Friday, March 11, 2016

5 fun things.. Yoga and Running and Streaking, oh my!

This one's coming to you from sunny Florida. With all the focus on Big Sur, I haven't talked much about it, but yes, I am running a half marathon this weekend! Pretty sure this one will not be a PR, but I'm hoping to respect myself at the finish line. Since I'm not taking the race too seriously, I'm not taking this week's Friday Five too seriously either. Can you say vacation mode?


You know someone who's streaking, right? I mean run streaking. I mean running every day. I see these posts on Facebook, and I think, wow! I'm lucky if my feet will let me run 4 days per week. But every day? I'm such a wimp. I went to the USRSA Active Run Streak list to find the runner who has been streaking the longest. His name is Jim Sutherland, and he has been running every day since May 26, 1969. As of this post, that is 17, 090 days. IN A ROW. I perused the list to find the longest streaking woman, and her name is Lois Bastien. She's 79 and has been running 13, 110 days, since 1980.

Where were you in 1969? Were you running? I was...on the playground at school. Does that count?

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And speaking of streaking... Did you know that last week, March 5 was World Naked Bike Day? At least in the southern hemisphere, it was. Don't worry, those of us in the northern hemisphere will get our chance on June 11. In the interest of research, I found out that the Chicago ride is the 5th annual Naked Bike Ride. Don't have a bike? You can skate. Don't want to be completely naked? You can body paint. There's a list of rules on the web page, and the location is not disclosed until a few days before the event. That's to keep the creepers away.

from the 2014 ride
I can't believe I've never heard of this event! You'd think it would be all over the news. After all, the purpose of the ride is to "deliver a cleaner, safer, body positive world". I'm not exactly sure how riding naked delivers this message. But you didn't think people just rode naked, for fun, did you? The seat on my bike is pretty uncomfortable. Sans pants? I don't even want to think about it.

Their motto is "less gas, more ass". Pretty sure they mean gas of the petroleum type, right?

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The next time you stop to take a runfie or strike a yoga pose think about this: more people die from taking selfies than from getting attacked by sharks. According to this article on Mashable, people are taking higher risks to get their selfies, in order to capture a memorable photo.

I haven't done anything risky for a selfie, but I have my share of fails:

Trying valiantly to get that leg up into side plank!
Headstand fail
No fail but balancing on a wall in high lunge?  Ok, some risk here...
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These T-rex Tuesday videos have been making my week. After seeing this ice skating video, I was hooked. This week they were roller derbying. Oh my! So much silliness, cuteness, and fun all wrapped up in one little clip. You can follow them on Facebook to see what T-rex is up to each week!

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And finally, if you haven't made up your mind about which candidate measures up, and you're not impressed with the Donald's claims about the little Donald, maybe you want to pick a candidate who claims to have been a runner. Runner's World analyzed the candidates for us. Of course, some of the ones they listed have dropped out of the race. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was a track and field runner in his youth, laying claim to a 4:37 mile. Bernie is promoting a healthy lifestyle as part of his campaign. According to this article, Bernie chops wood for exercise. On the red team, Marco Rubio claims an athletic past, running a 4.65 40 yard dash as a collegiate. Rubio was a college football player, and still works out regularly. While all the other candidates claim some form of exercise, none of them are runners. 

Of course, last summer, Donald Trump told a little boy he was Batman. So there's that.

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In case you needed something else to help make your decision, Ted Cruz is offering yoga mats. With his name. Inspired by his advice at one of the debates to Trump to "just breathe". 'Merican made. Namaste off this one. 

It's the silly season...

What's tickling your funny bone these days? 

I'm linking this one up with the DC Trifecta for their Friday Five link up! Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia host this awesome linkup! Check it out!








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  1. I would never do athletic naked. I just don't need to see that or experience that. NO
    Have an amazing time (I know you are!)

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    1. There's just too much loose skin to be naked and running. I'm all about lycra spandex...

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  2. I know how you've looked forward to this event, and for so long. You look so amazingly happy in the photo you posted yesterday. I hope every moment of your time away is all you hope it to be, and even more. With your light heart, you are bound to do well.

    Um, you a wimp? I. Don't. Think. So.

    Love your outtakes. I bit of real life, but man you sure do come up with some awesome final products. Love our Wendy. (Insert heart emoticon here).

    Have a blast.

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    1. Thank you, my sweet friend!! Your comments always lift me up!

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  3. Thanks for lots of laughs!

    I had no idea that Bernie was a runner and a good one at that. And he was governor when I lived in VT, but then, I'm really not terribly political at all.

