Who do you tell before social media?

By , October 21, 2014 9:20 am

Of course, I can’t ask the question in the title without asking you what kind of social media “sharer” you are!

Are you a:

  • NO sharer? Are you part of the rare and elusive breed that shares nada online? You don’t even have a Facebook account? You still, gasp, share most info in person or on the phone?!??! Hee hee. 
  • Do it then share it… sharer? You share things you do, and “important” news on social media, but don’t talk too much about it before, and share it after the event.
  • Talk it up and share it sharer? You talk about doing something quite a bit before doing it, then share it while you’re doing it, and after. 
  • Some sort of hybrid of above?

Ha ha, of course, those are just some goofy categories I came up with! But, I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I watch how people share information online. I am more of the do it then share it type. It’s odd for me to talk about something a lot (online, mind you) before doing it. In fact, it’s odd I mentioned the Milwaukee Marathon as much as I did before running it, and that I have mentioned the Dallas online so much, this far. There are certain things I try hard not to share online before it happens (or make too obvious), like travel, or work stuff.

So, anyway. 

Last week, I was talking with a friend about whether we prefer hearing something from a friend before we see it on social media. We both agreed that we’d prefer to hear “important” (of course, that is subjective) news first, rather than by discovering it on a feed or in a blog post. And of course, that made me think to ask you… have you ever been upset or hurt to find out news online, before hearing it “personally”?


Personally is in quotes, because I don’t actually mean in person, I just mean, hearing it, well, on a person-to-person basis, whether that is in person, on the phone, in a text, in an email… whatever. 

I’ve never been upset (that I recall) to read something first online (I must say though, I have been honored to know “important” information before it is announced). I just take it as one of a few things: a sign of how close I am with the person and what they want to share with me first, a sign of them not thinking the news is worth telling people before they read it online, a sign that the news is too difficult to share with everyone personally (online is easier and faster method), that they may be sensational and prefer to share things this way, that the “news” isn’t something super important that you would share with people first… you get the idea. We’re all different, we’re all going to share differently.

So, back to the original question - who do you tell before social media?

I typically share things with my family and close girlfriends before doing them, and… anyone who happens to be around and listen to me talk. I am an over-sharer at heart. And while I can can keep other people’s secrets, I get pretty excited about my own stuff and will blab away!

Like I said, I’ve been noticing different people’s sharing patterns online, and I find it super interesting. We all have the capability to craft our own online social image, but, we can’t control how people interpret it! Or, how they feel by what you share and don’t share and what they already knew. Gawd, social media is so tricky. You could really use it to mess with people. Or purposefully piss them off. I am sure NO ONE ever does that…

Training Week 261

By , October 19, 2014 5:03 pm

Highlight of the Week: Getting back in to the marathon training grove / actually doing speedwork <— I know, whuuuuut?!


Monday | October 13, 2014: 10 m run (first 5 w/Kelly) + teaching strength class + 3 m run (w/Bobbi)
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 55°/55°, Time: 1:41:27, Pace: 10:08 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good / challenged by the humidity!
Strength: Cone and one dumbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good – workout flowed much better than last week
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 62°/63°, Time: 30:47, Pace: 10:15 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Tuesday | October 14, 2014: 4 m run (w/Kelly)
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 60°/60°, Time: 41:17, Pace: 10:19 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: blah (poor sleep / horrible humidity)
Wednesday | October 15, 2014: rest
Thursday | October 16, 2014: 9 m run
Loc: Millenium Trail to Nippersink FP and back, Temp: 57°/56°, Time: 1:32:34, Pace: 10:17 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great after 3ish miles
Friday | October 17, 2014: teaching strength class + 16.5 m run (first half w/Bobbi)
Strength: Cone and one dumbbell + boxing, Difficulty: medium, Felt: great
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 58°/58°, Time: 2:55:46, Pace: 10:39, Difficulty: medium, Felt: decent / normal delirium at end 
Saturday | October 18, 2014: 3 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 42°/47°, Time: 29:28, Pace: 9:49 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Sunday | October 19, 2014: 5 m run (incl. 6×400)
Loc: hood, Temp: 32°/36°, Time: 48:53, Pace: 9:47 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: good


