Cosmo 7k & Champagne Bike Ride

This weekend marked my thirtieth birthday.

My fellow BAM race partners set up an entire amazing birthday weekend. It began Friday at work with a giant office surprise filled with a trillion super thoughtful gifts, flowers, cakes, snacks, soda and wine! These two were so thoughtful, I can’t begin to explain how much I appreciated it.



Saturday morning (5am) we set out for Bend, Oregon for the race. Part of the pile of amazing gifts were custom made race shirts, a dirty thirty sash and tiara for the Cosmo 7k!


This race was super fun, gorgeous and a little hilly. At the end Cosmos were served!


The following morning was the bike ride. Another gorgeous race. But I had no idea how hilly it would be! It was literally miles and miles of straight up hill with no relief.


Thankfully mimosas followed the bike race too.



What a great way to start my 30s!

Tomorrow marks the last day of my 20s…

Tomorrow is the last day of my 20s. I hear all these people say that they didn’t handle their 30th well. Am I thrilled about no longer being in my 20s? No. Not thrilled. Am I upset about it? No. Not at all. My life is right where I want it at 30. Is it perfect? No. But is it great? Totally.


So far, no gray hairs. So far, I am healthy. So I think I’ll handle the big 3-0 just fine, and with the help of a glass of wine!


On a cool note, I am running the Cosmo 5 Mile race on Saturday and a Champagne 30 mile bike ride Sunday. My first 2 days in my 30s should be awesome. And one week following that, THE PORTLAND MARATHON!

Be Nice to Yourself

I have this girlfriend, who shall remain nameless, that has the most distorted view of herself. Everyday she is making huge changes, in her weight, in her strength, in her life. Yet she never sees in herself what the people around her see. And I think, that’s probably true for most people. Or we always are looking around at other thinking, I wish I was faster/thinner/stronger/sexier like that person. Then I saw this awesome picture and that really says it all. πŸ™‚ Cheer up folks, we are all gonna be old, wrinkly, saggy people one day, so be nice to yourselves!!


Kiss Me Dirty 5k Recap

This was one of the funnest and best put together obstacle races I’ve run this summer.

Amber and I headed over mid-day Friday. We stayed with my MIL and FIL. They seriously are the best cooks imaginable, they made salmon, veggies and fresh tomatoes. Yum. Then we had some delicious blackberry crisp. Omg. So flippin’ good.

The next morning, after coffee and some mediocre huckleberry bread (no my awesome MIL didn’t make it), we were off. My MIL even came to watch!

For starters you could “free your girls” and donate your bra. My girls were not freed.


The only way men could run the race was in drag. Which was awesome!!


There were dozens of obstacles, which was so fun. Everything from mud, to a fireman pole, to teeter-totters, to tunnels in the mud, to wood walls, to foam, to dye. My favorite by far was the slip-in-slide covered in water and soap. They hadn’t had anyone go down head first yet, so A,bee and I were pumped to be first. I got turned around and nearing the tires catching us at the bottom and saw Amber coming right at me, I quickly become an Amber-Brandi-Tires sandwich. It was so funny.




Such a fun race!!!!!





Bring on the waddle walk!

After today’s workout, my legs are already killing me. I have a feeling that I won’t be walking without a slight waddle tomorrow.

After returning home, I used a product a gal out of Canada sent me this week, called Deep Blue. The funny thing is my mother-in-law sent me this very same product a few months ago. What the heck? What a coincidence? This stuff feels good. So I was excited to use it on my hurt foot.

Is anyone else’s dog this spoiled??

And because I’m feeling kind of hilarious I will share this with you:

And I’ll share this convo between my 8 year old and I, because I think it’s hilarious and she was literally sitting on the same coach as me texting…


Monday Motivation!

Monday is off to a great start!! CrossFit, run on the treadmill and currently icing the foot! A little coffee and this day is set!!

And some Monday motivation!!!






It’s Sunday!

This week has wrecked havoc on my training… I ran once. I CrossFitted three times. And I ate like shit all week.

Not having my normal routine (i.e. a sleeping adult in the house, while I sneak out at 5am) and no meal prep or grocery shopping for the week, resulted in a shit-show of a week.

Today, I got the house back in shape, got my meals planned and prepped and grocery shopped.

Will plan to get out running 5 times this week, plus a 5k with Amber this Saturday in Portland.

Now, a Seattle Seahawks loss (already happened) and a 49ers win (currently 17-0) will make my Sunday complete!


Warrior Dash Recap

I can finally run again! No it’s not pretty. And no it doesn’t feel good. But, yes, I can do it!!! So Friday I finally ran 7 miles, it was on my treadmill, not terribly painful but terribly boring. Then took Ms Kimbo for a walk and it still felt pretty dang good.

Friday afternoon we headed to Portland for the Warrior Dash. My sister, my 4 month old niece Lily, Amber, Bill, his sons and I stayed at my AMAZING mother and father in laws house. We got in late Friday night and slept in. Well as much as you can with little kids. Saturday Amber, my sister and I headed to the race, everyone headed shopping.

Then we met Mandy at the race. Which was in the middle of the woods surrounding several large ponds.


We were a late heat, starting at 3pm. The run was in nice trails, surrounded by gorgeous foliage. It was an amazing treat to run on these trails. The first real obstacle was a large pond, that you swam or waded through, to a floaty dock you ran across, then jumped back into the pond.


The second obstacle was large mud hills, which was by far my favorite obstacle. You climbed over and if necessary, helped other people over. The mud sucked you back down.


After this there was more trail running and several smaller easy obstacles, like walls or wooden structures with ropes, or crawling under things. A cool rope tunnel thing that I forgot to take a pic of. And then a giant rope obstacle thing, with a huge slide into another pond. Fun.

Finally we all had to wade through a giant MULCH and water filled man-made puddle. Yes, you read that right, MULCH, as in shit… What the hell? It was super thick and smelled horrific. No cool, Warrior Dash, not cool. Then finally, a fire leap finish.





And the free beer at the end, was quite nice.


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