Running thoughts….

Gotta love Buzzfeed….
 
 
I’ve definitely had all these thoughts run through my head while on a run. The longer the run, the farther down the list I go. 
 
 
Fellow runners- can you relate? 
 
 
*FYI- I’ve edited this list to keep it PG. 
 
75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run

1. What a beautiful day for a run!
2. This sucks.
3. Well, five miles is only two and half miles each way, which is basically two miles each way, so I’m really only running four miles. That’s not too far.
4. It’s starting to feel far.
5. How long have I been running? A year?
6. SIX MINUTES?! 
7. I can barely remember what my life was like before I started this run.
8. OK, concentrate. There are still four-plus miles to go. 
9. But who counts the first and last mile? This is pretty much an easy three miler.
10. Oh, poop! A fellow jogger!
11. Should I wave?
12. I’m totally gonna wave.
13. OOOK, they didn’t wave back. Never doing that again.
14. Just keep running, no one saw. Except that old guy who may or may not be averting his eyes.
15. Man, I think I’m hitting that “second wind” thing my gym coach was talking about.
16. Wait, never mind. I’ve been running down a decline. 
17. If I leap to avoid dog poop, does that make me a CrossFit athlete?
18. What the heck is CrossFit anyway?
19. Mental reminder: Google CrossFit when I get home.
20. If I ever get home.
21. If I had a heart attack right now, I wonder who would find my body.
22. OMG, I hope I never find a dead body. Joggers always find dead bodies.
23. Bodies. Body. Bod-ay. Runnin’ all day, no one can catch … may.
24. OK, I must be halfway done by now.
25. What?! Only two miles in?
26. Alright, stay focused. What am I going to eat when I get home?
27. I’m running five miles so I should probably eat five slices of pizza.
28. Or I could buy one pizza and ask them to cut it into five slices.
29. I should probably get a side salad too. 
30. …
31. Nevermind the salad actually.
32. Man, what are these people doing in front of me? Walking?!
33. Is this a contest to see who’s the worst at walking? Because you are both champions in my heart.
34. Maybe if I pound my feet on the ground they’ll hear me coming and let me pass.
35. Oh, poop. They didn’t turn around and now I’m right behind them. They’re going to think they’re getting mugged by the world’s sweatiest criminal.
36. You know what? Now seems like a good time to run in the street.
37. * Jumps off curb * Parkour!
38. Hi hi hi please don’t hit me with your car. 
39. Pedestrian pedestrianizing over here, let me cross. 
40. Thank you, Mr. Blue Honda. I’m trying to smile at you but it probably looks like I’m having a stroke. 
41. Actually, I wonder what I look like right now. 
42. * Checks out reflection in shop window * Yeesh.
43. Is that what I look like when I run? What am I, a newborn deer with a drinking problem?
44. Whatever, I must be almost done by now. 
45. Heck yes. Three miles down, two to go. It’s all downhill from here. 
46. Except for that very real uphill in front of me. Crap.
47. Wait, is that… Is that…
48. A DOG! 
49. Hi dog! You are so cute. You are now my mascot. I will finish this run for you, pup.
50. And — hello — what do we have here? Your family is adorable too.
51. Hope you like drunk fawns, adorable family.
52. Watch my bambi butt prance up this hill.
53. Holy poop, prancing is exhausting. I am exhausted. 
54. Honestly, I don’t even like running.
55. Why do I even run?
56. Why does anyone even run?
57. Why are we even alive?
58. OK, let’s not go down that road.
59. Focus. Focus on that sweet, delicious ‘za waiting at the finish line, calling your name with its cheesy breath.
60. Wait, less than one mile to go? I am KILLING this run. 
61. I AM THE SWIFTEST GOD OF ALL TWO-LEGGED CREATURES.
62. YES, including ostriches.
63. Honestly, I should sign up for a marathon.
64. What is it, like 30 miles?
65. That’s just 15 miles each way, which is practically 10, and 10 is twice five, and I can run five miles EASY.
66. That’s it, I’m doing it. Thirty miles.
67. Thirty-mile marathon…30-mile marathon…30 Rock marathon.
68. On second thought, I’ll probably just binge-watch every episode of 30 Rock. That takes a lot of dedication and I will be winded from laughing so hard.
69. But I could probably do a marathon IF I wanted. 
70. OK, almost home. Should I shower first and order pizza or order pizza and shower before it shows up?
71. Yep, definitely ordering first. I earned that pie.
72. Oh, no. Oh no. Another runner. Should I wave?
73. No, be strong! Do not get burned again. 
74. SHE waved first! Hello! Yes! We are both runners! Look at us run!
75. I guess running’s not so bad.

