Holy bologna. What a month.
Actually, what a half year. Remember back in good ol’ January when I had a kidney stent put in place and then deal with the ramifications of said stent? (Painful jogging being at the top of my list for that.) The reign of Stentson ended last week with surgery for UPJ – a surgery which resulted in both passing the crown to Roberto, Stenson’s half brother (they do bear a striking resemblance) and in the news that I won’t be able to run for three weeks.
At first, I kind of thought the doctors were exaggerating the whole after-care of surgery. But given that it’s been a week and I can barely walk around the block without being wiped out for the rest of the day (and wishing it was pain pill time sooner) I am beginning to think that those MD’s know exactly what they’re talking about.
I used to feel like I had a lot to say about running while I was actively running. Now, it feels like I have more to say about running when I’m not running. When I’m running, I’m busy and it’s too easy to shout advice like, “Just wear comfortable running shoes, not anything fancy!” or “For the love of gosh, hydrate!” or “Doing something is better than doing nothing!” When I’m not running, my mind has time to focus on one particular moment of running time, or go more in depth with with one subject.
I’ll start with just one: Women’s Health, the magazine, is one part information and four parts trashy mag in healthier clothing.
I learned this during recovery earlier this week. A dear friend of mine asked if she could bring anything to me, and I responded “bad magazines.” She showed up with a trio of Cosmo’s and then yes, three WH’s. I pulled the latter out of the bag questioningly and she said, “I know, but trust me. It’s just as trashy as everything else.”
The sheep’s clothing over this wolf of a magazine appeals to everything I like: fitness, health, exercise, and talking about it in easy-to-understand lingo (hmm…did I just describe my own blog?). And it’s actually hard to find the “trash” parts without digging in past the lip-sticking-out-head-nodding Scoop section (where topics like Nutrition, Health, Food, and Sex get a page of quick info each issue) and the sciencey cost/benefit analysis of smoking marijuana.
Eventually though, you’ll find yourself facing beauty tips (I keep telling myself to read these sections of magazines but I just can’t), and then run straight into a somewhat shallow interview of a stunning, famous female whose image embodies health (even if her described eating habits do not). Then a fashion spread (I do love seeing bathing suit options despite not being able to afford them) and of course some exercises you can do to get fit fast.
Ladies – worth a read if you get your hands on one, but it’s not a must have, unless you want to merely look impressive while reading at the gym or on the beach.