16 Getting to Know Me Things

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My babies are turning 7 today!

That meant I spent the majority of Tuesday running around like a chicken with my head cut off putting together things for their birthday.

Speaking of babies…look at how young Ron and I look.  Kids really do age you!

Not only is it the kids’ birthday, it’s also the last day of school.  I know.  It’s a BIG day in our house.

Since my mind is on a million different things right now and I’m not one of those uber prepared bloggers that has a million drafts of post ideas, I’m throwing it back to some Old School Blogging.

Remember when these little surveys were all the rage a few years ago in bloggy land? I loved ’em then and I love ’em now!

I saved this survey for a time when I wanted to share something fun and light.

Today’s that day!

16 Getting to Know Me Things

1. What brings you the greatest joy?

Sunrises. Sunsets. Running. My kids laughing (and getting along). Ron’s stupid jokes. Fresh air. The sound of the wind through the trees on a summer evening before it’s going to storm.  I just love that sound.

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2. What is on your nightstand?

Believe I Am Training Journal, my iPhone, water bottle and hand lotion are the last things I touch before I go to bed.

3. Do you have a secret talent?

At one time I could twirl the baton pretty well.  Haven’t tried in awhile.  I’d probably smack myself in the forehead with it now.

4. What is your greatest indulgence?

I don’t think it’s an indulgence but some people do – monthly deep tissue massages.  I think it’s money I’m saving on physical therapy.

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5. What should everyone try at least once in their life?

To do 108 sun salutations on the winter or summer solstice.  That’s what I’m doing today!

6. What makes you laugh?

It’s more like what DOESN’T make me laugh.

7. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m shy.  I’m a homebody. I don’t like to talk about myself.

8. What is on your bucket list?

Here’s just a few: Find my long lost relatives in Italy, skydive (at least once even though the thought of it scares the pants off me), get a BQ and run Boston once, and travel to as many places as I can.

9. What is on your feet right now?

Nothing.  Bare foot life is my kind of life.

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10. How did you make your first dollar?

My first legit job was in a flower shop.  I watered the fresh flowers at the cemetery and cleaned the shop.  It was a super chill job yet the florists were the most stressed out people I’ve ever met.  Who knew working with flowers was stressful?

11. What superstition do you believe in?

I knock on wood.  Black cats and crows are bad luck.

12. What items in your closet do you wear the most?

Running gear (duh), jeans, and currently, all my prAna dresses.  I live in them all summer long.

13. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

The gift of life. My children.  And my first Garmin.  It was a 405. :)

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14. What is on your liquor shelf?

If you mean liquor shelf as in my kitchen cabinet, nothing.  If you mean liquor shelf as in my refrigerator, beer, hard seltzer (did you know Zima is back?!?!) and a bottle of champagne.

15. What is on your kitchen counter?

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (that thing is a beast), a new batch of Kombucha brewing

16. What would you never leave home without?

I would say my wallet but I made the mistake of NOT having it with me once when I really, really needed it. Second up, iPhone.  It’s got my calendar, phone numbers and I can use it to pay for things. Isn’t it crazy how much we rely on our phones now?

Your turn!  Answer one of these questions:

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

What should everyone try at least once in their life?

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Last Week’s Workouts

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After months of being deprived of sunrise runs, I got my true summer running fix last week.  The humidity was high and it felt like gills would have been a better option rather than lungs.  I loved it!

Let’s jump right into last week’s workouts.


30 minutes Arc Trainer

15 minutes Stepmill

Bench press 3 x 10

DB incline flies 3 x 10

TRX Atomic Push Up 2 x 12

Skull crush 3 x 10

TRX Split Squats 2 x 12

Single leg deadlift with 25 lb DB’s 2 x 20

Plank variations, 5 minutes

Egoscue exercises

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Another increase in run/walk intervals! Run time jumped up to 12 minutes x 2, 10 minutes x 1, with 2 minute walk intervals in between.  I’m following a plan I got from my PT but modifying it a little.  I still have some soreness in the fracture area that occurs afterwards.  It kind of freaks me out but my ortho and PT aren’t concerned because it doesn’t hurt while I run.

I had a sick kid at home with me so I had to skip yoga class.

