1. Worst SNL character

    Woman who brings up in every conversation that she’s married to a personal trainer. Both of those facts, together, in a way that indicates that this is a special achievement.

    I have run out of non-offensive ways to react to this so hopefully this is the last time or a Christian Bale style “Oh, GOOD FOR YOU” may fall out of my mouth. 

     
  2. macaronsandmoet:

    We Americans do panic really well.

    We could use a few pointers on prudence.

    Do me a favor. Turn away from the ceaseless media coverage of Ebola in Texas — the interviews with the Dallas nurse’s neighbors, the hand-wringing over her pooch, the instructions on protective medical gear — and answer this: Have you had your flu shot? Are you planning on one?

    During the 2013-2014 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 46 percent of Americans received vaccinations against influenza, even though it kills about 3,000 people in this country in a good year, nearly 50,000 in a bad one.

    These are deaths by a familiar assassin. Many of them could have been prevented. So why aren’t we in a lather over that? Why fixate on remote threats that we feel we can’t control when there are immediate ones that we simply don’t bother to?

    On matters exotic, we’re rapt. On matters quotidian, which are nonetheless matters of life and death, we’re cavalier. 

    Normally I find Frank Bruni a little hand-wringing, but he is terrific here. There are so many more pressing health risks than Ebola for most of us that just don’t have that immediacy or razzle-dazzle, or aren’t as “fun” to speculate about over the water cooler. For my part, I promised I would get a flu shot after skipping my office’s “free flu shot” bonanza, and I haven’t. And I have no idea what vaccinations I’m current on (or not) so I have to call my old doc in NYC and figure out. So that’s my to-do list. 

    And if you are a public health worker THANK YOU for all that you do and the risks you run every day to keep other people healthy. 

     
  3. I shouldn’t be laughing, but… 

     
  4. 06:57

    Notes: 4

    image: Download

    Bummer: one of the handles of my gym bag is ripping off. I never used one of these frequently enough to have this happen! (Sadly it’s probably due to cramming my work laptop in with my gym clothes, not because I am exerting just THAT hard.) 

Off to the shoe hospital (that also takes bags) this weekend to see what they can do.

    Bummer: one of the handles of my gym bag is ripping off. I never used one of these frequently enough to have this happen! (Sadly it’s probably due to cramming my work laptop in with my gym clothes, not because I am exerting just THAT hard.)

    Off to the shoe hospital (that also takes bags) this weekend to see what they can do.

     
  5. I haven’t been on Tumblr in 3 days, AMA

    More like tell me anything because I’m out of it and you all are so prolific! 

    I was in New England for the weekend and cell service was in and out so I tried this new “unplugging” thing they all talk about (though I did take photos in Airplane Mode because it was just too gorgeous out). Not bad. We were up for a wedding and it was so beautiful and charming, I tried to just roll with it instead of trying to Be On A Schedule and Do Things Correctly. 

    On the health/fitness front I ran 5 miles one day up and down (and up and down) the hills, and it was perfect, and that was it. We were staying at a summer camp and had strict food containment rules, so I had a little bit of a food freakout about not having snacks around (someone knows what I mean). But everything was delicious and I shouldn’t have worried. Also I ate Ben & Jerry’s for 3 days in a row, which is how you do it in Vermont. 

    Today it is warm but dreary rainy, my apartment is infested with fruit flies and there are just too many errands to be run after I write all the emails in the world. BUT I read lots of Chicago Marathon recaps (!!!!) and I get to sleep in a bed indoors tonight, so it’s going to be OK. 

    How’ve you been?

     
  6. Betsy’s doing her first ultramarathon this weekend and it’s probably going to look like this (but sunnier? Definitely sunnier). So awesome. 
Illustration by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman, obviously, via the Carol Mann Agency.

    Betsy’s doing her first ultramarathon this weekend and it’s probably going to look like this (but sunnier? Definitely sunnier). So awesome. 

    Illustration by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman, obviously, via the Carol Mann Agency.

     
  7. 10:42 9th Oct 2014

    Notes: 2

    Tags: clothessale

    I am all about saving money on workout clothes, so I’m passing this along even though I wasn’t that enamored with the deals. There are a lot of tops available including some hoodies, and a few pants/crops and accessories also. Note: it’s final sale, so only buy what you feel comfortable with guessing your sizes. 

