1. 15:38 1st Oct 2014

    Notes: 31

    Tags: cheeseemoji

    I applaud the creators of these cheese emojis. Such variety!

    I applaud the creators of these cheese emojis. Such variety!

     
  2. 06:28

    Notes: 4

    Tags: yoga

    Boy, was I surprised last night when my yoga teacher told us to engage our pelvic floor muscles during class last night.

    Not saying it wouldn’t be beneficial and that those aren’t muscle groups, BUT.

     
  3. image: Download

    Last night I attended “Ready, Wait Wait, Go,” a fun run and public-radio fundraiser for WBEZ Chicago. I was forced to listen to public radio during my childhood, but I must have developed Stockholm Syndrome because I quite enjoy it now (as you do). I like a good fun run and was happy to donate to this cause to do it.
The run was led by that guy up there, Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and a multiple-year Boston qualifier who was still humble enough to work the registration table. (He’s also the columnist for Runner’s World who admitted to banditing the Chicago Marathon a few years ago, but I think we have all forgiven him for that.) He went around chatting with everyone and joking about how much pizza and beer we were going to eat after the run. Naturally, he is so super fit I lost him right at the start, but when I was heading back in I saw him running back to pick up some stragglers.
Our loop, which started and finished at a local brew pub/ restaurant, was a windy, chilly, dark affair, which was kind of exciting. The pack thinned out pretty quickly and I did most of it alone, but I expected that would happen. I finished in time to get my free beer (included) and that was good enough. 
This is a taper week for me so I won’t be running that fast again until, with any luck, mile 12 of my race on Sunday, but I felt good — really comfortable. For the rest of the week I’ll be focused on chilling out, trying to get more sleep and eating the stuff I normally eat. It’s boring but hopefully it’ll be worth it. 

    Last night I attended “Ready, Wait Wait, Go,” a fun run and public-radio fundraiser for WBEZ Chicago. I was forced to listen to public radio during my childhood, but I must have developed Stockholm Syndrome because I quite enjoy it now (as you do). I like a good fun run and was happy to donate to this cause to do it.

    The run was led by that guy up there, Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and a multiple-year Boston qualifier who was still humble enough to work the registration table. (He’s also the columnist for Runner’s World who admitted to banditing the Chicago Marathon a few years ago, but I think we have all forgiven him for that.) He went around chatting with everyone and joking about how much pizza and beer we were going to eat after the run. Naturally, he is so super fit I lost him right at the start, but when I was heading back in I saw him running back to pick up some stragglers.

    Our loop, which started and finished at a local brew pub/ restaurant, was a windy, chilly, dark affair, which was kind of exciting. The pack thinned out pretty quickly and I did most of it alone, but I expected that would happen. I finished in time to get my free beer (included) and that was good enough. 

    This is a taper week for me so I won’t be running that fast again until, with any luck, mile 12 of my race on Sunday, but I felt good — really comfortable. For the rest of the week I’ll be focused on chilling out, trying to get more sleep and eating the stuff I normally eat. It’s boring but hopefully it’ll be worth it. 

     
  4. I call it, Operation Every Other Dress

    I know it’s just fishing for marketing info, but I did not need to be asked on a new-member form for a fitness studio whether I’m engaged or not. There’s a nest of sexist assumptions in there to deal with, but mostly, it just has no bearing on the matter at hand. 

    Besides, only relatives I see twice a decade, college friends doing Facebook wrong and middle-aged dudes I am stuck next to on planes get to ask me that!

     
  5. 06:38 28th Sep 2014

    Notes: 9

    Reblogged from pondera

    Tags: runningmarathons

    pondera:

    An inspiring feat.

    What a badass!

     
  6. "I like that we don’t talk," she said.

    My mom has hired a 28-year-old male personal trainer, for reasons known only to her. I am 100% certain their relationship is professional only, but the Nancy Meyersness of this is still killing me (with how funny it is to picture).

     
  7. I bought arm sleeves on Amazon yesterday (my marathon pair has gone AWOL, very sad) and now 80% of my online contextual ads are for… more arm sleeves. Get it together, advertising. Is this what I look like to you?
Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

    I bought arm sleeves on Amazon yesterday (my marathon pair has gone AWOL, very sad) and now 80% of my online contextual ads are for… more arm sleeves. Get it together, advertising. Is this what I look like to you?

    Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

     
  8. This is fascinating and I would say, much needed out this way (in terms of unwalkability, not general health which I have no way of judging). Any Oklahoma City residents want to weigh in about the changes they’ve noticed (if any)?

     
  9. Chicago = taper town

    This is the big weekend for many Chicago marathoners to do their last 20-miler. So nice to see so many runners out there!

    I didn’t join them for 20 but I joined them for 4. A few weeks ago I started volunteering with a group for beginning 5K/10Kers on Saturday mornings. This morning I ran with the 10K run/walk group (4 run; 2 walk) and we had some fun chats; most of the runners have done a 10K or longer run before but are just looking to improve. It makes me happy to be helpful (as I hope I can be) and talk about running and keep the group together.

    Having gotten outside while it was lovely somewhat takes the sting out of having to work from home on a rush job today (JK, it still sucks).

     
  10. 11:37 18th Sep 2014

    Notes: 22

    Reblogged from runslikeapenguin

    Tags: booksrunning

    whatrhymeswithemily:

I needed this today.  Thanks RW.

John Bingham is the best. Even if you’re not new to running, check his books out. 

    whatrhymeswithemily:

    I needed this today.  Thanks RW.

    John Bingham is the best. Even if you’re not new to running, check his books out. 

     
  11. IT upgraded my work computer and somehow changed my desktop background to this GIF that I had in my Personal folder. 
Profesh to death (by embarrassment). 

    IT upgraded my work computer and somehow changed my desktop background to this GIF that I had in my Personal folder. 

    Profesh to death (by embarrassment). 

     
  12. Habits

    Currently making attempt #4,427 to become a regular morning exerciser. So far I’ve noticed that working out early definitely increases my tolerance for suffering fools that I may come across in the course of a normal day. That’s a benefit I hadn’t expected, and one that should get more press.  

    But still, I would prefer if there were just fewer fools. (Oh, you showed up 30 minutes late for a meeting you begged to be included in and want me to recap my 15-minute presentation just for you? No, no, nope, goodbye!)

     
  13. So please be kind if I’m a mess

    Today’s schedule calls for me to run 5 and then do a 5K.

    I’m a little ragged at the moment, nothing big, just a collection of things. My abs are still sore from taking a barre class Friday morning (crunches, so many crunches). Yesterday I was volunteering at an adult field day so I was on my feet most of the time, except when I ran a relay starting off with Dizzy Bat (non-alcoholic kind), took 3 steps and fell right over. So I have a fist-sized bruise coming up from that, even though it didn’t hurt at the time. And after that active day I hit the hay hard and I still feel sleepy.

    The thing about training is that nobody stands over me to get it done. I know the sun does not rise nor set on my getting this run done, and part of that is just. That’s why even though I don’t do it, I understand why people share their every single run on Facebook; they’re looking for that accountability somewhere. Sometimes this blog provides that. But I could also write “Off to do 5 today!” and then spend the rest of the day organizing my sweaters.

    I could, but I won’t, because having to do it by myself is also one of the things I like about training. It’s a challenge to myself to jigsaw in runs along with work and life and family, but: how many things do we do in life that we can do all by ourselves? I told someone once about the marathon that running it was “the most alone I’d ever felt,” because if I had decided I wanted to quit, nobody in the world could have talked me back into it. I felt a weird power, knowing that. For me, for now, it matters.

     
  14. I just read a description of what is billed as “Chicago’s finest hotel gym” so I had to dig up a picture. Holy… what. This would be like working out in the sculpture garden at the Met. Or the lobby of the Bellagio (pick your luxury level as desired). It’s too nice to sweat in! 

There’s also complimentary juice, because when you have all the money in existence what’s a bunch of produce on top of that?

    I just read a description of what is billed as “Chicago’s finest hotel gym” so I had to dig up a picture. Holy… what. This would be like working out in the sculpture garden at the Met. Or the lobby of the Bellagio (pick your luxury level as desired). It’s too nice to sweat in!

    There’s also complimentary juice, because when you have all the money in existence what’s a bunch of produce on top of that?

     
  15. Just signed up for my first 2015 race

    Time is going by so quickly! It’ll be my first time

    • training with an official half-marathon training program (after 12 times doing it by myself, finally/maybe ready to admit that professionals know more and better). 
    • racing in kilometers… ooh, where are we going?