Thursday, October 25, 2012


Through the blogging grapevine, I learned of yurbuds.  I read countless product reviews about how awesome these things were.  Since I am typically the type of person that needs to physically touch things before buying, I never ordered a pair online despite their glowing review.  I was over the moon when I saw that yurbuds had a vendor booth at the Twin Cities Marathon Expo last year.  I got fitted and promptly purchase my first orange.  I fell in love with them right away.  There was no hurting ears and they stayed put; two problems solved!  I raved about these things and made all of my friends buy their own pair.  I think you can catch my drift on how much I love these headphones.  With that said, you can only imagine my horror when I found out that I lost one getting to the starting line of Grandma's Marathon! (The bud got caught up in an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction).

Someone, somewhere hear my primal scream and out of the blue I was contacted MomSelect and yurbuds to see if I was interested in a product review.  Better yet, they asked if I wanted to host an Inspire for Women running Party.  They had me at PARTY.  If it is one thing I do know how to do, it is throw a party. 

Delivered to my door, was 10 boxes that contained the following:
  • Pre-workout inspiration
  • yurbuds product information
  • Suggested workout songs from Ironman Champion Mirinda "Rinny" Carfra
  • During workout motivation
  • yurbuds Inspire for Women Sport Earphones
  • yurbuds Sweaty Bands®
  • Post-workout recovery
  • yurbuds "INSPIRE" sports towel
  • A yummy and nutritious snack

I decided to really get into the them of #inpspireforwomen.  I invited a few of my friends that have been a source of support and inspiration for me.  I had a couple of activities planned to make everyone think about what inspires them to run, what their goals for 2013 are, and a nice note of motivation written to another woman in the group.  I burned a play list of power songs that contained favorites from each of the guests.  We also went for a run, albeit a short one (we had some wine to drink!!!).  I kind of worried that my guests would roll their eyes and stone me for be Oprah-esque.  I was relieved when they got into it.

Two of my special guests participated in a virtual fashion.  I LOVE that they got into this (and love that they are still having summer weather as I am sitting here FREEZING).

When it came time to bust out the headphones, the ladies were seriously impressed.  I sounded like I should be the spokespersonon for yurbuds because I rambled on and on like I was getting commission for sales.  When I love a product I can't help but run my mouth.  The best part is that yurbuds are now available in Target stores (retail price $29.99).  I think they are a perfect gift item!!  I hope my friends like them as much as I do.  Speaking of liking can like yurbuds on Facebook.

The best part about the night was not the food, wine, or even the swag.  It was getting a group of busy women together to encourage and inspire each other (I know, I sound like Oprah and I am not trying to be like her).  We all realized that we could use more nights like this one so we are starting a monthly running club.  I am excited to be a part of something that will lift me up on the days where my motivation is low (like today).  It is nice to know that someone has your back.

Thank you to Momselect and yurbuds for this amazing opportunity!

Disclaimer:  I was provided the gift sets from MomSelect and yurbuds.  The opinions are truthful based on my own experiences.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Three Things Thursday

I have been having a "nooner" with Sarge this week.  Get your mind out of the gutter, we have been running over lunch.  I am a bit shocked that I have peeled my arse away from my desk to join her.   Every time she would suggest it to me I would roll my eyes and tell her I was too busy with facebook work.  She called me out when I was whining about how I keep missing my evening workouts because of the kids' schedules and suggested that lunch was the perfect time to go.  I just rolled my eyes and told her that I was not interested.

She didn't buy it my excuse.  I received a text message telling me not to forget my running clothes on Monday.


I caved.  I have now run with her for the past three days and I have loved it.  We were running partners when I first started this blog and she is my perfect running mate.  I had forgotten how much I love running with her.  We ran for 20 minutes at a good chug and then we walked the remaining 1.5 miles back to the office.  I almost hit 2 miles in the span of 20 minutes today.  We are both working on building up our mileage, though she is in better shape than I am.  I piss, moan, and grunt (yes grunt) the entire time and she puts up with me.  

