Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Twitter Epiphanies, Treadmill PR, and A Wondrous Giveaway Of Something You Actually Want

One week check-in after using Twitter.

So far I 76% hate it.  It is a massive time waster and feels much more commercial and urgent than Facebook.  I'm on team Facebook.  Nevertheless, Twitter has made me realize the following things:
  • I am the kind of person who thinks I have a good sense of humor because I laugh at funny things, but it turns out, I am not witty in 140 characters or less.  In other words, I am good at reading tweets.  I am not good at writing them.
  • Hashtags, as I always suspected, are nothings.  They are nothings! They are just back-end titles for a sentence.  
  • Nobody works? I know Facebook already taught me this lesson.  But I cannot wrap my mind around HOW people are able to document their random thoughts throughout the day.  A day documenting my "random thoughts" would look like this:
    • 10:18 a.m.: shit, I really gotta finish this motion draft by 1:00.
    • 12:30 p.m.: ugh.  A nastygram from opposing counsel.  Must resist urge to write irrational bitchy response. 
    • 2:30 p.m.: Sweet release, check the internet while I pee.
    • 4:00 p.m.: fuuuuuck, it's already four!?  
    • 4:45 p.m.: If I were to write something funny on twitter right now, maybe I would say--oh hi, yes, let's talk about that opposition brief.
    • 6:30 p.m.: I'm hungry.  My work now has diminishing returns.
    • 7:30 p.m.: somehow this popcorn is making me hungrier?  I have to go.  I swear I'll come in early tomorrow to finish this up.
    • Next morning: running is way better than getting to work early.  run run run run run. 
  • So I've clearly got to work on being more interesting during the day.  Insert some observational humor about how big a MORON that Starbucks barrista was for writing my name on the cup as Katelyn instead of Caitlin.  what an idiot, amiright? 
  • Why are Instagram posts on Twitter? Why are twitter posts on Facebook? Why so much overlap? Do you see the duplication here folks? In the world where I am in charge, it would only be blogs. More than 140 characters is nice.  We can get to know each other this way.
  • Taylor Swift loses her virginity on video like, twice a day.  #twitterspam. 
Running

I GOT A TREADMILL PR Y'ALL!!!

This was exciting for me! I've been rocking my 9.39 miles in one hour "record" since Feb 2012, and honestly that sounded insanely fast and I didn't think I would ever beat it.

This beautiful morn, I ran 9.50 perfect little miles on the treadmill in one hour.  1.0 incline of courrrrse. Average 6:18 pace?

The huge caveat, of course, is that I cannot run on a treadmill for an hour without stopping to mop up my sweaty face and chug some water, but I can still measure my progress against my old "record" because I also had to step off the belt for a few seconds for my old "record".  

I would guesstimate that I stepped off the belt for 10-20 seconds four times?  So we can consider this 4 tempo repeats with a 15 second recovery. 

The run was a reverse progression run--I started at 9.8 mph (6:07 pace) and worked down 0.1 mph every 10-ish minutes, finishing at 9.2 mph.  It was hard, but manageable.  I could feel one of my hamstrings getting tired near the end, but that's my only bad memory from the run. 

(I honestly don't know how anyone could run for one hour on a treadmill without stopping.  Even if I'm running slow on a treadmill I have to step off for a few seconds after 30-40 minutes due to thirst.  I guess I could buy a sip-top water bottle...)



hahahahahahahahaha to infinity.....

I took this photo because I wanted to talk about my new shoes and bright pink shorts.  I will do that in a later post.  As for now, I just have to point out that this makes my legs look about 3000% longer and leaner than they actually are.  And in turn, I have just discovered why so many internet nerds post these disgusting pictures of their legs taken from this vantage point.  Seriously, these pics gross me out.  This picture of MY legs grosses me out.  Especially because it is a massive misrepresentation.  My legs do NOT look like this.

Anyway. Me and the treadmill have buddied up for a few other tough runs.

We also met last Saturday morning.  I would never choose to run on the TM on a Saturday.  Saturdays are my "run long and forever up and over the hills and wherever I want to explore" day.

Last Saturday, I needed to work, and I needed to get to work early-ish, and I NEED to catch up on sleep on weekends.  I also didn't want to give up my Saturday long run.  So I had to figure out a way to get in my desired long run, while waking up at 7:00.

