Let’s Get Physical Friday: All Eyes and Hearts on Boston

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Happy Friday! Hope you all had a wonderful week. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Let’s Get Physical Friday here. Don’t worry, I’m still on my path to get fit. My gym membership ran out a couple of weeks ago, so no more classes and inside workouts. It’s finally nice enough to get outside and get stuff done. I am now running 2-3 weeknights and 1-2 times on the weekend and do some arm and ab workouts at home, along with my squats. The two months in the gym helped me mold a routine that I am now loving.

For the past two weeks though, running has had a new meaning for me. I no longer run for myself. I am running for Boston.

i run for boston
And I’m not the only one! Isn’t that shirt awesome? Click the picture to check them out at Ruffles With Love on Etsy.

I have been sorting out what I wanted to do with this post for two weeks now, partly for the running angle, but also the news angle. I will always be a news girl, so stories like this are always in m heart.

I still consider myself a newbie runner. I’ve never even come close to running a marathon. I ran cross country in high school because I needed something to keep me in shape for basketball. I’m still stoked to get under 30 minutes in a 5K…. which I crushed twice this week ;) But, I am a runner. I love to run. I love competing against my records. I love people watching in the park while I run. I love seeing the same people out running every time I go. I love finding new paths to run. I love to turn on my Pandora radio and just go. Those are all things that I have come to expect with running. Throw on a pair of shoes and I’ll find what I’m looking for and maybe more. What I didn’t expect was heartbreak in the running community.

Along with identifying myself as a runner, I’m also a journalist. So this story hit me from two different angles. We were in our afternoon meeting last week, when a guy rushed in and said he heard there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon. At first we didn’t think it was true. None of us had received alerts, and you know we all sign up for everything possible! Several people immediately pulled out their phones and within seconds, it seemed, we had live coverage from Boston. NBC took over from local coverage and we all watched, stunned at what was being reported. I produce our 6pm newscast, which is strictly local news. National news comes on after us, so we rarely report out of the tri-state. Not the case Monday. We had several stories on Boston, as well as a live press conference with the President. After six years in the business, you never know what to expect. The shock that hit us Monday didn’t leave the newsroom all week, and even this week, we are still talking about it and digging for more information on how and why this happened. The next day, new information is released, we hear stories of heroism. Then we see possible suspect pictures. Then Friday, I woke up to several alerts on my phone about a shootout and I couldn’t turn myself away from the TV all day. Luckily I’m in a business where TVs are everywhere. Friday night, as the capture of Dzhokhar was going down, I was shopping, with my Sirius radio tuned into a news station and my ear buds in my ears. With events like this, no matter how far away you are, in the news business, you are impacted. Someone at home will know someone there. Someone nearby will be impacted, bringing the story close to home.

I met some of those people last week. There’s a running club in Huntington, called the Huntington Road Runners. Even though I consider myself a runner, albeit a newbie, I had never heard of this group before. Last Tuesday, while covering local angles of the Boston Marathon Bombings, we ran across an event this group was holding. A local 2.62 mile run around Marshall University. I found out several people involved in the group, and in the run, have run in the Marathon before and two of their own were in it this year. They came home safely. For some reason, I had my running clothes with me that night, and I decided to take part. I know that I’m not up to running club standard, but I wanted to do it for others, and I wanted to be part of the running community on this night. I think more than anything, I was nervous about running with a group. I run by myself. I am very competitive, so I am constantly working to beat my personal records and time and shave off seconds from nearly every run, and continue to add mileage. But running with others?? One thing I learned: There’s a bond in the community that can’t be broken.

Before the run, we all gathered for a quick speech, group prayer and a lighting of a blue and gold candle, Boston Marathon colors. It was very moving, even though we were hundreds of miles away from the scene. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish the whole run. A crazy summer-like storm was rolling through and lighting up the sky, and I ducked out after one mile since I still had quite the commute. But that was all I needed. As we all started running, there were several people in the area who started clapping. It was an amazing experience to be part of, and not one that any of us did it for ourselves.

I’ve heard of several runs like this that have happened across the country in the past two weeks and would love to hear from you if you took part in one!

I’ll leave you on some amazing words spoken by the young man who put together the 2.62 mile run: We will still run, but we will not run away.

To check out my pictures from the group run, follow my on Instagram @kariannalysis.

AnnAlysis Sunday Times: 4/21/13

Happy Sunday. I don’t know what you are up to this morning, but I am still in bed, lights off. I woke up early, did some reading until I fell asleep again and now I’m working on round 2. I want nothing more than not to move from this spot, but there are chores and workouts to do….. maybe.

I have a post I am working on about Boston. I took part in an amazing group run this week in honor of the victims. And then spent countless hours with the TV on, and my earbuds in while I was shopping to listen to the latest. While my heart sank Monday afternoon, it was lifted Friday when I heard the cheers of the residents of Watertown applauding the police for making their capture.

I am also working on a post about my latest knitting endeavors, which are still very basic and elementary. But yesterday I visited my first yarn shop and met with a group that I am part of on Ravelry. It was so fun. It was a very groupy week for me, which is not normal. I like group activities, sure, but normally choose to do them by myself, at my own pace.

