Hello! Happy Memorial Day weekend. I hope you have something exciting on tap, even if exciting means Netflix and takeout – whatever makes you happy I’m sticking in town because my team races Run to Remember on Sunday so we have a big dinner tomorrow night then I’ll be supporting them along the course. Other than that I have a whole lot of nothing planned and that’s perfectly fine with me.
My podcast obsession is going strong and I discovered a new (to me) one called Wellness Wonderland. I haven’t listened to too many episodes but so far I’ve enjoyed all the conversations and think the host seems like someone I’d be friends with. She asks every guest rapid fire questions and like Real Talk Radio, I always participate since I’m a nerd like that. So, here are some of the answers that came to mind this week. Pick your favorite and answer in the comments!
What’s your morning routine? I need about 20 minutes from the time my alarm goes off until I’m out to door so it’s fairly simple. I wake up anytime between 4:40am (Wednesdays) to 6:00am depending on whatever workout’s on tap. My clothes are already laid out the night before so I can change quickly for November Project, Fenspeed, or my solo run. I have a few sips of water, put my contacts in, brush my teeth and I’m moving.
What’s your favorite yoga pose? Pigeon. This runner adores hip openers but if I’m feeling extra worn down, I always love a good child’s pose.
What’s your favorite way to relax? A solo, watch-less, aimless run. Whenever I run over the Mass Ave bridge I consider it quality time with Boston and feel like everything is going to be ok.
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week? The taco salad from Los Amigos last night. Britto and I tried this new Mexican spot in Coolidge Corner and both loved it so much that it could even give El Pelon a run for its money. I made my own salad with cilantro brown rice, grilled chicken, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, corn salsa and a cilantro lime vinaigrette. Chips, guac and salsa on the side.
It’s late, you’re starving, what happens? It depends on how late it is and how much energy I have. If I feel like cooking, I’ll make scrambled eggs with a ton of veggies and toast. If I don’t have it in me, I’ll pick up a veggie burrito bowl from El Pelon.
What are you most excited about in your life right now? I’m most excited about coaching and my 5-year college reunion next weekend! I loved every minute at Boston College and got so lucky with the group of girlfriends I met freshman year. We pick up right where we left off every time and I cannot wait to spend the weekend with them back on campus.
What movie are you recommending these days? The Barkley Marathons. Chris and I watched this recently and it was so much better than we expected. It’s a documentary about an ultra-marathon in Tennessee that’s only had 10 finishers in its first 25 years. Even if you have no interest in ever running long distance, you’ll still enjoy this. The race director is out of his mind.
What book are you recommending these days? I recommend Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly to all my girlfriends.
You’re on an island and you can only take one book, one TV show, and one food. What would you take? I’d bring a journal because I’d go insane not writing. I’d take Friends to keep me laughing and tacos to keep my belly happy.
What does living in a wellness wonderland mean to you? It means doing more of what makes you happy. It sounds so simple but it’s something I try to let guide me every day. I think wellness is so individual for everyone but for me it’s being kind to myself, eating foods that make me feel good, sweating whenever I can, and surrounding myself with solid, good to the core people.
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend, friends!