fight off fatigue

October 8, 2008

Here are some mental tricks to get your mind off the pains of a race: 

Pretend you’re in the Olympics, or any big event, and you’re about to win–but only if you can hold off the guy behind you. He inches closer. The crowd gasps. You push and gain a few seconds. You push again. And hold it, until the race is finished and the medal is yours.

Use your surroundings
Pick an object–a tree, a stop sign–and focus on running to it. When you get there, pick a new object. In a race, concentrate on staying, say, about five feet behind the runner in front of you. Or if you want to pick up your pace, choose the guy in the blue shorts and pass him, then the woman in the bright red top and pass her, and so on. 

Plan ahead
Distract yourself by utilizing the time for some productive thinking: Mull over an issue at work, mentally write your grocery list, compose a letter, or plan dinner.

Listen to music 
Everyone has a song or two that never fails to inspire them. Mine is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” (I know, cheesy but it works).  

Talk to yourself
Use a mantra to rally your strength. It might be a word or a phrase like “push,” or “you can do this.” Or a sound, like “oomph.”


10.19.08 nike marathon course

October 7, 2008

Click here for the course map for both the 26.2 and the 13.1 races. They both end up at the same point so we’ll meet right there after the race (after I ravage the Ghirardelli station that is).

We might want to ask our limo guy to park somewhere near the beach so we don’t have to walk one more mile. Details, details… 😉


October 3, 2008

I have no words for this:

a matter of perspective

October 3, 2008

A dog thinks:

Hey, those people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me…..They must be gods!

A cat thinks:

Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me….. I must be a god.

cat workout

October 1, 2008

I have spent the last 5 minutes laughing hysterically at this joke which I think cat lovers will love. It gives cat owners a series of steps to follow to give kitty a pill. Another way to look at it is getting an awesome workout. 😉

  1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
  2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
  3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
  4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10.
  5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from kitchen.
  6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat’s head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
  7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
  8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with its head just visible from below spouse’s armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat’s mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
  9. Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply bandage to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
  10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
  11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
  12. Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat’s mouth open with small wrench. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak. Hold head vertically and pour pint of water down throat to wash pill down.
  13. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Stop by furniture shop on way home to order new table.
  14. Arrange for vet to make a house call.

autumn dinner

October 1, 2008


From the CrossFit archives comes this Zone friendly menu for a fall night (or day):

  • Spicy Albacore Polpettes with Tomato Sauce, Olive & Capers
  • Arugula Salad


pumpkin goodness

September 30, 2008

If you haven’t tried pumpkin butter you don’t know what you are missing. Here’s a great recipe for my favorite fall vegetable:


  • 2 pounds peeled, seeded, and diced sugar pie pumpkin (substitute canned if needed)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a stainless steel pot, combine pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, and salt; bring to a simmer. (If using fresh pumpkin, stir until it’s tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.)
  2. Continue simmering until the mixture starts to thicken, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a blender; blend until smooth. Return mixture to pot and heat for 10 minutes on low until it reaches desired thickness. Remove, cool, and serve.

Apple-Cinnamon: Add 1/2 pound of peeled and diced Granny Smith apples, 3/4 cup apple juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Spread this on toast for a sweet treat.

Cardamom-Clove: Add 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon ground clove, and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice. This slightly more savory butter goes well with meats such as pork.