What I Love Wednesday (9/25/13)

Ahhhh so the main thing I’m lovin’ right now is having two free seconds to write a blog post! Holy goodness am I slammed lately…work, school, running, LIFE. I’m just trying to focus on all the good things and take it day by day…

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and breathe.

1.  So, as much as my legs are killing me all.the.time lately, I am trying to focus on the positives as I push through the pain. Today, I was loving the lovely Autumn morning and the seashell sky rising before me:

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This certainly encouraged me to keep running (and also to take the day off of work and spend it outside…but that part unfortunately didn’t happen). One out of two ain’t bad.

2. Sometimes, it just takes a “Hey — saw this and instantly thought of you” from someone you love to make your day.

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My cousin/one of my BFFs and fave people sent me this last week, and it still makes me happy everytime I look at my phone — because I obviously had to set it as my background.

I have always been, and always will be, a unicorn girl. Fave animal. The fluffier the better. When I first saw Despicable Me, I found an instant kindred spirit in Agnes. I totally get her.

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3. I so dig a good farmer’s market. I wandered around Union Square’s market on Saturday morning after my short pre-race warm-up run, and I realized that I like it that much more in the fall. The flowers, the pumpkins, the bright hues everywhere…definitely best time of year to hit this hotspot.

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4.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing never ceases to amaze me…and you can always find something to suit your mood, or the seasons, or any flight of fancy that might arise.

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I watched the new film version of The Great Gatsby again this past week, and one thing I love so much about that movie is the way they interweave lines from the novel throughout the film with such an ease, such an effortless elegance that you fall in love with the writer as you’re simultaneously falling in love with the world he’s created…and you want to fall in love, boundlessly, recklessly, over and over again.

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He writes like a magician does magic, pulling words like blossoming flowers out of thin air and exploding them in brilliant colors before our unbelieving eyes. It’s pure poetry, his prose — and it hits me at the core, rendering me speechless and forcing me to turn internally and do some sort of girlish soul-searching, the way good literature should.

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I adored the new movie on opening night, and I adored it again this week. I thought it upheld the beauty of the novel extremely well, as well as a movie can.

And I definitely have to get this:

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5. Today, I realized just how small this great big world can be, and in an incredible way. One of my sweet girlfriends from home, whom I’ve known for years, texted me to tell me she met one of my darling girlfriends from here in NYC, whom I met and instantly bonded with just over a year ago — they both moved to California and are living down the street from each other!! How do things like this even happen?? I was entirely blown away and reminded of how blessed I am to have the sweetest friends in the world, and so thrilled that these two met one another…and that I now have two wonderful people to visit in one (hopefully soon!) trip. 🙂

Hope you’re having a lovely week, friends. ❤

 

All Over the Place

Ever have those weeks where you feel like you can’t catch your breath, and you’re always just a little behind where you’d like to be…and then you come up for air, and suddenly it’s Thursday?

So, welcome to where I’m at.

Let’s start with how the running is going lately, as it’s the one thing that doesn’t seem to be overwhelming me, thankfully!

At one point in my marathon training — probably before I ran anything over 15 miles — I’m pretty sure I thought I’d want to run at least 22 miles before the Big Day. Now that I have a successful 20-miler behind me and seem to be unable to shake the issue with my calf, I’m thinking maybe 20 is enough for my longest training run. I’m hoping I can mentally prepare myself to get ready for those last six miles (even if they kinda scare me).

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Knowing that I’d conquered 20 certainly made 15 feel pretty darn good this past Saturday, and it helped that it was an absolutely perfect early Autumn morning to be out for a run. Like, couldn’t have been better.

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And that was just the start to a fantastic, fun-filled Saturday, which then rolled right into a fabulous Sunday as well.

 Highlights of my weekend included:

* getting upgraded from a regular economy rental car to a sweet ride for my day trip out of the city

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* a perfect natural chaise on a lovely river walk (which I unfortunately couldn’t transport back to the city and into my apartment)

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* a river walk, a delicious brunch and sparkling rosé

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* two great church services at two polar opposite churches: Hillsong NYC on Sunday morning, and Dwell in the Bowery area on Sunday night

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* crushing on beanies — i might not be ready for Winter, but the snowboarding hippie in me totally loves this trend and  i’m definitely on the market for some new ones this year. Urban Outfitters has a few i’m currently eyeing:

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This week has definitely been a crazy, non-stop week for me, and I admit I’ve felt more stressed than I have in a while. I’ve been too sore to do much running also, so hopefully I’ll get a few miles in tomorrow morning before my Newport Half Marathon this Sunday in New Jersey. I’m actually really looking forward to this, and it’s interesting — this is the first half I’ve run where I wasn’t training for a half, but for a full, and so this has kind of snuck up on me and doesn’t feel like such a daunting giant after all.

Hopefully I’ll settle into my sneaks and cruise right along and enjoy this whole “falling in love with distance running” thing I kinda think I might have going on.

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And by kinda, I guess I mean totally.

 

What I’m Lovin’ {this} Wednesday

*Living in a city that everyone loves to visit. I love NY, you love NY (well, you should, if you don’t!), we all love NY. One of the great things about living here is the fact that people from all over this great big crazy world flock to see this city of all cities to experience its magic for themselves.

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Also, your far-away friends and relatives are more enticed to visit you when you live here. I had family from Nova Scotia in town last week, and it was suuuuch a treat to see them after about 15 years.

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So yes, this is my subtle way of saying please come visit. You all should know who you are. 🙂

*The return of comfy sweatpants and t-shirts  when the air cools at night (and clearly the ridiculous faces that come part-and-parcel with selfies)

was hoping this shirt motivates me to run faster (or fool people into thinking i'm a speed demon) but really it just makes me want to curl up and go to sleep

I was hoping this shirt motivates me to run faster (or fool people into thinking i’m a speed demon) but really it just makes me want to curl up and go to sleep

*The great Autumn spice revival : aka, the grand return of everything pumpkin spice and appley and gingerbready and cinnamony and all that jazz. Love this craze (along with every other girl in the world, yes, I’m aware).

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While I will naturally gravitate towards anything pumpkin flavored at this time of year, I did just see an ad for something that sounds so wrong: Pumpkin Pie Vodka. I can’t even. No thanks.

*Planks. I love ’em. I started out with a minute or two here and there, and now I push myself to hold them for as long as 10 minutes (woot!), alternating the form of plank every minute or so (hands, elbows, sides). It’s amazing what your body can do if you put in the time and hard work, and I kinda like the sweat dripping into my eyes and down on the mat in front of me. Nothing quite like measuring your life in sweat droplets. 



*Being a student again.
  I just started my 2nd year of grad classes for a (second) Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Yes, one day I hope to tell people what they’re doing wrong in their lives. JK. I actually want to help people. Promise.

I’m one of those wannabe forever students who actually loves opening text books and learning things. I love the forward-motion of working toward something and educating myself in a field that interests me, and I’m fascinated by psychology and the complexities of relationships. So far, this program has been a really good thing in my life, and I’m grateful to be able to have this opportunity.

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Aww, thanks honeybun. (blush)

Question: What makes you smile lately?