First things first… ¬† Erin, Please email me to so we can get you your goodies ūüôā

You know what sucks? ¬†That little voice in the back of your head. ¬†Do you have one of those? ¬†You know, the one that is like‚Ķ.”ohhh girl you cray cray thinking you can touch a sub 3:45 marathon.” ¬†Oh, you don’t have one of those?


Well, I have one. ¬†And IT WON’T SHUT THE HELL UP. ¬†I don’t know what triggered it. ¬†But last night something clicked and I am in complete freakout mode.

seriously though.  The past few weeks I have been ok.  I know that my goal race is getting closer but I also know that I have made the effort.  That I have done the training and the hard work.  Now I need to rest my legs and more than anything  mentally prepare for the race.

Last night the taper hit me. ¬†I emailed my coach. ¬†Homeboy loves me and my freak out emails. ¬†This was a doozy too. ¬†A lot of “what’s the game plan” and “we need to talk race strategy” and “I am already number crunching and will keep number crunching‚Ķ.are you¬†sure¬† I shouldn’t do a few more miles or runs.” ¬†OVER DRIVE.¬†

I got a response, and way quicker than I anticipated.  He pretty much told me to calm the F down, realize I have done the training and hit all the mini-goals he had for me and now I need to work on my mental game and start psyching myself up to stay mentally strong.

This race will hurt. ¬†I will be running fast for a long time. ¬†I will be pushing myself. ¬†No more “I am going to chat your ear off” pace for me. ¬†It will be more of a “Dear GOD what is that loud noise?! Oh, just me¬†gasping¬†for air” kind of pace.
I need to prepare myself for that. ¬†I need to learn to shut that voice up too. ¬†That little bastard telling me I am crazy and I can’t can’t can’t can’t.

Reaistically….. There is a chance I might not get sub 3:35.  Yes, I am well aware and I am prepared for that. No matter what happens I know I will come out with a PR.  But.  I am scared of embarrassing myself.  I mean, there are a measly 13 people who read this but for those 13 people, I have been talking about BQing for a long time.

Really‚Ķ I have been training for this race since the beginning of the year. ¬†I didn’t know it at the time, but when 2012 came around I started stepping up my running game. ¬†Proof is in my 1/2 marathons I ran in the spring. ¬†I ran a lot, I ran hard and I worked my butt off. ¬†Yes, the training was¬†completely 100%¬†different from my training now, but now I am just training smarter.

So with all this talk, all this training, all the time and effort and hard work, I am scared that if by chance I don’t get 3:35, I will feel like a fool. ¬†I have an ego, I have pride in my hard work and I think a lot of where that little shitty voice comes from is being scared to look like an idiot.

does any of this even make sense!?

do you see what I mean?! 


One thing that¬†isn’t¬†running related that I have been loving on lately is everything fall. ¬†I know there is a lot of hype about the changing season but fall has always been my favorite season. ¬†It meant Field hockey and football. ¬†The occasional chai and a nice scarf doesn’t hurt either ūüėČ

I will have you know that I have 3 mum plants that aren’t dead¬†yet.

I can’t promise that there won’t be any more freak out posts. ¬†Actually, I can promise that there will be.

in the meantime I am going to work on shutting up that bastard in my head and upping my mental toughness.

Any ideas on how to do either?




This weekend was full.  Full of family, friends, dogs and all things good.

Friday I spent time with my favorite girls

Saturday I spent time with Jbone’s nephew. ¬†I had to watch him alone for 4 minutes

only 4

this happened

After a relaxing night at home Saturday I woke up Sunday ready to get my run on.

it was interesting to say the least

mile 5- fall.   hard

mile 6- choke.  Nuun.  down the wrong pipe. just about died

mile 7-reprecussion from the fall, headphone drama

my injury

yes, it’s those teeny tiny specs on my palm

yea, brutal.  seriously though, it felt like I was going to need 40 stitches

needless to say I am happy I even finished.