  • Afternoon running is just not my forte. It takes me so much longer to warm up than when I just roll out of bed and go. So odd. When does running (or exercising) feel naturally best to you?
  • I am starting to ramp up my mileage for Dallas Marathon training. Toward the end of  Milwaukee training, I was running 5-6 days a week, around 40 miles a week. I am going to continue to run 5-6 days, but try to get the mileage closer to 50 a week, so my long run doesn’t end up being the majority of my weekly miles. I’ve done this type of training in the past and it seems to work the best for me (and make me feel awesome)!
  • I feel this way all the time, but have been thinking about it more this week – it’s such a blessing to have friends to run with. My training partner, Kelly, meets me at 5:00 am (or earlier!). Bobbi came over and ran the first half of my long run with me this week. I enjoy the miles solo or with friends… but they do feel easier and faster with a friend there!

Link to Training Week 260

Trainer criteria

By , October 18, 2014 6:30 am

What do you think of the statement highlighted below?


I read it in an article (pdf here) from the October issue of SELF, about a woman who thought she hated group exercise classes, but just had to find the right one – the Tracy Anderson Method. And as the paragraph above mentions, she was partially encouraged to try it by the way the trainer’s body looked. 

I’ve been thinking about that statement a lot. I am a certified personal trainer. I teach a strength class. I think if people decided to take my class based on that criteria, no one would take it.

Don’t get me wrong – I want the strong, muscular body I have, but I don’t really expect many else too. I am just not your typical trainer build – mostly of my own doing, and partially genetics. I will always have a larger, more muscular frame. And there are so many different body types in the classes I teach… I think it would be odd if we all had the same ideals for our body. 

But you do want a trainer with a body you can admire. One who works hard for results, and has a workout routine you get excited about. 


Helper Cat makes the bed

By , October 17, 2014 5:05 pm

Helper cat not only assists in wrapping gifts and hair maintenance (<—that explains a lot, right?!)… he ALSO helps make the bed when we have house guests*! How helpful!






Or… not. Typical Helper Cat shenanigans. 


My snister and her husband are coming to visit! AHHHH! They haven’t stayed at our house since… geesh. 2009? No way it’s been that long (corrected – the last time was in 2012)! However long it’s been, I am really excited they are coming!

Who was your last house guest?

I like that we live close enough to a big city that people come to visit us… then we make them stay in the suburbs, mauh ha ha. JUST KIDDING! It’s fun to go to the city with guests. 

Anyway. Back to Helper Cat. If only he could help do some other prep work, like cleaning the house… sigh. At least I don’t have to get it to Grandma Level clean! Heck! Maybe my snister doesn’t mind if I clean at all?!

*unless they are allergic

Random Thoughts Thursday 67

By , October 16, 2014 6:23 am
  • Woot, woot! I kind of can’t believe the Royals are going to the World Series! Rachel and I are convinced it’s because we “left” some good luck at the stadium when we were there in July. You know, I’ve been to Kansas City every year since 2002 and that was the first game I’ve ever attended (and Rachel’s first, too), so I guess the only way to test that theory would be for both of us to attend a game next year and see what happens. Ha ha. 


  • Fun story – my mom’s parents owned a hotel near the Royals stadium the last time they went to the World Series (and won!). The hotel was called the “KC Stadium Inn.” My Grandma still had some of the shirts from there when I was in high school, and I was in to “vintage” stuff so I wore them all the time. Too bad I don’t have one anymore. My mom wore a hat from ’85 to the game we went to in July. WAIT! Is that what the good luck was?!


  • And now so you know this is still my blog, let’s talk about running. Ha ha. Saturday’s half marathon was my 7th of the year! That is the most halves I’ve ever run in a year (I know, not many, but a fun stat for me)! I might make that 8, and run a half at the end of November to determine where I am at, pace-wise, for the Dallas Marathon. The only problem is that the half I am looking at is someplace where I have bad running juju. Ha. AND is by the same organization that hosted the half last weekend, so the course could potentially be measured wrong. 
  • Don’t forget… I have a $5 off code – KIM2015 – for the Wisconsin Half and full Marathon on May 2nd! I am already signed up for the half, and thinking about going for a PR next year!


