2013

My Top 10 Books of 2013

I love reading. I like to hold a book in my hands, turn the pages, and get totally lost in a story. I also enjoy reading books on my phone through the NOOK App. I usually read 2-3 different books at a time–some on my phone, and some “in person,” or physically.

I enjoy most genres of books, but memoirs and true stories are my absolute favorite. I also like fiction, and informational-type books. I often jump from topics such as dog training to romance, to parenting to swimming. I love it all, and that’s why the “challenge” of reading 50 books in a year doesn’t feel much like a challenge to me!
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Just A Short Run

Hello and happy Resurrection Sunday! I hope everyone is having a great day today.

Yesterday I ran my fifth half marathon. Woo hoo!

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Just A Short Run is one of the Pittsburgh area’s largest races, with about 2,500 participants each year running distances including the 5k, an 8.1 mile, half marathon, and 30K.

It’s time for me to confess: I originally signed up for the 30K, but dropped down the the half marathon a few days before the race because I was under trained. For the past two weeks, I’ve cut my mileage in half, and haven’t done any long runs. I felt bad at first, but I realized that life is all about knowing your limits!

My mom, sister, and I all headed to a park about 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh for the race in the chilly 30 degree weather. Guess who I got to meet up with!jasr

I finally got to meet Nikki from Life After Swimming. She’s so awesome and I totally wish she still lived in Pennsylvania!

Nikki even stayed after her 5k walk to cheer me on while I ran. jasr2

Thanks Nikki 😀

Race Results:

Time: 1:43:08 Pace: 7:52 Place: 2nd in 20-24 age group

I checked my watch, and it said I ran 13.5 miles, so that would be a 7:38 pace. Not too shabby! It’s not my fastest time (1:39:22) or my slowest time (1:46:16), so I’m pretty happy with how I did considering my fitness level (<— low.. haha), the weather, and the course. Honestly, I just feel happy any time I get a chance to run.

Hannah ran the 5k and rocked it! Her time was 25:26 (8:12 pace) and she was third in her age group.

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After the race, I spent pretty much the rest of the day on the couch. Hannah, Jimmy, and I made deviled eggs. I honestly never had deviled eggs until yesterday. For some reason, I was craving them so badly, yet I had never ate them before. Can you crave something that you’ve never had before?!

For dinner, my mom and I made a delicious slow cooker meal that I can’t wait to share with you all. It will have to wait until my next post because going to force myself to do homework and then I’m heading back to church. Have a great evening!

What did you do this weekend?