Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Biz Stone is a pretty smart guy. For those of you going "who on earth is Biz Stone", you might not know his name, but you know his company. Biz Stone is the cofounder of Twitter and he just happens to be a runner. A regular feature in Runner's World Magazine is the "I'm a Runner" page. They take celebrities, business people, people who's names you probably know who are runners and do a one page feature. I love this page, it is one of my favorite parts of the magazine.
Biz Stone is the featured person in the June 2010 issue of Runner's World. He has some good things to say, mostly about where he is in his program, what he's doing and what he's planning next. The last quote is the one the reeled me in though. Preceeding the quote he is discussing an idea of getting the office staff out on a weekly run because you connect better outside. Then he says this...
"A lot of people go out for drinks, but going for a run would be much healthier."
I had this kind of lightbulb moment. I could see in my head one of the people I used to work with coming to my desk and saying "hey, we're all going out for a run after our shift is over, you wanna come?" Then I could see this senario replayed at offices all over the country and all over the world. Friday afternoon rolls around and the office organizer (you know that one person (sometimes there are two) who is "in charge" (officially or unofficially) of organizing office activities (birthday parties, potlucks, Friday night drinks), goes desk to desk organizing an after work workout. Instead of birthday potlucks the office would run a 5K. Instead of a company picnic (aka lets pig out so we can put our company healthcare to good use) the company sponsors a race and donates the proceeds to a local charity, or an employee who needs a boost.
Then my imagination really got away from me and I could hear John Lennon singing Imagine in the back of my mind as I pictured all this fitness going on...Only in my mind the lyrics were a little different (Sorry John. Nobody put this to music and we should be okay...)
Imagine no obesity, I wonder if you can, No need for Weight watchers, A brotherhood of runners, Imagine all the people, Sharing every run...
You may say that I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, And the world will run as one.
A world where going out together with your co-workers to run is more normal than going out to eat. A world where even the companies we work for put health first. A world where socializing and networking is done on the track instead of around high caloried cocktails and fried appetizers. A world where running tracks are planned as faithfully as children's play parks. A utopia of runners.
Now of course I realize, just as going out for Friday drinks is not everyone's cup of tea (hehe that strikes me as funny) , running is not for everybody. Some people have real medical reasons not to run and some just don't like it. Just like I don't like mushrooms. The office run will probably never replace office drinks. But, a person can dream can't they, if even for just a moment...
Real lyrics to Imagine by John Lennon found here...
Complete article with Biz Stone found here.... www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,
s6-243-410--13497-1-1X2X3-4,00.html (in the mag, the quote is at the end, on the site it is on page
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I guess one of the reasons I like to run is the humor I often find while I am running. It seems to be a fact that funny things happen to me when I run. I am sure if I went back and checked my blogs I would find a lot of examples of funny things.
First, I am a clutz, plain and simple, always have been, probably always will be. One of the reasons I love running is that it makes your bones stronger-I am going to need those strong bones to avoid a broken hip when I am 90 and I fall off the sidewalk. Which just happens to be one of the funny things. For some reason I find it humorous when I slip off the sidewalk-happens from time to time-totally embarrasing, but at the same time quite humorous.
When I run at my sister's I sometimes end up chasing a duck, I find this humorous too. Silly duck, just fly away or turn or something, quit quacking at me like this is my fault!
The other day it was the Run Forest Run license plate-HILARIOUS to me! That still cracks me up several days later!
So, today, it was two things that made me laugh. Today I tried another new route in my neighborhood, taking some roads I am familiar with, but have never run down. One of my roads is a quirky little street, it is actually a pretty major east-west route through town, but not THE major east-west route and during the day it is quite well traveled, but in the early a.m. not so much. So, I am running on the sidewalk, avoiding the street despite the fact this is a very wide road and probably quite safe to run on. I'm about half way down the street when I can hear this car coming up behind me VERY FAST. This doesn't really bother me or scare me since I am on the sidewalk, but the thought that goes through my mind is "geez, where's the fire?" Just at that moment the car passes my shoulder and wouldn't ya know it-a fire truck!! Not the big red ones but one of the regular white trucks with red trim that our chiefs and inspectors drive!! Okay, so there probably wasn't a fire. That truck was headed towards one of our fire stations and not away from it and the lights were off, but still the irony had me chuckling for quite awhile.
A bit later I get to a major intersection where I have to hit the button and wait for the light to change. At first I just punch the switch, but while I wait for the light to change I just pace back and forth. Then I finally take a look at the signal while I wait for it to change. This particular pedestrian signal is the kind with a red hand that lights to say stop and and white walking person to say go. The red hand is lit and then I notice some of the lights on the hand are burned out or broken and the hand is missing some fingers. The remaining hand and fingers were formed into a perfect sign language symbol for I Love You!! Here I am going for a simple little run and I've got a street sign telling me it loves me. Awww, so sweet, I love you too signal-thanks for keeping me safe and letting me know when I can cross... I've met alot of street signs, but I've never had one say I love you before!! Funny things happen to me when I go on my runs...
