PictureMo Schultz - Ultra Trail Runner Extraordinaire!
Hello Running Buddies! How was your 4th of July weekend? Did you celebrate with the 6 F's? 
Family, Friends, Food, Fireworks, Fun and Freedom!
I sure did! Today on the blog, I'm doing something a little different. Something I've never done before. A while back, my Twitter Buddy, Mo, reached out to me and wanted to contribute to my blog. I thought the best way would be to feature him as the RunGingerRun Buddy of the Month! It just so happens that he's the first RGR Buddy of the month too! Being as we just celebrated the 4th of July and Mo is a Service-Disabled Veteran, there was no better time kick off this new adventure for my blog then right after one of our most patriotic holidays! Thanks for your service Mo! 
How I Met Mo
Mo and I "met" on Twitter and while we've never met in real life, I still consider him a Running Buddy. Maybe one day we'll end up at the same race and run some miles together! But for now, we participate in the same Twitter chats, we talk about running, we congratulate each other on our running accomplishments and we also motivate each other when we need it. Now it's time for you to meet Mo...

The Running Buddy Interview with Mo Schultz

PictureMo and Running Buddy Sandy!
1. Who is Mo?
That is always a tough question and typically I can give a great snapshot in time however, I will give you a cliff notes version of my timeline. I am a mid-west kid that grew up in Kansas City. Jazz, BBQ and Sports fuels everyone in that city. Childhood was so-so and I was always into soccer. I tried other sports and made it a point to be active. This trend stuck when I went into the military. I went into the military in 1997  and left in 2003. I incurred my disability in 2001 and it was clear I had a tough road ahead. I was having surgeries often and gaining a significant amount of weight. I knew it was bad because the pain in my ankles and in other areas, as well as, sleep apnea were due to the fact that I had hit the obesity mark. I was at a point where it hurt to be active. Note for anyone reading this that are at that point, you need to eat right and become active even if it hurts. Trust me, it is not going to get better. It took me a decade to get to a point where I said, “Enough is enough.” From 2012 to the end of 2013, I ran but did not follow a nutrition plan or take advice from a running coach. The objective for me running changed, as it was no longer for weight loss but to connect with a strong community, the running community, and make this a life change. 

I became addicted to trail running as I enjoyed every aspect of it. In January 2014 I started eating healthy, 
as a wonderful woman (Keira Henninger) introduced me to game changing nutrition. I dropped 40 lbs. in 6 months from eating well and staying active. It was no miracle pill but it was great, supportive people in my life that helped me make this life change. Today I run for many reasons but most of all for veterans and others that are going through similar challenges I faced. I am in no way skinny but if I can do it, anyone can. I am a Veteran Ambassador for Team RWB and Carbo Pro. Professionally, I work at the Department of State. For more info of the Professional side of my life, come connect with me on LinkedIn

2. How do we connect with you on Social media?
Twitter via @NOVATrailBlazer and @NOVAUltraRunner

PictureMid Race Action Shot!
3. How you get into running?
I signed up for my first 10K in 2012. So the race series that started me down the path of running was The North face Endurance Challenge. I would say the best supported race series out there. It also helped that my wife is a marathoner and seeing all of her great results inspired me to be active too. 
4. What is your favorite race/distance?
Becoming the first service disabled veteran to complete The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 miler in June 2014...I am going to say 50 mile Trail races are my favorite. I was not fast but my official time was 12:57:51. I was 2 minutes and 9 seconds from the cut off but I enjoyed every step of that race. The scenery is gorgeous as you run along the Potomac River. This will be a staple race for me and I am just glad I finished. One interesting fact is that I ran the entire time without music. I had music ready to go but the convo with other runners and the scenery kept me occupied, yes, trail runners talk while we run. We also become instant field medics when one of us would go down. Sure we may have little to no medical training but we just “know.”

5. Tell me about Team RWB? 
First off, Team RWB is not just a sound bite and yes, everyone is welcome to join. To understand Team RWB you need to understand the #EagleEthos as captured on the website. We share an ethos, a set of guiding beliefs and ideals that characterize our community. Ethos is demonstrated, not stated. The Eagle Ethos can be clearly captured in an instant with a single snapshot or demonstrated over time. It can be displayed outwardly or held inside as fuel for action. But it is pervasive throughout Team RWB and known intimately by each team member who puts on that red shirt. The Eagle Ethos is passion, people, positivity, commitment, camaraderie, and community...and Team RWB lives it in action every day.

