Friday Take Two


It seems like I just had a Friday.  My life has been one giant ball of confusion this week.

So, after a quick look around blog land today, I didn’t see any pre-race posts.  It is quite possible that everyone got their races in on Wednesday. I’m sorry if I missed you, and I hope you have wonderful luck if you are racing! (Update: Whitney is crossing Alaska off her list tomorrow!)


I don’t have too much to say today.

I ran in the rain last evening, and it felt glorious! After weeks of HOTNESS we’ve finally cooled down to highs in the mid 80’s and a monsoon season!  The rain makes everything so green and so fresh, and it feels like I’m running through a giant sprinkler.  Everytime I’m running and I want to die because it is so hot, I wish for a giant sprinkler to appear, so running in the rain is like a small dream come true.  I’m so sorry to anyone living just about anywhere else right now because I know you are hot. I’ve been there and I feel your pain.

I’ve been watching reruns of The Hills the past couple of mornings. I loved The Hills and Laguna Beach when they were on-air (well, I stopped watching The Hills after Kristin took over).  I was a California college girl at the time (one of the minor Laguna characters went to my school!), and I was not sure why my life (and my clothes) didn’t look like theirs.  I am having a hard time believing that it has already been 5 years since I watched this show! It seems like just yesterday I was grossing out over Justin Bobby.

And I always thought Spencer was bad news, but watching these shows now after being a bit older and with almost 3 years of marriage under my belt, leaves me truly horrified.  His control over Heidi (who I think was 19 at the time) is nothing short of emotionally abusive.  He isolates her, makes her completely dependent on him, and gives her no say in their relationship.  And later into the future there is the plastic surgery ordeal where he literally physically altered her appearance to fit his version of ideal.

I know a lot of what happens on these shows is blown out of proportion to make it entertaining, but I think, especially after the surgeries, that Heidi really showed that she wasn’t in control.

I guess they’re still married?  I only hope that this poor girl has any shred of self-worth left. TIP: if the entire world thinks your fiancée/husband is a DB, then maybe you should entertain the possibility.

Sorry, man people, for that Hills rant.

I’m also having a crazy obsession with 1960’s Palm Springs right now.  I want to be lounging in a poolside chaise wearing a glamorous Givenchy resort outfit, drinking a dirty martini, listening to Rosemary Clooney.  Is that too much to ask for this weekend? (We’ll forget for a moment that it is probably 120 degrees in Palm Springs right now and that the 1960’s probably smelled like a giant ash tray).

Reality Check: I will be running 14 miles.  The moment I pass 13.2, I will officially hit my longest run ever.  This is kind of exciting!  I remember a little less than a year ago I hit 6.3 miles, which was the longest I’d run up to that point and I felt so accomplished! Amazing how a year can change things.

Annnnndddd…I think this warrants some kind of celebration. Might as well get some presents out of it, right? It isn’t everyday that a girl runs her longest run ever (thank goodness).

Am I the only crazy that celebrates mileage milestones? Can someone please take me to Palm Springs? I’ve only been once, but I was 5 and all I remember was that the detour was distracting from my Sea World time.  And I thought it was crazy that you could check out of the hotel room from the T.V. set.  I’m always amazed at the weird memories that stick in our brains.  I literally have a picture in my head of that T.V in Palm Springs circa 1989 with instructions on how to check out.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

20 thoughts on “Friday Take Two

  1. 14 miles…crap…I am not looking forward to the ridiculous distances my marathon training will get me to in a few weeks. Good luck and I will have to start asking people for presents when I go on long runs too…I need some trail shoes!

    • Yeah…in about 3 weeks I have an 18 mile run followed by a 10 mile run the next day. Not looking forward to that. And I even read in someone’s blog that you should be putting in 70 miles per week to be a competitive marathon runner. And sadly, my presents will likely be self-funded.

      • 70 miles a week! WTF…no way…I am using Hal Higdon’s marathon training program and the most mileage I get to is like 36 in a week. I don’t plan on being ultra competitive but right now my time goal is 8:30 per mile with a stretch goal of sub 8’s. Since I have never run the distance or trained with this many miles I will be happy with 8:30 mi per mile so I can beat George Bush, Ryan Reynolds, Oprah and Diddy’s times.

        PS – It is only 109 in Palm Springs this weekend, I will make sure to post a pic.

      • Yeah, I think MAYBE I get up to 40 miles in one week. 70 seems a little extreme to me. And if I don’t beat Oprah’s time, I will be a little bit sad.

        I’m assuming this means you’ll be in Palm Springs this weekend? Have fun! I guess 109 is better than 120…

  2. Man, Heidi used to be so cute! And human looking. For the record, I never watched The Hills, but I was exposed to it via gossip magazines at the gym.

    Good luck on the 14!

    • I know. She was so pretty and sweet! The whole thing is kind of scary because it shows how being on a reality show at a young age can really screw up your whole life. And The Hills was really terrible. I have no idea why I like it so much. Lifestyle envy I guess.

      • Ha ha, or I guess the same reason people rubber neck traffic collisions… She’d give Pete Burns a run for his money in the ‘creepy’ competition now. If you don’t know who Pete Burns is, by the way, LOOK HIM UP, but not when you’re eating.

  3. I never really watched The Hills but I did watch a few episodes post-surgery for Heidi and couldn’t believe it. The pictures you posted above really show how flippin’ cute she was before. What a shame.

    I have a sincere fascination with everything from the 1940s to 1970s. I currently have Sirius in my car and I’m a bit obsessed with the stations for those decades. I have yet to watch Mad Men (I know, I know!), but I’m Netflixing that in a few weeks.

    Your longest run ever is awesome and so motivating! I did 1.5 miles the other day and was all happy with myself 🙂 I can’t wait to improve my distance!

    • I do too! I am so obsessive over Mad Men! If you like stuff from that era, you’ll love it! And you are doing so great! EVERYONE starts at that mile mark!

  4. I love your Hills rant!! And I am with you – that man is dangerous! Although I do suspect that a lot of that was for the cameras and that Heidi isn’t as innocent as she portrays herself :.. Now: who was the minor LB character? I am dying to know!!! 🙂

    • Very true, especially considering some of the shenanigans that went on after The Hills ended. The girl was named Emily. She was one of Kristin and Jessica’s friends, so she appeared in several episodes, and I think she was prominently featured when they went on a Cabo trip. She was a couple of years younger, so I didn’t know her very well, but she lived in my building and she seemed very genuinely sweet. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Omg, your Hills rant made me laugh, and I don’t even watch it!

    Was your 14er today or yesterday (Friday)? In either case, good luck! I haven’t run that far…and I’m taking today off because it’s apparently only going to be 3 degrees cooler than Palm Springs. Tomorrow’s supposed to be cooler.

    Speaking of Palm Springs, you reminded me of the only time I was there. The people I was meeting hadn’t arrived yet, and I was at an age when I was VERY self conscious about eating alone. So I decided to go early to miss the crowds. Except I forgot that it was Palm Springs and the general population at dinner at 5pm!! Ack! 🙂

    • Haha! Yeah, I bet Palm Springs is a pretty 5 p.m. dining community! Hopefully you guys have cooled down! Running in the heat is pretty miserable. And thanks for the good luck! 14 miles actually wasn’t too bad at all, surprisingly!

  6. I was watching The Hills this weekend too. I thought similar things about Heidi. The comparison photo you posted of her just shows how “gross” she got. She was so cute and pretty and now she’s just plastic. My heart broke when her mom was crying about her transformation. 😦 Congrats on your miles. I would take you to P.S. but right now it’s hot as hell and nobody wants to be in that kind of heat!

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