Saturday, September 10, 2011

Back in Action

After a 9-month break, I'm back. 2011 has been quite productive, but not in the running department. Met someone special. Got an amazing new job. Details to come.

With so much change, my running goals went out the window. I've run NO races this year! That's about to change.

After realizing that 2011 is quickly coming to an end, I realized that I should get my butt in gear and re-assess my goals. Upon re-assessment, I signed up for a 15k. And a half-marathon. And now I'm trying to choose between marathons.

I bought a great book, Advanced Marathoning. Great info in there! And the goal is to qualify for Boston.

With that in mind, now I need to identify the best possible BQ opportunity in FL. Melbourne Music & Beaches in February 2012? Disney 2012? Jacksonville in December 2011? Register for all in hopes that one will get me to Boston?

One step at a time. I ran 7 miles today. Now off to the golf course. Back in track, on the track and excited. :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011: No Year's Resolutions

Happy (belated) New Year!

One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to write more. You see how well that worked out. After a long day of writing for work, it's difficult to find the motivation to write when I get home. But better late than never! Perhaps I'd have better luck if I made sexier, more enticing resolutions in the first place.

It's funny ... New Year's Resolutions tend to be so serious. They typically involve more exercise, more education, fewer jello shots, less debauchery ... why don't more people prioritize things that are a bit more whimsical? Though perhaps making something a resolution automatically turns it into a chore ... something to be dreaded.

Like blogger Rachel Wilkerson, for example. She's kind of one of the awesomest people on the internet. Spell check doesn't seem to like the word awesomest, but it's pretty appropriate for Rachel. Anyway, Rachel declared 2010 the Year of the Sex Tape. That was her goal for the year. Come NYE 2010, she found herself scrambling around with her boyfriend and a flip camera at the Hilton, trying to make this plan come together. Then she got distracted by Patron XO Cafe, Starbucks peppermint ice cream and a blender. Her poor resolution fell to the wayside. Probably for the best ... unless you're Kim Kardashian and stand to profit greatly, you probably should keep your bedroom life a bit more private.

Perhaps this is why resolutions don't really work. Resolutions become chores. With that in mind, I DO NOT resolve to write more on here.

Less than a full week into the new year and my resolutions are already are dead. As Natalie Dee would say:

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Warrior Dash and Muddy Buddy Discounts

A couple of fun races will be held in Orlando in 2011: The Warrior Dash and Muddy Buddy. If you register very soon, you can enjoy an excellent discount!

The Warrior Dash
What is it? Running race over a 3-mile course with 12 obstacles and a lot of mud.
When? January 29
Discount: It's $40 until 12/31 and then goes up to $50 in 2011. BUT I have a coupon code for $10 off so it will only be $30 if you sign up now. The code is julyreg30. Here is the link:

Muddy Buddy
What is it? Run/bike partner race over a 7-mile course with a few obstacles and a lot of mud.
When? April 9
Discount: Save $20 when you register before December 10, 2010

Hope to see you in the mud pit in 2011!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Great Outdoors

During yesterday's run, I noticed an animal rustling in the bushes. I got worried at first, as i was running near a very ominous canal behind my office and I've had alligators on the brain (thank you, Starwood Owner-exclusive offers ... Gatorland is a pretty scary concept, surpassed only by The Holy Land Experience).

Turns out, there was an armadillo in the bushes. This is just the second time I've spotted an armadillo in the wild, and the other one was dead, so that doesn't really count. Of course, I run over to check it out, then realize that I know nothing about armadillos. Are they aggressive? I assume not, considering they're a walking suit of armor, but some things are better not to assume. And it's always important to err on the safe side when running alone. Here are a few easy tips for running safety:

1) Always be aware of your surroundings.
2) Map your run before you go.
3) Ditch the music. Or at least run with one earbud out.
4) Ladies, skip the booty shorts. Female runners will attract unwanted attention while running in full sweats. It's a workout, not a beauty pageant.
5) Run with a friend. A big, scary friend. Or join a running group. It's hard to throw more than one person into the trunk of a car.
6) Avoid running at night. You won't see armadillos and alligators lurking in the bushes, poised for attack.
7) Consider running with mace. Or a gun, if you're the governor of Texas.

