Monday, February 6, 2012

The Superbowl and Running

Even if you’re not a (an American) football fan, hang with me for a moment, this relates to running.....

Yesterday, based on the television ratings, 35% of men, women, and children in the United States were watching one thing: Madonna, waiting for a wardrobe malfunction The SuperBowl. (And based on the Twitter updates, the people who weren’t watching were trying their damnest to let everyone know that they weren’t.)

I watched the game in the comfort of my own home, keeping my micro-brew black and tan tradition alive:


With all the amenities that anyone could need:

  • Old man recliner - to remind myself that the football players are mostly younger than me
  • Football – to remind myself that I have small little girl hands that can barely hold on to a football
  • Remote – for muting the TV during Madonna’s halftime show
  • Corns on each foot – wait, not sure what those are for
  • Big stupid grin – Perfect for blog posting
  • Beer – The always accessory



The commercials this year were just “OK”.  Nothing stood out in my mind, but I have to admit that I laughed pretty hard at the naked M&M one:


Oh right, the tie back to running......  One of the best teams this year was the Green Bay Packers.  They had the best record in the NFL, the NFL MVP, and were riding a wave of good luck that didn’t seem to end.  But, no cheerleaders. WTF? However, even after they had won 13 games in a row, they lost to one of the worst teams in the league.  It didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things but everyone called it a “wake up call” and that it was “exactly what they needed at that point to generate that added drive to want to win”.  Of course, they didn’t end up making it to the finish, so maybe they weren’t the BEST example.....

I was thinking during hour 3 of the pre-game show on Sunday that my current knee injury is exactly like the Packers’ loss.  My knee injury has finally given me the reason to focus on strengthening the supporting structures that I had been lacking before.  Before, quite simply, nothing hurt so I had ZERO motivation to do anything but run.  But now, it is like a rerun of the 700 Club.  I have seen the light!  Squats, lunges, and plyometrics are all on the agenda not to mention core and upper body to round out my look good naked runner Physique.

I’m reminded of a story about US Olympic Marathon Trials winner Meb Keflezighi.  During the NYC marathon in 2011, Meb had forgotten a Breath Right strip in his shoe. He wears them to help him breath and had forgotten to put it on at the start.  As you can imagine, it rubbed against his foot and created a huge cut – that got crazy infected and forced him to take nearly 3 weeks off prior to his training for the Olympic Marathon Trials.  THREE WEEKS! He later said in hindsight that the extra rest probably helped him avoid overtraining.  He said that because of his infection, he took the time to recover and really hit his training hard for the weeks that he had remaining.

So, in spite of a small setback this weekend with my knee, I’m going to continue to strive forward – hoping to channel my inner Meb to a triumphant return.

13 comments:

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I was flabbergasted about that story about Meb!! When I told my husband he was like "who could forget that?" Umm a guy who is going to the Olympics? lol. The M&M commercial was pretty funny.

Strength training seems to be a common theme among bloggers these days!!

Angie Bee said...

Freakin amazing how hard and yet how wonderful rest is. I am always shocked at what I imagine to be way to long ends up being just what I need.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Plyometrics, lunges, squats, and dont forget to take that condom out of your shoe!

Kate said...

I liked that M&M one, and the Doritos dog burying the cats, and then I fell asleep. I'm bummed that I missed all those commercials. I did wake up in time to see the Giants win, though, so there's that.

pensive pumpkin said...

Did my strength training yesterday before the game, and I liked the No More Vampires ad.

Mike said...

The black and tan looks delicious. I love Guinness. What did you use for the tan?

I thought the commercials were kind of lame this year, but the game was nice and close. My favorite commercials were the Audi vampire, then Doritos dog, then the naked m&m's.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

What a resounding testimony to the resilience of Breath Right!

A said...

Your inner Meb... I love it. :)

My Boring Triathlon Blog said...

more pic of pole vaulters!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I have that glass, although they are pretty common around here.

At first I thought you spilled your beer all over your shirt. Then I realized it was a design. And it seems weird that you watch the Superbowl in daylight.

Katie said...

blank AND tan? you ruined a perfectly good stout.

Nelly said...

That M&Ms commercial was a good one, haha I also liked the Ferris Bueller, Chevy Rob Drydek, Anheuser Busch remix song, and the NFL commercial.

Hope the knee feels better soon!

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