Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and...– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution No. 217A, December 10, 1948, at paragraph 25. 1948, people. Health care as a human right was approved by the United Nations in the year 1948. (via fullcredit)
My current running shoes (Asics Gel Kayano 17s) are inching up toward the 300-mile mark. I also occasionally rotate in my previous 17s (inching up toward 500 miles) for short runs, because they don’t feel thrashed yet, although I wouldn’t wear them for more than a 4-miler. They don’t make this model any more (pour one out) and I’ve stockpiled 1 pair of those, and 1 pair of the GT-2160s (same year,...
First day of marathon training!
Under the Higdon-94Monkeys 19 Week Training Plan of Awesomeness. Sadly, I’ll probably be running on the treadmill later today because I had some back spasms when I got up this morning. It’s not a sign… it’s not a sign.
Don't forget, it's the FOOTBALL Giants
This morning I volunteered at the Run With Champions 5K at Metlife Stadium where the Giants play. I offer the following notes: Even when you mean it sincerely, “Nice job” feels sarcastic to the people at the back of the pack in a race. So I started telling jokes instead. I will be muchmore careful with where I toss my cup now that I have had the experience of picking used paper cups...
Anybody need a RoadID?
I recently replaced my RoadID because I lost my first one, and then put off replacing it for a few months because I figured it would just turn up someday. I plan to wear it in many, many adventures this summer, but hopefully never have to use it in case of emergency. You can get $1 off yours online with my code: ThanksEllen15434455 (I used someone else’s code to get a discount off mine, so...
"Prometheus" spoiler comment
It’s on topic, barely. [[MORE]] I went to see this movie last night and I definitely shouted “Oh, come on!” in the moment where Elizabeth Shaw can’t get the Caesarean section she needs to get the alien out of her because the magic medical pod will only do operations on men. The pod that services the whole ship, containing not one but three women on its crew including the...
Tips For Staying Safe in the Heat →
Highlighting my 2 favorites: • Acclimate. It takes 10 days to two weeks for the body to acclimate to keeping cool at higher temperatures. Give your body time to adjust. • Consume salt. Eat salted foods like a salt bagel, salted pretzels, or salted nuts. If you’re planning to race, eat salted foods all week prior to the event. On race day, consume one fast-food salt packet at the start line....
Doing yoga in Times Square
This morning I went to an Athleta yoga event timed with the solstice called “Mind Over Madness.” I think I’d tried to go last year, but had an early-morning meeting and couldn’t make it, but was lucky enough to sign up for a free ticket and go to the first of 4 classes being held today in Times Square. And by in Times Square, I mean, really in Times Square. We were on a...
2 for 2
This week I’m going to try to work out every morning. I have never been good at sticking to morning workouts, but I have at least been better than I am now — usually dragging my carcass out twice a week — and I need to be better so I can save my nights for fun times. (What, was I supposed to find an altruistic reason for this? Oh well.) I was going to run today and lift...
Anybody watching Bravo right now?
Hey, it’s the New York City Marathon! My friends were all “What’s with that runner’s hair?” And I was all “I think they’re in Brooklyn somewhere judging by the mile-6 marker.” (For those not watching — a professional matchmaker is out spectating for her ex-boyfriend who’s in town for the marathon. She did bring a sign, though, so...
I see hill repeats in my future
The hill in my neighborhood park kicked my ASS this morning. Not that I ever motored up it without a problem, but I was hurting out there. Fine, hills! If you want me to destroy you, I will! Now I’m just going to ramble on about marathon training plans for a bit. [[MORE]] I’m basing my training to follow the Hal Higdon Marathon Novice 1 and possibly picking up some workouts from my...
Get on your feet
Yesterday I had a work event for which I was walking around the city all day (Brooklyn - Queens - Manhattan - Brooklyn). I came home, went out for a quick run, and then showered and went out again. By 8:30 at night I was zonked. For someone who thinks of herself as in decent shape, being on my feet for 6 hours really took it out of me. I don’t spend that much time walking around unless...
I should have gotten up in time to run this...
It would help me deal with the stress storm of extreme WTF-ery I am currently experiencing. I won’t even go into it because if I try to think about it rationally my head will explode and I will go through a Kermit-in-“Muppets Take Manhattan” style amnesiac spell and wake up in Argentina on the professional tango circuit with no knowledge of my former life. Just posting to remind...
THEY HAD FREE POPSICLES AT THE RACE TODAY!
They had free popsicles at the race today!
Will Run For Popsicles
Tonight after work I ran in the park by my apartment, the loop I ran over and over last summer, and then into the neighborhood ta little. My aim was to end at a drugstore that sells my favorite popsicles (THESE, although “whole fruit,” I doubt) and walk home triumphant and cool. I was just hearing the park when over the dulcet tones of Hayley Williams I heard a child calling...
Treatment for the anxiety I feel over determining what is and is not covered in my “preventative” health care plan, and how much that coverage will cost me, is probably not covered in my “preventative” health care plan.
I Know What You're Doing This Summer
When is it appropriate to tell people you’re going to run a marathon? Training has been on my mind a lot right now and so has the actual race, but I don’t know how much yammering about it is too much. At least, I should probably let my roommates know so they understand why I will suddenly be going to bed early, reappearing in the morning and eating all the things. I’ve put it...
Buzzfeed: On Goals, Persistence and the... →
“There was never any question about whether I would start running again; the question was simply when.” Doree Shafrir of Buzzfeed (and Doree.tumblr.com), fellow NYC Marathon ‘12, on battling injury and starting over.
NY Times: At Crossfit, a Military Regimen with... →
I’ve learned a lot about Crossfit from my fellow Tumblrs but I still enjoyed this article about the Murph workout and Crossfit culture. It also features Crossfit South Brooklyn, a box I was delighted to learn has its own book club (that’s how we roll in the Slope). Here’s the Murph workout (source) since it isn’t in the article: 1 Mile Run to start 100 Pull-ups 200...
And water is "a little wet"
Today I ran my first ever 3.5K. It was supposed to be a 5K and at the start we were told it was “a little short”…try almost a mile! Oops. Did I mention this event was put on by a college, not just any college but the one I graduated from? Come on, dudes. This was an EASY thing to fix. Just from running 5Ks out here before (we’re on an island off the southern tip of...
Wedding season starts tonight for me with an old coworker who’s getting hitched in lower Manhattan. I have 4 this summer and I’m not in any of them. What to wear? The blue dress I got outlet shopping last November? The sequined black one from two Thanksgivings ago? The purple number from February? I don’t have to scramble for something last minute, as I have so many times...