Shots, No Socks, Jay-Z and a Streaker
Today is the seventh day of the Runner’s World Holiday Runstreak. I haven’t missed a day, making this my longest uninterrupted stretch of running EVER. So I’m pretty sure my invite to the 2012 London Olympics is in the mail right now… even though I almost quit today. Let’s set this up. I was on the verge of not doing this streak in the first place, because I always...
3 more miles
Lately, every time I go out running in shorts and a T-shirt I think, “Well, this is probably the last time this season.” But if I had gone with my instincts I would have been an even sweatier beast this morning, so… shorts it was.
My only Black Friday post I promise: Garmin... →
Compared to $197 on Amazon and $219.99 from the Garmin company site. In case you have a runner on your gifting list (or want to drop someone a hint).
I am the LAST KID STANDING at Thanksgiving 2011! What do I win? …Chilling on the couch with my folks watching the football. It’s been a relaxing weekend but I haven’t been a complete lazybones. Yesterday I took advantage of the gym where we’re staying and hit a yoga class and a TRX class before putting in my 1 mile for runstreak. The yoga class was paced a little funny but...
This is going to be the healthiest holiday season ever! Except for the eating...– My sister, after I explained the Runner’s World runstreak to her
Turkey Trot: unlocked
The runstreak begins! This morning one of my sisters and I ran a turkey trot in Washington state. The event was somewhat disorganized with a “false finish” where you had to run through all the people who were done and then tack on another loop, and my form was crap due to DOMS and exhaustion from flying across the country, but… we did it! We were supposed to do the same race...
Thanksgiving travel tip #2
Don’t be part of that family arguing about calorie counts in the airport. (Real argument I heard at LaGuardia where I could not get away. And it was heated.) Talk about something safe and positive, like the different kinds of exercise employed by that crazy-eyed lady in the Target ads, or who you wished had shown up on “Biggest Loser Thanksgiving.”
Thanksgiving travel tip
You may get a funny look from TSA agents when they search your bag and pull out your heart-rate monitor strap. Remain calm! This is normal. But don’t demonstrate where it goes on your person unless they specifically ask.
Active.com Schwaggle: 51% off Publix Fort... →
I don’t know if I have any Floridians reading, nor why I got this deal considering I am (a) in New York City and (b) cold, but $42 for a half/ $47 for a full is a good deal! And considering 88%* of my Active Schwaggle deals are for things that have no relation to fitness, like happy hours, restaurant** deals and energy drinks, I will give this one credit for being more relevant. ...
USA Today: You Can Be A Morning Person, With Some... →
On the one hand, I could use the time! And the lack of brain fog. On the other hand, oh lordy. These are the tips featured in the article: Pick your ideal wake-up time. I assume they don’t mean 10AM. Get up the first time the alarm rings. I used to be good at this. Get a big dose of morning light. Get morning exercise. !!!!!! Try melatonin. Hmm. Limit nighttime light. This is the...
It sucked but I did it!
I finished the Philadelphia Half Marathon this morning, my 3rd ever, my last of 2011 (but not last ever). I did not PR, but I learned some things. For now, though, I am going to drink wine and eat cheese with a neighbor and then go to bed at a really grandmotherly hour. Congratulations to fellow half and full finishers @hammerandforge, @livemylove, @lifeasliia and @twotwentyeight!!!
twotwentyeight: Headed to the city to spend the day at Whole Foods and Reading Terminal Market, then off to celebrate Philadelphia Marathon Weekend picking up my bib and swag at the expo. Lovin’ me some Friday. It’s almost here!! Have I started packing? No! Stressed up into my eyeballs? You bet! Excited? Definitely.
A friend who doesn’t know about my Secret Fitness Existence sent me a LivingSocial deal for gym classes and I didn’t think it was a secret insult! I was just happy about the savings.
Fred Armisen - Police On My Back (Clash/ Equals...
Watching Top Models (spoiler!) pose for a photo...