12 miles (although I wanted 14)

tapering big time

My weekend was also full of all things pumpkin

beer, candles, coffee, cookies

I even spent a good amount of time with the pups this weekend

they are so strange were loving it

Off to rest before work tomorrow barf

Best part of your weekend? GO-


***don’t forget to enter

***Go tell her congrats for an awesome race this morning too!



1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

Choosing a major in school that I knew I would have to work my butt of for but doing it anyway (Biochemistry)

Moving out of mom and dad’s to live alone for 3+ years

Cutting my hair.  silly but true.

Running a race, any distance, with a goal time in mind

Everyday I think about my training. ¬†A marathon. ¬†Sure, I want to run it fast. ¬†I want to BQ. ¬†But a¬†marathon. ¬†That’s no joke. ¬†26.2 miles. ¬†Running. ¬† Sometimes I don’t even like to drive that far and I willingly signed up to run that distance.

Lately in my training I have been thinking about how I am trying for a hefty goal. ¬†The time I want is a stretch, but definitely possible. ¬†Why not just try for a 3:45 marathon? ¬†I know I can get that time. ¬†How would that be brave of me though? ¬†No. ¬†I am going for the challenge. ¬†If I don’t make it, there will be more marathons but I know I would be disappointed if I didn’t at least¬†try.

As a reminder, I got myself a little gift. 

I train every day.  When I train, I train hard.  Sometimes I want to stop, or quit, or I think negatively.  Some days are better than others but it is a nice reminder that I am able to do this…. I just need to keep that courage.

When I ordered my bracelet I also got my two favorite girls gifts.

They don’t know it yet, but I got them each a bracelet¬†as a reminder of how courageous they both are. ¬†The have both overcome some serious obstacles in their lives. ¬†From when they were younger to even a week ago, they have both dealt with pretty crappy situations. ¬†And if it wasn’t for their bravery, their courage, they wouldn’t be the amazing people they are today.

On top of being an awesome motivation, the Endorphin Warrior bracelet’s are also awesomely made. ¬†The training bracelet and leather cord bracelet alike are both quality bracelets. ¬†The package you receive has information on care for the bracelets but they are¬†made¬†to be worn all the time‚Ķ.sweat and all!

Endorphin Warrior has offered to give a reader a Warrior Training Bracelet of their choice.

To enter leave a comment about which bracelet you would choose and why.

You can earn extra entries by (leave a comment for each)…

-liking Endorphin Warrior on Facebook.
-Following Endorphin Warrior on Twitter.
-Follow Me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway

Winner will be randomly picked Monday, September 24.



Today started out with me being frazzled and I still feel that way now.  I woke up 45 minutes later than I wanted to but still somehow managed to only be 30 minutes late to work.  I am just that good or I just drive that fast.

After actually being pretty busy at work today I left and headed right for the pool. ¬†Swimming wasn’t horrible. ¬†I mean, I can definitely tell that I haven’t swam in 2 years but it was good. ¬†My reward for actually getting in the pool? ¬†Caramel mocha with skim please.

Once I got home I quickly prepared dinner so that when it came time, I could just throw it in the oven to bake.

In the mix: turkey meat, kidney beans, zucchini, tomato sauce. ¬†I topped it with mozzarella cheese and it’s currently baking at 325 for 45 minutes. ¬†I will let you know how it comes out!

After prepping dinner I headed out for a quick 30 minute run. ¬†3.65 miles of progression sprints. ¬†I felt good! ¬†Much better than yesterday’s run to and from CrossFit.

Clearly it was hot out!

From my run I hopped in the shower and headed right out to the vet.  Jake had a check up. Clean bill of health for the little man!  See what I mean about today being non-frickin-stop.

While at the vet I saw my favorite person ever.

Tomorrow I have to fit in Yasso 800’s, CrossFit, Core work and 8 hours of work. ¬†I mean, I really need to do something about this work thing‚Ķit’s just getting in the way of my training!

I hope tomorrow I am not as stressed as I feel right now‚Ķ.although it’s not looking too good!

Any advice on how to stop stressing the F out and fit everything in?


ps- Yo Momma!  Email me at  You won yourself some nut butter lady!



