Race Recap: Lots of volunteers, runners, water, encouragement and one creepy dude

What an exciting day! I had 80 volunteers staffing the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation water station at mile 3/23 of the race. It’s an out and back course so we got to see all the runners, twice.

Here’s my team looking pretty chipper for 5:30 am on a Sunday morning.12540411_10153576263363183_1539803735_n

Not that guy. That’s my son, who got up at 4:20 to get in some community service hours. He’s not feeling at all chipper.


They look pretty chipper though because they’ve had coffee and bagels. (Thanks Starbucks & Einstein Bros Bagels Oceanside/Encinitas!!)

I even remembered to get a group shot this year.

We caught a glimpse of the elite marathoners. Here they come…


















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The volunteers got a short breather between the full and half marathon. (Yes, I skipped through the part where the rest of the 1,500 marathon runners came flying by.) They used this time to prep the water station for the onslaught of the half marathon, grab some breakfast, post some selfies, and evidently to take a nap.

Not even going to ask

Not even going to ask


More cowbell!?




Sending a #mugmustache shout-out to Einstein Bros Bagels (Oceanside & Encinitas) for helping us fuel our volunteers. This group was from El Camino High School Interact Club. Super fun and hard workers.












We have the best volunteers. A firefighter, the sister of another firefighter, and lots of eager teens.

Up next were the elite half-marathoners. Swoosh…there they go!

Then the runners just kept coming and coming. Never fear, we were ready!12565358_10153362400857965_3121898408638649206_n
12540084_10153576263528183_882230382_n12571400_10153576263523183_355758968_nYou never know who you’re going to see on race day and this guy kind of creeped me out.
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And what kind of a honeymoon is this?
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I waited eagerly for a sighting of Team Que Syrah Syrah and they did not disappoint. They even stopped for a quick water break and a picture. Don’t they look great!20160117_085228

Our volunteers provided lots of water and support for the nearly 10,000 runners.
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And we have the best band on the course. Semisi & FulaBula has been playing at our mile for years. The reggae and steel drums keep everyone motivated and dancing.20160117_080413

What do you do when you realize you have way more bagels than your volunteers can eat? Yep, we handed them out to the runners and offloaded a few dozen. There were plenty of smiles to go around even as the marathoners were heading into mile 24.


















Team Que Syrah Syrah still looked great on the return. We made sure they saw their special poster. They said it was a hard race but I didn’t believe them because they were still full of smiles and energy at mile 10’ish.20160117_112353 - CopyAnd that’s a wrap on the 2016 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon.20160117_120531

Check out the marathon leader board here and the half marathon leader board here. I feel the need to point out that the marathon leaders ran 26.2 miles faster than I ran my first half-marathon last year. No worries, it’s not a contest, right?

Congratulations to all the participants! So proud of all of you.  I hope everyone celebrated like the Running Posse did. (Celebratory picture may or may not have been poached from a Running Posse post. Names have been deleted to protect the not-so-innocent.)

















Up next…the SweetHeart 5K!

Marathon weekend has officially arrived

ED0115185433Marathon weekend officially launched last night with the Heroes of the Marathon celebration. One of the things I really love about this event is that it’s such a close, family event. I got to see several of the elite runners but didn’t get a chance to talk to any of them. I did get to catch up with my adorable girlfriend, Liz, and her hubby Tim. I’ve known them for about 10 years and this marathon has become a bit of an annual tradition for us. Her charity, Donate Life/Lifesharing, staffs the mile next to mine so we get to be partners in crime every year.

I also got to hang with the Flanagan Clan, who happen be the race owners/directors and world-class, amazing friends/sisters/neighbors. (Not officially sisters yet but Liz and I keep trying to be named honorary Flanagan’s. I think we’re in as long as they can’t find us to serve the restraining order.)12573230_10207035320099395_4922490176523796794_n

I hope you’ll take a minute to read about Lynn Flanagan and In Motion Events! She’s an inspiration and a role model to her family, friends, and the race community.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for the moment. I’m off to get sign-making supplies, drop the Cambro’s off at Starbucks, and pick up bagels & shmears for tomorrow.

Let the fun begin!

Breaking (boring) news

Countdown to @RunCarlsbad: 44 days

Here’s an update, in no specific order:

  • Doctor said she thinks I have a torn (or seriously damaged) meniscus. She won’t order an MRI until I have a month of drugs and physical therapy. (Never mind the fact that I’ve been taking over-the-counter meds for four months and getting my own physical therapy…which is less than what I’ll have to pay through my insurance.) Gotta love the US healthcare system.
  • Obviously I won’t be running, or even walking, the Half in January. Looks like I get to be the water station captain and my buddy the Fire Captain gets to run for me. (Who’s the real winner here?)


