The first week back at work after vacation can be tough — and this week was no exception for me — so this Friday is even more welcome than normal. It’s also extra special because it’s one of the last before the craziness of the college sports season returns, so it’s time to savor these last couple weekends. Let’s jump into this week’s favorites:
Long runs: Yes, they’re hard (and I’m heading into uncharted territory this weekend when I make it to 9 miles on my long run — a distance PR!), but I like the challenge. Other than actually finishing, I put absolutely no pressure on myself. I can go as slow as I want, take walk breaks, stop to stretch, whatever. The goal of this half marathon is simply to finish, but I already feel like I’m way ahead of the curve with nine weeks left until race day. If I stick to my plan, I’ll have five double-digit long runs under my belt before I cross that start line on September 24. For right now, though, it’s almost freeing on that long run day to get up, lace up and just tell myself I’m going to go until I hit this number. The feeling after is absolutely worth it.
Friday Night Lights: I am forever a fan of mid-aughts teen dramas, and having just finished a zillionth re-watch of One Tree Hill, I’m revisiting FNL for the second time. Partly because it’s almost football season and partly because of Tim Riggins and partly because I saw it when I was looking for something to watch on Netflix. Texas forever. (Except I could never, ever live in Texas.)
LaCroix: I used to mainline Diet Coke and have been struggling to give it up for years, but I’ve managed to go *mostly* DC-free for the past 4-5 months (I haven’t really been counting) since I read an article linking diet soda consumption to dementia. More than anything other major disease, dementia is my biggest fear, so what better way to get me to kick the habit? So now I’ve become that girl and switched to LaCroix for my fizzy drink fix, and it was a lifesaver especially during my Whole30 run, as well as on my family vacation when there was a ton of Diet Coke around (you’re not mistaken, DC was the only soda I drank). I also drink a ton of water and almond milk.
Going through vacation photos: I shared just a fraction of the photos I took on vacation in my last post, but I’m still enjoying flipping through them on my phone on a regular basis. This spring I bought the Sony a5000 mirrorless camera, and I don’t regret it for a second. My vacation photos have never been so next-level.
Planning for Kyle's return: Kyle finally has an official return date — August 25! I just want time to speed up and for that date to come already. He’ll be home for a couple of days before we head north to Minnesota for his sister’s wedding over Labor Day, so we spent this week figuring out those logistics and booking flights. I’ve got a lot to do at work between now and then, but it’s nice to have something outside of work to look forward to at the beginning of fall (especially in college athletics!). This will be my third straight late August/early September wedding, and I’m not mad about the timing to get a mini-vacay from the craziness, although my email inbox will think differently.
Berries with almond butter: I’m working on detoxing from too many vacation treats, so this is my go-to dessert after my balanced, half-marathon-plan-approved meals. Not gonna lie, as the miles have ramped up, I’ve started to get really hangry, and this week has been even rougher trying to get back on track after vacation, but this is a great, balanced option when craving something sweet to tide you over until bedtime. Plus it’s blueberry season, and they taste PHENOMENAL right now.
Recent reads: I’d gotten off track in my quest to read 50 books in 2017, not really reading a whole lot in June. I picked up a bit of the slack on our trip and finished The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and NW by Zadie Smith. I don’t know what took me so long to read JK’s book, but I think I didn’t want to be disappointed after Harry Potter (which is silly because I’ve read the first two of her Robert Galbraith books), but I loved it — even though it was rather depressing. NW was actually rather similar, and I’ve also enjoyed Smith’s work in the past. Now I’m onto The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’m a little less than halfway through, but liking it so far. It’s already got me doing research on Vichy France. The Nightingale makes 26, so I’ve still got some ground to make up, but I’m still confident in my ability to reach my goal by the end of the year.
That’s all I’ve got this week! What are your Friday favorites??