Marvelous in my Monday

heyyyy friends! how’d you spend your weekend?

mine was lover-ly. so many good things and people. i even woke up at 5am this morning before my alarm (brrrrpppp how does that happen?!) feeling refreshed and content with the weekend i’d just tucked behind me. dontcha love when that happens?

and now Monday does feel pretty marvelous.


*running & shtuff. i had some great workouts in the past four days and am loving how good running feels again, finallllyyyy.

Fri night: 4 mile treadmill run
Saturday morning: 10 mile run along the river — i felt amazingggg and like i could have run a marathon. it was a beautiful, sunny, chilly morning — perfect for a run — and i felt so good and strong and just content with the world. it’s such a great feeling to be entirely baccckkk in the running game and able to enjoy every second of it.
Sunday morning: 5 mile run along the river with a girlfriend. i always, always run alone, so running with Amy was a really nice way to start my day. i realize i sorta miss working out with people from time to time, so i should try to do this more.
Monday morning (today): in the gym by 5:40am (love having one in my bldg), kick-a$$ strength/plyo/abs til 7am. so many squat jumps and push-ups and all good things. i’m hoping i feel the oh-so-good-sore tomorrow.

da-mo-234i may not be the best at doing some other things consistently, but working out is the one area i’m happy to say i’m really diligent about. now if only i could apply that same work ethic to my writing, we might have a book out by now…

but seriously — my 10 miler on Saturday was so exactly what i needed, both physically and mentally. it did wonders for my soul and refreshed my little runner’s heart to just feel so good and strong and love running again as much as i did during that run. i hope i never take running pain-free for granted again.

oh, & i have to say, these Kinvaras are totally doing it for me. they’re awesome shoes, andΒ  i’m really happy with this return back to Saucony.


*girl time. i need this just as much as i need running, in an entirely different way, and it’s one of my other favorite ways to refresh my soul and happy my heart. i spent the afternoon with my wildeyes.gypsyskies (following us on Insta, i hope?!) partner and wonderful friend on Saturday, relaxing on her couch and talking about all things life, love and the pursuit thereof. aka, boys, books and exercise. πŸ™‚ i mean, really — is there any better way to spend a day? i think not.

*inspiration & encouragement. because everything about this is

*dark chocolate miniatures. ummmm, where have these been all my life??

hersheys-special-dark-miniatures-131774someone brought these into work today and i thought i was seeing things. why didn’t this happen before? or did it, and i just never knew about it? you mean i could have been having dark chocolate mini Mr. Goodbars for years now?! please tell me that isn’t true. please.

i had my first one this afternoon, and i have to say, it was everything i dreamed it’d be. these could become a problem(0). i take Spanish now.

*humor. but, like, truthful humor. the best kind.

keep those standards high, ladies.Β  πŸ™‚

happy start to your week!

Tell me something fab from your weekend!
What’s marvelous in your Monday?
Something you won’t lower your standards about?


18 thoughts on “Marvelous in my Monday

  1. I’m so happy that you are able to run and run happily and pain free. I know how much you have missed it! I have to get up early to work out, too, but I don’t think I would be much use at the 540 hour. I’m awake then, but that’s about it…
    I won’t lower my standards for good fitting workout clothes. It just isn’t worth it. Or good running shoes. I’d say certain types of food, but if it is in front of me, I will just eat it regardless.

  2. Shawna, I know I’ve told ya already chica but I’m soooooo overly happy that you are back to pain-free runs!!! πŸ™‚ every time you posted about those lil’ legs of yours hurting my heart would break. Dark chocolate minis eh’ … I’m still trying to convert to the dark side, I know it’s better for me.

  3. I love the last picture haha I had a funny experience yesterday – I was driving and almost fell asleep so I knew I needed to get coffee. I pulled into a gas station parking lot and then was like WAIT I can’t drink that crap! ….and proceeded to drive around until I found a coffee shop. hahaha talk about high standards πŸ™‚ SO PROUD of your running! Glad it’s going well!

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