Monday, December 26, 2011

Just Another Musical Monday

I'm kinda surprised that folk pop artist King Charles hasn't really made it big yet (read: sold out to Gossip Girl or Grey's Anatomy). I mean, I'm not exactly a scenester*, but it seems like he's still takin' his dear sweet time on this side of the pond. I'm thinking it's because he kind of falls in his own nondescript category - and he can be a lil' obnoxious from time to time. Regardless, he finally has two songs on iTunes, so I reckon he's well on his way to making it on a Twilight soundtrack.

*Disclaimer: "I'm not exactly a scenester" is a hefty understatement. I mostly live under a rock. So it's quite possible that King Charles already has a love child with Miley Cyrus and hosts TRL every week (Is TRL still a thing?).

He first won me over with this little beat...

And his EP on iTunes has some lovely little running diddies to spice up your stride. I'm diggin' on Ivory Road...

Ivory Road

Fare thee well,

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Very Merry Musical Monday

This year, we're leaving it up to the gals at lulu to provide an "uber-festive holiday playlist." And we happen to think they did quite well. [Click here to download these merry melodies from iTunes].

Via the lululemon blog...

Brenda Lee Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
This woman knew Christmas – heck, she backcombed her hair in the shape of a wreath for the entirety of her career. That’s what I call commitment!
U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Call me biased but I have this strange notion that spending the holidays in Ireland would be incredibly festive. Perhaps it has something to do with the large number of pubs…
Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord
I like to put this track on, throw on my best sequined sweater and eat sausage rolls with friends. This may sound weird…but I dare you to try it and disagree.
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
One of the best holidays I ever had was spent in a Santa-themed bikini in the tropics, hanging ornaments on a palm tree. Enjoy this surf-flavoured holiday song that comes with subliminal Vitamin D.
Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives IS Christmas. End of story.
Wham! – Last Christmas
If the sight of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley prancing around a ski lodge doesn’t make you feel happy, I’m afraid I don’t know how to help you get festive.
Nat ‘King’ Cole – The Christmas Song
The classic feel-good song of the holidays. This version is my favourite because Nat ‘King’ Cole’s voice is smoother than double-crème brie. (Are you noticing a pattern here?)
Kanye West – Christmas In Harlem
In the past, I have struggled to enjoy newer Christmas carols because they just don’t seem, well, Christmas-y. This has changed now that I’ve heard Kanye, Alicia Keys and Jim Jones talking about hot chocolate being “dericious.”
Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
If the thought of the AM radio dial is what helps you get in the mood, then look no further; Bobby Helms is just what the doctor ordered.
Paul McCartney – A Wonderful Christmas Time
You work on the appies and sugar cookies, leave it to Sir Paul to ensure everyone’s simply having a wonderful Christmas time.
The Eagles – Please Come Home For Christmas
The Eagles may be famous as the “Boys Of Summer,” but they prove their multi-season resilience with this modern holiday gem.
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
This epic masterpiece never gets old, kind of like crochet tops and daisy dukes.
Dean Martin – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
If Frank Sinatra is “The Chairman of the Board,” then Dean Martin is “The Chairman of Always Having A Drink In His Hand & Having His Celebrity Roasts Re-Run A Billion Times.” That being said, his brand of swagger really sets the holiday mood.
Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
The holidays can bring out the highest and lowest of emotions. If you are down in the dumps (as opposed to Down Dog), let Elvis commiserate with you.
Vince Guaraldi – Skating
This is my favourite song from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ the album that accompanies the classic TV special about the beloved animated beagle, Snoopy. Coincidentally, this is also a very tranquil song to pass out to after one-too-many eggnogs.

And click here to check out our holiday playlist from 2010.

Merry! Merry!

Friday, December 16, 2011

The 10 Biggest Fitness Myths

Via Outside Magazine
It's more than a little frustrating when the things we think we "know" are contradicted time and time again. Honestly, I'm well past the point of really knowing what to believe anymore - particularly when it comes to fitness and running and thinking that I know what my body wants and needs. Outside Magazine put together this little list of the 10 biggest fitness myths - and there are quite a few upsetting "truths" in there. Take a look and decide for yourself...