Solution: treadmilllll.  20 miles in the open wild takes me 3 hours, not including time chilling at the water fountain chewing on whatever sugar I brought with me.  20 miles on the treadmill takes me less than 2.5 hours.

So 20 miles in 2:23 it was, bouncing around between 8.0 and 8.8 paces, plenty of drink breaks, so we can call it 19.7 miles.

As for the other details of my running routine....I haven't gone for a swim in at least two weeks.  As soon as it got really hot out, I FEARED THE PEOPLE that would start to emerge at the gym pool to get their tan on.  So I've been avoiding it....which is weird...since I always hated swimming in the 30 degree air.  But I simply haven't wanted to swim.

I have been rolling my butt on a tennis ball, still need to order a medicine ball since the tennis ball has some give (thanks for the tips) but I do think it's helping my leg lock a little! I mean CUMMON.  There's no fucking way I could run 9.5 miles in one hour on a treadmill with a serious injury.  I seem to be doing okay? Can never tell if I'm feeling whole or just getting better at managing pain....

And in blog moderating stuff, I just want to say sorry that I haven't replied to any comments in a while. I never intend to do that, but sometimes 3 days goes by and I just don't make it up in here, and then it seems too late.  If I've ever accidentally skipped a question or solid advice, please repeat it and I will try to give it the time it deserves.

GIVEAWAY

Shit just got real for you!

I'm so excited to tell you.  That you're gonna get some PRO-COMPRESSION! ####what!?

No you're not.  You're getting....

CLICK PROTEIN DUST AND A CLICK PLASTIC CUP!!!!  ####nothanksss

nah.  You're getting THE CHANCE TO WIN A BOOK SIGNED BY ME!! I didn't write the book though.  Just signed it.

Signed by this cool slurpee friend
Okay really, this silly lead up is to remind you that many giveaways belong hidden in a mud hut, but this is the best kind, the kind I want, the kind I want to GIVE you, cause it's FREE RACE REGISTRATION BITCHES!

THREE. OPPORTUNITIES.  TO WIN RACE. REGISTRATIONS.

to ANY SEE JANE RUN RACE.

Here's the schedule of races that you can choose from if you win:




Each race offers a half marathon and a 5k.  See here for more info about the race and the goodies that come with it.

**See Jane Run races are "women's" races, but men can sign up and run, and can win this giveaway.  Both years I've run the half, I've seen a male racer up near the front with me.  Your time will be counted but the finisher prizes are for women only.**

The half registration is $85, so be a stud and win! And then run the half!

If you want to enter, mention SJR in the comments; if you aren't interested, comment and DON'T mention SJR obvi, stupid.

Would love to see some of you in Alameda in June!  Since the races are approaching soon, I will try to shut this giveaway down and announce the 3 winners next Monday evening/Tuesday morn.  Good luck!

79 comments:

  1. I never usually enter giveaways, but I can't pass up an opportunity for a free race entry. (I'm stubborn, not dumb.)

    See Jane Run!

    p.s. it took me like 2 years to actually like twitter. I think it helped when I deleted half of the people I was following... and added some fun friends who actually respond to my tweets.

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    1. NOBODY responds to my tweets. You've done a good job though :) I feel like I'm talking to an echo chamber on twitter.

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  2. Ooh! I was considering signing up for the See Jane Run half in Alameda! It would be exciting to do the race (and have you kick my butt).

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  3. I don't usually (...or ever...) comment on running blogs, but as a grad student trying not to go broke in the Bay Area, I can't pass up the chance at a free race entry! The See Jane Run half in Alameda even happens before I get shipped off to Central Asia to do research for my dissertation and lose what little fitness I have to beer and sheep kebabs.

    Anyway, since this is my first time commenting on a blog, I guess I should do something besides beg for freebies. For what it's worth--and I realize given the context this might come off as groveling, but it's true--this is one of my favorite blogs. This is partially because reading about how someone who's a heck of a lot faster than me trains pushes me to do more, partially because I have a soft spot for snark, mostly because I was thrilled to see that I'm not alone in thinking that the Bay Area is great but San Francisco kind of sucks as a city. Keep it up! - Kara

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    1. I want you to win! I love compliments!!! And brainiacs.

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  4. I hate twitter. I despise hashtags. I resent the way hashtags have wormed their way onto Facebook in the form of supposedly humorous add-ons to your status update.

    Moving on. Can I be annoying for a sec and comment on your training? Because it seems to me that running a 20(ish) miler in 2:20(ish) is a race pace run for you, I.e. Something that is going to require a good bit of recovery. Don't leave your race on the treadmill yo.

    ok sorry....

    Would love to enter the giveaway, but I don't live near any of those places!

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    1. Not annoying! Good point, gave me something to think about. Probably a tad too fast for me, but I wanted it to be a hard workout. 7:15 pace (for a 2:24 20 miles) isn't near any of my race paces right now....I'm working towards 6:25ish for the half, and 6:50-7:00 for the full. However, 7:15 IS my full pace when I have a shitty day...which is my last marathon...

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  5. Oh my stars. Actually, my parents just asked if I wanted to fly over and see my brother in Seattle this summer and the July 14th is two days after my birthday. Boy that would work out well. I would love to win a free entry to SJR to Seattle.

    Anyways 9.5 on the treadmill in an hour is nuts. I do agree, I always have to stop around 45 minutes and go to the bathroom. I have come to just program it as 2X45 minute sessions if I go run there. Thank goodness the weather has been nice enough to run outdoors as of late though.

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  6. I'm not on Twitter because hashtags give me hives. Seriously, they are moronic. It always chafes me when someone doing a small presentation feels the Captain Obvious need to summarize their 15 minute presentation (really, a good presentation should not be so scattered that it needs summary: make your point the first time around). Now we have the same people writing summaries of their SENTENCES. I could not be more annoyed.

    Your TM run is flipping crazy. Now go put some Pro Compression on those long, lean legs ;)

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  7. That angle always makes my legs look fatter, I must be doing it wrong. TUTORIAL PLZ??

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  8. Oh treadmills...I know they have value and I'm sure I'm going to have to do long runs on them this summer if I want to do the St. George Marathon, but...ugh. The only thing that makes them tolerable is the bank of TVs set up in front of them at my gym.

    Also I'm impressed that you can run that fast on them. I can only get up to 7.4 mph before I feel like my ankles are going to roll out and I am going to trip and fall and land on my chin and break my face open. Treadmills scare me.

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  9. The leg shot never makes my legs look longer and leaner. Instead they look shorter and manlier. Or maybe that's just the true representation of what they really look like and my mind has just distorted them into something different.

    Twitter has its pluses and minuses. I've actually met some really cool people from it, but there are a lot of annoying posts and way too many pictures of people's disgusting meals. Oh, and of course the way overused selfies.

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  10. Even though I live on the East coast, winning an entry to See Jane Run half would totally justify buying a cross country plane flight and hotel room! That's how logical financial decisions work, right?

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    1. Yes! It's like when you wouldn't buy a product full price, but if it's 25% off you buy 3. Logic

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  11. I would love to win an entry to SJR. Yes please! Kara

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  12. Running that half in Alameda the week before the San Francisco Marathon would be brilliant, right? I want to wiiiiin!

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  13. I would LOVE to win registration to a See Jane Run race. I've heard of them before but never participated. I'd hit up the one in Wichita, KS!

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  14. I would love to win an entry to a SJR race. I'd probably go to Boise or Wichita.

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  15. I wanna! I wanna! SJR!!!!!

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  16. I did the Alameda SJR a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I'd love to do it again for free:)

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  17. a lacrosse ball is also a great substitute for a tennis ball for butt rolling

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  18. Aw booo. I think you should give twitter a little more time. It's my favorite social media. It's instagram that I struggle with. But yeah hashtags are dumb.

    I totally tweet during the day at work. Maybe that means it's time to work harder :)

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    1. You just love twitter CAUSE YOU ARE VERY GOOD AT IT

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  19. I can't run any of those races, so I'm not trying to enter!

    I really think you should get a sip bottle. I'm sort of (creepily?) interested to see what you could do if you WEREN'T stopping. Or, maybe, if you stopped only twice instead of four times? Also, do you eat while on the treadmill running at that pace? Since it's only about an hour, maybe you don't need fuel. But I'm kind of curious about what kind of things would be easy to eat at that pace. I feel like I would be just throwing things at my mouth if I was moving that fast, just hoping that something would land on my tongue.

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    1. no eating, I don't know how that would work...for the 20 miler, I did eat, but that was at a 7:00-7:15 pace, just threw some stinger chews in and sucked away. I know the real fast kids can only drink fluids with carbs in them without getting cramps because of how fast they are running and breathing.

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  20. Is it pathetic that I immediately took a photo of my legs at the angle? fwiw, my thighs still look thunderous, but my feet look dainty for the first time since I was 5 :)

    I am not interested in winning this since it would involve a plane ticket for me, but it is refreshing to see something this awesome offered in a give-a-way.

    Oh, and I refuse to even try twitter. facebook has already killed too many of my remaining brain cells.

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  21. Oh! Pick me! Pick me! I would love to run a See Jane Run race. I've never run a women's only race.

    On the twitter front, I've been on for about a year. I follow news stuff. I don't tweet. I'm not clever in 140 characters or 140,000 characters. I also don't think anyone wants to know how boring my days are for realz.

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    1. Any good news feeds on twitter you recommend?

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  22. How were you able to take a photo of your legs from this angle? I've always been curious about this pose because it is super flattering but, it also seems super vain. Cute shorts btw.

    I wish I could enter the See Jane give a way. But, I'm not ready to race a half just yet.

    Twitter... I have no desire for this at all. I waste enought time on Facebook, blogs, and GOMI.

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    1. I always thought everyone who posts those photos had super fine legs. That's why this cracked me up! It totally stretched my legs out. I just pointed my phone camera down at my shoes.

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  23. I work in Alameda, so won't pay to run the SJR race as I run this route for many of my daily runs. But, I set my half PR on this course last year after getting a free entry - hoping lightening strikes twice!

    Also, nice job on the treadmill PR!

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    1. You're local! Nice. It's a pretty good PR course, except for the weather risk (June) and the lack of crowds. I think I saw one guy with his dog last year spectating ;)

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  24. I'm already running the See Jane Run half in Alameda-it's my destination run for the year. We just booked our hotel (and wine tour, of course), and I'm so excited! I live near Seattle, so it'd be fun to try the July race and compare my experiences =)

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    1. Fun!! Are you touring Napa or Sonoma? Have an amazing trip in the Bay Area. It's dreamy out here.

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  25. In summation:
    I hate Twitter! I'm on Twitter.
    I hate leg-shots! Here's my leg-shot.
    Giveaways are lame! Here's my giveaway.

    I kid, I kid! I'm just bitter because the flight ticket to any of those race destinations probably wipes out any potential free 5k entry. Also - dear woman, how on earth do you run that quickly on a treadmill? I can run a 10mph for 60 seconds at a time, but I need about 4 days to recover in between each interval.

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  26. I would love to win an entry to SJR! I am Canadian though... can I still enter? Live in Vancouver so the Seattle race is very close!

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  27. I'd love to win an entry and do the Seattle race!

    I've been on twitter for about six months and only have three tweets. My primary reason for creating an account was to follow people who actually do have interesting things to say.

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  28. Those aren't leg pictures, those are crotch pictures.

    The last time I won a free race entry I came down with the flu the night before.

    68% of things I read on twitter make me want to respond "who the fuck cares?" But I don't, because these are theoretically my friends. And while I care about them as people, I really don't give a shit that they are totally eating pizza right now. But then I have people like my friend Alex, who consistently posts hilarious puns. I should probably just unfollow all the people who are adamant that they're hilarious, but aren't.

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  29. Love that snazzy hoodie in the last pic! I miss your face. Hope to see you this weekend sometime!

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  30. p.s. do you look like this when you're on the treadmill? :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLfUgXcvq4g

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    1. ahaha, that man is cool. And to answer your questions, obviously yes.

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  31. Pick me! I live in Seattle and can't justify paying $85 to run a route I run weekly, but I would love to do this race!!

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  32. I'd definitely come out for the Alameda SJR race. I ran it in 2010 and 2011, so it would be cool to make it back out there. Do they still make the orange shorts btw?

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    1. Yep, they're not "See Jane Run" brand, they're Oiselle. Distance short. I love them.

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  33. Holy crap I just snort laughed. I don't want to win anything, but I did want to say that your #giveaway is so #awesomesauce (mostly because you mockingly referred to *nudge nudge*).

    Also, I think hashtags are like the yoda-speak for the interwebz people.

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    1. Mock? me!? never. I would LOVE a plastic cup that says CLICK PROTEIN on it.

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  34. I would be pumped to do SJR in Alameda! Its the week before the SF half...that would make me a lot happier about how much SF costs...

    Also, if I tweeted (is that the correct tense?) my day would look a lot like yours except with more swearing.

