California knows how to party

So, I am on the mend, thankfully. My stomach was a little wonky for most of the day, but it’s much better. I am making my triumph return to work, and then I am off for the rest of the week.

I did manage to make it to a late spin class yesterday, and lifted some weights at home.  I just hate not doing something. I know there is something wrong with me.

This morning, it was pretty cold, I was fearful I’d have to break out the tights, but my weather app said it was 35 degrees, so shorts it was! I was only going to run 9 miles, but I felt good and was enjoying it so much, I decided to go for 10. It was great. I love this time of year.

Tomorrow, I get to sleep in (!), and Tim and I are leaving for Wilkes-Barre in the morning (hopefully sooner rather than later). I will probably go visit my mom at the store, and then the family heads over to my uncle’s for his annual Thanksgiving Eve party. I will eat tortilla chips and drink vodka clubs.

On Turkey Day, I plan to run a few miles for a warmup, then head over to the race. I hope my parents keep their word, and run with me! After that, we eat at my house with about 600 other people, and then we head to Tim’s cousin’s to spend time with his family.

Friday should be low-key. I will make my way to the gym, and then probably help my mom at the store. Last year, we went shopping at night, and everywhere was dead, but there were still a lot of good deals, so we may try to do that again.

Saturday is the other big day of the weekend. I will kick my day off with a longer run, and then get my hair done and get all dolled up because it’s the gala for my dad. I am pretty excited and have 13 friends (I only know because I had to send my mom a final count yesterday) coming, so that will be so great.

Sunday, we come back, and it’s back to reality.

I am so looking forward to the next few days. I will probably check in here and there, because what else will I be doing? Ha.

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Baby, baby, baby, please come home

Wow, this weekend was mostly incredible.

On Friday, one of my favorite stories was published. I excepted it may be somewhat more popular than my other stories. I did not expect it to completely explode. The Associated Press (!) called me that afternoon to see if they could pick it up. (As a freelance writer, it is a “gray” area about them picking up my story, apparently.) Of course, I said yes. Throughout the rest of the day and the evening, my inbox and social media were exploding. A LOT of outlets (including ESPN, USA Today and People magazine) picked it up. It was so awesome. It is still really awesome.

Anyway, that wasn’t all the excitement. We also closed on our house Friday! Everything went smoothly, and we celebrated with some champagne and the Blacklist once we got home.


It was early to bed for me because I had a fairly early alarm.


Note: I GET to run. I didn’t even need the reminder, I popped straight out of bed. I got in 12 easy, dark miles. In fact, I didn’t even see another person running, ha. Once I got home, I quickly got ready, then Tim and I went to meet Jill, Crawford and her parents at 7. We hit traffic around State College, so we didn’t get parked until about 9:30. We tailgated for about two hours, then headed into the game.

We had awesome seats!

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Unfortunately, they lost, but it was a fun (slightly cold) game. I am glad I got to go. We stopped for dinner on the way home, but still hit a ton of traffic. We didn’t get home until 7:30, and I was beat. Unfortunately, my acid reflux flared really badly on the way home. It’s the worst, and so embarrassing. That was a low of the weekend. That, and losing a very expensive earring. Ugh.

Anyway, I went to bed around 9, and slept until 7, then went to meet Jill, Mike, Jim and Bob for some miles. It was windy as heck, so we opted to run up the Greenbelt. 10.5 miles at 8:11 pace. I attribute that to Mike and Bob dropping the hammer pretty early. It’s a good feeling to see faster paces though. With running to/from our meeting spot, I got in 14, which felt great.


I ran some errands, and then Tim and I went to the movies to see The Night Before. It was pretty funny! I am glad we saw it. Afterwards, it was food prep and then I went to bed.

I woke up around 3 a.m. and proceeded to be violently ill for the rest of the night. I did not make it to the gym. I feel better, but queasy. I asked to work from home since I can definitely work, I just don’t feel that great, and I may be sprinting to/from bathroom, and luckily, my boss approved. Blah, hopefully, I feel better soon. I don’t want to be sick for Thanksgiving.


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We made these memories for ourselves

On Monday, I reached out to FitBit because mine was giving me a hell of a time to charge it. (I seem to have a problem with electronics and chargers, as mentioned yesterday.) I would plug it in, it would charge for 10 seconds, then stop charging. Over and over. I was annoyed. So instead of complaining to everyone else, I tried to do something about it, so I complained to the company. They sent me a brand new FitBit! I was really surprised. I opened the box and just took out the charger and now my original FitBit is charging just fine. But, good to know I have a backup FitBit in case mine ever truly dies.

