Monthly Archives: December 2012

Trust Me, I’m A Doctor

Or I play one on TV?? Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away I was a vet tech and I really liked it. I don’t know why I didn’t stick with it – I only left the clinic due to a move, but for some reason I never went back to it. One of the many things that is kind of a shame I suppose. No matter – today was Kalley’s 2nd shot in her puppy series. I picked up the vaccine to get it done. Can’t have a great running dog if she isn’t healthy!!  Some of the many fantastic things about animals.  They don’t get uptight, they don’t get mad, they don’t blame you and they don’t hold a grudge.  In the end, Bri had to put the camera down and hold her.  She was just too curious.  But it got done quickly with only a little yip and we can move on to her “real” vet visit the beginning of February when things get intense and she gets her rabies shot and set up to be fixed.  Thank goodness there are real trained professionals out there.

The pain inducer with meds

The pain inducer with meds

LOOK AT THAT FACE!!!!  She has no idea what's going down...

LOOK AT THAT FACE!!!! She has no idea what’s going down…

Lock and Load

Lock and Load

Uh, yeah, she doesn't want to be still.  Maybe because she's a puppy??!!

Uh, yeah, she doesn’t want to be still. Maybe because she’s a puppy??!!

Trying to get it done....

Trying to get it done….

How do we celebrate shots??  Car ride with Chris!!!!

How do we celebrate shots?? Car ride with Chris!!!!

Something To Think About

I don’t do resolutions. I try my best every day knowing that some days my 100% is more than other days. I want to be open to new things, push myself in every aspect of my life. Each new year is a starting point to see how much further I can get – how much more I can do and be. So here’s to the new year and what it will bring!!

Every day I try to remind myself of what's important.  Family, marriage, training my new puppy, working hard, eating right, pushing myself

Every day I try to remind myself of what’s important. Family, marriage, training my new puppy, working hard, eating right, pushing myself, showing others that I care, doing my best

Always!!!

Always!!!

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 60,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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And Miles To Go Before I Sleep….

Sunday morning run. I was up at 5:15 to take care of Kalley and get ready to go running with my team.  It was 23* out and still lightly snowing.  My biggest concern was the condition of the roads.  As much as I wanted – probably needed – to meet for the run, it’s not worth ending up in a ditch.  I decided the roads weren’t any worse than they’ve been for the last few days – not good, not the worst I’ve seen.  I also figured that very few people would be driving between 6 and 7 am on Sunday morning and they’d be more clear by the time I was driving home.

Sam and Olivia.  Not only 2 of my favorite people, but also so bright I could actually stay with them - you could see them for miles!!  Sporting some of our new team gear that I STILL DON'T HAVE!!!

Sam and Olivia. Not only 2 of my favorite people, but also so bright I could actually stay with them – you could see them for miles!! Sporting some of our new team gear that I STILL DON’T HAVE!!!

Allow me to preface this run….  At our team shindig last week, Sam (love this guy!!) told me everyone was meeting for a 14 mile run and that I should come.  Well of course I should come!!  Geesh!  BUT, I’m a half marathon girl.  I’ve trained twice for a marathon and both times I didn’t end up running the event.  Half marathon’s are still a challenge but I don’t have to tweak my training so they’re comfortable.  They’re also 13.1 miles which is less than 14 for those of you with weak math skills.  Plus I haven’t run a half since August which is four months ago (again – weak math skills).  The longest run I’ve done since August is about 11 miles.  So 14 felt like a stretch.  A GOOD stretch, a push that I needed, but still a little longer than my comfort zone.  Which, to Sam, is the perfect distance!!

Wild horses along the way

Wild horses along the way

Scenery at about mile 12.5.  I think at the time I thought it looked pretty but seeing it makes me wonder just how delusional I really was????

Scenery at about mile 12.5. I think at the time I thought it looked pretty but seeing the picture makes me wonder just how delusional I really was????

