My first (and last) FOOL Marathon!

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On Sunday, July 27, 2014 – yours truly completed her first and last Full Marathon!

In the title I affectionately call it my FOOL Marathon this is because to me it felt very foolish, to pay for this torture. I’m sorta kidding – sorta not kidding. This race was tough and very mental. I would say more mental than physical most of the time. This is just my opinion! I know many people who LOVE them and repeatedly race!

It was grueling, rewarding and I am not sure I understand why we do these types of things as humans…

Before the marathon I had never ran more than a half marathon (13.1 miles) but I had a friend who encouraged me to run – said I would do great. SO of course I signed up!

Leading up to the Full Marathon, a whopping 26.2 miles, I didn’t train at all. I was still exercising but doing more weight training then cardio. In addition to not training like I should have we also had to move the day before the race. Luckily I didn’t injure myself during the move and did not wake up sore the next day.

Morning of the race, I shimmied into my compression pants, laced up my sneakers, said a prayer and headed towards the bus to take MUNI to the start line!

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I met up with my friend (the one who convinced me to run) and one of her friends at the start line. We ran together until about mile 6/7. At this point I fell behind and ran alone or with new stranger/friends. Runners can be so friendly! I ditched my white sweatshirt at about mile 5 and then wished I still had it going over the bridge! Once the sun came out, maybe around 10/10:30 am I began to roast. Usually I LOVE the sun, but in this case I would have preferred the overcast, fogness that can be found in SF on most days! Towards the end I was running slower than I walk but could not seem to make my legs straighten to a walk, so I kept on with my ‘granny run’ as I affectionally call my SLOW walk/jog.

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Here are some AWESOME race shots that were captured by the profesh photogs.

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I have listed my race scores here because I am PROUD. I did way better than I thought I would or could.

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My post race meal at Super Duper. Mini Hamburger, French Fries, Homemade pickles, and a Fresh Strawberry shake! I couldn’t even finish it all!

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Recap: I have no desire to complete a marathon again. However, I can say that I am proud I did it and I will continue running for fun.

A wonderful day EVERYday!

Wake up every morning

It is NOT easy to wake up every morning oozing with positivity and sometimes I find myself spreading a bad mood instead of a smile. Take today for instance, I woke up feeling a-ok despite currently sleeping on a friends couch (in the process of moving), however, a few things rubbed me the wrong way and before I knew it I was a little bubbling pot of sass – which lets be real is not fun for ANYONE involved. All it took was a few friendly strangers and a bagel WITH homemade pickles from Beauty’s Bagels in Oakland and my day was brightened, it was guess what? WONDERFUL.

Everyday something wonderful DOES happen, large and small, amazing and ordinary… sometimes its hard to remember that in the midst of stress and anger.

I love this little mantra and I have a new goal to daily write down my wonderful.

Most of all, when little things are bummin’ me out I need to look for the wonderful – it will be there.

What was the most wonderful thing that happened today?! Has it happened yet?

Life update!

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I HATE that I have been so MIA on the blog lately! LIFE has been crazy.

In a good way, just in a working more hours at work, trying to find a new house to rent, weekends being filled with little trips and all these things have taken time away from TB. I AM going to try to get on track and start sharing all the awesomeness that has been going on recently!

In addition to all the normal stuff I share here – I will also start sharing our revamping process on the new (really old) house we started renting and moved into last weekend!!

*Photo taken on my LAST maybe ever run at Ocean Beach in SF.

Happy Fourth!

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Hey Y’all! I hope you have a wonderful and happy 4th of July!

If anything take time to slooooow down and have fun with friends and family.

Enjoy good food and a shandy or two. Float down a river or hike a trail. Watch fireworks loud and proud.

Enjoy all your freedoms!

I dream of camping…

especially when it involves fun new clothes and a dutch oven!
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I love backpacking and camping out in the wilderness but I also enjoy car camping where you can feast like a king, drink lots of brews and wear the upmost of comfortable clothes cause you don’t have to pack in or out with any of your belongings.
I have been lucky enough to find friends that are also keen to spend weekends in a tent, cooking dinner over a camp fire and this fourth of July weekend we will be car camping in Northern California off of a reservoir and I am SO excited!

There are a few camping ehmm more like glamping items I would L-O-V-E to have but don’t just yet. These aren’t particularly items I need but I want them so much I feel like I need them!

1. Dutch Oven – The quintessential camp cooking item! My parents have one but I think its time to get my own!

2. I really want a visor this year! I haven’t sported one since my early teens, but I think I’m ready to try it again… I am having a hard time deciding between a sporty or fashionable visor. This straw visor from Asos is a cute option!

3. I love Wildfox – their items are so wonderfully worn in but they have a steep price tag! If this I heart camping sweatshirt ever goes on sale… I want it bad!

4. This Poler Napsack looks wonderfully warm and cozy! Can’t you imagine sittin’ by the campfire with a s’more in this baby!?

5. Crocs and Camo this is probably against some fashion rule, but I couldn’t care less! Anything in camouflage is pretty much right up my alley and while crocs may look terrible they really are one of the most comfortable shoes on the planet. Whats better than sliding on some comfortable shoes after a day of hiking.

6. Overalls – I have a strong desire to try this trend again! I had several pairs of overalls when I was a youngin’ and now I want to revamp my closet with a few pairs of overalls. This short pair would be perfect for summer camping!

7. Poncho – A soft, warm comfortable poncho is perfect for camping! I would need to make sure that any poncho I own would be machine washable – especially if I am taking it around fire!

While I don’t think I will get them in time for this trip, they are items to drool over until they go on sale/my birthday/christmas!!

Are there any items that you want this summer but don’t particularly need? Let me know!

Work hard, play hard

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There are a lot of old adages, like work hard, play hard or if you love what you do you won’t work a day..etc. I have always worked hard and I have always taken extreme satisfaction from the feeling I get when I accomplish a task that I have worked hard to achieve and often times before one challenge is accomplished I am thinking about what I can do next.

I think work is important and whatever your work is do it with all you have and I think while you work you will accomplish great things and learn a lot along the way.

This Maya Angelou quote resounded with me when I read it and I hope it makes you think and take a look into what you are doing and moving towards.

I Admire Dolly

Last night I watched an interview with Dolly Parton and I became enamored.

I love Dolly’s voice and have long enjoyed belting out some of her hits! However, it wasn’t until I watched this interview that I felt a lot of respect for her.  I was amazed at her honesty and how genuine she came across. One might think, as I did, that she was as fake as her exterior but that really could not be further from the truth.

She is a smart lady who is very perceptive and cunning, she knew what she wanted and she has gone after it.

Below you will find a portion of the interview and I hope that you enjoy getting to know more about Dolly Parton just as much as I have. She is one rad woman and someone to be admired!