The 6 Things You Need To Do A Ragnar Relay

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Fitness | 16 Comments

The So Cal Ragnar Relay is done and I know that I’ve shared just about everything I could about this race before it actually took place - from my intended music playlist, introducing all of my team members AND (if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter), you might have seen a few zillion pictures of gorgeous California scenery, many gorgeous sweaty runners and many obnoxious pictures of the So Cal Ragnar Medal but guess what?  I’m not done yet.

Ragnar Finisher, So Cal Ragnar Relay


The Ragnar Relay is a very special breed of running experience.  My teammate Gillian coined Ragnar the “Coachella For Runners” and she’s absolutely right.  When the topic came up at FitBloggin’ last year, I said yes but I was scared to death (I do have 4 half marathon DNS’s in the last 4 years due to injury) but after this fantastic experience, I’m already thinking about Ragnar #2.  I think every runner should think about doing a relay race so that’s why I’ve come up with:

6 Things Ragnar Relay

 (and why you’ll want to do another one as soon as you’re done with your first)

R – Runner Zen

You already know you’ll need to run 3 lengths of differing mileage at 3 different times of day or night but you won’t really know when or what your terrain will really be.    We were stuck for nearly an hour at our first exchange and our runner beat us to the exchange.

There are terrain differences, detours, unexpected weather changes, traffic jams, being woken up from your 45 minutes of sleep with a mini crash into your van (no one was hurt, annoyed but not hurt) but you keep going.  You want and you need to finish what you start.

So Cal Ragnar, Runner Zen

A zillion things could happen.  Hopefully nothing will be life threatening.  It’s good to look the Ragnar Relay as an ultra marathon or an IronMan (not that I’d know from experience) but you need more than just training, power, stamina, mental fortitude, hydration and fuel to reach the finish.

Finding Runner Zen and being able to adjust to change is key in a Ragnar.  If you’re high strung and change isn’t easy for you, count yourself lucky that you may have one of five other teammates that can help guide you.


A  - A List of Essentials

There are many lists of the things you’ll need for a Ragnar Race and a zillion things you think you need but actually don’t.   Here’s what you need:

  • An organized Captain that makes a Race Bible: Leg Maps with distances and designated runner, driving AND running directions, emergency contact information, social media information for all members of the team, details of the 3 major van exchange locations including restaurant information.
  • A backpack or easily accessible reasonably sized duffel bag - You do not have a ton of room in a van with 5 other people.


  • Required Night Gear: Ragnar approved night vest, head lamp and attachable light (your entire van will need to show these before being issued bibs to begin the race).
  • Electronic Accessories:  Phones, iPod, camera, car chargers and plugs (for music accompaniment while running, navigation, social media updates and communication).
  • Cash/Credit Card:  You will see gear/jewelry at the first major exchange and finish line that you will want to buy to commemorate this event.  Don’t pass up the opportunity.
  • 3 separate running outfits in separate plastic bags: Weather and day/night time appropriate top (l/s, s/s, tank, fleece), bottom (capri/tights/shorts/skirt), bra, underwear and socks – the separate sealable plastic bags are key for trapping smells and efficiency.  I also printed out a copy of my leg map and put it in each outfit bag but never needed any printout.
  • In between/sleeping outfit: Comfortable pants, socks, bra, shirt/sweatshirt – also in a separate sealable bag.
  • Appropriate weather gear : Sunglasses, hat/visor/headband, sunscreen, rain jacket, gloves, fleece hat etc.
  • Go-To Running Accessories: Camelback/Fuel Belt/Spi-Belt/ArmBand, phone/iPod, earphones, electrolytes, portable supplement, anti-chafe remedy and/or tape/brace
  • Post-Run Remedies: rehydration (water, Gatorade, electrolyte drinks/powders  - we had some drinks in a cooler with ice), non-perishable refueling components (pretzels, bagels, crackers, nut butter), foam roller/tennis ball/stick, ice-pack/Icy-Hot/Proform, compression gear, slip on but not flip flops (too cold at night)
  • Food and a plan to get real food: Snacks and food components.  I brought along some SexyPop Popcorn since the company was kind enough to send me a huge haul (and since it wasn’t heavy to carry) and it certainly came in handy!  In Van 2, we  only got the chance to stop off for a real dinner and everything else was snack food that was in the van.
SexyPop Popcorn, So Cal Ragnar

