Jul 08

High Five Friday! Racing, Reality and Randomness

Can I open my eyes now? Have we finally made it to Friday? I’m putting two hands way up today because I’m hooking up with my sister from another mister, Angela aka Happy Fit Mama, and declaring this week officially over. Done. Cooked. Stick a fork in me because this girl is on fire!


Let’s get right to it because it’s Friday and we all need to get busy doing nothing over the weekend.


As many of you smarter people were probably having a cool drink on a deck or poolside somewhere this past Wednesday night, I was out in 90 degree heat and humidity, racing a triathlon. I am not known for my brains.

I'm laughing on the outside but crying because I'm slowly cooking to death in this wet suit.

I’m laughing on the outside but crying because I’m slowly cooking to death in this wet suit.

It builds mental toughness. It creates confidence. It’s also horrendous while you’re doing it but incomprehensibly reliving when it’s over.

I was so thankful that a friend of mine offered to go with me since it’s over an hour drive to the venue, and we were able to catch-up on the way there and take my mind off of what was to come.

I’ll have much more on the race in The Rundown on Monday so stay tuned!

P.S. – I killed it! You can check my Instagram for my results and follow me while you’re there.


I just had to include this, even though many of you have probably already seen it. It’s an ad for Organic Valley and captures the reality of a busy moms morning. Despite our best intentions to meditate and knock off 15 sun salutations before gathering our thoughts in a journal with rose petals on it and waking up our adorable children so they can make themselves breakfast, this is what really happens…

If anyone can deny the truth in this, I want to hear about it. Although I have to say that I always make my bed. #Issues


I love nothing more than large groups of motivating bad ass women, especially in this ahem…election year. After reading:

5 Total Girl Bosses (Who Run) from SoCalRunnerGal

I added most every woman on the list to my Instagram feed and also now have several books to read.

Rock on ladies. Rock on.

Robin Arzon - getting it done, every damn day.

Robin Arzon – getting it done, every damn day.


It’s all Sue’s fault. She had to come visit me and start swinging her gorgeous, shiny, new Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire all up in my face. And I am now obsessed with it.


Isn’t it gorgeous?

You all know how much I absolutely love my Garmin Vivoactive but here are three very important things the fenix has that my vivoactive does not:

  1. GPS for open water swimming so I can track my distance. Right now I can only track distance in a pool.
  2. The fenix has a “triathlon” mode so I can use it in races without having to stop, reset, save and then open my next app each time I transition. For this reason, I never use my watch when I’m racing so I have no data afterward. My coach is very upset by this as she likes to analyze my every move with her rocket scientist brain.
  3. It has an app for SUP and snowboarding! I mean, seriously? I need this in my life.

Here is where I need your help:

What is the best place to sell my less than one year old, practically brand new Vivoactive? Do you or one of your friends want it? It has magical PR powers.*

*magical PR powers not included but you can make them on your own

Are there any discount codes/coupons for the Fenix?

It’s not Christmas or my birthday, I missed an opportunity at Mother’s Day so I got nothin’. Help a sista out.

I’m so done with this week, I’m only giving you four things to high five. It’s my little summer gift to you. Use it wisely.

What do you have to high five about this Friday?

Any advice for me on the Garmin front?

Who do you look up to as a “female boss?”


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  1. I missed our results – F@ck yeah!!!!! Way to kill Allie!!! And we must be on the same wavelength today – girl bosses was the first link I shared today. Love ’em all! And I did notice Sue’s watch too. Umm…I kind of need it although I won’t be tracking any swimming workouts. I think I need it even more now that I know it tracks SUP and Snowboarding too. How can I survive without it now???? Happy High Five Friday!!!
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    1. You’re the best. Thanks for sharing and HAPPY FRIDAY!

      1. Absolutely! I loved it and love your blog.
        Have a great weekend!

    2. I know!!! And woot woot!!! Thanks so much Angela and, figure out some way to get the watch 🙂

  2. I’ve wanted to try the Garmin Fenix. They just look cool too. Working in a specialty store, I can tell you Garmin hardly ever has sales on their watches. It’s like iphones going on sale…that’s because their margins are so tiny. Garmin dies random sales so it could be on sale one day they’ll just have a sale on it for a week. I’ll keep my eyes out for you though…
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    1. Thanks Hollie! I just found out from another friend that Garmin has an “upgrade” program where they give you 20% off if you trade in your old Garmin for a new one! Score!!!

  3. Wow I haven’t heard or seen the Garmin Fenix until now! I must say. She is gorgeous!! She’s like the rolls Royce of fitness watches. Just so classic and pretty. I think you should use your magical blog influence to ask for one. You’d be the perfect candidate!! Seriously.
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    1. I’ve tried! I think unless I gain 300K Instagram followers overnight, that is not happening. But thanks for the vote of confidence 🙂

  4. I love the look of that Garmin Fenix. Do I need it? No. Do I want it? Of course. But I do have that Apple Watch that I “had to have” last year for my birthday.

