Monday, September 30, 2013

my new book club

I used to be a member of a real book club.

I also used to read the books that Penguin and BlogHer sent for their online book club but participating online just isn't the same as a real life book club where you get to discuss the books in real time.

Since I started running with the Fleet Feet groups I've found a new book club.  No, we don't all read the same books and report back on a specific date, but we do periodically check in with each other regarding what we've been reading lately and it sparks some interesting discussion during our runs.

Yes, we get off on tangents about the strangest topics, but you'd get the same thing at any book club you go to regularly anyway.  And no, we don't get wine at this book club.

I can't tell you how many conversations we had about the Crossfire series when I was reading those and then when I read Gone Girl no one I run with had read that one yet, but later a friend came back and talked with me about it after I'd recommended that she read it.  That book gave you plenty to think about and when you get a bunch of people together that have read it (especially women), you get some pretty interesting commentary on it.

Thinking about this lately reminded me of the post that DoctorMama wrote a while back.  She said, "But running with someone is like taking a long car trip; it’s enforced togetherness, and conversation eventually happens."

This statement is so true.  That's why parents like the idea of family trips and that's why we have movies like National Lampoon's Vacation.  Some entertaining things happen when you get a group together long enough to force them to talk.

And that's another reason I love running.  I guess I need to add this to my list of ways to motivate myself to run.


Are you a member of a book club?

If you run with others, do you ever talk about books while you run?

I just finished a book. What should I read next?

Friday, September 27, 2013


"I wonder when we're going to be able to go in an elevator again."


"I like to feel my nose hairs. They're soft."

I'm not going to tell you which of my kids that came from but I bet you can guess.


"Dad, did you know that Seth is going to be in the circus because he can juggle?"


Watching Sunday afternoon football:
"Dad, which team are you? Are you the horseshoes?"
"Well, Josh I am pulling for the Colts but I'm more of a player fan than a team fan."


"I want to be a cowboy when I grow up. What does a cowboy do?"
I answered this question to the best of my ability and then his reply came.
"I don't think I want to be a cowboy anymore. That sounds like too much work for me."


"Jules, those raindrops on the window look like they're making a violin."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

things i love

I recently discovered Naptime Diaries, a gorgeous scripture print shop online.

Loving these prints, but especially the Joshua ones.


This free download. Douglas Anderson put the words to Shel Silverstein's poetry to music, offered the whole album for free download and it's incredible.


My third pair of Mizuno running shoes, second pair of Wave Inspires.


Archer Farms Dark Chocolate Espresso Trail Mix is so, so yummy!

----- is a site that we've used for several years to get cheap music downloads.


Tell me one thing you've been loving lately.  It can be anything! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

random pictures from the week

packets of honey I saw at Starbucks, made me wonder about
using them as running fuel (ignore my nasty granny hands)
that's some good sleeping hair right there
I love this picture of Julianna trying to get Jane to smile

snuggles with my favorite boy
acting like nuts at Glenola Homecoming

Thursday, September 19, 2013

ways I stay motivated to run

I'm sure I've said this before but one of the ways I manage stress is making sure I get my runs in.  It can be so hard when things get busy to make sure that exercise is a priority, but experience has shown me time and time again that the best way to deal with all I have going on in life is to just make sure I go out for a run.  Then I feel like I've at least accomplished SOMETHING even if I haven't crossed everything else off my list. Plus, running helps me sort out my thoughts and figure out what I need to prioritize when I have some time.

A couple of my friends have mentioned that they have trouble staying motivated to run, especially when the heat of the summer never seems to end.  That got me thinking of a list of ways I stay motivated to run and I thought I'd share them here.  I hope it helps you to find some time for exercise and if nothing else, I can at least go back to this post when I'm having trouble getting myself out the door.

Ways I Stay Motivated to Run

  • actually writing down my mileage in a little notebook - I didn't used to do this because I could always look on RunKeeper to see how far/long/when/where I ran last, but Zoot taught me that actually seeing the list in writing helps you to recognize how far you've come over time. Now I got one of those little pocket notebooks from the Target dollar bins and every few days I'll jot down my mileage in it. At the end of the month I total it up and put the monthly total in the front. It's so encouraging to see the total numbers and it's fun to say to yourself at the beginning of the month that you're going to beat your total from the previous month.
  • buy some new gear - Of course this isn't always an easy one to do, but it certainly makes an impact. Get a new headband and you'll want to test it out. Find a new technical tank top to try and you'll be more apt to put it on for a workout.