It wasn’t just 23* and lightly snowing.  That part was fine.  The accumulation of several days of snowing, the ice, the lumps of hardened snow that aren’t quite ice, the slush, the slippery stuff that’s between slush and snow, the places where you fall in over ankle deep, the puddles you didn’t realize were underneath it all, the cars driving past that don’t slow down or move over a little and pelt you with all the crap on the road….  That was the difficulty.  I definitely believe snow running is far more difficult than trail running.  The perceived effort is outstanding.  I have a secret weapon though – my teammates.  Even the ones that are ahead or behind, the ones on vacation or that couldn’t make this run.  I can run alone and did for years, but my teammates push me harder than I’d ever push myself.  Sure our minute miles were slower than “normal”.  Yes, it was difficult.  Of course there were times I questioned my sanity (oddly that happens other than when I’m running).  Naturally pushing takes not only physical but mental effort.  The good news??  It’s absolutely worth it.  My team let me know when I’d hit 13.1 miles – my longest distance in 3 years (I actually figured it out when I got home.  That’s the last marathon I was training for).  Every step from that point on was a milestone.  I’m glad they were there to share it with me.

Frank with his neighbors snowman.  I was so punchy at the end of the run this made me giggle like crazy

Frank with his neighbors snowman. I was so punchy at the end of the run this made me giggle like crazy when he showed me.

Frank and Me post 14.12 miles!!!!

Frank and Me post 14.12 miles!!!! Horrid picture. Horrid. This man is nearly 69 years old. A Marine and retired police officer. He stuck with me and told me he wouldn’t leave me behind. I knew if anyone bothered us, he’d kick some serious ass. He could have gone on ahead but instead he coached me. That’s some kind of awesome!!

Sara and Me post run ready to eat!!!  She and I are always ready to eat!!

Sara and Me post run ready to eat!!! She and I are always ready to eat!!

Getting home, eating and lounging in a hot bath felt SO good.  I love that contented exhaustion that comes after a tough workout.  No stress, no irritation, not a bad nights sleep.  Physical exhaustion from pushing yourself.  The soreness, the feeling of your body having been in motion and working hard.  That is a good feeling.

Being a puppy is exhausting!!  I'd SO love to be able to sleep like this little girl!!

Being a puppy is exhausting!! I’d SO love to be able to sleep like this little girl!!

Your hair could look this good after running.  Reason #452 to run.  Plus no hassle of putting on makeup after your long soak in the tub.

Your hair could look this good after running. Reason #452 to run. Plus no hassle of putting on makeup after your long soak in the tub. For detailed information on how to get this look contact me….

Our Snowy Day Adventure

I’ve always called everything an adventure. My kids believe nothing is gross – it’s very scientific and going places isn’t a chore – it’s an adventure. Today I was dressed for work and ready to go but the roads were so bad Chris called and told me not to venture out. What to do, what to do…. An Adventure in the Snow of course!!!! With only one sled, 3 of the dogs and 6 of the kids, we bundled up and went out into the mountains behind my house for an adventure!!!  We had a great time hiking, sledding, sliding, falling, laughing, getting snowy and wet, having snowball fights, getting pink cheeked and exhausted.

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It’s All About Who You Know!!

It’s so weird how people find my blog….  Sure, some of it makes sense.  Some not at all.  Any company I support and write about makes sense and there are a few of those.  Anything I write about frequently like running and family – well of course.  Others???  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson comes up a lot but I only used a picture of him once in a post…..  If he knew me he’d want to be besties though.  Guaranteed….  It’s all about who you know…  It doesn’t hurt that I”m a celebrity in my own mind.

Today ready for work.  Celebrities apparently have to make money...

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Me just being me!!  BodyRock Sport Lauren bra

Me just being me!! BodyRock Sport Lauren bra

My BodyRock Sport Family

Pretty much everyone that knows me, knows that BodyRock Sport is one of my very favorite companies.  I’ve passed this on to my children, who also have wanted a BodyRock sports bra of their very own.  Christmas was very good to them (and me) this year…..

Party On Dude!!!

My team was supposed to meet at 5 pm Thursday night for a short run, then a birthday party (my coaches wife)/Christmas party/come see coaches new house party…. Any excuse to hang out with these crazies and I’m on board!!  This group has fast become some of my favorite people – fortunate since we spend quite a bit of time together.  SO, I got to the run – nearly out of gas and 4 minutes late and saw them all running down the road….  4 MINUTES LATE!!!  I drive quite a ways to come to training so I was bummed.  Then I figured since we usually run the same route, I’d run it backwards until I came to the fork and wait.  Well, they went a different way entirely so I waited nearly 25 minutes freezing my butt off and ran back to my car just a minute before they all showed up.  Bummed.  Totally, completely bummed.  Usually we give people a few minutes to show up late but this time that didn’t happen.  My fault for being late, but still…  I’ve never been upset to wait for a teammate.  It’s not just the drive, it was missing out on the run itself.  Instead of throwing a BF (bitch fit for those of you who are White Chicks fans), I decided to go get gas and head to the party.  Didn’t get the memo – everyone went home to shower and change pre-party.  Oh, well, they got me in my running clothes with my hair in a ponytail and I didn’t care one bit.  These are some fantastic people!!

