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NM ShamRock Fest Will Be the Greenest Celebration in Town

New to this year's NM ShamRock Fest at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum on Saturday, March 11 is the inaugural NM ShamRock 'N Roll featuring a 5K Run and Fitness Walk, a 1K Kids Fun Run and a quirky Zero K.

Use your imagination and dress creatively in your most outrageous costume or wacky race outfit to run, walk, crawl, etc. Prizes will be awarded for Best Group, Male, Female and Kids costumes.

The "All Fun, No Run" Zero K will be the perfect event for people who prefer not to break a sweat. No running allowed is the only rule. In this race, everyone is on a level playing field. Beginning at approximately 1:50pm "runners" in the Zero K will amble to the start/finish line and prepare for the shortest race of their life. Once the starter gun goes off, the race begins and participants will need to find the strength to make it to the first water station and pick up a green beer (proper ID required). Of course, no ShamRock 'n Roll would be complete without 5K Run & Fitness Walk and a 1K Kids Fun Run.

Come out to experience a unique "fun"draising event like no other. One hundred percent of the Zero K registration fee goes directly to the Balloon Museum Foundation in support of the Museum's educational and public programs.

Zero K registration fee is $15 through March 9. The 5K registration fee is $30 through March 4.

NM ShamRock 'N Roll participants receive one free admission to the NM ShamRock Fest. All race entries include a NM ShamRock 'N Roll t-shirt and other valuable items from a number of great Balloon Museum and TCR-affiliated merchants.
From 11am to 6pm, NM ShamRock Fest will feature two stages with performances by Irish singing groups, Celtic fiddle groups, bagpipe and drum bands, dancers and choral ensembles. Fest goers are invited to take part in various Celtic games alongside NM Celtic Athletics and mix it up with The Albuquerque Gaelic Football Team. Other activities include a climbing wall, remote control balloon demonstration, face painting and arts and crafts for the little ones. Handmade crafts will also be available for purchase.

There will be plenty of Celtic-themed food and treats on hand as well as nearly two dozen vendors and artisans.

Dress you and your dog in green garb and win prizes in the "Lucky Dog" Pet Parade and Costume Contest.

Additional NM ShamRock 'N Roll pricing and registration information can be found at goo.gl/ssW3GP. Admission tickets to only the NM ShamRock Fest are $2-6 (in advance) and $5-10 at the gate.

The City of Albuquerque, High Desert Pipes and Drums and TCR Race Productions are presenting this fun day. The mission of High Desert Pipes and Drums is to foster and promote Scottish culture and music, to perform locally, regionally, and throughout the western United States, and to teach the Great Highland Bagpipe & Drums in the tradition as taught by previous professional instructors from Scotland and other countries. Funds raised at NM ShamRock Fest will benefit High Desert Pipes and Drums.

The Daily Word in Feminism, Women and Power

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Welcome to the dumpster fire as we know it.

Today is International Women's Day, and for many protesters around the world, it's Day Without A Woman.

Artists are taking a feminist message to Wall Street.

Without sex workers, we would be nowhere.


Who run the world?

Women in Ghana are literally taking power back.

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The Daily Word in Trump's baldness or hair, Trump's alternative facts and goodbye Albuquerque Cab

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Albuquerque Cab Company closed on Monday, citing competition from Uber as a contributing factor in the 40 year old company's demise.

Uber riders take note that riding in a yellow cab is safer than riding in a blue ... cab.

A New Mexico themed t-shirt made by J. Crew contains so many errors—including a large saguaro cactus— in its design that stores have been selling out of the unintentionally funny/stupid torso sheath.

There was a fire in the Bosque around Montano bridge yesterday.

President Trump's latest gaffe is a tweet blaming Obama for releasing 120 Gitmo prisoners "back to the battlefield". Obama's administration actually released a total of 9 prisoners while Bush released the other 113 Gitmo detainees.

Man ingests pregnant spider, spider gives birth, baby spiders begin crawling out of man's mouth. Really, tho, the only thing man ingested was some powerful LSD....

This is absolutely the BEST Trump-hair video yet.

Time is Running Out!

Vote for the 2017 Best of Burque

[ Fri Mar 3 2017 3:34 PM ]

Albuquerque you have until March 15 to vote in this year's Best of Burque! Where's the Best Place to Take a First Date? The Best Plant Nursery? The Best Funeral Home? We gotta know! You have 12 days left to vote and make your voices heard, so what are you waiting for?

The author begins her quest

Fitness

Hate Working Out? Me Too. So I Am Doing It.

I wish I was one of those people who couldn’t wait to hop out of bed in the morning to hit the gym at some ungodly hour. But I am SO not. A night owl by nature, my natural body clock would keep me up until around 2am, and sleep until 10 or 10:30am. Not exactly on par with societal norms.