Myth #1: Stretching prevents injuries and improves performance.
Myth #2: Running barefoot is better for the body. (Read the comments after this one. There are quite a few upset barefoot runners who wholeheartedly disagree with the author. Then again, that's a common trend for all of the myths)
Myth #3: You need to focus on your core to become a better athlete.
Myth #4: Guzzling water and electrolytes before a race prevents cramps.
Myth #5: Popping ibuprofen before a hard workout prevents sore muscles afterward.
Myth #6: Dehydration hurts race performance.
Myth #7: Ice baths speed recovery.
Myth #8: Long and slow is the best way to burn calories.
Myth #9: Fructose is a performance killer.
Myth #10: Supplements take performance to the next level.

Up for Debate: Massage boosts recovery after a tough workout.
Up for Debate: Surgery is the best remedy for an ACL tear.
Up for Debate: Cortisone shots speed healing after an injury.

Frankly, all of the "myths" and the subsequent comments leave me feeling more confused than ever, so I appreciated this guy's comment:

Remember, be objective and informed and in tune with your body. Do your homework. This article is just reporting an angle, its not definitive. I don't agree with most of the "myths", but it gives me a reason to go back and affirm exactly why I do not agree.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Because It's the Best (Secular) Christmas Song. Period.

Last night we were at husband's office holiday party when his boss insisted everyone gather round and watch this YouTube video gone viral made by the HMS Ocean of the Royal Navy when they found out they would be home for Christmas.

For everyone separated from their loved ones this Christmas, we're thinking of you and sending thoughts of joy and love. For all of our troops, home and abroad, we can never thank you enough for all that you do.

P.S. - It's super fun in the middle of the Summer, when Christmas is the last thing on anyone's mind, to play this song on a jukebox in a bar or on an iPod at a party. There will be looks of confusion at first, but then without fail everyone will start dancing and singing like magic because it's just. that. awesome. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tutus and Tiaras

If you aren't one of the MILLIONS following the adventures of Sophia Grace and Rosie on YouTube, you really should be.  And to be honest Santa, Liv's impossible Christmas request is to either a) be Sophia Grace b) come back in another life as Sophia Grace or C) adopt them both or somehow become Sophia Grace's mom.

It was quite clear when she first sang Niki Minaj's "Super Bass" for the interwebs that she was talented, but leave it to Ellen to make her and little Rosie famous the world over. When Ellen first had her on the show (see first link above) I couldn't get over her confidence, presence, personality and American accent impression. I never really expected to be simultaneously jealous of and inspired by the life of an 8 year old - but I totally am. If only we could all live life with her spunk and innocent reckless abandon. It's like Russel Brand said, can you imagine what living with her must be like?

And because she is my current obsession, I just want to share my favorite Sophia Grace videos with all of you. If you're anything like me have tissue handy - you'll laugh until you cry. Oh, and prepare yourself to be sucked into a YouTube black hole of video awesomeness. Hope you didn't have anything important on your schedule today - there are many many more where these came from.

Sophia Grace and Rosie's Shopping Spree, "I need a new suitcase, definitely."

Sophia Grace and Rosie hit the red carpet for the AMAs.  I love how the celebs are equally as starstruck meeting the girls as the girls are meeting them.

And just to prove that she will definitely not be a one hit wonder, I can't get over her voice singing "Moment 4 life."

If you can make this happen Santa, promise to keep them fully stocked with tutus and tiaras.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Just Another Musical Monday

So maybe there are a million reasons to have a bad case of the Monday blues today, but that doesn't mean you can't rock out to a peppy (and a wee bit poppy) tune from Butch Walker and the Black Widows.

Merry December!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Party Time

Sadly, Liv and I have separate office parties this year since our career paths recently parted ways. But that doesn't mean I don't fully intend to crash my old/Liv's current company party tomorrow night. 

While I am very happy with my new work digs, I miss all of the folks I used to work with greatly. So like any crazed ex-employee, I'll chug a bottle of wine while my old colleagues are yucking it up and hope that someone stays sober enough to text me directions to the after party. 

Here are some pointers on how to keep it classy, co-workers...

via New York Magazine

Merry Merry!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

All {Sal} Wants for Christmas Is...

This year, Liv's + my wish Christmas wish list are looking a little different. Last year, we basically just wished for the entire line of lulu run gear, in addition to some not entirely practical luxe items. But fast forward to today, and for me, my focus has shifted to all things yoga. Things in my bod still aren't in full working order post apocalypse marathon, so I'm dedicating myself to become a full time yogi... though I am currently anything but.

Honestly, there is nothing more intimidating than showing up late to a class where everyone there is warming up with positions that undoubtedly deny the laws of physics. Even so, I'm determined to power through my newbie awkwardness and own my vinyasa like nobody's business.

