Virtual coffee date: inappropriate stuff

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Good morning!!  I hope you’re having a great week.  I’m enjoying my time off because the busy season at work is coming up.  

If we were having coffee, these are some of the things I’d tell you about. 

  • I’m actually meeting some IG friends for coffee today and I am very excited about it!! 
  • Mike asked to see a picture he took on my phone and then complimented me for only having 424 pictures on it.  Apparently having less than 4 digits worth of pictures is quite an accomplishment.  Who knew?
  • Random conversations with my BFF are seriously the best ones ever.  My life would be so boring without her, Mike + Bam.

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  • Which explains last nights IG post caption.
  • But seriously, why do foam rollers hurt so dang good?  This new one I’m trying out is adjustable for even more discomfort er I mean therapeutic massage.

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  • New running socks make me way too happy.  This must be a sign I am getting old and I don’t care.

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  • I saw a guy dressed in camo listening to his boom box while looking for underwear at Target yesterday.  An employee politely asked him to turn it off which he did…until she walked away.  I am not making this up, it’s real life yo.

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  • Aimlessly wandering the world with coffee in hand is totally normal, right?

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  • I took the How Pretentious are you test and got a 12.  I smell wine before I drink it, don’t care for cats, prefer drip coffee, spent more than $10 on a pair of socks and a couple others I can’t remember. 

Please take the test and tell me which ones you checked + your score so I don’t feel like a loaner. Smile

What would you tell me over coffee?


The $7 pill + going gluten free

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I mentioned I was a little nervous about my recent blood test results.  I’ve had them over a week mulling them over.  Okay well, there’s not too much to go over, my doc wrote A+ at the top, threw them at me with a smile and said get outta here.  After of course going over them with me.

Darn near everything is in the green or “optimal” range, with the exception of the gut which we already knew.  I knew it was bad, but I didn’t realize how bad until I saw the results.  They are all in the red or “hyper” range with the liver being the only green.  Great job liver, you’re a fighter yo! 

Now that we know what’s really going on, we are at the ‘throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks’ stage.  IBS is a complex condition with no real cure, but I really believe it’s treatable. 

I’m choosing to work with my primary care doc after being told the prescription I’m on is the my “only option” by 2 different GI Specialist’s.  Which by the way is a $7 pill. One freaking pill, every day.  File that under #stufficantmakeup 

I really don’t like it when people give up on me.  Maybe it’s true from a medicine standpoint, but I feel like there are other options, I just need the right tools and person to help me help myself.

So our first trial is going gluten free for a few weeks.  I have no idea what gluten is, but I like it.  

Surprisingly it hasn’t been as tough as I thought it would be.  Awhile back I went dairy free to see if that would help and that was a lot more difficult.  A big part of me was happy to find out it didn’t make a difference.  I mean, hello fluffy, crunchy, cheesy PIZZA!

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For the last week or so it’s been my mission to navigate the grocery store and restaurants.  I didn’t realize how many things are clearly labeled “Gluten Free” until I actually started looking.

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Yes, when Mike isn’t around to be my personal chef, I eat like a kid.  #iam4

Let’s be real, I thought this stuff was going to taste like flavored cardboard or butt cheese, but so far I’m a fan.  I’m digging Rudi’s cinnamon raisin bread.  The texture is a tiny bit more grainy but I’d be fine eating it GF or not.

And I already raved about California Pizza Kitchens GF pizza.  Yah, I am so going back for more.

I noticed I’ve cut back on processed foods and fill those voids with real food like Cobb salads.  And thankfully potatoes are GF, or I am sure I would die.

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The only thing I’m not a fan of are these brown rice tortillas.  They really do taste like cardboard-texture and all.

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The GF pasta isle at Whole Foods was so overwhelming I called for help via social media

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Thanks to you guys, I picked up a package of Tinkyada for my first go round.  I shall report back. 

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Mike has also been incredible about this whole thing.  He grilled tri-tip, made rice pilaf + steamed spinach with a squeeze of fresh lemon. 

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I haven’t been super strict with products that are wheat free, but are made in factories where cross contamination could occur.  For now I’m just happy to start exploring a whole new food world.

It’s been over a week and so far I don’t feel any different, though I’ve heard it takes a month + to start noticing a difference.

Any other GF friends out there?

How long did it take for you to notice positive changes?

Please share your favorite GF items/meals.


Way to take back the finish line!!

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Congrats MEB!!!!!!!!!


I am so stoked for Meb, the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 with a time of 2:08.  He wrote all 3 names of the Boston bombing victims on the corners of his race bib and ran with them in mind. 

“Today was not just about me. This was Boston Strong. I did it for the people. God gave me the energy to persevere and win it. I’m blessed to be an American and this is beautiful, really beautiful, to do it for Boston. This place is the heartbeat of the country’s history and of the country’s running history. It’s a gift, an honor, to be part of this.” Meb Keflezighi

And Rita Jeptoo who won the women’s marathon (for the 2nd year in a row) in 2:18!!  Which is also a new course record. 


These runners are nothing short of amazing.  I mean, the elite group was running at around a 5:15 pace until mile 24 where Rita dug deep and pulled out a 4:48 split.  At MILE freaking 24!! 

Shalane Flanagan put up a good fight.  She should feel really proud of herself for running with a tough group of women.

And a HUGE congrats to those who ran Boston and took back the finish line at yesterday!!  Y’all are amazing!  What a great honor to be apart of such a beautiful event. 

They are all competitive with hearts of gold congratulating each other on a fantastic race and thanking one another for pushing them to dig deeper with each mile.

Running Boston is not a dream of mine, but I know it is for many of you.  These runners are a great example of digging deep, holding strong and inspiring non elite runners like most of us.  Running is such a mental sport, if you put your mind to it, I really believe you can get there!  Don’t you dare give up. 

America is truly resilient!!

What is your running dream?

How do you dig deep during a tough run?


Mizuno Wave Hitogami giveaway

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Happy Marathon Monday!!

Good luck to those running Boston today.  It’s time to trust your training and enjoy the ride.  I will be cheering you on from Cali.


What better way to celebrate the Boston Marathon by giveaway a pair of Mizuno Wave Hitogami’s, right!?

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The Wave Hitogami is my current favorite running shoe.  Every time I’m getting ready for a run, I naturally gravitate to these kicks.  They are light, low and flexible WITH support. While I still dig the Wave Riders, these have quickly become my new go to shoe.  So if you’re a fan of the WR, you might want to give the Hitogami’s a try.

You can read my full review on them here.

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My friends at Mizuno must have heard about my current obsession with these kicks because last week they sent me a new pair in another color.  Well, this week they want to send one lucky SCB reader a pair as well because they are cool like that.

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Ways to enter:

1. Fill in the blank in the comments section: If everybody ran __________.

2. Share the giveaway via Twitter, Facebook, Blog, IG, write it in the sky.  Be sure to tag @MizunoRunning and #IfEverybodyRan and hop back over to let me know you did.

Because I want what’s best for you, I made a tweet for you.  Just copy + paste.  Now you can’t say I never did anything nice. Winking smile

I want to win a pair of @skinnychickblog favorite @MizunoRunning #wavehitogami kicks! #IfEverybodyRan

3. “Like” Mizuno on Facebook.  You can even tell them SCB sent you if you’d like.

Good luck!!

The giveaway was sponsored by Mizuno and is open until Midnight Thursday, April 24 and I’ll announce the winner in Friday morning’s post.  Open to US only.


Happy Easter + up to no good

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Happy Easter!!

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with the ones you love.


Does anyone else kick your feet up on the dash while road tripping? 

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Yesterday we drove to grandmas to do a little early Birfday celebration and drop off the Lu.  I freaking LOVE this lady!!

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Grandma made her famous fried potatoes, oven baked pork chops and green beans fried in bacon grease.  If you go to grandmas you should always assume there will be bacon.  Always.

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After lunch grandma couldn’t wait for me to open Birfday gifts from her and my Uncle Charlie.  Which naturally included a Starbucks gift card!  She knows me well.

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After things settled down I walked out back and saw the face of mischief.  This boy is always up to no good.

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He saw grandma watering her garden and shut the water off.  Then watched here yank the hose around thinking there was a kink in it.  Then he turned it back on.  I don’t even know how long this went on before she finally looked up and the look on her face was priceless when she realized what was going on.

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She hand waters her garden and yard.  No sprinklers or nozzles, just her thumb over the water hose.  My grandma rocks!

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Speaking of her garden, remember what it looked like last month?  Here are the onions then.


And now.

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Tomatoe plants then.


And now.

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Then it was time to drive home.  Bam says hello world with is ears flopping in the wind.  You should all feel sorry for his ruff little life.

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What are your plans for Easter?

Do you have a garden?  If so, what are your growing?

Favorite things to do in the car while traveling?

Kicking my feet up, singing along with country music, talking about dreams with Mike with coffee in hand of course.


Don’t be sad it’s over, smile because it happened

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Cheesy SCB today.  I’m just a little sad spring break is coming to an end.  Apparently my little sidekick isn’t smart enough yet, the school wants her back.  Winking smile

But she’ll be back for summer buttcation very soon so our adventures are to be continued.

