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


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You Can Write Positive Reviews Too, Ya Know

I rarely (slash never) preach marketing stuff, but I’m going to today.

I was recently at a bar in Denver watching the Packer game. Our waitress was a pain the butt. She took forever to get our bill, had a bad attitude and pissed our entire party of 15 people off. One person in our group, while waiting 40 minutes for the bill, got on Yelp right then and there to write a negative review. As I shared in her frustration, I also cringed.

I’m the Marketing Director for a company in Madison and absolutely LOVE getting positive feedback from customers about any of our employees. In fact, I have a folder in my Outlook labeled “Happy Emails” to visit whenever I’m in need of happies. I find the greatest joys in the smallest of things. One being when customers write a positive review on our Google Page.

So why did I cringe when my friend wrote a negative review on Yelp? Because when you’re in the heat of the moment, people tend to say/write nasty things. And a lot of times it’s blown out of proportion. Social media is such a wonderful, wonderful thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. But it’s also the devil. People rush to Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Google+, Foursquare, etc., etc., etc., to bitch about experiences, service, people, anything. I read it all the time on Twitter. I admit, I’ve done it. But most of the time I hold back because I know that nice, little Blondie on the computer behind that Twitter handle will read the mean tweet and it will punch her in the gut even though she wasn’t responsible for the negative experience.

And I’m rambling. The point I wanted to make is that so many people go to social media to complain. I wanted to remind consumers that they can also share positive experiences!

google review

So I challenge you. Think of a business who recently went above and beyond your expectations to get something done for you. A customer service rep who may have taken a beating the call prior, but still had a great attitude with you. A waitress who sticks in your memory because of her great personality. Go to that business’s Google+ page and write a positive review. It’ll take 2 minutes. And it’ll boost the mood of the Blondie who manages that Google+ page for about 5 hours. 


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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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Wednesday Goods

I’m sharing goods today.

1. It’s National Running Day! What does that mean? I got $20 off my Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll registration! It’s cool…still cost me $90. But NRD also means a mid-week run with my favorite running peeps. We’re hitting the UW Arboretum then hitting the brews to celebrate.

I also stumbled upon this awesome vid of the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which I ran in 2012. Ugh, gives me goosebumps.

 

2. Quote: My sister shared this with me a while back, and it’s about time I pass it on:

“You are so young. You stand before beginnings. I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can – to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.  Try to love the questions like locked rooms. Like books written in a foreign language.  Do not now look for the answers. They cannot be given to you…because you could not live with them. It is a question of experiencing everything…You need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

3. 38 Little Things That Make You Feel Great

4. I bought a bed yesterday. A real bed. Like with a headboard and footboard. I’m officially an adult. Isn’t it perdy? It’s funny the things that make me giddy these days.

princesses pad

5. 4th of July. Without a doubt the best holiday there is. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with the 4th, obsessed with America clothing and even more obsessed with fireworks. Well we’re less than a month away from my Christmas. So yes, I AM already planning how to do my nails for the festivities. 4th of july nails

And lastly, a tune. I’m not a huge country fan but this is a JAM. And it’s on repeat.


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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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Auntie Megan

It’s been 2 weeks since my last post so I figure I’m due for an update.

Pretty Pregnant Mamma

I do have some exciting news! I don’t think I’ve mentioned that my sister-in-law (Lauren) is preggers and due on June 13th. I’m ecstatic. We had her first baby shower last Saturday and now I’m even more excited than I already was. I just want this little nugget to get here already! Lauren and Jeremy aren’t finding out the sex so the suspense is killing me.

I think I’ve gone over our family ties before but if not…

Lauren’s younger sister is Emily. Emily is my best friend in the whole wide world, who unfortunately lives in Denver. When Emily and I were in high school, we hooked her sister up with my brother. They started dating…Jeremy moved from AZ to Wisco to be with her…he FINALLY popped the question…they got married in Mehico last year (NYE 2012)…and now they’re poppin’ babies.

Aunt Megan, Lauren (and Baby C) and Aunt Emily

Aunt Megan, Lauren (and Baby C) and Aunt Emily

Other than fun baby news…there isn’t much new, which is why I haven’t posted. I’ve been running. The girls doing the half in Iowa City in May with me have been running. This is our latest motivation and maybe our race-day outfits:

Ryan Gosling motivation

And lastly…weddings. Weddings, weddings, weddings. Weddings galore. Am I the only one on this planet that is not getting married this year? Anyway, I got my invitation to Gretchen’s wedding yesterday. I LITerally got giddy. This wedding is going to be a big ‘ol college reunion and I can’t wait.

Gretch gets hitched

That’s all for now. Enjoy this new beat…different than the indie loveliness that I usually post but still wonderful. Meet Timeflies:


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Adventures of Hiking My First 14er

I’m blogging about this 2 weeks late so, my apologies. Let me preface this post by saying I LOVE COLORADO.

My sister (Tayler) and my best friend (Emily) live in Denver so I am fortunate to visit the beautiful state quite often. In addition to those 2 lovely people, I have a big handful of friends from high school and college who live out there, too.

I flew out to Denver 2 weeks ago for a weekend with friends. Beforehand, I told Tayler and Emily the ONLY thing I wanted to do was hike a 14er because it’s on my bucket list. I flew in Thursday morning and the plan for Friday was to do this hike. We woke up at 5:30am, were out the door by 6am and hiking Mount Bierstadt by 7:30am.

It doesn’t look that far, but ohhh baby, it was. We started off and I thought it was easy as pie. About half-way up my lungs could definitely feel the thin air. Our resting trips became more frequent and my face started to feel like it was going to fall off because it was so cold. 

Cross it off the bucket list!!!!!

Emily’s husband has hiked over 30 14er’s and thought it would take us about 3.5 hours. We made it up in 2.5 hours, so I was pretty satisfied. It was absolutely FREEZING at the top. It was so windy I felt like I was going to blow over and fall down the mountain. We stayed for about 3 pictures and then booked it back down to warmth.

This could be my favorite shot of the hike. Absolutely gorgeous!

We got back to our car and this is what we saw on the drive back down the mountain:

We named this guy Pam the Ram

We celebrated our 14er with a quick nap followed by some brews with great friends.

Spent some quality time with some friends from college. Ahh, love being back with fellow Hawkeyes

3 of my favorite Middleton (where I’m from in WI) people live in Denver. Pictured: Emily, Sarah, Tayler, myself.

This trip to Denver = success. Now I just need to get the courage to move there!

Enjoy this Death Cab wonderfulness: