Virtual coffee date: things we do to run aka self torture

Let’s do the Friday dance together, shall we! Does anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? We have a vacay planned, I’ll fill you in on the deets later. Until then, let’s have a virtual coffee date because in true SCB style, I have a bazillion things running through my head.

  • Speaking of that, does anyone else struggle to go to sleep because you just can’t make your mind stop thinking about stuff? If so, I’m all ears for your best advise.
  • I got another cortisone injection for the mortons neuroma punk yesterday morning. The last one lasted about a month, so I requested a little dosage increase this time. Let’s hope it lasts longer {or just completely disappears-now that’d be nice} this time.

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  • I have the best doctor in the world. He is so calm and for someone who is high strung, this is perfect. Plus he used a tiny Botox needle, and it took a little longer this time. {The longer it takes, the more it hurts.} I just sat there so quiet trying to think of coffee, the beach basically anything BUT the pain. He looked up to see if I was okay. Ha! Sheesh the things we do to be able to run. #worthit
  • As I type this I overheard Mike ask Google how to get rid of kidney stones. He has been in pain for 3 days now and apparently he has self diagnosed. I mean we have a fantastic doctor who happens to be our close friend, but noooooo. Dr. Google FTW.
  • I traded my beloved Starbucks Double Shot that I have been ordered nearly every day since 2008 for a grande iced coffee in a venti cup with extra ice. Sometimes I worry about me.

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  • And now the boy just took an apple cider vinegar, EVOO + lemon juice shot. Then chased it with water. #stufficantmakeup
  • I picked up a little decoration for our vacay. Not fancy pants because running gear/races > anythingelse

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  • This is soooo my life. Anyone else?

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Your turn! If we were having coffee what would you tell me?

Have you dealt with mortons neuroma? If so, what did you do and how did it go away?

What is your biggest, worst, most horrible, just thinking about it gives you anxiety fear ever?

Anything that has to do with puking will send me into an anxiety/full on panic attack. #anotherreasonicanthavekids


Sophistication is just a dream

Mike and I are not pretentious. At all.

We are also not very traditional. Basically we do what we want.

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One morning Mike enthusiastically told me about an idea he had to build a reclaimed wood wall. I have been dreaming of a Starbucks style home for years, so of course I was down. Then he threw out the idea of hanging artwork of our favorite movies.

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Movies we quote to each other all.the.time. For example: M – I have a meeting at work today. J – You have a meeting with the Bobs? M – Yeah, I hope they don’t ask for my TPS reports.

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After we got the wall put together and the artwork framed, we were hesitant to cover up the wall that has so much character. Then one day I came home from work to see Mike hung the the Bob’s over the fireplace. I loved it, but the OCD in me did not like that is wasn’t completely centered.

Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast.

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Just so the world knows, Mike won an argument. Don’t ever let that boy tell you otherwise. Winking smile

It was funny, taking these prints to get framed. All the people are getting nice pictures of their dead great grandfather or newspaper clippings of an obituary done, then there was us, with these. 

I am loving how our Starbucks home is coming together with a touch of us.

Artwork by Madison Gregory.

What are your favorite movie quotes?

How is your home decorated?

If you could redecorate it, what would you do?


Some of my favorite things

Happy Wednesday!! This week is flying by, anyone else feel this way too?


I want to share some of my favorite things with you, but first and the most importantly I love this quote.

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I do my best to focus on life, relationships and be thankful for the simple things. After all, I ain’t never seen a hearse with a luggage rack. <-If you can name that song, we should be real life friends.

Y’all are probably sick of hearing me blab on about how much I love Monterey, but I really do. We are going on vacation soon and as much as I’m excited to check out something new, I am a little sad to leave. Yup, the I like my bubble, don’t mess it up alert right here.

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I love asking Siri random questions just to piss her off. Just wait until Mike makes Galaxy ask her offensive questions.

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Checking out cars I can’t even afford to look at over the last week was pretty darn incredible.

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It’s a 1963 Rolls Royce worth more than I can count, in case you are wondering.

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This little church is so adorable. I sing this song when we drive by it.

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I’ve shared my love for supporting small American businesses like Ellie Rose and Pro Compression. All Ellie Rose jewelry is handmade by the adorable Megan right here in the US. Go check out her Etsy store!

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There is nothing like coming home from a long day at work, pouring a glass of wine and taking it with you in the shower. If you do this, I assure you it is perfectly normal.

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Coffee and running shoes. Need I say more?

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What are your favorite things? Feel free to link to it/them/blog post you did!

What are you thankful for right this second?


So…my yoga pants finally went to yoga

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Oh yes they did!

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I felt exhausted all day yesterday. Like I want to lay in bed, watch Home Alone and sleep all day. Pretty sure the weekend sucked all of the energy out of me, but it was a great one, so no complaints here. It just takes me a day or two to recoup.

I got the laundry done, hit up Target and was on my way to the grocery store, when Heather asked if I’d be interested in going to a yoga class. Still feeling tired and a little bummed about missing my run {the paws were sore from being on them all weekend} I said sure, why not!

