Friday, May 6, 2011

Best of the Week #19

The wheels were put in motion last week.
Big life changes were on their way.

And now…
Dun dun dunnn...
It’s finally official.
I’m leaving my job! 

I’ve been working at NatGeo TV for almost 2 years with really awesome people, doing some awesome and a lot of not so awesome things…It’s time to move on and finally the months and months of rejection are over – someone wants to hire me! 

I’m so psyched – the sun is shining, a weight has been lifted, happy dances have been danced. YAYAYAY!

Anywho, just had to get that out. I’m not sure yet what this means for the future of Eat Run Read, but I’m not too worried. I’ll keep you updated…

And now for Best of the Week! (Catch up on previous Best of the Week posts here.)

My most popular post this week was my ACLI Capital Challenge Race Report.

The big news story this week is Bin Laden’s death. People are psyched, and that’s great, but let’s not forget that Bin Laden wasn’t the first or only terrorist. He didn’t do things on his own, so now is not the time to forget that a system created the individual. His death does not end that system.  But I am loving the Obama posters! 

One of the best things about the last 2 years is that I’ve realized how much I enjoy writing.  I love writing Eat Run Read and have learned a lot through the process and practice of sitting down every morning and coming up with something to write (added challenge: ideally something's that people want to read!). I don’t know yet if I want to be a Writer…but maybe…From Blattman:
“My advice is so basic. Number one: Read. I feel like it’s amazing how many people I know who want to be writers who don’t really read. I’m not convinced someone wants to be a writer if they don’t read. I don’t think the problem is that they need to read more; I think they might need to readjust their life goals. Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work. To be reading good things. I feel that you should be reading what you want to write. Nothing less.” 
6x6 somehow always manages to find the ecards that capture my existence.

I like this, I believe it. Next time you're bored, think about it... (source)

This collection of must-reads of "Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism" from The Atlantic is, in the words of ex-co-worker Megan,like Christmas for nerds!”

I kind of want this t-shirt…too ridiculous?
In running news, I’ve raced twice in one week! Here’s me in Friday night’s race…they're two of my “best” pictures (meaning ones where I look the least like a 500 lb torture victim/ogre). (source)

And from Runners World Daily:
race verb
1 : to believe that one can move forward just a tiny bit faster than one is currently moving, regardless of how fast one is currently moving, and then to try
This article asks, Could a marathon ever be run in under two hours? Haile Gebrselassie, the current world record holder, says "No question. The first sub two-hour marathon will need 20 to 25 years, but it will definitely happen."
But others disagree, "You watch these great athletes up close, an athlete as great as Haile Gebrselassie... and you could see the strain, he looks magnificent through 20, 21, 22 miles and then it starts, and then the body starts to break itself down and maintaining pace is hard enough," he said. They both believe the record will come down to two hours and two minutes, at which point it will plateau.
Call in the scientists!

By analysing actual performances and extrapolating, Francois Peronnet, a professor at the University of Montreal, calculates that the first sub two-hour marathon will be run in the year 2028.
Whenever it happens, it would mean running each mile at a four minute 35 second pace. By comparison, a decent club runner might run at a seven-minute mile pace, and a casual runner at nine or 10 minutes.
My weekend plans include the EU Embassy Open Houses tomorrow morning. SpeedyKate is house/dog-sitting across the street from me, so I have a weekend running buddy! And don't forget to call your mama! It's Mother's Day on Sunday!


  1. Congrats on the job change! Seems like a lot of people moving around these days. A good sign for the economy, I hope. ;)

    I've been reading a lot of articles suggesting we're nearing the limits of human athletic performance. One of my readers left me a comment a few months ago with an article that said as much. If I can find the link, I'll come back and post it.

    Still, sub-2 would be pretty amazing. New life goal? :P

  2. Hey Mollie, congrats! Sounds like the new position is right up your alley.

    And I hope this isn't too odd coming from a total stranger (just a DC blog reader who enjoys your Examiner columns and recipes!), but I'd actually be really interested in hearing more about the NG position, if there are things you'd feel comfortable sharing (perhaps offline?) It's always been a dream of mine to work there!

  3. Congratulations Zapataaaaa! See you soon (when we're surrounded by chicken!)

  4. Congrats on your new job! What an incredible organization to be working for! (Although Natl Geographic is nothing to shrug at either, of course.)

  5. Looooove the Obama picture.

    Also love that t-shirt! Is it still available? Where from?

  6. Thanks everyone!

    Haha, sub-2 as a life-goal? Not likely...for me at least...

    The T-shirt is at Eats, Love and Happiness:

    And Jul - email me: eatrunreadmez @