Friday Five


A picture of my face! And my ever so-slight tan! And my COLLARBONE (I had to stand super far away from the webcam so it would pick all of these contrasts, in case you were wondering. I look like a ghost up close) (not picked up: sports bra chaffing that is actually visible in person)

2. I ran 10 miles before work this morning because that’s how I roll these days. It’s legitimate insanity but I just don’t think about it too hard anymore. I just go run the miles. And then come here to complain about them, of course.

3. I didn’t really want to get out of bed though. And then when I came back from my run, I put my legs up on the wall and closed my eyes and almost fell asleep again.

4. My back is sore from a free outdoor yoga class that I did last night. Chaturanga’d too hard. Also, my yoga mat is now dirty so I think outdoor yoga might not be as awesome as people seem to think it is. 

5. It’s a quiet work day but luckily I’m working from home. So I’ve been cleaning a little and I’m going to bake cookies shortly. Yes, sometimes everything you worried about in the productivity of people who telecommute is actually true. 

runrunningrunner  asked:

Tag, you're it! State 10 random facts about yourself, then go to your 10 favorite blogs and tell them that they are it! :)

  1. I have a ton of earrings and necklaces, but I pretty much never change my jewelry. Leaver-back pearls in my first holes, a triquetra stud from my mom in the second hole on the left, an emerald stud from my dad in the second hole on the right, hoop through my tragus, and my grandfather’s USMC dogtag on a chain from Claire on my neck. I sleep, shower, and workout wearing them.
  2. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an egyptologist. I still think that would be a pretty neat gig.
  3. I can name all of the prepositions (words describing placement, i.e., “on,” “near,” or “down”).
  4. I like toothpastes - not gels. They should be white and opaque. My preferred brand is Colgate.
  5. I always start stairs with my left foot.
  6. I can open a Starburst using only my mouth.
  7. When I was 11 or so, my mom couldn’t take me to a soccer game, so she told me to call one of my teammates for a ride. I had too much phone anxiety to handle such an ordeal, so I walked halfway and hitchhiked the rest.
  8. One of my earliest memories was my first day at pre-school. My mom left and I started crying and screaming like the maniacal four year old that I was. How did the staff calm me down? They brought me into the kitchen, sat me at the counter, and offered me warm, just-out-of-the-oven cookies. I stopped crying immediately. Fat kid for life.
  9. I have a scar on my face that only three people have ever asked me about. Either people aren’t as observant as I expect them to be, they aren’t as curious as I expect them to be, or they’re more well-mannered than I expect them to be.
  10. My favorite tree is eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis):

runrunningrunner  asked:

When you get this, reply with 5 things that make you happy and send it to the last 10 people in your activity

1.  My dog Annie

2.  Music - I can always count on music to put me in a happy mood

3.  Walking through the entrance tunnel under the train station and onto Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. 

4.  Watching someone open the Christmas present I got for them

5.  Seeing those low numbers on the blood sugar monitor - which means I am in control once again!!!


Vintage porn made Safe For Work (ish). 


Courtesy of Rupert (thank you sir, you are a gentleman and a scholar)

That was beautiful

Replies: gels & Alison’s marathon

seechrisrun said: 

It definitely takes some experimentation. I’m tweaking at every marathon to find the right combination.

Is that what you call an awesome PR in the Boston rain yesterday? Tweaking?? 😜👏

malloryrunsthis said: 

I’m a big fan of liquid gels: chews and blocks seem to get stuck in my throat and feel heavy in my stomach. I only take them before a race instead of during.

It’s scary to think that if this has been the core problem, then basically I’ve been doing long runs and racing half marathons with no fueling. Ridiculous. Chews and blocks are going to be public enemy #1 in this training cycle. 

robert-cal said: 

In a marathon, if something goes wrong, it’s harsh that there’s usually no recovering from it. Ultimately, you’ll get it right if you have the patience to keep working on the details.

I find that patience comes easily when I really want something…and I don’t know if I really want to work on the marathon yet, for any other reason than I feel cheated and I have unfinished business. Hmm, but I guess that 1 reason is better than 0 reasons. Onwards with training ;)

runrunningrunner said: 

Amazing good job. Give her a high five from me


runningonredbull said: 

Wow! Knocking over an hour off her time?!! Speedy McSpeedy!

It’s been a long time coming and I’m as happy as she is that she really nailed it this time :)


It was pretty awesome to see other Tumblrs posting people’s times and giving kudos. 