So naturally, my wish list consisted of the following...

yogitoes SUTRA COLLECTION Skidless Towel (because I'm a little tired of being that girl that slips and slides and squeaks her way through downward dogs)

The No-Brainer Mat Strap. Right now, I use those green rubberbands from the Whole Foods salad bar and I can feel my classmates' judgy-un-yoga-like eyes burning into me (Not really... I just really want this)

The Wunder Under Crop. Most of my lulu gear is running based, which frankly, can get a little too steamy in hot yoga. My one pair or true yoga pants is looking less than dapper from overuse, so I could use another pair in the arsenal.
The Boogie Short. Because in true Bikram class, honestly the cropped pants ain't cutting it. The heat completely knocks me out, and all I want to do is peel my sweat-soaked pants off and jump in the Potomac. And while we're at it, I'll take the a$$ in the photo too, okay Santa?
The lulu Scoop Neck Tank... in every color. Because it is pretty.

Since I'll also be spending some time in the coldest place on Earth ever so lovely Chi-Town, I need to amp up my cold weather gear a lot bit. So I'm hoping Santa can bring some of his best garb from the North Pole, specifically...

Some Cuddl Duds. That drop dead gorgeous model you see there is my gal pal Al (who also auditioned for the Rockettes with me several years back). She swears by this brand and 'fessed up that she may or may not have worn them every. single. day last winter with little to no washing.
Sperry Top-Sider tall Shearwater boots for J.Crew. No doubt I'm a sucker for J.Crew's gimmicky brand partnerships - something about seeing these suckers in the catalog convinced me that I absolutely HAVE to have them. And frankly, they are a lot easier to pack in my suitcase than my Hunters.
I'm a notorious book starter. I start one and then get excited about another and then move on to the next and then forget (or lose) whichever book I started with. The ever so lovely (and delightfully small) Kindle touch will hopefully keep me on track and enable me to show up to Book Club feeling less guilty. Liv's and my book club is reading The Paris Wife this month. Has anyone read it?

And as long as all of these items are already loaded up in the sleigh, I figure Santa can also make room for...
A week-long Kenyan safari
A time travel machine... so I can visit my family in the 'Ham and PTW in Chicago and my friends that live everywhere but here. Okay, I can probably think of a lot more I would do with a time travel machine, but those things are weighing the heaviest on my heart right now.
Actually, come to think of it, I already thought of something else I'd do with my time travel machine. I'd rewind to last weekend when I saw this GOOOOORGEOUS Rebecca Minkoff Ostrich purse in New York and friggin' buy it. Blast you practicality!
The Barefoot Contessa's kitchen. Fully-stocked. Including Ina Garten herself... to fix me delicious meals and save me from a life of the peanut butter and banana sandwiches I eat for lunch every. single. day. (no exaggeration)

I'd also like for the election to already be over and for the entire country to love whomever is elected and live in peace and harmony forever. I'm really not asking for much here. So get to work, Santa.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

We Know You're Out There

No doubt we're working on our Christmas lists for Santa right now - and they may or may not include a riDONKulous number of items from lululemon (yes, again!) and the cycling store. But you know what we reeeeeeally want this year?? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

This blog has no doubt been a fantastic way for us to meet blogging buddies and get insider tips from you experienced athletes out there, and we have loved every second of it. There are certainly days when we're pretty sure the only people reading SFOF are our moms and... well... us. And that's totally okay! After all, the original purpose of this here thing was to hold ourselves accountable so we couldn't flake out on our marathon goal. 

But every so often, we hear from readers that we had no idea were even checking us out - and that's even more amazing! It's a fantastic reminder to us that our blog isn't entirely self-serving - it is introducing us to folks beyond our immediate social circle and perhaps even inspiring some of you to stick with your fitness goals, too. 

So, while a bazillion dollar gift certificate to lulu would always be appreciated (ahem), what we REALLY want is for you (YES YOU!) to take your clicker over to the right... and a wee bit down (below the Twitter feed)... you're almost there... wait for it... OKAY!

See that lil box that says "Join this site"? Click on it, enter your email address, and POOF! You're done. No... it doesn't mean you'll get any obnoxious emails from us; and no, we won't start cyber stalking you (unless you want us to). We know you're out there, we just wanna know who you are! 

