Posts by Suz

Knocked the Dust off my Couch to 5k Podcasts!

It has really been a few years since I regularly used my Couch to 5k podcasts and I thought, “oh heck. Why not?!” I love getting outside when the weather gets nice. I’ve been walking a lot, thanks to my Motiv ring fitness tracker (which I still love a year into using), and finding out my health insurance company rewards me for meeting daily steps goals.

And what better way to get a lot of steps in than running? So I busted out my Couch to 5K podcasts. But listening to them I couldn’t help be note how outdated they sound! Then it dawned on me that I made the one I was using way back in 2011! And that was the newest of the c25k podcasts I’ve shared!

So, as I was running and laughing at Cee-Lo’s “F*ck You,” I thought: “What if I do another refresh?”

I don’t even know if people use my podcasts anymore, or if apps have made this all obsolete, but the thought did cross my mind. Of course I’d have to find the programs I use to make them, as well as gather a list of songs people may want to hear. I am waaaaaay out of the loop with most popular music. I tend to cling very tightly to my 90s and early 2000s music. So I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I guess that’s where you, the aspiring runners, would come in. I’d ask for your suggestions!

Is that something y’all might be interested in? Please chime in in the comments and on Facebook and let me know what y’all think?

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AMC Theatres Joins the Movie Subscription Game!

Last September, I wrote a post about MoviePass. It was only a few weeks after MoviePass dropped their price to $9.95/month and sent jolts through the movie industry. At the time, I was seriously considering signing up. I had some reservations due to some initial reviews I’d read, so I was waiting out the initial sign-up period to see if MoviePass would stabilize after the sudden influx of new subscribers.

By all accounts, it did. AMC Theatres stopped balking at the idea and committed to accepting MoviePass cards. After all, they couldn’t block all Mastercards could they? I even proclaimed that if AMC was still accepting MoviePass cards by the holiday movie season, I would be signing up.

But guess what? I never did. And let me tell you why.

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Wading in the Wearable Tech Waters

I like to think of myself as an early-ish adopter of technology, but I’ve been dragging my feet when it comes to wearable tech.

I’ve been eyeballing various Fitbit offerings for a while, and there’s always one thing or another that I don’t like. It usually comes back to the fact that I wear an actual watch (not a smart watch), and I don’t want a bulky tracker on my wrist. That also means I won’t be wearing a smart watch, because who wants to wear two watches? Not me!

So, I stumbled upon a wearable fitness tracker that’s a RING! It tracks my activity, steps, heart rate, sleep, and syncs with an app, just like Fitbit. It will basically give me a snapshot at my day and that’s really what I want from a tracker. I don’t need instant updates or the community/social aspect that a network as large as Fitbit has. I’m not going to get into competition with anyone, and frankly, I don’t need to. I’m working on me!

This ring is called the Motiv Ring. And it sounds and looks super dope.

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Women’s Shorts Are Having A Moment at the 2018 Australian Open

Long time no see, right?

Well I was summoned from my fall/winter slumber by fashion; women’s sports fashion at that.

A few years ago, you only saw one athlete on the WTA Tour wearing shorts during their tennis matches. That was Victoria Azarenka. And sis was working those shorts too. After a match between Serena and Vika, Vika said she’d get Serena a pair of shorts since Serena kept complimenting her pair.

Now, just a couple of years later, errrrrybody is rocking shorts! Nike and Adidas both got the memo and I am so here for it! Adidas even seems to have given the ladies culottes. (Does anyone else call them that? I never called them skorts. My mama called them culottes, so I call them culottes)

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I Love My Super Zoom Point and Shoot Camera

I love so many things about my tech kit, but there are few things I love more than my cameras and how perfect they are for me, with the help of accessories.

No accessory was needed to display what I love about my Canon PowerShot SX 530HS camera. I’ve had it almost 2 years now and I love it more and more with each passing use. Last month, I brought it to Mason, OH to help me with the shots I took at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. My DSLR did very well, but even I was impressed and somewhat surprised with how tight I could get in on players and surroundings with my PowerShot.

I zoomed in suuuuper hard just to see how close I could get. You know, just for fun. Check it out!

There really isn’t a bad spot in the house on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. It looks like I’m really far away, but it’s really not that bad. My camera was just zoomed all the way out. And yes, that’s an awning above my head. A select number of seats have the awning cover and let me tell you, it is so incredibly clutch! We could have gotten much closer seats, for the same price, but we prioritized the awning because it’s always hot and sunny as hell during those daytime sessions. Worth it.

That is Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, one of my current faves on the ATP tour. I didn’t even know he was sporting any facial hair until I looked at my pics. And obviously it is a little blurry. My camera, Agnes, has image stabilization, but she can’t perform miracles. That far zoomed in, it was hard to even keep Sascha in the frame so I could capture the shot! Still, quite impressive, no?

So, if you’re in the market for a point and shoot super zoom, I highly, highly recommend this Canon PowerShot model. It also comes in handy for concerts and other sporting events where you aren’t allowed to take in DSLRs and detachable zoom lenses. I’ve taken it to several Ohio State Football games and felt like I was right in the huddle with the team!

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