In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


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Running at Sea Level is For Sissies

If I didn’t have fun plans over the next few weekends, I would be incredibly depressed. I got home from Denver yesterday and as always, I hated to leave.

Iowa boys

Some of my favorite Iowans

We didn’t do everything on the agenda due to weather, but it was still a blast. My trip was filled with friends, upon friends, upon friends. High school friends, college friends, old friends, new friends. I won’t bore you with weekend details but I will bore you with running details.

I had the day to myself on Thursday because apparently people work during the week. I met my friend Danielle for 5.5 miles around Wash Park (g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s). The run wasn’t the best as I was DEFINITELY feeling the altitude in my lungs. But I couldn’t have asked for better scenery or company.

We were supposed to hike the Manitou Incline on Friday in Colorado springs but we woke up to….SNOW. Erroneous.Snow yuck

So we ditched the hike and went shopping instead. I was disappointed we couldn’t do the incline because a) I was looking forward to the gorgeous scenery and b) I thought it’d help get me more acclimated to the altitude. Oh well. Maybe next time.

Saturday was spent cheering on the Hawkeyes, freaking out about the Hawkeyes and being depressed over the Hawkeyes. After the heartbreaking loss (however, we played great), it was time to prepare for our run on Sunday morning. Danielle, Erin, Tayler and I spent the night eating, drinking wine, drinking beer, eating, watching YouTube videos, singing, and eating some more. We know how to fuel our bodies for runs.

Preparing for the 20

Pre half marathon shotSunday morning we were up and at ’em early. At 6:45am, the four of us were out the door running the 2 miles to the start of the Denver Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon. Dressed in Packer gear. We started the half together, not having goal times…just wanting to get through the full 20 miles. We hit mile 5 (after a biotch of a hill) and I felt great. We zig-zagged through City Park (where we saw Emily about 6 times…Best Spectator Ever Award), 17th Street, Cheesman Park and all over downtown. We hit mile 11 and I still felt great. Cheesman Park wasn’t necessarily the easiest thing in the world, but luckily I had Erin and Danielle next to me singing, dancing and encouraging me. They are honestly the greatest. We hit about 12.5 and sprinted it in. Our Garmin’s clocked 13.4 miles….slightly annoying. Final time: 2:04:12.

10th Half Marathon!

10th Half Marathon!

I had so much fun during this half. Well, as much fun as you can have running 13 miles. I was really worried about the altitude hitting me, but it never did during the 20 miles. My favorite spectator sign on the course?

“Running at sea level is for sissies.”

I loved every second of running with D and Erin. They know how to motivate you when you’re struggling and they KNOW running. Erin kept telling me to relax my shoulders; D was telling me to move my arms with other runners and that my legs would follow; both were telling me to pick people off. Ugh, I wish I had them there for every race!

But the fun wasn’t over following the half. We still had 4.6 miles to run. D stayed back to wait for Tayler to finish and Erin and I headed out to complete my 20 mile training run. In the first .5 miles I thought I was going to die. We took it niiiice and slow. Not too many details about this run, except that it was brutal. But we finished our 20 mile run in 3 hours, 11 minutes, 17 seconds. That was a pretty big motivational boost.

Sunday afternoon was spent drinking beers over the Packer game with more lovely friends who live in Colorado. I’m ready to go back already.

Packer game crew

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Take Me Down to the Paradise City

Add it to the Bucket List: Live in Denver

5 days until I jet off to the best city in the country. Denver, of course! It’s finally that time of year for my annual trip.

My sister (Tayler) and my best friend in the whole wide world (Emily) live in Denver so every year, I fly out for a weekend. We hike, shop, party, reunite with old friends and do all the fun things Denver has to offer. So what’s on the agenda?

Wednesday: land in Denver late.

Thursday: I’m flying solo because Tayler and Emily have to work. My plan? Run my 5-miler on the schedule, maybe do some shopping, maybe drive up to Boulder? Who knows. The world is my oyster.

