Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Well color me surprised, I didn’t intend for the last post to be a mildly stir-the-pot post. I only wanted to give a little encouragement to a small emergent group of male running bloggers in our community!

I listened and interpreted that the post came across to some as:

a) anti-feminist,
b) braggy,
c) validation seeking, and
d) not universally supportive of all women bloggers. 

I don’t support all women bloggers, so you got “d” right.  Some are terrible role models.  The end.  No one should set an example that it is appropriate to eat only a light salad after 26+ miles. 

As for "a", "b", and "c", let’s do some damage control. 

I understand that those are viable angles to interpret a post about “loovvvving that men read my blog, omg, I just love men!”, but I meant only what I said: that I am glad men (albeit few, still very few) are reading, because men are a part of the running community, and because luckily for them, blogs about running that are written by women no longer have to be associated with diets and vanity.   It is still vastly women who read and write running blogs, which is why I took note when a few new readers and e-mailers here were men.  Took note, then wrote an annoying post about it.  My bad, but it is what it is and I yam what I yam.  I yam a blog writer who notices who is reading her blog.

I appreciate every single person who reads and comments, regardless of your chromosomes.  I don’t arbitrarily appreciate a comment by a man more than a comment by woman; I base my enjoyment of comments solely on how attractive the commenter is, obviously.  Not arbitrary at all.  We good?

In the future, I will probably accidentally still call women “girls”, or men “boys”, which isn’t all that worrisome or offensive in the grand scheme of things, it is slang, and we all know who has a penis and who has a vagina (usually we know at least).
   
As for being braggy…I get the vibe sometimes that posting photos of myself comes across as an act of gross self-love.  This really is reading into it too much…I post photos of myself or other random things to support the post that I write.  I spend milliseconds searching and then posting the photo.   I let photos do the talking.  Some interpret that talking as “look at me, I love me!”  Alas, I’m not that lazy.  If I wanted to say that, I would say that.  The pictures are just blog support.  My writing isn’t strong enough to be pictureless.  Also, I love me.  Say it with me everybody! “I LOVE ME”!  Channel your inner Stuart Smalley.

But seriously, I am really pleased that even those of you who I consider my "closer" blog friends are willing to call me out in the comments, so keep it up.  You can only learn how to not be an asshole, by first being told you are acting like an asshole...

Now LETS HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS!

Colorful Girls!


I don't know what to say about girls at the moment, so I'll show you some cool fingernails.  Not all girls care about nails, myself included.  But this stuff is just awesome in a “look what the internet found!” kind of way.

   



















Lots, lots, lots more, here.

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I haven’t done this in a while, so let’s roll out the wheel and take a look at what I’ve been running these past dozen days!

Sunday: half marathon
Monday: 0
Tuesday: 11
Wednesday: 12 miles a.m., 6 miles p.m.
Thursday: 13
Friday: 12
Saturday: 9
Sunday: 20
Monday: 0
Tuesday: 13 a.m., 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 12

Double days are pretty new and unusual for me, but when I have the time after work I enjoy it.  I've kind of been avoiding the track--I hope to get back into it sometime next week.  So all of the above--aside from the awesome 20 miler on Sunday--were mild, easier runs.

I also hope to start waking up a little earlier to bump some of those 11-13 mile pre-work runs into 15-18 miles runs.  Building mileage helps me with endurance, which helps with marathons, or so I think.

Last, thanks to many of you for the tips on discounted running clothes yesterday, my goal is now: 5 running shorts for under $100.  Can it be done!?

46 comments:

  1. Oh you can definitely get five shorts for under $100. Do you have a Marshalls or T.J. Maxx in your area? Name-brand shorts don't go over $15 a pair there! You might have to go without pockets, but still. Nice shorts there.

    Target also has a ton of shorts on sale with cute prints, but I don't know if they're actually comfortable. I do like their tights and tops, which have lasted a few years.

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    1. I need pockets in the shorts....it's a deal breaker. I'm still loving the advice, thank you!

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    2. What are the chances of you wearing a fanny pack? Yes they are dorky -- but think of all the stuff you could stash! Then you can just buy pocketless shorts

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    3. Nordstrom rack has tons of name brand running shorts on sale right now. I'm bummed because I can't buy new shorts right now. But Nike, addidas, Under Armour for less than $20 a pair. I believe some have pockets. Also if you are willing to go fanny pack.... Nathan make a really neat one. It's not super bulky and it's great. I wear one in the summer because in Vegas you have to have water/gatorade money and I have lost money before in the built in short pockets.Yes the fanny pack is dorky but, you get used to it. I would never race with one and I would never wear a heavy fuel belt either.

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  2. I didn't comment on your previous post, so I apologize for leaving my thoughts here. I'm sure it's no surprise that I totally get where you are coming from: the tutus and costumes and pickle salads? Just...DO. NOT.GET.

    I am also with you in not supporting women bloggers simply for the fact the they are women.Amen.

    I don't view your blog as braggy, generally....but I do think you need to be careful with labeling/categorizing women who run as part of a weight control plan. I'd put myself in that category and although I dislike it, it's an unfortunate roadblock that I'm facing in my 30s.

    In spite of that, I consider myself a fairly serious runner (not on your level, but as an age group contender in local races, etc) who wants to get faster. I am all about cheap gear. Now that I no longer work at a running store, this is a real problem for me. :)

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    1. Duly noted, I will be careful! In my myopic little world I sometimes forget to consider other contexts...I was only thinking of the context of "health" blogs written by slim young women who don't need to lose weight, where running is part of their rigid orthorexia life. There are a LOT of these, and they are the blogs that first introduced me to the blog world...

      Ahem. you are on my level, so GET on my level. Your track workout splits look just like mine, when I'm having a good day!

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  3. Keep doing your thing...people need to calm down and loosen their britches. And yes, you can totally get 5 for under 100. Don't know your time frame but everything (mostly) is cheaper online. ;)

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  4. The people who were offended by your post need to relax. You were very clear about your intention. I personally loved all the pictures. They are race photos and you are speedy....of course you will be near boys.

    Extra long fingernails are one of the very few things that make me squirm. I can even deal with spiders just fine!

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  5. Yes, it could be done! Running Warehouse.com Liquidation apparel, enter FB15D under coupon codes and you'll get an extra 15% off the clearance price. I spend waaaaaaaay too much money there. :-) Love me some RW. And check out Kohl's if you have one near you, I saw running shorts there last night for less than $10 each. Yes, I do have a fitness clothing shopping problem, why do you ask?

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  6. I buy a lot of my running shorts from Ross.. They always have Nike shorts, and lately they've had the Nike Pro Compression shorts (which is what I run in) for 8.99 vs 23.99 @ sports authority.

    Maybe I don't think deeply enough, but I read your post just as it was. I don't try to analyze things. You can't analyze a person's blog post. You don't know their tone, nor do you really know the person..
    People should just relax.

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  7. Yawn. People will get offended by anything - I've seen far worse crap posted on blogs and the author doesn't take any flak for it at all.

    I found your post pretty cutting, but also amusing. It didn't strike me as egotistical or woman-hating, and honestly fretting over semantics and your use of 'girls' is just criticising for the sake of it. You have a sense of humour about yourself and others - I like that. You write tongue-in-cheek and have a very dry wit, which I think a lot of people don't necessarily appreciate.

    Killer doubles by the way - 13 in the am and 6 in the pm so close to a 20-mile run? What a day!

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  8. You know what's really cool? How you don't "get offended" by "people getting offended" (although I don't know if I'd necessarily classify the contrary responses to your last post that way). One of the things that has always stood out to me here is that dissenting dialogue can happen in the comments section without you morphing into a defensive angry person. It's refreshing and keeps things real... and it's probably part of why you have the aforementioned wider variety of people in your blog following. Always a blast to read here!

