Pepe le Poo

I'm just going to write a short and sweet post today because I'm not feeling well, and I'll tell you why in a minute.

So this past weekend's training did not go quite according to plan, thanks to Mother Nature. Although, it has [temporarily] cooled down significantly thanks to the rain. I managed to get my long run in last night. 

Pros of the run:
- Despite having  ran two marathons in the past and three half marathons (not including the 1 1/2 half Ironman races), this was the first time I had ever ran 16 miles in training. I am usually plagued with injury and laziness beyond belief that I just never get it done. Yesterday, I was feeling inspired by a blogger friend, Mandy aka Caratunk Girl, who just finished her first Ironman yesterday. So proud of her. Can't wait to finish my first on September 11!
- Also, despite run/walking the last six miles, I still managed a decent pace of 10:23min/mile for the whole run. I was expecting it to be closer to 11min/mile, but I was running a pretty solid run the first 10 miles which made up for the last six. 

Cons of the run:
- My IT bands hate me.
- I'm about to be minus another toe nail.
- TMI Warning: Before yesterday, I had been constipated for two weeks. I was suffering pretty good and was not getting any relief from stool softeners, but there is no laxative as powerful as a good long run. Its so powerful, I now have another problem. I went from one end of the poo/no poo spectrum to the other. At least now, I don't have to diet as long to get back down to race weight...LOL.

On an unrelated note, I got a lot of good job news at the end of last week. I had phone interviews Friday and Saturday with two different positions. I have another one this Friday with a third school. And what seems to be the most promising lead so far, I have an in person interview on Wednesday that I'm flying out for tomorrow afternoon. I'm hoping to maybe have this job search wrapped up either late this week or early next week.

With that being said, our lease ends a week from today and we want to move all of our belongings to storage on Sunday. Our best packer will be gone for an interview for two days this week, and we have tons to pack yet. Will hubby come through or will I be stuck packing double time when I return? 

Mellow Monday:

Stay Cool

I don't do a whole lot of "how to" or informative blogs. I would much rather talk about my life, but my life right now is pretty boring. I am presently unemployed, so my days consist of watching the Today Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, and catching up on my DVR'd shows from the night before. In between shows, I pack some, but we don't have air conditioning and its been around 100F, so I can't do a lot before I feel like I'm going to die.

During one of my "I'm going to die" moments, I figured I would write an informative blog about staying cool in this hot hot weather. Pretty much everyone east of the Rocky Mountains is dying from this heat right now, so I figured we could learn a little from it. I'm going to focus more on how to stay cool while working out in the heat, but some of the advice is good for just dealing with the heat in general.

1. STAY HYDRATED!! I feel like this is the most important so I'm putting it first. If there is only one point that you take away from this list of points, it is this one. About 2 to 3 hours prior to exercise, you should consume 500 to 600mL (17 to 20oz) of water or sports drinks. That's approximately one bottle of water or Gatorade. Again, 10 to 20 minutes before exercise, you should drink an additional 200 to 300mL (7 to 10oz) of water or sports drink. So that's half of a bottle of water or Gatorade. You should also take note of your weight prior to and after exercising. If you hydrated properly, you should not lose more than 2% of your body weight. To help prevent dehydration, you should drink around 200 to 300mL (7 to 10oz) every 10 to 20 minutes. That's yet another half bottle of the beverage of your choice. If you are not used to working out in hot conditions, you should opt to hydrate with a beverage that contains electrolytes for  the first week of hot weather exercising. After that, your normal electrolyte intake should suffice unless you are working out for more than four hours. Once you have completed your workout, make sure to rehydrate with a beverage that contains carbs and electrolytes to help replenish what you lost. The rule of thumb is to drink 16oz. of fluid for every pound lost. Remember, prevention is key!

2. Avoid the heat. If you have the option of working out somewhere cooler, such as a local gym, do that instead. Also, work out early in the morning or later at night. I don't know about you guys, but its still blisteringly hot well after dark, so I prefer early mornings. As a female usually working out by myself, I feel more safe working out in the morning than at 10PM. Or if you are a triathlete like me, and you need to get in a lunch time work out, do something cool like an open water swim. Save the run for later when its not so hot. If you must must must do a lunch time run, then read on...

3. Acclimate. If you have to work out in the heat are not used to working out in it, start off with short, low intensity workouts and gradually build up over two weeks.

