Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Commoner's Favorites

Yesterday I decided I would run as fast as I could behind Bob for as long as I could.  That was stupid.  But when I came home He noticed that the toe of my $150 dollar Aasics shoe was worn out.  Granted it had 350 miles but really?  I think Aasics is getting a letter.  If I ever bought shoes that cost that much trust me they wouldn't wear out in six months.  But I love them because they never make my famous Planters Fisciatis flair up.  They are bouncy!

I'm going to have to have a little discussion with my friends at Aasics. But I bought the same exact pair again because they are fantastic.  They are also the most expensive shoe in my favorite store Road Runner Sports.  I love that place.  I want everything there.  I won't be selfish, I don't need every color just one of every style of everything.

I have another product that I just love.  One of my favorite stores is Lush.  They sell bath and beauty products.  There was a time when the only way to get one of my children who I won't name to take a bath was to buy the bath bombs.  But while in San Francisco with Meghan I stopped in and bought this wonderful product.

This product is fantastic.  It's made of vodka, coconut oil, advocate oil, and ocean salt.  You scrub it anywhere, I use it on my face and hands rub it around and rinse it off with warm water.  My skin has never been this soft.  It smells great AND it's not so bad if it gets on your lips.  You should try it.  Plus it lasts a long time.

So this weekend I ran a lot, did a lot of work for my class-seriously a ridiculous lot, and some projects for work, also frustrating.  A few more weeks right.

Picture of the day
I love this rainbow picture from a few years ago.

Song of the Day
I LOVE this song

Also I have to do a better job of picking up my feet when I run.  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Commoner's Guide to Heated Running

They made me go back to work yesterday.  Who's they you ask?  No idea but i had to go back.  Easy it was because there are no kids at school yet.  We are being professionally developed.

So I'm back at work and back to the ticking clock of classes and things coming to a head in very many ways.  It's enough to make you say
I mean it's that point in the semester when I typically lose a document or a table and scream like the above.  Luckily it was a table and I fixed it but still.
Thank God for running.  Even a sucky run like today's -with the wind and the tiredness and the slowness.  It's still outside in the sunshine with the fresh air in the running clothes and sweating.
So since I'm finding no humor in this time right now-you know my TV obsession.  I will watch anything on HBO-I don't think they produce a series which is not top notch.  One of my favorite is VICE which is a documentary show produced by Bill Maher.
He's being captured and is being held in the Ukraine while doing a story there.  This is scary stuff.  Vice brings stories you just wouldn't know from around the world.  It tells it in an interesting way.  I'm sad and worried for him.

On that note.  Photo of the day
That's how i feel today.

Song of the day?  Royals-just because I like it.  And this girl?  Great Hair

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Commoner and Random Thoughts

Lent is over!  Easter has passed!  He is risen!  Best of all?  I can eat candy again!
 The problem with this is that sugar candy (you know like above-not chocolate) to me is like a drug.  If I eat one piece I'll eat the whole bag.  It's a straight up addiction.  I can't stop. I won't gain weight but I will feel like crap.  And worse yet?  Withdrawals are crazy hard.  They make me super cranky to those around me!
So I'm probably going to try to stick with it as long as I can.  Believe it or not I've gained three pounds since giving up candy.  But I definitely feel better.  So I'll probably stay with it.

Random Thought number 2:  Today was the Boston Marathon.  The last time the Boston Marathon happened we all know what we went through.  It was horrible.  

Since then I trained for and ran the Chicago Marathon.  I will never run Boston UNLESS I can run the pace I ran in Chicago when I'm 75-then my time will  qualify.  But I learned some things from watching the race.

  • Elite Runners are really light and short
  • You can actually race against people.
  • There's a thing called the Marathon Shuffle that Meb didn't use in the last mile.  I run the Marathon Shuffle all of the time-even on three mile runs.
  • Elite runners don't wear headphones
Americans are hard to defeat.  We'll always come back when attacked-even if we attack ourselves.  And to make it better an American actually won!  The first time in 31 years.

