Friday Round-Up: Out-Doing Ourselves

11 miler

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Can February just end already? Is it just me or has it felt like the longest month ever? And the worst part? We’re expecting more snow this weekend.  I not sure that I can handle it.

Can we discuss for a moment? Did you watch Scandal last night? I’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of Scandal (and Grey’s Anatomy) for the past few weeks and that was a great return episode. I mean, I don’t think that they could cram in any more zingers and craziness into one hour. I missed this show.

Speaking of out-doing oneself, I ran 11 miles this week for my long run. That’s the longest that I’ve run in about forever. Probably since I last trained for a marathon more than 10 years ago. No joke. That was a big confidence boosting run, what I needed about 2 weeks out from NYC Half. Fingers crossed that I will stay healthy and injury-free through race day (and beyond!).


This week’s Friday Round-Up is all about out-doing ourselves, mostly for good and sometimes for not so good.

Mini Fashion Designer Creates Amazing Dresses Out Of Paper and Tape – Mommy Shorts
THIS is amazing. I mean, I have no words for the incredible creations of Angie and her daughter, who she lovingly calls Mayhem. It’s hard to believe that these creations are made from just paper and tape.

Internal Pressures to Out-Do Yourself – Where’s the Beach
So, you  know that I’m running the NYC Half in about two weeks. You may also know that I’ve had my fair share of injuries in the past two years and that I haven’t run a half marathon in about 10 years. Yet, there’s this thing I do. Even though I tell myself that I just want to finish my race healthy, I know that I will be comparing myself to past times, even though they are from a long time ago, and that I will be trying to out-do myself. So Heather’s post? Totally resonated with the Type-A me.

11 Things Your Yoga Teacher Needs You to Know – Yoganonymous
If you’ve taken a yoga class, you’ve probably wondered (or worried) what the teacher is thinking about you, your practice, etc. This is a great post, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but nonetheless great.

Yes, Girls Can – Pavement Runner
Have you seen this commercial from Cover Girl? OK, aside from the fact that it’s from Cover Girl, which was a little bit of a disconnect for me, I appreciated the message of the video – that girls CAN do anything that they set their minds to. I loved hearing Pavement Runner’s reflections on and wishes for his daughter. It reminded me of Nicole’s guest post for Allie at Vita Train 4 Life.

How to Support the Bloggers You Love – Where My Heart Resides
This is an older post but one that I found through Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean. Most of us who blog probably started on this journey because we wanted to write and most of us stick with blogging because of the incredible community and support we receive. The thing is, blogging takes a lot of work and it does cost money. The reality is, earning some income from our blogs is a real desire for many – whether you want to try to make this a full-time job or you just want to cover your expenses.

I love all the ideas outlined here (so smart!). I mean, did you know that you can tweet-a-coffee to someone from Starbucks?

Are you a Scandal fan? Would you tweet a coffee to someone?


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  1. says

    I haven’t watched Scandal yet but Hulu Plus is calling my name.

    Congrats on that double digit run girl! So proud of you. I wish I was running the NYC Half. No joke. I would have come back for it if I had gotten in.

    I would most certainly tweet a coffee to someone. I’m all about spreading that love.

    Sending good weather vibes for your race.
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  2. says

    Woohoo for 11 miles! You are going to do so great at the half. Let’s not talk about more snow, k? I think you mentioned almost all of my fav links of the week – the dresses (crazy, right?), Heather’s post was spot on and Pavey’s post was awesome especially because it was coming from a father.

  3. says

    I did NOT know that and I wish someone would tweet me a coffee!! I don’t watch Scandal but since the leading lady is speaking at FitBloggin this year – I had better start!
    Congrats on the 11 miler – that is fantastic. Nothing like a good long run to boost your confidence the the half. Can’t wait to race in the city and dear Lord I hope the temp is above 20 by then!!!
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    Yes, I would tweet a coffee to someone!
    I’ve only seen Scandal once and it was the pilot. We never watched it again and lately I’ve been thinking about starting from scratch. I just know I’ll love it. I just know it.
    And more snow this weekend? I can’t! We need our ice palace to melt first. There’s been no thaw or break in between!
    The Mayhem mini designer post is amazing. And I love the photos.
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  5. says

    Tweet a coffee=brilliant!

    So happy that your run training is going so well. 11 miles for the first time in years is a big deal! Not to mention that you are accomplishing it in the midst of the never-ending-February. I am just so sad that tomorrow is March and we just had our coldest morning of the year. Spring just isn’t happening this year!

    Off to catch up on the other links. Have a great weekend!
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  6. says

    Great round up. Congratulations on 11 miles, to me that is crazy far! I know in the running/blog world people run huge distances and it sounds easy, but to me in the real world 11 miles is insane! :)
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  7. says

    Internal pressure to out do ourselves – it’s so hard to shut off that voice, right? Loved the post on Yoganonymous. It’s really hard sometimes to convey to students not to push themselves. I will give 4 variations sometimes on a posture – beginner to advanced, and my Type A students will keep compelled to try the advanced variation even if it’s not right for their bodies. Huge pet peeve of mine!
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  8. says

    Great job on the long run! Sounds like you’re ready for that race! Thanks for the links, too. I always love discovering new reads through this type of thing.
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