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  35. SJR, yes please! I'm newish to running so I wouldn't be running the half, but I'd love to do the 5K or 10K. Also, my legs do not look long and lean in pictures like that, they represent their true stubby thick awesomeness from any angle :).

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    1. Ha! I'm so new to running I can't read. Since there's not a 10K I'd deinitely be doing the 5K lol.

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    2. Hey runner! Running definitely helps with reading skillz ;)

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  36. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?!?! I'm planning on running the See Jane Run in Wichita! Awesome giveaway! SJR, please! I freaking love that we are having one in my lil' ol' hometown!

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    1. Isn't that awesome?! Wichita sounds like a cute city. I want to run the Wichita SJR race!

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  37. Ah! I want to use SJR as a potential half PR attempt in Seattle this summer, so yes...definitely would love to enter.

    Also, I love your blog. Keep doing what you're doing—good stuff!

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    1. Thanks Birdie! Hope you get that PR this summer

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  38. OK, you suckered me into entering a contest for a giveaway. I've been pondering summer half-marathons, but SJR (see me use the key contest entry acronym there!) completely fell off my radar.
    However, if you're signing books, I'll totally take one of those, too! Well, unless it's a book of motions -- though I'm enough of a nerd that I've actually read motions for my previous career while walking down the street.

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    1. Perfect, I'll send you the motion to compel I'm working on after I sign it.

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  39. So glad that I'm not the only one who hates Twitter. My husband is obsessed. Although I do admit that creative hashtags crack me up.

    Not entering the giveaway since I live on the East Coast (though I will be in Seattle one week before the SJR Seattle race. Doh!), but I did want to say that yes, race registration are THE BEST giveaways. The. Best.

    Also, love your blog. That is all.

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  40. I'm ambivalent about twitter. It was amazing during the Boston drama and is good for stalking/following amazing local runners who don't blog. But apart from that? Not sure.

    I would like to win the See Jane Run race. I'm quite violently anti women-only races but if men can run too, then that's okay!!! Just the 5k though...it's San Francisco the following weekend, isn't it! Yippeeee...oooh, unless I could persuade the Husband to go to Seattle!!

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  41. Yea, seems like if you have facebook, twitter seems pretty useless to me. And seems like all it's filled with is people trying to one up themselves with snark tweets. And it also seems really easy to get in trouble on twitter, since all posts are public, so I wouldn't want to reveal anything crazy - people sending racist tweets to professional athletes seems to be the main thing I hear about. Seeing instagram posts on facebook with all the hashtags really annoys me too. Just post photos to your friends and be done with it. Also twitter posts within facebook like you mentioned is idiotic. Maybe I'm getting too old for this shit - but just facebook alone is enough for me.

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    1. whoooaaaaa, racist tweets to pro athletes is the MAIN thing you hear about? Twitter just lost 10 points. The public thing is for sure a concern...I won't be using my real name up in there

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  42. No need to spend $$ on a medicine ball...go to a pet store and buy a doggie tennis ball. Highly recommended by one of the best sports docs in the U.S. and they are cheap, too :)

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    1. I am SO ON this! Great idea! Plus, a perfect excuse to go in a pet store and remind my husband I need a puppy stat

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  43. I'd take a free race entry any day! I really wanted to sign up for SJR in Alameda but the $$ stopped me so I'd love a free entry. I love the store, I think I've bought my running shoes there for the past 3 years...

    Since I'm commenting, I might as well add that I think hashtags are dumb and I don't get them. I also envy your ability to run 20 miles on a treadmill, it would come in handy for the times I travel for work

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    1. It's a great store! I just got the brooks pureflow 2 there. they are yummy.

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  44. First of all, congrats on your new TM record! I am deathly afraid of that thing (what kind of runner has a treadmill phobia??) so I'm even more impressed by that accomplishment. I would love to run one of the SJR halfs...especially for free! Probably the one in Wichita...perfect timing before Marine Corps.

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  45. Not going to pass up a race entry opportunity. I ran SJR half in Seattle two years and I had an awful race. If I could redeem myself for free, I'm in.

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  46. Ahh I had to scratch my June 1 half due to injury so I was hoping to reschedule for September and Wichita would be perfect! I'd love to get that free entry!

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  47. Awesome giveaway! Don't know if it's too late but would love a crack at a free entry to SJR Alameda. Been running on the course lately and would love to race it if given the chance. Thanks!

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    1. Not too late! I'm gonna go shake the pot and pull up some #s now.

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