Kat with some Sexy Pop Popcorn

  • Blanket/Sleeping bag/Pillow: I learned that a car gets very cold when you turn it off to grab sleep while you can (many people laid sleeping bags out on the ground but I was not one of them).  I used my backpack as a pillow.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties (brush optional), pain reliever/anti-inflammatory medication, medications/vitamins you take daily or require in different environments (anti-nausea, allergy meds etc.), deodorant, sanitary products (ain’t nobody got time to go to the drugstore if you unexpectedly get your period) and for me, Action Wipes (I did receive these as a gift from the company but my entire team would agree that they were an absolute godsend!).  People say bring toilet paper (I did) but never needed it.
  • Optional: Window Paint (t0 decorate  your van), costumes, themed t-shirts, Duran Duran pin (oh that might be just me).


G – Gather a Good Group

If your only friend from the 12 person team is NOT in your van, you’ll be lucky to see your friend for about 30 minutes tops so it’s crucial you gather a good group of people for your van.  You will get to know the 5 other people in your group better in 36 hours than you ever thought you possible.  The 5 other people in your van will see you at your best (cheering for others and finishing your runs) and your worst (smelly, tired, cranky, underfed, nauseated etc).

So Cal Ragnar Relay

Debbie, Jamie, Jill, Carrie, Me and Kat – Van 2/Leg 1


I was exceptionally lucky with my van-mates.  I knew Carrie and Jill and had met Jamie but I didn’t know Kat or Debbie.  We were lucky that no one was too annoying, whiny, bitchy or high maintenance because as much as this experience is an amazing one, it’s trying on the nerves.  It’s amazing that we were all respectful of each other’s many needs which ranged from support to silence at any given time.

N- Navigation and Driving Skills

Your phone GPS isn’t going to cut it here.  In order to get through 200 miles, you need a competent driver and a true human navigator.  You will rely on your Race Bible directions and use your GPS but if you don’t have a good driver and navigator team who communicate well with one another and a team that supports the two (by making sure both have food, water and rest when they need), your team will be SOL.

So Cal Ragnar Relay

Kat, our main driver and Carrie, our navigator

We were lucky that our main driver knew the area well and drove our van like a champ, our back-up driver also drove a truck so she was exceptionally comfortable behind the wheel.  Our main navigator was exceptionally adept and rarely took a break.  As a relatively new driver, I would never have been comfortable driving so I was very grateful I didn’t have the job.

A – A Sense Of Humor

You will be in a van for 36  hours, if you can’t find a way to laugh this experience is NOT for you.  Ragnarians have a great sense of humor – from team names, running in costumes and even the van decorations are hilarious.  While at exchanges you might notice that your van gets tagged with window paint or magnets.  It’s all in fun.  You laugh or you’ll realize just how tired you are.

Ragnar Relay So Cal

In our van, we could only listen to the radio so when the same 4 or 5 songs came on the radio (which included yesterday’s Tunes For Tuesday Two-Fer picks), we all wound up finding it funny and making a joke of it.  When you’re punchy, you can either get annoyed or laugh.  I’m very happy my group chose to laugh.

R – Resolve

Finding a group of 12 people that have the firm determination to cover 200 miles in 2 vans over a 2 day period is a little crazy and yet incredibly inspiring.  Even though you are not in the presence of your entire team during the relay, you communicate and try your best to support your entire team (social media certainly helps with this too).

The So Cal Ragnar Relay was comprised of over 700 teams of 12 and no matter where you were during the 200 miles of travel, there was always a sense of community – whether it was honking/cheering for a runner (yours or someone else’s), seeing the bay of decorated vans, passing or being passed by a runner (this is called a “kill” and tallied on vans) or even watching an exchange of the slap bracelet between any two teammates.  As “kumbaya” as it may sound, there’s a buzz of positive energy throughout Ragnar that you can feel throughout the course but the you can’t really feel the true power potential until you’ve had a chance to let it all soak in.  I’m a few days post-Ragnar and only now while preparing for this recap, do I realize how much strength, determination and resolve was present along those 200 miles.

So Cal Ragnar Relay 2014

The entire Dirrty Dozen team at the finish

It’s no secret that I’m exceptionally inspired by stories of strength of spirit, determination and resolve (it’s the heart and soul of why I even have a blog) and being a part of the So Cal Ragnar Relay made me feel all sorts of fabulous but even my medal paled in comparison to this:


So Cal Ragnar, You Are Awesome

My post race drink and message of love from my special boy.

All I can say is that I’m hooked and I’m hoping that my team wants to do another Ragnar Relay sometime very soon.  

My other teammates have some great recaps of this amazing experience.  Please check out:

- Gillian@thatsG:

- Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries:

- Jamie@FitApproach:

- Debbie@LiveFromLaQuinta AND

Have you ever done a relay?  If so, which one would you recommend I try next?

Fridays Featured FemaleS – The Dirrty Dozen Ragnar Team

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured FemaleS!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This week’s feature doesn’t just highlight one woman but it highlights a #DirrtyDozen of them.  Today I want to give a huge shout out the members of my So Cal Ragnar Team (technically, I’m not highlighting myself but 11 sounded ridiculous).

Ragnar Relay Series, runchat

Get to know these 11 amazing women that will be covering 200 miles with me (from Huntington Beach to San Diego).  Not all of these ladies are bloggers (and many aren’t even active in social media) but they are all amazing women and athletes.  The list below is in runner order with their leg mileages and terrain difficulty noted:


Van 1:


Elizabeth B. –  Elizabeth isn’t a blogger but she is most definitely a runner!  She kicks off our relay.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 5.90 (hard),  11.90 (hard) and 8.10 (very hard) = 25.9 miles Kia is a yoga instructor, a parent and she flew in from Colorado to be a part of this team.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 7.0 (hard), 3.0 (easy) and 2.9 (easy) = 13.1 miles
Kia, Bodhi Bear, runner, yoga instructor

Kia crossing a finish line with her son –


Jenica:  I don’t know Jenica personally but anyone who wants signs up for this madness is ok in my book!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (hard), 3.7 (easy) and 3.5 (easy) = 13.9 miles


Amy@It’sAllAboutTheJourney:  The lady that put it all together deserves a great round of applause!  You rock!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 2.7 (easy), 4.0 (easy) and 6.2 (very hard) = 13.0 miles
Amy, dancer, runner, It's All About The Journey

With a medal, it’s Amy: It’s All About The Journey


Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries:  Fresh off the LA Marathon and in training for a tri, I’m sad not to be in a van with this inspirational lady!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.4 (hard), 6.3 (moderate) and 3.7 (easy) = 16.4 miles
Chasing Raspberries, marathoner, triathlete

How cute is Jillienne of Chasing


Gillian@That’sG: Like her sound-alike name predecessor above, Gillian is also fresh off the LA Marathon.  This law student and spin teacher is sweet, strong and damn fast!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 8.7 (very hard), 2.7 (easy) and 4.2 (moderate) = 15.6 miles
Gillian, law student, spin instructor, runner

Getting Ready for LA –



Van 2:

Jamie@FitApproach: She’s the CEO of an online fitness community, a yoga instructor and oh yeah, she runs ultra marathons.  There’s a reason she’s running this particular leg.  (Jamie, please don’t be creeped out that I used a photo from your personal FB page)

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 9.8 (very hard), 5.9 (hard) and 7.0 (very hard) = 22.7 miles
Jamie Walker, sweat pink, fit approach, ultra marathoner

Jamie winning 2nd place in a 50K


Me: Yup, I’ve got the least total distance to cover. See, people are nice to the elderly.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 4.1 (hard), 3.5 (hard) and 2.8 (easy) = 10.4 miles

Awesome 80's run, running, 5K, music


Kathleen:  Another person I don’t know but her Facebook page says, “If you have to ask if it’s too early to drink wine, you’re an amateur and we can’t be friends.”  I like her already.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 5.3 (hard), 3.2 (easy) and 3.5 (easy) = 12 miles  I can’t say enough good things about this woman.  We clicked at first run and I’m thrilled to be seeing her twice in two weeks for two different runs.  She is going to rock this relay!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (moderate), 2.0 (easy) and 7.1 (hard) = 16.3 miles
Carrie - Family Fitness Food

Carrie from


Jill@TreeFitness:  My fitness roommate for two conferences and counting!  There are few people on this earth that are as gorgeous, smart, sensitive and athletic as this lady is.  She’s flying in from Utah to do her 4th Ragnar!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 2.9 (easy), 4.2 (hard) and 7.4 (hard) = 14.5 miles

Jill Griffiths,, CPT


Debbie@LiveFromLaQuinta:  Another lady I haven’t met but if she’s a friend of Melissa@MelissaRunningIt (who is one fabulous chick), then I know I’ll like her.  Look at the distance she’s covering too!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (very hard), 4.8 (moderate) and 5.4 (moderate) = 16.9 miles
Debbie, runner

Debbie from


I’m thrilled to be given the chance to do this unique race with all of these ladies.  I’m looking forward to telling you all about the experience after I recover!