Thursday night: party hardy. Over the past few years, I’ve become friends with all of Emily’s friends from college (University of Colorado-Boulder) and I absolutely love them. A few of them are out of town the weekend I’m there, so it’s the only chance we have to hang out. Plus, 3 of my great guy friends from college live there who I must see!

Friday: Emily took the day off, but I just found out Tayler has to work now. Tear. But Emily and I have a day full of plans. We’re driving up to Colorado Springs to knock 2 things off my bucket list:

  1. Pet a giraffe
  2. Climb the Manitou Incline

Giraffe part: there is a zoo in Colorado Springs that allows you to feed the giraffes! Score.

The Manitou Incline is a former incline railway and it inclines over 2,000 feet of elevation in less than a mile. Last year during my visit to Denver, I hiked my first 14er. So I have to do something equally as awesome.

Emily, myself and Tayler on Mount Bierstadt

Emily, myself and Tayler on Mount Bierstadt in 2012

Manitou Incline

Manitou Incline

Saturday: Watch the Iowa/Ohio State football game. Last year I met my college friends at a bar for the game and we didn’t have much luck. It was actually a pitiful performance. But what Iowa game wasn’t last year? There isn’t much on the schedule for Saturday because I need to rest up for….

Myself, Danielle, Tayler and Erin after the AZ Half

Myself, Danielle, Tayler and Erin after the AZ Half

Sunday: the Denver Rock N Roll Half Marathon! I’m running this with Tayler, a friend from high school and my friends Danielle and Erin who I did the Arizona half marathon with. I’m also going to attempt something crazy: get my 20-miler in on Sunday. My plan is to run a 2-mile warm up, run the half marathon, and then just tackle on a nice and easy 5-mile cool down after the half. Easy, right? Riiiight.

I’ve been going back and forth on this 20-miler, especially because I don’t know how my body will respond to the altitude change. Fortunately, I’m flying out to Denver a few days early so I’ll have time to adjust. I contemplated doing the 20-miler the following weekend, but then I won’t have as much taper time. And I really just want to get it over with. So we’ll see how it goes!

Our plan after the half is to go drink bottomless mimosas during the Packer game and enjoy my last night in Denver. And then I fly back to boring ‘ol Wisconsin on Monday. The trip to Denver always goes by way too fast. I end up wishing I lived there, promise all my friends that I’ll be moving out within the next year and then it never happens. Maybe someday…

Have a great weekend and enjoy the beat.


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Hold the Phone. Megan Gets Serious.

I mentioned last week that my favorite things to talk about are traveling, photography, cheesy quotes, sports, running and music. And I decided to blog about this every Friday. The name of this tradition is still to be determined. But here we go.

Travel: I’m off to Clearwater Beach in 6 days for Gretchen’s bachelorette party with a few of my best friends on the planet. I’ve been planning this shindig for months and I’m so excited that it’s finally here! I just hope Gretchen still loves me after this trip ūüėČ

Which brings me to photography. A lovely picture of Clearwater Beach. Clearwater Beach

Cheesy Quotes: I have an endless list of fabulous quotes so it’s is always difficult to pick just ONE.¬†Beautiful Things

So why did I choose this quote? I’ll get serious for a minute because Megan + Seriousness is rare.

I’ve had a difficult last few months. Not difficult in a sense that I have a drug addiction, lost a loved one or had a Kevin Ware injury. Just more difficult that usual. Let me start by saying I’m an incredibly happy and optimistic person. Anyone who knows me would agree. But the last few months I’ve been confused about life, what I’m doing with it and where I’m going. It just constantly seems like a piece of the puzzle is missing and I’m trying to fill it with temporary fun.

But apparently this is what growing up is. This is what your 20s is about. It’s the time of your life where you find out who you truly are. Or so I’ve been told. I thought that was what college was for? Ugh, those 4 years just didn’t prepare me for life at all.

