Lessons I learned from my first endurance race

Last weekend, I completed my first half marathon. I wasn’t first, and I wasn’t last. My time was, well, twice that of some of my friends, but in the end it didn’t matter. I checked the ol’ half marathon off my bucket list. I also learned some valuable lessons throughout training and the race itself. Oh, and I got a kick-arse medal. Let’s not forget about the medal.

Before the race:

  1. Pee. Trust me on this.
  2. Drink lots of water all week long, especially the day before and morning of the race. This is why #1 is important.
  3. Don’t drink four margaritas 18 hours pre-race, even if you tell yourself it’s okay because you’re getting top-shelf margaritas on the rocks with extra lime and salt on the rim. Margarita salt is not an acceptable substitute for an electrolyte sports drink.
  4. Go to the race expo. Pick up your packet. Make some impulse purchases you will later regret because everyone else is buying that balance bracelet. Stare at your race bib. Smack yourself in the head for thinking you could actually do a half marathon.
  5. Follow a training plan. There are so many plans out there – find one that works for you and your schedule. Mine included 3 days/week of walking and/or running, 1-2 cross training or strength training days and 1 active recovery/yoga/pilates/easy walk day.
  6. Don’t be afraid to modify the plan. I suffered many setbacks due to knee problems and a sprained foot/ankle. I made adjustments (like biking or doing the elliptical instead of walking or running because they were low-impact). I had to cut one long “run” short because my foot hurt so bad. Continue reading “Lessons I learned from my first endurance race”

Race Report: Starting (and finishing) my first half marathon

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
– John Bingham

It started out like any normal Sunday. Well, any normal Sunday where you get up at 4 a.m. to get ready and catch a bus at 5 a.m. to your first half marathon. You know, the usual. My first half marathon experience was nothing short of amazing. God spoke to me through Freddy Mercury, I never stopped to use the bathroom, I ran about 3 miles, I kept smiling and joking throughout and got to see almost every single teammate along the way. I am so grateful for this experience.

Me and Coach Anne – the cool kids in the back of the bus.

Team Challenge Wisconsin met for one last team cheer before the walkers nervously boarded our fancy bus to Napa. I was a ball of nerves. Yes, I’m smiling in the photos above, but my stomach was in knots. What had I done? Did I really sign up for this? What the hell was I thinking? Who in their right mind – at 249 lbs – would do a half marathon? I mean, really…

Well, I guess I’m that crazy fool.

Shortly after we boarded the bus, Dave, one of my teammates, said to me, “You look nervous.” Duh. Of course I was nervous. I had been dealing with an upset stomach all week leading up to this moment. Continue reading “Race Report: Starting (and finishing) my first half marathon”

Race Report: Just a few of the encouraging words you had for me

I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your words of encouragement, your blog comments, e-mails, tweets and Facebook posts kept me going in Napa. Here are just a few of them.
  • You are rocking your own world. You have been faced with more challenges than anyone I know, yet you still keep a positive attitude AND find time to help others in their goals! The thing that amazes me is your honesty. You get frustrated, and you let us know. And you get over it and move on to the next thing. You have been kicking butt for CCFA and taking names, all while going through your own struggles. Well, that finish line is waiting for you. I know in my heart you’ve earned it no matter what happens out there.
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I am so proud of you for what you have already done. I know you are thinking about Napa as a milestone, but I have already seen enough to know that you can do it. I hope you feel the same confidence in where you are in your training. One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” To me, it’s a two sided quote. If a person is saying one thing but doing another, their actions will negate whatever image they are trying to verbally portray (this is an “all talk, no action” kind of thing). If a person is doing great things, they can lead by example… no words are necessary. You are doing an AMAZING job at the latter interpretation. You are doing so many great things Amy, and are an inspiration to others to want to become better versions of themselves. As you cross that starting line in Napa, do so knowing that all of us back home are cheering for you and sending all the positive vibes we can muster. And, as you cross the finish line (whether it’s in less than 4 hours or more than 8 hours)… soak it all in. Because you’ll never forget that feeling of accomplishment.
  • The only quote I can think of is from the Simpsons when Mr. Burns had a softball team prior to the last game.  I hope you find this inspiring: “So I want you to remember some inspiring words that someone else might have told you over the course of your lives, and go out there and win!”
  • My favorite inspirational phrase to repeat when races get tough is, “Pain is temporary.” When you feel like you don’t want to go on, just think of how great it will feel to cross the finish line, and all the people you have inspired and helped along the way. The race will be over soon but the accomplishment will last a lifetime.
  • What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. You can do this! And sometime in the future when you’re on a bus being carted to your first full marathon, you’re going to think back on this day and remember how nervous/scared/anxious you were and KNOW that you got thru it!  There’s going to be a lot going on around you. The big races have a different vibe and when you finally settle in to your pace, you’re already going to be a few miles in. When you’re surrounded by that many people (3000! its sold out!), in an new place, you have a lot of things to distract you from the butterflies. Enjoy the runners around you, listen to their chatter at first (before you plug in), take in the scenery and try to just enjoy the experience. Don’t worry about your time. You don’t want to walk away from this and not really remember all the things you just saw because you were concentrating so much on your time. Enjoy it. You will finish. You can do this. You’ve already done it, if not all at one outing, in a couple together. When the pack breaks up, you’ll be at mile 2 or 3. You’re still going to have lots of people around you. Feed on their energy and just walk. Just walk. You’ll get to the end soon enough. Think of other, harder things you’ve done for 4 hours…like moving (sucky) or house cleaning (sucky). This is so completely on the other spectrum – you’re in FRIGGIN WINE COUNTRY! You’re with people who have a common goal. You’re raising money for a cause you believe in. You’ve worked hard to get here! Look how much you’ve accomplished so far. You. Can. Do. This. And we’ll be waiting for your pics with that beautiful smile when you come thru on the other side!
  • Here are some classic quotes from running writer and speaker John Bingham: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” “It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.” “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” “As an athlete, when you least expect it, you may find yourself standing on the threshold of an accomplishment so monumental that it strikes fear into your soul. You must stand ready, at any moment, to face the unknown. You must be ready to walk boldly thru the wall of uncertainty.” “For me, like so many others, running is the answer. Out on the road it is just you, the pavement, and your will.” “What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”
  • Remember:  “I can do everything through HIM who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13  and Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” All I can say is, “Thank you!” from the bottom of my COLON!