NPR FTW

Those folks over at NPR…they’re so clever….

So this past April Fools day, the pranks were everywhere on the interwebs. Even the smarties over at NPR got in on the fun and turned it into a social media experiment. 

They wanted to see how many people actually READ the article before commenting on it. 

 

 

So they posted this on Facebook:

 

But when you clicked through to the article…you got this message:

 

Congratulations, genuine readers, and happy April Fools’ Day!

We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven’t actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let’s see what people have to say about this “story.”

Best wishes and have an enjoyable day,
Your friends at NPR

 

 

And their response was huge! It also proved their point that most people who comment on posted articles on FB don’t actually read the articles… they just make assumptions by the headline and run with it. 

 

(Come to think of it, I would think that die-hard commentators would comment on the original article anyway, and not go back to the Facebook comment thread, but to each his own.) 

 

Check out all the great responses to those that “read the article” at this link: http://kotaku.com/a-reminder-that-not-everyone-reads-before-commenting-1557812641 

 

 

Fight Stress and Fat with Dark Chocolate and Red wine?!?

YES PLEASE!

 

At least that’s what this article says….

 

http://www.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/1146/The_Super_List_of_40_Superfoods_to_Fight_Stress_an.aspx

 

True- not everything we read on the internet is carved-in-stone truth. But that is hard to remember when you have your opinions and desires clouding your mind. 

 

and my desire is to eat Dark Chocolate all the time. 

 

But seriously- this article has a great list of super foods that aren’t super scary and some are even affordable. 

 

Check out the full article HERE…and here’s a list of some of my favorites…

 

Dark chocolate—the darling of the superfoods—has been found to reduce the risk of a number of stress-related diseases:  lower heart disease risk, a measurable drop in melanoma skin cancer rates, a lower diabetes risk, and better cognition in older people.
 
 
Coffee is packed with antioxidants that make it one of the healthiest beverages on earth. In addition to being beneficial for athletic performance and brain function due to the caffeine, coffee decreases disease risk, including cancer (lung, prostate, breast, endometrial, pancreatic, stomach, and colon), heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
 
 
Red wine is famous for containing the antioxidant resveratrol that has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after exercise, lower cancer risk, and promote insulin sensitivity. Along with red grapes and grapeseed extract, high-quality red wine has the ability to fight stress when consumed in small quantities and it also improves estrogen metabolism.
 
 
 
Asparagus is nutritionally rich, containing folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and chromium, which is often low in the modern diet and will reduce sugar cravings and stress eating. It’s also high in glutathione, that super antioxidant that is at the core of the immune system.
 
 
 Avocado is called an “anti-obesity” food by scientists because it’s jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can produce a lower body weight and waist circumference, as was seen in an analysis of the diets of 17,567 Americans.
 
 
 Blueberries and related dark-colored fruits like raspberries and blackberries are on this list. What you may not know is that they are one of the most useful foods for building muscle and strength because they accelerate recovery. They help remove the waste products or “garbage” produced by intense training. Eat them alone or add them to high-glycemic carbs for better insulin sensitivity.  

Repost: SBCM Bracketology 101 Review

It’s time for my yearly repost! Below is a blog I wrote a couple years ago around this time of year…March Madness Season. Though years have past, last names have changed, my feelings and theories still ring true. So if you are new to the world of March Madness, welcome, and enjoy the advice below! 

 

I love March Madness! Just like this guy:

 

 

I do love college basketball. It’s a passion that started when I became a cheerleader at good Ol’ Milligan College and I fell in love with the excitement and thrill that comes with watching basketball.

