Tonight’s run brought to you by: Rage Against the Machine. Tonight’s running playlist was quite Rage heavy, and being that this song (Guerilla Radio) started me off on the right foot as I raged against my least favorite machine, I felt that it was appropriate to make it tonight’s song.
Fact: I love Rage Against the Machine. It seems out of character, and used to seem even more unlikely when I was high school than it does now. Whether I’m their target audience/their usual fan or not, they have found a passionate listener in me.
It has to start somewhere
It has to start sometime
What better place than here,
What better time than now?
All hell can’t stop us now…
Now, the run was a short 2 miles on the treadmill and while at 1.5 miles, I considered doing a third mile. However, I got to two miles and the treadmill was almost covered in my taco dinner. Yummmmm… Needless to say, I didn’t do a third mile. I stopped and collected myself.
The Team in Training Spring Season Kick-off is on Wednesday night, and our first group workout/training run is Saturday morning. I’m looking forward to the beginning of a more regulated training schedule. For now, the pre-season schedule I have says 2-3 easy miles 3 days a week and that is what I will do, though I feel like 4 days a week isn’t going to hurt anything. :)
Boyfriend and I will be kicking our four day holiday weekend off the right way with a wine tasting class at New York Vintners! We’re just taking the “Wine 101: A Sensory Guide” class because neither of us consider ourselves especially knowledgeable. Class description according to the website:
Wine 101 the perfect introductory experience for anyone interested in developing their appreciation for wine. You will discover how to taste, describe, and appraise the different characteristics of wines from the major winemaking regions of the world. Learn the fundamentals of food and wine pairing. The main wine producing grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir are covered along with an introduction to some of the others.
It will be a good jumping off point for the other awesome classes they offer and it will be a nice little pre-holiday-madness date night for us - thanks Groupon!
I will be sure to post a recap and maybe a few pictures tomorrow!
Tonight’s run brought to you by: Girl Talk. The new album All Day is amazing and certainly doesn’t disappoint.
I’m just really getting back into the swing of things and this album was perfect for tonight’s run. It’s been kind of a long weekend. Usually that’s not a problem, but I had to go into work today and yesterday and the long commute was draining. I think I’m still trying to catch up on sleep from Thursday night when we went to see Nick Kroll in Brooklyn - we got home at 2 a.m., which isn’t too crazy, but I had to be up by 6 on Friday morning. Good thing this week is a short work week!
So, back to the run… I did a short 2 mile run on the treadmill and it was pretty great. I averaged a 9:10 mile and felt like I could have kept going (maybe I should have). I think I’m faster than I used to be, which is exciting because I have big plans for a PR at the NYC Half in March! After my run I did some lifting and some core work and lots of stretching. I’ve discovered that I have tight hamstrings and I would really like to work on my flexibility. I used to be a little rubber band when I was diving in high school. Flexibility is such an underrated and overlooked aspect of fitness, and is something that I could definitely afford to spend more time on.
In other exciting news, Drew and I did all of the Thanksgiving Day grocery shopping this evening and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. We’re celebrating away from our families (for the first time) and we are excited to have my friend Christina over to share Turkey Day with. Christina is amazing and ordered the pies from Magnolia Bakery… Yum! I’ll be sure to post pictures and recipes!
So, while I entered the lottery for the 2011 NYC Half Marathon, I was feeling a little spooked about my chances of getting in. (I’m not exactly someone known for winning prizes or raffles - unless you count the Power Rangers Elite Fan Club pack that I won after entering a drawing at a local grocery store when I was 8…) Past “big wins” aside, I wasn’t feeling so confident about my chances in the lottery, and then I stumbled upon Team in Training’s (TNT) website for the New York City chapter.
TNT raises awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The money that team members raise helps to fund valuable research for this group of blood cancers and also provides numerous resources for individuals and families coping with these various diagnoses - a cause I can certainly get behind.
Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that if you join TNT and do the fundraising, they offer guaranteed entry to the half. Sure, it’s an excellent cure for my lottery jitters, but joining TNT makes the challenge for me two-fold: raise $1800 for LLS and PR in my second half marathon while running in honor of my darling Drew. It’s a challenge that makes this race bigger than just me, bigger than something to blog about, bigger than a PR time. It extends to thousands of families, labs, hospitals, and lives - and that is something to be excited about.
