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Today’s Run: They’re not all diamonds…

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Today didn’t feel very awesome but it still felt good to run and get those muscles working. And I’m getting closer to my first mile being under 15 minutes! ūüėÄ

The big news today is I lost another pound! I am at 215 now and, as usual, I completely forgot to have pen and paper on me when I stood on my fancy scale that takes my water and bone mass, and muscle, and all that jazz. Maybe next week but WOOHOO!! That’s five pounds down and twenty-five to go towards my goal.

I really do wonder what my little surprise was from Runner 8…

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Lenni Reviews: “Blood Borne” by Archer Kay Leah

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

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

Ress is cornered between two opposing factions while all he wants is a quiet life with his family. Arden is trapped by duty to the Shar-denn and the orders to hunt down Ress for betraying them yet Arden finds the growing feelings for Ress may outweigh the task.

Setting aside how fucking confusing the pronouns for a nonbinary/gender queer character (Arden) are without knowing them before you start this book and think they are typos, it is the characters that make this book. The writing makes them come alive but the rest? I sadly found it tiresome. Boring isn’t quite the word because I made it through the book without my mind fogging and my eyes glazing over but if what made the impact is the new pronouns making me feel like an out of touch old geezer, then something is missing. Not bad, took a chance with a character like Arden which needs to happen more, but ultimately a 3.5.

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Today’s Run: Cue the song…

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Today was one of those runs where even through the sweat and aching, you end it feeling invigorated and awesome!

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Other than my posture belt straps getting all messed up and me having to slow down to fiddle with them, I was on pace, my knees didn’t even so much as twinge, and I didn’t have a single cramp. Either I’m getting stronger or I have done something to please the running gods (are there running gods? If there aren’t, there should be).

Food again was kinda boring today. Toast for breakfast, salad for lunch, chicken wings for dinner. Maybe it was the pasta I had yesterday or the protein I ate 30 minutes before my run but today was a great day. ūüôā

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March Writing Update!

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Yes, I know it’s late in the month for an update but hey, you’ve seen my previous posts. I’ve been a busy witch.

Since I am out of complete stories I had previously unpublished, this month has been about finishing my works in progress. I am working on finishing the go away girls novel and another fantasy story that I’m not sure it will be a novel or an episodic series. I keep going back and forth on that.

At least one of these projects should be complete next month.

My strategy of writing all week and typing/editing on weekends has been fantastically effective. Not perfect but very effective. I never end up with a day where I get discouraged¬†with how much I typing I have to do. It feels like running through all I’ve accomplished during the week so I get a great sense of satisfaction.

As long as that keeps working, I’ll keep doing it!

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Today’s Workout: It hurts but…

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This workout means pain but it’s quickly becoming my favorite from the Atlas Shape selections so far. Aside for lunges, squats, jumping jacks, and Russian twist, there’s this thing called the Prone Hip Driver where you start in a plank position push your hips up as high as you can, then lower back into a plank. It is NOT easy. The first time I tried this I could only do 8 reps and now I can do 10!

And BOY do I ever feel it in my abs the next day.

Truth be told, my belly has always been an issue for me (gee, nobody has ever said that before) and I like the Hip Driver because it also works my arms to hold that plank. It’s important core work that needs doing if I’m going to run any faster.

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Today’s Run: Run to Ten

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I run intervals without a timer so I walk a minute, run to 9 minutes to the 10-minute mark, walk a minute, then run to 20 minutes. When I’m on the treadmill psyching myself up to keep going, I think “Run to ten, Lenni. Run to ten.” As in an interval of ten.

Today, I did it three times! In the past, I had to take a break at the 5-minute mark in the third ten but today I powered through! That fourth ten is still tough for now but all this work on my endurance is working! Even with having to take a break to shovel this week.

Hello, Spring? Paging Spring? Ostara happened so, where the heck are you?

Today is a great sign! I hope this means next month’s virtual race will set a new personal best for me!

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Lenni Reviews: “Moonstruck, Volume One: Magic to Brew” by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

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

I’ll let the book blub tackle the summary so I can get to gushing about this book:

“Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late.”

I love everything about this world and this book. I love all the different creatures, body types, and powers along with a cute Scooby Doo-esque mystery and some romance. The art is reminiscent of Tea Dragon Society; soft and flowing with bright colors and excellent line work. I dare say this is nearly perfect except for the ending. They solve the mystery then POOF! It’s over. I would have liked to see another chapter wrapping up as the characters process what happened. Aside from that, I adore this book. 4.9 out of 5.

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TODAY’S THE LAST DAY!!

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Today is the last day the third book in the First Brood trilogy will be on sale for $1.99! Grab it while you can because the price goes up after today! Follow the link here to get your copy of the ebook!

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Today’s Workout? Nope

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I didn’t run today, opting instead to take care of some toning work via the Atlas Shape. There’s a storm headed our way and being the kickass single mom that I am, I take care of all the shoveling myself. There is a limit to how much my back and arms will take and I don’t want to chance hurting myself and putting myself out of commission¬†for weeks or more.

But hey, shoveling is cardio!

The reason for an update today is some random food trickery I did for dinner.

Essentially, I had a bunch of food I didn’t want to go bad and threw it over some pasta. I sliced some garlic and radishes, tossed in some green cauliflower, served it with some olive oil over whole wheat pasta, then sprinkled prosciutto¬†on top. In the end, it was kinda bitter but still good!

I won’t lie, it was all an excuse to have some carbs. If I didn’t have some pasta, I would lose it.

I don’t feel ashamed of the day as I still stayed within my calorie goal and focused on building some muscle; kinda need those to run later. As for tomorrow, we will have to see how much snow I have to move and how much it hurts before I promise myself I’ll do any running.

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Today’s Run: Channeling Grunkle Stan

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Today’s run made me feel old.

I dunno what the fudge was goin’ on but my right knee was pissed off! I finished the mission but I’m not gonna pretend I didn’t have extra walk breaks this time.

Overall, the rest of my body felt completely fine. My back doesn’t hurt, my muscles aren’t cramping, it’s just that damn knee.

Also, I skipped the sweaty selfie because I jumped right in the shower to get into writing mode and no food because I pretty much ate the same thing I usually eat; salad, meat, cheese, etc… Kinda boring but a reliable go to for my meals.

Tomorrow’s run will be shorter to spare my knees (unless they feel better). I will have to mine the cupboards to see what I can make that’s more interesting than just a salad.

Even though I like salad…

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