First Half Marathon- Woman Rock MN

I woke up this morning not sure if I would actually be able to run. My knee was already a little sore and I couldn’t stop myself from questioning if this was a mistake. But I pushed those thoughts to the back of my head and pushed on.

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The weather was perfect despite the threat of rain. The temperature was low to mid sixties and there wasn’t much wind. The race didn’t start off like I would have hoped. They had a silent start and when we headed to the start line, we discovered the race had started a minute early. I don’t know about you but this kind of threw things off for me. I tried not to play catch up but being at the back of the race wasn’t encouraging.

For the first six miles, I was able to find my rhythm and somewhat enjoy my run.

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And then the knee started going, then came the rain, and hills. That’s when I split off from my running friend and switched between walking and running. I think at this point in the race, my goal was to finish without blowing my knee.

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I’m not really excited about my time but I am calling this a win. I finished the race, without killing my knee, and I wasn’t the last one running.

As I am typing this out, my knee still kind of hurts but it isn’t sharp or anything. I am worried I won’t be able to run my full marathon in early October or be able to run my 20 mile capital run in September.

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What did I learn:

  1. I need to bring more fuel. I realized very quickly that what I brought was not enough. Luckily the race was handing out gels and I was able to take advantage. But the sugar in those things killed my stomach.
  2. Come rain or shine, the race is on. I didn’t bring anything to throw on right after the race because honestly I didn’t even think about it. Which was mistake number two because I not only cooled down surprisingly quickly, but I was wet from the rain. Not a good combination.
  3. It’s okay to walk. Seriously, it is okay! It’s not the end of the world if you have to walk.
  4. Get to the start line early! We were waiting for our other friend to join us who often runs late. Mainly this cost me mentally but it also put me behind in regards to my time.

Overall, I am glad I ran the race. The experience I am walking away with will help prepare me for my other races.

Have you ran a half marathon? I would love to hear how it went or your thoughts on mine!!

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July Highlights

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Running:

Honestly I have no idea what my goal was. So I guess it wasn’t a very good goal. I will say my running has improved and I think that is manly because of my recent change in my diet.

Total Milage for the Month: 112

WHAT!!! Wow, that is a lot of running and really neat to see 🙂

I should set a new goal for the month of August. Seeing as I am somewhat struggling with food, I think I need to make this a priority. Because I am on the Whole30, it really limits what I can and can’t have.

Books News:

Feb reading

This month I was able to read 6 books. I read two books this month that tied for my favorite: Coming Clean (Monkey Business Trio, #3) and Clean Break. Both books are fantastic reads. Coming Clean is the last book in the series and it’s the perfect ending. Clean Break is an interesting twist on Beauty and the Beast. If you missed them, click on the links to check out my reviews 🙂

Hardass really disappointed me. I had a difficult time relating to the main character, Caroline. Her mannerisms were extremely immature and most of the things she did was completely inappropriate. I felt like her character lacked a lot of class and the book just fell short.

If you missed my other reviews, here is a list of books I read this month:
The Billionaire Bachelor (4 Stars)
Once Upon a One Night Stand (3 Stars)
It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy (2 Stars)

My Throwback Thursday’s this month were:
Kate Daniels Series
Reckoning (The Breach, #1)

Discussions I had on Tuesday Talk:
Book Reviews That Let You Down
Lets Talk Music
4th of July

Fun and Interesting Posts:

I received the Liebster Award for the second time 🙂 I will say I had a lot of fun answering these questions!

Author Abby Vegas wrote a guest post discussing fairy tales and how it connects with her book Clean Break. The post is short but a fun read. If you are interested, you can find it here.

For the first time I did a cover reveal for the Jessica Lemmon’s book- The Billionaire Bachelor. You can find that here and the review for the book above.

Running Hats, Help Please?

I am in need of some advice. I have decided I need to invest in a running hat but I just don’t know which one to buy. I have tried going to stores to look at some, but I just haven’t really liked the style/color I have seen. I would like to buy one this week because the heat and sun is a bit much and the glare from the sun messes with my concentration.

