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diary of a non-jogger – achievement unlocked

Week 2, Day 3 – success!

Well, I did it. I did all three days of the week 2 program this week. Each one was successful! Today’s had me just 0.05 away from reaching 4km! Part of me is beside myself with joy that I was able to break all personal records so far and a little part of me was all, ARGH! I should have just walked up and down the driveway for 30 more seconds! 😉

Today was hot and I was so happy when my route took me through shade. It wasn’t overly humid though so breathing wasn’t a huge problem. I did splash water on my face and head a couple of times just to cool down a little. When I got home I felt fine, until about 10 minutes later I felt a little light headed as we were sitting down to eat dinner on the back deck. Easy fix! We had just taken the towels off the line so doused my head and neck under the hose for a minute and then wrapped my head in one of those clean towels. Problem with my pink hair is that it drips pink and I didn’t need that all over my clothes. 😉 The wet hair also made for a refreshing outdoor dining experience. (Steak and corn on the cob. Mmmmmm.)

Tonight’s run/walk was a victory in my books. All those failed attempts at even completing the first day of this week has finally resulted in three successful days in a row. I am so proud of myself and it’s making me want to do this more just to see what I can do next. I know that I will be repeating Week 2 for a few more weeks. Especially as the days get hotter and more humid and I have to skip days (perhaps multiples) and not run. But I know now that I CAN do this and that in itself is enough for me.

This Week 2 schedule is HARD for me. I have to push myself on the last half to not stop and give up. I push myself for the runs even if I am feeling like I can’t do this (and trust me, I know when I REALLY can’t do something. Me and my body are pretty tight. BFFs even. I know me like the back of my hand!) but I know it’s JUST 60 seconds or I know I’m ALMOST done that 90 seconds. I can do it. And I push through and I feel amazing in the end.

Running 90 seconds in a row is HARD. But the 60 second runs pass by in the blink of an eye. I used to think the 60 second runs were the devil’s idea, but now? I’m actually surprised when the ding to walk sounds because I feel like I just started running. Eventually the 90 seconds will seem like nothing. I am looking forward to that.

Every day I am out there I am just that little bit better than the time before. I just need to learn that it’s possible to have an off-day and not be so hard on myself if I DO have to stop before it’s over. It’s not the end of the world and after a rest I can go back out and be better than I was.

What I DO need right now are new shoes. I can feel the ground through my runners right now and I think I’m going to need to retire them soon. I will drag myself to the Running Room this week (perhaps) while I’m off and take a look. Now that I know how much real running shoes help and work for running, I will never go back to crappy, cheap ones. I’ll leave those for just kicking around the house maybe. 😉

The Shadow Society

 The Shadow Society
by Marie Rutkoski

Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . . (goodreads.com)

It is no secret that I loved each and every one of Marie Rutkoski’s Middle Grade series, the Kronos Chronicles, so of course I was delighted to find out she was writing a paranormal YA novel. When I read the summary, it sounded like something I would enjoy though I was sceptical of the love  interest angle, because I am so, so, so very tired of YA books being all about insta-love and romance and not as much about the mystery or suspense.

I am sad to say that this book took me a very long time to get into. I started and stopped it numerous times because I just wasn’t connecting with Darcy or any of the other characters. One sleepless night at the end of June I finally decided to plow through the story and was surprised to find that more than half-way through I was starting to find it much more interesting.

I think this book has a slow start – too slow for my liking. I really don’t like to abandon books unless they are absolutely horrid and written poorly. The Shadow Society  wasn’t anything like that, it just started too slow for me to really sink my teeth into.

Although the story was more interesting as soon as Darcy finds herself in an alternate universe, I still wasn’t wowed. I finished the book without much fanfare. I’m pretty sad that it didn’t hook me like I had hoped it would. I just had so much trouble connecting with the characters and for me, that is something that breaks my heart. I want to love the people I am reading about. I want to be on their side and root for them and cheer when they accomplish things, but I couldn’t.

For me, The Shadow Society was just.. okay. I don’t know if it was because of my mindset these days or what, because it was written very well, I just felt no connection. No spark. It really hurts me when I want to love a book so much and I can’t make it work out no matter how hard I try. Some books, like people, are just meant to be acquaintances and not best friends or soul mates. This is one of those books, as much as I wanted our relationship to be more. Alas.

Fractured

Fractured (Slated, #2)
by Teri Terry

How do you know where to go when you don’t remember where you came from?

