Running Update: Two More Months!

Hi, readers! Two things:

1 – today marks just two more months until the half-marathon! Several friend have asked how I’m feeling about it, and I tell them that, at this point, I’m confident that I will finish, but I’m not confident that I won’t be dead last. But, you know what? I think I’d be okay with that at this point. Training and running has done so much for me, it’s just not even about race day anymore, though I know it will be the icing on the cake; a great accomplishment and a fun day.

2 – I totally accidentally hit “publish” on this post earlier, even though it was still in draft stage. I don’t know if y’all got emails for it, or what, but sorry.

Okay, now for the running update! Here are all my training runs since my last update post. As per usual, I’ve begun the numbering where I left off, in case you’re following along.

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Running Update: Pain in the Keister

Hello, friends! I just finished an exhausting summer semester of school, but I’ve still been running and training for my half marathon in November. Between those things, work, and taking care of A and Baby I, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to blog, but I’m hoping to change that during my few precious days off before fall semester begins.

Anyway, I am still loving running. Sometimes it is difficult to get myself out of bed in the morning and get going, but I’m always happy I went running. One thing has been a literal pain-in-the-butt lately, though: Sciatica.

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Book Review: My Irish Table

Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 4.53.24 PMOkay, you guys should know by now that I have a deep, intense love for cookbooks and for food. I also have Celtic roots. What better way to combine the two than with a cookbook by an Irish chef?

This book is about so much more than the recipes. In fact, my very favorite part of the book was the first section. It contains Armstrong’s (the chef’s) backstory and some really interesting little tidbits – Julia Child included, y’all. The photography is also beautiful. And maybe this is only me, because I’m a writer working with print publications, but the quality of the printed book is really, really high. I would definitely buy this book in print over an ebook. It’s just gorgeous to look at.

The recipes themselves are super interesting. I didn’t have a very good concept of what Irish food was (you know, outside of the potatoes). I feel much more educated now. There are some really, really delectable-looking recipes for special occasions, such as Easter and Christmas. However, I need to say that the majority of the recipes are quite complicated. Definitely not an everyday cookbook, but I think that once the holidays roll around again, I’ll be whipping up something from My Irish Table.

I selected a brussels sprouts recipe to try. It was amazing and delicious, because, duh, bacon. My photo doesn’t do it justice, but here it is anyway:

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Anyone out there an Irish cook? What sorts of food do you make for your everyday fare?

Note: I received My Irish Table from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. If you’re a blogger, check them out!

A Peek at My Running Gear

I’m 4 months + 1 day away from my half marathon! Thanks, readers, for the tips and words of encouragement you’ve offered me since I’ve opened up about my training. Now it’s my turn to give back! When I began running, I know one of the most intimating things for me was the wide array of running gear available. Now that I’ve been training for a couple of months, I have some preferences down. Here’s what I currently run with:

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