Couch to 5K – Week 3

I can put a big old check mark in front of Couch to 5K – Week 3 on my to do list, because as of tonight it is done!

Each of the three workout days in week three entailed a brisk five minute warm up walk, then two repetitions of the following:  Jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, jog for three minutes, and then walk for three minutes.  Then to finish up, the program required a five minute cool-down walk.  It wasn’t the worst, but three minutes is definitely a step up from 90 seconds.

I’d appreciate any tips on breathing from you runners out there because apparently I get winded pretty easily.  Seriously, I can’t seem to control my ragged, hard breathing and it’s only a couple of three minute runs at this point.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a view from one of the hikes the hubby and I took in Newport State Park, WI.


Couch to 5K – Week 2

About 45 minutes ago I completed week two of the Couch to 5K program.  This week involved adding 30 seconds to each run, over those in week one, but I only had to run six times rather than eight.  Overall, it seemed like a fair trade-off. Due to the heat this week, I chose to complete the program in the morning rather than after work in the evening.  It was probably a good choice but now my typical morning work isn’t getting done…

Anyhow, the important part is I completed the program for week two and didn’t die, and I’m gearing up for week three.


This is a view from a little hike the hubby and I took in Yosemite.

A Face in the Crowd – New Release by Christina Kirby

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Alexis Hightower considers trust a four letter word, and she has no intention of getting serious with anyone. After all, her day job as a nurse is plenty serious enough. On one of her nights off, she attends a concert for her favorite band and ends up on stage. She never expected to meet the legendary singer in person or that he would be the one to make her question her way of life. But how do you learn to trust again when the one you want is desired by thousands?

Oliver Honeycutt has it all, success, fame, admirers, but when his family is faced with the unthinkable, none of it matters. Stranded in Atlanta, he meets Alexis who’s unlike any woman he’s known before. As his attraction grows, plans for the future change which leaves someone desperate to keep them apart. But Oliver won’t be easily discouraged. To have a future with Alexis he’ll do whatever it takes to make her see the man behind the image.

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Oliver made his way back to the mike and shouted, “Do you want some more, Atlanta?”

Lexie’s scream mixed with the other fan’s and echoed throughout the room as Oliver sang the band’s first number one. As he moved from one side of the stage to the other, Lexie danced, arms over her head, as she let go. In the chaos of the noise, the heat of the bodies moving as one, and the music, she didn’t have to think or feel. She could just be.

A hand reached out for her and Simone hit her arm, mouth open in shock. Lexie blinked once and raised her eyes to meet those of Oliver. Up close, he was even better looking than in the magazines. Her heart stopped or maybe it leaped from her chest. She wasn’t sure. As if controlled by a stranger she reached for his hand and allowed him, with the help of two security guards, to pull her up onto the stage.

With her stomach in her throat, she stood awkwardly while Oliver sang to her. This wasn’t happening. It couldn’t be. Survival never pulled people up onto the stage. At least, they never had. But, there he was, positioned behind her, with his stomach pressed to her back. The heat of his skin and hers, melded together, so hot she feared their clothes would ignite.

Her eyes found Simone’s, who peeked out from behind her cell phone where she was recording what promised to be the best moment of Lexie’s life.

She dared a glance over her shoulder and feared she would faint when Oliver offered her a grin from behind the mike. Dear God he was hot. He pressed into her closer and placed a hand on her hip. Red, hot heat surged into her face. The move was definitely one she wouldn’t want her dad to see, but she was glad it was happening. As the song wound down, Oliver moved to stand beside her. Over his shoulder she saw his brother, Bailey, wailing on his blue Fender. The entire experience was surreal. His brother looked up and smiled, but something was wrong with his face.

She narrowed her eyes to get a better look, sure the lights were playing tricks on her. At the same time, he swiped a hand over his face and when he pulled it away, blood was smeared across his upper lip. He went back to playing, but his nose continued to bleed.

Her gaze refocused on Oliver. “Your brother,” she tried to explain over the music.

When he didn’t register what she was trying to say, she pointed.

Oliver’s head whipped around. For a brief moment, his eyes widened and then, as quickly as she’d seen it, the look was gone. Oliver finished the song and led her back to the edge of the stage where she was lowered back into the crowd. When she looked up, he met her gaze. The moment was brief, but she felt it. A moment of recognition between them. One that said he was sad it had to end. She wanted to reach for him, but she couldn’t. Instead, she stood frozen as fans around her pushed in and slapped her on the back. Oliver waved to his admirers and rushed off toward his brother.

Bio –

Christina Kirby holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She worked in banking for four and a half years before deciding to become a stay at home mom to her two sons. Moving every couple of years because of her husband’s job, Christina has had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and live in many different states, and fortunately writing is something she can take with her no matter where she lives. Christina is an avid reader of romance, young adult and anything having to do with pop culture. She also knows a copy of Entertainment Weekly and a chocolate chip cookie can cure anything.

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Other Books by Christina:

The Warm Springs Trilogy: Safe at Home, Running Home, and Protecting Home Novella – Frozen in Time – part of A Winter Romance Anthology A Face in the Crowd


Couch to 5K – Day Three

Day three entailed the same regiment as day one and day two. The nice thing about day three was the temperature.  The first two days I completed the program the temperature was in the mid to upper 80’s and it was humid.  Yesterday, during the workout, the temperature was in the mid 70’s.  I much prefer working out in the cooler temperature.  Also, during the day three workout, I chose a different route.  The new route had some little hills and shaded areas.  Yay, for the shade!  And well, the hills weren’t the worst but running down hill is much better than up hill:)  At any rate, the day three workout was better than either of the first two days.

Here’s a picture of the hubby and I on the top of Stone Mountain in Georgia.



