Five Reasons To Like My Facebook Page

In keeping with my month-long celebration of my fourth year of blogging, I’m having a bit of fun with today’s Friday Five theme and giving you five reasons to like my Facebook page. :-)

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(Go ahead! Click and like the Running With Perseverance Facebook page!)

1. You can Like the Running With Perseverance Facebook page as an entry in my RevolveDC Ride Package giveaway.

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2. You can Like the Running With Perseverance Facebook page as an early entry in my Milestone Pod giveaway. (You can see why I think Milestone Pod is so awesome in my original Milestone Pod review.) a Rafflecopter giveaway

3. If you Like the Running With Perseverance Facebook page you won’t miss updates about new posts, unless you don’t jump through whatever hoops Facebook needs you to jump through in order to see what you want to see in your newsfeed …. :-(

4. If you Like the Running With Perseverance Facebook page you can see my favorite Instagram posts–you don’t want to miss my #sweatyselfies or fun pictures like this!

plank at the track

plank at the track

5. If you Like the Running With Perseverance Facebook page and leave a link to your page, I will Like your page back–just like elementary school, if you come to my birthday party I’ll go to yours. :-)

Find out what others think you should be liking (or loving) for this week’s Friday Five linkup hosted by Eat Pray Run DC,Mar on the Run and You Signed Up for What!

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Egg Breakfast Ideas To Start Your Day

Breakfast really is my favorite meal of the day. While I love pancakes as much as the next person, I get through the morning better when my breakfast involves eggs. I usually have a fried egg and toast before I go to work, but lately I’ve been getting bored with that combination. Last week I got creative, and enjoyed three new egg breakfast ideas that I’d like to share with you. 

Egg Breakfast Ideas
My favorite new egg breakfast idea is my scrambled eggs in roasted pepper boats. Continue reading

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Blogging By The Rules

This week’s “Blog Tip Tuesday” post is about the official rules of blogging, including FTC rules for bloggers and Google’s rules about “no-follow” links. Just like the playground, the blogosphere is so much nicer when everyone is blogging by the rules!

Blogging By The Rules - FTC Rules For Bloggers

Before I go any further, let me remind you that while I am a lawyer, I am not a communications lawyer or a cyberspace lawyer or an e-commerce lawyer. This post is written from my non-professional perspective as an avid hobby blogger.  Continue reading

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Will Run For Beer (Ragnar Training)

Between training for Ragnar, getting in my weekly rides at RevolveDC (did you enter my giveaway yet?), and taking advantage of our amazing weather by going on long weekend bike rides with my husband, I’ve been exercising 7 days a week with no rest days. Last week I felt my enthusiasm waning, and instead of forcing myself to suck it up and push through, I decided it was a good time for a “step-back” week to make sure I didn’t risk injury from over-training. But, that didn’t mean I couldn’t fit in a run for beer!

Ragnar

When I woke up Monday morning my legs felt really heavy and tight. I listened to their complaints and opted for yoga instead of strength training. I had seen a Facebook post promoting a 7-minute yoga flow for “Hamstrings and Hip Flexors,” so I decided to give that a try.

It went a bit fast for me, so I repeated the moves on my own so to give my muscles more time to relax and stretch. It felt so good, I know it was just what my body needed.

Monday evening I finally made it to a “Lagers and Joggers” event put on by Pacers at Port City Brewery. The run started at 7:00 pm, with options for a 1, 3, or 5 mile out-and-back route. I was tempted to do the full 5 miles, but I knew that wouldn’t fit with my plan of an easy week, so I settled on the 3 mile route. My non-runner husband decided to go with me, and he ended up running the whole thing!

Lagers & Joggers - Run For Beer

I had never been to Port City Brewery before, and it was really nice. They had their Tasting Room open, and I tried their “Ways and Means” which is a sessions IPA brewed with rye. It was refreshing after a humid run!   

Since I had run Monday night, on Tuesday I did the strength training routine that I skipped on Monday. ;-) 

On Wednesday, I went to a 6:00 am Body Ride class at RevolveDC (did you enter my giveaway yet?).

On Thursday, I met some MRTT women for speed work at the track. After a 1 mile warm-up, I did six 800′s, taking 1/2 lap to recover in between. I think my pace was a bit faster than it needed to be, but the cool weather made it feel easier–until that sixth one.

Nuun

Since the people at Nuun sent me samples to try and share with my Ragnar teammates, I have been using Nuun during all my runs. I used to like the light lemon-lime flavor the best, but now the stronger Tri-Berry flavor is growing on me.

Friday I finally took that full rest day that I’ve been skipping! 

Saturday I met up with some MRTT women for a long run. I was so impressed that 12 of us showed up at 6:00 am Saturday to run! I ran with a group doing 14-15 miles for their Marine Corps Marathon training, and turned back before they did. I ended up going 11 miles. I felt fine at the time, but I was so tired afterwards! 

Dyke Marsh

View of Dyke Marsh along the Mount Vernon Trail

On Sunday, my husband convinced me to try something new with cycling–riding on a mixed-surface trail on a mountain bike. He had found a new (to him) trail on Saturday, and wanted to show me the sights. The route was probably 1/2 paved, 1/2 gravel, with a few dicey spots. It was pretty shady and much less crowded than our usual bike paths. 

Mountain Bike

So, I didn’t do any double runs this week, but I did do an evening run for beer, speed work at the track, and my long run. I don’t want to get into the habit of skimping on strength training, but I’d rather skip a strength workout than miss a run. 

Do you run for beer? 

Are you consistent with taking rest days?

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The Parable Of The Sower

If you grew up going to Sunday School or Bible Camp, you probably are familiar with the Parable of the Sower. Like most of the Parables, it’s full of imagery that makes it ripe for retelling. And, like most Bible stories, you can find something different in it each time you hear it. The Parable of the Sower was in our liturgy readings a few weeks ago, and during her sermon my priest challenged us to look at it from perspectives that I hadn’t considered before. 

Jesus

 The Parable Of The Sower

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

~ Matthew 13: 3-9

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