1. My next half-marathon is in less than 2 weeks! To celebrate, I caught a cold complete with fever that knocked me over at about 8pm last night. (Oh, so that’s why yesterday’s run was at turtle pace.) I revived enough to make it to the office today but I have no appetite, which is just sad. 
Anyway, I would rather dwell on the time where I was running and not blowing my nose continuously. My last long run for this race was this weekend when I ran 11 miles. I did something new-to-me and did my long run Friday night when I got home from work. I realize this probably pulls me over the line from “person who likes to run once in a while” to “what, are you nuts?” but consider the benefits and drawbacks:
PROS to this approach: Getting it out of the way right away means that no one can mess with your plans later in the weekend (I knew we were having guests in town and would be touristing it up Saturday and Sunday). The running paths were less crowded because not as many people run after work on Fridays. I was less nervous because I kept telling myself “Hey, let’s just get in those miles.” And when I finished, I more or less showered, ate all the pizza I wanted and then went to bed. 
CONS to this approach: Being at work all day maybe isn’t the best preparation for running this much, and I should have eaten more earlier in the day to prepare. I was both sore and starving all day Saturday and a little bit into Sunday. And (gross insect alert) I ran through a lot of gnats as it got darker and found some dead ones in my sports bra after. Running is so glamorous!!!!! 
Overall, I’m glad I got it done when I did and might consider Friday-night running more often if it’s the best time to do it. It does cater to my hermit tendencies to be “forced to” be away from phone and email and not have to talk to anybody. Like a “CLOSED” sign for my whole face. 
I’ve been holding my breath a little this whole time, trying to make sure I wouldn’t be injured and would be able to go in strong. It’s going to be a real party. (What a nutjob.)
Just-perfect graphic from Love Laugh Run

    My next half-marathon is in less than 2 weeks! To celebrate, I caught a cold complete with fever that knocked me over at about 8pm last night. (Oh, so that’s why yesterday’s run was at turtle pace.) I revived enough to make it to the office today but I have no appetite, which is just sad. 

    Anyway, I would rather dwell on the time where I was running and not blowing my nose continuously. My last long run for this race was this weekend when I ran 11 miles. I did something new-to-me and did my long run Friday night when I got home from work. I realize this probably pulls me over the line from “person who likes to run once in a while” to “what, are you nuts?” but consider the benefits and drawbacks:

    • PROS to this approach: Getting it out of the way right away means that no one can mess with your plans later in the weekend (I knew we were having guests in town and would be touristing it up Saturday and Sunday). The running paths were less crowded because not as many people run after work on Fridays. I was less nervous because I kept telling myself “Hey, let’s just get in those miles.” And when I finished, I more or less showered, ate all the pizza I wanted and then went to bed. 
    • CONS to this approach: Being at work all day maybe isn’t the best preparation for running this much, and I should have eaten more earlier in the day to prepare. I was both sore and starving all day Saturday and a little bit into Sunday. And (gross insect alert) I ran through a lot of gnats as it got darker and found some dead ones in my sports bra after. Running is so glamorous!!!!! 

    Overall, I’m glad I got it done when I did and might consider Friday-night running more often if it’s the best time to do it. It does cater to my hermit tendencies to be “forced to” be away from phone and email and not have to talk to anybody. Like a “CLOSED” sign for my whole face. 

    I’ve been holding my breath a little this whole time, trying to make sure I wouldn’t be injured and would be able to go in strong. It’s going to be a real party. (What a nutjob.)

    Just-perfect graphic from Love Laugh Run

     
  2. 1. Overthinking – Thinking too much is the most powerful motivation-buster (in my opinion). Some people’s brains perceive running as hard and grueling. This means that if you give the brain a choice, it will typically try to talk you out of getting out the door. The trick is to not make it a choice. It needs to be a decision. When you make a plan to run (and I think it’s a good idea to make running appointments with yourself that you put on your to-do list), know that it is going to happen much like you know a doctor’s appointment is going to happen. Do not have the internal argument of whether to go or not. Just go.

