Five Favorites Friday–2nd Edition

1) Let’s just start right off with this:

Not that I’m loving this cold, gray bucket of suck currently, but it did make me laugh. I KNOW there are plenty of you out there who can relate. I mean COME ON already. We just got pounded again Tuesday night and rumor has it there’s a couple more storm systems brewing. It seems like my kids have been to school approximately 2.5 days since Christmas break. Not to mention the lack of outside running. That’s a whole other story. Me and my treadmill….we are one. We are one in perhaps an all-too-comfortable, overly dependent kind of way lately. As much as I admit I am cool with that, it’s not good–and definitely not good when my spring half marathon training started this week, and I need to be doing speed work and hill repeats.

2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Our book club read this, and it is the best book I have read in a long time. If you are not a fan of books that are sad, then it is probably not for you. It’s the story of a relationship between two teenagers who have cancer. It is tragic and devastating, honest and stripped-down. In the midst of all that, there are also moments when it is funny–which takes some skill as an author to pull off considering the subject matter. It is one of those books that after you have read the last page and put it away, it remains on your mind and leaves you a bit changed. I’m a firm believer in “the book is always better than the movie”, but it’s supposed to be coming out later this year and I’m curious to see what they do with it.

3) “Coach Culpepper: The Beauty Of The Base Phase” article from Competitor Running. Since MCM, I’ve built up a pretty solid base, and although it’s significant mileage, most of it has consisted of easy paced runs. This article gives you a timeline to help figure out what exactly to do with yourself (and when to incorporate different workouts) in the off-season between races, in order to have a strong foundation set as far as fitness level and physical preparedness.

4) Dashing Stripes Long Sleeve Top from Lucy

I randomly found this running top in the Garnet Hill catalog, but it can be found here as well. Super soft, flattering, and I love those little cinchy-things on the sides. I loved it so much I bought a second one in the mint green color.

5) New healthy snack score: Snapea Green Pea Crisps

I always love the impulse grocery store purchase that pans out. P.S. Kelly, have you seen these?

Wishing you all a great weekend! Hopefully the cold, gray bucket of suck doesn’t interfere with my 5K race on Saturday. As I’m writing this, school was just cancelled AGAIN tomorrow.

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