Fridays and Fall Days Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Fridays have quickly become my favorite day of the week! 

My Fridays tend to look like waking up early to do my devotional, get some work done and eat breakfast before class at 9am. It’s so nice those first two hours of my day that I can just be as lazy or as productive as I want before my day truly begins. 

Then it’s off to class for two hours (that’s all!!). Today I was a volunteer for a great program called Dollar Diva with one of my clubs Wharton Women. It was great to meet high school girls and get them excited for college and presenting themselves professionally! 

Then my personal favorite time of all my Fridays: my LSR. For those of you non runners out there that is a Long Slow Run. They are AMAZING in fall! It’s so nice to just put on my sneakers and begin pounding the ground as I reach further and further each week. As the pavement flies below me it’s as if the world could be going as fast as a speeding bullet or as low as a crawl around me at the same time! It is such a cool feeling that first mile, for some reason I always tend to sprint it, but it’s wonderful as you run away any stress of the week! Then as the next 10 come into fruition it commences the battle with your mind. Yes, all runners do this, even if you do absolutely love running or partially love running like me, you start the countdown til the run is over. If you’re like me, it’s started way too early.

The counting isn’t too bad on shorter days when you are doing 5 miles and you are at 2.5 and start the downward count. But when you are doing 11 miles and at mile 6 start the downward count, it seems a lot tougher. So the game I’ve found is go through every other thing I can think of before doing the downward count. Today I went through all the possible sports in the world, and a lot of my childhood. 

But hey. This is EXACTLY why I love running. It gives you time to think and explore life, love, and the city all in those 2 hours you set aside to run it!

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After my runs, stretching, and showering it’s time to face the rest of the day, often with group prayer time and then facing the night that is Friday at Penn! It’s different every week.

Tonight will be so much fun though! I’m going to a 1930’s themed dinner party and then a dance party until the wee hours which will be awesome!

 

So moral of that story Fridays are awesome! On to my next topic! Fall is Here! Well actually with temperatures the past two days I’m thinking we may have skipped fall and jumped straight into winter!

Nevertheless fall has reached Philly, Penn, and Pennsylvania! It started for me officially last Friday when I was able to get away from campus with my Christian Group Penn and Philly Cru for Fall Retreat.

 

Oh my gosh, I can’t say enough about spending alone quiet time with God and time with other believers who are open to discussing anything spiritual or just about life in general. God really opened my eyes this past weekend and gave me a lot to think about in the rest of this semester! I LOVE Fall Retreat!!!!

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But now we are back on campus, well into sweater weather, and watching all the leaves change and drop! Go out and jump in a leaf pile this weekend!

 

 

And remember true life and joy can only come from Jesus! “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3

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Adjusting your Sails Through the Eyes of a Runner.

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.”

This is such a great quote and applicable in many aspects of life. For me recently it has been very true in my training schedule for the Philly Half Marathon as well as my schoolwork. During the summer when training for my first half marathon I just picked a schedule and went with it. However, in the vane of continuing the metaphor of the above quote, I was running with my sails not being fully filled. The strict guide didn’t fit into my daily routine. This time around I decided to adjust my sails for the wind that is the hectic-ness of life and make up my own training guide. It has proven very helpful and I’m love to share it with any runners out there, or create a personalized plan for you and your goals!

As for schoolwork, it’s as if the wind is always shifting and sometimes my sails are catching it, other times they aren’t. I must continuously shift my study patterns, my allocation of time, and ultimately my sails.

As I look toward the next semester and summer, I must also shift my sails so the winds that I should be catching are caught successfully. As I constantly am searching for which direction, or state, or company, or country the winds are coming from.

To translate the metaphor into real life, I have 14 tabs up on my computer currently, all which hold possible internships or jobs I want to apply for for next semester…. Now if only there was a clear direction in these internships I should be taking, it would be so much easier…

All I have for you today is: Look out for where the wind is coming from, and fully catch it in your sails. Because what good is having your boat standing still when you could be on the journey to the next place in life!

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Hurricane Days Through the Eyes of a Runner.

You may be thinking: what type of title is that? Especially since the last hurricane reported in the United States was in September.

Well today has seemed like a day of complete deja vu of the day the University of Pennsylvania had off last year in mid October for Hurricane Sandy.

There has been nothing I’ve done today that didn’t happen or had a equivalent of last year during the first hurricane day we had off.

October 22, 2012: I woke up really late with no alarm, because we have a day off classes and who needs to be up early?! After waking up, I decided to make some brown sugar maple oatmeal. Then my roommate and I took it upon ourselves to do our fall cleaning. So we scrubbed, vacuumed, and sang loudly and badly to chill music. Doing all my laundry came next. Then we decorated our room for fall and halloween! Afterwards, I read a little bit and then bundled up in my red polka dotted raincoat and forged through the rain to study. After studying I grabbed dinner and went home for a relaxing night.

October 11, 2013: I started the day off really late with no alarm, because it’s fall break and who needs to be up early?! So after waking up at 10:30, I decided to bake cinnamon rolls and baked oatmeal inside of apples. Then I took it upon myself to do fall cleaning. I scrubbed, swept, and sang loudly and badly to chill music. Doing all my laundry came next. Then decorating my room for fall and halloween happened! Afterwards, I read a little bit and then bundled up in my red polka dotted raincoat and forged through the rain to go run 9 miles at the gym. After running I came back to shower, scrub the floors and skype with my mommy. While skyping I grabbed dinner and now am home for a relaxing night.

One thing I forgot to mention: It’s been really rainy both days! But you probably gathered that by some of my context clues 🙂 Anywho that is why this post is titled “Hurricane Days” because I will now fondly refer to this second day of my fall break as Hurricane Day 2.0.

But fall break= fun, relaxation, and awesomeness!

Yesterday I made the trek to NYC with some friends without a plan. And what I’m realizing in college is living without a plan can bring some of the best things into being. We saw a lot of New York City, we saw Jimmy Fallon perform, we laughed a lot, we ate delicious food, but best of all we hung out with each other experiencing life.

 

 

Here are some daily words to live by:

sunshine live life

 

Have peace

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

Scatterbrained (Take Two) Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Sitting here with my bowl of pumpkin oatmeal (why pumpkin, because it’s fall!) Looking out at the city after my devotional I got this strong urge to write. The problem is, I haven’t thought about anything to write about, so here it goes!

I love sunny days. I love drinking and eating things (such as oatmeal) out of mugs. I really like the week after midterms. Too bad I’m still in the week of midterms…. 

Fall break starts after classes end tomorrow! These next 48 hours need to rush by! I’m headed back up to NYC during the break. I have so many things on my pinterest I need to bake. I have so much relaxation that needs to happen. I have so many friends that I need to reconnect with and excitement that needs to finally happen cause I haven’t had time since Saturday!

I have decided I’m a stress baker. The first step is admitting it right? Well now that my dirty laundry is out there, during midterm weeks all you people at Penn hit me up for some fresh cookies, cakes, etc! Just beware its always cooking with what I have on hand, because lets be real, it’s midterm week and I’m too lazy to head to the store!

I have good changes happening in my life in terms of how I look at relationships with those around me. I’m excited for them and the future. Now just how to make God the center of everything and not give away the heart I was given by him to protect so easily. 

God is good all the time, even in times of chaos, which has been my past half a week! So anywho, now that I’m done using the internet and this blog as a time to share my mental vomit:

 

I WISH YOU A GREAT DAY FROM PHILLY!

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(PS I stole this title from a prior ones of my posts because creativity is apparently not in my brain today  https://lifethroughtheeyesofarunner.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/scatterbrained-through-the-eyes-of-a-runner/)

Living in the Moment Through the Eyes of a Runner.

So how to start this blog?

First thing that pops into my head is “man I haven’t written in forever”, next thing that comes about is “life has been so busy”, but then comes about what I’m actually going to talk about today. Living for today.

On September 27, 2012 in my Management 100 class we were asked to write a goal for our year or the semester. Looking back at this I wrote that my personal goal right then was

“To live in every moment, to not plan ahead as much and just enjoy life as it comes.”

A year later, I feel as though I am finally actually doing that. This year, my sophomore year has brought about many beginnings, so far none of them bad. I can honestly say in my conscious and active life (so not including the carefree days of childhood) I had never lived in the moment until this year.

Before this year I always felt torn between the past, the present, and the future.

I was always thinking about things I had done, people I knew, and mistakes I had made in the past. Or things I had to do, people I had yet to become friends with, places I had yet to visit, goals I had yet to accomplish. I had never put those aside and just said, “what about here, what about now, what about who I’m with.”

Not saying that having goals is a bad thing, or thinking about how the past has shaped you is not good for you. On the contrary, I am saying these things make you who you are today and we must live in the day.

I mean heck, being in school I have to look both to the near future (such as my 5 midterms and projects due next week) and to the future after I graduate. Being a runner, I am looking to the Philadelphia Marathon in November. Being a person who doesn’t want to make the same mistakes twice, I must look to my past. But what I am saying is there is no use in obsessing over them.

In Matthew 6:34 Jesus tells us “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” and in James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

And oh my goodness it is so true! The more I realize this and actually ACT on it the better my life is.

So I challenge you: GET OUT, LIVE LIFE, THINK ABOUT NOW INSTEAD OF LATER, and HAVE FUN! We only get to live this life once, might as well make the best of it. Eternally all the stress and worries about my (and your) past and futures won’t matter because pretty soon everything will be the past and I know life with Jesus is my future. So why stress? Why not just jump onto every opportunity and enjoy!

To share a bit about how I’ve done that since I’ve last posted (half a month ago…. sorry readers!) here are some pictures!

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll!

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll!

Friday Night Salsa Dancing!

Friday Night Salsa Dancing!

The Last Bison Standing Concert!

The Last Bison Standing Concert!

Babysitting on Tuesdays!

Babysitting on Tuesdays!

Beautiful Trips out to Church!

Beautiful Trips out to Church!

Baking! A lot!

Baking! A lot!

Whitewater Rafting with Wharton!

Whitewater Rafting with Wharton!

The First Football Game of the Season!

The First Football Game of the Season!

The Ball!

The Ball!

Restaurant Week to Chima!

Restaurant Week to Chima!

Picnics during the Week!

Picnics during the Week!

Trip to NYC!

Trip to NYC to see Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alisha Keys, Janelle Monae, and John Mayer!

NY Trippin with these Lovely Ladies!

NY Trippin with these Lovely Ladies!

Bastille Concert!

Bastille Concert!

And of course much more happened but this is just what I documented photographically! Also for those of you fellow running fanatics: I’ve restarted a training plan for the Philly Half if anyone wants to get in on it with me comment below!