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    1. I agree, no one seemed offended! I thought the dialogue was great. This post isn't a rebuttal or a request for people to "calm down", just continuing the dialogue....

      I love the comments section here too. I'm just lucky to have smart friends like you who keep it that refreshing :)

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  9. That reindeer nail really disturbed me. *Shudder*

    TJ Maxx is amazing when it comes to athletic wear. It's often hit or miss, but I've found things like Craft bike shorts (usually $100+) for under $30 there. I know, they're not running shorts, but it's my best example. Anyway, go there... it'll beat the Running Warehouse discount (RW's shoes are always the cheapest, but IMO they never stock the cheap apparel, so it still tends to be pricey when it's discounted...)

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  10. Sometimes I find deals on Ebay - new nike tempos or saucony shorts. But honestly usually the manufacturer clearance deals are better as long as you can also manage free shipping with a coupon code.

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  11. I'm glad I'm not the type of person who gets worked up so easily....too much stress and negativity!
    About the anti-feminism stuff.....I have had wonderful men in my life, such as my father who encouraged me to become a runner and ran my first 5k with me when I was 11 (29:11). My husband is also equally awesome and supportive, biking next to me on a lot of my long runs and coming to my every race. I think it is no disrespect to women to make it clear you appreciate men readers and runners as well. I enjoy marathons because I'm usually running with a crowd of forty year old men who cheer me on to pass them and get up to the next girl and catch her. They rock!

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  13. Hi! I'm a loyal follower but I rarely comment. I second your thoughts on not supporting all women bloggers. A lot of them are terrible role models, in both the running world and other aspects. However, I am inclined to disagree with the frilly running attire. While I don't run in pink or tutus, I come from a state that has the highest obesity rate. I think sometimes a cute outfit is what will get some people off the couch and starting to run. I've seen so many people get into running (in frilly skirts and tutus) which will lead to major lifestyle changes (i.e. exercising and eating healthy). While I do work on getting faster in my running, some people are just out there to exercise and have fun. So even if they are just out there running at at slow pace, at least they are doing something. I mean no criticism to you previous post. I just see things from a different perspective. However, I do find it extremely aggravating when people walk in front of me in a race. Sorry for the long comment too.

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    1. Agree. I was a volunteer pacer for a beginning marathon program, and for a while I accompanied the run/walk group. Most of these women started from no running and were terrified of long runs. Some would even call me to talk about their anxieties.

      As you know I usually run in booty shorts, but I knew wearing those little shorts with my group would make me look less accessible. So I went to Ross and bought regular running shorts. Dusted off my three-year-old running skirts. And then I found that the people in my group were excited to see what I was wearing, and we would talk about running apparel, which did bring us a bit closer. It also gave them a lot of comfort to know that even though running was hard for them, they could make it more enjoyable by showing off in new clothes.

      Even though I've since returned to my booty shorts, I will never get people's annoyance with running skirts. I think whatever makes people more excited and motivated to run is wonderful!

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    2. I don't have any visceral reaction or anything when I see runners who wear skirts, sparkles, whatever (booty shorts are just running spandex, nobody thinks those are silly!). In general, it's not for me, and I mean no real harm by making fun of people who go for it. Wearing a skirt is the strangest of reasons to ignite a desire to get into running, but bravo 10000% if that's what works!

      Thanks Catherine for opening my eyes to that. Sesa, you keep rocking the booty shorts. I really want that pair you wore to Water to Wine...

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  14. Your blog is one of the few running blogs I can tolerate. It's funny, sarcastic, honest, and not overtly religious. And while you deserve to brag about your super fast times, you never seem to. Posting results is not the same as boasting about them. Keep up the good work. Thanks for making cube life a bit more bearable for me.

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  15. Also, thank you for not being a foodie. The proliferation of foodie/runner blogs is a problem I'm hoping Obama will address in his 2nd term.

