5 reasons this was the best summer ever.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 09.08.15

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While I am fully in the “summer isn’t over until the fall equinox” camp – September 23, for those who care – yesterday marked the unofficial end of summer. It’s back to school season, the last big summer holiday, the daylight hours are noticeably shorter, the mornings are cooler, and summer just feels a little less like summer. It makes me sad because it’s my favorite season.

This summer, though, has just been the absolute best. Perfect? No. There have been some less than stellar things that went down, because it’s the real world, but the vast majority of these past few months has been about creating memories full of the best parts of life.

Over the 4th of July weekend, I posted a picture to Instagram that said “some #lakelife time this weekend was just what I needed. A little time away from reality, sunshine and fresh air, laughing to the point of tears, and just simple, good, transcendent joy.” I think that just about sums up these past few months as a whole. Obviously, I was still working and with summer being one of the busiest seasons at my job, I worked hard while I was in the office, but I played hard when I wasn’t.

The summer I lived it California aside, this was the best summer ever. I spent some time reflecting on what made it so great and came up with five big things.

{one} I finally became a marathoner over Memorial Day weekend, and had some quality time with Andi and Kayla.

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{two} I went to Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour in Detroit and it was ridiculously, amazingly, mind-blowingly epic. It took major self control to not buy tickets for other tour stops, especially the two-night run in Chicago. My obsession with Taylor continues to grow, but I think it’s still in the realm of healthy, normal fangirling.

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{three} I spent lots of time with my family and friends, and was constantly reminded that I have an amazing group of people in my life. I watched two friends marry the loves of their lives, celebrated birthdays, shared meals, laughed, and simply experienced life with these people that I love so dearly.

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{four} Lots of time at the cottage and Lake Michigan because I’m obsessed with the water, and because in a few months…well, winter in Michigan.

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{five} Ice cream. Lots of ice cream. And, other amazing meals, but mostly it’s about the ice cream. :)

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Simple, good, transcendent joy. Not too shabby, summer 2015. Not too shabby.

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2015 workouts, week 36.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 09.07.15

in Last Week's Workouts

Before we get into the workouts, a little real talk. I was chatting with Kelly and Heather one night last week and shared something that has been on my mind for awhile, but honestly couldn’t vocalize.

I am incredibly burnt out on running right now.

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Last summer, I was out of commission with my IT band injury. I spent the fall in recovery and rebuilding mode, then in January started training for Bayshore. In that training cycle, I PRed the 13.1 and 25k distances. I worked my ass off all winter and most of the spring, until my hip started bothering me, an injury that I am fairly confident sprung up because I was so worried about re-injuring my IT band that I overcompensated and screwed up something else. Running wise, the past fifteen or so months have felt like a complete emotional and physical roller coaster, and I’m ready to get off the ride.

But, lately? Lacing up my running shoes has felt more like a chore than a joy. Perhaps in part because my hip still doesn’t feel 100%, although a lot better than it did a few months ago. But, I think I put my heart and soul into it for so long, for goals I wanted so desperately, that it became work, a chore. It’s just not fun anymore. That doesn’t change the fact that I have two marathons on the radar this fall, including the NYC Marathon, a race on my running bucket list every since I first got the inkling that maybe, just maybe, I could run a marathon.

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Where does that leave me? Right now, I’m incredibly undertrained, in part because running was literally painful for much of the summer, but also because my heart just wasn’t in it to slog out the miles, pain or no pain. Yet, I’m marching forward with my fall race plans, the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee on October 4, then NYC on November 1. There’s not a deferral option to 2016 for either race, so I either run or lose my money. So, I run. Neither will be pretty, so my goal is to simply have fun and soak it all in, as much as I can. As Lakefront is primarily along the shores of Lake Michigan, it stands to be a beautiful course, as long as the weather cooperates. NYC is a five-borough block party, so you can’t go wrong there.

After that, I’m hanging up my running shoes. It won’t be a permanent thing, but just a little time to recharge the running batteries, let my body heal, and focus on other fitness goals. I might get out for a few miles here and there, but with no set plans. Running, simply for the joy of running. I’ve still got big goals for 2016, but if I want to go after those with my whole heart, I need some time away from this sport that I truly do love.

So, after all that…how about those workouts? This is the week of August 31-September 6, 2015.

Monday. yoga (heat 2, 75 minutes). This summer, my studio introduced a more advanced flow and I finally made it for a class. It was insanely intense, but really amazing all at the same time. We worked on a couple new transitions between poses. It was probably the hardest yoga class I have ever taken, but I loved it.

Tuesday. DailyBurn 365. DB is beta testing a new program, 365, which is daily (live!) workouts that users can stream for the next 24 hours. They’re intended to be accessible and on the easier side of things, but Anja (the coach leading this particular workout) did a great job of going through modifications to make each exercise more challenging for those looking for a more challenging workout. I’ve only done one 365 workout thus far, but I think it’s got great potential, especially for someone like me who can get stuck in a huge rut when it comes to strength/cross training. Once this heat wave passes and it’s not 90 degrees in my apartment, I can’t wait to do more.

Wednesday. DailyBurn mobility. I was feeling incredibly tight, so spent some time focusing on flexibility and mobility with this workout.

Thursday. rest day. I went out with some co-workers after leaving the office to celebrate my birthday. I crashed pretty quickly after getting home (at the crazy time of like 8pm! Ha. Party animal.)

Friday. rest day. I have no real reason for not working out, except laziness if I’m being honest. I had the day off from work and it was nice to just kind of be a bum.

Saturday. walked 30 minutes. I was heading up to the cottage mid-morning, but got in a quick walk before hitting the road.

Sunday. yoga (sweet heat, 75 minutes). I spent part of my birthday sweating it out on my yoga mat. I couldn’t imagine a better way to ring in a new year of life.




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review: Go Set a Watchman.


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review: Normally This Would Be Cause for Concern.


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