I’m on the injured reserve

This is what happens when your Garmin is upset you can’t run for 2 weeks.

One week ago, I did a half marathon. All week long, I’ve been a lazy bum. I need to kick my butt in gear but I’ve been in so much pain with my left foot.

Went to the doc Friday afternoon and she said that since my foot felt better before the race, it probably wasn’t a stress fracture. Dr. H. thinks it’s one of the following – bad sprain, torn tendon or tendonitis. Lovely, eh? If it still hurts in 2 weeks, she’s sending me to an orthopedic specialist who’ll likely do a bone scan or ct scan. yay.

So, I can’t run or walk (everyday kind of walking is ok. Walking to work out is not) for 2 weeks. No elliptical either (not that I mind). Basically, anything that means I’m putting all my weight on my feet is out.

This basically leaves me with biking and swimming. I love biking and I love swimming. I just don’t have access to a pool. Sure, there’s a lake but with all the rain we’ve had lately, I’m pretty sure that’s the last place I want to be right now. If anyone has a pool I could swim laps in for free, lemme know. Or, if you know of a place I could use for a nominal fee, I’m all ears. I need to do cardio and I don’t want to only bike. Besides, the trail I usually use is all effed up because of the rain. (UPDATE: My friend Jane may have solved the pool access dilemma. Stay tuned).

Yes, I’m making excuses, but I’m just trying to air out my options. I’ll probably hit up yoga this week, even though that requires weight on my feet. I don’t know what else to do! At least with yoga, it’s not constant moving and pounding on my feet.

Also: I got a good foot/ankle brace now. Icing a few times a day and sucking down the ibuprofen.

Race Report: Twitter me this

Here’s my tweets from July 16-19, 2010. AKA – when Amy went crazy and traveled to California to do a half marathon. Tweets are in reverse chronological order. So, start at the bottom and scroll up.

