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Background: I had minor minor minor surgery yesterday – a sebaceous cyst removal thingy, and I’m currently laid up, waiting to heal.

I’m the worst, the absolute worst, patient in the world. Matty B took the kids to the store. I was left alone on the couch for 45 minutes and thought I was going to lose my mind. I like to be busy, moving, productive or sleeping. No in-between.

As a result of all the free time on my hands, I came up with this random, albeit themed, list of thoughts:

Fitness Thoughts

1. I joined the YMCA in January to battle my winter fitness boredom. While I’ve been loving my yoga classes, the cycling classes have been meh.

Basically, the teacher turns on boring music (country? really?), opens the windows (it’s 5:30 a.m. in the dead of winter, really?) and occasionally mumbles incoherent phrases. I could do better on my own. Anyone have an extra spin bike for sale?

2. However, my YMCA days are numbered as I’ve got Bloomsday coming up in 6 weeks and I need to train!


Sunday’s “long” run. I’m working on upping my mileage.


Monday’s same two hills, over and over and over again. Apparently there’s a beast of a hill referred to as “Doomsday” and I wanna be ready.

3. Recent running music favorites:

Roar, by Katy Perry
On Top Of The World, by Imagine Dragons
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger, by Julie Stone
ABC, by The Jackson 5
Beast of Burden, by The Rolling Stones
Timber, by Pitbull
Moves Like Jagger, by Maroon 5
Radioactive, by Imagine Dragons
Skyfall, by Adele

In that order.

4. I’ve been wearing compression socks, specifically these and it’s probably all in my head, but the days I wear them I run faster.


It’s science.

5. So while I won’t miss my cycling classes when I quit the YMCA, I will miss yoga. I have to get up at 5 am, but I love it. I never look at the clock. I’m thrilled for every plank. My absolute favorite pose is pigeon.


Hurts. So. Good. Also, the picture above isn’t me, in case you were wondering.

There are, however, some yoga manners that I’ve come to know that I’d love to get your feedback on.

A. Don’t talk. Don’t. Even if you don’t understand the pose. Look at the teacher. Look at the other people around you. Do what they’re doing. Don’t (loudly) say, “what?!?!” in a disgusted voice. This is a real life story.

B. Clean off your mat when you’re finished. Better yet, bring your own. But especially if you’re using a class mat.

C. Teachers, can we please, please get some heat? We are freezing!!!

D. If the studio is full of people, fine, plop yourself directly in front of me. Fine. But if it’s a fairly empty class, please give me a little breathing room.

E. At the end, say “namaste.” Just do it. Don’t make me be the lone response to the teacher’s namaste.

6. When forced to run on the treadmill, there is one thing alone that keeps me sane:


The previous night’s episode of Jimmy Fallon. Love him. My “dream guys” in order of importance:

1. Matty B- obviously:)
2. Aaron Paul, aka Jesse from Breaking Bad
3. Jimmy Fallon
4. Thomas Keller

7. Check out this post about why we run. Love it.

Favorite reasons:

Running sets a good example for my kids to exercise.
Running burns a lot of calories in a short time, so I get to eat more–and I love to eat.
Running helps get rid of my anxiety.

And if I may add one of my own, Running is my “me” time. No deadlines or meetings. No juice boxes to be opened or shoes to be tied. No conversation. Just me.

8. 5 foods to make you run faster.

Since oatmeal is on the list, certainly that means I should make these chocolate chip oatmeal granola bars.




2 responses »

  1. I’d join the Walla Walla YMCA each September for the winter months to beat that winter boredom too! Quick tip though, in September they waive the enrollment fee making it WAY less painful to cancel come spring!


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