Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Chin Hoits.

There were a number of occasions this week where I couldn't bring myself to write a post.  I took a 2.5 day break from the computer (except for work, which is pretty much strictly Westlaw and Outlook and Word).
At home, reading.  In 1943.

It was nice.  Life is much simpler when you only have your real self to worry about, instead of your social media self.  Facebook has definitely waned away the past year, I never touched twitter, so now my only real internet concern is this here sucker.

I've debated axing the blog, because it really is much simpler to have one less reason to sit in front of a computer.  But I know that the accountability and the desire to share good news will keep me on here at least through the December California International Marathon.

(I have not signed up yet, but I have a guaranteed slot through October 15 as do any women runners who ran a sub 3:45 in the past year.  So I'm dragging my feet, but absolutely plan to enter).

In other running news, I was slowly trotting to the gym Friday morning around 6:00 a.m. (I live 1/2 a mile from the gym) when I experienced my once-to-twice annual running fall.

I'll spell that out for you: once or twice a year, I fall while running.  Sometimes there's a tree root or crack in the sidewalk to blame, but more often than not my lazy foot just didn't lift high enough.

A classic roserunner fall involves sore and scraped palms and knees, and occasionally elbows.

This time I fell on my palms and my chin.

Long story short, I have had a minor headache since Friday morning and chewing kind of hurts.  I called a nurse to rule out a concussion or a Natasha Richardson-style fatal head injury.  I think I'm in the clear unless the headache gets worse, but I think my brain is bruised.  If that is a real thing.

I now have a band-aid beard, which is, surprisingly, not cute.

No Saturday long run because of my wimpy brain :(  Instead, the week looked like this:

Sunday: 18 miles
Monday: none
Tuesday: 14.7 miles
Wednesday: 13.8 miles
Thursday: 19.2 miles
Friday: fall on chin like a chump


Since I have been AWOL for the week, and it will likely happen again, I thought I'd share some Non-Running Blogs that I really enjoy.  Because sometimes, reading about other people's runs is really, really not interesting.

*****ALL pictures are swiped from the blog mentioned.  Duh.

1) Cupcakes and Cashmere

This blog is simply eye candy.  It is low on words, and when she does write, the words are carefully chosen and even seem graceful.

More importantly, she is a fashion genius (so I understand. Fashion is not really my forte but I think her model-ish pictures speak for themselves); she is a rad photographer; an exceptional interior designer; and she bakes.  really well.

Hi, I'm perfect

I love pastels.  Her blog has a "beauty" aspect to it as well

I want a home where this kind of decorating is appropriate

homemade poptarts.

2) Eden Eats Everything

She's sassy, gorgeous, crass, and she hates almost every blog that exists and devotes 73% of her blog complaining or bagging on someone.  And I just can't look away.  She's unique.

And I met her in 2006 when I lived in Los Angeles. 

And she hates exercise.  I think that means she hates runners.  She hates everything! Except cooking, and inventing pretty interesting recipes.  And her Jewish heritage, which on occasion may be blamed for her quirks.

Above all, she puts a lot of time and effort into her amusing and entertaining posts, which is pretty remarkable given the tough year she has had with her only parent falling ill.

3) Midwestern Masticatory Musings

The author of this blog is a young doctor who takes a lengthy vacation once or twice a year at a destination with serious eating options.  By serious, I mean seriously fancy, expensive, or just delicious and highly rated.

fancy stuff

He journals detailed accounts of his meals, down to the hostess, the decor, and whether he was sitting near obnoxious people or not.  At times he will dine alone, which leads to extra careful observations of his surroundings and the food -- and to good conversations with his server or the chef.

I trust his opinion, because when he visited the bay area, his meal at Chez Panisse was a disappointment.  I felt the same way at the uber-hyped Berkeley Restaurant. 

And he has a runners appetite.  Most his days touring the best restaurants start with an early run.

4) Matt, Liz and Madeline

This blog has simply taken on a life of it's own.  It evolved from a true story too tragic for me to really delve into here, but suffice it to say that the author, Matt, is a recent widow raising a 3 year old adorable girl.  His wife Liz died shortly after giving birth. You may have heard of him, as he has been on Oprah and People magazine -- and recently released his own book.

Matt with Liz, pregnant and glowy.

Madeline, who has won over the hearts of the world

I went to Law school with the sister of Liz.  She is an awesome friend and awesome Auntie.

5) High Boom

This is my source for keeping up with the cool kids.

It is authored by a friend who will always be 37 tiers hipper than me.  He posts daily the coolest new music, fashion, and art...mixed in with the latest adorable picture of an animal or most recent hilarious newscaster flub (a side of the blog which may or may not be accredited to his animal loving girlfriend).

