Race Shout-Outs and Friday!

Sending Fast Thoughts to:

1) Laura is doing her first triathlon.  I’m excited to see how it turns out!

2) Rachel is doing a Tough Mudder.  I’m slightly jealous, and can’t wait to see her recap!

3) Tracie is running a 5 mile race.  Tracie is super speedy, so I’m sure she’ll do awesome!

4) Steena is doing her half Ironman this weekend which sounds scary and fun!

5) Twitter Caron is running the Spearfish Canyon South Dakota Half this weekend!

Good luck to you ladies and all others racing this weekend!

Bunch of stuff to discuss today!

First, one of the things I  like about blogging is the ability to go back and gain some perspective of myself and a situation I was in and what I thought about it.  Usually, I frantically write my posts in the hours before heading to work, or during my lunch break, so there is little time to edit my brain out.  What is going through my head at that moment is usually what ends up being written whether it is good or bad.  And most of the time, I don’t even realize what my thoughts were about something until I go back and read what I wrote.

I went back and looked at the post I wrote about participating in the Wild West relay and I realized that I didn’t really show any signs of actually wanting to do it.  I had a billion reasons for not going, but only 1 in support of it.

We’re not going to go.  It just wasn’t in the stars for us.  I would absolutely want to do a relay in the future, but this one just wasn’t it. Anyone up for it next year?

Second, on the note about writing my posts with what is in my head at that moment….my little sister has brought it to  my attention that I complain too much on my blog.  My first instinct was to say, well, maybe if you got off your butt and ran 800’s (or you know, ran at all), you’d complain too.  But then I thought about it a little bit.

I want this blog to show what it is like, good or bad, for a first timer training for a marathon with a ridiculous goal (but really, this is applicable to training for any distance).  There will be days when everything goes your way, and if feels great, and you want to celebrate your hard work paying off.   There will be days when you feel physically ill or when you fail at your goal, or when you just want to sleep in on Saturday for once, and you want to be able to let it all out.  I usually don’t relate very well to people who are always 100% positive and think marathons are SO GREAT and running is SO AMAZING ALL THE TIME And nothing EVER hurts or feels bad.  Mostly because I think they are liars.

BUT, I think it takes far more time and energy to complain than to do something productive about it,  and I really don’t want to become that person who does nothing but talk about how much I hate what I’m doing.  Because that’s dumb.

So, will I still let you know how much I want to punch 92 degrees in the face? Yup.  But I will try to be more mindful of not turning into someone who is one long list of complaints and negativity.

Third, a friend clued me into a new show on HBO called, The Newsroom.  Oh my goodness.  HBO shows are typically pretty good anyway, but this show is really well done.

I spent the first 3 years of college thinking I was going to be a journalist.  I changed my mind my senior year (too late to do that,by the way, if you want to graduate) because I realized that not only wasn’t I aggressive enough to keep pushing someone’s buttons until they gave me the answers I wanted, but I also realized that journalism and “the news” weren’t at all what I expected.  Advertisers run the news, and every news company is owned by other companies who own other companies.  Just try and do a “news” story on a scandal involving one of those other stepbrother companies.  It ain’t going to happen.  And news outlets will do just about anything for ratings. Like fire poor Ann Curry.  Don’t even get me started.

I remember studying the Jayson Blair/New York Times scandal and thinking, this is the New York effing Times.  A reputable news source.  And they made stuff up.

So, I became completely disenchanted.

The Newsroom gets me. Intelligent, well acted, I LOVE that they have powerful, smart women with emotions, and I’m learning a lot about some big “current” events that I kind of glossed over as they were happening.  AND cast includes THE “district attorney” from Law and Order, and THE Slumdog Millionaire.  And the threesome obsessed grad student from Magic Mike.

Fourth, blog friend Allison from Running Through Red Lights is starting FitStreak next Monday.  I know just about everyone and their brother did RunStreak this summer.  I didn’t because my goal is my marathon, and I value my rest days.  Allison got through RunStreak and was going for the extended version, and she broke it.  So, she decided to start her own streak (WITH PRIZES!) that just involves exercise everyday.  I do love running, but if I had to do it every single day, I’d probably not.  Her challenge lets you do whatever you want!  Her blog has all of the information.

Fifth, confession: I skipped my Tempo Run yesterday.  I came home, collapsed on the bed, took a nap, woke up, ordered Chinese Food (no gluten really limits the options), and watched The Newsroom.  I was just tired.  I never take naps.  So, I got up and did my tempo this morning.  I actually felt really guilty about the whole thing (and felt like I gained 10 pounds).  But I guess that goes to show you, not everything is going to work out 100% of the time.  And that’s ok (I think…)

I hope everyone has a spectacular weekend! See you back here on Monday!

{Yeah, I don’t know.  But’s she’s kind of cute for being a baby and all!}

21 thoughts on “Race Shout-Outs and Friday!

  1. I love that you do these shout outs! Thanks so much for thinking of me… I’m gonna check out the other links, too.
    Isn’t it nice that blogging can help process decisions? I’m glad you realized it’s not for you- no shame in saying no this time.
    And fwiw, I never thought about you doing a lot of complaining. It’s real, and I appreciate that. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the shout out!!! I’ll be thinking of being called speedy tomorrow morning and try my best to stick to that 😉

    I agree with Laura – I’ve never thought you complained. Running can be great, it can suck, it can drain you and it can empower you. Either way, you put it all out there which is the truth. And when people read about you doing the good and the bad, that motivates them. Nobody ever said it was easy. One of my favorite quotes that I tell my run club girls is “The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.”

    I wish we had HBO so we could watch the Newsroom! Sounds interesting. We just started watching Mad Men. It’s good but I’m hoping it picks up soon – the first few episodes aren’t doing much for me.

    Have a great run this weekend and I look forward to reading your recap!!

    • I guess come to think of it, Mad Men does move a little slow. I think what really draws me in is the way the character’s lives really mimic the time period, and of course the costumes! And you are most definitely speedy! I’d say your first place finish confirms that!

  3. I like the shout outs too! Does the group you were going to do the relay with need another???? I’ve always wanted to do a relay as well, and well, I actually do live in CO! Lol Let me know!

  4. I have never thought that you sounded like you were a total complainer!! I can totally appreciate all of your experiences with running and life, sometimes it’s great, sometimes it sucks. All of us who read your blog can relate with that.

  5. We love The Mewsroom in our house. Love Saron Sorkin. Think he writes so well. And it’s a great cast, too. It satisfies me when Mad Men isn’t on. Crazy to think news stories can be so bias and/or skewed! Ugh!!
    You’ve never seemed to be complaining! Running is mentally and physically challenging. Blogs allows us to reflect on it. Whether good or bad, you are being honest and most runners can relate to that!

    • Thanks, Jac! I want to punch weather pretty much everyday during my summer runs, even though you guys get so much hotter! Another good thing about blogging…you can see that many other people have it worse than you weather wise!

  6. Thanks for the shout out! You’re awesome for highlighting the great things others are doing!

    I never think you sound like you’re complaining or that you’re negative. Running, blogging, life, etc. all have their ups and downs and it’s important to share what’s real. You’re down to earth and I feel like I can relate to a lot of your experiences. You also do a great job of highlighting takeaways from tough situations, which puts a positive spin on things that may otherwise suck. That’s what I love about your blog!

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