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

Or so she thought.

Kyla shouldn’t be able to remember anything. But she can – and she’s beginning to realise that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life, she thinks she’s on her way to finding the truth. But the more she learns about her history, the more confusing her future becomes… (goodreads.com)

I am at the point where I wish I could just update this blog telepathically. I compose numerous blog posts in my head as I am falling asleep – both about the books I have read and just random posts I should be posting on Beyond Elsewhere. Alas, I am just not around the computer as I am snuggling down into my pillow and drifting off to nightmare land (I don’t dream. I epically night terror.) Reading, blogging and many other things are just tiny parts of my life right now. I can’t seem to find enough time in the day for everything I want to do. I need to quit my job and become independently wealthy and that might help with my time management issues. 😉

SO… Fractured is the sequel to Slated (which I adored). It’s out in the UK now but not in North America until the fall (I think). I wasn’t as OYMYGOSHBREATHEBREATHE with the sequel as I was the first book, but I did love it to pieces and I am very anxious for the final book which will pub some time in 2014. Gah!

I felt like Slated was more sci-fi than dystopian when I read it, but Fractured feels more dystopian to me. You find out more about the world and the slating and the rebellion and revised history and whatnot. It’s very conspiracy-ish and I am suspicious of everyone. People die. People vanish. Everyone is spied on. You can’t trust anyone in this story and I love that in a book. I don’t like knowing instantly who the bad guys are or how things are going to turn out. There were a few plot twists that surprised me as I read and that’s what made me cackle with glee as I frantically turned the pages of this novel.

It’s been a while since a YA novel, especially one that’s of a dystopian-slash-paranormal setting, really gripped me. I haven’t been all that satisfied by YA novels lately. Everything I read seems so similar but this series managed to ensnare me and has me very excited for the final book to publish in 2014!

 Slated series

  1. Slated
  2. Fractured
  3. Shattered  – 2014

diary of a non-jogger – i couldn’t do this in april…or last month

C25K Week 2 Day 2

I started my week-long vacation today. I had big plans to go out and run this morning, or at least get out after lunch. Unfortunatley it poured rain ALL DAY. The rain stopped when Shawn came home from work. Since we couldn’t decided what we wanted for supper, I went out to tackle the second day of the week 2 program.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish it though, but I pushed through because I refused to NOT complete it since I’d already done it once. Take THAT, running program!

It really felt like I was going so much slower than I was the other night, but per my stats I was faster AND covered (slightly) more distance. Huh. Go me?

When I get the “you’ve reached the half-way mark” alert I am convinced that I will not be able to last another 18 minutes, but somehow they fly by and I am on my last walk before the last run and the 5 minute cool down. I find that somewhat unbelievable. I seem to pass over some sort of wall and the endurance gets a little bit easier. It’s such a strange and weird feeling to me.

My foot only fell asleep on the last run this time (yay?) and I stopped for a bit on the cool down walk to take off my shoe and then put it back on. That helped. I don’t know how else to stop that though. Grr.

Oh, and I think I actually need new shoes now. I noticed last night on the walk with our dogs that the soles of mine are pretty warn down and thin in places. I’ll have to look into sales at the running shoes stores I guess. Maybe I can get some pretty colourful ones? I really like the ones I have now (although I can’t recall what brand they are and I don’t feel like walking into the other room to look.)

I hope to get out a few more times in the next week while I am off from work. The weather does not look like it’s going to cooperate though. Yucko.

And finally, although I can get frustrated with my lack of ability to do this easily, I am also trying to remember that a year ago, I couldn’t do this. Six months ago, I couldn’t do this. I couldn’t even run for 60 seconds NINE times in March and April and I couldn’t ever finish this week 2 program a month ago. So, I CAN do this. I just have to remember to be patient – and I assure you that is NOT my strong suit. 😉

(PS – I hope to be able to write about something other than running and my garden. I promise I am trying. I just can’t seem to find inspiration elsewhere right now.)

take a look! it’s in a book!

Woohoo! My Reading Rainbow t-shirt has arrived from Woot!shirts and I am so happy it fits me! Actually, I was surprised at how large it was. After eyeing the size chart suspiciously, I ended up ordering the XL and I wasn’t even sure THAT would be enough to contain my ample boobage.  But the shirt seems to be a lot larger than I thought it would be so I am happy with that.

I think I shall wear this to work tomorrow. Class up the office a little.

Woot! indeed!