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Word Wednesday

Last night I made fan-freaking-tastic stuffed peppers, inspired by this blog. I did not take a pic (I know – whoopsies!) but they were meatless and were filled with black beans, mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, zucchini and tomato. I thought about including some Morningstar crumbles but am glad i didn’t. These peppers were stuffed to the brim with veggies. Yum! I made two, ate one last night, and had the other for dinner tonight 🙂

I like how so many blogs have theme days – Meatless Monday, What I Ate Wednesday, Fitness Friday. I don’t know if it will stick but I thought Word Wednesday would be something fun, and no, it’s not related to religion. Let’s talk vocabulary!

I have always felt that I was pretty good with vocabulary, using important-sounding words in an appropriate manner. Every now and then I hear someone use a word that I rarely, or maybe never, have used. So I am challenging myself (and hey, if anyone on bloggyland wants to join in feel free), every Wednesday, to choose a word I don’t know and use it correctly, preferably in conversation, at some point in the next seven days. taking my cue from a colleague today, the word I’ve chosen for this week is:

Extrapolate
ex·trap·o·late\ik-ˈstra-pə-ˌlāt\
transitive verb
1 : to infer (values of a variable in an unobserved interval) from values within an already observed interval
2 a : to project, extend, or expand (known data or experience) into an area not known or experienced so as to arrive at a usually conjectural knowledge of the unknown area <extrapolates present trends to construct an image of the future
b : to predict by projecting past experience or known data <extrapolate public sentiment on one issue from known public reaction on others

Definition courtesy of Merriam Webster Dictionary

So, what word do you challenge yourself to use?

Running Buddies

When I started running it was on a treadmill at the gym I belonged to. I saw other people running around me and felt very out of place, but still did it and felt good. I hardly ever ran outside – it was always too hot or too cold, or at least that’s what I thought! Because of this, I was very comfortable running alone, even when I started running outside more often (and anymore exclusively). Alone gave me an escape to mentally let go of or ponder things going on, or just zone out from it all. It was therapeutic which I think we can all relate to.

After i started doing 5ks and my friend Carrie started running, we would go to races together but could never run together because we are a good two minutes per mile difference in pace. I trained for my first few half marathons alone, mapping out routes through the neighborhoods I lived in. I was fine with it, and had no idea what I was missing out on. Once every now and then Niki and I would get together for a run which was good because we are close in pace and she could push me a little bit. Our schedules made doing this often challenging so it was only a couple times here and there.

Then along came Team In Training, where every week I was getting together with other people training for the same races I was, and with all different paces. I started getting used to running with certain people and got used to The long runs where I could talk about my week and gossip or get advice about something. The therapeutic feeling I used to get running alone I now get when I go out with my various running buddies. And even better, if I don’t run with someone often, those long runs together becomes an awesome way to catch up on life. On those long runs with friends I’ve even gotten in the habit of not taking along earphones and am now seldom listening to tunes during my solo runs during the week.

Today I went for a short run with Casey. I’m so proud of her for giving running a shot earlier this year and discovering how enjoyable it is. We’ve been doing short runs every couple weeks and our schedules work that we are going to try to get together twice a week and on one of those days mix in some circuit training.

How often do you run with someone else or a group? How often do you run solo? What are your favorite things about each?

In A Relay State Of Mind

This morning I had enough time for a super-quick circuit so I decided to try to do part of the Peanut Butter Fingers 10 to 6 circuit. I made it through 10 and 9 completely and halfway through 8 before I had to wrap it up to get ready for work. Awesome workout that definitely challenged me. I haven’t done any nearly enough circuit since CrossFit closed so I was slower moving through it than if I was better conditioned. I have no more excuses to put it off though so I’m glad I tried it out and will be doing another workout again this week. Tomorrow is a run day so I’m going to do my best to roll out of bed and out the door for a run in the morning.

Several of the bloggers I’ve started following ran Hood To Coast over the weekend. Reading their posts before, and now after, have me thinking two things –

1) I am ridiculously excited for Ragnar in a little over a month
2) I totally want to do Hood To Coast sometime!

This will be my second Ragnar, which is with a handful of people I ran it with last year. We are doing Ragnar Pennsylvania because of how much easier it is to coordinate for everyone than one further away. I am stoked to be co-captain and be in charge of van 1. I am so type A that I think it will be better for me to have some authority. I’m not good at not being in charge… :/

My friend Niki moved to Tacoma, Washington a couple weeks ago, so Hood To Coast next year is not as out of reach as it would seem. I am already looking at when next year it would make sense to make a trip out there to see her, planning it around doing some run either in Washington or maybe even B.C. so a trip through Oregon would be right in line too. It’s definitely something I’ll be bringing up to her to think about!

Any relays in the future for anyone else? Any advice from relays you’ve done that’s worth sharing?

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Freshening Up!

After posting earlier today, I decided to play around with my settings to see if I could jazz up the look of my blog. I also decided to revert back to the original name. With Ragnar Relay coming up shortly I am especially hoping that the course will be well marked and I don’t fall off course, especially in Reading!!

I’ve been reading a bunch of really great and inspirational fitness blogs lately.  Reading them makes me want to keep up with this blog more frequently, and to also move my butt more!  For as much running I do, I could definitely do more cross training and strength work, and be more conscious choices in the food I eat, maybe…  A little more of this –

And less of this stuff…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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