Category: Running + Training

Mayor’s Turkey Day Run Race Report

By , November 27, 2015 6:28 am

The 10K isn’t a very common racing distance, is it? Definitely not as common as the 5K! I PR’d at the first 10K I ran, in 2009, and I’ve done eight* of them since then, but only one was (unsuccessfully) a PR attempt. I just don’t run (or especially, race for time) the 10K that much.

So I’ve had a very long standing (6.5 years!) 10K PR of 51:00, and wasn’t planning on doing anything about it this season. But during last week’s training, I had two 5 mile runs faster than my 10K PR pace so I decided to find a 10K to run on Thanksgiving. Why not give it a go? I thought for sure I could break 50:00 minutes, maybe even average 7:45s!

I’m happy I raced – my new 10K PR is five minutes and twenty-four seconds faster: 45:36 (average 7:22 pace)!

Bobbi had told me good things about the Mayor’s Turkey Day Run put on by the Kenosha Running Club a few times, so I chose to run it. The race is CHEAP ($15 pre-registered, $20 at packet pickup) and you can choose to run the 2-mile or 10K distance. I remembered Bobbi telling me how crowded it can be at the start, since the 2-milers and 10Kers run together for the first mile.


Bobbi kindly registered for me (thanks, Bobbi!) at packet pickup Wednesday night (there is packet pickup race morning, but no race day registration). I wasn’t expecting a shirt at all, since the race is $20, and we registered on the later side, but they had some of last year’s shirts left, so they handed them out. Hmm, do I wear a shirt for a race for the year I didn’t do it? I think not. Cute shirt though!


I met Bobbi, her son Jack, and Riyanti** near the Kenosha Museum on race morning. This course starts at the same spot as the Wisconsin Half Marathon and uses some of the same streets***, so I was familiar with it, despite not having run it before. However (Bobbi thought due to size) they changed the course from being a complete out-and-back along the road to Carthage College to a partial out-and-back along that road, then back to downtown Kenosha via a different road.


Riyanti, Bobbi, Jack and me

Bobbi told me I should run with Jack, as he’d just finished cross country season (a month earlier) and was around my pace. Jack and I lined up WAY at the front. I asked the bike guide what side the first turn was on (the right) so I could line up on that side, and try to run the tangents as closely as possible.

I was a bit concerned at the start when we were only a couple of rows in, and behind people dressed in pants and long sleeves, and with their dog… but it all worked out. It was only congested for us for the first few tenths to maybe half a mile, then we found our groove.


I really did NOT want to start out too fast and crap out. That would be too painful for a 10K. I was hoping my first mile would be in 7:45, then negative split from there. Nope. I saw paces in the high 6:00s! GAH! I told Jack I was trying to slow down, and was somewhat successful – first mile was 7:13.

In the first mile, we had a small south turn before heading north for most of the first half. I felt a nasty wind from the south and told Jack that was going to be horrible on the way back – queue ominous foreshadowing, ha!

Jack and I stuck together for the first three miles – he’d gain on the downhills and I’d gain on the uphills. Mile 2 was 7:13 and mile 3 was 7:19. I was happy I wasn’t slowing down much and thought maybe I’d have somewhat even splits?!

Then we turned south. Sigh.


Runner #1649 and I were pushing each other for the last few miles!

It wasn’t horrible at first. Unfortunately, Jack dropped back right before the turnaround (I yelled at him to speed up –  “I need you!” – when I saw him, I also saw Bobbi and Riyanti, which was fun). I kept pumping along – my fourth mile was 7:21. A guy and I were tagging back and forth with who was in front, and I asked if he wanted to share wind blocking duties. And I tried, but man, at mile 4.5, we went up this tiny incline that completely gassed me, then it was a straight shot south, in to the 18 mph winds (25 mph gusts) until almost the end of the race. GRRR.

The guy and I kept encouraging each other. And the road flattened out right away, but gah, THAT WIND! I pumped my arms and tried to keep my previous pace, but I slowed down. I started to feel the turn in my stomach, too (no blood tasting cooper mouth, though!). Mile 5 was 7:37, and mile 8 was 7:38. So much for even splits!

