There are only 10 DAYS LEFT in the fundraising campaign for Rhodes Hall High School!! We are hoping to raise additional funds to purchase track spikes and shoes for competition and are closing in on $2,500! Click here to donate now, or read more about the kids and their incredible stories here. I am accepting new and gently used running apparel of all genders and sizes at: Danielle Cemprola, PO Box 26101, Greenville, SC 29616 until February 15, 2016! Don’t hesitate to email me at thetrexrunner(at)gmail.com!
I feel like I haven’t done any general life update posts lately, so let’s talk about that. Undoubtedly, you’re just dying to know more about my daily existence. Well, no worries – problem solved. This post is likely to be a random hodge podge of thoughts and random crap, but go with it.
Running: I’ve been sticking to my thrice-weekly schedule, which is pretty awesome. My speed workout for this week was a “tempo” run, which basically was just 5 miles at some unknown pace that made me breathe harder than usual. It was definitely not comfortable, but I did it. I didn’t feel like waiting for my Garmin to load, so I just went by feel rather than targeting a specific pace, although I’m not really sure what my goal would have been anyway. Note to self: get a goal. Also in running this week, AJ and I are running the MGC Long Run 15k in Columbia this weekend! I am at this point 75% certain that AJ does not know/has not thought about how far 15k is and is going to be less than thrilled when he finds out. Oops! Pray for me. His running is going really well, though, and he’s been very consistent and can usually run pretty comfortably for 10k or so. What’s 5k more, right? Right.
Tech: Thank you all for your AWESOME suggestions a little while ago on a new camera! I hemmed and hawed about it, did a ton of research, and ultimately decided that I wanted a Sony a6000. Although I thought I wanted a DSLR, when I thought about how much hiking and walking around I do when I travel, it made more sense to go with something that was lighter weight but still powerful. On my trip to Jamaica, the two serious travel bloggers that were with me BOTH had the a6000, and that confirmed my decision. I saved my pennies, got Amazon cards for Christmas, and ultimately ended up buying a refurbished camera that came with two lenses, a case, and a memory card. Not bad! The coolest part about the camera is it wirelessly transmits pictures straight to your phone for convenient social media posting. I haven’t gotten to take it anywhere yet, but I did take this sweet shot of Rocket and AJ, who will be thrilled I posted it. Pretty good detail, though! I’ve been watching YouTube videos and playing around with the settings, hoping to get decent at using at it before my next trip!
Gear: I am absolutely obsessed with my Lena Insulated Jacket from KÜHL. I got it with the intention of taking it on my upcoming travels, since it is water resistant and warm, but not too heavy. What I didn’t realize was how much I would be using it in my daily life until then! It’s perfect for milder temperatures, which we have had off and on this winter, and I don’t have to worry about whether it’s going to rain or not. I really did not expect to love this jacket as much as I do.
Work: The day job is pretty stressful right now, as we have a couple of big projects going – one of which is very controversial. Although my job often looks like it’s all swamps and bats, it’s mostly a lot of writing and frequently a lot of stress. Barre3 is going well and I’m finally feeling really comfortable as an instructor. It comes instinctively and I don’t have to constantly think about what to say, and as a result of that, my energy level is up and my classes are better. It’s really fun, and obviously a great workout. It’s also been great for meeting people in Greenville! I have friends now! And finally, I’ve been taking on some new freelance clients, which is great! What that basically means is that pretty much if I’m not teaching barre or running, I’m writing something. Good thing I have a lot to say!
Reading: I’ve been making a big effort to read more lately, even if it is just a few minutes at night. I’m currently reading a book about trekking in Nepal, but I just recently finished a book called Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail. Sounds kind of crazy, right? It is! It’s a story about a British cocaine smuggler who ended up in Bolivian prison and became the unofficial “prison tour guide” thanks to the craziness of the Bolivian prison system! Literally, he started giving tours to tourists and let them stay overnight in the prison. It was an absolutely fascinating read and I can’t recommend it enough! By the way, I found this book as a result of my Amazon search result for “travel memoirs.”
So, that’s what is going on with me lately! What’s up with you?