last weekend, I was up at 4:30am. I packed my bag the night before. Here’s what it contained:
Our team assembled and packed a Jeep full of the day’s necessities.
What kinda trouble were we getting ourselves into? I’ll let the DWD website sum it up for me:
I’ll tell ya what it aint’, it aint’ no place for wimps and it aint a place for pansey, “don’t get my shoes dirty” runners afraid of a few roots and cliffs.
We got our hands dirty…
OK, so not just our hands.
By the end of the day, I was tuckered. out. Bruised, scraped, soaked to the bone… I’d run more miles in one day than ever before… up hills, down hills, through woods, mud, streams, rain and altogether treacherous terrain.
Was it worth it? Hell yes. The hardest things always are.
What are you doing this weekend? I’m doing this.
Well, the cat (or should I say the chicken?) is out of the bag. I’m eating meat.
That’s right… after 10+ years of being a vegan/vegetarian, I’ve given up. Given in to my barbaric instincts. Thrown my eco-friendly, animal-loving tendencies out the window. Or have I? Follow me on a journey between ‘Kate, you’re making a bigger deal out of this than you need to’ and ‘Kate, this decision dictates who you are and what you believe in’…
I didn’t just wake up one morning and mow down on a drumstick. It was actually really, really hard to make the switch. The weird thing is, the decision I made back int he day to go vegetarian was pretty damn easy. Help animals, help the environment, be healthy. Done and done. Can I still do those things if I eat cute little animals?
I want to be strong, vibrant, and socially-aware. I feel this change in my lifestyle will lead me there. First and foremost, I’ll say this. FACTORY FARMING IS BAD BAD BAD. There are many reasons I’m choosing to go carnivore, but please note that my plans include local, organic, sustainable farming. My money is going to local farms that are doing it right. I can still be all the things I want to be and not feel like a total hypocrite.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, it’s a big life decision, much like getting a tattoo or chopping off my hair (hear me out.) Being vegetarian was so much a part of my ‘me’. People assume certain things about you when you assign a label to yourself (republican, rastafarian, Gleek). So now, I guess I’ll just have to find other ways to let people know who I am. I’ll worry about that later. For now, just welcome me back to the circle of life.
I love a challenging workout, but I get bored really easily. I’m in pretty good shape, and I’m sure I could handle running 5-7 miles, but my mind is so over it after 2 or 3. I have exercise A.D.D.!
look at those guns
That’s why roller derby has been so good to me. The 2 hour practices fly by because we are constantly moving, jumping, racing, sprinting (because we’re being ordered to). On my days off, I like to jog or attend a yoga class (lactic acid be gone!). But since it’s so damn cold outside now, I’ve returned to an old standby- workout DVDs.
Yes, I have a treadmill in my living room… but like I said, I get bored really really easily, and I guess I like being told what to do.
I own one DVD that I discovered (by chance) before I ever started derby. I LOVE it, but it’s been around long enough that I need something else in the rotation. It’s a big deal to me that the only equipment you need for this are dumbbells. Hell, you could use soup cans or detergent bottles if you’re in a pinch.
So, I was looking for something challenging for those who are no stranger exercise, no fancy equipment required, and something short and efficient to keep my mind from wandering. Enter: Jillian Michaels.
Yeah, so I kind of just liked the name ‘Shred’, but I’m extremely happy with it. It’s VERY similar to the workouts we do in derby: walking planks and pushups, TONS of plyometrics, and good old-fashioned calisthenics. Bonus points for squeezing a ton of exercising in to either a 20 or 30 minute workout. I did both the first night and was so sore the next day.
So long as the weather sucks, I’ll be Netflixing more workout DVDs. Got any suggestions?