I finally finished #thebigproject

I listed so much the other day I no longer have anything to talk about.

Okay, you guys know THAT’S not true.

I went to bed REALLY early the other night (11pm!) and was out the door early to go hiking with Michelle (oh the joy!) so I didn’t have blogging time. We were both feeling like we didn’t have time to go hiking  with our crazy ass schedules so hey…we should go hiking! Mostly because when you are super stressed you need to take care of yourself.

We went for a short hike and ended up doing 4.5 miles. It was crazy hot and lots of rocks and climbing. We went to Matthew/Winters which is a normal hiking place for us but we went out further than we have before so we took on more than we were expecting. Both of us foolishly left our water in our cars thinking, “we’re okay…we don’t need no silly water…”

dehydrated much?

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it was a great way to start my morning. I had the best time.
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I was straightening my closet and I came across this really gorgeous medal I got from doing a virtual race.

I would like to point out the blurry photo is not a testament to my photography skills but in fact my lack of patience. I was in motion and running back downstairs. Ha. I am always running running running.

I had a total flash. I don’t collect t-shirts because in general they just don’t fit me right. So I donate those or choose the “no-shirt” option. But I’ve always taken a medal if it’s offered. And truth be told I love the medals because they’re pretty and shiny.

I don’t need them though and when you’re walking through the store checking out all the pretty things you have to be reasonable on what you really need and what you only like because it’s pretty. I’m pretty good at drawing the line and not coming home with stuff I don’t need so here I’m faced with the medals in my closet.
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That is not really the biggest problem because I know I could donate them to medals4mettle but really I think the bigger question is should I take them to begin with? I have nowhere to display them, and displaying them is not really my style so I stick them in a box and keep them there until I randomly come across them only to question…what should I do with these?

Does anyone else ever ask themselves that question? What do you do with your medals? I think I may be done taking them. I don’t know…I need to ponder this. I am not a fan of clutter as I’m sure you all know. This is just one more thing I don’t need.
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Last night at 2am I finished #thebigproject. I KNOW> can you believe it?? Me either.

So here is a peek.


A hint…per se.
a glimpse into what I’ve been doing so many many nights.
Geez..I wish it were more illicit.

Try again? okay…how’s this…

fine. But this is your last photo.   They look much better in person. OH, it’s 2am and I multi task so yes, I’m folding laundry downstairs! ha. So now you know me for real.

These are rehearsal dinner centerpieces. The little one is for the little table. The worst part? Finding the flowers. Shoot me now. Michaels and Hobby Lobby carry like..3 flowers of each kind so yeah, I found the perfect flower, I need 7 please. Now go to every Michaels you can find.
It was not a good time. And yes, I have returns. I’m tackling that today. I have multiple receipts, multiple bags. They will not like me.
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Moving on to the next project though…gotta keep things going!

Today I’m doing the flower returns, walkin’ the dog this morning, and I haven’t decided what to do for a workout yet. I’m feeling like moving a lot. It’s a gorgeous morning here.
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Run on…

How do you sign up for a race? Do you go looking or do you wait for it to come to you?

