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20!!

There’s a moment each year (I say that like I’ve done this a lot..) when you hit 20 miles and you think, “Damn. I’ve made it.” I made my way up to Boston this past weekend for my first group training run with the DFMC team. The weather was perfect - 50 degrees - and the course was a gorgeous reservoir woods run. It was so much fun to see old friends and fellow runners. The DFMC crew is just incredible.

After 3 hours and 8 minutes, I hit “end workout” on my iPod and called it a day. 20.58 miles. holy. cow.

I don’t remember feeling this good last year. I feel good. In fact, I feel great. 5 weeks and counting! So excited.

13,16,15..

UPDATE! Lots of running happening over here…

  • 1/31: Miami 1/2 Marathon, 75 degrees, 2:09
  • 2/6: 16 miles around Manhattan & Brooklyn, 24 degrees, 2:20
  • 2/13: 15 miles, same, 25 degrees, 2:16

Two and a half hours is a long time to be with your own thoughts. As I’ve mentioned before, what’s truly fascinating is to document what goes through my head on these runs.

This week’s topic: Potential Match “Dating Headlines”

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I only feel comfortable sharing this in writing because I’m pretty sure no one reads my blog. Just before I left the house on Saturday morning, I decided to sign up for Match again. Ugh. It’s so exhausting…but it’s also SO fun. New York is an amazing city, and the people you can meet are really interesting. The trickiest part of the Match dating profile is the ‘Dating Headline,’ which is basically your personal motto. It’s important that it’s witty, catchy and creative, but not offensive (which is obviously really challenging for me), cynical, strange or too girly. It has to be inviting and cute.

After years and years of unsuccessful dating stories and several rounds of heartbreak, I have to be careful to remain positive, keep an open mind and trek along until the right one comes along. But in the meantime, I couldn’t help but sift through all of the pithy headlines I’d really LIKE to put. Given two and half hours to think about this, my mind really started to wander…I know, big shocker…here’s a few that I remember coming up with:

— “Please dear God let him have good shoes”

— “Dear Match. Please eliminate douche bags.”

— “If you met my mom you’d want to marry me.”

— “I only date rich people.”

— “Yes, I really am from Iowa.”

— “Please wear a shirt.”

— “I cannot believe I am not officially paying to have my heart broken.”

— “You’re probably an asshole, but I’ll consider dating you anyway.”

— “Dear Match. I’d like my money back. Thanks.”

— “Just trying to beat my dad to the altar.”

— “<— HOT”

— “<— FABULOUS!”

— “<— Probably too good for you!”

— “Ideally, we’d meet at a bar. But this will have to do.”

— “I’m from Iowa. Not to be confused with Ohio or Idaho. Those are 3 different states.”

— “I don’t know what this means.”

— “Dating headlines suck.”

— “If you think I might be intimidating then I probably won’t like you.”

— “I don’t run with boys, so don’t even ask.”

— “I’ll only play if you let me win.”

— “Yes, I am judging you.”

— “Please stop saying personality matters more than looks. Everyone knows that’s BS.”

— “If your profile photo is you taking a photo of yourself in the bathroom mirror, please don’t click on me.”

— “I just poured chocolate syrup directly into the tub of ice cream and ate it.”

Ok, enough is enough. Here’s what I ended up with. Working so far..I figure it will automatically eliminate these people, which is precisely what it’s meant to do! Success!

— Where’s the button for “Has shirt on in profile”?

I refuse to pay for these photos, so pay no mind to the lovely watermark on this photo. I&#8217;ll take what I can get.
Had so much fun running the Miami Half Marathon this past weekend with FIRST TIME HALF MARATHON Maggie Krol(!!!) and fellow vet, Danielle Dombrow! 5 years post graduation, it&#8217;s running that brought us back together. Way to crush it ladies.
Until next year&#8230;

I refuse to pay for these photos, so pay no mind to the lovely watermark on this photo. I’ll take what I can get.


