Off The Beaten Path: February 24, 2017

I’m trying something new with some of my blog posts. Late last year, I brought back my old “Running and Reading” posts because I realized that I was reading a lot of great articles that I wanted to share with others. I admit, it got burdensome to keep the posts fresh and light and relevant. Most of what read, given what I do for a living and where I reside, is all political. Not necessarily one-sided, but issues-oriented. I want to steer clear of that. There’s enough of it out there, and I need a break from it, too.

Also, when I relocated to DC back in 2014, I used to write posts called “Off the Beaten Path” to update friends and family back home in Nebraska about what I was doing in DC besides “running all the time” and working my “I’m not sure what she actually does in DC” job. I attempted to revive that recently, but then I sat down to write it and realized that I really don’t have a whole lot going on right now. Or at least not enough to keep the post going and keep it interesting. I get the sense that readers gravitate toward bloggers who “keep it real” but there’s a fine line of keeping it real and oversharing that I enjoy a graceful dance with, so I could write about how I am struggling to accept where I am in life… or I can keep it on the sunny side up.

So, I’m going to try consolidating things and see how that works. Even if no one ever reads it, I swear sometimes I keep up this blog because I just really enjoy the simple art of writing. Let me know what you think! Continue reading “Off The Beaten Path: February 24, 2017”

Running and Reading: December 5 – 11, 2016

This week: Maple water, Solid Core, pelvic floor dysfunction, White Elephant gifts, Ryan Lochte, the Florida Keys, and choosing joy.

1) For 6 years, I had the honor of working for two United States Senators on Capitol Hill and, to this day, they were some of the best days of my life for all the people I met, the work I did, and the privilege to serve my country. I was pleased to see Roll Call‘s piece on the Women’s Congressional Staff Association, of which I was a board member, because it highlights the true sense of bipartisanship and women supporting each other in our work for an institution that is largely underrepresented by women. Brava, WCSA, and keep up the tremendous work! Continue reading “Running and Reading: December 5 – 11, 2016”

Running and Reading: November 28 – December 4, 2016

First run-commute of the winter off-season! ❄️

1) Here’s something no one ever told you about being a grown-up: you will have days of endless nothing, where you will feel like you are drowning in your own apathy, irresponsibility, negligence, and exhaustion, but you will also have no idea what to do first, second, or next. “To Anyone Who Thinks They Are Falling Behind In Life” is a freeing reminder that timing really is the key to success. Continue reading “Running and Reading: November 28 – December 4, 2016”

Running and Reading: November 21 – 27, 2016

1) Welcome to Black Friday and the official start of the 2016 Holiday season, and there are lots of deals out there for runners and fitness nerds. It’s nearly impossible to list all of the deals that are out there, but here are a few resources just in case your head is spinning like mine. And be sure to look in your area for local running store “Small Business Saturday” deals. Continue reading “Running and Reading: November 21 – 27, 2016”

Running and Reading: November 14 – 20, 2016

1) Have you ever considered using a mail-order genetic testing kit to find out, among other things, your ideal diet and genetic propensity to excel at athletics? These kits are fairly new to the market of “personalized medicine” (or least their sudden availability through both modern and conventional over-the-counter methods has made them seem new), but as one reader who tried over 5 concluded, they can sometimes be as confusing, overwhelming, and contradictory as healthcare management plans themselves seem to the average healthcare consumer. There’s a real opportunity to refine these tests based on what the consumer is looking to find out, so until then, I’ll just keep eating avocados and fish and hope for the best. Continue reading “Running and Reading: November 14 – 20, 2016”

Running and Reading: October 31 – November 6, 2016

1) Runners World published a special report titled “Running While Female,” which sheds light on the frequency and type of harassment that women experience while running and includes a survey comparing both mens’ and womens’ experiences with mid-run harassment. Not surprisingly, the results couldn’t be further apart: 43% of women have been harassed mid-run compared to just 4% of men. Social media comments on Runners World’s Facebook account as well as those of Fitness Magazine and New York Daily News indicate that some men have had their eyes truly opened by this report while others continue to blame those being harassed for their own harassment or assault. Continue reading “Running and Reading: October 31 – November 6, 2016”

Running and Reading: October 24 – 30, 2016

Two years ago, I posted a weekly reader of posts around the blogosphere and in the news that I thought were particularly interesting to me. Some of it had to do with running; some of it was just life in general. I have missed doing that because I read a lot of really cool articles, or at least I save them on Facebook or pin them to Pinterest enough to feel like I shouldn’t keep them all to myself.