  • I’m playing with my blog…you may have noticed. Since I have a list of approximately 37 things to get done I think it’s the equivalent of cleaning out my closet instead of preparing my house for company. It’s not quite avoidance it’s just one thing led to another and at 3am when I couldn’t sleep I started messing with things and there you have it. I don’t know how I’ll leave it so if you show up tomorrow it could be another surprise! It’s like a new dress every day. Sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it’s not. I’ll try and get the work done quickly and thank you for your patience!
  • Malachi and I went for a lovely walk tonight. We went a different direction which completely freaks him out. He does not like change. He pulls on the leash and lean towards the regular trail to the park where he has taken a walk nearly every day for the last twelve years. You’d think he’d be bored. The new direction provides him with 472 places to stop and sniff. It took us a while to get home.
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  • I’m in a baking kind of mood but I’m not in an eating kind of mood so I’m going to try some glutened stuff. I have a friend that is loaning me her glutened food processor because I just cannot go buy another item that I’ll use once a year if I’m lucky. Plus who knows how good this will be. I’ll give it a shot and if it’s good maybe I’ll make it again, if not..well…I tried. I’m an average cook. No awards here. FYI: there is no flour involved and I’m wearing gloves. All precautions will be taken…
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  • My friend is going to Peru in like…7 days but she’s waiting on her all important visa and passport to come back from the consulate. Can you guess where the consulate is? Yep…Houston. They’ve given her updates. It’s closed until Tuesday the 4th…then they believe it’s ready to go and they’ll overnight it. Meanwhile, neither of us is sleeping because she’ll lose her trip and I worry for her. Now, grand scheme~ is this more important the the people who have lost their lives and their homes? Absolutely not. And if it doesn’t come through for her she’s decided she wasn’t meant to go right now and thank the Lord for insurance.  But it hasbeen a year of planning so there will be a certain level of disappointment for sure.
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  •  Devon Yanko, female champion of the Leadville Trail 100 Run wrote her story and it’s such a pleasure to read. I love to read about people that are running for the sheer joy of it.  Those of us that live here feel a particular bond to this race and after Sean and I “ran” ~I use that word loosely~ the Leadville Heavy Half we are in awe of everyone that runs it. It’s an incredible show of personal strength and courage just to run the race but to win it with joy and grace is the icing. It’s a great read. Leadville 100 Mile
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  • I get a billion emails ~no, I’m not exaggerating, why would you think I’m exaggerating?~ every day about this race company or that race company and they’re all offering a race coming up I should totally sign up for. Every time I go to delete it and instead I think…hm. Just in case I fall in love with one of these races I better not. I better keep getting these race notifications. FYI I have never once not one time never have I ever signed up for a race that came through via my email…anyone else?  How do you sign up for races? Facebook? Email? Friend? Do you go looking?
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  • I’m running this weekend but I’m also grabbing some incline work. I need to get my stairs in at least once…maybe a couple times before the 9/11 stair climb that Michelle totally suckered me into. Geez I will sign up for anything. We’ve nearly done the whole thing once before just to see what it was going to be about and neither of us felt like we were going to die but still I’d like to be slightly more prepared. Maybe we’ll go to the Shrine of Cabrini…we get our stairs in and some meditation and spirituality, too. I could use some silence right now.
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    Okay this is just funny but it’s not motivating so just laugh at it and move on past!
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    Run on…

Ten quick and dirty facts about Celiac. Also, you don’t see me….I’m not here.

I hope you guys aren’t too overwhelmed with “Celiac” information because I’m going to throw you a little more. We’re going to do Ten Facts of Celiac Disease.  Too much information can be overwhelming but a “ten facts” list is quick and dirty. Here we go…
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  • Celiac Disease is an inherited disease.
  • Celiac tends to remain dormant but can be triggered or “woken up” after childbirth, surgery or a traumatic event of some sort
  • You can test negative and still test positive at a later date
  • The average age to be diagnosed is 40-60 years old
  • Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, not an allergy
  • Celiac is very connected to thyroid disorders. If you have a thyroid disorder you should be tested for Celiac. It’s a very simple blood test.
  • If you have Celiac you have a much higher risk of having another autoimmune disorder disorder (I have Raynaud’s also)
  • approximately 1% of the population has Celiac disease
  • It’s possible to have Celiac and be non-symptomatic.
  • Here is an infographic from Gluten Dude showing a long list of symptoms compiled from his many readers
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    Saturday I met Michelle at Red Rocks so we could run the stairs but when we got there they were having yoga on the rocks. Which sounds delightful but instead it was..nope…you don’t get to come in. So we did a little three mile hike instead. We were slightly winded but mostly because we were hot. No stairs…no real workout.

