Welcome to Raspberries and Running Shoes! I am Cindy, a twenty-something living in Manhattan, Kansas. Here you can read about goal setting, technology, and life in general.

Friday Social


If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I participated in the BUILD retreat this weekend.  I feel like it finally kicked me out of my funk.  I have lots of ideas on how to improve my website and I’m excited to get going.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.  It’s cooling off and my runs have been much better since.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I had my first Power Hour with Kaylee yesterday!  I am doing some internship work for her and in return I get to do 12 weeks of coaching with her.  Yesterday we talked about my ecourse I want to create and steps to make it happen.  I’m super excited to see where it goes from here.

Enjoy your long weekend!



Just Do It.

Just Do It.

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling to get things done the last few weeks.  I felt like I didn’t have the time or the energy or an attention span to get anything done, so I did the bare minimum.

I really do believe we make time for the things we want to do.  If you want to create a blog, you put the time in creating content.  If you want to develop a running habit, you get up and you do it.

However, I feel like lately I have been way over estimating the time it would take to do the things I feel like I need to do.  I haven’t taken the time to sit down and create that ebook I’ve been talking about for months because I think it’ll take a long time.  I’m not ready.

Rather than think how long a complete project will take, I need to dedicate 15 minutes a day to it.  Or 5.  Or 30.  Whatever feels comfortable at that time.  I don’t have to commit to an entire Saturday of working on that one thing, just as long as I’m making forward progress.

Just do it.  Don’t worry about how long it’ll take or how much you’d rather be doing whatever else.  Just sit down and do it.  I promise, it’ll take much less time than you thought it would.

Running Week 7


This week was HOT.  Hot, hot, hot.

One day this week I put my run off until the afternoon and realized when I got up for work that would be something I’d regret.  I waited all afternoon asking Siri the temperature every thirty minutes or so.  Once I asked her when it would be cool enough to run and she told me it won’t.  I went when it dipped down around 97* and it was pretty miserable.

This was definitely a week of celebrating finishing my runs.  My legs felt heavy and I didn’t do a very good job staying hydrated this week.  Every run felt like a small victory.

Every time that a run came up, I started moving my legs before I could talk myself out of it.  When I felt like stopping, I pushed myself to the next tree and usually I felt better by then and kept going.

4 weeks left!



Friday Social


If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am 4 weeks away from the Color Run!  I am nervous that I might not be ready to run the whole thing, but I am going to try my hardest and have a blast.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you it has been outrageously hot outside.  I’ve been putting off my runs for the afternoon and it’s been miserable.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I’m super excited for the BUILD retreat this weekend.  I have a list of things I want to work on my website, and I’m excited for some dedicated time to work on it.  There’s still time to join us if you want to sign up!


Favorite App: Pocket

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Pocket was one of those apps I never really felt like I had a need for.  I had Evernote, and I was reading everything through there.  Then they changed the way you opened links and made it 85948958 times more difficult to use.

I thought I could just run everything through Feedly, but I still wanted to be able to save certain articles into Evernote.

Enter: Pocket.

I use Feedly to subscribe to all of my RSS feeds.  I will go through Feedly a few times a week, read the easy posts right there and save the posts that I’d like to take some time reading later.

Pocket cleans up your saved articles and makes them easy to read.

After I read through them in Pocket, I send any articles I want to archive into Evernote.  It’s complicated, but right now it works.

Do you use Pocket?

Running: Week 6



This week I finally started to feel like running is getting easier.  My roadblocks feel much less physical and are more about procrastination.

I don’t feel like I struggle to breathe while I’m running.  While tired, my legs aren’t screaming at me anymore.  We bumped my run time up significantly this week and I still felt like I could keep going.

Monday I ran for 22 minutes running one side walking one side of the block.  It adds up to about run one minute walk one minute.

Tuesday was a 25 minute walk where I ran on two of the laps.

Wednesday we bumped my time up to 25 minutes because I felt like I was already doing this much, with the expectation that I would run 30 minutes on Friday.

Thursday was a rest day.

Friday  the weather was pretty terrible.  I took the evening off to watch movies on the couch.

Saturday I made up my Friday run by running one side, walking one side for 30 minutes.  I felt AWESOME.  I only stopped short when I heard a dog barking and I wasn’t sure where he was.  I finished strong with one more lap than I expected to and didn’t feel like I was dying at the end.  It was definitely a win.

This week we’re going to change things up a little bit.  I was running the slightly shorter, flatter sides of the block and walking the longer slanted ones.  This week I’m going to switch.  I’m also going to try to bump my distance up a little bit within the 25 minutes I’m running.

I’m excited to get started.


Friday Social




If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am SO excited for the Build Retreat next weekend!  Remember you need to sign up for the BUILD course in order to attend.  If you use my link I get a small portion of your membership fees.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you it’s Liam’s birthday this weekend!  He is turning two on Sunday.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I have some big plans for this weekend.  I’m excited to see what all I can get done.

Happy weekend!

Mantra: I will Not Get Upset Over Anything that I Don’t Have Control Over


I am an anxious person.  It seems like every few months I latch onto something and have trouble focusing on anything else.

About a year ago, I discovered mantras.  I love the idea of phrases I can focus on and clear my mind.

This week’s was I will not get upset over anything I have no control over.

Any time I was about to lose my temper, I would repeat it to myself.

Any time I started to feel anxious or obsessive, I would say it out loud.

Do you use mantras?

Running Week 5



This was my first week on an updated plan and it felt like it went MUCH better.

Monday Tony had me run 20 minutes, alternating running every other side of the block.

Tuesday was a 25 minute walk.  I still ran every other side of two laps, but the rest was a walk.

Wednesday was a super busy day at work.  I hit my fuel before I even got home. I still did another run like Monday’s.  I was super sore and worn out at the end

Thursday was a rest day.

Friday was another run, bumped up to 22 minutes.

Saturday and Sunday were cross training days.

I’m excited to see what this week brings!

I’m excited to see what this week brings!

Friday Social



If we were having coffee today, I would tell you this week kicked my butt.  I legitimately thought when I was writing my post on Wednesday, that it didn’t have to go up until the next day.  Then I realized I was a day later than I thought.  I am very excited for the weekend to get here.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you running went much better this week.  Much, much better.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you we went wine shopping tonight.  It’s a good thing Tony buys wine for us because I would only buy them based on the pretty labels.  I got some Cupcake Moscato.  By far my favorite wine I’ve had.

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

Why You Need a Weekly Catch Up Day

How I Started Writing for Other Websites

What Mani/Pedis Taught me about my Business

How to be Prepared for Anything