4. Wear light clothing. To avoid attracting extra heat from the sun, wear light colored clothing. Also, wear light, moisture-wicking clothing as well. Sweating is your body's way of cooling itself down. If you are wearing heavy cotton, the clothes will just weigh you down and not allow for the sweat to evaporate.
Chris Lieto rocking (almost) all white triathlon garb in Kona
5. Ice. This isn't as easy to do with regular training runs, but I love doing this at races. Take ice provided at aid stations and put it in your sports bra, shirt, shorts, underwear, etc. Wherever I can make it stay, I put it there. The best places to put it are over superficial large arteries. These arteries are taking large amounts of blood to the rest of your body, so if you can cool the blood down before it gets there, it will help to keep your body cool. Specifically, you should put the ice over your femoral artery, brachial artery, and carotid artery. If I have enough ice, I'll even put some over my vertebral artery. Here's how to find these particular arteries (note: they are all located on both sides of the body):

Femoral - Runs along groin region
Of course, you wouldn't have an aneurysm
Brachial artery - stick the ice in your armpit (I hope this doesn't require a picture to locate)

Carotid artery - Feel the side of your neck and you should feel a strong pulse. That is your carotid artery. Stick the ice there.

Vertebral Artery - They arteries run along the spine in the neck.
If nothing else, it feels good to put ice on the back of your neck

5. Rest. Take more rest breaks during your work out, particularly to make sure you are sufficiently hydrating. If you are doing two workouts a day, make sure to take it easy between each workout, eat a proper and nutritious meal, and (there's that word again) hydrate! And make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. You may be used to running 3 miles at 10min/mile pace, but your body works harder to get you there in the heat. As the heat and humidity increase, your heart rate also increases in an attempt to keep the body cool. Give yourself a well deserved rest.

Resources: National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Fluid Replacement for Athletes
National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Exertional Heat Illnesses


Sorry, folks, I haven't been blogging much. We're moving out of our current apartment next weekend, so we are busy busy busy with packing. We are putting almost everything into storage for now, and then we are moving into a furnished apartment for next month. I am still looking for a job. I have had a few interviews and a lot of rejections, but I'm still plugging away and putting my application into a bunch of places.

We were fortunate enough to have some friends (our engagement photographer and her husband) in town this past weekend. I spent some time with her on Friday. We did some walking around town, talked and had lunch at McGreavy's (America's oldest sports bar). When Ben got home from work, she was gracious enough to take some pictures of us with Boston backdrops. She also took a couple of headshots for me for my acting auditions. Ben has the pictures of us together, but here are the headshots.

That night, we went out for dinner with her and her husband to Bell In Hand (Oldest Bar in America...we're just hitting up all the historical drinking landmarks). After dinner, we got some dessert at Faneuil Hall, and then got more dessert to go from Mike's Pastry. If you only had time to go to one food place in Boston, you should go to Mike's Pastry. It is to die for. And apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so as it is almost always packed. Don't let that deter you though, because the employees are very efficient and you'll be in and out in no time. I recommend the ricotta florentine cannoli.

The next morning, we all did a 5K together. It was a small race with about 150 runners, but a local running club used it as a training run instead of their typical Saturday morning workout. Despite it being a small race, the running club members were putting up hugely fast times, so I was only 6 of 8 in my age group. Still have never finished last in a running race. My time wasn't the greatest either. For my Ironman training, I have been focusing more on longer, slower runs, than short, fast runs. You know, putting in the miles. Also, I had been (and still am) having some GI issues, so my stomach was killing me during the race.

Have no fear! It subsided long enough for us to have breakfast together at a local dinner. I had my favorite dish, French toast. But it wasn't just any French toast. It was Portuguese French toast (so which is it? Portuguese or French?). It was quite delish. It was supposed to be sweeter than regular French toast, but it didn't really taste like it to me (although, I drown my French toast in syrup, so its always uber sweet). Other than that, the toast was thicker than usual...about an inch thick. It was quite delightful.

Training this week has been slower than usual. Its pretty much constantly hot here, as it is in much of the country. We've just been getting in a little here, a little there, but nothing too long or intense to keep from overdoing it in the heat.

70 miles...check!

Yesterday, I reached a new milestone in my Ironman training. I biked 70 miles which is the longest I have biked to date. It definitely did not come without a little struggling.

Since my Half Ironman in June, I have not biked more than 50 miles. It wasn't because I couldn't physically bike further than that. It was because I couldn't mentally bike that far. There seemed to be a mental roadblock that stopped me from leaving the "known" of 56 miles to the "unknown" of longer distances. Over the past couple of weeks, I had gotten pretty good at coming up with reasons for not biking further than 50 miles. My legs are sore and/or tired. My head hurts. My allergies are acting up. I need new bike gloves. One of my bike gloves is missing. Biking by myself sucks, so I'll just wait to do it at a time when I can go with hubby. Hubby always wants me to wait for him at the top of hills, but won't wait for me on the way down, so I'll just do this ride later on my own.

