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Friday Favorites

This week has been weird. Everything’s been a mix of exciting opportunities and on-and-off sickness. Let me share just a few of my favorite’s from this past week.

Over The Creek by George Ezra | George Ezra, you slay me. There were a few days where I had to grind out a ton of work and his songs were on repeat in the background. Namely, this one.

Understand the Difference Between Internship, Co-op | I’m tooting my own horn on this one a little bit.. Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report interviewed me about the differences between co-ops and internships.

52 Reasons to Run a Marathon | I find out if I got a bib for the Chicago Marathon later this month… So, marathons have been on the brain.

Photo of the Week | This Monday’s #DestinationDeck group shot from November Project was one of the best, because it proves we’re all just a bunch of kids. Can you find me?

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Balance

What should have been a relaxing week easing back into classes was, well, not.

I’ve had the week off from my internship, something I was grateful for as group projects started to ramp up and the close of the semester is approaching way faster than it should. But for some reason I haven’t been able to shake this uneasy anxiety. Maybe it’s the sleeping in that’s making me feel like I am missing a huge chunk of my day. Or maybe it’s just the approaching departure date that is taking me from Boston to California.

Whatever it may be, I’ve just been trying to chug along. Clean my room to feel extra tidy, kick up my workouts a notch, spend extra time with friends and workout buddies.. But the best thing I think that has come from this week was a Meet the Author talk at my university.

Rebecca Pacheco, yogi and author of Do Your Om Thing, visited our campus on Wednesday afternoon to talk about her book that brings light to the traditions of yoga and how they can weave an important part in modern life.

Now, I’m not saying I’m a big time yoga buff or anything. I try to go to classes at my local studios a few times per month and do at-home practice in my dorm room a couple times of week. I haven’t mastered a headstand, but can hold crow pose (bakasana) pretty well. I’m also only 50 pages or so into Rebecca’s book, but let me just say it has opened my eyes to thoughts of life and contentment that I hadn’t realized before. Overall, I love my life. I have had hardship, but from that have had great accomplishments, too. Yet there always seems to be a missing bit of understanding for who I am at my core. Isn’t that odd? I am who I am, yet I don’t really understand how or why that makes me… me.

I’ll have more updates later on about what I thought of the book as a whole, but if you practice yoga, even semi-regularly, I’d recommend you check out Do Your Om Thing. If nothing else, it will hopefully give you new perspective and appreciation for your time both on and off the mat.

You can connect with me on Goodreads to see what else I’m reading lately.

Small Steps

In December 2014, I was experiencing severe pain from running. It seemed like it had come out of nowhere one day. I ran one half marathon in the first weekend of December, so proud of a new PR, but hobbling about thinking I had strained my ankle. Ankle pain moved to knee pain which, soon enough, turned into my entire left leg shrouded in aches every time I attempted a run.

My doctor diagnosed me with a stress fracture in the hip (that’s possible?!) and I was sentenced to at least 8 weeks of no running whatsoever.

Now, I had only just begun to consider myself a runner going into my third half-marathon. I don’t know why, but it took me a while to accept that I am an athlete. And this break away from running took quite the toll on me.

But I received great news at my follow up appointment this week — I’m cleared to run again! I’ll have to start small, with only a couple miles every other day, but the running plan we’ve come up with to get me back on track has me more feeling more confident in my ability to properly train (and race!) as a runner.

So, to ignite some extra motivation, I’ve been looking back at pictures from my three half-marathons and thinking about going after my ultimate goal… a marathon.

Dave and I at my frist half-marathon, the B.A.A. Half, in October 2014. I raced another two half-marathons in the following 8 weeks.

New Bike On The Block!

My new bike is finally here and assembled (at last!). I bought a new single speed fixie from DirectBikes.com —  a nice Dawes steel frame. I’ll spare you all the details, but let’s just say it’s pretty awesome.

Today, I took it out for it’s first ride up and down Commonwealth Avenue before taking a stroll through the Common.

20140523-225352-82432125.jpgIt’s great to have a bike to get around Boston since it is such a compact city. I can easily get from campus to Haymarket for the farmer’s market and then head over to Cambridge for lunch or coffee (this is one of my favorite ways to spend Saturdays in the summer).

But now I’m making a list of new bike accessories I want to get my hands on! Here are some must haves (and a few just for fun) bike accessories to check out:

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