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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. 



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


Beauty is Pain — This Beginning Guitarist Needs Advice

This post actually has nothing to do with beauty, but that phrase keeps coming to mind with tonight’s topic: learning guitar is super hard. And super, super painful.

I bought a guitar back in May and have MAYBE spent an hour (tops) practicing since then. If you are a religious follower of my blog, you know I’m pretty fond of Indie Rock music. Well, my list of songs that I’d love to learn how to play is quickly growing so I figure I should l learn how to actual play this musical instrument before the list gets too extensive.

One of my wonderful friends from college sent me his guitar lesson books and DVD’s about a month ago, which I haven’t touched until tonight:

Wine + Packers + quality time with my geetar

Sunday Night = Wine + Packers + quality time with my geetar

I did the first lesson tonight and let me tell you…the guitar is not going to be easy to master. I was doing great with the basics, but after an hour-long lesson, my fingers are in so much pain it hurts to type this blog post. When you play the guitar, you’re supposed to hold down the strings with your fingertips. Well, my fingertips feel raw. I took a picture of them, but it doesn’t do it justice.

SO, my questions for guitar players:

  1. Do you recommend using a pick? (I’m currently not using one)
  2. Does it get easier?
  3. When will I be as good as Taylor Swift?
  4. Any tips for a beginner?

Enjoy this Sunday tune:


You Can Find Me In St. Louie

T-minus 7 hours until I hit the road to St. Louis! And t-minus 45 hours until I run the worst half marathon of my career. Well actually, I take that back. Nothing could be worse than the Madison Half in May 2010.

But really, time-wise…I have very low expectations for this race. I ran once this week and did three very short runs last week. The longest run I did was 11 miles, which I did about 3 weeks ago. My foot is still nagging me but I plan on loading up on Ibuprofen and calling it a day.

I’m running this half with my friends Beth, Ross and Katherine. We may or may not be doing a brewery tour on Saturday (race is Sunday) so this could get interesting. Plus if Iowa beats Penn State tomorrow night, there’s no way this girl isn’t celebrating in some fashion.

BUT on the fun-scale, this half will be great! I plan on running with my phone to snap pics and the 4 of us are going to run together…not going for time. I originally planned on running a sub-2 but I have other halves for that.

I’m so excited for this view!

Our post-race plans? We’re going to the Packers/Rams game! I just hope the Pack plays like they did last Sunday.

Well, here goes nothin’. Have a great weekend all and GO HAWKS.

Enjoy the beat. You’ll want to play it on r.e.p.e.a.t.