Monthly Archives: November 2012

Winter is Coming

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately (what else is new? It’s how I entertain myself), so today’s post is just a collection of my thoughts and impulses.

1) Despite all the anxiety, crying, and threats of divorce, I pulled off my first Thanksgiving Dinner as a hostess with ease. It was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it to stay in my own house and not have to drive anywhere. I got to make the schedule and the menu. Plus my sister-in-law came equipped with six bottles of wine, which was a welcomed new tradition.

2) The colder weather looks like it’s here to stay, which lead me to realize I had zero pairs of running pants. I have yoga pants and sweat pants, but no real running tights like a serious runner would posses. So yesterday I ventured to Great Lakes Crossing and found a new pair of North Face moisture wicking pants for $35, and a pair of bright-blue Nike running tights for $29!!! I bet there is no better high than bringing a pair of $70 pants to the register and having them ring up half price unexpectedly. Take that, heroin!

3) I’m really beginning to enjoy night running. I enjoy the solitude and the heightened senses. I always run with my Knuckle Lights and reflective vest like a good girl so Randy doesn’t get nervous.

4) I recently had a scare on Daily Mile which lead me to become more cautious about the details I post, i.e. where I run, what time, who with, etc. It was nothing too serious, but enough to remind me that posting my whereabouts to complete strangers may not be the best idea.

5) I have tiny, dime-sized bald spot on the top of my head. My other hair covers it but I’m still obsessing over it. How did that happen? What horrible disease do I have? Why does Web MD link every symptom to HIV/AIDS?!

6) Speaking of health, I’m starting a personal challenge from now until Christmas to stick to a gluten-free diet. Why the hell would anyone want to subject themselves to such torture? Well, simply because it is such a big challenge. If you had stomach issues like I had you’d be willing to try anything. My gastroenterologist once suggested I was gluten-intollerant but I scoffed at the idea, and gluten-free diets in general, as being a passing fad. I’ve recently met other runners who swear that a gluten-free diet has meant less unpleasant stomach disturbances during their runs, so I’m finally ready to give it a try. Oh, and did I mention I’m already vegetarian? We’ll see how it goes.

I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas. Call me old-fashioned but I love Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas parties, and best of all: Christmas themed-races.

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Listen up kids! I’ve been tagged by my virtual friend John for being an INSPIRING BLOGGER! Let me just begin by saying when I started my “blog” (I prefer online journal), I wasn’t expecting anyone to read it, let alone comment on it. I’m not a photographer and don’t know crap about web design so my main goal in starting The Rum Runner* was to have a creative writing outlet that I’ve been lacking since I left school.

*For those of you not as fascinated in the history of Prohibition in America as I am,  “Rum Runner” was a slang term for a bootlegger. It’s also a cocktail, as a recent Google search pointed out.

Since John is pretty much my only reader I felt it necessary to return the INSPIRING BLOGGER! favor. I find his blog, Run Run Johnny ( to be inspiring because unlike my “blog”, he has pictures and stuff, and he has the same shitty (literally) sense of humor that I have. He hasn’t mentioned any rum consumption on his blog but I won’t hold that against him.

Here are the Inspiring Blogger Award rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Okay, I think I’ve satisfied rules #1-2. Here we go with #3:


1) I was adopted

2) I’ve almost choked to death twice; first time on a peanut when I was two, second time on a piece of banana last year when I was home alone

3) I’ve hugged Trent Reznor

4) My brother is allergic to chicken (not a fact about me, but I just find that so incredibly weird)

5) I graduated with a degree in secondary education, majoring in history. Yes,  I was going to be a high school history teacher, until I realized I hate teenagers

6) I drive a Dodge Ram

7) I still sleep with my baby blanket

Okay! Now to nominate 15 other bloggers…well, I barely even know 15 other people, let alone bloggers. The only other blog I follow is Run, Hemingway, Run!, which is a blog I got in touch with when it’s writer left a comment on one of my posts. Mr. Hemingway (not sure of his real name) is a runner, has an adorable kitty, and is British, so that makes him automatically cool. Like John his blog looks official with pictures and shit, so if you have a moment please give Run, Hemingway, Run! a read.

Okay! I think I’ve satisfied all the requirements of being an INSPIRING BLOGGER! I’m looking forward to more writing inspiration, that’s for sure. Until then, everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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