Some Friday musings.

I’m kinda digging my random Friday posts…things I’m loving, random stuff I love and the like and rather than post the third in my ‘on marriage’ series (which I am loving writing and so glad others are finding it useful!), I figured I’d post a little of this, and a little of that. A la Friday musings (because thoughts sounds boring, musings sounds…artistic? Or something).

I *think* I am finally succumbing to some yoga. <–like how I make it all uber-dramatic? Because I kinda hate yoga (but that’s entirely because I am the least flexible person on the planet. You can bounce a ball off my hip flexors, they are so tight. Okay, that’s a weird image, but I think it gets the point across!).  I think on off-running days (or days that I don’t run AND go to barre n9ne), I am finally going to experiment with some yoga on-demand and maybe purchase a DVD or two. Suggestions welcome. Please. Is there anything like ‘yoga for runners’ out there? (note to self: google this.)

Related: As much as I hate dreadmill runs after some fantastic prematurely warm weather the last two weeks, I’m pretty sure I embraced it this week. 5 miler Tuesday (intervals), 5 miler yesterday and 7 miler today. To get through these runs, though, I’ve decided I must channel my barre n9ne class in my head to pass the time. I literally ‘teach’ a class in my head to each song and the time goes much quicker. Hey, whatever works, right? (and side note: I think back-loading my runs is not the greatest for me. Last two weeks, I ran Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday…by Saturday, my legs are screaming. Time to rejigger my workout plan for next week, methinks)

Writing my ‘on marriage’ series has quelled my overthinking mind. Just sitting down and really thinking about WHAT it means to me and what I want it to look like and why I am feeling such a pull towards it is making me understand so much more. I debate about sharing them with M. Perhaps just talking to him about my thoughts of late. We’ll see.

M’s dissertation is thisclose…and I am thinking of throwing him a surprise party! I have NEVER thrown a surprise party before so I am a little nervous, but think it could be epic. And he deserves it so much. I am just so proud of him. Mums the word, mmk?!

I have been embracing new recipes of late, thanks to Pinterest, and am LOVING my creations! Things I’ve made lately? These almond chia muffins (used chocolate Muscle Milk Lite instead and it was super tasty!), these oatmeal bars (M said these are his favorite!!), and a new lentil concoction (making my streak for lentil recipes three Tuesdays in a row!) from a few recipes I saw that included butternut squash, kale, lentils, fresh tomatoes and shrimp. SO good. The more I explore, the more I dig. Yumtastic and REAL FOOD!

I have a day devoted to M and me tomorrow and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Post rundate/barre n9ne method tomorrow morning, the rest of the day is devoted to M and me. We are going to a long-awaiting massage (part of M’s Christmas gift!), we’re going to hit up a wine tasting and go to one of our favorite French restaurants, Brassiere 28, near where we live. Sometimes you just need those ‘us’ days, ya know? This is one of them (followed by a self-declared lazy Sunday! Rest day and relaxation!!)

There ya have it…some Friday musings. Well this turned out pretty well, I must say ;-P Happy weekend friends, make it a good one! Cheers!

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36 thoughts on “Some Friday musings.

  1. I LOVE that tomorrow is a day just for you two — especially timely given how hard M has been working towards completing his dissertation. I’m so proud of him for working so hard! I can’t wait to celebrate that with you guys!!
    PS. I’m joining you on the yoga thing, my hips have been particularly sore lately, no good!

    1. I am really proud of him too! He still has some work to do but I can feel the home stretch! I can’t wait to celebrate too! And stretching is needed, more than like whoa.

  2. Really love the idea of a surprise party for something like that — what a great way to recognize his efforts!

    Speaking of exercise, I went SKATING at the old rink a couple towns over last night with the little brother — and I hurt. HINT HINT HINT, I need to get out more! LOL.

  3. I think yoga is good. But you know that. :)

    And yes, there is definitely yoga for runners! It’ll make a big difference!

    Enjoy your wonderful weekend. And oh, I’ve thrown many a surprise party. They’re so fun… if you can keep the secret! :)

    Happy Friday!

