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Things I Love Thursday - Running Bliss

After several days of not running (of not really doing anything at all) last week, I finally had my energy back and was feeling like giving running a try. So I set out for the water park on Saturday morning. For 12 miles, I remembered why I love running. My legs felt good. There was lots of shade. My potty/water stops were spaced perfectly. Even with my lungs not at 100%, runs don't come much better than this. My family picked me up a little over a mile from the water park so we could stop and get some chocolate milk and I could do a quick change into my bathing suit (in the car - I'm skilled like that) . While I was running, I realized I could compare my run to the wedding tradition... Something Old - I have a pair of SmartWool socks that I've had for a few years and have worn off and on. I wore them for a long run last month and have worn them for every long run since. I love them. I always thought my WrightSocks were the best for blister prevention, but my SmartWools a

Tell Me What's On Your Mind

It finally happened. Someone ( Suzy ) noticed I haven't been tagged, so now it's my turn for the Q&A. So ask me anything. About running? Sure. About me? Go for it. About my family? I'll probably answer. So get your thinking hats on and see what you can come up with because it's time for: CANDICE Since I went on a mini-vacay and unplugged for a few days, I am really not sure who to tag. So I'm just going to hope the following haven't been tagged already: Farrah @ My Own Calcutta Alicia @ Alicia Runs Fair Weather Runner @ Fair Weather Runner Kara @ It's a Dog Lick Baby World Shelly @ It's Just One Foot in Front of the Other

Every Day I'm Shufflin' and other "mantras"

During my long run on Monday, I realized I was repeating the same line over and over again: "Every day I'm shufflin'." Yep, those are words to LMFAO's* Party Rock Anthem . It wasn't something I ever thought would be a mantra, but it worked. And it's how I felt. But at least it had a good beat and kept me moving. It also got me thinking. What is a mantra? According to one of the many online dictionaries, it is an "often repeated expression or idea: an expression or idea that is repeated, often without thinking about it, and closely associated with something." I realized the ihaverun household uses mantras ALL. THE. TIME. Here are just a few: The light is red. The family mantra whenever we stop at a red light and Bean repeatedly screams, "Go, Mom!" Right here, Rowdy . The words we repeat to guide our poor blind little Rowdy back in the house because he keeps walking into the wall or the bikes or the bushes or he is just standing with a d

Not Running Sucks

I thought today might be the day I run again. The fever, chills and body aches are gone. But the cough and a newly developed ear infection are keeping me off the treadmill again tonight. I just spent some time with the good old Internet, trying to figure out if I can use my Bean's ear drops that she got for possible ear infection with her tubes for my ear infection. I don't feel like going to the doctor to find out what I already know. And her ear drops expire next month, so I might as well get some use out of them. Speaking of my Bean. Today the girls decided it would be fun to play with their winter scarves, mittens, coats, etc. It was like finding treasures they forgot they had. Bean even had to wear some of her finds to the grocery store. She likes having her picture taken about as much as I do. I considered taking a pic of myself this morning since I had to get dressed in a non-mom outfit for a work meeting and was going to share my rare appearance in heels and slacks with

Boob Sweat and Blue Powerade

Some days things don't go as planned. Saturday was one of those days. While my 18-miler was postponed until Monday, the trip to the water park still happened. It's all about priorities. And while getting all my long runs done during this training cycle is a huge priority, spending the day with my family came first. I'd hoped to squeeze a few miles in at some point, but it just didn't happen. So I lived vicariously through all of you and your weekend runs. I did manage to get out the door early Monday morning for my long run. So as far as I'm concerned, last week ended around 9:30 yesterday morning. I had 18 planned. Six miles in, my IT band started talking to me. By mile 10, I was hurting pretty bad. I called the hubs at mile 14 and told him I might have to cut it short. Said I would call him at 16 and let him know for sure. I could tell the pain and tightness was affecting my running form, so when I hit the 16 mile mark, I slowed to a walk. I was literally limping

The perfect shirt for runners and potty trainees everywhere

Y'all love some fry sauce. Or are at least willing to try it. Or have tried it, unaware that it was fry sauce. Now I just need to resist a trip to In-N-Out, because I don't think that is the best fuel for tomorrow's long run. I'm hoping the long run goes much better than last night's speedwork, which kicked my booty. I got all six 800s done and called it good at five miles. It was almost 10 pm, and I was beat. So I read some blogs while I drank my chocolate milk, showered and went to bed. I think the fact that I am running to and meeting my family at a water park tomorrow morning should keep me motivated. And since my boring little run won't really be Twitter worthy, here's something that is: Mike's 20in24 . And before I call it the weekend and order my new pre-long-run pasta take-out, here's an ad I saw today that made me think of Beth . And runners everywhere. And my recently potty trained daughter. Because this is indeed an important event.