  • Yay! On my way home. Thanks @avanhizzle for the ride!
    Mon Jul 19 2010 22:23:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Oh: I feel like this is the last episode of the real world
    Mon Jul 19 2010 21:56:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg twitter. I love you
    Mon Jul 19 2010 21:45:34 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OH: we can do anything for 56 minutes amy @bananza
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:35:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OH something about turning things off?
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:34:46 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • I’m gonna punch u in the baby maker RT @bananza: I know @amykant’s “I’m gonna OH that” face so well.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:33:58 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OH: its like an air shower @bananza #teamchallenge #overheardintheairport
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:32:33 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • You know, the usual RT @bananza: Just doing double blind experiments with the power balance bracelet in the airport with strangers.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:27:38 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • YES RT @TheBeerRunner: Haven’t even made it home yet, and I’m already super excited for the next @teamchallengewi race. #teamwisvegas
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:27:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg soooooo true RT @bananza: Traveling with @teamchallengewi is like an all-day party.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:26:23 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • #hellyea RT @Mserita: If u can’t tell by our tweets we’ve been having fun on this long travel day home @bananza @amykant @roclobster
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:25:32 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • It is so friggin muggy in the midwest. I miss nocal #sadtweet @bananza @mserita @bananza
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:14:48 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @beepthedog I’m almost home baby!
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:11:49 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to beepthedog
  • I can haz internets http://yfrog.com/ng1taj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:02:53 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Me again RT @bananza: OH: I’m gonna overhear what she said and you can overhear what I said. #thatswhatshesaid @amykant @roclobster @mserita
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:55:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • That was awesome RT @RocLobster: OH: Aaand we’ve got Amish. @amykant @bananza @mserita
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:54:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Oh: and then he told me I had to let go of my pants ma’m @bananza
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:49:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg chihuahua babyhttp://yfrog.com/ne4ezej
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:16:52 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @ajbombers the chair @mserita @roclobster and I sat in for that picture was made by www.cornerstonesonoma.com
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:06:46 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @jmertz1010 @vasser40 email rburris@ccfa.org for info
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:26:25 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to jmertz1010
  • #justdoit RT @TeecycleTim: @sharifrenno @bootyp @vasser40 @roclobster #teamwisvegas2010. Taking over the strip, one mile & 1 beer at a time.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:19:20 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Seriously. And I’m just waiting for the skeeters RT @TeecycleTim: Good Lord, has the Midwest always been this humid?
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:16:47 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @sawaboof oh man! You should go dec 5
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:15:00 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to sawaboof
  • Yes! RT @RocLobster: @krittabug Um, Team challenge in Las Vegas! December. You must do it! Rock n’ Roll half @amykant @bananza @mserita
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:12:15 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • So how many of you will join @teamchallengewi for vegas in december???? #fitmke
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:10:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Mmmmmm tequila! (@ Tequileria at KCI Terminal B) http://4sq.com/chblsG
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:58:17 (CDT) via foursquare
  • OH: its almost like today never happened #fb
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:39:49 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • We have been traveling since 7am http://yfrog.com/jozilcj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:39:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @steveegg I know. 3 friggin hrs
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:35:58 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to steveegg
  • 3hr layover (@ Kansas City International Airport – MCI) http://4sq.com/dbshnt
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:34:16 (CDT) via foursquare
  • Feels lonely sitting in a different row from @bananza @mserita @roclobster 🙁
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:42:04 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Enjoying the post race party with my girls @mserita @roclobster http://yfrog.com/n189968748j
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:15:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Surprise surprise @mserita is tweeting http://yfrog.com/n2f9rj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:11:02 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @CandidCarrie @AJBombers well u can financially back me for vegas!!!
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:03:19 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to CandidCarrie
  • @dawnk777 @CandidCarrie thank you sooo much
    Mon Jul 19 2010 13:58:27 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to dawnk777
  • OH: @mserita has been lubing me up. @roclobster #moseybait
    Mon Jul 19 2010 10:27:54 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Post race injury report: foot-omg. Calves-lil stiff. Hips-stiff and sore. Voice: I sound like lauren bacall with a cold.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 09:55:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @Mserita Friendship bracelets! @RocLobster @amykant @bananza #Napa #TeamChallenge http://tweetphoto.com/33672973
    Mon Jul 19 2010 09:13:26 (CDT) via Echofon
  • Still alive http://yfrog.com/n5qutj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 08:59:56 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Leaving the hotel 🙁 bye bye wine country
    Mon Jul 19 2010 08:55:19 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Becky thinks she found a tick. I killed it. Time to google img search ticks
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:51:02 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @TeecycleTim Thanks for all the well-wishes today! @teamchallengewi rocked Napa to Sonoma. Here’s the race report: http://tcycl.es/aqfi59
