Archive for February, 2012

February 15, 2012

Podcasts Are Good For You

trust me!!! Especially the one’s for guys.

Set aside my infatuation with listening to Bomani‘s Evening Jones during my late night runs and starting the day with Peter Sagal hosting NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.

I want to ask you a serious question. 😐   <– that’s my serious face smiley… don’t judge

Have you ever listened to Aisha Tyler‘s Girl On Guy podcast?

No?

Well, so yourself a favor and start. It’s not to late.

All three are available as free downloads on iTunes and Girl on Guy is also available via Amazon for Android.

Choose your favorite noiseless activity (i.e. running, walking, feeding other people’s toddlers copious amounts of candy) and prepare to engage your mind. Consider it cerebrum coitus. Ok, maybe don’t consider it that. I’ve found that listening to something other than melodious headbangers can help take my mind off the miles and my aching joints. In addition to that it’s quite stimulating.

Aisha’s interview with Jean Grae is one of my favorite and as are any segment on TEJ (formally The Morning Jones) involving Bo, Brooklyn Stacy, and/or DJ Mike Hitman. If that’s not enough, go listen to Bo discuss why Sam Hurd is an idiot that most likely has never seen The Wire.

Signing off… ETT =)

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February 7, 2012

CLEAR!!!

… it may be the word most associated with ER jargon (or maybe that’s STAT), either way it’s also the word used to describe my status for The North Face 100 Endurance Challenge‘s 50k event.

Woohoo… wait, what person in their right mind gets happy about being cleared to run 50-kilometers (31.25-miles) through Chinese mountains… wellI do! Don’t worry, I’m sure that my happiness will at some point lead to doubt and nervousness and possibly even disbelief, but for now I’m truly excited about this new challenge and happy to finally be given the opportunity. Who knows… if I train hard, stay healthy, and stop eating double fudge brownies with caramelized bacon morsels, perhaps the last word I hear may not be CLEAR!!! =) I know… I’m such a positive person! =) and that bit about the brownies was made up… I don’t even know if such a dessert exists! Promises O_o

As for training… check out The Numbers to track my progress. This week will be an easy build week with some hill intervals thrown in. Total mileage will be somewhere around 14-miles, so nothing too fancy. Yesterday, Ke$ha and I banged out an easy 3-miler (she was in my ear of course).

That was right after I watched Super Bowl XLVI!!! What a heart wrenching game it was for me. By the third quarter, I’d developed a nervous shake because I didn’t think we were going to make it… BUT like many a regular season fourth quarter, when the Giants are down, they rallied back and dug deep for a win. I will admit, Ahmad Bradshaw’s “turn around and lay it down” touchdown was almost as HAWT as Mr. Quiggly in Skechers with matching red sweater. Nonetheless, I’m positive the Giants won because I wore my lucky NY Mets ball cap and dingy NY Giants sweater to the bar. I am a proud fan, what can I say!

Until next year NFL and congratulations to the New York Giants!!!

Signing off… ETT =)

February 1, 2012

Because it looked like fun…

… is usually my answer to the question of why I do the crazy things that I do. To be honest… it’s a cover all for most of the questions I get asked. DON’T JUDGE ME!

That Crossfiting fool, Viking Superhero, and I have teamed up to design a marathon training plan. This is a big deal for me, because save my last long distance endeavor… I usually follow some running aficionado’s plan that I found on the Internet or in a magazine. I really enjoyed marching to the beat of my own drum last time and I’m dead set on keeping it that way. Now if only I were a running aficionado. 

I’m excited about this collaboration with Viking Superhero. To me, he is all things athletic and is great with strength training and motivation. He’s competitive and resilient. He seems to think that my short running experience will be beneficial to him in some way since this’ll be his first marathon, but I’m sticking to my “if I did it, you sure as hell can do it” philosophy. 

So far it looks like we’ve got some endurance and strength building loosely laid out for the first two months. We’ve both signed up for some runs (i.e. marathon & 50k) in May, so the plan is to try out our homemade training plan and tweak it as we go along. Once we have everything laid out, I’ll post the particulars. Feedback is most welcome. So is sporadic motivation. I mean, we can’t very well stay entertained by this guy for the entire race, can we???

Signing off… ETT =)