It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? & Weekend Update (6/1/15)

I didn’t get much reading done last week until Sunday because I was prepping for BEA (read more about my experience and the books I’m excited about here). But, on Sunday, my husband and I took an “adult beach day” (babysitter for the kids, umbrella, books), which we try to do at least once a summer. It means hours and hours of reading on the beach followed by an early dinner…quite possibly my most favorite thing to do in the world!

I finished reading…

Boo, Neil Smith

 by Neil Smith (May 12, 2015)
This book is completely unique and I enjoyed the beginning, but I liked it less and less the farther I read. Review to come.

I’m currently reading…

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird
 by Harper Lee
Love, love. I’ve been highlighting like crazy, so I’m thinking about doing a Quotable Books post for this one. I figure writing a review would be a little ridiculous!

Next, I’ll be reading…

Love May Fail, In the Unlikely Event

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick (June 16, 2015)
I loved the first paragraph of this quirky sounding novel about a woman who runs home to New Jersey following a breakdown by the author of Silver Linings Playbook.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (June 2, 2015)
Judy Blume is writing for adults! In a story based on a real experience during her childhood, she writes of how a succession of plane crashes impacts a 1950’s American community.

Weekend Update

Running N Reading Weekend Update Link-Up
I’m linking up with Tara at Running N Reading’s Weekend Update.

I just completed Week 7 of Hal Higdon’s Intemediate 10K Training Program – only one more week to go before race day! This week was a bit haphazard with some departures from the training program because of Memorial Day weekend and BEA on Friday (more about my experience here)…and because I just felt blah and shortened a couple of my runs!

Monday: Cross-Training (Cardio Core class at Equinox…my regular Diamond Cuts class was canceled because of Memorial Day). I was SO sore since I don’t normally do this class, but I realize switching things up is good for me!

Tuesday: Long run: 8 miles. Overall time of [1:14] with splits of [9:14], [9:37], [9:17], [9:22], [9:16], [9:19], [9:10], [9:11]. This was definitely a “just get through it” run. I did not feel good. I was sore from Monday’s Cardio Core class. It was hot relative to what it’s been lately…which makes me nervous because it wasn’t even that hot (mid-70’s). I think it goes to show how your body acclimates to different temperatures. I was training for my half marathon last summer in 90+ temps with high humidity and felt better than I did on this run – ha! We’ve had a cool spring so far and I’m not used to the heat/humidity yet!

Wednesday: Stretch & Strength (Inside/Out Barre at Equinox)

Thursday: 50 Min Tempo Run, which actually ended up being more like 47 min ([9:13], [8:54], [8:37], [8:37], and [9:37]).

Friday: BEA…no running, but I must have walked close to 5 miles. I was traipsing across NYC, on my feet all day at the Expo, and then lugging a rolling suitcase full of books back across town to catch my train home. I was exhausted…more so than after a run!

Saturday: 6 mile recovery run, which I shortened to 4.5 miles ([9:45] pace for the first mile and closer to [9:00] after that). I felt horrible. I literally couldn’t go any farther than 4.5 miles. After my run, I realized I was really dehydrated (rust colored urine – sorry about the TMI!)…probably from not drinking enough water at BEA yesterday. Lesson learned!

Sunday: Rest! Adult beach day with my husband! Lots of reading! Early dinner! All my favorite things.

How have you been acclimating to the warmer temperatures and higher humidity?

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  1. Your beach date sounds wonderful 🙂 I’m reading In the Unlikely Event today 🙂

    Have a great week

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  2. An adult beach day sounds pretty amazing – glad you took some time for yourself! You have me excited to pick up To Kill a Mockingbird sooner rather than later 🙂

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I can’t say it was just as good as the first read…since I remember exactly nothing from reading it in high school. But, I absolutely loved it and kind of wonder if high school students can really adequately appreciate it. Will be interested to hear your “later life” thoughts on it.