More On Being A Celebrity….

This is just a little blog in Reno, NV about running and my family. It’s relatively new comparatively speaking and since I don’t get paid to write and I’m not aggressive about getting the word out, it’s relatively sleepy. Sure, I have grand dreams of thousands of followers hanging on my every sarcastic, hilarious word and getting a fat check that allows me to not only stay home and write for a living but shop like the diva that I am. Alas, until that ship comes in (and I’m pretty sure it’s sailed) I’ll continue to plug along doing what I do….

Me being me!!

Me being me!!

I have been featured several times this year despite my blog being small.  Amazing, I know.  I was also asked in July to be part of a local running team – Endurance Reno – which is an honor.  Here’s the big list that will probably have the paparazzi hiding in the bushes by my driveway – again!:

Skinny Runner blogRoad ID
BodyRock Sport BodyRocker of the month (plus several times on their Facebook page)
Spartacus – Facebook page.  My blog won a contest.  Yes, totally random but fun
Dorothy Beal’s Mile-Post blog via Facebook
Pace Per Mile – Reno
Steve Good’s – A Good Run blog
RecoFit Sports
Complete Nutrition
Fitmark Ambassador
Natures Bakery Athlete

Of course, there were some things I tried to be featured on, or teams I applied to be sponsored for that I didn’t get but it feels nice that just being me – a 42 year old wife with 13 kids that call me mom, a hairdresser and woman on the run sparked such a wonderful following.  This little blog was started and is maintained so that I can verbally vomit what’s going on in my life predominantly about running.  It’s fun, it’s cathartic, it’s entertaining so I’ll keep on keeping on setting goals, sharing some of my life.  Who knows what the future holds??

Stir Crazy!!!

I love the holidays.  I enjoy relaxing, opening and giving presents, taking extra time off work, etc…  Being lazy, sleeping in…. Ahhh…  For maybe 2 days.  Then I feel like I’m going bonkers.  We’ve had some rough weather here lately.  Not just winds but snow and the conditions got very icy.  Too icy to run or to drive to meet my team.  Ridiculously gross.  We have a 4 wheel drive truck and that’s the only vehicle that drove anywhere and only when necessary.  By this morning (actually last night but I tried to ride it out) I couldn’t take it anymore.  At 9 am I laced up my trail shoes, stuffed myself like a sausage into my new CW-X compression tights and took off for 6 miles.  It was exhausting to run through days of fallen, melted, fallen, windblown, fallen snow – more difficult than trails.  I elected to leave my heart rate monitor at home, but I can guarantee I was in zone 3-4 but my speed was barely a zone 2.  I needed that cold, hard, icy run.  There were many times my footprints were the first to break the pristine landscape.  32*, 6 mph winds, sunny and clear out.  Heaven.  Except for the cars on the main drag not slowing down or pulling over a little – even though I was on the sidewalk.  Why yes, thank you for pelting me with dirty slush!!  Well, you can’t have everything!!

Kalley was outside playing with the kids and she did what I want her to do.  She stuck with me, got right at my side in the perfect "heel" position and started off on an adventure.  Unfortunately, she's not quite ready for that at 13 weeks so I had to bring her back.

Kalley was outside playing with the kids and she did what I want her to do. She stuck with me, got right at my side in the perfect “heel” position and started off on an adventure. Unfortunately, she’s not quite ready for that at 13 weeks so I had to bring her back.

Surrounded by beautiufl!!!

Surrounded by beautiufl!!!

I'm like a black and pink ninja!!!

I’m like a black and pink ninja!!!

My new compression tights match my trail shoes....  Epic!!

My new compression tights match my trail shoes…. Epic!!

PEEK-A-BOO!!!

PEEK-A-BOO!!!

"But I want to go!!!  I promise to be good!  I love the snow!!"

“But I want to go!!! I promise to be good! I love the snow!!”