Well this is what I’ve learned about your 20s: it doesn’t turn out the way you’ve always pictured it. You go to work, have what seems like 30 minutes to yourself, sleep, repeat. You’re not making millions and you get hangovers that last 3x as long as they did at age 21. BUT …

Were the mountains made of rainbow sherbet and the clouds cotton candy until you became an adult? Absolutely not. Life’s been posing questions forever, we just had parents, teachers, adults to give us the right answer or guidance, and now it’s your call.

I am beginning to agree with the above. I do believe I’m finding out who I am. Slowly but surely, the clouds are fading and every once in awhile I get sight of what’s really important. And I’m learning how to be my own person. I’ve always been easy-going and I go with the flow.¬†And more often than not, I put other’s thoughts, feelings, desires ahead of mine. I know that’s necessary from time to time but maybe not as often as I do. I’m happy to say that I’m finally “growing balls.” I’m learning to say “no” and speak my mind.¬†I am happy to say that I’ve changed in the last year and I like the person I’m becoming.

So back to my chosen quote. I’ve come to one more huge realization: I am an incredibly fortunate person. I have a great family, amazing friends, good health and have the opportunity to travel and see/do things others cannot. I encourage you to take a step back for a moment and think of how lucky YOU are. It’s quite refreshing.

–End Serious Tangent–

Sports:¬†During basketball season, I’m a diehard Badger. But the second the season is over, my heart and soul belong to the Hawkeyes. Well, that time of year has come. And it feels good to be back where I belong.¬†Back with the big boys

Running: I got new kicks! I’m pumped because I get to nix the purple shoes (I’m not a fan of purple). But like you’re supposed to, I went with comfort over style. Here are the schnazzy new thangs:

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Random Question:¬†I found this website on Pinterest where you can (apparently) buy North Face at a crazy discount. I’m nervous to try it but I’m curious! Does anyone know if it’s legit?

Music: Do you remember The Boxer Rebellion? Man, I haven’t listened to their music in so long and came across them in a movie last weekend. Ah, what a wonderful, long-lost band. Enjoy. Happy weekend, friends.


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Randomness is Lovely and Fun

I have a whole lot of randomness flowing through my brain and I need to get it out on paper screen.

This got me thinking. Things I love most are traveling, photography, cheesy quotes, sports, running and music. My blogger friend Dom does this thing called “Sounds, Suds and Cinema” every once in a while because he loves music, beer and movies. So I’m stealing this brilliant idea and will test it out with my interests. I just need a fun way to say it…something that has a nice ring to it. Any ideas? I’ll mull that one over. Until then…

Photography: I selected this photo mostly because I constantly crave Denver.Craving Denver

Another photo/quote: Saw this on Pinterest the other day. Maybe my new phone cover?

Carpe the HELL out of this Diem

Sports: I absolutely LOVE Aaron Craft. His only flaw? He’s a buckeye.

Travel: As a bucket list freak, I found this “30 Things Travelers Must See and Do Before They’re 30.” I loved it and thought I’d share.

Quote: My parents live in Arizona during the winter. My pops comes home on Sunday and I cannot wait. 3 more weeks till the Madre is back! For some reason, this winter without them has been harder than the past. Love Your Parents

Running:¬†This week my roommate came to me for running advice. She is not a runner and never has been. She asked where to get running shoes because she wants to be able to run 5 miles nonstop before a wedding in July. You can’t even imagine how happy this made me. So we put together a couch to 5k program for her. After she’s able to do a 5k, we’ll up it to an 8k. I’m so proud of Whittney and can’t wait to watch her progress. Of course…I will keep you all updated as well. Her program starts Sunday!

Music:¬†Last but definitely not least…I leave you with a lovely tune. Happy Easter, friends.


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Iowans Out Running Around

You know how I’m running a half marathon with 5 of my best friends in May? Well I interviewed each of them!