Truth be told, I was not pushing myself as hard as I should. Yesterday, I put my foot down. Yes, my legs were sore from the 5K the day before. Yes, my neck was getting painful from being in the aero position for so long. Yes, I still need new bike gloves. Yes, hubby still drops me on the downhills. But how am I ever going to be able to do an Ironman if I can't bike for more than 56 miles? This would have to be something to push through and just do it. No if's, and's or but's. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?

Yesterday, I finally got past that mental roadblock. Actually, make that smashed through that mental roadblock. Not only did I accomplish something, but I have a renewed sense of confidence. I can do this Ironman. I will do this Ironman. I can do the training. I just have to stop listening to the doubt in my head. I used to dread my weekly long bike ride. Now, I'm actually looking forward to next week's 85 mile ride.

On a side note, don't bike on Sunday in Boston. Apparently, its learn to ride your bike day and I was almost hit five times by swervers and once by an unleashed dog. Clearly, the owner thought that the mandatory "short leash" meant that the leash could be so short that its invisible. When we passed her the second time, she grabbed the dog's collar to keep him from running out. She clearly didn't even have a leash with her. I realize your dog may be obediant 99.9% of the time, but its still an animal. You never know when its going to do something random like run out in front of a bike. Please, the signs ask you to leash your dog for a reason. Its for the safety of your dog and other people.

Hubby of the Century

Yesterday, my hubby won the coveted "Husband of the Century" award. I have been nagging him for weeks, nay months, to take me to the New England Revolution vs. Manchester United game. I am a huge ManU fan and have been dreaming of seeing them play. I figured my chances of seeing them actually play at Old Trafford are slim to none, so this was my chance to see them play without paddling my row boat across the pond.

The game was last night and as of yesterday morning, we did not have tickets. I was giving up hope and hubby kept saying, "The tickets are too expensive. We can't afford it right now."

Sad face.

But then later in the day, he called and said, "I was able to find tickets we can afford but the seats are really bad." I didn't care. I was going to the game. Although, I'm not gonna lie, I washed my ManU jersey specifically for this game.

We left for the game as soon as hubby got home from work, but then got stuck in rush hour traffic and then game traffic on the way. What normally takes us about 40-45 minutes to drive took us an hour and a half. Hubby even commented that we should have just stayed home and watched the game. But we finally got parked and grabbed some subs from Subway for dinner.

We were meeting the guy we bought the tickets from at the stadium. While waiting for him, we perused the gift shop and I bought a scarf and hubby bought a t-shirt. The TV's in the gift shop were showing highlights of the USA vs. France women's game from earlier in the day (is it safe to talk about it yet?).

Side note, I like the way British people talk. I don't mean the accent, but their choice of words. Two British guys in the gift shop were looking for real jerseys and not t-shirt jerseys. When they finally found them, the one guy said to the other, "Oh, here's a proper shirt." "Proper shirt" sounds so much more prim and, well, proper than "real jersey". I think I need to study abroad in the UK to learn to speak "proper" English.

We got our tickets from the ticket guy who said to us, "These were going to be my tickets, so enjoy them." I almost said to him, "You wanted those sucky ass tickets, when you pretty much have your choice of tickets as a ticket dealer?" but I refrained. I mean, he did give us a $5 Starbucks gift card with our tickets, so I kept my big mouth shut.

Fortunately, I did. As we went in to the stadium to go to our seats, the hubby showed me the tickets and where we were really sitting.

OMG! Row 1!!!

View from our seats
Hubby later explained that he knew how excited I was for this game that he really wanted to make it special for me. He didn't want anything less than the best. Plus, all of the cheap nose bleed tickets had sold out by Wednesday morning. He didn't want to pay a lot for bad seats when he could pay the same price or a small amount more for great seats.

The game was just an exhibition and ManU won 4-1 so it wasn't even close. I think I was so excited that I was just overwhelmed. I won't bore you with the gory details of the game, so I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

P.S. I like hubby's camera better than mine.

The kid holding the Barclay's Cup is sooooo excited

New England Revolution fans

Corner Kick

One of my favorite pics

Rooney (#10 in red) header

Cameramen...always getting in the way

More Rooney action

Hard to see, but Rooney is mid-bicycle kick. He's the one upside down if you couldn't tell.