+ Passion – we care more, we work harder, and we share our story
+ People – veterans and community drive everything we do
+ Positivity – we don’t ignore the challenges, we just stay positive and attack them
+ Commitment – we are dedicated to each other, our mission, and our communities
+ Camaraderie – we improve lives through genuine, personal relationships
+ Community – this is what we are building...at every level

I recommend everyone to at least go to a recurring event in their local area to experience it. You can learn more about Team RWB by visiting our website: http://www.teamrwb.org/

Mantra: #FuelWellBreatheWellStayFocused #YouGotThis 
My Quote: “A successful leader will take a diverse mix of unknown people with unknown skill sets and abilities and make them want to make the impossible, possible.” -Mohammad Schultz

Leave a Comment and Help Me Congratulate Mo on his 50 Miler!

In January I wrote a blog about my goals for 2014. Now that we are almost done with June, I thought it was time to check in on my goals and see how I'm doing so far. You know, for accountability and stuff. 

Goal #1 

Run a race in a State we haven't raced in before.

Boom! Done!
We crushed this goal already by running the Mustang 50th Half Marathon in Nevada and the Garmin Half Marathon in Kansas

We'll also be able to cross California off the list for The Hubbo when we run the Half at the Ventura Marathon in September! If you want to join me or meet up at this race, you can use the discount code: BibChat10 to save $10 on your race registration! Let me know if you'll be there!

Goal #2

PictureMedals as of January 2014
Earn more medals in 2014 than 2013.
Almost Done!
In 2013 we ended up with 9 medals total. So far in 2014 we've earned 7 medals and have several more races on the books! 

If all goes according to plan, we'll pick up the following medals for the rest of 2014:
  • Firecracker 5K
  • Fleet Feet Quarter Marathon (Maybe)
  • Tulsa Run 15K
  • Ventura Half Marathon
  • Jenks Half Marathon
  • Route 66 5K
  • Route 66 Full Marathon

Medals as of June 2014

Goal #3

PictureGoal #3B. I still need to wear this shirt!
Complete a Marathon in under 5 Hours for a new Marathon PR.

This is the goal I am most worried about. I haven't ran a full marathon since March 2013. Also, I have never ran a marathon pain free. I'm interested to see if I can make it through this training session pain free and see how good/bad I'll do when I have a fair shot at a full marathon. My previous full marathon PR is 5:16. My plan is to run the full at Route 66 here in Tulsa in November. My realistic goal is 4:50-4:59. My ideal goal would be 4:45 - 4:50. We'll have to see how my body holds up. I've been doing things a lot differently this year which includes more cross training and trying to eat better. 
Side Note - At the Route 66 Full, I'll also be doing the Center of The Universe Detour which adds .3 miles which makes it a 26.5 mile race! 

Race Announcement! 

You guys! I'm so excited to officially announce this on my blog! We are running the Honolulu Marathon on December 14th! 
This will be my second full marathon for 2014 but I'm not going into this one with any goals other than to have fun, enjoy the view, and cross the finish line. I'm not a hot weather runner and suspect this one will be hot and humid. 
The Hubbo and I opted out of a summer vacation this year to run the Honolulu Marathon and turn it into a Winter Racecation. 
Have you ever ran this marathon? Or traveled to Hawaii? Any advice for me? 
If you want to meet up at this race let me know! I also have a Honolulu Marathon discount code to help you save some cash. Be sure to check out my Discount Page on my blog for race discounts and product discounts.
 Use Code: BibRave15 to save 15% off a race entry fee for the Honolulu Marathon.

Question! How are your 2014 Goals Coming Along?

In some of my previous blog posts, I've shared with you that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I don't talk about it a lot but it's really not a secret. It's just not fun to blog about. In the past, I have whined and complained about how hard it is to be a distance runner with insulin resistance thanks to PCOS. Runners like carbs, right? Well not if you are insulin resistant. Carbs actually have the opposite effect. Too many carbs and my blood sugar will spike and then crash and burn! Not fun during a marathon. Not fun at all! 
I've also complained about my struggle with my weight and how marathon training had actually lead to some weight gain. I know I'm not the only one who has struggled with maintaining weight while marathon training thanks to being rungry and all. But still, PCOS makes running more difficult, and here's why:

1: Due to carb sensitivity, we store carbs as fat which makes it VERY difficult to lose weight
2. Carbs spike my insulin levels which make me nauseated (Also not fun at mile 22 of a marathon)
3.  After a spike in my insulin, since I don't regulate my insulin well on my own, I crash and I crash hard!
4. When you are crashing from low blood sugar you crave sugar. So after a long run when you are rungry, you want all the bad things like muffins, cookies, ice cream, and the list goes on and on. Seriously, ask any lady with PCOS if she craves sugar like a crack fiend and she will tell you the answer is, YES!! 
5. The usual energy gels or chomps that most people take are made up of mostly carbs/sugar. Those don't work for me for the reasons listed above. 

