for the topic suggestions on my (somewhat lame) post yesterday! here are your genius ideas, in list form:
☑ music suggestions, especially for running
☑ running apparel
☑ more fashion! (hmm, might mean i need to do some more shopping . . .)
☑ college/family/josh stories
☑ how i decided to go to medical school
☑ random fun facts (if i do this, i’ll want to hear your fun facts too!)
☑ martini update
i also came up with:
☑ my next cooking project (doin’ time ends this season!)
☑ best of doin’ time
☑ 2010 planner system (ohhh so nerdy . . . but i’m excited about it!)
☑ exciting ideas for winter
☑ pumpkin beer review (after we have a pumpkin beer party . . . if we ever get our apartment up to par!)
so without further adieu
i will address 2 of the above topics. or at least, start addressing them.
#1: running story, part 1 –> the high school years
well, i didn’t run in high school, unless you count the half mile or so we had to do to ‘warm up’ for cheerleading practice, and a few attempts to stay in shape during the off-season on our home treadmill. i thought about doing cross country one year, because a couple of my friends (fine, and my high-school crush) were on the team. but i chickened out, thinking that i wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rest of the team (probably true, anyway). furthermore, from 7th grade on, i was into cheerleading, and beginning with high school this was practically a year-round sport.
YES, I SAID SPORT. i know cheerleading isn’t the same in every school — sometimes it’s out-of-shape girls dancing around and preening themselves in too-tight outfits. but at my alma mater (YEAH HAVERFORD HIGH!), it was a sport. we attended week long (boot) camps in the summer, had practices almost every night in addition to special gymnastics practices, and there were multiple coaches with expertise in various aspects of our sport (stunting, tumbling, etc). it was an all-out, mostly anaerobic adrenaline-fest.
we did cheer at football and basketball games (GOOOOO, FORDS*!), but what we all really cared about was competition. our team went to UCA nationals most years, and in recent years has actually placed (or so i’ve heard — i can’t find actual evidence on line!). to give you an idea of the kinds of things we did, here is the varsity routine from 2006. a mere 8 years after i was last on it . . .
YEAH! to be fair, our team was not this good, and personally i was never one of the better ones on the team. i tried, but never mastered a back tuck, and was always involved in 15 other activities (many of the girls were just hardcore cheer, ALL. THE. WAY.) but i did love it. competing in a competition like this was so exciting!
and i only had to get stitches once (oh, and also a broken thumb).
totally worth it.
* yes, our mascot was a car. built to run, baby, built to run!
#2: martini status update –> we are slackers
martinidad (who, by the way, is now an actual martini DAD!), don’t be too disappointed in us! we have acquired a shaker. but project martini somehow got forgotten. i’m thankful for the reminder!
even though i don’t think josh is going to really enjoy the experiment (he tried one in chicago and didn’t like it so much . . .), i am still going to follow through with Project Martini. and, i plan on capturing our martini-making and -tasting session on video. we will even toast to #1 son! so: coming soon!
i have another moonlighting shift tonight! after all, we’ve got to pay for all of the IKEA furniture somehow, right??
plus, i’m still thinking about the coat, although there seemed to be a lot of dissenting opinions from the masses. perhaps in blue? although it’s true that really what would be much more practical would be a water-resistant trench.
workout: 8 miles — and yes, i resorted to the treadmill (again). this time, i went to my regular gym, and i really think there is a calibration difference between their machines and the ones at the apartment! i was supposed to run at 10K pace + 40 seconds. since i haven’t ever raced a 10K, i just guessed that this would be something like 7:50/mi, so 40 seconds added ~8:30. this felt quite easy — so much so that i decided to dial it up a bit for the last 2 miles.
miles 1-6: 8:27/mi, 0.5% incline
miles 7-8: 8:13/mi, 0.5% incline
doin’ time: a poorly-composed photograph of a well-composed meal. coho salmon, lentils, and more of matt’s delicious great harvest dakota bread.
reading: just . . . couldn’t . . . do it, after 10 hours spent in same day clinic. oh well.