Friday, July 31, 2009
We have started another blog. We know that you all, like us, already read 34,569,863,783 other blogs. What's one more right? This new blog will be a tad more risque and since it shows our real names, please don't stalk us. We both already have stalkers who don't appreciate newbies on their turf. You've been warned.
This new blog is through Creative Loafing and will be a joint effort on our parts. We may actually even get paid for it. Gasp! By paid, we mean like $5 a week. Maybe. (That should cover a Gu or two.) The more you click, the more chances we have of getting paid.* See that's where you come in.
Not only do you get more hilarious hijinks from B.o.B. and the Redhead, you also get a chance to help us pay our bills! Hooray! Hm. Not enough incentive to head over there? Fine. Be that way. Make us buy your love.
Today we are hosting our first GIVEAWAY! (Read: Bribe)***
All you need to do is head over to the new blog (scroll down for the first entry) and come back here and comment about it. That's it. Simple really. If you want to increase your chances leave us both a comment. One entry per person per blog comment.**
Oh, of course you want to know what your prize is. Since we have a mixed bag of readers we thought that someplace where you could not only purchase running stuff, books, shoes, magazines, hell you could even get yourself one of these, was the best way to go. So your prize is a $25 Gift Card from amazon.com.
Now get going.
B.o.B and the Redhead
*A commenter brought up a good point. Our personal blogs will still be updated more frequently. The Creative Loafing blog will be more of a weekly. No need to worry kittens.
**Drawing Sunday via random selection. Reveal Monday!
*** Giveaway is closed. 8/03/09
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The actual SWAMP.
Post Florida games at the Swamp Restaurant. (Not my best photo, but you get the idea.)
So peeps what are you thankful for today?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So here I am back in my hometown. Friendless. Running partner-less. What did I decide to do about it?
I joined a running group. I found them online and was out with them the first chance I got.
I know that most of you who swing by this blog are runners or triathletes. Some of you belong to groups. But for the random person who stops by D.R. I want to say this - if you have any inclination to run a race of any kind or are looking for some like-minded healthy (slightly goofy, but fun) friends then a running group is for you.
Out of all the blogs I have read I have seen only a couple mention bad experiences with a running group. If it weren't for these dynamic people I really don't know if I'd be logging 40+ miles a week. And I would have no clue about a lot of the training techniques I talk about. I also would not have made so many great friends so quickly.
Within each group there will always be smaller sub-groups of friends. And that's OK. But come race time everyone is out there supporting each other and helping each other get through those last miles that seem unbearable.
Maybe I got lucky. Maybe I am in the best running group in America. But then again, maybe there is a group out there waiting for you.
UPDATE: Some of you posted that you weren't sure how to find a running group, well I found this little gem on about.com and hope it helps. Happy hunting.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Toe 1: What are you looking at?
Toe 2: Whatever I feel like looking at. In fact I bite my toenail at you sir.
Toe 1: What the crap does that mean?
Toe 2: I dunno. Some Shakespeare guy said it.
Toe 1: Well it's lame. Just like you.
Toe 2: You want to take this outside?
Toe 1: Um, we're stuck in socks and shoes so no. But we can do this. Right here. Right now.
Toe 2: Oh it's go time!
[Toes begin to beat the crap out of each other and bloody sock ensues]
Toe 1: Well that was dumb.
Toe 2: Yes it was. That escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast.
Toe 1: Sure did. Let's call a truce shall we?
Toe 2: Yes. I will never bite my toenail at you again sir.
This is what happens when you have an overactive imagination and nothing really to report on regarding the running front. Training continues...
Happy Tuesday, stay outta trouble.
Monday, July 27, 2009
There is a store near where I live called The Green Boutique (sadly, they don't have a website). They have the most adorable items. Everything is whimsical and quirky. Kind of like me.