I ended up having to cut the run a bit short, I forgot a watch but knew I had to get back so hubby could leave for work. Good thing I cut it short too because I got back with only a couple of minutes to spare. I opened the door just long enough to yell in that I was home then went back out to water my garden. I've got two baby tomatoes growing and a few blossoms waiting to turn into baby tomatoes. I've got about 6 yellow squash coming up, no blossoms yet, planted them from seed. My onions have sprouted and the green tops are starting to come up, my planter of zucchini is going crasy, I will probably have to thin a couple of plants to help keep the others healthy, plus, how much zucchini can one household use... . The carrots are starting to show some frilly green tops, soon we should be seeing beans and peas coming up. Can't wait for all that yummy goodness to be ready to eat!! Over the next two weekends I have to move quite a bit of gravel (our yard, when we moved in, was a rock yard, which I don't like, in addition the rock was too thin to do it's job of keeping down the weeds so I am moving all of it to the area by the driveway and the door to the house and then putting in my garden and replacing the rock with weed control fabric and bark). The garden is in raised beds and planters. I have to get the last, oh about 5 ft by 10 foot section done so that I can put in planters for melons. Lots of work, hopefully lots of payoff. After watering I came in and did a stretching routine with new stretches for the SIS challenge and that felt REALLY good. Then took the two older kids to school. Today was Pajama day at kindergarten so daughter went to school in her jammers (she changed into a fresh pair, not the same ones she slept in). Tomorrow is the kids last day of school until next Tuesday. Our teachers had to take furlough days and decided to tack them on to the Memorial day holiday. Hmm 5 days with all the kids at home, not sure that sounds like fun...LOL! We'll have to figure out something fun to do, maybe a beach trip on Friday before the weekend crowds get really crazy. Now it is time for all those mundane bits of life like dishes, dirty kitchen floors, etc. Hope everybody has a great day!
Monday, May 24, 2010
I read this article in Runner's World magazine on Friday. It is in large what got me to REALLY attempt the 6 miles. This is one of those HUGELY inspirational stories that motivates others simply because this guy is so human and has accomplished so much! He started running and lost 130 pounds. When his mother came for a visit she walked right past him at the airport because she didn't recognize him. He qualified for Boston and will run next year.
Read the article-it is AWESOME-I just had to share! www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7124,
Sunday, May 23, 2010
A - Age: 40 and 11/12ths
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: Kitty's litter box
D - Dog's name: Baxter the beagle
E - Essential start your day item: Toothbrush and toothpaste
F - Favourite colour: Green
G - Gold or Silver: Gold
H - Height: 5' 3"
I - Instruments you play : Piano
J - Job title: Mommy-used to be Unit Secretary (hospital psych ward)
K - Kid(s): 3-boy, girl, princess
L - Living arrangements: 3 bedroom modular-with a small yard, 3 kids, a dog, a cat, a fish and a husband
M - Mom's name: Barbara
N - Nickname(s): None really. Mommy is the closest thing.
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Other than my own birth-a severe infection when I was 12 and the births of each child.
P - Pet Peeve: Bad driving
Q - Quote from a movie: "My name is Indigo Montoya-you killed my father prepare to die" (Mandy Patinkin-The Princess Bride)
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 1 bro and 1 sis
T - Time you wake up: between 5:30 and 6:30 depending on degree of tiredness :)
U- First word that comes to your mind: kind (it rhymes with mind-sorry)
V - Vegetable you dislike: brussel sprouts
W - Ways you run late: Get wrapped up in current activity and forget about coming activities (computer, a good book, any ol' project)
X - X-rays you've had: Mouth, neck
Y - Yummy food you make: too many good things-that's part of my problem-I'm a pretty good cook!!
Z - Zoo favorite: Polar Bears
Just something fun and easy for a Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Let's start with the minuses...First, it takes me a really long time to run 6 miles so...
1. It is a crazy long distance. I felt like a pioneer setting out across the plains
2. I still don't have a hydration system (for some silly reason feeling intimidated by them-if I buy one it might mean I really am a runner)-so I have to carry my hydration in my hand-that wasn't so much fun.
3. Like the hydration I haven't invested time in finding a great energy source. I stuck a cliff bar in my pocket. Hmmm. While I love cliff bars, running with one in my pocket was not the best solution and they are a tad dry/chewy. I spent to much energy focusing on my chewing.