Proof I like the whole team, not just Rooney

Another Rooney action did that get in there?

Athletic Trainer action

The throw in one?


My face is so shiny from a combo of sweat and rain
P.P.S. Happy Bastille Day!!!!

My Life According to Miley Cyrus

I'm sure by now you have heard Miley Cyrus's "Party In The USA." It has been popular on the radio for a couple of years now and is a song that I guiltily find myself listening to frequently.

It may sound kinda silly, but I have learned a lot from this song. It kept me strong and gave me courage when I first moved to Boston. With that said, let me explain before you [probably very accurately] label me a looney.

When I first moved to Boston two years ago, I was excited at the prospect of moving to a big city. I think a lot of people dream of making it big and moving to "The City" whether that city be New York City, Los Angeles, etc. Boston may not have been The City, but it was a big city and I was sold.

Little did this Midwestern Girl (born and raised) realize what a drastic change it would be. I thought it wouldn't be too bad considering that I had lived in Milwaukee, WI and Columbus, OH which are both large Midwestern cities, but they pale in comparison to the enormity of East Coast cities. The whole experience reminds me of some of the lyrics of the song. I started seeing famous landmarks and began to realize how real the move was for me (like seeing the Hollywood sign for the first time). Or you see all of the girls wearing stilettos instead of tennis shoes (not really that far from the truth). I mean, I am living in a city so big that it has a subway system. That after living in cities where people rarely even use the bus and you have to call the cab company if you want to take a taxi somewhere. You can't just flag it down from the street.

I figured, at the very least, people will always be people, but even people in different cities value different things. In Boston, people value expensive cars, designer purses and clothes, low number license plates, the Red Sox, hoity toity wining and dining, a vacation house on the Cape, and prime driving position everywhere (Massholes). Boston is like a mini New York City. People are always in a hurry to get somewhere (or nowhere) and they don't care how rude they are along the way. Its every person for themselves. In the Midwest, people value t-shirts and jeans, cheap beer in the company of friends, college football, dining at the local bar and grill and vacationing at the lake. People usually have time to say hi to strangers and hold open doors. There are just some things about cities that you can't learn online or from books. You actually have to live there and experience it. These are things that you can't prepare for and you just have to "wing it" when you get there.

Now, I don't know if Miley ever actually felt the way she did in the song or if she's just singing the feelings of some songwriter, but I can definitely relate. You can feel so small and insignificant and out of place when you move somewhere new, but there are some things that never change. There are some things that will always remind you of home. In Miley's case, it was a Britney Spears and a Jay-Z song that reminded her of home. I had Miley Cyrus' song.

Now, I promise that was the last lame blog post.

Thoughts From a Long Ride

I finally got my long ride in today, although it ended up being shorter than the 66 miles I had planned. I wanted to drive up to the bike path instead of navigating via bike through the busy, narrow Boston streets. I have done it before and I can do it, but I feel like the fewer times I actually do it, the less chance I'll be creamed. We only have one car because parking is freakin' expensive in Boston. Initially, the hubby was gonna ride his bike to work which would allow me to get an early start on my ride, but then he decided he would rather me drive him to work and pick him up. So by the time I dropped him off, went home and got ready and got to the bike path, I didn't start my ride until 10:45AM. That would be fine on any other day, except today the temperature was in the 90's and it was humid as always.

The temperature on the path wasn't too bad as its pretty shady, but I did some riding off the path as well for a change of scenery. The path we ride is 10 miles long and I felt I would get bored quickly going back and forth that many times. The road at the far end of the path has rolling hills so you can get some hill work in, but you can get some good speed going too. The traffic is tame by Boston standards so a lot of cyclists use it for their rides. However, its not shady so it was at least 10 degrees warmer, so I only spent 10 miles on the road. Conveniently, at the far end of the path is a water fountain, so I could make frequent fill ups. I used Gen UCan as my nutrition drink. This was the first ride I have done with it and my experience with it in the past is that its kinda chalky. I have found that if you let it sit (like while you're biking) the powder dissolves more thoroughly and becomes less chalky. However, its still pretty thick for a "during workout" drink, so I just kept diluting it with more water and it became more tolerable as the ride went on. During one of my water fountain (ok, it hurts, I have to say it, its called a bubbler, and I'm not gonna be nice about it anymore), there was a person begging for money. He kept following me and asking for money as I filled my bottles and tried to enjoy my Honey Stinger waffle. He kept saying he was dehydrated and needed money. I kindly told him that I didn't have any money with me (which was the truth anyways) and that if he was that thirsty there was a bubbler right over there. It quickly became apparent that his dehydration would not be relieved by water, but by alcohol as he ignored my offer of water from the bubbler.

