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My favorite things about Michelle.

This was just a lovely quiet weekend by myself for the most part. We had lunch with Shaughnessy and Adam on Saturday, we get to see them far more than we get to see Alex and Megan. Different parts of town  you know. On Sunday Sean went back to his planned event that took all of his day and I went hiking with Miss Michelle on what had to be the most beautiful hike we’ve ever been on.

The trailhead was Apex but the eventual trail was Enchanted Forest Trail and it was not kidding.
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We felt like we were in a Disney movie it was so magical. At any moment little birds would fly out and sing to us as they put ribbons in our hair. It was so beautiful I lost count of how many times I stopped to say that and finally I just stopped so I could proclaim I felt like I was having a spiritual experience from this hike. It counts, so far, as my favorite and that’s saying something…I’ve hiked a lot. Michelle took a million photos and was generous enough to share one with me.

I know, right? She shared one.

I’ve got to get a new phone….I digress
Here is the photo…LOOK at this! 

I know, you’re thinking…huh…that does not look Disney magical. Well it’s a HEART.

This was on the trail in front of us…it’s hardly even real. A perfect heart in stone. The colors on the trail were the truest greens I’ve ever seen. It’s was covered and beautiful and magical.

Whatever just trust me.

So here are my favorite things about Michelle:

  1. She’s a real person with real issues. I know that I’m getting exactly what’s really happening and not the glossed over version you tell your mean neighbor. She puts it right out there and I can totally relate.  I can be totally and completely myself.
  2. She’s always willing to drive. I don’t mind driving (most people know this) though full disclosure I will totally map it even if I’m going around the block because I’m terrified of being lost. She also knows I’m afraid of spiders and being lost and continues to try to convince me to be afraid of snakes and lightening. Keep working on that, Michelle.
  3. She  gets the Celiac thing and is right on board with great places to eat and names them..which brings me to #4
  4. She makes decisions like a champ. Girl is a decision maker. ::swoon:: “Let’s meet at such and such on Tuesday at 11”. I love her. I would happily and cheerfully make at least two of those decisions or even HELP with those but she’s totally on it. Trails? She’s like…here are three trails…I’m like..yep. Let’s do that one…how’s 8? she says “see you then!” I love that. Decision maker. That is a girl after my own heart.
  5. She takes pictures! Now, I do harass her because she sends me ONE but if I asked her she’d send me all ten. And it is now on my list to go to the Verizon store to check out my phone options. ~MT has given me a virtually brand new phone that I can swap to but it’s a little bigger than I want so I’m resisting… I just really really need a good camera phone. This is killing me.~
  6. She is totally up for any and all adventures and if I ask her she’s all…yeah let’s go! At least once a week I can expect a message in my inbox to say “want to do THIS with me?” and it’ll include a link to a wild and crazy event that neither of us realistically should do but per our mantra...what the hell? 
  7. She loves the outdoors as much as I do and any chance to get outside she’ll do it.
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When I came home I walked the puppy who by then had given up all hope of anyone ever spending time with him again so when I came in the door he didn’t even lift his little head the poor guy.
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Miraculously, after that I still had energy so I went for a three mile run and that felt amazing in the cool evening air so by the time the evening was done I had put in about 12 miles. It felt really good and I didn’t feel like I had overdone it at all. It was like…21,000 steps or something crazy ass like that.
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On that note, the crazy note, Ria from MotivationalMompersonaltraining.com is on a streak of 128 days of step goals (since January 1st she has surpassed the previous days step goal, each day gets higher because that’s how Garmin works) and yesterday she ran a half marathon  and then walked across town eventually reaching 51,617 steps in a day. I wonder how many days she can keep this streak up?

Today I’m supposed to do yoga so I’ll probably do that but Sean took the day off so I may go to Castle Rock to do the incline.

Oh you caught that, too, huh? Sean took the day off.  Pretty sweet of him to take the day off to spend with me….
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Don’t get excited he did it for the game… LOL…he just finished early so it worked out. And right now? He’s at work..he got called in to do something. My life in a nutshell.