    You know you didn’t get workout in when you are still sporting your hairdresser hair at the beginning AND the end of your workout…
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    (the following was typed before I left)
    So after coming home (pretty exhausted from several days of no sleep) I slept for two hours. I was so tired I was afraid I wouldn’t wake up until tomorrow…no joke it was a dead ass sleep…
    I hopped up and ran some errands and then Sean and I went to the incline so I could get some stairs in. My legs were SHAKING. Note to self…work out more often.
    Sean spent the day working his ass off riding his bike so he did the incline once and then sat and watched. I did way less than he did for the day so I did it three times. Who knows what I’ll get done this weekend. I need my exercise! Final decision, taking my running stuff. 
    Now I’m frantically trying to get stuff done before I have to be up in three hours to fly internationally….
    The last time I flew internationally it was overseas from Germany. That was a long time ago. I won’t get all sappy on you but I miss Germany.
    I hope I remember to take all the important stuff like…you know, my ID and stuff. underwear. toothbrush. YOU KNOW.
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    Remember... you don't have to run... you get to run!
    Run on….

what’s your favorite kind of roll?

  • My blog is still acting up. Not only is it painful to write a post but my little blog went from 17 subscribers to 42 overnight…HOLY COW I’M FAMOUS! sigh…Off to investigate why spam has taken over my blog. DAMMIT. Sean has had a sticky note on his computer that says “BLOG” for like…a month. When I see it I hear a deep voice saying “BLOG” like…”MERGE”. I don’t know what you’re talking about..he’s totally not a procrastinator…
  • How much do you love Tina Fey and her “sheetcaking”? Yeah… I could watch that over and over. Thank you Tina Fey for voicing what we’re all thinking and silently screaming while we eat cake…a lot of cake. Sorry, I couldn’t get the video to load…:(
  • I was filling out a contract for some work we’re having done for the wedding. The contract says,
    “Total number of people receiving services, name and roll”
    I told my friend I deserved an award for not correcting the contract…She said, “Gluten free, whole grain and country white?”
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I was tempted…I really was…hehe

Isn’t that a great story? What a smarty pants.
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And the bajillion really hilarious “smart” gifs?

  • I had Theboy all week long and he was a giggle to have around. I learned so many things from him.
    1. he’s pretty brave. If I get him something like…cookies the first time then the next day when I’m out of the room he’s fixing them himself like..hey. I know how to do this. Babe won’t mind. ??
    2. He talks to himself in a quiet whisper constantly while he’s drawing, video gaming, playing. Just a constant little whisper.
    3. He was playing with Michelle’s boys and really wanted to race them. He kept false starting…as I watched him playing he just seemed SO full of joy to be running I think he really didn’t care about much else. He just really loved the running part. Rules be damned, let’s run! It was ridiculously innocent and cute and reminded me of Phoebe…
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    totally…
    4. He can quietly play for hours just drawing pictures and talking to himself or he can play video games, it’s machts nichts to him. He doesn’t very easily get bored. Only child syndrome?
    5. He never forgets. It’s kind of hilarious. All week long he made the same jokes and comments.
  • My last day with him is tomorrow (we’re off to Colorado Springs for haircut day so he’ll get to meet Princess Anna!) and then he goes home to his mom and dad. He’s been VERY easy to have.  Sean has been ridiculously busy this week so I haven’t had hardly any time to work out and by the time I get to run it’s dark and late so I keep bailing. Sean tells me to go but I feel guilty leaving him with stuff so I stay and then…dark and late. It’s my own fault. I’ll probably not get a chance tomorrow, if we’re going to be honest. But I did some basic squats and planks today and I got a workout walk in with Malachi (he’s seriously pushing it now) and I’m hoping to get a HIIT in tomorrow which I can do in my own house. Saturday, though…that’s my day.  (I’m pretty excited..not gonna lie)
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Run on…

Some days we’re pretty and some days you get the real thing.

