What’s With All the Hoop-La???

Yup.  Never saw it coming, did ya?

Final Four

I may or may not have mentioned it before, but here at Black Dog Productions, we are a multisport dog house.  Running, soccer, football, baseball, we follow it all.  For a little change of pace this year, we decided to change things up a bit, and satisfy our ugly competitive battle of the sexes natures by jumping on the March Madness Bracket Bandwagon.  I won, hubby lost, he pays for lunch.  #suckstobehim

happy dance

However, to his credit, I was sitting with the game show dollar machine in full swing, unable to grab onto a single friggin’ blog post idea, when he threw out one of the GREATEST IDEAS EVER.  (Not really, but I’m going to let him think so.  If for no other reason than he’s just so damn cute.)  This is going to take some input from you guys so pay attention.  You too.  Yeah you.  The one in the back not paying attention.  Hey!  TURN OFF THE DAMN DUAL SURVIVOR MARATHON AND PAY ATTENTION.  THIS IS IMPORTANT STUFF HERE.

Does this bandanna make my dupa look fat?

Does this bandanna make my dupa look fat?

As we sit here watching Gonzaga and Duke duke it out, (get it?  DUKE it out? hehehe, I CRACK myself up!), wondering which is going to be the last team to make it to the Final Four, let us throw this poser out into the running world.

Final Four Races

Let’s hear it runners!  Are you a diehard Disney fan or more of a Marine/Boston/New York kind of schlepper?  Love those Rock ‘n’ Roll runs, or prefer the insanity that is Ragnar?  Or do you prefer those little local jaunts, where you know that guy who lives just north of Fort Lauderdale Beach always has a keg tapped in his driveway around mile 7 of the A1A Half/Full Marathon?  INQUIRING FURRY MINDS WANNA KNOW.

No rules here.  Any location, any distance, timed, not timed, we don’t care.  Let’s just see what everyone comes up with.  You never know, you just may find a new race you want to try.  That’s the beauty of race bucket lists – like my average race pace, it’s never consistent and always open to change.  Wait a minute, that’s not exactly a GOOD thing, is it?  Hmmm….

Wait.  What? Huh?  What was the question again?

Wait. What? Huh? What was the question again?

Enjoy the ride.

Get those phalanges moving people!  We want to know what your fave races are and what makes them total packages of awesomeness.  Is it the people, the places, the drink/snack selections?  Or, perhaps even the on-course entertainment?  (Have no fear, Team Can Am will be taking requests again at this year’s Wine and Dine.)

Finally, A Resolution! Almost.

And the saga continues.  But this time, the end is actually in sight!

I'm so excited I peed a little!!"

I’m so excited I think I peed a little!!”

I went to see The Man #2 this week.  AND HE ACTUALLY GAVE ME A SOLUTION!  Hallelujah, amen, praise Wonder Mutt, and all that good stuff, we now have an answer to getting the worse of my two knees finally fixed.  It’s not a guaranteed 100% fix, but it should be enough to let me run more than a couple of miles.  FINALLY.

So while I wait and sit back while the doc’s office takes care of all the insurance stuff, (say WHA??), I’m on a mission to drop a few pounds.  I figure it will only help speed up the healing process if there’s a few less pounds weighing down my poor old beat up joints.  After all, they’re going to be made brand new by one of these bad boys.

Lifetime replacement guarantee!

Lifetime replacement guarantee!

Well, maybe just a wee bit smaller, but you get the general idea.  Knock me out, smooth me out, wake me up, and watch the post-anesthesia shenanigans commence.  (I have a history of being quite comical when coming out of anesthesia.  Just ask the hubs about the ride home after the infamous wisdom teeth extraction incident.)  Three days on crutches, 4-6 weeks recovery, and girlfriend is BACK IN ACTION.  Can I get a woo hoo?!

woohoo

Sadly I will be out for this, otherwise I would regale you with a photographic play-by-play.  Not really, but I bet some of you got all excited for a minute there didn’t ya?  It’s okay.  Admit it.  Blood and guts and bony parts are awesome aren’t they?  Yeah, not so much.  Thankfully, I’m not expecting a whole lot of blood loss this time around.  I mean really, this guy does this for a living.  How much of a mess can one guy make in 15 minutes?  Oh right.  We’re talking about a GUY.  Oh dear…..

Enjoy the ride.

Have you ever had surgery before?  How did it go?  Did you have the cast of Seinfeld dancing in your room afterwards?

All Roads Lead Back To….

W&D finish line

“I really hope this tape breaks. Otherwise I’ll be REALLY embarrassed.”

Today’s the day I find out if I’ll be able to have a fix-it done to what is turning out to be the most useless joints ever created.

Who?  US?!?

Who? US?!?  Ya THINK?!?!

I’m not asking to be the next Shalane or Kara.  I’m not even asking for the ever-retreating sub 2 hour half finish time.  I’m just asking to be able to run a half marathon – preferably the aforementioned Wine and Dine – relatively pain-free.  Yeah – NOT EVEN ASKING FOR NO PAIN HERE MOTHER NATURE.  I’d just like to be able to get through 13 miles without feeling like somebody is jabbing a giant railroad spike into the side of my kneecap.

Yeah.  NOT cool.

Yeah. NOT cool.

I don’t even know if it would be such a big deal if i hadn’t gotten sucked into the magic that is all things runDisney.  The hype, the costumes, the characters, the parties, the insane entry fees and registration madness – okay, maybe not those last two so much – but I’ve been lucky enough to make some really great friends thanks to a mutual love of running and Disney.  Weird how that place can do that, huh?

Cheesy grins?  Check!

Cheesy grins? Check!

"We are runDisney family!"

“We are runDisney family!”

What IS it about running through Disney parks – or the side streets of Anaheim – that’s just so damn…..magical?  I know I’ve thrown my reasons out there before, (here) and I’d love to hear what makes you sit anxiously at your computers on registration day, heartbeat racing, credit card in sweaty hand, ready to start screaming should the Active link suddenly explode, sending your information out into the great void of runDisney registration badlands.  At the very least, it will give me something interesting to read while I wait, heart rate a-pounding, for The Man #2 to put in an appearance.  Maybe some of that Disney magic will put in an appearance…

Tink!  Over here!

Tink! Over here!

Enjoy the ride.

Do you think Disney is a magical place?  Have you ever had pixie dust land in your eye?  Did it hurt?

Seeing as it’s Magical Mickey Monday, come visit the Purveyors of Pixie Dust over at run.geek.run(disney)!  You just might be surprised that Mondays can be a little less…….Mondayish.

Fed Up

Kimberley@Black Dog Runs Disney:

Reblogged with permission from Sarah! Take the time to read this interesting little ditty about how sugar affects our bodies. You just might be surprised!

Originally posted on Running On Healthy:

This past weekend I finally sat down and watched the documentary Fed Up.  I have been wanting to see this for awhile and have had so many friends comment about how great this movie is.  I have to tell you, this is on the of the best movies I have seen in awhile.  I also believe I might be a changed person.

FedUp1

We are living in a society where obesity is now an epidemic.  More people are dying from overeating than from malnutrition.  However, in many ways we are living a malnourished diet and it comes down to one substance, sugar.  Sugar is literally killing us and we are being bamboozled by the food industry.

I recently read that years ago sugar was a very expensive commodity.  It was so pricey that only the rich had stores of sugar.  It was the wealthy who had cakes and desserts to present to their guests…

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