We’re going to take Lu home and see my little grandma today which of course I am very excited about.  Grandma’s bummed I have to work on Easter {which is also my Birfday} so I told her we’d come visit the day before.  I tried to get her to call my boss and protest, but for some reason she refuses to. 

Anyway, let’s talk about this 100% gluten free pizza!!

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My doc has me trying out a gluten free diet for a few weeks to see if it makes a difference in my gut.  If I have to eat like this for the rest of my life, I am 100% okay with it. 

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Mike has been amazing at finding places to eat at this week that have some GF choices or menus.  California Pizza Kitchen {<-GF menu} is amazing!  They not only have a great selection, they also take it very seriously.  Our server explained they make the GF dough first thing every morning before anything else so there’s no cross contamination.  The chef’s also change their gloves before touching a GF order and the same chef who makes the pizza, also hand delivers it to the guest.  How awesome is that!? 

While I don’t have severe allergies, I appreciate the extra steps they take to make guests feel confident and comfortable.  Plus the pizza rocked my face off!  Mike + Lu tried it and could barley taste a difference.  It’s slightly sweeter with a tiny bit grainer texture.

Since I’m bummed spring break is over, I thought I’d look back at our adventures. 

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Driving along Pacific Grove, staring at all the wildflowers.

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Finding new home décor.  Stop your crying cowboy, it’s free.

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Watching the crashing waves.  File this under #nevergetsold

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A Cali sandman.

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Climbing rocks.

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Pretending to do yoga on rocks.

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Driving the 1 also know to us as “the almost Lu yack road” to Big Sur + checking out the Bixby Bridge.

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Lot’s of running + coffee.  What is life without those?  Don’t answer that, ignorance is bliss.

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Tell me about your spring break adventures!

Any fun plans for summer buttcation?


The best $4.27 I ever spent + bumming it in Big Sur

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Before you do anything else, please watch this video clip of Bam wearing shoes for the first time.  Be sure to check your sound.

Bam da man

Just in case it won’t play, you may see it here.

If that didn’t make you laugh, we can not be friends.  Oh and I am fully aware that I need to clean my house.  Cleaning > running, climbing rocks + doing cartwheels on the beach.

Edited to add I overheard Lu tell Bam “get back inside.  Do you really want other dogs to see you like this?”  <-I freaking love this girl!


Yesterdays spring break adventures took us to Big Sur.  It was foggy the entire day but still a beautiful drive.

We stopped into the River Inn for lunch which was a really good life decision.

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We explored around a little bit, but all agreed the drive was the highlight of the trip.

We stopped to check out the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge on the way home + Lu snapped this.

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I don’t even know why I’m taking pictures this week, she does a much better job.  She’s also a great dish washer, dog walker and trash monkey.  Now I am seeing why people have kids.Winking smile

Because Mike can’t ever stay on the beaten path {another reason why I love that man} he found a dirt road with a warning sign that said something like impassable in wet weather and had to drive down it.

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The views were incredible.

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But I was so happy to be off that bumpy road and have a coffee in my hands.

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The day got even better when I came home to shiny new running shoes!!  Mizuno must have heard about my new love for the Hitogami’s and sent another pair.  I might be giving away a pair soon. Winking smile

Running shoes are 1,000 times better than jewelry. {wedding ring exempt}

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And the folks at Nuun sent a care package with a trucker hat, water bottle + their new Energy tabs!  I am convinced they know I don’t like doing my fur and I need more caffeine in my life.

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Did anyone else get caught off guard with the tablet packaging?  Maybe I’m the only immature one?

New running shoes are better than ___________.

Anyone running the Big Sur Marathon?  Or have ever ran it?


Never growing up. Not not not

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Holy smokes you guys!  Y’all are an amazing, supportive bunch.  Thank you so much for every single comment on yesterdays post.  Mike + I read every single one and they made us smile! 

If there is anything I wish for everyone, women especially is to have a backbone, stand up + fight for yourself.  Don’t be a victim.  You are only a victim if you allow yourself to be.

I’m no expert and I definitely don’t have it all together, but Mike and I have trained for situations like this and there is no way I’d ever had the confidence and ability to do what I did without him.  That’s a whole other post.


We had some last minute company join us.  Our friends Brian + Cindy’s daughter Genna randomly decided to come visit.  Isn’t she the cutest thing ever!?

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Apparently I need to invest in some wrinkle cream.  Sorry world, spending money on running and races > anything else.

Breaking news!!  I’m finally running 4 miles well within the 8 minute average pace.  It’s been a goal of mine to get back to my pre-injury fitness level, {which by the way isn’t really that fast, just fast for me} and I finally feel like I’m making progress.  I swear Tums are magic and I made sure to give my doc a hug for the best run-life advise ever.  He was so stoked he also gave me a double high five.  He is sorta the best!