  • I felt so much better on Friday I ran a ton of errands. It came back a little in the afternoon like a bad boyfriend but I took some Excedrin and kicked that sucker to the curb. I talk big. I never had a boyfriend like that. Hey, I read Pinterest.  I got my HIIT workout in which felt AMAZING and headed to bed fairly early so I could rise and shine at 4:30 to do the Manitou Incline with Michelle.  I took a good half hour off my incline time which was awesome. It was way cooler Saturday than it was in June when I did it and I felt so much stronger climbing I would love to get to do it again.  Solongo wants to try it on Saturday and I might give it a shot. I do love climbing. Check out this hair…hahhahahha. I love it. When we got to the top Michelle WHIPPED out her camera and I took one look and said NO WAY. My hair was all up in funky clippies and I looked totally whack. So I grabbed my clippies out and shook my hair out and gave myself two minutes to recover from climbing 2000 ft in one mile and just had a good time with my friend who looks this beautiful ALL THE TIME> Every picture. Always beautiful. Here you go People. The real me. ha. Don’t be scared.
  • I went to church on Sunday morning ~they haven’t seen me in a while and are always surprised when I show up. I’ve decided when I go to church now and they express surprise I’m going to look at them and say, “I was just here last week!” like they should know that. So far it’s going well.
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  • Our priest spoke about The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and how when Moses comes down off the mountain he’s been stylized. How hilarious. If God is thinking of providing divine intervention and styling people I could use some stylizing…
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  • My dad was a hairstylist and you couldn’t leave his shop until you looked like this. ha. As a matter of fact my dad looked like that. Here’s a photo of the three of us…Alex Michael, me and my dad, it’s pretty tame but my dad could be wild. So.much.hairspray. My poor husband’s hair wouldn’t move for three days after getting a simple cut.

    My dad was ridiculously handsome. Look at my super round ~what the heck is wrong with me (before we figured out I had hypothyroidism-Celiac) oh look you’ve gained 30lbs~  face. ha. I still love the picture because I have his face and my kid has his face. Family. I do love family.
  • I didn’t work out on Sunday, I wanted to go to the Shrine of Cabrini but I was waiting for Sean to get back from camping and that took way WAY longer than I thought. When he finally did come back into town we ended up going to a late late movie and seeing Detroit. This is a true story of what happened in Detroit during the riots of 1967 and the Algiers Motel Incident when three black kids were tortured and killed by police (allegedly…) and nine others were beaten and emotionally abused during the entire incident. I highly recommend it to everyone but my mother (it’s okay, she really doesn’t like movies). It is a hard watch. I’m not going to sugar coat it. I actually got nauseous and physically ill and what was happening on the screen and felt chills. I couldn’t imagine one of my own kids having to go through what these kids went through. How terrified they must have been. An amazing movie.
  • MT’s girlfriend, Allie, just came over and while I was in the crawlspace getting something for her she found THE WORLD’S BIGGEST FREAKING SPIDER RIGHT NEXT TO THE CRAWLSPACE DOOR HOLY FREAKING COW.  So then she called a wonderful friend to come over and kill it and he was awesome and he said WOW THAT’S A BIG SPIDER alerting both of us that wow. that’s a big spider. huh.  So yeah, I was on the phone with the pest control guy telling him how I was being held hostage by THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SPIDER>
    Nick is my hero. You’re my hero Nick. Nick doesn’t read my blog but he’s my hero.
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  • I have my Botox appointment today and I’m very not excited, especially since I have to travel today. Every time I fly…I get a migraine. I’m optimistic that the Botox will help and some preventative assistance from my doctor. He’s pretty awesome. Not looking forward to a repeat of last week.
  • I didn’t run again today, It poured rain and I was ridiculously busy. I’ll see if I can get something in before I get on the flight tomorrow but even tomorrow is tight. Worst case, I’ll do something after I land. It’s a short flight.
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    Run now, there may be time days, weeks, months when you can't...
    Every day. I feel like this every day. The need the pull the force. I know how necessary it is and I have to do it.
    Run on…

#allthestairs of Red Rocks.

Friday I volunteered for a race that was taking place on Saturday. I didn’t run it, I just did some volunteer work.

It was the most unorganized situation  and 90* so it was utter and total chaos in the hot sun. I have only volunteered a few times for racing events, as much as I love volunteering the racing events always seem to be unorganized. I’m not sure if it’s a world of people with order issues or if it’s the world of racing. The organizer in me wants the answer to this question.

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Totally worth watching.

Sandra Bullock – Go Find Your Joy

Sandra Bullock reacts to criticism in an inspiring way

Posted by Goalcast on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Saturday I had such a migraine I don’t even remember what I did. I just stayed drugged. I’d started it on Thursday and nursed it through Friday. By Saturday I wasn’t really able to focus on anything and was pretty sick. I crashed early so I could be up at 4:30 to head to Red Rocks for massive quantities of stair climbing with Michelle. I wanted to be there by 6 and I got there at 5:45. Then I drove around for 45 minutes trying to find her. It was a damn good time.
She got there first so she got the winning shot…

Nothing beats sunrise at Red Rocks.

