a day I can listen to something). Even still, holding a physical book is the bomb diggity and I hope to get back to adding more reading vs listening. Just like in years past, writing a monthly recap of the books I get through is a great way for me to both record what I'm reading and to stay accountable. So here are the books I finished in September:

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman - Okay, so it has been a HOT minute since I have actually finished a book (or even started one). I haven't been inspired by any of the audiobooks I had seen on my Hoopla app and I hadn't made reading a physical book a priority (I could use the excuse that I haven't had time, but if I had time to scroll through social media I have time to read a chapter or two). Anywho, the hubby and I went to Hawaii to meet up with his dad so I had about six hours of uninterrupted time to just read on the plane (which was LOVELY!) so I was able to grab a couple books off my "to read" pile to pack for the flights. I have read a few of Backman's books and always enjoy them, so figured that would be the case with this one - and it was. This is a sweet story about a seven year old and her wacky grandmother. I thought it was a very creative storyline and loved how imagination tied in with reality throughout the adventures Elsa went on. I wasn't able to finish the whole book on the flight, but thankfully with jetlag the hubby and I stayed up a little later that first night and I was able to find out how the story ended. I would say that this wasn't my favorite of his books, but it still kept me interested the entire time. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

  • Nowhere Near First by Cory Reese - I read this one on the flight back from Hawaii. I love following Cory on social media and have been needing to "get around to" reading some of his books, so finally made it happen. He's a "back of the pack" ultra runner who always seems to be tackling super zany adventures. As I'm sure you can guess, not only do I love running and talking about running, but I love reading about it too and this book is no exception. I assumed the book would be amusing, but I didn't expect it to be so real/ raw. Although, if I really was to think about it, runners often are "oversharers," especially while running, so I guess it makes sense (please don't hear this and think it is a bad thing - I just know that a lot of runners talk about how while running a lot of the pretense is wiped away and will talk about everything and anything without a second thought). I appreciate all of the insights Cory shared and am already looking forward to reading the next book of his I have on my shelf (Stronger Than the Dark). I originally grabbed the book for the entertainment value, but stuck around for the vulnerability and positivity through struggle and adversity. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • Flash Fire by TJ Klune - After remembering how much I enjoy reading, I decided to scope out my Hoopla app to see if any good audiobooks had been added recently. I noticed that there was a sequel to TJ Klune's The Extraordinaires, so I thought I'd give it a go since I enjoyed the first one when I listened to it last year. I'll be honest, I didn't love it as much as some of TJ's other books (The House in the Cerulean Sea is in my top ten favorite books), but this was entertaining and kept me smiling. Normally superhero storylines aren't my go-to, but I love how down-to-earth and real the kids (and adults) seem. Also, I absolutely believe that representation matters, so I appreciate that this series has LGBTQIA+ heroes. (I also didn't realize there was a third story in the series, so hopefully it becomes available on my Hoopla app soon!) I would give it an 8 out of 10. 

With that, September has come to a close. My reading may not be going gang-busters like it has in the past, but I hope it never completely stops. If you have any suggestions, let me know! I'm always willing to add them to my library wait list! 

PS I created an Amazon list that includes all of the books I've read and would recommend to others. Check it out!

What's the best book you've read lately? 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!

When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Workout Recap - Week 39

Sunday, September 18th – 4 mile treadmill run (~40 minutes)

Monday, September 19th – 8 mile treadmill run (~71:52)

Tuesday, September 20th – 4 mile treadmill run (~34:10)

Wednesday, September 21st – Rest Day/ Travel Day

Thursday, September 22nd –  4ish miles

Friday, September 23rd  Rest Day

Saturday, September 24th – 17ish miles

Like I mentioned in last week's workout recap, the hubby and I were going to be out of town for vacation, so workouts were going to look a little different. Because we were staying in a new-to-us area of Kauai, I stuck to the treadmill for my runs since I wasn't super familiar with the area. (The hubby and I would hit up the gym for a quick afternoon session while the hubby's dad and his wife were at the pool.) Also, while we were in Hawaii my watch decided to stop working, so the treadmill was the best way to estimate my distance. When we got back I was able to stick with familiar routes or "Map My Run" to get an idea of when and where I should turn around (but I have no idea about pace). I haven't run "naked" in quite some time, so it was definitely an interesting experience (but hopefully my replacement watch arrives soon :)).

How were your workouts this past week?

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!

When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Workout Recap - Week 38

Sunday, September 11th – 10 mile run 

Monday, September 12th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Tuesday, September 13th – 3.9 mile run for the hubby's 39th birthday

Wednesday, September 14th – 8 mile run

Thursday, September 15th –  4.44 miles of hills

Friday, September 16th  8 mile run

Saturday, September 17th – Rest Day

This week looks a little different because the hubby and I are going on a vacation so I swapped my long run from last week and my long run this week and then moved around a couple of my longer mid-week runs so I could have shorter runs while we are out of town. My longer runs are still having a bit more walking in them than I would like, but I'm hoping this weather (I don't know what satan's armpit feels like personally, but if I had to guess it'd be something like what we've been experiencing lately) will break and I'll start running stronger and more consistent in the coming weeks.

How were your workouts this past week?