#LATakeover2016 Weekend Recap

Hello, friends!

I hope you had a great holiday weekend. As my last post explained, I took advantage of the long weekend to travel down the coast to Los Angeles to watch the Olympic Marathon Trials and run the LA Marathon. I cannot believe how much I accomplished last weekend and how quickly the time passed.

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Marilyn and I flew down early Friday morning and were picked up at Bob Hope Airport (my new favorite airport in Southern California–so tiny and efficient!) by our friend and Oiselle teammate, Ali. Ali was so sweet to pick us up and took us on a scenic route to our hotel with detours to check out the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Original Farmers Market. Continue reading

What better reason to finally blog again?

My Instagram profile describes me thusly: “Sometimes I blog.”

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I haven’t blogged in ages. Since 2015, to be exact. And here we are, ten days into the second month of 2016, and I’m finally getting around to blogging. I have a very good reason for finally getting around to doing so!

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Packing for Ragnar Napa Valley

My first Ragnar Relay is only a few days from now and–is something wrong with me? I’m not stressed. I just started packing after researching packing tips like a boss.

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In my case, the good folks at Nuun Hydration–who are sponsoring our team and are one of Ragnar’s sponsors–are providing our team with necessary gear like safety vests and tail lights, and some other essentials like food and bevvies (want to guess how many Nuun flavors our van will have on board?).

What will I pack?

  • Head lamp: Along with the safety vests and tail lights, Ragnar also mandates that each runner wear a head lamp. Mine‘s a little old and the light doesn’t shine as bright anymore (are you listening, Santa?), but I’m still bringing it.
  • Knuckle Lights: These are brand new to me. I bought them because the light from my head lamp isn’t so hot, and also because I want the path ahead of me lit as well as possible. I’m a tripper, in other words.
  • 4 running outfits stored separately in gallon-sized Ziploc bags: 2 sets of shorts and tanks, and 2 sets of shorts and a t-shirt (it’s going to be hot, at least during the day). Even though I’m running only 3 legs, I’m bringing an extra outfit because I’m not entirely certain what the temps will be like for my morning run. I’m putting my outfits in bags to stay organized when they’re clean. After I wear them, they’ll get zipped right back in to their designated bags so they don’t stink up the van.

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Checking in just to be random

Hello, faithful readers. I’m still here, hanging on the edge of the blogosphere. Promise. I’ve had a lot of stuff thrown at me lately (all good stuff, but still stuff) and it’s throwing me off of my regular blogging schedule.

I did want to check in and update y’all a bit with what I’ve been up to or seen over the last week or so.

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5 Must-Read Blogs

Happy Friday! Are you doing your happy dance? I am. One good thing about being too busy is that workweeks fly by quickly. I have some fun stuff on deck this weekend (lots of time with the kids, a trip up to Seattle) and I’m ready for the clock to strike 5:00 p.m.

Should you find yourself with some spare time this weekend to do some online reading that’s not running related, here’s my list of 5 Must-Read Blogs:

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1.  Brian Moylan’s Real Housewives recaps on Vulture

I used to love reading Brian Moylan’s Real Housewives episode recaps when he wrote for Gawker, but then he left a few years ago and started writing for another publication that I didn’t follow. Continue reading

5 Trips to Take before You Die

I know, I just got back from a trip, but it’s always fun to think of the next vacation. I firmly believe that it’s better to spend money on experiences rather than things, so I value traveling and try to do it as much as I can… work- and bank-account-willing, of course.

This week, the DC Trifecta (Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DCMar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?!) chose “trips” as its Friday 5 Link-Up theme. In keeping with that theme, here are…

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Where have I been?

If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have thought I dropped off the face of the earth. If you follow me on social media, though, you may have gathered from my sporadic tweets and pictures that I was traveling on the East Coast with my husband and kids for over a week.

Visiting the White House

Visiting the White House

Traveling took a lot out of me. Visiting 3 states and the District of Columbia in 10 days with 2 school-age kids was a challenge, but the work before and after the trip was also hard. The pre-planning at my office to make sure I still had a job when I returned was a huge effort, and since getting back from vacation, I’ve been almost literally buried in paperwork. Continue reading