Friday Randomness – Oct. 14

Sorry for the two-banger day, y’all.  I wrote the previous post yesterday but I was also sick when I wrote it and wanted to make sure I wasn’t off in groggy la-la land before publishing it.  By the way, there is a lesson to be learned from this, which is that REST IS YOUR FRIEND.  This is a hard lesson for endurance athletes like myself, because we just want to go hard and fast, all the time, always always always, but our bodies sometimes don’t cooperate, and rightfully so.  Rest is important, even if it doesn’t seem that way sometimes.

Anyway, before we delve into this week’s collection of outstanding links from around the blogosphere, I have a teeny announcement to make.  (No, Mom and Dad, I’m not pregnant.)  I am now the proud owner of a racing bike!  Brian has decided he wants to be a superstar Ironman triathlete, because when you turn 50, you go balls out, I suppose, and so he’s trading up his bike. This means I get his cool racing bike for my very own use.  As a result, expect to see more about cycling on this blog.

P.S.  I’m also about to sign up for my first triathlon.  Eep!  And also, yay!

Okay, without further ado, the links:

Over at The Hairpin, Molly Reid writes about her experience in the wacky world of Curves.  I have to admit that, between the circuit-training-only fitness philosophy and the creepy anti-choice politics of the owner, I am not the hugest fan of Curves. I found this interesting anyway. ran a list of the 6 Most Horrifying Lies the Food Industry is Feeding You.  I will never look at orange juice in quite the same way.

At Gender Across Borders, Amelia Possanza explores roller derby in Mexico.

Jen at Runners Trials wants to know, what would it take for you to DNF? I have yet to start a race I have not finished, so I don’t know yet.  I hope I never find out, although I know that this will become more of a statistical likelihood the more I race.

Eating disorders are often considered an affliction of white affluent women, but actress Kerry Washington‘s revelation is causing people to re-evaluate this.  I really liked this post about “breaking the silence” about eating disorders among black women.

Sociological Images mocks‘s campaign in which they boast about selling clothes for “every body type.”

There’s evidently a bit of a resurgence of interest in the history of suffragettes and cycling.  Check out this post at Feminist Memory for more.

The Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA championship, and their victory parade drew 15,000 fans.

Over at Cranky Fitness, Crabby Slacker asks, in her own hilarious, inimitable way, what does it mean to “be in shape?”

Finally, it’s fitting that Domestic Violence Awareness Month is October, because this also happens to be the  month when:

  • The city of Topeka decriminalized domestic violence as a way of coping with budget cuts.  I am still dying to see what stayed intact during their budget negotiations.
  • Boxer Christy Martin opened up about her long-term abusive relationship, which culminated with her former coach and husband attempting to kill her last year.  It’s a good reminder that domestic violence can happen to anyone, even feminist bloggers like myself or ground-breaking boxing superstars like Martin.

So let me remind you again about the Domestic Violence Awareness Blog Carnival hosted by Tori at Anytime Yoga.  Please, please, please, if you have something to contribute, consider taking part.

3 responses to “Friday Randomness – Oct. 14

    • I know! I have the worst time making my rest days actual rest days. The funny thing is the the next time I ran, which was yesterday, I killed it. I wish I could be better about remembering the importance of rest.

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