 

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Sure we never made it to the Big Dance, but it was enough to get me hooked onto March Madness.

 

And I will also admit- I am a horrible college basketball fan throughout the season because there always seems to be something else more important, so I usually end up making up for lost time and become a psycho-super fan for the next couple weeks. (and most of the time there’s nothing else on, so unless you have a bunch of stuff on your DVR, enjoy it!)

 

ANYWAYS- I’m sure there’s plenty of buzz going around the water coolers about office pools and bracketology…who’s the Cinderella story and who’s the dark horse….who’s your elite 8 and your upsets? I’m always amazed at the scrutiny and analyzing that goes on during this time! However- you shouldn’t let the over-analytic thinking get you down and discourage you from entering a bracket into the office pool! They are so much fun! And the best thing about it is everyone has an equal chance once the games start….and usually the guy that was bragging about his stellar picks ends up with the bleeding bracket. If anything- that is worth entering the pool!

 

So over the years I have come up with my own way of making my bracket picks…and fair warning…my methods have NOTHING to do with stats! So if you are serious fan, go away. You will just be frustrated.

 

SBC(M)’s BRACKETOLOGY 101:

 

- go with your gut- write your choices in PEN! I know! I’m going against every grade school teacher’s philosophy that I had when I say that, but it’s true. Overthinking causes doubt and leads to those “ARGH! why didn’t I go with my gut?” moments that we all hate. AND it also saves you from those cheaters who write their choices softly and half erase them and try to say “oh well I had that down!” You can also go with a pool online and fill out your bracket electronically. Computers don’t lie for you. 

 

- it is OK to fill out many brackets! – when Syracuse is in the Dance, I fill out two- one as my dream bracket- with one of those said teams going all the way to win. The second one being more realistic and thoughtful with my choices.

 

-be sure to allow some upsets- I know I said earlier I don’t go by stats- but the little tiny numbers are sometimes smart to go by in the first couple rounds. Your 8&9, 5&12, 7&10 and 6&11 games are going to be where most of the upsets happen….so be sure you allow a couple of those….1 for each region maybe? and the best way to choose these is to base your decision on:

 

  • school location – would you rather vacay in Cali or Maryland? or did you have a bad experience with some cheese in Wisconsin?
  • school mascot – if those two mascots were in a fight for realsies…who would win?
  • school popularity – have you even heard of said school? If not, go with Hollywood references- Ole Miss if you’re a fan of Sandra Bullock’s performance in The Blind Side, and Marquette if you’re a fan of Tommy Boy (Tommy Boy’s Alma Matter).

 

because really…..they’re gonna be some upsets…so you may as well base your decision on silly reasons.

 

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- the coolest names are always the safest bets!- Who can’t love a school called GONZAGA!! Seriously- part of me wants to go get a second degree from there and become important enough to change their mascot to GONZO! Creighton and Bucknell are always fun names too…

 

- family/friends personalize your bracket - have family that went to Michigan or Butler? you best be putting them down to make it to the second round! Family that lives in Cincy? Go for it! Is your ex’s alma mater in the tourney? Make sure his/her school gets beat in the first round. :)

 

- when in doubt- its all in the team colors. I personally can’t stand UT’s shade of orange. It makes me sick. Also make note of team jersey styles. Sorry IU fans, but I want to slap the person who thought it was ok to give IU clown warm-up pants. (It’s a good thing they didn’t make it this year!) And even though I was only in 6th grade at the time….it still makes me mad….UK should have been disqualified for showing up to the tournament with denim jerseys! yuck!

 

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So there ya have it! SBC(M)’s Bracketology 101! Hope this guide will help you in your bracket choices….and if it doesn’t, at least you had fun filling it out!

 

Sara Beth :)

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I-Step Survival Guide…for TEACHERS!

Happy I-Step Week Everyone! 

