Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome to Nerdsville

And I am its Mayor.

Here in Nerdsville, you can openly admit to being a nerd, a dork, an oddball, and maybe even a dullard. Here, bedtime stories are read from reference books, and the Nerdsville Times Best Seller list will only include text books and magazines.

You will not get weird stares from anyone as you take a walk during your lunch break while reading a magazine cover to cover. In fact, you'll fit right in!

Haha. I really am a nerd. My latest favorite past time is reading a magazine front to back while taking a walk during lunch time. I'm actually quite fast; I pass plenty of people while reading! And it's a great way to stay entertained w/o an iPod, a great way to fit in exercise, and a great way to catch up on the latest issues of Triathlete Magazine and Runner's World all at once! Talk about killing 3 birds with one stone!

This month's Triathlete magazine has a story about the founder of Fuel Belts. I'm fortunate because by the time I decided to pick up running, iPods, Garmins, hydration systems, Gu's, Gatorade, lightweight sneakers, tech shirts, and... ah...errr....tampons.... have all been invented. Can you just imagine being a runner 28 years ago? That's probably why long distance running hasn't been too popular untill recently. Running in all cotton clothes that cling to your skin like plastic wrap, no iPod to pump you up through the rough patches, no Garmin to tell you how fast you're going, no yummy shot blocks to eat. I probably won't have picked up running either! Thank goodness for progress! Can you just imagine what it'll be like in 28 MORE years? They'll probably have Garmins you can hook up directly to your brain, and shoes that won't ever wear down or something cuh-ra-zy like that :) I found this article on Runner's World that kind of talks about the same thing. Run hard!

Knee update:
My knee tendonitis is starting to feel much better. I am taking ibuprofen three times a day, and trying not to bend my knees as much as possible. Which is quite a hard task when you work on the third floor and have to use the stairs. I cancelled my run yesterday, and stuck with the elliptical and strength training. Even the elliptical hurt a little bit after ten minutes, so I stopped at 15 min and moved onto strength training.
I was THISCLOSE to taking another rest day yesterday. I was so tired; I even fell aspleep at my job! oops. I'm feeling really sluggish and aenemic. It is that time of month afterall. However, I did make it to the gym, and though I was yawning like there's no tomorrow, I managed to have a decent workout.

Standing cable rows (3 sets, 12 reps, 80 lbs)
BOSU Ball mountain climbers variations (3 sets)
Biceps curls (various weights, various reps)
Side bends (2 sets, 12 reps, 25 lbs)
Skull crushers (2 sets, 10 reps, 12 lbs each hand)
Resistance band triceps (2 sets, 12 reps)
BOSU Ball plank variations (2 sets)
Triceps kick backs (1 set, 10 reps, 10 lbs)
Incline bench abs
Reverse sit ups

As you can see, no legs! I was too tired and too uninspired to think of leg exercises that didn't involve any knee bending, so I skipped it. I just stretched the F out of them, cause they were still feeling tight from Sunday's race. My arms are kind of sore today, so I guess it worked!

I don't know how the rest of the week will look like, exercise wise. I am so busy and tired from work, and I can't run, and even the elliptical hurts, and it's only like, 55-60 degrees here, so WAY too cold for the pool. I just hope to keep some level of fitness up this week. We'll see.

I always thought running was hard. Who knew that NOT running would be harder?
Oh the things you learn :)

Happy Wednesday!


  1. AWESOME job getting that workout done. The couch must have been sooo much more appealing. Hope you're feeling energetci again soon! I hate that sluggish feeling.

    Take care of the knees!

  2. Hey Julia! Glad the tendonitis is starting to feel better. Hope it clears completely for you soon!

  3. Glad you're starting to feel better girl! Sounds like you NEED the rest so take advantage of having the excuse! It's better to be rested and ready then injured and unable to race.

  4. P.S. I'm a total nerd and keep my magazines on my bedside table, at work for breaks and in the bathroom... for uh reading material. :)

  5. I too love a magazine. Morgan and I often share them and are both total nerds. You are certainly not alone.

    Great workout and glad the knee is getting some rest.

  6. i love this post! a place to be myself(lol a dullard) is just what i needed! my nerdyness reads "bird talk" and "aviary today!" lol just kidding on the last one. my roomate (a dude) just yesterday said that he met a girl like me that he felt sorry for ....tall and had there nose in a book..... whaddaya say to that?

  7. Not running is way harder. Good luck - you'll need it! :)

  8. I really liked that Runner's World article, maybe one day I'll take its advice. Good luck with not running, and get some rest while you're at it!

  9. Ok i'm a nerd too! When im not working out on my lunch break, i read. either books or magazines. i only like reading for fun- reading b/c i have to sucks big time!

    i cant imigine what it was like to run 28 years ago! i wouldnt have done it either.

    we are kinda in the same boat with feet/knee issues. my plantar fascia is really messed up and ive been instructed to take some rest today and tmro. im going to start being a nut job about taking the ibprofin. i never realized i had to keep it in my system in order for it to actually work. i stocked up on some after work so i should be good for a few days.

    keep us posted on how your knee is doing. im dieing over here not running too! ahhhhh :) :)

  10. I'm a total nerd, too. I'm reading 'The Count of Monte Cristo' while I let my food digest before a run and while I ice the knees after.
    Today's my REST day but I so want to run. :s
    Keep resting those knees! And no, I can't imagine how running will be 28 years from now!

  11. I saw that article too - it was linked to my post about my *now* non-garmin running :) I LOVED IT! Good ol' Kara Goucher, taking the "old school" approach. But, there are definitely a few things I could NOT imagine running without now (good shoes! tampons -> HA good point!!!)

    way to attack that knee with stretching. that usually works pretty well, right? hope sooo!

  12. If I tried to read while walking I would definitley walk into something or someone. However, I do enjoying reading whether books or magazines.

    I can't even picture how nice the cooler temps must feel.

  13. Good job on keeping up strength training during an injury. That is so important!

  14. I'm addicted to magazines too! Hope the knee gets better, the best thing to do is to rest it!



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