So if you remember, I’m on a “training break” right now. It’s like summer vacation for runners, except at one of those weird trimester schools so you’re home when none of your friends are and suddenly it’s July and you’re back in class while they’re all grilling burgers, getting mosquito bites, and shooting beer cans they threw in the trees at 2am.
I know you know what I mean.
So I took a full week off from running – broke a light sweat a few times (running up the stairs when I forgot my keys, driving without the AC, etc) but otherwise it was very low activity week. Which left me with some spare free time, during which I discovered a few fun things …
This place on a Saturday morning is
totally better just as nice as the long run path :
These books – one for snort laughs and one for brain waves I feel I’ve been neglecting the last uhhhh five years of my life. Time to exercise the medula, dudes.
HOLY CRAP this thing. My nasty old Target foam roller was overdue for an upgrade (ummm the dogs peed on it) and Trigger Point is just a whole ‘nother level of delicious muscle torture. Welcome home,
jerk lover jerk.
Spent Friday night at the bar(re), where instead of being forced to do shots Bri forces your poor quivering muscles and knee-knocking-releve’d legs to “HOLD IT! JUST ONE MORE SET! 8, 7, 6…”
I hate the word “nut butter” (please tell me everyone is using it ironically?) but this Nuttzo stuff totally lives up to the hype. If you’re down to drop some $$ on fancy spreadables or have a weird allergy/sensitivity, this is for you. The company’s story is pretty awesome, to boot.
yup, it’s upside down. on purpose.
Recylcing shoes at Kindrunner – When you buy a pair from their site they’ll accept and donate an old pair, and you get a credit towards a future purchase. So, buy shoes you need anyway (at MSRP with free 3-way shipping), get a retired pair off your hands (free s/h again), and get $10 towards your next pair. Cool concept.
Santa lives in San Diego, wears a fur hat, and drives a three-wheeled spaceship motorcycle.
YES OBVIOUSLY we asked for a ride (“seatbelts for three!” he said)
I was welcomed back to running on Monday with the conclusion to a childhood mystery :
RIP, Shel. Your work is complete.
And lastly, I was talking with my FIL about Komen Race for the Cure (he’s on the local SGK board) and he said registration for their 5K races have been down the last four years. This got me thinking, especially about the boom of kitschy “fad” races – mud, color, electric, bubble, shit, poop, crap, etc. People are willing to shell out big bucks for a gimmicky few miles, which ya know, if that’s what’s getting them out and active, FINE. But the upswing in these for-profit races directly lining up to a decrease in fundraising and support events bums me out. Susan G Komen Race for the Cure is the largest 5k series in the world, and hosts races year-round, country-wide, and internationally. The funds go towards awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
Admirable, beneficial, feel-good sweating, in my eyes.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a fun race to get costume’d out for, to motivate a new pal to run/walk, or simply get your bib-on-shirt fix, consider a charity-benefiting event. That’s all. Or go get sprayed with colorful bubbles while climbing through a mud pit. I don’t care.
That’s all for now. Kristina’s guest post on the Eugene Marathon should be up tomorrow. High maintenance going through her editor and publishing house and all. Rough business dealing with the #nonblogger…