Let Me Tell You Why It’s a Good Day
I started the morning in the best way possible – on the trails.
For some reason I don't mind running hills so much when I’m on the trails. I think I am too distracted by bear poop and just trying to breathe and not die that I forget just how hard it is (okay, this shot below doesn’t make it look hard, but most of it is and I don’t care if you don’t believe me).
I was “supposed” to swim today (according to my training plan), but the thought of going inside to a chlorinated body of water with hair (some of it pubic, no doubt) and band aids in it didn’t really float my boat if you know what I mean. So, I opted for something that spoke to my spirit.
My spirit was further spoken to when I got home and somehow stumbled upon a Blog Topic Generator site. I love all generator sites, one my favorites being the stripper name generator (mine is Dementia Titties – what?- does that mean my breasts are confused and forgetful? That makes no sense unlike other stripper names that are completely sensical). Anyway, on the blog topic generator, you simply put in three nouns and it will generate titles for your upcoming blog posts.
For example, I entered “run”, “poop” and “shoes”. Here’s what I got:
I love the Internet for this very reason. It never occurred to me to write a post about what poop will be like in 100 years or to compare Miley Cyrus and running shoes. All I can think of is that both Miley and shoes have tongues.
And, one last thing that made my day. This email from reader Emily:
I read your blog almost every day, and “shut up and run” has become a regular part of my vocabulary when heading out the door for a hard/slow/fast/hilly/rainy/cold/hot workout.
I just broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years and have had trouble being motivated to keep running some days. Today was one of those days, and I had a 4-mile interval on tap. SO, long story short, I put you on my wrist, had several people ask what SUAR meant, crushed those intervals, and made it through the best run I have had in months!
Of course I love this email because it gives me a big head, but I more love it because it is a PRIME example of why I chose to call this blog Shut Up and Run. It is the perfect kick in the ass that we all need sometimes.
You have to try the blog topic generator and tell me what the funniest one you got.
If you don’t want to do that, what is your stripper name?
If you don’t want to do that, tell me what you had for breakfast (boring, but I do like to know because I am struggling for breakfast ideas these days).
PS: Happy birthday to my beautiful mom who turns 75 today!
9 Myths About Runners
Like any group, runners get stereotyped. Apparently, we are overly-healthy, obsessed, type-A individuals with bad knees who never take a day’s rest. Or, something like that.
I’m here to dismantle some of these preconceived notions about us. Let’s set the record straight. Here are 9 misconceptions about runners.
1. Running’s easy for us. I can’t tell you how many people tell me they don’t run because it is “hard.” The funny part is, they also think running must be easy for me because I run all the time. No. Running is stupid eff’ing hard. I think you just get used to being uncomfortable.
Truth is, it’s even hard for Deena Kastor and she sets records left and right. There is always someplace to go with your running. If it feels easy, then most runners will pick up the pace or run on hills. Then it just becomes hard again. For me, expecting running to be hard is the key. Then you are not so surprised or pissed off.
2. Our knees are trashed. This one always cracks me up. I’ve had my share of injuries that have resulted directly from running (hip stress fracture, foot stress fracture, high hamstring tendinopathy, hamstring tear), but my knees are just perfect! This isn’t to say that one day my knee cap won’t just fall off into the gutter while on a 20 mile run, but so far so good. In fact, there has been quite a bit of research done on why running is NOT bad for your knees. I won’t plagiarize it here – you should just go read the articles yourself.
3. We run everyday. Truth be told, I know there are those of you that run every day, but if I did that I would poke my eyes out (and my knee might fall into the gutter). The most I run at the height of marathon training is five days per week. When I am just maintaining my running, it is more like three to four times per week (same with Ironman training).
4. We love every minute that we run. See #1. I am a running freak and fanatic, but I still sometimes hate running. And, that is OKAY! The point is that even when I don’t feel like doing it or I am unhappy in the middle of a run because it is –40 degrees or I have to poop or some body part hurts, I still keep going. That’s why the blog is called Shut Up and Run. You do it even when you don't feel like it. But, I can promise you, you will love every minute that follows a run. Bask in the glory!
