Preflight run

Apparently the Austin airport has started more 6 am flights. Usually there is no one in line for security. Leaving my house at 4:20 am should have been fine. Thursday morning was a madhouse!

It took me almost 45 minutes to get through security. My first time taking carry on only. As soon as I got through the scanner I heard my name on the loudspeaker. Shit! I was THAT person. The asshole the whole plane is waiting on. And that meant no breakfast. And no time for makeup.

I didn’t even put my boots back on. I sprinted through the airport to my gate. Luckily I wasn’t the last one and a few guys behind me were later. I ended up putting my shoes back on when I got my carryon stowed, thank goodness there was room.

Forgot my Epic bars were in that suitcase, so I had to buy breakfast. I will probably be sorry Iater but I needed to eat. Tossed the biscuit which was wrapped separately and ate a hard boiled egg, cheese, and grapes. Yeah only one of those is AIP allowed. After today my food is provided for me , which is fine, at least it’s gluten free.

Waiting for my buddies to get in. Boston arrives in time for lunch and Denver in time for dinner. ūüôā my team arrives tomorrow. Sister is the only one who didn’t come this year.

I am looking forward to having an extra day in the area. I’ve actually never explored Berkley at all. Usually I stick to San Francisco.

Things I like Thursday: Giving back

Tomorrow is the big day!

LUNA Chix Austin Run’s 2nd annual silent auction and gala! ¬†Complementary food by Savory Spice shop and drinks sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. ¬† Silent auction items courtesy of Mighty Fine, Rudy’s, Georgetown Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kim Mullen, Hill Country Running, TexFit Crossfit, LUNA Chix Austin Run, Crimson Salon, Tito’s Vodka, and MUCH more!!!

6:30 pm-8:30 PM @ Athleta in the Domain.  If you RSVP by end of today (on our meetup or facebook pages), you will also get 30% off all regularly priced merchandise in the store tomorrow night.

100% of the silent auction proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund, the leading Breast Cancer PREVENTION organization in the world.

For more details

My trip to SF

It’s only a few weeks late ūüėČ ¬†Keeping it short and simple…

Lots of moving, learning, and FOOD!

My favorite salad and the only thing I can eat on Boudin Sourdough’s menu. ¬†It’s ok because I LOVE it. ¬† I got another one on the way out to take home from the airport. ¬† And I got Dan 2 lbs of bread, which is now portion controlled for him in bags in our freezer ūüėČsf salad

One of my favorite parts of the whole weekend is that they take GOOD care of all of the girls, especially when it comes to food. ¬†If you are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, or all of the above, have no fear. ¬†I usually worry a bit when I travel, but at the hotel and at the Clif Co. dinner, I didn’t have to worry either year. ¬†It takes a HUGE load off of me. ¬†I will go hungry before I cave and eat gluten, ask Dan, he’s learned the hard way.

The food at Clif is excellent. ¬†This may be been the first plate of 2 (or 3) ūüôā

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That’s my team, putting Texas on the map at the Clif headquarters! ¬†LOVE my team and I am so proud of them.

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The only thing I was really worried about was the run training. ¬†I had to quit running in January and had only started back about 1.5 weeks before I flew out to San Francisco. ¬†3 months off of running is the longest i’d ever gone since starting. ¬†You also lose almost all of your fitness in anything over 6 weeks.

Our morning of run training was mostly a track workout, which was GREAT for me. ¬†The mile warmup at the time was the longest i’d run non-stop. ¬†I almost cried I was so happy. ¬† ¬†I was fine and didn’t really have anything to worry about. ¬†My team was really supportive and actually had to reign me in during the speedwork, because I was running my intervals at my old pace. ¬†I know too fast too soon is bad, but it felt AWESOME. ¬†I behaved and scaled back at the end. ¬†And there was yoga and lots of it, which I loved. ¬†Sadie, the Clif yogi taught the classes and I adored her!sfgroup

We got a little silly on our final night of the conference.  Had to get a pic on this round Hugh Hefner-esque couch!