I tried to bust my butt for the last .2 (7:19) pace, because I didn’t want to get passed by a woman**** and I thought maybe I had a chance at placing in my age group – nope! I was tenth woman overall (and 57th out of 531 participants), but the winner was in my age group, then there were three women in my age group ahead of me. You never know who will show up! I am excited I placed where I did, and really happy to have a new 10K PR!!!

We hung out for a bit after the race – I cheered Jack in, then we cheered Bobbi and Riyanti in. We chatted a bit after then took off for our separate Thanksgiving celebrations. What a treat to see friends on Thanksgiving morning (then go spend Thanksgiving with friends, as we usually do).


On the drive home, it started pouring rain, and it rained on and off all day. We were lucky that didn’t happen at the race, and that it was overcast and in the low 50s. I suppose I will take that wind over a sunny, hot, day!


And even better – that warm weather melted all 17″ of our snow. I can’t believe it’s gone! It’s almost like it was never here… except I have this photo of it:


I love snow, but… I want to finish marathon training on the trails, before I get stuck to running loops in my neighborhood because the trails have too much snow coverage!

*The three I ran last year were particularly disastrous – besides being out of shape, two were hilly and humid, and the one I was in shape had a wrong turn in it, so it ran long. Ha!
**What a nice surprise to see her!
***Lake Michigan looked beautiful during the race
****I passed a lady after the turnaround and didn’t see any women after that. The woman I passed came in 30 seconds behind me and immediately got on the ground! I encouraged her to get up and move/breathe and she excitedly told me she just ran her fasted 10K since college – cool!

Training Week 318

By , November 22, 2015 4:34 pm

Highlight of the Week: Two 5-milers at faster than 10K PR pace.


Monday | November 16, 2015: 10 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: Grant Woods to home, Temp: 56°/52°, Time: 1:27:50, Pace: 8:47 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Strength: Body Bars & Resistance Bands, Difficulty: medium, Felt: great

Tuesday | November 17, 2015: rest
Wednesday | November 18, 2015: 8.4 m run + 10 mins strength
Loc: hood, Temp: 54°/53°, Time: 1:20:55, Pace: 9:38 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Thursday | November 19, 2015: 5 m run (incl. 10×1:00)
Loc: hood, Temp: 38°/37°, Time: 39:17, Pace: 7:51 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: amazing
Friday | November 20, 2015: 7 m ride + teaching strength class + 5 m run
Indoor Ride Time: 30:02, Pace: 14.0 mph, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Strength: Body Bars & Resistance Bands, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: hood, Temp: 39°/38°, Time: 41:11, Pace: 8:14, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great

Saturday | November 21, 2015: 3 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 32°/33°, Time: 31:30, Pace: 10:29 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: very careful in the snow
Sunday | November 22, 2015: rest


  • Ugh, what a challenging week. I commuted to the city Wednesday-Saturday, which took away a lot of my training time. I was really looking forward to doing a long run on Sunday with my dad (who was visiting), but we got 17 inches of snow where I live, and then the temperature dropped in to the teens – and I didn’t want to make my dad ride his bike in that! So, no long run this week (I will do it tomorrow). And what a bummer I missed out on that time with my dad. Maybe when I see him again in January it will be nice enough out for him to ride his bike… ha ha, wishful thinking!
  • I was surprised to run two easy 5 milers this week, at faster than my average pace for my 10K PR (51:00). Maybe I’ll run a 10K on Thanksgiving Day! Are you doing a Thanksgiving Day race?

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Full Moon Run Race Report

By , November 16, 2015 8:29 am

Friday the 13th is a good day to race – I set a new 5K personal record (PR) at the Zee Bee Run Squad Full Moon Run! My previous PR was 22:38, set way back in March of 2013. My new one is 50 seconds faster – 21:48!


Photo by Gibbie Buchholtz

On Friday, I wasn’t sure if I’d do the race. I had a stressful week, an especially crappy Friday, my stomach was having all sorts of odd cramps (like I’d already raced a 5K) and it was super windy. But I reminded myself that I got a massage on Wednesday specifically to be loose for this race, and that I had been training with it in mind for two months! My stomach stopped bugging me, and the wind died down to a barely noticeable 5 mph (phew), so (obviously), I went.

