Thinking Out Loud – Volume 1

When I woke up yesterday morning I realized I hadn’t written or scheduled a Wednesday post. Oops. You know a marathon has done you in when you can’t keep up with your own self imposed schedule (not that there’s anything wrong with just skipping a day!). Still, largely uninspired on just one topic I stumbled upon the weekly linkup with Amanda at Running with Spoons entitled “Thinking Out Loud”. Thinking-Out-Loud2

This my friends is good. I can now let out a stream of randomness and hopefully, hopefully begin to get my mind back on track. Whew!

1) I had my first post marathon workout yesterday!! I went to BodyPump at lunch and it was glorious. I went lighter on the weights than I usually do but it definitely felt good. Yay!  BodyPump

2) The other day I was reading my pal Suz’s blog and this post which talked about shaming others in all areas of life (though mainly fitness) and why we can’t just knock it off. She hit this one out the park and it’s a really good read worth sharing.

3) Suz’s post reminds me that until recently I was a member of a fitness blogging share group on Facebook. But then I was removed for not participating enough. I get it there are rules and a purpose for this kind of group. Here’s the thing though, I love blogging – I do, but I also have a day job. A “one that pays the bills and gives me luxuries to run and travel” job. And with the addition of marathon training I just couldn’t be everything to everybody all the time so a few things suffered. Sorry not sorry. And no, I have no desire to be added back in to the group at a later date – I’ll find another one!

4) Since I’m on this subject of blogging, sharing and shaming I say all the time to BE YOU, BE AUTHENTIC. We all want to learn and grow and no matter your page views or audience you are contributing something to the blogging world and that’s awesome. Do not allow others (or even yourself!) to define you based on your (or lack thereof) brand affiliations, stats, ad space, or how many campaigns you can secure. Just. don’t.

5) Um, this. looks. amazing. MetroCookingDC

Metro Cooking DC is a 2 day event at the Washington Convention Center. Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri are doing demonstrations and I hear a Todd English sighting. I missed the deadline on Halloween for 20% off tickets buuuut I bought some anyway. Will I see any of you DC-ers there???

6) I’ve made some big life decisions recently. Nothing I can quite share (yet) but running for 5+ hours last weekend gave me a lot of time to “think”. That’s never good…

7) My 12 days of Blogmas was a big hit last year so I’m considering doing it again! I’ve already started working on a stocking stuffer giveaway, hmm…

8) I have a new addiction. Seriously, scarves? And why are half of them blue? That’s rhetorical… and more than half 😉 Scarves

9) Shoes. Specifically running shoes. I have been an Asics wearer a long time but thinking of switching it up a bit. Suggestions for a neutral runner who likes cushioning? Who’s a Mizuno fan? Convince me…

Tell me, what’s on your mind today?!

Happy Thursday!!  Also don’t forget tomorrow is Friday so if you are linking up with the DC Trifecta, check out the Friday Five linkup page for theme details!!

36 Comments on Thinking Out Loud – Volume 1

  1. I loved this post/list!!!
    I’m heading out the door to meet a run group, but had to stop and comment. Have a great day!!
    Jennifer recently posted…He said, She said, They saidMy Profile

  2. Oh no! I can’t believe you got kicked out of a facebook group for not posting????, Geeze, some people!

    Thank you for encouraging all of us in the blogging world!

    You have me curious about. Blogmas and i’m going to check it out now!

    Have a good one! See you tomorrow for the Friday 5!

    • LOL, sure did. And look I get it, the whole purpose was to share and spread love – and I did participate just not as actively as they wanted apparently.

      You’re welcome – I think blogging is awesome and we should all just be ourselves and the rest will follow.

  3. I’ve been kinda MIA lately so I haven’t congratulated you on your marathon yet (or maybe I did, it’s my brain that’s been MIA haha) So CONGRATS! Second count me in the Blogmas if you decide to do it again as well your scarf addiction….I’ve now startin knitting my own b/c that’s how serious ti is lol
    Kels @ Blonder Side of LIfe recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Pudding CookiesMy Profile

    • you HAVE been! hope all is ok 🙂 email if ya need to! You did send congrats but I accept them anyway, thank you 🙂

      you just gave me an idea since so many are interested in Blogmas, perhaps I open it up and make it a thing!

  4. Did you really get kicked out of a FB group for not posting enough? Ummm, I’m sorry, but I thought that we shouldn’t sit on FB all day long?

