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Thursday, December 20, 2012

I Couldn't Feel My Face

When I don't blog for a week, I have lots of random things on my mind. Here are a few...
  • I got shingles several years ago and was one of the rare cases that resulted in postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN, which causes severe nerve pain that can last for months or years. In my case, it has been years. And it seems to get worse when I am stressed or getting sick. Basically when my immune system is working harder than normal, my shingles pain kicks in to high gear. Apparently my immune system is on overdrive today because my back is on fire. And itches. But it hurts too much to scratch it.
  • It is cold here. I tried to run outside yesterday but only made it two miles because I couldn't feel my face. Today will be a treadmill day.
  • Parenting is an adventure. After the Bean used a purple Sharpie to write on the glider, I made her help me clean it to teach her it is not OK. Apparently it didn't do what I hoped because while helping she enthusiastically told me, "This is fun!!"

  • When I wear my hair in a ponytail all day, I am cold all day. I'm snuggled under my electric blanket as I write this.
  • He's not a present, but he certainly is a gift.

  • I am ready for Christmas. The shopping is done. Presents have been delivered. My house is clean. And the laundry is washed, dried and folded.
  • I need a nap.
  • My Photo-A-Day runnerds are fading. Where have you gone? Here are a few of the latest pics:



Friday, December 14, 2012

Instagram: Not All Bad

I was going to rant write about the reasons Instagram is bad when I'm already having a bad day, even if only a few people are posting pictures of their six pack abs, model-skinny legs and 15 mile runs. About how I get jealous when my gorgeous friends get comments about how pretty they are. About feeling guilty for craving peppermint milkshakes when everyone is posting pics of their amazing meals with 10 different healthy eat clean hashtags.

And about how I might petition for a "No Love" button if I see one more cat picture. I swear there are at least two felines for every canine on there.

But instead of that post, I decided to show you some of the (#runnerdphotoaday) Instagram posts that do I love:





 Happy Friday all my ab-alicious, fast and far running friends!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Let It Snow

Because I'm a sucker for all things Christmas, when you throw in a way to combine it with being a little healthier, I'm in. Today I began participating in the Elf for Health challenge!! I have been partnered with another awesome elf, and I am excited to get to know her better while we cheer each other on through the daily challenges.


Each day there is a new challenge. Today's is to drink my body weight in ounces of water. I don't normally drink over 100 ounces of water in a day, so this will be really good for me. 44 ounces down...

You can find out more about the challenge HERE. And it isn't too late to sign up to participate. Elves are reassigned every two weeks, so you can join in for Round 3!

This morning I worked up my thirst by running 6.25 miles outside in the snow. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this run. I absolutely love running in the snow. I don't mind that it takes a mile for my face to stop stinging or two miles for my hands to warm up.

I love how quiet the world gets when it snows. How peaceful it is. How even the ugliest neighborhood can look beautiful.

At every stop light during my run, I would look at the tiny snowflakes that would land on my gloves. Snowflakes are amazing. Seriously. You can forget about stopping to smell the roses. Next time stop and look at the snowflakes.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

They can't all be good days

I've been sitting here trying to figure out what to blog about without being a complete downer. Today is just one of those days.

I'm tired.

I woke up with a headache.

I feel like I look old.

And tired.

I feel fat.

And ugly.

Work is stressful.

I haven't run today.

Yep, one of those days.

Do guys have those days? Other than the obvious work stress, of course. Some days I wish I was a guy. Some days. But not most days.

I did get one smile out of the day when I looked down at my littlest bestie holding my hand as we walked into the grocery store this morning. Just looking at her makes me smile. How could it not?

Then the store was out of avocados. Figures. Seriously though, what kind of grocery store runs out of avocados?!?

Are you depressed yet?

Then tonight I saw this...

That pretty much says it all. I'll let you know how it goes!

 The Classic Wink Smiley

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Red, Bells and Holly - Runnerd Style

I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm loving the Runnerd Photo-A-Day posts!! You are some seriously creative and festive runnerds.

It not too late to participate! Here's what is coming up for the rest of the week:
  • Today, December 4 - Peace
  • Tomorrow, December 5 - Santa
  • Thursday, December 6 - Elf
  • Friday, December 7 - Snow
  • Saturday , December 8 - Magic
  • Sunday, December 9 - Merry
If you haven't left a comment on the original post about the Challenge (HERE) letting me know you are participating, please do. It will help me get better prizes for the giveaway!!

Yesterday I realized some of these topics are TOUGH. I looked for "holly" during all 7.25 miles of my run yesterday with no luck. Not one house had one decoration with any type of holly on it. And with the incredible amount of decorations in my house, there is a serious lack of holly.

I was at a loss. And even my friend named Holli spells it with an "i" and isn't a runnerd. Then as pulled out a cup for my post-run chocolate milk, I decided to warm it up into hot chocolate and reached for a mug instead. And I saw this mug...

You never know where you will find your the inspiration!

I didn't have any ideas for my own Runnerd Photo-A-Day posts when I made the list, so I'm right there with you as we come up with ideas.

Here are some of the great things you have come up with:




Yes, I was on my phone, had a voicemail waiting, took multiple screenshots, using my headset, muted, with an alarm set to go off soon, and the ringer silenced when I was posting this. 

Keep the holiday runnerdness coming!

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