Hi folks

Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was perfect.

I ran twice on Friday wrapping up the bulk of my Ragnar training.

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My early run was S-L-O-W but in the evening I got a little pep in my step. =)

I spent Saturday indoors almost all day thanks to the rain but I watched the movie The Notebook. It came out 10 years ago and I hadn’t ever seen it before until Saturday. Cray Cray! I didn’t run though because the cumulative running in the days prior left me sore and I needed a rest day. But I did do some push ups (over the dog for added skill) Combined with an all day rainy day it was perfect.

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Yesterday I went for a hike that lasted a couple of hours. It was great cross-training.

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I also had a root beer float! So good!


And these characters got to go to Petco!


Did you say Petco???

And I am almost finished packing for my trip. Even though the relay isn’t until Friday I’m headed out west a few days early to visit with my Arizona first cousins!


The weather here has become just a bit cooler giving us a great Fall preview. I’ll be in Napa on the first day of Fall but fly home right after and can’t wait to be returning home just as my favorite season begins. I just swapped out my summery hand soap for this one.

photo 3Have a great week!

What’s your favorite season? Do you live somewhere where the seasons change? Do you swap out scented things like candles, bedding etc for the seasons?


Hi folks

It’s September 11th… I just want to start out by sharing this Facebook exchange…

sallpostsusanreplyYeah, I’m lucky to have come out of that tragedy practically unscathed. Susan never made it to her office (thank god!). Her picture frames on her desk and other personal effects became dust like the thousands of human beings we lost that day. I’ll never forget how scared I was 2 days later as I tried to resume “normalcy” and return to work. This just touches the surface of how that day has changed me and I’m sure all of us. How often do you find yourself meeting someone new, a stranger and somehow the question gets asked “Where were you on 9/11?”.

And so I set out for this morning’s run with that this, the 13th anniversary on my mind as I do so often (I still break into a sweat when my bus gets stuck in traffic in the tunnel or on a bridge thinking “is this the next target? am I going to die right now?). I actually set out for 6 miles today but I’m just feeling so sluggish. I decided to cut it short at 5.

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It’s crazy to me that lately I’m struggling with the mile between 4 and 5. It feels like I’m running a marathon. It’s like all I have in me is 3 milers and then I just poop out. I’m taking a step back to look at the big picture. It’s OK! I’m slow, I’m sluggish. But I’m still able to run. And have felt only minor aches in the injured foot that I seem to recover from quickly. #endsoapbox

I ran along the beach on a nice flat loose gravel trail. Thought that’d be a nice change of pace from my usual asphalt route. Oh, and I went and had a moment of silence on the beach. All was serene until I realized I stepped a little too close to the shoreline and the water came right up over my feet! #whoopsie

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I was so thirsty when I finished I guzzled 3 bottles of H2O!

photo 2 Of course I’ve been digging to the bottom of my running gear bin to wear every one of my past Ragnar shirts. Today was from 2011 =)photo 3

I’m currently drying out my kicks with the old trick of stuffing newspaper inside.

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I’ll rewind to last night quickly. Instead of running my 2-a-day today I opted to run late last night and then this morning. So I followed the moon for 3 miles and practiced running in the dark. Really gotta be Ragnar ready right?


Tomorrow I’m going to try for 3 runs. But only 2-3 miles each and then I think I’ll be taking a rest day. Holy cheese balls I’m leaving on Tuesday!

Have a lovely evening with your favorite people and make sure to appreciate them.

If you could tell one person something that you’ve always felt about them but never shared who would that be and what would you tell them?

Where were you on 9-11-01 and how did you find out about the terrorist attacks?



Just proud of myself for sticking to my plan.

My first two-a-day was a success even with some hot summer sun blazing down.

Like the brain surgeon that I am I waited until it was the hottest part of the day to head out for my first leg. I remembered how rough it was yesterday afternoon running 4 miles without water so today I took a bottle and amazingly drank the entire thing! 16.9 oz in 45 min.

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rule #1: hydrate!!!

I felt a little stronger than yesterday but in general my speed just isn’t there these days. I always laugh when I say speed. Because for me that is 9-10 minutes per mile. Not to be confused with Meb speed (4-5 min per mile).

After my first run I came home to a lovely package. It was the tshirts for our Ragnar team! Perfect timing!

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Custom Ink

I tried to recreate the Ragnar experience so I didn’t shower between runs. =) I was excited though because as i finished my first run I stopped the iPod right at the beginning of one of my favorite songs. One Shot by Eminem. So I knew I’d get a push at the beginning of my second run.

The second run happened in the early evening, just before a thunderstorm. The dew point was 75! If you know anything about dew points then basically my sweat couldn’t evaporate. It wasn’t fun.

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Rule #2: Hydrate some more!

My sweat was sweet though! That’s because I ate way too much of this homemade chocolate chip bundt cake today. Like 3/4 of the cake too much. #serious

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I made this little gem all by myself!

Tomorrow morning I’m running that 4 miler in Central Park and then I think I’ll give myself a cross-training day on Sunday.

Have you ever run twice in one day? Have you experienced a dew point of 70 or higher?
Ever eat an entire cake in a 24-hour period? Or am I the only nut?


With Ragnar Napa just 2 weeks away, I was planning on starting my “two a day” runs today but stuff came up and I’m only going to be able to go out once today. But tomorrow I have the day off which will make it easy peasy to get two runs in. I’m going to try and keep each run to 4 miles each. So between today and Saturday I’ll get in 4 runs and a total of 16 miles.

Our team captain Lisa created an amazing spread sheet for us so we can see the distances we’re running and the approximate times we’ll be running them as well as how many hours off in between legs we’ll have …

So out of 36 legs I’ll be running leg 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and the final leg to the finish line!

my "sexy" Ragnar Legs

my “sexy” Ragnar Legs

This is my favorite part in any training journey….when I’m just weeks away and can start getting pumped. Woo hoo!

Oh, and in honor of #TBT and it being the first day of school here in my neck-o-the-woods I share with you my first day of kindergarten pic. (circa 1977 or 1978)

itty bitty sweat out the small stuff

itty bitty sweat out the small stuff

How do you handle races?

Do you like to plan every detail or just show up at the starting line and “wing it”? 

I am a super detail planner.