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    Happy Global Running Day! [2016]

    Celebrating in a different kind of way today… …saying ‘goodbye’ to my Watermelons! A pair of Kinvara’s that have seen (mostly) the worst of my running, but also some happy miles… Today, along with all my other fun running friends, I celebrate the all encompassing sport of ‘Running’. If you don’t think it’s a sport, you’ve never trained for a marathon, done fartleks, hill work, or a speed workout. If you do all those and think it’s not a sport, then we can have an actual discussion.  I digress…   Vent over, sorry.  I am a self-proclaimed Kinvara addict. I’ve had all of the versions minus the original and I…

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    Musings: Uncomfortable

    …in my jeans! Well, how to I put this…because I ripped a hole in them. For us ‘thick’ girls, it happened right where our thighs rub. I guess just one too much rub in the right spot, left them splitting open. Not embarrassingly enough to need to rush home to change, but uncomfortable enough that walked around for the rest of the day like I had to pee, legs pressed together! As I write this I’m slightly embarrassed, but not really. My little, chubby leg fat spewed out of the fresh rip. It was an odd feeling, since my skin was exposed. I felt vulnerable – because I literally ripped…

  • 2015,  California,  Napa,  Race Recap,  Running,  Travel

    Race Recap: Napa Valley Marathon 2015

    The ‘make or break’ marathon… Everyone one says don’t decide if you like or dislike (re: hate) something only after doing it once. Or is that just for food? Anywho, I decided, after over a year sabbatical I’d attempt another marathon (CIM 2013 was my first). The lure of Napa was really a determining factor, but seeing if I was truly a ‘marathoner’ was also what sealed the deal approximately a year ago when I signed up for this race. Here we are a year later and my time to shine was here. Since the race was about an hour and fifteen minutes from Sac, we decided this would be…

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    Rose & Thorn [39]

    Napa is pretty magical… Rose: Running my 2nd marathon! Thorn: Running A marathon :/ …in a I’m poor, but still love wine kind of way. Napa is as gorgeous and as alluring as its wine soaked visitors become! However, everything here comes at an expense. It’s no wonder trips here are few and far between, but each one leaves me wanting more! Friday Only working half days are basically my fave! You get a little work done, but then you head out before the dreadful, long afternoons. Especially Friday afternoons, they are the worst. You’re so close to the weekend you can almost taste it, but those minutes before the…

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    Five Things Friday – Like It’s Supposed to Be

    “Go take a Napa, you don’t move to Napa!” Thanks, Clare! Guess that movie? Obviously, if you don’t get it, then maybe we aren’t that good of friends! HAHA, just kidding, of course. Mr. Big, always breaking Carrie’s heart! I digress. I’m excited to get out of town this weekend and enjoy Napa, enjoy it so much I’m even going to run through 26.2 miles of it – well that’s the plan anyways! But you already know this so I’m going to keep it simple and follow Clare’s style for Five Things Friday! Five Things I Ate: 1. La Fiesta Cheese Enchiladas – these have been my go to during…

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    Thinking Out Loud – A Not So Love Letter

    Dear Napa Marathon, I had the grandest idea of falling in love with you. From the moment I went online to register with giddy and happy anticipation. Anticipation that stemmed from the notion that we must try things more than once, to see if we genuinely like or dislike it. I happily paid the exorbitant registration fee, anything more than $50 makes me cringe. The idea that I might be able to keep up with Steph Z. was another alluring factor. And it goes without saying, the fact that you have placed yourself in the luscious rolling hills of the land of the fruit that produces my happy juice, completely…

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    Five Things Friday – Our Coffee Date

    Let’s pretend for a second… Thanks, Clare! Let’s get lost in a very cute, hippie chic coffee shop. We are sitting in some slightly uncomfortable wooden chairs, leaning on a concrete slab table, and enjoying each others company. Here are the things I’d probably talk to you about… Source 1. Wanderlust – My sincere obsession with going on a vacation is really insane right now. All I keep thinking about is being at the beach for 10 days with J and/or my family on vacation. No responsibilities, fun adventures, being sun kissed, and reading copious amounts of books. Also throw in a few adult beverages and you’re basically living my…

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    Five Things Friday – 2 Weeks Until Napa

    …Marathon that is… Thanks, Clare! 2 weeks doesn’t sound like a long time…cause it isn’t! So thus, this post is dedicated to the 5 random thoughts going through my head as I prepare for the Napa Valley Marathon on March 1st. Or I should really say, my lack of preparation for the marathon… F@&% – What the hell am I really doing? Oh I know, just doing my long runs. While also running very, very sporadically during the week. So sporadic, it’s almost non-existent. I know I will finish all 26.2 miles, but how fast and effortlessly is another question. I envision some walking will be involved, even though it…

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    Rose & Thorn [36]

    I really could have used an extra day this weekend… Rose: A fun weekend with L and running a few of my long run miles with Haley! Thorn: Only 12 miles for my long run and 6 of them were in pouring rain! Our weekends with L are always a little brighter. Her and J are spending the day together, because most schools have it off 🙁 I could have used an extra day off today, but oh well…just means next week’s three day weekend will be that much sweeter! Friday  So I think this recent storm should have been dubbed the #HellaStorm , it’s been going non-stop since the…

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    Five Things Friday – 5x5x5

    Happy Flat Tire Friday…Whomp! Whomp! Not even a month old and one tire already needs to be fixed. Ah well, something so minor won’t ruin my Friday or weekend! Big fun things this weekend, can’t wait 🙂 Thanks, Clare! 5 Things That Made Me Smile This Week: 1. This…just this… 2. Actually doing some weekly miles for Napa & SLO Marathons! 3. Eating International almonds…made here, but sold there. Makes me feel special! 4. February Girls Night. 5. Celebrating GO RED today to fight heart disease for Women. Most people think its a one-gender type of disease, but it doesn’t discriminate and many women are affected each year! 5 Things…