    This article is the truth. This morning for the first time in months I got up and ran 2 miles even though my brain was all “Uh nope, you won’t have enough time to get to work, can’t you just do it later, it’s not going to be quality, it’s too dark out” etc. FOR about 5 minutes and then it went back to sleep, and I kept on. 2 down, a billion to go. 

     
  3. Here, in my place and time

    What a sad few weeks it’s been. 

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  5. 07:43 6th Aug 2014

    Notes: 53008

    Reblogged from inventing-anew

    Tags: moviesgotgchris prattdiets

    chrisprattawesomesource:

    Getting in shape with Chris Pratt

    The coverage of Chris Pratt’s action hero body transformation has been weird.

    I love Pratt and I’ll get around to “Guardians of the Galaxy” soon I’m sure. But I can’t help but think that an actress doing the same transition would not be able to get away with these kind of joke answers about her diet. (For example, Emily Blunt in “Edge of Tomorrow.”) Instead it would be “Follow her diet/workout for your own amazing transformation!” Like when he said he just gave up beer? It’s funny, but he clearly didn’t just do that. I’m no nutritionist but you don’t get a six pack from ONLY that. As false as “Oh, I just lost the baby weight by nursing and chasing my kid around, somehow within the first six weeks of giving birth.” The discussion around him losing weight reminds me of when an actress GAINS weight for a role and is just like “Ha ha, donuts for breakfast and peanut butter on everything!” (I can’t even think of a more recent example than Renee Zellweger for Bridget Jones’ Diary, how crazy is that?)

    There’s also a GIF set going around where Pratt says his wife likes him better at a higher weight — something I doubt an actress would say in interviews (or at least would be printed).

    Clearly the range of “acceptable” bodies among actors is broader than for actresses. On the other hand, Pratt was a TV actor who had played supporting roles before, and now he’s a movie star attached to a successful franchise. You can’t say his recent buffness (buffdom?) has nothing to do with that. So actors aren’t exempt from that kind of body pressure and judgment either. But maybe they’re not under the same pressure to share their “secrets.”

    This has been “Overanalyzing GIFs with 94Monkeys” and I’ll see you next week, same monkey time, same monkey channel.

     
  6. image: Download

    npr:

"What Makes Us Fat: Is It Eating Too Much Or Moving Too Little?" via Patti Neighmond
"We’re constantly hearing messages that we’re eating too much and not moving around enough. Now researchers suggest that we’re actually not eating more than we did 20 years ago, it’s that we’re much less active. And that includes not just middle-aged workers tied to their desks, but also young men and women who spend their days sitting in front of their laptops."
Image: Maria Fabrizio/NPR

1. I love that this has an image credit attached because this sloth is adorable as is a lot of Maria Fabrizio’s work.
2. The conclusion of this article is worth repeating:

So what’s a modern cube rat to do? [Louisiana State preventative medicine prof Dr. Tim] Church says given that the workplace has become so sedentary, it’s critical for people to be more active off the job.

News stories tend to lead with “Sitting will kill you!” rather than “Sitting all day sure isn’t great for you, but you can still do some things about it.” Even if your job is completely sedentary (raises hand!) getting active outside of work is still better than doing nothing. Which is great, because I do not have the professional foundation nor the physical strength necessary to immediately quit and become a car assembler, bricklayer, etc. 

    npr:

    "What Makes Us Fat: Is It Eating Too Much Or Moving Too Little?" via Patti Neighmond

    "We’re constantly hearing messages that we’re eating too much and not moving around enough. Now researchers suggest that we’re actually not eating more than we did 20 years ago, it’s that we’re much less active. And that includes not just middle-aged workers tied to their desks, but also young men and women who spend their days sitting in front of their laptops."

