Jan 29

The Rundown – Back to Work


No, I didn’t get a real job but I’m back to work in triathlon training and I’ve taken a few additional freelance jobs as well. Someone has to work to pay for the gas in my cursed car.

Werk it.



I had a great week of running! It started with a run in the cold rain, which was better than I thought it would be, and ended with a nice long run on a soft trail surface. I kinda keep forgetting I have a half marathon at the end of February.

Cold rain? No problem.

Monday – 4.26 miles easy before swim | 8:13 average pace

Wednesday – 10k aerobic before strength | 5.86 miles | 8:18 average pace

Friday – long run before strength | 1:28:16 | 10.6 miles | 8:18 pace

Sunday – 7 miles with 3@HMP | 8:00 pace

Total = 27.72 miles


I’m still basement dwelling and watching Shameless like it’s my job. I did sneak out to take a spin class and it was great actually having someone tell me what to do and being surrounded by people above ground. The good news on the cycling front is I did a time trial (which is a brutal 20 minutes all out) and my coach explained the following to me after analyzing the data:

  1. I had more power in my legs than I thought
  2. I have gained fitness in that I’m producing more power at a lower heart rate
  3. I’m improving my fatigue resistance

All of this leads to one thing. It will be harder next time.

Hey! Where is everybody? Don’t worry the class filled up nicely…

Tuesday – FTP test  before swim| 18.1 miles

Thursday – spin class before swim | 32.7 miles

Total = 50.8 miles


I had a lovely time in the pool, thank you very much. I’m back to real swim workouts and not just drills, which is great and horrible. You know why.

Monday – form swim after run | 1,200 yards

Tuesday – recovery swim after bike test | 1,100 yards

Thursday – 2x10x50 after spin class | 2,000 yards

Total = 4,300 yards


Hanging out with Snoop over the weekend!

Whaaaatttt? My teenage self is in awe that this is now the second time I’ve had the pleasure of the D-O double G (the first time was at the Las Vegas RnR Half Marathon in 2016) and he was amazing. He was at Mohegan Sun to host a brunch with his partner Martha Stewart during the wine and food fest on Sunday so he popped in to club Avalon to sing and DJ on Saturday night.

Nothin’ but a G-thang baby


Cursed Claire strikes again!

I swear, I started Googling “lemon laws” with this car. Something has gone wrong with my car, with varying degrees of annoyance, every month since I bought it. I’m beyond frustrated since this is my dream car and it’s been kind of a nightmare.

This month’s saga began at the car wash. Claire is black so I try to keep her shiny and new in all this winter muck. I drove through the touch less car wash and then to the grocery store. I shopped, I bagged, I loaded Claire up with food and, as I rounded the side of her to get into the driver’s seat, I saw this…

A piece of the door handle was gone! Vanished! I may or may not have yelled a few choice words. I assumed it must have been blown off by the force of the water hoses at the car wash, even though I’ve washed the car at least a dozen times and it somehow remained in tact.

I had to then drive 15 minutes back to the car wash and have two very serious and burly men retrieve the piece out of the stall for me so I could walk shamefully back to my car to snap it into place.

I mean seriously.


Luckily I am able to transfer my psyche to other worlds though books and online media. My book pick for this month:

GRIST MILL ROAD | By Christopher J Yates

So the book I’m reading for book club is less than stellar (A Piece of the World) so when I read about Grist Mill Road in The New York Times, I immediately downloaded it and started reading. I’m only about halfway though but the story is so compelling and unexpected that unless something insane happens, I’m sure I will stick with my recommendation.

“The crime is brutal and shocking and immediate. A 13-year-old girl, arms bound to a tree, is shot repeatedly with a BB gun, 37 times in all, one of the shots going straight through her eye. The perpetrator is a teenage boy. The girl is left to bleed to death.”

That is the beginning and it gets crazier and more intense from there! Part of me was drawn to the story because my brother used to shoot me with a BB gun and it hurts like hell. Ah, childhood.


One day Vaughn handed me this picture:

Then the following conversation happened:

Me: What am I looking at?

Vaughn: It’s a guy with weed in his mouth.

Me: With what in his mouth?

Vaughn: You know, weed? Like farmers who have like those weeds hanging out of their mouths all day?

Me: *sighing with relief* That’s straw love, not weed. Very different.

