Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekend Contemplations: On Being Human

Helloooooooo!  How is it Monday again?  This weekend was fairly uneventful and quick.   And cold.  It's still been in the 40's and it's almost April.  What is going onnnnnnnnnnnn.  Winter is really dragging it's a$$ around here this year.  Anyway, just a few of my random thoughts today.

Friday afternoon after work I went to the gym near work.  It's much bigger than the location by my house and has a massive cardio arena.  They must have at least 100 or more treadmills, bikes, ellipticals and stairclimbers in this space.  After I finished running, I went over to the stretching area to foam roll and do some planking.  I looked over at the giant cardio space where I just came from, watching all these people furiously motoring away on their respective machines, and it just looked so funny and weird to me?! I don't know why.  I was imagining what it might look like to aliens or people in the great beyond who lived centuries before us.  How odd it must appear to them that humans jam themselves inside hot sweaty buildings and run or bike in place?!  Hahaha  What did people do before gyms were invented?  So weird.  I guess this is why I prefer exercising outdoors.  It's just more natural.

Moving on.  After the gym I stopped to get takeout from a sushi place that was introduced to me by a friend.  It's called Edo Sushi, and they've got a few locations outside of the city.  Everything I've ever ordered there is superb.  This rainbow roll and shrimp tempura were just what I needed after my intense mental workout contemplating the weirdness of humans working out in gyms!

 
 
Going to take a more serious turn here for a moment because it's something I've been thinking about  all weekend.  On Friday night, I watched the movie, "12 Years a Slave" for the first time and it was one of the most disturbing, heartbreaking things I've ever seen.  Honestly, I found it incredibly hard to watch. So much so that at several points, I almost turned it off completely.  But I kept watching.  At one point, I actually almost vomited (during the scene when Lupita Nyong'o's character is whipped).  I was in tears throughout this movie and it was just one of the most disturbing things ever.  By the end of the movie, I felt ashamed of the color of my skin.  I know that may seem like a strange thing to say, but that's just how I felt.  I don't know what else to say other than it made me really sad to be a human.  If you haven't seen it, just be warned.  I think it's an important film to watch but my God, it's just horrific what we can do to each other.  Again, this makes me wonder what other species looking down on us must think of our behavior??
 

I've been seeing a lot of articles like this one floating around the internet lately.  Have you?
 
 
They are articles about how running will 'sabotage' your weight loss.  I believe the target audience for these articles are novice runners, or people who are just beginning workout programs, but even so I think they are sending the wrong message.  Lifelong runners aren't running to 'lose weight'.  You wouldn't keep something up for the duration of your life if you didn't enjoy it.  We actually LIKE to run.  We obviously know running alone isn't the only kind of exercise you need.  Doing the same thing all the time will not only lead to plateaus (performance and weight) as your body becomes accustomed to the daily demands, but can also lead to injury, burnout, muscle imbalances and more.  If you want to lose weight there are a NUMBER of factors you need to consider and doing a variety of exercises is just one of them.  Changing your eating/drinking habits are also a big factor.  But if someone enjoys running why tell them it's going to make them fat?!  Listen, if you like knitting, bird watching, wearing acid washed jeans, you just keep doing you.  Pay no mind to fear-mongering articles telling you acid washed jeans are out.  You might just bring them back.
 
What else did I want to tell you today?  Oh yes, a bit of nutritional advice.  Before heading out for a long run, or perhaps before doing any strenuous physical activity, you may not want to consume massive amounts of these:
 

 
Big mistake Bean.  Huge.  Miles 2-5 of my 10 miler yesterday were a bit rough because of that Laffy Taffy. I felt quite nauseous and was pretty sure I was going to vomit up a rainbow.  I finally started feeling better by mile 6.  So that was uncomfortable and annoying, and completely my fault.  I just couldn't resist after I found that giant bag at Walgreens. 
 
I took this picture after my run and when I looked at it, it didn't look like me!  I say that because I always thought I had brown eyes, but apparently they've changed to green.  Can this happen?!
 
 
I mean "Brown Eyed Girl" always used to be my song.  What am I supposed to do now?
 
I continue to love my shoes.  I was debating whether to put myself in a new pair of Vomero's for my race in April, but I think I'm going to go with the amazing, orthopedic-looking Hokas.
 
 

I am 36 now.  It's only fitting I wear giant Golden Girls-esque clodhoppers on my feet. 