BUT! What I haven't shared with you yet is that last fall I finally found my race day nutrition of choice and it works perfect for me! I was first introduced to ENERGYbits via Twitter but didn't give them much thought until they showed up in one of my StrideBox shipments. I received a single serving of these strange little tablets in a small black baggy. I opened them up and chewed one up to see how it tasted. Worst! Idea! Ever! It's perfectly fine to chew them because they are real food, they just taste very green. I highly recommend that you please read the directions. If I had read the directions it says to swallow them with water. Lesson learned. 

What are they and how do you take ENERGYbits?
I take a single serving of bits before all my longs runs. I swallow (DON'T CHEW!!) 30 bits about 15 minutes prior the start of my run. ENERGYbits are made from 100% organically grown, Non GMO spirulina algae and have 40 nutrients. Each tablet is only 1 calorie but has a high protein content (64%) in each tablet. 

Do they work?
For me, yes! Last fall when I finished my juice fast I needed race day nutrition that wasn't loaded with carbs and sugars. I remembered trying my sample of ENERGYbits and wanted to give them another shot. I bought an entire bag (1000 tablets) in August and started using them right away. I was very impressed that even though I was eating a low carb diet, I didn't crash on my long runs like I always did in the past. I just felt like I could keep going and better yet, I could keep going at the pace that I started out instead of slowing down or hitting the wall.

I also noticed that when I was done running I wasn't starving or craving sugar! It was such a nice change for me! Also I didn't get that blood sugar spike and then crash because they are mostly protein which is what I need. 

Since I started taking ENERGYbits I was able to PR in every distance I ran over the last 9 months. I PR'd twice in the Half Marathon, PR'd twice in the 15K, PR'd once in the 5K, and PR'd once in the 10K.

The Hubbo has even taken them before a few races as well and managed to take several minutes off his half marathon PR for his first sub 2 hour half!

Since last fall, I've purchased 2 full bags of 1000 bits. Since I only use them for my long runs, races, or when I haven't been able to eat much before a run, they have lasted me a long time. Some people take them for every run, you can do that too or just the long ones. 

Where do I Buy ENERGYbits?
You can buy them online here. Since you get 1000 tabs and you only take 30 at a time, you are really buying your nutrition in bulk. They will ship them right to your door and then you just pop them in the refrigerator for safe keeping. 
To save 30% on your order you can use my discount code: RGR30

Are they hard on your stomach?
Not for me. Because they are made from a super food, spirulina algae, and not sugar, carbs, gluten, chemicals, or caffeine, I haven't had any tummy issues using them. 

Disclaimer - I was given a sample of ENERGYbits to try out as part of my ambassadorship with BibRave, but I've already been loyal customer since the Fall of 2013. They didn't ask that I write a review nor was I compensated in any way. 

ENERGYbits is sponsoring #Bibchat tonight on Twitter. Join in at 8:00pm CST for a fun chat about race nutrition and some lucky giveaway winners! 

Photo: energybits.com

Question! What do you use for race day nutrition?

As a blogger of any kind or especially a run blogger, there are certain themes or recurring thoughts I think we all like to blog about from time to time. It also seems that we've all been guilty of most, if not all, of the themes below. At least, I hope I'm not alone in some of these! If you are curious and not sure if you qualify as a run blogger... 
You may be a run blogger if...

#1 You Like to Take Selfies with Your Race Medal


#2 You Run All The Races so You'll Have Something to Blog About


#3 You Have a Fantastic Blog Idea but Feel Like You Can't Post it Because Another Blogger Beat You To It

Ugh! This may be the most frustrating part about being a blogger/fan of other blogs. I'll come up with an idea and I usually sit on them for a bit and tweak them over time. But then, just when I get ready to finalize it and hit publish, I'll stumble across another blogger who did the same thing! Christmas time is the worst! Everyone is putting out Christmas Gift Guides for Runners, or their New Years Goals. 

#4 You Spend HOURS Searching for the Perfect .gif to Showcase the Awesomeness That is Your Hilarious Post

Seriously! I've spent more time looking for memes or .gif images than I truly care to confess. I seriously hope I'm not the only one! 

#5 You Have To Decide Between More Nutrition in Your Running Belt or Take Your Phone for Mid-Race Pics!