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    1. I'm heading to D.C. to start lobbying, this is a serious matter. So is the fact that you are stuck in a cube. I hope you are reading from Google Reader so your office mates don't wonder why you have rose wallpaper all over your computer...

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    2. Glad I'm in a country where Obama has no control over me ;-)

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  16. Seriously though, where's the pickle salad recipe? I'm waiting...

    Oh, haha! I just went back and read the comments from the last post and see that you did give me a little bit of insight into the salad ;)

    I love reading the comments on posts like that. Because I know that you aren't intentionally trying to conjure up those type of comments, that you're just speaking your mind and it's kind of great when it stirs the pot a bit. Keep it up!

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  17. Awesome booty shorts cheap at Target. You need some. Safety pin a little ziploc baggie inside to accommodate your need for pockets.

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  18. With one of the discount codes listed in the previous post, you can get your beloved Oiselle shorts on Running Warehouse for $27.16. Still over budget but at least you'll have pockets!

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  19. I'm glad you cleared the air, because your last post definitely turned me off a bit. I will say one of the things I like about your blog, which many female bloggers lack, is your ability to take criticism in stride without getting defensive. Notice that even some of the people who commented on your post basically said 'fuck the haters, people are too sensitive these days'. I can't deal with that kind of attitude. If you're getting backlash from your readers then it's time to reevaluate your writing/intentions. I actually think that's one of the major differences between male and female bloggers..It seems like a lot of female bloggers are only looking for validation and positive comments, while men are more immune to the impact of "negative" or dissenting comments.

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    1. I take offense at the fact that you think I am more likely to be offended.

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  20. I wonder if one of the reasons you can handle criticism is because you're a lawyer; you're paid to find the loopholes, to formulate rebuttles, to disagree with things and to be disagreed with not on a personal level.. I like it. I like that you can take something and say "I see your point - I disagree, but thank you for letting me know" instead of saying "go home to your cheetos and your 10 cats you jealous fat loser."

    How boring would life be if we all agreed? Thanks for hosting a safe place on the internet where we can voice our opinions, be sarcastic, be called out, and call each other out.

    And good luck with the shorts.

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  21. I just bought 3 pairs of under armour running shorts (I prefer them to the tempos) at their outlet or $57..check their online outlet :)

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  22. I fucking love you! that is all:)

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  23. Just wanted to say that I very much enjoy reading your blog. And much respect to all runners out there male or female! Keep on rockin' homegirl.

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  24. I'm hosting a health food giveaway - would love for you to enter!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/2012/08/cheribundi-tart-cherry-juice-review.html

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  25. It's interesting the food chain (no pun intended!) that exists in the world of runners. Many serious (but not professional) runners have some judgements (however warranted) to pass on those runners who run for weight loss, run in sparkles, run for cutesy girl fitness etc while we as serious runners catch the flack from the elites...as one pro once said (I think it was Grete Waitz?) all of these non-elite/pro runners "cheapen the marathon". Cheapen the marathon. Pretty harsh.

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  26. Wow, i didn't interpret your boy post as anything. Either people are really critical or I am really dense. Or both.

    Killer week -- great work on the doubles! I'm still just trying to get the morning stuff down. :|

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  27. I LOVE your last post...to me running with guys>running with girls. I don't know if it's because i'm a brat and I would rather JUST RUN and feel a lot of pain, than talk about my day/life/drama OR if it's because I haven't tried running with the right girls :)
    great week of running!!! and good luck with the shorts-quest, I hope you find some killer sales!
    xoxo!

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  28. So, I wasn't necessarily the biggest fan in the world for your last post, but hey - what makes the world go round and all that, right? But I appreciate this response. I prefer to read an interesting dialogue where all opinions are welcome rather than a one-sided debate where the only comments are positive. And I'm glad you are aware that that's what keeps us coming back!

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  29. I'm new, and I think I'm in love.

    You are a breath of fresh air in the HLB/Running Blog world. I look forward to following your miles!

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