Monday, June 20, 2011

Finding RoseRunner

I'm feeling re-invigorated, and now have a couple topics tucked in my pocket for an uninspired day.  Brittani, a shoe post will be devoted to you: and Page, a post about crazy running stories -- and maybe pumpkin pie -- will be in your honor: and Lindsay, a snot post may be in the horizon just for you.  Or not, that's just gross. 

Oh, I'm back. With stuff to say

Today I realized there is an excellent source of entertainment that I should have thought of writing about weeks ago, as I always LOVE it when other bloggers post about this:

SEARCH TERMS that led to finding my blog. Goodness these are a barrel of laughs.

without further ado, some of the recent hilarious search terms that have brought people to my blog:

1) "I'm not chipping in for a baby shower"

At my sister's baby shower.  I can't remember who asked, but the dress I'm wearing is from a thrift shop.  I'd guess it's from the '60's?
 Google really has me figured out.

I've certainly never typed that term...but it does sum up my feelings about baby showers.  Except that I do love the good, non-traditional showers where men are allowed and games are prohibited.

2) "porn blogger"

geez that was quick.  I just posted a picture of Natalie as a stripper one post ago.

One more for old times sake.  Don't let your kids read this blog.

3) "getting over fear of mountain lions"

I'm guessing my post on Death By Running only added to this person's fears.

Speaking of animals that might eat and kill me, I have an important question.

I'm going to Yellowstone next Monday through Friday, more or less.  I was planning on mostly hiking, but at least getting one or two runs in.

Then my older sister sweetly reminded me that Yellowstone has about a population of 12 trillion bears, who probably all would be very angry or very hungry at the sight of me running by their honey trove.




Has anyone been to Yellowstone, and if so, is there anywhere outside the park to run? Anywhere safe? Any crappy hotel gyms to sneak into?  

4) "why do I love vaginas so much I'm 12"

This cutest, most adorable and rad twelve year old boy or girl, searched this term at least three times.  It clearly is love.

EDITED TO DELETE a picture of "cute 12 year olds" (seriously, a google search brought the picture up for me) that some wonderful readers pointed out were a pair of 12 year old white supremacists who had Hitler smiley faces on their shirt.  O.M.G.  This deserves it's own post some day.

And btw, good job to the parents who locked their computer settings so that the 12 year old found my blog, and not something else... 

5) "is it ok to arrive at work with wet hair"

According to the RoseRunner manifesto of life, YES.   Always, always yes. 

6) "roserunner dead"


this better not be wishful thinking.  maybe a new reader who didn't realize I don't post everyday?

 raise the roof cause I'm ALIVE!!!

7) then there were 24 hours where I got about 50 different search terms that were all a variety of different phrases relating to my post about the Urban Blogging Summit -- like "blogging summit here's my beef", or "skinnyrunner blog summit elitist", etc etc.

It was so shady.  The exact phrases would each lead to my blog 10 times, which made me think someone was trying to make Google associate those terms with my blog?

Either way, that post made someone go bat sh!t crazy on google.  (and I absolutely do believe it was all one person).

8) After my post on See Jane Run, a lot of readers found my blog by searching "runner death/ runner collapse at See Jane Run".  Which is really sad, but I never heard any news of this happening.


I did my usual weekend routine, which is a slow and relaxing long run on Saturday and a short run of sprints on Sunday.

Saturday morning was 18.8 miles at 9:30 a.m.

My weekend runs never start before 9:00 a.m. unless I have somewhere to be before noon.  I don't know why or how those of you without kids wake up super early to run on weekends -- I would rather battle the heat and sunscreen dripping in my eyes than wake up before 6:30 on a non-work day.

The run was rough.  I felt like I was dragging.

This is my theory, and I'd appreciate your input: I wonder if the strength training I've started incorporating (45 minutes of Jillian, once or twice a week...and by that I mean almost always only once) has made my legs feel heavier while running. 

I don't know if it's a real correlation or not, but I feel like I noticed this last fall when I was doing the Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred a couple times a week.

The other possibility is I'm low on iron again.  I was feeling lethargic during runs this past winter, and as soon as I bumped up my black bean intake I felt great.   I'm going to start attacking the lentil beans this week.

get back in my life

Sunday was two laps around Lake Merritt of intervals, for a total of 7 miles.

