How are you on this Saturday evening?
I hope enjoying Fall and all its splendor.
I know I am.
Today I did something that I have never done before.
I ran 9.27 miles.
Today was our long training run for the week.
We were out at Shelby Forest and let me tell you...
It was probably the hardest thing I've ever done physically.
Some of the hills were even steeper than the picture below:
I'm not even exaggerating.
So, as I was trying desperately to keep going...my hips and thigh muscles were screaming at me to stop.
But you know what? Even though I was thinking to myself, "OMG. This is the hardest thing I've ever done physically. I just want this pain to stop!"......
I never thought I couldn't get through it.
I just thought, "Man this sucks!"
So yea, I had to power walk up a few hills.
I still finished. And that's the point.
Here's my long run "before" pic from last week...(I was actually being sarcastic...Baxter was under 2 blankets dead asleep...and I was getting ready to go run 7 miles...way too early on a Saturday morning....)
And this is what I feel like right now:
But hey, tomorrow's another day.
And there are plenty miles to conquer before this goal is fully accomplished.
Honestly, my nieces were my saving graces today.
And they weren't even there.
But, they were there in my heart and in spirit....
Every time I faced a brutal hill...I just imagined them at the top...cheering me on.
Crazy I know...but hey...it worked.
Who wouldn't run toward these beautiful faces?
Yesterday, at 5:01 p.m. my Fall Break began.
I don't think I can recall a Fall Break that I was looking forward to more.
Honestly, it's getting really hard to go to work every day and not get paid for it.
I know I know.
It's a means to an end.
But still...I am sure those of you who've had internships (unpaid) can relate to what I'm saying.
Nonetheless, I am taking a few days to myself.
What's on the agenda?
Wellllll...cleaning my house.
(Oh, how I lead an exciting life.)
And delving into Season 3 of my new obsession:
Ugh. I know. Don't judge me!
It's totally soap opera-esque.
But I don't care.
And can we talk about the complete 180 degree turn I've made from being a "Dan Humphrey" lover:
To a full blown "Chuck Bass" stalker?!
I've come to realize that Scott Disick is a total Chuck Bass style doppelganger:
Pretty sure Chuck Bass did it first Scott. Boo-ya.
Anywho, I have another task to accomplish over Fall Break...
I have an interview!
I mean obviously I couldn't start until after I graduate...but I am happy that this person still wants to go ahead and meet with me!
I am also grateful for sweet, awesome people who put the wheels in motion for such things (thanks Heather!).
Let me just say this friends, don't burn bridges.
You never know who you'll meet in life and work with.....and how one day that person just might be able to open a door for you.
That's how I've acquired this meeting. Someone I worked with on my job that ran out right before my internship put the bug in the ear of her boss this week that I was interested in applying at her place of employment.
And her boss wanted to meet with me. Just like that.
So...just remember....you never know how someone could influence your life.
BUILD bridges...don't BURN them.
So, we'll see.
Another goal for fall break is to return back to my new favorite pizza place here in Memphis.
Aldo's Pizza Pies on Main Street downtown.
Seriously THE BEST pizza I've had in a long long time.
Probably since we had pizza in Chicago.
We ordered "The Other Side" to split last Saturday....
And I'm not sure it was enough...
Look at the size of that thing!
(Of course, I'm sure you just said to yourself, "That's what she said...")
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
It was the bombdiggity.com
I can't wait to go back.
Go check it out for yourself!
I hope you all have a lovely week.
I may even be able to squeeze another post in while I have a few days off...and in between my ogling at Chuck Bass.
Much love, :)
P.S. Friends I ask you to keep my dear, sweet, amazing friend Ellen (she's the person I ran my very first 5k with), her husband Sean, their son Grayton, and their baby girl on the way. Sean has been in ICU here in Memphis for over a week with a brain infection that they haven't been able to diagnose yet. They were able to do surgery and get what they needed to grow cultures to hopefully find out on or by Monday what this monster is. Ellen is due with their baby girl in January, and I can't imagine the hell that this has been for her and for both sides of their family. Especially being pregnant. I whole heartily believe in the power of prayer, and I know that you may not know them personally, but please just say a small prayer for answers, healing, and strength. That has been my prayer mantra for them this past week. Thanks friends. You all rock.
|A pic of Sean, Ellen, and me taken last fall. Keep strong you two.|