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Happy national doggie day to my sweet baby Maizy!

Happy national doggie day to my sweet baby Maizy!

The best game of tag!

Rules: Just insert your answers to the questions below. Tagged by the adorable crowflycrow!

Name: Erin

Nickname: Lizzie

Birthday: January 14

Gender: Female

Sexuality: I love nerds

Height: 5’6”

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time

What time and date is it there: 2:12 p.m. August 26, 2014

Average hours of sleep I get each night: I enjoy sleep more than most things in life, so I’m usually in bed by 10 at the latest and wake up around 6:15.

Last thing I googled: how to cite a journal in AP Style (booorrring)

Most used phrase(s): Balls!

First word that comes to mind: Glitter

Last thing I said to a family member: "You can eat the leftover pizza in the fridge" to my husband haha.

One place that makes me happy and why: Chincoteague, Va, because I spent every summer growing up there, and because I got married there.

Favourite beverages: Water, sweet wine, diet coke

Last movie I watched in the cinema: 22 Jump Street

Three things I can’t live without: Maizy the Basset Hound, vacations, and homemade mac & cheese

Something I plan on learning: how to ride a road bike

A piece of advice for all my followers: Don’t worry so much about what other people think. They’re not as cool as you.

You all have to listen to this song: I’ll be honest, I’ve been jamming to the Ally McBeal theme song today :-D

Blogs: Lizzielulu114

I can’t remember who has done this already, but if you want to play along, I’m tagging: mrstrivialbob, funhappylife2, laurenrunsfurther and kristindoeshealthy

Give me your best tips

lizzielulu114:

I have my first 20-mile run on Sunday (it’s actually a mini “race” but I’ll be using it as a training run).

The temperature will be 86, real fee of 92. Nearly 100% humidity.

I need ALL THE HELPFUL TIPS I can get… help a girl out, Tumblr!

Ok people, these are great tips so far but I need some more! Keep ‘em comin!

- I’m thinking a honey stinger waffle at mile 10 and then some pretzels and a few energy beans for fueling every 4-5 miles. Enough or not?

- For water, I found that I can withstand a half a strawberry lemonade nuun tablet mixed with 32 oz water, so I’ll probably do 60-75 oz water in my camelback with 1 nuun tab. Plus I’ll grab water at the water stops.

- I can’t decide between a sweat band and sunnies or just a visor. It’s supposed to be pretty sunny.

- I added new inserts in my shoes… Cushy! Hope my thick socks and new insoles won’t make it too tight for my feet.

- I’ll be using a salt tab every 45-60 min and an electrolyte capsule every 30-45 min.

- I’m thinking little sandwich baggies with a salt tab, electrolyte capsule, 2-3 beans and a few pretzels. I’ll then have 3-4 of these bags in my flip belt for easy access throughout the run.

- Does anyone take Advil during a long run? Or is that just stupid?

Give me your best tips

I have my first 20-mile run on Sunday (it’s actually a mini “race” but I’ll be using it as a training run).

The temperature will be 86, real fee of 92. Nearly 100% humidity.

I need ALL THE HELPFUL TIPS I can get… help a girl out, Tumblr!

You’re looking at the EXTRA cream cheese I scraped off my Dunkin bagel this morning.

I love cream cheese as much as the next person, but holy moly… This is excessive!

You’re looking at the EXTRA cream cheese I scraped off my Dunkin bagel this morning.

I love cream cheese as much as the next person, but holy moly… This is excessive!

Food help

Does anyone eat any salty foods while running? I’m stocked up on salt tabs and electrolyte capsules, but I’m curious if anyone uses food. runningthankful do I remember you mentioning you eat pretzels?

After a long day in the backwoods of West Virginia, I am enjoying a whiskey sour :) 

Spent about 8 hours clearing paths for hunting season, hauling 50lb salt blocks, 50lb bags of corn and something referred to as “deer cocaine.”

After a long day in the backwoods of West Virginia, I am enjoying a whiskey sour :)

Spent about 8 hours clearing paths for hunting season, hauling 50lb salt blocks, 50lb bags of corn and something referred to as “deer cocaine.”

5 (more!) things

I love being tagged in these! Thanks to the lovely Ryan (thatsminethankyou) for getting me to share 5 more things.

1) I started drinking wine about two years ago but I only like sweet wines. I love moscato, niagara, pink catawba, white zin and a few others. People always say I’ll grow a taste for finer, dryer wines, but so far, yuck!

2) I subscribe to two magazines: Runners World and Real Simple. I LOVE Real Simple! I also love getting mail and my first Stitch Fix should be here in a few weeks. I also get a monthly Ipsy box.

3) I like to think I’m outdoorsy. I enjoy camping and hiking and being on the water and all those fun things. I would love to spend a few days camping on the Appalachian Trail, BUT, I can’t stand spiders. Like I freak out if I see one even from far away. Shudder shudder.

4) Things I don’t like that a lot of people enjoy include: milk, cantaloupe, salmon, almonds, chicken wings, hot sauce or anything spicy, Doritos, coffee, pepperoni, and I’m sure lots more.

5) I’m excited for crunchy leaves, cool breezes, scarves, boots, less humidity, Halloween, pumpkins, hot chocolate, the smell of hay, bright mums and craft fairs!

Well, I completed the 30k race along Toronto’s waterfront and didn’t get kicked off the course…

This may get long, so I’ll talk in points.

- it took 7+ hours to get to Toronto on Friday when we anticipated it taking 5

- there was so much standstill traffic that we gave up heading downtown for packet pickup and just went to our hotel

- we slept in on Saturday and made our way downtown for our packets at 11:30. The race didn’t start until 5:30 pm so we had lots of time to kill

- it was only in the low 60s and VERY WINDY (see fourth pic of me being blown about)

- after eating lunch at a delicious place called the Brown Stone Cafe, we napped in the car for a bit (our hotel was 30 min away in Mississauga)

- it began pouring about an hour before the race, so we donned disposable ponchos and plastic dollar store bags on our feet so our shoes wouldn’t get wet before the start … Genius!

- 5:30 rolls around and we’re off

- thank the good lord the rain stopped within the first mile of the run

- I almost got hit by a black escalade in mile 2. Luckily it saw me at the last second

- I stuck to 5 mins running and 1 min walking (my new marathon strategy)

- everything was AWESOME until the half marathon mark. Miles were zipping by and I was feeling great

- minus the little blip at mile 12 where the volunteer decided that she was tired of standing at the “y” in the road and of course I went left when I should’ve gone right. About a quarter mile later she saw me and made me turn around

- even so, I hit a new half marathon PR. Unfortunately, a few min after, my stomach nearly exploded with pain

- by mile 15, I had to stop at the medic because I was vomiting and shaking so badly

- they took my blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse ox, etc and determined my electrolytes were very low

- makes sense as I only had water and 1.5 honey stinger waffles. Plus my mouth was so dry and I was so thirsty

- I proceeded to empty my stomach into their neat little vomit bags and rest for about 15 min

- they wanted to drive me back to the finish line but dammit I wanted my medal! I sucked it up, said goodbye and shuffled the last 3.6 miles to my glorious medal

- I have since ordered electrolyte capsules and they should arrive soon

- this happens to me more than you may imagine and I’m an idiot for not doing something about it sooner

- on the plus side, I didn’t get swept off the course (!!!)

- last pic is of a gorgeous winery on our way home today

funnyrunner:

I AM AN IRONMAN!
I finished when the sun was still out!

This lady, y’all. She is an IRONMAN!

funnyrunner:

I AM AN IRONMAN!

I finished when the sun was still out!

This lady, y’all. She is an IRONMAN!