  • My tattoo is healing well! The redness went down right away on Monday. It sometimes itches, and just started to scab a bit last night (I really hope it doesn’t scab much and I don’t have to get it touched up). Oh, and does the font look familiar, now?



  • Data made a pretty big fashion change recently! What do you think of it? Hee hee. Soooooo sophistiCATed. 


Link to Random Thoughts Thursday 66

A bad place for a bad fit

By , October 15, 2014 11:55 am

In April I decided I wanted to get some blood work done. I had never had it done before, and thought it would be a good idea for several reasons: to get a health baseline, because I follow a specialized diet and wanted to see how that was affecting me, and most importantly, because I had been recently been feeling very fatigued in the sun and sweating out a lot more salt than normal. 

Per my health insurance, I had to get a physical in order to do this. When I called to make the appointment, I found out my regular doctor no longer practiced at the office I go to. I decided to try a new doctor in that office, because I had liked the first one so much, and because the office location is so convenient for me. 

This ended up not working out very well. The new doctor and I did not mesh. At all. 

He teased me about my paperwork. “It says here you are divorced and remarried!” Um… what? Why would you joke about that?

He teased me about my vegan diet, and asked ignorant questions that a doctor should know the answer to. “So, you eat fish, right?” Really, dude?!

He told me I needed to lose weight – which is fine – I did. I told him I was aware of that, and that I work out a lot (running 30+ miles a week, teaching strength classes, etc.), but struggle with binge eating. He recommended walking after dinner. “Oh,” I asked, “because that would be a good distraction from sitting on the couch eating snacks?” “No,” he responded,” because Europeans do that and they’re thin. You need to exercise more.” Um… did you listen to me AT ALL?!

Sigh. I was so frustrated. I’m not a super serious person, but apparently, I don’t want a sarcastic doctor (who is not a very good listener). 

It’s not like me to put up with “service” like this and not say something. But I was really there for a means to an end – to get my blood results and to ask about the salt issue (which, by the way, I had to ask him as he was trying to leave the room – he never asked if I had any questions – and which he blew off). So I didn’t say anything. I just knew I would be looking for a different doctor, or maybe clinic, the next time I need that sort of assistance. 

Why share this now? Eh, I’ve been thinking about this since April. It’s not my intention to share this to complain, but to say that while it put a bad taste in my mouth for that particular doctor, it didn’t for the healthcare system. I know quite a few people who are anti-doctor and I don’t want to be like that… I am just anti-bad fit (and that doctor could be just the right fit for someone else!).  Finding the right fit is hard (gah, especially with therapists!), but, it’s worth it. So my pep talk is… don’t give up!

Oh! And the blood work looked good! I was just low on vitamin B12, which is very common for vegans, and treatable with a vitamin supplement. 

I prefer the surprise

By , October 14, 2014 6:01 am

Thank you so much for all your nice comments on my new tattoo! It’s healing great! I will share a less “red” picture of it soon!

Social media makes it so easy for organizations to share information about their races – registration price increase warnings, changed course maps, parking directions, last minute tips, live updates on lead runners, and so on. Mostly, it’s great. If you can’t find information on their official site (or your email isn’t responded to, gasp!), you can contact them via social media, or see if someone else is asking the same questions. 

So I typically follow the races I am signed up for or thinking about doing, on Facebook, because I enjoy seeing this information. 

There is only ONE thing I don’t want to see – the race medal. 


Ha ha ha. I just like to be surprised! Seeing the race shirt or bibs is okay (but not preferred, for me), but for whatever reason… I don’t want to know what the medal looks like until it’s being placed on my neck!

Do you like seeing the race “bling” before you receive it?

Keep Running

By , October 13, 2014 8:02 am

Yesterday I had a chance to do something small to celebrate recent marathon (and half marathon!) success and my general love of running/being active! It’s something I have been considering for a year


I got my first tattoo!


I saw this the text “keep running” on a tattoo online over a year ago, and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I took that as a sign that I was committed to it and it was time to get inked!

A few friends gave me recommendations for local tattoo parlors and I chose to go to Good Family Tattoo in Antioch (Illinois). I am super pleased with the experience and LOVE how the tattoo turned out!

