Monday, September 19, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Do you like reality TV?

I like some of it (like the ones on Bravo) in small doses, but most of them seem like they are full of untalented and unremarkable people who have "Look at Meeee!" syndrome and are fame whores. Fortunately, I don't really watch TV much, so I don't have to watch it!

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What Happened to Sunday?

This post was started on Sunday, but I'm just finishing it now!  It's been a crazy week and I was meaning to add some photos to this to make it less boring, but that just didn't happen.

My Sunday was productive, but it slipped away from me.  I woke up early and made my usual smoothie and then went back to sleep until 8:15.  That's crazy for me.  I would have lazed around, but I needed to get my rear end down to The Fillmore to get tickets without those pesky surcharges!  I nabbed tickets for my friend and me to go to Stevie Nicks, The Bangles, and Peter Murphy/She Wants Revenge and saved about $38 for each of us.  Yay for being OCD.

Then I headed over to New People in Japantown to have one of their Blue Bottle lattes and continue reading Born to Run.  My half marathon and upcoming marathon training are nothing compared to the distances that these people run so effortlessly.  (150 miles in Death Valley in July?  Crazy.)  It was nice to just hang out a while before the icky part of my day.

The icky part of my day consisted of cleaning out one closet, which turned into two clothes closests AND four clothing drawers.  I have five (FIVE) leaf bags full of clothes and shoes plus another one of trash (underwear, lame socks, etc.).  Can you say "hoarder"?  I have no idea how all this crap fit.  Before it gets all jacked up again, I'm going to The Container Store and buying some organizers for the drawers and the closets.

The rest of the week was taken up with running workouts, a Yelp Elite Party, and a yoga class where I was finally able to do an arm pose...the Firefly...minus the straight legs.  (Now if I can ever do the Crane, I'll know I've progressed!)


Review - Born to Run

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm a runner and really loved this book, but I don't think you have to be a runner to appreciate and enjoy the real life "characters," the narration of the races(some that are 100 miles long and in scorching heat), the research and science behind what makes humans natural endurance runners, and the spirit behind the Tarahumara and others who take up ultra running. It's motivated me to look further into the ultra runners mentioned in the book and maybe take up trail running in addition to my regular road runs.

I'm not sure if I'm 100% sold on the barefoot running fad, so I would probably only try that if I was experiencing constant injuries or pain (which is what prompted the author to write this book in the first place). Give this book a try even if you don't run!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Weekly Workout & New Wave!

Sorry it's been a while since an official update, but it's been busy and I received some bad news this weekend about a friend's health, so I just wasn't up to blogging.  

I'm feeling better now, so here's a little bit of what I've been doing.  First, half marathon training is still on track and I made every workout on the original schedule, but I tweaked some of the original cross training that I planned.

Monday - Run (5 miles Easy/7 minutes Fartlek)
Tuesday - Strength Training Class (60 minutes) I was waiting for a call from my doctor and only needed 55 minutes of cardio, so I did the elliptical & recumbent bike for 55 minutes so I wouldn't have to miss his call & start over.
Wednesday - Run (5 miles Easy/7 minutes Tempo)
Thursday - Strength Training Class (60 minutes) I ended up taking a Yoga class (60 minutes)
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Run (9 miles Easy/7 minutes Tempo)
Sunday - Run (5 miles Easy)

Saturday was super busy since I had a long run and then I needed to be at the SF Ferry Building in time to check that my Clipper card was loaded for the ride over to Sausalito for the art festival.  Good thing I got there early and checked it because the line for the machine was crazy later and we barely made the ferry as it was.

I know you're asking why we almost missed the ferry if I got there so early (11:10AM for a noon ferry).  Well, my friend and I waited in line for 40 minutes (yes, 40 minutes) for lattes from Blue Bottle.  It was delicious (and pretty....see below), but seriously, I would never have waited if we hadn't been waiting for a noon ferry.  

Blue Bottle Latte

We had to stand on our way to Sausalito because the ferry was PACKED, but it was only 30 minutes and the weather was nice.  
Not the best shot, but it was crowded & we were moving!
We got to the festival too late to see Men Without Hats, but made it in time to see all of The Romantics.  I like their two hits from the 80's, but everything else sounded the same to me.  No matter because the audience was way into them.

After wandering around looking for food (I was starving after a 9 mile run and only some chocolate soy milk for recovery), we settled on some mediocre pizza.  I would have preferred the gyro, but the line was too long.  Crab cakes were our second option, but the woman was kind of bitchy, so we moved over to pizza.

The main reason we went to the festival was to see The Human League.  I'd seen them a few years ago at Red Devil Lounge and they were AWESOME.  This show was no exception.  

Here was the setlist:

1.  Never Let Me Go
2.  Open Your Heart
3.  Sound of the Crowd
4.  Heart Like a Wheel
5.  The Lebanon
6.  Egomaniac
7.  Empire State Human
8.  Night People
9.  Human
10.  Love Action
11.  All I Ever Wanted
12.  Tell Me When
13.  (Keep Feeling) Fascination
14.  Mirror Man
15.  Don't You Want Me?

16.  Being Boiled
17.  Electric Dreams

Songs #1 & #8 were from their new album, which I'm totally buying because the songs were fantastic!  Sometimes you just want a band to stick with their strengths and not try to create something totally new and that's what the new songs were like.  

Here's a link to the one I really liked ("Night People").  (Sorry, but there's an ad at the beginning.)

The rest of the weekend I spent at my parents with a little trip to Bodega Bay to The Tides Restaurant for Dad's birthday.

Tonight I'm off to dinner in Los Gatos and then Tears for Fears at Mountain Winery.  Tomorrow I need to do a 10 mile run, so hopefully I get enough rest tonight!

Have a great weekend!  What are you up to?


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What is the most difficult job you can think of?

Heart surgeon. It would be delicate, detailed work that would require several hours of concentration and standing on your feet plus the added stress of knowing that you held someone's life in your hands.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

What's the best afternoon snack?

Greek yogurt with a little fruit and Barbara's Puffins cereal. It fills me up and it's high in protein, so it helps me make it through my workout!

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