Mid-Race Photos Are Awful! Should have brought more ENGERYbits!
We've all had to make the gut-wrenching decision of more nutrition in your fuel belt or using that tiny, yet highly coveted, space in your fuel belt for your cell phone so you can get some pre-race or mid-race pics. I always take my phone for pic opportunities and for safety, but after reviewing my typical in-the-corral pics and mid-race pics, maybe I should just starting using that space for fuel! 

Look how red my face is in that pic! This was around mile 5 of the Garmin Half Marathon in April 2014.

#6 You've Been Recognized at a Race or Event Because of Your Blog

Tulsa is a tight-knit community of runners and it's not uncommon to randomly hear someone shouting out your real name as you are running a race even though you didn't necessarily invite family and friends for moral support. But when someone yells out your blog name at a race, two things immediately happen. 
1. You're excited that someone recognized you from your small blog!
2. Then you immediately panic because you aren't quiet sure who they are! 

You panic not because of stranger danger (well maybe a little bit) but because you don't want to seem rude for not knowing who they are. Blogging is funny that way. Bloggers put so much out there that people know a lot about you even when you first meet and yet you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about them! But really, I love it when people say Hi to me when I'm out at an event or race. 

Leave A Comment! Do You Carry Your Cell Phone When You Run Races?

PictureBlogging + Wine Go Together, Right?
Okay, that headline may be a bit dramatic but really, changing my blog layout lead to a series of ups-and-downs. In my last blog post, I announced that I had updated my blog and promised to give you more details about how it all went down. Because I know you are just dying to read that intense, extremely entertaining, not-boring-at-all story of changing my blog layout so here is how it all went down. #YoureWelcome

I know that some of my readers are bloggers so maybe they can feel my pain or at least learn from my mistakes! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the roller coaster ride you are about to embark upon with me as I tell you the tale of The Time the Ginger Tried to Change Her Blog Layout.... 

I've been considering changing the layout or theme of my blog for a few months but never really took the time to make it happen. I wanted to make it look a little less "themed" and more like a website. Not too long ago, the Hubbo was out of town for a few days for a work trip and I found myself with more time to work on my blog. Hooray! 

Unfortunately, there were a few steps that would require his help so I couldn't do it from start to finish while he was away.  Boo!
But I did take advantage of my free time and started planning what I wanted to do. Hooray! 

While he was gone, I locked myself in my home office with a glass of wine (or three) and started looking at all the different blogs I follow to get inspiration on what I like versus what I don't like. Then I logged into my blog portal and started surfing all the themes they offered. After a few hours of perusing the depths of the Weebly theme library, I found one that I loved! Yay!  

After the Hubbo returned from his trip, the urge to make the changes popped up again. I logged in and went to find the layout I wanted. I thought, this will be easy and will only take a few minutes. Yay! So I asked him to help me at about 10:00 o'clock one night thinking it would be a breeze. I remember thinking to myself when I was looking for layouts "I don't need to write this down, I love this layout so I'll remember it.

So The Hubbo kindly agreed to help me and put down his iPad game while I logged into find the layout I wanted. 

Once I got logged in, I realized that the layout I picked absolutely LOVED wasn't an option anymore! Boo!
Or at least, if it was still an option, it wasn't speaking to me the same way it was when I found it the first time and we already know that I didn't write anything down. Again, let's blame the wine for this!

I was so determined to find a new layout and update my blog that night and The Hubbo was super sweet and sat patiently in the office with me until I finally found one that was okay enough. Somewhere around midnight, I was able to have him do his part of the update and it took him a hot 15 minutes. Which was my estimated time for updating my blog when I asked him to help me two hours before. Sorry Hubbo! But I learned some valuable lessons and I have shared them below with you.

Lesson #1 in Updating Your Blog - Write That Shit Down!
Lesson #2 in Updating Your Blog - Don't Drink!
Lesson #3 in Updating Your Blog - It will take longer than you think!

And that, my friends, is the emotional roller coaster of a story of how updating my blog went down. 

What do you think of the new layout? Did you like the old one better? 

Hi Running Buddies!

How is your running going? The Hubbo and I took about 3 weeks off from training to give our legs some time to recover from our half marathon spree in April. But now It's time to start pre-training for marathon training which starts in about 4 weeks. Eek! 
Recently, The Hubbo, some of my co-workers/friends, and I ran a fun local 5k here in Tulsa.  The Fat Guy's Burgers and Baseball 5k!

But before we get to my typical recap of the race, you may have already noticed something. My blog may look a little different to you. It does. You're not seeing things. I changed the layout and I'm still making changes. I'll be sure to post a blog about how it all went down when it's all done. 

So let's get to the race!

