Enjoying nature with my favorite snack

Thanks to LÄRABAR for sponsoring today’s discussion

The first time I ever tried a LÄRABAR was at a marathon expo in 2008. I was amazed at how much wonderful flavor was packed into a bar with so few ingredients and I was immediately sold. I have been eating them ever since and I pretty much always have a LÄRABAR or two in my bag at all times. My 2-year-old has loved them since before she was one! Due to my introduction to LÄRABAR, I will forever associate them a little bit with physical activity, but I will still eat them at my desk!

So it’s no surprise that LÄRABAR has its roots in physical fitness. In 2000, founder Lara Merriken was on a hike and inspired to create a product that combined wholesome ingredients, but was also fun, enjoyable and good for you. LÄRABAR offers a variety of products to fit your needs and now offers 19 flavors in its Original Fruit and Nut Bar™. The brand has expanded to include eight flavors of LÄRABAR® über®, six flavors of LÄRABAR® ALT®, four flavors of LÄRABAR® Jŏcalat® and a new grain free granola called LÄRABAR® RENOLA™. Everything LÄRABAR offers is gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher, with the majority of the products being soy-free, dairy-free and vegan.

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This weekend I hit the trails, not for a hike, but to run. They were groomed trails in a state park not hardcore single track, but it was still running on dirt nonetheless. I love running out in the dirt, there’s something about that experience that feels so free and relaxing. I just don’t get to do it much and I definitely don’t get to drive to far off trails now, life is too time-crunched. But it’s nice to have some trails in the city limits!

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I was sent a LÄRAbag full of bars and RENOLA as part of this campaign. It was nice to be re-introduced to some flavors I haven’t had in a long time like Key Lime.

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Let’s talk RENOLA for a minute… I knew I wanted to try it because I have enjoyed everything LÄRABAR makes so far. But when I read it was a grain-free granola and seemed to be a mix of seeds/nuts/fruit… I admit, I was a little concerned. I mean, that mix of ingredients is great, but it just doesn’t speak to me as a “granola”. I was wrong… somehow they’ve made something retains the texture of granola but doesn’t have the grains. It is amazing. Try it!

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If you haven’t tried the products before or you already love them, snag this coupon to get $0.50 off purchase of any LÄRABAR. Locate a retailer near you!

LÄRABAR is encouraging everyone to get outdoors in celebration of National Take a Hike Day on 11/17/14 and share their experiences using the dedicated hashtags (#eatclean and #getoutside) on various social media. I think I’ll try to get out with the dog and the toddler (the hubby can come along too!) the day before to celebrate.

Want to Win Some LÄRABAR?

Win your own LÄRABAR assortment of 16 LÄRABARs and RENOLA to try. Just leave a comment:
tell me what flavor of each you would like to try and why you’re interested in that
OR
you can tell me your own favorite #getoutside story and how a healthy snack like LÄRABAR would play a role in that.

I’ll draw a winner on November 3. Winner must be a US resident and at least 18 years of age.

WINNER: Susan – comment #6

This post was sponsored by LÄRABAR by my love of the outdoors and their bars is completely true.

Trick or Trot 10K [race report]

How racing has changed over the years… Back in the day, I used to wake up so early to make sure I was all set to go. I had my clothes all laid out the night before, usually pinning my bib number on in advance. I got to the event super early to make sure I had a spot to park, and that I didn’t miss the start.

Today, I woke up at 5:45 because my kid started crying. So I got dressed and played with her until I left around 7:20 to drive over to my race. I got there about 25 minutes before the 8AM start time. I ran into my former co-coach for Team Challenge and spent some time chatting with him before I strolled over to the start line 2 minutes before the race started.

I will probably go back to my nervous ritual with Boston, but it’s kind of nice to just roll into a race and go.

Anyway… this morning I ran the Trick or Trot 10K here in Las Vegas. They were handing out flyers at the last race that I did, so I figured “Why not?” I wish I had taken “A” with me because it was such a fantastic family-friendly environment. But I didn’t want to push her on the trails for 6 miles. And some of the stretches were pretty narrow, it would have been hard to navigate the BOB through.

They did such a good job with this event, the whole start/finish area was decorated so well and they had tons of vendors with booths selling hand-crafted jewelry, essential oils, baked goodies, etc. There was a large area with little kid games, like bean bag toss and fish ponds and such. They had Shetland ponies there for kids to pet. There were bouncy castles. It was really a great environment!

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There were a lot of runners in costume. (Not me… I’m not a costume person. I can’t recall the last time I wore a costume. I did run in devil horns for a Team Challenge training run at Halloween once, that was the extent of my costumery.) I will say this, if you are planning on running in a costume and that costume involves wings… keep in mind the proximity to other runners at a start line and stick with smaller wings. There were a lot of wings beating other participants at first! There were also a lot of super heroes, lots of Wonder Women and Supermen. (Wonder Womans and Supermans?)

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The race was a 5K and a 10K. For the 10K we just repeated the loop twice. The race started off on grass, then moved onto trail, then had about a half-mile stretch on an asphalt path. The route was marked well with volunteers at several spots that could potentially be confusing to anyone. They did have a little bit of a oddness with the mile markers… since they always had the two distances for both 5K/10K right next to one another. Like “1 mile” and “4 mile” side-by-side. But with the .1 at the end of the loop, then technically those next mile points are not at the same spot. Oh well, not a big deal. Just a quirk. I don’t think the course was an EXACT distance anyway, since it was a fun community event and not a certified course.

The one thing they needed to do was make the final stretch of the course marked off more… additional cones, maybe some tape in between them. The problem with having games on one side of the finishing chute and bouncy castles on the other, meant there were a lot of people drifting back and forth across the finishing stretch. Or people just stopping to chat with friends in there. And I saw a gal trip and fall about 20 feet from the finish because she was trying to go around a group of people standing on the course talking.

They gave away tech shirts to all participants and all finishers got a cute little medal.

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I have no idea what my official finishing time is. I didn’t see a lot of women doing the 10K so I thought I might have had a good chance at placing in my AG. But they kept saying, “We’re going to announce the results in the next few minutes!” for about an hour. Finally I just left. It was getting warm, it was nearly 80° when I left. We’ve had a warm October!

I wore shirt and shorts from Athleta that I purchased 2-3 years ago, an older pair of Saucony Virrata shoes and I had my new Armpocket i-30 to carry my iPhone throughout the race. I needed a new way to carry my phone since I upgraded to the bigger iPhone 6 and that worked perfectly!

Friday Fête

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you’ve gone through about 3 weeks in just 3 days? It has been one of those weeks for me. Despite having Monday off work, the following three days were so full of work weirdness that I’ve been thrown off all week. Emails have been piling up in all my accounts (I have way too many email accounts!) and it’s getting a little overwhelming to look at them all.

But I got an invite to use Inbox, Google’s new app to try managing manage your gmail account. So if I ever get a chance to really test it out maybe I can get an inbox or two under control! (HA HA HA!)

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I downloaded the app Motigo recently. It’s an app that allows you to collect “cheers” from friends/family, then at the beginning of a race you start the app and you get those motivational boosts at specific points in the race. I’m going to give it a go tomorrow. Right now I only have one cheer in there, one I made of my daughter babbling. So if you feel like leaving me one for my race tomorrow: download the app, look for me in the Trick or Trot 10K in Las Vegas and record away!

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My daughter has always loved books, but lately the “Want to read a story Mommy?” inquiry has been coming even more frequently. She wakes up in the middle of the night asking that question. First thing out of her mouth in the morning is asking for a book. It’s awesome… but I’m so tired of all her books. I’ve tried to read my books to her so I get a chance to read for myself, but she has told me “No like that. Read another one.” Guess we need to go get a stack from the library every week!

I pulled out the book The Runner’s Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die to read to her, thinking that since it’s not really a long book but more a collection of short “stories” I could get away with it. It didn’t fly… however I did get to read her a little blurb about the Boston Marathon to her, since I’m getting more and more giddy about running that race as part of Team Stonyfield with each passing day.

