On a daily basis, I have about seven thousand thoughts. That’s not a scientific number or anything, but that seems about accurate to me. Six thousand of these thoughts are consumed by friends, family and work.
Another five hundred of those thoughts are regarding innane things, like why do the trains always run late when I’m running late or why is the caps lock key on when I never-have-I-ever had an use for it in over twenty years of computer-using?
But the last five hundred, represent thoughts that I think I should blog about. Granted only like two of them ever make it to the interwebs, but I think them all day long. So here are all the random things I wanted to blog this week:
(1) The best show of all time is back and this little girl did a ballet dance. It is so cute. I cried during this audition. I am one of those people who cries during reality shoes. Sometimes….
(2) You already know I love “Call Me Maybe” but what you didn’t know is that I have a crush on Jimmy Fallon. I love him and if he wasn’t already married, I’d be trying to run into him so that he could realize we are soul mates. And then he did this. I might have listened to it three times before my long run on Saturday. Maybe more….
(3) I got my hair cut at Arrojo Salon recently and my stylist told me that my drug store brands were weighing down my hair. I have naturally thick straight, and while that seems like a gift from the hair gods to my curly-haired friends, it looks frizzy all the time and won’t hold a curl if I paid it $100 dollars.
I bought the shampoo and conditioner his salon makes. I’m a sucker for a good sales pitch, but I’m also sick of the sleek pony-tail look I’ve mastered of late. My hair seems better but I can’t tell if it’s because of a good cut (my girl left NY about a year ago and I’ve been searching for a replacement for a while now) or because their products are better. What do you think about expensive versus drug store brands?
(4) Remember my post about Soul Cycle? I didn’t love it, but it’s still a good workout and this video shows you what a Soul Cycle workout is like. Also, this teacher is the spinning instructor I used to take double spinning classes with in Union Square on Saturday mornings long before I was a runner.
Here’s the link: http://kymperfetto.com/2012/05/30/kym-perfetto-on-access-hollywood/
There’s a reason she’s on TV now….just ’cause I’m not a fan doesn’t mean you won’t love it.
(5) I’m always concerned with eating healthy, and when I spied the story on this trainer who gained 60lbs in 6 months, and then lost that weight in the same 6 months, I was immediately interested to know what he ate to lose that weight. Sadly, his “unhealthy” weight gaining diet was full of whole foods, albiet in higher portions than normal, while his “healthy” diet is full of protein powders and supplements.
I’m not against protein powders and supplements, per se, but I do think that the best way to get nutrients is through actual food. This reminds me of the Biggest Loser show, where the contestents routinely exercise for 5-6 hours a day to lose weight. Why is it that people keep on promoting weight loss through completely unrealistic means? I know there are a lot of other healthier options out there, but it dismays me that these types of stories still get a lot of attention.
(6) Why are burpees so hard? A set of 20 burpees takes me about 2 minutes, if that, but I can run, even in my just-coming-back state for over 45 minutes. But just this morning, after doing about 12 burpees, my legs were burning, like I’d been climbing Harlem Hill for three hours. How is that possible?
(7) I saw the most beautiful double rainbow on my train ride from Philadelphia to New York. I took a picture from my Blackberry and from a moving train so imagine how gorgeous this picture could have been if I had a real camera and been standing still. Even so, it’s still pretty cool right?
Do you see that second rainbow?!?! I’ve never seen two rainbows before and I wanted to shout on my library-quiet Amtrack train about the double-rainbows, but apparently it was the second in two weeks in the New York area, and I was probably the only person who missed the first one. Sighhhh.
(8) I’ve been thinking about getting a coach for the New York Marathon. I’ve never run with a coach before, and I really enjoy planning my runs and feeling free to modify them as my life requires, or as my energy levels fluctuate. But after bonking in my first marathon so awesomely that I ran my first marathon in 6 hours and 20 some minutes, while PR’ing in the half about two months earlier in 2:19, I’m starting to think I might need some guidance in the marathon distance.
Or just someone to keep me accountable.
(9) I turned 29 last week, and with only one more year left in my 20′s I can’t help but wonder if I’m on track with my life goals. However, this awesome post by another birthday girl who turned 30 the same day I turned 29 reminded me that I might not be crossing marriage, babies, owning a home or even a car off my to-do list yet, and that’s not only okay but actually pretty amazing.
Read her 30th birthday post if you feel like you should have already gotten married, had babies, bought a house, had a more successful career, learned to stop getting stressed out, or really anything you think you “should-have” done by now. Stop “shoulding” all over yourself. (A lesson I am still working on, but even I recognize the wisdom in it.)
(10) And finally, finally, I love running again. Not every run is easy, nor am I running times or distances that I like, but I’m so happy that I got injured and had to take some time off. Absensce does make the heart fonder. That’s not just something people say.
My injury not only made me stop running, but it made me stop pressuring myself to run, and as a result, I stopped punishing myself because my runs weren’t coming as often as I liked or as fast and far as I wanted. I really had been in a bit of a running lull since the marathon. I’ve had my share of good runs during that time (which I made to sure to share on the blog), but I haven’t felt truly invigorated about tackling a big race distance since my marathon.
This injury made me realize that I never fully rested from my marathon, and that resting, real resting, is as vital as water and good shoes. I’m not saying that I should have stopped exercising, but I needed to stop putting pressure on myself ages ago. I’m just happy that I realized it in enough time to train for the marathon.
(11) Finally, because 10 random thoughts wasn’t enough, I have to add more more final item: I have to work a ton in July and travel to Philadelphia a lot, even living there a few days a week for that month. Any tips on how to find running routes and eat healthy in a new city? I’ll be living out of a hotel room and without a car, but I will also be in a suburb area. Do I bring groceries with me? There is a gym in the hotel but it’s always crowded and so I’m not sure I can snag 6 miles on it every morning. I’d prefer to run outdoors, but I am not familiar with the area at all. I need help! I’ve got a marathon to run!
Alright, so now that I’ve shared all my random brain-blog thoughts here, what are you thinking, wondering, pondering, or just plain annoyed about? Share please…I certainly didn’t hold back.