Venom (2018) – Review

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Generally, a 30% Rotten Tomatoes score is not going to get me to a movie theatre. But, when a coworker told me Venom was Halle Berry Catwoman-Level bad, I knew I had to check it out. Comparing Venom to 1990-2000s superhero movies is a spot-on comparison. The plot feels together with strings and paperclips. All movement forward depends an underdeveloped …

Imposter Syndrome and the Internet

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Anxiety leading up to a big event is a normal reaction. Fear of failure stops many people in their tracks, but you have managed to push through it. Most people experience a mix of excitement and wariness leading up to a major challenge. But for some, another, insidious feeling lurks beneath the surface.   ‘It’s not that special,’ a little …

Captain Marvel – Three Things You Need to Know

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Much like the first set of Christmas decorations in September, the Entertainment Weekly Cover kicks the most wonderful time of the year. After years of anticipation — made longer by the additions of Spiderman: Homecoming and Ant Man and the Wasp–Captain Marvel is finally getting her turn on the big screen. While “break the internet” may have been an overstatement, …

Convention Disaster Prevention – Staying Healthy During Con

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All year long, Dragon*Con feels like a distant dream that will only come someday. Then August hits, and suddenly I’m scrambling to book my plane, finish my costumes, and make arrangements for my cat to be cared for while I’m in Nerd Nirvana. To those not in the know, I tell people that Conventions are like Halloween, New Year’s, and …

Transgender Athletes 101 – Welcome to the Crossfit Games

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Call it a box jump towards equality and inclusion. Attending the “Big Gay Happy Hour” Crossfit CEO Greg Glassman announced that transgender athletes can compete as their gender not their assigned sex. (The Olympics allowed transgender athletes to compete back in 2004, but who is counting?) This change can only serve to make Crossfit a more open and accepting sport, …

“Physical Therapy” – I Have Depression and I’m Running the Spartan Super

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I should quit. That’s the text I sent my friend. Monday afternoon, with the Spartan Super at Palmerton just days away, I was ready to quit. Sitting in Bryant Park on my lunch break, tears visibly rolling down my face, I wanted nothing more than to give up. Not just the Spartan race but my job, my apartment, my life …

Body Dysmorphia: 3 Ways Your Mind Messes With Your Fitness Journey

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You’ve seen those before and after photos, right? The transformation narrative goes one way from sad and overweight to empowered and fit. It’s like we’re being sold on the idea that losing weight is the key to ultimate happiness. I will never stop advocating the benefits of a healthy body composition — particularly as a healthy diet and exercise improves …

Spartan Sprint Tri-State NY 2018 – Race Report

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Wow. First of all, I want to thank everyone who has been reading the blog and supporting my Trail to Trifecta journey. Now I am one race down and two races to go now, and I definitely have some fresh perspective on what the next couple of months are going to have in store. Last Saturday was my Spartan Sprint …