So, it’s back! Every Thursday, I’ll start posting some of the things I am reading each week. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!

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1) It’s Marine Corps Marathon week here in our nation’s capital! Be sure you have everything you need to know about start times and course changes or check out Run Washington’s spectator guide if you plan to watch. My tip: Let Mile 12 really soak in and make sure to have your camera selfie-ready when you get medaled by a Marine. Continue reading “Running and Reading: October 24 – 30, 2016”

My Reading List: September 15 – 19

1) There’s no place like home. Women’s Health lists 23 signs you’re from a big city and I’m just eating them up, but not more so than its opening line: “City life requires a certain level of spunk. You didn’t just end up here, you earned your right to be here.” Damn straight I did. And in the 7 weeks I have been home, I’ve had more coffee and wine than I can comprehend, been asked how to get places by random tourists whom I’ve probably also silently screamed at for walking like trolls, eaten out way too much, paid too much in rent, and joked with a stranger about the idiot who off-loaded a Metro train because he thought he and his mountain bike were small enough to jump from the escalator and through the closing doors without getting caught. Ahhh, life in our nation’s capital is grand. It has some downfalls, of course– last week I got the blunt end of one too many people’s pure rudeness and I don’t particularly enjoy forking over the sum total of three house mortgages in Nebraska every month to rent a studio in Arlington– but after almost a year back in my home state, I would put up with all of that if it means I am in love with my life. Continue reading “My Reading List: September 15 – 19”

My Reading List: September 8 – 12

1) Whether we like it or not (and I don’t), fall is coming and with it comes the usual viruses of pumpkin EVERYTHING as well as the kind that can make you sick– and I’m not just talking about fall engagement photos, am I right? Now that I am back in DC, I am once again becoming keenly aware that my daily mode of public transportation is quickly becoming a threat to my well-being and that I have to take care of myself when I am in public spaces; however, this article in Real Simple magazine seeks to remove the complacency that I feel when I set foot in the office at 9AM every morning: that just because a space is my space doesn’t mean it’s an immaculately sterile haven of purity. Sometimes it really is impossible to remember to wash my hands the second I get off the train because I have a million things waiting for me when I walk through the door, but I do try to be mindful of my co-worker’s health as well as my own. Luckily, simple mindfulness is all it takes to take control of the situation and curb your odds of picking up something unwanted. That and, well, a flu shot? Continue reading “My Reading List: September 8 – 12”

My Reading List: September 1 – 5

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Oh no, someone to talk to and I haven't had my coffee yet....
Oh no, someone to talk to and I haven’t had my coffee yet!

1) I have been an introvert for my entire life. When I am in a huge group, I am happiest when I listen and observe— but people have asked if I’m mad or even why I look like I’m judging when I don’t speak up. Nope, I just like to listen. If I don’t get  at least 45-60 minutes alone to myself after work every day, I go a little nuts— but I don’t like to be lonely. I just need my thinking time, please, and I can’t do that when all my emotional energy is being taken up by talking to you. Making the initial gesture to introduce myself to strangers is both draining and terrifying— but I know who I am, even if I say something stupid. I’d rather be genuine than polite. All of these qualities that define an introvert are also the qualities that Business Insider believes are excellent leadership qualities: the ability to listen, staying focused through solitude, and the ability to maintain self-confidence under pressure. Any introvert would tell you that we feel misjudged all the time– I love making people laugh with a funny story or joke, too much alone time also makes me crazy, and I would rather get to know people. Don’t overlook us quiet ones. Continue reading “My Reading List: September 1 – 5”