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Friday Favorites

Another week and it's already September.  As fun as my summer was, I'm definitely looking forward to Fall-- it's my favorite season full of boots, scarves and everything pumpkin spice.  I ended August with 144.5 miles and I'm looking forward to seeing what this month brings.  Here's a few of the things I've been loving this week.

Pro-Compression Lows and PC Runners

If you’ve seen my running pictures, you know that I love my ProCompression socks.  Not only do they make a difference when I run and for recovery, they come in so many awesome colors and designs.  

Photo Credit: ProCompression

With the warmer temperatures in the past few weeks, I’ve been wearing the lows and PC runners on more of my runs. I love them just as much. And I can still be #RunMatchy with the colors.  They also make the transition from run to errands a little easier.  And let's be honest-- even though I am excited about fall, I live somewhere where the weather will continue to be warm and our cold spell means it's 60 degrees.

The Public Library 

I grew up in a household of readers—if you were to hear my mom tell the story, I started reading at the age of four.  The truth is I probably just memorized the Tweety Bird book since I had her read to me every night before bed, but there isn’t a time in my life that I don’t remember loving to read..  Our weekly trip to the Public Library was something I always looked forward too—I don’t remember when life got so busy that I stopped going, but I realized this past week it had been a long time.  I wasn’t even sure if I would still have a library card on file—turns out I didn't.  But I changed that this week.  I need to do a little research on something and found myself at the library to make that happen.  While I was there, I got a new library card and checked out a few books.  So many awesome services are offered at the library that are often taken for granted.  I remembered why I loved coming to the library so much as a kid—I’ve already read the four books I checked out and can’t wait to go back to get a few more.  

Trader Joe’s Pickle Popcorn

Last week, someone strongly encouraged me to try Trader Joe’s "Pickle Popcorn."  I love popcorn and I love pickles, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea of the two tastes together.  I took a piece, held my breath and tried it.  It is delicious!!  Since that day, I’ve gone to Trader Joe’s and picked up my own bags (yes—multiple). It’s a strange taste and may be an acquired taste, but I love it!  

Running Naked

I love my Garmin Forerunner 235 and there are days that I feel naked when I forget to put it on in the morning.  (It’s not just my running watch, but also my activity tracker).  I like having access to the information during my run—my distance, my pace and my heart rate.  But sometimes the saying is true—ignorance is bliss.  As much as I like having this information during my run, there are times that it’s too much.  I start focusing on the details rather than my run.  So in the past few weeks, I’ve made an effort to do at least one of my runs naked—naked as in without my Garmin.  I run by feel, push myself when I feel like I can, slow down when I need to and simply enjoy what’s around me.  These naked runs have me feeling refreshed and more in tune with my runs.  

Noah Galloway’s Living With No Excuses

Earlier this week Noah Galloway had a book signing in Los Angeles—I had hoped to make it up there but life took over and that didn’t happen.  I still picked up his new book, Living With No Excuses,  because I was intrigued by  his story (And wishfully thinking that if he’s ever in San Diego, I’ll be able to get my book signed). 

I think like many people, I often assume celebrities live the life that we see portrayed in the media.  It’s easy to forget that they are people who have lives beyond what is shown and lives that have led up to the persona we “know” now.  That is the story that Noah Galloway tells in his book—he’s more than the Veteran who lost two limbs and appeared on Dancing With The Stars.  I won’t recap the book because I think you should read it- I will tell you that I laughed & cried and his dad is my favorite person he talks about in the book.  What I enjoyed most about the book is that he’s real—he tells some truths about his life that most people would rather keep to themselves.  He’s honest and he’s open in his dialogue—as I was reading the book, it felt like a conversation you’d be having with a friend.  By sharing his  truths, I think Galloway will make a difference in someone’s life, even if that’s not what he intended when he wrote the book.          

What things are you looking forward to most for Fall?

Until next time, happy running.


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