The last time I went in there I fell in love with several pieces by an artist named Erin Smith. Her stuff is so witty but like most things I fall in love with, it is a tad pricey. After my run on Saturday I had no choice but to swing by The Green Boutique and do some shopping. They had some new stuff from Erin Smith and there was one piece in particular that I couldn't stop staring at.
One of the women working noticed my lust for it and told me I could always do lay-away. Lay-away? Who does that? In these tough economic times I decided, I do. Who cares? I must have it. Lay-away here I come. I paid the 20% down and called my step mom to tell her about it since she introduced me to this cute little boutique to begin with.
About an hour later my amazing step mom called me to say she was coming over and needed some help with an outfit she just bought. She just needed some advice on how to wear it and what to wear it with, etc. I said, "Come on over your fashion advisor awaits."
You see where this is going don't you?
She showed up with the Erin Smith. I could not be more delighted. Yes, I am completely spoiled. Yes, my father picked the most amazing woman to marry those 20 plus years ago. Yes, I hung it immediately.
The aforementioned item shows a little girl standing next to a motorcycle. Motorcycles are very significant to me as my dad raced them and they were a special joy to him. Every time I hear or see one I think of him. In addition, the phrase on the piece (in my mind of course) perfectly describes me.*
"i may appear harmless...but inside i'm completely badass"
*The one I got is bigger than the one shown.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I like speed work and I cannot lie
ooh, speedy demon
I apologize in advance if my retooling of the classic Baby Got Back offends anyone's musical sensibilities. But, oh well. Head over to the Runner's Lounge for the Redhead's awesome interview.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Today I am thankful for my Mom. She's awesome in so many ways. I'll just focus on her cooking today! After my race on Sunday I went to her house and she made me Spanish bean soup. Apparently, it's only called Spanish, I think it's more of a Cuban inspired by Spanish dish.
I am a huge fan and it's actually quite easy to prepare. But for whatever reason, I'll never be able to make it taste quite as good as my mom's.
Yes, that is a Diet Barq's Root Beer. I hardly ever drink soda and my mom always has these. They are quite tasty if you're in the mood.
What are you thankful for today?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
NOTE: They may not be running related. My life doesn't really revolve around running. That would make me so lame. (Stop laughing.)
1. Do not wear heels to a construction site.
2. Be careful, ants like pretty high heels too.
3. Eat the free pasta or you'll be hungry later.
4. Don't forget to put your I.D. and debit card back into your purse after you go out for a pub run.
5. One Blue Moon beer can give you weird dreams.
6. Advise your friend against eating Chic-Fil-A, McDonald's, and Papa John's as his 3 meals prior to a 5 mile run.
7. Avoid hitting on older men who turn out to be Monet's.
8. When someone asks if you were looking for a date at a construction site, you may give them the finger. (See #1)
9. Water is the most important meal of the day.
10. Read Discombobulated Running often.
Happy Hump Day peeps!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Gangster Hill: I'm gonna give you until the count of ten, to get your lying, yellow, no-good keister off my property before I pump your guts full of lead!
Me: But hills I have to do 6 of you tonight!
Gangster Hill: One....two.....ten! Ahhahahaha Ahahaha [maniacal laughter]! Keep the change ya filthy animal.
During The Plan I increase a mile at the hill about every two weeks. I'll eventually get up to 10. Allegedly. Hopefully.
I joined a running group that found the only hill where I live. And it's not your grandma's hill. It's tough. In fact I would say it's my least favorite night on The Plan, aside from the MLR.
And we don't just run to the top and then walk down. We run the damn thing at a full on tempo pace. It's a 1/2 mile up and then a 1/2 mile back down. For the mathematically challenged this is a one mile out and back, or should I say up and down?
Anyway, I did it. All 6. Almost on targeted pace. The first one was a bit slow, but hey it was a warm up.
I'll be back Gangster Hill. And next time, I'm bringing Joe Pesci.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Me, Stacey, and Julie - Biathletes!
