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So on Monday, I decided to sign up for the half that came up a little too quickly. It’s tomorrow already. I am getting nervous and excited all at the same time. I am also very excited to meet up with some blogging friends, including Glenn, Burger (who has an amazing new video out, which I can’t wait to see!) Sara, and maybe even meet some new friends!

So the dilemma of what to wear for this race is upon me. I was planning on wearing shorts and a long sleeve, but the weather report is predicting warm weather. I know the race is at 8 am though so it won’t be too warm. I could wear my new running skirt, but I’m somewhat cautious because I’ve never worn it before. Then I don’t know what shirt to wear because it’s suppose to be 75 degrees but somewhat windy, so I don’t want to be too cold, yet I don’t want to be too hot. Gosh! There are so many choices! I guess it will be a great day for a run though, and I’m excited and I know the route well, since I run around there all the time.

I am thankful for all the comments I’ve gotten regarding the bleeding toes. Though I’m pretty sure it’s not the toenail because it’s too far down on my toe, I clipped my claws last night so that if that was the case it would be taken care of. I’m also going to stop by the running store tonight and see if I can get a toe cap for the race tomorrow. I will take pictures of those for sure. If not, I’ll just put a little tape on it and deal with it, hopefully my shoes won’t get any more bloody.

Last night I went to the gym and ran a mile and surprisingly walked a mile on the dreadmill. My cousin was there so while she ran I walked and talked with her. Then I did some weights, crunches and push ups and stretched really well. Whatever this race may bring me, here’s a some loose goals.

A: Finish in between 1:50-2:10, but I won’t be shocked or super disappointed if it’s slower than that. It’s a big time span, but I hope to be able to work hard at least in the first few miles to keep a consistent pace.

B: Working on getting out to a good start and being consistent.

C: Working on drinking and staying hydrated during the race and after the race. This includes my shotblox and the cup fiasco that seems to happen during races.

D: Staying relaxed and just racing the race. Continuing to pick people off.

It sounds really competitive and mean of me to pick people off during the race, but I work so hard during the race just to catch the next person. When I pass them I think to myself ha ha sucker! That is so awful and I’m a horrible person. I know. At least the race report will be good on Monday, or at least funny, so stay tuned.

In deal news, Puma is having a sale at the Ruelala boutique. They have tons of cute stuff but it’s invitation only, so email me at, if you would like to be invited. It’s super cute stuff with really great prices too. Including bags and shoes. It’s more of the ‘foo-foo’ puma stuff though.

And of course, photo Friday is back and I’m starting off big with a few pictures below! They are a little old, but oh well!


For Christmas I seriously got my favorite mac and cheese. Wow, and I love it.


Mr. R and I were doing a little after Christmas Shopping in Newport Beach, CA at Fashion Island. We are walking through Urban Outfitters and I see this adorable dog, I decide to sneak a picture, BUT, I take the picture as the dog is PEEING ON THE FLOOR. Yes, in the middle of the store. The owner didn’t even notice and left, and I was so in shock that I stood there and waited until someone stepped in it and then I walked away laughing. Wow, I am truly a horrible person. (P.S. those shoes in front of the dog are the ugliest shoes EVER. Wow, who would buy those)


This was Christmas morning before opening our stockings. My baby Cassie loves the fire and her merry red sweater. :)

Good luck to all those ringing in the new year with a race this weekend!



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  • Reply d.a.r.

    Oh my gosh I race that way, too!! I think there is nothing wrong with it :) Good luck this weekend, I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

    And um, good luck with your toes…owie!

    January 9, 2009 at 11:21 am
  • Reply aron

    yayyy good luck this weekend! i would be going with a tank top for sure if it was going to be 70!

    January 9, 2009 at 11:25 am
  • Reply dailygoods

    haha i can’t believe that dog peed in the store! that really cracked me up :)

    January 9, 2009 at 11:30 am
  • Reply audgepodge

    Good luck this weekend. I personally go with warm weather clothes since I get hot very quickly once I am running. I probably wouldn’t try anything new though.

