Castle Storming Complete

More details tomorrow. Just wanted to post my time and say I had a blast running this morning. According to my watch — which I stopped twice for port-a-pottie breaks… which included waiting in line… gah! — I finished in 2:07. 2:07. (And the clock time when I finished was somewhere in the neighborhood of 2:20.) In case you’re math-challenged, that 2:07 comes out to 9:41 per... read more

Ready to Storm the Castle

Dave and I drove the course today: meh. It’s mostly urban sprawl — a lot of frontage road and fast food signage for “scenery.” And it’s long. SO long… I saw the port-a-potties at miles 6, 8, and 10! Nice. I re-worked my iPod playlist. All songs that usually inspire a fast-forward have been deleted, and the little sucker is fully-charged. My bib is pinned to my... read more

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

I’m totally in “getting ready for the practice half marathon” mode. Drinking lots of water and decaf tea. Making sure I eat perfect Zone meals and snacks. Planning my bedtime and naps. I’ve gone from half-hearted to super-excited. Woot! Tomorrow I have my first WW weigh-in as a Lifetime member (I love that phrase.), then we’re picking up our race packets and driving the... read more

Half-Hearted? Lion-Hearted!

Dave contends that our Tuesday/Thursday short runs are designed to remind us that running is fun. I think he’s right. Until this morning, I was feeling kind of half-hearted about the 3M half marathon this weekend. I mean, I KNOW I can finish 13.1 miles, and I know it’s going to take somewhere between two and two-and-a-half hours at my “not pushing, just finishing” pace. So I was... read more

Nacho Cheese Doritos

I feel that this squirrel accurately reflects my adoration for Nacho Cheese Doritos, and since I no longer indulge in the orange-tastic, salty snack myself, I say, “Good on you, Mr.... read more

Beautiful Photos From Yesterday

… makes me proud. read more

Happy Inauguration Day!

I just got back from watching the the inauguration festivities on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse. I’m feeling so optimistic and patriotic and a whole slew of other “ic” words: enthusiastic, artistic, humanistic, idealistic. For the first time in almost a decade, I feel like we’re all in good... read more

Sincere Apologies to My Knees

My poor beleaguered knee caps! Saturday, during the I AM CROSSFIT workout, I was daydreaming la-la-la-ing about something when CLANK!, a 15-lb. dumbbell bashed into my left knee. No major damage, but I saw stars for a few seconds and spit out expletives at a rate sure to alarm our neighbors with kids. This morning while I got dressed for Bootcamp, I examined the mottled blue-and-brown-and-green smudgy... read more

George Sheehan Says It Better

Last week, I tried to explain my understanding of the difference between happiness and fun. I was only marginally successful. This morning, my Runner’s World quote of the day email delivered this which sums it up quite nicely: “Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.” — George... read more

Reading is Sexy: The Raven… and Happy 200th Birthday, E. A. Poe

In seventh grade, I was assigned to “enrichment” classes — a few hours a week devoted to hanging out with other nerds who were bored by the regular curriculum. We took field trips, did special assignments (“A photo history of fashion, modeled by Renee Beauchamp and Melissa Joulwan”), and tackled literature that was deemed too mature for the standard English class. I’ve... read more

Saturday News

All the news you need to know: 1. I’m officially a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers! I had an awesome weigh-in and meeting today. My holiday L-Bs are gone, and I was able to share some hard-won advice and old photos with my WW pals. That chapter is officially closed… no more being dogged by the scale to get to goal weight. Whew! 2. I did the I AM CROSSFIT workout planned for this morning,... read more

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