One more thing, my chip time was 41:05. I have no idea what the splits were but I'll update if I get them. This was such a fun race, I look forward to more and who knows, maybe even a tri.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
First off, I just want to say how great you all are. You listen to my long winded running talk and put up with me smelling like an 800 lb male gorilla in heat after my runs. You also provide supportive comments and encouragement. Really, I couldn't have picked a better group of folks. Well, except for maybe Uncle Eddy, he's a tad strange.
Anyway my loves, I have a request.
Please stop calling me after 8:30 PM on Friday nights. I know that I used to go out on Fridays until 4 AM and be available for hilarious drunk text messaging. I also know that I used to stay in on Friday nights and be available for hilarious drunk text messaging. But since running has come into my life I must ask that you stop calling me or texting me past this early (lame) hour.
From here until October I will be running at 5:30 AM to beat the ridiculousness that is the Florida heat. Know that I love you. But if you call me at 11 PM, I am liable to eat your face off through the phone.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Overall almost everyone enjoyed the flavor and would buy it. I believe there were a few jokes made about how the information that came along with the product said it helped with erectile function. You know how the BRA can't pass up a good joke about sexual innuendo (in-your-endo). A couple folks thought it was a bit tart. I personally enjoy the flavor. They have quite a few other products and I think I would try the POM Light Teas for the reasons below.
Some in the group don't pay too much attention to the calories or sugars because most of them run a gazillion miles a week and generally eat healthy so the health benefits from the drink are an added bonus. I on the other hand worry about sugar. As it appears that there is quite a bit more sugar in this beverage than my usual water/G2 I would probably cut it with club soda or just regular water. It would probably be tasty in a smoothie too.
I don't think it's intended as a diet drink but could help you get more of those healthy antioxidants. And well there's always that erectile function thing....
Several other bloggers had some reviews I came across. Here they are:
Thursday, July 16, 2009
However, due to his need to
So today, I thank you John Steelbuns. Without your help I may have passed out and gone missing. They'd have to send out a search party for my dehydrated butt.
(Combing the desert, get it?) That's how hot it was.
(Oh, and thanks for all the awesomely supportive comments yesterday. You guys rock!)
What are you thankful for today?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday I received an email from my sister, E, about a biathlon on the beach near us on Sunday. She suggested I sign up for this and she'd come watch (AKA laugh her ass off). It's a 2 mile run, 0.33 mile swim, and then a 2 mile run. It's followed by a slip n slide, so I am sure that also swayed her to offer me up to the sharks.
I told her I'd think about it. I turned secretively to my fellow BRA member, Navy Steve, whom I consider to be the most knowledgeable on tri's. (I know this is a Bi people, but stay with me.) Since he knows how I swim and run I figured he could help me decide whether or not this was a good idea. I didn't want to let people know I was considering this, especially those who may show up and see me flail around in the ocean. And thus laugh themselves into a coma.
He came up with some Pros and Cons. (Yay, list time!)
- you can swim, just don't go out too fast
- you can run 4 miles
- transition should be easy, take off shoes put on goggles then take off goggles put on shoes
- a new challenge!
- NO BIKE (biggie for me since I have a fear of scraping my face at high rates of speed)
- will be a PR
- won't interfere with other training as Sunday is recovery run day
- 2 early days in a row
- haven't trained for it
- tired after Saturday's 16 miler
- run is on the beach
- "I won't be there." Navy Steve (he said he meant for support, but I think he meant cause he couldn't participate, the BRA is a competitive lot)
- lungs will be burning due to sprinting
- first open water swim in the ocean (saltwater and cootie bungalows!!*)
After our email exchange I decided to go for it. And then promptly told my buddy the Redhead. And swore her to secrecy. I was going to do a surprise race report. This was all on Monday by 2 PM.
But by about 5:30 on Monday after full on obsess-fest, I decided I had to share with my BRA and facebook friends. So why not tell my bloggy peeps too? I need feedback, support, and possible CPR.
