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8 things I did yesterday and reasons I unfollow people on Instagram

I got up at the butt crack of dawn to do a little upper body strength training with Heather.

Went to physical therapy, worked on some range of motion and relaxed with heat/stim treatment for 20 blissful minutes. This is seriously the best part of PT.


Argued with Mike on where to go for lunch. He wanted Panera, I wanted Chipotle. I lost. He wouldn’t even go for their chips + guac. The boy does not like Chipotle which makes my heart hurt for him.

Paid way too much for a prescription. At this rate a year supply will equal to about 20.7 pairs of Mizunos. It also confirms why I do not support Obamacare.

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Went to Whole Foods for my 3rd Serene Green smoothie this week. I blame Emily and WF for having a 20% off promo.


Went to the beach and watched the sun dance on the water as the waves rolled in. One day I’ll have to pretend I am a responsible human and go back to work and won’t have all this time on my hands.


But not today!!! Muhahahaha


Made enchiladas for dinner. Sometimes I don’t mind being domestic.


Interrogated Bam on why his new chicken toy was missing it’s legs. It’s safe to say he is not vegetarian or vegan.


Annnd here are some reasons I will unfollow people on Instagram:

  • Those who post gross pictures of food and try to pass it off as ‘yummy’ or ‘delicious’.

  • Serial selfies. I don’t mind a few here and there but if I see a constant stream of them, it’s unfollowsville.
  • Those who post a gazillion pictures of cats. I do not like cats. Neither does Bam. Well, actually he does think they taste good.
  • You use the words nom nom. Stop it.
  • Sales pitches all.the.time.
  • You cry or bitch too much. #facepalm
  • The drippy sweet, sugar coated posters. A positive outlook on life is one thing, but we all know life is not that way. Be real.
  • The over posters of inspirational quotes, great life advise & always seem to have it all together. Then you actually meet them and their lives are a tangled mess. I walk away scratching my head thinking WTF?

Things that make me want to follow folks:

  • Runners & fitness geeks. Especially those who love the latest gear.
  • A sense of humor – self deprecating is my fav.

  • Folks who are REAL and true to themselves. If you had a craptastic run, I want to hear about it. If you scored a PR or a BQ, I also wanna hear about that as well.
  • Those who are unapologetically themselves.
  • Folks who are passionate about life and what they do. Even if I don’t agree with all of their views, I appreciate seeing their love for it.
  • Beautiful pics of where they live. I enjoy seeing places I might never get to see in my lifetime.
  • Folks who are not easily offended.

What are some things you did yesterday?

What makes you unfollow folks on social media?

What makes you follow folks? 


This post might make you hate me

It’s a good thing I had some really good memories from last weekend to get me through a dentist appointment yesterday. Sooo not fun. Anyway let’s rewind to the fun stuff.

Em found a super cool spot to watch high tide crash against rocks & the stairs. She was less than thrilled to snap a pic with me as the ocean crashed below us. Hence the little apprehensive look on her face here. Ha!


Then Mike told us to wait for a wave and well, this is what we got. Em’s O face and soaking wet.


Our day was made before 9:23 am and we feared it peaked too early because nothing would top it.

Then we went for a drive and that was a game changer.

Views that require no filter or alterations of any kind.

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I swear I am still a small town, backroads country girl who loves the simple things. But. Weekends like this have to be documented. Like brunching with Clint Eastwood…

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Another thing that has to be documented is that Emily had bacon for the first time in years. REAL BACON. We are horrible a influence.

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It is a proven fact that if you overdo it a little on your ole grandma hip, 3 Advil & a mimosa at brunch will cure you.

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And we ended up taking off our shirts and flashing our impressive guns. Might be the 1/2 a mimosa or the 70 degree day in January. But this is why all of you that are snowed in this time of year probably hate me…..


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And this is how many F’s were given to that.

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Green juice, beach time & randomly signing up for a race (!)

Good morning!! I hope your day is off to a great start.

I woke up relaxed which is a bit surprising after all of the pain I was in yesterday. I just sat on the couch, had breakfast and played sudoku while drinking coffee. It’s been really nice.

Lets switch gears and rewind to Saturday!

