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2009 Christmas List + Race Entry Giveaway!

So it’s a week away from Christmas Eve. No time like the present to start asking for gifts right? (that pun killed me) Me, late? Dramatic? Discombobulated? Freaking out? Never! (If you could only see me before I run a marathon. I’m quite the mess)  So without further ado, I give you what I want for Christmas. Choose to purchase anything off this list and I’ll send you my mailing address, no questions asked!

So, most people would expect me to say, “Oh I want all running stuff,” but right now, my running closet is pretty stocked up on wonderful gear and we all know I can’t eat Gus so those are a lost cause. I just got a huge tub of Vaseline… so no need for Body Glide, and I just recently got new shoes, but if anyone is asking, I wear Nike Vomeros in size 7. I prefer the pink ones or the yellow ones. I could always go for more booty shorts, but it’s almost depressing thinking about how long it will be until I can wear them again. Since I do have a life besides running, this list pretty much caters to that.

So besides begging for acceptance to Grad School. (Hey! I want to go to your school! I will pay for classes! I will go to class! I will wear your school sweatshirt with pride and look cute in your colors! I will adorn my car with a sticker of an awkward mascot, since I’m going to a ‘creative’ school, most of their mascots aren’t desirable…. But come on! Let me in!) Here are some other things that I think would be cool to find under my beloved 3 foot tree. Which, is smelling quite wonderful and has brought Christmas cheer to the two residents at the pueblo.

So we all know I have a small, nay, large obsession with Uggs. Judge me all you want Ugg Haters. Since I got my first pair a few years back they have become a winter staple for this sun-loving, so-cal living, cold weather hating girl. I have a pair of the taller Uggs that I got two Christmases ago, that are the light brown color. Then I have my shorter version that I got last Christmas which are a chestunutish brown, if that is even a color. Then I found these and about DIED when I saw them. They left my heart beating so quickly I thought I just finished a 10k. It was glorious and without the whole, “I’m going to throw up feeling.” For some reason they are so beautiful and I want them so badly that I’ve even had two dreams about wearing them with different outfits. Obsessive much? I give you the Ugg Cardy in Grey. Size 6.5 and I will most likely cry tears of joy if I see them Christmas morning.


Then, because I’m a complete freak and paranoid about my computer crashing at any given moment (knock on wood) I would like an external hard drive to back all my stuff up from my Mac that I use for my music and pictures and also I would also like to try to revive the laptop I used in college to get some pictures off of the hard drive. This would be another tears of joy moment because that means I could get back some pictures of my mom and I that I think might not be recoverable. So over Christmas break I hope to back, back, back it up!


If money wasn’t an option at all. I would simply die for this Marc by Marc Jacobs purse. As in probably have a heart attack on the spot and die. It might be the most beautiful thing I’ve laid my eyes on in quite some time. Well, this may be the most glorious thing besides my height-challenged Christmas tree and my blue snuggie. Even though it’s color is “Spinach”, and we ALL know I don’t eat any lettuce or spinach, I will forgive Marc for the horrendous name.  It would be nice to be a socialite sometimes, alas, college applications fees are sucking me dry, but that’s okay. One day I’ll write a book and put it in my Marc by Marc Jacobs purse, or maybe I’ll carry it to class where I can mold the young minds of students to help them realize that writing is not the devil incarnate.


Since I’m obsessed with ANYTHING that has a bow on it. Yes, I often gasp at stores when a shirt has a bow, and any thing with a bow is almost certainly snatched up. I also have a small love for headbands. How I love a good headband (I have 29 headbands). It’s like an ornament for your head! I just recently bought this beast of a clip I wouldn’t mind getting this in more colors (I already have pink and taupe) and for $3.80, I’m in love. Forever 21 has the best headband options and they are so inexpensive. I love getting headbands there that I wouldn’t normally buy because they are a little strange, and then one morning when I’m feeling adventurous (or just have horrible hair) I’ll wear them to work for fun. Since I work with all guys, I sometimes get strange looks but headbands make things much more fun!


Nor would I be sad if I got a cute beret or beanie. That would make up for some bad hair days as well. It also makes wearing pigtail braids completely acceptable as you look like a Swiss girl from the alps and everyone thinks you’re cute. Notice I need warm clothes, because perhaps I’m cold all the time.


Then I wanted some mittens because A. they are adorable and B. super functional. Well these ones aren’t since you can’t move your fingers, but still! Who doesn’t want to wear mittens.


Then we have the scarf that I found online, which I LOVE for some reason. Probably the heart detail, I may be a mushy person underneath my sarcastic and cold exterior. I am a sucker for little things like this, and double bonus is the great color that is pretty versatile. I can totally see this being paired up with a white tank and some jeans, or maybe a grey v-neck. Spring and fall scarf along with winter scarf? Score!


I also need a new camera, since if you know me in real life, you’ve heard me talk about the ‘dots on the back of the screen.’ For some reason my camera has two huge dots that show up on the screen when trying to take a picture. The pictures turn out fine but the dots are super annoying and when asking people to take pictures they don’t get why the dots are there. Also, you can’t review pictures on my camera. Alas, it still takes pictures so hopefully I can put off buying one for a while. Plus, I can keep using the child aka my iPhone for pictures, which  the child could also use a new case, but I have one that works right now for that as well.

