Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hallucinations & The Dreaded Spin Bike

While doing a tempo run on the treadmill the other night I learned that nutmeg is the latest drug for teens.  I promise, it was on the nightly news.  Apparently it has a hallucinogenic affect when snorted.  Where was nutmeg when I was 16?  I'm pretty sure I only used it in cookies.  What a goodie goodie.  Parents, be warned if your teen suddenly becomes interested in baking.  On the upside, I'm sure it's safer than heroine.

Enough about that.  My runs have been almost too perfect this week.  That is, until I came down with a fever and had to sit one day out.  It was completely fine because I probably needed to ease up for a day.  After two injuries this year, I have become little Miss. Conservative Kate.  I still can't stand Sarah Palin (unlike my mother) but I now follow the "rules" of running.  That 10% rule has been keeping me from doing too much, too soon.  I hate rules and I've always been known to be a rule breaker (or bender) but "better safe than sorry" is my new motto.  I WILL make it to the starting line of the Surf City Marathon injury-free.  So far, so good.  I have 18 miles to run tomorrow and I don't want to jinx myself now.

Sticking with my new conservative plan, I hit the spin bike today at the gym.  This has to be my absolute  least favorite method of exercise.  I would rather do jumping jacks for an hour than get on that damn bike but I know it's good for me.  It's low-impact, yada yada yada.  It's actually not too bad if I bring the Mac and watch old episodes of The L Word.  I try to make the best out of  a workout I can't stand.

Oh, how I miss my pretend TV lesbian friends!

That's my handy dandy set-up.  I high-jack the spin room and set up my little station like so.  It definitely helps to pass the time when you can watch whatever you please.

This morning I received a few text messages with photos of the first snowfall from my family.  In response I sent a picture of myself sitting outside in a tank-top and shorts before hitting the gym.  I know, I'm such a brat.  I'll have to suck it up next Friday when I go back for a visit.  It will be well worth the snow and cold when I meet my brand new niece, Sophia.  She'll only be one day old when I step off the plane.
I send pictures like this when it's 10 below in Chicago...
Ahh ~ How I love our pool.  

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend.  Good luck to those running the RNR Las Vegas Marathon!  Knock 'em dead.  If it doesn't go well, there's always nutmeg.


  1. You hate the spin bike?! You can take your mac to the gym?! It's all so very interesting. Hope your day off helped.

  2. Loving your goals and attitude, hon! I understand your boredom on the bike, especially when we're creatures that admire the outdoors. Keep going strong, keep listening to your body. :)

  3. Nutmeg! Wow - how desperate people are to alter their state of reality.

    That's hilarious about sending pictures! I do the same things to my friends from law school who live back east :)

  4. Conservative like Sarah Palin--bad! Conservative like a smart runner--good!

    Nutmeg, huh? Insane that they would even think to try it in the first place!

  5. I have yet to try Spin! It looks like it is totally good for you!

    I envy your pooltime! As a native midwestern, I will always understand the beauty of sitting December.

  6. So glad you're being conservative in this one way. Anything else is a deal breaker!

    I love that you have your laptop rigged to the spin bike, whatever gets you through the workout, right!

  7. Just to be clear, I use the spin bike when class is NOT in session. I don't want anyone to think I am super rude bringing in my laptop to a spin class. :)

  8. Great post! I especially liked the part about being conservative Kate, yet not liking Sarah Palin...very clever writing.

    On the topic of low impact exercise, have you ever tried Bikram yoga? Forgive me if you have. (I think I read a post at some point suggesting you do yoga.) But in case you haven't...I find Bikram the BEST type of low impact cross training. 90 minutes in a 105 degree room makes for a great endurance/cardio session. Plus all the other great benefits of yoga. Anyway, just an idea if you want to get off the stationary bike.

  9. HOW do people come up with this stuff???

    You're standing in the kitchen one day looking through the cupboards, find some nutmeg, and think, "Hmmm... I like nutmeg...wonder what would happen if I snort it?"


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