1) Runners World published a special report titled “Running While Female,” which sheds light on the frequency and type of harassment that women experience while running and includes a survey comparing both mens’ and womens’ experiences with mid-run harassment. Not surprisingly, the results couldn’t be further apart: 43% of women have been harassed mid-run compared to just 4% of men. Social media comments on Runners World’s Facebook account as well as those of Fitness Magazine and New York Daily News indicate that some men have had their eyes truly opened by this report while others continue to blame those being harassed for their own harassment or assault. Continue reading “Running and Reading: October 31 – November 6, 2016”
I got cabin fever…and the only prescription is getting the eff out of the house!
2016 has gotten off to a pretty dull start for me. With the exception of running the Dopey Challenge the first weekend of the year, I spent the rest of January indoors coping with a two-week long bout with the flu (which hurt far worse than any marathon I have ever run) and then Washington, DC got hit with a massive snowstorm that buried us under 2+ feet of snow. Both of these events lined up in sequence, which meant that I literally only left my house twice in eight days: once to go get my flu diagnosis and a strict order to sleep from the doctor (I wasn’t even allowed to crochet) and the other time to stock up on storm supplies. Hauling a case of water up to your apartment when you are sick and achy is a real bitch, by the way.
Honestly, though, I was sort of okay with my mini-house arrest. The past few months have taken a lot of energy from me in dealing with personal and work life and not having my usual outlet of exercise to relieve stress. I sort of took the double whammy of the flu and blizzard as God’s way of forcing me to slow down.
Fast forward three weeks to President’s Day weekend when I am not sick anymore; however, right now, we are all forced to stay indoors as the air outside is literally colder than my freezer and the winds are nearing 50+ mph gusts. I don’t even want to leave my apartment to get groceries, which is more of my personal affront to dealing with the annoyance of polar winds in your face than the cold itself. I will never understand God’s creation of wind.
Another three days indoors. Suffice it to say that I have some very serious cabin fever. I needed to try something new. Continue reading “Trying Out Orange Theory Fitness”
Recently, some of my favorite running bloggers have been posting rather honest pieces about the struggles they’ve had with their fitness and physical appearance as of late. I hear my own struggles through their words. I’m not going to divulge in specifics about what I’ve been going through like they have, partially because I’m trying to figure out how I let it happen in the first place, which includes a shock factor that still hasn’t sunk in. But also because, frankly, without the kind of reader following that they have, I feel like I’d be putting too much information out there without getting the level of impact back that my fellow bloggers are making by telling their own details. Also, I’m also not as brave as some. Continue reading “Sparking Change with Discomfort”