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Runs of the Weekend, New Shoes and Three Things

Runs of the Weekend, New Shoes and Three Things


Well, Beavis. Dealing with some high maintenance things over here at the moment.

The computer, DropBox (is anyone else who uses it having issues by the way?), some new shoes, a treadmill that needed to be calibrated again, some loud chickens outside, a grumpy Kitty, the list just goes on and on…….


So, let’s see. The race yesterday. You know, the one that I won.

It was a pretty good plan if I do say so myself. A long run to the beach, some cute guys to pick me up there and then some really great eats.


I have the Carlsbad Marathon next Sunday, so the whole dirty thirty thing was just not happening this weekend.

I settled on 20.5 to the beach.


I never really pay attention to my pace on long runs. Ever since this run with Coach Jason though, I’ve been trying to not lollygag too much during my run. I used to be the queen of that.

According to this pace calculator I ran an average of 8:28. Not totally sure how I pulled that off since the route was a little hilly. I must have really been wanting to beat the men there and looking forward to pizza. Ha.


Getting first place felt really darn great.

So did seeing this on my GPS.


500 hundred miles. That’s pretty darn cool, especially since I don’t wear this little gadget all the time and most of my running is on the treadmill.


Yesterday was beautiful.


I’m so sorry for those of you in cold, yucky weather.

We played in the sand and found seashells just for you.


Then we grubbed on some serious pizza.


We got home with just enough time to charge my phone a bit and try to look presentable for a little family wine tasting event.


Walked out of there with one of the most expensive bottles of wine we’ve ever bought.


Seriously, we better save it for a darn special occasion. Ha ha.

A huge thank you to our brother-in-law and sister-in-law for taking us out and providing babysitters. We’re so lucky.



The other day I received a pair of new Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 shoes.


The Inspires are my favorite long distance training shoe. The only ones I wear for my long runs actually. I love them. I wrote up a little review on the new 10s here.

Digging the dark slate color and even more colors come out this month.


I prefer darker shoes so you can’t tell when they’re dirty. Ha ha.


I’ve been trying to do two longer runs back to back for a little upcoming event, so today I did an easy 7 miles outside in my other Inspires.


Then followed that with 5 miles on the treadmill in my new Inspires.


Oh yeah, so these new shoes were a little high maintenance. They made me take them for a little iFit run on the Boston Marathon course.

And insisted on a little photo session with the treadmill.


I tried to make them happy.


The runs were tough today. I had to do the whole calibration thing again afterwards because it felt like I was running uphill A LOT. Ugh.


My last couple of runs have been fueled by a baked purple sweet potato with cinnamon and coconut oil with egg whites.


I had a totally random thought today. I wonder if eating purple sweet potatoes can stain your teeth like drinking wine and soda can. Does anyone know?


I also went back to a roasted kabocha boat today complete with unsweetened dark chocolate sauce, coconut butter, STUFT chia pod and peanut free NuttZo.


Mmmmm hmmm…


Three things before I go:

Thing 1-

Random deep thought today.

I swear self doubt is a stinker. Really. It just chaps my hide. We can keep kicking it to the curb, but it always find a way back, doesn’t it?

It must just make us stronger to have to keep overcoming it.

I have some events coming up that are freaking me out a bit. They have me wondering if I can really do them. But, that’s what we’re supposed to do right? Do things that scare us? That’s where we find out more about ourselves and just how strong we are, right?

Obviously big dreams mean big commitments and sacrifices (and slip ups along the way), but heck yes, if we believe we can do it, we can. It’s never too late to get back up and try again.


Thing 2-

I really need to find a preschool age responsibility chart for the boys. Anyone know of any good ones or have any suggestions?


Thing 3-

For those of you who only visit the blog to see the boys, this is how they like to say goodbye to me.

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Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and your weekend!


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  1. 1
    Rene' says:

    uhhhh….self doubt plagues me daily in my running. I just over think everything to the point that mentally I fall apart. I have things that I want to do, but I just don’t always know how to accomplish them. I just need to keep believing and so do you.
    Oh and those boys of yours are “totes adorbs!” (13 year old daughter speak.) You are a lucky Mama. I miss those days. Happy Saturday.

  2. 2

    I’m with you on the dark shoes. At least you can’t see the dirt as well on them. I like your blue ones!

  3. 3
    Kathy says:

    Those boys are hilarious. And you two look cute all ready for your wine tasting evening of fun!

  4. 4
    Kim says:

    Love the new shoes!!! I can’t wait to see what all you have coming up with your running – you have been logging some serious miles!

  5. 5

    You were full of weekend runs. Great job! Your boys are just too cute. I can’t get enough of their funny faces. Such personalities!

  6. 6
    Lindsey Hein says:

    I agree- if we aren’t doing things that scare us or give us a little bit of doubt, we probably aren’t being adventurous enough! Can I just say I’m jealous of that warm weather.

  7. 7

    I love dark colored shoes for the same reason too. I have heard great things about the Inspires. My long run go to are the Creation because they have more cushioning than most.

  8. 8
    Laura says:

    Yes….I am loving the slate color. It’s not a color I would have usually gone for, but am glad I did. Can’t wait to see what this big running event coming up is….you have certainly been logging some impressive long runs! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  9. 9
    Heather says:

    I agree; living in California and especially the coast is awesome and we are lucky. Feel the fear and do it anyway is a great book and motto! You’ve got this; much success in all your races. Don’t let self doubt allow you to stumble. Btw, I’m a Mizuno convert now!

  10. 10
    Beth says:

    when you make your chia pod, do you use the whole chia seed or the ground? I would love to live in San Diego, but I am assuming the rentals and housing are expensive. For most of California, in face. 🙁

  11. 11
    Hayley says:

    I love thing 1!! I am doing a lot of self doubt right now…but your right we are supposed to do things that challenged us and scare us!! And thing 3 is sooo cute!! =]

  12. 12
    Amy says:

    I’m getting excited for Carlsbad next weekend – and being back in CA after a cold few weeks. Not sure of my race plan but had a couple good long runs this weekend so I’m feeling less un-confident. 🙂

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