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PRO Compression Giveaway Winner

The winner of the PRO Compression giveaway is…



Striding Mom!! Congrats! Look out for my email to get your PRO Compression socks!!


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Happy Thursday! This could potentially be my last blog post since when I win the Mega Millions jackpot tomorrow I’ll most likely be hopping a plane to spend the rest of my life traveling tropical islands and sipping Mai-tais til the sun goes down.

In honor of it almost being the weekend and because I have been taking it easy this week with lots of stretching, foam rolling and hydrating, I thought I’d bring you a little humor courtesy of my latest favorite Pinterest finds:

2 of my favorite things together at last. RG + HG = unending happiness

I can’t guarantee I wouldn’t do this either…

The next trend in distance running:

If it takes you more than 3 minutes to understand why this is funny, we have a problem:

All sources/links to these pictures can be found here.


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Negative Splits Baby

I have never been what I would call a “smart” runner. A lot of the time my strategy just revolves around trying not to trip or hyperventilate too much while running a pace that isn’t completely embarrassing. Well tonight, this happened and I have no idea how:


Um, what? I don’t know if it was the cool weather, the time change that allows me to run at 5:30PM instead of 5:30AM, or maybe the 7 clementines I’ve eaten today but I was felling GOOD.


Don’t you love the close-up arm shot? I moonlight as a professional photographer. After I got back from my run I made Jason unglue himself from the hockey game for a minute to get some photographic proof that I actually remembered to refuel and stretch this time.


Can I just add that I can’t believe it’s taken me almost a year of having this blog to finally use Windows Live Writer! It’s a lifesaver. You can finally expect more frequent posts now that I don’t have to deal with WordPress’s janky photo-upload process.

Time to go… dinner’s on the stove and I need to eat and shower before the best part of the week:

It’s Walking Dead night!! I hope everyone had a great weekend and I hope you don’t have too much trouble waking up tomorrow morning thanks to 6AM feeling like 5.

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Who Wants to go to Vegas?

I’m obviously good at making completely uneducated guesses when my $20 is at stake:

Please excuse the fantastic quality of my cell phone picture. My phone is from 2008. I was barely willing to part with my $20 for Superbowl bets, so why on earth would I spend money on smartphone?

Last night we went to a Superbowl Party and after much convincing from J and Kyle, I threw $20 in the betting bowl and filled out some form. I took some wild guesses on things like “How many yards will the longest punt return be?” (What is a punt return?) and “Who will score first/last for New England?” (Hernandez – thanks J). Then I sat through 3 hours and 20 minutes of football and went home with $55.

So naturally I’m ready to head to Vegas and put my life savings down on some more uneducated guesses. Who’s in? I’m obviously good at this.

Oh and I also ran 8 miles on the treadmill on Saturday. Where the heck did that come from???!!!


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No, not this lockout:

I’m talking about the fact that I HAVE BEEN LOCKED OUT!

I spent the Summer learning to perfect running routes for 2, 3 and 4 mile runs. My easy runs. The ones where I can zone out and be on auto-pilot because I know exactly where I am at all times despite not owning a Garmin. Every single one of my routes began at this gate:

Up those stairs and out into the world of long roads and no cars parked along the sidewalk. Well, not anymore. That gate now looks like this:

Try not to be too jealous of my artistic skills.

Some JERKFACE blocked my running path. This is so frustrating because now all of my runs have to be readjusted and include a whole lot of back-tracking (which annoys me). My 2-mile route is now 3-miles, my 4-mile route is now 4.69 miles and my 3-mile route is now 2.9 miles. This may seem really picky and not be a huge deal to most people but I’m sure other runners understand how this just mentally messes me up.

On Tuesday morning, I woke up at 5:30 to 47* weather. I wore long sleeves and gloves, knowing my run would be pretty short and might not give me enough time to ever really warm up. I’m glad I did, because my legs were ice cubes when I got back and if I hadn’t worn gloves I bet my fingers would have frozen right off. I ended up running 3.06 miles in 32:36 (10:39 pace). I was definitely a little “off” and 50% sleeping/50% freezing, but I’m proud I managed to climb out of my double-comforter, cozy warm bed for a little exercise before work.

Have you ever lost a favorite running route or had it altered beyond recognition? (I might be an over-exaggerator at times…)

And for fun – when do you think it’s appropriate to start blasting Christmas music? I think that as soon as the parking lots in all our strip malls put up the Christmas decorations on the light poles then I’m good to go… so yesterday.


