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Weekly Highlights, I Was Never Really a Runner and Upcoming Races

Weekly Highlights, I Was Never Really a Runner and Upcoming Races


Before I get into any deep thoughts, here are a couple highlights of the week.

Rainbows. Love them. One at work on the way to my car.

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One right aw we pulled into home a different day.

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Hairless cats in Angry Bird shirts.

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Yes, both cats got shirts, but only one let me take his picture.

My new thing lately has been blending Silk unsweetened almondmilk with Vega Sport vanilla protein and using that as my milk with cereal as my afternoon snack. It’s delicious.

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Oh and a cut up apple in there with cinnamon is good too. Sometimes I need a good baked Quest bar though with SunButter. Can’t go wrong there.

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Or with a Dough Bar Doughnut.

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They are pricy, but oh so good. We’re budgeting this year though so I’m going to have to make the ones I current;y have in my freezer last a long time. That’s going to be tough.

The best breakfast I had all week was today. It was roasted spaghetti squash with light brie and no sugar blueberry jam and egg whites with Smoked Chicken Apple Chardonnay sausage from Trader Joe’s.

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Random, but delicious.

The best breakfast the boys had all week was this awesome brand new kids cereal from Love Grown Foods.

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We’re so excited about it. Mmmmm hmmm….

And… we’re even more excited about some giveaways coming up involving it, so stay tuned.


We also had a little birthday party over here. I was unaware that Hideaway Pet had a birthday, but we celebrated anyway.

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Okay, so moving on………


I was never a runner. I was a gymnast and a so so soccer player. I was never really a natural athlete, but I worked really hard to just be average. I was timid and didn’t like taking chances and buckled under pressure a lot. I never got the MVP award, but did get the best attitude and most inspirational.

Running this past week was really a struggle. I was super tired with going back to work, not to mention we’re doing a dance unit and I’m NOT a dancer either, but I can do the best I can for my students. I managed a 53 mile week and taught a couple classes at night.

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Having to finish up my holiday movie line up sure helped a bit. You’ve seen The Holiday, right?

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I tried my best to get motivated, but it was just a struggle this week. The rain didn’t help as it just really made me want to stay in bed, but I got what I could done. I try to remind myself about the WHY every morning, but sometimes it’s just really hard to get your head in the game.

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I think I ran my first half marathon back in 2008. I got over 2 hours and my longest training run was about 6 miles. Still though, that was when I started finding my passion.

I was slow and could barely run 3 miles without wanting to be done and thrwn in the towel, but I kept at it. My kneed hurt, my leg hurt, but I kept at it.

I’m not sure when things started changing, but I realized it was my thing and I could do it. It was getting easier and I started signing up for more races. I didn’t care about getting faster, but I did care about finishing.

I distinctly remember running the Carlsbad half marathon before I had kids and seeing all these families and kids cheering on their moms. It was then and there that I told myself that it what I wanted.

I ran through my pregnancy until the doctor pulled the plug on it (around 6 months), but picked it up about 2 weeks after I gave birth.

My very first marathon was when they had just turned a year old, the Carlsbad Marathon in 2011.

Now, after 26 full marathons I’m not sure where exactly I’m headed, but I do know that I love running. It’s my hobby and my fastest days are definitely behind me, but I love it.

I met Smitha and a couple friends yesterday morning for 20 miles. Everything about the run was fabulous. The views, the company, the seal spotting and then the last 8 silent miles by myself.

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I didn’t plan on running silently by myself the past 8 miles, but it just kind of happened. I kept telling myself that I was going to stop and put my music on, but then I kind of like the silence. It gave me more appreciation for everything that was around me.

Try something new and if it’s something you really want, well then, you deserve it. Go for it and believe in yourself and don’t hold back. Chances are it’s going to be tough and take awhile to find your groove, but it’s yours and you deserve it.


I had that little self talk with myself yesterday about a few things so I just thought I’d pass it along. You’re welcome.


And…. in looking ahead for this year.

Next week is the Carlsbad Marathon. I’m scared because that race did me in last year as my hip dysplasia returned, but I’m facing fears and running it as a training run.

We’re having a fun #werunsocial meet up at the Pro Compression booth at the expo on Saturday and then at 83 Degrees. Feel free to come even if you’re not running. Here are the details.

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I also found out this week that I’m a 2016 U.S. Bank OC Marathon ambassador. Woot!

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I ran this race last year for the first time (recap is here) and loved it. You can register for the OC Marathon here.

Also, I got a couple minutes this morning to read my Runner’s World magazine and saw the Surf City Marathon as the first one listed for a fun marathon to run in 2016.

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Oh heck yes. It’s on February 7th, which is Super Bowl Sunday. What a great way to start the day, right? I’ll be there for the first time and can’t wait.

It’s 4 weeks away which is just enough time to register and train a bit. You can use code SCMSTEHLY10 for 10% off the full or half marathon.


That’s it for me. I really should have ended with the whole deep thoughts, but oh well. I’ll end with this little tidbit instead.

I have chillblains and they are horrible. I get them every year because I have low blood circulation and am out in the cold teaching. I wear gloves, but I still get them. They make my fingers huge, blister, itch and are just not fun.

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They actually don’t look too bad here. I’m not sure why I’m showing you this, but I’ve got nothing to hide these days. Ha.

I did just start taking some medicine that will hopefully help because usually when I get them they stick around for a month or so and it’s really not fun.


Have a wonderful week. Go out there and find your passion. Live your passion.

Yes? yes.


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  1. 1

    You are a busy lady! Your boys are adorable as usual. They always make me smile. They remind me a lot of my nephew who’s in first grade.

    I hope your hands feel better soon!

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    Corrina says:

    Appreciate this today…I haven’t been able to truly train and race since 2012 although I’ve never stopped running…but going into 2016 I have some races and goals that I need and want to train for and I’m feeling a little intimidated. Just got to start putting one foot in front of the other, right? I am overthinking it all and realize I just need to start logging miles, just like I did when I first started running.

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    First – you know I LOVE the family pics & kitty pics always!!!!

    I love that you share all your running & everything else… life is not easy for most so I personally appreciate knowing I am not alone! 🙂

    You spoke about your fastest days behind you. Although I am tons older, for me, I have had to accept that certain parts of my lifting days – well, it just is behind me too. Oh yes, I hit it but I am not what I was.. it was hard to accept when the age stuff & hormones really started to change that.

    HUGE HUGS on your hands – OMG!!! Like that Raynard syndrome that people have.. is it worse?

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    Ashley L. says:

    Love, love, love the realness of your blog. Been reading for a few years now. I was supposed to run Carlsbad again this year, but moved and can’t find a way to get back out to CA! So bummed. On a positive note, the kitty pics are always a blast–make my day!

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    Kathy says:

    Wow…I have Raynaud’s Syndrome during the winter months here…I can honestly say it is the one thing in life I HATE. I hate how it completely changes any and all outdoor winter activities for me. I have tried every mitten/glove out there and nothing stops my fingers from turning white and prickly within seconds of being outside (more than walking to and from my car)

    I have never heard of your hand thing but it looks sore. I can only imagine how it really feels. Each day is a day closer to warmer days!!!!

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    Megan Annen says:

    I love reading your blog. You are funny, real, and inspirational (I didn’t know your running history is so recent!). Thanks for blogging.

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    Alicia says:

    Rainbows are awesome. God creates such beautiful things for us. Love the almond milk and protein powder as milk for your cereal. Good idea. Yes, loved that movie (The Holiday) so cute. Love seeing your hairless cat pictures. Ouch, I hope your hand feels better. XO

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