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Ah, it’s okay. I’m just pickin’ on him.
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yogadays.

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Sweet List <3

  1.  The Oatmeal in all it’s delight, as usual.
  2. Ingress which continues to provide my husband happiness. Anyone that knows Sean knows he’s been looking for that for his whole life and I think he was really just bored. It keeps him engaged, his mind is always going, he’s out on his bike or walking or exercising all the time and he’s meeting new people all while he gets to see the major sites of Denver. I love this game and for however long he plays it I’m going to love it.
  3. My stability ball which is hilarious and also a great workout. I’m enjoying it and I totally anticipate theboy will, too.
  4. Jimmy Bar. It’s just enough peanut butter and just enough crunch for someone who doesn’t love peanut butter. No gluten and no chocolate means you eat a lot of peanut butter and that’s not my favorite.
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  5. I went running!! Like really running. It was successful and everything and I didn’t die! Okay, I was slow because my leg was pretty tweaky so I made sure to take care of it but still…running! Running in the evening is my very favorite. Sean and I went to the park last night so he could Ingress and I could run and then we walked around the park. On the way home we stopped and got ice cream. Best date ever.
  6. So far I’m pretty on track with my workouts. I’d like to up my game a little more but I think I have a really good start.
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  7. SO Delicious Cashew Milk Snickerdoodle ice cream.   Have I already mentioned this stuff? Because it is totally worth talking about twice in case I have.
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  8. My sister (sister Catherine) came to town for an event, she’s the owner/operate/CEO of Fairy Ring Beads and Things, and I totally bought this beautiful bracelet after coveting it for a day or two. The colors are so me I’ve barely taken it off. Also, rings and bracelets are totally my thing.
  9. I went to the grocery store the other day and came across this little delight…the possibilities are endless. I didn’t buy it, the garlic held me off a bit…it’s not my favorite, but the rest would be so delicious I think it would be worth it.  I am totally thinking I need to the next time I go to the store. It has suggestions on the package and yum…cornbread…oh and baked chicken…I’m kind of hungry.
  10. Neil Hilborn and his new book of poetry Our Numbered Days.  I keep putting it off, I’ve been living off of his Facebook page but it’s on my list to buy because he’s just so good.
  11. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful LifeI can’t wait to dig in and read this. I hear so many good things about it and I love hearing about joyful living! 

  12. I went hiking with Michelle and I’m going again tomorrow! (pretty sure…I mean…plans change. One never knows….our schedules are always a little off…but we can always hope)
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    I’m an Ingress widow this weekend. It’s a big thing happening right now and then I get him back (yay). I know a lot of people are probably thinking..geez…does he spend any time with you? yep. I get a lot of time with him. He spends mornings with me hangin’ out and evenings just like regular families we are together most of the time and occasionally he has an event that takes his time. I’m extremely patient about it because we’ve been married a long time so I know he likes me. We spend a lot of time together. He’s so freakin’ happy (who knew?) and good LORD the running stuff he puts up with. The trips, the long runs, the running gear…so much. This is nothing.
  13. I saved the best for last. My sister Catherine. She’s just a few years older than me. It’s her birthday today.
    She’s kind and loving and generous, beautiful and smart, she has an endless amount of trivia in her head and I can’t remember a time she didn’t at least have a tidbit of info about something. she’s passionate about politics to the point that I occasionally have to hide her Facebook page for a day or two to recover (late at night she gets a little bit evil in her passion…yikes) only to go back to it because I missed her. She’s the most talented artist creating beads and trinkets, boxes and bits out of polymer clay and then creating jewelry out of those beads. Every time I see her I’m astonished at her skills and more and more impressed at how she’s grown as an artist. I continue to think she can’t get better and then she does. She is determined to live her life following her passion and I love her so much for that.
    She takes in strays~ animal and human and she has the smallest house but apparently the biggest heart because there is always room for one more. And when I say animal I mean she has had chickens, goats and everything in between in her kitchen while it recovers from a deathly illness. The baby goat in the diaper…I just died. It was too cute.
    And when I call her with an insane moment she jumps right in and never has to catch up. It’s like she was expecting the call all along. She’s a genuinely good person and I’m so lucky to count her as not just a sister but as a friend, too. Some people take those for granted, I do not.
    I love your face, Sister Catherine…from Mother Teresa. (this is what my kids used to call us)

    Catherine, Mom and me…no idea when but it’s so cute I really like the picture.
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While you were sleeping…

Michelle and I were supposed to go hiking yesterday afternoon so before I did I made sure to start the morning with the yoga stretches from yesterday’s post to make sure my legs were completely ready to cooperate.

