1. 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.

     
  2. 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

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

     
  4. 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.

     
  5. 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.

     
  6. 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.

     
  7. 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). 

     
  8. 10:30 27th Aug 2014

    Notes: 13

    I was totally on board with an office plan to get lunch out once a week until the originator of the idea started referring to it as “Fat Girl Friday”… Tee hee, let’s pretend to be fat people by eating big lunches, just like all of them obviously do!

    Normally I try to let this kind of thing go, but it’s been a long week.

     
  9. Yesterday I had a follow-up with the orthopedist who diagnosed my hip problem. Though I went to her office in athletic clothes, the intake person handed me these extraordinary disposable shorts to wear. That’s a normal size exam table up there. I am not a small person, yet my calves hung out of these babies like chicken legs. They were what I imagined bloomers to be like. 
To be honest, the visit left me more confused than I was before. My ortho disagreed with my PT on several points, putting me in the middle of it (because what do I know). About the only things they can agree on are that my glutes, while stronger, are still not where they should be, and that the solution to this is more therapy. (Orthodoc kept saying “glute meat” which I didn’t catch at first, and then just didn’t understand. Glute meat??) But part of it must be working if my pain has decreased substantially… right? 
I am getting the picture that my docs would be HAPPIEST if I went to PT 3-4 times a week and ceased ALL other activity including the parts of my commute that are on foot. I am not a great subject for running a controlled experiment. It just seems like extreme measures for the type of occasional, random problem I’ve been having. (If I had to go to PT 4 times a week or I would, say, lose a hand, I would make it happen. But this isn’t that serious.)
For now I will just try and do my PT exercises every day at home ($Free) when I’m not in the PT office, and see if I make more progress like that. 

    Yesterday I had a follow-up with the orthopedist who diagnosed my hip problem. Though I went to her office in athletic clothes, the intake person handed me these extraordinary disposable shorts to wear. That’s a normal size exam table up there. I am not a small person, yet my calves hung out of these babies like chicken legs. They were what I imagined bloomers to be like. 

    To be honest, the visit left me more confused than I was before. My ortho disagreed with my PT on several points, putting me in the middle of it (because what do I know). About the only things they can agree on are that my glutes, while stronger, are still not where they should be, and that the solution to this is more therapy. (Orthodoc kept saying “glute meat” which I didn’t catch at first, and then just didn’t understand. Glute meat??) But part of it must be working if my pain has decreased substantially… right? 

    I am getting the picture that my docs would be HAPPIEST if I went to PT 3-4 times a week and ceased ALL other activity including the parts of my commute that are on foot. I am not a great subject for running a controlled experiment. It just seems like extreme measures for the type of occasional, random problem I’ve been having. (If I had to go to PT 4 times a week or I would, say, lose a hand, I would make it happen. But this isn’t that serious.)

    For now I will just try and do my PT exercises every day at home ($Free) when I’m not in the PT office, and see if I make more progress like that. 

     
  10. And that’s how I died laughing

    Yesterday my boyfriend went to outdoor yoga with me, after a whole summer of hearing how awesome it was. He seemed to be game to enjoy it but it was super humid out and I think as a newbie he was unprepared for an hourlong class. On the way out he turned to me and said jokingly “UGH. So much WELLNESS.” 

     
  11. Now that’s r-r-r-real

    That awkward moment when you recognize a few of your physical therapy exercises as done by dancers in the Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” video…

     
  12. Five random things about me (this week)

    Runslikeapenguin tagged me to do this meme sometime last week, but I never got around to it for various reasons. So, let’s chat: 

    1. I have a meeting tonight for which we take turns bringing snacks and it is my turn. Thing is, no one eats the snacks anyone brings; it seems more like a goodwill gesture. So after considerable stress I just bought stuff I like, so I’ll have leftovers. 
    2. Last night I ran on a treadmill for the first time in four or five months. It was a little boring, but it wasn’t too bad. Still hoping for a dry winter (yeah, right). 
    3. I’m going night kayaking to watch fireworks on Saturday. I’m very excited about this, even though the friend-of-a-friend I was going to go with just bailed because she thinks it’s going to thunderstorm. Surely they wouldn’t send us out in boats if they thought it was going to storm… 
    4. I used to make fun of my mom for wearing exercise clothes 24/7, now I realize I may well have drifted in that direction if I didn’t have to appear in an office every day. The Wall Street Journal had a funny yet judgy article on this phenomenon today — judgy in the sense of “if you buy the clothes, you have to do the workouts.” Well, maybe, or maybe it’s your business what you wear, when. This behavior is hardly limited to 20something female Lululemon customers, if the number of teenage boys I saw in basketball jerseys at Lollapalooza is any indication.
    5. There have been moments this summer when I wished I was training for a marathon, and that’s just insanity. I cannot account for this. Maybe next year?
     
