I have had a rough week in the office, and I will be putting in some working hours over the weekend. Therefore, we'll go with a quick "five-things" post today.
1. Spirit of the Marathon
Several folks have mentioned the Spirit of the Marathon documentary film to me over the years. Since it chronicles runners training for the Chicago Marathon, I decided that I want to watch it.
I am already bracing myself for an emotional reliving of my own experience.
Has anyone already seen it? Any thoughts?
2. Worth the Hoopla
While looking for Spirit of the Marathon from the library catalog, I happened to stumble across the free Hoopla app. You can use it to instantly borrow digital movies and music with your library card. Anything you borrow automatically gets returned at the end of the borrowing period. No worrying about due dates or late fees! The only usage requirements are that your local public library is set up with Hoopla, and that you have a library card. I'm a huge fan!
3. Watering hole
I have been very aware that California is mired in an emergency-level drought. It really, really hit me when I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon last year and saw this scene:
|This is the Santa Ana River.
It is so dry that I thought it was a construction site for a new highway when I first saw it.
I've always tried to be conservative with water usage. However, the drought crisis has really made me stand up and take notice. You certainly don't have to live in California to focus on conservation efforts. It's an issue that affects everyone.
Last week, I was talking to Vanitha about the drought. She used to work in water conservation so she is a resident expert! She mentioned a free online course she is taking called Water in the Western United States, and asked if I'd be interested in taking it with her. Yes ma'am! The class starts next week.
4. The decoy bag
See this innocent-looking bag? It looks like a purse, doesn't it?
It's actually an insulated lunch bag. I thought it would be nice to use something a little more stylish than the usual cube-shaped lunch bags. However, the purse similarities ended up wreaking havoc on me.
One night, I took my wallet out of my (real) purse to check an account number. Then, I accidentally put my wallet into the lunch bag instead of back into my purse.
As timing would have it, I had a team lunch the next day. Therefore, I left the lunch bag at home... with my wallet inside! This led to some very anxious and awkward moments when I was at the store later that day and couldn't find my wallet. Sigh.
I have a new fitness goal: I want to be able to do both an unassisted chin-up and pull-up. I've seen inspiring results from several friends who have been rocking their strength-training, most notably Marcia and Erin. I've started doing some research on training plans and so far I like this one the most.
We'll see how it goes! I have no illusions - this goal is definitely going to take a long time to achieve.