Monday updates! And an award!

Another Monday, people! And one that we can all look at with a lovely silver lining because next Monday is guaranteed to be infinitely better than this one since it’s a holiday! Unless you’re working… in which case I’m sorry for my rude and unrestrained bragging.

A few random updates:

Last week was a “step back” week in my training plan. I took advantage of the rest pretty whole-heartedly only to realize near the end of the week I would have been well served to switch this week’s schedule with last week’s due to some AMAZINGLY exciting plans that will consume my entire labor day weekend (more details on that shortly). Still, I am determined to make all my workouts happen this week and somehow fit my long run in before leaving town early Saturday. I’ve got my game face on for sure.

Even though it was an easy week, I had some stellar 5 and 6 milers. I was really happy with my times (which were well below my target pace even though I was just running at an effort that felt good – I swear) and with the fact that I was running negative splits based almost entirely on intuition instead of constantly checking my watch.

I spent a lot of quality time with Jeremy and Juneau this weekend. For once, neither of us had prior plans that involved going out of town or leaving the house all day. We did what we wanted, when we wanted, and it was so enjoyable.

My Executive Director is out of town for two weeks and my Assistant Director shares my fondness for casual attire. Yay for two weeks of jeans, flip-flops and general comfyness!

Who has one free thumb because the other is preoccupied taking an awkward selfie AND is wearing jeans to work? THIS GIRL!

Who has one free thumb because the other is preoccupied taking an awkward selfie AND is wearing jeans to work? THIS GIRL!

One of my best blog friends, Hayley at Running Feet Wandering Mind, nominated me for an award. I’ve never done one of these but have always enjoyed reading them on other blogs because it is interesting to get to know other writers through random details they wouldn’t normally write about. Here are the questions that Hayley asked me…

Sunshine

Think of the last person in your life that made you mad.  Name one good thing about them.

I was most recently irritated at Jeremy for something silly. (By my recollection, he came into the kitchen while I was cooking dinner and tried to tickle me while I was seasoning sweet potatoes. I got annoyed because I thought he was going to mess everything up. What? I told you it was silly.) Obviously I can’t begin to list all the great things about Jeremy but, on a directly related note, I like that he brings that playfulness to our relationship and forgives me when I am being such a complete buzz kill.

What is your favorite hour of the day, and why?

Probably 6 o’clock. Usually around 6 I am back home from work or the day’s activities and getting into sweat pants and thinking about making dinner or other plans for the evening. The possibilities for my free time still seem endless at this point and I am a few hours off from looking at the clock and realizing unhappily that it is suddenly less than an hour until bed time.

If you could describe your current relationship with yourself in one word, what would it be?

Comfortable. I am very content with where I am in life, my achievements so far, and the potential for new ones down the road. I am happy in pretty much all of my personal relationships with others. I have an overall positive view of myself physically and mentally.

Dogs or cats?  Which do you like the most (why?), and which are you the most like (in what ways?)?

I am definitely a dog lover and am pretty sure that I will never end up owning a cat. I like dogs because they are unconditionally affectionate whereas cats are affectionate when they want something from you and any other time want nothing to do with you. I think that I have certain qualities of both animals but, overall, I am a people pleaser and that would indicate that I am more like a dog.

What do you think is the best quality you bring to relationships (friends, love life, family, work, etc.)?

I think I am a pretty low maintenance friend, girlfriend, and family member. I don’t create or carry much drama and I am not particularly needy or jealous.

Look to your right.  What do you see?

The door of my apartment and a coat closet. Wish I had something more interesting for you there but I just don’t.

What is the best advice that you’ve ever given?  Do you follow your own advice?

My friend was recently having a dilemma about switching jobs and whether it would disappoint her current employer to leave for another position she had been offered. I told her that, to a very large degree, this is a point in time in our lives (we’re both twenty-somethings) where it is okay and even correct to be selfish. Don’t stay in a relationship that makes you unhappy to protect the other person’s feelings. Don’t give up the chance for a better career to avoid causing your employer an inconvenience. Of course it is important to be respectful along the way, but don’t marginalize your own goals, needs, and potential – especially at such a critical time when you are trying to build a life for yourself.

I will admit that this advice was stolen from my Mom who gave it to me when I had a very similar dilemma early in my post-graduate life. I have been following it ever since.

What are you looking forward to right now?

One of my best friends’ bachelorette party is this weekend! We are going to Wilmington Saturday through Monday and I am beyond excited to have an amazing girl weekend at the beach.

If you could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Some sort of toast (either regular bread, English muffin, or bagel) with peanut or almond butter. It may be boring but it is my perfect pre-run fuel and I have yet to get sick of it.

In what moments do you feel the most you?

When I’m running. (I bet you could have guessed that.) Also, when I am in my apartment spending time with Jeremy and Juneau. Sometimes we are both feeling less than conversational and immerse ourselves in various distractions (like reading articles and blogs online for me and playing video games for him) and that’s okay. But sometimes we get into hours long conversations about every topic under the sun and I would say that right there is when I am feeling most like myself – and the most happy.

Thanks for the great questions, Hayley!

I hope any and all of you will answer a few or all of these questions. I’d love to get to know you better!

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