Birthday Week

Happy Birthday TO ME! My birthday was this week, so I’m taking this moment to celebrate me on the blog πŸ™‚

I was able to celebrate with the family last weekend – we went out to dinner, had a mini-staycation in a hotel, I got a manicure, and I got lunch with a friend. I also was able to get in a snowy birthday run! Would I have rather it been 50 degrees and sunny during my run? (That’s a rhetorical question – you should know the answer by now) But it was snowy and somewhat pretty/not slippery yet (it was FRESH snow), so it really wasn’t that bad. And, it’s exactly how I would want to start my birthday!

Here’s what this week looked like: 

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Lots of Inside Time

It’s always in January that I start to get tired of winter. We’ve been lucky to have a mild winter so far – our average snow fall is down! – but this week, almost each morning had something that made it difficult to run outside. Between heavy snow, melting snow/thus ice, and rain, it was a less-than-ideal week for running weather-wise. I’m thankful for my treadmill. Is it too early to start a count down to spring?

Here’s what this week looked like:Β 

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On the Mend

For those of you following along, you may recall that last week our family came down with COVID. Luckily it has been mild, and our quarantine is over! 

But, I’m still recovering. It has pretty much been like a cold, but as with any cold, it’s hard to breathe at times and I’m TIRED. So, it has been hard to get out of bed this week and I haven’t been able to workout or go for as long of runs as I would like. 

I’m happy to be still running, but can’t wait until my lungs/body/everything feels better and I can get in a longer run and faster run again!

Here’s what this week looked like: 

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Starting off the New Year positive

Well, 2023 didn’t quite start as planned. For all of you that started off the new year with new goals and are still going strong – congratulations! Our new year started off positive – but in a different way. It started off with sickness and then positive COVID tests for our household. This is our first time catching COVID (yes, we made it three years into the pandemic somehow), and luckily it has been mild for us all.Β 

That said, it still has thrown off our schedule, workouts, and everything else this week. With all the kids home thanks to our quarantine, plus trying to work full time, I knew I had to get in some workouts this week just for my sanity.Β 

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What I Read in 2022: 43 Books

When I set out to ready 36 books again this year, I had no idea that I would blow through that goal. With a new job, three kids and who knows what else going on, I just assumed that I would barely make it to where I had been the year before (see here for my list of books I read in 2021).

Well, I ended up reading 40+ books in 2022, trying some new genres (YA and fantasy), new authors, and found some new favorites. Here is a look at every book I read this year: (Note – when I say β€œread” I do about half audiobook half actual reading typically – I like to read on my kindle or phone, and then pick up the audio when I’m driving or running)

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  1. Golden Girl – Elin Hilderbrand
  2. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  3. Evvie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes
  4. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  5. Three Sisters – Heather Morris
  6. The Overstory – Richard Powers
  7. Circling the Sun – Paula McLain
  8. Intimations – Zadie Smith
  9. The Anomaly – Herve Le Tellier
  10. The Sixth Wedding – Elin Hilderbrand
  11. Fool Me Once – Ashley Winstead
  12. 28 Summers – Elin Hilderbrand
  13. The Book of Two Ways – Jodi Picoult
  14. Book Lovers – Emily Henry
  15. The Rose Code – Kate Quinn
  16. Later – Stephen King
  17. Verity – Colleen Hoover
  18. The Lincoln Highway – Amor Towles
  19. The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff
  20. Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
  21. Meant to Be – Emily Giffin
  22. After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  23. Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  24. A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
  25. Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel
  26. One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  27. The Memory Police – Yoko Ogawa
  28. Upgrade – Blake Crouch
  29. Chilean Poet – Alejandro Zambra
  30. Forever, Interrupted – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  31. The Last Housewife – Ashley Winstead
  32. This Time Tomorrow – Emma Straub
  33. The Book of Lost Names – Kristin Harmel
  34. Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  35. The German Midwife – Mandy Robotham
  36. Nora Goes Off Script – Annabel Monaghan
  37. All Adults Here – Emma Straub
  38. Our Missing Hearts – Celeste Ng
  39. The Guncle – Steven Rowley
  40. Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of Life Interrupted – Suleika Jaouad
  41. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas
  42. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
  43. Horse – Geraldine Brooks

Looking for new reads for 2023? Here are some of my thoughts on the books:

Most surprising books I read:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (the series, especially book #2) – Sarah J Maas: One of my best friends suggested I read this, and when I read the description of the book and series, I was skeptical. I don’t typically do YA books or fantasy/mythology type of reads (Sorry to say, but I never got into Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.). But then two more friends separately recommended these and I decided to give it a try. And now I’m hooked! I’m on book 3 of the series and can’t wait to keep reading.

Horse – Geraldine Brooks: My mom suggested this book, and when I looked up what it was about (a horse), I wasn’t realllly interested. But if you like stories that go from generation to generation or through different timelines of people whose stories are all connected, you’ll like this one. I found the horse part interesting and education since I know nothing about riding or racing horses, and the fact that it’s based on a few true stories woven together made it one of my favorites this year.

Books I want to be made into movies stat:

The Guncle – Steven Rowley: You know those books that you just smile while reading because there’s something just so fun about the characters? This was that book. I loved this! I would love this to be made into a movie, because it would be one where I’d laugh and cry and laugh again.

Nora Goes Off Script – Annabel Monaghan: I need to see this come to the big screen or at least to Netflix. It would make for a great rom com and I have some clear pictures in my mind of the characters, so I need to see how they would portray it.