Do you have a dream race (not that this was mine)?  If so, which one?

A Ragnar Relay Playlist

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It’s almost time for the So Cal Ragnar Relay race!


Ragnar Relay Series, runchat

12 Friends, 2 Vans, 2 Days, 1 Night 200 miles (from Huntington Beach to San Diego)!  


This is my first relay.  Even though I’m covering the least amount of mileage (10 miles in total), it’s longer than I’ve run in a very long time and I’m excited and nervous about it.  I definitely haven’t trained like I planned and I have friends in town for the entire week leading up to race day (I’m actually cutting out on them early to meet my van) but with a motto like this one, how could you NOT be excited?

Ragnar Relay, shirt, So Cal, Run, Eat, Sleep? Do It Again

Image: Ragnar


I need music to run and to get through 3 runs (a late morning/early afternoon, a middle of the night and a next day early morning) so I’m sharing the dozen (for my team name, the #DirrtyDozen) not-so-typical songs that I’m adding to my Ragnar playlist:

***Leg 1***


#1 – Nelly

The first leg needs to start off with a powerful attitude – and hey, there’s Joe Perry from Aerosmith on guitar (that one’s for you CB) 

Nelly, #1, Joe Perry, running

Weather With You – Crowded House

I seem to have lousy weather luck when it comes to San Diego but this song is so great – “and there’s a slowboat made of china…”

Crowded House, Neil Finn, Weather With You, Running

Coming Of Age – Foster The People

This is my JAM right now, “Pumped Up Kicks” is also on my regular playlist.  Love FTP!

Foster The People, Coming Of Age, Ragnar Playlist


One Small Day – Ultravox

It’s epic, it’s Midge Ure and has great motivational lyrics.  This will not be a small day though.

Ultravox, Midge Ure, One Small Day, Ragnar Playlist

***Leg 2***


Roll With The Changes – REO Speedwagon

I hear “keep on running” even though it’s “keep on rolling”.  I’ll need to hear this in the middle of the night.

REO Speedwagon, running song


New Shoes – Paolo Nutini

I will not be running in new shoes (big no-no on race day) but I’ll pretend I have fresh, happy feet.

Paolo Nutini, New Shoes, Ragnar Playlist


Blue Highway – Billy Idol

Because in the middle of the night, the highway will be blue and Billy (plus that guitar riff) will get me moving.

 Billy Idol, Blue Highway, Ragnar Playlist

My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council

I function well on little sleep but I’ve never done it with 3 legs of running.  This is a reminder to be nice to my van-mates.

Style Council, Ever Changing Moods, Ragnar Playlist

***Leg 3***

Don’t Tell Me – Madonna

 People always think of the cowboy video with this song but it always paces me well and insists “Don’t tell me to stop…”

 Madonna, Don't Tell Me, Cowboy song, Ragnar Playlist


Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo

Although it won’t be “just another day”, a little Danny Elfman will delude me into a regular run on an ordinary day.

 Oingo Boingo, Just Another Day, Danny Elfman, Ragnar Playlist

Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements

As much fun as this experience will be, I know I’ll be waiting for the finish line.  I know I’ll appreciate Paul Westerberg’s musical empathy.

 The Replacements, Can't Hardly Wait, Ragnar Playlist

(Reach Up For The) Sunrise – Duran Duran

You knew there had to be a Duran song, right?  I thought about “Faster Than Light” but since that would absolutely be a lie, I went with this anthem.  I won’t be running at sunrise but I almost wish I could with this song as my background.

Duran Duran, Reach Up For The Sunrise

What unconventional song(s) motivate you when working out?

All images from Spotify screen captures.

Friday’s Featured Female –

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.

