March 14, 2011

I Heart Running

BOOM! Under 50 minutes for the 10K on Saturday morning. Legs 1 and 2 of the Louisville Triple Crown are now complete. Next up: Papa John's 10 Miler and the Mini Marathon. I was a little worried when I signed up, but I’ve kept up with training and managed to surpass my goals for the first 2 races. Let’s hope that holds true for the next 2 races!

I’ve surprised myself by keeping up with training. I used to use every excuse in the book to take a day off (my muscles are sore, I ran yesterday, it’s raining, it’s cold, it’s Tuesday…). Not anymore! It’s cheesy, but I definitely have a new found appreciation for running. I look forward to my runs every day. It’s both challenging and relaxing. It’s hard and it’s easy. It’s chaotic and it’s consistent. Running is whatever you need it to be on a given day.

Now it’s time to ramp up the training once again. The jump from 3 to 6 is easy, but 6 to 10 is a little intimidating. Thank goodness for Daylight Savings and the extra hour of light to run in the evenings! Only 46 days until the mini marathon…the 2 hour finish is well within my reach!

On a side note – White Castle breakfast is actually starting to grow on me (See Chuck, I told you I’d put it in the blog J). Although, it might just be because after running 8 miles, I’m delirious enough to eat anything!

March 11, 2011

Save the Books!

I’m probably one of the few people who were really upset about the news that Borders is closing 200 of their stores – including the 4th Street location. I mean, with all of the other things happening in the world, who cares if a book store goes out of business? I DO! I love to read, I always have. I love new books. I love the way the feel, I love the way they smell, I love flipping through the pages, I love lining them up on my bookshelves…I just really love books. 

Call me a nerd, but I spend my lunch hour at Borders at least two days a week. The lady at the coffee counter knows exactly what I order and the chairs are really comfy! I’ve still been visiting on my lunch hour these past few weeks, but the atmosphere is totally different. For one, the coffee shop was the first thing to disappear – along with the comfy chairs.

The only good thing about this whole situation is that the books have all been marked way down Good for me because I spend waaaaay too much money at that place (seriously, how can they be going bankrupt with the amount of money I spend there!). When I was there today, it was actually kind of sad! Inventory is low and everything has been picked over. I still managed to find a few books that I just had to have. I’ll let you know if they are any good.

  • This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
  • I’m So Happy For You – Lucinda Rosenfeld
  • Million Little Mistakes – Heather McElhatton
  • A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick
  • Forget Me Knot – Sue Margolis
  •  …and the latest issue of In Style (hey, it was only $1!)