1. 11:37 18th Sep 2014

    Notes: 23

    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. 

     
  2. 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). 

     
  3. 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!)

     
  4. 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.

     
  5. 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?

     
  6. 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?
     
  7. "My diet is largely made up of cookies, soft serve [ice cream], cake truffles and pie," says the woman living my dream life.

     
  8. True reproductive health confession

    This morning my coworker and I literally high-fived over the fact that Kate formerly Middleton is having a(nother) baby and we are not. 

    I can’t speak for my coworker, but I love all your kids and being able to recognize and act on the feeling that I am just not there yet. Isn’t it great to be both things at once?

     
  9. 11:42 6th Sep 2014

    Notes: 14

    Tags: running

    People who run with their music blaring out of their phones or speakers

    What are you, too good for headphones? Please stop sharing.

     
  10. Chrissie Wellington says good luck Caroline at IMWI this weekend!!! (Not really, but I bet she would!)
Photo: North Devon Journal

    Chrissie Wellington says good luck Caroline at IMWI this weekend!!! (Not really, but I bet she would!)

    Photo: North Devon Journal

     
  11. This was worth the time. #24 was my favorite. 

     
  12. Disrupt race photography

    I hope some day I will have the presence of mind to delete those race photo emails without opening them and then beating myself up about how I looked. Only once in my entire race career did I like one of those photos enough to buy copies. (Well, my mom also bought pix from my marathon for me, but those would’ve been a matter of pride if all of them featured me puking on the side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.)

    Of particular interest this time: the photographer caught me rounding the corner to the finisher chute when I was walking and you can see my eyes BURNING HATRED into him saying “Don’t take this picture.” My face is beet red and covered in sweat. Yup, definitely going to spend $24.95 to download that one!

    If these photographers want to compete with the simple fact that everyone and her mother has smartphones now, they are going to need to do better to turn a profit.

     
  13. Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon

    When I signed up for this race in June I knew I was taking my chances with the weather. We’ve had a mild summer but also individual days that have been very steamy. I am the type of delicate flower who tries to get my run over and done with as early as possible, but somehow I believed that even with adverse conditions we would get it done before the major heat kicked in. Not so: It was 80 degrees when I finished today. I think the last time I ran in those conditions was during Ragnar when it was my leg (i.e. I had no other option).

    The good news is, I did finish! In fact I ran well and felt really good, it was just TOO hot out there. After about mile 7 when I started to see people walking, I did whatever I could to stay cool. I walked through water stops and took multiple cups of water. I stopped at bubblers on the course. At 10 I poured one down my back which was just cold ENOUGH to feel magic. But around 11/11.5 I started to feel nauseated and had to start run/walking it out.

    Knowing what I know now, would I change my training? No, but I would adjust my expectations more. Only missing my time goal by 2 minutes is pretty good, considering. I happily anticipate my next half in 5 weeks which will hopefully bring cooler weather and faster feet.

    Odds and ends:

    • This is a race that relaunched this year featuring a few miles on the “Magnificent Mile,” a stretch of Michigan Ave. here in Chicago featuring lots of neat buildings and stores (compare to 5th Ave. in NYC). We were on the Magnificent Mile for most of the first 3 miles, and I did enjoy that, but mostly because it was SHADY. There was a last-minute course change and I have to wonder whether the original course would have been more shaded.
    • I had a visor and sunscreen on, but I think my cheeks are still sunburned because my sunscreen melted off. How rude.
    • Have you ever seen a charity runner with a jersey reading “Running for: GRANDMA” or some other name or similar message? There is a charity running group here that raises money for animal shelters, and some of them had similar tags on their jerseys like: “Running for: Toto, Jazzy, Mr. Pickles, Chairman Meow”…
    • Clothing rec: I ran this race in a tech tank top from Joe Fresh, a Canadian retailer that is lately making strides in stores in NYC and in online shopping in the U.S. It was awesome, kept me cool and was only $10. Check them out. Thanks, Canada!
    • There would be a picture of my post-race margarita here but I drank it too fast.

    I will be eating and loafing for the rest of the weekend.

     
  14. image: Download

    Volunteering at the expo for the race I’m running tomorrow. If you can eat this the day before a half-marathon and still perform optimally, I find that impressive and I NEED to know your secret.

    Volunteering at the expo for the race I’m running tomorrow. If you can eat this the day before a half-marathon and still perform optimally, I find that impressive and I NEED to know your secret.

     
  15. jamiatt:
NY Mag: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Colleagues in Congress Called Her Fat
#YesAllWomen face bodily sexual harassment even after they have been elected to high office to get shit done. 
(But also, maybe I’m a hypocrite because people at work have said I look good and I was happy about it? I didn’t find it invasive the way they did it, perhaps? Adding to my Bad Feminist contemplation list.)
A part of me dreads the day when/if I become pregnant seeing how women’s bodies somehow turn into public territory during that time. Seems like my best option would be to Peggy Olson through it (someone out there knows what I mean). 

    jamiatt:

    NY Mag: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Colleagues in Congress Called Her Fat

    #YesAllWomen face bodily sexual harassment even after they have been elected to high office to get shit done

    (But also, maybe I’m a hypocrite because people at work have said I look good and I was happy about it? I didn’t find it invasive the way they did it, perhaps? Adding to my Bad Feminist contemplation list.)

    A part of me dreads the day when/if I become pregnant seeing how women’s bodies somehow turn into public territory during that time. Seems like my best option would be to Peggy Olson through it (someone out there knows what I mean).