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50 Shades of Green

Hello everyone!

So, I have a confession…

The last week or so I have all but abandoned you as a few other “obsessions” have taken over my life. There is a very tasty morsel of which I have become acquainted with and would like to share with you. Am I addicted? Some would say so. Is it a guilty pleasure for which I have no control over and I completely surrender myself to? Absolutely. Is it slightly inappropriate? Still up for debate.

I have been OBSESSED with this man (okay, maybe young man)! I have been desperately missing my Vampire Diaries lately, so I ran across this series on Netflix when trying to find something even remotely comparable. Jackpot! It’s mysterious, adolescent, cheesy and a guilty pleasure that has not disappointed. AND….we’ll let’s just say after a quick Google search I am SO GLAD to find out Tyler Posey is of barely legal age.

Another guilty pleasure…

My Mom reads this occassionally, so I won’t say anything more. But… Oh my!

I have also been very under the weather over the weekend. Needless to say, I have been 50 Shades of Green (you like that?) and got very reaquainted with the toilet (TMI?). I have not been interested very much in the food department lately. After the above entertainment took over my life last week, and my illness over the weekend, running and fitness seem to have also taken a backseat over the last few days. However, I am hoping to get back to running this afternoon providing the weather is affordable.

Which brings me to my next topic. Remember when I mentioned in this post about the Russell County, Ky runner who was murdered while running? Hart’s hometown has joined together and has organized a run on August 11th in support. The race creatively titled, Run With All Your Hart, is a 4 mile race to represent her three children, as well as her unborn child.

I have been so proud of our state and the way everyone has come together to show their recognition and support for the family.The race has gathered international attention and now every state and several countries are represented with many runners signing on to run as Virtual Runners. If you are interested in more information or would like to learn about signing up to be a Virtual Runner you can go here.


I have lots of exciting things to share in the days to come, including some reviews! Here are some questions to keep you pondering in the meantime.


What books are you reading this summer?

Do you ever take a break from your routine?






For the Love of Run

Okay, this post was actually intended for celebration of National Running Day. However, that did not workout because instead of running on National Running Day, I ended up going to my nephew’s softball game. That said, I still wanted to celebrate running and what it means to me. So here it goes!

Running has been a passion of mine for many years. I have been running since I was in high school. Although I might have fallen off the wagon a few times, I have always went back to running and love it more than any other sport or workout.

There are many reasons I love running. Shall we list some of them? (Come on, you know the answer to that.)

  • Solitude. I usually only like to run alone. I have had a few running buddies in the past. Somehow, I always break up with them in favor of running alone. Sorry Jessica! It’s really not you, it’s me!
  • Great workout. After running I always feel as if I have actually done something. I know weight lifting and classes are awesome, but I usually leave these activities feeling like a good, sweaty run would have been a better workout.
  • The Challenge. Running can be such a mental and physical challenge. There are always ways to push myself even harder than before. Can I make it over that ginourmous moutain today? Can I run when it is only 32 degrees outside or pouring rain? Can I run 6, 7, 8 miles? All of these are personal challenges and hurdles, and when I tackle each one I feel such a great pride and accomplishment. It is so easy to talk yourself out of doing something that seems impossible, but when you show yourself that it is possible, that’s the best!

I’m sure I will tell you many other reasons why I love running as we get to know one another a little better here in Blogland, but let’s continue with the rest of the blog plans for today. Continuing with the theme, I wanted to layout my new running schedule. After being overburdoned the last couple of months with my Master’s program, I had pretty much quit taken a hiatus from running. I just started back semi-consistently a few weeks ago and so far it is great! Here is my proposed schedule:

Monday – Run 3 steady paced miles.

Tuesday – Run hills 1.5 miles. Followed by full body weight training workout.

Wednesday – Run intervals. Followed by at least 1 mile easy pace.

Thursday – Full body weight training workout, followed by at least 2 mile easy paced run.

Friday or Saturday – Run long run, easy paced at least 6 miles. Other day off day.

Sunday – Off day.

After attempting failing to do a few actual running programs, I have decided it is best for me to not have a program. Instead, I am going to try and stick to this schedule as much as possible, and for the days that other more important things pop up (i.e. movies, homework, eh em…loafing on the couch) I am simply going to follow with the next day’s schedule. I tend to have All-Or-Nothing thinking, and when I follow a strict program and miss a day it makes me feel as if I have failed, which ultimately results in me giving up on the program altogether. Even though I don’t fancy lifting weights, it is something I want to encourage myself to incorporate into my routine, hence the 2 weightlifting days. I also reserve the right to switch any of these days or blow off the entire schedule as neccessary. 🙂

Well, this post is getting a bit lengthy, so let me leave you with a few pics of my favorite running location, which is at one of the local high schools.





**Edited after posting to adjust pics. Sorry for the quality, as previously mentioned, my phone is prehistoric.



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