About That PR Thing

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So remember when I was all “YAY I’m going to get a PR at the Buffalo Marathon Half in May and running is awesome and this is going to be the best thing EVER”?

Yeah, about that…

It’s not happening and I’m ok with it. I’m deferring my half marathon entry to next year and only running the 5k next month.

Why, you ask?  Well, it’s simple: I just don’t like running more than a few miles at a time anymore. I don’t. You know what I do like? Throwing on my running shoes after a crappy day and pounding out three or four miles. I like taking 45 minutes to finish a run, not two hours. I like being able to squeeze in a 5k and still get other things done before it’s time to get my kid from school. I like popping on the latest Nerdist podcast and doing a quick lap around the block to get a dose of laughter and sunshine in my day.

Shorter runs fit my lifestyle right now. They make me happy. I’m not looking at my calendar and seeing a training plan staring back at me, telling me I’m not where I’m “supposed” to be right now. I know if I consistently run 3-5 mile runs, I can register for a 5k and be ready to go whenever I want. I know if I concentrate on this shorter mileage I can get faster and more confident with my pace.

I just want to run to run. So that’s what I’m going to do. Maybe by next year’s race I’ll be ready to do a half marathon again, who knows. What I do know now is running is a gift and I want to enjoy it. I don’t want it to feel forced. I know I’m taking myself out of the running (no pun intended) for a lot of great opportunities by scaling back my distance. Races and companies want to work with distance runners. But, I can’t let FOMO be my motivation. My motivation has to be my love of the run: my runs, my distances, my paces.

So while there will be no half marathon PR for me next month, there will be lots of happy, albeit shorter, runs in my future.

QOTD: Have you ever made the decision to scale back your running? Leave a comment and let me know!

Record Store Day 2015

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Tomorrow (April 18th) is Record Store Day. Yes, this is a thing and it is awesome.

We have a great indie record shop down the road and it is always packed with people digging through their used collection and the new release section is growing weekly. Although, I still love digging through estate sales to find some great gems for ridicously low prices. Between the record store and estate sales, I completed my Christmas record collection for dirt cheap (the only record I’m missing at this point is  A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.)

I don’t care if loving vinyl hipster cliche like beards and flannel. I don’t care if it’s the cool thing to like. I do not care if you’re over there all “Well, I totally liked records before it was cool.” I don’t care if you know everything about music or you just think it’s cool to buy a record or you just like dancing.

Vinyl is amazing and I am so excited it’s making a comeback (tapes, on the other hand, not so much.) I love that it’s the cool thing to own. I love it, you guys. The more people embrace vinyl, the longer it sticks around. So, visit your local record store and stock up tomorrow. Our store is having a huge party with live bands all day, food trucks, and deals. You can check the Record Store Day website too see if there’s an indie shop in your area holding an event. There are also exclusive albums being released tomorrow.

The best part of all of this is you’re helping to keep your local stores and neighbors in business. Records aren’t something you buy on Amazon, you guys. Records are something you buy in a store or at an estate sale. Where you get to spend time flipping through albums, discovering new artists, smelling that used record smell, and appreciating amazing album art.

If you’re new to vinyl, tomorrow is the perfect time to dive in. You can get basic record players at Target (or your record store) for well under $100. I don’t have a fancy sound system and I probably never will, but it doesn’t matter. Records sound amazing even on my $70 Target special.

So go forth and vinyl, y’all. Buy your kids some records, too, while you’re at it. If they’re anything like my kids, they’ll love records and you’ll get to wax nostalgic while they listen to a Disney record and you hear that little Tinker Bell chime when you turn the page in the read-along story or they start singing the Ballad of Davy Crocket.

If anything, you can pull a Ducky and call it a day.

Star Wars Celebration Merchandise Must-Haves

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Star Wars Celebration kicks off today in Anaheim. That also means I’m sitting at home and pouting because I was supposed to be there this year. I should be sitting in the entrance line, waiting to get my hands on some sweet merchandise, see amazing panels, check out some kick-ass cosplay and fangirl my brains out for three days straight.

Thankfully, Star Wars Celebration will be live-streaming the convention for the first time ever this year, even during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel. If you need me, I’ll be glued to my computer. Still pouting, though. Always pouting.

One of the best parts of Star Wars Celebration is,  however, the merchandise. If I were at Celebration right now, these are the things I would be lining up to get my hands on. And, no, I’m not being paid to include any of these items and this post does not include affiliate links.

1. Her Universe:
Obviously this was going to be my number one must-visit booth. We all know I’m obsessed with Ashley’s fangirl clothing line and there are some pretty amazing new additions being debuted at Celebration this year, starting with this ADORABLE dress for the littlest fangirls. I know one little girl in my house who will be getting this Heart Good Guys dress for her birthday next month. ($40 and now available at HerUniverse.com)
HerUniverse Good Guys Heart Dress
And you know mama will be getting the Heart Bad Guys Dress to match. Because the family that fangirls together, stays together. HerUniverse has added several matching ladies/child tees this season, which I’m not excited about at all. (ok, YES I AM!)
May the Force Be With You Pullover from Her Universe
I’m also loving the new pullover “May the Force Be With You” sweatshirt and these perfectly chic cardigans. I love pieces that add a little fangirl flair without being too obvious. You could totally pull one of these cardigans off at work. I’d sit here and list every single one of my must-have HU items, but it’s really the entire new collection. You can check it all out and order from the HerUniverse site now.

2. Uncle Milton Science Products:
When you combine toys, science, and Star Wars, you’ve hooked me. The PR folks from Uncle Milton sent me a press release about their new line of Star Wars science toys and I was pretty much sold. The Jedi Holocron is a galactic version of 20 questions. You can try and outsmart the Holocron, but we all know The Force will figure out your answer. I can not wait to see my kids try and beat the Holocron. It’s will retail for $24.99 and hits stores this Fall.
Uncle Milton Jedi Holocron
Right now, you can try out the Holocron technology and help build the database by playing their online 20Qgame now. From Uncle Milton “Think of any being, location, or technology based on all 6 Star Wars movies and TV series and 20Q® will try and guess what you’re thinking. See if you can outsmart the Jedi Holocron! The more times you play, the smarter the artificial intelligence of the Jedi Holocron will become.”

This is only one of six new Star Wars science toys and experiments joining the Uncle Milton line this Fall. They’ll still be selling their other top selling items like the Death Star Planetarium and build-your-own Lightsaber Room Lights.

3. ThinkGeek Celebration-exclusive merchandise:
I am a huge fan of vintage posters (duh) and when you combine vintage posters + Star Wars, well, just take my money. These ThinkGeek posters would all be mine, ALL MINE if I were at Celebration today. And they’d hang proudly in my office for me to stare at, lovingly, forever. They have some other great exclusive merchandise available, but these posters are my must-haves. These are a limited edition piece (250 units), so I’m sure they’ll be sold out within minutes of the expo opening. Look for them on eBay next week.
sw_celebration_walks_retro_posterI’m going to stop at these three companies because you’d be here all day long otherwise. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not a Celebration, after all. I’d probably go broke. I’d have to sell my plane ticket home and I’d be living on the streets of Anaheim, clutching to my new geeky goods for dear life.

What types of merchandise would you be buying if you were at Celebration this week? If you are at Celebration (I’m pouting at you), what are you excited to pick up today?