A little background info about these girls:

We went to college together (University of Iowa), none have ever run a half before and none are really runners. I forced convinced them to travel back to our U of Iowa stomping grounds and do the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House Half Marathon with me!

I don’t expect you to read this whole post, but it’s mostly for the girls to read each others struggles, triumphs, etc. for motivation during their training. We all live in different cities so we’re training on our own. That can be a struggle for anyone, let alone novice runners! I’m so proud of each of them and can’t wait to accomplish this goal with some of the best people in the world.

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GretchenMeet Gretchen.¬†Gretchen is my sidekick. My traveling sidekick, my music sidekick, my partying sidekick, my life sidekick. She is from the fine city of Minneapolis (Minnetonka to be exact) but now lives in Des Moines, Iowa. I’m in her wedding this May and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate her big day. I have known Gretch since the first week of college…the rest is history. She’s muh girl. In some respects, we are so completely opposite and people would be shocked we’re friends. But I think that’s why we work so well. We’re ying and yang. I’m currently planning her bachelorette party down in Clearwater, FL in April…let’s just say she’s going to regret that.

1. Have you ever run in a race before (5k, 10k, half, marathon, etc)

I’ve participated in Race For The Cure and The Color Run.

2. How is training going?

Better than expected, but it is still early.

3. What is the hardest part about training?

Finding the time, which sometimes means getting up at 4:40 a.m.

4. What do you like about training?

The foreignness of it. I have never challenged myself like this before and I like accomplishing the longer ones, because each is a new milestone.

5. Why are you running?

To get out of my comfort zone… and because Megan Cabalka is a bully.

^^^ME?? Nooo…

6. If you normally do a different physical activity, what is it?

Elliptical, biking, interval training, and yoga.

7. Any injuries?

In my life? Yes. From running, no (fingers crossed, don’t fail me now, knees!)

8. What are you looking forward to most?

The end, even though everyone is like, “ooooh, it’s about the journey, not the destination.” I’m all like,”I’m done, get me a chair and a beer.”

9. Do you have a time you’d like to do the half in?

Ha. As long as I finish the race, I’ll be happy.

10. Tell me your best joke.

Iowa State Football.

^^^HAAAAAAAAAAA!

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NicoleMeet Nicole. This girl is a gem…and half mermaid. ¬†She and I are identical when it comes to our careers. We both went to college aspiring to be the next Erin Andrews. We double majored in Mass Comm & Journalism and Health & Sports Studies. We took the same classes, did the same internships and worked for the same student TV station (Daily Iowan TV). We really pushed each other to be successful, sometimes in a competitive way ;). Nicole is goofy and carefree but the thing I’ve always admired most is that she knows what she wants and she goes out and gets it. She’s persistent and successful.¬†Nicole lives with her husband Marty (Matt..I just call him Marty) right outside Iowa City.

1. Have you ever run in a race before (5k, 10k, half, marathon, etc)

A 5K is the most I have run in a race.

2. How is training going?

It’s going alright, but I definitely think it would be easier to run outside if the weather was better. I get so bored on a treadmill even when I have a TV to watch! I’m constantly looking at the time.

3. What is the hardest part about training?

Finding enough time to dedicate to the longer distance days and still do other workouts.

4. What do you like about training?

How good I feel after it’s over, and it makes me make better eating decisions.

5. Why are you running?

Because I want to develop this hobby more, so that I keep running as I get older. And it’s always for fun to do things with a group of friends rather than alone.

6. If you normally do a different physical activity, what is it?

I also do bodypump at the gym and occasional a combat class…as well as volleyball 2 nights a week.

7. Any injuries?

None so far ūüôā

8. What are you looking forward to most?

Being in good enough running shape after this is over, to be able to do these more often rather than needing to gear up like this. At least be able to do a 5K or 10K race on a whim when I feel like it!

9. Do you have a time you’d like to do the half in?

Absolutely not…just to not have to walk at all.