Is ANYTHING better than inter-species friendships??
Confusing piece of art

In short, he scouts the best of the internet and posts it in a simple and easy to enjoy venue.  I appreciate that.

Do you fall while running on a predictable basis?  

Share any awesome non-running blogs, please.


  1. i am impressed that i have not had a running fall yet, but i'm sure it will happen.

    i love cupcakes and cashmere, but i will have to check out the other ones.

    also i'm going to law school at michigan! i did my undergrad and grad work here as well. it seems like there are a lot of runners in the incoming class, so i'm def. planning on my first marathon during the 1L year.

  2. oh eden, she's a character and I love her sassy and witty remarks. Reminds me of, YOU! ha.
    my blog has been down for a week and you know what...its been nice. Transitioning to self hosted this week should be a nice kick in arse though, or rather a fall on my chin??? Yes I've been there. Fallen on my chin, my ass, my shoulder, you name it.

    Enjoy another break!

  3. For some reason the phrase "beard band-aid" makes me laugh and sounds vaguely dirty...forgive me. I realize that's what is on your face right now.
    I have never read Eden's blog before--and I just devoured a few posts. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for the new blogs to check out!!

    Hope your chin (and head) are ok... Gah I know exactly what you mean about the annual fall.

  5. I've been thinking of deleting too, lately. I took the last week or so to be internet free, and I loved it. Aren't you afraid you'll miss it when its gone though?

  6. Just checked out Eden's blog for the first time. Hilarious! :)

    One of my favorite non-running blogs is: Very funny!

  7. Once, when I ran around Lake Merritt I slipped on a crack in the sidewalk. (The path was really busted back then, wonder if it still is now.) Ended up bruising my knees and tearing one of my favorite tights. Not as bad as the time I accidentally dropped my phone and cracked it at the lake. That never healed :(

    Hope you feel better soon!

  8. This is great girl! :)

    Sorry to hear about your chin! Don't forget the neosporin!(it' help the healing) I've taken two pretty good falls during runs. I have a scar on my left knee and a scar on my right shin! :(

    I don't have any non-running blog suggestions! Sorry! :) But, I like yours so, I'll check those out!

  9. Confusing only because you can't tell if the art materials involved Velveeta or Cheese Whiz...

  10. My favorite non-running-related blog:

    I don't even own that much makeup, but I think AM does a great job of showing how you can experiment and have fun with cosmetics without looking like a sideshow. Doesn't hurt that she is insanely beautiful.

  11. Bummer about your fall, hope you feel better soon!

    I've noticed that facebook traffic is starting to go down, my friends don't post on there as often as they used to. And I don't check it as often as I used to. Not sure what site will come and take it's place, but every site has a shelflife, and you never know when that shelflife will expire (Friendster, myspace, etc).

    Your blog links were interesting to read about - my favorite "Hi, I'm perfect" lol For some reason I thought I recognized her, turns out she worked for Teen Vogue and was on The Hills season 1 in reading her FAQs, haha

  12. Falls suck! So sorry! I'm massively clumsy and can really fall anytime. I love this blog, and now you got me totally addicted to Eden Eats Everything. Her recipes look amazing! I go through some periods where I just want to read books too - usually the internet sucks me right back in though. Sorry you couldn't run Sat! :(

  13. Hiya RR, it's been awhile for me too-sometimes you just need a break from the virtual world or merely a virtual change of scenery. Blogging is some serous work yo and no one tells you that in the beginning. I find I check Facebook once or twice a week... It's just so dull. I find blogs way better as they are more personal and people seem to be less afraid of sharing things. Can't see
    To get into twitter. Tried multiple times epic fail.

    Love your 1943 shot, instagram? Hipsta?

    Thanks for sharing your blog roll always find it interesting what other ppl read. I visit C&C occasionally but her styles to classic for my taste. Im curious about the others so I'll check them out. If you ever need some style/fashionblog recommendations I can hook a sister up.

    Run on my friend.


  14. Yes and crappy about your fall. Glad u are ok.

  15. I hope your chin/concussion is better!!

    I used to absolutely hate Cupcakes and Cashmere when I first was introduced to it. Then I came back to it like a year later, and now it's one of the first blogs I read. She still kind of irks me, but I guess I get transfixed by the pretty pictures and clothes or something.

  16. first of all you falling on your chin reminds me of american history x....shudder...anyways thanks for the blog recommendations. I'm heading over to eden's blog and then gonna cry at the widowers blog...THANKS!

  17. (PS I know, I felt like such an "east-coaster", being all nervous about that damn thing yesterday. My patient's husband was like, "oh this is nothing, good thing you don't live on the west coast...")


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