Abusing the Taper

Wanna know how I know I’m not a “real” runner? Because my legs aren’t aching to run 18 miles a day during taper weeks. In fact, my legs are perfectly content laying in bed while my eyes read a book. Perfectly content.

My Marine Corps Marathon training program has me building up miles and tapering back down a few times for the next couple of months. This week was a taper week, so all I had on the schedule were two 5-milers on Tuesday and Thursday. I totally abused the privilege and used this taper week as an “easy” week. In reality, I should have been gearing up for a 20-miler this weekend, but I have absolutely zero intentions of actually completing that. Instead, I used my taper week to goof off. I ditched my 6-miler (because “missing a 6-mile run isn’t going to set me back” <- WRONG!) last weekend and, instead, made up for it in the number of beers I drank. I was too tired lazy to do my 5-miler on Tuesday and instead made up for it on Wednesday.

With all of these factors, I ended up taking 5 whole days off from running and my body hates me for it. My legs felt heavy and were dragging during both of my short 5 mile runs this week. It’s amazing how quickly I lost leg strength and it’s no one’s fault but my own. Instead of totally disregarding my 20-miles this weekend (like I want to), I plan to split it up over two days – running 10 miles on Friday, and 10 on Monday. I’m worried about getting hurt if I try to do 20 all at once without rest because I know my body isn’t strong enough. Remember my plantar fasciitis? It’s back and it’s giving me some pain. I don’t want to overdo it too early and risk injury. But at the same time, I need to get my butt in gear. No more slacking.

In summary, I took too much time off; my legs want to fall off; I’m an idiot.

Glad that’s out of the way. Instead of running, I used this week to catch up on my social life! I got dinner with a friend who I haven’t seen in awhile (and ate a pound of queso), I watched the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, I got to meet the adorable Kyle,

Gratuitous picture for your viewing pleasure

I was finally victorious in my battle against my fingernails,

Check out that paint job. First try, BITCHES!

and the biggest factor taking up 90% of my time this week?

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As fun as Shark Week sounds, when you actually work for Discovery it takes on a whole new meaning. That meaning = logical nightmares, last second schedule changes, fibers to air, you know the drill. Or maybe you don’t. Either way, enjoy your Shark Week because a lot of people worked REALLY hard to make it happen!

What’s your favorite part about SHARK WEEK?

Mine is Chompy, the massive shark that they hang on Discovery HQ.

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Nail Tales, Pt. 2

If you are one of my male readers, you may as well just skip to the end of this post now. I can almost guarantee that nothing I say in the next few paragraphs will be of interest to you.

Let me first explain how un-girly I am. I pretty much refused to wear dresses through high school and the color pink was my least favorite color in the world. I was into sports and wearing jean shorts (what? It was the 90’s). It hasn’t been until recently (read: the last 6-7 years) that I’ve really begun to embrace my femininity. With that, there have been some growing pains when it comes to things most girls learn when they are younger, when I had no interest. Think: putting on make-up, doing hair, etc.

My most recent adventure has me delving into the world of manicures. I’ve been doing pedicures for a few years now, but manicures have been lost on me. I’ve always kept my nails super short and unpainted, but recently I’ve started noticing manicures…EVERYWHERE! Even the American Olympians have their nails painted red, white, and blue. And I thought, I bet I could do that too!

You may remember my first abysmal attempt with a manicure pen:

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Errr, FAIL!

Not to be deterred, I tried, tried again. I went out and bought some base coat, quick drying nail polish, and a top coat. The result?

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Whoa, not good! The quick drying polish dried too quick, before I even got my whole nail painted. It started clumping and looking uneven. When they say quick dry, they mean it!