    I do have 2 wrists, tho….

    Congrats on your amazing triathlon performance! Olympic distance, here you come!
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    1. LOL – you DO have two wrists!!
      Thanks Wendy 🙂

    • Jess on July 8, 2016 at 7:54 AM
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    I cannot believe you did triathlon in that heat, you amaze me!!

    1. It was brutal, but the best finish feeling ever. Thank God for the swim!

  5. Beautiful!!! I love the watch, I totally want one now. I like shiny pretty things, my friend calls me Magpie because I’m easily distracted to shiny objects. Lol.
    I dig Robin Arzon! I heard the Rich Roll podcast she was on and was blown away. What a boss! I think about her when I teach spin, after hearing how she teaches a billion classes a week AND runs every day. Amazing! Love me some high energy people.
    I’m feeling good today because I’m getting to walk on my treadmill and beat the heat, one hour of walking while baby naps next to me makes me feel like a new woman. So high fives to indoor home gyms. . Life is good!
    Danielle recently posted…WIR – baby room & catching upMy Profile

    1. High fives to indoor gyms for sure!!! I remember those days and they do go fast so cherish them 🙂
      And I now need to listen to that podcast. Thanks!!

  6. I got Ryan a refurbished fenix 1 last year and it’s kind of a piece of crap (and that’s why it was $150 on Amazon!), but the new one is sooooo beautiful and multi-tasking that I’m tempted to buy it for him if the price tag wasn’t so steep. And then I could borrow in on my runs.
    Congrats on the race! First in AG AND 4th female?!? You’re kick-butt awesome.
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    1. Oh no! I’m always afraid of the “used” ones just for that reason but 600 bucks is a tad ridiculous. If only it were more like 400. That just seems so justifiable!
      Thanks so much for the congrats. I needed that race boost for sure! Now I just have to learn to stay for the awards!
      Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Haha! That video is hilarious. Love it! That watch is so gorgeous! I want it!

    Congrats on the race! 🙂
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    1. Isn’t it the best? I mean it’s just SO true!!
      Thanks so much Britt and, I’m not sure but the watch probably has a Barre app 🙂

  8. That new Garmin has been on my list for awhile, but I’m sure I’ll never get it…I just like to lust after it from afar!

    Thanks for the badass women’s list. I can’t wait to follow them! I’m all about women-power these days!

  9. Yesterday morning, I dumped out my 14 year-old son’s backpack onto the kitchen table and a pile of maggots stuck to our table runner because he had left his lunch in there, rotting, while we were in Mexico. Then I had to dig out a constipated poo from Callum’s bum with a vaseline-lubricated pinky finger. That mom video looks like a frigging vacation right now. LOLOL

    Omg. I can’t believe I just admitted all that.
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    1. HAHAHAHA!!!! You are the best and I love that you “admitted” all that. My kids have totally left food rotting in their backpacks. Luckily no maggots yet…

    • Nikki on July 10, 2016 at 7:23 AM
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    Allie-I was in Fleet Feet yesterday asking about the Fenix. I was told that Garmin is coming out with a Fenix model that is smaller in order to better fit a woman’s wrist. Might want to wait on your big purchase or call Garmin to see when that is happening.

    1. That is good to know… But I kind of like the BIG one:-)

  10. That video had me in stitches!! So, so true…
    I have been eyeing the Garmin Fenix for so long. It is a beauty and I got so excited too when I saw Sue with it!!
    I know what you mean, I need a special occasion to justify getting rid of my less than a year old Garmin 620.
    Good luck and I hope you get the 20% off!
    Congrats on the tri!!
    Natalie recently posted…You Gotta Know When To Fold ‘Em + 24 weeksMy Profile

    1. I’ve watched the video at least 5 times now and it just gets funnier!
      As for the fenix – just FYI – Garmin has an upgrade program where they give you 20% off an “upgrade” when you return another garmin. I still had a 220 so I sent that back and I’m selling my vivoactive so…:-)

  11. That video is right on point! I cursed at the person who cut me off this morning and quietly at my fiancé for not getting up before I left, so I could make the bed… I’m with you on that one! #OCD #issues ?

    and I know I missed it in the comment for today, but congratulations on totally kicking this Tri !! You are superwoman!
    Ana recently posted…VB RnR and BIH Training Weekly Wrap #6My Profile

    1. HAHAHA – omg yes! I have to have all beds made before I leave the house or I just don’t feel right. When my husband travels I make the bed as soon as I get out it. You would think I was in the military! OCD for sure.
      And THANK YOU! Never too late to comment 🙂

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