Sunday, January 27, 2013

10 Favorite Things In the Middle of Freaking Winter

1. Favorite Thing to Look Forward To – Spring Beak in Mexico. Hope the beach is that empty.

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2. Favorite New Marathon Training Plan (created by me, but loosely based on Run Less, Run Faster)

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3. Favorite Clip from a TV show – Fart Patio on Portlandia (don’t even pretend you didn’t think farts would be involved)

4. Favorite Type of Racing I Want to TryStair Racing (said to make an “Ironman Wimper.” Wonder what it would do to a half-Ironman like myself? Probably roll over, drool, shake and die.)

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5. Favorite Lunch at Home – Greek Pita (from Sprouts) with Spinach/Chickpea Patty (from Costco) and Ranch – this might make me go to the Fart Patio

Greek pita bread + chickpea patty + ranch dressing

6. Favorite Quick and Dirty Core Workout from TribeSports (best done while watching the Biggest Loser and before popcorn with parmesan cheese and wine(

7. Favorite TV Series I Just Watched on DVD (please send me Season 2 if you have it. I heart Sergeant Brodie)

8. Favorite New Song on My iPod - Let Go By Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo. It will make you run 4 minute miles.

9. Favorite Book I’m Reading Now – What can I say, I’m a social worker

10. Favorite Quote:

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Are you going anywhere for Spring Break?

What’s a favorite (book, show, workout, song, recipe, food) for you this month?

Ever tried Stair Racing?

SUAR

PS: the winner of the sock giveaway is Becky C. from C and C Cupcakes. Drop me an email at beth@shutupandrun.net and I’ll tell you how to claim your prize.

57 comments:

  1. So I was wondering how you like you Mizunos that I saw on the last post.. I am think about the Brooks Adrenaline 13, have you heard good reviews?

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    1. I love my Brooks. I'm in the process of sending my Mizunos back. The toe box is way too narrow.

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  3. Diary of a Stage Mother by Melissa Francis

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  4. - Regular, scheduled fitness center workouts with my wife. LOVE working out with her....
    - We just won a company-paid trip to Cabo next fall. Pics of resort are the new screensavers....
    - Healthy, creative menus on Pinterest. She likes when I surprise her new eats....
    - Window shopping for boats. Not that we can buy one at the moment, but looking at scenes of summer beats the hell out the gray, dreary scene we had in SW Missouri today...

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  5. I saw those at Costco the other day and was wondering if they were good.
    Now I know ;-)
    Thanks for the tip.
    I can so vouch for Calvin Harris making you run at the speed of sound.

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  6. You know we get 6 months of winter up here right? It takes more than a few things to get through. Some people go the distraction route. They end up gaining a zillion pounds and get addicted to a TV show put on by tapioca pudding brain desiring aliens.

    Other people grit their teeth and endure it. Some of them crack, usually late February.

    The real way to get through it is to enjoy it, to revel in it, to get out and experience it. No such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices.

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    1. “No such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices” just became my new favorite quote, especially after a snow run on Saturday where I forgot my gloves and lost feeling in my fingers. Awesome run. Awesome weather. Very poor clothing choice.

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  7. Did I miss something? I didn't see a number 4 on the list.

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    1. Crap. How did I miss that?? Thanks for pointing out. Must have been a low energy Sunday night.

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    2. Number 4 is good too. I read about stair racing a while back. I get why people push themselves, but I can't help but shake my head when I see what those people climb and how fast. Amazing and confounding!

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    3. I have a stair race coming up March 23rd. Even though I have been training I'm sure I'll still want to collapse after I finish.

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  8. Coffee with heavy whipping in it and I am drinking it all day long. Our book club is reading the flower book and I loved it, but hey, I'm a social worker too.

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  9. I'm not a less is more coach, so I feel you are going to be left wanting at the end of your marathon, but I will read on and see how you do in the weeks to come.

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    1. Maybe so. I terms of mileage it is very low, but it's more important for me to get through this cycle healthy than to add more miles.

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  10. If you like season 1, season is going to BLOW YOU AWAY ... seriously, awesome!

    Oh, and my #4 would be eat chocolate... bad, but tasty.

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  11. duh, sorry, Homeland, season 2 ... we just watched it (while eating chocolate - after a 16miler so I am exonerated)soooo good. Did I mention it was good?

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  12. I'm living in a winter-less place (which is nice), and fighting the tropical weather (85-90 + humidity, somewhat less nice) with lime juice.

    I supposed that lime juice might also help fight the winter blues.