Are there any running hats you love or would recommend?

Thanks for your help!!!

 

Gifts Ideas For Father’s Day

For the Dad who Reads:

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1,000 Record Covers, by Michael Ochs

Record covers are a sign of our life and times. Like the music on the discs, they address such issues as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion.

For the dad who still has a collection of records,this collection of album art will easily capture his interest.

This special edition of Record Covers presents a selection of the best 60s to 90s rock album covers from music archivist, disc jockey, journalist, and ex-record publicity executive Michael Ochs’s enormous private collection. Both a trip down memory lane and a study in the evolution of cover art, this is a sweeping look at an under-appreciated art form.
To BUY: $17.69 Amazon

Baseball

The League of Outsider Baseball, by Gary Cieradkowski

This book is great for any father who loves baseball. This book includes stories of baseball’s lesser-known players, as well as a look at great athletes before they hit the Major Leagues. Pages include portraits and vintage-style baseball cards.

I feel like the synopsis of this book does a better explaining how cool this book actually is:

Synopsis:
This book is a strikingly original illustrated history of baseball’s forgotten heroes, including stars of the Negro Leagues, barnstorming teams, semi-pro leagues, foreign leagues, and famous players like Shoeless Joe Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and Joe DiMaggio before they achieved notoriety.

Shining a light into the dark corners of baseball history—from Mickey Mantle’s minor league days to Negro League greats like Josh Gibson and Leon Day; to people that most never knew played the game, such as Frank Sinatra, who had his own ball club in 1940s Hollywood; bank robber John Dillinger, who was a promising shortstop and took time out between robberies to attend Cubs games; and even a few US presidents—this book is a rich, visual tribute to America’s pastime.

Meticulously researched, beautifully illustrated using a unique, vintage baseball-card-style, and filled with a colorful and rich cast of characters, this book is a prized collector’s item and will be cherished by fans of all ages
To BUY: Kindle $12.99, Hardback $21.00 Amazon

Beer

Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew

If he is a beer drinker and wants to look into making his own, this book is the the one to start with. Looking over multiple beer brewing forums, this book has been said to be one of the ‘go to’ books that everyone started with.

To BUY: Kindle $11.99, Paperback $13.43 Amazon

 

 

 

Cooking with Fire

Cooking with Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking

My Father-in-Law loves this book and I would have to say it is pretty interesting.
Synopsis: Cooking with live fire goes way beyond the barbecue grill. Rediscover the pleasures of a variety of unconventional techniques, from roasting pork on a spit to baking bread in ashes, searing fish on a griddle, roasting vegetables in a fireplace, making soup in a cast-iron pot, baking pizza in a wood-fired oven, cooking bacon on a stick, and much, much more. Includes 100 recipes for everything from roasted rabbit and fish chowder to baguettes and burnt cream.
To BUY: Kindle $9.99, Paperback $15.02 Amazon

Meat

Meat: Everything You Need To Know

This book is guaranteed to teach Dad a thing or two. Written by one of Americas premier butchers, Pat LaFrieda, this book features tales from the meat packing business, tips on preparing beef, lamb, port, poultry, and veal, and 75 family recipes.

To BUY: Kindle $19.99, Hardcover $24.99 Amazon

 

 

 

StarWars

 

The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, by Stephen J. Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Bob Vitas, and Daniel Wallace

The three-volume Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia has everything he’s ever wanted to know about Jedi Knights and Sith Lords, including a timeline of major events and insiders’ skinny on the film franchise. May the Force be with him.

