Friday Five – Friday Favorites

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps

Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,

Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and

Mar at Mar on the Run.

Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!

This week’s topic is Friday Favorites. So many places I could go with this…..how about some recent favorites, told to you on a Friday?

READ

Running TideJoan Benoit Samuelson‘s memoir (written in the 80s, I’d love an updated version) Also loved “There is No Finish Line” documentary on/with her, parts of it around the 2010 Chicago Marathon.

Older, Faster, Stronger: What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, LongerMargaret Webb I’ve read it twice through now, and you can barely see the pages for the tape flags. Hoping my schedule allows me to hear her speak when she’s in town on tour. Also looking forward to the videos she’s going to post with some of the folks mentioned in the book. If you’re a Masters female (or close to it), I recommend this book!

EAT

Cranberry-orange relish and kale/butternut/cranberry salad, both from Whole Foods. I have two portions of the kale salad frozen for later enjoyment, and I’m already on my second container of relish, which I’m putting on my turkey sandwiches, on bread in place of jam…who knows what else I’ll do with it. I expect to keep eating it as long as they keep making it for the season (at least until we go to Arizona anyway).

cranberry relishes

cranberry relishes

kale, butternut squash, cranberry salad

kale, butternut squash, cranberry salad

And of course, kabocha! I think I’ll have eaten 4 kabocha all by myself from last Saturday through this Friday.

6 more kabocha!

6 more kabocha!

more kabocha

more kabocha

WRITE

I enjoyed writing my Gratitude post last week. It made me think (hopefully it made you think too). I’d like to do more posts that aren’t necessarily running-related or linkups. Still working out ideas.

RUN

I’ve had a couple of good runs this week, surprising myself in this 3rd week post-Richmond. One was after a night where I was awake for hours with stomach pain, the other on a morning I was groggy and a little sore (from some melatonin taken to help me sleep and from the earlier runs in the week, respectively). I’m so happy with those runs – both my physical performance and my mental performance – though it always takes me “too long” to get started in the morning. (always something to work on!) I was buoyed by the goodness of my run for the rest of the day.

What are some of your recent favorite things?