training dec 15-21 [101]

Training Stuff:

Monday:  5 miles (45:13 min, avg pace 9:02)
Tuesday:  3 miles (26:34 min, avg pace 8:40) + 0.32 miles walking (5 min, avg pace 15:37) = 3.32 miles
Wednesday:  3 miles (27 min, avg pace 9:00) + 0.34 miles walking (5 min, avg pace 14:42) = 3.34 miles
Thursday:  1.10 miles (10 min, avg pace 9:05) + 0.33 miles walking (5 min, avg pace 15:09) = 1.43 miles
15 min stairmaster (level 5, 45 floors climbed)
Friday:  5 miles (49:44 min, avg pace 9:56) + 0.35 miles walking (5:16 min, avg pace 15:02) = 5.35 miles
Saturday:  9 miles (1:29:16, avg pace 9:55)
Sunday:  1.64 miles (14:32 min, avg pace 8:52)

Total Mileage:  29.08
Total Mileage (month):  84.62
Total Mileage (year):  1688.7

Total Time:  4:57:35
Total Time (month):  13:53:29
Total Time (year):  284:50:51


  • I had a really good week of training, even though I only ran outside once.  (Dammit, I actually LIKE going to the gym and running on the treadmill.  WHO AM I???)
  • Added to the “Who Am I” file – I stopped keeping Diet Coke in my house.  I drink massive amounts of tea (both hot and iced) and water instead.  I actually feel SO MUCH BETTER.  I’ll have Diet Coke if we go out to a restaurant, kind of like a treat.  I also had a small cup at my work’s holiday party last week.  I’m turning over a new leaf… a TEA leaf, if you will.
  • Yesterday Jakre and I had a cookie baking extravaganza.  We also made fudge.  It feels like we worked forever, and made hardly anything.  We DID make these cookies, and they did not disappoint!

why i’m cutting back on social media

One of my yet-to-be-revealed 2015 goals is to cut back BIG TIME on social media.  I realized the other day just how much time I waste each day scrolling through Facebook or reading tweets.  I don’t enjoy it, per say, it’s just something mindless to do when I’m bored.

Bored.  That’s an interesting topic.  When I was a kid, my mother told me that only boring people get bored.  And really, she was right.  I didn’t think so at the time, but it’s true.  So as to not be bored, I became interested in everything.  I read more books.  I wrote more short stories.  I took time to learn new things.

Overall, I feel so much less engaged than I have in past years.  I want to be able to watch an entire hockey game without picking up my phone and checking Twitter for something.  I really don’t care what so-and-so is doing, so why keep looking at their Instagram anyway?

I wrote in my journal the other day that my intention for 2015 was to be better.  Be a better person, be a better cook, be a better marathon runner, be a better fiance, and so on and so on.  One way for me to do that is to unplug from unimportant shit.

There, I said it.  Social media is shit.

As of right now, I have deleted my Daily Mile, Goodreads, and Swarm accounts.  My Facebook page for this blog is going away next week.  I’m keeping Twitter (for WRCE news), Facebook (for Ragnar and book club group stuff), and Untappd (because BEER).  I’m undecided about the future of Instagram, but that’s probably going away as well.  But I’ve deleted everything off of my phone (except Untappd, because, again, BEER).

I already feel better.

It’s not you, internet, it’s me.  Really.  I just can’t take any more of this constant social media checking.  I want to have more conversations with words, not with people showing me things on the internet.

The main question I’m sure you have is, will you continue to blog?  The answer is yes.  (Sorry if that disappoints you!)  I’ve often said that this blog is a journal of my life.  It’s a detailed record of races, and I like writing here.  So I’ll be around, writing about my running (and some of my personal) life.  I hope you’ll stick around too.

As always, if you have a burning question that you need answering (like, how many books have I read so far this year), feel free to send me an old-fashioned email to iheartpikermis [at] gmail [dot] com.

Cheers to a more engaging 2015!

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5 friday favorites [27]

See what amused me on the internet this week!  Always original, never duplicated ;)

1.  I’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix lately.  Even if you’re not a fan of the show, this is one of the best things you will read anyway.

2.  Best Christmas cards ever.

3.  I’m obsessed with this site.  I want them allllll.

4.  R.I.P. Judy Baar Topinka.

5.  I LOVE #8.  Please do this, Nashville.

3 things thursday [106]

1.  As an avid watcher of the HBO show The Newsroom, I was bummed to see it end this past Sunday.  That is, until I watched the finale.  What a pile of garbage, and an hour of my life I will not get back.  If I wanted to watch a glorified clip show, I would watch The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular.