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The book is entertaining, although it really is a collection of personal opinions. I mean… I think a large majority of runners would put the Boston Marathon on their bucket list. But the book includes the Badwater Ultramarathon as a bucket list entry. I know a few people personally who actually have that race on their to-do list (or have already done list) but for the most part, I think it wouldn’t be high on a lot of runners list.

The book is a fun way to get some ideas though. Since it’s grouped into chapters with a general theme, it’s easy to find races you might not have heard of otherwise. Races that take place on famous or multiple bridges… races that are clothing optional (are these bucket list worthy?)… races that take place in the night… relay races, fast courses, indoor races… there are a lot of races I’d never heard of and that made for an interesting perusal!

I’m hoping that this weekend I get a chance to power through some of my emails and get a little more caught up and organized on my personal life. At least I have my work inbox somewhat under control, despite the out-of-control feelings it has evoked of late! And I’m running a 10K Saturday morning (see above mention in the Motigo reference), so that should be fun!

What are your weekend plans? What email app do you use on a smartphone? Got any to-do list/organizational tactics you swear by?

You Need to #OpenYourEars

I have been harping on this for years now… Pay attention to your surroundings when you’re out on your run! (Or walk, or bike ride, or if you’re a high school kid walking across the street in front of parents who are picking their kids up from a nearby school and you just drift across streets without ever looking up from your phone while wearing giant headphones…) From recently talking about it…

… to years back when talking about my time coaching Team Challenge and how runners would be completely unaware of us coaches running up to talk with them until we’re right in their face. It really bothers me to see people being so cavalier about their own wellbeing.

So when Panasonic reached out to me to test and share their Open-Ear Bone Conduction Headphones and the #OpenYourEars campaign I was very excited. First, I’d never tried an ear-bone conduction headphone (I usually run with a single earbud) and was intrigued to see how it works. Second, obscuring your sense of hearing while running is my pet peeve. If I was a Mrs Running America pageant contestant this may be my platform issue.

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I wasted no time in opening the box, pulling out the headphones, plugging them into my iPhone and starting up a song. I heard the song just fine, so I asked my husband, “Can you hear my music?” And he looked at me and said, “It’s all in your head. There’s no music.” He’s a smart aleck. But it’s still kind of strange, to have your ears completely open and hearing the music just fine but nobody else can hear it. I loved that!

So I took the open-ear headphones out on a run. And then another, and another, and another. I really like them, they are quite comfortable and don’t bounce around at all. I have found that when you are listening to a podcast/audiobook/spoken word and a noisy vehicle drives by, you tend to miss some of the words as you really do hear the road noise more. So if that is something that really bothers you, try these anyway and keep your audio that needs close attention for other times!

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So how does the ear-bone conduction work? Basically, it transmits sound vibrations directly to the inner ear through your cheekbones. So without covering up any part of your ear canal, you still get the benefit of great sound. And your ears are open to hear cars, cyclists, other people, dogs, etc. that are around you.

They are lightweight and even though they are not adjustable to snug right up against the back of your head, they don’t move when on. They have reflective strips on the sides and back to help increase visibility in night/low-light conditions. They are water/sweat-resistant and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

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The only complaint I have about them is how long the cord seems, I feel like I could wear a calf strap to hold my phone, plug the headphones in clear down there and it would be fine. Well, that’s an exaggeration… but there is plenty of cord to go around here. Just jam it down your shirt, it will be fine.

Another thing that would be a “nice to have” feature is an inline remote. If I’m going to have all that cord, I might as well be able to control my tunes with it and take calls.

The headphones retail for $79.99.

In addition to the headphones, Panasonic was kind enough to send me a bag of schwag. Some of it is general precautionary things runners might need: GU, BodyGlide, sunscreen. But they also sent some items that are visibility-specific. Reflective headband, light-up armband, bright-reflective waist belt. All of it came bundled in a nice big Land’s End tote. Thank you Panasonic for sending me the headphones and all these goodies.

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Panasonic sent me the headphones for free to review, but it was in regard to a need that I feel particularly strong about and all opinions are my own.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Video Entertainment

At the swimming pool last Saturday, the song “Let It Go” from Frozen came on and my kid suddenly belted out, “LET IT GO!” I didn’t know she knew that song, but they do play lots and lots of songs in her classroom, so it’s not surprising that she would hear it. After realizing that she knew the song I decided to show her a video of it when we got home. So I pulled it up on YouTube:

And when it finished, she said “OLAF!” And I was thinking, “Who is Olaf?” Then she tapped on a video of a snowman named Olaf from Frozen. My kid, who has never watched a movie, knows this movie more than I do.

A is coming up on 26-months-old (apparently I can’t stop counting in months yet, I told another mother she was 2 and was then asked, “But how many months?” Is there some kind of rule about when that stops? Or should I just start telling everyone I am 434-months-old?) Anyway… we followed the rule about not letting your kid watch TV before turning two, but it’s not like we were super strict about NO SCREEN TIME completely. She did get to Facetime with people on occasion. And while she still doesn’t watch TV, she does like YouTube videos now. She definitely has her favorites:

This video may have been what taught her that Halloween stuff is scary:

And when she started requesting train videos, it took a lot of trial and error before we landed on the Bob the Train videos that satisfied her:

And watching all of these clips has now made YouTube think that’s what I like, so my recommended videos now looks like this:

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Friday Fête

Lately I am obsessed with patterned pants for running. I want a pair… I actually ordered a pair from Fabletics that should be arriving sometime soon. I’ve seen that company advertised so much lately I finally caved and I’m going to check them out. There’s a part of me that thinks I can’t wear patterned workout pants… because I don’t have the right figure for them, I don’t have shirts to go with them, I might feel silly in them… all frivolous reasons that don’t really hold much weight.

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This all kind of goes along with my total lack of style. I just feel like I need to shake things up and actually define my own style. Beyond sloppy telecommuter/runner.

I’ve started to pin some patterned pants that I’ve found and I will continue to do so. But here are a few recents:

1. These are patterned but not way too busy, they might be a good “gateway” pant!



2. These ones have subtle pattern/texture on the legs, but the color isn’t subtle at all!

3. Venturing into pattern and color here!

4. These are just flat-out called “crazy pants” – but they’re still black/white so matching a top to them wouldn’t be hard.

These are probably the most bold of all the pants I’ve found so far. I like that the model has enough sense to match her shoes to the pants. ;-)

Thoughts on wild-pattern capris/tights? Do you already have some?

Fitting Fitness in Anywhere

I have been wearing a Garmin Vivofit since the spring. I like that I don’t have to charge it. I like that it is waterproof (can wear it in the pool!). I like that it has a screen that gives me feedback and shows me the time. I like that is adapts to how much movement you are getting to change your daily steps goal. The sleep tracking isn’t as good as my old Jawbone UP, but it is good enough. I don’t like having to wear it on my right wrist to make sure I get all my steps tracked because if it’s on my left wrist when I’m holding my kid, it doesn’t record anything. And one time toward the end of a 45 minute Surfset class, the little red indicators that show up when you’ve been idle too long appeared. So apparently that class motion wasn’t enough to satisfy the device.

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The little red indicator lights are nice during my workday though, I glance down and notice them while I sit at my desk all day so I jump up to do something about them. It’s really easy to be too idle when you do computer work in your home office all day. Usually I will do some high knees or butt kicks in place for a minute and the red lines are gone. But it’s fun to incorporate other little bursts of activity into your day. The book Nano Workouts has lots of fun ideas.

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From the office, to the kitchen, to the bathroom or bedroom… suggestions abound for ways to get in extra movement. Yes… the bathroom and the bedroom. Curious? In the bathroom they recommend upper arm stretches while you sit on the john, or leg stretches in the shower. And one of my go-to moves that makes my husband mock me, calf raises while I brush my teeth. The bedroom exercises aren’t what your dirty mind may guess. They are things like bridges and crunches on the bed, which seems silly to me. I’d rather get out of bed and do the bridge on the floor.

