Power Outage, Reads and Music

This week I had a lot planned that didn’t happen.  The week from hell…o is finally over (maybe because I still don’t have power).  I had a lot to do on Tuesday and Wednesday that quickly went on the back burner when we get a huge storm in New Jersey and Philadelphia.  There was a tornado that touched down and my power was knocked out.

There are two types of weather patterns I am absolutely terrified of:

1. Tornados
2. Thunderstorms

The storm knocked out my power.  The same evening I got a migraine so I just called it a night and went to bed.  So on Tuesday I had one of the most miserable days of the year.  You have to have the good days to have the bad days right?

Hard at blogging work at a local coffee shop...whatever hard at blogging work means

Hard at blogging work at a local coffee shop…whatever hard at blogging work means (via instagram)

Since I’m not cleaning in the dark and 90 degree house, I spent time reading in local coffee shops.  I did find a few articles for the week.  They said the power would come back on Wednesday at 5am, then Thursday at 4pm and now the latest is today at 12pm.  I’ll post a bunch of dancing emojis when it does.

Five Articles I am enjoying:

15 Life Hacks I agree with all of them except making your goals private.  I actually think it might be a good idea to share your goals!

21 Signs You are a Grandma Trapped in a twenty something’s body 

Glute Med Exercises (My bum butt earlier in the year was caused by a weak glute meade)

Tiny Tweaks To get a Good Nights Sleep (I’ve been utilizing this a lot and found my sleep patterns becoming more consistent).

Janae’s Reflection on Injury (I thought this was a really interesting post.  We often think that our running injuries are because we are injury prone.  In reality, I think it’s because we train poorly…not that I’m always one to talk).

5 Recent Articles From LOLZ:

My Brother’s Graduation Part 1 and 2

Products of the Summer

So You Want to Start a Blog? 

Comparison: The Thief of Joy

Five Songs I’m Running too


iggy work

Who doesn’t need a photo of Iggy?

Change Your Life-Iggy

Bad Blood-Taylor Swift

taylor swift

Or Taylor Swift?

Anaconda-Nicki Minaj

Hey Mama-David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

So anyways, it’s time to put this week to rest and move on.  Hopefully next week will be a little bit more enjoyable!

Questions for you:

Has your power ever gone out? 

How are you spending this weekend? 



Sleep is Valuable

Sleep is something I value a lot.  I don’t run well on less than 8 hours of sleep.  There are obvious cases that less sleep cannot be avoided but for me sleep is really important.  I rank getting enough rest in the top five most important factors for my personal happiness.  I don’t have any issues telling people I’m going to bed at X time or I need to leave because I’m tired.  We are grown adults and no one can “judge” you for doing what’s best for you.


There should never be judgment to begin with but often times there is an (unnecessary) pressure to stay out late and to hang out longer.  Like I said this is completely unnecessary.

I’m not a doctor.  There are plenty of reasons why sleep plays an important role in your life.  I’m not here to tell you why and googling “why is sleep important” can yield thousands of results.

I’m here to tell you when I don’t get enough sleep I’m a grouchy human being, I’m hungry all the time and I want to drink all the caffeine I can get my hands on.  This cycle normally leads to a crash, napping and then not being able to sleep the next day.

I used to not sleep well.  Often times I would find myself tired and not sleeping through the night.  I didn’t understand why.  I later realized I was doing a few things to sabotage my sleep as well as I needed a new mattress.

Here are some things I’ve started doing to help me sleep better (and in my PERSONAL experience, have found them to work well)

Turn off technology before going to bed.  I stopped going to bed with an internet glow.  I turned off technology and don’t sleep with my cell phone in the bedroom.

I stopped drinking full leaded coffee after 1pm.  I used to drink regular coffee until around 2-3 but found one (and actually usually noon) is the latest I’ll have coffee.

I now change my sheets, pillowcase and entire bed linens more than once a week.  I used to alternate every 2 weeks but have found that more is better.  This means an unnecessary amount of laundry but I like to think of it as an awkward quirk I have.

Have a bed time snack.  I normally like to have a glass of milk as well as some sort of small bed time snack.  I wake up hungry in the morning and I have found going to bed full causes me to fall asleep very quickly and soundly.

I don’t struggle with this frequently (but I know some people do), but establishing a similar sleep pattern.  I go to bed and wake up the same time weather I’m working or not.  I’ve found having a fairly similar sleep pattern keeps my body conditioned to actually follow it.  I don’t go to bed at 3am some nights and 9pm other nights.

These are just things that I have found that work for me.  Sleep is such an important and key factor in your life and running.

Some of my favorite articles about sleep:

How to Get Better Sleep as a Runner 

Sleeping will make you faster 

Question for you: What do you do to promote sleep?


I’m running out of brags for myself.  LOL, a lot has happened in the last week involving me running on little to no sleep.  I need at least 8 hours to be life functional…I don’t even pretend I can be in a good mood on anything less.  


Physical: Physically, I have been a hot mess. I can’t really brag about that though…in the positivity post of the week.  Anyways- I am still really basking in the photos I got done.  That might make me sound cocky but I really think they turned out so well.

Hollie 175 EDIT toasted nero-M

Mental: It’s hard to start a new training program and not know where it will take you.  That is what starts for me very soon.  I’m just maintaining a base and starting weight lifting.  I’ll probably be sore. It’s also hard when you feel like you are burning the candle at 12 ends (because I was a physics major) but really you aren’t. Some days I’m super busy..some days I’m not. I’ll complain…but we got to do what we got to do…I guess.

Brag: I’m starting to get my routine down packed.  I am a very routine person and I like that. I have started to get my routine down pact and I know when I need to go to bed and wake up to be most efficient.  You heard? My other brag was that I somehow napped for over 4 hours last Saturday as still able to sleep at 9pm.

So with that this PMB is somewhat shorter.  To summarize I’m starting to adjust to the cold and back to work but it’s certainly a hard adjustment.  I’m okay with letting myself sleep versus going outdoors and running…it’s cold and I’m tired.  I won’t deny that fact.  Here is the part where you tell me awesome job for listening to my body…

Question for you: What are your PMB’s this week? 

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