I have been gluten free for almost two weeks.  I am noticing a HUGE difference.   I have not changed anything besides removing gluten from my diet.  I have lost 6lbs and I am not as bloated.  My head congestion is a lot better, my eyes are not as itchy.  The biggest thing I have noticed is that my throat is no longer tight.  I suffered from having a tight throat and just figured it was anxiety.  Huh...who knew?  On a side note, why does typing "tight throat" sound dirty? Anyway....removing gluten has not been too painful......yet.

I am going back to school.  I can't believe I really typed that.  When I graduated from college I vowed I would NEVER take another class for as long as I lived.  Well, never say never.   At almost 40 years old, I have decided that I want a career in a field that I enjoy.  I have been checking out different programs (master's degrees, certifications, etc...) and I have decided on getting a couple of certifications under my belt for web development and interactive marketing.  This is the first time in my life that I have been able to articulate something that I am interested in pursing.  Though I am still trying to pick the program that will be the best fit for me, I am planning on starting in January.   It is so exciting and scary at the same time.  I will start with one class and see how it goes!!  I never thought I would be excited about school!!

Please vote for me!!!  Voting closes in 15 days and I am going to shamelessly self promote myself until the bitter end.  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Speedy Mile

This is just a quickie drive by post to say....

I just rocked my personal best for covering a mile.
9 minutes and 51 seconds.
Slow for some, pukingly fast for me.

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Friday, October 12, 2012


Today is my 600th post!

Sorry.  I really don't have an exciting post laid out today.  Cue the confetti for my bulleted list of boring BS today!  Woo!!!

  • I am entering my 5th day being completely gluten free. It could be my mind playing games, but I feel pretty good.  I don't feel as congested, my eyes aren't as watery, and I feel less bloated.   
  • So far, it has been fairly easy giving up the gluten.  Have I wanted the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin from Starbucks?  Ummm, yes.  But I seemed to forget about it pretty quick after I walked out of the store so I couldn't have needed it that bad.  The worst part about being gluten free right now is having to plan ahead.
  • We had a Trader Joe's open up in my 'hood and I couldn't be more excited.  I love that place!!  My latest favorite discovery was their corn pasta.    I made it for the family and it was really good.  They didn't know the difference. It is nice to have options for family favorites that are gluten free and don't cost an arm and a leg.
  • My mile runs this week have been pretty consistent between 10:20-10:30/mile.  I truly hope there is a day that I can string a bunch of miles together during a long slow run at this pace.  But for now, this might be my puking threshold.  My "long run" this weekend is going to be about 2 miles.
  • Gopher Hockey kicks off tonight!  I may or may not have made plans hang out at a local watering hole to watch the game while my son is at football practice.   I will adjust my Mother of the Year crown now.  A girl has to have her priorities.

Happy Weekend!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Midweek Mumbo Jumbo

The events of this past weekend really amped up my running mojo.  I knew so many people that ran either the Twin Cities Marathon or the BOA Chicago Marathon and I have to say, I was a bit envious.  It felt weird not prepping for a fall marathon this year.   I missed the build up, the 107 different wardrobe changes, and the training (yes, that too believe it or not).  Reading my friend's facebook posts and seeing photos of the events inspired me to lace up my shoes and run.

Though I didn't run this year, I still went to the expo.  I am such a sucker for all the vendors.  This time I didn't blow a month's salary on new running socks or clothes, but I did decide to become a card carrying member of Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA).  The benefits include special MDRA member races, training classes, and 20% discount at local running stores.  Plus I got a dandy race planner/training log.  Now that I have paid $25 to be part of a running club, that makes me a real runner, right?   
My allergy results are back and I have a few new ones to add to the mix....wheat and whey.  My doctor indicated that these tests need to be "taken with a grain of salt" but he also said that I should proceed with caution on foods that test back with levels higher than .5.  Both wheat and whey tested higher than .5.  I am eliminating them from my diet (at least for now).  I am allergic to the following:
  • All Poultry
  • Shellfish
  • Most nuts
  • Most fruit
  • Wheat
  • Whey

Now I can pretty much consume....water.  How am I not a size 2?  Oh yeah, I am NOT allergic to McDonalds, chips, or booze.  Hmmm.