 

I know- Teacher or Student, this is not your favorite time of the year. I think the only thing I remember enjoying at I Step time when I was growing up was the time that we got to eat “healthy snacks” during test breaks AT OUR DESKS (#bigdeal). To this day I think of standardized testing while snacking on Ritz Bits Cheese sandwiches and green grapes…

 

 

 

Anyways- several of my friends on Facebook are Teachers and one of them found a sweet survival guide on how to pass the time while your classroom kiddos are trying to figure out in what world is a Baloo a Bear and Yonkers is a Young Man.

 

 

 

What I didn’t realize was how painful this week is for teachers as well as students. One would think that sitting there watching students take tests and reading a script of instructions would be nothing, but according to this blog, teachers can’t have books, ipads, phones, magazines…can’t catch up on grading papers or other work, and they HAVE to be walking around watching the students. Ick. I’ll stick to my desk job thank you. 

 

I’ll share my favorite activities below, but the full post you can find here.

 

- Walk down the rows imagining you’re:
 
  • walking down the aisle to marry your favorite celebrity and all the students are wedding guests
  • on the red carpet in the most awesome dress/tux of your LIFE and all the students are paparazzi
  • walking the plank on a ship and all of the students are pirates
  • walking in a cemetery and all the students are ghosts
  • scuba-walking on the bottom of the ocean floor and all your students are sea creatures
  • a flight attendant and the students are passengers on the “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” Twilight Zone episode

 

SB: I wonder if my teachers ever did this? 

 

- The Active Monitoring Workout:
 
  • Abs: I read somewhere that one of the most effective ab workouts is simply exhaling all of your air, then tensing up your ab muscles as hard as you can.
  • Legs: Put ankle weights on during a break of at the beginning of the day, and do calf-raises when you get to the back of the room (students might get distracted and/or you might earn the nickname Twinkle Toes if they see you doing them)
  • Arms: Flex your bicep as hard as you can for various increments of time 

 

SB: These would work for sitting at your desk too!

 

Imagine what animal each student would be. Not personality-wise, but strictly based on facial appearance.  For example, the Mythbusters guy looks like a walrus.
 
 
 
 
 
- If your group of students somehow got stranded on a desert island, which job would each student have? (Ex: firewood collector, hunter, shelter builder, resident artist, town fool, etc.)
 
 
 
- Look at the items in the room and think about how you would use them for survival if there was a zombie apocalypse
 
 
SB: Another sign I’ve been watching too much Walking Dead…
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Use some Crest White Strips or other teeth whitening agent
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Buy three different kinds of gum and time all three of them to see which one loses flavor the fastest
 
 

 
 
 
-Dream up your Best Day Ever.  Best Day Ever means that you have 24 hours do whatever you want, whenever you want, and with whomever you want.  Try to plan out every detail. What would you eat for meals? You would stay in one place the whole day or jump around to different places in a teleport? Who all would you see—friends and family, celebrities, or a combination? Your imagination is the limit!*
 
 
 
Happy Standardized Testing Week!

OSCAR FASHION! 2014 Edition

 

Oh Award Season…you come and go so quickly….

 

(At least the fun Awards shows :))

 

Last night were the Academy Awards…and with being filled with some super close races (which Tim Green and I TOTALLY ROCKED AT PREDICTING!), you knew it was going to be a great show. 

 

I think this year’s Oscars was one of the best shows all around, and the Academy can thank this lady for this accomplishment:

 

 

Ellen ROCKED it! True, she can never live up to my besties Tina and Amy, but Ellen brought the Academy Awards back to that level of entertainment.

 

Between the selfie that broke Twitter:

 

 

 

To ordering nom noms for the noms….

 

 

and then making noms pay for the nom noms…..

 

 

 

She can stay. :)

 

 

Musical Performances were great too (P!nk KILLED IT!)… and Pharrell Williams made all of THIS happen….

 

 
 
The 27 Best Moments From The 2014 Academy Awards
 
The 27 Best Moments From The 2014 Academy Awards
 
 
 
 
He can come back too…just as long has he wears normal suit pants….
 
 
 
 

 

Speaking of FASHION….. (see what I did there? hehe….

 

Here are my faves, what the?’s, and NOPES from last night.

 

Once again- another fairly decent collection of good fashion choices. Of course there will always be some weird choices here and there, but that’s what makes this blog fun right? OK lets get to the dresses!

