Sunday – 26.75 inches!

So, I got to go for a run on Saturday morning.

Legacy Trailhead

It was a ‘bit’ wet.

I had planned on going 8 miles or at least that’s what I really wanted to do in my mind but I was prepared to end it earlier if need be because the humidity was insane.

Legacy Trail

It may not look that bad but it felt like breathing water and as much as I love fishing, I’m not a fish!

The trail is shaded for a good portion which is nice when it’s hot and sunny but doesn’t really matter at all when it’s ridiculously humid.

Legacy Trail

I made it 5 miles but I had to walk a bit and by the time that 5 miles was done, I was over it!

Legacy Trail Bridge

So I bid the trail fair well, got in the boat with MacGyver and the dogs, and we commenced with the fishing.

It was overcast at best for much of the day but that didn’t stop me from landing the biggest trout I’ve ever seen.

26.75 INCHES!  It was AMAZING!

speckled trout

MacGyver put it on a stringer to keep it alive so that we could continue to fish and Hank was super impressed by it.  He almost jumped in the water many times to give it a little kiss.  Or to eat it.  We’ll never know.

Hank and the trout

Boomer was not as impressed with the trout and preferred eating bait fish instead.

boomer and trout

Where the hell are all the bait fish?

After we got back MacGyver cleaned the fish and got ready to grill it and I got ready to cook.  I was pulling a can of beans out of the cabinet and bam:

foot pain

Not good.

So, I’m probably won’t be running today, we’ll play it by ear….but I will be trying to catch a world record trout because it’s just too much fun not to.

Gone Fishin!

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday… far.

So, I made it to the doctor on Friday.  It’s a new doctor as required by my lovely government mandated, more expensive than diamonds, sub-par, thank God you’re not terminally ill, shitty insurance.  Surprisingly, I love the doctor and the people in the practice.  It was a wonderful experience all around.

doctors office

Just once I’d like to walk into a doctors office filled with funky furniture and cozy blankets. Sounds comforting doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, the insurance pharmacy benefits, not so much.


wont pay for a prescribed epi-pen so I would have had to pay 540 dollars!  I’m going to take my chances and avoid bees and shellfish for a while.  In the meantime, I filed a request for an approval, so that should be interesting at best but trust me when I tell you, I’m not holding my breath….

So, back to what’s going on.  This guy is in town for the summer from California,


Little Danny is not really little anymore.

Danny came over and spent the night Friday so that he and MacGyver could get up early and go fishing on Saturday.  I was supposed to go running that morning but instead, I took a cue from the dogs and slept in.

sleeping dogs lie

They look really comfortable don’t they?

After I did get up I took the dogs for a walk. and I’m glad I did because shortly after it started to rain and it never stopped.  Like ever, as in ALL DAMN DAY.  In fact, it’s still raining now.


We can swim in the front yard too! Well, not really but soon….

Seeing as how the dogs were sleeping, the rain was coming down, the guys were fishing and I didn’t have to be at the doctors office until 4, I did the only thing I could do.


more shopping

I did a teeny weeny bit of shopping.

I would have taken pictures of all the new stuff and showed you the photos but I had to pack it all away before MacGyver returned, you know, just in case he wanted me to model it all, or put on a fashion show, or show him the receipts, one of those things.

Anyway, I still had a few hours to kill so I got started on some reading material.


I finally read the recent issue of Runner’s World and the last 3 issue’s of Shape! I’m a serious slacker!

But my main focus is on this book which I am half finished with.

go set a watchman

I will probably need to read it twice and then re-read To Kill A Mockingbird so that I can give you my full and honest opinion.

Late in the afternoon, I got ready to go to the doctor.  I picked out something to wear from Clearwater and brought it here but then I wasn’t sure I liked it….


I hate it when that happens.  Do you ever do that?  Take an outfit with you and forget to try it on first and then not ‘feel’ the outfit?  Or is that just me?

Oh well, I think it turned out okay.  It was comfortable and because it was raining, pants were an option which is normally NEVER the case in the summer in Florida.


The jury is still out….but I’ll probably where it again, maybe with a scarf…..

The earrings however are all in…I love these earrings…and flamingo’s!


And now we have our fingers crossed that the rain will let up because we plan on going out on the boat and doing some serious fishing and some serious beaching.  My paddleboard is screaming my name and I just want to play in the water for the next few days.

So, right now, I’m going to attempt a run and hope the rain lets up and there are no thunderstorms.

And then, I’ll change out of my running clothes and into this:

swim suit

And commence with the weekending whatever that may be… be continued.

Now tell me about you’re weekend so far….talk to me…..

Friday – Five things, maybe six.

Hello from Venice. Yep, we’re in Venice. We got here last night. I’ve scheduled another doctors visit today so we came down early for the weekend.  If the doctor cancels again, you might read about it in the news…that’s all I’m sayin.

The Board Room

This is my bedroom boardroom in our Venice house, see what I did there?

Now before I go off and do some beach-y things and then visit the doctor I wanted to tell you about a few things.

First, let’s talk eating. I probably eat way too much of it, but for the record, I love bread. I do. I try to eat the healthiest versions of it but you can bet I won’t be giving it up anytime soon, especially after reading this article.  It sheds new light on the good and the bad of eating bread.

stop eating bread
From the article:
The type of grains you cut makes a big difference here. For instance, a 2014 study published in PLOS ONE found that refined carbohydrates drive up the body’s levels of a fatty acid (called palmitoleic acid) to raise the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, according to the American Heart Association, whole grains can improve blood-cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. The choice is clear.

It’s an interesting read, to read the rest of the article, click here.

Now let’s talk about running. Have you seen the latest issue of Women’s Running Magazine with Erica Schenk on the cover? I was so thrilled when I saw this.  I mean Women’s Running typically has a runner on the cover and often times it’s someone notable or a model.  Erica Schenk is an avid runner and a model.

A plus sized model!  Go Women’s Running!


              A real woman on the cover! Imagine that.

You can click on the image above to go to the website and read the interview with Erica.

My favorite excerpt from the article is this from Erica:

“Women of all sizes deserve to be praised for good health and have a presence in the media.”

Yes they do Erica, yes they do!
Read more here

Kudos Women’s Running, Kudos to you!

On a serious note, I’m not really sure what to think about Alberto Salazar. I am trying my best to give him the benefit of the doubt but is has been reported that as many as 17 more people have come forward.

kara hits backClick on the image above to read the entire article.

I hope this is resolved soon and whatever the outcome, I certainly hope that if change is needed, it happens for the betterment of the sport and I gotta say I think Kara is pretty brave for coming forward and speaking up.

And moving on, let’s talk about one of my favorite things, running clothes.  I have the scoop on an awesome tank from Brooks that you can pick up from right now for some seriously small change!

Click here to visit the link andg et this $55 tank for $16.50!

And then there is this adorable shirt from Asics, regularly 50 bucks but you can get the peach one for 29.99 right now.

asics tank

    I love this shirt, I’m gonna get it.

Click here to order.

And finally,  one of my favorite things about Venice is the Legacy Trail.  No matter if I’m running, biking or walking the dogs, I use it every time we come down here.

the Legacy Trail


I feel like I talk it about it so much that you guys probably feel like you’ve been there and I hope so because it really is one of the best running trails in Florida.  Anyway, I thought I’d turn the tables today.  Instead of me telling you about the same trail over and over again, it’s your turn.

Tell me about your favorite running trail or path and why I should go run on it, go!