I normally only do one lap of intervals (a little under 4 miles), so this was TOUGH.  I took the second lap much easier than the first, but I have never felt my legs get fatigued quite like that -- it felt GOOD!

When I do interval sprints, I leave the Garmin at home.  I brought it on Sunday, and learned some interesting things.

1) I never knew the distance of my sprints, as I just kind of ran a little under all-out effort -- maybe 85% effort -- until I needed a break, then jogged til recovering, repeat, etc.

I learned my sprints are all between 0.15 and 0.30 miles.  Good to know.  Somewhere in the range of a lap around a track (0.25 miles, of course).

2) I also learned that repeatedly sprinting for a minute, followed by jogging very slowly for 1-2 minutes, leads to a pretty fast mile.  

my first 3.5 miles averaged about 7:05 per mile.  My second 3.5 around the lake was closer to 7:30 minute miles.

It made me start thinking about the idea of running a race that way.  I wonder if anyone has succeeded trying it?  Like running fast for 5 minutes, recovering for 3, etc, with the hope that their average mile pace is pretty fast?

Monday I ran 13 miles before work, 3.5 of which were with the Gentleman.  Four pretty boring laps around the lake. 

I love nothing more than reading your thoughts, so let's talk:  
  • How do I run while vacationing in Yellowstone?  
  • What's the most hilarious search that led to your blog? 
  • Why are you so neato?


  1. Ok, tell me how to find hilarious searches for my blog. I'm apparently Gumpish.

    I think you might be right with the weight lifting = lead legs. I faithfully did 2 days per week of lifting during my last marathon cycle and I swear it made me slower. I would lift on W and then try to do mile repeats on Thursday. Forget it. I'd look down at my Garmin and get pissed. Legs just wouldn't GO!!

    I'm still doing weights now because my hip flexor is TRASHED and my coach said I have to lift to strengthen everything around it. Boo. It's getting better though.

  2. Thank you so much for cracking me up!!! I may have to write a similar post because I've a few hilarious search terms lead to me, too. You are too funny!!

    Great workouts, woman!

  3. Hah I love finding weird search terms - you had some winners!!

    Glad you are back in the swing of blogging :) looking forward to some fun posts!!

  4. Those are some hilarious search terms!

    I too hate baby shower games and agree they should be prohibited. :)

  5. in regards to your last month's Runner's World there was actually an article about a man that ran a marathon in 2:36:xx by taking walk breaks. He'd walk, run, etc. :)

    Have a good evening speedy girlie!! :)

    oh and be careful of those bears!! I've never been to Yellowstone but, I think it would be a great family vacation one day!! :)

  6. lol at the baby shower one. And I find #4 disturbing. And #6 a little bit so. Good job on the running. I think that's a good theory, running wise, but running fast for 5 minutes and then recovering for only 3 may kill me. I'm a wimp tho.

  7. Hate to tell you this, but the two cute blond girls are actually a Nazi pop duo called Prussian Blue. They have Hitler on their shirts, in the pic you posted. :(

    Have you been to Maribel, the thrift store on Lakeshore? A bit
    pricey, but their clothes are cuter than most thrift stores I've been to (and I love thrift stores).

  8. nothing cute about those girls...they are from here, California and they are racist, white supremacist group...look on their shirt. I have seen them on the news...they are nuts.. and their mom even worst....anyway I am sure you did not know...

  9. Oh sorry I just see someone had comment about the girls before me...I cannot see all the comments on my I touch...and I usually dont read everyone's comments...
    now going to look at that search thing on my blog..never looked before

  10. is it sad that the the google searches make my day? No, i think not! Random and mindless entertainment! just think, if you posted about snot, what crazy google searches would you get? hmmm.

    Some of these do scare me though. Poor 12 years olds, their scarred for life!


  11. I'm surprised no one found my blog with the "i'm not chipping in for a baby shower" because that sounds like something my cheap ass would say. Ahhh I hate running in the heat, I would so much rather get up early - it helps that I'm a grandma and can barely keep my eyes open past 10pm anyway.

  12. I'm confused! How did you find the searches that led to your blog? Obviously I am technologically challenged...

  13. the first half was a lot of disgustingness. the second half was AWESOME. glad you're out of your slump!

  14. lol, your blog is hilarious! Can't believe search term #4, that is crazy lol And funny on the porn blogger already popping up.

    In the long run I think strength training is beneficial, but in the short term it might be making your legs a bit heavier I would guess. Maybe as you can closer to a race you can cut down the intensity and time.

