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If you don't Linus and the Peanuts...well then you clearly had a very uncultured childhood (I kid, mostly). Anyway, I was all ready and rarin to go. I decided to take my Nathan handheld water bottle since it was so hot. I should have known it was going to be an epic fail as I spilled water all over the place before I left (and was too lazy to refill so went with only half of the puney bottle). Also in the process of getting ready, somehow I got peanut butter on my running shorts. Um...weird as I wasn't eating peanut butter or eating ANYTHING for that matter. I was a mess!
Finally, I set off. I started off and kept a decent even pace at about 8:40 for the first 2 minutes. Then I was already bored. Oyyy, why must I be so dependent on that stupid little music machine?! I concentrated on my breathing and just took in my surroundings.
It helped a little but it was just so dang hot that I was pretty distracted. Few people were out (I guess other people didn't want to brave the heat) so I didn't have much to entertain me. Needless to say, I started slowing quickly. I wish I could say I got so into my run that I didn't need my ipod. I would be lying. I craved it. BADLY. I survived but it wasn't pretty. Maybe on a day when it isn't so hot I'll appreciate it more. I ended up doing 2.23 miles in 21:24. A pretty lackluster run made even more dull without anything to distract me.
The one positive of HTC is that it'll be so scenic and pretty that I know that will help entertain me! Oh well, I survived a mini run without one...a longer run will happen...someday soon.
Today I also got the new Colbie Callait CD and a book I bought off Ebay by Stephen Colbert (the other Megan recommended it to me). Joy of joys, I also found my missing camera...on the stove. Ryan and I looked high and low for it all weekend and couldn't find it. I guess we don't cook too much if neither of us saw it there. Whoops.
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I'm excited to listen to the CD and maybe had a few of the tunes to my poppier running mixes. Any other fans?
Okay...let's backtrack to yesterday. Megan (blog link there) and I had NO idea what to expect. All we knew is that it was a Detroit bloggers meet up at a bar in Royal Oak. We were hoping to find other people with similar interests and maybe learn a few things. We got to the bar, called Commune:
see the little sign?
It's in the basement of this restaurant:
which is realllllly good
We were nervous and when we got there, we realized most of these people knew each other. Talk about being outsiders! I was driving and Megan is pregnant, so neither of us were drinking either. We felt like we stuck out like sore thumbs. Luckily, someone came up to us and started talking to us, then so did someone else. However, we realized how little league we are compared to these people who had BUSINESS CARDS with them. Whaaattt??
After deciding to get a pizza to split, they ended up dividing everyone into groups and we got to know a few more people. Most of these people were hardcore into social media, had been doing it for a while, or did it as a full time job. There were some other newbies though too. Overall, it was a pretty diverse group and everyone ended up being friendly.
We met some really interesting people and a few people asked us for running advice. We were both a little weary to give any, except for one thing I feel pretty strongly about. One guy asked, "what about the people who say running is bad for your knees?" I launched into a whole spiel that I don't believe it (because I truly don't) and that with proper shoes, form, and exercises/stretches, your knees SHOULD be able to handle it. Sure, if you're 85 and running 1,000 miles a week, you probably are being a little too tough on them, but if you have a running base and continue to run throughout your life, I believe pretty strongly it won't deteriorate your knees any more than old age would on its own. For every race I've been to, all the old men and women I see who are runners look like their knees are doing pretty well. So I'm sticking to that.
Aside from me going off on a tangent, everyone was pretty receptive to the whole running thing, though we didn't find any other fitness bloggers. So many people got confused and thought Megan and I did a blog together. Heh, nope just two Megans who both run. Overall, we both had a good time, though we don't know if we'll go back to another.
After the blogger party, we opted to walk around for a bit and take in Royal Oak:
it was a pretty nice night with a glimpse of the moon
Royal Oak has everything, including a HUGE B&N:
that's my kind of store!
But what was really calling us was Coldstone and somehow I ended up with this in my hand:
cake batter with M&Ms...yum!
It was a perfect way to end the night and Megan and I both agreed that we would want to do a meet up with other bloggers more closely related to our interests...sooo....who wants to do a meet up with us if you're in the area? You don't have to be a runner per se, but it would definitely be cool to rally together several runners/fitness bloggers. OR even if you don't blog but follow ours and want in on the action, that's cool too! It doesn't have to be just Detroit area people either (Amanda, if you're willing to come from the Toledo area, we want you there!) We are being completely seat of our pants with this, so we have nothing planned and are open to suggestions. If you want to meet up, we'll figure out a day and time that works for most. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can email the other Megan (her email is on her blog). I promise we won't be too creepy in real life ;)
I'm off to visit an old friend from out out town! Have a great night!
-What running accessory is like your security blanket? Do you ever go without it?
-Have you been running in this heat? How are you handling it?
-Thoughts on running ruining your knees? Agree/disagree - why?
-Any other Colbie Callait fans?
-Interested in the blogger meet up? Have great ideas for where to meet? Let us know!