In honor of one of my favorite days of the week I have some goodies for you!

Active Schwaggle is offering free shipping and 50% off of PRO compression gear.¬† Go get some.¬† I know I did! **Enter code SOCKS at checkout ūüėČ

Neon yellow and red? Don’t mind if I do

You know I am a peanut butter lover too, right?

What about Almond butter?! I am a big ol’ fan of this as an almond butter and jelly sandwich.

The best kind of A-Butter?¬† Justin‘s, clearly!

You want some?

The nice people at Justin’s sent me a jar to give away to one of you!

To enter:

– leave a comment with your favorite type of nut butter

Tweet about that ish and leave a comment saying you did so!

Winner will randomly be picked Tuesday 8/7.

Hope this sweetens up your Friday a bit!


Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Dude, are you just as happy about it being Friday as I am. ¬†I mean, ThANK THE LAWWWDY that it’s almost the weekend. ¬†Until the bell rings at the end of the day, I will continue to annoy my coworkers with way too much OAR and Dave Matthews Band. ¬†It’s Friday, I am celebrating…shhhhh. ¬†I am looking forward to lots of house work and family time this weekend!

I have a couple of rando things to share with you… First is my new favorite quote by my idol, Miss¬†Kara Goucher

‚Äé”That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.”¬†

-Tell me that is not the most amazing, ‘hit the nail on the head’ quote you have ever heard. ¬†Life is wonderful.

Here is the link to scope out some of your fave athletes.  Who are you rooting for?

-I haven’t decided what to do about my run streak yet. ¬†This morning I ran a painful 2.5 miles. ¬†I am tired of having shitty runs and I am starting to get seriously annoyed now. ¬†I know what I need to do and my body wants to do, I just feel like such a quitter if I don’t keep streaking! ¬†Oy


I counted the comments a billion times, I hope I got it right… STACEY ¬†who “eats oatmeal every day” check your email!!!

Congrats lady and thanks to everyone who commented ūüôā

I also wanna give a shout out to Jbone’s sisters birthday! ¬†HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL! Love you!

Make it a great day!


ME and quitting

My celebration of summer yesterday was a success.  I mean, I stayed up till about 9 and got to swim.  To me, I won.

Along with swimming I did a lot of rehydrating.  I have been sweating like a beast lately and I know I am starting to get a little dehydrated so I am trying to up my water intake.

This afternoon I went to get my hair done with intentions of CHOPPING it.  well….

I wimped out.  Anddddd I only got about 3 inches taken off. Womp Womp.   It just takes too long for my hair to grow back!  Maybe next time?

While I was waiting for the color to be finished I noticed something….STRANGE

WTF is there an ass doing on my leg. ¬† That’s NOT cute, that’s all I know


I just got home for the first time (other than 10 minutes to change) since 4:15 am.  And I have another 3:30 wake up call tomorrow to get a run in before work.

Now, I am feeling a little torn about the Streak I am doing. ¬†I am starting to feel like I am not getting quality runs in. ¬†This morning I did a little over 5.5 miles and they sucked. ¬†Between running every day and going to CrossFit 3-4 times a week, I think my body is not liking it. ¬† I miss the runs where I felt strong and in shape. ¬†All week I have been having a hard time. ¬†I know I committed to the Runners World Running Streak, but I am starting to feel like maybe I should give myself a day or two off? ¬†I know it is only at least a mile a day, and really‚Ķwhat’s a mile. ¬†But I just think my legs need a break and now that I am starting to train for my fall marathon, I am going to have really long runs coming up. ¬†I’m torn‚Ķ Any suggestions?

Don’t forget‚Ķ the giveaway ends tomorrow! ¬†Thanks to all the other bloggers that helped pimp out my free swag!


Track Time

Oh Hello there!  Right now I am sitting on my back deck trying to let the pups get some fresh air and recooping from a killer CrossFit workout.

Chobani Very Berry and Vanilla protein smoothie

It is LAVA outside so I don’t think walking the dogs is a smart idea. ¬†Instead I will blog while they pant their faces off.