4. The shoes that stood up to shorter distances just fine, didn't really stand up to 6 as well. The balls of my feet were sore by the time I got back. Better shoes are apparently needed, until those fit into the budget I might try an insert and see if it helps-test it out on a short run first to make sure it doesn't totally throw me off.
5. The laces on my shoes bother the top of my foot, on shorter runs this is not a real issue, just a minor annoyance, on a long run it becomes a major annoyance. Find a new way of tying my shoes so that problem is eliminated. It is the cross over of the laces at the very top of the shoe that is the problem-I pull them too tight or something.
6. Part of my route took me past a farming field. It is being "fumigated" and there are poison signs all over the field. I kept thinking "great I am running past a field of poison, I'm going to die". Don't run past field again until poison issue is resolved. EWWW I just realized, some sort of food product is going to be grown in the field of poison. YUCK!!! Obviously not organic food. shudder.
And that is about it really. All things that can be dealt with and resolved. There is nothing about running 6 miles that had me saying "I am never doing this again". That is pretty awesome!!
1. It feels REALLY good to say I ran 6 miles. Right after the run I had to shower and head off to son's basball game-I had to resist the urge to tell everybody I saw "hey, I ran 6 miles today".
2. Running 6 miles is actually kind of fun. It was an adventure. My sister couldn't run with me today so I was on my own! I tracked out a completely new route I've never done before and it was fun. I used the fitness tools to track my route using the hybrid setting on track your route. One section was completely unknown to me and part of it went through a section that is under construction. I appeared, on the map, that this section of road went through to a different road, where I wanted to be, but I just wasn't sure. I planned a back up route but didn't need it. The road was blocked by a guard rail, with plenty of space for a runner to slip through. I ran down a sidewalk in a dirt field, the by product of an enconomy in the dumps. The field had been graded and laid out for new homes, but the homes were never built-just the sidewalk. There was a break in the fence at the other end and then I noticed that there was a second fence behind the first, but evidently someone else uses that route too as a space had been cut in the fence for people to get through! That was my adventure today!
3. By going 6 miles I can incorporate the ONLY hills in Northwest Hemet into my route!! My town is really quite flat. The whole thing is on a bit of a slant, but all the hills are around the outside of the valley, in the middle it is really flat. There is this one section though, were there is a bit of a plateau. Part of the city sits several feet higher than the other section. There is one steep hill on one street going down the plateau and the other street is one long slow decent down the plateau. The long, slow decent is not on my path. I get the steep hill!! FUN!! First I get to go down and then make a long loop through a park and then up the hill and then turn around and back down again. Getting to go down twice is a great bonus!!
4. I get to see other people out and exercising. I ran into a guy, who, like me, is an overweight runner and was probably right about at the same level as me, faster, but as far as I could see less distance. I got to follow him down the hill and think "Awesome, here is a guy, maybe he is even a sparker and I don't know it. Here he is out on a Saturday morning running just like me-awesome!"
5. I got to see parts of town that I usually only see when I am behind the wheel.
6. I got a huge laugh, now I know this will not happen every time, but today, I was probably just moving into mile 4 and getting kind of tired when this truck comes down the road. I could see that the front license plate had been replaced with one of those plates that aren't legal, but are kind of fun because it says something on it or has a picture or something. This plate had words so as the truck got closer I watched the plate to see if I could see what it said. It said, ready for it? It said "RUN FOREST RUN"!!!! No joking, I am out for my first ever 6 mile run and I get a license plate that says Run Forest Run. I cracked up. I literally burst out laughing. I could not believe it! That alone gave me the energy to run another mile!
7. The endorphins-good stuff.
8. I had plenty of time to play with my intervals (which I do use for the long distances-thanks Jeff Galloway). 3:2, 2:2, 5:2 (didn't use that one much, there were a few parts when I just felt like running for awhile to I did). Noticed benefits to each one. Could see where listening to what my body was telling me could dictate the length of the interval instead of the stop watch (one less thing to carry).
9. How tight my tush felt after the run-a glimpse of things to come-lol!!
I think there are more pluses, I just haven't thought of them yet. Overall a very rewarding experience. And I made it back in time to go to my son's baseball game-I was worried about that. Wasn't sure if 2.5 hours would be enough time-lol!! It did take me an hour and 43 minutes to go six miles. But this is what was going through my head "in two weeks you haven't managed more than 2.5", "this is the first time at this distance you are conserving energy to make sure you get back", "run again next week and you will be faster", "during your short runs next week do some fartleks (just love that word) and see how much you improve", "how many people your weight would even attempt running", "no place to go but up", etc. Basically, all the things that people would leave as comments on my page :).
Maybe that wasn't my self-talk I was hearing maybe I was hearing a bunch of sparkers in my head this morning. Sad, but true, I am not generally that supportive of myself-so a bunch of you must have been along for the run this morning-thanks for coming-I appreciated the support!!
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