Hello, hello and happy (almost) weekend! I hope everyone has had a good week so far.
I’ve had mostly easy runs this week, so there isn’t really much to report on the running front. I did do a workout Thursday … the dreaded 3 X 2 mile repeat workout. This was the workout last month that kind of did me in. Looking back now, it was actually a blessing in disguise because it started the wheels turning on the whole the burnout discussion and now, just one month later, I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER.
When I saw this workout pop up on the schedule again, I didn’t dread it at all. I was excited to get out there and conquer it! I did the workout outside (woo hoo!) and was able to hit the paces, so I feel really good about this one. Below is a side by side comparison of the workout from this week and from the last time that I did it (August 17th). It went so much better this time!
This week: 1 mi. WU, 3 X 2 miles w/ 400 rec. (6:33, 6:21, 6:17, 6:21, 6:15, 6:09), 1.5 mi. CD
Last time: 2 mi. WU, 3 X 2 miles w/ 400 rec. (6:33, 6:16, 6:33, 6:46, 6:59, 7:00), 2.0 mi. CD
Now that we’ve got the running stuff out of the way, it’s time for an updated “current” things post. Let’s go!
Current book: Thanks to my friend Jill’s recommendation I ordered Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
Present Over Perfect is described as “a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection” and also as guiding you “away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.”
Jill recommended this book to me after my Burnout post and I am so excited to start reading it. It sounds, for lack of a better word, perfect.
Current music: My favorite song right now is hands down “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams. I’ve been listening to this on repeat for a week or two (that’s what I do w/ music … listen to the song over and over and over again until I can’t take it anymore and then I move on to the next obsession).
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to fill the same old holes inside
There’s a better life, there’s a better life
If you feel lost, He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you got chains, He’s a chain breaker
Also in the music-related category, I just purchased a Sony MP3 Player. I’ve been using a really old iPod with really old music if I ever race with headphones and it was, without a doubt, time for an upgrade. The music on the iPod is all circa 2010. Also I am excited at the idea of no cords. I really hate cords!
Side note: Do you ever race w/ music? I like to sometimes. If I am doing a half or a full marathon, I definitely do. If I am doing a shorter race, I usually don’t.
Current drink: As we speak, I’m drinking some coffee. That’s pretty standard though, so more specifically, I am drinking a creamy buttery caramel medium roast coffee. It’s delicious.
Current food: Love Grown oats! In my opinion, when it comes to food prep, the less prep time the better. These oats containers are perfect for making “overnight” oats. I add some almond milk, greek yogurt and fresh fruit to the container, mix it up and let it sit overnight. Voilà! So easy. So tasty.
Current obsession: Amazon Prime. I recently got a 24 pack of Quest Bars for $0.75 per bar. They are $2.50 (or more) per bar at the grocery store (#winning). They were last season’s pumpkin pie flavor, but that’s beside the point. They are still in date and perfectly acceptable. Plus pumkin = fall. If I eat these, fall will come quicker. It’s science.
Current craving: Candy corn. Same concept here. Candy corn = fall.
Current need: I need to do a better job of weekly meal planning. We talked about this a little bit at work this week because it really should go hand in hand with working on our weekly budgeting. If you plan ahead you are much less likely to blow your grocery budget because you have to stop by the store a few times a week to grab just a couple of things at a time.
Current indulgence: I got my nails done this week. I try not to go too often so that it is more like a treat when I do go. I hadn’t been since June 2nd! I figured that was long enough to wait and I that I better go ahead and go before my feet and toenails deteriorated into a complete and utter state of disrepair.
Current bane of my existence: Dave Ramsey. Just kidding! Kind of. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit my running clothes and Coffee Loft habit into my budget.
Current procrastination: Preparing my own tax return. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that the shoemakers kids never have shoes. The same principle (those closest to a person often don’t benefit from the person’s expertise) tends to apply to our tax return as well. It’s just so easy (and super convenient) to extend your return and let’s face it, “ain’t nobody got time for that” in between January and April 15th (especially a CPA)!
Current confession: Sometimes I run red lights on purpose. So rebellious. Ha. I probably need to expound on this a little bit. I make 100% certain there are no cars coming and usually I only do this if it is like 4 a.m. and there are no other cars out anyway.
When I was really young, I remember sitting at a red light with my dad and he said, “You can’t let a red light rule your life, Kid” and then we went on our merry little way. I don’t know exactly how old I was, but I very vividly remember this and apparently it stuck. It’s just funny because I am typically a rule follower (my dad … not so much) and it’s out of character for me. I’m sure he will be so proud when he reads this!
Current quote: God did not add another day in your life because you needed it, He added it because someone out there needed you.
This is going to be a little random (shocking I know), but we are currently watching One Tree Hill on Netflix. We like to stay a good 10 – 15 years behind the trends. In one of the episodes that we watched this week, there is an accident and in this sort of weird super-natural way the guy is able to see what life would be like for his friends and family if he wasn’t in their lives (in the past and in the future). I know it sounds weird, but just hang with me for a minute.
The narration says, “Have you ever wondered what marks our timing? If one life can really make an impact on the world? Or if the choices we make matter? I believe they do. And I believe that one man can change many lives … for better, or worse.” I don’t know about you, but that really hit me in the feels. It was a really good reminder that we are all here for a reason and the way you treat people and the life you live does indeed make a difference.
It is easy for our lives to become a constant state of activity and stress. We get so busy that we forget to remember and celebrate, on occasion what life is really about. If you are reading this, you are alive. That isn’t something to be taken for granted. We are not guaranteed a tomorrow. Do something today (and everyday) that makes the world a better place for at least one person.
Current excitement: We are headed to Birmingham this weekend to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. Daniel likes to do the traditional anniversary gifts and year 6 is candy and/or iron (seems like an odd combination). Since Birmingham is sometimes referred to as The Iron City or The Pittsburg of the South (due to major industry growth in iron and steel production during the late 1800s), we are headed to Birmingham for the weekend and to continue with the “iron” theme, we are also playing golf on Sunday.
I’ve warned Daniel that I am an angry golfer. Patience is most definitely not one of my virtues, and I tend to get easily frustrated with the sport of golf. I haven’t played much golf anyway, but when I have it tends to get real ugly real fast. Neither of us have played during the 7 years that we have known each other (aside from hitting few balls over the bluff into the bay), so it should be interesting!
I’m hoping that he also gets me some candy corn (see above current craving). I’m sure that would help ease the pain of a rough day on the links.
Current mood: Thankful.
Tell me: What is currently going on in your life? I hope you guys have a great weekend