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Bataan Memorial Death March: The Gear (And the Food!)

Tomorrow, Team Relentless is going on a 14-mile hike on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s a 7-mile out-and-back with our turn-around point at the top of the Hill of Life. Seems appropriate. We have two goals for the hike: 1. Test out what it’s like to walk for a really long time.2. Test our equipment and food plans to make sure they’re comfortable and up to the task. Dave and I have... read more

Stories About a Super Badass Blind Cross-Country Skier

I tried to think of a better title for this post, but Brian McKeever seems so totally SUPER BADASS, I decided to just go with the obvious. Mental Floss has a nice piece about him today. Here’s the gist of it: McKeever is thirty years old, he’s on the Canadian team, and this year, he’s competing in both the Winter Olympics and the Paralympic games. And he’s legally blind. How does... read more

My Sharona

On February 14, Doug Fieger, the vocalist for The Knack, moved on to the big rock arena in the sky. He was the songwriter behind one of the best running and roller skating and rocking songs EVER: My Sharona. Fieger said when he met Sharona Alperin – he was 25, she was 17! – “It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat; I fell in love with her instantly. And when that happened, it... read more

Bataan Memorial Death March: Meet Team Relentless

Dave gets nervous when he hears me say the words, “You know what we should do sometime…?” because he knows sometime is code for soon, and more often than not, that thing I want to do is way outside our comfort zone. One of the unexpected gifts of CrossFit in my life is the amazing people I know – and now they indulge me by playing my reindeer games, too. We call ourselves Team... read more

Dear Bench Press: I Love You

As you’ve probably guessed by now, when I’m having a “good thyroid” day, I tell y’all about my workout adventures, and when my lame-ass thyroid underdelivers, you get posts about cooking and Smudge and books and all the other things that make me happy. Today, you get workout news… yay! CrossFit Women5X5 Bench Press50 situps + 50 lunges “rest” between... read more

More Tips for Shopping/Cooking/Eating

The Great Fitness Experiment has an excellent post this morning called “Healthy Eating on a Budget (No Coupons Necessary!)” Her first tip is my favorite because I, too, love themes and alliteration: 1. Make a month’s menu in advance. It’s really not as daunting as it sounds, especially when you consider that you eat the same 15 or so meals over and over again. Make a calendar... read more

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: The Sitti Bowl

For as long as I can remember, my parents have used what we call the “Sitti bowl” in the kitchen. It’s a 4-quart pyrex bowl, yellow on the outside, white on the inside. It looks like this: [Thanks, Mom, for sending the photo of your Sitti bowl!] “Sitti” means grandmother in Arabic, and we call this the Sitti bowl because my mom inherited it from my great-grandmother – my... read more

The Consolation Prize Workout

This morning, my totally kickass husband updated his status on Facebook like this: That tremendously badass compliment is doubly-awesome when you know that at the time, I was in my pajamas (velour leopard print bottoms trimmed around the ankle with pink lace, XXL long-sleeved Social Distortion t-shirt with a bleach mark on the sleeve, black workout socks), lamely huffing and puffing through situps,... read more

Bataan Memorial Death March: One Month Countdown

We’ve got less than a month until the Bataan Memorial Death March. I’m putting to the test the assertion that CrossFit + heavy weight lifting = preparation for endurance events. We’re not doing a lot of long-distance training – we have one 14-mile hike planned for this weekend, with the option of a shorter follow-up if we need it to refine equipment or clothing. Surely I can walk all... read more

Smupdate! February 22, 2010

Sometimes, when I’m hanging with the corporate overlords, Dave emails me photos of what Smudge is doing. This just in: Smudge has commandeered my leopard print... read more

Best Cardio Routine?

Fitness Spotlight invited a bunch of us big mouth bloggers to share our thoughts on the “best cardio workout routine.” I sent them a workout, along with my criteria for what makes a good workout… namely, that we should forget the “vanilla-flavored, long-form aerobic activity” and go for intensity, variety, and fun. You can read the whole thing here, along with some other good... read more

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