The Happiness Project

I found my next book!



I’ve only read the introductory chapter so far, but it already has me super excited for this book.

Have any of you heard of it?  Read it?

I’ll be reading it over the Holiday season and you all can definitely expect a review/possible ‘nother giveaway :).

While we’re all in the gift giving spirit, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads of the past few year. ¬†Inspirational, motivation, just-for-fun…it’s all fair game ūüôā

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My Favorite Reads of 2013

  • Born to Run: ¬†Christopher McDougall
  • Run Like a Girl: ¬†Mina Samuels
  • Mile Markers: Kristin Armstrong
  • Divergence Trilogy: Vironica Roth
  • Hunger Games Trilogy: Suzanne Collins
  • Something Borrowed Series: Emily Griffith
  • The Art of Racing In The Rain: Garth Stein

What are some of YOUR favorite 2013 reads?

Is It January Already?

This morning I got up a little early (and by a little early, I mean like 5-10 minutes).  I was feeling good and ready to get a good run in.  Thank you, rest day :).

At about 620 I headed down to the gym. ¬†In my normal morning daze, I walked through the halls to the gym, got to the elevator, went down to the first floor, turned the corner, used my fob to get into the gym, and…



All the treadmills were full, AGAIN.

Whomp whomp. ¬†2 times in as many days (it happened on Sunday, I didn’t run yesterday).

Is it January ALREADY? ¬†I know this cold front is really bumming people out, so I’m just going to be thankful that it should be over here in Denver by the weekend.

Despite the full treadmills, I hopped on the bike and waited unpatiently for a treadmill to become available.

Workout of the Morning:  4 miles on the bike / 4 miles on the treadmill

  • easy for miles on the bike
  • Progressive speed run
  • Minutes 1-10 6.3 + 1 each minute (ending at 7.2)
  • Minutes 11-28 6.3 + 1 each minute (ending at 8.0)
  • Minutes 28-34 intervals until reading 4.0 miles

I’ve gotten to where I get REALLY bored on the treadmill, but switching up the speed every minute makes me feel like I reach a mini milestone every 60 seconds. ¬†60 seconds doesn’t seem so bad, right?

I may try and squeeze in a QUICK short run after work as well today . . . I have been liking the one 2-a-day a week while I’m sticking primarily to shorter distances. ¬†There are definitely more long-distance races in my future, and the two-a-day is a nice way to still get ¬†miles on the ol’ legs.

Alright guys. . . time to eat breakfast. ¬†I’m trying something new this morning. ¬†I had a wee bit of oatmeal left over, so I’m going to add an half a banana mushed into it. ¬†I have high hopes. . .

Question of the Morning:  Have you felt the January rush yet?