Had so much fun running the Miami Half Marathon this past weekend with FIRST TIME HALF MARATHON Maggie Krol(!!!) and fellow vet, Danielle Dombrow! 5 years post graduation, it’s running that brought us back together. Way to crush it ladies.

Until next year…

I think I covered the entire island of Alameda today! 11 miles. Done.

I think I covered the entire island of Alameda today! 11 miles. Done.

Tips for men

image A few tips for men who like to hit on women when they are running:

1. Just don’t.

But if you decide to ignore this one cardinal rule, here’s a few do’s and don’ts:

DO:

- something cute, like smile at her

- say “good morning” when she runs by

- if you really want to be ballsy, stop her, ask her to take a photo of you on the Brooklyn Bridge, then invite her to join in the second photo

- challenge her to race you up the bridge

- let her win

DON’T:

- whistle, she can’t hear you anyway

- stare her up and down, purse your lips, stare her up and down again, then proceed to turn your head as she runs by so you can check out her ass on the way by

- hoot

- holler

- shout

- be creepy

- yell things like, “Hey mama” “Hey sweetie” “Mama” “Gorgeous” or “That’s what I’m talking about”

- lean out of your truck window and holler anything

- honk

- slow down the truck to ‘get a better look’

- stop pouring the cement you are pouring and stare/shout/comment

- stop drilling the cement you are drilling and stare/shout/comment

Ahh, the power of venting. That felt good.

Thanks Dillen!

Killer new running mix. Word.

RE: showering

psychoYou might think that the most difficult thing about training is fitting 3-5 runs a week into your schedule. Incorrect.

The hardest thing? Trying to figure out how to get those runs in while taking as FEW showers as possible…a real trick for any girl who has a thick head of hair, no desire to dry it daily, and a love for sleep.

I hate showering to begin with. What a serious, serious waste of time. I think I’ve hated showering since I was a child. I have vague, ok vivid, memories of my mom telling me that if I didn’t take a bath before I went to bed, she would take away [enter most prized possessions…for example, my Scottie Pippen jersey]. I think she may have pulled out the same trick for making me go to the bathroom before bed, but that’s another story for another time.

The hatred has haunted me into my adult life, and Training Season is a stark reminder of how important it is to plan ahead, only schedule dates the day after a run, and certainly never run two days in a row. Three showers in 2 days is simply not happening.

Hello! Training has officially begun for my second Boston Marathon. I&#8217;m running on behalf of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising money for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.
Our team goal this year is $4.4M and my personal goal is $5,000. Click on the photo above or the link below to make a donation.
I&#8217;ll be posting details about my &#8220;Jan Nielsen Cookie&#8221; Fundraiser soon&#8230;stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone for the incredible support. The countdown to April 19 begins today!
Let&#8217;s change lives,
Julie

Hello! Training has officially begun for my second Boston Marathon. I’m running on behalf of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising money for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.

Our team goal this year is $4.4M and my personal goal is $5,000. Click on the photo above or the link below to make a donation.

I’ll be posting details about my “Jan Nielsen Cookie” Fundraiser soon…stay tuned!

Thanks to everyone for the incredible support. The countdown to April 19 begins today!

Let’s change lives,

Julie

counting down to beantown

Well, the weekend is officially here! Had a great last week of training this week and I have to say, the last 3 runs have been my best runs to date. I suppose that’s probably how it’s supposed to work after 5 months of training…

Tomorrow is my official fundraising party, Date My Friends, and it’s going to be an absolute blast! My mom will be in town, my boss with be MCing and 8 of my most fabulous single friends will be putting themselves up on the blocks in the name of Dana-Farber.

This past 5 months has been nothing short of a dream. Not only could I never fathom training for a marathon, I certainly didn’t fathom the incredible support, humility and graciousness of people, friends and family everywhere. Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on, made me smile when I hurt all over, woken me up in the morning and of course, those who have donated. I can honestly say I’ll never run a marathon without doing it for a cause again. It has made it all worth it.

Next update to come after the big race! 3 more days!