Emily came to visit for the weekend. Her only request was green juice and beach time. I love it when friends & family come to visit and have special requests.

She had a kale, mango & coconut smoothie & I had a wheatgrass shot with an orange juice chaser. Both were delicious! Plus they were 20% off at Whole Foods. Double score!!

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After, we hit up the beach. Snowed in friends close your eyes. I can’t be sorry for days like this. If it’s any consultation, between the cost of living & California taxes, we will probably never be able to retire.

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It was a perfect sunny & 65. I snapped this pic of Em enjoying the view.

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We walked really slow to take the warmth & salt water all in. I am convinced that water, in any form is magically healing.

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I had a blast watching Em climb rocks while resting the ole hip. Nothing beats seeing friends & family truly happy and enjoying the moment.

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Post beach time, we headed back home to hang with Mike & Bamstagram. We enjoyed some wine while talking about life before heading out to dinner. We shared this wild mushroom risotto as an appetizer and it was pretty much amazeballz, so it had to be documented.

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Oh and no weekend can be complete without randomly signing up for a race!! We are doing the Pinkest Run in Santa Cruz in March.

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I was kinda bummed to miss out on one of my favorite races, but then Mike & Em reminded me I could walk it. Then Em offered to run the 10K, so that was that! Is anyone else running it?

I’m pretty stoked to have a little goal to work towards during this long recovery.

Have you ever walked a race?

Smoothie, freshly pressed juice or wheatgrass shot?


Doing the Captain Morgan & he’s like herding cats

Good evening!! I hope you guys have had a great day!

I had big plans to write a blog post this morning, but this happened…


Pretty sure Bam has close to zero life regrets. Unless you think chewing his butt counts as one?

After coffee, waffles <-{yes, I am actually changing things up and the Type A is adjusting well} and yelling at the news we decided to join the world and do something productive. Costco was first on the list but didn’t open till 10. Why Costco, why? So naturally we drove along the coast. Yes. Again.


Salty hair, salty teeth.

Eventually we made it to Costco aka the exact time I realized it was a bad idea for several reasons…

1. The boy was hungry. This reason alone is enough to not walk inside the warehouse of awesomeness.

2. There were no samples. Again why Costco, why?

3. Turning Mike loose in there is like trying to herd cats.

4. We pay to spend money there. What the what?

5. Why is my husband reading the label? I mean there was a picture on the front, usually that’s enough for him. Okay wait, now I am deeply concerned about his mental health.



Anyway we made it out of the $100 minimum store spending less than $100. Boom!

Home->unload the car->grab a Fage peach yogurt <-my current fav and head to physical therapy.

At my first post op check up, my surgeon said it’s amazing what the brain will allow, when the body is ready. That kinda stuck with me & came to realization today. Connecting the mind + body is so intriguing.

I mentioned to Will the muscle(s) where the top of the thigh meets the hip (I’ll have to figure out the technical term) have been a tangled mess since surgery. This is probably the reason why I still have a little gangsta grandma limp going on. Anyway he untangled the knots & gave them a gentle stretch and before I knew it, he was pointing out with excitement that I now have this new to me range of motion. Something I haven’t had in years!


Okay I’m going to geek out for a bit right now and say that I was really stoked that Mike home after PT so I could share my excitement over this with him. Yes, I am totally that person. #sorrynotsorry

Mike & Melissa  have been calling this form the “Captain Morgan” all day. So that is now a technical term.

Celebratory coffee in the sunshine was in order.


As much as I am enjoying all of this down time, I’m REALLY looking forward to going back to work. In the meantime I’ll just keep harassing Mike, snuggling with Bam, dream about the magical day I’ll be able to run again and drink way too much coffee.

Share something epic that happened to you recently!

Anyone else loose your mind at Costco?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Em is coming!! She has requested green juice & beach time, who am I to argue with a guest?


Not doing that again & dumb questions I hope you will answer

Yesterday morning I was itching to go for a walk and somehow talked Mike into going with me. Food was involved, so it was a slam dunk. :)

We walked 45 minutes and it felt so amazing to be out on the trail & beach with folks running, cycling, out on a walk. Mike even took a picture of my mug. I’m sorry world.