See? Terrible secret keeper.
I am nervous. Please provide supportive comments below.
*Those random things that brush up against you while in a large body of water = cootie bungalows.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Upon greeting a male colleague he looked at me and said, "Did you do something different?" while motioning to his face.
"Oh that." I replied. "I put make-up on."
It wasn't until this moment that I realized what was happening to me. I am becoming even more obsessed with running. Or am being super lazy in the pretty girl department.
I am girly. I like make-up, heels, and an episode of Sex In The City. (How cool is it that Carrie walks around in her underwear all the time? Lady Gaga should give her some props for being the original leotard wearer.) In addition to the eleventy billion running/tri blogs I follow, I also follow plenty of fashion and beauty blogs.
Don't get me wrong though I also enjoy basketball, football, and action films and video games. But lately I have been slacking in the make-up department.
Want to know why?
Because when I get home from the office I am in a mad rush to walk the dog (Poop already Lloyd!), lower the A/C for the roommate, change into running gear, pack towel and G2, apply sunscreen and make it to the BRA's run spot. To add in the extra minutes needed to remove eye make-up and wash my face just seems silly in the grand scheme of scheduling woes.
This morning however, I decided my co-workers were probably tired of looking at my make-up less face.* Not to mention, I was tired of looking at my un-lined eyes in my rearview mirror. And honestly, you never know who you are going to run into. I mean what if while on my lunch break I run into Bradley Cooper at Quizno's and he isn't stunned by my beauty (Maybe She's Born With It? Maybe It's...)?
I guess I am back to make-up removal pre-run. It's an added step that I must get used to. If not for myself then at least for Bradley Cooper.
Now if only I could work a leotard into my wardrobe....
*In the spirit of full disclosure, I was wearing some make-up. Just not enough to be noticeable.
Monday, July 13, 2009
She got into town on Friday evening and we discussed how lame we were before going to bed at 9 PM. Yup, a runner's life is super exciting while in training mode. My roommate was on his way out for the evening as we were getting ready for bed.
We woke up at the usual butt crack of dawn or O' dark thirty and headed to meet the BRA for our long run. I was slated to do 14 miles and the Redhead was aiming for 14 to 16 depending on how her knee felt. She got to meet a lot of the BRA members and I think she enjoyed running her first 3.5 miles with a group.
Unfortunately, our 10 mile loop has so many turns that Redhead decided to just do the shorter 4 mile loop repeatedly in case she had to stop. No sense getting stuck somewhere and having to walk back not really sure of where you are going. Fortunately she did 14.5 miles and didn't have any issues. I am super excited for her because I know she was worried about her knee. I got my 14 in with no issues. I used a caffeinated Gu for the first time and had no tummy issues which is a real surprise considering how iffy my stomach can be.
During our post run breakfast the Redhead called a friend to wake her up. The Redhead likes to sing morning songs on voicemails. In the BRA's usual quirky manner we all decided to help her out by singing a chorus of You Are My Sunshine into said friend's voicemail. I am sure her friend enjoyed that one at 8 AM!
After breakfast the Redhead and I got ready for the BRA beach party. A couple within the group got transferred so it was a going away for them. On the way to the beach we stocked up on Redbull, subs, chips (for me), cookies (for Redhead), and Twix (for us both). Healthy huh? Okay, okay we also had some blueberries and raspberries.
Arriving at the beach, Coach Tom immediately descended upon the Redhead. I had warned her of Coach Tom's love of a redhead. He jokingly told her he had heard all about her and stood in between us for a photo which had him grinning from ear to ear. What's even funnier about this is that he has a girlfriend, one of my BRA FAVORITES, V, who just laughs at him. He's harmless and really in love with her so it's all in good fun.
We left the beach party and Redhead then headed back to O-town. I took a nap and went out with some friends. I could only stay out until midnight and then I was done. Lame, I know. But again, training = tired.