    That's great that you do intervals, I've never tried doing interval style sprints during a race before, but that might work. I know some people do the Galloway 9/1 (run for 9 min, walk for 1), and they get good results.

    I'm one of those people who when I'm healthy gets up at 7 AM or so on the weekend to do my long run before it gets too hot, haha I just can't stand running in the heat during the summer if I can avoid it.

    I like to look at the search terms that lead to my blog occasionally, like 95% of the search terms are Bay to Breakers related for some reason. Unfortunately I don't have any funny search terms in my blog stats, haha

    Not sure if people read these comments, but to see your google search terms in my blog go to:
    Design - top right corner
    Traffic sources - more
    Then it should show up at the bottom of the page
    You can view it by day, week, month, or all time

  15. roserunner dead. hahaha. maybe they meant "roserunner read". :)
    For me, I see some weird stuff, but it's nothing compared to the weird search terms I see in my normal, digital marketing, job.

    I'm doing a bachelorette contest to pick the winners. Thought you might want in since you're a fan :).

  16. I've been to Yellowstone and I have to say I wouldn't run there. If you do, get bear bells and for love of god, don't wear head phones. Cell phone reception is not dependable, so don't think you can depend on that.

    It's not just bears. There are also several wolf packs and even the elk can get pissy if you surprise them. I'd stick to the main roads (outside the park) if you can't find a treadmill.

    If you could get someone to run with you, you'd be better off. Especially if you're faster than them. Bears only eat the slow ones.

  17. Never been to Yellowstone, but I'm going to Yosemite next week and was planning to run until I read this. I know the campsite has food lockers for bears so they are a threat, but unsure of how much. I've seen a super cute cub on the road in Kings Canyon National Forest. He stopped traffic, but I don't think anyone minded.

  18. Good Lord, you had a lot to say!

    I'm currently gettin' my black beans on in the form of black bean burgers from scratch.

    Roserunner dead? Well, I suppose that it's still cool someone searched for 'roserunner'? Maybe they were trying to find the collapsed runner.

    That's what's awesome about Google Analytics - it tells you everything! So either that person was trying to mess with SEO and get your result up the chain, or they had really bad short-term memory and just kept clicking your blog. Either way, dumb.

  19. I defi wouldn't run inside Yellowstone. On top of the many animals (they are everywhere!) you would need to think about all the traffic on the roads which is insane this time of year (cars, RV's, motorcycles- all looking out for animals and not runners). And outside of the park?? You might not realize this but the entrances to the park and the lodging within the park depending where you are staying are upwards of 45mins away (roads are slow even if the distance doesn't seem very long)- obviously this depends on if you are staying outside or inside the park. I have no idea if you can run outside, maybe you can run around the town of Yellowstone, MT (west entrance to the park). I don't think any of the Xanterra hotels have gyms, at least I've never seen one. Maybe if you are staying outside the hotels have gyms?

    That being said there are tons of cyclists riding the roads inside the park- although seems easier to escape bears on a bike than on foot- but you are pretty speedy. You maybe could go on a trail run and defi don't go alone. There's one hike that could be done as a trail run because you hike up along what used to be a road- it's a beautiful hike and would be an insane hill workout, could be too gravel-y and steep though. It's up in the Canyon area and the hike is called the Mt. Washburn trail. It's got a 1400ft vertical rise so it's a pretty tiring hike walking but maybe runnable I'm not sure. Flat trails could be crowded during the day so go early if you want to run.

  20. I'm guessing that the number one search on Google is probably something to do with porn. I'll bet every blogger has their blog found by some nasty pervert! One found my blog by searching "lick my feet baby" and also "fat naked girls burping."

    Why not try hiking instead at Yellowstone?

  21. I can't help with Yellowstone, but I love your Google search terms. I'm not that searchable, I guess, because I only come up from time to time. I need to insert some sexier keywords, I think ;)

  22. Sorry, but I'm totally LOLing over "RoseRunner is Dead"...WTF?!?!?!? Well, I'm glad you're still alive and I'll meet you this weekend!

  23. honestly i've been so emo about running. I've added one ONE minute to my mile time. I can blame it on the altitude but Glenn's pace is the same and I haven't "stopped running" for that long that I lost my "speed"!!! AHHHH. Anyways, my search term that got me giggles? "midget asian"


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