I have been super busy so I have a lot to catch you up on!

Last night I stayed at my parents house about an hour away from where I live.   First I got to meet miss Penny and we had an awesome backyard photo shoot.

Then I had some quality time with momma bear before we had a meeting to go to.

First we went and got our skanky runners feet taken care of. ¬†Bless those people who touch my feet, even I don’t like to sometimes!

Then it was the most nutritious dinner I have had in a while… Ice cream.  Hey, At least I got the greek frozen yogurt, that has to count for something!

After we went to a meeting for a local running club to discuss the 5K I am working on. ¬†I didn’t get very far but I am still working on it. ¬†Apparently insurance is kinda a big thing.¬†i’m an idiot and thought this would be a tad easier. Worth all the work though, it will be a for a great cause and a great guy.

REWIND to before the quality mother daughter time‚Ķ. I did speed work. ¬†At a track. ¬†and not just any old speedwork. ¬†I did Yasso 800’s. ¬†OHhHhh, what are Yasso 800’s you ask?


the end

For real though, they are one of the toughest speed workouts you can do in my opinion.

Bart Yasso is basically a running god. ¬†He works for Runners World and came up with the “Yasso 800’s.”

The workout is running 800 meters (2 laps around a track) fast. ¬†The point is to work up to 10 800’s in one workout. ¬†Here is a blurb from Bart himself that explains better than I can about what it actually is:

“I’ve been doing this particular workout for about 15 years,” he continued, “and it always seems to work for me. If I can get my 800s down to 2 minutes 50 seconds, I’m in 2:50 marathon shape. If I can get down to 2:40 (minuses), I can run a 2:40 marathon. I’m shooting for a 2:37 marathon right now, so I’m running my 800s in 2:37.”

Ideally, I want to get 10 800’s all under 3:30. ¬†It is much harder than it sounds. ¬†So, my friend and I met at the track and busted our balls. ¬†Since I have no pictures for you, I decided to show my artistic side and show you what we looked like

we are just the cutest….

We both finished 5 800’s all under 3:20 – 3:19 counts! ¬†It was tough. ¬†My ribs‚Ķyes ribs may or may not be sore today from the run. ¬†We will hopefully do this workout once a week, each week adding one more 800. ¬†I will definitely keep you posted on my progress! ¬†Oh, and I guess I will keep my BFF Bart posted too, I mean, because we¬†ARE BFF’s and all

I am off to celebrate the FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF SUMMER by staying up way past my bedtime (might push it to 9:30, i live life on the edge) and swim a bit!

Are you celebrating the first day of summer?!  Longest day of the year too! Take advantage of it!

Don’t forget to win yourself some free stuff to! ¬†I will pick a winner Friday!

Make it a great day!


Chobani For You

I am the pickiest eater I know. ¬†That sometimes can be an issue since I don’t eat meat. ¬†My options are limited to what I can and can not eat, so I often get tired and bored of eating the same things over and over.

Well, the one thing that I just can NOT live without is yogurt. ¬†Honestly, think I would be vegan if it wasn’t for yogurt and coffee creamer. ¬†Those are two things I NEED to have.

If you have been following the blog for a while or even follow me on twitter you know I love me some Chobani.  I eat at least one every day, if not 2. Greek yogurt was something I started eating because of the amount of protein in greek vs regular yogurt.  I have tried a bunch of different brands but Cho is my all time fave!

Guess what I got on Friday from the nicest company ever?


They sent me a case of my favorite flavors and some flavors I wanted to try out.  Guess what else?!  I want to spread some ChoLove to you too!

The generous people of Chobani are letting me choose one lucky person to win an assorted case of their yogurt. ¬†choose the apple cinnamon, you can’t go wrong with that one!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment telling me something you eat almost every day and can’t live without!

An extra entry for following me on twitter @gemruns, and one more sucker for tweeting about it! (leave seperate comments for following and tweeting)

I will pick a winner Friday through ¬†Good luck ūüôā