Pretty crazy story, this spring, Texas Governor Rick Perry was jogging with his dog. He saw a coyote, felt threatened and shot it! And they say the weirdest news occurs in Florida?

Pretty impressive. Running with a gun seems like a responsibility I'm not ready for yet. The armadillo population would be in danger.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Musical Motivation

Just posting the playlist for tonight's spin class. Ojos Asi by Shakira is a particularly fun song.

Please feel free to recommend some motivating music. I'm always looking for new suggestions.

Thankful Thursday

Thanksgiving is two weeks away! To get in the spirit of the holiday, here are the top ten things I'm thankful for this morning:

Things That Rock
1) Living in sunny Florida. It's November 11, and I'm wearing my favorite rainbow flip flops to work. They're standard attire year round.

2) Casual dress codes at work. Again, I :heart: my rainbows. And wearing jeans and leggings every day.

3) Facebook. It is the primary way that my mom and I communicate. It's really helped us stay close despite her living more than 600 miles away in North Carolina. And she always "likes" my updates. :)

4) Great friends. Life would suck without them.

5) Kai Ryssdal and MarketPlace on NPR. He makes the stock market exciting.

6) & 7) This Is Why You're Fat and People Of Walmart for providing excellent entertainment. Like the Baboon Heart on This Is Why You're Fat. It entails cream cheese, a burger stuffed with salami, provolone cheese, fried egg, buttered toast, fried turkey, bacon, grilled onions and peppers, spicy ranch dressing, muenster cheese, all on a bagel. Breakfast of champions. If your name is Adam Richman.

8) & 9) Married to the Sea and Natalie Dee. Their web comics rock.

10) Urban Dictionary, for its exceptional ability to answer all of life's mysteries.

Finally, and most importantly, thank god it's Thursday. Woo hoo for the weekend!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

America's Favorite Cities

Travel + Leisure magazine just released their survey results for America's Favorite Cities:

It's an interesting read, particularly for those who work in the hospitality industry, like me. And you can actually pit one city against another in a face-off of city awesomeness.

Sorry Orlando, but you lose.

On a pretty fascinating note, you won't want to miss the rankings for where to find America's most beautiful people. Not surprisingly, a majority of the cities listed are in warmer regions where people tend to wear less clothing in general. After all, it's hard to show off your figure when you're buried under a parka and a snowsuit. Here's your top ten:

#10: Nashville, TN
#9: Denver, CO
#8: Austin, TX
#7: San Juan, PR
#6: Honolulu, HI
#5: SLC, UT
#4: Miami, FL
#3: Savannah, GA
#2: San Diego, CA
#1: Charleston, SC

The #1 city threw me for a loop! I tried to think of a famous Southerner to reinforce Charleston's position on this list, but the only person I could think of was Paula Deen.

By the way, did anyone check out her stick of butter costume? Love it!

Anyway, I quickly remembered that Paula Deen is from Savannah, not Charleston. Regardless, it's a smidge surprising to see a southern city land the top spot on this list.

But, the coolest thing about the list is that it takes personality into account. Cities with the friendliest people also had some of the most attractive people. Just goes to show that a smile can be an instant, FREE makeover.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pump up the jam!

Nothing like a high-energy playlist and spin class to reverse the damage of desk jockey butt. Here's my playlist from tonight's class ... may it provide a little inspiration and motivation for your next workout! :)

1) Womanizer by Britney
2) World, Hold On by Bob Sinclair
3) United States of Pop 2009: Blame it on the Pop by DJ Earworm
4) Take Over Control by Afrojack
5) Elevator by Timbaland and Flo Rida
6) Escape Me by Tiesto
7) Loca by Shakira (hmmm, turns out that song features Dizzee Rascal)
8) Memories by David Guetta
9) Dare by Gorillaz
10) Gotta Get Through This by Daniel Bedingfield
11) Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk
12) Bang Bang by K'Naan
13) Welcome to the Black Parade by Natasha Bedingfield
14) Strip Me by Natasha Bedingfield

I'm constantly looking for high-energy songs for spin class, so please send me any recommendations you may have. Is there any particular artist or song that gets you totally pumped?