We chose Matthew/Winters Park which is, as you may remember, one of my favorite standbys to hike at. Just enough technical and just enough to distance. Not too busy but enough people I’m not going to get mugged and it’s just so pretty. 

Of course, I didn’t take the photo with my phone, Michelle did. Hers is a much better piece of equipment. Dammit. Next time…a selfie. Sorry. I swear we’re out there hiking together. I promise.

We got great mileage in, we worked out little butts off and avoided the rain and narrowly missed death by electrocution via lightening. p.s. Michelle is a tad bit afraid of this.
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Lunch was all the salad all the time. And I liked it.
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While I was home I got a surprise visit from this guy…

He looks pretty excited there, doesn’t he? He was way more excited. This photo is at least six months old.
He stuck around and visited with me and it was so good to see him! I mean I  know he was totally just using me because he stopped to get stuff but hey…as long as he’s there he has to talk to me because it’s in the mom rule book. You HAVE to talk to your mom when you stop at home.

Want to know what he told me? He said that last week when I was sleeping off a migraine in the middle of the week he came home and came upstairs INTO THE BEDROOM and I still slept. Me. The world’s lightest sleeper. And the puppy who barks at the flags that wave on the street and people that may be even THINKING about walking past the house. Nothing. Silence.

I was a little freaked out.
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Note to all of you: don’t google “that’s creepy gif”…nothing good will come of it.
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People.com just did a spread on They Woke Up Like This: Celebs’ Best Makeup-Free Selfies and seriously these women look so beautiful. Gwyneth Paltrow, though not really my favorite person, looks amazing. And let’s not even talk about Salma Hayek and Carrie Underwood (who I think is everyone’s idol…good Lord that girl is a rockstar ~her legs!~. Wait…I think she’s actually a country star but either way…she kicks ass and she looks amazing doing it). I swear, they are gorgeous.
I have taken to spending at least half my days makeup free except when I absolutely have to because my skin loves it so much….it thanks me for letting it breathe and I can totally see the difference on the days I go without. That and a good workout and I am pretty sure I take five years off.
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I’m in prime ~take care of my legs~ mode so I headed to the chiropractor to get an adjustment. That was interesting. And from there I came home and walked the slowest puppy in the world. What the hell?

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please note: this looks accurate…with occasional stops in between.
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I got 17000 steps in yesterday so that’s a lovely amount. Today I have….::consulting my workout plan:: 3 miles on the plan and some strength because I want to.
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It’s pouring rain/snowing so I’m not sure if that’ll be a treadmill run or what but there you go. Also, much organizing to be done because hey…That’s my job!
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"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis:

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Mom’s cold, put on a sweater.

Don’t forget to stretch, it’s good for you and prevents injuries… such a mom thing…
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time
you know I’ve always been plagued by Achilles Tendonitis (it’s all good, I’m currently fine). Occasionally it manifests itself in a new and different way, in my calf. I’ve been known to have to stop running and hobble home rather abruptly because of sudden and really unfriendly gripping pain in my calf. This is all connected…literally. I have ridiculously tight IT bands and always have and that’s what I’m feeling now. Even when I’m not running I am the least flexible person in the world.
It’s always been a bucket list item (who are we kidding, the term is there we’re just going to accept it now) to be able to do the splits, I think it may be my most unrealistic goal, right up there with climbing Everest to Base Camp (that actually got kicked off the list in the last few years…the abuse of money and politics make it way less fun). This doesn’t keep the goal from being there. Wouldn’t you love to be that flexible??  I would so love it. I think your body would have to feel so amazing to have those long loose strong muscles.
My body has never been fond of my short tight muscles and rebels at every turn. So I am on a mission to stretch stretch and stretch, foam roll and stretch some more. If that doesn’t keep me going, I swear I’ll go to PT. Something, for sure. I suppose my shoe style could be wrong after all these years… maybe if I get the chance I’ll pop in and get a gait analysis. I swap between two different shoes so I should maybe run in a different shoe tomorrow. That will help.
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The easiest thing to blow off if you’re a runner is stretching and the most important thing to do if you’re a runner is stretching.  Running shortens and tightens our muscles and we’re left hobbling around with no flexibility at all. The cross training and stretching, yoga, and foam rolling… it all works together to  help your muscles recover and remember what it’s like before you abused them in such a mean way.
The key is to remember our dynamic stretches are what’s important before a run and static stretches are for after.  You don’t want to mix these up because static stretching done cold can result in injury and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.
I do talk about stretching probably more often than the average bear
but I think people really blow it off and don’t do it…they just think they don’t need it. Getting into the habit of stretching, recognizing how important it is and that it’s just as important as the run itself will only benefit you in the long run and not doing it will undoubtedly harm eventually. No one is immune. Every runner I’ve known has been plagued by an injury (mild or severe) that could have been avoided had they just properly stretched. 
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So today I walked the dog
, stretched and foam rolled for a good half hour or so at least (felt like an hour so probably longer)…and did some stability ball work. Also, I had a wicked migraine so I threw up several times. That was fun. It works the abs pretty well and really kicks those muscles into high gear.
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Can someone please buy me this? I just want to live there in it’s charm and sweetness. You laugh now, but when I have a castle you’ll be sorry. You will not be invited to the ball.
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My workout today is supposed to be yoga/recovery but I’m going hiking with Michelle instead. I think I’ll do a little yoga anyway to give my legs a good stretch before I go and then for sure when I get back. Sean’s been helping me with an extra deep leg stretch in the mornings and at night.  My chiropractor showed me a stretch that helps and Sean works it with me. He’s a little mean and I occasionally have to remind him…hang on…that’s too far. Repressed issues much? But it’s incredibly helpful having a second person.
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Doesn’t this look like the greatest way to wake up? I do some of these already and it feels SO good in the morning. Everything snaps and crackles. It’s a lovely feeling. No really. It is.
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I found these on luschiouslifts.com ~ I also see she has a stability ball stretch workout so I am totally going to check that out. See the backbend up there? Not doin’ that. My head hurts too much with upside down things. Nope.
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Off to hike…
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Sweet List <3

  1. I found a site that lets me post little 💕 and teaches me shortcuts. I’m keyboard illiterate so it’s right up my alley. Prepare for emoji craziness.
  2. Cheesecake. Because why not. Yumbana Shoppe based here in Colorado is full of amazing deliciousness. Their cheesecakes are melt-in-your-mouth. I do not recommend their carrot cake as it taste rather like crumbly dirt…
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    but we don’t have to talk about that.
  3. Choosing new wallpaper and ringtones for my cellphone. #itsthelittlethings
  4. I just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Audible.  It’s a YA book but the age and content are totally relevant and I was glued to my Nano until I finished it. It was really good and yes, I still own an iPod Nano and I still use it exclusively for my music and my podcasts. Don’t judge me.
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  5. Finishing up my scrapping projects. So close. I mean, not the whole thing but this one set. Hey now… 🙂
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  6. I bought an actual real live plant that I’m in charge of keeping alive. I KNOW> Pretty crazy. Anyone that actually knows me knows that is a big deal because I do not have success with real live things. Except children. I managed to not screw that up. Thanks be to God.
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  7. Ted Talks. Anyone else watch Ted Talks and get sucked in to the next one and the next one and the next one? It’s the only thing I will do that with on the computer. It’s so wrong and yet it’s so good.
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  8. Little pink bowl…how cute is this? Shaughnessy found it at a second hand store and she clearly knows me.
  9. Aura Cacia Nurturing Sweet Almond Skin Care Oil. Which is a mouthful for sure but it’s lovely stuff. My skin is so dry I am always reaching for some kind of moisturizer for my skin (welcome to Colorado and the land of no moisture) but oil is always a plus and almond oil is a bonus. Delicious. It’s so very light you don’t have an oily feeling, the scent is barely there. and it just feels amazing. Highly recommend.
  10. Challenging myself on those crazy hiking trails. That was just the best part of my week. It might also have been the worst part but we won’t talk about that.
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  11. These cute picture frames from Shaped Expressions. I bought them for my kids bedroom doors, it’s a project I’m working on but I really love their options and that they’re small business on Etsy. Side note to small businesses, I didn’t love that they had really cute  items but I didn’t find them anywhere on Etsy which means they had to be buried deep and I never saw their website listed which means it also was not featured very prominently. Work harder, People. Show your work.
  12. Fairmount Cemetery in Denver. This is an old cemetery with beautiful grounds and when we drive past it we are reminded of how tempting it is to want to run or bike through it but there remains the age old questions…how respectful (or disrespectful) IS that? Well I popped onto the website and they say right on there please…enjoy our grounds.  Also, take one of our tours! They have tours and they are awesome. Also, you can take them at twilight. How great is that? You can make up your own kind of tour and ask them to create that. I love it. What a great experience. I’m totally going to check it out.
  13. I’m off to see Michelle this morning so that has to be on the Sweet List. I’m assuming it’s going to be injury free. We’re maybe climbin’ those stairs. Wish us luck.

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I have a love/hate relationship with hiking this trail. Mostly love. Well…

It’s Boston Marathon Day! And if your job lets you then it’s ~watch the marathon and wish you were running it while also witnessing Meb’s FINAL BOSTON RUN!~ I mean…damn. He’s so good. I could watch him run anytime and I am sad to see him retire.
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My job ~self employed and run your own business Heyyy~ does not let me watch the marathon because NBC won’t let me. I don’t pay for that channel. Bastards. Yes. I’m bitter.
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On Easter Sunday we went hiking. The kids all went their separate directions so we chose to head to the mountains. Sean, as usual, picked a hike and then read the description to me so I could decide yay or nay. Well this was a day I wasn’t paying a great deal of attention so I just said…SURE. I’ll totally do five miles on a trail that some people rate moderate and some people rate difficult and it has a 2200ft elevation climb that starts at like…8000ft.

That sounds FUN.

Not moving for three months means I”m completely out of shape. I got a pedicure right before my surgery on February 2nd and my feet are still baby soft. It’s so wrong. Every step my poor toes just protested with pre-blister.

This trail was unbelievable. Technically it was four trails. We started on Gregory Canyon, then Ranger, then EM Greenman trail, then finally Saddlerock. 

It was definitely work.
It was technical. Which means there’s going to be rocks and obstacles, sometimes steep elevation and possibly scrambling or using your hands.
Yep, yep and yep. We did it all yesterday. Definitely technical. My knees are a little achy today but otherwise I’m pretty good. Sean is going down stairs funny. Ha. I was really careful to stretch a lot yesterday.

We could have taken any number of combinations of the trails to get us back to the bottom. We chose the most difficult I think which also happened to be the shortest. The trail that got us to the bottom was the one with the ladder. We were met by someone coming up and he saw us reading the map and immediately asked if he could help us. Well, no. We’re just reading the map. I did ask him how technical and steep the trail was and he “suggested” we really would be better off taking the “easier” trail down. This one was a bit more difficult.

Officially my first ladder…on a trail.

We were royally insulted and determined to prove our hiking prowess and pushed on. The bottom half of the hike was no harder than the first half which isn’t to say it was an escalator or anything. But we did it and we survived and I LOVE technical hikes. They take forever (like four hours for five miles plus at least a half hour at the top to look at the view) but still…it takes time.

A milder section of the trail…my terrible camera. Don’t worry, replacing it this week!


