Simple things Sunday: shopping + the good stuff

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Yesterday was one of the nicest, most relaxing day’s Mike + I have had in a long time.  We always have fun, but Mike made it extra special since we were celebrating my Birfday a little early.  It’s on Easter, but I have to work that day, plus I’m not huge on Birfday parties so I’m totally okay with it.

After breakfast + coffee, we went for massages.  This is something we have never done together and Mike has never gone as far as I know.  It was comfortably dark with the window open for fresh air, I enjoyed listening to the world go by.  We even heard a wedding with Michael Buble singing I’ve got you under my skin.  Pretty cool.

I had some gift cards so we roamed around the mall and did a little shopping.

After 11 years he still get’s my door and surprises me.  <3

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The boy also picked out this sexy little number.  I loved it so much I snagged it in black as well.

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Hollister just happened to be next door, and the entire store was 40% off.  So we popped in for a little spring shopping.  I know you are all shocked.  Or not.

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On a side note, does anyone else loathe trying on clothes at the store?  I do, but I don’t like taking stuff back even more.

Then we got all dressed up and went to dinner.  I had a case of butherface and ain’t nobody wanna see dat, but I have to prove to the world I do in fact know how to do my fur and own real people clothes.

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We had reservations and a gift card to Antone + Michele’s in Carmel.

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It was incredibly stunning, our view did not suck.

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Mike loves risotto like I love coffee, so we started with roma tomato + corn risotto.  We both liked it and that says a lot because I am usually not a fan.  I think it’s a little too heavy and tasteless.  But I also think Chipotle is fancy so what do I know.

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Mike always orders the best foods so I copied him and went with the peppercorn New York.  Mike thought it was amazing, I thought it was just okay.  And now I’m wondering when I turned into a food snob?  In my defense nothing compares to Mike’s grilling skillz so it’s his fault for setting my super high standards.

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It was an awesome day, shopping is cool + fun but nothing beats hanging with my boy.  I am thankful I get to spend the rest of my life torturing him, our health, family, Bam Bam, our simple little life and everything money can’t buy.  That’s the good stuff friends. <3

When is your Birfday?

Do you like trying on clothes in the store?

What are you thankful for today?

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I can’t turn this off + cruising through the Sea Otter Classic Expo

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This girl can’t turn this awesome running streak off!!  That makes 2 in a row.  I know it will end one day, and the tough runs make me stronger but until then I will just ride this wave because I am really digging it and it’s giving me a long overdue little confidence boost. 

I kept thinking to myself I’m built for this ish the entire time.  Running is such a mental sport for me so my state of mind is very important for a great run.  That along with deals I make with myself for iced coffee after.

It was 55+ cloudy with a chance of meatballs, which made for perfect weather for this warm weather running wimp.

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It was cool to see the Grando Fondo ride signs set up for todays Sea Otter race.  Wish I was going to be around to watch it, but we have plans since Mike + I both have the day off.  First time in a long time!

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I’m not saying this run was easy, it took a lot of work but I felt great the entire time.  It also helped that my doc recommended 2 Tums 10 minutes before a run.  Now I don’t feel like I’m going to yack out of nowhere when I’m not even pushing that hard.  Next time I see him, I am going to give him a hug for the best run life changing advise.

Bam was really excited about my awesome run he wanted to take a picture with me.  What a guy! 

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Or maybe he just wanted to stalk squirrels in the tree.  I keep telling him he has paws and can’t climb trees but noooo he doesn’t listen to me.

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I spent the rest of the day at the Sea Otter Classic Expo.  Word on the street is this is Woodstock for cyclists.  It was huge with tons of booths filled with gear for every cyclists dreams so I can see why.  Honestly I  had no idea there were that many bike brands + gadgets.

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It was cool to check out the Laguna Seca Raceway where the expo was held.  I drive by it all the time but have never stopped to check it out.  Fun fact: my dad used to drive a race car so I spent a lot of time at the race track.

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It was cool to watch cyclists climb this hill from the expo.  It almost makes me want to ride again.

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Then I spied the Nuun tent and met Megan.  She’s in charge of the ambassador program and we’ve emailed several times so it was nice to finally meet her.  Plus the Nuun team got me electro lit with their new Energy line! 

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How cool is the icicle tricycle?!  Since I am 4 I bought a Nuun sno-cone for the road.  Lemon-lime in case you are wondering.

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And where were these when I was a kid?  Life is not fair.

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What was the best run life changing advise you were ever given?

