2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

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Top 5 Must-Have Winter Running Gear

It’s official – the light’s gone out in Cleveland and we’re in for a solid 5 months of agonizingly cold gray-and-white landscapes. but should that mean us runners will be forced to Occupy The Couch, or worse, The Treadmill?! I think not. Here are 5 things to keep you out and about in that beautiful Winter Wonderland while your competitors indulge themselves in a bit of seasonal pudge. Continue reading

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Carrot Raisin Salad

Whenever we have company, which isn’t very often, I have a set routine. Throw out all the trash, hide the clutter in a closet and smuggle my nail polish somewhere it can’t be seen. I have an embarrassingly large collection of nail varnish. I have stopped buying new ones (for now) because I feel a little guilty for having spent so much money on them (though they were on sale) and it’s annoying when Eli rolls his eyes when I spot new ones I want, but there is always the guilty hope that the nail polish fairy with surprise me one day with some Butter London, Deborah Lippman or Chanel.

So what does this story tell you about me besides the fact that I just failed the nail polish CAGE questionnaire? That carrots (and tumeric) should come with a warning label: Will dye skin and nails orangey-yellow, which leaves me quite peeved. It’s not permanent, but it does take a while to scrape off.

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Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Congratulations! You are now reading blog entries by a newly guilt-absolved writer. No, I didn’t go to confession–I merely finished some very important pieces oh…72 days past the deadline? Yes, really the only thing Kim Kardashian and I will ever have in common. Phew. During my mad scramble to finish, Eli was put on cooking duty on days I didn’t want to boil pasta. Which was probably just as well that we didn’t have much material for GT because we didn’t have much of a writer. But now we do! Enter, Honey Soy Wings. Wings are always a hit, anywhere. While they’ve been aggressively marketed as “dude food”, it’s just a poorly assessed marketing strategy to promote these delicious bits to the predicted group of most-wings-consumed. “They/The Man” clearly has not witnessed the carnage that results from adding a Linda to a plate of Wings.

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Great article for Barefoot Adventurers

Linda recently came across this article from the writer of Born To Run, widely considered to be the book on barefoot and natural running. As it turns out the article is pretty good. It gives a fair bit of history regarding the movement and could serve as a nice, brief introduction to any n00bs out the looking to find themselves some barefoot adventures for the first time. Once you’ve read the article, maybe you’ll even be inspired to read the whole book, which has been more or less continually shove down my throat by this girl (although I have to admit that I still haven’t read it…shhhh!).

Also, for those of you persistent enough to make it to the end of the article, you are probably wondering just what the heck the “100 up” drill is all about — as well you should! Since I’m too busy/lazy to make a video this week, here’s a video of the author making a rather silly demonstration of the drill. Yes, I know it’s not embedded and that’s a pain, but us moochers who don’t host our own website are rather technologically impaired at the moment. More to come on that later…

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BOOM! Explosive Bike Strength!

(Adapted from the January 2011 issue of Triathlete Magazine)

So, you say you want to get faster and stronger on the bike? “But it’s too cold/hot outside for a hill workout!” you protest. Well, fret no longer, because this is the workout for you!

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Newton Running Clinic and a Free Massage!

This weekend was just chock full of excitement down at the Cleveland Running Company. For those of you keeping track, this was officially our third attempt at making it down to Shaker Heights (about 35 minutes away) in time for the 9 am start of the store’s Run Club, but our first success. Of course, no weekend run would be truly complete without Linda being injured in some way (two weeks ago, she was run down by a drunk biker, this week, she turned her ankle 30 feet from our doorstep), so this cat went out solo for a nice little 6-miler with Erica, the leader of the group. Upon returning to the store, we were again greeted with a veritable smörgåsbord of bagels, drinks, horribly un-nutritious peanut butter cookie squares, and apples (courtesy of our recent trip to Patterson Fruit Farms). After indulging, yours truly was treated to a free massage, courtesy of a local massage therapist who visits our little club every other week. Once again, this is why brick-and-mortar stores are WICKED AWESOME! Continue reading

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