  • stop timing my runs - Sometimes I'll find that I'm burnt out because I keep focusing on time and/or improvement.  Then I get discouraged because I want to be faster or think I should be improving more when it's not always visible.  I've learned that occasionally it's better to just run.  Don't take the Garmin or turn the volume down on your phone and just run for the fun of it, not worrying about pace.
  • put a race on the calendar - I'm sure you've heard a story or two about somebody competing in an event (and possibly even doing well) without training for it, but nothing will get you training like having a deadline on the calendar.  Setting a goal for an upcoming event will help you get off the couch.

  • ask a new friend to meet me - I've become active in a couple of different message boards for runner's in our area. There's a few Facebook groups that post local meetups for running around my town and of course through the Fleet Feet group I mentor there are all kinds of opportunities for group runs.  Even our Mellow Mushroom hosts regular run meetups and I would have never heard about it had I not been a lurker on some Facebook running group page.  If you start to look for it, you'll find that there are people out there who want the accountability of meeting someone for exercise.  Ask a friend to join you. Obviously put safety first on the internet, but don't be afraid to post on a running group page that you're looking for a buddy.  I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised at the motivation you find just by knowing someone's waiting for you to show up.  

  • download a new audiobook to listen to - I love to listen to audiobooks on my solo runs. I just download a new book from the public library website and put it on my iPod. If I can get lost in a good book it makes me want to go run so that I can "read" more and it also makes the time pass quickly.

  • take a look at social media inspiration - Now that hashtags are everywhere you can quickly and easily do a #running or #motivation or #fitness or #fitspo search in Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or wherever and immediately have some inspiration to get out an exercise.

  • change into running clothes as early in the day as possible - Sometimes if I'm not looking forward to going for a run that day I'll go ahead and make myself change into my clothes ahead of time so I'll be more likely to make it happen.  It would seem silly going to bed at night knowing that I wore workout clothes all day and never had a need to wear them.
  • volunteer at a race - I really don't do enough of this, but I hope to make more time for it in the coming year.  It can be very inspirational to watch competitors cross the finish line at any kind of event.  I know I am super-encouraged by the supporters that come to races I participate in and I think returning that favor would  be awesome. I've volunteered at a couple of Ramblin' Rose triathlons and it's a lot of fun to cheer on the participants and they don't even realize how much they're blessing me as I watch. Very encouraging!

  • make a new playlist - This one is hard for me to do because it takes me so darn long to actually do it.  At any rate, getting a few new songs and switching up the music you listen to on a run will definitely make your run more exciting.
  • run trails/find a new location or route - Our local Fleet Feet posts a bunch of running routes on their website but a lot of times I'll just drive to a new park or something and scope out some new places to run.

I'm sure there's more things I do to stay motivated and I'll come back and add them as I think of them. In the meantime, if you have any ideas to share please leave them in the comments. Thanks!

Now, get up and move!

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Out of the blue one day Josh put his hand on his hip and said to me, "Did someone call for a cowboy?"

I almost fell out of the chair laughing.


Julianna checked out a book from the library about United States History last month.  It was a children's book that the library had put a spotlight on because of Independence Day.  She studied it for days and then one day she was in the car telling Josh all about the 13 colonies and the King of England and the "De-clar-ation of Independence."

He listened about as well as any 3 year old would.  He finally got a bit puzzled and asked her, "Why didn't they just bring the land over to their land and connect it together?"

She kept explaining... teaching him, telling him about boats going across the ocean and how it would take about 7 or 8 or maybe just 2 or 3 months to get across the long, long way.

I like history about as much as I like to be chaffed while running but I have to admit that her enthusiasm was a bit contagious.  Maybe she will like history as much as her Aunt did when she was in school.


Josh, on how to tell if the baby is a boy or a girl:

"Duh! You just look inside the cake!  If it's pink it's a girl and if it's blue it's a boy."


Only my child cries when he leaves the doctor's office because he didn't "get to" get a shot (and therefore a coin for the prize machine).

Monday, September 9, 2013

then and now

August 2013

August 2012

August 2011

September 2010

September 2009

August 2008

Sunday, September 8, 2013

up to

Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, 7 by Jen Hatmaker, and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

the last few episodes of summer trash TV = Big Brother
Breaking Bad's final season = waahhhhhh
finally saw Oblivion, funny thing was that someone spoiled the ending for me yet I couldn't remember the spoiler when we saw it so it was all good

Baby Jane (when I can and not nearly enough)

with my Dad some has been enjoyable
finally about to make it back to double digit long runs
loving the treats from Mizuno for our sponsored training program

snacky things like Nutella Banana Bread, cashew date balls, ham & cheese egg cups, and black bean salsa which makes getting through the week a bit easier

Monday, September 2, 2013

quick prayer

Dear God,
Please don't let our turtle die before the end of April. It's only September but my girl has already started on her science fair project about turtles just so she can take him to school.  Thanks for your consideration.

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