    1. I knew you’d be a fan of yoga. grumble, grumble. LOL. Keeping a secret for a surprise party will be REALLY hard. But I think I can do it! Happy Friday!

    1. LOL on #1! I know, I am meh on yoga too, but I figure if I can even do something once a week, my hips will thank me! Enjoy your weekend too!

  4. Love this post! Here’s what I got for ya:

    1) Check your email (not now, but later) for some yoga chat from me ;)
    2) PARTTAAAAYYYYY
    3) You are a cooking machine! I need to cook more
    4) Enjoy your day tomorrow and have a fab weekend!

    XOXO

    1. #1 – YES, thank you!
      #2 – party like whoa!
      #3 – I am loving to cook lately! you are my inspiration to bake more I think!
      #4 – have a fab weekend toooo!

  5. I enjoy yoga, but I’ve become extremely unflexible over the last few years so it can be tough. But when I do it on a regular basis, my body feels so good.

    I love Bethenny Frankel’s yoga video “Body by Bethenny”. It’s pretty challenging but I like doing it. I also have a Winsor Pilates video that’s great, too.

  6. Been reading for a while but haven’t posted yet so “hi”!

    Have you looked at yogatoday.com or even youtube? There’s tons of free yoga for runners! I just can’t get myself to like yoga, but I do like how my legs feel after!

  7. I’m celebrating your openness to trying yoga!! I’m so used to being at a studio that I’m going to have to think of suggestions, but I remember the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD with Bob was a nice one. The yoga will help those tight hips of yours!!

    Take a look at this link (http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/anatomical_focus/hips), there are some good starter ones on there like happy baby, Bound Angle Pose, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Marichi’s Pose, Pigeon Pose, Reclining Big Toe Pose, and Wide-Legged Forward Bend. (The last three are on the 2nd page.)

    1. I knew you would love that ;-) I will check out Bob’s DVD and this link too. And I really want a personal session with YOU when you visit!!! I’ll keep you posted on progress ;-)

  8. I am also very inflexible and cannot touch my toes. But I’ve gone to several yoga classes and enjoyed them. Have you ever thought about going to a studio? It’s not as intimidating as it sounds.

    1. I will probably try a studio at some point, I just want to try and do some on my own first and see how I do! (glad I am not the only one that can’t touch my toes!)

  9. I love your Friday musings (and think that the word “musings” fits just right). You have been a cooking machines. I see your pins and pics and I want to come over to eat! I do also love your series on marriage. As for yoga, I have totally fallen for it. I didn’t love it at first, even though I’m fairly flexible, but couldn’t quite my mind enough to really get it. But now, while quieting the mind still isn’t the easiest thing, I really do see the benefits of yoga practice to my overall fitness, running, surfing and life in general (i.e. balancing on one leg to pick up all the crap the kids leave all over the floor). Yogalo offers online yoga classes.

    Enjoy your day tomorrow! Sounds fabulous. BTW does M not read your blog?

    1. I should have clarified that…no, M does not read my blog ;-) He respects that this is my haven. He reads them sometimes but only when I send them to him. So the ‘surprise’ is safe here as far as I know! hehe.

      I’d love to have you over for dinner hehe! I am loving cooking and baking lately. Never was before either! Who knew?! And to your point, I KNOW yoga will help my running immensely!!

  10. (1) We MUST attempt yoga together.. Although we might end up giggling the entire time.
    (2) I hope M doesn’t read your blog if you’re hoping for a surprise party?
    (3) What an awesome running week – NICE WORK!
    xoxoxoxo

    1. 1: YES! Let’s do it!!!! Even if we giggle.
      2: No, he does not ;-) Wow, I guess I didn’t realize you guys didn’t realize that ;-) (or else I’d be a huge dolt for writing it here hehe!)
      3: it was a good running week! I am trying to plan mine for this week as we speak, and it’s looking pretty good ;-) XOXO

  11. I love reading & writing posts of the random variety! I think they let us express ourselves & get to know each other better. of all the things in this post, I love that you’re planning a surprise party for M! I know it will be a blast and can’t wait to read about it once it happens. :)

    1. I love random posts too for that very reason! I am excited about the party!! I gotta pick a date once I find out when he defends his paper and then get on it :)

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