I laughed when I pulled in to the parking lot and saw a sliver of the moon – it made me wonder why it was called the Full Moon Run!

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Cute shirts this year!

I registered on site and did a short .6 mile warm up, during which I found out my headlamp was too loose and that I should run with gloves. It was 39°F out, so warm enough for shorts and a tank, but my fingers felt a bit chilly (and I thought it would be nice to have somewhere to wipe my nose!).

There were only a few other people dressed similarly to me. Everyone else was bundled up*, and I got some funny looks and comments, wearing a tank, ha ha. This race isn’t chipped time, so I started in the front. At the “go” mark a bunch of kids surged ahead, and were a bit of a tripping hazard for the first tenth of a mile, but I pulled around them and was surprised to find myself as first woman!


Photo by Gibbie Buchholtz

I felt great for the first mile, and ran it in 6:45. I continued to feel good in the second mile, until about 1.8 miles in, when my stomach started to hurt – typical! The second mile was 7:02.

I tried to keep my pace up, because I saw that the second woman was right behind me, but of course, she passed me at about 2.25. When she passed me, I noticed she only had one shoe on! I’ve seen barefoot runners at races, but never with one shoe on, and one sock on the other foot!**

I kept pumping, trying to keep pace with her, thinking just maybe I could catch her, but nope! Third mile in 7:17, last tenth in 00:35. She finished 9 seconds ahead of me! Ha! I was second overall, and first in my age group. I definitely would have slowed down more if she wasn’t in front of me, so I was happy she gave me someone to chase in the last mile.


Photo by Gibbie Buchholtz. Ha ha, I was hoping for a good finish line photo since I was at the race by myself. NOPE – major derpitty face!

I congratulated her when I crossed the finish line, then walked for a bit. I got that metallic taste in my mouth during the race and was spitting a lot. I thought about doing a cool down run, but decided getting more clothing on was a better idea***.

I didn’t go the race with anyone, or have any friends there from Efit, but saw a few guys I knew and hung out with them during the raffle and awards ceremony. They were very excited about my PR. One of them mentioned that I have lost a lot of weight and that helps for 5Ks – yep – that was the idea!

At this race you get a raffle ticket and there are a ton of door prizes. I was planning on giving my raffle ticket to one of the kids around me, if my number was called, but then I saw a someone pick out a running book, and there was still a copy when my name was called, so I grabbed one! Schweet!


I’m happy I decided to do the race, and got a PR. I’ve done speedwork once a week for the entire year, and it’s nice to see that pay off!

*This seems to be one of the more popular events in the Zee Bee Run Squad Series, with 157 finishers. And I think they encouraged children and parents from two schools to be there. The proceeds from this race benefit Nicasa Behavioral Health Systems.
**Turns out her shoe fell off a mile in to the race! And they weren’t even her shoes – she borrowed them from a friend! She planned to go find the shoe after the awards ceremony.
***I had a pretty serious cough after the race and for most of the weekend – I think my system was in a bit of shock.

Training Week 317

By , November 15, 2015 5:48 pm

Highlight of the Week: Working out with friends and a new 5K PR!


Monday | November 9, 2015: 1.7 m walk (w/Anne!) + 4 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 51°/49°, Time: 33:39, Pace: 8:24 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Strength: One Dumbbell and Bodyweight Stations, Difficulty: easy, Felt: so so

Tuesday | November 10, 2015: 11 m run + 3 m run (w/Bobbi!)
Loc: MT to Nippersink FP and back, Temp: 30°/39°, Time: 1:44:22, Pace: 9:29 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, once I woke up!
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 54°/54°, Time: 31:46, Pace: 10:35 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Wednesday | November 11, 2015: 15 m run
Loc: Around Round Lake, Temp: 47°/55°, Time: 2:26:48, Pace: 9:47 avg, Difficulty: medium/hard, Felt: out of it, annoyed in the wind – but too warm without it
Thursday | November 12, 2015: rest
Friday | November 13, 2015: teaching strength class + Full Moon 5K (incl. .6 m WU)
Strength: One Dumbbell and Bodyweight Stations, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Zion, Temp: 39°, Time: 21:49, Pace: 7:03, Difficulty: medium/hard, Felt: like I was working hard, but good

