Thursday, February 27, 2014

Three Things Thursday

In case you haven't heard yet, I WON the ZOOMA Run-to-Napa contest!  I am beyond thrilled and appreciative... seriously, so many people to thank for this opportunity!  I hope to have the reader Run-to-Napa contest for you up live on the blog next week. I know many of you are excited for a chance to win a trip as well!  My flight to California is booked and I'm officially registered for the ZOOMA half marathon in Napa Valley on June 28. California will become state #24 in my quest to Race All 50.  I added a flight for my hubby to extend it into a couples vacation. You can never have too many of those, right?!  Have you ever visited the San Francisco area? I would love your suggestions on things to do and see while we're there.

Cold weather has returned to Illinois this week (and a snowstorm forecast for the weekend). It is still technically winter, so I will not complain... but come March 20, the first day of spring, these sub-10 degree temperatures had better be gone. Until then, I will keep layering up and running against the cold wind. As long as the roads are clear, you'll find me outside.

In less than two weeks, I head to Virginia (my state #20) for the Shamrock Dolphin Challenge (8K + Half Marathon). I'm training to "finish it", which I admit is a modest goal for me. I'm trying my hardest not to attach any time expectations on it. Once Shamrock is behind me, I will ramp up my spring training in preparation for the Lincoln Half (Nebraska), where I'm hoping to nail that sub-2 once again.

This is the final week of the #WinterMiles ChallengeWeek 8 report-backs are due Monday (March 3) before midnight here. Final prize is from my friends at GU Energy and Hydrapak...

The Run and Eat Cupcakes shirt are back in stock! 
Order yours HERE.


  1. So excited for you. My daughter and one of her friends are signed up for the race.

  2. You are a perfect mix for this Napa trip! Love that i could assist you in getting there!

  3. Woot for the Napa win! Meterological winter ends on March 1st. I'm going with that.

    1. Ha... Spring by Saturday ain't gonna happen, but I like how your wishful thinking. :)

  4. I am so glad you won! I tried to remember to vote daily.

  5. Dude, sub 10 degrees? I was whining about rain and 45 today. I'll stop.

  6. Congrat!! WOOOHOOOOO! I'm so exited for you!! Have a great run and awesome vacation with your hubby!!!

  7. Congrats on winning the trip to race in Napa! I'll be at Shamrock in VA Beach too! Last year it was a miserable race. I hope the weather is better this year!

  8. That is soo exciting that you won the contest!! San Fran is beautiful, you will have a blast!!!

  9. Yay!!! Congratulations!!! The weather is freezing here too...bring it on Spring!

  10. Congratulations on your win. I've been to many parts of Cali and this area is one of my favorites :) If you are wanting to explore outside of traditional SF, I highly recommend the quaint town of Carmel, you will LOVE it and all the cutesy shops etc.

  11. YIPEE! :) Good for you winning!
    & love the shirts!

  12. Congratulations on Zooma!

    I wanted to let you know that the link for reporting on the Winter Miles Challenge doesn't seem to be working.

  13. Thank you so much for the #wintermiles has motivated me to continue running whenever possible during this awful winter we've all been experiencing ...pls keep me in mind if you decide to do another challenge in the're the best !!

  14. Congratulations! I'm a Bay Area lifer and all I can say is welcome to glorious Northern California! With Napa you will love the wine of course; you can't go wrong with just about anything going on up there and its too hard to pick anyone thing or winery.

    Here is an ultimate list of 10 things to do in a day in San Francisco (and they can all be done in one day).,31489,1845230_1845056_1845537,00.html
    Coit Tower would be my ultimate recommendation - and go to the top for the full Bay Area view.

    And if it is your first trip to Northern California, go see the Pacific! In San Francisco itself you could go to Baker Beach - nudity is allowed and popular here, but if its just you and your hubby you can get past that because the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the ocean side is incredible! Or go a little south to Half Moon Bay/Pacifica. Can't wait to hear about your trip out here!

  15. Congratulations. Thank you for all the inspiration!


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