Running With Guts: But Brenna, what are my... →
runningwithguts: Is that all that’s holding you back from entering my SUPERDUPER RAFFLE OF AWESOMENESS? I know, I know. In a *real* raffle, you can see how full each basket is with tickets, which sways where you put your money. That’s all that’s holding you back, right? Here are the current stats: (23… Whatever you do, DON’T enter this raffle so I will WIN ALL THE...
Real life meets blog life
“What is 30 Day Shred?” “It’s a workout DVD. It’s a Jillian Michaels, uh, joint, if you will…”
I’m not sure if I’m going to qualify for my workplace’s gym-visit-reimbursement policy, because I don’t go to the gym enough. Wait, wait, hear me out! I used to do all my non-race running on the treadmill. I trained for my first 10K without doing a run longer than a 5K outside — yep, 5 and 6 miles on the treadmill, fun fun fun. (Because I thought it was… going...
Dad running update
Just got a text from my dad saying that he ran 3 miles to pick up his car at the mechanic’s, but stopped in the middle to get a haircut at the local barbershop. Dads running errands!
Washington Post: After Hurricane Irene, a... →
“It is as if Mr. Hyde went shopping, and Dr. Jekyll had to get up and make breakfast.” Stop looking in my kitchen cabinets, Washington Post!!!
Dance of the 1000 Satellites
Seems like my Garmin takes the longest to “lock in” in the mornings, to the point that I usually just start running and then manually add the distance later. Otherwise I’m standing on a street corner pacing back and forth, waiting for it. It’s like it’s saying, But it’s early! I’m sleepy! and I’m saying Get out of here, Garmin. You are not a...
Well, if you insist
I just made my workout schedule for the week but I might have to change it because I’m donating blood on Tuesday. I haven’t donated in years, so definitely before I was getting regular exercise. Will I feel up to running the day after? Who knows? Hilariously my donation e-mail states that I should “please remember to eat before [my] donation.” Big breakfast here I come!...
Making My Own Joy: Oh, the Questions →
kimijoy: I’ve gotten a lot of questions and comments since I decided to take control of my life. Questions of all sorts from all sorts of people. I’m very open and honest and will answer any questions I receive, to the best of my ability. But, honestly, some questions/comments are just borderline rude — and usually come from my friends and family who are not active or eat healthful foods: ...
Calm before the storm
This morning I ran 7 miles on the treadmill. It was okay. Got my mind off all things Irene-related. Was going to stay for yoga but it was canceled. Kind of irritated at people who are chastising others for “overreacting” and “making a big deal out of” the storm. (Not you! On the rest of the Internet.) I’ve never been in a hurricane before, so yeah, it’s scary...
I think I might try spinning again tomorrow morning. HOLD ME I’M NERVOUS.
3.5 miles this morning
Changed my route. Amazing how well that works! I saw a guy unloading water coolers on the sidewalk and as he passed he said apologetically, “It’s a hurdle, you’re supposed to jump over it.”
The Runner's Kitchen: A How-To Guide To The Run... →
I have only done this once so I am no expert, but what’s truly awesome about running to work is the sense of accomplishment it offers. I didn’t just run X miles — I went somewhere! Look at me go! I wish this post had been around when I was planning my little jaunt. One modification: I hate carrying stuff with me when I run, even a small backpack, so I would stash my post-run...
I Don't Get Runner's High: 13.1 Minneapolis Race... →
idontgetrunnershigh: Also, there was this woman running with her iphone playing music over the speaker. We changed leads a few times over the course. The only song I heard was “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind. I need to find this person and perform a musical intervention on her. Surely there is something peppier you can listen to while running, like I don’t know, anything.
Light-hearted NSV of the day:
pickyourhard: When the tremor started, I didn’t question my ability to grab William and sprint outside of the parking garage to safety with all 32 pounds of him. I didn’t end up doing that… but I could have. ;) Functional fitness! (I missed the whole thing even though I was on the street at the time. Lame. But safe.)
Eyeroll of the day.
veggielife: “Have you ever wished you could wear your shaper to the gym?” NO. NO I HAVE NOT. I mean I don’t own Spanx, but from what I’ve heard it’s not what you want to wear if you would like to be able to walk/bend down/sit/breathe, and I’m pretty sure that when I go to the gym I’d rather be able to do those things. So I can kick some ass, not give mine a lift. Seriously? Spanx has...
That awkward moment when...
After run club you go to meet your friends at happy hour. They know you had “a thing” beforehand, not what it was, but they are happy to see you sweaty and disheveled and don’t ask where you’ve been, missy. Because whenever you need each other, there you are. And just when you’re feeling like you’re doing a great job of balancing your life you realize...
True! Runner! Confession!
Just before I go to group runs there is a part of me that says “Eh, let’s not do this.” Every freaking time. I can acknowledge my inner marshmallow without giving in to it. (Eeeeek.)
The new Decemberists video “Calamity Song,” features the sport of Eschaton, a sort of in-person RISK played on a tennis court as invented by author David Foster Wallace in his novel Infinite Jest. Wallace was a very good (if not nationally ranked) tennis player in his youth and the book is set in part at a private high school outside of Boston called Enfield Tennis Academy. Why...
The Battle of Brooklyn
Bright and early today veggielife and I helped out at a local 10-miler called the Battle of Brooklyn. I don’t volunteer for races much and I should do more, because it made me excited to be around all those runners and happy to be doing my part. I helped set out and give out the timing chips (runners had to pick up their chips the morning of the race, and they were the kind that were...
