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Running Fall & Gym Annoyances

Fall Down. Ouch?
I’ve been running outside 2 or 3 times a week since September, when I started the CouchTo5K plan.  Go me. If you don’t know, I have a Love/Hate relationship with running. I don’t particularly enjoy it, but If I miss a day I feel guilty. I’m also a bit clumsy. I mean, I can trip on air, I constantly bump into things, and I usually manage to burn myself or spill something at least once a week. So,running outside and clumsy… 2 things that don’t usually go well together. That being said, since September I hadn’t fallen once. Until last Friday. Lucky for me the only thing seriously hurt was my pride. As I sat there on the sidewalk, doing an inventory (pain, no. phone, whole. watch, not broken. sunglasses, just a few feet away)… I had to laugh. I just imagined what the people driving by must have seen… me (windpants, jacket, gloves, puffy vest) cartwheeling through the air, skidding a foot on the sidewalk… I would have laughed if I was driving by. Just sayin.
So… my first fall was pretty traumatic, but when I finished the run (50 minutes, 5.08 miles, 9’50” pace) I realized how lucky I was. I was wearing layers so my knees only got bruised/ slightly skinned (no blood). I only got 2 small holes in my pants, and a BIG hole in my glove. I didn’t break/ strain/ pull/ tear any bones/ muscles. I wore my contacts & cheap sunglass, so my “good” frames didn’t go flying off and get ruined. I didn’t land on my cellphone OR my GPS watch…
As bad as my pride was hurt… I’m glad I got my first running fall over with. Now all I can do is hope it doesn’t happen again for a loooooooong time.
Oh… and the only thing that convinced me to finish that run was The Bollox followed by Nirvana, Cake, Trapt, Dropkick Murphy’s, and the other rockin tunes that made my playlist that day.
 
Annoyance in the Gym
I should preface this rant by  clarifying something- When I say “gym” I mean the “fitness center” at my apartment complex. It’s pretty basic, a nautilus machine, 2 treadmills, stationary bike, elliptical, and a few medicine balls…
I dislike January at the gym. There are always a ton of people getting their NY Resolutions in. It’s a total bother. I know that makes me sound like a total gym rat, but so be it. In general it bugs me when there are too many people in the gym. I always feel like I have to rush through my routine, or hurry to claim my favorite treadmill. Not to mention the enclosed space with all those (potential) virus/ common cold/ flu carriers. *shudder* I go to the gym everyday at the same time, and it always messes up my flow when there are to many other people there…
I think it’s partly because I feel like people are wicked judgey. I don’t particularly want to know if that guy is staring at my ass in a good way.. or a bad way.
Yesterday… the lady who cleans the “fitness center” in my apt complex talked to me for (at least) 30 minutes while I was trying to get my workout in. I got to hear half her life story, why she hates working for the apt complex, and got admonished for not having children yet. All I wanted to do was workout. Seriously… unless it’s an emergency, don’t talk to me until I stop doing whatever I was doing. If I had lost count of my reps one more time I might have screamed! I mean, she’s a nice lady, and probably just wanted someone to talk to…but DAMMIT, I’m not the kind of person who tells someone to leave them alone. Then she cleaned the treadmill belt as I was getting on it. REALLY.
One more thing… I really dislike people who listen to music w/o headphones while they’re working out, while other people ar in the gym. It’s rude. I don’t want to hear whatever kind of crap music motivates you, just like I’m sure you don’t want to hear the crap I listen to. Invest in a pair of headphones. Or listen to me heavy footing the treadmill and deep breathing during my yoga & stretching. I ALWAYS put my headphones in when someone else is working out. If you need an extra pair I have one…
 
Eeeh, (kinda) sorry if that rant was snarky.
-Hey Waitress!!
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I Hate New Years Resolutions

I hate New Years Resolutions. Every year, people (myself included) make stupid & unmanageable demands on themselves, setting goals so high that the resolutions never stick… and then end up feeling like shit about themselves. Or they don’t take their resolutions seriously…
 
So, this year I’m doing things differently.
 
