I signed up for the Chicago Half Marathon coming up on September 11 and started training about a month or two ago. I’m excited and nervous. I guess different emotions come and go depending if I ran that day. So what’s training to me? Running every other day for 30 to 40 minutes, with long runs on Saturdays or Sundays.
It seems pretty straightforward. However, it can be extremely hard trying to get up early in the morning or forcing myself to run after work. Sometimes I even fight with myself, thinking, “C’mon just get it over with, don’t be a wuss,” or “Just do it tomorrow, no one will know!” In the end, I either run or don’t run.
When I run, I feel accomplished, less bloated from the heavy food I usually ate before, and I think I’m a little bit closer to reaching 13.1 miles. When I don’t run, I watch TV, go out with friends, or do other activities that don’t include quickly moving my legs (get your mind out of the gutter), and feel very, very lazy.
I’ve learned so far that there are things you can and can’t control. Preparing and training for the half marathon—that I can control. It’s a different story with other things like going to the right schools and picking the best jobs. You can apply to as many schools and positions, but it’s in other people’s hands. Buuuuut, I’ve also learned I can control how I react to what’s been given to me.
So I’ll continue to run. Preparation is the key to a successful marathon. However, I must remember that life sometimes gives you an option that you never even knew existed. Then there’s the fun sister of preparation called: Improvise.
I love floppy hats. They’re chic. They’re not fedora hats. They actually serve a purpose in fashion while blocking sunlight from your face. It might even serve as an umbrella. Hmm, who knew? Stay shady!
1. ASOS Oversized ’70s Floppy Straw Hat
2. AKIRA The Lydia Sun Hat in Green
3. Shopbop.com, RAG & BONE Wide Brim Beach Hat
Photos by: Matthew Piechalak
"Hi Aunt Keh-teene!" my two year-old niece, Bella, exclaimed right when I entered my sister’s place.
It’s the best greeting I’ve had this week. Nope, the usual, “Hi, how are you?” work salutations don’t make my heart jump. I was babysitting with Matt last night, my very patient, loving boyfriend of almost three years. I haven’t seen Bella in a while because she’s been frolicking around her first Florida beach vacation with her parents. This baby’s got the life!
So she greets me, I try to hug her, and next, REJECTION! My “aunt is so cool” reputation was replaced by this cute tiny mouse show, Angelina Ballerina. She stared at the television screen as the computer-animated Angelina Ballerina played with her mouse friends and twirled in her pink ballerina tutu costume. And so I thought, “This Angelina must have some magical hypnotizing skills built through the animation because why on earth would she ignore me?” But then, I was realistically brought to the ground and realized that Angelina B. is so much cooler than me, a person who didn’t sing, dance, and twirl at my niece’s request. I’ve been dumped.
Technology: 1, Aunt Keh-teene: 0.
Bella is my first and only niece for now. She has these uncontrollable curls, olive skin, athletic little body, pudgy cheeks, and a ridiculously happy laugh. She likes nail polish on her toes, chocolate chip cookies, throwing/trying to catch her big purple ball, and coloring. Every time I look at her, I wonder what she’ll be like in the future. I imagine her as a teenager, shopping with friends, going on first dates, and studying for exams.
I remember how I used to be a teenager. I luckily passed through teen angst with not many problems, except a tear or two for a few puppy love crushes. That was before social networking sites became popular. It was a time when my family only had one computer—no laptops! AOL Chat connected almost everyone I knew, and main social gatherings took place in shopping malls and someone’s house.
Now it’s changed. I don’t know whether social networking sites will be in Bella’s teenage future, but I hope she enjoys the outdoors, just like her toddler years. I also hope technology doesn’t beat Aunt all the time.
Justin Gelband, the so-called “Model Whisperer" formed this exercise session for FITNESS. Lose ten pounds in 30 days? Certainly! I’m usually skeptical about routines personal trainers show to the public but I’ve tried these out and was actually working up a sweat—so much so that I had to increase the power of my ceiling fan.