    And I can’t believe you feel bad for wanting to pick people off – that’s what we do during races!!! Embrace it :)

    January 9, 2009 at 11:41 am
  • Reply chia

    I want to spoon Cassie by that fire. Is that so bad?

    January 9, 2009 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Abbie

    Good luck tomorrow! I always wear my running skirts to run in now. I don’t even think about shorts! Mine are from Nike and are actually tennis skirts, I think. I LOVE THEM! No chafing or bunching at all. Here, I usually start the half with my long shirt on and then I tie it around my waist when it warms up… but it’s usually FREEZING during the start.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:44 am
  • Reply X-Country2

    75 and you’re thinking of a long-sleeved shirt?! Oh girl, we need to toughen you up. :o)

    Good luck!

    January 9, 2009 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Denise

    Um…I have those shoes!

    Just kidding!! Cute pics, though!! Good luck tomorrow! Can’t wait to hear how it went and how the toes held up. Ew, that’s a little gross. Maybe I can wait to hear about the toes…

    January 9, 2009 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Mojito Maven

    oh plese girl, i am 5’5″ tall…you are SEVERAL inches taller than mean which means that a size 27 would be the same as a size 25-26 on you silly!!!! You already know i think you’re stunning!

    January 9, 2009 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Janice {Run Far}

    Cassie doesn’t look like she is loving that sweater. But she sure looks great in it.

    Good luck this weekend.

    January 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    MMMMMM, I love Velveeta! :)

    I think it’s awesome going in to the race with such a broad goal range. It’ll help you run a relaxed, fun race.

    And no, you are NOT a horrible person because of your strategy of picking people off. Whatever gets you moving! Now, if you were kicking them or calling them losers as you passed them, that would be a different story. lol

    Have a great race!

    January 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    First and Foremost: GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!! i’d say the less clothes the better :)

    SEcond: OMG,… i can’t believe you caught that little dog peeing on the floor,.. and the owner didn’t even know!!!! ahhhh! scandal!!

    Third: AWWWW Cassie is ADORABLE. :)

    January 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Burger

    Danica – first of all, I’d shave down your predicted finish time by oh… ~10 mins or so.

    Secondly, if you’d like to start off with a long sleeve, you can always shed it and toss it to me when you see me along the course. I’ll be running with a small pack on so it won’t be a problem.

    Just as an fyi…good luck – see ya tomorrow!

    January 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Candice

    Thanks for the super sweet comment!!

    Are you crazy? I think your strategy is awesome. I ran my half marathon with my husband and two of my girlfriends (who had both run half marathons before.) I wasn’t expecting to keep up with the two girls, but bc of my competitive nature I had them in the back of my mind the whole time. They took off at the beginning of the race and got way ahead. Wanting to pass them is what kept me pushing myself. At about mile 8 I finally did pass one of them (she was walking) and only finished two minutes behind the other one! I think it’s great to challenge yourself by trying to beat other people!

    Good luck tomorrow!! I think it’s great that you’re planning to just run easy and have fun, but if I’ve gotten to know you at all through your blog, I’d guess you’re going to do a lot better than you give yourself credit for! We’ll see! Have fun!!! Can’t wait for the report

    Oh, and the dog picture is hilarious! I’d be so embarrassed if Olive pulled a stunt like that:)

    January 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    good luck on your hm! i’d stick to something you’ve worn before (no suprise chaffing) that photographs well :D

    January 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Allie

    I do not think you are the only one who picks people off….I do it and I think it is a good thing!

    January 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Marcy

    What about a throwaway long sleeved shirt? You have any nasty long sleeved shirts you can just toss on the side of the road if need be? I always do that.


    January 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply LyndsAU

    Good luck with your race! I hope you kick butt :) I am about to sign up for my first 5K. Small, yes, but I am excited! it’s a start. I would love to complete a 10 K SOON! Lots to work up to!
    And that little puppy is PRECIOUS!! It’s a shih tzu-I have two! GORGEOUS!
    And i will be honest, I love those shoes :)

    January 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Wearing Mascara

    OMG I love that you got mac and cheese for xmas. That made my day – haha. Have you tried the lower fat kind? It’s actually pretty good! xoxo

    January 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply matt

    good luck this weekend! i have a half marathon next month that i am pretty pumped about.

    p.s. thats hilarious about the dog. i would’ve done the same thing….