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Dedicating Miles

Yesterday I planned on running 2 miles at the gym because of the insane wind we’ve been having hear, but my iPod had other plans. My little green friend was totally dead by the time I jumped onto a treadmill. I wasn’t going to totally give up, but then the treadmill I was on wouldn’t let me set a speed over 4.0, so I took it as a sign that I needed to just get my butt outside. I grabbed my stuff, threw it back into my trunk, secured my car key and took off.

I ended up running 2.5 miles in about 24 minutes (using my phone as my only watch). It felt great to just take off running with no real plan. I just ran on a straight, uphill road until it started to get dark, then I turned around and headed back.

Today was an easy day of cross-training – 50 minutes on the elliptical.

Dedicating Miles

I read an interesting article today on Runner’s World about different ways runners deal when the going gets tough. Some of the tips I have already tried out and found success with, like having a mantra and setting mini-goals (“Just run to the next stoplight” and “Now you can totally make it to the next one!”).

One tip in the article that really caught my attention was this one:

“I dedicated each mile in a marathon and kept running so I wouldn’t have to fess up to walking anyone’s mile!” -Annie Tindall Birmingham, Alabama

Genius! The whole reason I started this blog was to keep myself accountable to my goal of running a half marathon. I knew if I told enough people, I would feel really embarrassed if I didn’t succeed due to laziness or just giving up. I’ve decided that I’m going to dedicate each of the 13 miles to various friends and family, and send them a Christmas card letting them know which mile I will be running for them and why. I think it will be a great way to get me through tough moments or mental fatigue, and help me push harder. The last .1 mile I’ll be doing for myself – pure determination and selfish pride 🙂

Santa Ana Insanity

If you’ve ever read the book or seen the movie White Oleander, then you know the beginning scene where Astrid talks about how the Santa Ana’s can make people do crazy things. I will say, I think the craziest thing I did today was go outside! Oh, and go to work on about 3 hours of sleep. The winds were howling last night and I was up at 2:30 in the morning, wide awake, watching Enchanted to try to drown out the noise outside.

This morning was quite hectic. We heard a knock at the door at 7:00 and it turned out to be our neighbor telling us that our back gate had been torn open by the wind and Heidi had taken that as an opportunity to bolt out of the yard and down the street. Luckily, I got her back by bribing her with treats (a girl after my own heart). The problem was that my mom and I were both leaving for work and we couldn’t leave the Dingoid inside all day because she would just eat all the toilet paper and paper towels in the house. We ended up MacGuyvering the gate back together using my brother’s climbing rope tied down to our tent trailer.

Luckily, it held all day despite the numerous trees that were torn out of the ground (or snapped in half! Poor Christmas tree!)

Pictures don’t do it justice, but I had quite the windy ride to work this morning. Stuff was blowing everywhere – including shopping carts and tumbleweeds!

We did get lucky though – no crazy brushfires like we had when I was in high school. I just had to spend the day trying to not let the wind slam the car door on my leg each time I got in and out.

Is your town known for any crazy annual weather?

Simi is just known for insane wind and BIG brush fires. Although it did randomly hail AND snow last winter.

Do you have any tricks you use to motivate yourself during runs and races? Would you ever dedicate miles to people to push yourself?


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Duty Calls

Jury duty that is… And unfortunately since I live in Ventura County and not LA county I won’t be called in to serve on Loco Lohan’s inevitable next trial.

The last time I had jury duty it fell on the last day of Summer Vacation before my Sophomore Year. Talk about poor timing. At least today it is more like a day off of work.

This morning started bright and early with a trip up to the Ventura Courthouse. Of course I only packed the essentials and wore my finest footwear for the occasion.

I managed to get to the courthouse in enough time to score a coveted seat at a table near an outlet instead of the airplane terminal style chairs that force people to get a little too cozy with their neighbors. I even had time to fill my tank up with gas and grab my favorite coffee.

Panera Hazelnut Coffee w/ 1 Splenda and a splash of half & half

I am normally a Starbucks girl, especially when they have the Pumpkin Spice Latte back, but when it comes to just a plain ol’ cup of coffee, I will take Panera’s over anything else. I love when I get there and the sign says it was just brewed 5 minutes before – best. coffee. ever.

Now I’m just going to sit here for 2-3 more hours hoping I don’t get selected. I kid you not, it takes 4 hours of online menu scrutinizing for me to decide what to eat at a restaurant – how could I ever serve on a jury and have to make a decision regarding people’s lives?!! If you need me, I’ll be browsing 1800 new cookie recipes and home decorating ideas on Pinterest.

Also, the courthouse appears to still be using a wireless internet connection from 1999 so it’s very very slow – advance apologies for any weird formatting issues.


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