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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 …

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, …

Marathon Monday: Blue Moon 10K

After my last half-marathon, I was itching for another race. I went to the runMichigan website to see what will be coming up in March/April. I got super distracted by all of the virtual run medals, then that’s when I saw it. In two days (aka January 31st), there was a Blue Moon 10K in honor of the Super Blood Blue Moon. The race would occur in a town only 40 minutes from my house, with a plowed and salted bike path, in the brightness of the moon. I do not know how many of you are little moon children like I am. I 100% believe in cosmic anomalies. Any time there is a Blood Moon or a Super Moon, I turn into a complete insomniac manic, thriving on 3 hours a sleep a day. Normally, I go to bed at 8:30pm and sleep for 10 hours. The idea of running a 10k in the middle of the Super Blood Blue Moon seemed like an excellent way to get my work-out in, as well as runoff …

Review: The Alice Network

The Stats Title: The Alice Network Author: Kate Quin Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 6, 2017) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Suicidal Ideation The Review In 1947, Charlie St. Cloud’s mother brings her to Europe for a “Swiss Vacation.” Charlie, however, has something else in mind. Haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her French cousin, Rose, during WWII, Charlies sets off to determine if Rose is still alive. With only two pieces of information – the name of a bureau clerk, Evelyn Gardiner, and the name of a restaurant in Limoges owned by a Monsieur Rene, Le Lethe – Charlie finds Ms. Gardiner. 50 years of age and a drunkard, Eve is nothing how Charlie expected. When Charlie informs Eve about Le Lethe, Eve is thrown for a loop. During the Great War, in 1915, Eve worked at Monsieur René Bourdelin’s Le Lethe, in Lille… as an undercover spy. The trio, Charlie, Eve, and Eve’s driver Finn Kilgore, a Scotsman with a criminal record, embark on wild goose chase across the French countryside …

Must-Read Book: February

The Stats Title: Freshwater Author: Akwaeke Emezi Publisher: Grove Press (February 13, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Fiction, African Fiction Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Self Harm, Suicidal ideation I pre-ordered this novel on Amazon and, by some magic, ended up getting an early copy. All opinions are my own. The Synopsis The Ada, the protagonist, was prayed into existence by her parents. However, her birth was not what they were hoping for. A troubled child, The Ada was prone to violent fits. As it turned out, The Ada was born with a connection to “the other side”, causing multiple selves to develop inside her. When she moves to the United States for university, and experiences a life-shattering event, her “selves” create a distant identity as a means to “protect her”. Now more powerful than they had been growing up, The Ada begins to lose sight of who she was in Nigeria. It isn’t long until Ada’s life begins to spiral out of control. Why this should be the one book you read in February? Akwaeke Emezi’s debut …