Okay, maybe my friend Julie loves every moment she runs, but she is the only one.
5. Because we run, we are really healthy. While I do believe that running qualifies as a “healthy” activity, just because you run does not make you inherently healthy. Take me, for example. I run my face off, but then I eat plenty of Dots, Goldfish and chocolate chip cookies. I am not sure this qualifies me as healthy. I also drink wine every night and at least 16 ounces of coffee every morning (depending on what you believe, these might be healthily things to do). Like anything, running is part of healthy lifestyle, but does not make one automatically healthy since there are so many other factors involved (including sleep, hydration, stress relieving exercises, diet, etc.).
6. We’ve been running since childhood. I think if you run a lot of races, especially half or full marathons, people assume you have been running your entire life. No way! I spent a lot of times in my 20s and 30s drinking beer, sleeping and deliberately not exercising. Running and I did not become acquainted until I was 41 years old. I am kind of glad about that, because there has been some talk that runners wear out over time. I figure if I started late, maybe I can run until I’m 100, or at least until next year when I turn 48.
7. We run really fast. All the time. This one cracks me up. I will ask someone to run with me and they will say, “But you are so fast!” I wonder what could possibly make them think that. Yes, I am faster than some, but I am slower than many more. Just because you run a lot does not make you fast. And, anyway, fast is totally subjective. I am fast compared to Homer Simpson.
8. We don’t drink alcohol. Hahahahahaha! Lmfao! Clearly the person who thinks this hasn’t been at the finish line of a race where there is beer. The beer line is longer than the one for water, bagels or free money! That said, wine is very much a part of my diet (see #5 above). I know that alcohol dehydrates and is the cause of lots of other evil stuff (hangovers, the jitters, memory loss), but I happen to like it (well, not the hangovers, but you know what I mean). Would I be a stronger runner without my wine? Maybe. I guess I’ll never know.
9. We are obsessed with running. Well, this one just might be true.
Ever been stereotyped with any of these myths?
Have any to add to the list?
Ironman Training, Take 2
If you had told me a year ago that I would be doing two Ironmans (Ironmen) in a year’s time, I would have told you to STFU in the kindest way possible.
Yet, here I am – one Ironman under my belt (November 2013) and one coming up in 20 weeks (Ironman Boulder August 3rd). After the LA marathon, I gave myself 5 seconds to breathe and then jumped back into training. I am not sure I recommend this strategy, but I am usually my happiest when I am overloading myself and totally stressing myself out. Well, not really, but that’s just how the timing turned out on these races.
What does jumping back in look like? Let me show you in a sweet, little pie chart (am I the only one who gets hungry every time someone talks about pie charts? I know it’s a chart and not a baked good, but it makes me think of coconut cream pie, which is my personal favorite pie flavor).
Here is my coconut cream pie chart for the week:
Swim: 5,000 yards or ~ 2.9 milesBike: 53.10 milesRun: 16.45 miles
Total Miles: ~80Total Workouts: 9 Total Workout Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes
I think it is always very humbling to start training for something again. At the peak of my IM training last summer/fall, I was doing 18 hours per week. Now 8 hours is kicking my ass. It is a process, I know.
As I pointed out on Twitter this morning, I violated my comfort zone in more ways than one this morning (sounds dirty). I went to Boulder to swim. Not just swim, but swim with a master’s group. Not just swim with a master’s group, but swim outside. Not just swim with a master’s group outside , but in 24 degree weather. Not just swim with a master’s group outside in 24 degree weather, but at 6:44 a.m.
This was uncomfortable for me, but I did it. I am not sure the others in my lane liked me very much because I had no clue what I was doing. I am an okay swimmer, but I don’t really get all the terminology like “do eight 150s on 2:45 descending…” huh? But I just asked questions and did what I was told. Then I asked if they wanted to play Marco Polo and no one did.
So, I am back to chugging my X2 Performance every morning, logging my hours, eating billions of calories and sleeping like a baby.
What are you training for right now? IM Boulder is my big race, but hoping to do a 70.3 in June (Steamboat Springs probably) and a couple of other races as part of my training.
Favorite kind of pie? Coconut cream, followed by pumpkin.
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