    Okay, rant over. I 100% agree with the need to be authentic. I’ve recently stopped following some blogs that I felt were written by people who were only after the numbers, and that was very evident through their writing. I want to read somebody’s blog because its about them, not about getting stats, money, etc.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Reflecting on My Past Half Marathon TrainingMy Profile

  5. Love this post. Sometimes I find that my “random” blog posts end up better than my scheduled ones! Blogmas sounds FUN! Cannot wait!
    I might be interested in the running group: I work in DC but live waaaaayy out in VA!
    Chris@ I’d Rather be Sweating recently posted…Recovery ShakeMy Profile

  6. H&M has a great selection of scarves @ a good price if your interested 🙂

  7. Excuse me, you were removed for not participating enough? They could’ve asked you why. I’m glad that you found the pith of the post, and thank you so much for sharing it. I really hope that it gets people to think about how what they say affects people.

    I have whittled down my collection of scarves/pashminas. I now think I’m working with 10. AND THAT IS DOWN
    Have a great day my dear!
    Susie @ SuzLyfe recently posted…Signs November is Upon Us (Thinking Out Loud)My Profile

    • Nope! I saw a post that said they were going to do some cleanup and really didn’t think it affected me b/c I had at least done some posting in there. Then next day *poof* no longer a member! I don’t need that kinda drama in my life 😉

      I have discovered the beauty that is H&M and Nordstrom rack (oh ad Gap!) all those scarves above cost me $50 total – tops! lol 🙂

  8. I love all the scarves! I was just thinking to myself that I need to get some more 🙂 You have inspired me to get on that. I’m looking forward to hearing about the running club.
    Chaitali recently posted…Breakfast frittataMy Profile

  9. Wowza! That post from Suz was fantastic! It really spoke to me, because after I ran my first half marathon (and of course, put it all over facebook!) a relative posted a status along the line of half marathons are..ok, but Tough Mudders are MUCH more difficult/harcore. I’m fairly certain that was directed at me, and it really bothered me. Why does one have to be better than the other? Just because running isn’t your cup of tea, doesn’t mean you have to be rude about it.

    If you are looking for new shoes, Brooks are where it’s at. I run in the Adrenalines and big puffy heart them! The Ghosts are also great!

    Thanks for the reminder to “be you”! I’m just getting into blogging, and it can be overwhelming! 🙂
    Amanda recently posted…NVHM Training Week 5 –My Profile

    • wasn’t it though? and what an unnecessary dig. I don’t know why people can’t either be happy for each other or just move along. Human nature is a tricky thing.

      I can’t wear Brooks – I’ve tried but I may give it a go.

  10. Hi Mar, I love number 4. I’m just starting out blogging regularly and I really need this info! #BLTribeDare 11.6.14
    Kelly Cote recently posted…Music Playlist Shuffle – First 10 SongsMy Profile

    • Thanks! Blogging can be so overwhelming – it’s changed a lot over the years so you just have to remind yourself why you started. Everything else will follow. btw, I’m having difficulty commenting on your post 🙁

  11. I just started Body Pump last week and boy, is it a great workout! Scarves and hats are the reasons I love the cooler months! I’m ready to expand my collection! Thanks for sharing Suz’s post. We all need to take a step back and reflect. Be true to you and enjoy what you’re doing! Can’t wait to hear more about your Winter Running Club!

  12. ooooh shoes! you should try out adidas. i slightly overpronate but not enough to get shoes made for that so i go with neutral shoes — my adidas glide boost 6’s are AMAZING. i love them so – give them a try 🙂
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Butternut Squash and Sausage Frittata RecipeMy Profile

  13. Oh I am thinking of doing 12 days of Blogmas and I am so excited– can’t wait to read yours. And a big yes to scarfs, they are fabulous and you just can’t have enough!
    Kendall Radenbaugh recently posted…November FavoritesMy Profile

  14. I definitely am a Mizuno fan and they did a nice redesign with the 18…check them out if you can! I wish I had know that Bobby was in town, I would have been ALL over that!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Ultimate Direction Handy 20 ReviewMy Profile

  15. Who is a Mizuno fan, like you don’t know I am OBSESSED.
    Test run the Wave Rider 18 from a local run store. You’ll love them.
    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero recently posted…Weight Watchers – Week 16 of MeetingsMy Profile

  16. wish it was cold enough to wear scarves in barbados! Met Cooking looks amazing too.

  17. Whatttt that is ridiculous about the FB group! Oooh that Metro Cooking show should be fun – I am going to the Alton Brown show this weekend!
    Jennifer recently posted…New York City Marathon Race Recap Part 3My Profile

    • I know – so stupid but hey, that’s life right? but with everything I’ve read this week it just came together. So cool about Alton Brown! I had no idea he had a show/tour going on.

  18. Thank you for the great reminders with #3 and #4. I sometimes feel overwhelmed that I need to be blogging/doing more with my blog – but I too have a full-time job and it’s just too much sometimes! I too am practicing contentment. And #5 looks awesome – I’m jealous! Hope you have a great time!

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