Today we end the “Month of Melissas” with one of my running and fitness inspirations – Melissa@MelissaRunningIt.  I found Melissa’s blog through a Twitter #runchat feed.  To find out that Melissa was a runner, a parent, lived in California and was closer to 40 than 30 (Melissa recently entered the 40 Club) made me smile.  Melissa’s writing was different than anyone else I’d ever encountered –  the honesty, determination and humanity showcased while sharing her thoughts about running, weight lifting and body image clicked with me.  Melissa also has a uniquely positive outlook on how faith and fitness impact the health and happiness one unearths in life.

I find Melissa exceptionally motivational and inspirational not only because she looks fantastic, has run more races than I can count or because she can probably crush me like a bug (the girl has serious guns) but because she lives with heart.  I admire that she sometimes takes a step back from fitness and blogging because real life requires her presence.  Not everyone has the strength to tear themselves away from the pull of their need for fitness or the rabbit hole of social media but Melissa does and is always honest about when she does and usually why.  I was lucky enough to meet this fabulous lady at FitBloggin’ in June (despite the fact that we were both at the Self Magazine Oakley Women’s VIP Progression Session in San Diego last April) and she’s as gorgeous in person (and personality) as she is online.  Melissa is a woman who takes charge of her own destiny and makes you want to do the same.

Sooooo, have you met Melissa?

Wow, how special am I that I get to round out an awesome month of Melissas? I’m thrilled to be here and a very happy birthday month, Melissa.

All She Wants Is…

See what I did there? Cue the Duran Duran for Melissa and keep reading. If we haven’t met yet, you’ll soon find that in my house, there’s me, the mr. and a couple of teenagers that think they are running it. While I’m not alone, per se, running is very much all me. I started running a little over two years ago and in my first year, I ran just over 300 miles. In 2012, I more than doubled that with 720 miles. Last year, I’m set a goal to hit the 1,000 mile mark (though I came up just shy of it). The increase in miles made me a faster runner, and since I’m not a wicked fast runner, the longer distances meant more time on my own. Unlike the actual lyrics to All She Wants Is, all I wanted was to get into a shape that was a little less round. But everything comes at a price. So, I thought I’d share some of the lessons that no one really pointed out to me when I first got started.


Motivation starts (and finishes) with you. Whether you live alone or are managing a household, you have to be the first to make a move. If  mr running it kindly “suggested” I get back on track with something that resembled the svelt, healthy girl he once knew, I would have firmly planted my butt on the couch and had a few more candy bars. Seriously. Don’t tell me what I need to do, because then I won’t want to do it. Real mature, I know. had to be the one to say enough is enough. I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of having my ribs dig into the fat of my side when I drive. The scale read the same as it did when I was nine months pregnant with my son (did I mention he was 16 by then?). That was what it took for me. When you think through your fitness goals, what is the motivation behind choosing those goals? Is it an upcoming event, an offhand comment someone makes, or a health scare? What makes you finally say: today is the day I’m going to get after it? If you don’t know, ask yourself what you want your life to look like in ten or twenty years from now.


MelissaRunningIt, runner, half marathon, Holiday Half Marathon


Why do you run, or lift weights, or do Zumba, or do whatever you do? 

When I started running, I didn’t do it because I loved it, I did it because it was the greatest calorie burn I could manage in the least amount of time. Once I got past the ugly huffing and puffing stage of running a miserable mile, I decided I wanted to run a half marathon. Somewhere between sucking on my inhaler like a crack pipe and a variety of overuse injuries, I was hooked on running and the race bling. Run all the races!!! became my mantra. Last year I decided to participate in a #13in2013 challenge and ran thirteen half marathons.  so. much. fun. By my last race of the year, though, I was pretty burnt out. I missed sleeping in until the sun came up on Saturday mornings and making breakfast for my family. I missed lifting weights that were heavy for fear of being too sore to get in a good run the following day. As much as I loved running, I had to step back and evaluate. I realized running had become work and I’d come to love the running community family far more than the run. Why did I start running? Oh, right, to drop fat. Yep, did that. I dropped 20 pounds and overall was much healthier than I’d been in years. Do you love what you do? I see people running and at the gym and there are always the few that look oh so miserable every single time I see them. No doubt there are those workouts that kick your butt, but if you’re headed to your workout with the feeling of dread all the time, it’s time for a change.


 Change is good.