Saturday | November 14, 2015: 20 m run
Loc: Around Town, Temp: 26°/47°, Time: 3:30:13, Pace: 10:31 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: sore/tired from Friday, as expected
Sunday | November 15, 2015: 10 m ride + 10 mins strength + 3.3 m run
Indoor Ride Time: 46:02, Pace: 13.0 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 53°/57°, Time: 28:39, Pace: 8:39 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: good, side stitch, too warm


  • I really should have written that the highlight of the week was getting a sports massage on Wednesday, because the massage felt AMAZING. I got it in preparation for a 5K PR attempt, and have another one scheduled for next month, the week of the Dallas Marathon (if I decide to run it – I will probably get the massage either way, ha!).
  • This was a peak week in marathon training and my legs were a bit trashed for my two long runs. They didn’t hurt, I just didn’t have any pep in my step. Next week is a cutback week – phew!
  • On Saturday, I hit my goal of running 2000 miles for a year! It’s nuts! When I thought of this goal at the end of December last year, and that I’d have to average 40 mile weeks, it seemed like a lot, but actually… it really hasn’t been! I wonder how many miles I’ll end with for the year!

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Frost & Fog

By , November 10, 2015 8:03 am

I had a bit of an eventful run this morning! As I was leaving one park to run to another, I saw a tire rolling down a hill toward me. Confused, I looked up and saw a truck skidding off the road, and, yeah – it was missing a front wheel and tire. Yikes! Luckily, the driver was okay. Not so sure about the truck…


Then on the way back through that park, toward home, I saw a coyote! I think it’s the first I’ve seen while running, this season.

Luckily, the rest of the run was uneventful – I was just ohhing and ahhing over the pretty frost and fog (and water and sun) and wondering when the hell I was gonna wake up (3 miles in).

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Training Week 316

By , November 8, 2015 6:44 pm

Highlight of the Week: A naturally fast finish long run!


Monday | November 2, 2015: 7 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: Round Lake loop, Temp: 71°/69°, Time: 1:00:49, Pace: 8:41 avg, Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: good
Strength: One Dumbbell and Lebert Bodyweight Stations, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | November 3, 2015: 10 m run
Loc: MT to Nippersink FP, Temp: 46°/45°, Time: 1:36:46, Pace: 9:40 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: good, but tired and hungry
Wednesday | November 4, 2015: rest
Thursday | November 5, 2015: 10 mins kettlebells + 5 m run
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 70°/68°, Time: 43:06, Pace: 8:37 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: pissed about the wind and heat
Friday | November 6, 2015: teaching strength class + 5 m run (incl. 4×800) + 14 m ride
Strength: One Dumbbell and Bodyweight stations, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but not super awake
Loc: hood, Temp: 46°/49°, Time: 43:41, Pace: 8:44, Difficulty: medium, Felt: decent
Indoor Ride Time: 1:01:26, Pace: 13.7 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Saturday | November 7, 2015: teaching fitness boxing + 7 m run
Strength: body weight and boxing , Difficulty: easy (mostly observing), Felt: great
Loc: Around Grayslake, Temp: 44°/48°, Time: 1:04:25, Pace: 9:12 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, unlike me to say this, but the sun felt good

Sunday | November 8, 2015: 17 m run (first 4 virtual w/Kelly)
Loc: Around Round Lake, Temp: 31°/48°, Time: 2:45:37, Pace: 9:44 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: fantastic


  • My week started with the discovery of a black toenail on my left Morton’s toe! Luckily, it only held me back from doing mountain climbers Monday night, and by the end of the (work)week, it didn’t hurt anymore. Although it still looks hella bad!
  • My previous yearly personal distance record for running was 1915.1 miles, set in 2013. I passed that distance on my Thursday run this week and ended the week with 1945.7! My goal for the year is (was?) 2000 miles, so it seems like I am going to make it! I worry if I talk about it too much though, I will jinx it, ha ha.
  • Did everyone else have an off week from Daylight Saving Time ending? Gah, I felt so tired every night. And it didn’t help that we started off our week going to bed late Sunday because we were up watching the Royals win the World Series! Hopefully I finish adjusting to the time change this week!
  • I’ve been trying to switch things up in my strength classes to keep it fresh for my students, and really… fresh for me. It’s so much fun to research different ideas I have for strength moves, and see what the current industry trends and studies are!

