bacon. bonanza.

April 19, 2010

Marathon Monday = Christmas in April

How to make this week any better? Two words. Bacon. Beer.

Yes, it’s true..

It’s as if this was my own birthday party so thoughtfully planned out by complete strangers. Not on my birthday.

Questions that linger:
– will this hold up to the original baconfest, the one Skybil and I discovered before it was even cool to like bacon?
– how much bacon is too much bacon? Unlike beer, which gives you a pretty good indication on when you should be put in timeout.
why am I racing at Dartmouth the next day? Not even sure why I’m going at all. If you recall, this was the scene of my most horrific crash to date. (And shockingly, that was NOT the elbow fracture).
– how do I top my outfit from Halloween?


wintry. wardrobe.

January 5, 2010

Why do I run? For the shoes, obviously.

While my life coach/personal stylist, Miss S, might be the expert in all things fashion, I can claim the master of all things athletic apparel related. The connoisseur of swoosh, if you will. While I’m quasi-retired/on indefinite hiatus from running, I still like to talk about shoes and all the goodies.

From time to time I get questions about said running equipment, clothing and accessories. One such inquiry came recently from the hambeefjustinsteak lover, ms. leenmcdermott.

1. Recommended training programs for a 5K/10K/marathon/etc.?
I’ve very loosely followed training programs because 1) I hate doing speedwork and 2) I’m generally lazy and never follow instructions and 3) just try to run everyday/regularly and usually that will suffice to run/race fast (for me at least). But structure is always good. I have Nike+, so you can record and view your runs with a plug of a USB port, which is always good for a number crunching MBA type like yours truly. While it’s not as precise as a GPS running watch, for $60 and a much cooler look, it does just fine.

There are a number of training programs out there, as a quick internet search would suggest. Runners World, Jeff Galloway and Cool Running are well known race training resources. Most importantly, find a schedule that accommodates your life and schedule — fitness level, rest days, duration (# of weeks before slated race day), etc. Also, remember that you can change the days of the training program — so if you don’t want your rest day to be Monday, just adjust the schedule to match up with the days of the week that work for you, but generally try to keep the order (you don’t want two rest days in a row). And if the duration is slightly off, say you have an extra week or two before the actual race day, I would repeat the second to last week on the schedule — usually the final week involves some tapering.

And all this is subjective — if you feel good, you can up the mileage/intensity. If you’re not feeling good, you can take it easy for a workout — there’s no shame in walking for a segment (sometimes I’ll get a cramp and just take a small break and then start up again). It’s more important that you’re getting out regularly and building general fitness than meeting a specific pace.

The most helpful thing for a beginner or advanced runner is to find a running partner or group. For beginners, it makes you accountable not to skip the workouts, for advanced runners, it’s a good way to make sure you’re getting your speedwork and drills in. The one time that I regularly did speedwork was for the NYC Half Marathon, with the Nike Run Club, and it turned out pretty well in the end.

2. Clothing
Most important winter clothing: gloves and dri-fit base layers. Layers are good cause you really warm up and you don’t want to sweat — that will make you cold. I always try to dress so that I’m slightly uncomfortable when I start out running — by a mile in, you’ll be warm but not overheating. Here‘s a clothing calculator of sorts that you might try. Generally, here’s how I gauge temps and outfits:
60 degrees + = tshirt or tank, shorts
upper 40s-60 degrees = base layer tshirt, long sleeve shirt, shorts
30-mid 40s = base layer tshirt, long sleeve shirt, long running tights – I always wear long pants once the temps get down to the 40’s, not so much for the overall warmth, but just to protect my knees from the cold. Knee injuries are forever.
Below 30 = base layer tshirt, fleece lined long sleeve shirt and/or wind jacket, fleece lined running tights
Below 20 = treadmill. Hey, I’m a southern belle at heart, especially when it comes to cold weather.

Other FAQ’s:

Favorite shoe: Nike Zoom Miler, circa 2004-2006. I’ve had several instances of this shoe, including multiple pairs that got busted airpockets. Sadly, they only exist now as cross country spikes. I do have one last pair of Zoom Milers still untainted in their original shoebox which I found on ebay that I have been holding onto for the right moment/race. I believe this pair makes six total. Currently running with the Zoom Victory, which was based on the Zoom Miler and launched for the 2008 Olympics.

Favorite shorts: Nike Tempo Shorts. Nike keeps releasing the same short in various colors for the last 5 years now, so I oblige by picking up the entire spectrum — from blue to burnt orange to pepto pink to white hot. If it ain’t broke, buy the whole line.

Why Nike?: Capitalism got me young. Just before I turned two years old, barely talking, for Christmas I asked for ‘Nike shoe’. My mom didn’t know how I even knew what Nike was. In my more hardcore running years though, I simply like the way they fit — I have narrow, flat and skinny feet. And generally, I like their stuff — the fit, style and variety. Just cause I’m athletic doesn’t mean that I don’t care about fashion.