On second and third look though, it looks a lot more like weed, which leads me to believe I should check his iPad history to make sure he’s not Googling “Snoop!”

How was your work week?


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  1. Oh the parenting advice will be flocking to you now. A post with Snoop and your child talking about weed. What kind of mom are you?!! Lol! An awesome mom obviously! 😉

    1. I think you already know what kind of mom I am 🙂 LOL! And yes, hopefully my kids teachers aren’t reading this!!

  2. Once my temporary tag got lost in the car dealerships car wash and they could never find it…all of their floor people were in the cash wash looking and we had to get a new tag overnighted from another state (the joys of the military and not having in state tags…). Oh that was fun…

    ahahahahhaha. The last convo made me laugh a lot.

    1. OMG – first the tires and now this? We have the same car issues!!

  3. Omg! The picture with “weed.” I got a good chuckle out of that one! Nice work getting back into the training!

    1. It was so hard to keep a straight face on that one!! Thanks Sarah 🙂

  4. Ok, I just spit out my coffee all over my new MacBook! LOLOLOL on Vaughn.

    My favorite line in the whole post? “All this leads to one thing. It will be harder next time.” Right?
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    1. So glad I could give you a good laugh first thing on a Monday! And yep, you know exactly what I mean, don’t you?

  5. I would have no desire to see Snoop… I feel like my son has the wrong Mom.

    1. Really??? OMG he is just so smooth and funny and he was playing some great music. Trust me, it was the first time in a long time I have stayed up past midnight but it was totally worth it.

  6. I just really love that Snoop and Martha Stewart are partners now. They are delightful together. I’m sorry Claire might be a lemon! One tiny thing went wrong with my car right after I bought it and I convinced myself it was a lemon as well, but fortunately, we’ve been good since then. It’s seriously so stressful to pay that much money for something and then have pieces of it blowing off into the wind!
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    1. They are quite the pair! We were supposed to go to a brunch with them in the morning but, something got messed up with our tickets.
      And oh the pain of my car!! It’s currently being fixed so hopefully I can put this behind me!! I want to love it so badly…

  7. I forgot you have a half coming up that soon too! Awesome progress on the bike- it’s so cool to hear that you are getting stronger and that all this work is paying off. And the weed… oh man… I have so many similar conversations with my daughter where I misunderstand and then sigh with relief that she is totally clueless… for now!
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    1. Isn’t it funny some of the “mistakes” they make or what they think they hear on tv or the radio sometimes? It’s hilarious!! And yes, let’s hope the innocence lasts for a while.

  8. I’m dying over the weed thing – that’s too funny! I cannot believe that your door handle came off. I hope you figure out what to do with Claire!
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    1. Me either! She’s at the dealership now so I hope they work out all of her kinks!! Thanks Laura.

  9. Bahahah weed in his mouth – too funny. And the door handle. LOL.

    1. I know!! And he keeps saying it so I keep correcting him. Any day now I’m going to get a call from school.

  10. Snoop was here last month! Vegas WOULD NOT good with me. I was so pissed. I’m sure the concert would have been filled with the scent of… straw. HAHAHA!

    1. WHAT???? Why would she ever pass up that opportunity?? Terrible.
      And yes, the scent of straw was strong – LOL!!!!!

    • danielle on January 31, 2018 at 6:29 PM
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    I can’t believe you saw Snoop, I seriously have envy going on up in here. for shizzle my nizzle!
    and Vaugn.. wow kids and their art. I can’t wait to see more art from my daughter. she is really REALLY into art right now but we’re still working on putting the colors on the paper. however i love how seriously she takes it. she loves to make art. AND do pullups from the bars at the playground. holy smokes she is strong! i’m very impressed by her supergirl strength. it makes me want to practice. speaking of practice, great job on your FTP test!!! that is freaking awesome! i just started Insanity workouts to get me back into some sort of shape and it is kicking my ass. it’s insanity. it’s just stupid. but i like it. haha.
    your Claire is insane, i can’t imagine having a piece of my car fall off. call me vain or shallow or whatever but i’d freak a little. of course who cares REALLY but the idea of it is bonkers. i’d just be soooooooo pissed off! i’m sorry about that, i knicked my car in the front and you can barely tell because it’s grey but still it urks me so much. i just can’t stand it but then again, i don’t really care that much or i’d do something. haha! happy Wednesday!

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