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  3. Kay wrote:

    What a nice day for you and your husband! It’s always a good idea to take a bit of time away from kids. Refreshing! Will look forward to your TKAM quotes. And I’m very interested in Judy Blume’s new book. Can’t wait to try it!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  4. An ‘adult beach day’ sounds like my idea of heaven! Downstate weather must have been better than the rain and 50s we had up here.

    I’m about due for a TKAM reread… quotes are definitely the way to go!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  5. staying hydrated is SO important! i’m actually going to hear judy blume talk and read from her new book on thursday. i can’t wait!!!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Oooh – so jealous!! That will be awesome – will you post about it?

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  6. Your adult beach day sounded awesome!! I love to get away with just my husband, it does us so much good! I’m from central Mississippi and heat and humidity go hand n hand. We don’t usually get time to acclimate ourselves as its usually here with a vengeance! Saturday’s trail run was like that. We went 30 mins early started at 7am, it was cloudy but boy we were drenched in sweat only 1 mile into our 5 mile run. Good luck on your 10k sounds like your training is going great!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      It’s a beast, isn’t it? And, I’m sure Miss is a whole different story than what I’m dealing with. And, what do you know…it’s 55 and rainy here today after a hot and humid week last week!
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  7. Carmen wrote:

    I would have liked to read your thoughts on TKAM, but that’s a very quotable book so that may be good too.
    Are you excited about the approaching race?

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I’ll probably share some brief thoughts in the quotes post and on Goodreads 🙂

      And, yes, I’m looking forward to the race and crossing my fingers the rain in the forecast goes away! A trail run could get quite dicey in the rain! Thanks for asking!

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  8. I’m looking forward to your comments on Judy Blume’s book. I’m curious…

    Good luck on your race next week!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Me too 🙂 I heard one not so good report recently, but am still definitely going to give it a shot!

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  9. I’m excited to read Judy Blume’s new book; I’m also really jealous that my pal Courtney, in a previous comment, is going to hear her speak – GAH! You’ve done so well with your training, Sarah; I can’t wait to cheer you on (virtually, of course – ha!) next weekend; you’re going to do great! Thanks so much for linking up with the blog; hope your Monday is going well.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I know, right?! Thanks for the encouragement on the training! Now I’m enjoying mini-taper week and crossing my fingers for the rain that’s in the forecast for Sat to stay away! Will check in to see how your 8K went tomorrow!

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  10. Kathy wrote:

    I’m so excited that you’re reading TKaM!!! That is one of my all time favorite books. Somewhere out there is my Atticus Finch. I’m getting Blume’s new book tomorrow and plan to start it later in the week. Whew! I’m exhausted from all the walking and running vicariously through you. 😉 Good luck on your training and keep up the great work 🙂

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  11. I’ve got TKAM on my reading list this summer too. I read it in high school and I’m excited to revisit it with a different perspective.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I wish I remembered what I thought of it when I was in high school! I literally didn’t remember a thing…was like reading a whole new book!

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  12. susan wrote:

    Good luck on race day! & enjoy Harper Lee too!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  13. Adult beach day?? That’s amazing. I need to find one of these “beach” things.

    You’ll be proud to know that I started doing zumba this week and I have for an hour every day! I still haven’t officially started running, but I’m trying. I’ll run like a few blocks on the way to the library (decked out in workout clothes and all), but then I get embarrassed and stop! Or my “one size fits all” yoga pants slide down my ass, so I literally have to stop haha. Your progress inspires me!

    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      That’s great! I think it’s awesome to just get out there and do whatever kind of exercise you enjoy…forcing yourself to run if you don’t actually like it is not going to last long! If you’re into Zumba, then Zumba it is! I have to mix things up, so I always include some cross training and Barre class along with the running and I try to make every run serve a different purpose (sprint intervals, long run, hills, etc). After this weekend’s race, I’m really switching things up…training for my first Sprint Triathlon.

      And, adult beach days are the best! Mostly because it means lots of reading.

      Posted 6.5.15 Reply

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