Oh yes it’s ladies night…

And the feeling’s right. Oh yes it’s ladies night, oh what a night…OH WHAT A NIGHT…

Yahooooo! Thursday is here which means 2 things:

1. It’s Friday eve! Sooooo ready for the weekend

2. It’s ladies night at RRS and I get a girls night out! FINALLY!

Me and my RPIC. Wow I am lazy. Look at me and my coffee.

From 6-8 we will be kickin’ it at RRS trying to win some sweet schwag! There will be drinks, apps, sports bra fittings and some seriously money raffle prizes. They are also offering 20% off on any in store purchase for VIP’s. Darn it! Wish I didn’t have to pay more than $200 to renew my tags on my car today (Yes, Cali is that expensive). I could have gone on a serious spree…


Can you believe we are approaching the end of June? 4th of July is just a week away. 

You look like the 4th of July! Makes me want a hotdog real bad...

Anyone running on Independence Day?

Cabs Are Here!

Friends, I have good news. Remember when we would celebrate the Jersey Shore on “Jersday?”


YES! When you ask?


Awwwwww yeah. Get ready for TTTTTTTTT-Shirrttttt TIME! And Snookie’s car accident…

photo credit: TMZ



Today’s Run: 6.5 miles, 51:27- avg 7:54 pace. (Ya think I am excited to run again? Sheesh, slow down tiger)


It turns out I didn’t chip my tooth. I broke it. OH MY GOSH I BROKE IT! What kind of man chew do I have going on? 

Time to pull a league of my own and head to etiquette school so that this NEVER EVER happens again. How embarrassing. I have to go back in 2 weeks for a final check up and I am dreading it. I don’t dislike the dentist, I dislike that I could have avoided this and now I am paying for it. Lesson learned. Eat like a lady, not a COW! I guess if I was trying to cut out the cinnamon bears I can consider it DONE!


In Bach news, Margot (TheFasterBunny) is holding a contest for us show lovers to choose who we think will be in the top 3. (Thanks Pam for this info) So if you love Starbucks and Yogurtland, go to her blog and pick your 3 for your chance to win!

I gave her my picks today- can’t wait to see if I am right!


As we approach the 4th of July holiday we hit the summer race season!  We all know that means some serious heat in most places so don’t forget to hydrate!

Anyone have any races coming up?!?

Tuesday Bach Tawk

This post is not going to be as long as usual as I have to make my way to the dentist. After listening to Ashley whine about Bentley I ended up chipping a molar. Not kidding. THANKS ASH.


SHORT VERSION: Bentley, Bentley, Bentley, Bentley, one-on-one date w/Ben F the wino (he gets a rose). Bentley, Bentley, Bentley, Bentley, Group date that includes Muay Thai boxing, Ames gets his bell rung and goes to the hospital, Blake ends up with a rose. Bentley, Bentley, Bentley, Bentley, 2-on-one date with William and Ben C, Ashley sends them both packing. Rose ceremony elimination: Nick (the blonde from FL)


The second the show starts Ashley launches into her annoying Bentley chat. Um Ash, I thought you were over it? Starting new? Moving forward? I feel bad for the dudes.

Date cards arrives and Ben F. learns he will be heading to Chiang Mai w/Ashley. They take a taxi to a local outdoor market and do some shopping. BORING. Somehow they end up at an ancient temple and play the “I want to kiss you” game:

photo credit: abc

Turns out you are not allowed to kiss in front of religious temple.  Sorry Ben, you’ll have to wait. I can’t remember if it was Ben or Ashley that suggested a virtual kiss, NOT KIDDING. I am a romantic and thought this was so uberly cheesy I threw up in my mouth a little. Or maybe it was Ben’s hair grossing me out. Either way, LAME.

They have dinner and get into serious life convo. Ben says all of the right stuff ( I will make my wife my priority) and Ashley gives him a rose.


Group date time. Ashley tells the dudes they will be Muay Thai boxing:

photo credit: NY Daily News

They get matched up and Ames immediately lets us know he has never been in a fight. GASP! No way! The fights start and Ashley lets us know A MILLION times that she now thinks this date was a BAD IDEA. Um NO DUH! You have a butt ton of testosterone fighting for one girls affection and then you give them a chance to hit each other. HELLO!

