Today was my longest run since my half-marathon in May. I’m building back up to where I was, and I can’t lie, it sucks. I want to magically jump ahead to the part where I am running 10-milers again. Impatience is my middle name! (Not really, stalkers.) All I can do is endeavor to not make the same mistakes again. This week, I ran hard when I felt like it, and today I ran easy because...
Credit where credit's due
I got my September issue of Runner’s World today! I believe this is the one with all the fall fashions in it. (KIDDING it has a shoe buyer’s guide, Runners of 9/11 and Best Tips Ever.) I mention this not to cause BLAZING ENVY but because I had previously complained about their service. I know you said there wasn’t a lot you could do, but whatever you did: Keep doing that! ...
road2runningstrong: I struggle a lot with not wanting to tell people I meet now about how i used to be. I’m still working out how to deal with that. I want so badly to move on from it. But, it’s part of me. Nobody is going to be around very long before seeing old pictures or running into an old friend who goes on about how different i look. I suppose it will follow me my whole life, really. And...
I treat life like a fast car, lower my speed/ I...
Even though I didn’t have my Garmin I decided to run outside near my office after work, because I needed to blow off some steam. (We’ll call this “half-naked” because I still had… my iPod on.) On the way out of the building I ran into two of my supervisors, and all I could think to say was, “Don’t worry, I won’t wear these shorts to work ever.”...
Run While You Can →
6n6challenge: You guys remember Sam Fox, the runner attempting to break the speed record for the Pacific Coast Trail. He’s still a month out from hitting the road, but has already raised an astounding $57,922 for the Michael Jay Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. If you ask me, that’s an even bigger accomplishment than running the 2,650 miles of the trail. (CLICK HERE for more on...
New York: WTC Run to Remember 5K, September 4th →
If you are going to be in NYC over Labor Day weekend, or think you might be, you should sign up for this run/walk. This is the third year of the Run to Remember and the third year I will participate in it. The finish heads you straight up the west side of Governors Island to face Lower Manhattan and the site of the former World Trade Center, a beautiful and moving view. With this being the 10th...
NBC New York: Review of Laughing Lotus' Midnight... →
Are you allowed to take this 10pm-midnight Friday class and then go out and cavort per usual? Asking for a friend.
3.2 miles, treadmill, fun run
Even though I do most of my running outside now, I still don’t hate the treadmill. It allows for some prime zone-out time where I can focus on my iPod or things I should say to people, or just set aside the day. When it goes well it’s great stress relief. Only today I thought I had zoned out too far because I was hallucinating that Stevie Nicks was on TV… but it actually was...
That time I volunteered to help my work friend...
ME: how hard can it be. I just hope you aren't hiding a case of coconut milk under there
ME: like a caveman do
WORK FRIEND: there's a couple non-perishables in my desk drawers
WORK FRIEND: some paleo, some not so much
WORK FRIEND: there's a can of tuna, some olive oil, hot sauce
ME: oh, that's fine
WORK FRIEND: and a box with one girl scout cookie
ME: is that the one you are sending back to warn the others?
WORK FRIEND: right
WORK FRIEND: THIS ONE NOT EAT
Stuff I learned from this Ironman Lake Placid... →
You can be penalized for cursing on the course. That doesn’t seem fair. Wetsuit use is serious business and can make you ineligible to win money (which also definitely won’t happen if you get hypothermia, just saying). Volunteers will apply your sunscreen for you after the swim section. If you ever wondered if people think at the end “Holy shit, I still have to run a %#%ing...
Is it silly to consider doing a half-marathon just...
My thrill threshold is even lower than I expected. I’ve even been to Canada before! But not this part.
Oh, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, I missed you
All blessings on the coworker who didn’t gape at me trying to walk up the stairs like a malfunctioning robot. I know it must have taken some restraint.
One Woman's Struggle To Shed Weight, And Shame →
runningwithguts: NPR story about one morbidly obese woman’s struggle with weight-loss. My first thought was that this woman needs a Tumblr. Some of my favorite lines: “Really, if there was an easy solution, Oprah would have bought it,” she says. But sitting down later to a lunch of a squash soup, Curtis concedes that what she really needs is not to burn more calories but to eat less. “I’m...
Wausau Daily Herald: Theft suspect bikes, runs and... →
Dude! Wrong tri order! (Also, my grandmother grew up in this city.)
I just did the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD for the first time in… uh… well, let’s just say last time I did it, it was not Bikram-hot outside. I am sore and stiff, but it’s something. As they say on Dailymile, I “zapped the zero.” Not that my eating this weekend was perfect, but at least once I contemplated buying something delicious and then decided,...
True! Illness! Confession!
I didn’t even notice my Mucinex had worn off this morning when I woke up! Because I was super hungover. So I can breathe better, and that’s pretty much all I can do. Posting this so the next time I whine about being sick I can remember that I have been, ah, behaving in ways not conducive to recovery.
(NSFW Video) Huffington Post: 'Tosh.0' Treadmill... →
Nearly naked people, foul language, commentary right on the line between tasteful and horrible… running jokes aplenty.
Two miles later I happily hopped off [the treadmill] and tried to escape, but...– Seems that Running Off The Reese’s worked out next to the worst person in the world yesterday. In my opinion the guy got off easy. I’d probably still be in there yelling at him. Also, I think the longest I’ve ever run a treadmill is 6 miles back when I did all my training on it....
