Friday Fitness News: Dump

I’ve been slacking on my Friday Fitness posts. Partly because they’re pretty time consuming, partly because I’m too busy enjoying my Fridays to sit down and write a post. That will probably change pretty soon since I’ll be sitting a whole lot more when school starts.

On a cheerier note, happy Labor Day long weekend, everyone! I hope you’re all at the beach, attending a clambake, wearing your best summer whites right now.

Before and After. (Image courtesy of Andrew Dixon and Huffington Post)

Before and After.
(Image courtesy of Andrew Dixon and Huffington Post)

Sheep Meadow looking very fine this Fall day!

I love to run in the Fall!

  • I will be attempting to make my own energy “gels” this weekend. I just can’t find one pre-made that doesn’t taste like liquid candy. Yuck.
  • A fascinating article on why we love certain doctors and not others.
  • GB and Aleah have started blogs. You should follow them: GB for all things sweaty in NYC, Aleah for the best jams to pump you up.
My buddies.

My buddies.
(Images shamelessly stolen from their blogs)

In a totally unrelated category, you can support a seriously awesome company that makes undergarments for ostomates, Awestomy!. It’s really hard to find the right apparel to support an ostomy and I encourage those of you who followed my 5-month ostomy journey to consider supporting their Kickstarter campaign. I did!

Everyone wants to feel good about how they look, even with and ostomy!

Everyone wants to feel good about how they look, even with and ostomy!

Phew! Friday Fitness News dump done! Thanks for sticking with me. That’s a whole lot of randomness in one post.

Happy Labor Day weekend, y’all. Anyone racing this weekend? Any news I missed? I’m gonna go get new school supplies for the big day on Tuesday. See y’all in the next school year!

Now go out and run.

*For the record, this is actually very similar to the type of strength training I do at Refine Method and I have found it to be enormously complimentary to my running.

Friday Fitness News: Kick Ass 5K

There is no news to report this week except for all of YOU who kicked SO much ass on Tuesday for the Kick Ass Virtual 5K.

Some stats:

  • 1: number of haikus
  • 2: number of siblings (can you spot them?)
  • 3: number of continents covered
  • 4: number of times I cried on 4/9/13 (happy tears)
  • 7: number of miles I covered
  • 8: number of ways people participated in the 5K (crutch, run, walk, bike, elliptical, swim, horseback riding, wheelbarrow–see pic)
  • 20: number of miles covered by another runner
  • 158: number of people who have donated
  • 6830: number of dollars raised ($6930 so far!)

Of course every race needs a commemorative shirt. These little gems will be going on sale in two weeks. 100% of proceeds go to Team Challenge!

I'll probably need one of each.

I’ll probably need one of each.

My sincerest thanks to all who donated and participated.

And now, without further ado, I’d like to present to you the finishers (who sent me their photos!) of the Kick Ass Virtual 5K to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Stacey Kim Hillary Deb Diane.png Jim&Michelle Colleen Chris Youssef2 Christine HaikuKat JenG AshleyB Lauren PPW Tara Elizabeth LaurenC Danielle Sarah Jill&Linda MeganGBM Jackie Becca Lulunatics Cyanne Karen&Paul Karen LaurenM KristinAstoria Jen Michelle Jenny Paige Emily Greg Kat Sandy Gina&Scout NicoleR Lesley&Minion Cassandra ChristineM Heidi 43513AE4-DBE9-4DAF-924D-7C7C5DEC354F KristenC VeggieRunner MelissaB JennyP AmandaS Heather

Did you spot my two siblings? There are also 3 classmates in there, one Lulunatic run club, and several IBD sisters and brothers. Thank you, thank you, thank you all. It was a blast.

Don’t forget to keep your eye out for the t-shirt sale the last week of April! Limited time only. Remember, you can still donate and be entered into the Acapulco trip raffle! Tickets are $20/each–donate here to be entered!

Now go out and run!

Friday Fitness News: Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy

Happy, happy, happy Friday! I am experiencing an unusual amount of sleepiness this fine morning, so if I spell things wrong and links don’t work…blame my J-pouch for waking me up an hour before I needed to be up today.

Fail, J-pouch. Fail.

Ugh. I hate when my alarm goes off after I've been up for an hour. Reminds me of all the cozy, snuggly sleep I missed.

Ugh. I hate when my alarm goes off after I’ve been up for an hour. Reminds me of all the cozy, snuggly sleep I missed. Garfield knows what I’m talking about.

I am happy to report that I am 1/4 of the way towards meeting my goal for Team Challenge! Don’t forget to sign up for the Kick Ass 5K and a chance to win a trip for you and 9 friends to Acapulco, Mexico. Seriously.

I am less thrilled about allergy season descending upon us. Yuck. Then again, allergy season also coincides with it being birthday season sooooooooo…I’m not that mad.

But that’s not the news this week. This is:

 

Love the MCM & I never have trouble registering on Team Fisher House.

Love the MCM & I never have trouble registering on Team Fisher House.

 

Obviously, Birdie & I are the same as Kara & Shalane. Duh.

Obviously, Birdie & I are the same as Kara & Shalane. Duh. (Image courtesy of Examiner.com)

What did I miss? Is there a workout I need to try in NYC? One you’re rocking in your hometown this weekend? Who’s racing this weekend? Don’t forget to tell me so I can cheer you on!

Now go out and run.

Friday Fitness News: Rock Stars

That would be YOU. You are a rock star. I cannot believe the outpouring of support and generosity from so many people over this past week. It’s truly overwhelming.

If you have not yet registered for the Kick Ass Virtual 5K, benefitting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, DO IT NOW! Click here for instructions. If you just want to donate, go directly to my fundraising page.

Raffle prizes are still rolling in, including these fabulous businesses (and more to come!).

My favorite way to spend money.s

My favorite way to spend money.s

Seriously, get in on this raffle!

Soooo…what else is going on in the fitness world this week?

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(Image courtesy of Runner's World)

(Image courtesy of Runner’s World)

That’s all I got. Did I miss anything?

Have a great weekend, everybody! And don’t forget to sign up for the Virtual 5K (run, bike, swim, skip, elliptical, row) on Tuesday. 

Now go out and run.

Friday Fitness News: Bummer News

Over the years that I’ve volunteered with disabled athletes, and become one myself (sort of), I have learned a lot from my newfound friendships.

Love Achilles!

Love Achilles!

-You don’t have to have sight to see who your friends are or complete multiple marathons. 

-You don’t have to have all your limbs in tact to hold people in your embrace or beat 90% of the racing field.

-Only you define your limits and they are endless, including competing in triathlons.

We have all been inspired by the Special Olympics and this summer’s groundbreaking news of a disabled athlete, double amputee Oscar Pistorius, competing against able-bodied athletes. Sadly, it seems that image of Pistorius-the-Great is gone now that he’s been charged with murdering his model girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. As the story unfolds, it continues to be a very sad, shocking, and disappointing situation.

Oscar "The Bullet" Pistorius seems like an eerie nickname now. (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

Oscar “The Bullet” Pistorius seems like an eerie nickname now. (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

In other news…

Brrrrrrrr!!!!

Brrrrrrrr!!!!

 

 

And that’s the news this week, friends. Don’t forget the lulunatics meet tomorrow at 9am for 8 miles in Central Park. Come run with us…if it’s not snowing like crazy or icey. Eeeeeeek!

Now go out and run!