This coming week is kind of a down week for me on the blog after a busy couple of months, but I’m going to be posting a couple of reviews that have been patiently waiting in the wings and finish my way through Improvising Carla which is proving to be a very interesting read.

On The Blog

AnnAlysis: The Trip
Author Interview: Tim Morgan
AnnAlysis: Hurricane Lily

Out This Week

the elit
fly away
wedding night

I hope you all have a wonderful upcoming week. Come back and visit! And as always, to learn more about the books coming out this week, click on the covers.

Let’s Get Physical Friday: Motivation

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Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but it’s been a rough week for me! Saturday and Sunday, I had pretty good workouts at home. Monday I went to a class and Tuesday I ran 3 miles on the treadmill. But then it all went downhill. Wednesday, I couldn’t get full. I was starving. Maybe it was because I had 900 calories left over on Tuesday, or maybe I just love food too much. Thursday, I took the night off to get my hair done (I’m a blonde now). And tonight I will be on the road all evening, so no workout again. Hopefully I can get back on track tomorrow. Maybe a little something will be better than nothing.

But when you have bad weeks like these, we all need some motivation. I have found a lot of motivation the past couple of months on instagram. I am constantly saving pictures and making them my background. This is my current phone background:


I absolutely love this shirt and will have it soon!

Today I wanted to share some other motivations I have found lately. Save them on your computer, or phone, print them out, just keep at it! Happy Friday!


Let’s Get Physical Friday: Gym vs. No Gym

Happy late Friday friends. Like every evening this week, I’m getting a late start at dinner and my evening routine. I had two late evenings at the gym, followed by a motel stay and random snow, dinner with a good friend, and watching the nation’s top high school basketball recruit in the country. My earliest night home was this evening, at 8 p.m. Needless to say, the blog has taken the brunt of my late evenings.

Tonight I am here to talk about one of the things in my previous paragraph: THE GYM.

Growing up and playing sports, I spent quite a bit of time in the weight room. I learned the ins and outs of the weight machines, and was a master at holding a chin up. But other than some weights to bulk up my 90 pound frame, that was all.

The summer before my senior year I won a pageant and part of my winnings was 3 months at our local physical therapy center AKA gym. There were a couple of treadmills and some weight machines, but once my free time ran out, I was done.

In college, our gym membership was part of our tuition. I was spoiled by Ohio University’s rec center AKA Ping. They had several basketball courts where I played intramural ball, class cage rooms for racket sports, a free weight room, a machine room, a climbing rock, and an indoor track on the third flood that overlooked it all. My love for the gym came and went. But now that I am an adult, I wish I would have taken better advantage of it.

As an adult, I’ve done some pilates DVDs (gifts from my dad for my college graduation) and some random online workouts when I felt like the winter was getting the best of me. The only regular exercise I had was walking with mom, or a friend during the warm months. So for about 3.5 years, I had sporadic exercise at best.

Last summer, my cousin and I decided to sign up for the Color Me Rad run in Columbus. Problem was, neither of us had run a 5K in years. I was afraid to run after tearing my ACL in high school, concerned that I would tweak it once again and I did NOT want to go through that pain EVER AGAIN. But we both used the Couch 2 5K program, got in shape and did our race. Luckily, it was nice out, so all of our training took place outside. It was months of work for a 30 minute race (30 minute’ish). I didn’t want to lose all my progress, so I continued to run outdoors until it was too cold and I didn’t have daylight when I got home. I don’t get home until after 7:30 every evening, so for several months, I only see sunlight on my drive in and through the window at work. I am too big of a chicken to run at dark.

So I asked my parents and brother and husband for money for my birthday so I could get a membership at the gym at our hospital. Unfortunately, it was right around the holidays and I only went four times in that month. Not worth the $40.

I did nothing the entire month of December, then turned over a new leaf in January when I got my FitBit. I did some Jillian Michaels yoga in my bedroom and found some Wii Just Dance videos on YouTube and saved them to my favorites. But I wanted to continue to expand. I did a little research into some classes that were offered in the town I worked. There were some yoga classes and some Zumba classes… but not many I could take with my work schedule. It all goes back to me getting off work late.

Then I had the bright idea that I should check out Marshall University’s rec center. A friend ended up giving me and a coworker two free weeks to test it out and we are loving it so far. We started on the treadmill, did a little biking and elliptical work, did the arms and legs machines and this past week did a Zumba class. The gym is very similar to OU’s with lots of options. They even have a pool. After two weeks, I am in love.

But, I’m a cheap skate. I don’t like to spend money. I just want to run and I will be happy. I can do several workouts at home and have found a lot on YouTube. So, we will continue to go to the gym for the next few chilly months, then I’ll get back to running outdoors when the chill breaks.

