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77.1 degrees + 88% humidity

This morning’s Bootcamp was sweat-tastic, and I was still sore from Monday’s Hard Eight. My first squat today felt like my quads and hamstrings were being extracted from my legs with a plastic butter knife. But eventually my muscles warmed up, and I muddled through my nemesis exercise: thrusters. Our workout21-15-9:thrusters, 15-lb. dumbbellsrenegade rows, 2 pulls each pushup 10-lb. med ball:15... read more

Street Closure Ordinance

TOMORROW the Austin City Council is voting on an Ordinance that could affect some running races in Austin. Read on and think about making your voice heard. BackgroundSome time ago, a Street Closure Task Force was set up to address concerns brought up by neighborhoods, churches, and businesses regarding street closures for special events in Austin. Many of these groups want to drastically decrease street... read more

Once Over Coffee Bar GRAND OPENING BASH

A few weeks ago, I declared Once Over Coffee Bar as one of my favorite things. You’ll be glad to know that my affection has continued to grow. Rob makes a mean decaf, and I really appreciate that I don’t feel like an embarrassing second cousin once removed when I order unleaded in the a.m. Come celebrate the official GRAND OPENING of Once Over on Saturday, and hear St. Joe’s Choir play... read more

I Missed My Play Time Today

“Play not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.” — Jim Fixx, author of the 1977 book The Complete Book of Running * * * * * * * * * * * * * Stupid rain. I suppose I could’ve been all hardcore and gone running in the downpour this... read more

Roller Derby on the Today Show

I showed this video from the Today show during the class at which I was a guest speaker today. The students asked really excellent questions, and it was fun for me to remember the Derby glory days. Three years ago this week, I was writing my book. In fact, on April 27, 2006, I wrote the 100,000th word that meant my manuscript was officially done. Texas Rollergirls on Today... read more

Odds That This Workout Will Be Hard = 9:1

It’s Monday and that means it’s the official kick-off of birthday week and “no official CrossFit classes” week, and “I’m getting myself back on track” week. Whew! The Spartan Challenge starts in just 12 days, so Dave and I put together a training schedule that includes CrossFit workouts, running, and pushups to get us from here to there. This week looks like... read more

Taking the Monster for a Run

When Weight Watchers rolled out their new Momentum plan, they did it with the help of a fuzzy orange monster named “Hungry.” He looks remarkably like Gossamer, Bugs Bunny’s nemesis in some of the Looney Tunes cartoons. See? The timing is appropriate for me because in my imagination, my Monster looks like Gossamer — and he’s been following me around lately, whispering lies in... read more

100 Pushups: Week 3 Workouts

General consensus on the 100 Pushup Challenge so far? It’s hard! I’ve heard lots of stories from our TEAM RELENTLESS members about switching columns and noodle-y arms and the humility of doing pushups from the knees and how completely, ridiculously, painfully challenging it is to touch one’s chest to the ground. This. is. all. good. news. If it wasn’t hard, it wouldn’t be... read more

Filthy Fifty

I was thinking about doing the Filthy Forty-One next Saturday in honor of my bday, but now I’ll have to come up with something else because when we got to Bootcamp this morning, Crystal announced we were doing the Filthy Fifty (or… a close approximation of the original since we were out in the park). Our workout50 consecutive reps of each:box jumpspushupsswings, 25 lbs.lungesdipspush press,... read more

St. Joe’s Choir Show: Saturday, May 2

My 41st birthday is May 1, and truth be told, I’m not all that big on birthdays. I don’t like making a fuss over some pre-determined date on the calendar, and then trying to engineer a place and people and mood for maximum fun. And the presents… they make me feel kinda funny. I like regular days that turn into something awesome just because… like a really great workout and... read more

I don’t have time today to comment on this article from the Associated Press, but I wanted to share it. It’s a good read. I’ve bolded the parts that made a giant exclamation point appear above my head. I’m adding the book to my wishlist, and when I’ve read it, I’ll give y’all a full report. Just like in third grade. ———– When unhealthy foods... read more

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