Reese’s Bad Run and Sam’s Terrible Tumble

It’s a bad week for active, famous (and somewhat famous) folk.

Reese Witherspoon was hit by a car while out for a run, reports etonline.com. Though she went to the hospital, she’s fine.

And TMZ.com is reporting that The Biggest Loser‘s season 9 contestant Sam Poueu — who competed with his cousin, Koli Palu, and is engaged to fellow season 9-er Stephanie Anderson — took a fall from the third floor of a building on Sept. 3 and has been in critical condition at a San Francisco hospital ever since.

Send some healing vibes their way, haulers!

September 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Sweaty head style, take two

Today’s gym-to-work hair is brought to you by the side-braid bun. (Thanks to Cupcakes and Cashmere, whose tutorial saved the day!)

September 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Haulmont

I was in Vermont this weekend for the wedding of my amazing sister-in-law, Gabby, and her awesome dude, Doug. Though the wreckage from Hurricane Irene threatened to interfere with their big day, everything turned out great.

The happy couple!

I had planned at least two runs while I was there, but with all of the pre-event activities, I only managed to get in a very short outing on the morning of the wedding. Lucky for me, Vermont is so damn hilly that even a short run made me feel like a big effort. (Or maybe it was the beer I had the night before. You be the judge.)

And now, my run in photos.

Some of the beautiful nature right outside the B&B where I stayed. Because I noticed it as I was running downhill, it seemed especially pretty.

Another view on my way downhill. Right about this point, I realized that I'd have to climb back up all the terrain I'd just coasted down. FML.

On the way back up, which — as you may have guessed —took a bit longer than the way down. Don't think about it... think about something peaceful and serene...

Ah. Wildflowers.

Still there. Aw, crap.

Made it back!

Post-run self-portrait fail, crazy eyes and all. But hey, I'm done!

September 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Sporty Labor Day deals

Need an excuse to buy those new kicks you’ve been eyeing? These Labor Day sales should make it a little easier to fork over the dough.

TriSports.com: 15 percent off your purchase with the code found here.

RoadRunnerSports.com: Up to 66 percent off (including the 10 percent discount store VIPS usually get) and free shipping

CitySports.com: 20 percent off clearance items with the code found here.

Champion.com: BOGO on all women’s fitness bottoms and sport bras

I, for one, am in the middle of trying to turn my tendency to overeat into a tendency to overshop. (What? It’s kind of progress, right?) The other day, for example, I bribed myself into running an extra mile by promising myself a few iTunes downloads when I got home.

The fact that those few downloads turned into a few albums (Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne and Matt Nathanson’s Modern Love) shouldn’t surprise anyone.

September 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

Does your hairdo stop you?

Today’s Chicago Tribune features an editorial on women’s attention to their hair may be getting in the way of them getting a good workout. Any dudes reading this are all, “Does… not… compute.” But I’m sure plenty of you faithful female Haulers have had at least one instance in which you had to decide whether exercising was worth the time and effort necessary to clean up your sweaty self afterwards. I know this can be an issue for women of color; it’s a regular topic of conversation among the awesome chicks at Black Girls Run. Even U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has something to say about the fact that women who’ve recently gotten their hair done may skip a workout or two in order to maintain the look a little bit longer.

“Oftentimes you get women saying, ‘I can’t exercise today because I don’t want to sweat my hair back or get my hair wet,'” she said in a recent story in The New York Times. “I hate to use the word ‘excuse,’ but that’s one of them.”

I can understand why you wouldn’t want to mess up hair you just paid someone a whole lot of money to make pretty — it’s the main reason I haven’t cut my hair shorter than shoulder length in three years. If I can’t pull it back into a ponytail, it means I have to dry and do it — which won’t work. Mainly, that’s because I am a A) lazy and B) a slob. Though I always shower after my lunchtime workouts, sometimes there’s just not enough time to shampoo, condition, dry and style my mop. Today, in fact, I happen to be rocking the “I-came-straight-to-work-from-bootcamp” hair, the linchpin of which is a well-placed hairband. (The braid doesn’t hurt, either.)

You'd never know, right?

Yes, guys, I’m gross. But I smell lovely (I promise!), cutting back on twice-a-day washings has made my hair much healthier, and — most importantly — today’s workout is DONE. Join the revolution! Sweaty heads unite!

 

August 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm 2 comments

The Buns are back

February 24.

That was the last time I hauled my own buns to the computer to post something here. Six months of thinking about stuff to post, seeing cool stuff I wanted to link to, fretting about not getting a post up on a day I’d planned it, vowing to get off my virtual tush and publish something awesome the next day.

Six months of excuses and lameness. It ends today.

It’s not like I’ve been laying around re-watching all of the Harry Potter movies in order… well, actually, I have been doing that. but not just that. For instance, there was this (details to come later):

It—and the move from the dirty Jerz to Manhattan that accompanied it—took up a big chunk of my summer. And while I am extremely happy and adjusting to living with a boy in wedded bliss, it’s taken me quite some time to get myself in order.

I realized today that I was totally falling for the “If I can just  ______  and _______, conditions will be perfect for me to do what I really want to do” fallacy. I think you know what I’m talking about. Your blanks may be “get the kids in bed before 9 and get myself in bed before midnight” or “find a new job and lose five pounds” or “organize my sock drawer and figure out how to turn dryer lint into currency.” But it’s all hooey, and we know it; we just forget it every once in a while.

So I’m back, haulers, just as I am: in need of a haircut, a little squidgy around the upper arms, still figuring out how to get my workout groove on, still fighting a daily battle with the Pepperidge Farm Sausalito cookies lurking in my coworker’s snack drawer. (BTW, an entire bag of those chocolate-and-macadamia-nut puppies will run you 40 PointsPlus values. Don’t ask me why I know that. YOU’RE WELCOME.)

But I’m here. And hopefully, you still are, too.

August 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm 1 comment

Spinning Tunes

To be a good instructor, you have to take classes. It keeps you fit, it gives you great ideas that you can steal use for inspiration, and it opens you up to ways that other instructors communicate with clients. I took a great Spinning class last week in New York, and I have to thank the teacher for kicking my butt hard-core (and for giving me a few notions about this playlist and how to teach to it). Enjoy!

1. Hurt (Deeper-Mindset Tight Mix) — Christina Aguilera (7:04)

2. Commander (feat. David Guetta) — Kelly Rowland (3:38)

3. Born This Way — Lady GaGa (4:20)

4. Lose Yourself — Eminem (5:21)

5. Keep Hope Alive — The Crystal Method (6:12)

6. Mr. Brightside — The Killers (3:54)

7. Forget You — Cee Lo Green (3:43)

8. My Life Would Suck Without You — Kelly Clarkson (3:32)

9. Teenage Love Affair — Alicia Keys (3:10)

10. Thank U — Alanis Morissette (4:18)

11. Marry Me — Train (3:25)

February 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

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