Blake and Lucas battle it out, Blake wins. JP and Mickey are up next. Mickey was giving it to JP. About half way through JP turned into a crazy person and beat the heck out of Mickey. I didn’t expect that, then again, I didn’t know what to expect.

Next up- Ames and Ryan. Where so I begin? Ames ends up in PINK shorts. Ummmm I don’t know about you but:

Never Been In A Fight + Pink Shorts = Getting knocked the f$%! OUT!

photo credit: abc

Literally, Ames gets his clock cleaned. It was sad. Ambulance takes him to the hospital so we miss out on most of the fight between Nick and Constantine.

After the wanna be UFC action comes to an end, everyone gets cleaned up and heads back to the cocktail party. Lucas calls Ashley out on her obsession with Bentley! Yes, PLEASE CALL HER OUT. She quickly tries to cover by saying he initial feelings were not what she thought they were. Riiighhhttt. That’s why we still hear about B a zillion times per episode!

She has alone time with Blake who says he doesn’t feel like he is getting the reassurance he needs. I guess this conversation is what lands him the rose.

Ames makes an appearance at the party in his typical non-matching preppy attire. When Ashley asks him about the diagnosis he says “I am totally in love and I have a concussion.” Oy. Super cheese. If he was hot it would be different. But he is not and the line just didn’t work…or did it?


Lastly we go on a 2-on-one date with William, Ben C (the flashmob guy) and Ashley. The guys were told ahead of time to pack their bags as one person would be going home.

photo credit: abc

Up to this point I never knew that William didn’t like Ben! The minute Ashley sat down with William he gets in her ear about Ben not really wanting to be there. He says Ben can’t wait to get home to internet dating? I thought Ashley would ask Ben about it, but instead she immediately sends him home!

When this happened I figured her intent was to send him home anyway so William gave her what she needed to do so. It was like she could use that excuse since she didn’t really have one ready yet.

She continues on her date with William hoping she will feel the sparks that she did on that first date in Vegas. As soon as they sit down to eat she brings up the fact that he once told her he was still a “30 year old boy.” Oh brother, he is screwed. He tried to explain in his non-funny way that he wants love with no responsibility- she cuts him off and sends him packing!



Back at the rose ceremony cocktail party Ashley wants all the guys to know how “insecure” she is feeling after the 2-on-one date. She is wondering if any of the other guys are there for the wrong reason. Blah blah blah. Bentley, Bentley, Bentley.

She goes into her deliberation with Chris Harrison and is back on the Bentley train. She tells Chris she needs closure and he says ” He’ll do what he can to make it happen.” FORESHADOW: Bentley comes back next week and I am sure it will be uneventful. We all know he doesn’t like her. Tell her that and move along.

Ceremony starts, Ben F and Blake already have roses. The last man without a rose: NICK.


So we are down to 8 guys! One of them is going to be in the final two…and one will propose…who will it be?!?

~ I am still on team JP!

Runner’s High

Today’s Run: 6.2 miles, 49ish min, 7:53 pace


Ahhhhh hit the 10k mark! Yipppeeee! I am so stinking excited. If I am happy about a pain free 10k imagine how awesome I am going to feel when I hit double digits pain free!! Yeeehhaaawwww! I am so ready to hop right back into things. Running keeps me sane in my world of crazy.

Speaking of crazy awesome: RRS is holding Ladies Night this Thursday and I will be attending with my RPIC Maureen. Food, drink and raffle prizes galore! RRS is known for giving away shoes, compression socks, I don’t know… GARMINS! Keep your fingers crossed that we come home with some sweet schwag! And maybe some Pop Chips.


It’s Monday and that means we get to end our day with…dun dun dun dun…

photo credit: ABC

Tonight will be filled with drama beings that the group date has 8 guys Muay Thai boxing. One of them ends up in the hospital (eeeek) with a concussion.

If you could guess who goes by ambulance who would it be?

  ~ My guess is Ames. He is a runner, not a fighter.

