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The next 48 hours…

It’s a Friday night. 

AND IT’S ALMOST OVER.

What are you going to do tomorrow? Or the next day?

You need to get the most out of your weekend.

Odds are you already spend the week day working

or training

then coming home and sleeping. 

I’ve got ten easy suggestions to help you get the most out of your weekend, and not spending it on an alcohol binge or checking into pillow paradise and not checking out until Monday morning!

1. Everyone likes to sleep in! However, instead of sleeping in till 11am on both Saturday and Sunday; just pick one. Pick whichever day you want to sleep in as LONG as you want. What ever day you don’t pick, try to wake up at a normal breakfast time! Start your day with a nice cup of coffee and get this show on the road!

2. Do something early. On the day your NOT too busy sleeping, take the dog for a walk on the beach! Or ride your bike to a morning cuppa! Read a book on your lanai or make breakfast for the fambam!

3. Go out for a night! Pick a night to get the band back together and go out to dinner, or drinks…or both! Hit up the movie theater or local dive bar! 

4. The night you aren’t going out however, cook a home cooked meal. It’s Sunday, if you aren’t working you have plenty of time to go to the grocery store and pick out special items for a new recipe! Share it with friends! Or cook a romantic meal for a special someone.

5. DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF! If you’re like me you spend a great deal of time thinking about your roommates, friends or boyfriends and making sure they’re happy at all times. But right now-its “ME TIME”. If you’re also anything like you, you can’t afford to go get a nice pedicure-so pick a crazy color and do it yourself!

6. Try something new! Want to learn to knit? Youtube that ish. Want to learn to canoe or kayak? Check out the Newport Aquatic Center,  www.newportaquaticcenter.com, down in Newport Beach, CA! Or go take a yoga class at your local yoga studio!

7. Clean out your closet! Any girl will admit that they could always use a few hours to clean out their closet! Any boyfriend will agree.

8. Get out into Nature. If you can’t be near the ocean to take a swim or stand up paddle; go out into the world and find a hike! Make an adventure out of it! And of course take many, many, pictures!

9. Plan a date night at home. Even if you aren’t “dating” anyone right now- PICK YOUR BEST FRIEND! Watch movies, drink wine and just relax- you have nowhere to be!

10. Go to the park. When’s the last time you went TO A PARK! For real. Take a towel. Take a book. Take a camera! Spend a half hour outdoors at a park, just listening. You’ll be amazed at what you hear.

Now I understand that not everyone has time to do all TEN of these suggestions. Just pick two or three of your favorites and go from there! Don’t spend your weekend eating hot cheetos and watching Teen Mom re-runs! 

You can follow me on my weekend adventures on Instagram at:

@KelThompson

or on Twitter at:

@KelThomp

xoxo

“What did you do this weekend?” “Oh, I ran a half marathon”

Does anyone know how long I’ve been wanting to throw that at someone?! The day finally came! I COMPLETED MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!

I’ve done some (in my opinion) very cool things in my life, that makes my life resume look good. But I got to the start of the race of the Huntington Beach Surf City half marathon this past weekend and thought “I really had no problem paddling into 13 foot waves last September, why am I about to pee my pants at the start of a 13 mile race???”

It was something new to me, I had no idea how it was going to turn out. The whole “I paddled for 8 hours I can run for 3” mindset was not setting in. Throughout the whole race for as far as I could see were PEOPLE. Thousands and thousands of PEOPLE. Sprinting, walking, jogging, running. Tall people, short people, thin people, fabulously curvaceous people. EVERYONE was doing this. And everyone was doing it at different speeds and rates. The hills were a killer! The heat just added to my misery, and the hard pavement didn’t help at all. But to say “I’m a half marathon runner” after the race, was something to be proud of. photo-2

It took me just over 3 hours for my first runway half marathon. My time could have been affected by me taking pictures at mile markers and texting to the group of girls I was running with. I trained with 5 other girls for the last few months to meet this goal. I definitely couldn’t have done it without them! I’m not a runner, and they pushed me to be better runner I am today, than I was a year ago. 

I finished my race with a big smile! Grabbed my foil jacket, medal and snack packs they were handing out! The thought “i could do this again” never crossed my mind. What did come to mind though was I can do better. 

photo-1Next on the list: San Diego Wild Animal Park Half Marathon in May

I think ill have more pics on instagram during the race than the actual mileage on that one…

 

Two Weeks Away

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The Half Marathon is TWO WEEKS AWAY

Even though I haven’t been training as MUCH as I should be, I’ve been running a lot more than I ever have. I think that is an accomplishment on its own. I never saw myself as a runner (and everyone who knows will agree) but I’ve found myself enjoying this new activity. It’s easy. I can do it anytime. I don’t need somebody with me. I don’t need equipment, I can just go! Run, walk, job, skip: ANYTHING!

Believe me sister, I know this half marathon will hurt. I’m sure my thunder-thighs will feel it for a week! But I will know what to expect for my next one! And how to train for it! Or keep training for it…

I think finishing this half marathon will honestly change something in me. I’ll stay determined, and focused on something. I think everyone should find something that PUSHES them and MAKES them do something unexpected. Whether it’s run a marathon, a half marathon, paddle Catalina channel on a stand up, finish school or even pursue a long lost dream of something you’ve always wanted to do. Make 2013 YOUR year to accomplish something. Accomplish something that challenges you, and makes you a stronger person inside and out.

Goal: Half Marathon…Wait! That Includes Running, Ya?

Half Marathon

13.1 miles

WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?? I know what I was thinking. I was thinking I’m going to look just like the girls in the Nike commercials and ads with the perfect thighs, and awesome looking calves. And I’m going to come through the finish line looking amazing and my hair will not be a frizzy mess and the pictures will look better than ever. uh, WRONG. 

My calfs are killing me, my thighs have never felt like this before (which is obviously a sign of some sort) and I’ve come to realize I will NEVER, EVER, EVER (getting back together HA  just kidding…a real taylor swift fan would laugh) look good running. Ever. 

One thing that’s keeping me to this training schedule; is the group of friends I have pushing me. We are all at different levels, however we all have one common goal: TO FINISH THE SURF CITY HALF MARATHON ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. Yeah, super bowl sunday, I’m going to be done with my half marathon before the stay at home dad’s get up to watch the football game.

This is just the beginning. I’m tired and sore. But I feel great, I have a great group of friends training with me, and I’m going to finish this half marathon. It’s completely out of character for me to do this. My whole family knows I hate running (I’ve really never been a runner, I used to fake asthma in elementary school so I never had to run around the basketball courts…fo’ real). Even though I played basketball throughout high school and we ran  ALOT, it was always for short periods of time and I was usually chasing a ball (insert dog joke). But I feel like this is a good change in my life right now, something positive to work for. Something that at the end can say “Yeah. I just did that.” I can paddle 13.1 miles no problem, but let’s just see how this “running thing” goes.

My own personal goal: To finish this half marathon in February and want to run another one. 

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