Another reason we like the bike path is its elevation profile. Its not hugely hilly, but rather there are false flats. The first four miles is a gradual uphill, followed by a flat 2 miles and then a gradual 4 mile downhill. The beginning is always frustrating because it makes you feel fat and out of shape, but then you remember you are going uphill.

In the end, I only did a little over 50 miles due to the heat and the fact that I wanted to go home and clean up before picking up the hubby from work, but it still gave me plenty of time to think and I wanted to share some of those thoughts with you.

- Its so hot. How do people living in the south deal with this?

- Its lonely training by yourself. Glad I usually train with hubby.

- Maybe I should just stop now and do the rest of the bike with hubby when he comes home from work.

- No, I should just do it now and get it over with.

- It is really friggin' hot.

- I wish the bike path was this deserted on weekends.

- I need new bike gloves.

- I can't wait to get a time trial bike. They are so much lighter.

- Think cold thoughts. Boston in winter.

- Why does cow poo smell different than human poo? They say human poo scents can vary depending on what you eat. If that's true, does cow poo smell bad because all they eat is grass and hay? Does that mean vegan poo smells like cow poo?

- So why did I sign up to do an Iron distance race again?

- I hate hills.

- Am I done yet?

- Its afternoon, so the sun is setting, so it will get cooler soon, right?

- Wow, a hot dude cyclist. That's a first (well, second if you include hubby). He must be pretty good because he has massive thighs and he isn't wearing bike gloves. Badass. Aww, he waved at me. *Swoon* Should probably stop staring now.

- Is it just me or did it just get really hot out here?

- Eww, dead chipmunk. I would have at least kicked it to the side of the path if I hit it.

- There are some pretty awesome cycling kits.

- Done. Food.

Fourth of July Weekend

The weekend started on a bad note on Friday. For whatever reason, I was just in one of those moods. Maybe its that I haven't gotten a job yet or what, but I was feeling kinda depressed. Its times like these I'm glad I have my hubby. He came home with gifts to help me feel better. He got me some cupcakes (rootbeer float, chocolate chip cheesecake and red velvet flavors). And he also got me a framed picture of the Bruins after winning the Stanley Cup.

I have also decided that I want to start a hat and fascinator making business. My sister is also considering doing it with me. Right now, I'm in the process of learning everything I can, drawing my ideas, and buying the things I need. Friday night, we bought a pad of paper and some pencils so I can have a nice clean place to draw my ideas.

On Saturday morning, the hubby and I went out for a bike ride. Our goal was to do 66 miles, but it ended up only being 20 miles for me. There are these little green buds that are flowering on some of the trees right now around here and I think I'm allergic to them. Whenever I go outside by them, I get itchy everywhere and I break out in hives and it happened again on Saturday, cutting my ride short. It was just too unbearable. I have started taking some allergy medicine again (I usually only need it in spring and fall) and it seems to be helping. I plan on making up the ride tomorrow morning.

That evening, we went out to dinner at this restaurant by the Boston harbor and then followed it up with some whale watching. We didn't know what to expect. We kinda thought it would be hit or miss whether or not we would see whales, but the company does a great job of tracking the whales and knowing where they will be. We happened to catch them on a night where there were 17 different whales feeding in one place. The tour guide said that they typically feed in smaller groups so this was very unusual to see so many. The only thing that stunk about the trip was that it took 1 hour and 45 minutes by boat to get there and then we only got to whale watch for 30 minutes. It was a lot of boating for not a lot of watching. We did get some great pictures though.
Me waiting for the boat

Boston Harbor Lighthouse

Double Whale tail

Eating - nom

We got super close!!

I think this picture is so cute and almost looks like a painting

Love this picture too


Boston skyline at night from the sea
On Sunday morning, I went out for an 11.3 mile run. Following that, hubby and I went down to Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA to pick up his packet for the 10K he was doing on Monday. We spent some time there looking around at the shops and the stadium. We spent most of the day relaxing (and not packing like we probably should be).

