1. Last Sunday, I attended Breaking Through the Wall, a panel discussion put on by Fleet Feet for anyone planning to run a marathon (in particular, the Chicago Marathon) in a couple weeks. It. Was. Awesome. On the panel were Monique Ryan, a sports nutritionist, Mike Norman, co-founder of Chicago Endurance Sports (the “other” training program. Sidenote: do any other CARA members feel like they’re cheating on CARA whenever they shop at Fleet Feet or do anything in any way related to CES? Because I always feel like I’ve gone rogue by shopping at Fleet Feet [which, um, is pretty much the only running store I ever shop at in Chicago…] or participate in any CES event [which is pretty uncommon, since CARA almost always has a similar event that I’ll go to instead, but has happened occasionally].), Carey Pinkowski, executive race director of the (Bank of America) Chicago Marathon, and *pauses for dramatic effect* Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi.
It was SO COOL to have Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi RIGHT THERE. Three of the highlights of the afternoon for me came courtesy of Meb, when he told us he does a 20 miler pretty much every Sunday, tapers by only running 90 miles/week (instead of 120-130), and recounted the time he went out too fast in a marathon and his last mile was “under 6,” which he took to mean as a bad thing. Ah, to be an elite!
However, the REAL highlight came Sunday night, when your’s truly cashed in about three seconds of her 15 minutes of fame on Fox 32.
I sent the video to my parents with a subject heading “LOOK I’M FAMOUS!!” Haha.
2. If you, like me, find child modeling to be a weird practice (child modeling like when people dress small children in fashion forward pieces, as if these small children were 25, not 5), then you need to check out My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter. It was brought to my attention a couple days ago and it just may be the greatest Pinterest board of all time. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in need of a laugh.
3. I have rather strong opinions on immune systems which, in general, boil down to: “Don’t be an idiot, and your immune system will take care of the rest.” Obviously there are exceptions to this (people with compromised immune systems, for example), but because I tend to believe this, I also tend to be pretty judgmental of healthy people who are insane germaphobes.
Until I became that person.
Oh MAN you guys. In the space of five days, I found out that both of my roommates, one of my good friends, and two of my coworkers were all sick. While normally I’d view this as quite the unfortunate coincidence, with a marathon breathing down my neck, I have turned into an insane, out of control germaphobe. I’m washing my hands like 20 times a day. I’ve taken to opening the fridge and freezer with my elbow. I refuse to touch any towels I think my roommates might have so much as looked at over the past week. It’s exhausting! I don’t know how people live like this long term! I plan on keeping these habits up through the marathon, but man, as soon as that race is over you better believe I’ll be ditching my obsessive hygiene ways, because a life of germ terror is not a fun one to lead.
Have you ever been on TV?
Are you a germaphobe?