Don’t Do This

There are days when I feel real dumb. Yesterday was one of them.

Yesterday morning, before I got on the plane to Nashville via Dallas, I slipped a hair band on my wrist in case I needed a ponytail later.

I never needed one.

About 5 hours later, I couldn’t figure out why my thumb was numb. About an hour after that, I remembered the hair band.

Guess what? My thumb still feels like the dentist shot it full of Novocain.

After Zoë’s ripped thumb nail yesterday, which if you’re not squeamish, you can see here, we figure we are having some real thumb luck.

Although, Zoë’s was an accident. Mine was just because I am a dum-dum.

Live from Dallas!

The headline was Zoë‘s idea…I stole it.

We are in Dallas waiting for our second flight to Nashville for the Country Music Marathon (half). Tomorrow, we will get the Nuun booth set up at the expo for all those crazy runners we will get to meet on Thursday and Friday.

I woke up at 3:45 this morning, wide awake. Ready to go. Showered, then my husband and son delivered me at the airport (love them), and I gave them teary hugs. Ack! Separation anxiety! But they left quick and the pain was like ripping off a Band-Aid.

Speaking of Band-Aids…Zoë ripped her nail practically in half putting her carry on in the overhead bin. She was bleeding everywhere, but luckily she had some princess Band-Aids in her purse. Still. It looks like it hurts. Gonna need some Super Glue.

Also, gonna need some sunscreen as it’s looking to be warm and sunny (upper 70s/lower 80s) for the race on Saturday. Yikes!

Getting ready to board soon. Catch ya’ll in Nashville!

(See what I did there?)

5 of My Favorite Things This Week

1. Races Pictures!

We got some good ones last weekend at the Seahawks 12K like the one above of me, Mel and her sister. And, by the way, this might be the best race picture of me ever. Not too much double chin. I’m in the frame. I’m smiling. I might buy it. Would only be better if Mel was next to me instead of behind me, but I think this was the start where we were all smushed together.

2. 3 Books

If running is my therapist, then books are my life coach.

First off, I read Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald this week. It’s a quick read. It was interesting. It differs greatly from Metabolic Effect, as you probably imagine, but I liked it. Look for a post about these books coming up.

I have been struggling with my writer dreams a lot lately. In fact, I thought about giving them up. Luckily, I found these two books: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller, which I’m almost done with, and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, which I just started.

A Million Miles relates storytelling and life, and it has encouraged me to look at life as a series of stories, and to work harder to create better stories. Get out of my comfort zone. Try new things. Have new experiences.

Next week, I will embark on the story of repping Nuun with my friend Zoë in Nashville. Occasionally, when I think about it, panic ripples through my stomach, followed by tingling. I am both petrified and thrilled to be going on this trip. Should make for a good story!

The War of Art tells me I am not alone. This constant, frustrating, confusing, powerful and unexplainable need to write fiction that I feel is not weird. A lot of artists and entrepreneur-type people have this curse, I now realize. I’ve only just started reading this book, but I look forward to its encouraging message, and hope it will help get me past, what Pressfield calls, The Resistance, so that I can get finally finish something!

3. Better Off Ted

I loved this show. Do you remember this show? It was on from March 2009 to Jan. 2010, so you may not remember it. I thought it was hilarious and could not (and still don’t) understand why it got canceled.

It’s about these people who work in the largest corporation in America. A company that is morally corrupt. They make everything from cryogenic freezing chambers and office chairs to meat grown in a lab. Obviously, it’s satire.

Well, it’s on Netflix now! I was so excited, I watched the pilot while I was on the treadmill today. Still funny!

And now that it’s been a few years, I wonder if the show was ahead of its time. The show’s main character breaks, what is known as, the “fourth wall” and talks to the audience. ALL the shows do that now, but that was unusual then.

I also think the subject about the ridiculous size and moral values of the corporation is more relevant now. Have you seen the show? If not, I highly recommend checking it out on Netflix.

4. New friends.

I have some great neighbors. But I don’t really know them. Although, I might seem outgoing, I’m also really insecure. I’m often afraid to spend time with new people, especially one-on-one time.

I talk a lot–especially when I’m nervous–and I’m loud. I overshare. I tell a lot of stories that often sometimes have no point. I’m learning to accept these things about myself. I am what I am.

Today, me and a neighbor went to the nail salon together and I had a blast. One of the nice ladies that works at the salon said to my friend, “She always has so much fun when she’s here.” I would like to be known as someone who is happy and who is fun to be around, so that was nice to hear.

Maybe that’s why I like Pharrell’s “Happy” song so much. I know not everyone likes it (although I can’t understand that!).

5. Writing

Mostly because of The War of Art, I am embracing writing fiction in a good, positive way. It’s not a curse, but a gift. I am making 30 minutes a day of creative writing my goal.

Changing my mentality from “all or nothing” to “every little bit counts.” Of course, blogging doesn’t count. Neither does my “day job” (copywriting).

But, so far, I’ve gone two days, and today I wrote what I think is a pretty good synopsis of a screenplay that I think I can outline and then *gasp* write the damn thing.

5 Mistakes New Runners Always Make

5 Things New Runners Should Avoid at All Costs
Are you a new runner? Whatever you do, don’t make these 5 mistakes.

1. Listen to more experienced runners.

“Old” runners will tell you about some boring thing called the 10% rule, not to run every day, and to do cross and strength training. What do they know?

2. Eat healthy.

Why run if you can’t reward yourself with gallons of beer and wine, or a dozen cupcakes?

3. Walk.

Only weak people walk. See #4.

4. Slow down.

Run as fast as you can. Running should be painful and you should feel near death when finished. If not, you’re doing it wrong.

5. Run outside.

Running outside is for healthy-eaters who think it’s okay to *gasp* walk.

How to Not Be a Terrible Running Buddy

rnr13_dumbThe mental side of running is huge. No doubt about it.

For about a year, I’ve been in a bad mental space when it came to running. Look at that ugly face I’m making up there after last year’s Seattle Rock N Roll Half. Boo on that face. Boo on that attitude. (I was sort of joking around, but still.) Poor Zoë (Run, Zoë, Run) had to run with me.

That’s the thing. When you have a poor attitude, it doesn’t just affect you. It affects those around you. (No wonder I’ve been running alone so much lately.)

Recently, though, I’ve made a change. It was simple, really, I just changed my mind about having a bad attitude. I just made up my mind: No more bad attitude about running.

Any time I got a bad attitude, I told myself–in my best Olaf voice–NOPE! And I turned it around and thought happy thoughts. Nine miles on the treadmill? Yippee! I will catch up with Dancing with the Stars.

Yesterday, I ran the Seahawks 12K from start to finish with my good friend Mel (Tall Mom on the Run). We often start races together, but have never finished together before because usually one of us is feeling better than the other. But we decided to just have fun yesterday.

We literally talked and laughed for 7.7 miles (or 71 minutes)…except on the steep hills.

We just made up our minds to have fun and be positive. And, no doubt about it, we had a blast!

The back of my head and Mel's head at the start of the Seahawks 12K.
The back of my head and Mel’s head at the start of the Seahawks 12K.

More on the race later. Meantime, how do you stay positive when you’re facing a tough workout or race?