Monday, April 8, 2013

FMM: TV, Movies and Me

My weekend was uneventful and a bit of a bummer in some ways. 

The race I worked so hard to run (a 15k) was a disaster.  I couldn't even tell you what happened.  Pace-wise, I didn't go out too fast, but my heartrate was too high.  The pace was relatively fast for me, but it should have been something I could maintain for 9 miles.  Not easily, but do-able.  But alas, it was not.  I think I must have hit my lactate threshold somewhere in the first few miles, so the last 10k was just ugly.  I had a friend pacing me and he stayed by my side, but when I realized my goal time had become theoretically impossible, I just wanted to quit.  I guess it was good that I kept running, but I slowed down so much.  I ended up finishing, and I managed to place in my age group, but that was small consolation considering my finish time was so poor.

I don't know what's going on with my running lately.  This is now two races in a row with a spectacular crash and burn.  My mileage is steady, nutrition seems to be good, sleep is fine (even with added stress of my grandpa's stroke this past week), legs are actually feeling good, it's just that my lungs/heart/mind seem to be ready to quit much earlier than they should.  I am performing much better on training runs than in races.  Sigh.  I just want a great race where I feel like I perform as best I can and kick some butt!  Is that too much to ask?  Oh well, there will be other races...

Anyway, the rest of the weekend all I wanted to do was wallow in my disappointment, but I met running friends for brunch both days, helped a co-worker move into a super-cool downtown apartment at the W (view from her  new porch is below), and generally got a bit more organized (cooked a real dinner last night, did several loads of laundry, packed my work clothes for the week, etc.). 

Pretty cool view, no?  I think that pool is on about the 9th floor, and the big stadium in the background is where they play basketball and hockey games in Dallas.  She's really excited about the new place.  We mostly moved china and art, things she didn't want the movers to touch. 

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TV, Movies and Me
1. If you could be a recurring star on a show that is currently on TV, which show would you choose? Amazing Race. I've never actually watched the show, but I think it would be the best fit for me. If I have to choose a show I've seen, I'd go with Rick Steves, even if it's just Europe, any travel is good. In terms of scripted shows, I'll choose The Americans, which is on FX in its first season and is about Russian spies living in the US in the 80s.

2. Name the movie that you are most embarrassed to admit that you love. Neither is particularly embarassing, but I love Dirty Dancing, and I can quote 95% of Pretty Woman verbatim I think.

3. Name one show that you’ve never seen and would love to watch. Downton (Donton? Dontown? Downtown?) Abbey. So many friends like it, but we just don't have the time or interest in watching another show.

4. Do you ever go to movies alone? I've done it before but it's been more than a decade I'd guess. My husband goes alone sometimes, but if I go, now it's with him or with friends -- both are rare.

5. If you could only watch one TV show for the next year, which show would you choose and why? I guess the practical part of me would choose Today Show so that I'm up on my news. For fun, I guess I'd pick Law & Order. As much as I love watching The Bachelor (and The Bachelorette), I don't think I could stand it if I didn't get to watch anyone else.

6. If you could star in one reality show, which one would it be and why? Again, I'd go with Amazing Race. Travelling around the world, why not?! I wouldn't even be too picky about my partner -- of course my husband would be my first choice, but with a good friend, with one of my brothers, with a sister-in-law, whomever, it could be fun.

7. If someone rented a billboard for you, what would it say? Tough question! Probably something PETA-style to try to get people to realize how horribly cruel it is to eat meat. Either that, or something about running. But really, I wish more people thought about what they ate and the suffering associated with it.

8. Who is the most famous person with whom you have been in the same room? Most famous ever, I'd say Pope John Paul II. For a while, I was thinking maybe he was the most famous person in the world. In 1995, thinking world-wide, I'm still not sure if there was anyone more famous.

9. If you were chosen to be a contestant on a TV game show, which show would you want to be on? Probably Jeopardy, though my performance would probably be mortifying. Or Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire. I might do better at that, but I could see that also being very embarrassing.

10. If there was a movie being made about you, which actor would you choose to play you? I'd definitely go with Gillian Anderson, who was on X-Files, since my husband thinks that's the actress I most resemble. My hair is longer than hers now, and of course it's plain brownish, not red, but at the big firm where I worked right out of law school, my profile picture there bore a scary resemblance to a picture of her -- outfit (suit jacket with a white shirt), collar, angle, haircut, everything. It was funny.

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  1. That sucks about your run, I hate that feeling where you just hit a wall especially early on. Thankfully I have not come up on that in a race, but I have just out running a few times.

    Your FMM is good too! here are my answers

    1. Sadly, I think the more you race, the more it happens. But pushing so hard that you fail is sometimes worth it in my mind. It just sucks when it happens!

  2. Downton Abbey is so amazing. You should get on it.

  3. I know how hard you are working to accomplish your specific PR so I can only imagine how disappointing this race was for you. Since you run with others do they offer advice or suggestions?

    The Amazing Race would be my pick too. I have watched the show in the past and I love it. My husband and I would love to go on it together.

    I recently watched season one of Downton Abbey because I was curious of all the fuss. I love the setting and the time period. It has that soap opera feel to it, but I enjoy it. I'm working my way through season 2 now.

    1. Do you mean do they offer advice or suggestions, or do you mean do they offer advice or suggestions that I want to hear? Haha. The big take-aways were easier pace immediately post-gun (rather than trying to get out of the crowd) and cutting my weekly mileage (ugh). I think both could help in reality...

  4. I love The Amazing Race, and it definitely seems like your kind of show because it couples fitness abilities with travel. You should try out for it! I'm serious!!!!

    I've watched all the seasons of Downton Abbey, and I'm invested in the characters, but I agree with Amy, it's really just a soap opera. It does deal with post-WWI England and the rise of the working class, so that's interesting. I think you'd enjoy it from a historical standpoint, because I know you love reading about history.

    1. The historical aspect is what makes me think at some point, I'll finally watch it and love it.