I’m out of clever titles. So today I give you…stuff.

1. Race pictures for the Sarasota Half Marathon are in. I think that town is trying make nice with me. I know for a fact that two photographers caught me walking and one photographer caught me shoving a PB&J in my face. But, by some miracle, none of those pictures made it on Marathonfoto’s Web site. And I’m sure we’re all better off for it.

2.  Speaking of that PB&J, eating during a race is especially uncomfortable for me since I can’t eat gels or any normal “runner food.” Of course I can’t eat and run at the same time either, so it’s completely awkward to walk and eat a sandwich while tons of traffic is driving by. I look like a total lazy ass as every other runner is passing me by and I’m chowing down.

I need sugar-free PB&J Gu’s invented STAT. Someone please make that happen.

3. This Saturday, I’m running the Navy League 5k. My work is sponsoring one of the water stations and asked if I wanted to run it. I love free stuff so of course I said yes. I’d probably take a case of rabies for free if someone offered it nicely. The race proceeds go to charity. It’s basically an un-timed fun run with a raffle for everyone at the end instead of prizes for placing. I’m pretty sure there are no rules for this race either. It’s the first race I’ve ever seen that allows roller blades.

Does that even sound safe around a bunch of runners? I can’t see anything good coming of that. But the good news is that I could probably ride a pony to the finish and it would be ok.

4. My playlist is set for the 5k. It’s more songs than I need but chances are I’m going to hate life once I get out there anyway and turn it off.

5.  Last weekend, I went over to the in-laws to help my MIL to help celebrate her 65th birthday. We had cake.

Once I picked off the almond slivers (95% of the time, I don’t like nuts in desserts), that thing was pretty good. A few family members were over and as we sang Happy Birthday, I noticed that my MIL sang Happy Birthday to herself. Twice. Once in English and once in Spanish for good measure. She’s a one-woman party. I’m not even sure she needed us there.

6. Because my bunny is freakin’ adorable, here’s a picture of her trying to hide her face while I was clipping her nails. She’s never done anything like that before. OMG, I die.

7. And lastly, my friend Jim at Biking My Mass Off is raising money for Multiple Sclerosis for his upcoming MS 150 bike ride. If you’re local in Orlando, he’s having a fundraiser at the Mellow Mushroom on Colonial and Alafaya. If you mention the fundraiser, 15% of your total check will benefit MS. That means you can get fat on pizza and drink till your sloppy and not feel guilty because it’s for a good cause.

Jim even offered to buy a drink or dessert for the first person that comes up to him and mentions that you heard about it on my blog. Luckily for me, he didn’t say that person couldn’t be me. Race you there to order the most expensive drink on the menu?

P.S. If you can’t make it but would like to donate anyway, you can do that here.


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30 responses to “Stuff

  1. Love that playlist! Good luck on your race! 🙂

  2. How has anyone not thought of PB&J Gu’s yet? I’m actually surprised there aren’t any sugar free options out there. But the image of you walking along the side of the course eating a sandwich made me LOL. Can’t believe I never thought about that before! The image of you riding a pony across the finish line made me LOL, too, so well played, friend.

    I love your MIL. Awesome. And could Pants be any cuter??? The answer is no. No she could not.

  3. OMG Pants is adorable. I love it. I am totally on board with PB&J Gu’s. You should make that happen. Immediately.

  4. #3. If I were doing that race I would most definitely pick skipping as my mode of transport fro start to finish.

    #7 I’m riding the MS150 too! Only I am slacking on fund raising and training. Big thumbs up to your friend Jim for rocking on both accounts!

  5. OMG pants…. too funny. She is so adorable!

  6. Those race photos are actually pretty good! In my first half marathon, I looked like I was completely dying. Let’s just say I didn’t spend the money to buy those ones 🙂 Haha that’s funny that your MIL sang to herself TWICE. She must just love singing…or herself 🙂

  7. haha, those are good race pics!
    I loooove your bunny. Every time you post pics of her I just want to go out and buy a bunny. But then I remember the cats, and I’m pretty sure they would not be a fan.
    Hey if that 5k allows rollerblades, you may be able to pull off your first bunny 5k! Do you think Pants would go for that?

  8. I call dibs on the pony. Can you imagine how awesome that would be??

  9. Katie G

    Instead of the pony, I think you should ride rabies to the finish line. It would make things much more interesting.

    BTW, I will be there Monday, celebrating the first day of my job!

    • Paula

      That made me LOL. You starting back here? Sweeeeeet.

      • Katie G

        I win the derp award. There = Mellow Mushroom, not yo work. I will, however, be celebrating *my* first day of work, which is in the Quadrangle, so we’ll be able to have lunch again during the week. Although I know you don’t get away for lunch much. And you usually only take a half hour for lunch. So . . . no, we’ll never have lunch. 🙂

    • kathleen@runderbykat

      Speaking of rabies… I think you all should watch Michael Scott’s Rabies fun run as motivation for the big race… I think it goes well with the theme of running/ rabies/ free stuff.

  10. Thanks, P. Your free drink is a given in exchange for advertisement and publicity.

  11. Amber K

    Okay, I would totally do a race if I could rollerblade. I haven’t done it in a really long time, but it is a blast!

  12. I heard they DO have pb gu and I need to get myself some of that stat. I doubt it’s sugar free though. Do they make sf gu?

    • Paula

      I don’t think so. But, man, that would make life SO much easier for me. I wonder if I can request it somehow. I’m gonna find out.

  13. Your mother in law sounds adorable….but not as adorable as your bunny! So flippin’ cute!

  14. Oh dear, I am in love with your bunny. That’s not wrong, is it?

  15. Kate

    two things:
    a) pants is adorable.
    b) was he born without an ear?

    • Paula

      We think so! She didn’t have an scarring/scabbing when we got her (which was when she was 8 weeks old). We’re thinking of making up bunny fight stories anyway.

  16. Shannon

    I think you should have won that 1/2 based off of your race pics alone. They’re wonderful. Almost as wonderful as Pants. She’s such a cutie :).

  17. kathleen@runderbykat

    Can Derby get a bunny? They can chase each other around my 400 square foot apartment and become besties.

  18. A sandwich while you run? Impressive. I swear I’ve seen pb flavored gu’s somewhere. Do Gu’s and other running “food” make you sick?

    • Paula

      Yes! I eat PB&J with sugar free jelly/bread and 1/3 sugar PB. Any sugar (even natural) wrecks my stomach. I would kill for a sugar free Gu or Cliff shot. It’s especially annoying carrying 3 sandwiches during a full marathon! 🙂

  19. Stefanie

    I think the first marathon I sign up for should allow rollerblading. I’d be all over that shit in a hurry.

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