I WILL NOT “diet” or eat “healthy”. I like baking, junk food, and our weekly takeout too much. Moderation is key, and I’m tired of getting on the scale and being disappointed every day.
I WILL attempt to cook one new dish a week. Just one… and I’ll probably share.
 
I WON’T run a half marathon. But I’m sure as hell going to train.
I WILL run a 5k. I do it at least 3 days a week, so why not a race?
I WILL run 5 miles more a month then I did the month before.  Maybe I’ll be 10k ready by the summer!
 
I WILL NOT fold the laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer. I hate folding laundry, and I’ll most likely continue to leave it in the “clean laundry basket” for as long as I damn well please.
 
I WON’T be nicer to the cat, but I WILL brush him more. He’s an asshole. I don’t call him Jelly the Destroyer for nothing…
 
I WILL sing out loud and dance around the apartment in high heels and sweatpants when I clean it. Or whenever else I want to.
 
Happy New Year.
-Hey Waitress!!

 

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A Short Rant About Republicans, Because of a Democrat

Umm… I know that sound weird, but… the truth is I’ve been avoid politics since Obama won a second term. Mostly because I’m so disappointed. I thought there were more people in the States who thought like I did. But it turns out there are more people in the States who want free stuff.
So… My ranting is caused by an article a liberal friend posted on FB (yes, I’m addicted to social media. Sue me). Although, the more I talk to him, the more convinced I am that he’s not REALLY a liberal. Deep down inside I think he’s a Libertarian, but like  a few people I know (myself included) he’s just not comfortable voting for a “Third Party” candidate. Either way… That should be a working link to the actual article and below is the conversation that ensued.
 

MY LIBERAL FRIEND shared a link.

Not a clue…these guys have learned absolutely NOTHING!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/house-committee-chairs-all-white-men_n_2201136.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

HIS MALE FRIEND: They continue to believe they lost the election b/c they ‘weren’t conservative enough’. Let em, to their detriment. Can’t wait for the 2014 Congressional elections.

HIS FEMALE FRIEND: that ilk is specically designed for white men only

HIS MALE FRIEND: HEY, Shawn and I resemble that remark

ME (MY RANT): Huff Post as a source? shame. Altho, I am disinfranchised w/ the Republican Party… The problem most of them need to realize (or maybe have realized) is that Dems are just plain better at the minority/ women votes… both “groups” (in general) were more worried about different issues than the Repubs (who thought they could run and win on the economy), while the Dems realized that pounding women with birth control and “womans rights” and minorities with immigration issues would (and quite possible did) win them the election. Then you add in the “lower & middle class” who got tossed the entitlement bone… Oh dear, I think I just ranted on your status. Don’t forget you’re my favorite Liberal, and I’m not a Republican. 😉

MY LIBERAL FRIEND: LOL! we need a face to face, but…c’mon. look at the state level republicans. immigration crack downs, early voting, anti-abortion laws (why are women REQUIRED to have an ultra sound even if not medically necessary?) , planned parenthood defunding (really? aren’t we throwing out the baby with the bathwater here?) The republicans truly don’t have an umbrella opened wide enough. and unless they wake up to the new demographic shaping america, they will cease to exist.

HIS MALE FRIEND: Alienating minorities and women lost the election for the conservatives. Asians, who did not benefit at all from any ‘Obama gifts’ like the Dream Act voted for Democrats in the 70th percentile b/c of the rhetoric on the right re immigration. Women felt it in the state legislatures dominated by conservatives that passed bills requiring unnecessary and invasive ultrasounds, to the US House passing a bill that redefined rape. Did it to themselves, and I haven’t gotten to the appearance of favoring the rich over the middle class. Did it to themselves.

ME (RANT CONT.): haha throwing out the baby? Literally. I think things like PP AND PBS should be privately funded… like charities. as for the new demographic… I think there will be lots of defection from BOTH parties to the Libertarians by the next Presidential election. Hopefully.
@HIS MALE FRIEND… I agree. I just don’t think they should fall in line with the Dems. The parties are so diff. on things like the economy…
the Federal gov has too much control over people’s lives. Let the border states deal with immigration how they want, let the people of each state make the choice to allow abortion, gay marriage, school choice, etc…
OOOPS. Sorry MY LIBERAL FRIEND, I just did it again. I do need to see your face. I’m still think I can convince you that you’re not an Icky Liberal.