I sat through the informational meeting tonight and after hearing the facts, the incredible stories, and about all of the experiences, I signed up and paid my registration fee. I am really excited about making my running charitable and I feel extremely lucky to be doing it in honor of someone I love so much. At some point tomorrow, I will be setting up my donation page. If you have any interest in donating, I will post the link and would be most grateful for any contribution that you could make.
I know I’ve said it already, but I am really excited about this opportunity to give to something that is near and dear, and I’m extremely thankful for such an amazing community of fellow bloggers and followers. You are all incredibly supportive. I look forward to documenting my second half marathon right here with you, with even more excitement and ten times the passion. Let’s do this!
healthiereveryday said: Tea is just the thing you need! A half marathon?! Geez, way to make me feel like a slacker. ;) But seriously, get training, lady! You can totally do it!
Thanks! I’m thinking healthy thoughts and I’m sure tea will do the trick. I just purchased a new training program through Runner’s World (partnering with TrainingPeaks) and I can’t wait to get started.
I applied to the NYC Half a few weeks ago. I think the lottery is in a few weeks, so even though I’m not guaranteed a spot, I need to get myself back on track and some training started. *fingers crossed* When is the big move? We’ll have to get together again sometime soon.
Sorry, I’m not very good at this Tumblr post response thing. Computer-savvy I am not.
I know that some of the things I have been thankful for in this daily reflection project have been rather trivial. A lot of them have been little pieces of my day that have been significant or I had found myself particularly fond of, but today’s “Thing I’m Thankful For” is not at all trivial. Today, on Veterans Day, I am extremely thankful for our veterans.
Whether you call it Armistice Day, Veterans Day, or Remembrance Day, this sentiment from one-twenty-five is spot-on:
Today is for…
You, And me, And the fallen soldiers, The nurses, and fighter pilots, and front line men, The veterans who live with their memories, And the families who lost their loved ones,
It’s for saying thank you. Thank you so much, To the men and women who fought for us Who fought for today, tomorrow and the future.
… bedtime. Since my alarm went off this morning, I have been wondering/thinking about/longing for my down pillow and comforter and a little shut-eye. It’s the one time of day when everything just stops - perfectly necessary selfish time for everyone. Earlier, I was thinking about “little me” and how much I hated and dreaded bedtime. If older, wiser me could go back in time, I would encourage little me to take advantage of the 8+ hours of sleep I always managed to get.
At last the time is here… After several weeks of early mornings, a work schedule that won’t stop, a short run squeezed in before a rich pasta dinner, and a glass of wine, I’m REALLY excited (and thankful)that it’s finally bed time.
… my co-workers! Co-workers is a little impersonal. Friends I work with? Work buddies? Fellow lab rats? You get the picture… I’m incredibly thankful to work with some of the best (AND brightest) people a girl could ask for. We all work hard, and know that working in science is completely unlike the day jobs of our roommates, boyfriends/girlfriends or most of our friends really. It is difficult for most people to relate to or understand what working in a giant, university lab is like, but we share a mutual understanding of the daily rigors (and amusements) of life in the lab.
After a day full of Excel spreadsheets, statistics and MatLab, I was looking forward to getting out of the dimly-lit behavioral testing rooms and into the kitchen for a cupcake class with two of my favorite work girls at Butter Lane*!
Quality after-work time with Julia, Iram and a TON of cupcakes. :)
Banana cupcake team in action!
Banana team was the best because we got to make the cream cheese frosting. YUM!
My poor, poor cupcakes. They were beautifully frosted and they took a spill… I should learn to be a little less clumsy…
*Thanks Groupon for making such a fun evening incredibly affordable!
I finished the book that I’ve been reading this weekend and was left without reading material for my long commute. Oh, the horror! What will I do? What will I look at? I can’t stare at the man sleeping with his mouth wide open, the woman picking her nails with her knitting needles, or the little boy on his way to school who has a finger securely up his nostril, because then I’m the weirdo.
That is why I was thankful for new music today. Among the things I added to my iPod today? Sidewalks, the new album from Matt & Kim. I love music and I truly believe that the world would be a miserable, miserable place without it. The new additions to the music library were enough to keep me occupied as I made the trek waaaaaaaay uptown and for that, I am very thankful.