Monday morning brought a really hot and humid race morning. On one hand, I wished I was doing the race too, but on the other hand, I was dying just sitting in the heat waiting for hubby to finish. I'll let him do most of the race recap at his blog, but here are some pictures I took. The finish line was on the 50 yard line of the New England Patriots stadium. But right now, its soccer season, so it was really at the center line of the New England Revolution stadium, but I think I was the only one there who thought that was cooler than the 50 yard line.
The start...note Rick and Dick Hoyt on the right

Now those are running skirts

I would never wear a Captain America uniform in that heat

Male winner and Olympic triathlete...Jarrod Shoemaker

Hubby finishing (he's the one in the red shirt just behind the finish line
We spent the rest of the day resting and napping. We had gone to the Boston fireworks last year and sat outside all day to see a 20 minute firework show. This year, we were just going to walk over last minute and watch from wherever we could. It was a much better plan. We got to watch the Boston Pops' concert on TV this time around instead of not seeing it at all. The fireworks were...well...fireworks. You know, lots of smiley faces, sparkles, sizzles, and so on. The usual.

This time last year, we were two days away from going to London and Paris. I wish I were going again this year. I LOVE Europe. Maybe next year?

How was your holiday weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Happy Fourth!!

Hey guys,
Short and sweet blog today as I'm enjoying the holiday with the hubby. I can't wait to tell you all about the weekend. We did so many fun things and took lots of pictures. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, here is a blog I was saving for a "rainy" day.

I got this idea from my sister's blog. Her goal is to see all of the movies in the IMDB's top 250 movies and read all of the books on the BBC's top 100 list. It got me curious about how many of the movies and books I have already seen or read. I recently got a great deal on classic novels for my Nook Color (25 books for 99 cents), so I bought 75 to help me catch up on my classic novels.

I must say though, some of the IMDB movies I don't agree with being in the top 250. And the BBC is a little biased towards Jane Austin (obviously). I am currently reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of Seven Gables" and I personally think that (so far) it's better than "Pride & Prejudice".

IMDB's Top 250:
I have seen 39 of the 250 movies. Pitiful, I know, but it only goes to prove that I really don't sit around and watch movies very often. Don't get me wrong. There are a lot of movies on this list that I want to see, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. But there are a lot of movies I don't care to see either. I highlighted the ones I have seen already.