When I attempted to plan my 2014 race calendar, I just wasn’t feeling it. There were a couple of races I’d registered for, but I noticed I’d made commitments to people rather than being committed to the run. I wanted to keep making forward progress, so I decided to get back into the gym. It was intimidating, for sure. Having a plan and being intentional with my training was still something I needed (go figure, kind of like training for a marathon). I connected with a couple of ladies on Facebook and I’m pretty excited for this new season. Since Melissa was so awesome to invite me as a guest blogger, y’all are getting the first progress photo of the year. Not quite an equal trade on awesome, I know. Ha. But I digress…  Change is good, even when it doesn’t seem noticeable. The scale didn’t change much between these two photos – seriously, it was just a two pound difference – but when I had the mr take photos, I my point of view changed and I could see the difference.  Change is good, even when it’s a small change.  Something as simple as putting pen to paper to track meals and workouts made me more aware of what I was eating and how hard I was (or wasn’t) actually working out. I got out of my comfort zone and am seeing the value of changing up my game plan. When’s the last time you changed up your workouts? If it’s been some time, what’s something you want to try but have stayed away from? (For me, that would be Zumba. It looks so fun, but I know my mama didn’t give me anything that shakes like that!)

MelissaRunningIt, January Progress, weight lifting results


If you’re still reading, then you get a gold star for letting me ramble. While these seem simple enough, I wish I’d heard them earlier on when I first started to get my health back under my control:


Only I can find the motivation to get started. No amount of pep talks, body image talks, or well played infomercial is gonna find your inner mojo for you.


Love what you do! If you don’t find joy in it, it’s time to move on, or at the very least, take a break. It’s hard to move forward with anything in life if all you see is work.


Change it up. Over time, our bodies adapt to any given activity done on a regular basis. If you’ve been doing the same thing for some time now and aren’t seeing results, it’s time for a change. Get connected with Melissa to evaluate your nutrition – that’s 80% of the equation! Find a trainer, get a workout buddy, someone that will help you with a specific plan to get you moving toward the results you want.


Moving forward, I know I’ll be assessing, evaluating, and adjusting and I look forward to hearing how you do the same!

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Spill it – name one of those things you’ve been avoiding but really do want to try.

Virtual Coffee Catch Up Date

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Duran Duran, Fitness, Uncategorized | 23 Comments

I’ve been slacking off a bit when it comes to my blogging.  Things have been a little busy and since I’m not one of those “whip out a quick post kind of bloggers”, I’ve taken a page from Christine@LoveLifeSurf with a Virtual Coffee Catch-Up Date today.  I know we should all have more of these IRL but until we can, this will need to suffice.


Suspended Coffee

Image: Philippe Lin


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you’re dealing with the weather.   – - – - I know my East Coast (and my Mid West) friends have been getting hammered by the #polarvortex.  This might be one of the only stretches of time that I haven’t missed NYC.  I don’t want to rub salt in the wound but California has been glorious lately.  Many Los Angelenos are freaking out about the forecasted rain storm (people really don’t know what to do in the rain here)  but it’s desperately needed.


beach view, Amtrak train, Los Angeles to San Diego


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you had any advice on gaining fitness stamina quickly. – - – - The reality that I”m participating in the SoCal Ragnar Relay on April 4th and 5th is beginning to sink in.  I”ll be running this relay with 11 amazing women including Amy@It’sAllAboutTheJourney, Jill@TreeFitness, Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood, Gillian@That’sG, Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries, Debbie@LivefromLaQuinta,  Jamie@FitApproach and Kia@BodhiBear and I’m more than a little intimidated by these athletes.  I’ve trained for 4 half marathons and gotten injured 90% of the way through the training program so I’m doing the anti-training plan and running when I want (maybe it’s not smart but I’m trying to trick my back into thinking we’re NOT training for 12 miles in less than a 48 hour period).  I’ve had a few crappy, labored runs but I’ve had a few decent ones too.  I was very proud to have conquered an exceptionally challenging course at the LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K last weekend but I need to get myself running more often and I could use some motivation.


LA, running, #LAChinatownFirecracker10k


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you’ve ever run a mud run before. – - – - I’m super excited to be an Ambassador for the LoziLu 5K Mud Run coming to Pasadena on March 22nd but I’ve never done a mud run before.  I’m planning on wearing some old shoes and I’m ready to get dirty but I’d ask for tips on how to deal with being muddy and hopefully not injuring myself for my Ragnar 2 weeks later. BTW, my code: CRJWB can get you 10% on any LoziLu Women’s Mud Run nationwide!


