Putting into words how training for a marathon has changed my life is difficult, even for an English major. This link includes 26.2 ways training for a marathon changes your life. It’s accurate! If you want those things, sign up for a marathon!
In addition, I’ve reorganized my priorities. You might be thinking I had to in order to fit in time to run, but that’s not what I mean. Although the actual marathon will be run with thousands of other people, the training is hours and hours alone. This has allowed me time to think about goals outside of running and the decisions I’m making. Last Wednesday I ran without the TV or music. It was Ash Wednesday, after all. Talk about the perfect opportunity to listen to God’s voice amongst sharp breaths for eight miles.
This run was particularly difficult for me for many reasons, and I wanted to turn on my distracting music more every step. Denying myself of that privilege allowed me an opportunity to listen. It is in these moments of challenge and God’s grace that I become not a better runner but a better person. When I think about it that way, it’s no wonder I’m addicted.
“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”
I’m not going to ask what you’re doing for Lent because it’s a personal matter. However, I’m going to share what John and I are doing because I’m really excited about it. We’re reading The Kingdom New Testament together.
Goodreads describes the book as follows: The Kingdom New Testament will help the next generation of Christians acquire a firsthand understanding of what the New Testament had to say in its own world, and what it urgently has to say in ours.
Through Bible study at school with fellow teachers, I learned of this author, N.T. Wright. Sending a few of his popular titles and summaries to John, we decided on this text. I’m really looking forward to growing in my faith this Lent with and through my husband.
I ran 20 miles Saturday morning. Let me be specific, I ran 20 miles Saturday on a treadmill. Everything seems impossible until you do it, right?
Three hours of running included a lot of Netflix and some fast tunes. I felt relatively well and made sure to take in calories before I needed them. I started off with ten minutes miles, not allowing myself to increase the speed too quickly. The last miles of the run were the fastest, and I think it’s my plan for the race. Negative splits allowed me to always stay mentally ahead, and I didn’t tire out too quickly.
I find it hard to believe I will have six more miles after that 20 on race day, but at least I’ll have some scenery to distract me.
There is one more 20 miler on the agenda before the race. With record cold temperatures this morning, I doubt it will occur outside. Anyone taking bets on if there will be snow on the ground for the marathon? I seem to have a gift for signing up for races in extreme conditions…
I would be a terrible film critic. If a movie keeps me thinking or touches my emotions after it’s over, I love it. That’s about all I know. John and I see maybe three movies in the theater each year. When we have a free night, it’s rarely even considered. We’d much rather watch a show on Netflix in the comfort of our home. (We just started House of Cards!)
That being said, I haven’t seen ANY of the movies for the Oscars this year. The last movie I saw in the theater was probably Catching Fire (Hunger Games). Although I haven’t seen the movies, I can’t help but love the Oscar coverage because of the dresses! I don’t have much interest in seeing who wins any category, but I love to see the fashion. With the popularity of Instagram over the last two years, it’s not even necessary to watch the Oscars for my purpose. Photos stream every minute of the best and worst dressed, and twitter covers the rest.
In case you want to skip hours of TV tonight, here is a best dressed link. I haven’t decided who has my vote. I like Kelly Ripa’s dress, but she’s scary skinny.
Do you watch The Oscars? Have you actually seen the nominated movies?
“That picture does not caption how awful I feel,” JW.
My daily caffeine intake is pretty limited to one cup of coffee in the morning. My vice has many morning benefits. It’s a good pick-me-up, I love that it warms up my voice before talking in front of students all morning, and I like the taste.
My husband got started drinking coffee through weekend coffee shop dates with me the last few years. However, his caffeine addiction comes from liquids other than black poison. Pre-workout drinks, Rockstars, and Diet Mountain Dews are sometimes all part of one day for him. Recognizing this addiction, he decided to quit cold turkey this week. I haven’t moved out…yet. But I will tell you, I assume this is what it’s like living with someone quitting any “drug”. Mood, headaches, fatigue, aches, sweats…it’s all there. Honestly, it’s scary!
He doesn’t plan to give up caffeine for good, but he knew he needed to decrease how much of it he was consuming in a day. He also wants it to be something that gives him a boost of energy rather than something he continually relies on for everyday tasks. I’m proud of him for recognizing this weakness and rising above. For now, we’re counting down until Saturday when we have our regular coffee date scheduled and he can participate, maybe feeling the effect of the caffeinated beverage for the first time in awhile.
What does your daily caffeine intake look like? What’s your “drug of choice”?
Opting for a Saturday night in, I decided to plan ahead for a new-to-us meal. The pork does take an entire day to cook in the crockpot, but the assembly after it’s cooked is fast. Another perk is that there is plenty of meat left over for pork sandwiches the next day.
Iowa Girl Eats: Hawaiian Pulled Pork Nachos
What’s not to love about the summer flavors of pineapple, cilantro, avocado, and lime?! I can already see us making this again to consume while enjoying a summer evening on our deck. Join us! Coronas and margaritas are sure to be on the menu, too!
On the lookout for the best recovery methods after long runs, I wanted to check out a New Bo Market vendor on Saturday afternoon. “Get Fresh” sells smoothies, freshly squeezed juices (lemonade and orange juice), and extracted juices (just the juice from fruits and vegetables).
I ordered “We got the beet” which contained the juices from a beet, carrot, sweet potato, ginger and lemon. When I say it tasted “healthy”, I mean fresh, light, and full of real flavor. For about the same price as my weekend venti latte, this was a great trade.
A couple of their other options I plan to try in the future include:
- “It’s not That Easy Being Green” which includes kale, spinach, apple, and celery.
- “What’s Up Doc?” which includes carrot, cucumber, apple, ginger, and lemon.
This is a great alternative to buying an expensive juicer. I like the occassional splurge, but it’s probably not something I need daily. What’s your opinion on the juicing craze?