Sunday's recovery 4 miler felt like it happened in the blink of an eye. I guess after running 14 miles, 4 miles is like a Sunday stroll! On another note, the bathrooms at the park on the Sunday runs are so hot. P-funk said they felt like the bowels of hell. She is right. I swear the devil was a bathroom attendant.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
These are my two besties from college. On the left is J Cru on the right is J Dubs. In this photo we are on a train in Italy going from Turin to Florence.
We were starving and decided to get sandwiches from the cart. Well, J Cru and I got lovely (weird) tomato and cheese sandwiches. J Dubs detests mayo and couldn't get the lovely (weird) one's we got due to the mayo. She did however order a mushroom sandwich that wound up smelling like feet. She claimed it was tasty, but honestly we were so hungry at this point we probably would have eaten actual socks. Not just sandwiches that smelled like them.
Happy Saturday. I tag you Glenn Jones from The Running Fat Guy. You're it.
Friday, July 10, 2009
1. Sanitation workers
2. 7-11 employees
3. Crackheads still up from the night before
5. People on the West Coast partying at Diddy's
Feel free to add your own.
And now, on to the AWARD! WOO HOO! It's my very first one. And I am so happy to be award de-flowered by my friend the Redhead. Hmm, that sounded weird. Oh well.
The Redhead awarded me with the Seven Traits Award.
You must tell 7 traits about yourself (yay another list!) and then pass it on to 7 other bloggers. Here's my sweet seven:
1. I love to make people laugh. I find myself to be quite hilarious and appreciate people who agree. I think laughter really is the best medicine. I enjoy lifting someone's spirits through the use of my
2. I can be very hard on myself. It's true. It's not always easy to toot your own horn when you run with people who you suspect are only one gene away from being gazelles.
3. I hate being single. Seriously, it's been way too long since I had a boyfriend.
4. I love being single. Seriously, it's great sleeping in the direct center of my bed.
5. My sister sometimes says I'm cheap. I prefer to call myself spendingly challenged. While I love, love, love shopping, I am very cautious of what I spend my money on. For example, I don't want to pay $140 for the front row at a musical, but I will drop $140 on running shoes. At least I'll get my money's worth out of that and not just get some song sung by feral cats stuck in my head.
6. I love dancing. Why in fact, just today I was booty shakin' in my car to some Whomp (There It Is). Friday is booty music mix morning on the radio station I listen to on the way to work. It really sets the tone for my day.
7. I like to be liked. I really don't like it if I think someone just flat out doesn't like me. I have a hard time just saying eff that person. You all like me, right?
That list WAS NOT easy. Whew! I feel so much closer to you all now. Here are the lucky seven bloggers who I am bestowing this award to:
Train, Don't Tri
Run Faster Mommy
Eliza on the Run
My new life on the run
a little messed up
Chasing the Kenyans
Never Quit, Never Stop
TGIF Folks! Good luck to all who have long runs or races this weekend.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Without progress we wouldn't have the Internet. We'd still be going to the library. I apologize if this offends some of you, but I really don't care about the library. I can't sit at the library in my old pajamas, t.v. blaring, while eating pickles and petting my dog, the attack terrier Lloyd. And worst of all, no Internet = no blogging.
Without progress we wouldn't have electricity, aviation, indoor plumbing, and good safe-for-the-most-part road systems. We wouldn't have a national parks system, roller coasters, or marathons in every state. We wouldn't have movie theaters, IPODs, or toe socks. (We wouldn't have as much pollution either, but that's another blog altogether.)
And for me, without progress, I wouldn't continue to train and toil six days a week at this running thing. I'm happy to report that thus far I am hitting all my days and paces*. I ran all 5 hills on Monday, 5 mile recovery on Tuesday, 7 mile MLR yesterday, and am going to tackle the Ring of Fire today, and a 14 miler on Saturday. Why? Because I am seeing the benefits: getting faster, feeling stronger, and I love a good strawberry banana energy gel in the morning.
