In Her Shoes

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


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.



Dipping My Toes in Paleo

Do I have any Paleo followers? The Paleo Diet first sparked my interest about a year ago when I realized I eat way too much cheese and grains. Well, I never actually tried the diet and completely forgot about it.

I just blogged about being in Arizona last week with my sister and the Magargee twins, Danielle and Erin. The three of them tried the Paleo diet for the month of January and made a bunch of Paleo meals while we were on vacation. It wasn’t so bad! Except for the fact that we cheated by eating ice cream. A number of times. Hey…we ran a half marathon…don’t judge.

Anyway, the meals were pretty delicious and they aren’t hard to make. So I’m considering giving this Paleo thing a try. I don’t think I’ll be able to dive in 100%, but I’d make rules: Paleo after noon or Paleo for all dinner meals or Paleo Monday through Friday…hmm.


If you’re not familiar with the Paleo Diet includes, here is a great infographic:


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:



Happy 2013! I’m back after a nice, long, refreshing, relaxing, fun, uneventful, lovely little winter break.

Luckily, due to our office being closed for 2 snow days, 4 days of holiday and taking 3 vacation days, I had a splendid 13-day vacation. And what did I do? A whole lot of nothing. Our family trip to Arizona was postponed to January, so I had 13 days to kill. Ok, I didn’t actually do NOTHING….

On our first snow day, my friend Beth and I made a snowman. Meet Burky -- a combination of Bucky and Herky.

On our first snow day, my friend Beth and I made a snowman. Meet Burky — a combination of Bucky and Herky.

I thought I was going to have to work the next day (which we ended up being closed again because of the snow) so I dug my car out. But not without playing on it first!

I thought I’d have to work the next day (but nope–we were closed again) so I dug my car out. But not without playing on it first!

I'm attempting the 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of the Newton Elementary Shooting victims. We dug out a random person's car!

I’m attempting the 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of the Newtown Shooting victims. We dug out a random person’s car!

I hung out with old friends who were in town for the holidays.

I hung out with old friends who were in town for the holidays.

And saw even MORE old friends!
And saw even MORE old friends!

My best friend who lives in Denver was home during my entire break. I hung out with her EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. We spent most of our time being lazy watching movies, sports and vegging out. Real healthy.

My best friend who lives in Denver (Emily) was home during my entire break. I hung out with her EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. We spent most of our time being lazy watching movies, sports and vegging out. Real healthy.

Don't worry...we spent some time being active. Snowshoeing at my parents!

Don’t worry…we weren’t complete POS’s. We went snowshoeing!

Took a drive through the Olin Park Christmas lights...again. This picture does not do the background justice.

Took a drive through the Olin Park Christmas lights…again. This picture does not do the background justice.

Went to the Badger game and watched the annihilate Samford.

Went to the Badger game and watched them annihilate Samford.

Celebrated NYE with some of my favorite people in the world.

I rang in the New Year with some wonderful peeps.

Needless to say, my winter break was a tad shy of crazy. And I had no problem with this. Actually, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Wait– I take that back. I was supposed to practice the guitar everyday and didn’t touch it once. But other than that, it was just the break I needed.

Happy New Years! Now listen to this amazing video:


The Madison Music Scene is Hoppin’

I’ll get to the beats in a second, but……I’m officially signed up for the Arizona Half Marathon on January 20th! I guess it’s time to get my butt in gear. On Wednesday Rock ‘n’ Roll was offering $20 off any race for Aaron Rodgers Day 12.12.12.

No going back now...unless I want to waste $110.

No going back now…unless I want to waste $110.

Now to the tunes…

I don’t know what it is, but I have been musically crazed lately. I think it’s because my body notices I haven’t been to a concert in awhile. Since October 16th to be exact. So I’m craving a concert. Or 8. And it looks like 2013 is going to be quite musically friendly.


The Walkmen are playing at the Overture on January 19th and I was dying to go (thanks to Dominic for pointing this one out). But turns out this is the same weekend of the Half in AZ…priorities. So that one is out.

Kopecky Family Band at The Frequency

I saw The Lumineers at the Frequency back in April and they were phenomenal. The Frequency is a really small venue so we were right up with the band. Anyway, the Kopecky Family Band opened for the Lumineers that night and I loved their music. Turns out…KFB is playing with The Eastern Sea in Madison on January 25th. Add it to the calendar!


A friend of mine who always picks on me for my music taste (He hates Coldplay and is a Phish Phreak) finally found an artist that we both like…Martin Sexton! He’s playing at the Majestic on February 16th and this lovely guy already bought us tickets.


Remember when I was raving about Imagine Dragons a month and a half ago? Well, more great news. They’re playing in Milwaukee on March 2nd. I’m buying tickets the minute they go on sale tomorrow.

Now I’m just waiting for The Temper Trap to tour the US. I tweeted this at them the other day and got no response…I’ll keep trying. If you hate my music taste then you probably hated this post. If you like my music taste, check these bands out…I promise they won’t disappoint. By the way, I apologize for all the links.

Here’s today’s beat, which is from The Mahogany Sessions. I highly suggest following their YouTube channel.


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 voilà, 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.