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:46:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @bananza thanks anne. Time to medicate
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:40:25 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • Foot didn’t hurt til mile 9.5. Now it hurts a ton. Ugh #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:34:22 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OMG I did it http://bit.ly/cS0BLP
    Sun Jul 18 2010 20:17:29 (CDT) via TweetMeme
  • Thank you all for the comments. You are all amazing. #lovefest #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 18:49:40 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Go #teamwi @teamchallengewi http://yfrog.com/1x49vlj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 14:37:43 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Holler @bananza http://yfrog.com/mv35234938j
    Sun Jul 18 2010 14:35:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Look who’s tweeting and not helping her walker http://yfrog.com/6z8oguj @bananza #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 14:35:03 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @tmgessner Check out @amykant finishing her first half marathon with her entourage! #teamchallenge http://yfrog.com/5bp61cj
    Sun Jul 18 2010 12:26:01 (CDT) via Yfrog
  • Post race ice http://yfrog.com/j667958267j #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 12:58:42 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg I did it http://yfrog.com/jnhs5j #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 12:28:03 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • http://yfrog.com/6zorkbj
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:36:09 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Well the 10mi warmuup is done. Time to own this 5k bitches #napaorbust #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:22:22 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @tmgessner: Motivation for @amykant: http://yfrog.com/5uwllrj yea 🙂
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:17:12 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @bananza Go @amykant!!! At mile 8! http://twitpic.com/26ivys
    Sun Jul 18 2010 10:49:30 (CDT) via Twitpic
  • Love it 9.5 http://yfrog.com/n4x4uj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:14:33 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • 9 mi http://yfrog.com/2pobdwj #fbq
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:08:47 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • 8 #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 10:50:43 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Halfway there #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 10:23:45 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • http://yfrog.com/mu3f4rj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:48:14 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • 4.35 down #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:45:39 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg #lovefest yall
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:27:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Only 10 more miles #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:25:34 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Almost to mile 3 #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:19:13 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Doing this for aunt janice uncle will and grandma irene http://yfrog.com/1s945vj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:42:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Omg its race day #napaorbust @teamchallengewi #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:37:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Dave: you look nervous. Me: stfu
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:33:36 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @Mserita omg I love you #lovefest
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:32:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to Mserita
  • Oh: if you get ridiculously thirsty then reevaluate
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:31:45 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @jenlada @msruntheus woohoo! Have fun!
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:07:25 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to jenlada
  • <3 RT @bananza: OH on the bus: “I can put two in the back and one in the front” #moseybait
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:06:14 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • On the bus en route to the race. #napaorbust #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:05:47 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @fromfat2fit2010 thank you lady!
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:02:13 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to fromfat2fit2010
  • I am doing a half marathon. Tomorrow. Omg. Also: my foot doesn’t hurt! Squeee #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 00:18:13 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @RocLobster Getting ready for bed. Race tomorrow. Do yourself a favor & sign up for #TeamChallenge as soon as you can. This is amazing. #napa
    Sun Jul 18 2010 00:06:05 (CDT) via Twitter for iPhone
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  • @KatieFelten you are too kind. Related: wore a swimsuit for the first time in 4 years this weekend. #squeeeeee
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:37:45 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to KatieFelten
  • @EstablishmentWI @mserita @runcarlyrun @roclobster mine is already charged
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:36:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to EstablishmentWI
  • @Sp0on I blame jim. Just ask @mserita @roclobster he’s a bad influence
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:36:10 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to Sp0on
  • Um it prolly wasn’t a good idea to drink 4 margaritas the day before my first half marathon #oops #fb
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:19:52 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Ummmm http://yfrog.com/jaomnxj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 16:06:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • I have pool chairs for @mserita @roclobster @bananza. Get your asses to the pool
    Sat Jul 17 2010 15:26:00 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @bananza @RocLobster @mserita its room service onlt to the pool
    Sat Jul 17 2010 15:21:44 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • @bananza @RocLobster @mserita yay! You can order food AT the pool!
    Sat Jul 17 2010 15:07:56 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • My race bib! #isthisreallife http://yfrog.com/jb2l7zj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:51:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @bananza lol it wasn’t worth the money for me
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:47:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • @bananza why are you offroading? To see the sites? Related: I miss you.
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:16:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • Heading back to the hotel! http://yfrog.com/bglstij
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:13:41 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @ChristyFphoto that’s where the race starts!
