Thursday, November 17, 2011

three things thursday

1. I am FINALLY starting to feel better.  Yesterday the urge to stomp around saying, "NOW WHAT?!?!!" arrived (i.e. complete rest day), and this morning I got in the pool to swim for half an hour and didn't want to stop.  Now I have some serious ants in my very unserious pants.  I'm feeling healthy and the LAST thing I want to do is sit around for another 3 days until Sunday morning rolls around.  But I will, and woe on those that have to be around me until I finally cross that starting line.  


2. In continuing my never-ending quest to have an excuse to buy new running shoes, I think I'm going to work a few more pairs into the rotation.  I really do love my Ravennas, but because they kick up my cranky shins after a few weeks, I can't be in a committed exclusive relationship with them.  I put a pair of Asics 2160s in the mix a few weeks ago, and they feel pretty great for short workouts, but I wore them for my more recent 10 miler and they tore the shit out of my feet.  Plus they have a chunky heel which I think lends to my old-stride bad habits, but the amount of stability is pretty perfect.  The resident mafia shoe expert recommended both the Saucony Guide and the Brooks Defyance as possibilities.  I've already stalked their prices online, and I'm hoping to find a great deal on one or either at the expo this weekend.  Every PT in my corral has told me that it's a great thing to be constantly switching in and out of (similar but not identical) shoes because it keeps your muscles guessing, so I'm going to do it.  My dream is to be just like Dr. Maggs, who said he has at least 6 pairs of shoes in his current rotation.  6 pairs!  Swoon.  Maybe Graham doesn't go to college after all.  Mama needs her fix!


3. I'm going to carry my teeny tiny shuffle with me on Sunday, but I plan to not plug it in until mile 6-8.  I could probably listen to "We Found Love" for the entire second half of the race, but just in case I can't, please drop me some music suggestions in the comments.  Oh, and if you want to feel REALLY bad about your body, go watch the video for that song.  Girl is RIPPED.  Go listen anyway, and try to tell me that if that song shuffled up when you were dragging hard, you wouldn't get a serious second wind and fly down the back side of the course.  I dare you.  So share your favorite good trashy pop beats that will light a fire under my sub-1:50-seeking ass.


Happy Thursday!

28 comments:

  1. oh graham. Lets face it, he probably wasn't looking at more than a 2-year community college anyway. He'll do fine on his looks and personality alone.

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  2. Pumped up kicks by Foster to the People!

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  3. Graham has 'athletic scholarship' written all over those paws - don't you and your shoe-money worry about him. ;)

    Current favorite songs: This City (Patrick Stump...(who?!) + Lupe Fiasco) - which would be appropriate in Philly, for you. AND Run this Town - oldie, but it won't let ya down.

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  4. OK, Beth is cracking me up this morning.

    Race songs I love: Paramore's "misery business", Kanye "stronger", Garbage "push it" ABBA "does your mother know" Scissor Sisters "filthy-gorgeous" AC-DC "thunderstruck" tom cochrane "life is a highway" rihanna "sos" and, yup, Journey's "any way you want it"

    GO SUB 1:50!!!!

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  5. Listen to that shoe mafia chick. She hooked me up GOOD

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  6. I wear the Defyance 85% of the time (narrow) and love them. I also rotate in the Launch - soooo comfy for tempo/speed and sometimes fall back to my Adrenaline (most on the treadmill), but trying to wean myself away.

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  7. Okay, so I just watched that video... and for the first half of the video I was like... dammit.. what the hell am I doing running and doing yoga? I should be in europe in the early 90s, having sex, getting high, and running around in fields topless. And then the end of the video came and i was like... ohhhhhh... yeah... that's why.

    My all time fave running song is by the Killers... All these things that I've done. An oldie. But a goodie.

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  8. New song to add to my playlist - thanks! Maybe getting sick was the best thing to ever happen to you. FORCED extra tapering.

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  9. Sigh BUT I LIVE WITH YOU. Please do not bite my head off between now and Saturday morning when you leave.

    I've been listening to 90s boy bands (I KNOW) in my car because those are the CDs I happen to have, but there's something to be said for 98 Degrees and Backstreet as pump-up music. True story.

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  10. YAY!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you're feeling better!!!!!!!

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  11. That is a cool video. I never have really cared for Rhianna, but since I know running through fields topless is a favorite pasttime of yours I can get behind it.

    I stick to mizunos. Rotate 2 pairs of Musha's for the shorter weekday runs and a pair of Wave Elixers for the long runs. it's glorious, and got me through Ironman training.

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  12. What Doesn't Kill You - Kelly Clarkson, and Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes (I KNOW, but... it's a good beat for running)

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  13. I'm like you-- I like having several shoes in the rotation. I saw your comment about the Ravennas on my FB status. I would love to work those in, but I am just so scared after my stress fracture episode. How did you work into them? I love the shuffle! I think the music will really help you and you always have the option to NOT use it too!

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  14. Well that calls for NOW That We've Found Love by Heavy D, too. Good running song as well, and probably less smoking in the video. How ill did that make you when you saw her light a double handful of cigarettes all at once? GAH.

    Also, my never fail to make you GO song is Peakin' by Bleachin': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhvp3P6TfwE&feature=related

    Honey, Graham is just not college material. He's gonna be a trophy husband to some bitch.

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  15. Katie, I don't know if you have ever ran with the pace group during a race? But they helped me so much last weekend in Norfolk and I was finally able to get a sub 1:50.

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  16. I had something really good to contribute here but then got completely distracted by my own laughter at Jon's comment.

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  17. I refuse to go look at her. ; )

    Glad you are better..just in time!

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  18. Hmm, I need more shoes. And since we are often shoe twins, maybe I should just buy everything that you buy.

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  19. Glad you are starting to feel better!

    My shoes are all over the place. Now that the chiro fixed some of my major issues, I seem to be ok in all of them for short distances. Not sure what's going to happen if I ever manage longer distances again.

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  20. I'm so boring I only have 1 pair of running shoes at a time and it's always NB.. Keep those ants in your pants until Sunday you will do awesome!

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  21. yeah!!!! so glad to hear you are feeling better. and ummmm 6 shoes in a rotation!?! i am JEALOUS for sure.

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  22. I have a ton of running shoes. 3 active pairs right now with 3 pair waiting to rotated in that I got for a good deal.

    Good luck this weekend!

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  23. Good luck this weekend at Philly!! I just heard that Rhianna song for the first time this morning while driving to the pool.
    Poor Graham...
    Journey's "Don't Stop Believin"
    Sub 1:50 or bust!

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  24. With Graham's looks, he'll land a modeling job in high school, that should pay for his education.

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  25. When You Were Young (The Killers), Dog Days are Over (Florence and the Machine), Regret (New Order, and I especially recommend that one if you happened to grow up listening to Open House Party on Saturday night radio like I did)

    I freaking ADORED the first Saucony Guide. Later versions have been too wide in the forefoot for me, though. I'm running in Adrenalines now, interested in seeing if I can step down to Ravennas at some point, and hated what I interpreted as heaviness/brick-ishness in the 2160s, so I'm dying to hear what ends up in your shoe rotation.

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  26. I have worn the same brand/type of running shoe for years with zero problems. Sticking with one works well for me.

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  27. Bruno Mars- Runaway Baby is an absolute must. I also like Swizz Beatz- Its me B*tches, Lady Gaga Teeth, Eve- Tambourine and Maroon5- Moves like Jagger :)

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