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We stopped a lot along the way, mostly to give the ole hip a break and for Mike to skip rocks into the ocean. #nevergrowingup #ever #eveniftheresafire

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We had lunch on Cannery Row since it’s the off season for tourists. Soon, they will all be back and we will start going to our secret spots. For now we are enjoying the more touristy spots. Like the drive along the ocean from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. We grabbed hot coffee, put the top down & enjoyed the sunny, salty air.

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Turns out that long walk probably wasn’t the smartest idea. I felt great all afternoon – even thought about riding a bike at the gym or going to the farmers market. It’s a good thing I talked myself out of all of that, because last night I was in so much pain. With every wave of shocking, aching pain from my hip all the way down my leg I thought ‘lesson learned’ ha!

I’m feeling back to normal this morning, but it was a long night.

So that was that.


Pop quiz time!! Which basically means I get to ask you a bunch of random questions, answer them myself & hope you don’t leave me hanging. :) Here we go!

1. What are some words or phrases you often find yourself saying?

Awe snap, Bam stop chewing your butt, cowboy can you pee for me, one day (when I see a runner), dude that’s so cool, what do you want for lunch, can we go to Starbucks.


2. Planners: pen & paper or electronic?

Pen & paper for lyfe.

3. The kitchen isn’t clean until_________________.

The counters are disinfected & wiped down.

4. Shows you are currently watching?

Gilmore Girls (duh!) & Lilyhammer.


5. Favorite running distance? Not racing.

10 miles. One day. :)

6. What is your current favorite quote?

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist.” - Oscar Wilde


7. Least favorite exercise in the world?

Pull ups. Gah.

8. One thing you do every day that makes you super duper happy?

Love on my boys & drink coffee. Hey, I made this game up, I can change the rules. ;)

9. Least favorite chore?

Dishes. I do them as quickly as possible because it’s therapeutic to NOT look at them.



10. Fitness trackers: yes or no? Which brand/website/app/etc. & why?

I used to think they were dumb but now see the fascination. Before surgery it was a fun way to challenge myself and beat my records, earn badges, etc. Recently it has helped me gauge my recovery.

Not sure which brand I want to try next but I’m digging my Fitbit.

Your turn!! Feel free to steal these questions or add your own and post it on you blog/social media/ write it in the sky.


More wise words from Bam & dumb games we make up

If there’s one thing Bam knows (besides chewing his butt), it’s how to live a solid life. Sunday morning Mike wanted to take this little knucklehead to the off leash dog beach in Carmel so he could run around like a crazy man.


Funny thing is Bam isn’t all that interested in the water. He loves to climb rocks and roll around in washed up seaweed. He smelled lovely after this trip. NOT


After our beach trip, we went down my favorite road around, Scenic Drive. And then straight to the pet store for a quick bath. Sorry buddy, if you want to live with us, you have to be clean.

“If you have the means, I highly recommend this lifestyle”. – Bam


Gosh I love being outside so much. It made me a little sad the weekend was over and now I’m kinda on my own. The good news is I can drive my car again!! It’s a 6 speed so using the clutch made me nervous but I tried it out and all was well. It’s all about the small victories, right?

I also started PT yesterday! This makes me incredibly happy to know this is another step in the right direction to RUN again.

Will massaged the left quad & IT band which were really tight. It hurt so good.

Come to find out the reason my thigh hurt so much & knee was 4 times it’s size post op, was because they used 40 liters of saline water during surgery. Yes, 4-0.

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I also did a little gentle stretching & 10 minutes on the bike before calling it a day. It always feels so good to move. I even hit my biggest walking day in over a month!! Don’t be jelly.


Now I kinda wish I wore my Fitbit the days after surgery for a good laugh.

And for all of my cold/snowed in friends…

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What is the high where you are at today?

What is you favorite chocolate bar?

Mike & I play dumb games all the time and this was one of them. I won’t even tell you how long we talked about candy bars. Ha! He said Payday and I said Reeses PB cups. That totally counts, right?


Share a small victory.






While Mike was driving home from my first post op appointment, I happily sent a text to a close friend about my great progress report. The healing process is going faster than usual and I was headed to physical therapy 2 weeks early!