Finally! Random Thought number 3!  Remember I told you I won? Maybe you don't remember.  Shout out to Sparkly Soul Inc.  I told you I love Running Expos right?  Well Sparkly Soul doesn't know I've followed them on Instagram for a while.  So when I was at the expo I looked for their booth and bought a black sparkly hairband to run in.  I entered for a chance to win and I DID!  I one 6 hairbands of my choice.  They are beautiful and I am lucky.   The hairbands look like this!
You can buy them in any color and lots of designs.  They don't slip, they don't give you a head ache and you can have a little style while   you are running.  Which is one of the best things about running.  Personal style.

Photo of the day--The Marathon Shuffle-Plus this is one of the top ten days of my life!

Song of the day
Can't Hold Us-Macklemore  Because it's still my favorite running song.  And it kind of goes with the Boston Marathon I think

Congratulations to Eric and Mike-two old friends who finished today with amazing times.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Commoner and the 45 Degree Run

Nobody talks about the weirdness of California weather.  We just brag about it. 
But this morning it was 45 degrees when it was time for my run.  I was taught by a friend once train in the weather you have because you don't know what the weather will be on marathon day.  
So I layered up and ran even though it was going to be eighty degrees later in the day.

But I had a great run.  I've had great runs all week.  maybe because there is no pressure right now-it's all for fun.
So I've read this entry on Shape Magazine thirty benefits on running.  

I'll start with number one reason why running has benefits.  It's empowering.  It really is-you don't have to be crazy marathon runner like me-you can just be a runner and you will feel great about how you are doing.  You will gain confidence and you will feel like there's nothing you can't do.  Your strong, your fit and you run-whatever you run.
I've been working on my papers ( I don't really know how many papers I'm in the middle of writing or really when any of them are due)  So I'm eating a lot of these.  Unrelated fact actually.  These are my new obsession
Vanilla Power Crunch Bars.  I tried them at the Rock N Roll Marathon Expo and I'm hooked.  I'm going to go through a box a week if I'm lucky.  They taste like the best vanilla wafer ever but they are a protein bar.  I'm sure they are full of chemicals but everything I eat is so I'm okay with that.

Try them!

Song of the Day

Fun Song and it's vacation so Yes I am

Picture of the Day

Look how happy they are!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Commoners Vacation

My favorite word-VACATION!!!!
I'm taking my vacation in beautiful Hollister.

There will be running
I won't be running on this beach in Newport-it will be the pavement of Hollister.

I'll be going for a spa treatment.  I'm not even kidding.  I am!
I hope this spa has relaxing stain glass windows.

My vacation also includes a conference call with the professor in charge of my masters project.  She told me to have 30 interview questions ready by Tuesday.  30 is so that she can tell me to change 25 of them.  That's the highlight of the day.  
If I can run a marathon I can tackle that chore.

I also have an overnight shopping trip to San Francisco with Meghan because I love all of those things!

So that's my week.  Happy Tax Day , Happy Holy Thursday and Good Friday, Happy work on your paper week, and don't forget to remember those from Boston.

Video of the Day-if this doesn't inspire you nothing will

Picture of the day

Tilt your head.  Marathons and marathoners are awesome (If i do say so myself)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Commoner and the Recovery Again

So after a long long day and a day in which I probably should have run for my mental healthy I was back on my feet.
I got home at five.  I was tired I was hot I was tired.  (oops) but i put on my running clothes and my dying batteried Garmin and went on my way.

It wasn't a good run.  I walked a lot.  But that's okay-I'm old it takes a lot of time to get back to normal after an event and a hellish week.
It was good to sweat and be outside.  Running is the best.

Song of the day.

We were singing tunes from Les Mis in the office for some reason.  And this one is because we have ONE DAY MORE!!!! Before vacation.