Most of my favorite "Get Pumped Up" songs aren't particularly appropriate for a classroom setting (Lil John's Get Low, anyone?), so I could definitely use a few recommendations.

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'll Spin You Right Round

I recently decided to further pursue my passion for physical fitness by becoming a spin instructor. Spinning is such a fun exercise because it combines great music with hardcore sweating.

After teaching my first class last night, I was thrilled to hear from my students that they loved my playlist. So, for your personal enjoyment, I'm posting it here for you to borrow (or ridicule, based on your personal music preferences). :)

Let's Get It Started 3:37 Black Eyed Peas
I Like It (feat. Pitbull) 3:52 Enrique Iglesias
Temperature 3:37 Sean Paul
Everytime We Touch 3:41 David Guetta & Chris Willis
Stereo Love 3:12 Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
Do It Well 3:08 Jennifer Lopez
Boom Boom Pow 4:11 Black Eyed Peas
Love Is Gone (Fred Rister & Joachim Garraud Radio Edit Remix) 3:21
DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) 3:42
Hang Me Up to Dry 3:39 Cold War Kids
Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) 3:53
I Gotta Feeling 4:49 Black Eyed Peas
Escape 3:28 Enrique Iglesias
Breathe Me 4:35 Sia

Feel free to suggest some great tunes for my next class! I'm always looking for new, exciting jams. :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This is why I run...

I started running as a freshman in college as a means to avoid the freshman 15. It's always important to earn your beer before you drink it.

With the addition of Shipyard Brew Pub in Winter Park, looks like I'll be logging even more miles on the pavement.

Orlando's Going Big Time
Shipyard Brewing and Big Wheel Provisions to Open New Location in Winter Park, Florida

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA (August 9, 2010) – Fred Forsley, president of Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine, and chef Tony Adams, owner of Big Wheel Provisions in Orlando, Florida, announce plans to open a Shipyard Brew Pub and Big Wheel Provisions marketplace this October.

Located at 200 West Fairbanks Avenue (the former site of Strollo’s Cucino Due), this joint venture will pair the award-winning craft beer of Shipyard Brewing Company with the locavore and artisan food created by Tony Adams of Big Wheel Provisions.

The Shipyard Brew Pub will feature a 28 gallon brewing system. Beer will be brewed on the premises under the direction of accomplished Orlando brewer Ron Raike. Raike will brew small batches of seasonal and unique beers based on his own creativity and ingredient availability. The pub, overseen by Adams, will feature a chef-driven menu created with local, seasonal ingredients.

The Big Wheel Provisions marketplace will feature a regularly revolving selection of deli items, local produce and eggs, artisanal cheeses, hard-to-find specialty food products, cookbooks, food-focused periodicals, and kitchen tools. Alfresco dining, cooking classes, catering, and local delivery service will also be offered.

Facebook: Shipyard Brew Pub Winter Park
Twitter: @ShipyardWPark

More about Shipyard Brewing Company: Shipyard Brewing Company was founded in 1994 by master brewer Alan Pugsley and entrepreneur Fred Forsley on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine. Shipyard produces 16 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers as well as a full line of hand-crafted Capt’n Eli’s Soda. Florida’s coastal heritage, ties to New England, and growing interest in craft beer makes it a strong market for the Shipyard family of products.

More about Big Wheel Provisions: Big Wheel Provisions is a catering and charcuterie company located in Orlando, Florida and created by Chef Tony Adams. He is a native of Fairfield, Maine and has lived in Orlando for the past seven years. His passion for locally produced food is the driving force behind Big Wheel’s success. All of Big Wheel’s food is made in small amounts by hand. From custom event catering to handmade condiments, pickles, slow simmered stocks, and smoked foods, Big Wheel’s products are all created with fresh, local ingredients and backed by the integrity of Chef Adams.

Tami Kennedy, Shipyard Brewing Company
Portland, Maine
207-838-0816 --

Tony Adams, Big Wheel Provisions
Orlando, Florida