Much love to ya, readers! Thanks for your support and keep on comin' back, ya hear?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Just Another Musical Monday

I promise I didn't only select this song because the video has a lot of running. In fact, I first heard it on the radio, and I can prove it... whenever I'm driving around and I hear a song I like, I snap a pic so I'll remember the song/band (hopefully no DC cops are reading this right now. I promise, err, I usually, um, I sometimes wait until a traffic light)...

Anyway, it's funny how certain songs strike you at different times. Not really sure why this one jumped out at me when it did, but for whatever reason, I decided then that I wanted needed it on my iPod (for all of that running I'm not doing). That's enough blabbering. I'll let you decide for yourself...

Happy Monday,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I forced myself out of bed at dark thirty on Tuesday morning for a run.  Forced because it was 63 degrees at 5 am and I was pretty sure it was the last one of those we were going to get.  My suspicions were confirmed by Tuesday night. After a day of rain showers, it felt like December and the chill has continued throughout the week.

So there I am, running along so thankful for a warm morning, yet simultaneously dreading the impending cold weather.  And I can feel it - the bad attitude coming about winter running.  I haven't had to break out my Lulu Alpine tights yet and I can't say I'm looking forward to that.  The layering, the gloves the ear warmers.

I turn the corner from 31st to O Street and there she is, the best Christmas decoration  in the history of ever, perfectly illuminating the bay window of a gorgeous Georgetown row home, ever so "frag-ee-lay."

That's all it took to snap me out of my bad attitude and remind myself that it's "the most wonderful time of the year!"  So bring it winter - I'm ready for you, as long as you're served with a side of the holidays.

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Bubbly Friday to You!

Via {this is glamorous}

Hope you have a festive December weekend!

Radio City Fantasy

I'm hopping aboard a train today so I can sob uncontrollably at Radio City Music Hall. I'm going to see the always fabulous Rockettes in the Christmas Spectacular. And no matter how many times I see this show, it leaves me teary. every. single. time. 

And that's NOT because the show is anything but fantastically merry and bright. I mean, we're talking toy soldier piles and thousands upon thousands of dancing Santas. You can't ask for much more seasonal flare than that.

But you see, the reason watching the Rockettes has an adverse effect on me is, well, I'm one of the millions of girls that was ABSOLUTELY convinced she was destined to become one some day. So a few years ago, I did what any gal with a lofty bucket list would do (which also included running a marathon btw)... I auditioned. 

Check out :36 & :37 from this video. There was once a full video that, much to my embarrassment and the entertainment of my NY-based colleagues, was on the NY Daily News with full-frontals of yours truly. It truly captured how awkward the entire experience was for me, but alas, I can no longer find it on the Internet.
First of all, let me clear up any misconceptions you may have about the lovely ladies of Radio City Music Hall. While they may wear lots of sequins and elaborate headpieces and kick around in high heels, those ladies are RIPPED. You honestly can't tell when you're watching them on stage or in the Thanksgiving parade, but when you see them up close, you feel like David to their Goliath. They have more upper body strength than I ever would have dreamed could fit in a leotard and their thighs are pure steel. Not to mention, there is the whole height requirement thing for Rockettes (which I barely fit), so they tower over you with their bright smiles and cheery attitude.

As for my Rockette audition experience, well... let's just say I'm sitting in an office right now instead of stretching for the matinee. Even so, it was one of my best memories. The nerve wracking process of preparing for an audition in New York is unbelievably exhilarating, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I can't claim that I really trained (I hadn't taken a dance class in years) or had any REAL hopes of trading out my business casual for sequined leotards, but... well a gal can still dream... hence the tears.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I don't want a medal. I want a scooter.

I rather enjoyed stand-up comic/marathon runner Liz Miele's account of running (badly) from this year's MCM Weekend. Sadly, I can particularly relate to the fear of being last - and even more so to the whole "I run; therefore, I eat" concept. 

"Let me feel like a winner!"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

We've been remiss in explaining our blog title/theme to those who live under a rock are not familiar with the spectacular mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss. Our inspiration, of course, comes from Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and we found that just about every line of this children's book perfectly applies in the most poignant way to running and life in general.

Thankfully, as Liv posted a while back, one of our fave blog's did a little feature on our inspiration and took far better photos than we could provide. So, take a little jog with us through the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss...

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bouncy Gym: Workouts for the Motivationally Challenged

Ever since my knee threw up a white flag at mile 1 of the Marine Corp Marathon, things just aren't quite working the way they used to. I thought that certainly after I allowed myself plenty of time to recover, things would fall back into working order - but unfortunately, my running legs still aren't functional and my knees are still begging for mercy.