Egoscue exercises


15 minutes Stepmill

30 minutes upright bike

This was the day that I smacked myself in the forehead with a 25 lb. plate at the gym.  You may be wondering how can you do such a thing?  Apparently I have zero depth perception as I was doing a squat to shoulder press with the plate.  I guess my face was a lot closer than I anticipated?  Thankfully, I did not knock myself out.  But I could not stop laughing the remainder of my time at the gym.  Only me!

This was also the day that I spotted one of my Cardiac Rehab patients from 9 years ago at the gym doing the exact cool down/stretching exercises we taught him in class.  It made my day!

Smith press squats 3 x 10

Single leg calf raises 3 x 20

Squat to shoulder press 3 x 10

Band assisted pull ups 3 x 10

TRX Single Arm Row 3 x 10

Rope pull 3 x 45 seconds

5 minutes plan variations

Egoscue exercises in the evening

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I stuck with the same run/walk intervals I did on Tuesday even though my plan called for an increase.  Like I said, I’m being ultra conservative. The run felt great!

Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi

I had my last session with PT Dan.  He said I just need to keep following the plan that I’m doing.  He asked me different scenarios about what would I do if I started to feel pain again on my fibula in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, etc.  My first honest answer with each one?  Freak out.  But after that, the best thing to do is rest it to see if it goes away.  And then freak out…kidding.  Sort of.

Egoscue exercises

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Rest day!


I decided to sleep in rather than get a workout in before the morning kid events (last baseball game of the spring season + gymnastics) took place.  After that was all done, I still had some errands to run.  By the time I got home, I was tired.  I really didn’t feel like working out so instead I took Cooper for a 30 minute walk while the kids’ rode their scooters. Some days you just lay low and call it good.


I woke up to gray skies, a light mist and high humidity.  I usually hate running in the rain but a light mist is nice.  I made another increase in run intervals: run 15×2, with 2 minute walk in between.  It felt awesome.

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Next week brings my first run of 30 minutes straight running.  I’m excited!

Linking up with Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done at the gym?


High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram and Instagram stories.  Follow along for the fun!

Catch me if you can kid! It’s not summer running until I take a runfie in front of this mural.

Find Your Strong.  Lately I’ve been finding mine in the gym.  I’m lifting heavier than I have in years and am loving every minute of it.


Isn’t this baby kangaroo adorable?  She made an appearance at my kids’ school for a family fun night.  Is it bad that all I could think about was the video of the guy boxing the kangaroo after it went after his dog?

The first beach day of the season and some much needed Vitamin Sea.  And of course, a #stopdropandyoga moment.

5 Good Reads

What You Say to Yourself Matters  I love this post from Carly because it’s so true.  Our thoughts and words have so much impact on our actions.  Even flipping a negative word to a positive can set you up for failure to success.

Want to Sell Me Sportswear? Show Me an Athlete A couple of friends shared this recently and I fully agree.  Don’t slap a Kardashian on an athletic brand.  Give me a true athlete who wears the gear doing athletic endeavours rather than “looking” athletic.

You’re Not Better Than Anyone This is a post from last year but it popped up on my Facebook feed this week.  I think it’s still true whether it’s in outdoor pursuits or the running community.  Why are we so harsh to judge?  Shouldn’t we applaud the person who is making an effort to get outside and enjoy the woods even though they are just beginning or don’t have the “right” gear?  Although I will say I judge those who decide to do a technical hike in flip flops.  That’s just NOT smart at all.

I Had to Gain 15 Pounds to Get My Period Back – and It’s Not as Fun as It Sounds I’m so proud of Tina and all that has come about with her decision to make her health issue public. There are so many women who are in the same situation as her.  Well, not elite runners but those who need to gain weight.  It’s not as easy as it seems.

A Woman’s Place I’ve gushed over my love of articles on Trail Sisters.  But this is the best yet -> “In the home.  In the workplace. On the sidelines.  On the field.  For so long, we women have been told where our place is, and we’re supposed to feel empowered when we’re in it.  But it’s crap. The most empowering thing is when a woman’s place is wherever the fuck she wants.” Amen sister.

What would you like to High 5 today?