F*ck, Yeah.

Things that make me say, “Fuck, yeah.” 1. At 6:00 this morning, when the alarm went off, and I didn’t want to get up, I made a vow to run after work. And I did it. 2. We considered cutting our run in half because “it’s late,” and “we’re kinda tired,” and “we know we can run 6 miles, we don’t really have to do it today.” And then we ran... read more

You’re On Candid Camera

I’ve been tempted all day to practice handstands in the hallway here at work. I’m conveniently wearing jeans and Converse — and when everyone is trapped in meeting rooms like they are now, there’s very little foot traffic out there. Tucked between the elevators and the back hallway is a Mel-sized nook. There are no direct sight lines to it, so if I was really good and vertical, I... read more

Great Running Songs: "Mama Said Knock You Out"

In three hours, I will be away from this desk and out of the air conditioning. I’ll have traded the concrete-and-carpet floors of my corporate overlords’ 12th floor corner for the gravel of the hike and bike trail. And the furrow on my brow will be smoothed out under my white running hat. Looking forward to... read more


I just IM’d Dave about the WOD on WODFor time 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, and 5 rep rounds of: virtual shoveling (video) push-ups And he reminded me of Shovelglove, which he claims he told me about a few weeks ago. Hmmph. “Take a sledgehammer and wrap an old sweater around it. This is your “shovelglove.” Every week day morning, set a timer for 14 minutes. Use the... read more

Eat Your Vegetables: Cauliflower

Mmmmm… cauliflower. It tastes yummy and packs a nutritional wallop. Whoop! It’s got phytochemicals! Fiber! Vitamin C! And a high intake of cauliflower has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. (Cauliflower + Fight Gone Bad = suck it, prostate cancer!) Fun fact: The fractal dimension of cauliflower is predicted at about 2.88. It comes in varieties with adorable... read more

Lost in the Lost Pines Trail Run

I registered for the Lost in the Lost Pines trail run today. The web site describes the run as five miles of “rough terrain” and says to “Be prepared for sand, roots, rough patches, steep hills and steep downhills!” Ha! That sounds awesome, doesn’t it? In my imagination, the air is cool and crisp and smells like pine trees and apple cider. But maybe that’s the... read more

Fresh Air is Beckoning

I’m really hating my corporate overlords today, and I wish I could go outside and play. And I’m wearing a dress so I can’t even go amuse myself in the back hallway with burpees or a handstand against the wall. Damn it! Bootcamp today: Tabata squats: 21-20-21-20-15-20-21-21 Ha! Look at that lame-ass 15 in there. I totally wussed out on that 5th one. I stopped in the middle! There’s... read more

I’m Upside Down!

Wheeeee! The rubberbands are one of the world’s greatest inventions. 2009: The Year of the Handstand and the PullupBy the end of 2009, I’m going to be doing a handstand and pullup on my own, or make myself tired and sore — and completely nuts — trying. Look how strong and beautiful Randal and Maranda are. And here’s our whole tough-and-tumbling crew:Check out all the photos... read more


… you just need to watch a silly cat video. read more

Objectives of the Naval Aviation Physical Training Program

An article in the CrossFit Journal reviewed and recommended a book called Gymnastics and Tumbling. Issued by the U.S. Navy in 1944, it’s a training manual for cadets, putting gymnastics on equal footing with mathematics in aviation training. I couldn’t resist getting my own copy on eBay because it’s a collision of some of my favorite things: out-of-print books physical skills which seem... read more

Success in Failure

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game’s winning shot… and I missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan I just bought this so I can safely fail at rolls and handstands until I finally... read more

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