I never expected to see that and it just added to the atmosphere! 

My feed was full of people supporting each other. Well done and kudos to all runners yesterday on a tough race, seechrisrun, robert-cal, ariavie, manvmiles, and anyone else who I haven’t caught up reading about yet. 

Tag, I'm It.

(I figure a lot of you don’t know much about me.)


  • Answer the questions of the person that tagged you and create 11 new ones.
  • Tag x people and link them.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged.

1. Why did you start a tumblr?

Because Xanga was so high school. Also, I wanted to find a place where I could share about running, Crohn’s, and running with Crohn’s. Luckily, I’ve found some people who like to read what I occasionally write.

2. Least favorite sport and why?

NASCAR. Because it’s hours of racing around an oval track. At least F1 has some turns here and there.

3. If a genie gave you three wishes what would they be? (No extra wishes and no consequences from wishes)

1. Money, so that I could take care of my family and friends, travel, and do whatever I want (career-wise).

2. A perfectly healthy body for the rest of my life.

3. Freedom for the genie, of course. (We’ve all seen Aladdin, right?)

4. Current guilty pleasure?

Cookies. Chewy chocolate chip Chips Ahoy, Golden Oreos, Potbelly sugar cookies, and snickerdoodles always find a way into my meals. I know I shouldn’t eat too much of them, but I. Can’t. Stop.

5. One thing you could change in the world and why?

World peace? Sure, why not?

6. Have a random fact about yourself?

In 2008, after a cruise, Lorelie, some friends, and I saw Pharrell at a Burger King at the airport.

7. What is your dream vacation?

I haven’t been to Europe yet, so I would love to tour Europe. Someday, I’d like to go to England, France, Italy, and Greece! Eurotrip anyone?

8. Favorite race you have ran so far?

Probably my first half marathon in Baltimore in 2010. It was a tough race for me, but I fell in love with the distance that day.

9. Do you have any weird traditions that you do each year?

Not that I know of. I celebrate the major holidays and Lorelie and I have our dating anniversary every year. Those are the only yearly traditions I can think of.

10. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Honestly, I don’t remember much about my childhood. Just snippets of things here and there. I used to be really good at tennis. In elementary and middle school, I frequently played, and defeated, kids much older than me.

11. Plans for 2014?

Run another marathon? Train for my first triathlon? Study for the GRE/GMAT? Nothing is set in stone yet, but those are ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while.

My questions for the tagged:

1. What has been your greatest achievement in life so far?

2. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be? 

3. Where was the last place you traveled to for vacation?

4. What is your current occupation?

5. What is your dream job?

6. When was the last time you did something new?

7. What would you choose for your last meal?

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

9. What (not who) is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

10. Do you have any irrational fears?

11. What is one thing you want people to remember the most about you?

And, the tagged (in alphabetical order):

Five Foot Something Running

Rachael Fights Back

Run Running Runner

Runs Like a Penguin

Sarah’s Running Bucket List

Commenting on Comments


replied to your post

“Dominate DC Week 5 Day 1”

Teach me how to have such solid splits please?

Give me two weeks and we can do track runs together. Then I’ll show you my secret. (Hint: there’s no secret…or is there?)

malloryrunsthis replied to your photo

“Loving my new shirt. I’m hoping to live up to the theme of the shirt…”

You got the shirt! But which hat made the cut?

I didn’t end up getting a hat. I’m still not convinced about running with a hat. I like the Quicksilver and Billabong hats I tried out because they were made out of what felt like super absorbent material but I’ve never worn hats running so it’s a weird concept for me.

For those of you wondering what Mallory is talking about here, she’s commenting on pics I posted on Snapchat. Follow me on there so you can see picture of me doing fun and exciting stuff and things…like trying on hats. Here’s a giant pic of my Snapcode.



replied to your post

“Dominate DC Week 5 Day 1”

I’m usually pressed for time in the mornings when I do my runs, so for these speedwork sessions I’ll usually do the last 1600m of them on the roads back home, shortening my cooldown. I figure it’s pretty good practice for a roadrace.

That actually sounds like a good idea and I would have used that for my track run but I wasn’t even aloud to be outside at all on that base. It’s just an incentive for me to find better places to run, like the ocean front.


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“I understand this is for safety and all…but it’s not even that hot or…”

Grrrr. Head to a local school… Usually those tracks are open to the public and very unused in summer

You know in all my time her in Virginia Beach (about a year cumulatively) I’ve never actually seen a school. I wonder if there are any here in this city? If the people/witnesses being interviewed by the local news are any indication, there are not.