HIS FEMALE FRIEND: pounding women with birth control? that’s really offensive

ME (BEING POLITE): Patricia- I’m sorry that was offensive. It was a poor word choice. I was too lazy to spellcheck & type “inundated”.

Yup… pounding is offensive. I think I might post the “Day after Election Rant” soon. PS… please excuse my AWEFUL grammer & spelling! I get so heated, and i have clumsy fingers.
Happy Thursday!
-Hey Waitress!!
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Running

I’m currently jobless (still, since we moved to PA over a year ago), and it kinda sucks. I get bored, and antsy. And then  I eat a lot. So to continue eating like a FattyMcFattyPants I started working out (running, light lifting, yoga, cardio) when we moved here…
 
I started out on the treadmill, just kind of “winging it”. You know, going with the flow. I was on that thing 6 days a week, plus getting on the elliptical for 3 of those days. Eventually I got my mileage and speed up to pretty good numbers. Then it happened. One day in the beginning of February, I went for my run, finished, and that night, my chest started to hurt.  I felt like there was a small elephant sitting on me. It was so uncomfortable, almost painful, like my heart was going to beat right out of my too-tight chest. I went to the urgent care, and the Doc told me it was “inflammation of the chest wall, probably caused by trauma”. And then proceeded to ask me in a variety of way if my husband beat me. For the record: the answer was no. Anyways… they suggested less caffeine (for my heart), less (or none) cigarettes, and to take some time off to heal. Oh, I forgot to mention, at this point I was drinking 2 (16oz) cups of coffee in the morning and at least one 16oz bottle of coke a day, and smoking about half a pack of menthol (light) Camels. Ooops. So, I quit drinking caffeine (except for a cup of half-caff), cut back my smokes to 4 a day, and took a month off.
gradually after that month off I starting working out again, mostly on the stationary bike, then the elliptical. Eventually I started running again, but only one day a week. I soon realized that I missed running. The mindlessness of pushing my body as hard as I could go, it gave me time to clear my head and NOT think, unless I wanted too.
 
So the first point of this post was to say that this summer I realized I needed goals. I didn’t want to push my body (too far) past what it could do. BUT I needed something to be proud of. Somehow my warped mind came to the conclusion that I want to run a half marathon by the time I reach 30. That’s about 3 years away. EEEK! I just dated myself, I guess I’m not just a “20 something” anymore. In order to run a half marathon, I figured I’d need to start running outside. And get serious about it. To work myself up to getting outside in( public, where people could see my jiggly rump, and gasping) I needed to start small. Like running 5k. Inside. Then outside. Then a 10K. I intend on running a 10K race, then starting to “train” for a half marathon!
 
I finished the CouchTo5K treadmill version in the middle of September! Then I relaxed a little bit, and worked on my pace/speed until the first week of October, when I started to outdoor version (3 runs a week, for 9 weeks)! I bought myself a new pair of sneaks, and a Nike+ GPS watch. Speaking of Nike+, I seem to be having accuracy issues when I use it on the treadmill (which I still run on 2x a week), and I’m not sure why… But it does match (pretty close, down to the 0.01 range) of the MapMyFitness app on my phone…
 
The other point to this post was the following mini rant:
“running” outside is much diff than running on a treadmill. Between the wind, uneven sidewalks, and acorns… It’s hard. Not to mention I actually need to pay attention (for fear of getting, umm, lost), and my near inability to “run thru” shin splints. Flailing around all elbows and ankles, and jiggling in all the wrong places, panting and gasping for breath like I just RAN (not “ran”) a marathon… all to end up with shin splints and a runny nose.
rant over. the good news is I “ran” 3.32miles in 35:42minutes, which makes my average pace 10:44min/mi. Not too shabby for week 3.
 
I have a love/ hate relationship with running, can’t you tell?
 
Now that I got all that off my chest I need to choose which body part needs an ice pack to most…
-Hey Waitress!!
 
PS. More sweat now equals less jiggle later. (words to live by)
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