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  13. My husband and I just started to watch Homeland a few days ago, and since then when we aren't busy with something that first question that comes up is, "Why aren't we watching Homeland right now????" We aren't quite through the first season, but it's getting damn juicy!

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  14. Favorite thing about this damn winter .....thinking......thinking.....we've had it really good here weatherwise in Florida but it IS still winter. Looking forward to doing a 15K this March with our track club -- it's a popular race and I have done the 5K there/son has done the 1 mile but this is my first time doing the whole enchilada!!!!

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  15. The best way to endure a Michigan winter is to get out in it as much as one can. It's not easy, and I don't participate in any winter sports, but getting bundled up and heading out for a run in single degree temps is invigorating.

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  16. My favourite thing to get through the winter is to spend outside with my snow-loving dog, which includes running together in -40F! I talk about it on my blog.

    http://herdinthehood.blogspot.ca/2013/01/winter-survival-tips.html

    Can't hate winter when you are with another being having this much fun!

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  17. Oranges. I can't seem to get enough oranges right now.

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  18. Ok, I just spit my cheerios all over my laptop! Fart Patio?!! LOLOLOL!

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  19. Great favourites! I'm heading to the Dominican Republic for a week in February with my daughter and really looking forward to it too.

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    1. My family stayed at the Dreams resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic....still one of my favorite vacations we've ever taken to this day!!!

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  20. OMG, thanks so much for my morning laugh riot with number three!! Where's number four?
    I start my Tabata Inteval class tonight. Hopefully that will carry me through the winter!

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  21. No plans for spring break but we are getting away for a downhill ski mini vacation in Feb. Does that count?

    Your travel plans look great! I keep wanting to go back to Mexico but my husband won't until it's safer!

    You really need to write more posts.. Just never enough! I need more laughter in my life!

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  22. If you're a fan of Damian Lewis (I really liked him in the TV series "Life"), he was just a guest star last night on BBC's Top Gear. Of course the new season won't air in the U.S. for a while, but you can download the show for free here: http://www.finalgear.com/shows/topgear/19/1/

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  23. Good list! Been to the resort you are going to, hope you enjoy your get away! Without kids at home anymore, no real spring break, but planning a visit to family in Arizona about that time. A beer and a book beneath a palm tree sound pretty good about now.

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    1. How did you like that resort?

      Arizona sounds good too. Anywhere warm is fine by me.

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    2. Well we got 'a deal' since it was during hurricane season and while we did not get hit with a hurrican, we had a tropical depression sit over Cancun most of the time. Saw more rain than we cared to. But NOT their fault... just no more 'deals' during hurricane season for us. :)

      BUT, LOVED having an ocean front room (I can see our room in your picture). Sat on the balcony reading and having a few cocktails often, loved the view. The surf was crazy and we could hear it at night, great sound! Also, really liked the beach, VERY soft. We walked it TONS including in the rain which was cool since hardly anyone else was out there. We walked south to the little town, Puerto Morales, worth the walk (or bike ride, the resort has bikes to ride). The folks at the resort were very nice 99% of the time, always wanting to help. The food was pretty decent too, not super 5 star, but could always find something quite good. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies, also they had great breads/pasteries. I remember the Italian and Mexican ala carte restaurants as being very good as well. Biggest negative was the bars were understaffed. But at high season I would guess you will not see that. And rain is a non issue so you will have a great time! Enjoy!!

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  24. My kids are out of school for winter break in two weeks and we are headed to Costa Rica! WOOT! Not sure about spring break; we're thinking about going to Memphis to see Graceland. The Florida and South Carolina beaches are jam-packed during spring break, every school system here in ATL is out at the same time, so we are kind of over going to the beach that week.
    And I just bought those chickpea patties from Costco last week. The whole family loved them, but I only bought one package (because if I'd bought ten I'd have been the only one who loved them). BUT since everyone asked me to get them again soon, Costco will quit carrying them.

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  25. I love the Lets Go song and adding it to my playlist. I just found Hall of Fame by the Script and Will.i.am (http://youtu.be/mk48xRzuNvA) and I love it.

    I just made Lamb and Lemon Orza the last week of December. I loved it.

    I'm reading You Tell Your Dog First on kindle. It's so heartwarming and after losing my baby girl last Saturday, I needed something uplifting about dogs to read. And it made me laugh so much.

    I really want to try stair running, but not ready for a marathon.

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  26. Keith’s above comment has my new favorite quote in it: “No such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices” especially after a snow run on Saturday where I forgot my gloves and lost feeling in my fingers. Awesome run. Awesome weather. Very poor clothing choice.