I removed the paint and tried again, this time faster:

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Seriously now, WTF! Apparently you aren’t allowed to pick up cotton swabs while your nails are drying. So I removed the polish and tried ONE MORE TIME (switching out the quick dry for regular and waiting for it to dry completely before doing anything):

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Alright, so it’s not terrible, but it’s far from perfect. I missed around the edges, got some cuticles, and it’s still a little clumpy. Here’s my question to all of you people with perfectly manicured nails,

HOW DO YOU DO IT?! Share your tips.

If you’re a dude and you read through all that, here’s a picture of Optimus Prime to redeem your manhood:

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This weekend I’m putting marathon training on hold for a mini-road trip to Bristol, VA/TN. The town is right on the border of the two states and apparently is the birth place of country music. Mumford & Sons is hosting an all day music festival with bands, local food, and BEER! The temperature isn’t supposed to reach above 80 degrees. <- I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. I am pretty darn excited! This will be my first time crossing the state border into Tennessee.

Updates and nerdy touristy photos to follow.  🙂

But for real, please answer the nail question. Thanks!

Silverdocs and Other Stuff

Happy Friday! Well, technically, it’s Thursday, but for me it feels more like Friday since I’m off tomorrow. Did this week drag on for anyone else? I swear, I thought it was Thursday on Tuesday, and yesterday I was definitely convinced it was Friday. But now that Thursday is finally here, I feel like I’m crunched for time. So much to do before the weekend!

It’s Roanoke or BUST for me this weekend. The day has finally arrived: Marcus and Lindsey’s wedding, which I’ve mentioned once or twice a billion times on here already. I’m pretty excited and I feel like this has literally been YEARS in the making. I’m going to get to see a lot of people I haven’t seen since college…and a few I thought I’d probably never see again! It’s going to be a fun reunion weekend.

In related news, I gave myself a manicure last night.

You probably can’t even tell from the picture, but those are some damn painted nails. I bought a manicure pen at CVS for $10 (what a rip off), and I’ve been wanting to try it. Of course, I messed the whole thing up the first go around. It was all going really well until I decided to paint my toenails too. As I was using cotton balls to remove the already existing nail polish, I realized that my manicure wasn’t completely dry. Cotton started sticking to every inch of my nails until it looked like I had huge cotton-swab-fingernails. Gross! So, I had to do it all over again. At least it doesn’t look like a 6 year old splattered paint all over my fingers like it usually does if I try to paint my nails. I’m proud of my work, so you should be too.

Enough nail talk. Last night I attended Silverdocs, which is a big documentary film festival put on my Discovery.

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Although I’ve worked for Discovery for a few years now, this was my first time attending Silverdocs. It was pretty cool! My co-worker, Colin, had an extra ticket so I went with him to see The House I Live In. Here’s the synopsis:

“America’s “war on drugs” officially began 40 years ago under the leadership of then President Richard Nixon. Over the course of four decades, America’s drug problem has only become worse. What went wrong? Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (WHY WE FIGHT) offers a sobering comprehensive view of contemporary drug culture and examines the troubling realities of a broken system whose very existence, he argues, is making the problem worse rather than better. – AP”

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I pretty much go into everything with an open mind. I’m not very critical of movies, music, writing, new ideas, etc. (unless it’s my own) and I think everybody deserves a fair shot. It’s easy for me to find points that I agree with and also disagree with in any argument. I’m totally NOT argumentative and outwardly opinionated (although, if I’m think I’m right about something…don’t mess!). Keeping that in mind, I thought the film took a unique approach to drug trafficking in the United States. My favorite part was seeing cops, security guards, and judges (public figures in law enforcement) truly disagreeing with the laws they are required to enforce. Fascinating and conflicting stuff that really makes you think! I thought it was a really interesting film and I enjoyed watching it. Although, I would be interested to see how someone who is more critical and politically charged would react to it.

 I really don’t watch enough documentaries. They’re so interesting! I’m definitely going to try to attend more at next year’s festival.

This post was all over the place. Kind of like my life. I will check in again soon with post-wedding updates!

Are you into documentaries or do you think they’re boring?

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