Treadmill Superstar

June 7, 2010

Well, it happened. I signed up for another race: The Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in September (formally known as the Philly Distance Run).

Given that I’m adverse to heat (read: I sweat like a man), I will probably train for this race predominantly on the treadmill at the good old YMCA.

I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. Actually, I’d love it if the YMCA put on better TV channels. Watching the news and/or Sports Center does not motivate me. At all. Even the treadmills with their own televisions don’t play more than about 5 basic channels. Why this is, I’m not sure, but it annoys me to no end.

So, without the TV I’m forced to listen to my iPod for the duration of my run. For whatever reason, the music that is most motivating for me is music performed by female singers, so I can sing along in my head, pretend I’m famous, and therefore distract myself from the pain of putting one foot in front of the other.

What? Everyone’s got a distraction strategy, mine just happens to be pretending I’m a famous singer. A girl’s gotta dream.

However, sometimes I get really into the songs I’m listening to – like forget where I am and what I’m doing.

Sometimes there are dance moves.

And sometimes I start singing out loud.

Whoops. Nothing breaks the delusion that you’re somebody important than having everyone turn and look at you busting out a song on the treadmill, dripping in sweat, and clearly oblivious to the surroundings.

Maybe by the time I run this half marathon I’ll not only be in running shape, I’ll also have whipped my vocals into shape.

Until then, if you happen to hear me singing along to Glee songs or dancing to Britney whilst getting my run on, please ignore me.

Or, enjoy the show. I certainly do.

– Sarah #2


I Love TV Part 1

October 7, 2009

Basically, if we’ve ever met for probably even just 5 minutes, you know that I love television. I love it. In college, I couldn’t do homework WITHOUT the television on. However, I find both silence and music to be distracting. Weird, I know. It probably says really horrible things about my consumption of media (right, Sarah?).

Every new TV season I get really excited because so many shows seem amazing and then it turns out that most of them suck. But, this season, primetime TV is awesome. Super awesome. So awesome that I can’t contain myself and therefore have to share all my findings. Consider me a television investigator and you get to reap the rewards.

To begin, all my favorite shows are back and are still so good that I still favorite them. These are television gold that everyone should look into for their own benefit. Ask Sarah, she’s now addicted to NCIS.

Favorites: NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, So You Think You Can Dance, and 30 Rock, whenever it returns. (And, just to make it clear, LOST. But, it’s on hiatus).

Unfortunately, other shows that I used to favorite, have had to take a backseat.

Favorite shows I have given up: America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, Fringe. (Though, as I write this I’m watching a Project Runway marathon of all the new episodes and I plan on catching up on Fringe later because Shlee told me to… so… this list is really just shows I only make time for when I feel like it).

So, with that established, I present you with

“Awesome New Television: Part 1.”

Eastwick: I’d be surprised if this went beyond 3 seasons. It’s sort of a throwback to Charmed (classic), but a little more weird and a little more funny. Either way, the cast is awesome and my interest has been piqued. The plot is sort of odd (I mean, they’re witches), but it takes place in a cute small town a la Gilmore Girls, and there is mystery and laughter. However, I usually watch it on Hulu instead of when it’s on TV. (Wednesdays, 10pm, ABC).

Cougar Town: Heyyy, funniest new show on TV. That is, if you like sort of over-the-top humor mixed in with adult/inappropriate humor. I do. And, it has COURTNEY COX (Hallelujah)! Reason enough to watch. Plus, everyone else on the show is funny too. Fo realz. Unfortunately, it conflicts with Glee so I have to watch it on Hulu. Sorry, Courtney, but I love singing/dancing combos. But, I’m glad you’re finally on a show that won’t be canceled. (Wednesdays, 9:30pm, ABC).

Glee: I’ll be honest, I genuinely dislike one of the subplots of this show. Fortunately, it is overshadowed by the amazing talent of the largely unknown cast (except Jane Lynch, whom I know and love). Already featuring awesome guest stars like KRISTEN CHENOWETH, Glee is a powerhouse of singing and dancing and I love it. Then I love it some more when I download all the songs on iTunes and listen to them on repeat while I run. Anyway, my Dad would probably hate this show, but people who like singing/dancing/drama will enjoy it. And anyone who enjoys the gays. (Wednesdays, 9:00pm, FOX).

Note: All these shows are on Wednesdays. Clearly Wednesday is a great night for TV.

Consider this a gift from me to you. Stay tuned for “Awesome New Television: Part 2.”

-Sarah #2