10k Runner

I’ve talked about my jogging habit a bit on here, but haven’t gone into lots of detail. Back in January, I started the couch to 5k program doing my runs on the treadmill. I finished the program in March and started getting ready for my first 5k in April. Transferring from the treadmill to running outside was seriously hard. Because of that, I quickly began to dislike it and after my 5k I stopped.

In June, a friend started talking about the program and we decided to start it from the beginning. This time, we would do it outside so that we wouldn’t have that hard transition. Running outside during a southern summer….what were we thinking? Despite the humidity, we kept at it until we finished the program and then we did a 5k.

Afterwards, I wanted to keep the discipline of jogging in my life. I first thought about training for a half marathon. Then I thought that I might want to ease into it a little better, so I decided to do the training for a 10k. I had used the 5k runner app during my earlier training, so I got the 10k app by the same company. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and love seeing how I can push my body to do more than I thought it could.

To close this out, I wanted to share some pictures and say that I also really like that the app has quotes & bits of encouragement. Even the app’s loading page is encouraging. I mean…who wouldn’t want to jog for 60 minutes after seeing this? Right?

20121113-224715.jpg

20121113-225157.jpg

Slow Down, Life

I feel like the last 3-4 days have passed by in a hazy blur. This is both good and bad. I do like being busy sometimes, and then it hits the point where life just seems to be more exhausting than enjoyable.

An example of the exhausting part? I fell asleep on Sunday afternoon for three hours. I wake up thinking ‘great…I’ll never fall asleep tonight.’ Wrong! I passed out on my couch around 11:00pm, finally woke up enough to go get in bed around 5:00 am, where I continued to sleep until 10:00 am. That’s 14 hours of sleep over a 21 hour time period!

So, basically, my Friday and Saturday were so full and tiring that I ended up sleeping through a good part of Sunday and Monday. I will say that I was thankful for the sleep because 1) I obviously needed it and 2) I normally have things to do so I don’t have the luxury of that much sleep.

One thing that I do feel bad about, though, is that I’ve been a terrible rowmie on my NaBloPoMo grid these past few days. I’ve been lucky to get a post of my own up on some of these days, so I’ve definitely ignored my fellow bloggers. Hopefully things will slow down a little as this week progresses. Forgive me if I comment bomb some of your blogs as I work to catch up!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I’m participating in Scavenger Hunt Sunday again this week.  Here are my interpretations for the 5 different prompts:

 

1. Nature

I love the color show that comes in fall.  Was lucky to capture this beautiful tree on Saturday.

2. Vintage or Retro

On Friday I went to the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte.  I found a booth that had lots of vintage jewelry and I snapped a picture of one piece.

3. Whimsical

 Also at the Southern Christmas Show was a tree that was full of ornaments that were made out of some type of wood.  The squirrel was one of my favorites.  Can you imagine a tree of nothing but these animals?  It would definitely add a touch of whimsy to any Christmas.

4. Cooking

Living by myself I don’t do much cooking.  I do still like to bake though.  And I found out that cookies baked on stoneware our unbelievably amazing.

5. Week’s Best

Whether this is actually my best of the week or not could be debatable.  But, in light of the holiday, it is my favorite.  Some people from our church were helping to put a new roof on the house of some fellow church members.  I was there to help and to take a few pictures and loved the way that the flag blew in the breeze as I snapped this shot.  Happy Veteran’s Day!

That’s all for this week.  Once again, you can check out many others at Ramblings and Photos.

Getting It Done….Barely

So, in my post on Thursday, I was mentioning all the things that I could possibly do today and how I wasn’t sure which things to do, etc.  I couldn’t pick and choose so I just found a way to do them all.

I got up this morning and I really, REALLY wanted to be lazy and do nothing.  But I’m too proud of what I’ve accomplished so far in my jogging, so I took the time and did my program for today.  80 minutes…60 minutes of jogging and 20 minutes of walking…6.1 miles.  Yay, me!

After jogging, I stopped by the roofing project site.  I didn’t do too much on this visit except take a few pictures of the goings on.  All the men were still getting all the logistical/repair work done and so I was just trying to stay out of their way.  Since this was the case, I ran home really quickly to wash all my jogging sweat off of me, then met two other friends at Wal-Mart to do some shopping.

One of the ladies is in charge of the Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection at our church.  So if there are people who don’t want to or feel like they don’t know how to put a box together, they can donate money to the church and then she uses the donated money to go shopping with and she puts the box together for them.  We worked on finding items for about 40 boxes.

