Category Archives: Reading

A New Tea

So I have always loved Tazo Awake tea, here is how it is described on their website, “a bold breakfast tea of depth and character, invigorating any time. This eye opening black tea blend has a full, rich flavour, with hints of dark caramel, malt and black cherries. Perfect with milk.”

After every run I would come home and make myself some tea (after have a Green Monster and a shower) and read blogs and news before having to get ready for school.

As of late I have cut out artificial sweeteners, sadly I always knew that it wasn’t the best idea to use them but I kept putting those facts out of my mind. Then came the day that I decided to listen to Skinny Bitch, they have a whole chapter on sugar and in there they talk about artificial sweeteners. After listening to it and reading through the chapter once to get the information solidified in my brain I finally decided that it was time to give up the artificial sweeteners for good!

At first the Awake tea was a little to strong and bitter to have without being artificially sweetened (I know I could just use sugar, but I am also trying to use that a little less too) so I decided to go to another tea that I would have sometimes but have always loved. Tazo Zen tea, here is how it is described on their website, “Zen’s distinct green tea flavour accented with lemon and mint is impossible to express in words. Best simply to experience its sweet  lingering aftertaste.”

When I drink this tea I don’t fee l like it needs any extra sweetener because it is already that way, just like how the website describes it. Now my morning routine is still the same I just grab a cup of this instead of the Awake tea, which I actually started to drink again because I am getting used to the taste without a sweetener (interesting what can change in the course of three weeks).

Question: Do you have a favourite tea? I love the two teas mentioned above, and I also love Tazo Calm and Refresh teas. They are so yummy!

Now I am off to read some of American Wife! I have read some great reviews of this book, go check out Jenna’s reviews here and here. Also see what Iowa Girl Eats has to say here and here.

Happy Running!

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The Perfect Mile

Tonight I am going to relax my brain and read something that I want to read. I have been going over material for my Office Procedures and Accounting classes for too long. So instead of trying to cram more school information into my head I am going to read for fun.

Here is what I am going to read The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb. My Dad read it a little while ago and I found it on his bookshelf and decided it was time that I read it.

Here’s a description from the back of the book:

There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be beyond the limits of human foot speed, and in all of sport it was the elusive holy grail. In 1952, after suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners each set out to break this barrier. Roger Bannister was a young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur still driven not just by winning but by the nobility of the pursuit. John Landy was the privileged son of a genteel Australian family, who as a boy preferred butterfly collecting to running but who trained relentlessly in an almost spiritual attempt to shape his body to this singular task. Then there was Wes Santee, the swaggering American, a Kansas farm boy and natural athlete who believed he was just plain better than everybody else. Spanning three continents and defying the odds, their collective quest captivated the world and stole headlines from the Korean War, the atomic race, and such legendary figures as Edmund Hillary, Willie Mays, Native Dancer, and Ben Hogan.

So tonight I am going to take some time for me and relax my brain before another long day of classes and studying has to start tomorrow.

Happy (Reading About) Running!

What Have I Been Reading?

Here are some links to blog posts and a video that I have been loving this week! From this I think you can figure out that I want to do some more core exercises and stretching after running.

– A different hamstring stretch from FitSugar, I know I need to do this more than I do often so I am not unintentionally shortening my stride due to tight hamstrings

Jill wrote a great post last week, Get Stronger Run Better, about the importance of strength training in addition to running, she uses body weight exercises: push-ups, squats, lunges, alternating Ts, and planks (repeat 2-3 times). I love push-ups and planks, but reading this post reminded me that I need to do a little more

Caitlin addressed the idea of how trying to be perfect is an addiction and the guilt we feel when we cannot achieve said perfection in this post. I know I took a lot away from this post, I think it really sank in when a teacher asked me if I am a perfectionist and I immediately answered “Yes!”…I think I need to re-read the post

Crunchless Ab Exercises count me in! I love the FitSugar and have been reading their stuff for many years now

– I love these post run stretches! Thanks Flexible Warrior!

Happy Running!

Finally Slowing Down

This week has been crazy! There was so much school work to do, two tests and on top of that, and there was outside stress. I am happy to say that in four days I managed to get everything done and in on time, study for my tests (I have one more today at 12:30pm) and get a good chunk of work done that is due next week. Phew!

I feel so relieved to have everything (almost) done this week, and I only have a couple things left to do for next week. I got an e-mail from my boyfriend this morning saying that he wanted to take most of the weekend off from studying and working, this was music to my ears! We both need this weekend off to just relax, go for a run, and enjoy the weather.

I cannot wait to finish my test today because I am going to relax and read a book I bought last week, Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay. I think that my reading is going to have to happen in the chair that looks out onto the backyard, it has just be so beautiful out.


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I found that when I worked as a manager in a bookstore I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to. SO I am catching up on books that I bought while I was working. I must say there are a lot of them, I wanted to own all the good books that I knew I wanted to read, but was never able to get through all of them.

After an afternoon of walking to and from school, writing a test, coming home and eating some lunch and reading, I am thinking that I will head out for a run before dinner. It is just too beautiful to pass up a run down by the lake!

I hope that all of you are having an amazing week and enjoying the beautiful weather!

Happy Running!