I did finally find her and we started our prep for the 9/11 Memorial Climb.

The 2017 Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

We learned it’s 11 times around so we did 8 times around to start and see how we healed. Afterwards we both felt like we could have done more. I was feeling pretty hungover from migraine drugs so I struggled but I wasn’t sore at all yesterday and I’m not sore at all today so I think we’ll be fine.

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Meanwhile it was a BLISSFUL 57* this morning when I woke up at 4:30 (not sleeping great) and it stayed 57* for a while. I didn’t run because I was really really REALLY tired and I feel like I need to just chill out for a few hours and maybe even…

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take a nap.
A much much needed nap.
Before I tackle my incredibly full list.
I’m so tired.
But I felt pretty grateful for my fake fall morning… #fakefall all the way. hmm. #alternativefall?
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just look at these boots and laugh accordingly. Or shake your head shamefully…

Forever 21 Privileged Shoes Denim Boots 

(how do you like that name?)
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In fun political news…
Scaramucci is out after TEN DAYS!! I’m gonna miss that guy. He was like the Jersey Shore took over the White House. It was entertaining as hell. To everyone but his wife I guess. I really feel bad for her.
Tomi Lahren admitted to still being on her parents health insurance at 24 even though she’s totally against Obamacare Being able to stay on your parents health insurance until you are 26 is a GREAT benefit of Obamacare and  two of my kids have totally taken advantage of it and the third will be following right behind. One would think she would be highly vocal about it’s benefits as she is being so critical of it.  Apparently not. Tomi, Darling, this is why people tear you down. Well, this and your incredibly horrible belief system.  We don’t get it. Keep working on it.
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I feel pretty damn strong right now and that’s pretty sad because I have a long way to go but that just shows you how far gone I was. hahahhahaa.
Keep moving forward, right people? Keep moving forward.
Running tonight. Strength today. Pushups, lifting. Planks planks planks.
It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger. FitBodyHQ.com for more motivation and inspiration.
Run on…

Just keep climbing.

I have found a great white t shirt. 
I bet you thought I was going to say whale.
no. t shirt. What would I do with a whale?
I have a hard time with t shirts. They’re either too short or too long.
Too cardboardy (it’s a word) stiff or they’re that super silky material that’s supposed to be great but instead it hugs every curve and I have to say not all of my curves need to be hugged. Really, lovely of you to think of me but…please don’t. Just hug the important ones and uh….leave the others alone. Thanks.

So I picked up this little number and it seems to be quite perfect. It’s just right for a little soft but not too slicky. It’s long but not too long. The “V” is deep but not too deep. I love it. I bought it in white, black and a funky gray color. They were on sale for $5. A great price and I am always looking for a white t shirt I can wear with everything. #basicwhitetee #tshirtsandjeans 

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Yesterday I was supposed to go to Castle rock for a good solid incline climb but one thing after another stalled me and then BAM when I wasn’t looking I got a migraine superfast and I ended up in bed at like…one o’clock in the afternoon. Nothing like throwing up and sleeping the afternoon away in a drugged out stupor. Good times.

I woke up feeling a bit better and attempted to get a run in later but I thought I’d take it easy so I took Malachi for a walk. The pouring rain broke us up and I mean POURING RAIN. You know…TORRENTIAL RAINS TOTALLY SOAKED US.
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this was us only without the umbrella and I was in short workout clothes.
My poor dog. He doesn’t like to get wet nor does he like to run. It was an experience. I called Sean and he met us at the nearest road and gave us a ride home but trust me. The damage was well done.
I did get push ups and squats done so there’s that. Mini strength training… yay me.
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I went to Castle rock tonight instead but I got there pretty late so I really only had time to get four climbs in before it was too dark to see anything but the snakes and they were really tree roots. There were a lot of people there for a soccer game so I was fine and willing to stay that long but by the time I was done the people had dwindled and I was desperately lonely for companionship and also I didn’t want to get mugged so I left. I know the last time I did the incline I only did three times and I didn’t hurt the next day so I really wanted to get five climbs this time. The goal is always to not be able to walk properly the next day and that was just not happening. What a let down. I had to settle for four. Some people run the incline and that is my dream. That would be pretty kick ass. There’s also a good chance I would fall straight off and hurt myself but still, I’d die feelin’ pretty badass.