I wasn’t lying when I told you about the Tums. Smile

Do you like walking around race expos or do you usually want to get your bib + packet and call it good?

I don’t usually do too many huge races but I do love walking through.

If you like expos which booths are your favorite to hit up?

New running gear I’ve never seen or heard of.  I actually found my running belt at the first big expo I went to and have loved it since.  I also like testing out running fuel before buying it.

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Friday inspiration/funnies

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Happy Friday!!  What are your plans for the weekend? 

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret I love inspirational, funny + dumb quotes.  I rounded up a few of my current favorites and one not so favorite to share with you.  

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And this is a great thing!!

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Wish I had this one for yesterdays post. Winking smile

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I saw this the other night on Instagram and instantly love everything about it.  I’m actually thinking about framing it or putting it on canvas, something I never do but I love it that much.  I just wish I knew who the author is so I could thank + give them credit.

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My not so favorite kind of quotes are the “be yourself” ones.  Here’s what I think of it….

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What are your current favorite quotes?

Is there a type of inspirational saying/quote you are not a fan of?  Why?

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Finally feeling settled

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Yesterday I tried to talk myself out of going for a run.  It’s foggy, the sun’s not out, pour yourself another cup of coffee and snuggle with Bam.  Blah blah blah. 

Then I thought to myself, you GET to run and that was that.

I laced up my Hitogami’s and hit up the trail and turns out it was the best run I’ve had in a loooong time. 

I felt great from the beginning and decided to challenge myself a little and ate some hills for 2nd breakfast.  It was one of those runs where I felt great the entire time and could have kept going forever. 

The view of Highway 1 does not suck.  Look, the sun did come out, I was just being a whaa, whaa!

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The cruise ship is back.  Or maybe it’s different one?

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It was one of those rare runs where everything just clicked and it reminded me of the good old days when trained consistently back home. 

It takes me a long time to feel settled and after all of the moving we did the last couple of years, for the first time I actually feel settled since we lived back home.  This applies to everything in my life, running included.

I now have my go to 5 + 10K loops and favorite running routes.  I know where every single water fountain is along the way and exactly the distance between them.  I know which route to take for hills or a nice long, flat run.  And I also know where the bums hide out in the bushes.  OCD?  Maybe, but it makes me feel good about where I am in life.

I’m the type of girl that needs stability + consistency.  Now that I have that, things are falling into place and this makes me very happy.  I finally feel at home, yes this place is my home.  Sorry grandma.

Fantastic runs with negative splits make me happy too. 

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Add post run sunning with Bam while Mike barbeques burgers to that list ‘o happiness too.  Dang I sound like I live in Disneyland.

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Do you crave consistency + stability or just roll with life?

Tell me about your last perfect run!

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My boys

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I really wanted to run yesterday but I decided to be smart for once and take a rest day.  Man, first doing our taxes and now this.  I don’t even know who I am any more.  Because of this, here’s a little post about my boys.

Mike came up with the great idea of going to Costco.  He said let’s take the SUV, I said buuuuut it’s sunny + warm, let’s take the convertible. 

Then this happened.

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In my defense, we were only going to the Costco cult for coffee creamer + Gatorade for the boy and stuff just magically jumps into our cart.  At this rate, we’re lucky the dang canoe stayed on the shelf.

Funny story about the new trash can: The electronic motion sensor lid totally freaks Bam out.  When it opens + closes, Bam crouches down and stares at it like he’s preparing for battle.  That random purchase is worth free entertainment right there!

Speaking of Bam, he’s feeling left out because he hasn’t made an appearance on his blog in a hot minute.  Yes, this is his blog, I just write it.

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No Bam that’s mah string cheese.  <-said in Cartman voice.

And because I tell you how cool + funny my guy is, I want you all to know that is not always the case with this knucklehead.

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Someone ticked him off {not me for once} and he’s been a pain in the butt since.  Yesterday I asked for his bosses phone number so I could call and thank him for taking Mike off my hands for 8+ hours every day. 

I am not kidding.  But I did get him to smile.

The winner of the Spartan giveaway is…

GARY!!!!!!

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Check your inbox for my email.

The 15% off coupon is still valid if you want to sign up for some self torture.   Hop over and register here.

What was the last random thing that magically jumped into your shopping cart?

Share a random story about your other half or pet.

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I’m never doing that again

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My appointment was canceled at the last minute yesterday morning, so that meant a long run was in the cards!!