So many books that I didn’t read But there’s so much air I chose to breathe
Ok, so I’m awful at keeping up with this daily dose of thankful-ness. So, I’m going to go ahead and lump this weekend’s little things together. There’s a lot to be thankful for and I will resume the usual “DTITF” tomorrow. Here we go:
A Michigan football win and bowl eligibility! Go BLUE!
Gaining an hour today. DST FTW.
The opportunity to watch coverage of the ING NYC Marathon.
(Shalane Flanagan is my hero. What an unbelievable effort this morning. Truly inspiring.)
Going into the work week knowing that I only have to work 4 days!
A clean apartment.
A boyfriend who doesn’t mind (or flinch really) when I exit the bathroom after my shower looking like this:
(Towel and masque? Sexy.)
And this little guy, who didn’t move a muscle as I dusted, vacuumed and wiped down surfaces.
(Don’t worry Chino, don’t get up. I didn’t want to vacuum those cushions or anything…)
Hey friends, in conjunction with this month’s Movember, I’m selling a signed Andrew McMahon (of Jack’s Mannequin / Something Corporate fame) Dear Jack movie poster on eBay, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale are being donated to charity:
Wow, only 3 days in and I failed to post my “daily thing I’m thankful for” yesterday. Lucky you, you get yesterday’s AND today’s in one post!
Yesterday, I was thankful for my health. As with a lot of the things I will probably end up blogging about as the “things I’m thankful for,” I’m generally quite thankful for my health, and I do the best I can to keep myself healthy. Drew is getting over a pretty nasty chest cold and when I felt my throat getting scratchy last week, I had resigned myself to spending the next few weeks coughing up a lung, nursing a bright red, raw nose, and downing Nyquil or Tylenol cold like it was my job. Fortunately, with the help of massive quantities of chamomile tea, my immune system beat that bug into submission and I feel fantastic. (Good thing too, because next weekend we have a slew of visitors!)
This morning, I am thankful for coffee. I realize that it’s not anything profound or deep, but with an early start at work and a jam-packed schedule, I need all the help I can get. (My schedule will continue to look this way until Thanksgiving, as post-docs try to squeeze in last minute/as many experiments as they can before we hit the holiday season and the lab shuts down until 2011.*) Luckily, coffee flows freely at work and the coffee maker we purchased when we moved is amazing. I can preset it to brew coffee just before I wake up. Ahhh, technology, meet caffeine - I think you’ll be very happy together.
*I think that it’s absolutely insane that it’s that time of year already. Why is it that time of year always seems to move so much faster than the rest of the year?
What are your Thanksgiving dinner favorites and must-haves?
Drew and I won’t be going home for Thanksgiving this year, so I will be making my first Thanksgiving dinner. It’s sure to be memorable, but I’d prefer that it be memorable because of the delicious food and not because we wound up with a case of food poisoning or because I nearly burned the apartment down with the turkey. If you have a holiday favorite, a must-try recipe, or any helpful tips or tricks I would appreciate it. :) I will gladly accept funny stories as well.
In Michigan, fall’s arrival is gradual. Long, humid summer days give way to cool mornings, football Saturdays, colorful leaves, and, eventually, the all-too-common Halloween sleet (in Grand Rapids anyway.) Living in the city however, fall seems to have arrived all at once. It started last Saturday, when it seemed that all of the trees had changed from green to golden yellow overnight. Last week’s 70 degree weather seemed misplaced among the yellow leaves, orange pumpkins, and produce stands hawking gourds, various strains of apples and cider.
Today felt - for the first time to me - like fall. This morning’s clear, sunny, 40-something degree weather made me pull my jacket a little tighter, bury my hands into my pockets a little deeper, and made me thankful for a warm wool sweater and thermos full of hot coffee. Appropriate, I think, as the countdown to Turkey Day starts and the reflections on those things we’re most thankful for begin. That’s when the idea hit me: today, and for the next 24 days, I plan to blog about one thing I’m thankful for each day. I will try to give a little blurb/background/relevant photo of some sort each day about the thing I’m thankful for. It may be hokey, but you can feel free to join me and to share those things you are thankful for each day.
So, without further ado… Today, I’m thankful for fall’s arrival.