     
  8. image: Download

    Never doing another race without its own customized split of wine. That ought to narrow it down…
On Sunday, I ran the Wineglass Half Marathon in Corning, NY. Corning is a small town and only recently started offering a half along with the marathon (which is 30+ years old) but they really roll out the red carpet for runners. There were a lot of super nice volunteers and spectators (some who were just hanging out on their front lawns watching us), and apart from the swag above they also offer a nice shirt, glass medals and a souvenir wine glass. And good heavens, upstate N.Y. is gorgeous this time of year, when so many of the trees are changing their leaves and you can see down into the valleys and up into the hills. 
I went up with Betsy and Jocelyn as the slacker member of the trio — Betsy ran the half to taper for her 50K (what?!) and Jocelyn ran the full marathon. I love traveling for races, but for this one in particular I am glad I didn’t go alone. It was a fair drive up and it would be hard to get around in Corning without a rental car. Plus, when you travel with other runners then you don’t feel bad that you want to go bed early, eat all the things, and moan about how you can’t move. Speaking for myself, I had an amazing time, but maybe I’m still just high on the fact that on the drive up a bear ran across the road in front of us and we lived. (Stephen Colbert was right. Don’t trust bears!)
The race itself is a net-downhill course (this will be important later) through some parks, along a highway and some city roads, and heading into downtown Corning. I had prepared for a lot of things, but I wasn’t prepared for it being LITERALLY FREEZING at the start. It was so cold, I brought throwaway gloves and wore the arm warmers I bought on Amazon that turned up way too big (there’s a T-Rex Trying joke in here somewhere). We started outside of a high school (shout out to Campbell-Savona! Go Panthers!) with the sun not quite up yet.
For the first four miles, I felt achy and just kind of out of it, on top of the nerves and the “oh my lord this is happening again”s. Still, I was running “easy” and able to keep just ahead of the pace I wanted, so I carried on. By mile 6 I realized I would have to make a pit stop, which irked me but I felt better when I said “Okay, just make this stop, and worry about the rest of the race later.” At 8.5 I made my stop, and from then on I was raring to go. I had planned to pick up at mile 10 or 11 if I was still feeling good, and… I was, so I went.
Ultimately, I took 6+ minutes off my time from the Mag Mile Half in August. Realistically I know this was probably 25% my own effort, 25% the net-downhill course and 50% the weather. I don’t mean to cut myself down, I’m super happy with this outcome, but I’ll have to work harder to chop off the next 6 minutes. On the other hand, I have never finished a half and felt this strong in the last 3 miles before, never, and a lot of that is me learning to be smarter about what makes sense versus my “start out fast and try not to die” strategy of old. (I could write more about this, if anyone cares?) I’m not the fastest I ever was, but I am a smarter runner than I was, which I think augurs better things in the future. 
After my race, Betsy and I went to find Jocelyn and we refueled at Applebee’s (no regrets). On Monday before driving back, we stopped at Wagner Vineyards for a wine tasting, which was both a lovely stop and drove us mad with the desire to visit all 10,000 (est.) Finger Lakes wineries. Next trip?
So, what’s next? I am formulating my plans for winter running and not either getting injured or bored by the time snow gets here. But I officially signed up for my first 2015 race, which is… 

They might not actually provide their own wine but they do have margaritas.

    Never doing another race without its own customized split of wine. That ought to narrow it down…

    On Sunday, I ran the Wineglass Half Marathon in Corning, NY. Corning is a small town and only recently started offering a half along with the marathon (which is 30+ years old) but they really roll out the red carpet for runners. There were a lot of super nice volunteers and spectators (some who were just hanging out on their front lawns watching us), and apart from the swag above they also offer a nice shirt, glass medals and a souvenir wine glass. And good heavens, upstate N.Y. is gorgeous this time of year, when so many of the trees are changing their leaves and you can see down into the valleys and up into the hills. 