10. Tell me your best joke.

Ah jeez…k I’ll go the “running” theme route…and I always love a good blonde joke!

Q: Why was the blonde jogging backwards?

A: She wanted to gain weight!

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TorriMeet Torri. Ahh, Victoria. She’s one of a kind. A Disney princess at heart. Probably Cinderella? Maybe¬†Rapunzel? Let’s just say when we roomed together junior year, we had a doll posted up on our TV stand that said, “A face without freckles is a night without stars.” I don’t know why that still sticks out to me. Torri has a heart of gold. She always gives the best advice and cares deeply for absolutely everyone. She just graduated from grad school and moved from St. Paul, MN back home to Souix City, Iowa.

1. Have you ever run in a race before (5k, 10k, half, marathon, etc)?

No! This is my first time ever doing any race-related activities and it’s completely scary and overwhelming. I feel like it’s crazy to have my first race be a half marathon, but I’m pumped for it anyway!

2. How is training going?

I’d say so far, so good for training. Thanks to the miscalculations of our “trainer”, I started training a week early. This was probably a good thing since I got Influenza last week and only did one day of training :/ Whoops! I felt so guilty everyday that I missed! But I’m back on track for this week and it definitely seems like it’s getting easier…(If I was answering this after our run on Saturday, I might be saying different)…

3. What is the hardest part about training?

I have never liked running. EVER. I am noticing that I do alright for a little bit and then my head starts telling me how bad I want to stop running, even when my body isn’t tired. I think controlling the “I can’t” thoughts is the hardest part. I talk to myself a lot in my head while I’m running and I’m really trying to convince myself that I can stick with it! It’s a constant battle.

4. What do you like about training?

I like having an end goal and something to work towards. It’s really motivating me to stay on track and to push myself. Having a schedule is awesome and this is a great way to feel like I’m doing something with my friends even though were hundreds of miles apart!

5. Why are you running?

When this idea was proposed, I thought “no way”. But after thinking about it, I KNOW it’s going to be an awesome memory for all of us and there’s no better people than to share that memory with. I want to be able to say I’ve run a half marathon because that’s something to be extremely proud of. It was also really helpful that I read the email about this while I was watching The Biggest Loser. I was feeling inspired when I agreed to running ūüôā Hahaha

6. If you normally do a different physical activity, what is it?

Hahahaha…Um…Not a whole lot. Turbo Jam every now and then (I know all you girls miss Turbo Jam)..Chasing around my adorable little cousin…That’s really about it. Training has really kicked my butt in gear!

7. Any injuries?

No! (Knock on wood) My hip hurts every now and then when I’m running and I’m noticing my toes go numb sometimes. Nothing too extreme, thankfully.

8. What are you looking forward to most?

I am really excited to see what the environment is going to be like. I think it’s going to be so fun, especially since it’s in our old stomping grounds. I am also looking forward to the finish line. Is that bad?

9. Do you have a time you’d like to do the half in?

I just want to survive. However long it takes me to finish, that’s the time I want to do the half in. Obviously I’m hoping to not take all day, but all I care about is finishing.

10. Tell me your best joke.

This is throwing me for a loop! Thank God for Ellen’s “Classic Joke Tuesday”…In the spirit of one of our last reunions where the Little Mermaid shenanigans occurred (and we got the pleasure of viewing Nicole’s BEAUTIFUL dress), I remembered this one:

Why did the Little Mermaid wear seashells?

-Because D shells were too big!

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KristinMeet Kristin. Oh HBK (her nickname). Kristin is my twin. We are literally the same person. It’s quite weird. Her family is my second family and I text with her parents on a regular basis. Heck, I could have a career as a professional¬†karaoke¬†singer with her brother-in-law. She’s a space cadet but incredibly intelligent. She could quite possibly be the biggest people-person I know. She has a great personality and an even better sense of humor. No matter the situation, she knows how to make light of it. Kristin is from a small town in Iowa called Tripoli (pronounced Trip-o-la) and now lives in Cedar Rapids, IA with her boyfriend.

