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10 Things

26 May

1) I’m known to have weird dreams. Like really, really weird dreams. Maybe I should compile them all and write a book. The latest addition to my collection of bizarre dreams involves one co-worker fathering the child of my best friend and then leaving the baby unattended as he went out for a walk, while I was sleeping in the next room. Then in the dream, some criminals came in and stole my beloved godson while I slept. I woke up scared and guilty at 2 AM. When I told my best friend about the dream, she said: “remind me not to ever let you babysit my son.”

2) I have never understood the expression “mind you”. I’ve read definitions online and I even have had native speakers try to explain it to me, but it just doesn’t make sense to me. Therefore, I have never used it and I don’t think I ever will.

3) Speaking of language, the other day I was cooking with a friend and I told him to pass me a pan and he gave me this:

To which I said, “No, that is a saucepan.” Then I showed him this:

… And said, “this is a pan!”
He said he was going to Google it to make sure. I just did. I was wrong. The end.

4) I went to an Amish Store for the first time last weekend and I absolutely loved it! Everything was homemade and fresh. The best part? The store is about 20 minutes away from my house! Yay! Here’s our loot:

5) I bought a new brand of nail polish that it’s absolutely awesome! It lasts a long time and makes my otherwise ugly toes look decent. By the way, if you’re a woman in South America reading this and you want to move to the US,  you better start learning to give you yourself pedicures and manicures. That shit is expensive here.

6) Why is it that some guys feel like they can just randomly hit on you at any inconvenient, given time? Like the guy from the grocery store or the busboy at a small town’s only diner? I’m flattered and all, but can’t you see I’m in my jogging pants, sweaty and without make-up? If that doesn’t scream “I have no interest in flirtation right now so please leave me the hell alone”, then I don’t know what does.
7 ) Quick rant: Since I kind of look young, it seems that some people think that gives them the right to boss me around. Newsflash: No, it doesn’t.

8 )  The other day I was running uphill blasting music on my MP3 player and this truck came behind me and slowed down. I looked over and saw the guy in passenger seat show me a French fry as if to say: “run, woman run,  while I eat my delicious French fries”. I discreetly, very discreetly, gave him the finger. I’m not the one who’s clogging her arteries with hydrogenated oils, asshole.

9) Speaking of running, I’ve made a lot of progress in my running. I still don’t run the whole time obviously, but I have considerably increased my running to walking time ratio. By the way, I have the craziest thoughts when I’m running. Like crazier than usual.

10) Sometimes when I’m having a crappy day, I make a mental list of the positive things in my life. Like the fact that I have a cool mom who’s so smart and awesome. Like how I have friends that despite the distance, go out of their way to show me that they love me and that they are truly good friends. Or those sweet texts or voicemail messages that I get mid-morning which really make my day.

Graduation & Fitness!

9 May

Hello there! I have clicked on the New Post button about a million times since the time I wrote here last and I now have about 10 drafts of unfinished prose sitting on my Dashboard. Oh, well. What can I say? Life has been incredibly busy, what with the paperwork to get accepted to college and having awesome little road trips. I have done a lot of impressive and entertaining things lately, including riding a bike for 10 miles, gone on picnics by a lake, watch great movies (I loved The King’s Speech and Black Swan!) and attend my best friend’s graduation ceremony. Oh and also, I have consistently worked out for over a month! I am so dedicated to exercise lately that I even created a spreadsheet, look:

I don’t know if I had already shared the frustration I felt at my attempts to be physically active.  I chose to start running because it’s cheap (I can’t afford gym memberships right now)  and it can be done anywhere. What I didn’t know was that running is a high-impact sport and requires the use of special -read: EXPENSIVE- shoes and that you couldn’t just start doing it without researching about it first.  So after weeks of running/walking, I started experiencing awful pain in my shins, also known as shin splints. It was so bad that even walking hurt. So after consulting Dr. Google, I came to the conclusion that I needed to be professionally fitted for running shoes and that I had something called tight calves. I like to believe that my tight calf muscles are due to wearing high heels too much.  Ha!

Well, I got new running shoes. I paid a large sum for them. So large that I’m ashamed to reveal it. I will just say that they cost more than my 2 most expensive pairs of heels combined (gasp!) so I had high expectations from them.

And they lived to their expectations indeed because after running/walking in them for 2 weeks, I can say I am pain-free! Amazing! And now I can run for a whole 6 minutes without a walking break, which is really impressive because when I started, I could barely jog for 20 seconds without being out of breath!

Anyways, that was all for the fitness part of this post. Now to the Graduation! With pictures! 

This is my best buddy JM! He graduated from Greensboro College yesterday! Here we are after he received his diploma:

I am so proud of him! He’s the first one from our class to get a Master’s! Yay! If you want to see more pictures, go here.

I spent the whole weekend with him and his family and we all had an awesome weekend.  I teared up a bit (more like a lot!) when he got his diploma. Graduations are so exciting to me!  And that’s all for now, folks.  I promise to report on the running thing soon. If nothing else, I will do it to keep records of my progress.

Take care, ya’ll

M

The Chronicles of Hunger and Other Unimportant Things

18 Apr
For several weeks, I have been drinking my dinner. That’s right, drinking my dinner. You see, for three weeks now I’ve been taking this dieting supplement twice a day. The purpose of this obviously is to lose weight. Why else would people submit themselves to the torture of drinking their meals? The results have been rather positive.  I have lost about 8 pounds. But best of all, my pants feel loose! Now I have to confess, I have been cheating a little. It is so damn hard to diet on the weekends, especially when you go to a picnic and have food like this:
Now, I have been working out frequently. I have been running using the Galloway method. The pain on my shins has been awful since I started running regularly. But this afternoon when I went out for a jog, it was so hard I had to stop completely. And then the 0.25-mile walk back to my car was sheer torture! I am really bummed out about this because running is something I could really get used to doing for a long time. I have  been lying in bed, elevating my shins since I got back from running. I’ve been trying to figure out why my stupid shins hurt so badly. Maybe I’ve been overexercising. Maybe it has to do with the fact that yesterday I went hiking on a 4.9 mile trail! We didn’t intend to do the whole 4.9 miles. We just wanted to do half the trail, but by the time we felt we were ready to go back, we realized we had forgotten where we had parked the car. Dumb move indeed. So, after we finally found it, we had done the whole trail! And now, I am in so much freaking pain!
Also, I did not drink my dinner tonight. I decided that since I am injured ( I know that is no excuse, but whatever!) I needed to eat real food, but in a smaller portion. I made sauteed crab meat with mushrooms and asparagus,  some brown rice and half a whole wheat pita with hummus.
Who can say no to that? Anyways, I’d better stick to the shakes rigorously for the remainder of this week; I don’t think I will be doing much running for the rest of the week. 😦 However, I refuse to stop working out. I do not want to gain back the few pounds I’ve lost. So I will probably be doing yoga, dancing or any kind of cardio tomorrow! And if I am slacking off, someone please come over and kick my butt!
PS: I got accepted to Greensboro College! YAY! I guess this last piece of information does not fall under the unimportant category but who cares? I’m starting grad school in the summer!