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Articles and Life

I don’t have a lot to say this week.  It seems like when my running is going well, life is chaotic.  Lately, I’ve been busy with work.  This weekend is a big race weekend in Philadelphia and New Jersey.  On Saturday is the Philadelphia RnR and Sunday is the Run the Bridge 10k.  While I’m not racing over the Ben Franklin Bridge, my work has packet pickup and helps out a lot with the race.

I’ve also been dealt a slice of humble pie with military life and culture.   To be honest, the last two weeks have been mentally rough!  This month has taught me that everything can change in a blink of an eye.  It’s been hard to schedule anything but I’m okay with that.

Speaking of the military, I’ve also been lucky with a few blogging opportunities.  With Veterans Day coming up, I was contacted to help promote Great Clips.  Believe it or not Great Clipsis giving out free haircuts for all Veterans.  I think this is such a nice gesture.  Both my brother and husband are in the military and my father was as well.  If you know any Veterans who want or need a haircut, let them know.  I’ll be expanding upon this as Veterans Day draws closer!

Dad and I

Dad and I

As seen on twitter, I went for a shopping trip to my local lululemon recently.  They were having a sale and I was lucky enjoy to scoop up a few things.

lululemon

Anyways, here are some articles I’ve found to be interesting and a few of my recent posts…

Running:
You Don’t Have to Run
12 Struggles that Real for Accident Prone People  (After my fall last month I suppose this is appropriate
Why October is the Best Month to Start Running

Humor:
7 Signs You are Becoming An Adult (Hilarious)
Rare photos of What People Look Like Before Coffee

From LOLZ:
Why a Sub 19 minute 5k?
Adding Track Workouts
Staying Safe While Running
Online Running Shoe Reviews are (Mostly) Worthless
Bone Run 3.05 (18:11)
JCC 5k (19:15)

Have a great Friday.  It’s definitely been a long week! 

Questions for you:

What articles are you enjoying this week?
Are you racing this weekend?  Where at and what distance?

 

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National Coffee Day

There are only a few foodie holidays I like to celebrate or even point out.  Every day is a different food day if you google it.

But seriously: Here is a list of “National Foodie Days” incase you ever wondered.

Anyways National Coffee Day is a “Holiday” I will celebrate proudly.  Most people know I drink a lot of coffee but what they don’t realize is a lot of it is decaf.  I truly enjoy the taste of coffee but honestly don’t need or want that much caffeine every day.

Personally I love the taste of coffee.  Whether it’s decaf, flavored, with lots of cream or minimal…I enjoy coffee a lot! I don’t discriminate. 

The coffee life

The coffee life

My current favorite coffee is obviously the seasonal pumpkin spice with whipped cream.

Why the whipped cream?  As you drink the coffee, it gets more creamy (since the whipped cream melts).  It’s more bitter at first and then creamy towards the end.  It’s the perfect combination in my opinion.

Blue Swan Coffee

Here is a list of deals you can score today.  **Plus my favorite gas station Wawa is giving out free coffee all day too!  

Articles about Coffee: 
Why You Should Be Drinking Coffee Right Now
Buzzfeed: 22 Facts About Coffee
The Oatmeal: Infographic About Coffee

In summary by writing this post I learned the following:

  • Coffee was first discovered by research in Goats
  • Coffee was originally eaten in the form of berries.  Hashtag coffeeberries

And of course no National Holiday would be complete without the memes.

coffee meme 1

coffee meme 2

drink coffee 1

drink coffee meme

Do you drink coffee?  What is your favorite kind?

Life Updates

It is hard to believe we are through another week of the summer.  It’s strange to think how fast this summer is going.  A month ago, schools were getting out.  In another month, they’ll be starting again.

This week was unique for me.  My work schedule is beginning to change and I enjoyed a lot of unscheduled and unplanned fun.

Fridays have become a collage of random thoughts on LOLZ blog.  Some weeks I post articles, some weeks I post life updates and some weeks I don’t post…Hashtag so random.

Random Week Activities: 

I went to the track!  I’ve done a few track workouts before but not in a VEERRRRRRYYYYYY long time (think 3+ years).  I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had.

I went back to brunette.  Some people pull off blonde hair color well but I’m not one of them.  I don’t regret dying my hair but I don’t see myself ever going back to blonde.