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Training Week 315

By , November 1, 2015 8:20 pm

Highlight of the Week: A super fun Halloween strength class, and a run with my dad (while he biked)!


Monday | October 26, 2015: 8 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: MT to Nippersink FP, Temp: 56°/53°, Time: 1:12:16, Pace: 9:02 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Strength: One Dumbbell & Lebert Body Weight Stations, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | October 27, 2015: 6 m run (incl. 8×400)
Loc: hood, Temp: 54°/54°, Time: 53:09, Pace: 8:51 avg, Difficulty: medium/hard, Felt: okay!
Wednesday | October 28, 2015: rest
Thursday | October 29, 2015: 10 m ride + 11 m run
Indoor Ride: Time: 41:54, Pace: 14.3 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 46°/46°, Time: 1:40:10, Pace: 9:06 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Friday | October 30, 2015: teaching strength class + 20.5 m run
Strength: One Dumbbell and Halloween themed stations, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Loc: Grayslake & Lindenhurst Loop, Temp: 37°/48°, Time: 3:33:30, Pace: 10:25, Difficulty: medium/hard, Felt: decent, but tired glutes

Saturday | October 31, 2015: 5 m run
Loc: Cedar Prairie Trail, Temp: 46°/46°, Time: 46:56, Pace: 9:23 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: pretty good! odd side ache
Sunday | November 1, 2015: 10.5 m run (w/Dad on bike)
Loc: Around CF, Temp: 40°/52°, Time: 1:39:01, Pace: 9:26 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great!


  • I actually did some half chin-ups this week! Crazy! I had a station set up in the studio with a step under the pull-up bar, so people could get a jumping assist, and when I jumped up, I was able to stay up and lower myself up and down several inches, several times. I was able to do it at home too. Schweet.
  • I always thought I preferred 400s for speedwork because they are over so quickly. But after running mile repeats last week, then doing 400s this week, the 400s surprisingly felt a lot harder. I think it’s because you have to accelerate so much faster in a 400, than a mile repeat – I must not have as many fast twitch (as slow twitch) muscle fibers. Good thing I’m a long distance runner, and not a sprinter!
  • One of my runs this week had a low enough wind chill to warrant covering my ears with an ear band, and it was so nice to have the ear band block out a ton of the wind noise! I forgot how nice that is! I may have to wear one on the really windy days, even when I am not concerned about my ears getting too cold.
  • I did NOT set myself up for successful long run on Friday, and boy, did I feel it! I’ll be more purposeful in my prep next week (meaning, no tempo middle distance run 14 hours before, eating enough for dinner the night before, getting more than 5 hours sleep, and not running right after teaching class).
  • October recap time! In October I ran 252.2 miles (a new monthly personal distance record!) and cycled 46.1 miles (lowest mileage month of the year – ha!). I taught 10 strength classes. I really enjoyed teaching this month, especially the fitness boxing class! I’ve scheduled two more fitness boxing classes for the year (one in November and one in December) and am teaching an indoor cycling class in December. It’s crazy to be talking about the final two months of the year! And something I thought was odd about October – I wore a tank for most of my runs! I wore arm sleeves a few times, and a t-shirt a handful of times, but mostly tanks. And still shorts, no capris yet!

Link to Training Week 314

Training Week 314

By , October 25, 2015 12:01 pm

Highlight of the Week: A surprisingly successful speed session.


