March/April Link Luv
|May 7, 2015||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Half of these links I put on the list starting at the beginning of March and I probably have no idea why I did. But I’ll make up stuff anyways.
Because what is better than talking about procrastination on a blog….which I regularly blog on when I should be doing more important things? Like finishing my fish project?
This made me literally LOL. Even through my WTF-did-that-pineapple-do-to-me upper respiratory tradegy. PLEASE watch it with the sound. It’s worth it. What game horses and riders.
A friend that was expecting a new niece or nephew posted this on FB and I found it really interesting – more for what she had to say about the postpartum period. From what I’ve seen in my small corner of the world, we talk about the postpartum period more, but are increasingly disrespectful of the Mom and Baby’s needs. Seems like everyone in my endurance peer group are having babies and it can be hard to know what to say and do if you don’t have it. Articles like this help me immensely (oh, and ASKING the mom point blank what she would like/not like and accepting that answer without a fuss or argument).
I know. Another non-blog/endurance related link. My mom posted this piece and it addressed something that I think I have often felt, but not actually had verbalized or explained well. I know this is a repeat of what my FB saw but as I watch the vilification of smoking and thus the smoker, and the first tentative steps towards fast food and obesity, I wonder how far away we are from declaring “fat” people open season in the same way smokers are now open season. And yet, the small amount of true knowledge we have regarding addiction, health, and what makes us humans is so humbling small, we are making awful, tragic, mistakes when it comes to whom we are making the brunt of our jokes and our advice. I didn’t get permission to quote this person here which is why I won’t use her name, but I really appreciated that she said this about the article: “People nowadays have worked hard to see past race, gender, disability, to see the person living the body, but many people still think it’s fine to not look past weight. When I see internet picture jokes like the fat women pole-exercising juxtaposed next to a rotisserie chicken, I think about the cruel comparisons between African Americans and apes. Let’s be done with them both.” Indeed.
This article made me contemplate some of the mountain bike/equestrian/pedestrian rhetoric that is used when discussing trail use.
Big ears, mares. I’ve heard all my life that big ears = sensible horses especially in mares. Thus out of confirmation bias I’m linking this article.
2 separate people emailed me this article as something I “ought” to see. I’m not a viral blog, although I’ve had posts go viral relative to my normal traffic. Sometimes I write a post that I know will hit the “popularity button” and other times the posts that get the most hits are really puzzling (the groin anatomy post being one. I mentioned in that post that good groin anatomy is hard to find which is why I modified and posted my own…but really? I’m sure there’s a better resource then my hokey colored pictures). He makes a lot of good points and I had to laugh at how many hit home. And while I anticipate that this blog will never become “really popular” in the true sense of the world, it’s enough that I have an outlet to write that I feel is useful and pretty.
BTW, I got interviewed for a Ride and Tie article! Here’s the link.
I know that I’m obsessed with run and ride reports but can you trust me when I say this one is worth it? What a saint of a volunteer. I want to be that kind of volunteer! Let’s just call them trail angels.
Incredible post by a runner on a subject I hear talked about in a superficial way – but rarely in such honest and poignant words. Can we all just agree to stop telling women runners who are trying to get pregnant that they just need to gain weight? Also check out her pics when she’s illustrating that she *did* gain weight. An extra ten pounds is a LOT on me because I’m only 5’2″. Ten pounds on my husband isn’t even a pant size.
The honeymoon period. I went through it in endurance (and survived to keep on going down the trail). I went through it doing road marathons (and didn’t survive), and I suspect that I’m still in the ultrarunning honeymoon. It’s OK if your motivation and goals change over the years. It’s normal. Plan for it. Anticipate it. Do the sport for different reasons and in a different way. it’s OK.
There’s more links for April/March but this post has been sitting in my drafts for a couple of days and I’m feeling the urge to press the publish button…so I’m calling it quits and I’ll include the links in next month’s addition.
(Pssst….there’s a new blog post up over at Tess’s blog if you are up for yet more non-endurance stories)