A few years ago, a co- worker of mine was really into astrology and she told me a lot of stuff about my astro sign… at first I was like ehh, really? I don’t follow to closely to that bizzzness, but the more she told me the more I was like OH-EM-GEE this is so me. It was like she was speaking to all the totally weird traits I posses.
I have always been equally shy/introverted and loud/outgoing. How is this even possible?! WHY?!
If you are like me and find yourself wanting to curl up on the couch and read a book – but also have a desire to be the life of the party then I think you will enjoy this article from the Thought Catalog!
on a Wednesday! Really though, don’t let that silly title fool you – I am about to share some solid, life changing advice… or at least I think so!
The company I work for has recently partnered with Girl Geek Academy - check them out, they are doing really awesome work!
At a recent event, they had Karen Stocks, MD of Twitter Australia speak. As I was reading this article, one of her quotes really struck me!“Don’t be scared if you don’t understand [at first]. Just have an open mind, be curious and have a willingness to learn. And please don’t worry about having a life plan. Please do things that make your heart beat faster, follow your passions and dreams and trust in that way you will end up in the right place.”
Its pretty reminiscent of a college graduation speech.. but I hope it makes you take pause and think… think about what you do… Are you excited/happy/thrilled? Are you pursuing your passions? What are your passions? Think a little and then just do it!
Just a little WOW on your hump day!
On Sunday, July 27, 2014 – yours truly completed her first and last Full Marathon!
In the title I affectionately call it my FOOL Marathon this is because to me it felt very foolish, to pay for this torture. I’m sorta kidding – sorta not kidding. This race was tough and very mental. I would say more mental than physical most of the time. This is just my opinion! I know many people who LOVE them and repeatedly race!
It was grueling, rewarding and I am not sure I understand why we do these types of things as humans…
Before the marathon I had never ran more than a half marathon (13.1 miles) but I had a friend who encouraged me to run – said I would do great. SO of course I signed up!
Leading up to the Full Marathon, a whopping 26.2 miles, I didn’t train at all. I was still exercising but doing more weight training then cardio. In addition to not training like I should have we also had to move the day before the race. Luckily I didn’t injure myself during the move and did not wake up sore the next day.
Morning of the race, I shimmied into my compression pants, laced up my sneakers, said a prayer and headed towards the bus to take MUNI to the start line!
I met up with my friend (the one who convinced me to run) and one of her friends at the start line. We ran together until about mile 6/7. At this point I fell behind and ran alone or with new stranger/friends. Runners can be so friendly! I ditched my white sweatshirt at about mile 5 and then wished I still had it going over the bridge! Once the sun came out, maybe around 10/10:30 am I began to roast. Usually I LOVE the sun, but in this case I would have preferred the overcast, fogness that can be found in SF on most days! Towards the end I was running slower than I walk but could not seem to make my legs straighten to a walk, so I kept on with my ‘granny run’ as I affectionally call my SLOW walk/jog.
Here are some AWESOME race shots that were captured by the profesh photogs.
I have listed my race scores here because I am PROUD. I did way better than I thought I would or could.
My post race meal at Super Duper. Mini Hamburger, French Fries, Homemade pickles, and a Fresh Strawberry shake! I couldn’t even finish it all!
Recap: I have no desire to complete a marathon again. However, I can say that I am proud I did it and I will continue running for fun.
It is NOT easy to wake up every morning oozing with positivity and sometimes I find myself spreading a bad mood instead of a smile. Take today for instance, I woke up feeling a-ok despite currently sleeping on a friends couch (in the process of moving), however, a few things rubbed me the wrong way and before I knew it I was a little bubbling pot of sass – which lets be real is not fun for ANYONE involved. All it took was a few friendly strangers and a bagel WITH homemade pickles from Beauty’s Bagels in Oakland and my day was brightened, it was guess what? WONDERFUL.
Everyday something wonderful DOES happen, large and small, amazing and ordinary… sometimes its hard to remember that in the midst of stress and anger.
I love this little mantra and I have a new goal to daily write down my wonderful.
Most of all, when little things are bummin’ me out I need to look for the wonderful – it will be there.
What was the most wonderful thing that happened today?! Has it happened yet?
I HATE that I have been so MIA on the blog lately! LIFE has been crazy.
In a good way, just in a working more hours at work, trying to find a new house to rent, weekends being filled with little trips and all these things have taken time away from TB. I AM going to try to get on track and start sharing all the awesomeness that has been going on recently!
In addition to all the normal stuff I share here – I will also start sharing our revamping process on the new (really old) house we started renting and moved into last weekend!!
*Photo taken on my LAST maybe ever run at Ocean Beach in SF.