Today’s Workout: More Biking

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Back to the under desk peddler today to burn off some calories during a webinar. I love how fast the workout time goes when I’m focused on work. Sometimes, especially in the last 5 minutes, a workout seems eternal.

One thing that annoys me is not getting my heart rate higher. I have the resistance at the highest setting and somehow, it’s not enough. My bike at home with the little desk on it has MUCH more resistance. My thighs feel like they got a workout but it’s way more intense than the bike at work.

But anything is better than just sitting and doing nothing.

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Today’s workout: Sleepy…

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I was going to run today but I slept VERY bad. When I’m so tired I can’t organize my thoughts, I don’t trust myself not to fall off the treadmill. I wasn’t about to skip a workout entirely and I need more weight training anyway. The kettlebell was a perfect quick workout before I went to bed early like an old lady.

Later on this week, I’m going to try and re-run yesterday’s failed start to week 8 of c25k because that pace time still bugs me!

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Today’s Workout: Week 8 Day 1

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I am aware that time is terrible but as other runners will know, sometimes your colon will decide to activate with a vengeance and since the room with the treadmill is right next to the bathroom, I had to pause and make a mad dash. It ruined my pacing and it sucks even more because I was on track to finish that long interval! I’m tempted to go back and try this day again because this is so damn frustrating. I know my goal with this isn’t speed, it’s endurance but that over 20 minute pace is galling to me. 

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Lenni Reviews: “Yakuza Lover” Vol. 1, by Nozomi Mino

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for mature readers.

Yuri wants a boyfriend but hasn’t met the right guy. While at a party, she meets the exact wrong type of guy and is rescued by Toshiomi Oya; an underboss for the yakuza. While the pair have an instant attraction, Yuri is scared of Oya’s dangerous life.

This isn’t my usual genre but I wanted to check it out because of the huge difference in our main leads. It is a typical fiery girl and tough guy with a heart with some semi explicit sex scenes. If you like insta-love and insta-lust in your manga, this will probably suffice but it was just a meh for me. There’s a power imbalance in the relationship that raises red flags for me but again, this isn’t my usual fare. 3 out of 5.

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It’s here!

The first part of “Dahlia” is all done and ready for purchase! Click here or the picture above. Here’s the quick blurb:

Dahlia has a peaceful life working for a recycling company and coming home to her loving wife. But when that peace is shattered, a new terrible world is opened up, a dark past is revealed, and a dangerous quest begins.

I’m super excited to put this one out there. I hope you enjoy it!

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Today’s Workout: Week 7 Day 3.

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I powered through and made it through the full 25 minute interval! It was close there for a minute and by the end of it I felt nauseous but I made it! 

The downside is now I have no excuse for not doing it again.

I put the speed at 3.5, which is where I’m most comfortable for these longer runs, and left it there for most of it. I only had to slow it down towards the end where I felt like I was cramping up. And yes, I remembered to do some stretching afterwards before hunching over my desk to write. And I bet my recovery will be all the better for it. Especially since I have to start week 8 tomorrow.

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Lenni Reviews: “Across the Tracks: Remembering Greenwood, Black Wall Street, and the Tulsa Race Massacre” by Alverne Ball, Stacey Robinson, Reynaldo Anderson & Collette Yellowrobe

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Starting from the founding of Greenwood by C. W. Gurley, this graphic novel tells the history of Black Wall Street as more than just the place where the Tulsa Race Massacre occurred.

I liked that the focus in this graphic novel isn’t just how Greenwood was destroyed. Normally all people talk about is how great it was but only detail how it was destroyed; not the professionals and business people who lived and thrived there. This is a great resource to learn more about this time in history; especially for young adults. 4.7 out of 5.

 

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Lenni Reviews: “Sensor” by Junji Ito

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Kyoko Byakuya comes across a strange village almost as if it was calling to her. The Kiyokami village is covered in what they call heavenly hair or Amagami; which seems to have mystical properties. Made from volcanic glass, these hairs allow the villagers a type of cosmic sight but also herald dark and terrible events.

This was… Strange. Usually, I’m on board with Ito’s signature weirdness – which this is chock full of – but something about this story feels unfocused and incomplete. This is one of the first offerings from this author that I will say I would pass on it if you’re not a huge fan of the creator. It’s ok but nowhere near other Ito works I’ve read. 3 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: Week 7, Day 2 of C25K

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I’m still having trouble getting through these 20+ minute intervals! I know I’m not running as often as I was a year ago but it’s still frustrating to know that I could do more than one 20+ minute interval back then. It’s my own damn fault for not keeping up that same energy for this whole time. There’s nothing to do but keep training and get my stamina back to where it was so I can restart C210K. Then I’ll work on just running faster or maybe even braving outdoor running again. 

Hopefully I don’t have to deal with assholes laughing at me this time around.

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