    Sat Jul 17 2010 12:48:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ChristyFphoto
  • Race day expo (@ Cornerstone Sonoma) http://4sq.com/cZehFN
    Sat Jul 17 2010 12:45:31 (CDT) via foursquare
  • On the way to the race expo!
    Sat Jul 17 2010 12:10:53 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Lookin good @establishmentwi http://yfrog.com/jtacfj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 11:29:36 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @Mserita @establishmentwi oops
    Sat Jul 17 2010 11:26:59 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to Mserita
  • @AgustinSantiago its like a pine tree palm tree hybrid
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:58:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to AgustinSantiago
  • @ChristyFphoto its so beautiful here. Went to flavor in downtown santa rosa last night
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:55:39 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ChristyFphoto
  • @ToddBrink @bananza thanks all my lips are much better
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:54:58 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ToddBrink
  • Lookin good @establishmentwi http://yfrog.com/jv5pimj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:51:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Its not quite ‘a room with a view’ but ill take it http://yfrog.com/0veisyj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:50:26 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Oh: we’re not sending these to playboy guys.
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:44:31 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @ToddBrink we aren’t sharing room 🙁 she’s with @runrunsally.
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:43:50 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ToddBrink
  • @bananza missed you too! But I guess today ill listen to #jth. Tomorrow? Perhaps 😉
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:43:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • @ToddBrink @bananza is at a staff meeting 🙁
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:42:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ToddBrink
  • Maybe I should find a cute boy with chapstick. Then I can you know “borrow” some. #willkissforchapstick #desperate
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:41:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • also: I would pay $10 for chapstick right now. #leftmychapstickinwisconsin
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:40:40 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • I need chapstick. Preferably with spf
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:38:28 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @DigidivaIsh @RocLobster hilton wine country in santa rosa
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:23:37 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to DigidivaIsh
  • Did a elliptical workout 1.47 miles in 20 mins and felt good. Quick lil pre-race jaunt on hotel elliptical while the… http://bit.ly/bancoU
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:11:04 (CDT) via dailymile
  • It wasn’t a dream. I really am here in cali! #squeee
    Sat Jul 17 2010 08:05:34 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @bananza RT @RocLobster: Thanks to all for the good wishes! We’ll make MKE proud:) #TeamChallengeWI #napa
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:25:06 (CDT) via Twee in reply to RocLobster
  • @avanhizzle did you know the full house house in san fran is for sale
    Fri Jul 16 2010 21:34:13 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • RT @Mserita Hi @amykant! http://tweetphoto.com/33084996
    Fri Jul 16 2010 18:58:35 (CDT) via Echofon from Santa Rosa, CA
  • My view. Jealous? http://yfrog.com/0c75078389j
    Fri Jul 16 2010 19:04:45 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • California dreamin’ http://bit.ly/a5iRRm
    Fri Jul 16 2010 16:46:23 (CDT) via mobile web
  • @SandyShores thanks jane! 🙂
    Fri Jul 16 2010 16:16:52 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to SandyShores
  • @mjburian @RocLobster @tmgessner ill bring some munchies
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:32:06 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to mjburian
  • I’m at Golden Gate Bridge (Golden Gate Bridge, US 101, San Francisco) w/ 5 others. http://4sq.com/4vTWx3
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:31:26 (CDT) via foursquare
  • Golden gate bridgehttp://yfrog.com/5clslj
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:30:28 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @mjburian @RocLobster @tmgessner @sandyshores who thinks marty should hve a weeds party?
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:08:00 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to mjburian
  • Guess where I am? http://yfrog.com/bcvrrnj
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:07:10 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @tmgessner lol actually I think there is an agrestic. @sandyshores
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:49:05 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to tmgessner
  • @tmgessner isn’t that socal?? Btw we are not far behind you
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:45:59 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to tmgessner
  • Eek! We are going to go across the golden gate bridge! #fb
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:43:12 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @beepthedog you’re gonna play with gizmo and bandit today. You’ll have fun
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:22:53 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to beepthedog
  • California baby. Squeeeee. @establishmentwi just pulled the first jackass comment “shotgun!!” There’s no shotgun on the bus silly
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:14:36 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • Omg trainwreck behind @mserita @roclobster http://yfrog.com/b5n9rj
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:02:55 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • SQUEEEEEE @tmgessner @roclobster @mserita @bananza @teamchallengewi
    Fri Jul 16 2010 13:42:05 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to tmgessner
  • California baby!! (@ San Francisco International Airport (SFO) w/ 79 others) http://4sq.com/MTivk
    Fri Jul 16 2010 13:39:59 (CDT) via foursquare
  • In vegas. Hoping I have time to play a slot machine before boarding for san fran
    Fri Jul 16 2010 11:13:20 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @fromfat2fit2010 thanks lady! Soooo excited
    Fri Jul 16 2010 11:12:08 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to fromfat2fit2010
  • In case you were wondering flying is much more comfy when you’ve lost 26lbs and 36 in #fitmke #fb
  • Fri Jul 16 2010 11:10:07 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • I’m at General Mitchell Int’l Airport (MKE) w/ @mserita @lynncalicchio. http://4sq.com/56h9fn
    7:00 AM Jul 16th via foursquare
  • Um we are having problems getting to the airport.
    5:48 AM Jul 16th via Seesmic
  • @bananza oh nos!
    4:59 AM Jul 16th via Seesmic in reply to bananza
  • @plural where are y’all staying this weekend?
    4:31 AM Jul 16th via Seesmic in reply to plural
  • You should know I got maybe 2 hrs of sleep. So yeah. Hahahah #gameon #napaorbust