As a result, I've been looking for alternate forms of exercise - which can be a little challenging because I'm not currently a member of a gym. My office building has a workout room with a few cardio machines, but I usually get claustrophobic down there and extremely scatterbrained (read: I find myself more focused on watching 30 Rock instead of actually pedaling forward).

So last week, I decided to test out the bouncy gym workout (via Run to the Finish). It's basically a way to get yourself moving when you're feeling less than motivated. Whenever I hop on an elliptical without really wanting to be there, I go entirely too easy on myself and hardly break a sweat. The bouncy gym concept is basically a way of limiting your time on each machine, changing up your cardio more consistently and mixing in a few weights when you're feeling saucy.
I tried this concept a few times when I was first starting to run and attempting to increase my weekly mileage. When it was bitterly cold outside, the thought of trotting on a treadmill for more than a couple of miles was entirely too depressing for me, so I'd run a few miles, head to the elliptical for a few, and then back to the treadmill to finish my run. It kept me focused on my workout and decreased the likelihood that I'd plop down on the rower with an Us Weekly

Now that running is temporarily off the table, I'm going back and forth between the elliptical and the bike, and then a quick round through the weight machines. This workout definitely works for me - especially at the end of a long day when I'm not feeling particularly inspired by the four walls of my office's basement prison cell workout room.

Check out Run to Finish for more info. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Just Another Musical Monday

I've received a few recent requests for a long overdue Musical Monday, but sadly, my playlist has lately been limited to the soothing sounds of fusion. I've been kinda addicted to yoga for the past few weeks, so I'm a lot more likely to get meditative chants stuck in my head rather than Indie beats.

Thankfully, the folks at New Normal Music are always around to keep me young and hip. I was a little startled when I flipped over to this site and heard one of my favorite Birmingham groups belting out some familiar tunes. I've been kind of mesmerized by Great Book of John since the first time I saw them play several years ago at Bottletree Cafe in the 'Ham. Front man Taylor Shaw has a certain jen ne sais quoi that kinda leaves you with your jaw on the floor and a lovestruck twinkle in your eye (this applies for dudes too btw). They put out a self-titled album this summer that is rather delightful, though I'm still a little partial to their 2009 album Yves' Blues. Honestly, it's a win-win situation. Just make sure you check 'em out.

The Great Book of John by Communicating Vessels

Also, I highly recommend the soundtrack from Crazy. Stupid. Love. It's a sweet little collection of reminiscent songs, including what is probably one of my all time favorite tunes (that I'm pretty sure has already been featured on this here blog so just deal):


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Just Another Musical (Saturday)

Okay, so maybe this song has absolutely nothing to do with my boys dressed in crimson, but I can't help but get a little pumped up for the Iron Bowl today with this little tune from Blind Pilot called "We are the Tide."

We Are The Tide - Album Preview 1 from Blind Pilot on Vimeo.

And another delightful tune...

Blind Pilot :: 'New York' via @liveset from Blind Pilot on Vimeo.

Be sure to check out their website for a free download of "Keep Your Right".

Rollllllll Tide!

Friday, November 25, 2011

It Was Only a Matter of Time

Or, alternatively titled:  My first humiliating experience.

We have all met Lexi when I mentioned that I may have gone crazy in taking on a new hobby.  Now I should tell you about our first near death ride together.  I bought her on a Sunday, her and a lot of shiz to go with.  One thing I'm holding out on purchasing until I'm sure I need it is car rack.  I live in a great location with access to many different biking trails so I don't need to be driving her to new unexplored territory just yet.  So when I bought her I had driven my car to the store.  No big deal - the store always does one final check before the bike goes to its new owner and they would install all of my "accessories" to boot.  I would metro the following night after work to the store to drive her home.

To say I was nervous was an understatement.  I mean - I know how to ride a bike, but this was different.  This was a big girl bike.  It was our first official ride together.  I imagined it being somewhat like when the hospital kicks new parents to the curb and they're all "wait, we're not ready to be alone with it...why can't we stay here longer where you tell us when to feed it and how to keep it living...what if we hurt it...what if it hurts us?"

I was stalling in the store asking my new friends at Revolution if they were sure I was ready.  "Yes, you are ready - now please get out of our store as we are closing, and this is the second night in a row you have stayed past close."  They didn't really say that, but it's likely they were thinking it.

