Down but not out.

I’ve had to take the past week off of 5k training due to tendonitis in my left knee. What a bummer it’s been!

After reading up on tendonitis, treatments, and preventions, I now have a great regimen in place. I started my training again today and am running with a patella strap (which is a Godsend). I feel great and think the tendonitis flare up is minimal at this point (yay!) – so excited to be back in training mode.

Over the past week, I have been able to tell a huge difference in the way I feel – I’m more tired during the day and in a worse mood when I’m not exercising. It also makes me feel sort of guilty, though I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s because I know I’m not giving 100% to a task or maybe it’s because I’m not doing anything for my health by sitting at home constantly. Probably both. Either way, I’m glad I feel the need to exercise – it’s the lifestyle change I’ve been wanting for years!

I’ve signed up for my first 5k! It’s approximately a month and a half away and I think it’ll be so much fun! It’s a color run with flavored powder (a “flavor run”) and a few of my friends are running it too! Can’t wait for the big day. 😊



Training for #67.

67. Run a 5K.

Just completed day 1 of my 5K training and I feel great! For years I’ve been trying to convince myself to start running again but my stubborn self hates running so that was always a losing battle. Today, I finally won that battle. *and the crowd goes wild*

I bought the Couch to 5K app on my iPhone, which syncs to my (new!) Apple Watch – it makes training for a 5K so easy! It starts you out at where you are, not where you want to be. This helps prevent you from pushing yourself too hard too fast, and Lord knows I would do that to reach my end goal as quickly as possible. I want to train properly so that maybe I can fall in love with running and will continue to run for years to come. (Especially since I want to #68 Run a Half Marathon and #69 Run a Full Marathon.)

It’s the first (running) step to completing one of the goals I’ve longed to complete for many years.


My C25K app username is CassieSmartt, follow me and we’ll encourage each other!

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The start of the story.

I turned 28 four days ago. I’m 28 and tired of waiting for my story to start – I have been in a hypothetical waiting room my entire life and it has become rather boring. I need adventure. I need excitement. I need motivation. I need to step out of my comfort zone. I need to truly live a life of pushing my limits and having no regrets.

Cue The Bucket List.

I recently binge-watched a Netflix show called “No Tomorrow.” The premise it that this guy inspires this girl to make an “apocalyst” and encourages her to do the things she has always wanted to do as he believes the world will end by asteroid in roughly 8 months from their meet cute. She starts to experience life like she never has before, she takes chances, and she lives a life of no regrets. That’s what I want – I want to never have regrets. I rather enjoyed the show (hoping for a season 2 in the future!) and it has inspired me to create my own “apocalyst.”

I am hoping to document some of my forthcoming adventurous stories on this blog, not only for public enjoyment, but so that I can look back at all that I hope to accomplish in my life.

I’ll have the list here, of course, but also in a little black book that I’ll carry and edit daily. Here’s to hoping I run out of ink and pages.