Monday, March 2, 2015

Eat This Blog Post!

You know how you can learn something new every day?

This morning I learned from fitness blogger and coach Deb (at Deb Runs) that March is National Nutrition Month. By the way, you should check out that link because she has some useful ideas for mid-day snacks that won't derail you.

So I found National Nutrition Month site and indeed, while all those Girl Scouts are out there fulfilling your cookie needs, here it is March and time to be mindful about fueling your body. So put those cookies in the freezer!

I am not, not, NOT a registered dietician. Please keep in mind that anything I write about food is absolutely not meant as advice. There are lots of great resources out there about diet (and exercise, too); I am not one of them!

But I do think a lot about what I eat. About two years ago, I cut back seriously on the amount of meat in my diet. Fish, too. I wouldn't call myself a vegetarian, but "predominantly plant based." And with the beginning of Lent this year, I cut out cheese and identifiable eggs (i.e., I will go ahead and eat a muffin but not scrambled eggs) (I told you that I think about this probably way too much).

I had a bunch of reasons for doing it, but I really have to blame some veggie friends who are excellent role models: non-preachy, happy, healthy regular people who avoid turkey sandwiches. (Larry, Ilse, Carolyn, Tamala, I'm looking at you.) Years ago, when I was dipping a toe into meatlessness, Ilse mentioned that she just felt so much better when she didn't eat meat. I hadn't thought about that, but really, she's right.

I just dropped the National Nutrition Month knowledge bomb on Jim, and he was like, "Of course it's National Nutrition Month. It's March." Like he knew. He's been known to make fun of the elaborateness of my lunches (pasta with tomatoes instead of his sandwich). I don't know what he's talking about.

It's my breakfast - oatmeal with bananas, nuts, flaxseed and cinnamon.

And about those cookies? I bet a couple in the evening wouldn't hurt. And Thin Mints are vegan, FYI.

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's About the Running, People.

I'm not putting this post out on Facebook or Twitter. It's really for me to get this off my chest.

I've been lucky enough to have been a part of a Facebook-based running group since 2011, when we were all training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Almost a year ago, the group broke up in dramatic fashion, with a number of people splintering off into a side group.

Trying to remain a part of both groups (because there are some truly terrific people in them) has led, sadly, to people in the splinter group sending me nasty messages on Facebook or unfriending me because, in the words of one of them:

I all know is, people who line up behind those who lead that group are no friend of mine.

(I left the quote in because the grammatical errors are fun and see? I'm not as nice as I pretend to be).

Why can't we just put our energy into being supportive of each other and enjoying our shared interest in running?

I hope you get a chance to go out and be kind to someone today, and that you are able to put mean people out of your head and out of your life.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You Need a Good Reason to Run in This Kind of Cold

The crazy cold here in Virginia this week = a treadmill week for me. And the forecast for today's temps called for single digits, so I had resigned myself to either a treadmill long run or just putting it off until tomorrow, when it's supposed to be more moderate.

(If you are from Minnesota or New Hampshire and think I should buck up and run in the cold on the regular, maybe you're right, but the 'mill treated me just fine this week. #wimpy)

Then I noticed that my friend Melanie A. had created an "Arctic 10" route on MapMyRun. And then she sent me a message about that route and invited me to join her Moms Run This Town group to go do it. That was just too enticing!

So I bundled up and ran around the few clear streets in Fairfax with a bunch of the nicest women you would ever want to meet (including Meg N. -- whom I hadn't gotten to run with in just about forever. That's what you call a bonus). We met up at Gathering Grounds in the University Mall, and happily returned there for delicious coffee after our run.

Jim thought I was crazy to run outside, but now that it's snowing like mad here in the FFX, I am so glad to have gotten out there early and therefore enjoy my afternoon of coffee and Girl Scout cookies.

Thanks, Melanie! Thanks, MRRTs! Thanks, Gathering Grounds!

These are some really nice people.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

No More Janathon, and I Totally Slack Off

After the responsibility of blogging every day for a month, it's a shocker to see how easy it is to break the habit.

During the fall, though, I stumbled onto Seth Godin's Blog, where he writes every day. And it's never anything that is so long that it adds to your list of things to do, so it's an easy read (much of his content is marketing-related, but I almost always get something out of it). You might check it out. 

I'm taking a tip from him and writing shorter. I have an occasional long story to tell (like the time I went to a half marathon, driving 2+ hours, only to find that I had the wrong date), but I'll save that stuff for an occasional post. Life is too crazy right now for me to pound out a lot of long posts, and I'll bet it's too crazy on your end to read a lot of them.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Janathon Day #31! Why This Treadmill Run Didn't Suck

Some people hate on treadmills, and the last time I did the 'mill, it was a torturous hour of hideousness (in retrospect, it may have been because that flu thing I had was coming on). Today's treadmill run was much better because

  1. it was shorter
  2. it's stinking cold outside and it was a treat to run in shorts
  3. my husband and daughter went to the gym, too, so even though we were all doing different things, it was like a family outing and who doesn't like that?

So nope, this wasn't the Janathon that went out with a whimper instead of a bang. I didn't get to workout every day in January (see flu, above), but on the two days I skipped it I still complained blogged about it. Does that count for something? Yes it does.

And I've gotten nearly 100 miles run for January - I'll finish that goal off tomorrow at Burke Lake Park which is way more scenic than the treadmill.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Janathon Day #30 - The Hardest Thing About Cold Weather Running

Today was a short run, just a mile, for my rest day. But I figured that it took as much time to put on all my gear and peel it off as it took to do the run.

I did the loop on my street today, and on the second loop, I shuffled by my next door neighbor, Coy. I said hi, of course, and he was like, "Anne!? It's too early for that!"

Coy is a nice guy. And correct.

Last day of Janathon tomorrow! And I signed up for a group run for Sunday, for a Janathon-plus. Maybe I won't write that one up.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Janathon Day #29 - My Miles Feel Measly

I just finished a not-quite-four-mile run. It was about 20 degrees out there. It was cold.

Yesterday, my friend Jeff finished a 135 MILE RUN in Minnesota, with a sled tied to his back because the participants had to carry their own fuel. It was the Arrowhead Ultra up in the northern part of Minnesota. You can run, bike, or ski the course (there's a special award for people who complete the race in each discipline). It's the kind of thing that makes everything else you might be doing seem a little, well, meager. But it totally motivated me to get my miles in this morning.

And not for nothing, it's 35 in Minneapolis right now.