    January 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply joyRuN

    Good luck & have fun this weekend!

    Oy, in that weather I'd be in a tank. I hate getting too hot :)

    January 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    Time to get some armwarmers!

    Good luck at the race!

    January 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply BeachRunner

    I would rather step in dog pee than have to look at those hideous shoes. LOL.

    Good luck with the race. Knowing what to wear is maddening. I always seem to end up dressing too warm.

    January 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply jlc

    Hahaha. You picking out an outift to run in sounds EXACTLY like me. You are too cute hun!

    Lots of luck on the big race tomorrow!! I’ll be thinking of you .. and the poor toes!

    January 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Sasha

    Good luck!

    I’d wear a sleeveless tank and shorts if it were 70, but I’d also wear that if it were 40, cause I’m weird like that!

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes. I’m going my first half in April at the OKC Memorial Marathon. I ran a 10K leg of the relay last year and am excited about this year.

    January 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Julianne

    And you can totally be our little sister down in SoCal! Oh and I’m looking forward to meeting you when you’re up here for the SFM!! :-)

    Omg, you signed up for a half this Monday and the race is ths weekend? LOL! I looove impromptu race sign ups! You’re going to do great!! Great luck. :-)

    Oh and can I tell you I love and Velveeta anything?

    January 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Jamie and Craig

    I actually didn’t have any mac and cheese… that was hubby’s dinner but I do LOVE me some mac and cheese! I will have to try that stuff!
    OMG the gym is full of FREAKS! Mine is anyway… apparently I am not alone in that! =)
    Your blog is WAY cute!

    January 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    OMG how hysterical about the dog!!!

    And is it wrong that I totally knew that was an Urban Outfitters even before you said so?

    Have a great time at the race and good luck!

    January 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply sara

    good luck tomorrow! i’m not sure what to wear either :( i’m leaning towards a tank top with a long-sleeved shirt and my running skirt.

    January 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    Good luck tomorrow! Please promise me you won’t wear long sleeves if it is supposed to be in the 70’s. You will surely regret it. Remember the 20 degree rule! (and have fun picking people off – goals can be FUN!)

    January 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    That dog peeing/ugly shoe picture just made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that:)

    January 9, 2009 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply The Happy Runner

    Good luck with the half! Have fun. But, no long sleeves.

    January 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    Hey…thanks for dropping by. Hope your race goes well tomorrow…Oh, don’t worry about picking people off…that’s half the fun of racing!

    January 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    Don’t know if you got my email or not. Some of us will be meeting on the steps in front of Ruby’s about 7AM. Hope to see you there!

    I’m bib #1222.

    January 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Tri-ing Fat Man

    Could you see if they have those shoes in 13″ please?

    Kick BUTT tomorrow!

    btw, did you check into motion control shoes or inserts?


    January 9, 2009 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply Laurel

    Good luck this weekend! It sounds pretty warm to me, once you get running it will feel a lot warmer.

    That dog peeing on the floor is hilarious.

    January 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply The Running Knitter

    Good luck on your race!

    That’s got to be the best story about the dog peeing on the floor!

    January 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Frayed Laces

    Ugh tiny dogs that pee on floors should be drop-kicked!

    January 10, 2009 at 12:16 am
  • Reply Julianne

    Btw, I would loooove to run with you, too! You are so sweet. :-) (Saw your comment over at Marcy’s blog!)

    January 10, 2009 at 12:24 am
  • Reply J

    Good luck in the race!! I have a hard time picking out clothes sometimes too but I am sure you will be fine! I wish I could run in 75 degree weather!

    January 10, 2009 at 6:26 am
  • Reply Jodi

    Nike+ had a revivial?! Yesssss! I still have to calibrate mine :/ Perhaps tomorrow.

    January 10, 2009 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Playful Professional

    Velveeta Shells and Cheese is my favorite too. My best friend and I used to eat it all the time during high school, so yummy!

    January 11, 2009 at 10:57 am
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