His response was ‘excellent, but don’t get too cocky.’ At first I was a little taken back. I have been very diligent about following all of the post op rules (my surgeon confirmed if I felt fine, crutches were not needed – whew) taken it very easy – hello serial watching Gilmore Girls while stuffing my face with pretzels and oranges, taken every single anti inflammatory pill for 3 whole weeks and eased into cycling. Heck, for awhile there I felt like I was under-doing it.

But. Then came the realization that he was right and thanked him for the reality check.

Although I have come so far in a short amount of time, I still have a long road ahead. At least 6 weeks of physical therapy, no running or impact sports at least 2 more months and I’m sure a few other bumps along the way. I was also warned by my surgeon that it can take up to a full year to be completely pain free.

Fast forward to last weekend when we took advantage of a beautiful, sunshiny day and went for a drive along the coast. Mike stopped so I could take in the salty air and snap a few pictures. I’ll never forget how amazing it felt to be outside, enjoying the beauty with him. It felt like the first warm day after a long cold winter when you want to soak every little thing in.

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We drove a little further and stopped to watch the waves crash against rocks. We played a guessing game on which wave would be the biggest and which one would fall flat. Mike threw an empty crab shell at me. Typical. We talked about how lucky this gull is to live here. About how lucky WE are to live here.

I didn’t realize how much I needed to feel tiny and humble until I stood here.

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And just like that, I felt grounded again. The phase I am entering into might be the toughest yet. There will be times when I really want to push it, but healing the body takes time dang it. I need to focus on patience (shut it Mike) and allow my body to heal in it’s own time, embrace it and be humble throughout the journey.

Dang that just made me sound like a hippie. Don’t worry I just washed my hair so that evens things out….right?

I’m really in tune with my body already thanks to IBS + being perpetually injured, but this is a very pricey surgery I do not want to undo. Heck, even my bank account will shed a tear if that happens. So for now, I will be happy to find a nice balance between working hard in physical therapy and just being still.

Where would we be without friends who keep us humble and grounded?


The best pizza of my life + my first post op appointment

Yesterday we went to San Francisco for my first post op follow up.

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Alcatraz from the top of a scary hill Mike had to drive up as I white knuckled the door. The City is pretty, but every time this small town country girl goes there my anxiety level is on high alert. Maybe one day I’ll get used to it?

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We got there extra early to have the best pizza of our lives. And I take pizza very seriously.

If you ever visit SF, you HAVE to go to Tonys International School Of Pizza. Yes, that is an order that you will send me love notes and unlimited amounts of coffee for life.

You are welcome. :)

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We had the New Yorker that comes with hand crushed tomatoes, house made ricotta & mozzarella, pepperoni & sausage. Basically all things good in life. Times 2.

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After another visit to Athleta (!) & Starbucks we headed to my surgeon for my first post op follow up.

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The appointment went really well. Dr. Sampson said I am way ahead of schedule and sent me to physical therapy! He said that doesn’t typically happen until week 4 or 5 so I am very thankful to be where I’m at.

I had a lot of questions about walking, increasing workout times & resistance and his answer was to let pain be my guide. If it hurts, ease back. Sounds simple to me.

There is still a lot of work ahead, especially on range of motion, but I am ready to get to work and get back out on the trail again.

On the way home I got an email about the new Fitbit Charge heart rate monitor that just came out!! Enter fitness gadget geek out status. They also have one with GPS just in case you are a nerd like myself.

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Anyone else geek out over fitness gear?

Where is the best pizza of your life at?

What gives you anxiety?

Athleta or Lululemon? Or neither?


Do you have a $55K hip?

Today was my original scheduled surgery date. It also marks 3 weeks post op so I thought I’d do a little update on how things are going.

Moving the surgery date up was the best idea ever. Ever.

Overall I’m feeling great! Sometimes I even forget I had surgery, but then I’ll turn my left foot slightly to the left and am quickly brought back to reality.

My post op instructions for weeks 2-4 said to progress to full weight bearing, using a crutch until comfortable walking without. Also walk 15 minutes a day, adding 5 minutes as comfortable. We all know the crutches made it a whopping, 2 steps and were tossed aside. I can now almost walk normal, without doing the grandma shuffle.

