Author: Shelby | By Air and Land

Marathon Monday: Milky Way 26K

Going into the 4th month of my #12monthsof13.1 challenge, I decided to go with the Martian Invasion of Races Half Marathon. However, based on my marathon training plan, I needed to get an 18 mile run in that weekend. Thus, I took a leap and signed up for the Milky Way 26K. Running the Milky Way 26K meant that I would run in the 5K race, then, when I cross the finish line for the 5K, I instantly get back the starting corral and run a half marathon. I never completed a racing challenge before, so I was anxious about what to expect. It is one thing to run 16 miles training, but I had no idea how to pace for a half marathon after running a 5K. Would I be tired? Would I even be able to finish? It would be an experience that is for sure. Since the race ended up being after my big move, I ended up using one of my Marriott vouchers to stay for free at the Dearborn Inn. G …

Marathon Monday: Muddog Half

The third installation of the Winter Warrior Series was on the 11th of March. For the first time, I managed to convince G to drive up and watch the race with me so I was overly excited. It was nice having the first two as a “mini-getaway” for me; but since I turned 24 on the 9th, I told him all I wanted for my birthday was him to see one of my half marathons. Thus, hungover and tired from the celebration the night before, we began our journey up to CMU Saturday evening. We arrived at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar right at the end of packet pickup. G waited in the car while I ran in to grab everything I needed. This time, for the final race of the series, we received rather nice Jerzee sweatshirt along with our Muddog pint glass. I was happy the sweatshirt ended up being nicer than I expected as well! Anyone from Michigan knows that once March comes along, it could be 25 and snowing at 6am but by …

Review: The Philosopher’s Flight

The Stats Title: The Philosopher’s Flight Author: Tom Miller Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 13, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Feminist Literature Trigger Warnings: Sexism, Sexual Language I received this The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller as a part of my Book of the Month club for February. The Review Robert Weekes always dreamed of joining the US Sigilery Corps’ Rescue and Evacuation Department. The only problem is, he would be the first male to ever attempt the feat. Determined to master empirical philosophy, a female-dominated branch of science, Weekes heads off to the all-girls Radcliffe college in Boston. When Robert arrives he learns he isn’t the only male at the school, but the only one with any raw ability for philosophy. With the help of his friends, Weekes battles sexist stereotypes to survive his Contingency year and to prove that he is worthy of (literally) flying with the best of the sigilwomen. With the Great War ramping up, the only thing that could potentially get in Robert’s way is the Trenchers, an extremist anti-philosophical group …

Review: Little Fires Everywhere

The Stats Title: Little Fires Everywhere Author: Celeste Ng Publisher: Penguin Press; 1st Edition edition (September 12, 2017) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Fiction, Family Life Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Privilege The Review Shaker Heights, Ohio is known for being perfectly planned and progressively liberal. Elena Richardson, a third generation Shaker, has spent her entire life embodying the spirit of Shaker Heights. Working mother of four married her college sweetheart, Elena life is as planned as the town.  That is until artist Mia Warren, and her daughter Pearl moved into the subsidized rental property for those Elena deemed “worthy” of Shaker’s gifts. When Pearl befriends Elena’s children, Elena decides to extend an olive branch out to Mia by offering her the job as their housekeeper. It is not long though before Elena’s childhood best friend ends up in a nasty custody battle over the Chinese American baby they adopted. Elena suspects Mia had something do with it embarks on uncovering the mystery revolving her tenant’s past. Boy has this past month been insane! Moving has been super …

Bloggers Note: Personal Update

Hello Fellow Bloggers! As you may have noticed, I have not been as active as I normally am these last couple of weeks (posting every four days instead of every-other-day). Now that it has been announced to my team, I can finally fill you in. When I was hired into my full-time position, it was always the plan that I would be hired on temporarily, then transferred to one of our other locations. What started as a six-month position, slowly turned into a year. Eventually, I received my own program to work on, and a promotion, and thought maybe this job would become more permanent. I began looking for my own place to live in the area. Since I didn’t know when I was going to have to move, I had been living out of suitcase between my parent’s house and my partner G’s house. This took a major toll on me mentally, since instead of feeling at “home” I felt as if I was trapped in a never-ending stay at the hotel. However, when I informed my …

Marathon Monday: Icecube Half

The second installation of the Winter Warrior Series was on the 18th of February. I was looking forward to it as the weekend before I completely slacked off of my training. Most of this had to do with the fact that I was supposed to go on vacation to San Antonio; but instead, Michigan ended up with 14inches of snow and I was able to cancel my flight since I couldn’t even drive safely to the airport (I was able to get a full refund #ThankYouDelta). Now that the snow was almost completely melted, it appeared to be another great weekend for a half marathon. Once again, the forecast was calling for 40 degree and sunny weather. I do not know how we got so lucky to have two amazing weather days in January/February but I was not complaining. This time, I was driving up to CMU with one goal in mind, to finally get a new PR. As we ran on the same course as last time, I knew where the water stations were and …

Review: Dark Matter

The Stats Title: Dark Matter Author: Blake Crouch Publisher: Crown; 1St Edition edition (July 26, 2016) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Science Fiction, Technothriller, Suspense, Horror, Romance Trigger Warnings: Multiverse Theories I bought Dark Matter as a part of my January Book of the Month club box. All opinions are my own. The Review A typical family night in the Dessen’s brownstone involved making dinner and enjoying each other’s company. This time, while on his way back from picking up ice cream, Jason Dessen is abducted and drugged by a masked figure. When Jason wakes up, he is not in his world. He is no longer a college physics professor. He no longer has a wife or child. His brownstone is still his home, but none of the furnishings -down to the location of the electrical outlets- are the same. Instead, he is “friends” with a man he never met, who has been funding his “research” for the past eleven years. Jason cannot tell if this is an elaborate prank or just a dream. While he battles with his sanity, …