    Image: Maria Fabrizio/NPR

    1. I love that this has an image credit attached because this sloth is adorable as is a lot of Maria Fabrizio’s work.

    2. The conclusion of this article is worth repeating:

    So what’s a modern cube rat to do? [Louisiana State preventative medicine prof Dr. Tim] Church says given that the workplace has become so sedentary, it’s critical for people to be more active off the job.

    News stories tend to lead with “Sitting will kill you!” rather than “Sitting all day sure isn’t great for you, but you can still do some things about it.” Even if your job is completely sedentary (raises hand!) getting active outside of work is still better than doing nothing. Which is great, because I do not have the professional foundation nor the physical strength necessary to immediately quit and become a car assembler, bricklayer, etc. 

     
  7. 12:32 2nd Aug 2014

    Notes: 107136

    Reblogged from messily

    Tags: fitspomovies

    mtvother:

    Chris Pratt isn’t the only star who hit the gym for Guardians of the Galaxy.

    That raccoon looks amazing!

     
  8. ironphenix:

    boyswanna-be-her:

    basically any friend i haven’t spoken to in a while: hey how’s it going?
    me: great, good, really busy
    friend: cool, ok, you doing ok?
    me: totally
    friend: i mean… ok but…
    me: i mean you really want to know?
    friend: yeah! of course! i’m here for you!
    me: [explains problems]
    me: [problems]
    friend: …
    me: [problems that can’t be solved]
    friend: …
    me: [normal adult problems]
    friend: …
    me: [abnormal adult problems]
    friend: …
    friend: …
    friend: …
    friend: … ok well it’s been great to see you let’s get lunch soon!!!!!

    And this is why A. I don’t like speaking to people about my problems or what’s actually going on in my life, B. a huge reason why I just don’t want to see or speak to people most of the time, and C. a huge reason why I don’t want to know other people’s problems unless I am actually equipped to help them, unless they just want to vent.

    Just don’t ask if you don’t want to know the real shit. Keep it at small talk. And no I don’t want to have lunch soon. 

    Conversely, this is one thing I love about Tumblr (and blogging in general): You get to have your full say, and it’s not rude. If you need to express yourself in 10 paragraphs punctuated with “Arrested Development” .GIFs, you are FREE to do so, and anyone who doesn’t like it can either unfollow or just scroll on past. And you don’t have to keep it to niceties and surface-level chatter (but you can if you want). There are situations that cannot fully be explained in memes alone.

     
  9. veggielife:

    tell us your motivation secrets!!! (no srsly.)
    The chart IS my secret!

    When I joined the gym I told myself it’d be worth it as long as I go 10x/month, so the faint line 10 circles from the left is my goal line. I didn’t do so well with gymgoing for the first half of the year, so I added a new line for July-December that is 12 circles in, basically upping my goal.

    Any gym attendance after 12 times can “count” to back-fill the days I missed in January-June. Thanks to this month, I’m only 4 days away from fixing my 10x/month average.

    (Also the red circles are classes I attended. My goal is usually 4 classes/month, but obviously I’m slacking on this most months.)

    I hang my chart up at my desk, and it’s nondescript enough that it looks like I’m doing work when I fill it out.

    I’ve gotta make one of these charts. My motivation tends to carry out week to week but not through the month; either I’ll have a really big tough “killing it!!” week or I procrastinate and don’t get my training in. 

    Feels like a good time since August starts tomorrow! 

     
  10. THIS total badass is coming to my half-marathon next month and I am hopeful that I might get to meet her. 
I won’t be able to squeak into her pace group, but if you are a woman a person who can run a 1:45 half, get thee to Chicago! (Edited because it’s billed as the “Chicago Women’s Half,” but open to men also.)
Photo: Zimbio, of Fleshman’s breakout 5K victory at the 2010 US Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    THIS total badass is coming to my half-marathon next month and I am hopeful that I might get to meet her. 