LoziLu Women's Mud Run, LoziLu, 5K, Mud Run, Pasadena, LA


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how your 2014 fitness and health goals were coming along so far. – - – - I’d tell you that some of my #14in2014 goals were right on track (an Ambassadorship and featuring great women for Friday’s Featured Female) but most of them were not (reading books, revamping the blog and meeting SLB since it looks like there will be no Duran Duran tour this year because the new album is potentially slated for late 2014).   If you having some trouble getting your exercise and healthy eating on track, I’d suggest possibly joining the MAMA SHRED that I’m working on with Bobbi@NHerShoes, for 6 weeks of meal and exercise plans suited for busy women (not just mothers) for some focus before the 1st quarter of 2014 passes you by.


Mama Shred,, Bobbi McCormick, health, meal plans, fitness

Mama Shred 2014 with


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you are a Mac or PC person. – - – - After nearly 7 years, my trusty Dell Inspiron cracked at the hinge and it was one of the signs that it was time to get a new computer (the battery life dying after 2 hours of use should have been the straw but I’m frugal and that wasn’t enough for me).  After hemming and hawing, I decided to get a 13″ Mac Book Pro and it’s definitely a transition but I’m getting there.  I’m having fun decking out my new baby too (I’m kind of in love with my chevron keyboard cover).  I’m on the hunt for a Duran Duran sticker to put on my snap case (did you like that HLTW reference Duran friends?) and I desperately need a protective sleeve and carrying case so I don’t damage this computer while traveling as I’ve done before.


Mac Book Pro, chevron

Bright and shiny computer


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you about how work was going.- – - - Since blogging and nutrition/fitness/wellness are my business, I’d tell you that I was pretty busy with LoziLu and the MAMA SHRED but that I’d also be attending 2 conferences within a week.  I’m super excited to be attending Women Get Social/Bloggy Boot Camp in San Diego this weekend (to get my blogging skills up to snuff) and next week I’ll be attending the Natural Products Expo West and will hopefully be getting the scoop on the upcoming trends in food and natural products for 2014.  I made some predictions last year and I can’t wait to see if this year will really be the year of the cauliflower (among other things).


Bloggy Boot Camp, Women Get Social, SITS Girls



Natural Products Expo


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you about your family. – - – - I know I’m really lucky to have a great husband, son and puppy.  They made my birthday and Valentine’s Day so wonderful.  They’re always so supportive of the work I do even if it means that I don’t make a regular paycheck (Allie@VitaTrain4Life wrote a great post about this recently) but they see me happy.  They’re understanding of my time away from home, odd hours working or getting my fitness in somehow.  I know I need to work harder on being more present with them so they know how much I love them (I’d likely ask you if that’s an issue for you too and how you deal with it if it is).  I’m looking forward to March and April when we have friends (who are like family) and my in-laws coming to visit.  It will be crazy but wonderful to have them all here in California.


Family Photo.jpg


If we were having coffee, I’d ask you about what you watch on TV/Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu etc. – - – - Even though I don’t sleep as many hours as I should, I need to wind down by watching something on my iPad before I go to sleep at night.  We cut the cable cord last year and make up for it with iTunes Season Passes for shows like Breaking Bad (when it was on) and Mad Men (can’t wait).  NetFlix/Amazon Prime/Hulu Plus are awesome and feed my TV addiction well.  Right now, I’m a little hooked on Friday Night Lights (after getting hooked on Parenthood, I decided to give this show a try) and starting House of Cards – Season 2.  I need to catch up on the last episode of Downton Abbey and I can’t wait for the return of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and Orphan Black.  Like I said, I watch a lot of TV.  I’d ask what you watch so I could line up my next show.


Friday Night Lights, TV

Image: tchuntfr


By this point, we’d probably have chatted for awhile and we’d both realize the time.  If we’re blogger friends, I’d apologize for not keeping up to date with reading and commenting on your blog and I know I’d likely apologize for talking your ear off (as I’m known to do), then we’d both be out the door saying we’d text or email (I don’t answer my phone often) to make a future date to catch up again soon.

Until next time!

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