After that, I went back to the roofing project because I knew that they were losing some of their help and I wanted to be available.  I helped feed shingles and run ridge caps for the rest of the evening.  It did reach a point where we were all pulling out our phones and using our flashlight apps until they finally found a few lights that we could bring up on the roof.  The project was being finished by lamp light, but it was finished!

After my very full day, I was so wiped out that I actually fell asleep in the recliner.  Luckily, I woke up in time to type this little recap up so that I can get it posted by the end of the day.  I’ll try my best to make sure tomorrow’s entry is posted before 11:54 pm!  Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Starting Something New

So I’ve seen on some other blogs how the “Stream of Conciousness Sunday” is a thing.  Well, the day is quickly winding down and I don’t have a lot to say, so I wanted to do something similar.  But it’s not Sunday.  So I thought, in the same spirit, I would call this “Word Throw-up Thursday.”

I just signed my friends and I up for another race with Color Me Rad.  I got an email at the end of last week because they were announcing that they were coming to another city in my state.  If I (or we) signed up for that race by tomorrow, then we would get 20% off of the registration costs.  This was actually kind of awesome because it took the total fee from $35 down to $25.  You get a really nice shirt, have lots of fun, take lots of cool pics (I carried my iPhone in a ziploc bag), and the proceeds go to Special Olympics.

Today was my Friday and I would be really happy about that, except for the fact that my next few days are so busy that I won’t really get any rest or relaxation.  Tomorrow will be fun, but pretty tiring.  I’m going to the Southern Christmas Show tomorrow with some friends.  That basically means shopping all day long.  Which is fun…..except for the walking.  It’s at one of those expo center/warehouse type places.  Like I said, pretty fun, but very tiring as well.

Saturday I have three things going on.  I know I can’t do all three, so I’m probably gonna have to pick and choose which to do.  The definite thing?  Running.  I’ve gotten into the habit of running every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  This is a commitment (and a habit) that I’ve been fairly strict about since the middle of July and I don’t want to change it now.

I also have two things going on with my church.  First is that the men and youth of the church are helping to re-roof a house and I would like to help with that.  But I’ve also been asked to help go and use the money that’s been donated to the church to go buy items to fill Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.  Both are good things, I want to do both, but it’s hard to be in more than one place at a time.

I’m winding down on this as I don’t have much more on my mind…..except for all the things that I need to be doing around my house that I’m not doing because I’m sitting here typing up a good helping of word vomit.  And even as I sign off with plans of getting lots done, the tv will be turned on, I’ll start to crash from my run earlier, and then those things will be added to that ever-growing busy list.

Looking Back on the Week

Today is November 7th.  That means that, as a participant in NaBloPoMo, this post is my 7th post so far this month.  That’s saying a lot considering the fact that before November 1st I hadn’t posted a single entry since June 13, 2012.

I know that nothing that I’ve put up is some stellar, award-winning piece of writing by any means, but I’m still proud of myself.  There were times when the thought of whipping up a blog post were more bothersome than exciting, but I still did it.  The funny thing about that?  I usually had a huge feeling of relief and relaxation afterwards.  Not in the “I’m glad that’s out of the way!” sense but in the “It felt good to write that!” sense.

I’ve also enjoyed getting to read some of the pieces that my rowmies and columnites have posted this week.  It’s nice to be able to connect with others in the writing community.  To share frustrations, common experiences, and be inspired by other writers is something that I didn’t really know I had missed at all until I immersed myself back in the blogging community.

Looking at my schedule over the next few weeks, I am discouraged by the busyness of it.  I’m discouraged because a hectic schedule means that, although I will still be trying my best to live up to the challenge of NaBloPoMo, I won’t get to write anything that is the quality that I long for.  I will, however, take solace in the fact that blogging daily will put writing back at the forefront of my mind so that, hopefully, I will one day be able to write the way that I want to write.

I didn’t want to write a research paper

As I sat down to write today, I didn’t have anything particularly interesting or profound to talk about so I thought to myself, “I’ll go find one of those blog topic generators that I’ve read about and try that!”  Off to Google I go, ready to find the generator that will give me the perfect random blog topic.  Or so I thought.