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The silly may have been the booze and the desserts. ¬†Ok for me, it was just desserts. ¬†My team devoured everything on the table. ¬†Yes, that’s a whole tray of gluten free! ¬† ¬†There were actually some tables who didn’t touch theirs. ¬†My team is obviously meant to be. ¬†We all love food.

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We spent 2 extra nights, one on the front and one on the end for extra time.

The last day we had Mediterranean¬†food at a cute little dive in a super fancy area. ¬†So random and so good! ¬†We were famished after we shopped at Athleta. ¬†The salmon kabobs really gave Zoe’s a run for their money. ¬†I will be back again!
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The weekend ended way too soon.  But once it was time to leave, boy were we ready to leave!  It was a long day traveling home that Monday, lack of sleep, coffee, and own beds was wearing us down.  It was an even longer day back at work on Tuesday!

Breast Cancer Fund Benefit: Friday Sept 14

Do you like Tito’s Vodka, Tiff’s Treats cookies, Magner’s cider, My Fit Foods, LUNA bars and Toastie’s? Those are just some of our AWESOME food and drink donors for the benefit tomorrow night!
If you’ve never tried food and drink from our sponsors, this is a GREAT opportunity to do so, and for FREE


While at the party, please consider a donation to Breast Cancer Fund or bidding on fantastic items in our Silent Auction!  Breast Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization.


More info:  Breast Cancer Fund Benefit 

Brain Power 5K

A coworker handed me a flyer last week about this event while we were out for lunch.  The Sunday, I received a message about this race on Facebook with a discount.

Monday I finally got around to reading about the specifics.  Race in Williamson County to benefit brain tumor research.  September 9, 2012.

I have to do this.  I am doing this.

I signed up and formed a team.  The team is NOT in my name, I put it under LUNA.  You can join the team here.  Some of my friends and family have joined the team already.  I encourage everyone to consider joining the team.

I do not and did not ever have brain cancer. ¬†I did go to the MD Anderson Center in Houston for evaluation of my tumor. ¬†If you haven’t kept up with my blog updates, Dr.’s have chosen to leave it alone and monitor it with additional tests in June and September for now. ¬†They don’t deny it’s there, but they are uncertain it needs to be removed at this point.

I want to do this event to help others and raise awareness.  Just with my limited experience with the subject matter, I understand the need for more research and exposure for the problem.

More about the beneficiary:

Brain Power 5K is proud to join the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in their efforts to eradicate brain cancer.

The Brain Power 5K seeks to provide funding to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation for brain cancer research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as pediatric initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. We wish to create an opportunity for Central Texas to honor those affected by brain tumors.

The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation is the only Houston foundation funding adult brain cancer research at MD Anderson.

Very happy hour, or two

Had a great evening yesterday after work. ¬†I took off a little bit early, to go run with AK from her house (it was all part of a plan). ¬†She’s on her Boston Marathon taper right now. I told her I’d do whatever she needed to do for her run…this was her workout.

5 incredibly hot and sweaty miles. ¬†My dumb self wore a navy blue shirt with sleeves, which didn’t really help things. ¬†Plus Brushy Creek on the dam side provides no shade. ¬†It was a good reminder of how I am not acclimated yet and it’s going to be a long hot summer. ¬†It was only 90 at 5 pm when we started. ¬†She started kicking it on the dam. ¬†The only kicking I was doing was of my own rear end.

Went back to her house for the cool down and we were DRENCHED. ¬†I was seriously dripping sweat all over her house. ¬†I toweled off and rushed across the road to Z’Tejas where I was hosting a surprise happy hour/Boston Marathon pep-rally for her.

Unfortunately I was in the bathroom changing my shirt when they showed up! ¬†She didn’t see my purse at the table though, so I was able to sneak up behind her and still get a reaction. ¬†She was all smiles, made me so happy!

Great evening with the gals.  A little disappointed in the restaurants GF menu.  I ended up getting tuna and them just putting the sauces on the side.  There were no appetizers at all, a couple of salads, and then some big entrees.

We all wished her well and sent her off with hugs!  So proud of her!