Run now, nachos later

That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.
– Forrest Gump

Taking a line from Mr. Gump, I wouldn’t necessarily call my plunge into running a journey; it was more along the lines of a spontaneous fire being lit under my ass for no apparent reason. Even today I don’t have a good explanation as to why I started, but I’ll try to explain the sudden bombardment of exercise and fitness posts on my social media accounts. (Because I know that not everyone enjoys reading about gains and miles and #fitness.)

Back in January I came across a 5km obstacle course/race event on Facebook that looked like a hella lotta fun. The entry fee wasn’t too crazy yet, so I signed up even though it’s not until June. Then I figured, why not make it a goal to do three 5km races this year? It would be relatively easy to accomplish – there’s a 5km race in March, plus the big Boogie the Bridge event in May, and the 5km obstacle course in June. Done!

So with that March race in mind, I figured it was time to perhaps start training a little bit so I didn’t collapse and die 1/3 of the way through. I think it was the first Monday after I had signed up for the June race that I set my alarm and told Kyle to kick my ass out of bed so I can go put some distance down on the treadmill. I didn’t get very far (1.92 miles/3.08kms in 25 minutes), but it was enough to make me want to improve. I’ve been getting up early 3 days a week to run and it feels pretty dang good.

Now, I was asked by someone about why I decided to start running, and I still don’t really have an answer. Maybe it’s because it’s a good way to balance out my love for food and couch time. (I will, good Sir, run for nachos.) Or maybe it’s because it seems to be helping reduce stress. Whatever the reason, I do know that it’s certainly not bad for me, providing I don’t push myself too hard. Perhaps one day I’ll work up to a half-marathon (The Seawheeze would be pretty amazing to tackle!) or maybe even a full marathon, who knows! For now, I’m happy with my progress and will set new goals when I feel I’m ready.

 

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TGIF v.50

How is this my 50th TGIF post? And how has it been two months since I’ve written one? Regardless, life’s been busy, so here’s a quick glimpse at what we’ve been up to this past week:

A high of the week was finding out I received a solid grade on my Accounting midterm. It’s no secret of mine that I’m horrible at math and with numbers, so this course I’ve been working on has really made my head hurt. When I found out I got an awesome mark on my exam, I was pretty pumped, to say the least!

A low of the week was Norah’s early wake-up times. They’re not so bad when I’m getting up to get a run in, I just bring her down to the basement with me and she plays, but when I’m jonesing for that extra little bit of sleep she’s a buzzkill. I have a feeling she’ll pay me back when she’s a teenager and will sleep until 2pm.

An internet find I loved was Mr. T’s post on Twitter in regards to curling:

I mean, come on! Curling just earned some serious street cred. I played quite a bit when I was a kid and loved it; if I had the chance to join a team I totally would start playing again.

The best money I spent was on a bunch of fancy hand soaps at Bath & Body Works. They were on sale yesterday for only $2.95 each, so I couldn’t pass it up! (Plus the foam and yummy smells guarantees that Isla will thoroughly wash her hands when I ask her to.)

Oh, and I also bought new running shoes last Friday and I’m in love with them! So far they feel great and I haven’t had any issues, although I still need to work on the tightness of the laces. (Numb toes are no fun!)

My favourite Isla and/or Norah moment was on Wednesday when we helped Isla hand out her Valentine’s Day cards to her classmates. Norah fell in love with Isla’s classroom and I couldn’t get her to leave! (Bribery definitely happened.) It’s amazing to see how much Norah looks up to her big sister, even though they are still SO different when it comes to their personalities.

A song that has been stuck in my head is all of the new Justin Timberlake tracks. SO GOOD.

My notable meals of the week were the carne asadas we made on Saturday. Craving Satisfaction mission = Complete!

My plans for the weekend are to have dim sum with my Dad to celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday, plus go to a Barre & Brew event that afternoon. Pretty sure I’m going to have dead legs by the end of the day!

Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans?

Thought Dump Thursday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Thought Dump Thursday post, so here we go!

    • Loop-style giveaways. Can we talk about how annoying they are? I understand companies teaming up together to promote their products, but having to click here, then there, and like a bunch of different posts and pages is painful and time consuming. I love entering giveaways but this is my least favourite style and I avoid them.
    • Lady Doritos. If you haven’t heard about what Doritos has in store for us shame-eaters, you’ve probably been living under a rock. In a nutshell, they’re making the bags easier to open (because we’re frail, baby birds with zero dexterity) and the chips are not as crunchy (because we want to shame eat IN SECRET, DAMMIT.) Anyway, this is ridiculous and I’m going to stuff my face with cheese byproduct power regardless of how noisy they are. #eyeroll (Now I hear that Doritos has scrapped this idea. Thank goodness!)
    • I am thankful that I have a 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime because I don’t think I’d ever actually pay for the perks of having 2-day shipping. Very rarely do I actually receive my packages within 2 days of ordering, and one time I had to wait a whole week. I’ll definitely be cancelling my membership once my trail period ends.
    • Did anyone else find Justin Timberlake’s performance to be rather underwhelming at the Super Bowl Halftime Show? I mean, it was entertaining enough, but there have been far more exciting shows recently. (Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, to name a couple.) Maybe he was trying to play it safe after NippleGate 2004 (Wikipedia link for those who live under rocks), but I expected a bit more. I will admit that I’m definitely loving his new album though.
    • Can someone please explain to me why there’s a $0.50 price difference between these two packs of iron-on clothing labels? Same brand, same quantity, the only thing that’s different are the colours:

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  • I would like to go out and say openly that no television show in the history of me watching television shows has made me ugly cry more than This is Us. I am emotionally attached to every damn character in that show (except for you, Miguel) and my husband is probably questioning my mental state of mind. Still, if you watch this show and haven’t felt ALL THE FEELS, there’s something wrong with YOUR state of mind, haha.

What’s on your mind today? DUMP IT OUT in the comments!