The Crew

A big group of friends and co-workers and I met up before the race in downtown Tulsa. Luckily, this was a small race so parking and finding each other wasn't hard at all. We also were fortunate enough that even though it was warm and humid, we had a nice cloud cover that day and the sun wasn't beating down on us. THANK GOD! I can't run in the heat y'all! #GingersDontLikeTheSun 

This race had two options. The 5k and the Fat Guy's Challenge! Fat Guys is a local burger joint located in downtown Tulsa right by the baseball field. 

The Fat Guy's Challenge consisted of running to a burger station and consuming an entire Fat Guy's Burger before being able to run the 5k. At the end of the 5k, participants also had to chug a vanilla milk shake just about .25 of a mile away from the finish line. I ran the 5k because I'm a total weeny when it comes to running and consuming large amounts of food/beer at the same time. The Hubbo on the other hand, ran the Fat Guy's Challenge and said it was ROUGH! 

The Course

The 5k started right by OneOK Field which is were the Tulsa Driller's (minor league baseball team) play. Hence the Baseball portion of this race. We ran around downtown Tulsa before heading back to the baseball field and running around the outfield and then across home plate to finish! They even had a camera set up so you could watch people cross the finish line on the jumbo tron! 

I was lucky enough to get this picture from Angela (in blue). Her family members came down to the race and snapped a few photos and I was just close enough to be included in some of them. 
The course wasn't very hilly but did have a couple small inclines so I wouldn't say this is the flattest 5k I've ever ran, but it wasn't hilly either. The best part about the course was running down the ramp to get into the baseball field before we crossed the finish line at home plate!

The Swag

The cost for the 5k was $35 and the cost of the Fat Guy's Burger Challenge was $40, I think. 
For registering for the 5k we got:
  • 1 Ticket to a Driller's Baseball Game
  • Post-Race Fat Guy's Burger 
  • Post-Race Beer x2
  • A Cotton T-Shirt
  • Cute Bib

The ticket to the baseball game was good for any regular season home game for the Tulsa Drillers. It just so happened to work out that the same day as the race, they had an evening game at home and Fireworks! So not only did we get to see the Drillers win, we got a nice celebratory fireworks show at the end! Bonus!

My Stats

PictureSun in your face = Goofy Selfie!
This wasn't my best 5k and also wasn't my worst 5k. It was warm and y'all know, I'm not a hot weather runner! Also before this race The Hubbo and I enjoyed a 3 week hiatus from running to recover from our full month of Half Marathons in April. That being said, I'm still really pleased with my results!

Here are my stats:
Time: 30:22
Division Place: 10th out of 47
Female Overall Place: 67th out of 280

Total Number of Finishers: 531

Click here for the link to my race recap on Bibrave.com

Question! What race has the best swag? What did you get?

Hi Running Buddies!

How was your Memorial Day weekend? Today I decided it was time to share with you my story about THE BEST BIRTHDAY WEEKEND EVER

In my last blog post you all know that I celebrated my birthday recently but what you didn't know was all the shenanigans that took place after that post was published! 

If you don't read any more of this post, at least look at the pictures from my birthday event! 

Friday Night

Last Friday Night (now that Katy Perry song is stuck in your head isn't it? #You'reWelcome) I went to Happy Hour after some of my friends got off work. We went to bar called Baker's Street which is Sherlock Holmes themed and isn't too far from my house. That night Happy Hour turned into Appetizer Hour and then Desert Hour. It was a lot of fun, but since I was off work and didn't know how busy the bar would be, I got there super early and got us a table for our entire group. Turns out, day drinking by yourself at 5:00pm on a Friday while sitting at a table made for 8 people isn't a normal thing. Weird! I got a lot of funny looks from people while I sat alone at my GIANT table waiting on my friends with a beer or two. It's ok, don't feel bad for me. Me and Mr. Beer had a good time while we waited. 

Saturday Morning

The Hubbo and I got up super early on Saturday morning and drove an hour north to his parent's house. We left Tulsa on about 5 hours of sleep to walk a 5K with my Mother-In-Law. The 5K was a small race that wasn't chip timed and had a pretty small turn out. Every time I tried to run ahead of The Hubbo and his mom to get "action shots" with my camera for the blog, she would take off running! 
Linda, we really need to work on your race photo etiquette! :) 

We all had a good time bantering back and forth and we even didn't finish last so that's cool. I think we finished around 51 or 52 minutes.
After the race, they had a drawing for about a billion "door" prizes and The Hubbo won a Oil Change and Car Wash from a local dealership. I won nothing. ::Insert Sad Music Here:: They clearly didn't know that it was my birthday weekend. Or didn't care. Either way...Rude! :) 

Saturday Night Shenanigans!