Once I’m up I’m ready to work, and I hit my über-productive, fabulously creative stride in the afternoon. At some point, I think, “I should exercise today.” But by then, I’m on a roll with work and don’t feel like I can stop to work out. By nightfall, I’m tired. No exercise happening here.

I’m making progress on the bedtime/wake-up time thing, but the exercise thing has eluded me. I just haven’t felt motivated. That is, until recently. My wake-up call (so to speak) came thanks to my parents. Around the holidays, I spent roughly five weeks with them (two each at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and one when I headed back east to take part in the Women’s March on Washington.)

They’ve both been diabetic for a good two decades. My Dad has had a couple of mild heart attacks and a mild stroke. My Mom has autoimmune issues. And though I’ve known this, seeing their day-to-day again firsthand was an important reminder.

“What can we eat? How many carbs do I shoot for? Did you shoot your insulin? Check your blood sugar.” These phrases dictate their life. They constantly have to think about what they eat, what they just ate, and what they’ll eat later. If they don’t shoot enough insulin, their blood sugar is too high. If they shoot too much, their blood sugar can fall too low and cause a diabetic attack (think Julia Roberts’ character, Shelby, in the beauty shop in the film Steel Magnolias.) Scary as hell, and potentially life threatening. I wish they didn’t have to live like that, but I’m grateful that they are managing it fairly well. And I finally decided, I want to avoid dealing with that if I can.

Which brings me back to the exercise thing. I know I have to do it, and it has to be a lifestyle change. So I am praying to God and sweet baby Jesus that I will stick with what I’ve just started—the Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) Weight Loss Challenge.

I had no clue what Orangetheory was until recently. At a pre-holiday dinner (read: WINE) with some girlfriends, several were RAVING about their workouts at this new place. I was like, “Good for you guys!” and I thought, “That sounds hard. I’m not a gym person. More power to ‘em.” But my curiosity was piqued. Fast forward several weeks of witnessing my folks’ daily diabetes adventures and what did I do? I signed up at Orangetheory Fitness Westside, hoping to become a workout fanatic.

The challenge lasts six weeks. You have to work out at an OTF location at least three times per week. “OK, I can do this!” I psyched myself up. Hubs was totally supportive. “You’ve got this, Baby,” he said. I went to OTF before the challenge to get my fitness tracker (they’re all high-tech over there). I walked in a little unsure, and Bam! It was like a wave of positivity hit me – everyone was so friendly and encouraging. They got me set up and I weighed in. That was another wake-up call. I knew I’d gained weight the last few years but seeing 170 on that scale did NOT impress me. They showed me the place (nice digs, lots of orange) and by the time I left I felt like I’d just joined a fitness support group. Which I guess I kinda have–and truth is, I need the encouragement. So that’s a good thing.

I kicked off the challenge the following Monday with a 7pm class (great for my body clock). They’ve got a row of treadmills, a row of rowing machines (say that real fast) and a weight area. I put on my fitness tracker and boarded a treadmill.

“OK, where are my power walkers at?” the instructor, Bobby, yelled into his microphone. Power walker, that’s me! No jogging here (at least not yet). “Okay, I want you to start at base level for 2 minutes, then we’re going up to a 6 percent incline.”

Six percent. Okay, I can do that. Oh holy crap. That’s harder than I thought. I’m doing it anyway. “I will NOT be a diabetic. I will NOT be a diabetic,” I repeated to myself. Bobby took us through a series of what they call “pushes” and “all-outs” where we switch up our speed and incline for one to two minutes at a time. I was huffin’ and puffin’ and sweatin’ but I kept moving. I also kept looking at the big screen that had my real-time fitness monitor stats. More sweat and heavy breathing and I finally hit the Orange Zone!

Woohoo!!!!! That’s when you reach your optimum heart rate for burning calories. The longer you stay in it, the more you burn, and that calorie burn continues for another 24 – 36 hours after the workout. More bang for my workout buck. I’ll take it.

For every minute you’re in the orange zone, you earn a “splat point” (I’m still learning all of the cool terminology). Their splat symbol represents a fat cell bursting. Kinda gross to think about, but good. Burst little fat cells, burst!

After 25 minutes it was row time. We started with 400 meters. I pushed back with my legs and pulled the handles back with my arms in one fluid movement. Well, I was supposed to, anyway. It took a bit to get in the rhythm, and soon, my quads were on fire. But I was determined to finish those 400 meters! I was the last one to do it and head to the weights. We used hand weights to do bicep curls. Then we did sit-ups while holding a weight. The last exercise was using a TRX band to pull up our own body weight.

Bobby yelled instructions and encouragement. I kept checking my progress on the board. Come on, splat points! My calories-burned number kept increasing. Awesome. I sneaked peeks at the people beside me. Consistently, on the treadmill they were faster or at a higher incline; on the rower, they were faster; and they did more weight reps than me. But at least I did it.

