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Running My Last Half Marathon

As I mentioned, running is not my thing.  And after years of trying to make it my thing to no avail, I quit.  Of course, I decided and declared my quitting slightly prematurely, as I still had one more race to run.


Hello!  The crown jewel of them all.  The Nike Women’s Half/Marathon medal.  Yes, that is a Tiffany-necklace medal.  No, you can’t have mine.

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I Quit Running.

It only took me six years to realize it, but I hate running.

I started running in 2007.  It was the first time that I actually, consciously chose to exercise for the sake of exercise.  I was in law school and needed a way to reduce my stress and lose the 25 lbs I’d gained throughout college.

For a first-time exerciser, running seemed like the go-to thing.  I totally sucked at it — I couldn’t run more than a few minutes without walking, and my “running” was about the speed of most peoples’ saunters.  But I powered through because I knew I would get better.

But six years later, three Disneyland Half Marathons later, pushing myself through insufferable training plans, and countless other 5 and 10Ks, and the only thing I’ve gotten better at is figuring out where the cameras are on the race course.
EFTB Disneyland Half Marathons 2011-2013

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Attorneys – How to Make Your Life Better in Five Seconds

Y’all – I did this today and it has changed the rest of my life for the better.  If you’re a lawyer, I’m 99.9% confident that you will feel the same way.

Here’s what you do:

  • Step 1: Open Word.
  • Step 2: Click “File,” then “Options.”
  • Step 3: Click “Proofing,” and then click the “AutoCorrect Options…” button.
  • Step 4: Under the “AutoCorrect” tab, highlight “(c) –> ©” and click “Delete.”
  • Step 5: Under the “AutoFormat” tab, unclick the box checked next to “Ordinals (1st) with superscript.”
  • Step 6: Rejoice.

There.  Don’t you feel better already?  I feel empowered.

It’s the little things.


photo credit: lovelyhealthylife.com

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July Goal: Lose 5 Pounds.

Nailed it!  Today I weighed in at 132.3 pounds, down from my trending high of 137 for the year.  FINALLY.  Progress is a beautiful, beautiful, zen thing.

Look, I know how to lose weight.  Now you can, too.  It takes just two easy steps:

EFTB how to lose weight

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No-Train 10K — Check.

santa monica classic 10k 2013

Good looking group.

Hey, I ran the 10K!  In style!  (Yes, I’m the one in the gold sequined skirt.)

And by run, I mean I was the 33rd SLOWEST person to finish the 10K.  Literally.  I beat only 32 people out of 1,518.  I saw the truck picking up the cones that delineated the course driving closely behind me, and I ate the dust of countless walk/runners and mothers with running strollers.

But by God, I did it.  I finished that damn 10K, despite having spent the entire month prior with no running and no training.  I did it!

santa monica classic 10k jump

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Couch to 10K… literally.

My last post, about the Hollywood 10K, was over a month ago.  And that was basically the last time I ran.

But that won’t stop me.  Tomorrow morning, I’m running another 10K — the Santa Monica Classic.  This probably isn’t what they mean when they say “Couch to 10K,” but here’s to hoping that I’ve retained some of that running ability I built up before last month’s race.

One thing’s for sure — I haven’t lost my running fashion sense.

ImageThe only reason to run is to look ridiculous while doing it.

See y’all at the finish line.  Even if it does take me an hour and a half to get there.

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2013 Hollywood 10K

Hollywood 10K post-race

Run Club members post-10K, getting our bling on.  Right to left: Lisa, Bryce, Jamie, Michelle, and Katie.

After a rather late Friday night at work, I got home at 10 p.m. and hopped into bed.  I was leaving the house at 4:30 a.m. the next morning, after all.  It wouldn’t be a race if we didn’t roll out well before sunrise.

Hollywood 10K: we were on our way.  I was sleepy.  My brain wasn’t quite awake yet.  I seriously considered shutting off my alarm when it woke me up at 3:30 in the damn morning.

But I pushed through and picked out my awesome running outfit: purple Nike “Just Do It” cotton tee from the Primm Nike Outlet, lululemon running crops, Roadrunner thin no-show socks, Nike Zoom shoes, and hella bobby pins.

With a little help from our Run Club friends who already navigated the parking situation, Jamie and I parked with ease.  Then the five of us headed over to the start line, to wait in a 20-minute line for our PRPs before race time.

Hollywood 10K pre-race

Pre-race, mosying forward to the start line in our corral.

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{EFTB Playlist} Slow Down – Clyde Carson feat. The Team [Explicit]

Have I ever confessed to you my love for rap?

If you’ve ever taken a ride with me in my humble, leather-free Prius, you know I bump only the best, bass-heavy, baller jams.  And let’s get real — 90% of my running playlist is rap.  My current fav is Kendrick Lamar.

But more on that later.  This song is the perfect combination of bass and an important message to all you runners out there.

Inspired by my new endurance running strategy, I present for your playlist consideration, Slow Down by Clyde Carson:

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Unlearn Your Weaknesses


Things I know about runner myself:

  • I’m a very slow runner.
  • I can’t run for very long without walking.
  • (And my kitty, Dexter, is not a fan of being held.)


  • Running long distances is difficult and frustrating.
  • When I start a run, I tend to overcompensate — running at a quicker pace than I’m capable of sustaining while I have as much energy as possible — so I fit in as much running as early as possible before I poop out.
  • And when I run outside, I don’t usually run with anyone (and definitely not my husband, who is a speed demon), because I don’t want to hold them back.

But this past Friday, when I was sitting on the couch feeling lazy and sorry for myself because of how crappy a runner I am, Jamie nudged me and nudged me until I begrudgingly agreed to go on a short run with him.

As he hit “Start Activity” on his RunKeeper app, I took off.  And Jamie, the fast runner that he is, said something totally unexpected.  He said,

Where are you going?

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