This post was supposed to just be a post about books I read this year, but as I wrote it, I couldn’t help but think about my uncle who recently passed away. One of the people I would typically enjoy comparing book notes with each year was my Uncle Barry. He – along with my parents – is one of the reasons I’m such an avid reader today (he was a reading teacher and always bought me his favorite books when I was growing up). And this time of year, as I’ve grown older, we typically talk through the latest books we’ve read and what we’ve enjoyed over the past year.
I wish I had a chance to share with him my reading list this year. It is much larger than other years, thanks to the pandemic. I would’ve loved hearing if he had read any of these, and see what he would’ve recommended I start with next year. But instead, I’ll be sharing my recommendations with you. And, I hope you can share yours with me, too! I know I’ll be needing some new ideas as I continue to read/listen my way into the New Year.
*Note: These are all Amazon affiliate links. But if you have a local bookstore near you, PLEASE consider purchasing from them! I took most of these out from my local library, but the ones that I purchased I did so from my local store, Appletree Books. If you’re local, they offer free delivery AND make the purchasing process so easy!
This past week I hit a running milestone I never would’ve imaged (or strived for) — I made it to 200 days of my running streak!
In 200 days, here’s what running has looked like:
Average mileage: 5.75 miles
Number of races: 3 (all virtual)
Number of stroller runs: 10
Number of treadmill runs: 8
But, I think my days of streaking are coming to an end. The mornings are getting colder and some days I think about how nice it would be to just let my body rest, especially as my plantar fasciitis has been hurting on and off for the past few months. But until then, here’s how my week looked:
It’s fall! And with the cooler temps, means that I’m READY for all the fall baking! This weekend, we baked some apple cinnamon bread and pumpkin whoopee pies. Both recipes were good, but the whoopee pies were requested by B and they came out SO good. I highly recommend that if you find yourself a can of pumpkin (which is hard these days!) you make these.
Man, what a week. It’s so weird thinking where I was a week or two ago, before the self isolation, work from home, etc. began. I’ve been trying to keep up with running, but the flu recovery is still happening. I’m barely coughing (yay!) and able to run again, which is good, because running is what helps with my anxiety.
With everything going on, to say I’ve been more anxious than normal is an understatement. I need to stay away from the news, but I can’t help but reading everything I can. So, I’m so grateful to at least be able to start my day with by pounding the pavement and getting in a few miles.
Is anyone else starting to feel the let down of the end of the holidays? I definitely am. I spent a week in New York with my family to celebrate the holidays, and it was great. We had decent weather (some snow to get into the holiday spirit, and one warmish day), and had tons of fun with the kids. Here’s a quick look at how we spent the past week with my family:
Well, it was another week of back inside most days. Partially due to the weather, and partially because I was anxious. Earlier in the week, I found out that a woman from a running group I’m part of (someone I don’t know personally), was attacked while running in the morning. She was running in an area I used to run in when I lived downtown and a man intentionally hit her with his car, before getting out, trying to rob her and then nearly hitting her again. They found him (thank goodness), and she is alright (relatively), but it still stuck with me all week and even though I know it’s an isolated incident, and not where I run now, and he’s in custody, I still didn’t feel comfortable running outside.
Hooray!! The snow melted and we were able to get back outside and running outdoors again in CLE. That meant this week I was able to run outside most mornings and was able to ignore the treadmill for another week.
Here’s how this week looked:
We started off the week with a FAMILY stroller run. We haven’t run as a whole family for a while, and it was nice to get outside with the four of us. LM was tired and cried for 2ish miles before finally passing out in the stroller.
We also got in a walk that day — look how nice it was out!
Thursday’s run was actually split between 2 workouts- I ran 6ish in the a.m. and then got in a short workout with a coworker, which I haven’t done in several years. It was a great way to beat some work stress!
This week is a weird week with the holiday, so hopefully I’ll be able to get in some workouts anyway.
Some questions for you:
Do you ever workout in the middle of the day?
Do you have any workouts planned for the holiday week?
I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down
Do you try to run an evenish number of miles when you run?
I mean, if you get to 3.42 miles, do you keep going to get to 3.5? Or if you’re at 2.14 do you run to 2.2 or even 2.25 or 2.5?
I don’t (as you can see) at all. It doesn’t bother me to run 3.52 miles or anything like that. In fact, this week I almost hit 30 miles, but because I don’t run even numbers, I jusssst missed it. Here’s how the week turned out:
Some highlights from the week include:
Sunday I got in another bagel run with FW. We took the stroller out for a run to the bagel shop, picked up some fresh bagels and then ran back. It actually rained the whole time, but FW was a good sport.
I actually got in 2 stroller runs last week – because school was closed on Monday, we were home with the kids and I took FW out Sunday and Monday.
Okay, this is a non-running related highlight, but I also saw Mindy Kaling speak last week! She was a keynote at Content Marketing World and I was fangirling the entire time.
Some questions for you:
Do you run even numbers?
Have you ever seen a celebrity speak?
I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.
TGIF! I’m so excited for the long weekend and getting in an extra day with the fam. We don’t have anything big planned – a few chores, some house improvements, BBQ and maybe a picnic and some outdoor activities.
In the meantime, I’ve been doing some online window shopping. Nothing to purchase yet, but here are 5 things I have my eye on:
This cami. It comes in so many fun colors and would be great for summer or even winter with a long sweater.
2. These joggers. Because you can never have too many pairs of cute, comfy pants #amiright
3. This dress. It is SO on sale (and an extra 50% off this weekend!) and would transition to fall nicely with a cardigan and/or tee underneath. Plus, those buttons — not only does it making nursing-momma friendly, but you can customize how much leg or cleavage you wanna show.
4. This poncho. I’ve been looking for a comfy and cute poncho for a while …. could this be it?
This past week I was SO ready for the weekend. It had been a slightly busy work with catching up on work after being out, a few client meetings and presentations, and by Friday I was definitely ready for some R&R and family time.
And that is exactly what the weekend included! While B got some stuff done around the house/outside, I entertained the kids. We got in some baking (lentil banana muffins of course), and outdoor play.
For lunch on Saturday, we opted to have a picnic. B took FW on the bike and I walk/ran with LM to a nearby playground. We had lunch and the kids got in some playtime before naps.
Sunday, I took FW out for a stroller run, and we literally ran a few errands. We returned library books and then picked up some fresh bagels.
In the afternoon, we headed downtown – we had tickets to the Indians game an went as a family of 4.
FW even got a chance to see Slider, which made his day. LM also got on the Jumbotron with B!
That evening, we finished with dinner at B’s parents’ house. It’s always a nice way to end our weekend and get ready for the week ahead.
Questions for you:
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently? Any recommendations?