PictureTeam Zombie Killers ready for the Hunt!
Each time I throw a party I like to try to do something fun and different than the norm. This year was probably my favorite event of all time! I started planning this party about 3-4 weeks in advance and all I did was set up a Facebook invite and tell my friends we were going to do a "fun activity." A few weeks later I updated the event and told them to wear team shirts, bring their cell phones, and meet me in a random parking lot. Classy, I know! Why the even agreed to such a non-detailed and slightly creepy invitation for the night, I don't know! 

When we all got there I let the cat out of the bag and told them we were doing a scavenger hunt around Tulsa! They had to collect the items or take pictures with the items and then meet up 2 hours later at the restaurant. There were even prizes up for grabs worth $90 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! 

Once the two hour time limit was over, we met up at the restaurant and exchanged scavenger hunt stories. There were tall tales of fast driving, approaching strangers, stalking Sonic Car Hops, and running through a few local Wal-Marts all in the pursuit of fun and winning first place!

The best part about this was the dinner conversation. Even though not all my friends knew each other, this gave us plenty of common material to talk about and there was never a dull moment or lull in conversation at dinner. Seriously, the best! 

Also in a couple months I hope my friends go through the pictures on their phones and look back and all the fun shenanigans of the night and get a little chuckle out of the ridiculous pictures they collected. 

The Scavenger Hunt List

1 Point Items
  •          Blue Car Pic
  •          Silver SUV Pic
  •          Stranger’s Tattoo Pic
  •          Ginger Stranger Pic
  •          Orange Road Cone Pic
  •          Check In at a random place on Facebook
  •          Take a Selfie with a Gas Pump
  •          Collect 1 Ketchup Packet
  •          Collect Salt and Pepper Packet
  •          Ask Stranger for their autograph
  •          Tulsa Penguins Pic – 1 Pt for each unique penguin
  •          Ride Coin Operated Toy – Pic
  •          Golden Arches – Pic
  •          Take a Selfie with your team

3 Point Items
  •          Nissan Juke Pic
  •          Scion XB Pic
  •          Stranger’s Tramp Stamp  Pic
  •          Female Redheaded Stranger  Pic
  •          Man walking small dog Pic
  •          Custom License Plate Pic 
  •          Runner Pic
  •          Bathroom Graffiti  Pic
  •          Golden Driller Pic
  •          Admiral Twin Pic

5 Point Items
  •          Get a Stranger’s Autograph have stranger hold autograph & get pic!
  •          Misspelled Marquee Pic
  •          Biker Fox Pic
  •          ORU Praying Hands Pic
  •          Blue Nissan Juke Pic 
  •          Silver Scion XB Pic 
  •          Sonic Car Hop Pic
  •          Buy Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups – Give to Birthday Girl :)
  •          Pay Phone Pic
  •          Leprechaun Pic – 10 points!
  •          Unicorn Pic – 10 points! 

Scavenger Hunt Pics

The After Party

After dinner a handful of us wanted to go to one of my favorite dive bars and continue the fun. We didn't realize it was karaoke night, but that was just an added bonus and a thoughtful birthday surprise for me on behalf of the bar I'm sure. The bar guy gave me a free shot in honor of my birthday (how sweet) and it was the WORST SHOT EVER! It was called Dragon's Blood or Dragon's Breath but it was AWFUL! It was so hot and spicy that I couldn't take the whole thing and it made my mouth hurt for at least 3.5 minutes. Ugh! Never trust the bar guy when he says he'll give you a free shot but it's HIS choice! Lesson learned! 

After we left the bar, Team Jager was staying with me so we, of course, had to have a few shots of Jager at the house. I was able to easily convince Lindsay that she needed to model my super fancy and oh-so-sweet adult onesie that her mom bought for me back in 6th grade! Yes I still have it and yes it still fits! 

Around midnight, after several hours of drinking and a full bottle of Jager later, we decided it was a good idea to bake cookies. Because, you know, of course it is! 

Obviously they were super delicious! 
Luckily we managed to pull that off with only minor burns on my behalf because I suck at taking things out of the oven and not letting hot things touch my skin even when alcohol isn't involved. Oh and the house is still standing. Whew! 

At the end of the night, we managed to make sure the oven was off, the lights were off, the alarm was set before we all went to bed. I felt pretty good about my level of responsibility until the next morning when I realized I left the garage door open all night. Oops! Fail! Oh well, #YOLO! 

Midnight Cookies!

Question! What did you do for your Birthday?

