Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jill: Why I love Running

Ok, so the title of this post is very misleading because I really don't love the actual act of running (see club membership rule #1).  What I do love about running is the community. Before I started doing any kind of running, I was on the sidelines cheering for my husband who is a real runner.  I loved the enthusiasm and support of the running community even then and was often teary eyed at the finish line as I got to witness many, many people cross for many, many different reasons. So when I saw this posted over at Running is Funny, I may have cried a bit (or a lot).  This is what makes running so much fun. Could you imagine this happening to everyone during a race? That would be epic.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Jill: Music Monday

I'm not sure I can explain how sad/pissed I am. After another week of bronchitis misery, I surrendered, took the day off work, and went to the doctor last Thursday. I then started the slow process of getting better with the help of my new prescriptions. So while I was finally making progress on that front, I awakened an old back injury yesterday and can't find any comfort in sitting, standing, walking, or laying in bed. My running prospects are virtually nonexistent at this point which really sucks because I actually have time set aside twice a week for running during my Girls on the Run practices. 

So while I'm not usually a fan of angry music because I generally don't enjoy when my music yells at me, angry is how I am feeling today. These are two "angry" songs that still end up on my running playlist from time to time.

 Down with the Sickness by Disturbed

And just because it's October which means all things Halloween, here is a softer version of that song from the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead (I have a soft spot for all things zombie):

Down with the Sickness by Richard Cheese 
Seriously. Check that guy out. I mean, his last name is Cheese for goodness sake!

One Step Closer by Linkin Park (probably my favorite angry band)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Jill: Music Monday

This pretty much sums up my Monday so far:

Our girls weekend away was super successful. There was a ton of food and wine, zip lining in the rain (thanks to Chase, Andrew, and Bayer from the Zipline Tour for a great time despite the rain), and good times spent in the hot tub at our cabin in Red River Gorge. I lost and then subsequently rescued my debit card after dropping it from the Skylift near Natural Bridge.  I ate so much food this weekend, from Mexican to the Red River Rockhouse (super awesome place--highly recommend) to Smashburger, that I feel (and probably look) like this:

I would normally say that I will feel better after a run or other workout this week, but my husband and I have been busy breeding superbacteria in our lungs. The result is that I have had an ongoing case of bronchitis that makes my lungs sound like I have been smoking like these two all of my life:

So while I can't run to these songs at the moment, I am eagerly looking forward to when I can breathe and run again. There's no particular reason why I picked these two songs other than the fact that they are currently collecting dust on my playlist.

Counting Stars by OneRepublic

Best Day of my Life by American Authors

Friday, October 2, 2015

Jill: News You Can Use

I'm patiently counting down the minutes until the club members and I leave for a girls weekend trip.  While this trip doesn't include running, husbands or children, it will definitely include wine, zip lining, a cabin, a hot tub, and wine. It is also supposed to include rain which brings back bad, bad memories for us. Despite the rain, I am pretty sure I am sitting at my desk looking like this:

I'm probably freaking out the students too. Did I mention I work in an all-boys school now?
Anyway, before I depart, I wanted to leave you with this week's really important news. Enjoy!

  • If you are into gadgets for your wine drinking, then this article is for you.  We don't really care around here.  We just want the bottle opened. 
  • If you live in or near Wausau, Wisconsin, a new cheese shop is opening.   
  • Maybe you live near Twin Falls, Idaho? You are getting a new cheese shop too!
  • October means Oktoberfest which means Beer Cheese!