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Office moves are fun, especially if you’re a telecommuter like me. You can take 30 seconds to a minute for chair dips. Or if you’re stuck on a call you can stand up and do some of the stretches.

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It’s a cool little book, pretty small and fits easily in the desk drawer. Some of the moves will make you look ridiculous if you’re doing them around others. Unless you work in a very fitness-minded place and then maybe your colleagues will join in!

 

OMG Boston!

The last time I attempted a marathon was in 2009… that race didn’t end exactly how I’d planned. Short story… I fell, split my chin open, DNF‘d and got stitches. I’ve wanted redemption ever since… but life just got in the way. I dealt with ED recovery, I coached several seasons of Team Challenge and kept myself busy with other things. And having a child added more difficulty to the picture. I know there are women that train for marathons with very small babies but that just wasn’t in the cards for me. I thought A would be closer to 5-years-old or so before I would get a chance to attempt a marathon again.

But then something amazing just fell into my lap and I had to say yes.

I am going to be part of Team Stonyfield and run the 2015 Boston Marathon!

Stonyfield OrganicI’m super excited, a little bit scared and completely flattered to be chosen for this adventure. Stonyfield is the official yogurt sponsor for the Boston Marathon. I have been feeding A their yogurt ever since she could eat yogurt. And she usually grabs one of their pouches of yogurt at the store and asks for it as her special treat. So I’m familiar with their products and it’s something that I have willingly purchased long before this opportunity. That is important to me.

Training for a marathon is hard, that’s a given. It will be even harder this time around because I have a child. And the bulk of my training will come during my husband’s busy season. (He’s a CPA, he works ridiculously long hours January through April – the race is April 20.) Last time I trained for a marathon, I could do my long runs then come home and leisurely take an ice bath, chill with my legs up the wall while I read a magazine or listened to music, take a nap if I felt like it… that’s all going to be different this time. I’ll still get up super early to run big miles, but when I return home I’ll have a 2-year-old running around wanting to jump all over me and play with me. (And she’s cute… how could I not want to play with her?)

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I’m looking forward to the opportunity to getting to know my teammates more:

I will be sharing stories from my training here for the next several months. I’m truly humbled to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to start this journey!

Cancer Needs to be Extinct – Skechers Performance is Trying to Help

Pink ribbon shoes are awesome. Cancer sucks.

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It’s just a crummy disease. I’ve known too many people who have had their lives turned upside down by the big C. My own mother has beaten breast cancer twice, my grandmother has had 3 occurrences. I honestly live with the thought of WHEN I get breast cancer, not IF I get cancer. That’s a kind of disturbing thought. I’d like it to be eradicated so I don’t have to have that fear.

So when I was asked if I wanted to participated in a campaign sponsored by Skechers Performance I agreed because I support this cause so much.  See, after my mom’s second breast cancer diagnosis we decided that we would do something BIG after she was better. And after batting around several ideas, none of which seemed like they were the right celebration, we finally landed on MARATHON. That’s big. It’s huge! And it just felt right.

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So we trained and did the PF Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Phoenix marathon in January 2008. It was an amazing experience and it has led both of us to do many more races together. This first marathon adventure is what made me a lifelong runner.

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Skechers Performance is supporting the American Cancer Society by releasing a special line of shoes. The lineup consists of the GOrun3 Awareness, GOrun Sprint, GOfit Awareness and GOwalk2 Flash Awareness. Since I’m a runner, I received a pair of the GOrun shoes to test and review.

Designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it fosters a barefoot running experience while offering cushioning and impact protection.

