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Running and Raleigh

Yesterday, Marvin Gardensalad and I went to Raleigh, because I have never been to Raleigh, and guess what? Turns out I like Raleigh.

It is a real city, with cool shops and Manolo Blahniks and gay men and all the things I require. There was also a man with gray hair and a mohawk, which I think is great. Maybe I'll grow my hair gray, as I have been threatening to do, and then finish off the look with the hawk of the mo.

So, there we were, shopping somewhere cool in Raleigh, when the back of my leg itched because I probably have rickets, which I don't even think is an itchy disease, I just wanted to say rickets. When I reached down to scratch my own self, the back of my leg felt…firm.

Firm! The back of my leg did not squish when I felt it! Only one month of running and I can already feel a result.

Also, last night when I ran on the treadmill, my pace was a little quicker! And I didn't feel as much like vomiting, either, which is always a plus.

So that is all good news and now, guess what? January is nearing its end, and remember when I said the first month I would just try to eat right and exercise, and then each following month I'd try something new? It is time to try something new, which is sad for me because I hate new things.

Here's my query to you, fair reader. Should I try giving up coffee, or should I try meditation? These are my options. Please weigh in. I may ignore you completely.

XO,

June

34 thoughts on “Running and Raleigh

  1. DO NOT give up coffee! I did it once – while living in the Pacific Northwest no less – coffee capital of America.
    Coffee withdrawal is NOT a happy thing. You already get migraines – caffeine withdrawal headaches are the WORST (I get migraines too).
    It took about a month for the total lack-of-caffeine grogginess to leave and for me to have a clear head again. THEN – once you have it out of your system for a while, when you DO have caffeine (which is unavoidable sometimes, and sometimes the restaurant TELLS you it is decaf but it is NOT) – oh lordy did I feel ill after accidently getting caffeine.

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  2. Raleigh is a cool place. My ex-in laws live there and I have visited many times. Hmmm the guy with a mohawk – could have been my ex-brother in law!

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  3. If those are your options, take up meditation. Life without coffee, well, isn’t life. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    “Ohmmmm” it up and slurp it down!

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  4. One more thing: Please don’t give up coffee. For me. There are already too many people in my life who don’t drink coffee, and it really annoys me.

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  5. Oh and I love how you so quickly went from “I’m not spending nothing so there!” to “I NEED Manolo Blahniks”….

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  6. 1.) Coffee is good for running. Don’t quit, just cut down. How about 1 mug a day, then switch to tea?
    2.) For your new thing in February, take up “Chi Running:” http://www.chirunning.com. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for a while but haven’t gotten around to it. Word is it combines the principles of tai chi with running to produce results of less injuries, increased speed, and a pleasant meditative experience. It really seems like it’s all about your posture while running. I’ve read a few positive articles about it.
    That’s my two cents.

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  7. From a coffee drinking runner, don’t give up coffee. You can’t give up all the the stuff you love or you will want it all even more. It is ok to have some indulgences. Try adding something like maybe doing 5 minutes of abdominal crunches. This will help strengthen your core muscles which will help your run.

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  8. Hi. Marvin’s old high school classmate here. Just want to reiterate (or maybe just iterate, I can’t remember) that I love your blog and appreciate all references to proofing.
    Ditch the coffee!

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  9. June,
    Go veg! You are already a bit down due to your isolation. I fear that meditation will offer you even more quite alone time than you need right now. The veggie lifestyle will give you something to focus on. It will require planning and dedication. Both of these things will help you with your need to feel your time and head with positive things.

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  10. Maybe cut back on the coffee – no need to give it up. I’ve switched to half caf and haven’t really noticed.
    Also, if you like Raleigh, give Chapel Hill a try. I’ve lived in NC my whole life and in Chapel Hill my entire adult life. Love, love, love it here (much different than the rest of the state), though there are some other good place (Raleigh included) as well.

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  11. If you give up coffee, you’ll probably HAVE to meditate to cope. My dad is a firm addict and him without his daily 12 cups isn’t pretty.

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  12. Try meditation. Never, ever, ever give up coffee.
    You can ignore me if you’d like, but I will tell you, the headaches? will kill you. At least you can meditate while drinking coffee.

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  13. I got married in Raleigh! Nice place, indeed.
    Don’t give up caffeine. Oy. It’s not pretty and certainly not good for MY migraines when I do try and cut back. Plus, caffeine is good for preventing Alzheimer’s. They just had a thing about it on NPR.

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  14. Have you read Eat, Pray, Love yet?? Definitely go for the meditation!! And read the book too!!
    By the way…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. I have been a secret fan for months!!!