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I laced up my Hitogami’s, hit up the trail and ran to Fisherman’s Wharf.  I can tell we’re going into tourist season + spring break because there were a lot more folks out enjoying the day.  I’m sure it helped it was 80 degrees, which is almost unheard of here.

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As much as I love warm weather, my body does not like running in it and boy was I reminded of that yesterday.  I thought for sure I was gonna croak from heat stroke.  Don’t you worry, I told people give me a nice little kick and to pause my Garmin if they saw me flailing around on the trail. 

I ran about a quarter mile on the hard sand beach just to change things up a bit.  Sometimes I make great life decisions. 

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Running does not come naturally to me.  It’s something I have to work hard at.  There are no short cuts or easy ways out.  It takes a lot of effort to get out there and push myself.  Buuuuut I love a good challenge.  That’s what keeps me coming back for more. 

For every tough run, I am reminded of how far I’ve come and the more I swear to myself I’m never doing that again the more I find myself signing up and actually paying money for more self torture.  Totally normal.  Totally.

I feel like I grow a tiny bit each time, even when I’m the queen of positive splits.  Cough**yesterday**cough.

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I often tell Mike I wonder if there will ever come a day where I will have to quit running.  I know that’s a looooong time from now and it’s something I think about since I love it SO much.  We’ll just file that under #thingsnottothinkabout

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A little something for you from #thehusbandfiles

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PS Today is the last day to enter the Spartan Race giveaway.  I’ll announce the winner in tomorrows post.  Good luck!

Does running come naturally to you or is it something you have to work at it?

How long have you been running?

Since September of 2009.

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SCB favorites

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Happy Monday friends!  I hope your weekend was a great one and this week is off to a good start.

A couple weeks ago I did a mail day post and I wanted to revisit some of the products since I’ve had some time to try them out.  I’m also adding a couple new ones since I’m really digging them too.

I have been using this dermalogica oil free matte sunscreen on my mug and it is hands down the best I have ever tried.  It’s not greasy at all which is a huge thing for me and the sunscreen scent is so light I don’t even smell it after it dries.  I’ve been wearing it under makeup when I go to work since I’m outdoors all day.  I like the solar defense SPF 50 is also fantastic.  It smells more like tea tree than sunscreen which is really nice, but doesn’t offer the matte finish my greasy face loves with the other one.

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Quite a few of you asked about this fun spring nail polish I’ve been rocking.  It’s That’s Shore Bright by china glaze.  I dig it so much I picked it up at ULTA last week.

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These new Clif Mojo fruit + nut bars!!  All of them rock, but if I had to choose a fave, it would be the Wild Blueberry Almond.  I can pronounce all of the ingredients, and they are gluten free which I know a lot of you were stoked about.

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Cranberry Almond is my 2nd fav in case you were wondering.

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The day has finally arrived.  Watermelon Nuun is back!!  I can officially say my supply from last fall got me through to this day.  I will be stocking up for summer so there’s no lack of the good stuff around here.

Nuun just came out with an energy tab that I can’t wait to get my paws on.  Has anyone tried it yet?

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I wear custom orthotic in my running shoes, but when I’m not running I slip these currexSole RUNPRO inserts in my kicks.  Their fitting system is based on foot type, body weight and leg/knee angles to make sure athletes get a proper fit for their body.   

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Fun fact: Mizuno uses currexSole’s fitting system to help online customers select the correct shoe.  I took the test to get fitted for the proper inserts here. They feel good on my paws.

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Last week this Cowboy Caviar salsa piqued my interest when I was grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. 

It’s a mix of black beans, corn, onions + red bell peppers, pickled in a blend of chipotle peppers, adobo sauce + lime juice.  It’s got a nice bite but not too spicy for this wimp. 

If you live near a TJ’s get this!!

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Pro Compression’s sock of the month just came out and it includes one of my favorite colors PURPLE, a really springy blue and the new red, white + blue stripe.  I just rocked them on the course this weekend!

For the month of April, when you purchase Purple or Powder Blue socks, Pro will donate $1 to the following organizations: Team in Training purple and Train 4 Autism powder blue.

Use coupon code SOM4 for 40% off + free US shipping.  Who want’s to be my sock twin!? 

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Your turn, tell me about some of your current favorites.  Anything I have to try?

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Sometimes I have to be an adult

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I’m grumpy this morning.  Just set a cup of coffee down and slowly back away mmmkay.  Ha well I hope your Sunday is off to a better start.  What are your plans for the day?

