Saturday, April 25, 2009

so far...

Well, I'm in Calgary for a few days and got in on Thursday night. So far I have:
  • Been amazed at how busy the airport was on Thursday night. I have only seen it that busy at Christmas- there were people EVERYWHERE! (a quick sidenote- two of the people sitting in front of me on the flight were off to Banff to go to some Coors light party that they had won. listening to them talk to the guy next to them about how excited they were about the coors light girls that would be working the party both made my day and made me throw up in my mouth a little)
  • Actually been acknowledged by my mother's cat- and not in a "she bit my ankles" kind of way. I think she's still mad at me for leaving, so usually she is kind of mean to me, but yesterday she was actually nice to me. Maybe she's trying to sweeten me up so that I'll play some hall soccer...but unfortunately Jordan isn't here, so no hall soccer.
  • Had lunch with my mother, sister and grandmother. (greek food. yum)
  • Got some Active Release Therapy (that is a really ugly looking website). It felt really quite terrible at times, but I think it will be quite helpful. (seriously...some of that pain was unbelievable)
  • Had sushi with some lovely dinner company.
  • Gone for a lovely (albeit cold) run along the Bow river...that ended with a lung, quad, and butt burning trip up the Edworthy Park hill. Just out of curiousity, I checked my pace right before the hill and then during the hill. I was about three and a half minutes per mile slower up the hill but felt like there was no way I was going to be able to move any faster. Can I blame the altitude on that?
Today should be another full day, but I really wish the sun would come out. It was cold yesterday, but at least the sun was out to prevent me from thinking too much about the fact that it was more than 20 degrees warmer in Ottawa. Today, it kind of looks like the sun decided to take a day off...so I'll be very jealous of sunny O-town.

Monday, April 20, 2009

one second?

Today was "marathon monday" in Boston. Although I will most likely never run the race, I was following it this morning and was glad I did. The women's race was won by a second. ONE SECOND. 26.2 miles and it all came down to one stride:
I think that is pretty darn nuts.
(and that second place finisher? she won by 2 seconds last year...i think she's now been involved in the two closest races in Boston history)

I was pulling for a Kara Goucher win, but it wasn't in the cards today. She came third (8 seconds after the other two), but definitely had a prize winning pout at the end. (and i mean that in all niceness...you could tell she really wanted it and for most of the race thought she had it. i could see the heartbreak on her face and felt really bad for her...but it really was an epic pout)

The mens race was pretty gutsy and it always floors me as to how fast those guys can run.

Of course, the elites weren't the only ones running today. So to all you Boston Marathoners out there- congrats. I hope you had the best race you could today.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

bad blogger

I think I just had a really tiring week...I'll blame that on my lack of blogging. And since I'm still feeling a little tired, point form it is:
  • I seem to have an almost constant stomach ache these days. It has been about a week of consistant tummy trouble. I haven't enjoyed it much.
  • That didn't stop me from eating at Friendly's yesterday. But I think that meal is why my stomach was in a terrible place last night and still hurts today.
  • After eating at Friendly's, I think I have a better idea of why obesity is such a problem. $9.99 for a burger, fries, drink and a sundae...
  • I was at Friendly's because a friend and I decided to take a quick road trip to northern New York for the day. It is only 2 hours away...and certain groceries are not only cheaper (Kashi Go Lean Crunch 2 pack for less than $6) but you can also get products that aren't available in Canada. I have a couple of new yoghurts to try now :)
  • Someone with a southern Alberta area code called me at 2:10 this morning (well, I guess at 12:10 for them). Was it you?
  • I'm getting pretty excited for my trip to Calgary. Not only do I want to see some of the people I really miss but I also want to check out some new chocolate and coffee in town. (although that coffee might not be that new. I think I may have had it before)
  • I hope I can get at least a couple of runs in while I'm there. I'm also hoping to try a spin class.
  • Do you think I need some sort of costume for my role as head cheerleader at the race? (and i hope the weather forecast changes I'm leaving this for this. Plus, I'm not sure Heather will appreciate racing in the snow)
Have an enjoyable Sunday!
(And there is still lots of time to donate to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and to issue any sort of statements about donating based on performance. I'm practising using the video function on my camera just in case Jordan manages those push ups at the end of the race...gotta have proof!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

drink tax?

I've read a few stories lately about the proposal to tax "sugary drinks". Some call it a fat tax, others call it...um, a tax?

Anyway, from what I understand the taxed drinks would be "sweetened beverages"- so pop, sports drinks and some juice drinks. I don't have too much of a problem with an extra tax on pop or on drinks masquerading as juice, but here's my issue:
As somemone who tends to use sports drinks "as directed" (ie, while running for a decent amount of time and in hot weather-when I need some extra electolytes and sugar), I'm not so keen on being taxed on my Gatorade.
What do y'all think?

(I do generally buy the powder and mix it, so perhaps the tax would only apply to the pre-mixed bottles...but I don't really know the details)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

a shameless plug

A little shameless fund raising for a moment...

Jordan is running the Ottawa Marathon (for the third time) on May 24th. One of the options that he's never taken advantage of (if that is the right way to put it) is the fund raising portion. As a part of participating in the marathon, you can raise money for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation- a pretty good cause.

For those of you who run, you probably understand the "sliding goal" system. Many people go into a race with three (or more, or maybe just 2) time goals:

Your A goal is kind of your long shot goal. If all the stars align and if you have a perfect day, you figure you might be able to pull this off.

Your B goal is your realistic goal. You think you have a really good shot of hitting it if things go well and you'll probably be a little disappointed if you don't make it.

Your C goal is kind of the "fall back" goal. You expect to hit it. You know you can do this as long as there isn't some outside factor like really crazy weather, or an injury, or something strange. If you don't make this goal, you'll either be really disappointed, or just glad to be alive because you were struck by lightning on the course and finished anyway. And hey, it is running so you never know what might happen.

Jordan has already donated to his cause, but if he makes his B goal, he will double that donation. Although he is a starving student, his pride far outweighs his poverty and there is no way he'd run slower just to avoid paying up.

So, feel free to donate by visiting his fund raising page here: link
If you want to do some donations based on whether or not he makes certain goals,* let me know. I'll be sure to hold you to it once the race is over.

*he'd really rather I didn't throw the times up there on the internets for all to read, but his C goal is to BQ...so you can take it from there

And yes, I made sure he approved this message before I posted it

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

adventures in capital commuting

For most Canadians, news of another protest in Ottawa is really no big deal. For the most part, I think we are sympathetic to protesters and are glad that we live in a country where peaceful protests are acceptable and are pretty much the norm. We think "oh, good for them for standing up for their cause."

What most Canadians might not realize is that Parliament "hill" is right smack in the midst of downtown Ottawa. This is really quite unfortunate for those of us who have to commute through or around the city centre. So the headline "Tamil protesters delay traffic for a second day near Parliament Hill" ACTUALLY means "Commuting? Have fun!" A huge percentage of bus routes get delayed and detoured, and people are pretty much stuck in the centre. While I'm sure the pubs love it, the average Ottawan (if that's what we're called) finds it a little annoying.

Luckily, my bus driver today was a rebel and when he got sick of traffic, he had everyone that wasn't getting off at the last stop (which is my stop) get off and walk and then found a crazy detour to the last stop. I was still delayed, but not as much as I could have been.

And just in case you're wondering, Obama still takes the prize for causing the worst commuting headache since I've been in Ottawa.

On a somewhat related note, I find it quite strange that pedestrians pretty much have free reign of road construction sites. My route home from the bus stop is once again (!!) under construction, but instead of re-routing pedestrian traffic, they just leave little paths through the construction zone and figure you will be careful. If the lights are out, a police officer directs traffic, but tells you just to walk on through...and to watch for flying concrete. If I manage to get through a second spring/summer without getting hit by debris, I'll consider myself lucky.

Please note- I absolutely support their right to protest. I just kind of wish it didn't bung up the city core so much.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

spring vegetables are starting to appear

Which only means one thing (ok, it means more than one thing, but I seem to remember an asparagus discussion last year...):

Friday, April 03, 2009

and the winner is:

Keith! (He who gets hungry every time he reads my blog. It seems fitting really, as I am almost always hungry or eating)
Number 2 was the lie:
2. Every morning, I do 100 crunches and 50 push ups. (And no, I didn't count those in my work out total)

As flattered as I am that those of you who know me in "real life" think that I can drop and give you 50 push ups at any given moment, I am disappointed to say that I can't. I really wish I could...and I could probably give you 25 on a good day (if I hadn't done any upper body weights that day), but 50, not so much. I've always had some trouble with push ups- I've thought about trying the 100 push up challenge (cause how bad ass would I feel if I could do 100 push ups?) but haven't attempted it yet.

As for the other guesses:
-Yup, I did 27.

-Unfiltered apple juice: delicious AND more nutritious than it's clear counterpart

-"Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks is great. As is "The Long Way Around." Generally I'm not all that into the country music. But after watching their documentary and realizing that I enjoyed the soundtrack, I decided to give their music a go.

-I think I'm probably better for seeing my parents as people. But both of them are teachers AND parents...talk about extra mythical creatures.

So Keith, if you'd like your mini eggs, send me an email: k e c m at shaw dot c a

Oh and S, I'm very glad you do know what mini eggs are. And you'd find it hard to find a group of people more obsessed with the little nuggets of goodness than the people I know :)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

ten truths

I was tagged by Kirsten over on this post and I'm a little late...but better late than never?
Anyway, so I'm supposed to let you know 10 truths about myself. In the spirit of April Fool's Day, I'll throw in an eleventh, but it will be false. Can you guess the lie?

1. I did a total of 27 work-outs in the month of March. Believe it or not, I actually did have more than 3 "rest" days (cause some days I do a lunch work-out and an after work one).

2. Every morning, I do 100 crunches and 50 pushups. (And no, I didn't count those in my work out total)

3. I really like unfiltered apple juice. It is one of my favourite drinks.

4. I recently have started to eliminate as much fake sugar from my diet as possible. I haven't given it up all together, but I'm trying to get rid of as much as possible. This means fewer fizzy drinks...which is probably a very good thing.

5. I find it hard to live up to my own expectations.

6. I wish we all came with a little book telling us what we are good at and what our "true calling" is. I understand that we learn far more by figuring it out for ourselves, but I'd really like to know what it is that I'm truly good at and what it is I should be when I grow up.

7. The Dixie Chicks are an important part of my running mix.

8. In this last couple of years, I am finally starting to see my parents as people and not as these mythical parental creatures.

9. I feel like my pizza is naked without a little Frank's Red Hot.

10.My blog link is not a part of my profile on Facebook.

11. I'm embarrassed to say it, but I frequent Perez Hilton pretty much daily. I have no idea why and I hope there is some sort of support group to help me stop.

So there you go. Want to be tagged? DO it. Tell me 10 things about yourself (and hey, you can throw in a lie if you want too). Mini eggs to the winner/guesser of the lie.*

*I cannot guarantee I will follow up on that, but I'll try