I could write a novel on running stuff, so I’ll continue in future posts..

“as your running email was so nice and comprehensive, i would now like one about google wave. GO.” -KMM


nation. nods.

December 9, 2009

Speaking of people who recently started blogs, a shoutout goes to my b-school friend/stylist/wedding planner/life coach, who just launched a new blog, Project Shannon. She is to style as what I am to bacon. (Enthusiast, connoisseur, expert, consumer.. take your pick.) Read on for content which its subject matter does not involve TiVo, sneakers or Snuggies (likely a welcome relief for you all)!


snowy. southerner.

February 24, 2009

Just to prove to all you naysayers, evidence of yours truly enjoying Tuck Winter Carnival. Southern girl in the snow! (Okay, it was cold).

Unfortunately (or fortunately for the BC kids), no pics will be posted from the 80’s party. Mostly cause we are trying to be as employable as possible. But here’s a nice non-descript overhead shot:

There is one thing to be said, though — Kimberdoodle was born to be an 80’s chick. Seriously. Also, Forever 21 has a frightenly large amount of neon and spandex.


stupendous. snuggie.

February 10, 2009

Who knew that Grandma was so hip? The Twin and I received Snuggies for xmas!

Of course, everyone was jealous.

The Twin: “Also, how have you never heard of the snuggie?? it’s on infomercials non-stop.  one of my friends just calls it a backwards robe.  which is pretty true.  and they’re kinda cult-y, but they sure look comfy!”

Although, they kind of look like another kind of robe, of royal emperor variety..

Check out Kimberdoodle in the Snuggie on Facebook. Contain your obvious jealousy!

Also, any bets on whether or not Hassel will notice yours truly wearing the Snuggie during MP4 class tomorrow?


eight. eight. eight.

August 8, 2008

Happy Olympics! Who doesn’t LOVE the fact that Ralph Lauren outfitted the athletes for the opening ceremony? (Okay, so that might be just me). HOT.

Prey Family Vacation, a brief history

Wed: delayed two hours getting out of NYC (so what else is new?) Fortunally, not seated next to the WORLDS FATTEST MAN ALIVE this time around. Delta, you are DEAD to me.

Thurs: got lost in a cornfield somewhere in Indiana en route to the lake. At first Garmin was blamed, until we realized that mom typed in the wrong address. Typical.

Fri: Water skiing: 0, DJP: 1. And now the current one miler fun run champ. So fast that they had me recreate my finish to take the proper photos (and I still finished ahead of 2nd place daddy-o).

Possibly a little too tan for my own good, if that’s possible. Face is a little burnt, which is what Skybil must feel like anytime her skin is exposed to sunlight.

Oh, and here’s to hoping that Skybil found Bernie, or that Bernie has found a more attentive pet owner..

Poor Brit:
DP: poor rach, is she okay since tex was traded?
Skybil: She hasn’t been able to talk about it yet

Colberto:
A couple weeks ago we got VIP tix to the Colbert Report. Stephen = God. It was like.. ghetto burgers for the soul. Check out the episode here. Also, check out this hilarious interview with Lucas Conley, a guy on how branding is ruining consumerism. Obviously I went out to buy the book cause it came in such a cool package (which totally defeats the purpose of his book, but oh well)..


hoops. heaven.

May 24, 2008

Visiting the Nike House of Hoops in Harlem..

LeBron wall

Kicks of pro players (in their actual sizes – smallest was a 12 in Steve Nash)

As for the rest of life in The City..

The office.. next to Radio City and waayy to close to all the 5th Ave shopping.

Unfortunately, I missed this in the ATL:

The Brit collects her Mark Teixiera bobblehead. All I gotta say, is thank god for eBay. I too will have my TexMex bobble.

What else..
Kissena, the team that at some point I’ll be riding with this summer. (Yay for UVA colors). Who knew that it would take over a month for the bruises from getting run over by bikes (twice) to go away?

Speaking of which, what do a Tour de France Champion (Alberto Contador) and I have in common? Turns out, we both like to fracture our elbows!
“The 2007 Tour de France winner crashed during Saturday’s eighth stage to Tivoli. He finished in the bunch on both Saturday and Sunday but an x-ray carried during Monday’s rest day revealed a small fissure fracture at the head of the radius bone of his left forearm.”
cyclingweekly.co.uk

Neverfear, living in New York will not deprive me of my favorite clothing store ever: there’s a Ralph Lauren Rugby store in the Village.

The subway is a place of marvel for a small town southerner. The things I’ve seen in one week.. most notably, the guys who were breakdancing in a relatively full train, doing flips on the pole/handrails and a two-person somersault down the aisle. It was absolutely ridic, in a good way. Other ridiculous things happen on the subway that don’t need to be mentioned.
(Two-person somersault example here.. but the subway one was way better)

In regards to the legend of the $18 mani/pedi in NYC: it’s TRUE.