Thirteen Reasons Why

Spoke too soon.

Yesterday I showed you all my workout plan for the week. Well, after typing up my post I decided to go to a Zumba class I found in the south loop. The class was a blast, but about 20 min in I felt my IT band start to bother me. I tried to stop doing side-to-side as much as I could, but by the end of class it was really hurting again. What does this mean? Well, it means this past week with no running hasn’t helped. I’ve decided to take another week off, and wait until the GOTR 5K on Saturday to run again. As frustrated as I am right now, I know that in the long run this is what’s going to help.

So here’s my new workout plan:

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Well. There you have it.

Enough of that depressing-ness, time for a book review! Every month I participate in Julie’s book club, and this month’s book was called Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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Thirteen reasons why is narrated by a boy who follows the story of the girl he liked in high school and she explained how thirteen different people affected her decision to commit suicide. The novel is definitely not an uplifting novel, but despite that I really enjoyed reading it. It was definitely a page turner and despite the fact that at the beginning of the book you already know she’s died, I still wished that it hadn’t happened, that he’d stopped her somehow.

Despite the stories bleak subject matter, I felt like it discussed a very important issue. The girl shows us that although each of these thirteen people did something small, each of the small things affected her life greatly. We all know that bullying is an issue in our society but this book did a great job of showing how it really affected the bullied person, as well as demonstrated that bullying isn’t just about harassing someone, it can be done in much more subtle ways. I loved how the author switched back and forth between the current time narrated by the boy and the past narrated by the girl who committed suicide. And although everything that happened to the girl during her time at this high school seems like a lot when combined, the author wrote the story and the characters in a way that was very realistic.

I really enjoyed reading this book and finished it pretty quickly! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something a little more thought-provoking and very relevant to society today. If you live in Chicago you can borrow my copy!


Was bullying an issue in you middle school, high school or college (or workplace now)?

Have you read this book, what did you think?

Anyone have magical IT band healing capabilities?

Combining Workout Schedules

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! This upcoming week I start my half marathon training (if my IT band cooperates…) and I’m continuing with Week 3 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. That’s a lot of workouts to take in, especially with my very busy schedule!

First, let’s re-cap last week’s workouts:

Sunday – Thriller in Schiller 5K! A BLAST!

Monday – Workout A plus intervals (did the intervals on the elliptical). Today I worked out in the evening, after GOTR practice, and I was NOT a fan! The gym was packed and there was a class in the room I normally use.

Tuesday – Attempted to run (goal was 6 miles), but I only made it 2.5 miles before I had to stop. I tried to switch to the elliptical but that was still aggravating my IT band so I stretched, rolled and called it a day.

Wednesday – Workout B plus intervals (did the intervals on the elliptical)

Thursday – 50 minutes of cardio, broken up on 2 different elliptical machines, plus planks.

Friday – Workout C plus intervals (intervals on elliptical)

Saturday – REST DAY

The key when trying to combine two different workout programs is making it work for you, and adjusting where need-be.

Here is my Best Body Boot Camp schedule for the week:


And here is my half marathon training schedule:


This is how I combined the two together:

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I actually forgot the Girls On The Run 5K was this Saturday until I put together my schedule! I had to re-arrange some of my miles (the 6 miles is a combo of two 3-milers) but it seems to all work out! I can’t wait for the 5K with the girls! The race is open to the public, so if you live in Chicago you can register here! It’s in Toyota Park, so easy to get to and there’s parking!


What do you have coming up this week?

If you’ve run a 5K, what was your favorite one? Why?