  • Improved breathability and flexibility
  • Roomy forefoot. 3 layer Power-prene mesh on front panel allows for support while offering ample room for toe splay
  • GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a responsive running experience
  • M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
  • Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
  • 4mm Heel Drop to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
  • Resalyte™ Midsole – Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
  • Nearly seamless flexible mesh upper with lace up front

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I really love how light the shoes are (a mere 5 oz!) and the upper is very comfortable. I do have to admit, the M-Strike Technology™ makes the shoe feel like it has a strange rocker in the middle of the shoe. It definitely promotes a midfoot strike! It feels kind of weird walking in them, running is far more comfortable. I do like that it comes with a removable insole so you can bring yourself a little closer to the ground or you can give yourself a little more cushion, depending upon personal preference or even needs that day. (Maybe I should call it an insertable insole, since it doesn’t come in the shoe by default!) And I felt ever so slightly like Kara Goucher when I put the shoes on, that’s a bonus, right? Actually, I kind of wondered if she and Meb had a learning curve to get their form right when they started in these shoes, because they absolutely feel different from any other shoe I’ve worn for running. Skechers are also one of the most affordable brands of running shoes out there, these ones retail for just $85!

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But even more important is how Skechers Performance Division is planning on helping the cause, right?

  1. Skechers is donating to the American Cancer Society. All of the apparel/shoes in their Awareness line will featured the ACS logo and messaging.
  2. Skechers is hosting the American Cancer Society San Francisco Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and will be donating a percentage of proceeds from the sales of Skechers shoes on-site that day.
  3. Skechers Retail stores are offering a gift with purchase for customers who purchase a pair of limited-edition Awareness shoes. The gift with purchase will be either a canvas awareness tote or a pink water bottle.
  4. Skechers is launching a register round-up program in Skechers Retail stores in which customers can round up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar to benefit American Cancer Society for the entire month of October. If consumers donate $5 or more, they will also receive a 20% off discount for their next visit. This will offer anyone shopping for any item in a Skechers retailer store the opportunity to give back and support the cause.

And while breast cancer has hit my family particularly hard, I like that Skechers Performance is supporting the American Cancer Society in this endeavor… because ALL cancers suck and I like that the ACS is out to beat all forms of cancer. I am sure every single one of us has been affected by some kind of cancer in our lives… whether it is a family member, a friend or ourselves. I have a co-worker battling brain cancer right now and it makes me so angry that this disease is zapping so much from him.

So if you need to get running shoes anyway, you may as well get something that helps support a cause at the same time, right?

Thanks to Skechers for sponsoring today’s post!

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Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Friday Fête

It’s starting to get cooler, more autumn-esque (You know, like 88 degrees!) and that is making me excited about switching up my wardrobe. I tried to spruce it up last year and earlier this year, because I’m terrible at defining my own style. But when summer comes, it’s harder simply because it’s a thousand degrees and wearing anything other than shorts/tanks/flip-flops feels too hot! So I signed up for the service Le Tote. My first “tote” is on its way to me, so I’ll make sure to share the goods here. Basically, the way it works is you get a box of 5 items and you can return them at any time and get as many boxes in a month as can be shipped. You can wear the items out and about for a day or two… or months if you wanted to hang onto them that long… and then return what you don’t want and buy what you like. I appreciate that I don’t have to make the decision before trying it out in real life. If anyone is interested, I’ll do a Stitch Fix recap with my thoughts on things I’ve kept… some have been winners beyond the initial decision and some have been duds.

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Every day when I pick A up from school, she asks me “Where’s Jade?” Then when I tell her that Jade is at home, she nods her head matter-of-factly and says, “Yeah.” I think Jade feels conflicted while A is at school now, she enjoys having some time to herself without a small person getting in her face at times, but she also misses that small person. I’m really glad and grateful how gentle Jade is with the kid, especially as I hear about more and more friends who have had to get rid of their dogs when they had babies.

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5 x 10 Questions aka 50 Questions

I saw this on Happy Fit Mama and felt like answering the questions. I am pretty sure I’ve answered many of these on the site in some form, but some of the answers change as life goes on. And I always like reading these types of things to learn more about other bloggers.

1. What are you wearing? My workout clothes from the Surfset class I took earlier today. I should change, I’ll do that on my lunch break. This is one of those ups/downs of telecommuting. You turn into a slob.

