It’s Thursday, which means its time for Thinking Out Loud hosted by Running with Spoons. This week I’m going to follow a currently format to give you a quick update on life. Currently I’m Reading: The Cairo Affair which meets the requirements of Espionage Thriller in the 2017 Popsugar Reading challenge. I just finished Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall (the author of Born to Run which was excellent). It took me almost a year to finish reading it. The story just didn’t engage me.
I’m trying a new link-up this week as inspiration for what to write and to connect with other bloggers. It’s the Wednesday Word (hosted by DebRuns) and it happens on the first Wednesday of the Month. This month’s word is Improvement. Improvement means has meant different things at different times in my life.
It’s that time of year again. You can’t log in to your running group’s message board without seeing tons of posts of people finishing half marathons and training for marathons. It seems like so many of the group runs are aiming for longer and longer distances. Starting line group photos seem to include everyone who is anyone in the running group. The medals look really cool. People start posting messages indicating that the half marathon posts have inspired them, should they try the distance?
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