To BUY: $81.35 Amazon

 


For the Active Dad:

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Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless headphones

Let’s say your Dad doesn’t have a fancy watch with a heart rating monitor, but he needs new headphones. This is a way to combine both- Jabra’s next generation of heart rate monitoring technology measures your heart rate via your inner ear. Connect to Jabra’s fitness app to plan, monitor and evaluate your performance, and ensure you’re always training in the right heart rate zone. Control music and calls directly from the headphones in-line controls. IP55 Certified, drop, strength, dirt, temperature & humidity tested – US Military Standard. Works with most popular fitness applications on iOS and Android devices to provide pace and distance alerts
To BUY: Certified Refurbished $78.99, New 129.99 
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Golf

 

Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyser

For the Dad who golfs- This device helps capture your swing from different angles, the Zepp Golf measures and analyses your swing and records 1,000 data points per second. Measure the speed of your club, the rotation of your hips, your tempo and backswing. Fits in the back of your glove, so small you won’t notice, and links to your phone.

To BUY: $129.99 Amazon

Watch

Running Watch

The picture is Garmin’s Forerunner 620, but I think any sports watch would be a wonderful gift. This particular watch has a slew of advanced features to suit all runners, including a heart-rate monitor, a built-in accelerometer, and a touchscreen that works even if you’re wearing gloves. Because these can get expensive, on the lower end is FitBits.

Buy Garmin: Amazon

 

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Custom Running Coasters

Looking for a useful, inexpensive way to display his race bibs? Or maybe your Dad ran his best race and you want to help him remember that moment. Protect your coffee table and celebrate his PRs with sealed, stone/tile coasters made from originals or scanned versions of race numbers. GoneForARun will make a set of four for only $22-25.

 


Gadgets and Gismos a Plenty..

amazon fire tablet

Lets be honest, some people prefer reading a book an a tablet. Right now Amazon has their tablets on sale. Here are some of perks: 8 GB (or 16 GB) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage. The device is fully charged in under 6 hours and lasts up to 7 hours. USB 2.0 port (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer. This device has an amber light for nigh time reading which is better on the eyes but still gives off enough light to see what you are doing. Out of 54,150 reviews, the average review on Amazon is 4.2 out of 5 stars.
To BUY: $39.99 Amazon

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HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker

Ok, I kind of want this myself and this will probably be the thing I end up getting my husband. This chilled to perfection iced coffee maker is simple yet effective. It is able to chill hot coffee up to 130+ degrees in 60 seconds without deleting flavor. The container holds 12.5 ounces and when you are done, you just throw it in the dishwasher. Let’s say your dad isn’t much of a coffee drinker, well it can also chill whiskey, wine, and other liquids.
To BUY: $50.18 Amazon

Philips

Philips Norelco Beard trimmer Series 7200, Vacuum trimmer with 20 built-in length settings

The integrated vacuum system catches up to 90% of cut hair for less mess. The high-velocity motor and fan system creates powerful suction to lift and capture hairs. With innovative lift & trim technology, the trimmer effectively lifts and guides hairs for a more efficient cut. The self-sharpening steel blades are designed to effectively cut each hair perfectly, preventing skin irritation, and are double sharpened to cut more hairs in every pass for faster trimming. And with the 20 built in settings, Dad is sure to get the exact trim/shape he wants.
To BUY: $49.95-120.90 
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Dollar Shave Club

So, your Dad likes to keep things clean and shaves. This is an alternative that is reasonably priced. This company delivers high quality razors (and other creams and shaving necessaries) at a reasonable price. Giving this gift means Dad will receive replacement razors every month and won’t get stuck with a dull blade. There are three different razors to choose from, starting as low as $3 per month.

To BUY: Dollar Shave Club


Lets Get Cheap and Real:

Letters

Letters to My Dad

A collection of envelopes, each with a different prompt for the letter inside. Prompts include: “the best adventure we’ve had together,” “my favorite memory,” and “one thing I love about our family.” What results is a time capsule of memories and letters that Dad can read and re-read for years to come. You can buy this or I think this can easily be made. If you are looking for writing prompts for topics to write the letters about, check these out: JournalBuddies Fathers Day Prompts or here are some that I suggest:

1) A special memory I have of you is…
2) From you, I learned the importance of…
3) One thing I’m glad we share is…
4) I always think of you when…
5) I love that our family is…
6) One thing I admire about you is…