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Lu and I had big plans to climb rocks and work on our big life goal of becoming beach bums the rest of the day.  We are overachievers like that.

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Lu wanted to share this shot with you.  She made sure to tell me she took it on her iPod without a filter or altering.  Girlfriend’s quite the photographer.   

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So we climbed rocks and ate applesauce crushers because we are refusing to grow up.

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On a side note, Sperry’s are the best rock climbing shoes ever.

After climbing rocks, we decided to check out this trail in Pacific Grove.  We always drive by it, but never stop.  What is wrong with us?

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We walked along it all the way to Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove.  I wish we would have brought Bam because half of the beach is off leash.  Next time buddy.

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It was so beautiful I couldn’t stop snapping pictures. 

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File this under things bloggers do to get the perfect shot.  Pretty sure I’ve reached a new life low. Winking smile

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Then did some cartwheels on the beach because, well…..why not?

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Who’s with us on this whole never growing up thing?

What are you current running goals?


Get the f*&% outta here

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This post is about guns.  It is also sheds light on the reasons why I became a gun owner.  If it’s not your thing, go ahead and click that little red X at the top right and swing back by tomorrow.  I’ll be back to normal blogging {whatever that is} tomorrow.


Yesterday evening, while Lu and I were eating dinner, Lu noticed a man trying to get into our side door out front and alerted me. We have two doors in the front of the house.  When I looked up I saw a man dressed in all black with a hoodie over his head walking towards our front door since the side door was locked.  He couldn’t see in the big window because of the reflection, but I could see him.

I jumped up and ran towards the front door, locked the deadbolt and hit it with my fist as hard as I could while yelling get the f— outta here or I’m going to shoot you as loud and forceful as I could.

I saw him walk on the walkway towards my bedroom window which was wide open since it was a nice day out.  I ran into there, grabbed my shotgun and racked one home.  I’m confident that sound by itself is enough to send someone running.  Then I grabbed my .38 special for good measure and called the police.   


After talking to the dispatcher for several minutes, I called Mike who was about 10 minutes away.  He got here before the cops arrived.  The response time for the police to show up was well over 20 minutes.  No joke. 

When time is of the essence, 20+ minutes is far too long to wait unarmed for someone to help me + my family.  Situations like this is the reason I became a gun owner.  I have to protect myself, Lu + our home.

We live near the beach, and over the last few months we have seen more transients in the area.  Even though we live in a nice neighborhood, have an alarm, yard signs, a worthless Jack Russell that just cowered in the corner after I yelled, I rely on me

When the police come to my home and have to draw a chalk outline around a body…….. I’ll make sure it’s not me or the ones I love.



We are Boston Strong

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{Image courtesy of this lovely lady}

Today we remember, today we run. 

There are no words to express my love of the running community uniting over such a horrible event.  I can’t wait to virtually cheer on thousands of runners at the Boston Marathon this year. 

I feel honored to be apart of this wonderful running community.  Today we stand and run Boston Strong.


Yesterdays run was another freaking awesome one!  I am going to buy stock in Tums, since they have seriously turned my training around in the best way possible.  Funny how something so simple makes a huge difference.

The Wave Hitogami’s are run-life changing as well.  I have decided I need them in every color Mizuno makes and a life time supply of them sent to my door.  #agirlcandream

I did 4.25 miles with some hills thrown in for added self torture and negative splits.  9:15, 9:04, 9:02, 8:54, 2:02.  Boom!

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PS these Pro Compression sleeves are my favorite ones ever.  They go with all of my running gear which is obnoxiously loud just like me and I can wear my favorite running socks.  #bestofbothworlds

Then I spent the rest of the day showing Lu the coolest beach spots.  First stop was Scenic Drive in Carmel.  AKA my favorite drive around here.  Pacific Grove is the second fav and we will totally hit that up this week as well.  Don’t you worry, we will be climbing beach rocks and checking out tide pool at low tide as well.

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We hung out at the beach for awhile watching the waves crash, then we hit up Trader Joe’s for some grocery shopping.  Lu loves TJ’s so it was fun to watch her pick out treats for the week.  Some of her favorites are BBQ Pop Chips, chili spiced mango + fresh pineapple.

Step mother of the year award goes to me.  Ice cream for dinner and manicures is all it takes to get such an elaborate award.

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Mike sent me this last weekend.  I’m starting to think he’s smarter than I thought. Winking smile

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What do you consider a great run?

Anytime I don’t feel like I’m going to yack, running with fresh legs and feeling like I could go forever.

What did you have for dinner last night?

Do you have step kiddos?