Let’s talk about fun stuff like running.

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I went for a run yesterday.  It felt so good to be outside doing what I love.  I did a nice, relaxing 5K to the beach and back, but wish I could have logged a few more miles.  Maybe it’s a sign I might actually becoming an adult or something but I stopped before I pushed it too much.  2014-04-05 13.51.28

I finally put on my big girl panties and sent our taxes to the CPA before they are due.  Now I shall not do any grown up stuff for a good year or so.

Other responsible adult things I could live blissfully without:

  • Get gas.
  • Go to the bank.
  • Load/unload the dishwasher
  • Go to the pharmacy.
  • Dusting furniture.
  • Cleaning windows + mirrors.  I find a way to streak them every time.
  • Go to any home improvement + auto parts store.
  • Go to the DMV.  Let’s be real, no one really wants to go to that dungeon of death and sadness.
  • Refill or exchange the propane tanks for the grill.  I always think they are going to blow up my car. Ha!

Stuff I like to do:

  • Laundry.
  • Yard work.
  • Cleaning the floors.
  • Giving Bam a bath.
  • Anything that has to do with organizing. <-The Type A talking here.
  • Clean the bathroom.  I know, I am a weirdo.
  • Wash the cars.
  • Grocery shopping.
  • Shopping for cleaning supplies because this involves a trip to Target since that is the only place in the world that sells such things.

What on your love/hate chore list?

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20 phrases that annoy runners

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Girlfriend is feeling back to normal.  Whatever that is.  All I know is I have a lot of making up to do with my running shoes and I have all next week to do so.

This staying at home thing got old like I thought it would so I did all of the laundry, washed the sheets <-there is nothing like slipping into clean sheets – nothing!  I did the dreaded dishes, gave Bam a bath which he enjoyed and watched The Heat.  I now have an even more offensive vocabulary and will never look at Tic Tac’s the same way again.

Anyway this whole sickness/not running thing got me thinking about annoying things non runners say to runners.  I’m pretty sure their intentions are good, but some people just don’t get us runners.  And they don’t have to, it’s not for them.  It’s for us.

So I made this list of 20 phrases that annoy runners.   

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Numbers 1, 3, 4, 8, 11 & 18 are the most annoying to me. 

My thoughts about them are if you really wanted to run, you would find a way to make it happen.  Don’t depend on someone else to motivate you, do it for yourself.  Running buddies are awesome to have, but don’t depend on them. 

I do my best to stay injury free, but if I injure my knees, joints, eyelashes etc, at least I’m did it while doing something I love. 

Crazy people are everywhere.  Maybe I shouldn’t go to the grocery store or work.  Look, we have to be street smart, carry your cell phone and tell someone where you’ll be running and when to expect you back.  Worse case scenario, do not be a victim, fight back and make a lot of noise.

What is the most annoying thing a non runner said to you?

How did you respond?

Feel free to add your pet peeves to the list.

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Spartan Race Giveaway

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Apparently I did catch some type of bug after all.  It’s nothing a couple Advil can’t fix but it’s still so weird.  I knew something was wrong when I turned down my usual afternoon coffee.  So I took it easy yesterday which if you know me, that’s a challenge in itself.

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It actually felt so good to do pretty much nothing and be completely okay with it.  Don’t you worry, Bam took really good care of me.

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You know what makes me feel better?  Giving away a free entry to torture yourself at any 2014 US Spartan Race!!

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Fun fact: one of the top searches to find SCB are mud runs + obstacle course races.  Well, if that’s what lead you to SCB, your dreams have come true!

I triple dog dare you to watch this video and not be inspired.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

You’re back?

Okay tell me how awesomesauce you would feel crossing that finish line!  #beastmode fo sho!

Upcoming races are Citi Field this month + Colorado early next month.  Check out their Events tab to find a city near you. 

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Still a little unsure if you can ninja kick the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine since 2005?  They’ve got your back with a free workout plan

No excuses!

If you want to sign up, register here for 15% off OR cross your fingers and leave a comment telling me why you would love to torture yourself and have a blast while participating in a Spartan Race!!

Additional entries if you share this post on social media, blog about it, write it in the sky or send me coffee.  Okay just kidding on the last one.  Be sure to pop back over and leave a comment telling me you did so.

This giveaway is for one entry for any 2014 US race.  You have until Tuesday to enter.  I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday morning’s post.

AROO!!

This post + giveaway was sponsored by Spartan Race.  All opinions are all mine babe.

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