1. Have you ever run in a race before?

Generally do 5k fundraiser runs…have never done a half marathon though.¬† I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2009.¬† Coolest thing ever and I would absolutely do it again….if I was in shape.

2. How is training going?

It’s going well because it’s such short miles right now.¬† Once it starts really picking up I get more out of my comfort zone.

3. What is the hardest part about training?

Time commitment!!!¬† I feel like Jessie Spano on Saved By The Bell…..”there’s never any time!¬† there’s never enough time!”

4. What do you like about training? 

It’s a huge stress reliever for me and it’s the one time a day that I’m alone and not talking ūüôā

5. Why are you running?  

Because Cabalka told me to….

6. If you normally do a different physical activity, what is it? 

Walking the trash cans to the end of the drive way every Tuesday because that’s garbage day.¬† Kidding…I do a lot of different stuff but not on a regular basis.

7. Any injuries?

None, knock on wood.

8. What are you looking forward to most? 

Seeing my best fraaaaands!!!!

9. Do you have a time you’d like to do the half in?¬†¬†

Nope, just wanna party.

10. Tell me your best joke.

What do you call a cow with no legs?  GROUND BEEF

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JamieMeet Jamie. I call her Hi-May. Jamie is LITERALLY the most hilarious person you’d ever have the chance to meet. And I don’t mean funny in a way that she tells great jokes. Her mannerisms and attitude is just great. Jamie is a spitting image of my mother. Elementary school teacher, optimist, enthusiast, worrier and cheerleader (not the sport). Jamie is the epitome of a believer in Karma, an 11:11 wisher, and dream catcher user and knocker on wood. I’m just giggling at her writing this. I love my Hi-May. I was in her wedding last July and she is one of my favorite people on this planet. Jamie lives outside of Chicago with her husband Joey, whom Grechen and I had a minor crush on freshman year of college. So technically, I love Joey more than Jamie. I kid, Hi-May.

1. Have you ever run in a race before (5k, 10k, half, marathon, etc)

I have ran in a few 5K’s and the Soldier Field 10 mile race in 2010.

2. How is training going?

Training is going great!

3. What is the hardest part about training?

The hardest part is not the stamina it is pain that running causes. My
knees and ankles feel sore and my right hip thigh area gets extremely
tight. I have started to use a rolling pin to loosen up my muscle.

4. What do you like about training?

I like that I am not training all by myself. Even though I run alone,
when it gets hard I think about all of my friends pushing through and
it gives me motivation to keep going. It’s a good feeling knowing that
we are all in it together.

5. Why are you running?

I am running because Cabalka convinced me.

6. If you normally do a different physical activity, what is it?

I usually don’t run for exercise, typically I use the elliptical
trainer, bike, and do yoga, but now it’s running, running, and MORE
running!

7. Any injuries?

Hopefully nothing major but at this point I am dealing with a really
tight right thigh/hip.

8. What are you looking forward to most?

Running with my friends and feeling like we accomplished something
challenging together.

¬†9. Do you have a time you’d like to do the half in?

My goal is just to finish!

10. Tell me your best joke.

Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Cockadoodle
Cockadoodle Who?
Not cockadoodle who, cockadoodledoo!

^^^of course this is PG…she’s a 3rd grade teacher.

Wahlah. There you have ’em. My frens.


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Happy 1 Year Anniversary!

Last Friday was a big deal you guys. It was the 1-year anniversary of my blog. We have a really deep connection and we’ve been through so much together.1 year anniversary

Let’s take a look back at my very first post. Wow. I’ve either become a lot more wordy in the last year or I have a lot more to say. I’ll go with the latter to make my life seem more interesting.

Moving on…

I was on vacation in Arizona last week, which was 100% delightful. The 75 degree weather made it dreadful to come back to 8 degree weather in Wisconsin.

