#confession : it took me awhile to catch on to the whole #hashtag thing.
I think hashtags originated on Twitter (?), but I could be wrong. I was very late to the Twitter thing and still do not do much on that platform. Other than sharing (most of) my Instagram posts, there may be a random "thinking out loud" observation, but that's where it ends. I barely have time to keep the blog posts coming, say nothing about scrolling through yet another social media maze of stuff.
But the hashtags? I have grown to love those babies. They're like mini explanations to my various posts...without any excess words (or punctuation). Kind of a time savor at the expense of complete sentences. I can honestly admit that I may be #overindulging in my free use of them, though.
Last year, I wrote a well-received post (appropriately titled, Me and My #hashtags) and used said hashtags to introduce myself to an audience of new fellow bloggers/followers. Well, there have been several hashtags that have gotten a lot of exposure this past week....
I live in Iowa, and am very well-acclimated to whatever weather Momma N throws at me. I'm used to cold winters, snow, ice, and windy days with sub-ZERO "feels-like" temps. But the month of January has been downright evil to us. Fortunately, we have not had much snow this winter (maybe a few inches at most, but that was back in December). But having these bitterly frigid temps without any snow to show for it ...well, that's cruel and unusual punishment.
Hallelujah! As I have eluded to (in numerous recent posts), it's my off-season (more details HERE)! I trained hard and ran a late-season marathon, then jumped right into a 40-day running streak. Even though I took the running streak easy, it still was non-stop action at a time when I was also trying to recover from an especially tough marathon. Am I sitting idle? (ha! not a chance!) Am I still running? Absolutely (just not high mileage, and certainly not everyday).
While doing my streak, one of the most utilized hashtags was #optoutside With the exception of one run (due to -30 temps), I did ALL my streak runs outside (remember, I live in Iowa and these runs happened in December...just saying). But, as mentioned, the weather has been especially polar vortex-like recently, and since I'm not "in training" for any specific event, I don't have to be uptight about how I go about #keepingfit and #stayingactive. There are many fitness-based things I can do in the comfort of my house...and I can still run inside on the 'mill (UGH) if I have to.....
Did you know I named my 'mill? She's lived with us for almost 16 years....so I finally gave her a name, and dedicated an entire blog post to her (I named her 'Milly). Her and I have been spending a lot of time together with it being my off-season and all. I have done a lot of power walking with her (on my non-running days, because #runnerscanwalktoo). And, there have been a few indoor miles run with her as well.
Did you know I'm an avid planker? I don't remember when it all began, but it's been going on for a few years, at least. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love my chai latte's...and every morning, I do a 2:30 forearm plank while my chai is heating. Back in November, I took on the challenge of trying to do 150 minutes of planking for the month...and that habit stuck. I don't do a lot of 5-minute planks,but it's easy to check-off 5 (cumulative) minutes of planking each day.
|Yes, you can plank on the 'mill. C'mon #plankwithme|
I'm linking up with the awesome gals Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0