    I went up with Betsy and Jocelyn as the slacker member of the trio — Betsy ran the half to taper for her 50K (what?!) and Jocelyn ran the full marathon. I love traveling for races, but for this one in particular I am glad I didn’t go alone. It was a fair drive up and it would be hard to get around in Corning without a rental car. Plus, when you travel with other runners then you don’t feel bad that you want to go bed early, eat all the things, and moan about how you can’t move. Speaking for myself, I had an amazing time, but maybe I’m still just high on the fact that on the drive up a bear ran across the road in front of us and we lived. (Stephen Colbert was right. Don’t trust bears!)

    The race itself is a net-downhill course (this will be important later) through some parks, along a highway and some city roads, and heading into downtown Corning. I had prepared for a lot of things, but I wasn’t prepared for it being LITERALLY FREEZING at the start. It was so cold, I brought throwaway gloves and wore the arm warmers I bought on Amazon that turned up way too big (there’s a T-Rex Trying joke in here somewhere). We started outside of a high school (shout out to Campbell-Savona! Go Panthers!) with the sun not quite up yet.

    For the first four miles, I felt achy and just kind of out of it, on top of the nerves and the “oh my lord this is happening again”s. Still, I was running “easy” and able to keep just ahead of the pace I wanted, so I carried on. By mile 6 I realized I would have to make a pit stop, which irked me but I felt better when I said “Okay, just make this stop, and worry about the rest of the race later.” At 8.5 I made my stop, and from then on I was raring to go. I had planned to pick up at mile 10 or 11 if I was still feeling good, and… I was, so I went.

    Ultimately, I took 6+ minutes off my time from the Mag Mile Half in August. Realistically I know this was probably 25% my own effort, 25% the net-downhill course and 50% the weather. I don’t mean to cut myself down, I’m super happy with this outcome, but I’ll have to work harder to chop off the next 6 minutes. On the other hand, I have never finished a half and felt this strong in the last 3 miles before, never, and a lot of that is me learning to be smarter about what makes sense versus my “start out fast and try not to die” strategy of old. (I could write more about this, if anyone cares?) I’m not the fastest I ever was, but I am a smarter runner than I was, which I think augurs better things in the future. 

    After my race, Betsy and I went to find Jocelyn and we refueled at Applebee’s (no regrets). On Monday before driving back, we stopped at Wagner Vineyards for a wine tasting, which was both a lovely stop and drove us mad with the desire to visit all 10,000 (est.) Finger Lakes wineries. Next trip?

    So, what’s next? I am formulating my plans for winter running and not either getting injured or bored by the time snow gets here. But I officially signed up for my first 2015 race, which is… 

    They might not actually provide their own wine but they do have margaritas.

     
  9. 05:43 5th Oct 2014

    Notes: 23

    Reblogged from runsforbrunch

    Tags: whineglassracestraining

    image: Download

    runsforbrunch:

I can’t feel my toes.

That awkward moment when you hope so hard to run in cooler weather and then it freezes overnight. (This never works when I wish for anything else!)

    runsforbrunch:

    I can’t feel my toes.

    That awkward moment when you hope so hard to run in cooler weather and then it freezes overnight. (This never works when I wish for anything else!)

     
  10. Said no one ever

    The best way to prepare to run is to sit around for 3 hours in an airport and let the tension about your delayed flight go ALLTHEWAYUP into your neck and shoulders, then drink a beer really fast and stand around for an endless while.

    Professional running expert here! Take all of my ill-gotten advice! Are we at the Olive Garden yet?

     
  11. 14:45

    Notes: 5798

    Reblogged from justcallmeemilyv

    Tags: social mediaoversharingapps

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    justcallmeemilyv:

theonion:

Popular New Exercise App Just Tells Users They Ran 5 Miles A Day No Matter What

would use.

“Officials added that the app comes pre-synced with Facebook, allowing users to automatically post their time and running route on their feed for all their friends to see.”
LOL.

    justcallmeemilyv:

    theonion:

    Popular New Exercise App Just Tells Users They Ran 5 Miles A Day No Matter What

    would use.

    Officials added that the app comes pre-synced with Facebook, allowing users to automatically post their time and running route on their feed for all their friends to see.”

    LOL.

     
  12. 15:38 1st Oct 2014

    Notes: 45

    Tags: cheeseemoji

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

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

     
  13. 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.

     
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    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. 

     
  15. 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!