LIFE LATELY: APRIL 2016

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a bit since we’ve caught up a bit on life stuff, you know? Not the exciting travel stuff or the tough running stuff, just the nitty gritty of everyday.  I want to know what you’re up to, too! Without further adieu, here’s a little snapshot of my life lately.

Traveling: As you are reading this, I’m probably either on a plane to Orange County, California or I’m already there! You may remember that last month, I attended my first ever bachelor party, and this weekend is the wedding! I’m so excited to stand up with my friend Matt as he gets married (yes, I’m a groomswoman!) and equally excited to reunite with some of our group from Japan! I’m hoping to get in a hike while I’m there, but wedding duties will probably take precedence.

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Look for lots more Japanese hand-heart pictures coming your way in the near future

Running: As I wrote about in my last post, running is a bit of a challenge for me at the moment. I am very pleased to report, however, that I did indeed push myself out the door for a few miles during lunch on Wednesday. That’s a big feat given that a) I rarely take lunch breaks (bad, I know), b) I taught 3 barre classes in the preceding 24 hours and had 3 more to teach in the next 24 hours, and c) like I said, running is hard right now. I’m hoping to keep the momentum going and get a short run in this weekend while I’m away at the wedding! Whether that happens or not, I’ll be back at it next week – the clock is ticking until Flying Pig!

There is no amount of Instagram filtering that can edit out the redness of my face. Not even the black and white ones.

Reading: “Your Pace or Mine?” by Lisa Jackson. Like I said, I’ve been feeling pretty down about running lately, but the universe never fails to deliver inspiration when I need it most. I met Lisa when I visited Jamaica for the Reggae Marathon back in December, and she has run nearly 100 marathons (99 at current count)! Obviously, I wanted to read her new book and support her, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew I’d like it because I like Lisa, but I didn’t know if I’d be particularly moved by it. I mean, when you’ve read one running book, you’ve read them all, right? Well, wrong. Lisa has put together an amazing collection of stories and life lessons that she’s gathered along the way. For one, this book is fantastic and relatable because unlike many authors of running books, she is a way back of the packer – often coming in last in her marathons while meeting tons of people along the way. Two, like many of us, Lisa’s an unlikely runner; she wasn’t an athletic child and never thought she’d run a mile, let alone a marathon. I found myself able to relate so much to her stories, and the way she writes makes me remember why I love running and marathons in the first place. I’m not going to lie – there have been a few times while reading that I almost feel that irresistible urge to sign up for another full marathon. Then I ran 5 miles and nearly collapsed afterwards, so never mind. Anyway, I’ve loved every page so far, so if you need a dose of running inspiration regardless of your speed, you don’t want to miss this one.

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Learning: Spanish! I’m keeping up with Duolingo now that I’m back from Portugal, but since I don’t foresee visiting another Portuguese-speaking country in the near future, I’m working on my Spanish for right now. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and also grew up in South Florida, so I have a pretty decent grasp on it (well, compared to Portuguese, at least). On my trips to EcuadorColombiaPeru, and Argentina and Uruguay, I’ve been the primary communicator for me and my traveling companion, but I want to learn a lot more. I’d love to eventually be fluent, but that won’t happen from an app. Still, it’s something I’m working on every day!

Planning(!!!): I’ve got two upcoming trips in the works that I think you’re going to be so excited to hear about! I’m hoping to reveal all the details next week, but just know that a) they’re race related and b) they’re overseas! Yippee! Keep your fingers crossed. Sorry I’m not sorry for being vague.

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Wearing: Mostly spandex in some form, haha! Actually, my neighbor recently commented that he has never seen me wearing non-spandex clothing, which was simultaneously embarrassing and strangely satisfying. It seems I live in it these days. But now that the weather is warmer, I’m living in my Qore Performance shorts (discount code Trex20 for 20% off) and new Headsweats (discount code TREXRUN25 for 25% off) hats for running. I’m an ambassador for those brands for a reason – I wear their stuff literally every time I work out! I’m also rocking my KUHL pants on the weekends now that it is hiking season and just placed a big new order for more of their stuff – what can I say? I’m addicted.

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It’s pretty much all KUHL all the time now

Working: All the time, as usual! It’s funny – ever since I’ve come back from my trip, I feel really at peace with how busy everything is. Maybe the trip recharged me, but I think that more than that, it gave me a much needed reminder of why I’m doing all the things I’m doing and why having so many irons in the fire is worth it. I’ve been working especially hard for the past 6 months, and going to the Azores and Lisbon gave me tangible proof that all of the effort is worthwhile. I’m feeling really invigorated and dedicated to all of my various gigs and working harder than ever! It’s a pretty satisfying feeling, I must say. It makes the time off and downtime even sweeter.

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That’s it for me! What are you up to lately?

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