Pros of the Gym:
*Workout options
*Encouragement from the hundreds of others working out at the same time
*Being able to watch others and learn new workouts
*Having a workout partner (I think this is easier to do at the gym because you can both do the machines at your own pace and strength and not worry about running in public and leaving the other behind)
*Working out with a TV (I so love the TVs on the treadmills, bikes and ellipticals)

Cons of the Gym:
*Finding the time  – I feel like since I pay for it, I need to get my money’s worth
*Working out late = Eating late
*Worrying that you look like a fool (this doesn’t bother me too much, but I think it takes time to work up the courage to try new things)

My pros and cons kind of weigh each other out I think. I always feel great after leaving the gym, but hate not getting home and eating until 9. I also hate having to pay for things, that because of my schedule, I can’t do for free – like running.

What are your opinions? Gym or no gym?

Color Me Rad

A few months ago, my cousin mentioned to me that she was thinking about running in a 5K and it was this fun race called Color Me Rad. I had never heard of it so we looked it and saw that everyone started wearing all white, and ended looking like a tie dyed mess. I decided I wanted to run too, so we started training.

The last time I ran a 5K was in 2004, when I was in cross country. I tried to run a few times between then and now, but was too nervous after my knee surgery in 2004 that I couldn’t make it very far without quitting. But this time, my knee wasn’t going to hinder me. I downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my iPhone and it was a great tool to getting back into it. I stayed with it for the first few weeks, then abandoned it and went on my own. I felt like I was ready to do more than it was having me do.

Lisa named us the Book Worms and we made tshirts, and got knee socks and found white shirts so we were ready to get colorized.

We made an entire weekend out of it. We spent Saturday in Columbus, picking up our race gear and shopping and carbing up for Sunday.

We stayed only a couple of blocks away from the race, so we got up bright and early, got ready and walked over to the race area. It was actually still a little dark when we got there, and a little chilly I may add.

The people started rolling in and I was very surprised. There were “all kinds of kinds”, as Miranda Lambert says in one of the songs on her new album. There were kids, teens, adults, and wearing everything from white workout gear to wedding dresses. I think the best part was people watching.

They had a guy with a mic and music blaring. They were throwing around color packets, to save for the end of the race, but many of them were ripped open before we even got started.

We were in the second wave of runners and were more than ready to get going. We wove in and out, up and down the parking lot and didn’t even get a mile before we started getting colorized. There were several stations throughout the course to get colorful. A few where they threw chalk on you and a couple where they sprayed you with dyed something or other. And then after the race, there’s a final color throw where everyone in your wave has a packet and on the count of 3, rips it open and throws it around.

Wow! What a rush and what a mess. There were 4000 people who took part in the race. That’s a lot of flying chalk. We had so much fun and will definitely do it again.

The cleanup wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. It did take a while in the shower, scrubbing and letting the water get the color off of you. And we did find some missed spots later in the day.

Before the Race 

The first color spot

During the final color throw

We did it!!

Of course I have to do a thumbs up pose

And last but not least, my favorite shot from after the race and after I had taken my glasses off twice.. but the color stayed on

Now if you are interested in doing this race, let me give you some tips:
1. Get there early so you can people watch.
2. The race is not timed, so if you want to time yourself, make sure you have a watch or app to do so.
3. Do not wear good or new clothes – there were several people in what looked like brand new shoes – I guarantee they were ruined.
4. If you are serious runners, make sure you get to the front of your wave and get in front of others who may walk or be slower than you. It’ll take a few minutes before you have room to really break free.
5. You will most likely have to walk in places, depending on how your course is set up. There were zig zags all through ours and there were so many people you had to slow down just to get around people.
6. If you want to be really colorful, stay along the edges of the color stations. The color folks are standing along the edges waiting to pummel you with color – Again, you may have to walk here because people slow down to get colorful.
7. They give you sunglasses, wear them. When you are in the color stations, there is so much chalk flying around, you cannot see and it will get in your eyes if they are not covered.
8. If you want to take your phone to take pictures (which we did), just put them in a plastic baggie and do not take it out until you can wash your hands. The baggie protected it perfectly.
9. Regular soap and water will get off the colored dust, but you may have to scrub and have someone help you with your back and hard to reach places (get your mind out of the gutter). And you will most likely miss a few spots and have to get them later, but for us, we cleaned up easily.
10. If you love how your colored clothes look after the race, you can trap the color to keep forever. Use a spray bottle and spray your gear with vinegar and let it dry. When the items are dry, run an iron over them. And there you go, a tie-dyed’ish shirt or shorts or whatever you ran in.
11. Your race may not be exactly 5K. Ours was actually only 2.25 miles, but still fun nonetheless.
12. They also give you tattoos. We learned a trick with these. Instead of scrubbing and scrubbing with alcohol, just use clear tape. You can put a piece of tape over the tattoo and it will come off. May take a couple of pieces, but it works very well.
13.We planned well and stayed very close and walked so we wouldn’t have to get the car dirty, but if you have to drive away from the race, take plenty of beach towels to put in your car.
14. If you want to get professional “before and after” photos, make sure you put your bib with your number on it on the front of your shirt. That way you can find yourself and your pictures when they are uploaded.

I think that is all for now. If I think of any other tid bits, I will definitely add them. If you have done a race like this and have any tips to add, please leave them in a comment below!

To check out more on this race click here and check out the facebook page for pictures from the race, which will hopefully be up soon.