30 Good Things Before 30: #30 – You!

It’s official, folks. I’m now a 30-something!

I celebrated my 30th birthday today by sticking to my marathon training plan. I’m that dedicated (or obsessed… whatever).

It really wasn’t much of a sacrifice though. I could hardly wait to hit the pavement for my regular Tuesday 6 km tempo run thanks to my brand-new Garmin Forerunner 225!

Got the gear!

Got the gear!

My Garmin was a gift from my famjam for my milestone birthday (thank you!!!) and it is amazing!

It’s my first Garmin so it took me a little while (read: several hours) to figure out the features and get it synced up with my computer and phone. Once I finally did, it worked like a dream on my first test run, guiding me through my warm-up, tempo miles and cool-down seamlessly. On top of that, the wrist-based heart rate monitor is unbelievable.30-good-things-before-30

I plan on writing a full review once I get a few more miles on this baby, so stay tuned.

For now, though, let me finish out my little 30-day challenge, with a nod to #30 on my list of 30 Good Things Before 30:


You!

That’s right: you (yes, you!) are #30!

Whether it’s your first visit here or you’ve been with me for the long haul, it’s you out there on your laptops and smartphones, dropping in to read what I have to say that gives this all purpose.

I started this blog in 2010 and failed miserably at posting regularly. Looking back, I think a big part of the problem was that I was utterly self-absorbed. (A self-absorbed blogger? Shocking, I know!)

Since relaunching this year, though, I’ve made an effort to get to know more of you out there in the blogosphere and in Twitter-land and found such an amazing community that I’m so pumped to be part of.

My tweeps! (Find me on Twitter here)

My tweeps! (Find me on Twitter here)

If I have a training question, you have answers. If I’m frustrated, you’re supportive. If I need a killer recipe to use up those sweet potatoes I have on hand, you’ve got me covered.

Let’s be honest: if it wasn’t for your views, likes, and comments, I would have given up on this 30 days of consecutive blogging thing a long time ago! But my drive to stay engaged, to keep sharing and learning more about you, outweighed my desire to binge-watch OITNB or get to bed at a decent hour.

It feels good to belong to this community. Thanks for allowing me to be part of it! 🙂

What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

Any fav blogs you think I should be following? 

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One Lovely Blog Award!

Well, you mightn’t guess it from my prolonged absence here after completing my first race of the season (not much of a story to tell; just pondering my next endeavour), but I can now call this blog “award-winning” without lying or anything!

I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the lovely Lynn and Alex at the Eat2Health Blog.one-lovely-blog-award-badgeAs they explain:

This award is another friendly way of getting to know your fellow bloggers whilst helping to give your blog supportive and mainstream exposure, and of course some recognition for all of your hard work!

I’m honoured and, quite frankly, totally pumped so thanks again to Lynn and Alex for the nod and be sure to head over to their blog for sound nutrition advice and recipes so tasty you’ll forget they’re healthy.

The One Lovely Blog award comes with some stipulations recipients must follow to remain in good standing. Namely, winners must:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated them.
  2. Share 7 things about themselves.
  3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So without further ado, here are 7 facts about me:

  1. I really don’t like Julia Roberts. I’m willing to admit she’s a talented actress, but there’s just something about her that makes me want to gouge my own eyes out rather than watch her in a movie.

    Liked the book, refused to watch the movie on account of her.

    Liked the book, refused to watch the movie on account of her.

  2. I have a compulsive need to make the bed as soon as I, my hubby, and my furbaby get up. Sometimes I even half-make it while the latter two are still in it.

    "Just 5 more minutes, okay Mom?"

    “Just 5 more minutes, okay Mom?”

  3. I really enjoy watching Teen Mom. I don’t know why. I just do.

    In my defense, at least I don't keep up on the Teen Mom tabloid news.

    In my defense, at least I don’t keep up on the Teen Mom tabloid news.

  4. I used to be a journalist. I even spent the bulk of my university years studying journalism before I realized it just wasn’t for me. That’s what happens when you let your 18-year-old self make career path choices.

    Working on a photojournalism assignment circa 2005.

    Working on a photojournalism assignment circa 2005.

  5. Up until I ran my first race, I thought people who ran “for fun” were out of their minds. Then I completed my first 10k in 2009 and was hooked. Sprinting across the finish line while Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” plays over the loud speakers will do that to you.

    I won't stop believing, Journey.

    I won’t stop believing, Journey.

  6. If I get a houseplant, there’s a 95% chance I will kill it. The only thing that seems able to thrive here is bamboo (for now…)

    Watch your back, bamboo!

    Watch your back, bamboo!

  7. I believe there is no better flavour combination than chocolate and peanut butter. It’s enough to make you believe in a higher power. This about sums it up:

Now that you know more than you ever wanted to know about me, here are 15 nominees whose blogs I totally dig and highly recommend you check out:

  1. Piper’s Run
  2. Madness, Sparkle & Creative Flair by Lauren Hayley
  3. Run to Race
  4. Ms. Health-Esteem
  5. Slacker Runner
  6. Bad Angel Rules for Running
  7. Motherhood and Marathons
  8. Movin’ it With Michelle
  9. Unsporty Women Can Run
  10. See Jep Run
  11. Darlin’ Rae
  12. Running On Healthy
  13. Running From it All…
  14. Runs on Syrup
  15. I Like Stuff

Now it’s your turn, folks! Can’t wait to learn more about you all.

(By the way, if any of my nominees are too busy or just not interested in participating, that’s totally cool. You’re still rad in my books!)