Off to get some work done…

Who’s Your Daddy?

After somehow making it to church for the 8 am service (we were a little late, but to our credit we still made it) we headed to Brett’s BBQ in Encinitas for Father’s Day Lunch. What man doesn’t want brisket on his day?

This was the best we could get. S & H were not cooperating

We met up with my Mom & Dad, my sister, my brother, my SIL and my sweet nephews. That’s how Italian Family’s roll. 11 deep baby!

La Famiglia

My pops ordered a meal that was supposed to serve 4-6 people but served more like 10! It came with EVERYTHING on the menu. Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, mac and cheese, cornbread, etc etc etc. I added a BBQ Turkey Sandwich, 2 kids meals and LD’s sandwich. Um, we had more than enough food. I’m talking everyone had food on their plates plus leftovers when we were done. How much did this fine dining cost? Under $100 for all of us! That’s what I’m talking about. Champagne taste on a beer budget.

All of the sugar in the BBQ sauce had the kids acting like the maniacs that they are. At least we managed to get some pictures!

Uncle Joe (my brother) and the H Man
My bear
My nephew Joey
My nephew Sam


The Dads!

After all of that BBQ we now have a house full of people in food comas. Nap time! That means I better get crackin’ at getting stuff ready for the week while it’s quiet.


Has anyone seen the movie Hall Pass? That is tonight’s feature in the D house! Am I going to be totally raunched out?!?

5 miles…don’t wanna get too crazy

This morning I got my Mike & Ike butt out of bed and headed down to The Rock to meet up with mah peeps:

Rock Runners
Stacey saying chhheeesssseeee

Since RNR was just 2 weeks ago today’s run was an easy 5 miler. Sounds like a  wussy jog in the park after 20+ mile training runs

David getting his stretch on

We started at church, ran out to Harbor Island and back. It was a beautiful run with good friends that left me wanting to go further. Ahhhhh. Can’t wait for a nice long run. Soon friends, very soon. 5.03 done in 41:50- 8:18 pace.

Our blazing speed left us famished so we headed to Panera for a post run breakfast. I love Panera. Have we ever had a Panera discussion? I should get a night job there for the discount. The strawberry poppy seed salad is my FAVE! Not for breakfast though; Coffee and a strawberry yogurt parfait  was the perfect way to end the morning.

Au Natural is so in. Try it sometime.

I’m off to shower and get ready to watch UT beat Florida in the first round of the College World Series! HOOK EM!

Got my run on…maybe I need my own show

Today’s Run: 5.10 miles, TM, .5% incline, 40 min; 20 min core/stretch

Total. Sweaty.Mess. Yes! 5 miles at 5 am. It felt good. This is my longest run since I hobbled through the disaster known as my attempt at RNR SD. I wanted to go longer but the foot just isn’t ready. One day at a time, right? Look at me dropping knowledge on myself. I guess all of the reality shows haven’t killed all of my brain cells…

photo credit: Bravo



In reality reality news (I’m talking IRL people) I read a great article on Wonder Foods for Women this morning.

The most recent slew of studies suggests that what you toss in your grocery cart can improve performance, prevent injury and bestow various health benefits. And certain foods can do all this while meeting the unique nutrition needs of women runners. We chewed our way through the supermarket to suss out foods that should be a staple on every woman runner’s menu.

Like the play on words? Then chew your way through this list and hit the store (you too Men, this isn’t just for us chicks)

  • Iron- The Energizer: Grass-fed Beef. (I am not a red meat eater so my iron will have to come from veg sources)
  • Pomegranate: The Joint Enforcer
  • Almonds: The Injury Thwarter
  • Lentils: The Flab Buster
  • Salmon: The Bone Builder
  • Yogurt: The Cold Fighter
  • Kale: The Immune Booster
  • Quinoa: The Restorer (Ahhhhhh remember my quinoa salad the other day?

The article shares some pretty tasty sounding recipes like spicy toasted almonds or pomegranate parfait. Get your read on by clicking HERE.


Who is getting kicked off tonight?? (Yep, I’m out of control. Anyone a therapist?)

photo credit: fox