Wednesday, June 29, 2011

68.6 miles to go - 6 days left

I need to do an average of 11.4 miles a day for the next 6 days. I'm walking/running during every free moment I have. Blisters suck. That is all.

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Not The Same

I found a track near me where I've been doing lots of these miles. I'm about 4 miles in right now. There's a girl here that's doing drills up and down the bleachers during her run. I'm playing Hanging With Friends on my iPhone during mine. We are clearly two very different people :)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

78.2 miles to go

This is not easy. It hurts like hell. But I'm going to keep going anyway...

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86.3 miles to go

The weather was DISGUSTING this morning. I have to go to work - blah - so I was only able to do 2 miles before I felt like I was going to pass out. Lots more to do tonight! Big thank yous to my family (that includes you, Molly Carta and Amy Froebel!) and my boyfriend for sending me little love notes about how I can totally do this. I hope you're right!

Monday, June 27, 2011

88.8 miles to go

I am exhausted. My feet are killing me. 10.26 miles completed today.

Keep the faith.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

This is an oldie but a goodie. It's fantastic, and let's be honest... you totally have 15 minutes to watch this and be inspired:

Steve Jobs - 2005 Stanford Commencement address

94.4 miles to go

It's not the distance that's killing me... it's the humidity! I may have to resort to using Steve's treadmill for some of these miles!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

98.7 miles to go

What can I say? I got tired of looking at triple digits :) Another 6.02 miles clocked, for a grand total of 11.83 today. Not too shabby.

105 miles to go

Injuries and the weather have prevented me from walking/running as much as I should have been. I'm just going to try to keep going and see what happens!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Cat Watching Slayer

You're welcome.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

111.2 miles to go

Things I learned today:

1. I DESPISE rain.

2. If I attempt to run in the rain with straight hair WITHOUT pulling my hair into a ponytail, I will arrive home looking like a Fraggle.

3. If it's not one thing, it's another. *

* ... Oh wait, I already knew that one.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No walk today

The blister on the bottom of my right foot is just too painful. I'm hoping a day of rest will help! This just means that I'll have to do even more miles in the coming days. Say a prayer that the rain holds off!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

112.84 miles to go

Today was brutal. Have to keep going. I'm determined to prove that I can do this!
(A total of 7.27 miles today. All on pavement.)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

120.11 miles to go

An impressive show from my dad this morning. We shared a nice Father's
Day walk for the first 2 miles and then I did the rest on my own. A total of 7.29 miles today. Go go go!!!

In related news: My feet hate me.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

127.4 miles to go

and my blisters are killing me. If I didn't think it would make me completely unattractive to everyone, I would post a photo. You'll just have to use your imagination. Owwies.

(6.58 miles on pavement today)

Friday, June 17, 2011

139 miles in 19 days

Way back at the beginning of May, I pledged to walk/run 150 miles in the Cardio Challenge at work... over a 6 week period. This wouldn't have been a problem, but right before the challenge started I received the jarring news that I had skin cancer on my shoulder and it was a whirlwind diagnosis, surgery and recovery.

A few days ago, I remembered the challenge and I told someone that it would be IMPOSSIBLE for me to complete it at this point. Someone even called it "mathematically impossible." Then I thought about it some more and decided to challenge myself and go for it anyway... mostly because I need to prove to myself that it can be done. And because I hate math.

I've done a little over 16 miles in the past 3 days (all on pavement -- 3 of those miles in the pouring rain) and the blisters are killing me, my legs are on fire and I'm pretty sure my lower back tried to secede from the rest of my body. There are now only 18 days left. I have 134 miles to go. And somehow, some way... I will do it -- (math and common sense be damned.)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Metal Judas

Words cannot describe how much I LOVE this!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Puppy Recipe?

I'm concerned. Why is there a "Chicken Recipe" AND a "Puppy Recipe?" What's in there?!?!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

That's Life...

I had one of those days the other day where everything was going wrong. Truth be told, I've had a lot of those days lately. You know how this goes, right? You're at the end of your proverbial rope. Problems are coming at you fast and furious and you're not sure how much more you can handle before breaking. You know you've had just about as much as you can take.

And then things start to slow down just a little bit, and you start to come to terms with all of the ridiculousness that is your life, and you're breathing again, and you're feeling completely overwhelmed in general but just a little bit better about specific things.

So that's where I was when I started smiling as I was getting ready to do my makeup for my date with Steve and Gretchen -- (I know, we're weird.) I was thinking, "Things are going to be okay. Nothing else can possibly go wrong now. I'm on the winning side of this day." It was right at this moment that I opened a makeup jar that I thought had cream in it, and I opened it a little too enthusiastically (all the while smiling like an idiot), and it turns out it was my almost identical yet slightly smaller jar filled with sparkly LOOSE POWDER! And then that magical sparkly powder was all over the rug.

I looked down at the rug, then back at myself in the mirror, then back down at the rug. Then I just started laughing. Out loud. Like a maniac.

Then I dipped my makeup brush into the powder ON THE RUG, tapped a little bit off (back onto the rug), held the brush up and proceeded to apply the sparkly rug powder to my cheeks. I then smiled at the mirror, ground the rest of the powder into the rug with my heel and went about my night. And it was a great night with Gretchen and Steve, with lots of shared maniacal laughter.

So it turns out I WAS on the winning side of that day, sparkly rug powder be damned.

Life is funny. We have to remember that.

I have to remember that.

For your viewing pleasure: Frank Sinatra singing "That's Life"
(video will not open on mobile devices -- THAT'S life!)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Michael Jackson - Two Years Gone

I can't believe it's been almost two years since Michael Jackson died - (June 25, 2009)

In honor of the anniversary, I present...

Michael Jackson holding a tiger:

Also, Things I Would Buy If I Had Money:

I didn't even know this existed, but now I want it: Michael Jackson's Vision

I knew this existed, I've seen it, and I want to own it: Michael Jackson: This Is It

This is just too awesome not to share: Michael Jackson: I Heart MJ Shirt

Here is the blog post I wrote the day after his death in 2009: