Archive for May, 2012
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
First let me start out by saying I am loving reading all your workout/running goals for 2012! It’s so awesome to see how many of you are going to run your first 5K, half or full marathon and how many of you are going for PR’s! I am so excited to see what you do this year!
As I’ve mentioned before, I have a gym in my building which is pretty awesome. It’s really convenient to be able to walk downstairs early in the morning or late at night and not have to worry about actually getting to the gym. While I’m not complaining, I will tell you there are some serious characters at my gym. Every time I think I’ve seen the weirdest thing at my gym, someone does something even weirder that has me running upstairs to PartyDog, “O M G have you seen so and so…” They are pretty entertaining to me so I figured I would share with you some of my favorites.
1. The guys who sits and drinks Starbucks coffee for hours.
This character comes to the gym every time dressed in fancy gym wear, has on sunglasses and brings his yoga mat. He walks in, lays down his yoga mat in the middle of the gym and sits there playing on his phone and drinking his venti Starbucks cup-for at least an hour. Does he get up? Nope. Does he workout? Nope. When he’s done playing games on his phone and drinking his Starbucks, he rolls his mat up and leaves.
2. The guys who lifts weights barefoot.
To be honest, this guy really bugs me. I personally think it’s not only disgusting that he does this but really rude to the rest of us at the gym. Anyway, this guy takes his shoes off before he lifts at each and every machine. And I watch, each and every time as he does it. Keep your shoes on man or get some Vibrams or something.
3. The guy who hops on the treadmill while it’s on.
The first time I walked into the gym and saw an empty treadmill on as high as it could go (it was going so fast you could hear it outside of the gym doors) I thought someone forgot to turn it off. That was until I saw a guy running at top speed from the weight area and hopping on the treadmill for 1 minute and then hopping off to run back to the weight area. The first time he did it I was completely shocked, and thought “wait what just happened.” Five minutes later he did the same thing. I guess he’s doing intervals? It’s really dangerous to try and hop on the treadmill when it’s going at like speed 12 but I guess that’s why he needs the running start? Do I even need to tell you this guy is my favorite? This is pure entertainment each and every time.
4. The couple who stands still on the treadmill.
OK so they don’t stand perfectly still but the treadmill is on at .4 speed. Literally at .4, I’ve watched to see where they put it. .4 speed in case you have no idea is taking 1 step about every 10 seconds. They do this and talk or watch TV the entire time. And because they don’t sweat, or even take more than 12 steps total their workout they wear their clothes from work. By work clothes I mean dress clothes and shoes.
And of course we can’t forget about the Fan Lady but you all know I can’t even begin to talk about her…
That’s all the nonsense I have for now! Don’t forget to enter the Drymax socks giveaway!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen at your gym?
Monday, May 21st, 2012
Happy Monday! I cannot even begin to tell you how exhausted I am. Our flight landed in Chicago last night at midnight and we got home around 1:00. After driving six hours from Arcata to San Francisco and flying for another four and half hours I can honestly say I am pooped.
Despite the tiredness, we had a great time! We got to see the Redwood trees which were really incredible, Fern Canyon which was also awesome and went to various beaches that had great views. Here’s a little taste of our trip based on crappy cell phone pictures:
As always, PartyDog looks more than happy to be standing next to me and taking a picture. The picture above was in a little town called Trinidad and it had the most incredible views!
Do you see those people out on the ledge? That’s Max and his family. The wind was crazy that day which meant there was no chance my butt was going out on that rock ledge so I was an old woman and stayed behind. Don’t hate.
How cool does Fern Canyon look? I seriously felt like some dinosaurs were going to come running after me. I was expecting to see some or at least Jeff Goldbloom as we turned each corner but sadly there were no sightings of either. The walls of the canyon are about 80 feet tall! As we were driving out, we saw some gigantic elk that were less than impressed with my photography skills.
Arcata is a really interesting place. It’s literally as if you traveled back into the 1960′s. Only hardcore hippies reside there, everyone is high as kite on pot and people just lay around in the downtown plaza drawing, sleeping or playing music. I think it’s one of those places that’s really hard to describe and you have to experience it yourself. I can tell you though, hippies make the best food. Everything we ate there was delicious. Fresh, locally-grown organic produce makes a world of difference and the people really put an effort into making their food. I will miss the oatmeal, that’s for sure, and the sunsets.
Oh and I’ll also be missing the weird little trinkets I found all over town including this gem:
Whoever the local artist is that made that, I want to buy all their work. How awesome is that? Did I buy it? Of course I did, JT will love it.
So that’s our trip in a nutshell. We had a great time but I am totes glad to be home in Chicago breathing city air and not having to look every which way to check out the next crazy person walking down the street. The best part of the trip? Seeing an old naked man with only shoes and a purse walking the streets of San Francisco. Sadly I didn’t get a picture of that but if you just picture Zach Galifianakis naked with shoes and a purse on and you get the picture.
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Friday, May 18th, 2012
Happy Friday everyone! Friday only means one thing: Friday Searches!
- Ready Set Feast Guod (this cracked me up)
- Are Luna bars tasty (um, duh they rock)
- Big toe tendon
- Can you faint during MRI (I almost did, so probably)
- Emma Roberts pants unzipped (Sadly, I did blog about this)
- I love that body (ok?)
- P. Diddy’s mom (That’s weird right?)
- Skinny Runner hair (I can’t tell you much about her hair, sorry)
- Look less disgusting at the gym (Also can’t help you there since I look disgusting 100% of the time at the gym)
I of course had the usual Ryan Gosling pee (I can’t seem to get away from that) and a lot of searches regarding 50 Shades of Grey. The winner this week goes to:
- Tanktop pupils
What on earth is tanktop pupils?
There. Whoever searched that is satisfied now I hope.
I’ll recap my trip next week but I’ll leave you with something exciting we did yesterday.
The Redwoods! It was incredible and even my gorilla self felt short for a change. Today we’re off to Fern Canyon where they filmed Jurassic Park! I’ll let you know what dinosaurs I see. I hope we see Jeff Goldblum too since that’s PartyDog’s celebrity doppleganger.
Max seriously loves that he looks like him. It’s kind of weird. That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Who’s your celeb doppleganger??
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
I hope you all remember my love Guod. Because I’m so proud of the kid, I forced him to write a post on his upcoming half-marathon! Also, I forced him to write it since I’m basically in control of his life right now: eat this, run this, wear this, do that. He loves me. Enjoy Guod, I’ll be back tomorrow with some Friday searches!
Hey all! Guod here filling in for the Kelsey while she’s in California. A lot has happened since the last time I wrote for ye olde Ready Set Feast and I thought that I should take a quick break from online dating and being awesome to share! The big news is, I’m running my first half-marathon next weekend, Boston’s Run to Remember! I know what you’re thinking, and yes this will really help boost my OkCupid profile!
So several weeks ago I figured I should put together a training schedule to get ready for my first 13.1. I showed Kelsey what I came up with and according to her I would have to cut back on the burritos and actually do some running. I protested but to no avail. So here is what she came up with for me:
I got pretty serious about it all and I finally went and got fitted for running shoes. After several pairs, and a little convincing the clerk I wasn’t bow-legged, I settled on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12’s.
With my new kicks I was ready to go from…
in no time at all. I have purposely grown a serious beard to create drag while I run. My theory is if I shave it the morning of the half I can shave 15 to 20 seconds off my pace. It’s science.
Now I know what you’re all wondering and the answer is yes, I still listen to Maritime and ONLY Maritime when I run. I’m talking two hours straight of these guys bumping in my ears and keeping my feet moving.
So I have just one week until the big race and I couldn’t be more pumped! My parents even found someone to keep an eye on my basement back in Maryland for the weekend and are headed up to Boston to cheer me on! For an added bonus I have no work on Monday so I can spend all day in a tub of ice recovering! Man, online dating is way harder than I thought.
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!