UPDATE – Couch to 5K – Day two!

So, day two of the program was the exact same regiment as day one, and pretty much turned out the same way – NOT GOOD.  I did it, but again, I’m so not a runner.  The day one and two running part of the program consisted of eight one minute runs.  That doesn’t sound difficult when I say it but it is.  Oh well, I get a day to recuperate and then I’ll be back at it for day three.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Note to self – It isn’t wise to do the 30 minute program right after dinner.  However, in my defense, it was the only timeslot I had today in which to do it.

Hiking is so much easier.  Here’s a photo of one of my hiking destinations in Glacier National Park.  If memory serves me this was only a six mile loop-short hike.


Today’s the Day…Couch to 5K!

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know I rarely talk about my day job.  Well, today we’re going there-in a small way anyhow.  In an effort to improve the overall health of our employees, we implemented a Wellness Program.  Though we tried this several years ago it didn’t stick.  Since then we’ve regrouped and are giving it another shot.  Somehow I wound up on the Wellness Committee and am now in charge of leading the charge in the Couch to 5K program.  Though I can hike and climb little mountains with the best of them, running is not my thing.  I don’t like to run nor am I built to run.  I don’t have long legs and I’ve never been light on my feet.  As some of you have seen in my photos, I’ve more the build of a shot putter.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Since I’m on the Wellness Committee and leading the charge on the Couch to 5K, I’ve decided to stop whining about this and get on board.  You know, lead by example, so I loaded a Couch to 5K app on my phone today and gave it a whirl.  It was NOT good.  Especially since my runner husband was with me.  Next time he can stay home.  And yes, you’ve read correctly, there will be a next time.  I’m gearing up for round two on Tuesday.

Here’s proof that I’m not a total Couch Potato:

This photo was taken on top of Mount Roberts in Juneau Alaska.


This photo was taken on Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine.

Arcadia Park 5.3

Have any of you done a Couch to 5K program?  Did it work?  Are you still running?  Any advice?


Release Day! Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea: 11 Beaches – Anything Can Happen!

I’m so excited to announce that today is release day for Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea!  Eleven authors have come together to create this romance anthology of 11 beach stories.  It has been my privilege to work with these wonderful ladies.

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Here’s where you can nab your $.99 copy:


Barnes & Noble


Collection Blurb:

A summer breeze, sandy shore, and sparkling waters. Is it the perfect setting for love or something more dangerous? First loves, second chances, mystery, and intrigue, even murder. Drift away with this collection of stories about Sun, Sand and Sea to 11 beaches…where anything can happen.

Story Blurbs:

Whispers in the Wind by Angel Sefer

Blackmailed by a ruthless mastermind, Emily Stone finds herself on the Greek island of Alonnisos, impersonating the golden heiress of a luxury beach resort. Seductive Captain Andreas Aliveris is torn between his irresistible attraction to the stunning imposter and his need to protect a loved one. Can passion overcome suspicions and regrets in this game of danger, betrayal, and greed?

Amanda’s Revenge by Julie Sarff

One Hollywood heartthrob, one happily married woman and one very vindictive ex. Amanda is back looking like Winged Victory in a business suit, and Lily Bilbury is the only one who can stop her from ruining her husband’s career.

Beach Baby Blues by Stephany Tulis

In the midst of the sublime, an unexpected malady infiltrates the LaMagnifique cruise ship and bride to be, Honor Mattison’s, bachelorette party.

Will older sister Shelby’s promise that what happens on the ship stays on the ship hold true or are some secrets just too dangerous to keep?

Judith Lucci

Kat had been counting the days until her beach reunion in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her college friends from New Orleans. It would be the first time she’d seen major heart-throb Liam Cross since Christmas. She dreamed of a diamond engagement ring as she tucked her new bikini into her suitcase. Little did she know that in a few hours her life would change forever. Fire and Ice, Love and Murder. The Ocean can be Deadly.

Love Notes in the Key of Sea by Anna Celeste Burke

Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler have a second chance at love if Georgie can let go of her past. A new mystery brought them together, will an old one drive them apart?

Pandemonium on the Peninsula by Valerie Clarizio

Talia Johnson is living her dream in Door County, WI. But, being a Park Ranger comes with sacrifices.

Deputy Ryan Larson loves his job but worries about the attraction he feels for the surly Talia Johnson.

When pandemonium breaks out, Talia’s life becomes endangered. Ryan races to help her. Will her stubbornness prevent Ryan from saving her?

Copper Moon – The Meeting by PJ Fiala

Looking for solitude and the perfect sunrise is all that’s on Brie’s mind, until she stumbles into Hank James, that is. Winning the Copper Moon Cup is all that Hank has ever wanted, this year is his last year to get it right. Will bumping into Brie ruin his chance?

Love on the Rocks by P.J. MacLayne

Carena Galloway has big city ambitions and a broken heart, and men have no place in her agenda. Aiden Wade is only in town to help his grandmother and his schedule doesn’t include the local ladies.

But Fate, it seemed, had other plans.

The Art of Getting Away by Nicole Sorrell

When her SUV leaves her stranded, Carlos helps get it running again, then can’t stop thinking about the sassy girl with the blue-green eyes. After discovering she’s in the cross hairs of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gang in the Midwest, Carlos is in way over his head when he tries to help her get away.

After the Storm by Kinsey Corwin

Charlene “Charlie” McCann isn’t looking to repeat her mistakes and all Beck Holland wants is to tear down the walls she’s built. Can they survive what comes after the storm?

Dead End Beach

The last beach at the end of the road and the last party of the summer. Some people are leaving when the embers die. He wants to stay. Will she welcome him into her life?