Things I Love Thursday - Running ... with some sauce on top

When my husband left for work, I told him to have fun. His response was, "But I don't get to spend a few hours doing my hobby." That's because he knows my fun plans tonight are 7 miles of speedwork on the treadmill. And I am excited. Hobby, passion, interest, obsession, whatever you want to call it, I love running. But that's something you already know I love. Today's thing I love was motivated by this Tweet yesterday: "Dear Utah, Your 'fry sauce.' It's freaking gross. Emz " Image Source I LOVE fry sauce. Fry sauce was a part of my life even before I moved to Utah. While I was growing up, my mom would whip up some fry sauce anytime we had french fries. What is fry sauce? A mixture of ketchup and mayo. Some places/people use bbq sauce and mayo and then call it ultimate fry sauce. It is mighty tasty too. And if you really want to get crazy, you can ask for some sides of spread at In-N-Out (they have it prepacked just for people like me; it

Ladybug Lovin'

Yesterday after I ran three measly (and way too hard for three) miles, The Princess wanted to go for a walk. She has been asking for a few days when we can go for a walk, so we decided to finally make it happen. The main reason for the walk? So she could push Emerson, her doll that she treats like a real baby and takes EVERYWHERE, in her stroller. So of course Bean had to push her doll in a stroller too. After I stopped to take that picture of my girls, I noticed a ladybug on the giant weed next to me. Then I noticed another. And another. And another. I looked at the nearby weed bushes and there were ladybugs everywhere! This picture doesn't do justice to how many there actually were. But if you look closely, you'll see a few of them doing something that A LOT of them were doing. I don't know if it is ladybug mating season or what, but there was some serious loving (or piggyback rides if you are under the age of six) going on. We made sure to let Bean know ladybugs are go

Raindrops on roses...not so much

I ran 15 miles on Saturday and a barefoot mile today (in addition to four in shoes), but why talk about those things when I can share some of my favorite random things, thanks to Rachelle tagging me! Favorite Thing to Photograph My girls (although I actually didn't take this picture) Favorite Thing to Cook Cupcakes, cookies, brownies. I'm all about the baked goods, mostly because they are my favorite thing to EAT. Favorite Way to Exercise Running, of course Favorite Movie I love movies and have a lot of favorites, but this has been a constant on my list. Favorite Article of Clothing I was going to say jeans, because I could wear jeans every single day. But I could survive without wearing jeans for a week. I couldn't survive without my running shoes for a week. Favorite Flower Tulips Favorite Breakfast French toast! Favorite Cartoon Character I love Rapunzel and Flynn and Belle and the frog in Gnomeo and Juliet. I could probably list about 20 cartoon characters that I love,

Comfort Zones

I've spent time with some amazing runners in the past month. And each experience has been completely different. Here's a little insight into why. This: was totally out of my comfort zone. Meeting new people. In a large group. Feeling old. And slow. And not nearly as cute as everyone else. This: was mildly more in my comfort zone. Mostly new people. In another group. New situation. I never run with people. But at least I was running. And this: was perfect. One on one. With an amazing person and friend. Talked about running and everything else. And I'm even fine with the fact that this picture means I should change my header image to one of Skipper (you know, Barbie's littler/smaller - but in our case not younger - sister that has a cuteness equal to Barbie's hotness). I am not really one of those people that tries to find new things to do to help me get out of my comfort zone. I'm pretty sure it's called a COMFORT zone for a reason. And I like to be comfort

Think, think, think

A person has A LOT of time to think while driving for 12+ hours. While my girls were little angels in the backseat, I did just that. Think. Just a few of my random thoughts... I wonder what it would be like to run from my house (in Utah) to my parents' house (in Arizona). This road has a pretty wide shoulder. I wonder how many miles that is. And how long it would take. Probably wouldn't want to do it this time of year though. 79 degrees. That's more like it. I am really bored. Is it raining? There aren't any clouds though. Ewwww, it's bugs. It's raining bugs! I need new windshield wipers. No one has called or texted me in a while. Someone call or text me. I love the voice record feature thing on my phone that turns what I say into typed words. I just wish it understood me better. I'm going to end up texting something totally inappropriate one of these times, and I'm not sure anyone will believe it was my phone's fault. I also did some real thinking.