The class started just as I walked in, so I quickly put out my mat and joined in. It has been years since my last yoga class and I am definitely out of shape-girlfriend almost did a face plant attempting airplane pose. Go ahead, laugh with me. Winking smile



But I discovered another lesson learned from that injury punk, and it’s to go at my own pace, and practice at my current fitness level. Being self competitive, this has always been rather difficult, but yesterday I let go of pushing myself too much, and focused on how happy I was to be there in that moment.


Even if I had to hang out in downward dog while the rest of the class completed the flow sequence. Is that even what it’s called? Ha.

The fog lingered around Monterey all day, which made for a relaxing yoga class. The windows were wide open, I felt the cool ocean air, listened to the world pass by and seagulls flying around. I thought to myself, this is all I’ve ever wanted. To be present. To give myself a break. To focus on living in the moment.

Going to the yoga class was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time and I owe it all to Heather for the invite-thanks girl!

Any yogi’s out there?

What is the most recent pose you have mastered?

Are you a competitive athlete?

Yes, but mostly with myself. Until around the last half mile-mile of a race then I go into beast mode and try to pass as many people as possible.


A case of the Mondays

Good morning! Bam has a case of the Monday’s, I hope you aren’t feeling the same way.

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I worked Concourse, which was a great time. I can’t even count how many bottles of wine, champagne + beer we poured. Talking with folks from all over the world was quite an experience. Everyone was excited to be there and seemed to be enjoying themselves.

I walked around on my break and snapped a few pictures. Here is my personal favorite, a 1963 Rolls Royce. All original, and perfectly spotless. I could not take my eyes off this beauty.

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It was an honor to work such a fantastic event and would love to do it again next year, but I’m a little happy it’s over and for things to get back to normal. Whatever that is.

After work, our friends came over for dinner. I was a little worried it wasn’t going to work out since I got called into work but it did and was just what I needed to unwind.

We enjoyed a pot roast Mike cooked all day in the crockpot with some beer, wine and cheesecake for dessert. My favorite. In fact, I request cheesecake with fresh berries in lieu of a Birthday cake. #dowhatmakesyouhappy

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We wrapped up the evening chilling on the couch while watching The Whole 9 Yards – freaking love that movie!

I’m off today, so it’ll be a day of playing catch up on the house, grocery shopping and hopefully a run with my little buddy if my paws hold up since I have been on them all weekend.

Fill me in on your weekend.

What kind of dessert do you request on your Birthday?

What are some of your favorite movies?

Along with the Whole 9 Yards, I like the Whole 10 Yards, Office Space, Dumb + Dumber, Home Alone, The Elf, Failure To Launch, The Heat and a bunch of others I can’t think of right now. (mostly Christmas movies)


Happiness is…

Sharing your morning toast with your little buddy.

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Letting him convince you to be twinners and wear Pro Compression socks.

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Bam does not like socks touching his paws, so he prefers sleeves. #pickypicky

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Then taking him on a run/walk with you.

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Looks like I might have a new running buddy on my hands!

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Finding the perfect dress for our vacation for $22.50 at Forever 21 when you are more like Forever 34.

Eating dessert before dinner. Dang, sometimes I make great life decisions.

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Walking into Bath & Body Works, asking if your favorite candles are on sale, only to find out the sale starts the next day. Then the manager honors the sale price ($11 each this weekend) for you a day early. Score!

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Your turn, happiness is_____________________.


How Bam became apart of our family

This post was sponsored by Bayer K9 Advantix II. All opinions are mine.

This guy!!

I am not sure if I ever told you guys how Bam became a member of our family. A couple years ago we lost our Jack Russell, Bo to cancer. I loved the energy & loyalty of the breed and knew I most definitely wanted another JR. So we waited a couple months to find the perfect dog, and one day Mike saw Bam on a Jack Russell rescue website. We drove out to meet him, and before we knew it, dude was in our backseat smiling on the way home with us. Funny how fast that happens, uh?

We go on so many adventures, he needs a North Face jacket. ;) Our buddy brings me so much joy my heart can’t even handle it. Last weekend when we were working on the reclaimed wood wall {say that 3 times fast, ha), Bam went to play with his buddies for the day. When we got home from dropping him off and running errands, our house felt so empty. I never want to come home and feel that again. It was so weird not to see Bam grab the nearest toy, running around the house like a wild man happy to see us. We didn’t miss the butt chewing though. Ha!

It’s funny how Bam is so tiny, yet wherever we go he picks the biggest dog around and becomes best friends with it. He’s like hi my name is Bam, it used to be Jack but you can call me whatever you want. I’m your new friend. Wanna dig for gophers? Wanna go to the dog park? Wanna chase squirrels? Wanna run in the mud? Ooh a butterfly…

That’s how I imagine his brain works.

Bam makes me so incredibly happy, I am always looking for ways to keep him happy and healthy.