This was at the top…

It was amazing and crazy and seriously a lot of work. I need a little more time to built up my fitness to tackle this kind of trail. I spent a lot of time gasping and stopping. Sean, meanwhile, was his usual self and marched on with no issues like he does this every weekend. I was fully marathon trained and he had no time to run or workout or anything and we headed out to hike the Appalachian Trail for a week thinking..I’m going to totally fly past him.

No. That did not happen. I had to stop and gasp consistently as he flew up the inclines and I watched him. It was so rude.
Yesterday was a total flashback. Jerk. He is so freaking awesome. He hiked really really reeaaallly slow just so I could keep up with him. It was sweet. And annoying.
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Sean took amazing photos but he forgets to share them with me so they are just for his own self I guess.

I don’t feel comfortable taking my really good camera while scrambling and such so I just take my phone and we keep it in the pack.
Getting a new phone is pretty damn important. I’m over these bad photos. I think they’re getting worse!
Michelle said she’d do the trail with me but who knows when that’s going to happen.

At the end of the day we treated ourselves to an amazing burger and sweet potato fries at Shine in Boulder. I die when I eat those burgers. They are so good. Totally worth it.

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Takin’ it a little easy today after yesterday. I got zero sleep last night so I’m going to pick up groceries, make some appointments, run some errands and hopefully get a baby run in…if I’m up to it. As if I’m up to anything longer than a baby run!
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Here’s what we’re NOT going to talk about today because we’re taking a news break. We’re all reading about it so we don’t need it here.
North Korea
China
The White House Easter egg hunt (eyeroll)
Sean Spicer
United Airlines
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Nature of Love, Love of Nature

My favorite.
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This is what you get.

  • when you wake up in the morning and you feel so bad for what you have done to your body the night before you vow to eat only vegetables. You crave only vegetables. Maybe smoothies. A healthy smoothie would be good. A protein shake. Definitely a protein shake. Yes. a cleanse.  I should really just fast. ~giving up.
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  • Torchy’s Tacos. My friend took me there for dinner and then a show afterward (best date I’ve had in a while!) and I am hooked. It’s my new favorite place. ::Swoon::  💕
  • Princess Kate and her ability to squat down to Prince George’s level in those incredible heels. #squatenvy #thoselegsthough
  • You know you’re a runner when you’re watching a prison documentary on a new boot camp program and they’re running at 4:30 am and you think…that should be me. I should be running at 4:30 am. #Imarunner #Iwillrunagain! #rallycry
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  • I watched Rock and a Hard Place on HBO. It’s a documentary recommended by Cely over on Running off the Reeses. She warned us it was emotional but I wondered why I thought I could get anything done while I watched it. It was so good and parts were so sad but so powerful and you see the hope on their faces and the motivation to make something positive out of their lives. The moment mistakes are made and they realize they gave up a life for a moment of stupidity and they let themselves and family down…the sadness and darkness that takes over them. Ugh. I gave up. By the end of it I was truly just in full on cry with the kleenex. The ones that make it through and graduate have so much promise and hope for a future they just never thought possible. I can only hope they actually do use that opportunity.
  • A year and a half ago Sean and I spent three days in New York City and I swear I could scrap 11 pages of photo album. We were all over the city. It’s ridiculous. I never overscrap like that so I’m trying to narrow it down but we had a ridiculously good time. I plan on writing notes to all of my children to feel free to throw these albums out as soon as we die. For goodness sake, don’t feel compelled to keep this stuff, it’s like looking at my vacation slides.  Only…better of course because I’m pretty good at this. #somodest #imawesome
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  • And lastly I’ve started to walk and yoga again (happiness). I teased the googling a bit and discovered the swelling in my leg is good for me and means it’s healing (who knew). So yay me. I’m going to delve fully into the googling this morning to learn exactly what the computer thinks I can safely do without damaging my leg. At this point I really don’t have any pain so I figure now is the perfect time to take up figure skating. Don’t worry Mom, I really won’t.

How cool! Never thought of this from this perspective:
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So two chicks walk into a bar…

No. No wait. That’s really wrong and a little inappropriate.

