Thursday, April 21, 2011

Where I'm at these days...

See, the problem with going so long between posts is that everything I've wanted to write about becomes a big jumbled mess in my head.  Then I get overwhelmed and just scrap it.  Then I go even longer between posts...and, well, you can see where this is going.  When I'm feeling overwhelmed by things in my day-to-day life I usually end up putting everything down on a list.  Seeing everything in a numbered or bulleted list makes it all seem so much more managable, and gives my brain a chance to release everything it's been trying to hold on to.  So, I'm just going to throw everything out there in bullets tonight!
  • Floating Away: Since watching 'Food Matters' I've really been trying to drink A LOT more water.  I'm terrible about drinking enough water as it is, so this is kind of a challenge for me.  This guy on the documentary talked about how important it is to make water the FIRST THING you put into your body every day--before coffee, before OJ, before tea, and definitely before any food.  He talked about how, even if you're eating really healthy, nutritious food, your body can't absorb those nutrients if you haven't prepared the way by flushing out any toxins that were in your digestive system.  He also discussed the importance of flushing the colon...but, I don't think I'm quite ready for that.
Speaking of flushing the colon, I swiped this photo from SUAR's blog.  I've heard of people doing this during races, but kind of thought it was more urban legend than anything.  Um, yeah, guess not.  EWWWW!
  • Speaking of SUAR's blog, I have SO loved reading all of the Boston Marathon race reports.  It's kind of funny because running a marathon, let alone the Boston Marathon, has always been really far off my radar.  It's been one of those things that I've always catagorized as plain ol' crazy, in the same way that I think jumping out of a plane or eating chocolate covered bugs is crazy.  But, as I've gotten farther into reading some of these amazing running blogs, and after reading some of the incredible recaps of the Boston Marathon, it seems a lot less crazy and a whole lot more awesome than it ever did before.  I'm not saying I'm going to do it myself.  But, I'm not saying I'm not either...
  • That being said, I haven't done much in the way of racing, well, ever really.  There's two races coming up this year in Kansas City that I'm interested in doing.  June 4th (I think) is the very well-known (locally, at least) Hospital Hill Race.  They have a 5K, 10K and a half.  I'm thinking about doing the 10K.  It's a distance that I know I could do even at my current fitness/training level, so I could actually work on a time goal.  Then, on October 15th is the KC Marathon/Half.  This would be a great time of the year for a half.  I'd have plenty of time to train and work to get a finish time under 2 hours.  There!  That feels good to get some goals down in black and white.
  • So, FOOD.  Watching 'Food Matters' has also got me thinking about my newest kitchen appliance obsession:  a VitaMix blender.  Hmmm.  If only they didn't cost $500!!  Do you like the blurry picture I've provided you with?  Figured you would.
  • Yesterday's run: I found a new outdoor, paved loop.  I did 6.5 windy, hilly miles and my hip flexors are feelin' it today.  Part of the loop was a little secluded for my comfort level, so I probably won't do that one again by myself.  I found myself looking over my shoulder a lot.
  • Last Friday I went to the gym with the intention of running on the treadmill, but when I got there I just couldn't face getting on that thing.  So, I hemmed and hawed about what to do.  The spin class was just about to start and there was a bike free, so I coaxed myself into walking through the door and getting on the bike.  It was such a last minute decision that I forgot to bring my sweat towel in with me.  Thank goodness I had my water bottle with me.  It was a KILLER class.  Pretty sure the class ended about 3 minutes before I would've puked.  That class kind of makes me want to cry.  Strangely, I haven't been sore afterwards the two times I've taken it.
  • I've felt like I've been operating in a sort of 'fog' this week.  You know, where you feel like you just can't quite clear your head or focus fully on anything or be truly present in any moment.  It's been driving me crazy!!  This evening, we ordered Chinese take-out (since there was pretty much nothing to make for dinner in our house).  After we ate, an impromptu game of what we termed "Chinese Tabletop Football" broke out after we'd opened our fortune cookies.  My daughter folded her fortune into a tiny triangle and started flicking it between the two take-out boxes.  My son followed suit.  Chinese Tabletop Football; it was a nice moment of clarity for me.  See?  Right through the take-out box uprights.

And, with my daughter's hand in your face, I'll end this random bulleted post.  Phew!  It felt good to get some of that out of my head.


  1. Love bulleted blogs. :) I was just looking at this picture on SUAR's blog and was wondering the story behind it. Crazy. Don't know if I could do it. Gross!! But if it meant winning big then maybe. Glad you are going to enter in some races. So fun. And great picture and recap at the end...these memories are awesome!! definitely fog lifters. :)

  2. The KC Half is a great race! We are running Hospital Hill this year for the first time too ... you should do it! Great cause!

  3. ha, its a random post but entertaining! I love spin class, used to teach it in college :)

    I have been loving reading the race reports from Boston too, so motivating! And that picture of the colon cleanse??? EWWWWW! Totally gross, I think I'd barf running next to that...totally EWWWW!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Lisa - glad you are back :) I'm doing the HH 10K and KC Half (Jim is doing the 10K and full. I think you should do both of them for sure. The racing experience is seriously so amazing!

  5. Hopefully your fog is lifting!! Food Matters was just one of the movies we watched that actually prompted us to plunk down the mulah for a Vitamix. I seriously use it at least twice a day. It was worth the tax refund cash I set aside for it! Chinese food sounds so good right now!

  6. Amanda stole my line. It is I who loves bulleted blog posts.

    If you want to record yourself running, my coach will look at it for free and give you some pointers. He is a coaching savant. It's easy to do actually and you can email me through my Blog if you are interested and I'll tell you how.