Michelle wants to climb Manitou next week and I will freely admit to being very nervous about that. I wish I was much stronger and ready to do it again but I guess the best way to get stronger is keep climbing. #justkeepswimming
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I love sarcastic people with high vocabularies. via (http://ift.tt/2rQvoas)

I cleaned out our yard shed so I could sell it and I posted it on Craigslist. I got a text tonight from someone telling me they didn’t want to buy it but they appreciated the giggle. ha. That’s what I’m going to do for a living. Write smartass Craigslist ads. #entertainingthemasses
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Tomorrow I’m just going to do a run when I get the chance, probably in the evening. I’m volunteering for a race so that’ll take most of my day and in the evening someone is coming to look at the shed (wish me luck there…). I mean, it went together pretty easily but does it come apart that easily? Only trying will tell.
I love dancing. I hope someday to take a hip-hop dance class. Today, I was not looking forward to my workout. I decided to run on an incline, which I never do. But, I found myself doing my five minute walk warm-up and dancing and in a much better mood. Dancing on the treadmill is a lot of fun. You should try it. Low settings though. ;) 1.5 points for my hardest workout to date.
Run on…

But they were only LITTLE snakes.

Friday night Sean had an event to go to so I figured man…I’m goin’ to the the Incline and I’m gettin’ my climb on.

I headed down there late so the sun was setting but I didn’t care. The park is made up of several small “areas” that go together to make one big park. There’s an amphitheater, multiple playgrounds for multiple age groups, a covered picnic area you can rent out with firepits, a soccer field, the incline and a zip line. It’s pretty huge. When I got there the sun was setting so there were fires going at all the sites and the trees had white Christmas lights on them around the amphitheater for a concert. It was pretty gorgeous.

I joined a few other people and climbed the incline, ran down the trail and did that three times for a total of about three miles give or take.  Since it was getting dark the mice and bunnies felt comfortable making themselves known on the trail. I thought it was a giggle since you couldn’t tell what it was darting across your toes but it made some people a little uncomfortable.
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Just kidding Michelle…
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Saturday Michelle and I went hiking at White Ranch Open Space Park. It was seriously GORGEOUS. Also, they weren’t kidding about the open space part but that’s for later.


Photo credit: Michelle because I am too lazy to take the photos from my phone. 
Yes, that’s a thing. My phone is across the room. Michelle’s photos are right here on the computer. 
Don’t judge me. Its 1am and I’m really tired. Also, we took the Rawhide trail and every single time I read it I sang “rawhide”. even in my head. Ask Michelle. I did it. It was irritating even to me but I couldn’t stop doing it.
Anyway…

This trail was incredible at the beginning. Truly beautiful, the views, the trail, everything. It was technical but not too technical. It was interesting and not crowded. It had everything. It was like the perfect boyfriend.
And then it got clingy and we dumped him like a bad habit.
We apparently went 4.5 miles all total. So I’d say the first half was good and the second half became out in the open, much wider trail (almost like a small road) and all painfully uphill. Not “hey, this is a cool trail that’s challenging my climbing skills”. No. More like ~apparently you felt the need to experience a death march~ uphill.
Okay, okay. I’m CLEARLY exaggerating. But it was hot and it was uphill and we’d get to the top and turn and there’d be MORE UPHILL and MORE ROAD and MORE NO TREES and I totally lost interest. I’m like…what the hell? If there isn’t anything interesting then I’m just on a long boring walk and I’m hot. Hell, I could do this in Aurora and have ice cream at the end. What’s at the end of this for me?
Not ice cream. 
I was very disappointed because the beginning was incredibly promising and I really really loved it. There are a bajillion trails in the area so maybe a different one would offer a more interesting hike but I doubt it. Sean looked it up when we got home and it rated that hike as the most popular in that area. I still kind of want to try again though. On a cooler day maybe I won’t dislike it so much. I don’t usually mind the heat that much but the uphill made me not like it. It was tragically boring. Michelle is totally the only thing keeping it fun. I love her. She entertains me endlessly.