OR you can Buy the pretty pre-made letters to Dad here: $10.88 Amazon

 Rite In The Rain Notebooknotebook

This is perfect for the dad who likes to be outdoors- whether that’s fishing, hiking, or even in the garage- this pen and pad is completely all-terrain proof. Ever been out in the rain and needed to write something down? Or left a note on a cars windshield wipers only to have the rain make it impossible to read? This waterproof paper allows you to write on it during the rain while the water runs off.  Inside the front cover are conversion tables, map scales, and short rulers in inches and centimeters. This model (the one in the picture) is not spiral bound (which they make), but memo-style, so it opens like a book. The pages can still be torn out, though, if you have to leave a note somewhere. Pens are sold separately but I have been measured, you don’t need the pen to write on this paper.
To BUY: $6.81-20.92 Amazon

Wine

Create Your Own Wine Label

Show Dad that you know his taste with a bottle of Josh Cellars wine. A special label with his name on it congratulates him for being the best dad ever.

$10 – $20 a bottle, www.ATributeToDad.com

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Chances are, what Dad really wants is to spend time with his family. Even if you’ve already presented him with a thoughtful gift, spending time to him will mean more than anything. If your Dad is a runner, a nice run together will be the kind of bonus gift he remembers forever. If he is into sports, maybe sit down and watch a baseball game together. Maybe cook a meal together or just sit down and have coffee. What you do isn’t what matters, it’s doing it together that counts.

CookHomemade Meal- His Favorites

Sometimes for those fathers on the go, a nice family meal is what they miss the most. Surprise Dad by having his favorite dish ready, or try something new. This can be as complicated as you want- meaning, don’t make this more complicated than you need it to be. There are ways to make a nice meal on a tight budget. My husband loves raspberries, but he is also watching what he eats. So I will probably make him a raspberry protein shake and a nice big breakfast. Again, I think it is more the thought than the actual outcome.

BeerSix-Pack of Beer

Buy your dad a six-pack of his favorite brew, and raise a glass to an evening together with light conversation and maybe a couple hands of cards. This kind of goes with the spending time together with the exception of  beer.

 


 

I hope this helps! Let me know what you think of this list 🙂 Was there anything that stood out or you thought was interesting? Should I add something next time?

Happy Start to the week 🙂

May Highlights

May

Running:

My goal for the month of May was to get 6-7 hours of sleep each night and drink the recommended amount of water. I did great getting 6-7 hours of sleep but not so much on the water. I feel like the sleep helped with my running and overall feeling better. But I need to start incorporating weights or some type of cross training into my workouts. So my goal for the month of June is to do at least one day a week of cross training.

I did buy myself Garmin Forerunner 225 running watch for my birthday. And I absolutely love it!! If you are in the market for a running watch, I would check out Amazon. I bought mine at a discounted price and it works amazing. My full review is to come in the next week or so but check them out. This watch is amazing!!

 

I absolutely love this bra. If you have a hard time finding running bras, I recommend this- Moving Comfort Women’s Juno Bra! You can find my review here. In the next week, I will have had this Sports Bra for a month and I have no complaints. It is still a little difficult to get on but I am used to it now and it takes half the time it did when I first started using it.

 

 

Total milage: 57

Books I’ve Read:

Feb reading

I read a lot of two star books this month. One of my favorite books came out this month was Good Girl. I did the review a while back but you can find it here. Check out the review, I know you will love it. The books is full of strong characters with sassy banter. You can buy it on Amazon for $3.99.  Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly)

My Favorite book this month was My Perfect Mistake. I really do love strong female characters with sassy personalities. And this book has it!! This is definitely a series to keep your eye on. It’s funny, sexy, and at times heartbreaking. I loved the emotions each character went through and the real life problems they had to overcome.

 

 

Draw really disappointed me. In a way this book is about starting over and second chances. And I liked what the author did with Millie’s character. But the book got to the point that I skimmed most of it because I couldn’t stomach what was happening or I was bored. I’m not sure I could recommend this book to anyone.