Monday | October 19, 2015: teaching strength class
Strength: plates & cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | October 20, 2015: 9 m run
Loc: hood + Millennium Trail, Temp: 60°/57°, Time: 1:24:58, Pace: 9:26 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Wednesday | October 21, 2015: 10 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 55°/55°, Time: 1:36:14, Pace: 9:37 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but bored at first and too warm
Thursday | October 22, 2015: 20 mins strength + 6 m run (incl. 3×1) + 4 m recovery ride
Loc: hood, Temp: 57°/56°, Time: 50:44, Pace: 8:27 avg, Difficulty: easy then HARD, Felt: good
Indoor Ride: Time: 20:54, Pace: 11.5 mph, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good to spin the legs

Friday | October 23, 2015: teaching strength class + 8 m run
Strength: plates & cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 52°/54°, Time: 1:17:57, Pace: 9:44, Difficulty: medium, Felt: half asleep / held back by the wind

Saturday | October 24, 2015: 10 m ride + 4 m run
Indoor Ride: Time: 45:02, Pace: 13.3 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 65°/65°, Time: 36:32, Pace: 9:08 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but too warm

Sunday | October 25, 2015: 19 m run
Loc: Around town, Temp: 40°/50°, Time: 3:14:12, Pace: 10:13 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good


  • Buah ha ha, I totally wimped out on running on Monday. I had the time to run, but we had 24 mph winds with 34 mph gusts. It was warm out, so the wind wouldn’t have felt awful, but I am just so over HEARING it whistle in my ears. Gah, doesn’t this seem WAY too early in the year for me to be complaining about wind? Typically, it doesn’t bug me until mid winter and spring. WTF is my dealio?! At least running in it so much lately has made less windy days feel like a dream. Zzzzzzz, blah blah blah, weather.
  • I decided to do 3 mile repeats for my speed workout this week. Mile repeats are the most intimidating speed workout to me (then ladders, ugh), so I was just hoping I could average 8:00 minute miles. I was surprised when I hit the first split in 7:18! And the second in 7:20! And especially the third in 6:52 (yeah, that was hard). Thinking about it now, that probably is where I should be if I am trying to beat my 22:38 PR. I would need to average 7:16s in a race to beat that PR by 3 seconds. And yeah, it would be nice to PR by more than that! Eh, we’ll see if it happens.
  • I used a gift card leftover from Christmas (oops!) to get a massage on Friday. Ahh, heaven. I have massages scheduled for pre-race week in November and December too. Even if I don’t do those races, I am still getting the massages!

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Random Thoughts Thursday 78

By , October 22, 2015 6:18 am
  • I can’t believe how much (Royals) baseball we’ve been watching. I find it enjoyable until it gets too stressful. Then I just feel anxious and want it to be over. Ha. I don’t know how regular sports fans do it! I am not talking it down, by any means, but it just seems so anxiety-inducing to be invested in a team full time. But, not everyone is anxiety ridden and can probably just watch the game for the fun of it… right?


  • Did anyone else read this article (pdf here) about the airport in Japan that installed a “track” for wayfinding purposes, and feel disappointed it wasn’t for running on? Ha – I totally thought that was what the article was going to be about when I clicked on the heading to read it!
  • Gah, I realized I have four partially finished knitting projects going on – a scarf I started last winter and almost finished, a dishcloth (I’ve been using up all the extra cotton yarn and have made quite a few), a cowl for Steven, and a hat I started for my mom (photo below). I need to finish those up! I also ordered yarn to make this for Steven’s dad, and bought yarn to make Steven a tie!


  • I am just now noticing that the Playtex Sport tampons packages have… what should I call them… motivational messages? Fortunes (ha)? on them. I find this amusing, for some reason. Are they supposed to pep you up when you have your period? Giggle.


  • This Data cuddling Beaver (the stuffed otter) pose is totally set up, but I have to share it because it’s so cute. To me.


  • I just realized that a 5K I am thinking about going for a PR at is on Friday the 13th. Um, that’s a sign of good luck, right?
  • Steven and I have taken a ton of stuff to Goodwill and a lot of other stuff to a storage unit, and our house feels so uncluttered and tidy. I love it.

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By , October 21, 2015 12:28 pm

It’s not $20, but it’s the lowest I’ve ever paid! YAY!


And… that’s enough shoes for awhile. Unless my speedwork shoes go on sale… or my trail ones…

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