I have been a busy lady lately, and unfortunately (fortunately?) it doesn't have much to do with making stuff.
A few months ago, a friend and I decided to do a half marathon. Isn't that awesome? Hah! Guess who's never run a race of any length before? Me. Guess who couldn't even run 2 miles? Me. Guess who decided to run a half marathon with someone who has already successfully run a half marathon? I don't even have to tell you. Nevertheless, I am going to do it. It's not until February, but I have already begun training. I am going on 7 weeks of running, which is the longest I have ever kept at an exercise regimen. I'm proud, but still intimidated by how much farther I have to go. I'll get there, one run at a time.
Fitting in runs is a challenge. For my short runs, we go to the gym after my husband and I get home from work. I get in a 2.5 mile run while I watch 30 Rock on Netflix. It's actually pretty luxurious to be alone for a little while, as long as I can tune everything else out. I am battling my social anxiety over running in the fitness center. You guys. People can look at my butt. The gym is set up to where the two rows of treadmills are in the front of the room. That means all the ellipticals, bikes, weights, etc. are behind me. I have this thing about people being behind me and looking at me. Chronic back-of-the-class student here. Inevitably, I get a wedgie while I am running and I get so fixated on if the person behind me can tell I have a wedgie (they can) that I don't concentrate on breathing or pace or whatever else nonsense I am supposed to be thinking about. I'm learning to push through it though. Not only do I get in exercise, I battle my social problems and learn how not to care what people think. One, two, three birds with one sweaty stone. I can really tell the difference in how I feel. I have more energy and I just feel better. I set a goal, I am working towards it slowly but surely, and that's a good thing (said in creepy Martha voice).
I've also been spending quite a bit of time reading. It feels good to read for the sake of reading and to give myself permission to just curl up with a book. I don't know how many of you know about Goodreads, but I am kind of obsessed with it. It's like Facebook for book lovers. It's basically a log where you can keep track of books you've read or want to read. I always do the "I want to read that, but I'll pick it up later" thing and then never get back to reading a book. Now I can just save it in my Goodreads to-read list and I won't forget about it down the line when I am ready to start a new book. I also like to switch genres or topics every so often, so having a big list of books I want to read is nice. You can have friends, read and write reviews, and search topics and lists. I use it mostly on my phone, but you can use it online too. If you are a reader, I would highly recommend it.
So if you're ever wondering why you haven't seen a post from me for a week or two, just picture me red-faced and sweating on the treadmill or curled up in a ratty t-shirt and gym shorts I've had since high school (they still fit!) catching up on a good book. Either way, you might not ever gonna want to think about me again.