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“I understand this is for safety and all…but it’s not even that hot or…”

Heck with safety. We’re runners. We don’t listen or take advice unless that advice says to run more.

Normally I’d be right there with you. Damn the rules! Damn the man! Let me run free!!! BUT…the Navy tends to frown on insubordination and dissension…I kind of like my job, even if I have to follow some dumb Navy rules from time to time.


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“I understand this is for safety and all…but it’s not even that hot or…”

It hit 90+ here… It can’t be too far from that by you. Be safe!

Yeah it’s been like that around here too. Don’t worry I don’t go running in that without taking the necessary precautions. At least coming from a desert I’m somewhat used to the heat. You born and raised East Coasters don’t get this year round…you be safe too! DRINK ALL THE WATER!


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“I understand this is for safety and all…but it’s not even that hot or…”

Rules are rules mister!! ;-)

My wife really got a kick out of this comment. I’ll follow the rules…don’t you worry.


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“Dominate DC Week 4 Day 7”

I highly recommend wahoo! Can use with garmin or your phone

Thanks! I’ll definitely check those out! I’m still not sure heart rate training is for me…I need to look into it more.

In which Rupert gives the best response ever.

runrunningrunner replied to your postIn which Brenna confesses to being a whiny brat.…

Thanks, man.  My mood has already 180’d, but now I’ve got no time to get a run in this AM, I still need to get me a lifetime supply of Gu so this never happens again (this is the second time…), and I’ve got some other business to take care of in order to secure my mental health.

The new plan (which I hope works):

  • errands
  • thesis-related crap
  • Monday Night Football (aka, best reward in existence)

Unless my adviser throws some evil obstacles in my way, this is doable.

mynewnormaluc replied to your post“I’m struggling, guys. I’m struggling. But I still ran and I’m planning…”

You got this girl! You’re amazing

runrunningrunner replied to your post“I’m struggling, guys. I’m struggling. But I still ran and I’m planning…”

You got this… You can totally do it. Fortify!

Thanks you two!!! I’m trying to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. :D

Rules: Just insert your answers to the questions below. Tag at least 10 followers.

I was tagged byrunrunningrunner

Name: Leslie

Nickname: My sisters have always called me Lol or Lollie, partially because they could not say Leslie (this was long before the internet had LOL.) Most of my friends call me Les or Lesta. 

Birthday: October 21st

Gender: Female

Sexuality: Sure :)

Height: 5'2

Time Zone: EDT

What time and date is it there: 8:30AM- September 6

Average hours of sleep I get each night: 8

The last thing I googled was: Food poisoning- how long does it last?

My most used phrase(s): I’m going running, make it a great day, coffee?? Yes please! 

First word that comes to mind: Coffee 

What I last said to a family member: Yes, I would love a chocolate chip pancake

One place that makes me happy and why?: Yosemite National Park. I grew up going there every year for Christmas. I have a ton of great memories from there. In 2013 I hiked in Yosemite with Team in Training. I loved every minute of that experience. 

How many blankets I sleep under: Usually a comforter/duvet - whatever you want to call it.

Favorite beverage(s): Coffee, lemonade

The last movie I watched in the cinema: Sadly, I do not go to the movies. I fall asleep in dark cold rooms. I wait until they are released and watch them at home. 

Three things I can’t live without: good running shoes, love, family, friends and coffee

Something I plan on learning: Become a better baker. My mother in law is a wedding cake baker, I have a lot to live up to!

A piece of advice for all my followers: Believe in yourself

You all have to listen to this song: I love this song!

I am tagging Laurenrunsfarther, settingthepace, turtleseyeview, im-your-huckleberry and malloryrunsthis

runrunningrunner  asked:

Ash, this is so cool. Major props to you and good luck on your new quest training for a fitness competition. I know you're going to do great, because you've already shown consistency, progress, and a great positive mental attitude and outlook. I'm so much looking forward to seeing your great success here. Do you already have a competition or date in mind? Behind you all the way :) <3 Rupert

You have no idea how much this message means to me! Seriously, it really means the world.
Not many people in my real life get it, so knowing I have you and several others on here rooting for me is so amazing and truly appreciated.
I haven’t set a date yet. I am working with my coach to decide which division I should compete in first, and then I’ll pick a show. The plan is to do it by the end of the year though!