    Hope you're soaking up all that sunshine, good luck this weekend!

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    1. I'd like to think I'm not political, but I'm passionate, so there's that...

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  4. Hope you're having a great time in Florida! Soak up that warm sun and enjoy running your half. It'll be a great training run for Big Sur.

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    1. I wish I was here longer than 5 days...! It's amazing to be away.

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  5. My little son just enjoyed watching T Rex on ice! We loved it!

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  6. Thanks for the laughs this morning! My husband and I LOVE the T-rex shoveling snow video. We watched it a couple times in a row! :)

    When on vacation this past summer, my hubby and I saw lots of people taking daring selfies, so I can totally understand that statistic! Story: We were hiking in Tent Rocks, NM and were at the tippy top of the... well, cliff, really. We saw a guy standing on a boulder that jutted out TAKING A SELFIE. I mean, one tiny loss of balance and he would plummet to his death. I didn't understand it at all. I just kept saying to him, "People are STUPID!" Then we hit up the Grand Canyon, and again, lots of people taking risky pictures- purposefully climbing into areas where there was signage not to go.

    Have fun at your half this weekend! I hope you are having fun in FL!

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    1. Going to head out into the sunshine as we speak!

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  7. In a completely ridiculous way I am so not surprised about the selfies, have you seen people taking them with wild animals!

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    1. I can't believe what I see! Even the yoga selfies have gotten a little crazy!

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  8. I needed the giggle this morning, love this post, hehe! Give my dear friend Ruth (from Running in Reverse) a hug for me and have a great race this weekend!!

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    1. It's amazing how a change of scenery immediately relaxes me!

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  9. Naked biking? That is just wrong on so many levels. Good luck this weekend and have fun! I think your weather is going to be like ours, oh well.

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    1. I'm not minding this weather at all so far...for running, tho? Hmmm

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  10. definitely not riding my bike naked. hurts enough with padded shorts. tickling my funny bone? cute video on facebook about baby elephants who want to be lap dogs.

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  11. Sooooo... every year they do a naked bike ride in Portland. I can imagine it being fun... but of course my little sister (who lives there) did it with her boyfriend. LOL!

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    1. I think it's the same group that does the Chicago one!

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  12. Lol I hadn't heard about Ted Cruz's yoga mats. I feel like all of the candidates could use some yoga mid-debate. So much anger! I hope the rest of your vacation is wonderful and relaxing!

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  13. Biking while naked.... no thanks! I can't imagine that's comfortable. Plus... things bouncing around... I'll pass! haha

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    1. My butt hurts just thinking about it!

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  14. Thanks for the Friday smiles! Good luck in your race and soak up the sun and fun :) PS. The naked bike ride in Chicago goes right through the loop. I have seen it several times. I try not too look too closely!

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    1. It's kind of like the sun, right? You know you're not supposed to look at it but you can't help it...

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  15. Whoa! Running for that many days in a row is absolutely incredible! Did these people never get sick? And nude biking, haha that's ridiculous. "less gas, more ass" made me laugh so hard. I can't even bring myself to click on the link about people dying from taking selfies. Too creepy and horrible. I love your selfie fails though! haha I love the T-Rex videos too. I've probably watching ice skating one 300 times by now. Thanks for the laughs! Good luck with your race!

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    1. Don't you just love T-Rex Tuesdays? OMG. So cute.

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  16. Enjoy your half marathon....it's so fun to run with no expectations. The run streak...wow! And as for the naked ride, I don't know about that.... is it really necessary? I don't think you'll ever see me participating in one of those.... Loving your sunny beach pics on your IG...you're glowing...yes, you maybe should move there!!

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    1. I say that I should move here everytime we visit. I just love the water. Actually, I could live on the water anywhere.

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  17. Well that was certainly a fun post - thank you! I hope you are enjoying Florida and have a great time racing this weekend. I have been finding theSkimm to be a pretty funny and an easy way to read about a few newsy issues of the week.

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    1. I love theSkimm! It's such a great news digest.

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  18. Streaking since 1969? Wow!! that's a long long long time to streak! You know, the first time I heard somebody said they were streaking, I asked myself ... isn't he a bit old to be running around naked? But whatever! It wasn't until later that I realized he meant a running streak...

    Florida!? OMG! How fun!! I hope you have an awesome race! You will do fantastic!


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    1. I hope so! If the heat/humidity stays tolerable, I should do fine.

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  19. Perspective - that guy has been running since the day after I was born. 46 years ago. Whoa! Have a great vacation!