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2. Ever been in love? Yes

3. Ever had a terrible breakup? No

4. How tall are you? 5’5″

5. How much do you weigh? Somewhere between 50-150 lbs, aside from my medical team that’s all anyone needs to know.

6. Any tattoos? I have the Japanese kanji for beauty and balance on my inner ankle and a sunflower on my outer ankle. They’re all ED recovery related. And I want more.

7. Any piercings? 2 in each ear, 2 additional piercings in my left ear that probably have closed up.

8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)? Jim and Pam on The Office. (I had never heard of this OTP-nonsense before. Honestly, most fictional couples give these completely unrealistic and unattainable picture of romance that I can’t endorse.)

9. Favorite show? @Midnight

10. Favorite bands? I love too much music to pick a favorite!

11. Something you miss? Flexibility to do whatever I feel like in my life. Coaching Team Challenge. Seeing other people while I work.

12. Favorite song? Probably Float On by Modest Mouse.

13. How old are you? 36

14. Zodiac sign? Leo

15. Quality you look for in a partner? Lots of money! $$$$ (Okay, totally kidding.) I can’t say I’ve ever looked for a particular quality, sometimes you just “click” with someone.

16. Favorite Quote? Recent favorite is: 

When you have one foot in the future and one foot in the past, you piss on the present. - Dan Harris

17. Favorite actor? Vin Diesel… okay, that’s sarcasm – I don’t have one.

18. Loud music or soft? Both

20. Where do you go when you’re sad? Inside my own head.

21. How long does it take you to shower? 10ish minutes

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Do I have to go somewhere? No… 2 minutes. If I have to go somewhere, 10-25 minutes depending on the somewhere and how presentable I need to be.

23. Ever been in a physical fight? That question is laughable.

24. Turn on? Humor, intelligent, wit

25. Turn off? Rudeness

26. The reason I started blogging? It was mentioned in a tech magazine so I started an official blog back in 2001. [read: Blogging Just Evolves]

27. Fear? Messing up my kid.

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28. Last thing that made you cry? Feeling overwhelmed and fed up with everything in my life

29. Last time you said you loved someone? This morning when I sent my kid to school

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? I think it is pretty self-explanatory: I’m Jill.. I Will Run.

31. Last book you read? The Runner’s Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die – eventually I will post a review of this book.

32. The book you’re currently reading? I am almost done with Endurance: A Novel of Terror. It’s crazy messed-up.

33. Last show you watched? The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

34. Last person you talked to? A colleague

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? One of my employees

36. Favorite food? Pizza, I really like the stuff.

37. Place you want to visit? I’d really really really like to go to Greece.

38. Last place you were? Uh… the Surfset studio? Or is this last place I went out-of-town? Utah, for work.

39. Do you have a crush? That feels so 15-years-old, to “have a crush”. LOL

40. Last time you kissed someone? This morning when I loaded my kiddo into her seat for her daddy to take her to school.

41. Last time you were insulted? Don’t remember.

42. Favorite flavor of sweet? Sugar – does that cover it all?

43. What instruments do you play? Piano and flute, as well as the guitar a little bit. But I haven’t played any of those for years, as I don’t own a musical instrument to practice now.

44. Favorite piece of jewelry? The piece I remember to wear? I do really love my wedding ring, I love the trillion cut diamond, I don’t see many people with that.

45. Last sport you played? Uh… I ran, but I don’t think of that as “I played running.”

46. Last song you sang? Itsy Bitsy Spider… my kid requested it, okay? She’s two-years-old!

47. Favorite chat up line? I couldn’t think of one, had to look some up. I’ll go with: You are hotter than the bottom of my laptop.

48. Have you ever used it? No, especially considering I just found it. I’ll go try it.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone? Does going to a movie with friends on Tuesday count? Who has time to just “hang out”?

50. Who should answer these questions next? Anybody, nobody. I dare someone to answer all 50 questions in the comments of this post.