05 11 2015.

check-in: may 11, 2015


reading – Dan Barber’s The Third Plate. Emily recommended this title to me a few months ago with the opening argument that It’s totally worth owning so I finally decided to make the purchase. I’m about 1/4 of the way through and holy. I’m equal parts fascinated and overwhelmed by the information in this book. It’s so interesting but it’s definitely something that you need an alert mind to read! Perfect for a lovely afternoon while…


sipping – iced tea + mint. I’ve found the perfect ratio for making iced tea. I’ve got this huge half gallon mason jar that I fill with hot sink water, 5 bags of black tea, 1 bag of Bigelow’s plantation mint tea, screw the cap on – keeping the tea bag string outside of the jar, and let it rest upside down in the fridge for a few hours. (That way the bags are submerged, since the string is screwed into the jar lid.) It’s delicious. Add a slice of lemon – yum. I’ve actually traded my travel mug of coffee in the morning for a cup of this stuff.

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tapering – with more tea! I had my last long run on Sunday and it was beautiful out. Though I had been considering otherwise the night before, I decided to get up early and run so that I could get some housework done. I’m so glad that I did. While it probably wasn’t too much above 70 degrees by the time I returned, it got up to 80 degrees in the afternoon! I took advantage of that while waiting for my laundry to be done and sat on the porch for a few hours, reading and recovering.

What does my training scheduling look like this week? A lot of easy/short runs! Maybe 10 miles total – if that. A short swim workout. And lots and lots of stretching + foam rolling!


celebrating – Ally’s graduation! Ally graduated over the weekend and I’m so proud of her! It was a day packed full of happiness, photos and lots of food.


also celebrating – Mother’s Day. Ally, Carly and I got together a few weeks ago to take some new portraits for mom. We had done this 5+ years ago and it was definitely time for an update! Here are some of my favorite shots. I ended up going with the one on the left to give as a gift.

writing – guest posts over at Azumio’s blog! My first one went live last week. Read it here: Defining Success as an Amateur Athlete. (There will be 7 more posts coming over the next few months!)

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