Sorry, I’ve been watching a LOT of The Mindy Project.

I met Michelle at “our regular place” (i.e. Etai’s Cafe) and she wisely ordered the small sweet potato fries (yum) and I unwisely ordered the large regular fries. This is a plate of fries large enough for four normal people or one of me. I am without shame and will happily and cheerfully eat the entire plate of the most delicious skinny, kind of crunchy french fries in the whole world. No shame. They were delicious.

Oh yeah, we’re here to talk running.

It was time to make a plan.

It’s possible we’re both ADHD.
The subject was changed 247 times before we finally decided it was perhaps best to NOT run the ultra this year as we are woefully unprepared and serious training would start in one month.

The biggest indicator of the “woefully unprepared” would be the bandage on my leg and the fact that most of my left foot/ankle is a giant bruise. But hey, that was just my input.
We have decided, instead, to be grown ups and make grown up decisions. I KNOW> It’s a new thing we’re trying.
We’re going to do REALLY FUN THINGS>
We’re going to climb mountains!
Adventure up inclines!
Run half marathons!
We’re going to go to lunch! Well, frankly we did that. We’ll still do it, but it probably won’t be all~this is TOTALLY worth an exclamation point!~exciting. It’ll just be us lamenting our lack of running an ultra this year because we are not worthy.
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HWY 49 Adventures is a travel/website that shares camping and lodging information about California while reminding us of how beautiful our forests are and how much we need to love and appreciate them.

Except the geniuses are from a conservative area of California and are firmly in the Trump camp so they POSTED the wonderful news about Trump generously (sarcasm font) donating his $78,000 salary to the national parks. Then they were SHOCKED and OUTRAGED when some people didn’t love the post and they…yes, I can’t believe I’m saying this…they ARGUED with them. On a business page.
COME ON.

In the two years since they started the page, they have received 24,000 likes and followers. That’s crazy. I was pretty astonished to see such an inflammatory conversation so blatantly thrown out on this website.  I pretty cheerfully left, never to go back to the dark hole of Trump followers who get lost in their own wasteland of “why can’t we all just get along” and “we need to move past this and let him do his work” rather than listen to us talk about why we’re not huge Trump fans, why we think he’s a bad person and why we don’t want him representing us or having anything to do with making laws or creating our budgets.

We can file this under “can you believe this?” but not under “crazy and shocking stories that will leave you horrified” because really it’s not THAT bad it’s just…seriously…#TrumpsAmerica #priorities
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30 One-Sentence Improv Lessons Anybody Can Practice To Live A Happier Life– I do not have success with #2 or #4 but work very hard and try to live by #8 and #9.

Good luck with that.
(psst…here’s your cheat sheet)
#2. Vulnerability makes you strong, not weak
#4.  Say what you feel.
#8.  Go after that which scares you the most; it’s your heart trying to tell you something.
#9.  Get out of your head and live in this very moment
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We’re looking at the Slacker Half Marathon on June 24th. I’ve run it before and it’s a really fun half although you really can’t walk for about a week following. It’s still totally worth it. Such a great race.

I will say my left ankle is still hella swollen so I’m not sure how well that’s going to go but we’ll see. Tomorrow I walk. And probably ice it. A lot.
Hanging Rock State Park:
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We see you.

Donald Trump donated his first paycheck ($78,000) to the National Park Service in a veiled attempt to convince us he’s cares. We of course aren’t fooled and instead are insulted. Like that even makes a dent in the amount of the budget he’s cutting from the national parks. This is a big fat giant in your face publicity stunt and we aren’t that stupid. Seriously.

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We see you. We always see you.

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My leg hurts. I don’t want to talk about it.

I wrote that last night and yes, my leg hurts BUT…I think it’s finally HEALING!

For the last two days my leg has definitely not looked good. We thought…yep. It’s infected. We need to go in and have it looked at. But finally today it’s no longer looking that sickly color of green!

I don’t look good in that color. It’s not pretty at all.