1.9.2The Shawshank Redemption (1994)609,123
2.9.2The Godfather (1972)468,257
3.9.0The Godfather: Part II (1974)286,922
4.8.9The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)192,277
5.8.9Pulp Fiction (1994)482,869
6.8.912 Angry Men (1957)145,655
7.8.9Schindler's List (1993)321,031
8.8.8One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)251,732
9.8.8Inception (2010)371,212
10.8.8The Dark Knight (2008)544,767
11.8.8The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003)421,713
12.8.8Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back(1980)316,103
13.8.8Seven Samurai (1954)110,527
14.8.8Fight Club (1999)450,260
15.8.7Goodfellas (1990)266,575
16.8.7Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)359,967
17.8.7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)444,428
18.8.7Casablanca (1942)187,830
19.8.7City of God (2002)196,925
20.8.7Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)88,419
21.8.7Rear Window (1954)136,126
22.8.7The Matrix (1999)441,214
23.8.7Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)274,510
24.8.7The Usual Suspects (1995)302,872
25.8.7Psycho (1960)166,122
26.8.7The Silence of the Lambs (1991)288,259
27.8.6Se7en (1995)331,385
28.8.6It's a Wonderful Life (1946)116,742
29.8.6The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)377,084
30.8.6Memento (2000)320,677
31.8.6Forrest Gump (1994)361,640
32.8.6Sunset Blvd. (1950)63,620
33.8.6Leon: The Professional (1994)240,285
34.8.6Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)173,231
35.8.6Toy Story 3 (2010)138,587
36.8.6Apocalypse Now (1979)196,602
37.8.5Citizen Kane (1941)153,273
38.8.5American History X (1998)265,349
39.8.5North by Northwest (1959)105,383
40.8.5American Beauty (1999)333,976
41.8.5Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)276,228
42.8.5Taxi Driver (1976)184,060
43.8.5Saving Private Ryan (1998)312,858
44.8.5Alien (1979)206,945
45.8.5Vertigo (1958)104,416
46.8.5Amélie (2001)212,541
47.8.5Spirited Away (2001)123,187
48.8.5The Shining (1980)209,367
49.8.5Paths of Glory (1957)51,863
50.8.5City Lights (1931)34,351
51.8.5WALL·E (2008)224,488
52.8.5The Pianist (2002)160,191
53.8.5Double Indemnity (1944)43,141
54.8.5M (1931)45,940
55.8.5Lawrence of Arabia (1962)88,793
56.8.5The Lives of Others (2006)90,775
57.8.4A Clockwork Orange (1971)222,409
58.8.4The Departed (2006)310,134
59.8.4To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)92,902
60.8.4Aliens (1986)192,423
61.8.4Requiem for a Dream (2000)217,681
62.8.4Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)256,400
63.8.4Das Boot (1981)78,394
64.8.4Modern Times (1936)42,914
65.8.4Reservoir Dogs (1992)243,851
66.8.4The Third Man (1949)56,950
67.8.4Life Is Beautiful (1997)129,259
68.8.4L.A. Confidential (1997)184,914
69.8.4Chinatown (1974)89,787
70.8.4Back to the Future (1985)240,277
71.8.4The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)37,786
72.8.4The Prestige (2006)253,032
73.8.4Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)173,847
74.8.4Cinema Paradiso (1988)53,493
75.8.4The Green Mile (1999)239,045
76.8.3Raging Bull (1980)103,005
77.8.3Once Upon a Time in America (1984)84,292
78.8.3Rashomon (1950)45,703
79.8.3Pan's Labyrinth (2006)183,050
80.8.3Some Like It Hot (1959)76,645
81.8.3Amadeus (1984)111,544
82.8.3Singin' in the Rain (1952)62,987
83.8.3The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)66,575
84.8.3All About Eve (1950)39,345
85.8.3Full Metal Jacket (1987)176,934
86.8.3The Great Dictator (1940)43,970
87.8.3Bicycle Thieves (1948)32,837
88.8.32001: A Space Odyssey (1968)181,136
89.8.3Braveheart (1995)277,292
90.8.3The Apartment (1960)42,216
91.8.3Gladiator (2000)328,318
92.8.3Inglourious Basterds (2009)234,893
93.8.3Metropolis (1927)46,465
94.8.3Downfall (2004)97,339
95.8.3Oldboy (2003)117,171
96.8.3Black Swan (2010)142,622
97.8.3Unforgiven (1992)115,242
98.8.3The Sting (1973)75,259
99.8.3Up (2009)154,076
100.8.3Gran Torino (2008)164,719
101.8.3The Elephant Man (1980)67,771
102.8.3Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)37,539
103.8.3The Maltese Falcon (1941)57,513
104.8.3Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)238,990
105.8.3On the Waterfront (1954)46,799
106.8.3Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)194,678
107.8.3Rebecca (1940)39,904
108.8.3Princess Mononoke (1997)76,657
109.8.3Die Hard (1988)210,916
110.8.3Sin City (2005)291,071
111.8.3The Great Escape (1963)70,813
112.8.3The Seventh Seal (1957)43,912
113.8.2Batman Begins (2005)311,115
114.8.2The King's Speech (2010)94,937
115.8.2The General (1926)23,234
116.8.2Fargo (1996)185,555
117.8.2Heat (1995)166,982
118.8.2Blade Runner (1982)207,839
119.8.2Yojimbo (1961)33,503
120.8.2For a Few Dollars More (1965)53,427
121.8.2Hotel Rwanda (2004)107,519
122.8.2Jaws (1975)159,136
123.8.2No Country for Old Men (2007)233,459
124.8.2Grave of the Fireflies (1988)41,796
125.8.2Ran (1985)38,740
126.8.2Witness for the Prosecution (1957)21,161
127.8.2Touch of Evil (1958)36,668
128.8.2Snatch. (2000)205,227
129.8.2The Wizard of Oz (1939)118,133
130.8.2Wild Strawberries (1957)25,106
131.8.2The Lion King (1994)170,069
132.8.2Slumdog Millionaire (2008)216,071
133.8.2The Deer Hunter (1978)100,419
