zombies scare me and running safety

Stick with me during this post – I promise there is a point!

On Sunday I went with friends to see “World War Z”.  I’m not sure this was the best idea for me considering I get frightened by scary movies.  But I was going with friends and NOT watching it on my own, I figured I would be alright.

I was wrong.

This movie scared the pants off me.  Not kidding, there were times when I was cowering in my seat.  And boy did I ever jump.  Apparently they also have this movie in 3D which would probably give me heart issues.  Anyway, I realized by the end of the movie I would not survive the zombie apocalypse.  I originally swore up and down that I would live through it whenever we would talk about it.  My thought was I would trade pieces of my stuff “hoard” for protection.  It was pointed out to me that unless I holed up in my apt, I wouldn’t be able to carry all of my belongings with me hence not having any goods to trade. Hmmm…

I am still determined to put my cookie cutters to use though.

it will be like this, only with cookie cutters!

Why is this relevant?  There are two definitions/types of toughness.

1) the mental toughness and determination that got me through 26.2 miles at the “happiest place on earth” (which believe me, during my misery the irony was not lost on me) with heat stroke and being severely undertrained.

one of the only pics where I don't look like I am dying
one of the only pics where I don’t look like I am dying

2)  Then the toughness that actually would aid in living through the zombie apocalypse or simply protecting myself in some kind of fist to cuffs situation.  Until recently, I believed this applied to me as well.

Throwback to last summer – I decided to walk home from a friend’s house at 11:15 at night, on my own in not the safest of neighborhoods.  Up until this moment I would tout my bravery and explain I had a plan.  Most of the time this plan involved outrunning the bad guy, stabbing them with my “switchblade” car key or some combination of laughing manaically/vomiting/urinating on myself in hopes that one of these would prove to be a deterrent to said bad guy.

On that walk home I quickly realized my stupidity.  This was a dumb move.  Running at 11 pm on a Saturday night was a dumb move.  Running in the dark with headphones was a dumb move.  Not being aware of my surroundings and allowing my bravado to inhibit safety precautions was a dumb move.  Much like depending on my hoard to get out the zombie apocalypse, all of these were delusions.

Thankfully, I have come to my senses this last year.  On the way home from the movie a person in the car asked me if I run in a not so great part of town.  I explained I didn’t and that I also had changed up my former route of running by the downtown bus station.  One of the guys in the car said, “that’s a smart idea”.  I realized this was a major step for me and a compliment.  I don’t want to live my life as a possible victim but I also don’t need to live my life as a potential victim.  My toughness isn’t questioned because I take precautions rather seen as intelligent and realistic.

The point of this post?  Well, there are several:

1) I may not make it out of the zombie apocalypse in one piece.  I did make my friends “promise” to keep me as their pet though if I were to change.

2) Being tough and being smart are NOT mutually exclusive.  They can go hand in hand and SHOULD.

3) A plan is still a good idea when it comes to running and/or staying safe but it should be a realistic one.

Hopefully, I was able to tie all of this together in a way that was slightly amusing but still serious(ish).  Don’t be the previous version of me!  Take precautions!  Look out for yourself and your fellow runners!

There you go – a PSA from me.  Oh and go see the movie, it’s a goodie!

even little food creatures have to deal with zombies!

my hiatus is over

You know what’s awesome?  To have fans!  Haha, not only are my readers amazing – love all the comments folks! but my sister is pretty fantastic as well!  Just a shout out to you Heid!

Unfortunately, I broke my blogging streak.  Boo!  The challenge is for all of August so now I’m jumping back on the wagon.  I had a work retreat on Thursday and Friday and I was completely exhausted all day yesterday.  I got dressed (not sure why) and ended up at Target because my poor toaster bit the dust.  All I wanted were my nutri-grain Eggo waffles.  That’s it.  I searched my boxes for that stinkin’ toaster and an hour later – SUCCESS!  Then it didn’t work – FAILURE!  Haha… oh well.  (btw – you should check out the calorie stats on these – they are pretty great!)

I also worked on my apt this weekend.  One of my other friends has also just moved and she said unloading boxes would definitely help me feel less crazed.  I moved things around in my kitchen and rearranged my living a bit.  Again.  You know what I noticed?  Cords are so freaking short on appliances!  What the hay?  My toaster barely reached the outlet and the new  spot for my microwave means it’s about 2 feet short of an outlet.  Luckily, I found an extension cord, right in time for my yummy leftovers!  Here is a minor service announcement – if you ever need to plug in an appliance to an extension cord and the appliance is going to use some serious power, use a serious extension cord.  Trust me!  After some cord meltage and a mini fire I learned the hard way :)

Alright, let me tell you a bit about my lunch turned dinner for tonight.  I had a tasty lunch with my dear friend Larissa and then we went to the new Bourne movie.  Jeremy Renner is delish.  I’m not kidding.

umm… I’ll be going to see the movie again :)

We each got the southwestern quesadilla and man, oh man was it GOOD!  There was a layer of avocado inside with black beans, corn, chicken and cheese.  I love finding super yummy things on menus and then recreating them at home.  I will be making this very soon.  At the retreat, we went to dinner and I had a really good Mahi Mahi sandwich with an orzo salad on the side.  I was a bit leery of this salad but I was NOT disappointed.  Yep, you guessed it, I have already purchased some orzo and am going to try to recreate it.

Then I laced up my Asics and decided to hit the pavement.  I was nervous.  My last (sort of) run was weak, short and made me feel like I was 105 years old.  Before that, there weren’t too many runs to speak of where I felt any good aside from my half marathon.  My first mile was all up hill and I thought it was going to be like the rest of my runs lately.  So, I kind of tuned out and started plugging away.  I looked down at almost mile two and my garmin said 9:52!  Great scott!  Where did this come from?!  I kept pushing and wanted 6 miles.  I made it with an average pace of 10:18.  I was very pleased with this!  It also helped that it was only 72*!!  Oh man, I love these lower temps of the last few days.

Anyway, while on the retreat, I made some VERY responsible decisions…

like checking for bed bugs!

can’t be too careful! my roomie and I were very diligent

sharing 2 desserts because sometimes you simply can’t make a decision

it was a bread pudding that had a beer mixed in somewhere and then a mango rum cheesecake. wow. the bread pudding knocked our socks off

and of course shoes.

new toms! yay! these were the pair I wanted originally and I’m so happy with them!

I made some other very good decisions – an awesome new lamp for my apt, some new shoes for crossfit (for $20!!) and some chocolate covered nuts.  Oh and I did a decent job on my presentation – that was a good decision too!



i survived

Tonight was my first Fundamentals Crossfit session!  I’m definitely sore and tired but I made it!  Actually, when the trainer said, “It’s 7:05 and we are done” I was surprised.  I didn’t realize we had been there for a whole hour.  Don’t get me wrong, I was beat and SUPER grateful we were finished.  I was also proud I made it!

So what did we do?  Our warm-up consisted of a 50 meter run, 20 lunges, repeat the run, 10 inch worms, repeat the run, 20 jumping jacks, repeat the run and then either 10 or 20 mountain climbers.  I know.  It was tough.  I am not sure how long this was for but I’m guessing around 10 or 15 mins?  Since we are a fundamentals class we then moved into technique.  I have already gone through this type of session back home but I knew I would go through it again.  I welcome more tips/training.  Especially considering I seem to depend on my quads rather than my  glutes during squats.  Must depend more on glutes!

The WOD was made up of running 200 meters and wall balls.  The nice thing about this was it combined something I’m good at (running) with something that makes me feel like the weakest person on the planet (wall balls)!

In other news, I went and saw the new Batman movie last night – I enjoyed it!  There was a movie poster for the upcoming last Twilight movie and someone had written this next to it

you know the writer of this is going to see the movie, too!

Yes, I am a fan but this still made me laugh!

Also, looking for some compression socks on the cheap?  Check out the Schwaggle deal for PRO compression socks!  Put in the deal “SOCKS” and you get them half off AND free shipping!  Pretty sweet, eh?

Oh my gosh – how I have missed buying these?!

you know you want them too!*


Short post today… I am exhausted from my fun-filled weekend, need to finish 3 or 4 work projects and had a busy day doing tasks for my new gig :)

*sorry!  my good friend sent me this and I don’t have the link!