You should see her freak out when she sees a snake.

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Yep. It’s a lot like that only with running around. hahaha. I love it.
We saw TWO snakes on this trail and her reaction is priceless. Fortunately both snakes were small and neither was a rattlesnake. But just in case we implemented an early plan for what to do in case she gets bit by a snake. I clearly can’t carry her out so I’ll get to cell service and call for help and then get back to her to keep the snakes away. CALL FOR HELP CALL FOR HELP.
It’s a plan.
Hey. I’m not proud. I’m exactly the same way with spiders.
I came home, showered and went dress shopping. 
::sob:: I’m so over dress shopping
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Sunday I had a migraine so we skipped the big workout/hike/let’s do something wild and awesome together and instead we….
didn’t.
We did, however, go to lunch with Adam and Shaughnessy and theboy and laughed our asses off because we could. Damn that was a good time. We sat at lunch for like two hours.
730 South. This place is great and I highly recommend. also Celiac safe. I spend way too much time at this place. I should work there. I need the discount.
Then I went….
DRUMROLL….

Dress shopping again. 

I KNOW>
I think I’ve made progress though. And also I brought several people over to the dark side of the dress situation so now I’m not so alone.
I’ve eliminated some that were possibilities, I’ve found one that might work and I’ve found a few that are definitely on the radar.
I’m feeling better about things. I’m going to work on that and rehearsal dinner stuff this week. I’m sure everyone is thinking…what’s the big deal? but anyone that really knows me must know I can’t rest until I get these things checked off the list so I can stop worrying.
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Today I am going to run and HIIT.
It’s also 93* so holy cow… it’s hot. IT’S HOT.
And I’m sure I have errands and such to get done but my brain is no longer working.
What are YOU doing today? Something interesting?
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Love to my friend who lost her brother this week…
Hope you guys have a good Monday…
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Run on…

There was a near death in the family. It was a close call..

My iPod wouldn’t power up…It was devastating really.

I changed my clothes and grabbed my ipod to head to the incline (finally!) but on the way out the door I thought…ooh…there’s a podcast update. So I plugged it in to get the update and nothing happened.

Radio silence indeed.

The darn thing worked perfectly yesterday morning when I walked the dog but by the afternoon it had committed iPod suicide.  I headed out to do the incline but by the time I was nearly there it was dark and I don’t know if the trail is lit so I just turned around and came home. So frustrated and dejected.

YES I KNOW IT”S JUST AN IPOD

Ugh. This day.

When I got home I spent some time googling and I resurrected that sucker and it SPRANG to life!
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At which point I carefully set its broken self aside so I wouldn’t break it further and waited for Sean to come home.  Somehow he manages to not screw up computerie things. I don’t trust myself to not to that. He can never die.
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You’ll be happy to know there were no dead or injured bunnies brought to me yesterday. We won’t talk about today.

I walked Malachi (I try to walk him every morning) and when I got home from the park there was Skosh sitting in the middle of the street totally scoping out all the bunnies that were running around the neighborhood. You could tell he was trying to decide…which one? They all look so yummy…

Damn cat.

I gave him a good lecture and told him NO BUNNIES> If he knows what’s good for him…

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I messaged a few friends to ask about a hair person. Alex’s wedding is coming up and I need someone to do a hair updo for me. One of my friends came back with a name and said she’s supposed to be really good. So call her and tell her a client of so and so referred you.

Yeah, that won’t be confusing at all.

but I did just that and an hour and a half later we were fast friends. Turns out she’s Celiac, Hypothyroid/Hashimotos, too. We’re everywhere. I haven’t figured out if she can do hair yet. We burned her phone up and she couldn’t send photos. Hopefully we’ll figure that out. Meanwhile, I have a new friend. Can’t beat that.

