The Friday Five & Happy Birthday Mom

Hello, happy Friday.

Today is my Mom’s birthday. I’d like to say, Happy birthday Mom! I love you and I hope you have a super special, extraordinary day, because you deserve it.

Happy Birthday Mom

And here are my Five things you don’t necessarily need to know on Friday…

Yesterday I ran 4 miles including speed work. I took today off. I have a 14 miler planned for tomorrow so wish me luck. I’m actually looking forward to it.

I broke down and gave into my inner shoe desires yesterday…

I got the new Mizuno Wave Sayonara’s. This doesn’t mean that I don’t love my Brooks Pure Flow 2’s with all my heart (all three pairs), it just means, I needed the Mizuno’s (see, I run for the shoes).

Mizuno Wave Sayonara

Yesterday I ate an entire watermelon all by myself. And because a balanced diet also requires protein, I followed it up with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I can now die happy.


MacGyver and I went to our favorite Cuban Restaurant for lunch today, La Teresita. It is always delish but the best part is the fried ice cream which is coated with corn flakes, raisins, and topped with chocolate. Then they put it in a fried tortilla and drizzle honey on top. It is the most impressive dessert ever, really, ever!

Fried Ice Cream

I really, really want to go to yoga after running in the morning, but they don’t offer Yoga on the Beach here like they do in Venice, and that’s really what I enjoy the most. I have looked into all the alternatives available in my area and since my time is limited and I don’t really want to drive very far, or anywhere for that matter, I’ve decided I’ll have to resort to Prancercise….it’s springy and rhythmic!

Hope ya’ll have a fantastic Friday, now stop talkin and do some walkin, Cut the noose and let it loose, It’s better to be punching into space than in your face, get out there and have some fun!

Do you have a long run planned for this weekend? Have you ever eaten an entire watermelon by yourself?

A little bit of sunshine in my life!

First, I’d like to thank the Academy, oh wait, that’s the wrong award….Kathy over at Runin’ My Life nominated me for a Sunshine Award!

Sunshine Award

Thank you Kathy, that means a lot to me because I really like your blog and I have a feeling we’re a little bit alike with our military style, mad crazy, organizational skills. 😉

So it works like this, Kathy nominates 10 people and we have to answer 10 questions so here goes:

  1. Cat person or dog person? I’d say a Dog person since I have 2 (Shout out to Hank and Boomer) but I love all animals. Hell let’s be honest, I even like bugs.
  2. Favorite guilty pleasure song? Bubble Butt by Major Lazer, (Don’t hate!)
  3. What was the best day of your life? I’d say I’ve had many but by far the best was the day my son was born.
  4. Favorite childhood memory? All my memories of Cherokee Lake, loved that place.
  5. What is your favorite race distance? I love the half marathon. It’s just enough to be challenging but not so far that I have to train like a bull, btw, I’m currently training for a full.
  6. Are you a road warrior, trail adventurer or treadmill enthusiast? Definitely a road warrior but I cozy up to my treadmill on occasion too.
  7. What is your favorite cause or charity? The Make-A-Wish Foundation
  8. What one word would your best friend use to describe you? Energized
  9. What is your favorite thing about running? The shoes, definitely, the shoes…kidding. I love the way running makes me feel, it’s honestly the best feeling ever.
  10. What do you hate about running? I don’t really care much for the sweat but I guess that comes with the territory, right?

And now, I get to nominate 10 people. So here goes, and if you are one of the nominees and would like to participate then you need to:
1. Post the award logo in a post.
2. Link back to the person that nominated you.
3. Answer my ten questions on your blog post.
4. Nominate ten blogger friends, let them know, and post links to them.

And without further adieu, here are my nominees:

Angela at

P.J. at

Mary Lou at

Amy at

Mimi at

Celia at

Cynthia at

Tiff at

Shannon at

Gene at

And here are your questions:

  1. How long have you been running?
  2. Why did you start running?
  3. Do you use a Garmin, a running app or do you run naked?
  4. What’s your favorite pair of running shoes?
  5. How many days a week do you run on average?
  6. Do you prefer to run alone or with friends?
  7. What professional runner do you admire the most and why?
  8. What’s your favorite movie?
  9. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
  10. What would you choose, vanilla or chocolate?

Thanks again Kathy for nominating me.

Have you ever won an award? What kind and what for?

Whiny Wednesday, Chased by dogs and O.C.D.

This is my whiny Wednesday post. Whiny Wednesday may or may not become a regular thing because it’s my blog and I’ll whine if I want to…or not..just sayin.

So, this morning I ran a nice and easy 8 miles. I started with a mile around my neighborhood, and then I ran through Kapok Park and down the Ream Wilson Trail to the Safety Harbor Marina and then back. It was a nice run until….

commence with the whining….

Damn it people, please control your dogs.

Dogs who chase runners

Lady number 1, I realize your dog is sweet and just wants to play but when it’s running under my feet for almost a half a mile I could trip over it and break something, something on my body, and then I’d be pissed and inclined to break something of yours, something on your body. So lock the little bastard up next time, PLEASE.

Lady number 2, I hate your nasty Chihuahua. It’s a mean little shit and you shouldn’t let it run in the street and bite at my feet. Tomorrow I will bring pebbles on my run with me but I won’t throw them at the nasty little dog, instead, I will throw them at you because you are a bad dog owner.

Doesn’t crap like that just piss you off? UGH!

All morning long I was trying to get some work done but I just couldn’t focus. I kept glancing toward the media room and at MacGyver’s desk, and it was killing me. It’s my O.C.D. nightmare, no, for real. I try real hard to ignore it but it makes my head hurt. I can’t help it. It’s how I’m made and it’s not just me, my brother has it too.

Once, MacGyver and I hosted a little party in a cabin we had rented. MacGyver and my brother’s partner threw popcorn on the ground in front of me and my brother, laughing as we picked it up. We found out later they had made bets on who would pick it up first and how long it would take us. Assholes. The sad part of that story is that we continued to pick up popcorn even after they told us, in a rented cabin, while on vacation and having a party for God’s sake. Yeah, so, that’s what I’m made of, whatever.

But this is my desk

my desk

And this is MacGyver’s

MacGyvers Desk

My head is hurting again.

Why don’t people understand that organization is the key to World peace? *sigh*

Don’t you hate it when dogs chase you? Are you organized?