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This Exercise Thing

I have this really awesome English teacher, and around last November, she was trying to get a group of students together to run a half-marathon with her. At first, I thought it would be a great opportunity to just overall get in shape. The only drawback was that it would cost $90 to enter. Since then, I’ve decided that I’m not going to run because I’m not sure if I’ll be ready for a half-marathon in such a short amount of time. But, I decided that I am going to train for it so I can just keep in shape and live a little healthier.

A few of my friends had decided to enter or train so it’s nice that some of my friends will be doing it with me. We just started to train for it on Tuesday after school and we jogged the majority of 3.2 miles. Whooo. Let’s just say that I am so out of shape. :P The beginning and end of the run was alright, but in the middle I think I pushed myself a little too far because I started to get dizzy. Nonetheless, I want to keep up the runs after school.

We were planning on running on Thursday as well, but surprise! We got the first snow of the year! :)

(And as a side note: I should not have to get up before the sun!) I was a little disappointed we couldn’t go running, but I love snow so I wasn’t too bummed. :)

Since I couldn’t run on Thursday, I decided I would jog to keep up just on my own. Since it was absolutely freezing outside, I ran on the treadmill that we have downstairs. My parents bought that thing forever ago, probably seven or eight years ago, and no one in my family hardly uses it. My mom used it at first, but she didn’t like it very much so no one else really used it.  So I thought that I would put it to good use.

Unlike the first time I ran with the group where I had pushed myself too hard, I slowed it down a little bit and it felt really, really good just to exercise.  A cold shower afterwards feels just as good, too. :) Since then, I’ve gone jogging on the treadmill a couple more times and each time I paced myself and again, it felt really good just to exercise.

I used to really, really hate running. Now that I think about it, it was always because I pushed myself way too hard or I would just jump into things without being prepared. I remember one time last year I did a P90X workout and I had pushed myself so far that afterwards I was throwing up and had to just go to bed. I just wasn’t ready for that kind of a workout. You’d think that I would have gotten the hint after that but I just kept blaming on it on other reasons.

Whenever I went running with friends, I would always try to exercise on their level and it would feel absolutely awful. I guess I just thought that that’s what exercise was supposed to feel like. I didn’t realize that running could actually feel good. So I’m just going to keep running on my level and eventually I’ll catch up to them.  Me running shouldn’t be all about me comparing myself to others; it should just be about me comparing myself today to myself yesterday.

Running hasn’t been a new year resolution of mine, but I am hoping to keep it up. On a bit of a different note, to celebrate the new year a bit more, I’ve done a site clean-up. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this website is for me to write. Write blogs, articles, whatever. Just write. I tend to get carried away though, so I sifted through my crappy older articles and went on a bit of a deleting spree. I also got rid of all my “graphics/resource/tutorial” …things. It looks so nice and clean now. :)

Books and Shopping Make My World Go Round

Whew! My Thanksgiving break ended entirely too quickly–I think I deserve more than just four days off! On Friday, me and my mom and dad went Black Friday shopping. While I’m not really for the shops that opened on Thanksgiving night, it made Friday a lot less hectic! We went to all the big department stores which were busy, but not crazy like they usually are. We left around 11am and it was just nice, shopping with my parents.

And let me tell you, I love a good deal. :P

I actually didn’t get a whole lot at the stores. I do the majority of my shopping (excluding clothes) online since I can usually find a better deal on Amazon.com. But, I got my mom a hand-mixer that she had been wanting and a dog toy for Tabor and a few things for Andrew–I would specify, but I know he reads my blog so it’ll have to be kept a secret for now. ;) I also found both a shirt for my dad and brother that I thought they would like.

You should be proud of me, though; I only bought one thing for myself while shopping, which was The Dark Knight DVD. It was on sale at Target for $3.99. Uh hello! What a steal! :D Though… I did buy some books for myself online too–but I couldn’t resist. Books for $5 or less is a book lover’s dream. :P

Speaking of books, I just finished Emma by Jane Austen, which I had been meaning to read for… a really long time. I absolutely loved it. I haven’t been able to read much during the semester since I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I finished reading Emma this weekend. I saw the movie with Andrew (the one with Gwyneth Paltrow–really liked it) beforehand and that encouraged me to finish reading it.

Also, anyone else a fan of The Hunger Games? If not, you should be! :P No really, these books are really fantastic. The theatrical trailer came out last week sometime and I think it looks great! After I saw the trailer, I read all three books again within a week. Ahh! :love:

I’m a little wary because I loved the books just the way they are that the movie won’t do them justice, but Suzanne Collins (the author of the trilogy) is helping write the screenplay, so I think that will really pay off. The movie is set to come out in theaters March 23, 2012. Super excited! :D

If you haven’t read the books, I would highly recommend it. They are one of my favorite series. <3

I hope you all had a lovely break if you had one!