And finallyyyyyyyyy.  This quote from Dean Karnazes popped up in my IG feed last night and I just loved it:

Well, that was certainly a giant cornucopia of unrelated thoughts.  I think I better stop this train right here.  I hope your week is off to a great start!



Have you ever seen '12 Years a Slave'?

Why do you run?

Favorite running shoes right now?

20 comments:

  1. Well, I'm not a runner, but I envy those who are capable! But I do want Laffy Taffy now. :-D

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    1. Ha! Yes, Laffy Taffy is legit. I discovered it when I worked as a pool snack bar girl in high school. All the free Laffy Taffy I could eat in a day! It was the best.

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  2. I watched 12 years a Slave last year. Parts of it were difficult to watch but overall, I felt it was a powerful movie.

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    1. Yes super hard to watch. And knowing that things like that happened thousands of times over to real people. Just so heartbreaking.

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  3. Hahah I've made the mistake of eating a ton of sugar right before a run. I regret it every time and say I'll never do it again. And then I do. Oh, and clodhoppers. Yep, I'm 23 going on 90. No shame.

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    1. Oh lord, I could literally feel that taffy forming a giant sticky ball inside my stomach while running! HUGE mistake. I feel like I get some weird looks when I run in my Hokas at the gym. It's either the shoes or just me. HAHA

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  4. I don't think anyone should be ashamed of who they are because of the color of their skin. It's your actions that matter.

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    1. I definitely agree Dawn. It was just honestly the feeling that was evoked by watching the movie. I couldn't even filter it. Just such a heartbreaking period in our country's history.

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  5. Ooooof... I really want to see that movie, but I definitely appreciate you giving me a heads up (obviously I knew about the subject matter, but I have to be mentally prepared to see a movie like this, if that makes sense). And I know what you mean; it's hard to fathom that slavery isn't even that far in our past. And that genocide and killing and rape STILL happen in corners of our world. That said, I do think it's important to learn from the mistakes of our past--how else can we possibly expect to move forward, right?

    Also you have such pretty eyes! And those sneakers look cute!

    Ya know, I used to be a HUGE fan of Mind Body Green but they've really disappointed me lately. I'm just not sure I get their angle anymore.

    That said, I hope you had a great workout over the weekend and that you have a great week ahead! XOXO

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    1. I feel like you are a super empathic person as well, so yeah, I think it will definitely be difficult for you to watch. It's just knowing that it was real, and thousands (millions) of people go through things like this is just unfathomable. It just hurts my whole heart.
      Thanks for the complement on my eyes. I really always thought they are brown but maybe they're just fading with my old age! HAHAHA Happy birthday to you as well Charlotte!

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  6. I recently watched 12 Years and I can see why it Lupita won an Oscar / the movie Best Picture. I would like to read the book. My friend's family owns Edo Sushi, so I got to go for her wedding... it was good!

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    1. Ahhhhhhhhhhh you know the owners of Edo Sushi! OMG it's SO good. I go to the one in Cockeysvville and it's just superb.

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  7. We got 12 Years a Slave from Netflix and it has been languishing on our floor as we wait for the right time and mental state to watch it. I think that it will be like a Schindler's List or Diary of Anne Frank. What I think is most important is to remember that this is not about skin color--it is about the capacity for evil that exists. That is why it is more important than ever to bring good into the world. Which I think that you and your clodhoppers do :D

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    1. So true and such wise words Susie. The movie was just so difficult to watch and just broke my heart into a million pieces. It's really hard for me to observe any evil in the world, especially when I feel helpless to do anything about it. But I try to do good in all the ways I can in my little part of the world. And I hope that one day evils like this no longer exist.

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  8. What I got from this post was that I terribly feel like sushi now!!

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  9. Not really a runner, and I have some weight to lose, but I do the workouts I do because I like them, same thing for running! Once I stopped obsessing about every little thing when it came to weight loss, the happier I became and now I exercise because I love it, not as a punishment.

    Jen@jpabstfitness

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    1. Yes, you should work out, or do anything in life, that you enjoy! You won't stick to anything that you don't love. So great to hear that you've found something you enjoy!

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  10. It absolutely disturbs and upsets me too on what people can do to each other, and I really wish that wasn't the case! :[

    I don't run, but back when I did, my Nike Pegasus shoes were where it was at! :P

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    1. I feel like some people just feel things more deeply than others, and absorb others pain, and it's so hard to feel that and feel helpless to make it better.

      I used to run in Pegasus in high school! They are still a great shoe!

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