Feature Friday: Sky Runner Book Review, I'm Sensing A Theme Here, And Currently I'm...

Happy Friday! Finally right? I really loved the recovery week last and sleeping in, but getting back into a routine this week has been ROUGH. I also blame the patriots and Adam Levine for subjecting me to his bare stomach. Why did I ever think he was good looking?

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It’s been a super snowy week here, so this morning will be my third run this week on the treadmill. I’m very grateful for the new treadmill at the gym that tells me my elevation gain (so important for my 50 miler in May that has lots of rolling hills!). I honestly feel that running on a treadmill at incline makes me so much stronger come spring. Another take-away from being indoors more- I’ve had more time to do things like yoga and now apparently, cat yoga.

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I can’t remember if I posted this already, but obsessed with this maple syrup that Alex’s friend from Maine bought us. It only has two ingredients, Maple & Sea Salt (since maple can caramelize). You can find the company here.

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Stella begs for most things food-related and also has the puppy-eyes down pat.

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I’m already well-into my next read and LOVING it. It’s nice to change-up my usual non-fiction and bibliography reads to fiction every once in a while.

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Also watched this documentary the other night on YouTube and I had dreams that I ran up and down the mile-long hill by my house all night. Ha. That was fun.

I just finished Sky Runner by Emelie Forsberg. I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Forsberg before picking up this book (which I also just picked up because the photos looked really amazing). It was a really quick read (i.e. it took me 3 days I think?) and included so many beautiful photos. I’m sure that the language barrier contributed to the lack of text in the book, but it had more of a “look book” feel rather than a full “reading book” (I know that’s not that correct term, but just go with it!). It was fun to read about a few of her running journeys, but I had trouble relating to her story. Overall, just not really my thing, but still fantastic information and photos in there!

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Ever watched any documentaries on YouTube? —> I have a few more on my list that I’ve been wanting to watch for a while and will probably stream one this morning when I’m on the treadmill (thinking the Breaking 2 project!)

Favorite genre to read? —> Non-Fiction or Bibliographies are my jam.

Thoughts on the halftime show at the Superbowl?

Feature Friday: Running With The Kenyans Book Review, Trying Something New-To-Me

Happy Friday! Finally we are out of January and into a MUCH shorter (hopefully less cold) month. I’m also trying something new-to-me diet-wise for the month: going vegan. NOW before you get all judgmental and say things like ‘how do you plan get to all your iron’ or ‘why would you want to do a thing like that?’ - hear me out. Whenever I find myself either in a food-making slump, having stomach issues (I had some major cramps on my long run last Sunday), or just in general not excited about my breakfast/lunch/dinner options —> I look to switch things up. I would really love to find out what types of foods agree with my gut and which ones don’t and eliminating everything besides fruit/ vegetables/ beans/ grains (gluten-free) seems like the way to go at the moment. I don’t forsee it as lasting longer than a month because I truly love pizza, burgers, steaks, chicken, BACON all that goodness. I also love cheese. But if I’m able to find out which foods make my body feel great and which ones do not- I think that worth it for the month. I have so many recipes I can’t wait to make and will be absolutely loading up on things like Molasses (in my granola), Tempeh (I’ve never tried it, but honestly it is so good for you- it’s made from fermented soybeans and has loads of B vitamins, calcium, iron), Chickpeas, lots of nuts. I am most certainly NOT doing it for “losing weight” “getting stronger” or to potentially boost my running performance (unlike this article mentions Scott Jurek did it for). I would love to just cut down (or maybe out?) the digestive issues that sometimes wreak havoc on me throughout the day.

ON other news- let’s do another book review!

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I recently finished Running With The Kenyans by Adharanand Finn. This book was a bit slow to start for me, but then I couldn’t put it down when he started to go into more detail about his training for his first marathon. Finn & his family packs up from London and moves to Kenya to study the Kenyan running way it Iten (one of the most popular (if not, most popular) running/training destination in the world). While there, he decides to sign-up and train for his first marathon and recruit several local runners to train with him. I love how he recaps their long run sessions (how mentally he felt through the run- I could totally relate) and the community that he describes there.

While he never truely uncovers the ‘secret’ to why Kenyans are such exceptional runners, they are all so humble and he does an excellent job of describing each individual that he meets (even Mary Keitany!). If you’re interested in an insight into training for your first marathon, Kenyan running, or just travel in general- I highly recommend this book.

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I’d love to know your thoughts on the book if you’ve read it?

Any books you can recommend to me?!?

If you are a Vegan + runner —> send me your favorite recipe!

Feature Friday: Michelle Obama's Becoming Book Review!

I really enjoyed Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. I thought that it was so well-written and wasn’t softened down at all. She really does tell it all and I loved how she used words that I had never before heard (i.e. I had to look them up in the Dictionary!)- I feel that it’s extremely rare when you read something these days and have to look up a word that’s used (or maybe that’s just me and the normal types of books that I read).

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There were so many similarities that I found between her life and mine in her book and I especially loved one thing that she really continued to draw upon- we are planting the seeds to our life, but then we just need to sit back and watch them grow. —> I LOVE thinking of everything in my life this way and it really helps take a lot of the pressure off of everyday things that are ‘out of our control’ (same with running). If we’re putting in the work necessary for the seed to grow, then all we can do is continue to nurture it and wait.

