11 hours, 2 minutes
Avg Pace: 12:55/mile
56.7 miles -- 6.4 miles longer than in 2009
12 hours, 9 minutes -- 1:07 longer than in 2009
Avg Pace: 12:51/mile -- 4 seconds faster than in 2009
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I remember emailing a friend saying I had caught the running bug and the reply back was one of negativity and disapproval. How could someone like running? It’s hard on the knees. It’s boring. There were a number of people that expressed that sentiment. They obviously didn’t get it and were happy sitting on the couch of doom. Oddly enough now, the majority of those people are no longer in my circle of friendship and I now surround myself with other runners who understand the joy and importance of having caught the running bug.I can relate to this. Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of my closest friends are totally embracing of my running. Many of them, even the non-runners, read the blog here. Nowadays, many of my friends are people that I've met through running, and those are the people that I probably see the most often. Interestingly, I've also reconnected with a few high school classmates with whom I was not at all close in high school, but who I speak to online regularly now because they run and I run (there are at least 3 people who used to be on the Cross Country team at my high school who now regularly post on my FB wall, even though we weren't close in HS).
We want to be healthy.I love this. And this is the essence of what I was trying to get at when I when I attacked Dave the trainer several weeks ago. His point - that you probably should avoid not only McDonald's, but fast food in general, if you're trying to lose weight, is not a bad one. It's the way he said it, "I really have no tolerance for this." For a trainer - someone who has clients who are looking to him out of respect and valuing his opinion - to put his foot down on anything as a definite NO and to be so unwilling to accept mistakes... it just so rubbed me the wrong way.
We want to eat food that’s good for us.
Those desires, being tied to the ultimate desire — to survive — are pretty damn strong.
But you know what we want more than either of these? To be free. To not be told what to do. To not be bossed around as though we are perennially six years old. To not be manipulated, coerced, or condescended to.
Exercising to lose weight makes fitness not as fun or useful.
Eating to lose weight makes nutrition not as fun or useful.
And, when things are not fun (meaning, intrinsically rewarding), it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will stop doing them, rendering your time “on the wagon” pretty much a loss. Because you’ll lose whatever long-term, intrinsic benefits might have come from doing those things voluntarily.
Munch half a bag of Tostitos while watching the Super Bowl and you could take in about half the 2,000 calories an average person needs in a day.Well, don't munch on half a bag of Tostitos while you're watching the Super Bowl, then. I mean, really? Do we need to up the serving size to half a bag because that's what people eat? Or, should we instead keep the serving size what it is, and talk to people about controlling their portions?
This one also includes some scary running - and I have always had a motto of "I don't run." Life is about trying new things, so I'm going to try the running, I think I will just have to buy something to cover my head - maybe a hood and earmuffs.LOL.
Last night, I was able to find a treadmill to run on, which saved me the issue of it being cold and annoying to be outside. The running wasn't too bad, of course, I was really only doing about 2 minutes of actual running based on what Cathe said I should do, but I was walking really fast when I wasn't running.Too funny.
We talked about Decorator Crabs a while back on Sea Things. Well, here is a great video that shows a Decorator Crab doing what it does - putting things on its shell, and then eating an little animal that doesn't realize that it has landed on a predator and not a part of the reef.
The unsuspecting isopod has no idea that it has landed upon an algae covered beast. Furthermore, it appears that the crab is not aware of the unexpected visitor until the isopod begins to explore its decorated exoskeleton. 50 seconds into the clip the isopod meets its fate with a few swift snatches of the crab’s claws. Without missing a beat, the crab continues scavenging amongst the rocks and algae. And life on the reef goes on…