2.  I’ve been to the gym 3 times this week already, and only had 2 beers.  WHO AM I???

3.  My favorite thing about said gym (aside from, you know, NOT getting hit by cars) is the LTE cell service that I have.  Meaning, I can stream Netflix while on the treadmill.  It’s basically the best thing ever.  I’m watching the last season of Parks and Recreation currently, to get read for the (sniff, sniff) final season of that show.  WHY IS EVERYTHING ENDING?  Make it stop.

2nd qtr look back

Miss the 1st qtr recap?  Find it here!

In the 2nd qtr of 2014, I…

…ran 8 races – 1 5K, 1 quarter marathon, 2 half marathons, 1 marathon, 3 Ragnar relays (including a trail version),

…celebrated 700 days of my run streak, and 2 full years of streaking,

…earned 6 medals, a sticker, and a water bottle,

…took 3rd place in my age group at the Rockford Half Marathon,

…crossed off another marathon state (#6!),

…visited another MLB stadium (The Jake in Cleveland),

…wrote 86 blog posts,

…read 31 books,

…tried 65 beers,

…made Suburban Pint Night an actual thing,

…visited Utah for the first time, loved it, want to go back very badly,

…had a fun encounter with the Indiana State Police less than a mile from the Illinois border,

…bought a new car and said goodbye to Hamster,

…said goodbye to my mom,

…discovered that I have the greatest friends in the history of the world.

Favorite pics!

Favorite pics!

thank you, internet

What a long, strange trip it’s been this year.  A lot of ups and downs and in betweens.  Through it all, you, yes YOU have been there for me in ways I could never have imagined.

From the bottom of my cold snarky heart, THANK YOU.

As a show of my appreciation for your support and readership, I am hosting a giveaway.  When I started writing about my life 6 years ago (yep, 6, my old blog’s archives having been deleted, and their posts lost in cyberspace), I never thought anyone would read it.  It was just a good way for me to keep a log of my races in a place where it would be forever easily accessed.  I never thought that I would meet any of you weirdos in person, much less LIKE you and want you to be my friends ;)

Right, back to the giveaway.  You will receive a box of my favorite things!  I know!  How exciting is this?!  Just leave a comment below telling me one goal for 2015 you think I should add to my life (running or life-related, I’m not picky). will pick a winner next week!

Included in said box:

  • A Ragnar t-shirt
  • Nathan blinky light armband (safety first, kids)
  • Salted watermelon Gu
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Binny’s giftcard
  • Can koozy
  • A holiday tin filled with @OrtonPants’s favorite Ragnar snack, Nice Balls (okay fine, he wanted to play too)
  • Celestial Seasonings holiday tea
  • Other surprises

As always, this post is sponsored by no one.  All items in the giveaway are provided by me.

Good luck!  And thank you again for all of the support you have given me in 2014.  I can’t wait to see what next year holds!

training dec 8-14 [101]

Training Stuff:

Monday:  3.01 miles (26:46 min, avg pace 8:54) + 0.51 miles walking (8:06 min, avg pace 15:55) = 3.52 miles
Tuesday:  5 miles (44:08 min, avg pace 8:50) + 0.19 miles walking (2:45 min, avg pace 14:33) = 5.19 miles
Wednesday:  3.60 miles (35:45 min, avg pace 9:56)
Thursday:  1.11 miles (10 min, avg pace 9:01) + 0.45 miles walking (7:16 min, avg pace 16:11) = 1.56 miles
Friday:  5 miles (43:05 min, avg pace 8:37)
Saturday:  8 miles (1:18:12, avg pace 9:46)
Sunday:  1.07 miles (10 min, avg pace 9:21) + 0.47 miles walking (7:29 min, avg pace 15:56) = 1.54 miles

Total Mileage:  28.41
Total Mileage (month):  55.54
Total Mileage (year):  1659.62

Total Time:  4:33:32
Total Time (month):  8:55:54
Total Time (year):  279:53:16

Fun Stuff:

Something Interesting:
I did my long run this weekend on a treadmill, and I didn’t hate it.  Hug your loved ones, because clearly the world is ending.

Books I Read:
To Have and Have Not (Ernest Hemingway)
Before I Go To Sleep (S.J. Watson)
G is for Gumshoe (Sue Grafton)

New Beers I Tried:
Spotted Saddle (One Trick Pony)
Festivity Ale (Goose Island)
8-Bit Pale Ale (Tallgrass)
There and Back (Sierra Nevada)
IBA (Lakefront)
Celebration Ale 2014 (Sierra Nevada)
Abbey’s Single (Destihl)