I wanted to wait at least a month before getting it redone because it was such a chemical bomb to my hair…

This is the only blonde hair selfie that I'm not mortified at my rash decision.

This is the only blonde hair selfie that I’m not mortified at my rash decision.

 

me brown hair

Two days later and I’m already much happier.

I finally finished my DIY project of repainting my small night stand.  It’s my first DIY project and I think it turned out well.

From brown to white

From brown to white

diy night stand

and the final is a pale blue

Interesting Articles of the Week:

3 Ways to Run Easy   Great article by Tina!  I think it’s so important to do your easy runs….easy.  Who knew?

10 Habits of Insanely Passionate Runners I don’t know if I agree about the cross training.  I will say the cartoons are the best!

If You Run, You are a Runner Great post from Lauren about all different types of runners.

I also really liked this from Runner’s World: 

runners world

From LOLZ:

Nike Vomero Review
Some Runs Are Awful
The Year of the Quarter Life Crisis

Questions for you:
How was your week?
Do you have any weekend plans?

Life, Articles and Packages Growing Out of Pots

It’s Friday!  This week has gone by so slowly and I’m excited to relax into this weekend.

The other day I received a package from Amazon.  I guess my mailman decided that putting my package on the potted plant was appropriate.  I guess Amazon could be so developed that packages now grow out of the ground too…

amazon package

On Monday my sister in law and family stopped into work.  They all needed new running shoes and I was lucky to have a little assistant to help me.

neice

Other then that I’ve been cleaning all week on my off time.  My house has been in desperate need of a serious deep cleaning.  I’m proud that I’m finally getting on top of that.

I also have decided to spend some free time painting furniture.  I figured we were going to get rid of it anyways, so if it doesn’t turn out well I haven’t lost too much.

diy painting

Articles:

Six Ways to Tame Your Social Media Addiction A great read for anyone.  In this day and age it’s very hard to get away from social media.

How Laura Dug Herself Out of a Running Rut  It’s no secret Laura is one of my best friends but this is a powerful post.   She talks about how hiring a coach and finding herself in running saved her emotionally and physically.

The Difference Between Overtraining and Pushing Hard Great article and a must read by any runner.

Evan Jagar’s Steeplechase Shows Why Track is Worth Following

Songs of the Week:
Lean On Major Lazer
Come Clean Hilary Duff (oldie but goodie)
Hey Mama David Guetta Featuring Nicki Minaj
Where are you now?  Skillrex and Diblo featuring Justin Beiber (I know!!)
Good for You Selena Gomez

So anyways that is my week in a brief summary.  A bunch of life updates, a few articles and music on my playlist.

Questions for you:

What are you adding to your playlist?

What are your plans this weekend?

 

 

Catching Up and a Few Articles

If your week has gone anything like mine, it’s been SAS.  Slow as…well you get it.  This weekend went from boring to exciting in the matter of one day.  The previous week was spent catching up on life, work and everything in between.  I was lucky to hang out with my coworker and go to a new Mediterranean restaurant on Tuesday evening.  The restaurant, Zaffron in downtown Haddonfield is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone in Haddonfield (and their primarily location in Center City Philadelphia).

Then on Wednesday I was able to meet Liz (my fellow 5k runner) for coffee at a local coffee shop.  We ended up chatting for about 2 hours.  It was so nice to talk and not be running.

liz and i

Articles:
13 Struggles Only People with a Resting Bitch Face Understand (this is me…me forever…)
18 people That should not be allowed in the gym  (This is good for some LOLZ)

This is me...in the gym.

This is me…in the gym.

Health:
Sleep Hygiene  (Sleep is such an important and critical aspect of recovery!)

Naps in hammocks...probably not that sanitary

Naps in hammocks…probably not that sanitary

Running:
Myths about running shoes (Hint they aren’t designed to injure you)
Muscles to Train for 5ks 

Mental
9 Things to do Before 9am
40 Things We Ned to Stop Worrying About (So true…I can relate to 99.9% of this!)

Posts from LOLZ:

The Comparison Trap 
Scott Coffee 8k Recap (32:44)
Woodbury 5k Recap (19:40)
How to Run and Keep all of Your Toe Nails

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Questions for you:

What are you up to this weekend?  Is anyone racing? 

What articles are you enjoying this week? 

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