Hey ya’ll and happy Monday! I’m writing this post sitting at a Starbucks on a gorgeous sunny afternoon. I fully intended to do a Friday Favorites/Top 3 Friday post last week but it just didn’t happen. Luckily, Meghan has gifted us with the Week in Review linkup which allows me to hash out all my accomplishments (loosely applied term, mind you) for the past week. Actually, this is going to be a Week in Review/month in review/currently post, all rolled into one. Let’s see how this goes…
Last week was great because I saw friends 3 separate times! I love, love, love socializing with friends, but being the introvert I am, making plans and getting out can seem pretty tiring sometimes. However, I’m always happy when I actually follow through.
First, I saw two of my dear friends on Tuesday night. My friend Mary and I got Mexican food, and then we met our friend Matt for some ice cream. If you follow me on Instagram, the occasion was documented there. Basically, it was wonderful, the night was beautiful, and these two make my heart so happy and full. Also, they are 200-hour certified yoga instructors (and they’re still full-time students!). I always ask them tons of questions about yoga but they seem to love me anyway.
I saw my two best friends from high school on Thursday night. We got dinner at Panera (we used to do this in high school alll the timeee) and then went bowling. It was so awesome to catch up with them about life, since we don’t see each other often because we go to three different schools. It was amazing for me to see how we were able to pick up right where we left off. Having people that you can totally be yourself with, who just seem to get you, and who you can tell absolutely anything to is such a blessing. Also, I am not excellent at bowling in the very least but we had a lot of fun doing that!
On Friday, I saw about 8 of my sorority sisters that live in my area. They are all such wonderful, strong, inspirational, and supportive women and I’m so lucky to have each and every one of them in my life. We enjoyed some lovely Mexican food and each other’s company. Sidenote: the restaurant had this chocolate pinata dessert that was basically a chocolate orb filled with fruit. Totally mesmerizing to see someone break it open…
One of the highs from the month of July was an ENTIRE month of free coffee from Panera. Yes, that’s right, I got one free coffee, every single day of July. There is a Panera right next to my metro stop so I would go in, grab my coffee, and get on the train. By the time I got to my office, my coffee was at perfect drinking temperature. I sure am going to miss it, but it was awesome while it lasted.
Running has also gone really well both this past week and in the past month. No injuries, and I feel like I’m starting to feel good in my runs and like I’m going to be strong and ready for my marathon come November. After a bit of a rocky start with regards to training, I feel like I’m finally getting into a groove. Last week’s runs were as follows:
- Monday: 6 treadmill miles, done at a easy-ish effort. I had a towel on the screen the whole time, and the miles flew by. Note to self: do this in the future. I listened to the Happiness Hour podcast, the episode about 10 things to improve body image. Awesome, awesome, awesome. My overall pace was an average of 8:53 which I was very pleased with!
- Wednesday: 3 miles, 8:51 pace. I didn’t think I’d get a run in today, but I had a little extra time so I squeezed a short one in. Short runs are still awesome!
- Thursday: 5.5 miles, 9:42 pace. It was ridiculously hot and humid out, so my easy effort was slower. Listened to the Runner’s Connect podcast, which I love.
- Saturday: 12 morning miles, 9:45 pace. Awesome, awesome run. I felt really strong almost the whole time. Probably because I used gummy bears as mid-run fuel. Listened to a super inspiring episode of the Rich Roll podcast!
- Total of 26.5 miles!
I’ve gotten a lot of reading done lately…currently reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (weird but enjoyable). I also finished 3 other books: “Anna Karenina”, “Stealing Athena”, and “Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore.” I’m hoping to do a book review post because I mostly just love discussing literature!
Some winning eats of the week:
Choclate chip oatmeal cookie dough ice cream: yes, it was everything.
Georgetown Cupcake vanilla cupcake at work! What a fun treat!
Carnitas nachos (I think I finally like queso) from District Taco
Kale caesar salad from Sweetgreen
Wow that was like a dump truck of words that came tumbling out, but a lot seems to have happened lately…thanks for sticking around for this long.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Probably peanut butter chocolate for me!
Queso: yay or nay? This was the first time I’ve ever liked queso, so District Taco was a win in my book!
Something fun you did last week/last weekend? I love hearing about all the awesome and fun things going on in everyone’s life!