Post long run. I am literally just lying on the floor with my legs up on the wall but apparently this is a yoga pose. Not pictured: post run  popsicle.

Post long run. I am literally just lying on the floor with my legs up on the wall but apparently this is a yoga pose. Not pictured: post run popsicle.

runningrican replied to your post “Last (unofficial) Friday of Summer”

It’s refreshing to see that other runners get nervous about long runs. Right now for me, 13.1 miles is a daunting thought. I even think like that on 6-8 mile runs.

scott-runsultras replied to your post “Last (unofficial) Friday of Summer”

I get nervous about long runs too. 20 is my mental barrier. I’ve done it dozens of times in the last year and I still don’t think I can do it when I start.

happyhealthycook replied to your post “Last (unofficial) Friday of Summer”

I find your confession very comforting. I had butterflies for forever every time I would go out and run more than 10. I thought it was just me. :)

fromthebackofthepack replied to your post “Last (unofficial) Friday of Summer”

Also doing 17 miles! Also terrified!

It’s amazing to see that no matter how races or miles you run, there’s still a little bit of doubt in the back of your mind. That’s probably why runners are awesome: we’re really good at facing our fears, taking them on and then looking back and saying “that wasn’t SO bad.”

Last (unofficial) Friday of Summer

Sorry graphic t-shirt lovers, today is a maxi-dress kind of day mostly because I’m too lazy to shave my legs.

It is SO NICE outside. Which makes sense, since we’ve had pretty awesome weather this summer. Not sure how we got so lucky—maybe this is our apology for the Polar Vortex? I’ll take it!

It’s also Labor Day weekend. Um, what? When did Summer decide to happen and then END? I wasn’t part of the decision making board on this! I haven’t spent enough time outside! And I also have no plans for the weekend. Really, it just kind of snuck up on me. So guess what I’m doing? It’s really exciting…

Painting my basement. PARTY. LIFE.

My basement is such an eyesore and waste of space that I’m actually happy to get down to business and take care of it. Tomorrow will be priming, Sunday will be painting, and then Monday I want to check out floors at Lumber Liquidators. I know y’all are jealous.

In addition to that excitement, tomorrow is Long Run Day: 17 miles. Running has been excellent this week but can I make a confession? Running more than 15 miles scares me. Hell, running more than 10 miles kind of scares me. I’ve done it over and over more times than I can count but every time…I kind of get butterflies. Too many unknowns over that distance. 

Anyways, happy Friday beautiful people. What have you all got going on for the holiday weekend?

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You got: Frozen Strawberry Margarita


Brain/Run Dump

I’m sorry, I am SO BUSY today that I’m just reusing this awesome stalactite selfie I took on Sunday! BAM. That’s right, I was in a cave. It was pretty cool (when I wasn’t living in fear about the lights going out).

Work is killing me the past two weeks. Not bad busy just…BUSY. One of our clients is a local sports league that is going national and all of the cities need t-shirts and swag and it’s just a lot. In addition to the usual requests.

Running has been amaaaaazing this week. I’m giving the weather all the credit: low humidity, cooler temperatures, and sunshine? Yes please.

It all started on Friday, which was actually not really cool or dry but that’s okay because:

5k PR! A fierce fight to that coveted (by me) sub-23 minute run. I came in at 22:22 which got me first place in my age group again and fourth female overall . Did it hurt? Yep. Was it awesome: DUH.

Although, I am in serious trouble when I age out of the 20-29 group. The 30-39ers are pulling in sub-20 numbers! 

I got to hang out with some puppies and cmjhawk86 and his wife again afterwards. Seriously, it’s been so cool getting to know fellow runblrs. The are awesome people to put up with my yapping too!

Of course, I was sacrificing the quality of my Saturday long run when I ran that speedy 5k but luckily, it was a cut back week for me:

While this run hurt quite a bit, it wasn’t actually that bad. Then again, I did nothing remotely productive for the rest of the day so I was probably more tired than I let on.

Sunday, I counted walking through a cave and then to a couple of wineries as cross-training. Clearly, I’m hardcore about marathon training.

(Sidebar: have you guys had a wine slushie? Because…they are amazing. Both wineries served them and I actually bought a mix so I can finally use up the random bottle of rosé I have lying around).

Then on Monday and today were seven miles each. Starting to ramp up that distance! Both were right at marathon pace which I’m happy with. 

Aaand I just got another email from a sports team…. Just approve your shirts, dammit!

P.S. A belated  YAY!!!! for ariavie who nailed an AWESOME BQ on Sunday. 

Spent a bit of time underground today. #shenandoahcavrns

Spent a bit of time underground today. #shenandoahcavrns

Balls to the wall. Not bad for the last #lostdog5k! #PRbitches

Balls to the wall. Not bad for the last #lostdog5k! #PRbitches

I’m always hesitant to wear a tshirt that says anything on it, because of what judgements people might make about the saying.

I am obviously very much pro t-shirts with sayings and graphics on them. This one is just feels kind of…I dunno. Bragging but not really being able to live up to said bragging? 

Graphic T-Shirt Friday: Fast Friday Five

Does this shirt make me look fast? 

Busy day ahead so Friday Five and GO:

This shirt actually makes me feel kind of like an asshole. My mom got it for me a couple of years ago. It’s a really nice tech tee but I almost never wear it running because.. yeah. You know?

Running has been SO solid this week. Another seven in flat flat flat Rehoboth on Wednesday morning and then I was back home for my run on Thursday morning and took it to 5.5 here. Didn’t sync my Garmin yet and I don’t have the cord with me so…no pretty snips of the data. Sorry kids.

Last of the Lost Dog 5ks tonight! It’s probably going to rain, which is a bummer. But we have had amazeballs weather for the last few weeks so I can’t actually complain. It IS August. We’ll see how it goes. I’m tempted to go balls to the wall and just go for a sub-23 but I’m not sure yet.

Speaking of dogs and running: I loved running with my friend’s dog this past week. You guys, I want one. But the time isn’t right for me. The kitchen renovation should be starting in a month or two and then the holidays and travel after that. It just wouldn’t be fair. But maybe in the New Year…crossing my fingers!

I totally overslept this morning. Turned my alarms off and slept for an extra hour. Whatever, I still got to work on time AND a solid eight hours of sleep never hurts!

It’s been a good week: cheers to the weekend! Happy Friday Tumblrinos!

inkstainedmoon said: Does NPR ever offer positions to highschool students?


No. Here’s my advice for you, if you’re in high school: Don’t worry about your job or career at this point. Try as many things as possible. If you want to make radio, make radio. If you want to join a band, join a band. Be curious, be open, don’t be locked in. Take a job to make some money but don’t worry about what it is. I worked in a swim club and read books for a summer. It was fun. 

There’s enough time to think about this stuff later. Life is not a resume; a resume is not a life.