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  20. We were just talking about the whole "run streak" the other day and what qualifies.

    That whole naked bike race thing just grosses me out.

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    1. My bike seat is white, just sayin'....

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  21. I can't believe I'm even reading this...I have so much to do before leaving town but ya know I just needed a break and you delivered a good laugh! Enjoy your weekend and good luck in your race on Sunday! I can't wait to hear about it!

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    1. You have a great weekend too! Looking forward to your recap!

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  22. I just don't even wanna think about riding a bike naked! lol!!!

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  23. Riding naked? Can you say chaffing?! There is no way. Plus, where do you ride in the pack? The front where everyone can see you or in the back where you can see everyone else! We'd be begging for someone to put their white shorts back on ;)

    Have a great race on Sunday!

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    1. LOL! You are so right about the white shorts!

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  24. I wasn't even born in 1969... 1980, yes. 1969, no.

    I'm totally getting a Ted Cruz yoga mat.

    Not.

    Have a great race, lady!!

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    1. I knew there would be a youngster in the crowd...

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  25. yes i knew Bernie was a runner. Bernie or Hilary as long as it's not Trump or any of the other Republicans.

    Enjoy your race. I love Sarasota. <3 How could yo not?

    I hope you come to Panama City in Dec. Want to meet you in the flesh.

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    1. I'm planning on PCB but I have to wait to tell the hubs. Since I'm in Florida now and going to Cali in April.

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  26. I just cannot get past the naked bike ride. How the ...??? So awful. So painful.
    I'm loving the T-Rex! I have to start following that!
    Have fun and a great race in the SUN!!! Looking forward to your pics!...failed or no...but please practice safe selfies :-)

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    1. So far so good on the safe selfies. Did a few at the beach today. It was heavenly.

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  27. Oh my word a TC yoga mat?! Good luck this weekend.

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  28. Ha ha! You tickled my funny bone. Thanks for a laughable post :) All I can say is WOW to the naked bike rides. Guess you're off to a fun-filled weekend in Florida. Good luck! Look forward to hearing about the race.

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    1. Enjoying my tropical vaca so far! Hoping the foot behaves for Sunday.

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  29. Fun post :) Those running streaks are crazy! I can't believe someone can run that many days straight. I once did a Winter Warrior challenge where I had to run outside every day in January (in Mass). I made it through but even that was tough!

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    1. As much as I love to run, I physically cannot run every day! These people are amazing.

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  30. Have a great race this weekend. I am in Orlando and I find it is hot ! Especially since I have been running in 50 degree weather !

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  31. Have fun with your Half! It must be nice to be in Florida!

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    1. It's heavenly! Plus it's nice to be away from responsibility.

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  32. I swear I learn something new from you! Naked Bike Day...I bet it's exhilarating! Haha! Have a great race!!!

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  33. We have a naked bike ride event here too hahaha

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  34. They have a naked bike ride in Philly and I've seen them "in action"...I was actually tempted to join them one year but I'm not sure I still want to, lol! They actually have a risk of getting arrested but nothing has happened to them yet...

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    1. Oh, there's just no way I could ride naked! No one needs to see that..

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  35. How can you not laugh at Trump and yoga mats? Really? Naked biking. Hmmm...probably not haha!

    Have a great weekend Wendy.

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    1. I thought you'd get a kick out of that yoga mat...

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  36. I think I heard of a naked bike ride or run at the University of Vermont, so maybe it Bernie wins it will be a national holiday, haha! I really hope not...

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  37. I love this post. It is funny especially about the candidates. Interesting that some of them were athletes. Thanks for posting

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    1. Sometimes you just have to laugh or you'd cry!

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  38. You crack me up. I love your creativity! I hope you are having a great time in FL and can't wait to hear about the Sarasota half. And umm, naked cycling...that is a very scary scary thought.

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    1. It's been a fun trip! Race recap to come...

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  39. Umm, no to the naked bike ride. Just no.

    Hope you are having a fun weekend.

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    1. I feel the same way. Naked bike, naked run...it's all just wrong.

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  40. lol I love those t-rex videos! I like your "fail" pics too - I definitely have a bunch too when I'm trying to take selfies while exercising or running :)

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    1. I think the fail pix keep it all real!

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  41. Naked biking? Uh, no thanks!! Ha Ha!! :) I am loving all of your Florida pics!! Hope you are having an amazing time!! :)

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    1. I'm returning to reality today. Sigh.

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  42. I find those T-Rex videos hilarious!

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