Good morning!

I went for a walk this morning with Stella. It’s kinda becoming “our thing” lately as I keep up with my daily attempt to stay healthy and get out of the house/office at least twice a day. I had a fabulous time on our walk. Nothing remarkable or unexpected happened…but it was just peaceful and I wanna write about it.

There’s just something about going for a walk in early June when all the scents of spring are alive, the sun blissfully rises before the rest of the world does, and people are extra precious. That last one…let’s talk about how adorable people are in the morning for just a minute.

Walking around my neighborhood at 6:45 a.m. while the sun is shining and the breeze carries all the gorgeous scents of spring, I saw people slowly stumble out of their homes to reluctantly take out the trash, wander over to their cars for a dreaded commute, and some of them even saw me and mustered up a tired little smile following my overzealous greeting: “Hehe! GOOD MOOORNING!”…which was probably a little much for them. But before they get cranky and need their coffee, they are quiet and somber…just waiting patiently for their 1st cup of joy (coffee/tea I’m assuming) will kick in. I think it’s quite cute.

People aren’t always adorable. I totally get it. Life between Monday – Friday forces the seemingly endless cycle of home to work…work work work…work to home – and that’s hard to look forward to. But perhaps, this morning you’ll take a moment to look up on the metro…or on the bus…or in the car at the driver in the lane over who begrudgingly also sits parked in traffic…and smile at them. Try not to be creepy about it, but just keep it sincere. After all, you’re in the same boat as them and you both share something similar: despite how hard the commute and daily grind can be…you value your life and the income that your work provides you. It’s a gift that you and all those people work so hard for.

Meanwhile…check out that sunshine! Eh? It’s totally bursting with joy this morning! And what the heck…go order yourself another cup of coffee. Make sure it’s delicious. Get the caffeine going if that’s what it takes, and go share your smile and “Good morning!”‘s with your coworkers. And while I have your attention still…why not finish off your attention to this post with one of the greatest new songs:

So there we have it. Lots of reasons to enjoy this morning right smack dab in the middle of the week. Enjoy your day, friends.

I’ll get to work now 🙂

Run for your Life!

Why is it that my most important posts often take a back seat to those like “bacon mac and cheese” or “homemade apple pie?” They of course are delightful to make, devour, and write about…but this one is especially important to me. I’ve been pretty reflective lately thanks to the simplicity of a change in season. With the exercise-friendly weather in full bloom, I have no excuse but to create a sense of urgency for my health. Same goes for all of us, right? It all seems to happen at once: the last evidence of gross dirty slush along the street finally melts away…the timid flower buds and tree leaves begin to bloom like a light of hope at the end of a terribly long dark tunnel (a.k.a. “winter”)…and all of us stumble out of our homes to be graciously greeted by the sun on our face, triggering a long sigh of relief. Spring…Summer…finally. But what to do?

I’m gonna run for my life!

Seriously. My Facebook and Instagram news-feeds have been blowin’ up recently with posts from friends who did a Color Run, a half-marathon, a MARATHON!, a new Ragnar Relay, etc. You know who you are…and to all of you I whole heartedly thank you for doing just what I should be doing. You’re an inspiration! I’m afraid I’m a few months late to the party of runners who already tackled a ton of great races, but hey – it’s still cool to be fashionably late, right? I was very good about running consistently last year. I proudly accomplished a 5K, 10 miler, my first half-marathon (shout out to my girl Carrianne Downey – such an amazing running buddy!), and I even finished off the year strong with an unforgettable experience running in Tennesee (shout out to my #georgesgirls team! Also see my Dear Tennesee post for a taste of how glorious it was). Lots of inspiration surrounded me all year:

But as the winter came and went, my excuses for not exercising seemed to linger a little too long for no good reason.  Before I could say “that was a great run”…it was…wait…it IS almost June. I’m out of shape.

Get it together, Katherine!

And so I will. I’ve put together a nerdy little running schedule for this week in hopes of getting back in shape. Here it is:

Monday: 1 mile warm up (Sean & Stella came too!), 2 mile run, 2 mile walk

Tuesday: 1 mile walk @ lunchtime, 2 mile run @ 5pm

Wednesday: 1 mile run @ 6am, 1 mile walk @ lunchtime, 3 mile run @ 5pm

Thursday: 1 mile run @ 6am, 2 mile walk @ lunchtime, 1 mile run @ 5pm

Friday: 1 mile run @ 6am

Saturday: 3 mile run/walk

Sunday: REST Running with my girl Stella

Thank goodness for a starter-schedule, inspiration from friends, and of course Miss Stella. She’s our yellow lab. She has always been a quiet little inspiration along each run. She’ll often look back at me as we’re climbing a hill with her wide open smile that says:

“Wooohooo!” *panting* “We got this!!!” *panting* “SQUIRL!”

She has gotten me through long runs, short runs, and even a few simple walks around the neighborhood when I’ve just needed to take it easy. Her endless enthusiasm and appreciation for each little outdoor adventure leaves me forever grateful that we have her in our lives.

I’ll leave you with a few reasons to get out there yourself just in case you’re needing a little inspiration. Here are 5 senses that I adored on my run/walk last night. Further confirmation that exercise is better than watching T.V. Enjoy!

  • the smell of honey suckle while passing through the 1st mile of my run. A sweet reminder of how glorious it is to be outside on a beautiful day.
  • the sight of an older man walking his older lab…both at their own steady pace. A precious vision of patience and loyalty.
  • the sound of a street performer’s violin serenading Bethesda Row as I completed my run. An unexpected symphony of joy celebrating my mini-accomplishment for the day.
  • the taste of ice water with lemon when I arrived home exhausted but proud. A reminder of how delicious yet crucial something so simple can be for our health.
  • the feeling of a BBQ scented breeze passing me by as I finished my last mile. A heart felt reminder of two things surrounding Memorial Day: a backyard grill-style dinner awaiting me that night, and more importantly – our dear selfless men and women who served and continue to serve our great country.

Now go run/walk for your life!