I have started phase one of my elimination diet.  I am on my 3rd day of being gluten free.  So far it is pretty painless though I have had a hankering for bread (Ohhh a grilled cheese sammy would rock my world right now).  I am using this phase to clean up my diet and dump a lot of the processed stuff I like to eat (crackers, chips, etc...).  I thought giving up wheat and gluten would make me a beast similar to the time I quit smoking.  So far, so good....I seem to be pretty normal (Chubby Hubby might feel different).  I will be interested to see how I feel in a few weeks.  I am keeping a daily diary of what I eat and how I feel.

So back to this running thing....I had a dream that I ran a 4:27:13 marathon.  It was one of those dreams that was so real.  It actually took me a few minutes to realize that it did not really happen.  After I was fully awake, I pondered the time.  4:27:13.  I went to my computer and plugged in the time and distance to calculate splits and it worked out to be 10:11/Mile pace.  Challenge accepted.  I am going to train with this time in mind.  I truly think I can do it after all I have between 8-12 months and 2 marathons to try to reach this goal.  That would be one hell of a PR!

I am running, just not very far right now.  My goal for October is to start base building and to be able to run 2.5 with ease at around 10 minutes/ mile.  It is a start.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Allergy Testing

My September was an epic fail in the blogging arena.  As I mentioned in my last post, life has been a bit crazy with work, back to school, and just keeping up with my 3 monsters.  I am back to posting trivial details about my life because as I announced last week, I will be running two marathons next year.  Don't ask me how I am going to fit that in, I just am.

This post was supposed to be the kick off to my midlife crisis pre-marathon training.  You know, my goals, dreams, and wishes as I try to tackle this goal and enter my 39th year on this planet.  I will have to save that for another day because I am still not feeling like myself.  This past weekend was not pretty our house.  Most of my family was struck down with the most vile, gut wrenching, stomach flu.  It came out of nowhere.  It was literally like hitting a brick wall...fine one minute, wishing for death the next.  Think of the scene in the movie Bridesmaids and you will have an idea of what my poor house went through. 

I guess the moral of the above whining paragraph is to state, I haven't run in a few days.

On a completely unrelated note, I have started the process of getting my allergies under control.  If you have been reading a long time, you know that I have horrific food allergies and I suffer relentlessly from seasonal allergies.  I decided to get some testing done because of yet another severe allergy attack that required me to throw down a handful of Benedryl (I will do anything not do stab myself with an Epi Pen) and sleep off the effects. 

I talked with the Allergist for 1.5 HOURS and he was awesome.  Rather than push pills on me like other doctors have, he is trying to tackle the root cause.  He ordered some blood tests and told me to start analzying what I eat.  He warned that doing this is "not fun" and by "not fun" I need to go on an elimination diet.  Prior to the elimination diet, he told me to remove gluten for a week or two to see how I feel.  If better, keep it out of the diet and if I feel the same add it back.  Simple, right?  At least that is what I am telling myself.  Once I document how I do on my gluten free time I will start on a rice and water diet.  Well not that restrictive, but you get the point.  The idea is to add foods back in slowly and see how I react to them.  Silver lining is that I will be drop a few pants sizes?

Since I start all this BS tomorrow, may I present to you my last supper, err lunch:

This is a Bahn Mi sandwich for a local shop by the University.  This place rocks and I live and die for these things.  I enjoyed every little bite today because tomorrow there will be no gluten.

Has anyone had the blood testing for allergies?  Were you suprised by the results?