And he does the same for me.

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Why I can’t be a food blogger

Car Week, please never end!

Okay that’s a lie. I am really enjoying it, but also convinced it’s the busiest tourist week of the year. My usual less than 10 minute drive to Trader Joe’s is now at least double and I would pay a premium for a parking spot if someone leaving, were to sell theirs.

There are places to escape the madness and chill out. We took our usual post lunch drive to Laguna Seca Raceway where a lot of the transport trailers for the high end cars are being stored.

Fact: My dad owned and drove a sprint car back in the day. Which is probably where I get my love of fast cars from.

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Then Mike spied this.

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This reminds me of The Jetsons.

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This is Mike’s nightmare. That boy despises wicker. 

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Since I’ve been bumming around car shows all week, I finally decided to do something productive, so I went pool running. 30 minutes is my mental limit so I sat down and checked my phone while waiting to dry off a bit. Of course Mike + Heather randomly walked by and question my ‘workout’. Hah!

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On the way home, I saw black smoke coming from Fisherman’s Wharf. Being one who loves to be a looky loo, I stopped by and snapped a couple pics. Turns out the boats are jealous of car week.

All jokes aside, I hope everyone was okay.

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And this is why I can never be a food blogger. I called this dinner because I’m classy like that.

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Any fun plans for the weekend?

Tell me something random about your folks.

Any food bloggers out there? Clearly, I need your help.


Acting like a real runner, car week + farmers market

Wow, I am acting like a real runner these days. I like it.

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I did 2 minute intervals with 1 minute of walking for a total of 30 minutes along the beach path in the new Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2’s.

It was a gorgeous day be outside and cured my headache. Stoked about that!

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Then I came home and slammed some lemon-lime Nuun. I almost forgot how refreshing this stuff is. Oh my gosh I missed it.

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It’s car week, so I headed to Carmel By The Sea to check out the classic cars. I can see it now, Bam and I cruising to the beach for an afternoon of fun with Bams head hanging out the window, ears flapping in the wind, super dog style picking up chicks. Dude has swag you know. Winking smile

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Mike we need an upgrade. Just sayin’

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And now I am totally convinced I was born in the wrong generation.

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There were lots of Porsches, Ferraris and other sporty cars, but not one Rolls Royce which is what I was hoping to see. Bummer.

Then in the evening, I met up with Mike + Heather at the farmers market. It’s been so long since I’ve gone, but something I really enjoy. Traffic was crazy, so next time I’ll ride my bike since they have bike-sitters. How cool!

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It was fun watching M + H make friends with the local farmers, scoring samples which is way better than Costco and coming up with ideas on how to use their fresh produce.

Has anyone ever seen heirloom broccoli? It looks perfect to add to a stir fry.

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My loot.

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I secretly get Mike to eat more fresh produce by washing it and leaving the bowl at eye level well within the man scan range. Then I hide the ice cream under frozen veggies, because lets be real, it’s too much work for hommie to move things around. Clearly I am winning in life. Or not.

What are your current favorite farmers market finds?

Mini squash. I like to slice them, put a little S+P and grill them.

Be honest, do you hide food?


Random thoughts + I signed up for a race!

  • I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately, now going on day 3 with a tension headache (self diagnosis) which has me feeling blah, tired and severely lacking concentration which is why this post is all in bullet points, littered with typos. And longest run on sentences in the history of ever.
  • After I hit publish, I am going for a run to catch some fresh air and hopefully snap out of this funk.


  • I got to talk to my grandma last night which is always so nice. I ‘see’ her every day on Facebook, {yes my 86 year old grandma is on FB!} but nothing beats a phone call to hear about stuff going on back home. Oh and she still has her tomato plants, in case y’all were wondering. Winking smile


  • I’m having an athletic identity crisis. I love pool running, running on land and cycling so much I don’t even know what I am anymore. Runner? Cyclist? How about both! So I did a very logical thing and signed up for the Mermaid Duathlon in Capitola!

The perfect little beach town plus the race ends on the beach just steps away from a free ice bath in the ocean right after crossing the finish line.

Yes, this is part of the run course!


New things for 2014:

  • New bike course: predominantly flat, more roads with bike lanes, one gradual climb that brings participants into the coastal redwoods. I, SCB promise not to get lost this time.
  • Sprint Tri & Du will do one loop, Mighty Mermaid will do two loops.
  • Price increases on September 1st.

Anyone want to race (I am using the r word with a great deal of caution) with me or meet up for coffee after? If so, use coupon code SKINNYCHICK10 for 10% off entry fee and shoot me an email skinnychickblog @ gmail dot com.

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  • It’s Concourse d’Elegance week and I can already tell it is going to be one of my new favorite weeks of the year. Love me some fast cars and freedom. This is my new car for going to Starbucks and Trader Joe’s. I just can’t find the trunk.

What is your next race? What distance is it?

Any tri or du friends out there? Please leave your best training/race day tips.

What’s your favorite week out of the year? Why?