Anyway, TGIF. Last night, we had our walk-through of our house, and everything was fine. We sign the paperwork and officially close tonight, which is awesome. Tim said it’s kind of anti-climatic since we don’t move in for a month-ish, and I agree, but it’s a step in that direction.


Tomorrow, my alarm is set for the earliest it has ever been (eeeek!) so I can get some miles in before we depart for Penn State. Tim and I are going to the game with Jill and Crawford, along with her parents who are DDing. Hey, thanks. I am so happy it’s not an 8 p.m. game, but 3:30 would have been ideal. Oh well. We depart around 7, and then we plan to tailgate for a bit before the game. I have only been to Penn State once, and it was four years ago and we didn’t even go into the game.


Shh, I was actually raised a Notre Dame fan. I don't care either way.

I am positive I will face plant into my bed as soon as I get home, and probably sleep on the way home too.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Wow, I was really skinny in September 2011.

On Sunday, the gang is meeting up for some miles. I have surely missed everyone, and can’t wait to see them all.


Probably no mimosas though since we aren’t running 18 miles. Sad.

I am planning to go see The Night Before at some point on Sunday as well, probably an early showing. I am dying to see it, and Tim said he is not interested, so I will probably go alone. I used to go to the movies ALL THE TIME by myself. Anything for some JGL.

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So you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans

A steady rain and a temperature of 55 degrees greeted me this morning. My iPod stopped working around the second mile, but I don’t even care. I am so happy to just be running again. My right hamstring is a little cranky, I think it may be the backsquats on Monday and the deadlifts yesterday. It doesn’t hurt, it just feels tight. I am diligently rolling with a lacrosse ball and icing. Every ache or tight muscle sends me into a complete panic, it’s really fun. Bob asked me Tuesday if I am worried about getting hurt again, and I said of course I am. I am completely terrified. But what can I do? Not run in case I get hurt running and then can’t run? I might as well run. And just freak out every time something doesn’t feel 100 percent perfect.

Other notes of interest:

  • I really like that Ed Sheeran song “Photograph.” Like, a lot. More than I probably should admit.
  • Tim and I have a walk-through at our house tonight because we close tomorrow. I am going to be a homeowner so soon. Adulthood?
  • There is a new “Dear Prudence” on and I am still unsure how I feel about that. I miss Emily Yoffe.
  • Everyone posting terrible, racist things on Facebook about the refugees makes me really sad. I also can’t stand when people compare refugees to homeless Americans. The situations have nothing to do with each other. At the end of the day though, we are all human. I am no better than someone simply because I was born in the United States. I think people forget that sometimes.
  • If my iPod is really dead, I am f’ed because all of my playlists are on a dead laptop.
  • For the last six months or so, I have to fight with my phone. Almost every time I plug it into any charger, it tells me it is “not recognized.” So then I have to reboot it and play it with from anywhere to 1-20 minutes. It’s really a fun game. I don’t know why I have so many problems with electronics.
  • I am so excited for Thanksgiving. SO EXCITED.

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Some things, they stay the same

I feel like myself again.

I am excited to lay out my clothes the night before. I am excited when my alarm goes off. I am excited when I step out the front door. I enjoy every minute I am out there. I watch the sun as it comes up. I breathe fresh air. I feel my heart rate rising. I feel my feet against the pavement. I feel alive. (Fortunately, my rolled ankle from yesterday just feels a little sore. I can walk and run on it just fine, thank God. Can you imagine if I really had messed it up? I’d be a disaster. Again.) This morning’s run was glorious. This is my favorite kind of weather, I only need a light long sleeve and shorts.

I signed up for a five-mile turkey trot. My mom is going to run it too, I am so excited. Last year, I won it! That was awesome. I am pretty sure that won’t happen again, but it’ll be fun to run. I hope it’s slightly warmer this year.


Recently, I’ve gotten to interview three very talented, awesome individual runners for my side gig with the newspaper and it’s been so inspiring. I feel invigorated and I am so passionate for this sport. Call me crazy.

I like having a reason to get up in the morning.

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At every occasion, I’ll be ready for the funeral

Not even kidding, .17 miles into my run with Bob this morning, I tripped over a very large tree branch despite my very bright head lamp.