Picture of the day

What a week!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Commoner and Recovery

2 more days until vacation.  So I have not been running I've been recovering from my awesome half marathon.  I need to take care of myself between now and the end of June when Marathon Training begins.  That's right Marathon Training is now a proper noun.

So it's two days from vacation and it's been a rough week or so -aside from the running of that gorgeous race.  

So here are some pictures that make me happy and will get us through to the long awaited vacation

Song of the Day

Billy Joel-it's a New York kind of day

And it's a two Fer

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Commoner and the Hills

New York may be home and it goes without saying -probably the most amazing place in the world.  But...when it comes to beautiful cities San Francisco wins.  It's the most beautiful city I've been to.  I love it.  This race was going to take me over the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise what could be better?

I waited for a long time for this race.  And for the first time ever I wasn't the least bit worried about the actual 13.1 miles I was worried about running across the bridge.  Plus it was a tough week-it was nice to go for a long run through a city with 11000 running partners.

Let me tell you the race was so hard with so many San Francisco hills that by the time I was on the bridge I was hoping it would fall down because I was so tired.

I did more walking this race than ever before because I refuse to run up those steep hills.  You don't go very fast anyway and it's exhausting and it kills your hip or my hip anyway.  So you may as well walk the steep parts.

 The only time I ever walk in a race is through the feed stations.  This race I felt like I was walking all the time.  But I wasn't.  I ran great.

My goal was to run 11 minute miles.  I ran 11:11.  Then my goal was to beat the 2 hour 30 minute pace keeper.  I did that.  I did awesome.  I didn't even know what 11 minute miles meant for a finish time.  When I saw the 2:15 pacer I asked how many minutes/mile is that -she said 10:30.  That's too fast for today.  There are no PRs on this course.

I didn't take any pictures even though every one did and really ?  you have to It's Friggin san Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge .

I stole other people's pictures and here they are -pictures from the race as seen by anyone who uses a hash tag.

As for the race.  I felt really good.  I was worried about so many hills in the first 4 miles.  But when the bridge came it was wonderful.  It was crowded and I tried not to fall but I looked up in awe that I had conquered my bridge fear.  That bridge is beautiful.

Mile 8 saw me really tired and a little dehydrated but a water stop really helped and by mile 10 I felt great with mile 12-13 finding me with the fastest mile of the day actually racing for the finish instead of the usual I'm just glad I made it.

Highlight of the day?  The race and a Wrestlemania BarBque where I didn't have to cook or shop for the food and got to hang out with my boys and Amanda.

The picture of the day?
I keep editing this but it doesn't stay edited.  Tilt your head!

The Rock and Roll Half Marathon had hardly any bands.  But this band did perform.  They have a hit.  So they are song of the day.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Commoner and the Bridges

I can't wait!  Tomorrow I get to go to San Francisco, go to the expo with all the great running things to buy-hang out in the city and then I get to race on Sunday-13.1 miles.
I have some phobias.  One of them is bridges and another is earthquakes. So if those two should collide I have a problem.  But I thought it was awesome that I would face my fear by running across the bridge in a half marathon.
I will take a picture on the bridge running over-I swear.

But I did not realize that I  would have to run over the bridge both ways.  I'm not sure how I thought I was getting back to San Francisco but I didn't think I would run the bridge twice.  So now I'm a little scared.

But I think this is going to be a great race.  Training went well-although I cut a few runs so that's bad.  But I'm healthy and I love running San Francisco any time I can.

After this race I have 2 and a half months before marathon training starts.  I'll run but not too much, work on my strength training.  Get ready for the next big thing at work.  Get through this second semester of my masters.  Get my body strong and healthy before I undertake the monster of marathon training.  I'm ready this time.  I know how to do it. Bring it marathon.
I'm a little scared actually.  I'm scared of this bridge

Picture of the Day:  
This is near my house.

Song of the Day:
Get Lucky-Pharell is having a moment.  Plus I love the guys and Nile Rodgers (2 degrees of separation) but mostly this song is so fun to run to and dance to