No WIW again
So I probably shouldn’t have written a “Help, I can’t breathe” post and then walked away from this thing, right? Here I am TOTALLY STILL BREATHING! Look at me! Stupid lungs! I haven’t been running since Saturday. I’ve definitely thought about it, but that one run freaked me out too much, so I prescribed myself a few more days of rest. I might try a slow...
Diagnose me please?
I skipped my long run today because I’ve been having some back/shoulder pain while breathing, and maybe you can tell me what it is. It’s a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade that hits at the top of my breathing (breathe in, ZAP!, breathe out). I typically get it right when I wake up, but last night I had it on my run which made me very concerned and I ended up walking the rest of...
Deplorable food update
My sister (who reads this, so HI!!! START A BLOG) reports that a supermarket near my parents’ house has introduced a potato-chip making machine. You know, in case one of the 85,000 currently available chip flavors out there doesn’t suit you. I am both disgusted…and curious.
Groupon NYC: Flushing Meadows Golf Center... →
I know it’s not an actual sport, I just like mini-golf a lot. If you go with me we can make each other skip the unhealthy concessions.
3 miles outside this morning
Last night I went to the doctor to find out why I’m still coughing and congested despite antibiotics, Gatorade, et cetera. The good news is my lungs are clear (no matter how they feel) and at this stage it’s just a bad cold. The bad news is, there’s not much to be done except get more rest and go back in if it’s not better in 2 weeks. The other good news is that I am...
THE ANGRY THERAPIST: # 67 Don't Ever Use the Word... →
theangrytherapist: MEN: It doesn’t matter if you’re referring to your steak, this F word is off limits. Women automatically internalize this word. I call it the boomerang word. No matter where you throw it, it will always comes back to her. Even if you were referring to someone else, your girlfriend / wife will assume you’re thinking the same about her. It’s not worth the fight. ...
I just donated $40 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital so Mangosteele would write and perform me a rap, because of course I did. It’s going to be worth it. (If you don’t have $40, a sexy phone call is only $10.)
I’m not sure what you say to someone trapped in a car for hours, in a high...– Ta-Nehisi Coates responds to some sobering news on the obesity crisis. I love this guy. (link via mangosteele) A welcome alternative to most of the posts I have seen on this news (in general, not on Tumblr), falling along the lines of either “What is wrong with The Fat People?” or...
But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it...– Tina Fey (via runlikeella) Not that we’re mad, B.
Hey, remember all those times I posted about wearing sunscreen? Maybe I should have listened to my own advice a little more! I was diligent to a fault about my SPF this weekend, until the last day when I got lazy after jumping in the pool, and now I am the proud owner of one very sunburned buttcheek. And JUST one. I have no idea how that happened. Don’t be an ass like me. Reapply after you...
Swimming in the Central Park reservoir... →
nycrunning: Man Brings Daydream to Life, Jumps Into Central Park Reservoir 7/11/11 at 12:45 AM As some of us have imagined ourselves doing but not actually done, a sweaty, overheated white male in his forties scaled a chain-link fence and dove into the Central Park Reservoir on Sunday. He swam around in it for a few glorious minutes before firefighters booted him from the water, ordering him...
I'm out of town for a wedding this weekend
and I would like to make the following points: 1. Everyone here wears those ridiculous power-balance-ionized bracelets. They even sell them in convenience stores. What, what, what are you doing? 2. I was spotted and heavily questioned earlier today for walking between the church where the ceremony took place and the reception hall (because I didn’t shell out for a rental car). This was a...
Dear Runner's World
I don’t think it’s too much to ask that subscribers get their magazine issues before seeing them On Newsstands Everywhere. That’s why I subscribe! To be in the cool club! And because you always motivate me so much. Yet four times in the past six months, I have ended up buying that issue on newsstands and then reporting it missing. This is irritating and a waste of my sweet...
Packing as a svelter person
The clothes take up less room… but you’ll need it for all your exercise gear.
I imagine the possibilities of my life spreading out like creamer in my coffee. ...– Caitlin Boyle, Healthy Tipping Point
I’m not not posting the number because I’m afraid of it, or I want to rationalize it under the Holiday Weekend heading (although it was that, and it was good). I’m not posting it because I binged last night. Ah, there is always something to work on in this life. Always something. But today I got up and went running anyway. I ran with my stress and my hurt. I ran because my...
Through Hammer & Forge: Truthful Tuesday →
hammerandforge: I answered some lame ass title to 94Monkeys’ question last week, when I knew the name of my book should be called “Just Me Against My Man Boobs” I’m sure they are no match for you and your marathon and IRONMAN training! Begone, manrack! So far in the blog-to-book game we have… Books, Frosting, and Other Jubiliant Moments by Morewillberevealedmyfriend The...
This morning I ran the hometown 5K that was my first official race 2 years ago. The course is hilly but it gets easier every year, and now that we returning kids are too old to be in the parade it’s nice to open up a new family tradition. I was having a great morning out on the road; my lungs felt clear and I felt speedy again for the first time since I started getting sick. Unfortunately...
Holiday weekend exercises
Bicep curls with the book you’re reading Push ups out of the pool, then change your mind and get back in again Mental gymnastics of trying to figure out what day it is (no peeking!) Extended napping on a variety of terrains (living room couch, den couch, bean bags) Rack grabs in Target Blizzard pushes — because you can’t finish your ice cream and Dad wants the rest ...
I’m traveling the next two weekends and I just bought out the local pharmacy in 3-oz bottles of sunscreen. (Well, not quite, but I definitely grabbed the last of more than one brand in travel size.) If you’re planning to be outside most of the weekend like I am, WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! It’s a pain to put on but you will thank yourself the next day when you aren’t sidelined with...