I had a dream about running last night. That’s not the weird part. The weird part is that in the dream I took a Gu and I could taste it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tasting dream before. And I blow this one on Gu? Really? #runnerproblems
Because we're friends, right?
PSA: If you are in New York City, don’t go to the gym tomorrow. Wait, scratch that. Don’t go to the gym till, oh, 11 or so. Sleep in! You have my permission. It will all make sense when I tell you: That my hot water is still busted, so after my long run tomorrow I guess I have to go to the gym to restore myself to normalcy. I have come to terms with my post-long-run state, it is...
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.– Winston Churchill (via runlikeella) The week Celebrity Doppelgangers was the hot Facebook meme I put up a picture of Winston Churchill. It was kind of an in-joke, but while I don’t have much in common with him (except we’re both white and I am a little British) the more I read about his...
Moxiebird.com: Filed Under Worst Idea Ever:... →
The existence of this makes me so, SO ANGRY. Kristine at Moxiebird writes: Now, snark aside, I can see what the INTENTIONS were here. This poor Kramer character jumped on the child-obesity band wagon and decided to create something to reach these kids in a productive manner. Except the girl in the book is 14. And the target audience of this picture book? FOUR to EIGHT. I dunno, maybe I was...
6n6challenge: Reblogged from themoderncavegirl: Matt Long, NYC Firefighter & Ironman who was run over by a bus & made an amazing recovery. He wins all of the awards. There’s more about him on Runner’s World, too. He also often visits bigger races and you can chat with him at the expos! I need to read this book. Anyone got a copy sitting around?
Take the streets at night 'cause we sleep all day
Tonight I ran 3 miles and then I had the most amazing long hot shower as the gym bathrooms were being cleaned. It was definitely in my Top 5 Showers of 2011. The employee in there definitely looked confused that I was showering at 8:30PM! BUT IT WAS GREAT. When I walked home from the gym a guy catcalled me from a minivan and I had to laugh because of my amazing ensemble of rain boots and Nike...
Losing Weight in the City: How I Became "That"... →
losingweightinthecity: I remember when I started losing weight vowing to myself that I would not be “that girl” as I was trying to lose weight or once I reached my goal weight. I would not get crazy about it. I would simply lose the weight and move on to the next big thing in my life, whatever that would be. To me, “that girl” was the girl who lost weight and ran marathons and competed in...
True! Workout! Confession!
Today I was glad I slept in and didn’t work out in the morning because… …WAIT HEAR ME OUT… …we seem to not have any hot water in the house. (My roommate says it broke yesterday and our landlord “meant to send someone.” FTLOG.) What I’m saying is, I got away with a shorter shower than I would have needed had I gotten up to run. And, y’know,...
That time I received an email that began "Have you...
and I was like, SOLD! and then I realized it was not actually offering me the chance to go eat the world’s best pasta and now I am sad.
Swimmin' ain't easy
My flight back to New York was canceled last night because of the rain on the East Coast (could one of you out there go outside and turn off the water? Thanks!) so I’m working from my parents’ today. That means I had no good excuse not to hit the pool with my dad this morning. Whoo! I tried to focus on using my arms instead of my legs, which is probably why I was sore by about Lap...
Bit under 4 miles with my dad this morning
He doesn’t have a Garmin so I was timing and pacing for him… but I had to break it to him that his regular 4-mile route was more like 3.75. It’s okay though. I’m trying to talk him into doing a half-marathon next spring with me, over my mother’s objections. Her primary stated reason that he shouldn’t is that he “wasn’t running like this 15 years...
I finally got a decent night's sleep!...
…the night before getting up at 3:45AM to haul to the airport. So unfair! I only woke up twice last night! I’m going to my parents’ this weekend. Running weather forecast: High/awesome. Pool forecast: Also high/awesome. Then again I just sleep-drunkenly bought a Groupon for wine classes, so don’t let me off the hook yet.
I finally bought a RoadID!
Thank you all for incessantly posting about it until my stubbornness wore off. I went for the Wrist ID Slim and I will let you know how I like it. Till then I’m only answering to NKA TAKING SYNTHROID. (JK.)
Signs you need to start training again
You tear apart your apartment looking for packets of Gu, and only find 2 — and not even in your flavor of choice. (Well, there were 3 but I tested out a Pineapple Roctane on Saturday before I went out because I was a little hungry but more impatient to get moving. It was too sweet, which is a fair criticism of all sports gels but I noticed it more in the artificial fruit. Still,...
there are like 60 cats in here.: LADIES →
sparkleneely: i say this with love. L-O-V-E love. stop it with the cleanses. especially with these prepackaged/deliver to your door cleanses that are mostly sugar. they don’t work. they’re selling you fucking snake oil. oh, you feel healthier and cleansed? of course you do. you’ve been shitting straight liquid for three days. there is NOTHING LEFT IN YOU TO POOP. you lost weight? if you...
Usually I halfass my cross-training, but tonight I really pushed myself on the elliptical and I felt it. It was good, I had some stuff to work through in my head. Unrelated, I’m convinced the new Facebook Messagechatemail system is possessed. If I set myself to “Offline” then I shouldn’t be getting message pop-ups in the bottom bar, end of freaking story. STOP CALL! STOP...
sticks and stones may break my bones, but a 5k pace excites me…– whatever-it-takes (influenced by rihanna) ‘Cause sprints may be bad but he’s perfectly good at them…