The Ultimate Coffee Date (Feb 2017)

Is it February already? The number guys say that amongst people who make new year resolutions, only 58.4% make it past one month (Source). Let’s say, I might be one among the 41.6% – if not completely, at least partly. Blogging – writing everyday and posting at least once a week, SO did not happen! Turns out my previous post was the January edition of the ultimate coffee date. Yes my readers, that was the plan….to give you all good continuity (*wink wink).

Join me in my second ever coffee date with Coco and Deb and some
awesome bloggers and get to know what everyone’s up to!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…
I am a Nuunbassador! That’s the highlight and an amazing kick start to the year 2017. I
t feels overwhelmingly humbling to be a teeny tiny part of the Nuun Universe or Nuuniverse (#NuunJargon), amongst so many fantastic athletes!! I feel like a tiny drop in this vast ocean (pun totally intended). If you still don’t know what is Nuun (pronounced like moon with an ‘n’. Oh wait! That’s like the word ‘noon’), head out to their website and check out their amazing products. I know I am using them (extensively) for my first half-marathon training – during my long runs, tempo runs, good runs, bad runs and non-run days to hydrate myself and keep my electrolyte balance in check. Basically, to not pass out at work. Haha! My favorites are hands down Lemony Lime and Blueberry Pomegranate. And yes, if you have to know, I already used abused my ambassador discount. (*wink)

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(Did I also mention that Team Nuun is the first one I am a part of) 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…
Speaking of half-marathon training, I had my first double digit run of this lifetime! 10 miles! Still feels surreal. It definitely bolstered my conviction that ‘I can do it’. It may seem hard. Life may be busy all the time because of training. But, at the end of the day, I know it’s all going to be worth it for that one moment of triumph of my own belief over my fears. It’s pretty intimidating for a total newbie runner like me. So, accepting only positive vibes and any good advice until then. I definitely couldn’t do it if I didn’t have the support of ‘Charm City Run‘. Now I know, why they were awarded the best in the business in 2016.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…
That work conference I was telling you about in Palm Springs, CA, went REALLY well. They had good scientific sessions and I definitely got to network with loads of Mass Spectrometric experts and geeks like me. My work was well appreciated, too well appreciated I would say. A $100 award in the poster contest – not too shabby for me. I am eyeing a good deep tissue massage this month. Did I already tell you that everything hurts during half marathon training including body areas I didn’t know existed? 

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…
Speaking of being tired all the time, my current mantra for anything in life right now couldn’t be better described than this pair of socks! Snagged this cutesy stuff in downtown Palm Springs (Nope, sadly didn’t get to meet the Obamas!). One day…one day!! A girl is allowed to dream right?

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…
I know I know….it’s been too much of half-marathon talk off late. It’s a disease (albeit a healthy one). But, something non-running related for now. I started piano lessons this week. I have always wanted to learn the piano! Especially after learning the harmonium for 6 long years, I knew that piano was my next musical call. In life, I’ve started to believe in and asking myself, ‘If not now, then when?‘ Definitely had a piano expert as friend who motivated me to get started on it. 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…
I am hoping that February turns out to be a good training month for me. The plan is simple, which is to stick to the plan and just run. When there is no motivation, look through Instagram posts of total strangers or watch Kelly‘s ‘BQ or Bust’ videos or just read through my favorite magnet (snagged at downtown Manhattan) and remind myself each day that ‘I Got This‘. 

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15 thoughts on “The Ultimate Coffee Date (Feb 2017)

  1. Farrah says:

    hahaha, I love that comic! ❤

    Congrats on becoming a nuun ambassador + great job on running a 10-miler! I'm glad your work conference went well and congrats on your poster contest! That's awesome! :]

    I love those socks. :]!

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    • pondernwonder says:

      Thank you! It still feels like an intimidating distance for me. One day, I hope to be someone who says that 10 mile is my favorite distance. Thanks for stopping by fellow Nuunbassador! 🙂

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  2. Coco says:

    Well, I’m glad you’ve kept up with our coffee dates! Congrats on your poster award – what field are you in? I’m a patent attorney with a B.S. in chemistry so I had to learn about mass spec in college. 😉

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    • pondernwonder says:

      Wow. That’s good to know! I did my MS in Biotech and joined my current position. I never even thought I would work with Mass Specs. But, see the turn like took 🙂

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  3. HoHo Runs says:

    Congratulations on your first 10 mile run. I predict you will have an awesome half marathon experience and be addicted! From a fellow pianist, I love you are taking piano lessons. I think I need those socks!

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    • pondernwonder says:

      Thanks! Hoping to tip toe to the finish line with a huge smile. I still alternate betweens days of excitement and days of nervousness! Those piano lessons are definitely keeping me sane. Haha. Wearing those socks right now after my long run on my couch 🙂

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    • pondernwonder says:

      Thanks! Indeed, it was an amazing feeling… but, not the 2 block walk home 😛 Hoping to tip toe to the finish line. I have still alternate betweens days of excitement and days of nervousness!

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