Beautiful AZ

I went to AZ to visit my parents, who are retired and live in Scottsdale during the winter (lucky SOB’s). My sister and two friends flew down from Denver and we had THE best time.¬†We did a lot of lounging, sun bathing, ice cream indulging, shopping, exercising and exploring. I’d have to say this was my favorite trip to Arizona…ever.

Oh yeah…and we all ran a half marathon on Sunday.

Arizona Half Marathon

Me, Danielle, Tayler and Erin

I went into this with VERY minimal training. I wanted to have fun and definitely didn’t expect much. Well, I think I was a tad TOO lax about it because I started hurting by mile 4. I just was NOT into it. At one point I was walking and thought to myself, “you’re not tired, your legs don’t hurt… why the hell are you being such a pansy?”

My¬†conclusion: I am a horrible runner mentally. If I’m not feeling it, I give up. I don’t push myself whatsoever. What is my problem?!

I trucked my way to mile 12 and guess who I ran into…my lovely sister! Tayler is a lot better runner than I am and is always the one pushing me. Well, the roles were reversed this time. When I ran into her she was having trouble breathing. She’s been sick lately and was worried this would happen. And when she has breathing problems, she starts to panic which only makes it worse. I told her to¬†calm down, to concentrate on her breathing and stop freaking out.¬†I stayed with her for half a mile and then ditched her (sorry Tay)…I just wanted to get this thing over with. I ended up finishing 2:07:18…over a minute better than my previous best half (St. Louis).

It’s really encouraging that with such little training I am beating my times, but I’m still not satisfied. And I won’t be satisfied until I go under 2 hours. But I will do it. Eventually.

After the race, we did some more sun bathing and then hit up the town for some celebratory brews…wings…and cake.

Celebratory Brews

Erin, Tayler, Danielle and I

The next morning, we woke up at 6:30 and hiked Pinnacle Peak, which is right down the road from my parents house.Rise and shine in AZHike on Pinnacle PeakMorning HikeSo I’m back home in Wisconsin and have been obsessively researching for half marathons this spring. I’m trying to convince my friends from college to do a half on May 5th back in Iowa City. We’ll see how many I actually get on board.

Madison peeps: do you know of any half marathons in Wisconsin in March??

Enjoy today’s beat, introduced to me by the lovely Danielle Magargee. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for the last week:


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I’m Comin’ For You Arizona

I’ve added an unexpected race to my calendar…The Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll Half!

My parents live in Arizona half of the year, so that’s where we normally spend Christmas. Unfortunately and fortunately, we are unexpectantly¬†staying in Wisconsin for the holidays this year.

Unfortunately because I don’t mind getting away from the cold weather for a few days to sunbathe, hike and explore the wonderful shopping Scottsdale has to offer.

Fortunately because plane tickets are up to almost $600…so this is saving me some mad moola.

Well, my sister signed up for the Arizona Marathon on January 20th, which happens to be the same weekend as my mom’s birthday. I figure if I’m not going to AZ for Christmas, why not take a mini-vacation in January, knock another state off my “Run a Half Marathon in all 50 States” list, help my mom celebrate her birthday and add some color to my poor, pale skin in the middle of winter. Great idea, eh? Only downfall is the Half costs $120…bolonga. They should pay me to run.

So voil√†,¬†I’m back to training, just like that. I’ve continued running since my St. Louis Half, just not continuously. So …who has a phenomenal 6-week training program for me? It’ll be interesting to say in the least.

Buy it. Now.

Buy it. Now.

In other news, I purchased the Coldplay Live 2012 DVD and it’s 100% phenomenal. It makes crave¬†another Coldplay concert, but I just read their taking a 3-year break from touring. Who does that?! Especially after such a great tour (Mylo Xyloto)?! More bolonga.

Today, the song I’m sharing is by a 13-year-old phenom. 13. THIRTEEN. If you’re into X-Factor, you’re familiar with Carly Rose Sonenclar. She is honestly the only reason I watch that show.