Family, Sweat, Cute Jeans. All Good Things.

I bet you all are happy it’s Friday. I’m still searching for a full-time job so pretty much every day is like Saturday to me. Don’t be jealous, it’s not a good thing. I want a job! I want to be challenged! I want to contribute and interact and grow! I know that perfect job is out there, though, so I “keep plugging along” as my lovely mother advises me to do. She’s always right.

Her first 5k!

Shoutout to my awesome Dad, too! Such good role models I have.

He biked across Iowa. NBD.

I was challenged at FlyWheel last night, however. I went to a different instructor’s class; she played great music which is key. 23 miles of cycling fun. Weeee! I beat my max “power total” (for a 45 minute class). Right now I’m feeling a little sore from this week’s workouts and I love it. Bring on the lactic acid.

On the Kathie Lee & Hoda show this morning (stop judging me), they had a quiz that stated, “slow, steady state cardio” is better than “go hard or go home” cardio. I’m not practicing in any sort of medical profession, but I disagree with that blanket statement. It depends on what your goal is, right?  Your goal can even vary from day to day; runners know that speedwork is just as beneficial as a long run, but in different ways. For weight/fat loss, I would say steady state cardio is not always the best option.  Not if it’s all you do, that is. Change up those workouts! I’m a big HIIT fan – mixing in heart pumping intervals makes me feel strong.

If you are focusing more on heart and lung health, steady state cardio is obviously beneficial. For runners training for a distance race,  long, steady state runs are necessary. And who doesn’t love a good long run? (Well, usually). Get on out there and utilize that oxygen!

Thoughts? Don’t get me wrong, EXERCISE IS GOOD! SWEAT IS GOOD! I’m elated anytime someone gets moving. Obviously I run and therefore participate in lots of steady state cardio myself. Perhaps a little elaboration would have been beneficial for viewers. Let’s not contribute to the sheer confusion that many novice (and experienced!) exercisers feel. Just sayin’.

Yay, sweat! (And wow, big hair)

Now, please ignore this major change of subject. I have no transition from the previous paragraph to the following. Thanks for staying with me.

Word on the street is that bright colored jeans are trendy now. Can we discuss this? Can anyone pull these off or only super skinny gals? They look very unforgiving. And I like my jeans to forgive. But I love the look. What a dilemma.

Look how cute! Source

I wish I had some cute green pastel jeans for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. Erin Go Bragh and all that. By the way, apparently they don’t celebrate it in Ireland. Fun fact for the day. Don’t quote me on that though, I just heard it on the radio.

If you have time between the consumption of massive amounts of green foods and green beverages this weekend, check out these running-related studies I found on PubMed. Interesting stuff!

Foot Strike and Injury Rates in Endurance Runners

Effectiveness of Regular Proactive Massage Therapy for Novice Recreational Runners

Effects of Two Sitting Postures… (on Running)

I’ll be busy watching KU Basketball tonight. Obviously. If anyone wants to place a March Madness wager (fitness related) on any of the games, let me know!

Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? What do you think of the bright jeans trend? Do you mix up your workouts or do you prefer lots of oxygen in the form of steady state cardio?

Also, do you want to hire me full-time for a sports related events/sponsorships/social media/or similar position in the NYC area? Also interested in non-profits with positions that involve managing endurance running/fundraising programs.  Just throwing that all out there :) 

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  1. March 19, 2012 / 1:06 am

    I like my jeans to forgive too!!!! I’d love to pull off some pink ones, but it’s not gonna happen!!

    • March 19, 2012 / 10:50 am

      I’m going to make it my new goal to at least try some on…I’ll let you know how it goes!

  2. March 19, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    I think the colored jean trend works for about 4 percent of the population… and that’s not me! If I could pull it off, I would definitely go pink…

    • March 20, 2012 / 3:40 pm

      Yeah, agreed. I think it’s just wishful thinking on my part :)

  3. March 22, 2012 / 5:47 am

    Ooooh. I think I am way to old for the colored jeans trend. thankfully. I rarely even wear pants!

    St patricks day is celebrated in Ireland. but its more of a day to go to church…rather than the bars!

    • March 22, 2012 / 11:14 pm

      Eh I barely wear “real” pants either…usually just yoga pants or running attire! It’s actually kind of sad :) You have an excuse though, you work in a hospital! (Right??)

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