Friday Free-For-All (Seven)

Welcome to Friday Free-For-All, where I talk about everything and anything on my mind.  Sometimes it even makes sense!

I bought my first running skirt, and I’m kind of in love.  It’s by Reebok, and while it’s a little shorter than I might like (it barely covers my tush), the built in shorts make sure I don’t feel like I’m flashing my butt to everyone I run past.  And of course, it hides the dreaded chub rub and camel toe.  The only thing that’s weird is that the sole pocket is upside down on my leg.  I can’t figure it out.  My only guess is that maybe this is actually a tennis skirt, and the pocket is to hold an extra ball?  Anyone know what’s up with this?

Seriously, what is this pocket?

Seriously, what is this pocket?

I got a haircut this week.  I’ve been growing out the pixie for months, and while I was finally exiting the super awkward phase, my hair was starting to do this crazy Farrah Fawcett-esque flip that I was so not into (you may have seen this on Twitter/Instagram).  While the cut looks fab, I’m a little upset because he pretty much took off all the length I managed to gain over the last 6 months.  Sadpanda.  No more haircuts for a while.

Vermont Brewer’s Festival is this weekend!  I’ve been legally able to drink for 8 years, but I’ve never made it to Brew Fest.  This year, tickets sold out in 11 minutes, but I was lucky enough to score 2 for me and Ben.  I’m very excited to try lots of tasty, Vermont-made beer!

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Beat the Blerch virtual race. The actual race sold out in a matter of minutes, so they are now offering a virtual option for $45.  This is super cool, except for the fact that they’re only offering registration for SEVEN DAYS.  I don’t have an extra $45 lying around right now, and I don’t want to put it on my overused credit card.  Maybe I’ll change my mind before July 22…

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Tigger Two-fer:  Remember when I won the Tigger award at work?  And got an oh-so-fuzzy stuffed Tigger?  And took him on adventures?  Well, as the result of my efforts on a special project, I GET TO KEEP TIGGER FOR ANOTHER MONTH!  Woo!  It’s basically my mission to keep winning this award so I can keep him forever.

Pretty much how I feel about Tigger

Pretty much how I feel about Tigger

That’s all for me, friends!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Running skirts:  yay or nay?

Tell me about the worst haircut you’ve ever had.

Modnar is Random Backwards

I find myself with a lot of random things I want to talk about today, and I’m too tired to formulate a coherent post.  So, I’m going to take a leaf out of Marissa from Will Run For Muffins‘ book and give it to you in list form.

Photo Dec 18, 8 20 11 PM1.  We got our kitten spayed yesterday, and she’s been super doped up and loopy.  It makes me really sad to see her this way because she’s such a lively, personable little girl.  At least this morning she was able to sit up and purr.  I can’t wait until she’s back to normal!

2.  I ordered a Road ID “Slim” and it should be here tomorrow, just in time for my long run (8 miles!) on Saturday.  It’s orange (my favorite color) and I’m very excited to have it.  Knowing me, I’ll probably wear it every day, cause I’m a dork like that.

3.  I’m getting my hair cut tonight, and I can’t wait!  I’m growing out a pixie cut that I had in the fall, and right now I’m in the awkward mushroom-y pseudo-mullet stage.  Not terribly attractive.  While I don’t regret cutting my hair short, I do wish there was a fast re-grow button.  Here is a collage of the various stages my hair has gone through in the past 9 months or so:

Photo Apr 24, 8 19 52 AM

Yes, that’s Ben with a Fu Manchu. It’s a long story…

4.  I am only $300 away from my goal of raising $1000 for the VT Respite House 5k Jiggety Jog in a few weeks.  My family (of course) has been extremely supportive, but I also received a lot of donations from coworkers, friends, and even one anonymous donation, which I assume is one of my fellow bloggers–thank you!  I’m stunned that I’ve managed to raise $700 in such a short time, but now I need to make a final push to get to my goal.  If you’re interested in helping me get there, please click here.  (I promise this is the last time I’ll solicit donations for this race on my blog–the race is only 2 weeks away!)

5.  I haven’t been good about keeping to my training schedule at all this week.  Ben’s on break so he’s been all over the place, and I’ve been feeling a bit worn down.  I’m going to try really hard to get a few miles in tonight after my hair cut, but I’ll need to make sure I have a snack first.

6.  We haven’t been grocery shopping in almost 2 weeks, so we’re really scraping the bottom of the food barrel.  I popped into the store on Tuesday night and grabbed a few snacks for me (almonds, Greek yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese), but dinners haven’t been great and I’ve been eating lunch out a lot.  Not good.  I need to get back into a routine.

7.  I’m going to hit up a local outdoors-y store to grab some Gu’s and Gels and stuff to try out during my long run on Saturday.  Any suggestions?

There.  Brain dump complete.  And now I’m going to leave you with an image that I think perfectly expresses how I feel this morning.


Do you ever have days where you just can’t get enough coffee?  What are your favorite long run/race fuels?