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I have added more time riding the bike and even tried the elliptical the other day. Moving feels so dang good. I’ve been pretty good about following the ‘if it hurts, don’t do it’ rule very closely. Well minus that day I did some squatting while cleaning. That just sounds wrong…

Moving on, I have stayed below my pain threshold but I worry a little if I’m under doing it at times. Insert sitting to much watching Gilmore Girls stuffing my face with pretzels & oranges.

Pretty sure I set a new patience PR. For the first time, yesterday I felt like pushing it at the gym by riding the bike and wanting to try out the pool. Thankfully between common sense and the fact that I left my swimsuit at home I convinced myself to ride the bike 5 minutes longer & take my speed up a notch. 25 minutes & 5 miles later it went really well.

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No pain, just a little brief soreness after. Still feeling good, I walked to the farmers market. Why does going to the farmers market make me feel like my life is put together? Hey, a girl can dream.

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Anyway not wanting to push it too much, I made the trip short and caught this incredible sunset on the way home. I had to stop to take it all in.

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Don’t worry, I won’t tell you what our high was yesterday.

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I have a follow up with my surgeon this week and can’t wait to give him a high 5!!

I know everyone is different, so take this with a grain of sea salt, but migraines are WAY more painful than hip arthroscopic surgery & recovery. Maybe it has to do with my surgeon being one of the best (he invented the surgery he did on me), age or whatnot, but I feel like I just sailed right through this. Lets see how recovery continues to go. That could be a different story.

Just snapped this pic of the incisions today. Technology blows my mind.

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Oh because this blonde didn’t answer a question on the last update post...did running cause hip impingement?….here is the answer:

Yes and no. Typical chick answer, right? It was partly due to crappy genetics (thanks ma) and the fact that I have been active my whole life. I took dance & skating lessons as soon as I learned to walk, played all kinds of sports in school and now running as an adult. I can’t even hold a legit face writing ‘adult’. #nevergrowingup

Anyway there were a lot of factors, some stars aligned that gave me this. Juuuust peachy. Oh well, it’s a price I am willing to pay to be able to do things I love. I guess that “price” now includes a $55K new & improved grandma hip.

And yes, there have been tons of hip/hipster/grandma/bitches get stitches/I busted that hip up jokes from the peanut gallery. Laugh all you want cowboy, because hips don’t come in sets which now makes Lululemon look very inexpensive.


Visiting the Bay Area + a picture gone wrong

On New Years Day I hit up the gym to ride the bike. Surprisingly it wasn’t insane like I had pictured, so that was nice. I have been cleared to ride the bike and the elliptical since day 2 post surgery but have been a chicken about changing things up. I decided to give the elliptical a try so I alternated between the two. It went well, so hopefully I’ll build up the confidence to get back into the pool. Gosh I miss it.

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On my way out of the gym I noticed they sell Hot Pockets & Lunchables. WTH? I complained to Mike about how terrible that is and then ate cherry pie for second breakfast. #truestorybro

When I’m not at the gym, I have been chilling out on the couch under my electric throw (thank you Grandma Jo), watching Gilmore Girls & playing Suduko. Funny how someone who disagrees with math likes to play this game. Don’t ask.

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Then I snapped this and later realized it was freaking hilarious. Even Mike was impressed with my mad photography skillz.

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I made sure to take it extra easy all week because we had big plans to go to San Jose to see Em. She’s back from So Cal so that means it’s like Christmas all over again!!!!!

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After a little ** cough **shopping at Athleta **cough** we met up with her at the Yard House on Santana Row for dinner. The boy ordered a giant beer because he was outnumbered. Bam stayed at home. ;)

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I had this delicious BBQ Chicken salad in case you are wondering.

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There is never enough time to catch up but we always do our best. We haven’t known each other for a year yet, but it’s like Em and I have known each other forever.

Em did a little post dinner shopping where she scored this super cute coat because it has been freezing here lately. Our lows = 30’s.

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Don’t worry, I made sure to order a diet Pepsi with extra ice while shivering.

Classic J move right there.

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I am so sad the holidays are over and today life goes back to normal. Well kinda. I’m off until Pro Am so I guess it’s time to start planning some fun things until then.

Anyone else not ready for the holidays to be over?

What are temps where you live?

Any recommendations on what to watch after Gilmore Girls?