  • My son announced, “I can feel myself failing middle school,” because I made him go out to dinner before his homework was finished. I told him he could blame me when he doesn’t get into MIT and I’ll go ahead and start saving for therapy.
  • I had an epiphany in the middle of the night and for the life of me I cannot remember it . Here’s a little something for you to consider while I try to remember.Astrophoto of deep space rich in stars
  • I have the greatest girlfriends in the world. They insist on a weekly happy hour and don’t consider me less of a lady when I swear like a sailor.
  • I get to see my BFF next weekend!! Yay!! I have to write a paper on Hepatitis A before I leave. UGH!!

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print.

Kicking butt and buying fish hammocks

Countdown to @RunCarlsbad: 61 days

You know what I did today? I ran, that’s what I did. After a week of filling my mind with kick-butt, female power anthems I realized I needed to let off some steam, so I ran. No watch, no heart rate monitor, no goal…just releasing some pent-up anger.  I may need to take a break from all this music I’ve been listening to because not only am I feeling like a bad-ass biotch, I’m also using the f-bomb like a comma. As my son would say, “Do you really think that’s appropriate?” No. I do not think that’s appropriate. (Well…maybe a little.)

Know what else I did today? Bought a leaf hammock for my fish. Next week I’m buying a mirror to put in the tank so he can get into an alpha-fish battle with himself. Yeppers, I’m one bad purchase away from being the crazy cat lady. Thank goodness I have my @runningposse because I know they’ll step in with an intervention before I’m completely certifiable.

Did I mention it’s sweater weather?

In heartbreak news, I managed to shut down some of the teenage drama over the weekend by taking away the phone. Well, after a short and emotionally charged debate with a 16-year-old boy who was trying to tell me that he knew what was best for my daughter.  (Not the ex-boyfriend who left her for someone else. He’s a jerk and I’m more than happy to tell him what I think.) (And for the record, he–the 16-year-old BFF who was challenging me–was the one being emotionally charged, not me. I was simply entertaining myself on a boring Friday night.) I’m ashamed to say that I was having way too much fun pushing his buttons. I finally had a moment of clarity and put the phone away. (Real mature, mom.) I know I should have been upset with him but seriously…so much fun! Now I know how kids get sucked into all the drama on social media.

I did have a good heart-to-heart with my daughter about life, love and self-esteem. It didn’t go as well as I had hoped and I ended up getting frustrated. I finally told her that she has no idea how lucky she has it. Just wait until you’re a middle-aged, divorced, single mother who gets about as much attention as a white crayon. That shut her up. Seriously though, you lose the right to feel bad about yourself when you still have a firm butt and perky boobs.

Looking forward to another exciting week. One event, two band performances, and a trip to Fresno. It’s okay to be jealous.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get over a breakup?

El Nino hath smote the land

Countdown to @RunCarlsbad: 74 days

20151103_070223It’s raining in San Diego. Alert the media. Pull out the sandbags. Stock up on emergency supplies.

I grew up in Montana and Kansas but I’ve lived in Southern California for nearly 20 years and I still get a kick out of how we freak out when it rains. Oh yeah, we also forget how to drive. Check out the ravaging devastation El Nino smote upon our land last night.

It’s been so long since I posted that I’m not even sure where to begin; however, I think my visit to the new doctor yesterday is a good place to start. I found a sports chiropractor who specializes in treating athletes. He came highly recommended from two friends who are extreme athletes and he’s an Ironman himself so I’m confident that I can trust him. He spent nearly 1.5 hours with me on my initial visit, which was about 1.25 hours longer than my primary doctor did. The good news is that he thinks with some treatment and strengthening exercises we can get things back in working order. Unfortunately it’s probably going to take several (5-6) weeks which isn’t exactly the news I was hoping for. He also told me that it was okay for me to tell my doctor exactly what I thought about her telling me I was too old to run and I should only be doing non-weightbearing exercises.

16376bd0a3f3bcbee199b0f563a757ceMy first visit involved some ART therapy and let me just say that it hurt like heck while he was doing it but my knee felt lighter as soon as I stood up.  I like that he spent so much time talking to me and doing a full exam so he could make an informed diagnosis. The exercises he gave me can all be done at home and won’t take more than 10-15 minutes, 3-5 times a week. Fingers crossed I’m finally on the road to recovery…and my house is clean.

IMG_d850e6779ffe_2015100115233I did do the Race for the Cure with some of the @runningposse last weekend. We only did the 1-mile walk because they were coming off of an 8-mile walk the day before. I would have totally done the 5K but I didn’t want them to feel like slackers so I held back, you know, for them and their self-esteem. There were over 10,000 participants and there was a sea of pink as far as the eye could see. We had a great time and I even ran into several friends and colleagues.  Oh, and a Superhero gorilla.

Sidebar: My brother just introduced me to The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on Netflix. If you haven’t see it then I would strongly encourage you to clear you calendar this weekend and get prepared to laugh until you cry. Just trust me on this one. I don’t know how I managed to miss it.