PictureBirthday Girl Wearing My New Necklace!
Today is my birthday! I'm home from work today because my company is super cool and we get our birthday off as a holiday. #YouShouldBeJealous

Last month a friend and fellow blogger, Bethany aka Half Marathon Mama, did something cool on her Birthday and listed 31 things about her on her 31st bday. I thought to myself that I should really do that because my birthday is coming up. And then I thought, how am I going to come up with 31 things??!?? 

There's a problem with my logic, y'all. 

I'm not turning 31. I was already 31 when I read her post. I turned 32 today. But for some reason in my mind even though I knew I was 31, I wasn't going to be 32. I was still going to be 31. I know, I know! It doesn't make sense! 

I even thought about my upcoming birthday all the time over the last month and it didn't even occur to me that I was going to be 32 UNTIL THIS WEEK! Like 3 days ago! I was totally blown away! I guess it was my way of telling myself subconsciously that I am ready to stop aging! Ugh, is that possible? Can I just stop aging now?

32 Things About Me Because I Am 32

  1. Up until 3 days ago I just knew I was celebrating my 31st Birthday today
  2. I was wrong, I'm 32 ::Insert Sad Music Here::
  3. I think I'm Funny, The Hubbo may or may not agree
  4. I like to take pictures of The Hubbo when he's sleeping
  5. He thinks #4 is creepy
  6. I don't own anything that is Pink
  7. I never take myself too seriously
  8. I am not a girl that cries a lot 
  9. I crave sugar like a crack fiend (Great, now I want a cookie)
  10. I just recently started to like avocados
  11. The picture above is me wearing a Squash Blossom necklace my mother-in-law made. She used beads from my paternal grandmother's Native American jewelry shop that we salvaged when we cleaned out her house recently. It was made with love and is now my favorite necklace because it represents both sides of my family! (My side and the Hubbo's side)
  12. I have trouble spelling the word restaurant every. single. time.
  13. Oh my god, we are only on #13
  14. My hometown, Pawhuska, has the largest armature rodeo in the world each July! Be jealous!
  15. I say "y'all" a lot on purpose because I think it's fun
  16. I competed in pole vaulting in high school and was terrible at it
  17. I painted my nails last night to match the paint job on my car
  18. The Hubbo and I met when I was in High School
  19. I'm pretty sure the Thunder won last night as an early birthday present to me. You're Welcome!
  20. I just finished a 3 day juice fast
  21. I've worked at the same company for 7 years
  22. I sing to The Hubbo every time we get in the car even though I'm a terrible singer
  23. He doesn't sing along with me. Rude!
  24. I sold ballet shoes, tights, and leotards in college but I've never taken dance lessons
  25. 24 is my favorite number
  26. Blah Blah Blah
  27. No one is probably reading this at this point anyway
  28. I just remembered I have chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer
  29. I wake up at 7:19 every day and have to be at work at 8:00. I'm never late.
  30. I have 9 blog posts in my drafts just waiting to come out and play
  31. I'm a notary
  32. My newest obsession is SnapChat 
The Hubbo's Bday present to me! Love it!

Question! How do you plan to celebrate your Birthday?

If you've had the pleasure (or torture) to hang around runners for any amount of time, you know that we have a language all of our own. AND WE LIKE TO TALK ABOUT RUNNING A LOT! 
You may have wondered to yourself, "What does PR mean?" or "What does BQ stand for?" or even "How far is a 15k?" But you probably didn't want to ask for fear of sounding like you were out-of-the-know or fear of dragging the conversation on any longer and having to pretend like you care. I get it. I know I have wondered those exact thoughts myself. So don't worry, Boo! I got you! Today I am demystifying all that runner's jargon for you with my very own Guide to Runner's Language!

Chub Rub - The unfortunate occurrence that happens when parts of your body are a little chubbier than you'd like and rub together while you run. 
Example - See my thighs.

Rungry - The insatiable hunger that ensues immediately after a long run. Also occurs as you ramp up your mileage while training for a long distance race. 

Hangry - When you are beyond Rungry and so hungry you are angry, irritable, and just unpleasant to be around until food is in your belly!

PR - Personal Record (Seems Americans use this one more)

PB - Personal Best (Seems like the rest of the world uses this one)

5K - A 3.1 mile race

10K - A 6.2 mile race

15K - A 9.3 mile race

25K - A 15.5 mile race

Half Marathon - A 13.1 mile race

Marathon or Full Marathon - A 26.2 mile race

Ultra or Ultra Marathon - A race that is any distance longer than 26.2 miles. That means that my first marathon was technically an ultra coming in at 26.5 miles since I elected to do the extra detour. 

The Wall - The invisible force that jumps out and smacks you in the face as you are running a great race ultimately taking away any chance at a PR by making you super exhausted and tired all of a sudden. Often shows up when you've gone out too fast in a race.
Example - I hit the wall at mile 22 and it was all bad news from there! 

Skinny Up! - No, this doesn't mean go on a crash diet. It is a directive shouted out by a running coach letting you know the group is taking up too much of the road and you need to line up so you won't get hit by a car. Safety first kids!

Car Back! - A car is approaching your running group from behind you. Look out!

Biker Up! - A person on a bike is approaching you from the front, be aware and share the road!

Hole! - A runner yells this out who may be 10-15 feet ahead of you so you will know not to step in the hole in the ground and injure yourself. 

BQ - Boston Qualifier or Boston Qualify or Boston Qualified
Also means to run a marathon fast enough to meet the criteria to run the Boston Marathon. 

Little Potty - A polite way to tell your running group you have to urinate. 
Example - I need a little potty break.

Big Potty - A polite way to tell your running group you have to do the opposite of urinate. 
Example - Runner 1: I need to go to the bathroom. Runner 2: Do you need to go Little Potty or Big Potty?
Runner 1: Big Potty!

Bling - Another name for the finisher medal you get when you finish a race. 

Bib - The number you must wear when you run a race to help race directors keep track of who's who for safety and timing reasons. They are usually made of Tyvek material and are impossible to pin on your shirt without looking like a drunk toddler helped you. #AlwaysOffCenter 

Swag - The extra "free" stuff that you get when you register for a race. Sometimes they are awesome product samples, t-shirts, tech shirts, gloves, bags, water bottles, etc. 

Marathon Maniac - A club of maniacal marathon runners who run marathons.   A lot of marathons. Each Maniac is assigned a number and often they are displayed on social media like this:

Half Fanatic - A club of half crazy fanatical runners who don't go all the way. Also assigned an individual number like this:

The Course if Flat - A lie other runners or race directors tell you to make you falsely believe you can run this particular race with less effort than expected while aiming for a PR. 
Definition #2 - A vary rare phenomenon not seen very often in long distance races. Most runners equate a flat course to the existence of Unicorns, Big Foot, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and El Chupacabra. 

The Course is Hilly - A true description of most half marathon and full marathon courses. 
Definition #2 - The immediate description from every runner who has ever been lied to about a flat course. Also could be the reason many runners missed a PR. Example: I didn't get a PR because the course was so hilly!

Question! Leave a comment and tell me what terminology you use with your running buddies?

Happy Saturday Running Buddies!

Today feels so weird to me. This is the first Saturday since January that we didn't have a training run with our group or a race! And I almost couldn't stand it. I even found a local 5K that was taking place today and almost signed us up last minute. The Hubbo has had a very busy week at work and very little sleep so I decided to pass. In fact, he's at work right now and since I'm just hanging out at home I thought I'd do a blog. I've been thinking about what to blog about today and a lot of bloggers do Silent Saturday but clearly I have too much to say for that! So I was looking through my phone at my pictures for inspiration and turns out, I take a lot of selfies y'all! Please tell me I'm not alone?
So having way more selfies than any 31 year old lady should have inspired me to confess and post some of my favorites that you may or may not have been assaulted with already. ;) Is assault by selfie a real thing? In this day and age it probably should be.
Is Selfie-Saturday a thing already? If not, I'm totally taking credit for it.

The I'm-Running-A-Half-Marathon Selfie
The He-Doesn't-Know-I'm-Taking-This Selfie
The Shots-Shots-Shots Selfie
The 66ers-Game Selfie
The Windows-Down-Sunroof-Open-Radio-Up Selfie
The We-Look-Fancy-Let's-Take-A-Selfie, Selfie
The I'm-Excited-My-StrideBox-Is-Here Selfie
The Zoey-Is-Not-Impressed-Selfie
The Zoey-Likes-To-Take-Selfies, Selfie
The Zoey-Is-Telling-Me-Secrets Selfie
The Just-Left-The-Salon Selfie
The Look-At-My-Hair Selfie
The We-Are-In-Vegas Selfie
The Not-Impressed-I-Have-Bronchitis-Selfie
The One-More-Selife-Won't-Hurt Selfie
Things I learned from this blog:
  • I take A LOT of selfies #SorryNotSorry
  • I take a lot of selfies with my dog
  • I clearly only take selfies when I'm wearing my sunglasses
  • I had about 749 more that didn't make the cut for this blog
  • Apparently I like to take pics of my feet as well
  • I also have a thing for taking selfies in the car. (Not while driving of course!)
  • The forward facing camera on my phone takes terrible photos

Confession Time! How many selfies do you have on your phone? Please tell me I'm not alone!