I asked my artist, Elisa, if she had any tips for a first-timer and she said “just remember to breathe.” Basic, but it was a good tip! And it made me laugh, since I say that a lot in the strength classes I teach. 


Of course, the tattoo is tiny, so it only took 10-15 minutes*! It didn’t hurt much at all – just felt like a bit of pinching. I was surprised by how quickly it was over (twss)!


I can see how people get addicted to getting these. They’re fun and easy. I already have another style in mind that I like…


I will probably think that one over for a year or two, as well though! Ha ha. 

*When I called to ask about getting this, they recommended just coming in as a walk-in (right when they open at noon) since my tattoo was so small and simple, and I had a font in mind (BONUS POINTS to anyone who remembers where that font is from!). So the whole experience was around fifty minutes long – getting there, signing paperwork, showing the design, then having Elisa recreate it using the font online and getting the stencil ready, putting it on, going over care instructions, paying, etc. Elisa actually told me that most people get tattoos on top of their shoulder blade or on top of their shoulder, so we looked at those spots too, but Steven and I both really liked it in this area. I’m happy Steven came with me and helped me pick out just the right spot!

Training Week 260

By , October 12, 2014 4:22 pm

Highlight of the Week: SO MANY!!! Running during the lunar eclipse, catching up with Emily during the half marathon (and feeling fantastic!!!), and getting a special post-marathon treat!


Monday | October 6, 2014: 3 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: hood, Temp: 58°/57°, Time: 30:16, Pace: 10:05 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: good
Strength: Cone and one dumbbell, Difficulty: medium, Felt: decent enough!
Tuesday | October 7, 2014: rest
Wednesday | October 8, 2014: 8 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 43°/42°, Time: 1:20:55, Pace: 10:07 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: pretty good!
Thursday | October 9, 2014: 5 m run
Loc: Ray Lake FP, Temp: 58°/57°, Time: 53:55, Pace: 10:47 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: a bit meh
Friday | October 10, 2014: teaching strength class + 3 m run (w/Bobbi) + 2 m walk (w/Steven)
Strength: Cone and one dumbbell, Difficulty: easy, Felt: okay – IT bands so sore
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 40°/40°, Time: 32:03, Pace: 10:41, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good / dumb for forgetting my dark gear
Saturday | October 11, 2014: Prairie State Half Marathon (w/Emily)
Loc: DPRT, Temp: 35°/51°, Time: 2:13:50, Pace: 10:13 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: fantastic
Sunday | October 12, 2014: 4 m run
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 51°/53°, Time: 41:48, Pace: 10:27 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but hot!


  • Monday’s post marathon shake-out run was crucial before teaching class! I had been sitting at my desk all day, and that made my stiff legs even worse. I felt a bit odd the first 3/10ths of my run then it clicked and I felt great, and felt good teaching class too (minus coming down to the ground for pushups – man those hip flexors were SORE!). 
  • Overall, I recovered fairly quickly from the marathon, minus some lingering tightness in my IT bands. By the end of the week, they were starting to feel “back to normal.”
  • I was annoyed I was going to miss the lunar eclipse Wednesday morning by being on the train… so I decided to run during my normal train time (and take a later one)! Wow. Just wow. Seeing the full eclipse was amazing, especially when it turned “blood orange.” I am so happy I got to see it! My photo above is super meh-town, but check out these!
  • Holy cow – Week 260 = 5 years that I have been blogging my workouts! Nuts! I actually reference these posts a lot, so I am happy I track this info. 

Link to Training Week 259

Prairie State Half Marathon 2014 Race Report

By , October 11, 2014 3:32 pm

I just realized that Emily and I have run a half together for the past 3 years* (Chicago Half Marathon in 2012 and Prairie State Half Marathon in 2013)! What a perfect way for friends who don’t get to see each other that often to catch up!

This year’s race was the same as last year’s – the Prairie State Half Marathon – but with a faster time goal!


For some reason, I’d kind of forgotten the reputation this race company (All Community Events) has**. Things like (occasional) bad race day logistics, poor communication, incorrectly measured courses… I think I’ve always gone in to their races expecting to have fun so it hasn’t been an issue.

