Extra Bold Coffee With A Side of Inspiration, Please!

Yesterday I had quite the eventful day. I got to work to find a sheet of ice outside of my office door. I was honestly afraid I was going to drop my extra bold coffee to the ground which would lead to a sad decaffeinated morning.

So, I took every step carefully with my durable UGG rain boots that people like to make fun of and say I look 12 in but- I love them. And they keep me warm with their fur lining. Perfect!
As I sat at my office desk I looked up to see a man in his 50’s falling in mid air and come down on that hard walkway. I immediately left the office to see if he was OK and all he said was, “I just need an ambulance.” Easy enough. I got on the phone and the man managed to make it into my office and onto my couch. While we waited for the paramedics, I learnt that he was just leaving from the massage therapists office. How brutal is that?! To get all your kinks out and then hit the hard ice with full force. He ended up breaking a rib and had to be taken away to the hospital. I took his car keys upstairs to the masseuse’s office so that his son could come and get his car. I felt so bad and I got scared everytime someone passed my office window and I would say, “please don’t fall, please don’t fall!”
Throughout the day I couldn’t help but think, “Is Steve OK?” And then I thought, I could NEVER run on ice sheets even with shoe grips. With my luck, what happened to Steve walking would happen to me running. I don’t know how those runners do it! I can’t even eat soup without spilling it on myself! This was my lunch yesterday:
mmmm, spinach soup!
As I prepped my for my speedy 7K run, I decided it would be fun to throw some way back playback songs onto my playlist. Who doesn’t love running to Dance Mix ’95, Hanson, and S Club 7? I ask you that! And they were perfect powersongs. I put my playlist on a jukebox shuffle so that I wouldn’t know the order of my new top 40 meets old top 40 playlist. I loved it. I’m sure the girl walking on on the t-mill while talking on the phone next to me loved hearing my oldies blaring out of my ear buds. And I think drinking a bottle of Vitamin Water before my runs is helping. I went with the XXX before this run. You gotta love everything Costco sized! I love not having to hydrate all the time on my run and my mission to drink water all day long just doesn’t seem to be working lately. But I’m still persistent at making it work!
And have you seen Jennifer Aniston’s gone viral?! I love her. She’s hilarious. She may have inspired me to make a vlog. And drink Vitamin Water again. And get internet boys. And do my make-up like hers. So much inspiration in one video!

The Kickin’ It Playlist

*On jukebox shuffle
Bass Down Low- Dev and The Cataracs
1,2,3 Train With Me- Play Ahitty

Hummingbird Heartbeat- Katy Perry

Born This Way- Lady GaGa
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes- Ke$ha

Where’s The Love?- Hanson
S Club Party- S Club 7
Who’s That Chick?- David Guetta feat. Rihanna

Cool Down/Stretching
Wish You Were Here- Avril Lavigne
Freckles- Natasha Bedingfield

Stats of the Run
Distance: 7.03 km
Pace: 4:22 min/km
Incline: 1%

The Happiness Project

I recently read the book The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun  by Gretchen Rubin. It was a fabulous book! I didn’t pick up the book because it was a bestseller or a “Heather’s Pick” or because I am not happy person. In fact, I am often told I am a ball of energy. As I read the book I noticed little ways that you can rephrase sentences to sound more optimistic and not have little arguments with people.  Aswell as how to get more done in a day and stay focused. Of course the obvious one on the list was: exercise. As I often say in my blogs after a run, “I felt SO much better after that run!” But, I can’t deny the truth- I almost always feel 100% better after a run. Like today’s run- I got out for the first time since I left the hot sun in the south and was a little nervous for my lungs to run in the cold. But when I got going I loved the smell of the crisp air, the changing colours of the leaves as they laid on the concrete, and that opening scene of a movie feeling as you are running and smiling through a fall city run. A la Kristin Davis in Sex and the City or Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up. As I was running I felt like a stronger athlete post half-marathon. I think it’s because once you know that you can run a half marathon in a race and not just training your mind set changes. You start having an unstoppable feeling where you don’t question your ability. You know you can do it. If only we had this feeling all the time- imagine the things we could accomplish!

Be Fearless.

Gretchen Rubin talks about having your own commandments in your life to identify your resolutions. Being fearless is something that I have found myself constantly trying to strive for. It’s so easy to put on a smiling face and pretend that you are the most confident person in the room but, if you don’t believe it with all of your heart- it’s not going to do you very much good. You have to be confident in yourself and your talents to be honestly fearless.

As I was running with a permanent smile on my face today, I found my teeth starting to feel like I should be a spokesperson on a sensodyne commercial. The cold wind started to make my teeth hurt, I thought to myself, “should I not smile while I run?!” And then I instantly said, “No, of course not!” I mean it takes less muscles to smile then it does to frown. Is this being lazy? I’m not even going to answer that because it’s a pretty obvious answer. Ok, no. No, it’s not lazy- it’s positive! So, it’s time to buy a costco sized tube of sensodyne!

Keep smiling, friends!

The Quickie Playlist:
Little Lion Man- Mumford & Sons
Ready to Start- Arcade Fire
Horchata- Vampire Weekend
Karma Chameleon- Culture Club
Radioactive- Kings of Leon

Cool Down/Stretching:
Raise Your Glass- P!nk
Mine- Taylor Swift

Stats of the Run:
Distance: 4.30 km
Pace: 4:31 min/km