Fitness Confessions

I had to go and look at my calendar to see when the last time was that I actually did a run.  Other than some short jogs around the neighborhood, the last real run was not this month, not June, oh, good guess but not May either!  April 4th.  that’s right….there’s a little hen scratched notation that I ran 31 minutes in new shoes, in APRIL!  Sure there are hikes noted, paddling in the lake, walks up the mountain.  But running?  Running doesn’t make an appearance on my calendar.  I have a long list of reasons why I haven’t been running, but let’s just say that other things in life have gotten in the way of running plans.  Some of them are unavoidable life events, others are just run of the mill excuses .  Drinking beer with Ben and Jerry in the summer heat for example!
I had the foresight to know I wouldn’t be running any races this summer but I did register my son and husband for the Refuse to Abuse 5k held in Safeco Stadium where the Seattle Mariner’s play ball.  (note I said play not necessarily WIN)    It was the first race for my son and he had a good time! My husband did a lot of runs with his dad growing up so this is a great family tradition to continue!
Part of the race goes through the parking garage

There are a lot of races across the country held in sports stadiums and they are such fun events!  You go through parts of the stadium that you may never normally have  access to and this one ends out on the baseball field!  Plus this was for a great cause, raising awareness and money to help those affected by domestic violence.
I hope your summer running is going great!  I’m looking forward to getting back out there and possibly registering for some fall races.  My son said he would do it again!  I think I’d better lace up my shoes and get running~

Monday Things~ Blueberry & Luna

Since Mae arrived the cats have been fairly annoyed.  They feel under appreciated and are irritated every time they see her!  So, here’s their moment in the spotlight…..


Blueberry is a 4 yr old sweetie that my daughter got as a kitten from the local “crazy cat lady”.  The “crazy cat lady” (does every neighborhood have one?) was actually a really wonderful elderly woman who fed the neighborhood strays, took care of their kittens and rounded up as many as she could to be spayed and neutered.  She moved a couple of years ago and oddly, there are very few stray cats now!  Maybe they followed her out of town, like the Pied Piper?

Luna is a 3 year old Maine Coon.  My daughter adopted her from the local shelter. She was underweight, dirty and had been in the shelter more than once!  With a little food and love and lots of brushing and bathing (which she HATES!) she has blossomed into this beautiful cat!
Mae really really wants to be friends with Blue and Luna.  But in true cat fashion, they steadfastly ignore her and keep her in her place ( as far away as possible) with hissing and a few well placed right jabs. I’m sure though that someday they will welcome her into the household!
We have another cat , Rosebud or “Kitty Roca” .  KR is a huge, old, strange looking black cat with a wonky golden eye. She looks like she should be in an animated movie. (have you seen The Cat Returns ?)  She was adopted by my son after a friend’s grandmother moved to elderly housing and couldn’t bring her.  My son was asked to take her to the shelter, but of course he couldn’t!
Do you have a cat?  Or cats?  I would love to hear about them!

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger

My ever faithful follower and fellow blogger Richard, at The Running Schlub, has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I am flattered that he thinks enough of my blog to tag me on his list and I will do my best to play along and answer the questions!  Besides, you all are probably thankful for a break from Mae posts!
About the Award:

The Versatile Blogger Award is for those blogs that bring something special to your life.  In picking your nominees, you are to consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page.  Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

The Rules:

“Rules” are as follows: Answer the questions you have been given, nominate 10(ish) other bloggers and give them their own set of questions to answer.

So there you have it.  Now on to the questions…..

  1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?

Well, my husband gives me a hard time about this, rightly so!  But I just love Axl Rose!


  1.  What is your current go-to workout song?

I have all kinds of playlists but lately the one song that gets me going is:

J. Geils Band, Ain’t Nothing But a House Party.

  1.   What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list?

Well, I’m not a bucket list type and the travel bug has yet to really bite me but I DO have a list of places I want to visit.          It’s hard to pick just one… Maybe New Zealand, no I mean Iceland, or Ireland but maybe the easiest thing is to start close to home and see this: Arches National Park, Utah


  1.     What is your favorite distance to run?

I like to keep things short so I’m basically a 5k runner  bumping up to a nice 5 miler if I can.

  1.     What would you do with a $1000 gift card?

Mother -Daughter shopping spree!  (see #10)

  1.     If you could choose to do anything for a day what would it be?

As lame as it sounds , I am SO chronically sleep deprived that if I had a day to do anything I would SLEEP!


  1.     What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I have never sung at karaoke!  But if I had the opportunity I would sing:

Two Pina Coladas   I would need at least 2 pina coladas to do it!

This Van Halen song would  be a good alternate!   I’m always channeling Dave….

  1.     If you could travel back in time what year would you travel back to?

Hmmm, I’m torn here.  Either 1978, if I could be the age I was then, because it would be fun to see if it really was as           awesome as I remember it!  Or, the 1940’s , because I would love to know my mom as a young woman!  She was so           fabulous!


  1.     Aside from necessities, what is the one thing you could not go a day without?

CHAPSTICK!  I am a nut about lipstick and chapstick and have them stashed everywhere!


  1.   How many pairs of shoes do you have?

If you mean running shoes, that’s easy, I have 4.  2 of which are retired….But all shoes?  Oh my goodness.  My                    husband would say, too many!”   but that is just wrong because you can NEVER have too many shoes!  Though admittedly I have a few pairs in my closet that are “new in box” so possibly I am a bit of a shoe hoarder?  Though it’s ok to hoard running shoes because you never know when they will be discontinued.  In fact there is a pair of Brooks “new in box” under the bed!   And then there are all the other athletic shoes, snowshoes, snowboard boots, xc ski boots, surf booties and old smelly climbing shoes….  My closets are jammed pack. The ridiculous thing is that all I usually wear is a pair of flip flops!  Or these if I feel “fancy”:


This has been fun and I hope you have learned a little more about me!  I need to think about who I should tag to share this Versatile Blogger Award!  Thanks Richard for including me!

On The Coast With Mae

Our trip to the Oregon coast was so much fun!  We stay in Pacific City and have been there 4 or 5 times, but this was Mae’s first trip to the beach. She loved it!  We were able to stay in a pet friendly house and the beach was loaded with happy people and happy dogs of all sizes.  It was only 58 degrees when we arrived on Sunday.  A 40 degree temperature difference from home, and boy did it feel great!!  Monday it was nice enough to actually sit out in the sun on the beach, though the water temp there is only 58 as well.  We may have to go again in late summer.  It has become one of our favorite places~

Dune at Cape Kiwanda

Nothing like a run on the beach

Nothing like a run on the beach

Digging is serious business

Digging is serious business

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Hope your summer travel treats you well!  Do you have a favorite destination?