I click the link for the first return on my google search of “blog topic generator” and am directed here.  I go ahead and leave the category set to ‘all’ and click the button anticipating what it might be.  My most embarassing moment?  My favorite subject in high school?  A funny family story?  No.  Not even close.  My first result?  Polymers.  Other than remembering that polymers are some type of science-related thing, I have no clue what they are or what their function is…so I won’t be writing about polymers today (please hide your disappointment).

I ask the site to generate another topic and this time I get ‘the double helix.’  Once again, I know that the double helix is referring to DNA.  I could possibly write about how I love watching CSI and how they act out the testing of DNA on the show, but I’m really not well versed in my scientific knowledge of it.

Not believing the generator could strike out a third time, I ask for another topic.  This time I get ‘creating an environment that welcomes art in young children.’  Really?  I mean, I’m sure that doing this is a good thing and there are people who exist that could give you a list of exactly the way to do this (for example, a preschool art teacher), but I am not one of those people.  Strike three.

And yet, I still ask for a fourth topic.  Topic number four is ‘lying to your kids.’  This is the first reasonable topic that I’ve gotten and I could probably come up with something okay to say about it.  However, I don’t have kids.  So while I could come up with something, it probably wouldn’t be that great seeing as I have no personal experience in the subject.

Just for kicks I asked for one more topic and get ‘space station technology.’  I know that there is a space station and that’s pretty much where my knowledge ends on that one.  But I did finally get an idea of what to blog about today….

So thank you, horrible blog topic generator, for being so bad that I could write about you.  Don’t worry, though…..if I ever get the urge to pretend like I’m in school again by writing a research paper, I’ll come straight to you.

Today is definitely Monday

As a rule, Mondays usually suck.  It’s not their fault and there’s not much that Monday can do to make me like it better, but we all know that Monday is a dreaded day.  Why?  Because that’s when the majority of us are forced to leave our relaxed, do things for ourselves (or our families) mindsets and return to the drudgery of “everyday life.”  Whether it’s ruled by our jobs or getting kids here or there, we have all – at some point – dreaded Monday.

Occassionally Monday will pleasantly surprise me by not being so bad.  I’ll have a nice drive to work, the people I encounter there will be mostly civil, and I’ll think to myself “this was a good day.”  But, today?  Monday, November 5, 2012?  Not so much.

I wake up this morning, look towards my window, and this is my inner dialogue:  “Man, it seems really bright outside.  But the time did change, so there will be more light.  But that looks like a lot of light.  What time is it?”  I stretch out of bed to look at my alarm clock (which, by the way, is actually in my bathroom to ensure that I actually do get out of bed instead of just continually hitting the snooze button), and see that it is 7:52 am.  Crap.

While still in bed, I quickly grab my phone to text a co-worker and tell her my plight so that nobody wonders if I’ve been in a wreck or am in the hospital.  Luckily the shower was taken the night before, so all I have to do is run a straightener over my hair, brush my teeth, and get dressed.  I quickly make a cup of coffee…..a 24 oz cup…..and out the door I go.

Work has been much of the same.  Annoying person after annoying person.  People who are difficult.  People who don’t care that the problem your trying to rectify is something that was caused by a person who made a mistake 26 years ago and you’re doing everything that you can to help them.  People that want to continue to talk to you for 45 minutes and tell you every detail of their situation even though you’ve told them that you have nothing to do with deciding their case.  People that don’t understand that the law does suck sometimes and all you can do is follow the instructions you’re given.

Yes, today is definitely Monday.

 

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

When I was blogging regularly, SHS was something I loved doing.  Therefore, I thought I would start back up as a part of my NaBloPoMo efforts.

This week’s list was:

1. Wild
2. Welcome
3. Adventure
4. Vibrant
5. Classic

 

Who could resist this wild leopard on Halloween.  And bless her for dealing with the torture that we put her through.

 

Holding my little niece on Friday, I thought how much time flies.  Can’t believe we welcomed her into the world just 7 weeks ago. (And I’m slightly sorry for the baby spam!)

Last Saturday I participated in the Color Me Rad 5k.  This was an adventure that I absolutely LOVED!  In fact, I loved it so much that I plan on doing another in March.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  Walking downtown, I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of this leaf on the sidewalk.  I love how the concrete background makes it look even more vibrant.

I think the courthouse gives our town such a classic look.  It’s even better when framed by some fall color.

 

That’s all for my interpretations this week.  If you like great photography, go check out some others on the Scavenger Hunt Sunday link-up at Ramblings and Photos.