I have been going with a red lip more than usual in 2020, and yesterday I got a compliment about my lipstick. 99% of the time I go make-up free except for lip color, so in this area I exercise great discernment (read: I will spend). Finding the perfect red had been particularly challenging…until I went to Bite Lip Lab. I have posted about it before, but it’s been only in the past year or so that they opened a Larchmont Village location, so now it’s accessible to all my LA friends.
My strategy in this six week accelerated training cycle is to ramp up mileage for three weeks and then focus on speed for three weeks. That will give me the week of the race to rest, and then we go! Do not try this at home, kids. I am honestly just winging it. Here’s the summary of the last two weeks of Operation Hurry Up and Get the Mileage Up!
It’s not too late to give one more final List, is it? We’re only two days into 2020, so here you go. I’ll say this: I have an eclectic list. Here we go then. The Decade of Books.
This past weekend I took my buddy and board member out to lunch to thank him for helping me with the scholarship selection process. Thanks to social media, I’ve been able to connect with some awesome people who I would not normally be in spaces with – and Wells is one of them.
I was listening to a podcast yesterday, and Chadwick Boseman’s name came up, and I thought about how he had my favorite/most memorable outfit (guy edition) of the decade. It was not technically a suit but a Versace jacket ensemble that he wore for his opening monologue on SNL. His stylist is a young woman named Ashley Weston, and I love her choices for him. He is always interesting.
Do not try this at home. I broke one of the major rules of training for a race and jacked up my miles too much. An ideal training cycle would have me increasing my weekly mileage at a reasonable pace — no more than 10% a week. But my pedestrian math calculations made me realize I have six weeks to get into shape for the Surf City Half Marathon. Not a big deal if I had been maintaining some running fitness, but I had basically taken three out of the last four weeks off from running. Basically, I am panicking. Ha. Anyway, here’s how the week went.
When it came to education, I was born into a good situation: I had excellent role models and funding. This is a photo of my family, a bit daunting to live up to (my parents are on the far right). Anyway, I have been wanting to pay it forward, and since I don’t have my own kids, I decided this year to put a little to the side and create a nonprofit for the singular purpose of granting scholarships to five high school students from Title 1 schools. The scholarship name is the Second Chances Scholarship — because you know I love a redemption story — and is specifically geared to young people who have experienced hardship and then demonstrated resilience in changing course. I have read essays from kids who have come back from the consequences of their own poor choices, being bullied, trying to commit suicide, and major health scares. I am humbled. I don’t know how we’re going to decide the awardees, but luckily I have a board of awesome people to help me out with that. I am excited to do this and grateful to be in a position to do so.
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