Mind you, I am only about three weeks in, but I am seeing progress. And, as Martha Stewart (who I am mildly afraid of) would say, that's a good thing.
*My paces aren't super fast, so I'm only sort of hard core. Still working on that. ;)
What are you thankful for today?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Lucky for me, there are gobs of running related products out there. Lucky for you, I will attempt to try all of them. Ok, well not me personally but I figure I can at least help us all out by posting links to other bloggers who do product reviews. Here is the first issue of I like stuff, brought to you by your fellow bloggers and you!
The Running Fat Guy reviews heart rate monitors. Here and here.
Chasin' Bunnies reviews Nuun.
Honey Stinger as reviewed by Run Faster Mommy blogger Heather.
The Un-athletic Runner reviews Joint Juice.
The Runner Dude tries The Right Stuff.
I am going to try to do this periodically as I see a bunch of products being tested and reviewed by various bloggers. Feel free to email a post if you do a review yourself. This is so great b/c that way I won't overdose on new energy gels and will still have money for groceries!
* Good jeans are the pricey ones that make your buns look like steel.
P.S. Head over to I Run Because I Can to enter to win a sweet bag from High Sierra.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Needless to say we snapped photos with and of various things/people on the 4th. We got a lot of strange looks, a few catcalls, and even one (very) drunk woman yelling, "You go girls! I should be doing that! But I'm not!"
We made it through all 12 miles at a slower pace than intended but we figured it was a fun run on a holiday so it didn't matter. At the end we lit some sparklers (thanks random gay guys for the light!). We are showing off our awesome wrist bands. I didn't know how helpful these wristbands were until the Redhead informed me of their intended use. Wiping sweat from your brow, upper lip, forehead, etc. Genius!Post run we did what I feel is the best leg recovery technique. Basically, put your legs up against the wall and keep them straight up for 15 minutes. It is not the most pleasant experience but it's so worth it. It really helps the legs get new blood circulating, thus helping with the soreness. NOTE: That is a star tattoo on my foot. Not dirt.
It's back to serious training starting tonight with the dreaded hills. Until then, I'll be thinking about the sparklers!
Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. I'll be checking your blogs today!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Will B.o.B. and the Redhead be forced to run a quicker pace to get past the hobos and drunks?
And will B.o.B. and the Redhead take pictures or interact with the following:
- small children
- innocent bystanders
Stay tuned for these dramatic conclusions on the next... DiscomBOBulated Running!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I bake a batch and then refrigerate them and reheat one or two through out the week. It's a great time saver.
I bake them for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
You can go here, here, and here for more options. Or just run a search. There are tons of variations out there.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I got home yesterday and was unsure as to whether or not I was going to make my run. Luckily, by the time I got to the meet up spot with the BRA it had slowed to a drizzle. I am still kind of hesitant on running in the rain. While I like dirty shoes, I don't like having to dry them out. We had a new person show up for the run and since she didn't know the way I was happy to hang with her. It was a recovery 5 miler for me anyway so no need to push it.
Due to the rain we were all over the place dodging puddles the size of pools. It was actually kind of fun and we likened it to a trail run. Taking advantage of the cloud coverage and cooler temps was also quite nice.
This morning I woke to a torrential downpour. Holy biblical weather, Batman! When I went to take the attack terrier Lloyd outside he just looked at me as if to say, "Ninja, please." So back inside we went.
On my 30 minute commute to work I saw two electric poles get struck by lightning. My step mom sent out an email to make sure we all made it to work safely. My mom sent me a text that said "PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE." That's how bad it was.
Hopefully the rain god will cease and desist with this assault by this evening as I've got a 7 mile MLR.
Stay dry peeps (unless you are nuts like the rest of us runners and scoff at the wetness of your soggy socks).