  13. My next half-marathon is in less than 2 weeks! To celebrate, I caught a cold complete with fever that knocked me over at about 8pm last night. (Oh, so that’s why yesterday’s run was at turtle pace.) I revived enough to make it to the office today but I have no appetite, which is just sad. 
Anyway, I would rather dwell on the time where I was running and not blowing my nose continuously. My last long run for this race was this weekend when I ran 11 miles. I did something new-to-me and did my long run Friday night when I got home from work. I realize this probably pulls me over the line from “person who likes to run once in a while” to “what, are you nuts?” but consider the benefits and drawbacks:
PROS to this approach: Getting it out of the way right away means that no one can mess with your plans later in the weekend (I knew we were having guests in town and would be touristing it up Saturday and Sunday). The running paths were less crowded because not as many people run after work on Fridays. I was less nervous because I kept telling myself “Hey, let’s just get in those miles.” And when I finished, I more or less showered, ate all the pizza I wanted and then went to bed. 
CONS to this approach: Being at work all day maybe isn’t the best preparation for running this much, and I should have eaten more earlier in the day to prepare. I was both sore and starving all day Saturday and a little bit into Sunday. And (gross insect alert) I ran through a lot of gnats as it got darker and found some dead ones in my sports bra after. Running is so glamorous!!!!! 
Overall, I’m glad I got it done when I did and might consider Friday-night running more often if it’s the best time to do it. It does cater to my hermit tendencies to be “forced to” be away from phone and email and not have to talk to anybody. Like a “CLOSED” sign for my whole face. 
I’ve been holding my breath a little this whole time, trying to make sure I wouldn’t be injured and would be able to go in strong. It’s going to be a real party. (What a nutjob.)
Just-perfect graphic from Love Laugh Run

    My next half-marathon is in less than 2 weeks! To celebrate, I caught a cold complete with fever that knocked me over at about 8pm last night. (Oh, so that’s why yesterday’s run was at turtle pace.) I revived enough to make it to the office today but I have no appetite, which is just sad. 

    Anyway, I would rather dwell on the time where I was running and not blowing my nose continuously. My last long run for this race was this weekend when I ran 11 miles. I did something new-to-me and did my long run Friday night when I got home from work. I realize this probably pulls me over the line from “person who likes to run once in a while” to “what, are you nuts?” but consider the benefits and drawbacks:

    • PROS to this approach: Getting it out of the way right away means that no one can mess with your plans later in the weekend (I knew we were having guests in town and would be touristing it up Saturday and Sunday). The running paths were less crowded because not as many people run after work on Fridays. I was less nervous because I kept telling myself “Hey, let’s just get in those miles.” And when I finished, I more or less showered, ate all the pizza I wanted and then went to bed. 
    • CONS to this approach: Being at work all day maybe isn’t the best preparation for running this much, and I should have eaten more earlier in the day to prepare. I was both sore and starving all day Saturday and a little bit into Sunday. And (gross insect alert) I ran through a lot of gnats as it got darker and found some dead ones in my sports bra after. Running is so glamorous!!!!! 

    Overall, I’m glad I got it done when I did and might consider Friday-night running more often if it’s the best time to do it. It does cater to my hermit tendencies to be “forced to” be away from phone and email and not have to talk to anybody. Like a “CLOSED” sign for my whole face. 

    I’ve been holding my breath a little this whole time, trying to make sure I wouldn’t be injured and would be able to go in strong. It’s going to be a real party. (What a nutjob.)

    Just-perfect graphic from Love Laugh Run

     
  14. 1. Overthinking – Thinking too much is the most powerful motivation-buster (in my opinion). Some people’s brains perceive running as hard and grueling. This means that if you give the brain a choice, it will typically try to talk you out of getting out the door. The trick is to not make it a choice. It needs to be a decision. When you make a plan to run (and I think it’s a good idea to make running appointments with yourself that you put on your to-do list), know that it is going to happen much like you know a doctor’s appointment is going to happen. Do not have the internal argument of whether to go or not. Just go.

    This article is the truth. This morning for the first time in months I got up and ran 2 miles even though my brain was all “Uh nope, you won’t have enough time to get to work, can’t you just do it later, it’s not going to be quality, it’s too dark out” etc. FOR about 5 minutes and then it went back to sleep, and I kept on. 2 down, a billion to go. 

     
  15. Here, in my place and time

    What a sad few weeks it’s been. 

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