I love Fridays for many reasons. Not only does it mean the start to the weekend, but it also means I get to sleep in! Even if it means sleeping in by 45 minutes, it still counts.

I woke up this morning not feeling the greatest. I think C has strep and the nasty little germs have come my way. Boo. I’m just extremely exhausted and my throat is starting to hurt. I hate getting sick before the weekend starts, you know?

Anyways, I was planning on doing some kettlebell work but just didn’t have the motivation. Instead, I came up with a quick ab routine:

 
I only did it once (slacker), but I think if you did it three times it could be quite killer. The Russian Twists I did with the 25 lb. kettle bell — ow. I finished up the workout with a round of push ups.

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Favorite Five

  • Lisa at RunWiki has a great article about her recent acceptance as an Oiselle team member! Great piece and congratulations to Lisa for joining the team. If you aren’t familiar with Oiselle, change that. Now. They are an amazing company.
  • Erin at Texan Erin posted this awesome sounding recipe for cookie dough bites… made with chickpeas! How amazing do those sound. I desperately want to try making them.
  • You know you love a good giveaway! My fellow Ragnar teammate Kara at Kara Runs is giving away a Sprigs Banjees Wrist Wallet! These things sound amazing, definitely check it out!
  • I love the Ravenous Runner blog on Runner’s World and they posted a great recipe this week (non-gluten free, boo) for peach or apple (or both?) scones. Check it out and tell me how amazing they are.
  • Jenelle at Mile Twenty Eight is also hosting a giveaway for another favorite of mine, Road ID! Every runner should have one of these. If you don’t, head over to Jenelle’s blog and enter to win.

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So, we all know that Ryan Hall has dropped from the ING NYC Marathon. And now, Runner’s World has reported that he’s considering getting a coach. Well, duh. I can’t believe it took him this long to realize that coaching yourself — er, having God coach you — isn’t the best solution if you are performing on the elite level. It will be interesting to see if he can get back to Ryan Hall of old with some professional support.

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And oh my gosh, how cute is this?! An Austin club has connected runners with shelter dogs:

Team Spiridon, in Austin, Texas, has launched Jog-a-Dog, which connects runners with shelter dogs and gets the two out on the roads for a run.

After a training session (for the human, not the dog), runners can take dogs from Austin’s Pets Alive Town Lake Animal Center between noon and 7 p.m., weather permitting. New runners in the program get a Jog-a-Dogger card good for a 10% discount at Hill Country Running Store, an Austin specialty running shop. Also, every run with a shelter dog gets runners a stamp on the card; every 12 stamps is good for a $25 gift certificate at Hill Country Running Store.

“Exercise really helps the dogs,” Team Spiridon member Ron Hill told Austin’sYour News Now. “It really helps the behaviorists work with them because it keeps them calm and burns a lot of energy off. It’s really cool to see the runners and dogs when they get back–even if it’s the first time the runner’s been out with the dog you see a visible bond. The dog is looking up at them and they’re all happy, and they’re laying at their feet.”

Such an amazing idea. I would love to be part of a program like this! It’s good to show shelter dogs some love and to give them an opportunity to stretch out their paws.

What are your random thoughts for the day? 

 



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