Archive for August, 2011
It’s a busy day…
Cramming in a lot on the work to do list. Spending my lunch break finishing laundry and piling things up to pack tonight. Kissing Miles on top of the head many times as I go to and from my office.
I’m off to San Francisco tomorrow AM for the week for Dreamforce! Yee-haw! (No, really… I am excited!!!)
Hate leaving my boys and furry puppies behind but it should be a rockin’ week!
I leave you with this, just because it’s awesome… and true!
Oh also since this blog post is all over the map why don’t you go vote for me to win a Team Refuel grant?! Pretty please.
Best part of leaving all week? Making Mike watch Bachelor Pad tonight since he gets to play video games every other night this week. Yep, that’s happening.
Have you been to SF? This is my first trip to that particular city and I’m ready for some very cool morning runs!
Ahhhhh, I’m getting SO SO SO excited for the marathon. Especially after this week. This week Christie and I both got to claim victory on our LONGEST RUN EVER… like in our life. How awesome is that? More later on that.
Planned Week & Actual Week:
A few miles short on running, but plenty of biking to make up for it.
So we started our long run Saturday at 5:35 AM. I wanted to get to my team’s cross country meet that started at 9 which happened to be held 5 minutes from Christie’s. So we set out in the darkness to conquer our favorite 10 mile loop, then refill our handhelds and then a 6 mile loop. The 10 mile loop clicked away pretty easily I dare say. Minus that bitch of the hill at mile 9.5 it was smooth sailing.
We did our stop, refuel and refill in about 3 minutes or less which was pretty good. However those 3 minutes or less were plenty of time for our legs to tighten up. We eased back into the first mile and then it was pretty smooth sailing again! Christie mapped great routes for us and the weather was the best we’ve had yet on a long run. It was humid but relatively cool and we definitely enjoyed it. 16.14 miles later we we’re done!
Post-run was chocolate milk of course, a quick shirt change and hat addition and I was off to the cross country meet! I went right into action of screaming my face off for our runners, yelling splits, cheering and smiling like a fool. It’s be a long time since I’ve been at a cross country meet and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up at least 4 times. Our kids did great and I’m so proud! (Oh, and we’re still selling Bondi Bands if you’re interested!)
After picking up a burrito from Chipotle I was finally home and on the couch. Lots of hanging with the boys and relaxing after that!
Oh, and do I not have the most awful feet? Do any other marathoners have feet THIS beat up? I’m sort of repulsed with myself. Both the index toe nails are gone and the left big toe nail is about to be gone too. Also, post run my right 4th toe was bloody… no idea why.
I should probably get a pedi, but I don’t want to lose my precious callouses I’ve built up. Gross.
Factoids from this week:
Goals from last week – spent a lot of time at home, but my eating was still pretty meh.
Goals for the upcoming week:
- Pack smart for my trip. Hate when I over pack. (I’m off to San Fransico this week!)
- Get in a two good runs while I’m gone.
Check out this fun little post over at The Paper Pod, previewing our Akron Marathon Relay team. More on them coming here too!
What’s a goal you have this week?
I love running buddies… and so do many of you!
My favorite (and most frequent) running buddy is, hands-down, my friend Krista. We have run countless miles together…probably the majority of the miles I have run this year have been with her (and that’s not an exaggeration). And then, after running about 35 miles together last weekend, she said that she added “shayla” as gear on dailymile.com so she could start tracking all the miles we do together. Hilarious and awesome. I know I wouldn’t be the runner I am today without that girl.
I’ve had some of the best running buddies I could ever ask for in my years of running. Lately, most of my miles have been with my good friend Shayla. We’ve been through early mornings, hot afternoons, sub-zero winters, 21-milers, ups, downs. She’s strong and it keeps me going every time we’re out there.
Even though we don’t run together, she’s my unofficial running coach and one of my running inspirations. I always hit her up with my ridiculous running questions and she’s kind enough to put up with them! I can’t wait to see her rock the Chicago Marathon this fall!
My favoritest running buddy is Jenn. We met and were insta-BFFs and running BFFs. Our running BFFdome was short lived when she up and left sodak, waaaaaaaaaaah. :’( But we’re still each other’s biggest cheerleaders from afar.
Brandi & Carolyn!
My favorite running buddies are the girls involved in Girls on the Run! (http://www.girlsontherun.org/). This year, my girl’s name was Carolyn. We ran the 5K together in just over 30 minutes. It’s awesome to share all the great things about running with young girls so they can develop a positive self-image through running! Love!
I ran with a team a few months back and LOVED it!!!
Stef & Julia!
My favorite running buddy is my friend Julia! I seriously love the conversation we can hold while we run, and she pulls me through when I’m struggling!
Amanda & Michele!
My fav running buddy is Michele, who lives in Avon…1.5 hours from ME!
Jess & her mom! (and sis and dad!)
I actually run alone A LOT! I like being along with thoughts and the road. I run races with tons of friends though. I would have to say my favorite race-day runner is my mom. She was never really a runner and we run/walked our first 5k a few years ago. Now she’s getting ready to do a 10k this weekend!
My fave running buddy is Raymond, although he is injured now. He’s faster than me, but I still enjoy our time together. He gets me through the first few miles, which are always hell for me. added bonus – he’s super cute to look at while running.
Another shout out to my running buddies!
Me & Jamie, my HS running buddy…
Go Muskies! College running buddies!
And now so many running buddies!
And now, the winner…
Email me your mailing info!
Thanks everyone for emailing me your photos, it made my week!
And on your next run with your running buddy, be sure to let them know how awesome they are! See you at 5:30 AM tomorrow Christie to get our 16 miler on!
I’ve always wanted lose, wavy curls. Always. I’ve been a slave to the curling iron, hair spray and bobby pins to set my curls for YEARS. I would spray it with hair spray, curl it with a curling iron, roll it and pin it to my head and let it set for an hour. It’d look fab for the first hour after taking it out and then it went straight to drabsville. My hair is just straight as it gets.
About 6 months ago Danica posted about curling her hair with a flat iron. I was mystified. Say whhhhaaatttt? So I watched the video like 20 times and tried it myself. I sucked.
A few months later I was getting my hair cut and asked my stylist Lindsey about this trick of the trade. She was awesome and gave me a tutorial.
I went home and still stunk at it. But I did get a few curls out of it. So I stuck with it and kept trying and volia! I can now proudly say I’m pretty great at it.
I was going to do my usual snap shot by snap shot tutorial but it just didn’t work… I needed both hands on the flat iron. So, against my better judgment… here’s the very first ever world premier video blog on A Slice of Kiwi.
Gah, what a horrible angle to video yourself. HELLO DOUBLE CHIN! And that voice… eeeek.
My hair holds these wavy curls for days (ummm I mean if I didn’t wash my hair… ummm). I don’t use any hairspray and now that I’ve got the hang of it this takes me about 8 minutes from start to finish… and I’ve got a LOT of hair.
Oh well, love it or leave it my friends. I’m ready for my close-up. If there is ever a casting call for short, average bodied, freckled, hipster chics… I’m your gal.