Three Things Thursday – 2

I think I’m going to make ‘Three Things Thursday’ a regular weekly post.  I love sharing things about my week I would otherwise never write about!  I tend to be more of a topic blogger, but with this particular kind of post, I feel like I’m sharing a special (albeit random) glimpse of my life.

With that, here are this week’s three (totally random) things…

1. Niel (my brother-in-law) and his girlfriend are visiting us this weekend!  I’m so happy he made the spontaneous decision to fly down because he’s the only one who hasn’t been to our place in Miami.  Niel came down for a soccer game right after we got married, but that doesn’t count in my mind because we were living in a not-so-happening part of Fort Lauderdale at the time.  I’m thinking a beach day is definitely in order this time around, along with other fun activities/restaurants/etc.

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BROTHERS!

2. I got a hair cut.  While this isn’t normally newsworthy in any sense of the word, I had to mention it because I got 5 (ish) inches chopped off.  My hair hasn’t been this short in over two years, and I’m absolutely loving it.  I even asked for long bangs (who am I?!). 

Please ignore the fact that I’m terrible at taking these kinds of pictures (and my crazy eyes!).  I don’t have another one to share, and my hair has been in a bun all week because of the rainy weather (go figure!).

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Short(er) hair + an amazing straightner = a few extra minutes of sleep!

3. The Mindy Project will be airing six additional episodes this season!  I believe they only had 15 scheduled at the beginning of season 3, and as a hardcore fan, this was VERY disappointing.  When I saw the following update on my Facebook feed, I texted Thea right away, as she is the one person who knows and understands my obsession with this show!

If you don’t watch already, I highly recommend you jump on the bandwagon!

Mindy
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Your turn to share – I want to know 3 Things that you’ve been thinking/doing about this week! If you’re a blogger, write a post and link back to one or all of the hostesses; Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance.  Then share a link to your post (not your blog’s home page). Feel free to use the 3 Things badge in your post.

Half Marathon Training (Week 3) and Why I Run

I feel like the theme of this half marathon is going to end up being “it didn’t go as planned but it went.”  Like in week two, I had to make some adjustments, but in the end, it all worked out.  Maybe even better than expected.

Here’s what week three looked like…

Sunday – Rest
Monday – 3.5 mile treadmill run
Tuesday – Full body dumbbell circuit + a brisk 25 minute walk
Wednesday – 3 mile run
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Unintentional rest day
Saturday – 6 mile run

The absolute highlight of this week was my long run on Saturday.  Because of an unforeseen event, I had to push my run back to 3 pm.  Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with S. Florida weather, this was a very risky move on my part.  Even in November, it’s very hot and slightly humid in the afternoons.  I was honestly dreading every step.

Well, it just so happens that I had nothing to fear.  It was super hot earlier in the day, but by the time 3 pm rolled around, it was slightly cooler and less humid.  I was able to run the entire 6 miles without stopping at a 9:41 pace!  And I felt solid the entire time.  This is totally unheard of for me!  While I’m choosing not to focus on time too much, I’m excited to see if/how I improve over the next few weeks.

Vishnu cracked up as soon as I walked in the door because I left the apartment with a “I HAVE to run 6 miles and it’s gonna suck” attitude and came back with a huge grin on my face and tons of energy.  Go figure!

Why I Run

While running sans music/podcast this past Monday, I thought about why I subject myself to running and everything that comes with it.  And after 3.25 miles of thinking, I think I nailed down the answer.  I’m in control when I run.  I decide how far and how fast I go.  I can lace up my shoes and take off pretty much whenever I want.  If a run doesn’t go as planned, I have to take responsibility and figure out why.  I don’t have to rely on anyone else.  It’s all up to me.  This is why I run.

This answer is pretty much in line with my personality.  I am, what some would call, a control freak.  I like being my own fitness boss!

Why do you work out the way you do?

In case you’re interested, here are links to my weekly training recaps:

Week 1
Week 2

Husband Wisdom: Always Reach for the Stars

Our weekend was more a little more low-key than usual because Vishnu was experiencing some back pain that didn’t want to go away.  No worries though – he’s on the mend!  Aside from volunteering on Saturday and running a few errands on Sunday, I honestly didn’t do too much.  Not that I’m complaining!

While our weekend wasn’t filled with much activity, Vishnu and I did have a few interesting conversations.  The one that really got me thinking was about my tendency to make decisions without fully exploring all my options. 

It all started when Vishnu asked me to tell him about the event I volunteered at on Saturday.  In a nutshell, I co-led a ‘how to pick the right college’ workshop for high school aged kids.  In our small groups, we talked about the process of picking the right school, the different factors that go into the big decision, and how to prioritize and make sense of everything. 

As I was telling Vishnu about the questions I was asked about my own experience, he made a perfectly legitimate point about how I didn’t really explore my options when applying to colleges and business schools.  And he’s not wrong.  For undergrad and business school, I only applied to in-state schools… mainly because of cost.  I don’t regret my decisions because I still received a great education.  However, Vishnu makes a valid point.  I will never know if the Harvards of the world would have had me and worked with me on the cost issue.  I assumed they wouldn’t.  I didn’t even try. 

Vishnu, on the other hand, has always been one to explore all his options, no matter how out of reach they seem.  He believes in reaching for the stars and adjusting as you go.  This is one of the many things I love about him.  He always tries.

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While I can’t change the past, I can definitely take this lesson into the future with me, especially when it comes to making decisions about my career.  I honestly have no idea what the future holds in terms of where we’re moving next, when we’ll have kids, etc.  But that doesn’t stop me from already limiting my options.  For example, I constantly think about how I’m going to balance my career with kids.  I’ve pretty much convinced myself that my career will have to take a backseat for a while because there’s no way I can manage both so I’ll probably have to work part-time, etc. 

I now see how crazy this is and told Vishnu to remind me of our conversation when the time comes to make these decisions because I know I’ll need it!

Do you tend to limit yourself when making big decisions like me or do you reach for the stars and beyond like Vishnu?