    Thanks for sharing your training plan too. It’s not terribly different in design than my half marathon plan (except for obvious milage differences). I like the detail in miles and paces. And your better and more diverse cross training exercises are something I hope to do for whatever my next challenge turns out to be. Happy Monday.

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  27. You and I literally have the same favorite quote at the moment!

    In other news, I have been reading your blog for a while and I think it is awesome. AS a fellow Colorado girl, it makes me less homesick until my move back to the mountains at the end of April. Any cahnce we can run together once I move back?

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    1. Yes, let me know when you are here! What area are you moving to?

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  28. Can not stop laughing about #3!

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  29. Um, the Fart Patio made me laugh until I cried. WTF--I'm 49 years old. Will I ever grow up?

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    1. At least you know I am right there with you. I am 45, but I'm thinking when I'm 49 farts will still be as funny to me, if not more.

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  30. I think that stair racing would be awesome - I didn't even know it was a sport/event/whatever!
    Spring Break trip to Texas to see my 98 year old Grandpa!!!

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  31. If you are lucky enough, like I am, to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can do a trail race that is also a stair race. The Dipsea Race is the second oldest footrace in America. It starts with 688 steps (the equivalent of a 50-story building) and then climbs relentlessly over the shoulder of majestic Mt. Tamalpais before cascading spectacularly down to the Pacific Ocean at Stinson Beach. I've run the trail more than 100 times but have never run the race because it is difficult to get into and too crowded for such a narrow trail. I have, however, run the Double Dipsea eight times, which starts at the Dipsea finish line, goes to the bottom of the 688 steps in Mill Valley and then back again to Stinson Beach. For the truly hardcore trail running ultra marathoners out there, there is a Quadruple Dipsea every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipsea_Race

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    1. I’m a newbie runner (running since Oct), but the Dipsea Race is one of the first races that I saw that made me realize that traveling for a race could be fun. It just looks like a blast. But I live on the east coast, and as you said, it’s designed as a locals event and very difficult to enter. I’m still going to put it on my race-bucket-list and will probably start trying to get into that race in 2014. I’m not ready for it yet, but it looks like a fun challenge…both to enter it, and then to race it.

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  32. I'm reading Anna Karenina. What a freaking love story THAT is. My goal is to finish before the movie hits DVD. My goal anyway :)

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  33. Love that quote!!! And thanks for the song - always good to hear what music other people are listening/working out to.

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  34. I have a friend that just started running stairs (with her fire department hubby)...and I think that looks like an awesome workout. However, I would NEVER be able to do the stairs in that pic - that makes me dizzy to look at and I don't even have a huge fear of heights.

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  35. That's the book my bookclub picked for February, glad you are liking it.

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  36. Best running songs no one has heard about: Band: Superchick, Songs: Anthem, Cross the Line, One More, Rock What ya' Got

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  37. My 10=year-old is an extra on that Portlandia episode. He's the kid wearing the goatee in the last scene.

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  38. Usually, I do not run with music but when I do...I love my showtunes! I would love to try a stair race one day. Doesn't Denver have one coming soon?

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  39. Ah, Damien Lewis will alway be Captain Winters to me ( Band of Brithers). I just got Homeland, dying to watch it.
    Good tip, find and watch 'Colditz' from 2005, it's a Btitish film with Lewis (lovely bad guy) and Tom 'beautiful lips' Hardy. SWOON.
    Love your list!.

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  40. never tried stair racing...looks HARD! just wondering since your marathon plan is by pace if you are done with the HR training?

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  41. http://www.gazette.com/articles/manitou-131488-opening-incline.html I would like to try the Manitou Incline in 2013--it's in Colorado Springs. It's kind of like stair climbing! :)

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  42. I'm doing my 3rd Trek up the Tower stair race next month. It's done in the tallest building between Denver and Chicago. 40 flights up. It is terribly miserable to do, and I swear I'll never do it again, but I keep signing up. It sells out quickly. For reference, the time it takes to run the 633 feet up is approximately how fast you can run a mile. You can't really breathe by the time you're half way up and most of us end up with a cough that sounds like the plague for about a week. http://www.trekupthetower.org/

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  43. Spring break, what is that again? I only wish I had spring break. I love the Less is More plan. That is what I used for all of the halves and marathon I did this year. I got so much faster and avoided injury!

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  44. LOVE the hotel/resort in Mexico!! The only thing that keeps me going right now is my wedding in 4 months....in Jamaica!! Beach is close!!

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