Friday, June 14, 2013

Five Things Friday

Happy Friday! This week has been productive in the sense that I've gotten a lot done around the house, but not working right now has left me lots of time to waste and enjoy with my own choices. I've been reading (and enjoying quite a lot) You Are an Ironman, and it's inspiring me to continue in my journey to complete a triathlon. And I've been doing my best to eat at home instead of running out to Chipotle or Subway or other "healthy" but not inexpensive places. So far it's working well!
+My favorite at home lunch this week has been loaded sweet potato (guac, tomato, and black beans inside), grapes, and carrots with Greek yogurt ranch dip. I buy the sweet potatoes that are wrapped in plastic; I pop them in the microwave for 7 minutes and then load them up! They're delicious...

+I am, though, still missing the Keys. I'm moving out of the vacation hangover, and I've finally washed all of the clothes and unpacked the bags. That is always the signal to me that the vacation is over and it's time to get back to real life. I don't normally unpack the day we get back because I need the time to slow back into real life. Do you get it all done and unpacked quickly?

+I worked out twice this week in the morning. I biked yesterday in the later morning, and this morning I actually got up at 5:20 to make it down to a 6:15 am swim practice. And do you know what I realized? I get all this "morning workout" hype. I've never been a morning workout person during the week, ever. I've always been an afternoon person, but the feeling of having your workout done and the whole day before you is amazing and totally worth it! I'm going to be integrating a lot more morning workouts into my route.

PS I typed morning workout into Pinterest to see if there is anything good, and I've never seen so many almost naked men in my life. I'm not kidding. Go try.
+As I was watching Today this morning, they showed some pictures of iconic images reimagined as selfies, and it cracked me up! It's a campaign by the Cape Times, and I think it's so unique! I love it! Go check out the others, including Jackie Kennedy and Winston Churchill.
+And lastly, like half the rest of the running world, I saw Spirit of the Marathon II on Wednesday. I really enjoyed it. I won't say that it bowled me over or was insanely different than the first, but it definitely inspired me and motivated me to continue pursuing my goals and dreams. I loved the stories of the people they chose, and now I want to go eat at the pizza shop of the Pizza Runner! He had a great story. 

I think my favorite, though, was Ylenia Anelli. She's a mom who owns a small running shop in a small town in Italy, and I loved watching how proud her kids were of her. She said that her son runs to her crying as she finishes each of her races, and he got so much pleasure out of picking her bib up for her. It inspired me to see a family that was so supportive of their mom's running passion. If you saw it, what was your favorite story?

And I mentioned earlier this week that I was looking for more running inspiration and was hoping this would reignite the fire, and while it made me more excited to start running again, I think actually running is going to be the determining factor in how excited I am to start again. I know I can't wait to go on that first run, and I'm looking forward to seeing how I can incorporate running back into my schedule in an enjoyable and not all-consuming way like I did before my injury. I do know that I will absolutely and definitely be running a December marathon, and I'm 99% sure it'll be this one:
I'm going to wait to register, though, since I'm still out quite a bit from Chicago and I want to be sure I'll be able to run it before I register. Did seeing the movie make you add any races to your fall calendar?

But anywho, those are my five things this Friday!
Enjoy your weekend!

Disclosure: I received a free ticket to the movie from Fathom Events in exchange for my review.


Katie said...

So... I looked up "morning workout" on pinterest. Yeesh!! Hahaha. I hate unpacking from vacation-- I used to let my clothes sit in my suitcase FOREVER. But my husband has started to change that a little. He's the total opposite and that helps me get things squared away quicker.

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

Wow more JAX runners! I'm tempted but need to stop getting ahead of myself lol.

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

I just finished unpacking from our trip this morning! I definitely like to take my time! Yay for finding a fall/winter marathon! I haven't seen Spirit of the Marathon yet so I'm thinking I need to watch it asap! I haven't been running as much lately, but training for my Sept half starts in July...yikes!

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

I love the feeling of getting a workout in first thing in the morning! But I love to sleep in too... so I alternate. :) Exciting news about your marathon!

Kristin @ A Mom on the Run said...

I've heard the Jax Bank Marathon is a great race -- I have a few friends in my Moms Run This Town group that are running it this year! I think I'm going to skip it this time around though since I'm running Space Coast and Disney.

B.o.B. said...

WOOOHOOOOO Jacksonville! Eff you Chicago! (Not really. LOL!)

Karen said...

I hate having stuff lying around so I unpack within the first day of being home, if not immediately.

I'm finding that as I become more recovered from the last two marathons, I'm getting the itch to race again. I think I'm going to have three half marathons this fall before a December marathon.

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Stacey Merrill said...

That loaded sweet potato sounds yummy - will have to give it a try. Your pinterest search sounds, um, interesting :)

Beka said...

I'm a freak of nature and I have to unpack AS SOON as I'm home. I hate the thought of dirty smelly laundry sitting in my suitcase haha!
I love morning workouts, but since I have to be at work so early. That means I'd have to be up by 4am to do anything! ouch.

Kristin W said...

Loaded sweet potatoes are definitely a favorite of mine! It's a go-to easy meal! And agreed, it almost always has to be a morning workout for it to happen for me. I vary based on seasons, but I absolutely love having a workout done and the rest of my day ahead!

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