Sean actually said, “if it were me I’d go in and dig that……”

Lalallalalallalallalalla I can’t HEAR YOU…….

No. No I will not be doing that. I will SHOWER and let the spray gently clean the leg and that is the sum total of what I’ll be doing and now I need THERAPY for what he just SAID to me!!! What kind of person would do that?????

So rude.

Anyway…moving on…

Commence….

SNOOPY DANCING!!!

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It’s snowing today and the high is 36*…

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I could still go for a walk but no…I won’t push it. I’ll be obedient (like that’ll happen) and I’ll stay inside and give it another day and let my leg heal but by God tomorrow I am freaking moving.

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I went to look for a news story on the Today show and since I don’t really watch the news much anymore (I read most of it now) I found myself in the black hole of videos. I could watch news stories all freaking day. I’m lost in news stories. If you don’t hear from me for a few days…you know where to find me.

I just read that Bob Harper had a dramatic cardiac arrest and heart attack back in February. Where have I been? That is unbelievable. Obviously genetics plays a role but when someone that fit and healthy (presumably healthy?) like that has such a life threatening experience, you end up asking yourself a few ~what the hell am I doing~ questions.

Then you dismiss them because running is fun and sitting on a couch is not.
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That is so true.

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I think I’m having lunch with Michelle today so I’ll say “hey” for Ya’ll and we’ll let you know if we make any progress on if we’re running, should we run, maybe we’ll run, hey no way we ain’t running…you know. That kind of talk.

We are definitely having french fries though because…fries.

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Trail running in Colorado (and a shout out to MT)

First the shout out. MT is still in Virginia but he’s sick with a terrible cough and an overall ~I think I’m dying~ whatever it is. When you’re sick don’t you just want to stay in bed with the television and have someone bring you medicine and food and take care of you and you just have to … be sick? Hope you’re feeling better. We love and miss your face. 
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Michelle wants to train for an ultra marathon
and she knows I’ve always wanted to do one so we’re toying/talking about doing one and we’ve gone so far as to pick the one we want to do, chosen a training plan, talked about the start date, looked at our weekends, discussed the problem with the weekends we can’t run together and talked about some great climbing hikes that would be good for training.

Huh. Kind of sounds like we’re doing it.
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(breaking my “b” word rule because I really love him)

But I’m a born skeptic and also I’ve had so many setbacks in the last two years since running NYCM (and feeling pretty great while I did that) that I’m pretty scared to get interested or plan towards it. I’m not ready to lose another goal. I lost Chicago twice. TWICE.

So now that I’ve thrown that out there, this is what’s on my mind. If I actually am ready to attempt to run again…attempt to put mileage on the road…grow and strengthen my body…I have so many other things I want to do at the same time and I am a sprinter.

Not in running but in goals…I want it all.

MT is in Virginia. What a perfect time to run the Marine Corps Marathon.

It’s October 22nd. I’m a little busy in October. My kid is getting married. My friend wants me to run a half marathon then…

And the ultramarathon is in September…one month earlier exactly.

And then my friend posted today that she’d LOVE to run Chicago!!!

And my heart fell.
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So sad.

One.step.at a time.

Make your choice. What can I do? Can I run a 5k? Can I run a 10k? Can I run a half marathon?

I need to take baby steps. Choose one thing and decide on one thing and not be discouraged if it doesn’t go well. It’s a big step to even try an ultra from nothing for the last two years. I’ve missed so much. 

And all of this has to come after my leg is better. My stitches come out tomorrow and the bruising and swelling is finally getting better so I can start walking and maybe by the weekend or Monday I can start a slow run. That’s “to be determined” since there was way more of a sprain than originally thought.

Right now, as we speak, Michelle is telling me about how she’s running four times a week and upping her weekend long run to be 8 to 10 miles so her base is nice and strong. NICE AND STRONG.

Betrayal. Total and complete betrayal since I can’t run ten feet. I’m going to be dragging behind. It’s a good thing I love her madly and really want to do this with her.

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Ya’ll know where to find the body…on the trails.

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I need this kind of confidence. Let’s start now.

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