And it still wasn’t this race, although there were some things that seemed off. Packet pickup was super easy, but they didn’t print our names as promised on the bibs. We made the deadline – maybe it’s cause we registered via snail mail? Eh, no biggie.

Everyone had to park remotely and take a bus to the start. I got there an hour before the race and it was fine. I was expecting a cluster; according to Emily, that happened later.

I found nothing online about gear check rules (must not have looked hard enough). I doubted they’d let us give them things that were not in a clear bag and I was right – but they had clear bags there. And a line to wait in to get them. No worries.

The worst thing, which again, didn’t bug me, was that the porta potties were lined along the start of the course. So… all those people like us, waiting to go and just figuring we’d cross the start line as soon as possible since it’s chip timed? Those people opened their porta pottie doors to a wall of runners. Eek! Luckily we got out in time, and it’s nice they still started the race on time. But I bet some runners did not appreciate the people exiting the bathrooms on to the narrow race course.

We started the race about 7-8 minutes late. Which worked out great with the crowds. I remember it being a bit crowded at the start last year and this seemed better, plus we got the boost of passing people most of the race.

The race is on a crushed limestone trail I run often. So why pay to race it, right? I’ve learned that course familiarity really helps me, and man, it’s awesome to share the beautiful fall foliage on this mostly shaded course with other racers. 


Our goal was to finish between 2:10-2:15. To start out slower and end faster. Right away, Emily told me it was going to need to be more of a positive split race, which works well, too!

This course has ample aid stations, which Emily walked and I ran slower ahead (walking during a race bugs my knees). I stuck to my fuel every 30 minutes strategy, which worked well.

The first half flew by and I was blabbing away. It was fun to see Erica fly by (and after the turnaround,  my neighbor, Jen, running her first half with her husband, Troy)! I was super surprised to see Bobbi right before the turnaround (this is an out and back course). I also saw a few club friends too, and we saw Emily’s mom! What a treat to have so many spectators and know so many people running!


The turnaround was a bit congested, but that was the worst of it! I felt really strong and determined to keep us on pace! Emily had a 2:15 pace band and according to mile markers, we had a minute banked. And… according to our watches compared to mile markers, were also a tenth short on distance. Due to that, I did NOT trust our minute bank. Ha ha.

So the last three miles I went drill sergeant and ran a few steps ahead, encouraging Emily to pump her arms, pick up her feet, find her inner push, and so on.


I was worried I was annoying to her and others, but the people around me said they liked my tips, ha ha. We kept a good pace, still passing some (getting passed by speedy marathoners). I knew Emily would have a finishing kick (after running the Chicago Half Marathon with her) so I encouraged to bring it out right before the end, and she really got pumped when we saw her husband!

Our official time? 2:13:50. My watch hit thirteen miles as we crossed the finish. So… I have to trust the course is right, I guess!


Our posted (on paper) times first showed an added minute to clock time, then later (online) went back down a minute. Ha ha, at first I thought they were adding the missing tenth!

Gear check was a bit of a mess – it took them 10 minutes to find our bags – but luckily it was warm out and we weren’t in a rush! (The weather was great – 35° start, 51° at finish, perfect for a tank. I was grateful for the shaded trail!)

Emily and Adam took the shuttle to get their car and I went and changed just in time to see my neighbor finish (she ran with her husband) and crush her goal big time! Ha ha, right after that, a little girl was convinced I belonged to her crew, calling me “Dani,” so I had to help her find her family, tee hee.


Me, Jen and Troy

I’m really happy with how this went! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel running a half marathon 6 days after a full, at a faster pace, but I felt fantastic the whole time, and never tired!

And it helps that during the whole run, I knew I had brunch to look forward to with Emily and her husband, Adam! They drove to Wildberry and I walked there – my legs appreciated it.

Is it too early to start looking for a half for us to run together next year?!?!

*And we have gotten faster each year – 2:22:52, 2:19:16 and 2:13:50.
**I typically wouldn’t list all this stuff, as none of it bothered me, but I wanted to share it in case anyone stumbled across this race report… and those sorts of things are important for them in choosing a race. 

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