Famous last words: I think it’s okay, but my ankle is a little sore.

We made it through 8 miles faster than usual. It’s good to be back (please let me be back).


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I don’t want to crush you… but I feel like crushing you

Eeeee. It sure has been a while, hasn’t it?

Our flight was at 10:40 out of Baltimore, so we left here around 7:40. I did have enough time to go for a swim, which was good because I hate sitting all day with all that extra energy. I get so antsy. I am a bad traveler. Anyway, our flight ended up being slightly delayed, which caused a minor panic attack, as we were afraid we’d miss our connecting flight, but luckily, everything worked out. By the time we landed in Orlando, got our luggage and our rental car, it was nearly 4 p.m. and we were famished. We swung by Trader Joe’s for some happy hour essentials. We enjoyed some drinks and snacks in our room, and then took an uber to Chuy’s, a Mexican restaurant. It was delicious, reasonably priced and fast. We stopped by another place, BJ’s, on the walk home for another round. It was a perfect first evening in Florida. We were beat from a long day of traveling.

You guys, on Thursday, I … ran. With no pain, no NOTHING. It was beautiful and humid and amazing.

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After my run (and a shower), Tim and I walked over to Universal. It was awesome, there were pretty much NO lines, and we rode almost every ride. I’d been to the original Harry Potter part, but not the addition, and it was AWESOME. I had so much fun.



We hung out in the park until 3ish, but we were hungry and thirsty, so we left and stopped at Margaritaville. I accidentally got glutened here (my own fault, I should always double check with french fries, but I was SO hungry, and there was nothing else I could eat). I was okay, just really bloated and felt really sick. We were both really worn out, so we stopped by Trader Joe’s (again) and got some food and spent the evening hanging out at the hotel.


I am not usually a Friday runner, so I went to the hotel gym and ellipticaled and lifted. Sean arrived early,  but by the time we picked him up from the airport, and picked up his ticket from the shady tourist place he accidentally bought it from, we had a late start. We met up with his friend Courtney and spent the day at Universal again. The lines were a bit longer, but not too bad, and we had a great day.

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We hit a wall eventually, and decided to grab drinks and food right outside the park. Surprisingly, Orlando is not very gluten-free-friendly, so we just went with Mexican again. But it was delicious. We ended up crashing in our hotel room around 9, watching The Goonies. And then we broke the TV and called maintenance and they couldn’t help us, so we just went to bed. Probably for the best.

I got up super early to go for a run, which was wonderful. The humidity was low, and I felt great. My iPod was having all sorts of problems this weekend, but I think it was humidity. It wasn’t so bad to run music-less because I was just SO happy to be running. Anyway, I figured everyone would be up doing fun things by the time I returned, but I was wrong, they were all still dead asleep. We were SO lazy, spending most of the morning laying around before grabbing lunch and switching hotels and then lounging around some more until it was time for the wedding. The wedding was wonderful, Lindsey looked stunning. On one hand, it feels like just yesterday that she lived in the room next to me and I’d hear “Kel bel? Are you home? Do you want to watch some Saved by the Bell?” but on the other hand, that truly does feel like the 7+ years ago it was. I hate growing up so much I wish I could freeze time. Anyway, the wedding was so much fun. I am so happy for them. Seeing your friends happy is just a whole other level of awesome. We partied until last call and then Tim and I called it a night because we were exhausted.



I hate this picture, but whatever. Why is my arm SO LARGE.



Life as a vegetarian is hard.


We had an early flight, so I got up around 6 to get a few miles in. My stomach, as it has been, was a total disaster, but I got some pretty miles in. It just felt good to move. IMG_0972

We flew home on Jet Blue, which I really liked. I got to watch the second half of Girl Next Door on Comedy Central, which is one of my favorite movies. The flight wasn’t too bad, nor was the drive home. It was just long, and I wasn’t feeling so great thanks to all those vodka clubs and all the shitty food we had been eating. By the time we got settled, I finished my run, and we did grocery shopping, it was dinnertime. I met Liz and Nadya for a beverage and we got hit on by some creepy drunk man who would not leave us alone. Sometimes, it is fun to get hit on, like WE STILL GOT IT, but no, this was not the case. Anyway, we bid adieu, and then Tim and I ate diner, and that was that. I am sad it is a full week, but next week is super short. Thanks Pilgrims.

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