Enjoying a week of limited meetings and lots of office time before I’m off and running (figuratively, not literally) again next week. If you’re a praying person send out a prayer or positive thoughts for one of our running posse kids who had some major surgery today. You might want to throw in some good thoughts for his mother too because she gets to go through it with him but without the benefit of prescription meds.

#RacefortheCure #FordCares @runningposse #RunCarlsbad

What do you mean that wasn’t decaf?

Countdown to @RunCarlsbad: 88 days

I managed to get in 20 minutes on the treadmill yesterday before my phon1b262e2104a6c58b4968cf9ae2da718ae went crazy and I never made it back. Today was the big trip to the doctor and it went pretty much like this:
Doctor: Are you eating right and exercising regularly?
Me: Well, I was running but I hurt my knee.
Doctor: You need to quit running because at your age it’s just too hard on your joints.

So there you have it. Looks like I’m going to have to figure this out on my own. What’s so frustrating is that it’s not even my knee joint that hurts so I’m pretty sure it’s not my age that’s causing the problem. Up next? Get some PT and find a good massage therapist.

I finall15521e9f3d8a1dcb888444d22b51b8afy made it to Home Depot so I could fix my kitchen sink. Yay me! Pretty sure I’m now a Master Plumber…if there is such a thing. If not, there should be. I also remembered to pick up some tea bags (not at Home Depot.) Right around 1:00 AM it dawned on me that I’d picked up regular instead of decaf. I won’t be making that mistake again. Wow, what a long night. At one point I was sitting on the floor in the bathroom reading a magazine because my Kindle battery died.

Up next…a major event on Friday. This time last week my RSVP list was at 126 and today I’m at 328. UGH! Why do people do this to me? I’ll be spending the next three days juggling table assignments and making centerpieces. Maybe it’s a good thing I bought the regular tea instead of decaf because I’ll be chugging it for the next three days.

In unrelated news: The Big Betty really does hold an entire bottle of wine (or in our case water.) You can buy it on Amazon for less than I paid. You’re welcome.

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Progress, People of Panera, and a near-death experience

Countdown to @RunCarlsbad: 91 days

Guess what I did this week? I ran. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t fast but I did it. I did 2 miles on Thursday and walked 4 miles today. No GPS, no watch, just time on my feet enjoying the moment. It wasn’t pretty but I did it and I’m so happy! I’m ignoring the aches and pains and focusing on the progress instead. The walk today was on one of the routes I love to hate because it’s straight uphill for 2 miles but the return is downhill with a view of the ocean and a lovely breeze. I especially like that route in the early evening because I get the added bonus of a gorgeous sunset over the ocean.

It’s amazing ho20151016_123820w getting outside and working up a sweat can really help you sort out your issues. Like today, I was wondering why if the Kardashians can make millions as “reality” stars then why can’t I? Right? Turns out that I don’t have the energy to make a sex tape and nobody is interested in watching me at Home Depot buying plumbing supplies to fix my leaky sink. Life can be so unfair.

I only had one press event this week but it was at the crack o’dawn again and then I had to wait around for 3 hours until my next meeting. I figured I’d head over to Panera to grab a coffee and get some work done. Surprisingly grabbing a coffee was the easy part because some woman (70 if she was a day) decided that then/there was the perfect time to catch up (very loudly) with her friend on the phone.  In case you’re wondering:
1. He’s her stepbrother, not her real brother. She didn’t grow up with him and hasn’t seen him for 15 years.
2. She’s been invited for Christmas but she’s not sure what she’s doing yet because she’s already been to Arizona twice this year.
3. What? He’s a Senior already? He’s doing what when he graduates?
4. Well, the driving is why she bought the condo in the first place.
5. Are you kidding me? Oh, stop.

We have a rule in our famil996e2b9cd93667cf5f625d85296dd6acy that if you’re going to  eavesdrop you don’t get to ask questions so unfortunately, when my friends all wanted more information, I was at a loss for answers. In the end we decided she hooked up with her stepbrother but we’re still on the fence about Arizona for Christmas. Seriously people, take it down a notch when you’re talking on the phone in public!

I’m thinking about starting a new blog called the People of Panera because on Friday I was standing in line while the two ladies behind me argued over who has known about Panera longer. One has known about it since she lived in Florida while the other used to go there for date night with her husband. For a minute I thought there was going to be a thrown-down right there in the middle of Panera.

berry-break-17In unrelated news: I had a near-death experience today. I nearly died in a fire! Well, there could have been a fire. And I could have died. Okay, the power cord to my cable box overheated, melted, and fried the cable box…and it wasn’t even on! As if barely escaping a fire wasn’t  bad enough…now I’m left without any U-verse until I can get the box replaced. I’m thinking about holding off getting it replaced just to see if my kids  like, literally D.I.E. without cable. (Worst. Mom. Ever!)

The week ahead brings a trip to the doctor and another big event. And hopefully a few more baby steps forward with the running!

What sort of fun things do you do with your family besides watching TV?  Anyone brave enough to cut the cable cord?