    I won’t be able to squeak into her pace group, but if you are a woman a person who can run a 1:45 half, get thee to Chicago! (Edited because it’s billed as the “Chicago Women’s Half,” but open to men also.)

    Photo: Zimbio, of Fleshman’s breakout 5K victory at the 2010 US Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

     
  11. Re. Suspense

    No one caught me wearing the same dress as my coworker BUT another separate coworker told me I should start a Tumblr, so…

    image 

    (I work in digital, so I couldn’t pretend I didn’t know what she meant. And yes, I did consider that anyway.)

     
  12. 09:15 29th Jul 2014

    Notes: 15

    Suspense

    Current status: In the gap between realizing I am dressed the same as someone else in the office, and waiting for someone else to notice. 

    The coworker in question is one of those adorably tiny pregnant ladies who looks the same but with a basketball bump (you know what I mean) and I… well, I’m clearly not pregnant, just bigger. But, you know. I could throw on a different sweater so we wouldn’t match, but it’s actually warm in here for once and I don’t want to. I guess I will just let this one unfold awkwardly naturally… 

     
  13. image: Download

    I took the Which sport are you made for? quiz Sharon linked to last week and the results were very surprising! I don’t do a lot of biking now but occasionally I think about it; a good friend from childhood does a lot of centuries and so on, and her passion is infectious. As far as hockey, I never played on ice but but I played field hockey in high school* and loved it. The only reason I haven’t looked into playing in a rec league is out of fear of injury; we always had concussions, sprains, broken arms and fingers… it’s brutal. 
That said I think the idea of body type determining the sport you should play is fairly silly for those of us who just do these things for fun. I don’t have a “runner’s build,” probably never did, so luckily I don’t do it to be naturally awesome at it. I’m okay with never being Commonwealth Games good (being American, I wouldn’t make it anyway). 
*I always use this fact in Two Truths and a Lie games because it’s a rare sport to begin with, and correlated with [speaking of bodily determinism] a sort of glossy Blair Waldorf type. Stereotypes are awesome when you can fool people during icebreaker style games!

    I took the Which sport are you made for? quiz Sharon linked to last week and the results were very surprising! I don’t do a lot of biking now but occasionally I think about it; a good friend from childhood does a lot of centuries and so on, and her passion is infectious. As far as hockey, I never played on ice but but I played field hockey in high school* and loved it. The only reason I haven’t looked into playing in a rec league is out of fear of injury; we always had concussions, sprains, broken arms and fingers… it’s brutal. 

    That said I think the idea of body type determining the sport you should play is fairly silly for those of us who just do these things for fun. I don’t have a “runner’s build,” probably never did, so luckily I don’t do it to be naturally awesome at it. I’m okay with never being Commonwealth Games good (being American, I wouldn’t make it anyway). 

    *I always use this fact in Two Truths and a Lie games because it’s a rare sport to begin with, and correlated with [speaking of bodily determinism] a sort of glossy Blair Waldorf type. Stereotypes are awesome when you can fool people during icebreaker style games!

     
  14. 09:14 27th Jul 2014

    Notes: 25

    Tags: ctrl-zfitbit

    The heartbreak of going out for a run, feeling good, getting it done, and then coming home and realizing you didn’t have your Fitbit on…

     
  15. image: Download

    I touched this guy’s head today. Fuzzier than expected. 

After that I ran a 10K and it was beastly humid but I barely made my time goal. Then I had a free beer and watched the mascots run around, throw footballs and attempt to dance. I could watch a 24-hour mascot channel, I think. But why are the Boilermaker and the Nittany Lion so terrifying?

    I touched this guy’s head today. Fuzzier than expected.

    After that I ran a 10K and it was beastly humid but I barely made my time goal. Then I had a free beer and watched the mascots run around, throw footballs and attempt to dance. I could watch a 24-hour mascot channel, I think. But why are the Boilermaker and the Nittany Lion so terrifying?