Best beach reads I read this year:

Golden Girl – Elin Hildebrand: This book takes place on Nantucket, so naturally it would make for a great beach read. It made me want to get back to Nantucket – or really anywhere on the Cape – asap!

Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid: This isn’t a true beach read, but it was a fun, fast read, and would have ben a perfect rad for any vacation. I read quite a few TJR books this year and this was hands down my favorite that I read this year.

My top 3 of 2022 (in no order)

These books are all so different from one another. One is a bazillion pages and emotional and even though I read it in the first part of the year, I still think about it. One is a history fiction/female empowerment story. One is a time travel-esque/pandemic story. Another is a story of friends and the trials that shape them throughout the years. If you only read a few books from my list, these are the ones I recommend.

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel

Some questions for you:

  • What are you reading? Anything I should add to my next-read list?
  • How do you consume books – reading on an e-reader? Listening to an audio book? Real hard copy?

My 2022 Running Recap

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I can NOT believe that tomorrow will be 2023. The year was memorable for many reasons – B and I both got new jobs, our youngest turned one, our lives returned to some sense of normalcy with 3 kids at school/daycare, some traveling again, AND the return of in-person racing! I didn’t do many races this year, but it was still a good year, with lots of miles fit into my busyish schedule and no injuries.

I set out the year with these goals:

Goal 1: Add in something else besides running into my schedule. 

Goal 2: Continue to run, injury free.

Goal 3: Run in-person races again!

Here’s how I did related to those goals:

Goal 1: I started doing some other workouts in the morning! It’s nothing significant, but several days a week I start my day with diastasis recti exercises, ab exercises or some other 8-10 minute video before hitting the road to run. It hasn’t been every day (it’s only when I wake up early before the kids) and it’s not all year (I started it maybe in October?), but I actually started this, which is big for me.

Goal 2: Yes! Yes! I ran injury free, thanks in part to continued stretching (sometimes) and rolling my foot out each day after running to prevent PF.

Goal 3: I ran ~5 races this year – they included:

  • Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series: This included a 5K and half marathon. See my recap, here:
  • Communion of Saints 5K: This small race earned me an AG medal! My kids and husband did the one miler. More here.
  • Cleveland Heights Happy 5K: I β€œran” this race with my 6-year-old! It was his first 5K. We ended up walking most of it but I feel lucky to have run a race with him. More here.
  • Bulldog Bolt 5K: This was my fastest postpartum 5K and a fast-for-me-right-now time. My kids and husband did the one miler. More here.
  • Stratford, Connecticut Turkey Trot: This was a fun race that I ended up doing before Thanksgiving with my family. More here.

This week, I’m finishing up the year on a quiet note with only a few days of running. I got in three runs in Upstate New York when visiting my family and a short run in Cleveland today. It was an easy week, and I enjoyed some time off of work AND running. With that for this week, that leaves me with the following for this year …

Total mileage for 2022: 1,513.67

Questions for you:

  • How did your 2022 end in terms of fitness?
  • Any goals for 2023?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

 

Negative Twenty Plus Degrees Is Cold

I can’t believe that it’s almost Christmas!! The holidays are my favorite time of year, and I am so looking forward to seeing my family tomorrow. But before that, I enjoyed a few nice runs this week. This week, I got the pleasure of sleeping in! Since FW didn’t have school, I was able to get up at 5:30 (yes, that’s sleeping in on weekdays) and get in a few miles later than usual. It was realllly nice and that extra hour or so of sleep made all the difference. That was before the storm came though – the week started out mostly nice, with a few days of slight snowfall that had melted by lunch. But then, the storm came, and my workouts had to adapt … here’s how the week looked:

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A Sluggish Week

I am TIRED. It was a WEEK. We have sick kids (two with coughs/colds, one who is getting over an ear infection and one who had a stomach bug), which means less-than-stellar sleep. Sunday night, I ended up with just over three hours of sleep (and this was right after a few days in a row of GM waking up at 3 a.m. and not going back to sleep) thanks to sick kiddos, and that set me up as very very sleepy all week long. I went to bed at 8:30 Thursday night, which is earlier than usual for me, and still could barely get out of bed when my alarm went off Friday morning at 4:30! Needless to say, I’m ready for a few days off and holiday break.

Knowing that, this week wasn’t my best.Β  I was NOT feeling my runs this week. I was slow, late getting outside so didn’t have as much time (again, couldn’t get out of bed), and I didn’t put in my daily DR exercises (because I didn’t get out of bed on time). But on the bright side – the weather was great all week and I even got in a run every day (including after said 3.5 hr of sleep night) Hoping that next few weeks are better!

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Wake me up when December …

And just like that, December is here! And I’m not mad about it. I love this time of year and all the festive activities that come with it. In terms of running, I don’t typically like winter, but at least last week we didn’t have any snow so I was happy about that.

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November’s running was pretty good. Here are some of the highlights:

  • I got in almost 125 miles for the month, which was better than October.
  • I did one race, slower than my last 5K, but it was a Turkey Trot and I had a good time running in Connecticut before seeing my family for Thanksgiving
  • I got in my DR exercises most weeks. I’ve been trying to be better about making it a priority. I am hoping that when I go to the doctor in January, I’ll find out how far my ab gap really is and if I’ve made progress.Β Β 

Here’s how last week specifically looked:

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