If you missed my other reviews, here is a list of books I read this month:

Manhandled (Hammered #2)
His to Protect (Fireside, #2)
The Way of the Runner
Brave Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #3)
The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)
The Sway (Classified #1)

Fun and Interesting Posts:

I Reached 100 Followers!! Again, I want to thank everyone for following my blog. I never thought I would get to this point but I am over the moon that I did!

May is Celiac Awareness Month. I actually wrote two posts about this. The posts were a bit outside of my norm, so I don’t think very many of you looked at them. But if you wanted to know more about what Celiacs is, you can find that here. Or if you want to see the kind of diet I have to stick to, you can read more about that here.

And lets not forget this post- Jurassic Park to my Front Yard. I still can’t believe how bad my front yard actually was. And I am not being dramatic, I have pictures to prove it!!

Birthday Present

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So yesterday was my birthday and I decided I needed to treat myself to something fun. After much deliberation, I bought Garmins Forerunner 225. I haven’t used it yet but I am really excited to get started.

If anyone has Garmin Connect, lets connect and help motivate each other. My username is BoundToBeMe

I am sure I will do a review in a couple weeks of this watch but I have high hopes it will be just the thing I am looking for 🙂

The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running

The way of the runner

Author: Adharanand Finn
Published: June 7, 2016
Pages: 326

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

It may come as a surprise to many people, but Japan is the most running-obsessed country on earth. A 135-mile relay race, or “ekiden” is the country’s biggest annual sporting event. Thousands of professional runners compete for corporate teams in some of the most competitive races in the world. The legendary “marathon monks” run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment.

Yet so much of Japan’s running culture remains a mystery to the outside world, on par with many of the unique aspects of contemporary Japan. Adharanand Finn, the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans, spent six months immersed in this one of a kind running culture to discover what it might teach us about the sport and about Japan.

As an amateur runner about to turn 40, he also hoped to find out whether a Japanese approach to training might help him run faster. What he learns—about competition, team work, form, chasing personal bests, and about himself—will fascinate and surprise anyone keen to explore why we run and how we might do it better.

Review:

I began reading this book because I have recently rediscovered my love for running. But as I read the words and really thought about what the author was saying, goosebumps spread across my arms. Just thinking about the dedication, love, and commitment to running.. It amazes me. But instead of the author keeping with the excitement, the book (at times) kind of drags out. Although I enjoyed what I read, I found myself putting the book down a lot. Don’t get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read. It just wasn’t the type of book you read in one sitting.
This book takes an in depth look at Japan’s running methods and beliefs. The author plans to travel to Japan and take a critical look at the Ekiden season. I really enjoyed reading about the Japan culture and how runners are somewhat idealized. For example: Japan is unique in that it offers long distance runners a salary to join a team. In Japan, road runners are a big deal. Not only are they faster than my mind can even comprehend, they are an idealistic symbol to the community and certain races bring in comparable rating to the Super Bowl.
As the story continues, my once amazed outlook on these runners turns to pity and sadness. The conditions Japan runners face isn’t ideal and the expectation is unrealistic, often leading to the racers burning out. At every point in a Japan runners development/career, they are expected to give maximum effort… All the time, every time. Their coaches expect the highest performance and often their motivation is all the runners have because along the way they have lost their own motivation/enjoyment for running.
This really broke my heart because running is amazing and supposed to be fun. I understand the competitiveness and the aspect that training isn’t always fun. But I have a hard time seeing what the point is. The author often asks- ‘why do me run?’ The author suggests the answer is understanding yourself. And I think I agree with him. Yes, I run for stress relief, escape, enjoyment.. But I run for me and I have learned so much more about who I am since I started.
This book has a bunch of history and fun statistics. The book is well written but longer than I think it needed to be. I am interested in picking up his other book- Running with the Kenyan’s and probably will be a book I would prefer via hard copy instead of electronic.  If you are a runner, I think you would enjoy this book.