I made it through the first workout. Hallelujah! Red-faced, sweaty, and breathless, I felt like I’d really accomplished something. Because I had! After each workout, OTF emails your personal stats from your fitness tracker. I’d burned 538 calories and gotten 20 splat points! 20! Not too shabby!

Little did I know my numbers would soon plunge drastically, which I chalk up to traveling. I left the next morning for North Carolina to see my folks before heading to D.C. I found an Orangetheory in N.C. so I could meet my challenge requirements.

Again, the staff was super cool and high-energy. But my numbers weren’t. I was tired. Because of my trip schedule, I exercised in the morning. And I felt it. My energy was lower and I just didn’t have enough to give. My email from OTF confirmed my suspicions: 490 calories burned but only two splat points for my first N.C. workout. And 399 calories burned and zero splat points for the second. Zero!?!?!? Ugh!

The trainers said not to sweat it. They said the orange zone is optimal to burn calories longer, but lots of time in the green zone (just below orange) is still a great workout. I’d spent 38 and 39 minutes in the green zone, so I’m gonna consider that success. Surely at least some of my fat cells burst. Plus, at the Women’s March on Washington my personal fitness tracker said I walked over 12,000 steps. I’m totally counting that as a workout.

I was happy to have survived week one of the weight loss challenge. I’ll chronicle my workout journey and let you know how it goes. I’m excited to do it, and hope I’ll notice results that spur me on towards better health (and no Diabetes). Wish me luck. And lots of splat points.

The Daily Word in Politics and Technology

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Sessions and Russia sitting in a tree. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about meeting with a Russian Ambassador.

French presidential candidate and leader of the far-right, Marine Le Pen, could face jail time and a large fine for tweeting a violent image.

UNM is working on a 3D bio printer that could eventually print out material to use for bone and human tissue.

Events

This Week in Event Horizon: Teens creating themselves, heating things up and honoring the women of the world

March 2-8, 2017

[ Wed Mar 1 2017 4:36 PM ]
Stuff to do! The 29th National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show; Teen Tech Week; Eat, Drink and Be Charitable; and the International Women's Day March and Rally.

The Daily Word in the State of the Union, Russia and Congress

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A man who recently took hostage and car-jacked hikers at the La Luz trail was arrested in Kan.

A woman had acid thrown in her face Monday night, that's the fifth recorded acid attack in Berlin, Germany since Dec.

A summation of the presidents of the HBCU reaction to meeting with Trump: Photo Op!

How accurate was Trump's first address to Congress?

Undoing all of the progress achieved in the last eight years is just beginning.

Wanna see a bot fight? Head over to Wikipedia.

A Russian airstrike hit US allies by “mistake.”

An emotional moment during the State of Nation speech could backfire for the Trump administration.

Learn About Urban Gardening and Composting

Casa San Ysidro, historic house and farm, is holding a free urban gardening fair on Saturday, March 11 between 1pm and 4pm.

Together with its partner ARCA Organics, Casa San Ysidro will welcome local farming and gardening organizations to encourage the rich cultivation of front lawns and balconies in our urban neighborhoods.

-ARCA Organics will conduct a seedling workshop and speak about their activities in Casa's Heritage Field.
-At 2pm, John Zarola, master composter for Sandoval County, will speak on composting techniques.
-Jericho Nurseries will be on hand to walk you through some important tools to think about when you are fostering your urban garden.
-La Cosecha CSA, a South Valley farming cooperative, will introduce you to their lovely produce and their success farming in New Mexico.

The public is also invited to tour our historic house and view the remarkable collection of historic agricultural implements that kept New Mexicans going for hundreds of years. These are the most valuable objects they owned. Throughout the day, we will help you start or enhance your garden, no matter how small a space you're working with.

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Rd. in the historic Village of Corrales. For more information call (505) 898-3915. You can also visit cabq.gov/casasanysidro
or find Casa on Facebook facebook.com/casasanysidro.

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The Daily Word in very underwhelming Trump rallies and the way-back machine for marijuana, health care, culture

RIP Bill Paxton

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Gas stations around the Duke City have been tampered with. APD recommends using cash to pay for gas if possible.

Dominique Perez, one of the APD officers who shot James Boyd, appears set to regain his job.

Latest President Trump revelation: former President Barack Obama and "his people" are responsible for White House leaks.

If you missed yesterday's massive rallies in support of Trump, the president is calling for another show of support this Saturday! This is known as "doubling down".

The Trump administration plans to begin enforcing federal marijuana laws, leaving states with legal medical and recreational cannabis with a feeling of uncertainty and provoking outrage throughout the marijuana industry.

RIP Bill Paxton.