134.8.2The Sixth Sense (1999)274,417
135.8.2The Big Lebowski (1998)207,738
136.8.2Cool Hand Luke (1967)52,105
137.8.2Annie Hall (1977)74,793
138.8.2Strangers on a Train (1951)39,614
139.8.2Toy Story (1995)185,220
140.8.2Donnie Darko (2001)243,380
141.8.2It Happened One Night (1934)28,711
142.8.2Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)268,940
143.8.2High Noon (1952)38,681
144.8.2Platoon (1986)125,056
145.8.2Into the Wild (2007)128,591
146.8.1District 9 (2009)194,033
147.8.1Million Dollar Baby (2004)168,216
148.8.1Scarface (1983)179,058
149.8.1There Will Be Blood (2007)152,482
150.8.1Trainspotting (1996)173,565
151.8.1The Gold Rush (1925)24,882
152.8.1Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)65,633
153.8.1Notorious (1946)35,366
154.8.1Gone with the Wind (1939)90,842
155.8.1The Grapes of Wrath (1940)26,802
156.8.1Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)13,474
157.8.1Groundhog Day (1993)159,703
158.8.1Ikiru (1952)18,733
159.8.1The Kid (1921)18,099
160.8.1Ben-Hur (1959)66,996
161.8.1Amores Perros (2000)70,456
162.8.1The Wages of Fear (1953)16,487
163.8.1The Big Sleep (1946)32,329
164.8.1The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)32,149
165.8.1The Graduate (1967)89,154
166.8.1Life of Brian (1979)109,076
167.8.1Finding Nemo (2003)199,614
168.8.1Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)148,308
169.8.1The Manchurian Candidate (1962)38,259
170.8.1The Terminator (1984)208,526
171.8.1The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)19,566
172.8.1Casino (1995)127,122
173.8.1The Thing (1982)93,590
174.8.1The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)174,990
175.8.1Stand by Me (1986)103,304
176.8.1The Wrestler (2008)117,009
177.8.1Twelve Monkeys (1995)194,066
178.8.1How to Train Your Dragon (2010)80,740
179.8.1V for Vendetta (2006)267,377
180.8.1Dog Day Afternoon (1975)69,444
181.8.1Diabolique (1955)17,451
182.8.1Avatar (2009)329,543
183.8.1Gandhi (1982)59,423
184.8.1My Neighbor Totoro (1988)38,898
185.8.1Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)16,812
186.8.1Ratatouille (2007)160,596
187.8.1Good Will Hunting (1997)177,633
188.8.1The Night of the Hunter (1955)29,512
189.8.1 (1963)34,184
190.8.0Network (1976)40,630
191.8.0The Princess Bride (1987)136,210
192.8.0The Battle of Algiers (1966)16,262
193.8.0The 400 Blows (1959)27,840
194.8.0The Killing (1956)28,414
195.8.0The Hustler (1961)28,893
196.8.0Star Trek (2009)164,534
197.8.0La Strada (1954)20,496
198.8.0Mary and Max (2009)23,569
199.8.0The Social Network (2010)130,525
200.8.0Dial M for Murder (1954)35,481
201.8.0Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)23,496
202.8.0The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)38,011
203.8.0The Exorcist (1973)122,584
204.8.0Persona (1966)19,789
205.8.0A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)38,656
206.8.0The Wild Bunch (1969)35,224
207.8.0Stalag 17 (1953)23,018
208.8.0The Incredibles (2004)188,284
209.8.0In Bruges (2008)120,383
210.8.0Fanny and Alexander (1982)16,842
211.8.0The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)12,875
212.8.0All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)24,648
213.8.0Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)15,037
214.8.0Barry Lyndon (1975)45,106
215.8.0Rocky (1976)118,407
216.8.0The Truman Show (1998)189,442
217.8.0Ed Wood (1994)83,474
218.8.0Let the Right One In (2008)75,520
219.8.0Mystic River (2003)139,788
220.8.0Big Fish (2003)163,729
221.8.0Magnolia (1999)134,112
222.8.0Rosemary's Baby (1968)60,805
223.8.0Nights of Cabiria (1957)13,529
224.8.0Children of Men (2006)183,064
225.8.0Sherlock Jr. (1924)9,183
226.8.0Manhattan (1979)44,159
227.8.0Infernal Affairs (2002)40,805
228.8.0The Celebration (1998)30,496
229.8.0Howl's Moving Castle (2004)56,062
230.8.0Roman Holiday (1953)36,297
231.8.0Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)277,809
232.8.0Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)212,888
233.8.0Patton (1970)44,319
234.8.0Rope (1948)37,168
235.8.0Sleuth (1972)20,327
236.8.0The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)25,777
237.8.0Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)67,587
238.8.0His Girl Friday (1940)23,435
239.8.0Duck Soup (1933)30,098
240.8.0X-Men: First Class (2011)55,183
241.8.0Monsters, Inc. (2001)143,851
242.8.0Harvey (1950)26,415
243.8.0Shutter Island (2010)164,785
244.8.0Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)33,523
245.8.0Rain Man (1988)124,692
246.8.0Anatomy of a Murder (1959)18,692
247.8.0Tokyo Story (1953)9,469
248.8.0Ip Man (2008)23,361
249.8.0Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)22,450
250.8.0Grand Illusion (1937)13,612

BBC Top 100:
The BBC says that most people have only read six of the following 100 books. So far, I have read 13 1/2 (1/2 because one of the books is the complete works of Shakespeare and I've only read some). How do you stack up? Again, I highlighted the ones I read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - Never straight through, but pieces here and there
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - read some
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo