Thursday, March 28, 2019

Spring Race Plans REMIX

This winter has been a challenge here in the midwest. We had one of the coldest and snowiest winters that I can remember training through. It took almost the first 5 weeks of my "training plan" to feel like I was getting a full quality week of training in, and that was on a week where I was supposed to run a race, but the town was so flooded from previously mentioned snow and blizz-hurri-pocalyse, or whatever they called that system that came through.

I was talking to my running buddy Chris and kind of starting to panic because my miles just haven't been where I've wanted them to be. He casually, subtly asked if I had considered using the Skedaddle half marathon as a training run and switching my focus to the Fargo half. And honestly, I was a little annoyed. But mostly because I hadn't thought of that myself.

If I was coaching a runner who was having a similar season to mine, that would've been my first suggestion. But for some reason you don't see that when you're coaching yourself. Thank goodness for good running friends.

So I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, and I now have another 4 weeks where I can build up some solid mileage and strength for Fargo. Wahoo!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Weekly Reads: The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried is just your standard teen zombie-esque book. Or something like that. I love Shaun David Hutchinson, so I will read anything he has written. And I will love anything that he's written. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I received an e-ARC to review, but didn't have time to read it before it was published. And then when it was published my library took FOR-EV-ER to get it in. So then I finished it in like 3 days.

An amazing story of friendship, grief and loss, and all the good teen angsty drama and relationships intertwined. And Hutchinson always does a great job of including LBGTQIA characters in his stories, and this does not disappoint.

My rating: 5 stars.

Summary from goodreads:

A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.

Dino doesn’t mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He’s just not used to them talking back. Until Dino’s ex-best friend July dies suddenly—and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow July is not quite alive, and not quite dead.

As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Weekly Reads: A Heart in a Body in the World

I had thought that A Heart in a Body in the World was on the long list for my SD Teen Choice book list for the upcoming school year. It's about a runner, so of course I opted to read it. Midway through the book, I went to jot down some notes, and I couldn't find it on the list. So I must have gotten it confused for another book. Regardless, this one received a Printz Honor this past February and from page 3 I was hooked.

The story is revealed slowly. You, as the reader, know that Annabelle is running because of *some big catastrophic event* but you don't know what. As she makes her way across the country, we get flashbacks to her life before, and things are revealed. I had a hard time "devouring" this book, as I typically do, because I didn't want to read the big scary event. But it was so well written and amazing, and everyone should read it. Seriously.

My rating: 5 stars

Summary from goodreads:

When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?

So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her.

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.

Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come.