When I say they installed all my accessories, that included my new pedals.  But remember, they are only "professional" pedals on one side.  Don't worry - I am a "professional" - a professional spinning class attendee that is.  One that became even more "advanced" in 2008 when I purchased my first pair of cycling shoes.  You know, the kind that permanently attach your foot to the pedal like some sort of torture device.  The purpose for this is a more efficient pedal stroke, and the experts are totally right. When you wear the shoes and are "clipped in," you can tell a huge difference in your stroke/form, the efficiency of the way your muscles move and the energy exerted to complete a revolution.

Before you say what I know you're going to say - I'm not naive enough to think that because I clip-in for spinning class I was ready for it on a moving bike.  I completely understood that there would be a learning and adjustment period.  I probably could have waited, but remember, I have the clipless only on one side. Plus they were installing everything on my bike for me so why not go ahead and have them installed for when I was ready and I would ease myself into them by using the traditional pedal side until I got used to riding.

Good intentions aside - I was 100% not planning on riding my inaugural ride clipped in.  However, patience is not my strong suit, and I just had to "practice" and see what it was like.  Never mind that one of my new friends gave me a total big head.  There we were in the store, him holding the bike just so I could practice clipping in and out with my new pedals.  He said, "wait - I thought you said you've never done this before."

To which I replied, "I haven't - not on a moving bike, only in spin class."  Then he was all "oh, pshh - you're way ahead of most.  Look, you've got this."

So off I go, with my new toy baby in the neighborhood behind the store, away from traffic where I could practice before I headed home.  Just to see if I could.  Everything is going great.  I'm riding around, coming up to stop signs, clipping in and out and adjusting to the bike.  Not even 15 minutes go by and I'm all, "okay, good practice session, I'm just going to go over here to this sidewalk and change out my shoes and head home."  There I go, up this teeeeny hill to a stop sign by the sidewalk...but holy balls - I'm stuck, oh my gosh - I cannot get my feet out!  Ohhh emmmm geee...I'm falling over, *bam*. Yep, that just happened.

I knew it was going to happen at some point, it happens to everyone learning (or so my friends say, probably just to make me feel better), I just didn't think it would happen in my first 15 minutes.  It's such a helpless feeling. It's like I was looking down on myself from above laughing and pointing, saying, "haha - you're stuck you sucker."  I couldn't believe how fast my momentum was just gone.  I have a lovely bruise as a souvenir.  I will not post a picture of it here, it's that gnarly - you are welcome.  Thankfully my bike survived the incident without a scratch.

So I stand up, dust off my pride, immediately change shoes and head home.  Terrified of everyone and everything around me en route.  Forget that extra mile I was going to throw in...I was looking for the quickest way to safety.

Things are going MUCH better now thankyouverymuch.  Each time I ride I feel more and more confident.  It only took me three rides until I felt completely safe enough to grab my water bottle and drink, while moving!  Baby steps people, baby steps.  It will likely be at least a year before I even contemplate riding with headphones....on the lowest volume possible (how do people do that?).

 I still hate riding in traffic though.  I'm like a nervous chihuahua looking around me, "what's that car going to do? is it going to stop? should I go? should he go?  do i have enough time to get my feet right and make it across? On your lefffft! Damn, I should have just wrapped myself in bubble wrap"

This past weekend I was at the Revolution location in Georgetown and met one of their awesome staff.  She was so supportive of my newbie stank and telling me about the wonderful group rides that will start back up in the Spring.  They are fully staffed so they are "no-drop" rides (ie, no one gets left) - I'll learn how to safely ride in traffic and how to ride in a pack of others.  Fantastic, sign me up.  Just what I yesterday!

So until March, I'll just...pray.  And read books - blogs and a lot of books, Roadbiking for Dummies perhaps?  Soliciting all suggestions and humiliating stories for self-soothing.

 Oh and please pass the bubble wrap.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving, we're Turkey Trottin' across the map. Liv is knockin' out a race in DC while Sal is hobbling along in Austin. It has no doubt been an eventful year, and we're so thankful for the many blessings in our lives.

Here are just a few of the things we're gosh darn grateful for...

Best wishes to our dear running buddy Megs...

Precious little ones that could even melt the Grinch's heart...

And clearly this list wouldn't be complete without...

And looking forward into the next year, we're thankful our bodies are in working order so we can focus on new goals...
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, we're thankful for all of you! Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings from Shoes Full of Feet!