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One of my beautiful friends who is single and living the good life was recently photographed in this GORGEOUS dress from Local Color Truck . This week she’s in Puerto Vallarta but last week she was on the French Riviera. I kind of hate her but I love her to much to really hate her so I love her. Anyway, check out this website, the clothes are gorgeous and it’s “An American Made Boutique”. A lovely concept all the way around.
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There is a dent in my forehead. I slept on my watch last night and when I woke up this morning there it was…this dark red deep dent in my forehead. I seriously slept HARD.

So I washed my face and did an ice cold morning scrub. Nothing.
Moisturizer…wait ten minutes
Argon oil…seriously I have ridiculously dry skin….wait ten minutes
sunscreen/base…don’t leave home without it…wait ten minutes
NOTHING HELPED
I’ve now been up for seven hours and I still have a dent in my forehead. I’ve permanently disfigured myself and the sleep wasn’t even that great.
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I am running today because I just really need to. Michelle and I are taking a trail adventure tomorrow. I need to be moving.

I’m going to HIIT both days, too, so I can get some strength in.
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Run on…

We climbed a mountain. Only in our dreams. Next time maybe.


This photo is weeks old but shockingly accurate for how we looked yesterday.  Maybe not as happy yesterday and I’m sure she made it black and white because I look much better in black and white. hahhahhaa. Thanks Michelle… 😉

Michelle and I walked the Bluffs Lake Flat 14er on Sunday. The link shows you to the Flat 14er page but it doesn’t list Bluffs Lake because whatever. I can’t find anything on it. But it’s there. I have proof in a really bad photo. Don’t blame the camera blame the direction I was aiming…Michelle was standing next to me so I was at a bad angle. Now don’t get excited…this doesn’t mean we climbed a mountain. It is “converting minutes of activity such as walking, running, cycling, playing soccer or basketball into steps towards reaching the summit of a 14er.”  We apparently climbed Mt Sneffels only…flat. Yeah…it wasn’t as exciting for us either. But we got to hang out and that was cool. And for a city trail it wasn’t bad either.  Now I want to really climb another 14er.


See? Worst picture ever…But it’s proof. That’s all I needed.
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After we walked my body was killing me like I’d actually climbed the sucker. So crazy. But it was really flat so it made no sense. It bothered me all day. I’ve been popping Advil every six hours but I couldn’t understand why I hurt so bad.
Perhaps if we go back in time to Saturday….
So…Saturday Sean spent the day biking and was gone the whole day. So I stayed home and weeded the yard for like…four hours. It was insane. Ten minutes into it I had the worst migraine. I quickly googled it and learned being upside down is not great for migraine sufferers. So there’s that. But I powered through to get the job done so I could then declare…

I’m never doing this again.
Sean said he’d do it and I said no. NO. You’d rather be biking, I’d rather be doing ANYTHING…I will totally pay someone to do this. He finally agreed.

So back to Sunday…I wonder why my butt and legs hurt so much??
Because I squatted for four hours. YEP.
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When I got back on Sunday Sean and I went to breakfast (LePeep for the win) and then we booked it to the movies to see Wonder Woman which you must go see immediately.

Seriously.

Stop reading now. Go to the movies. Right now.

IT’S SO GOOD>
I want to see it again. It was so good and really really funny. I laughed a lot.

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Target Jokes that will Make you Laugh Out Loud

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Talk about Wonder Woman…

At 94, Harriette Thompson becomes the oldest woman to run a half-marathon
Proof you are never too old. She STARTED running at 76. An amazing role model for everyone.
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Walking/running with Norma this morning. We’re going to try starting the couch to 5k! Exciting stuff. It’s also a pretty warm day so we’ll see how that goes. But she’s pretty hard core so I think she’ll do well.

I’m running tonight, too.I was up most of the night with what felt like the flu so we’ll see if it continues or if I’m feeling better. I was given a regular waffle by mistake yesterday rather than the gluten free (it was a genuine error, they were really cool about it and it’s a risk I take when I eat out) and I’ve been unrelentingly sick since. Charcoal and rest and lots of water has helped immensely but I’m still under the weather. I’m hoping some exercise will boost me up.
Set some goals. Stay quiet about them. Smash the hell out of them. Clap for your damn self.:
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Road tripping cross-country is an American cultural institution. A right of passage that can make and break any family. Why not make family…:

Run on…