Friday, October 5, 2012

The Great Debate

Who watched the debate on Wednesday?  I got together with some girlfriends and we ate Thai food, drank wine and watched Romney and Obama go head to head.  It was the farthest thing from exciting and I was really disappointed in Obama's debating skills.  Granted, he is the President and has more pressing issues to deal with than preparing for a debate.  However, I hope the Obama campaign steps it up a notch and I sure hope he has a little more pep in his step the next go-around.  Someone needs to make sure he has a triple latte or something beforehand. 

There were a lot of Big Bird images flying around Facebook the next day.

After watching the debate, I couldn't help but think it is incredible that two parties can hardly see eye to eye on anything right now.  Are we really all that different as people?  We all want peace, love and harmony (along with good healthcare, top-notch schools and a steadfast economy) but our ideas on how to get there vary greatly.

Disagreement is everywhere. Even when it comes to something as simple as running there appears to be two camps.

Supportive vs. Minimalist
Road vs. Trail
Less is More vs. High Mileage

And all of the above come with strong opinions. I would like to see a debate between someone like Scott Jurek and say, Dean Karnazes.  I'm sure their approaches to running and racing are quite different and this could make for some good conversation. It would probably be more entertaining than this week's presidential debate; that's for sure. I have heard some ultra runners talk a whole lot of smack about Dean Karnazes.  Where is the love, people?

Do you belong to one of these "camps?"
I am somewhere in between.  I'm not quite minimalist, I love trails and roads, I listen to music 50% of the time and I am still trying to figure out my ideal weekly mileage.  I would call myself a moderate. :)


It's Chicago Marathon weekend and I am wishing I was running it!  I'm from Chicago, for those of you that don't know, and this is a very exciting time in the Windy City.  I still have yet to run Chicago as I was injured last year and cheered Ang on instead.  I did jump in at mile 13.1 one year and ran the entire second half with Angela.  I was able to experience the excitement, the crowds and half of the course.  It was pretty spectacular and I absolutely have to run it one day. I also LOVE fall in Chicago.  I miss the change of seasons and the way the trees go from green to bright orange, vivid red and golden.  I miss the sound of dried leaves crunching under my running shoes. I have a Runner's World calendar hanging in my cubicle at work and this month's photo makes me miss fall running in Chicago.

Doesn't that look enticing?

Who is running Chicago this year?

I may not be running Chicago but Santa Barbara is NEXT MONTH.  Already.  Race day comes really fast when you sign up with less than 2 months to train.  Ang and I discussed my late registration and how it may actually be a better option for me because it gives me less time to injure myself.  I tend to overdo things, and since I only have 1 month left, I don't plan on packing in a bunch of 20 milers.  I'll be happy with two.  I've been enjoying this training cycle, if you can even call it that, and did Yasso's for the first time in an eternity last night.  I forgot how fun Yasso's are!  
If you're not familiar, Yasso's are 800s run at a pace in minutes and seconds that is the same as your marathon finish time.  Confusing?  So, if I want to run the marathon in 3 hours and 25 minutes, I would run my 800s in 3 minutes in 25 seconds.  3:25 - 3:25. Get it?  The goal is to eventually build up to 10 Yasso's. 
I haven't done 800s in a million years, so I did 8 x 800 and was happy with that. I will run my first 20 miler in ages this Sunday.  Wish me luck!

**I apologize for my rambling.  It's Friday, and it this point in the week, my brain slightly shuts down.



  1. favorite quote from dennis miller after the debate... "Hope Obama's kicked ass is covered by obamacare."

    gotta love it. No, he doesnt need a latte. he needs a scripted teleprompter because without it he is exposed for the stuttering clueless baffoon that he is. Maybe PREPARE for the debate instead of being an egomaniac and acting like your above it all.

    Do I think he's enjoyed the lifestyle and fame of being president? absolutly. Do I think this country got fooled into voting 4 years ago for an inexperienced smooth talker with a teleprompter? YES. how anyone could vote for him again after watching that debate is just baffling to me.

  2. I recently started running Yasso 800s and love them! They leave me feeling tired yet confident. Very cool. What kind of smack do runners talk about Dean K?! Such a bummer! I was soooooo starstruck when Dean ran up alongside me in the last 2 miles of the Half Moon Bay 1/2 marathon a couple of weeks ago!!! He was so nice and down to earth and stayed with me, chatting and encouraging me through the finish, helping me get a new PR! It's hard to imagine why runners would have an issue with him. Good luck with your marathon coming up! You'll kick arse :)

    1. Dean seems like a great guy! And hey, he's made a living out of his passion. I think that's admirable and quite remarkable! I just opened up this month's competitor magazine and there is a whole article about Dean! He talks about the naysayers! You should read it. :)

    2. Oooh! Thanks! I'll check it out :) I agree with you completely. And I think about all the people, especially the kids, who have been inspired to run or just make healthier choices in their lives because of him. That can't be bad! My son met Dean at the race and was so inspired that he quickly informed me that he wants to run marathons. So cute! We're starting with a 5k ;)

  3. I'm a live and let live and better yet help each other out kinda girl. I am not a fan of the minimal vs shod debate. I prefer to run barefoot but I use and like shoes. I would run more trails but I like running roads and checking out the city or the cemetery. Everybody wants to talk and more need to listen.

    As for Obama. I didn't watch the debates but I did watch te debates on twitter and Facebook. The man has a full time job......running the freakin country so I could tell he was a little preoccupied and I imagine he feels like its not quite as important as shelling in the Middle East. (For the above commenter not you Kate :)Problems of such enormity do not get fixed in 4 years. When I voted for him the first time I made the choice based on the fact that it is illogical that he could do everything in 4 years and so didn't expect everything all at once. We are short sided whinney entitled brats in this country and want everything right now. He passed health care and that is huge!!! Anyways preaching to the choir I think and it's been a weird day so I will stop rambling :)

    1. No president could have fixed the mess that Obama inherited in a mere 4 years. He has done SO much in 4 short years! Health care reform, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, signing the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and he was the first president to openly support same sex marriage. I am also preaching to the choir. :)

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