The salad looked delicious (cukes and tomatoes!) till the women started pouring olive oil all over themselves. Add the balsamic vinegar first, sheesh! I used to be a dedicated ANTM viewer; I should have been watching the All-Stars. I just fell into a 15 minute conversation wormhole trying to explain to my roommate why Shannon (spoiler again) chose not to pose.
This Competitor newsletter is going to kill me.
Anyone want to go to Rock ‘n’ Roll DUBLIN? Sigh, happy travel dreams…
Hard truths and fresh starts
In six days I’ll toe the line at my third half marathon. I hope to PR but my training hasn’t gone quite as expected — because I’ve been kind of depressed lately. Now that I’m feeling better I want to be honest about that, in case it helps (and hoping it does). I had high expectations for this cycle, but I wasn’t prepared for the difficulty of training through...
Running shoe question
My half marathon is in 9 days. (!!!!!) Is it too late to break in new shoes? The shoes I have been training in since my first half are definitely over-mileage — it’s weird, because I started having arch pain in them, and it was just like the arch pain I had from my last pair when they were starting to go. (Bit creepy, frankly.) They’re over 400 miles and I got them in February....
Daily Mail: Marathon man, 90, who secretly ran... →
Sending this to my dad, who would sign up for a half-marathon with me if my mom weren’t completely opposed to the idea. whistles innocently Via Myrunshorts.com.
Only 360 days left!
Tonight I went to that “Run the NYC Marathon in 2012” talk I wrote about last week, at a local running store called Jackrabbit Sports. (Sidebar: I realize it’s been Marathon Mania around here for the past week even though I didn’t run it, and for those who are bored, I’m sure I will calm down and write about other things you can relate to, such as the stupid things I...
Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to...– - George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian (via missionmollie) I think this quote went around before but I had no idea Patton was an Olympian! He competed in the 1912 Olympics in the pentathlon (pistol shooting, fencing, 300m freestyle swim, steeplechase [horse racing with obstacles] and...
A marathon is one of the last great sports mixers. Here in the same event, you...– Jason Gay in the Wall Street Journal, who notes that in his 2nd NYC Marathon attempt he was beaten by Diddy.
How 2 Run Fast: Celebrity Results from 2011 ING... →
how2runfast: Here are some of the finish times for the celebrity entrants in the 2011 ING NYC Marathon: Gbenga Akinnagbe, actor, 4:53:52 Nate Appleman, chef/TV personality, 3:45:42 Joe Bastianich, restaurateur, winemaker and judge on MasterChef, 3:47:03 Dr. Andy Baldwin, reality star, 3:17:31 Richard Blais, chef/TV personality – Top Chef All-Stars, 4:31:54 Jennie Finch, U.S....
Lift a 60-pound, 3ftx2ftx3ft trunk out of the back of a cab, carry it halfway down a city block (short kind) and up a flight of about 15 stairs. The trunk belonged to my grandmother who recently moved and doesn’t want it any more. It dates back to the 1940s, I think. It’s incredible, butmy arms are T-rexing like crazy (helloooo runningbeautiful) from getting it to my place because I...
Where to watch NYC Marathon feeds if you aren't in... →
This site legally broadcasts the men’s and women’s elites (as well as a combination feed of both). I think last year it cost $4 but it appears to be free this year, and you can sign up to be emailed when it goes live. Fun for the whole family!
hammerandforge: Good luck to all those running the NYC Marathon this Sunday! Strength, speed and smiles!! Alec Baldwin + NYC Marathon = BFFs for L.
Why Women Runners Are Punk Rock | Jezebel →
kmeiselle: In 1961, the Amateur Athletic Union expressly banned all women from competing in all American road races. […] Despite the highly respectable efforts by Gibb and Switzer, women weren’t officially allowed to run in the Boston Marathon until 1972, and they weren’t allowed to compete in the Olympic marathon until 1984. 1984, are you freaking kidding me??!! Read the whole article for...