I also thought how fitting it was how much she talks about her love for Chicago- I may need to read this book again right before I run the Chicago Marathon this year. It did get me really excited to see if the marathon passes by any of the major icons she mentions in her book (or in the neighborhood where her and Barack lived?!?). Another book that really tied into my running choices this year (Shoe Dog by Phil Knight was the tie to Eugene/ Eugene Marathon last Fall for me).

Another weird connection that I found out pretty immediately in her book- is that her father had MS. This is the second book that I’ve picked up (without knowing) that the author has a very personal connection to MS. She discusses the impact of his MS so well and I could relate to so many of the situations she describes (along with both her fathers’ feelings about the autoimmune disease, along with her views from the outside).

She does such a wonderful job tying in how she became First Lady, but also doesn’t sugar-coat it. She very plainly describes how difficult it was in certain situations to be in the limelight and how she came from a very typical middle class family, but was able to seek every opportunity that was presented to her. Another big take-away that I took from her book and one that I want to start implementing into my life —> how connections that she made helped open up doors (professionally) to both her and Barack. You never know who may meet that could help you later on in life!

Overall- this is a definite must-read in my book. I finished it in less than 2 weeks and honestly would have finished sooner if I had extra time on my hands : )

Have a great weekend and let me know your thoughts if you also read her book! I’m getting my long run in this morning (12-15 miles) and will hopefully get on the ski slopes one of the two days this weekend.

Here’s also a cute little photo of Brady because…why not ;)

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Feature Friday: 21 Questions I Need Answered & Another Book Review!

Wohooo it’s Friday! What a long short-week I had at work. It’s been so nice to be able to get out on my lunch break to run in the sunshine (also because it’s been way too cold to run in the early mornings) . Yesterday’s 8 miles were lovely and I’m excited to do my first ‘back to back’ longish runs today! I’ve got 12-14 miles on the schedule and will hopefully be able to run outside since it’s supposed to be a low of 10* I think? 

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I’m focusing on really slowing down for my easy runs, but still getting in those hills! I climbed 500’ yesterday, but hoping to get in a bit more today!  

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I thought it would be fun to list out 24 questions that I’ll answer, but I’d also love to have you answer too!  

  • Where were you born? North Conway, NH 
  • How old are you? 28
  • Favorite day of the week? Wednesday’s  
  • Favorite ‘splurge’ after a running race? A burger & sweet potato fries!  
  • Favorite thing to do when tapering? Mani/ Pedi
  • Favorite food? Any type of pasta & fresh rolls
  • Favorite dessert? Tiramisu  
  • Ocean or lake? Ocean, but I also love lake houses!  
  • Mountains or beach? Mountains
  • Favorite color? Buttercream yellow
  • Favorite smell? Freshly roasted coffee
  • Last meal on Earth? Napolian Pizza fresh in Italy  
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled to? Either Yosemite or Italy!  
  • Favorite season? Fall
  • Favorite TV show? Gilmore Girls  
  • Favorite movie? Miracle
  • Last best book you’ve read? Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  • Favorite book? Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer
  • Best song ever? Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
  • Trails or Road? Trails!  
  • Your favorite place to relax? In my heated blanket or outside on the trails far away from civilization  

 

 

 

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I’ve got another book review! I loved this book by Becky Wade! She describes her year of travel to various running communities throughout the world. I loved how she described each running culture & how different they all were. It’s a fun and quick read, but I really felt like I got to know the runners along the way. Definitely a great read for anyone who loves to travel and run! 

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Give ME your 21 question answers!  

Top 3 Books I Read in 2018!

Happy Friday-eve! I am so glad today is Thursday. It’s the end of the year, which means absolute craziness at work at the moment and I cannot WAIT until Friday night when our year will be over (in terms of work, I mean). Anyone else feel this way when it comes to work & end of the year tasks? Phew. It really is exhausting! I’m getting to the gym early this morning so I can get my run & strength in early before getting into work early as well. Trying to finish out the year AND month strong!

OK so you probably already know that I set this goal to read 12 books in 2018 and I surpassed it (currently at 18 for the year)! SO I figured I would give you my top 3 favorite books I read this and would LOVE to know what the top three favorite books you read this year were!

3. North by Scott Jurek & Jenny Jurek- This book was incredible. Reading more about Scott’s journey and his development with running gave me so much more respect for him and I also could relate to him a lot. It resonated with me on so many levels how he started running because of his mother’s MS and how that was a big push for him to find new challenges. I also really loved his book Eat & Run. Both are excellent reads.

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2. Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor- This book was amazing and I will absolutely be re-reading here shortly when I’m in the thick of marathon training. I love her tips and tricks for long runs, approaching running in a new viewpoint and challenging herself when things got tough. I honestly feel like I need to take notes when reading this because it was THAT GOOD.

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1. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. I really cannot recommend it highly enough. To put it over Deena Kastor’s book is pretty high (it’s honestly a tie for me, but this one had that extra suspense throughout it because I didn’t know his story). I would love to read this book again right before traveling to Eugene because it’s got so much great history about Nike & Nike HQ & its beginning. I honestly had no idea half of what happened to the business and while I don’t necessarily support its practices now (being such a large chain and all), I completely respect the entrepreneurial spirit of this book.

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What books were your favorite reads of the year?

End of the year- what are you most looking forward to on NYE & in 2019?

Any big plans for New Years?!? —> we always go to bed early, but I think we’ll try doing an ‘appetizer’ dinner for something fun!