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  15. You could try switching to espresso – it tastes better and has a lot less caffeine. I highly recommend a vegetarian diet, especially if you allow a little fish here and there. I find meditation irritating as hell, so I can’t recommend that. ๐Ÿ™‚ But a yoga class is a great way to clear your head, and it’s totally different than doing a video.

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  16. Hmmm…I have two votes.
    1. Give up coffee. It has no redeeming nutritional value. It stains your teeth. It makes your breath stink. ๐Ÿ™‚
    2. GO VEG!!! I’ve been doing it for a month and I love it. If you go veg for a month you can have yummy dinners like black bean burritos with guacamole.

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  17. Raleigh’s awesome!
    Meditation.
    If you give up coffee you will never get faster in your running, and your boobs will sag.
    Which is why I will never give coffee up…
    Just my two cent’s.

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  18. I am so against giving something like coffee up completely. It is a minor indulgence. You are not getting up and having a 5th of whiskey (is that even a number related to whiskey???)! I am learning to DRINK MORE WATER…and the other has fallen into place. My desire for Diet Coke has dwindled dramatically! I had to teach myself I was thirsty, not craving a DC. Whereas before, I thought I was just craving a dc!!!

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  19. Oh,please don’t give up coffee. I’ve been trying to follow your example and if you give up coffee then I would have to try to give it up. I tried in 2000 and it was ugly, even my doctor encouraged me to drink coffee after that fiasco. I guess what I am trying to say is, go with meditation.

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  20. I vote to give up coffee. You might have to do it gradually. As for meditation, I opt for praying rather than meditating. Prayer produces supernatural results. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. I can only echo many of the above comments: giving up coffee seems ludicrous BUT meditation is amazing! I try to sit every morning and it’s so goddang good. BUT I’ve also been vegetarian for about 9 months and can recommend that too! The first couple of weeks were weird, not even hard, just weird not eating the usual meaty stuff (especially for a sausage-eating German like myself), but now I barely think about it. And when I do feel like having a small piece of chicken, I eat it because I gave myself that permission when I started to change my eating habits. But in 9 months I’ve had that desire maybe 5 times. It feels great, especially for animal lovers like you and I. I mean, I even love cows! They are so cute! I don’t really feel like eating them anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ Go June. Keep it up girlfriend.

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  22. I vote for meditation – I’m a big fan and when I do it regularly I can feel a difference in my attitude. Maybe if you meditate for a month, you’ll find it easier to cut back on coffee. But quit coffee all together? That’s just crazy! I stopped getting my coffee with cream…that’s all I could handle.

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  23. Only give up coffee if you load it up with cream and sugar. If you are a real (black) coffee drinker like myself, there is no reason to cut it out of your diet.

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  24. Does marvin get a vote on this? You without coffee could be an ugly morning leading into an ugly day. Try mediation.

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  25. I like Linda’s idea – vegetarian for a month. I’ve been doing it for 4 months now and it’s been good – not sure if I’ve lost any weight from it, but my skin has improved which is a major bonus. And I feel good that I am reducing my carbon footprint on the world, and I’m not participating in killing anything by eating a hamburger.
    It won’t be the easiest thing to do out there in the backwoods seeing as fatback is probably a meal of choice. But it’ll force you to make food at home and it’s a hell of a lot more economical (meat is pricey!).

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  26. Give up coffee? of your own free will?? but why???
    You could try eating a vegetarian diet for the month of February .. lucky it’s a short month.
    Or you could meditate about the options of giving up coffee or becomming a vegetarian .. that is if the prospect of not having a cup of joe every day or a huge hunk of meat when you want it doesn’t depress you too much.
    Whatever you choose .. I know .. will be entertaining to read. :o)

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  27. I second chacha. There are some things that would just make life miserable if you gave them up. Do you add anything to your coffee? If so, maybe just cut back on the amount of sweet stuff. Or drink more water!

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  28. no need for mediation unless things with Marvin Gardensalad are much worse than you led us to believe.
    never tried meditation except for the occasional positive thinking effort.
    giving up caffeine (mountain dew in my case) is very hard! but it was also one of the best things i did healthwise (i think). luckily, they have caffeine-free mtn dew here in utah.
    always easier to give up something if you replace it with something similar, but slightly better.
    you’re awesome, and an inspiration to us all, June!

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  29. I’m going to go with coffee since I’m thinking mediation is not going to help your health situation as much. Unless you are going for improving your mental health because your two personalities are in constant disagreement :o)

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