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From Deep to Steep

This is supposed to be a running blog. I blame my recent deep posts on the fact that my lower mileage has brought my womanly hormones back into the game. That and a current obsession with Pearl Jam has been the recipe for the latest emo casserole. All I feel like doing is dabbing patchouli on my temples, standing in front of the space heater and bawling my eyes out to “Daughter.”

The weather out here isn’t just frightful; it’s downright dangerous. The roads still haven’t been cleared and we’re due for more of the white stuff so Winter=10, Suzy=0. The majority of my runs have been on the treadmill, which, is fine. Because I feel like if I speak poorly about it, then it’s going to hear me, and then leave me naked and cold, in bed, hungry, and it’ll smash my french press into pieces on its way out, and carve “YOUR RUNNING CLOTHES SMELL LIKE CAT PEE AND SEMEN” into the driver’s side door of the Hotyssey.

So, I decided to incorporate some hills into my workout today just to give the legs a bit of a wake-up call. I warmed up for 10 minutes, increased the incline by 2% every 2 minutes until I got to 12% and then I went back down to 0%, cooled down, and then kicked it up to 7:03 min/miles for the last 3 miles.

Callum played on my phone for the first bit and then joined me in the garage with his firetruck and chalk. He then proceeded to empty out the garbage bags onto the garage floor behind me. That was fun.

Do you guys drink coffee out of a french press? I know Laura does.

Tell me about your feelings right now. Use all your feeling words. Let it all out to Yo Mama.

Pearl Jam: Yes or yes?

Did you guys watch SNL?




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  • Helly January 4, 2017, 6:59 pm

    Just come to Arizona for the months of December and January. Please, and thank you.

    Pearl Jam, yes. Always yes.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 4, 2017, 7:00 pm

      We don’t usually have this much snow, ever! Especially not in December! So we’ll come there for January and February. AHHHH I’D DIE TO BE ABLE TO GO THERE RIGHT NOW.

  • Una January 4, 2017, 7:08 pm

    Pearl Jam: heck yes.

    No French Press coffee for me. It’s too strong and becomes a colon cleanser for me.

    Feeling words: lonely, sad, hurt, angry, frustrated, hopeful, energized, tired, weary, contradicted.

  • San January 4, 2017, 7:48 pm

    OMG. You realize my blogname is a Pearl Jam lyric, right? They’re my favorite band EVER.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 4, 2017, 8:12 pm

      This is the best news. THE BEST.

  • Jen January 4, 2017, 7:53 pm


    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 4, 2017, 8:13 pm

      Ikr?!?!?! YAAASSSSSSS.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile January 5, 2017, 2:04 am

    I got a french press for Christmas! I am still figuring out how to use it. I would love any tips you have! When I have tried it either comes out too strong or too weak. I have still been using my keurig during the week to save time but I would like to use the french press on the weekends.

    • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 5, 2017, 7:45 am

      5-6 tablespoons of grounds for an 8 cup press, pinch of salt to cut the bitterness, 3-4 minutes, and then veryyyyyy slowly lower down the press to form almost an emulsion. I find that makes a strong but not awful cup and the smoothness/cutting the bitterness helps.

      • Lisa @ Mile by Mile January 5, 2017, 3:36 pm

        Thank you! I will have to try it that way. So you use 8 cups of water? My directions said to use hot but not boiling water, so I was microwaving the water (I dont have a kettle), and just making 1 cup at a time.

      • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:37 pm

        I used to work at Starbucks, and I can’t even remember the ration of beans to water! I use boiling water, and I let it sit for 4 minutes and I don’t use salt. I always use freshly ground beans though. YUMMO. And coffee cream. No wussy ass milk for this girl.

  • meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) January 5, 2017, 2:20 am

    ugh, I hate the winter weather! but I do like pearl jam! reminds me so much of my high school years.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:39 pm

      I think we traded winters with you guys. This weather blows sasquatch dick.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe January 5, 2017, 3:53 am

    I used to French press, now I drip and reheat.
    And Ridley needs a bath. And so do I but it is cold and I don’t wanna.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:38 pm

      The bath is fantastic until you get out, at which point you’re worse off than before the bath. It’s kind of like having kids.

  • Gretchen January 5, 2017, 5:19 am

    I feel like you jinxed your weather because you told us that it never snowed in Vancouver. It’s so weird that your weather has been awful and (besides being cold) we’ve had a pretty mild winter so far.

    Yesterday I think that I was PMS’ing pretty hard. As soon as Dan got home for some reason I just felt really annoyed and angry at him so I just tried to avoid him most of the night, because he’s always throwing it in my face if I get a little crabby! I feel back to normal today, and I’m hoping that’s also why my run sucked so much yesterday.

    I used to only use french press until I got my nespresso!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:37 pm

      I’ve got a coffee boner for your nespresso.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 5, 2017, 7:46 am

    French press is life. On the weekends and when Ryan and I run together in the early mornings, we make a French press. It’s so freaking good and I just love it because it’s an art, sort of like good homemade bread.

    SNL is what got me through the election season.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:36 pm

      SNL makes everything better!

  • Ana January 5, 2017, 11:58 am

    Can I tell you something… I read your post on the Yo Mama talk with Jake when I got up at 6:00 on Wednesday… and I thought it was a dream, until I read it again later that day.

    Yes on French press. I donated my coffee pot to the office, but still need my coffee and home and refused to buy a new coffee pot. I am declaring my love to that French press.

    Feelings right now? I just got some weird news at work, I might have a promotion soon… I’m nervous for it, because it would mean more time of being fully present at the office and excited because I get to be bossy!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:35 pm

      I wish it was a dream!!! HA HA HA! Jk jk.

      Congratulations on that promotion! How exciting!!! Being bossy is hot. You’re going to have to go out and buy a power suit.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 5, 2017, 12:57 pm

    I used to run to Pearl Jam all the time back in the 90s. I had a cassette Sony Sports Walkman with a hand strap and round and round I’d go on the track at the club. I’d only stop to flip the cassette. To this day, I still have a special feeling for Even Flow and Jeremy. I do love me some melancholy music.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:34 pm

      I had one of those too! And then I graduated to a Discman, where I’d hold it like I was a waitress holding a tray of food, and I’d run around the track like that, trying not to bounce too much or it would skip. SO DORKY.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run January 5, 2017, 1:27 pm

    We’re supposed to get snow tonight! I’m hoping for a 2 hour delay. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 5, 2017, 4:33 pm

      ooooooh I hope you get a run in first!!!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 6, 2017, 8:24 am

    I love me some Pearl Jam. Listening makes me want to smoke clove cigarettes in a coffee shop. Shit, remember when you could smoke indoors? Perhaps you still can in Canada, although it’s mostly against the law here now.

    Ok feeling words…I feel muted, not great, not bad either. I’m here and I’m breathing and I’m good with that right now. I’m also about to kill some lunch so that will probably change things. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 6, 2017, 12:46 pm

      No no no, we can’t smoke indoors here anywhere. It’s been like that for a long time.

      Muted is decent. I know it’s not exactly thrillsville but it’s a break from the stress I’ll sitch you had going on with Ave’s lack of sleep. WHEW. I hope there’s cheese in that lunch!

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