 

My FAVES:

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These ladies ROCKED it last night. Amy and J. Law looked beautiful in their similar silhouettes, and I love how Jennifer brought back the backwards necklace. I’ll be interested to see if it becomes a trend!  Sandra KILLED it in that Alexander McQueen (can I borrow that for the CAP Adult Prom please? ;)) and Lupita…what can I say? She’s been winning at fashion at pretty much every single awards show since the season started. Tim Green and I believe she is Hollywood’s next sweetheart. Good Job Ladies!

 

 

FAVES part 2: The off-white collection:

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These 3 women also looked gorgeous. Kristen Bell looked slightly bridal, but she was in Frozen so I forgive her.(Yes I know that’s poor reasoning but this is my blog not yours! :) )  Cate and Kate were STUNNING! Cate’s dress especially…I rarely like a nude dress on anyone, but she pulls it off effortlessly. As for the other Kate, I almost put her in the wardrobe malfunction category, but the way she carried herself and that dress you could tell she was “secure” if you know what I mean. WAY TO GO LADIES!

 

Next category….SEPARATES but Equal??

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Meryl….well she’s Meryl. She can wear a paper sack and I’ll be ok with it because she is so flippin’ awesome. And she’s been to the Oscars what..18 times now? This is just another party for her. June Squibb is adorable. I had no interest in Nebraska, but then they showed the clip of her flashing her…ahem….womanhood….to the grave of a man who wanted in her pants and I about died of laughter. 

 

Emma on the other hand…not as excited about her dress. Her hair was adorable, and her moments with Joseph Gordon Levitt were just as cute, I think she could have done better. 

 

And now it’s time for a break to play….WHO ROCKED THE BABY BUMP?!?!

 

 

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and the winner is….KERRY WASHINGTON!

 

I have no idea what Elsa Pataky was thinking in her dress choice. I do love the green and what the fabric was doing, it beats out the poor steam job on Kerry’s dress. HOWEVER…what is with that waistline under your bump?!? What made you think this look was attractive? You look like you are going to pop at any second! Whoever told you that this look was a good idea needs to seriously rethink their career in fashion. Or is holding a grudge against you. You may want to fix that. 

 

 

Our next game…WHO WORE IT BETTER?

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If you were watching the show last night and saw Whoopi and thought…hey, I’ve seen that look before…it’s because you did. On Julia Roberts. 2 months ago.  Who ROCKED that look way better than Whoopi. Sorry Whoopi, but this was a bad choice. 

 

 

And now…the category you are all looking forward to…the NOPE category! 

 

Amazingly enough, I had to role my wardrobe malfunction, project runway, too matronly for your age categories all into one, because everyone looked THAT GOOD. 

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Anna Kendrick: I was back and forth on this one. I think she is just in need of an “editing eye” from Tim Gunn. I think it’s the “slit” that is bothering me. So she is in the project runway category mostly. 

 

Jennifer Garner: Ugh. You’ve done so much better than this. It’s flapper girl gone wrong. What really sealed the deal were the SHOES. You can’t tell in the photo, but you could tell when she walked out to present. they were some serious chunky platforms that I’m pretty sure were from a 1995 prom…and I mean that in a bad way. 

 

And the worst…Angelina Jolie. I’m sorry girl. You are a wonderful human being. Going from weird goth girl to using your fame to make a difference and earning the Humanitarian Oscar for doing so, also being a mother of 6 with the ever beautiful Brad Pitt, you have a lot of great things going for you. This is NOT the dress for that. Where do I start?!? I’ve never seen a dress that was soooo matronly and yet at the same time worried about a wardrobe malfunction. Also, remember how I said that Cate rocked the nude look? that’s because she’s got the porcelain skin look. You girl, do not. You have that “natural tan” look and this deserves bold colors or jewel tones, not a color that fades into your skin! AND- we all know you still look great…so show off the goods while you still can! 

 

 

Well, there you have it! my opinion of the Oscars. Overall- great show. It was worth skipping a night of catching up on Walking Dead. 

 

What did you think of the show?