Remember high school when everyone voted for which classmates were "most likely to succeed" and "best dressed" ?
Well this post is kind of like that, only it's the superlatives from my past week.
Most Likely To Be Delicious: Girl Scout Cookies
There's just something special about the Girl Scout Cookie. Special enough that I walked away with eight boxes this week to be distributed between my roommate, Anthony, and me. Let's just say it's been a delicious week. I remember when I was a Girl Scout back in the dark ages, I would get all excited when people would order something other than Thin Mints and Samoas. "Get Some Originality, people!" my nine year old self thought. But let's be honest...Thin Mints and Samoas are probably the best - those people knew what they were doing.
Which brings me to my next question: Why has some giant cookie company not replicated the Samoa so that they can be purchased throughout the year at the grocery store. Maybe it's patented as a trade secret? Those Girl Scouts must have an awesome legal team.
Most Likely To Steal My Heart: The Soda Stream
I am pretty open about my love for the carbonated drinks. I've managed to limit myself to two Diet Cokes a day this year, and let's just say that's an improvement over 2011's consumption. So when I saw the Soda Stream being demoed at Macy's, I was pumped to get one of my own.
Yes, it is as cool as it looks. And the extra cool part is that, ironically, I think it's going to help me cut back on (flavored) soda, because I love the straight carbonated water I can make.
Soda Stream is $100 retail, but if you use one of those 20% off Bed Bath and Beyond coupons, it's down to $80. Go buy it because it's fabulous and will be a fun coffee table conversation. No, of course this is not a sponsored post. This baby sells itself.
Most Likely To Be Difficult: Eugene Marathon
I'm running the Eugene Marathon at the end of April. And I want to give it some real effort. Finishing on Hayward Field deserves that from me. It's time to get training. When trying to see what to aim for, like any time obsessed runner, I went to McMillan to see what he thought. Most of my times point to around a 3:20 marathon, give or take a couple minutes. I get this is a lofty goal, given that I ran a 3:35 in Boston. And guess what, my $10 buck training plan agrees:
This training plan is no joke. (See below workouts for week 17!) Especially because I'm going to start around week 8 of the 20 week program. Who trains for 20 weeks? That sounds terrible.
The funny thing is, I feel this time goal is doable. I am pretty good at tolerating moderate discomfort for a long period of time, and I've never really trained for a marathon properly. I think the greatest challenge will be having the discipline to properly train. I'll be adding a "training tab" for Eugene to keep me honest and to share my misery. Highest mileage weeks of my life, here I come!
Have ya tried the Soda Stream?
Bought any Girl Scout Cookies?
Have a marathon training plan quite possibly created in hell?
Commiserate with me =).