So that leads me to my last idea of a materialistic thing that I might be wanting come Christmas morning. It seems that I have been invited to go to the snow this winter. THE SNOW. As in I was invited to snowboard. I am going to try to attempt to SNOWBOARD. I have never done this before, or skied before. I usually sit on the plastic dish and slide down the hill at relatively slow speeds, and am completely content with this. So get the splint for my body ready, because broken bones here I come. Well I don’t know where we are going to the snow, and I’m borrowing all my brother’s wonderful girlfriend’s snowboarding stuff when I go up, so I’m already super thankful for that, but whatever warm clothes I can conjure up before the trek up there would be helpful. I do like sweaters and long sleeves of all colors.  I am not completely sure about this snow thing. I haven’t been to the snow since I was a sophomore in  high school, which was a long, long time ago. I am super excited, and super scared. That will be quite the post recap I’m sure. Most likely I’ll take video, hopefully not from the hospital.

So this morning, I RAN! I was so excited I almost tripped about 12 times along the cracked sidewalk but I did it! I’m back! I ran four miles and felt great. It was a brisk morning, but I haven’t ran in over ten days. Once I got going I was reminded why I love running so much. It’s like meeting up with an old friend or something. So we are back on the running path and next week I’ll be sharing the training plan for my next race, the Surf City Half Marathon that will be taking place in February. I am going to be reunited with my love the half marathon! I can’t wait.  I also got this the other day.

swim cap

Do you see what that says? And what color is it? That’s right, it’s a PINK NIKE SWIM CAP in my  hands. So I have no more excuses. Not having a swim cap was a good excuse for a while, but now I have one. The week of Christmas also will be the week of me attempting my first swimming session. It shall be… interesting and I’m sure that will lead to some funny posts as well. All I want for Christmas is  not to drown.

You know what getting up early and swimming and morning workouts means? MORE COFFEE ON THE WAY TO WORK! Red cups unite! Though I look crazy in this picture, I am just very excited for my non-fat sugar free extra foam vanilla latte.


and I totally realized that my shirt is the same color as my snuggie, but wanted to point out that no, I’m not wearing a snuggie as every day attire. SNUG LOVE!

So since I’m having such a snugtastic holiday with my new tree, and hopefully at least one present under it, I wanted to give you guys the opportunity to enter an upcoming race. I was contacted by the 13.1 series of half marathons to run their race in January. Since I’m not racing at all in January, I really wanted to pass along the opportunity to one of my readers in the LA area who was looking to run this race! It’s obviously a half marathon and it’s going to be a BLAST! If I was racing I would have totally signed up. You can find out more about the race at this website. And, if you would like to enter the contest to win a free entry just leave a comment on this post! Make sure that you are willing to run the race, a half marathon,  in Los Angeles on January 10, 2010! Get a second entry by tweeting about the giveaway as well. Just include @chicrunner somewhere in your tweet. Good Luck! I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday of next week!

Tomorrow I have a jam-packed post full of music. Gosh, another pun. I slay myself with my own humor.


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  • Reply Amanda

    You have great taste! I love that Marc jacobs bag. I plan on running the 13.1 NYC race in april – they look like fun!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Anna

    Your blog makes me smile so much you have a wonderful Xmas list and you have been very nice this year except to your legs so I hope you get everything your heart desires! I’m excited for your music post(they are some of my favorites) and your swimming adventures because I might start mine sometime soon as well oh glorious one pieces!!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Chelsea Talks Smack

    ah! christmas is coming so fast, its stressing me out!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Runeatrepeat

    If I was still in the LBC I would jump all over that half, but I have to pass :(
    I will be hitting up Surf City though :)

    I love Uggs too!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:09 am
  • Reply naomi

    you will love swimming. i took it up last summer and its the most peaceful workout ever – once i figured out how to breathe and stop choking on chlorinated water.

    and love the mj bag – its on my list too!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    I have those Uggs in black. Love, love, love. They are amazing. I want a pair of short, regular Uggs now too. And then my life would be complete :)

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Lacey

    wow i love teh uggs!!!! i like how they fold down so you can wear them tall or short.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Morgan

    You are hilarious! LMAO! As far as snow goes, you will be fine and you actually get hot boarding. Kinda like with running, oh how we all love a brisk day to run a race on right? Well same holds true for boarding. You get hot as a mug!!! Just take lessons so you can figure out how to maneuver. If I can do it, and lord knows how uncoordinated I can be, you can do it too!!!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Jamie

    I am totally obsessed w/ the GREY CARDY UGGS. I love them! I want them!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I want more UGGS from santa too! Weee!! I love the mittens and the scarf- totally cute! If i won the lotto, id buy you all your wishes! :)

    my lil anti snow bunny is gonna venture to the cold?!? you better get yourself all boozied up so you make it out alive cuz its gonna be CHILLY!!

    yay for swimming! i can swim, but would probably drown if i attempted to do a tri or something of the sorts! kudos to you for living on the edge! i hope you get all your wishes!!!!! xoxoxo

    December 17, 2009 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Jamie

    Well we both know we are long lost sisters LOL My headband is squeezing the life out of my head… but its cute. LOL

    December 17, 2009 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Caroline

    I love UGGS! I wear you can never have too many.
    Aw swimming I should pick it back up again. You’ll love swimming and that pink cap is AWESOME!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Ms.V

    LOVE the uggs!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Kelly

    I love your list. I’m pretty sure Brandon would dump me if I asked for uggs though… He hates them, like real bad. But he likes you so, it’s probably ok they are on your list.

    Also, super jealous about snowboarding! you’ll have fun. I mean you will fall a lot and think you have broken your tail bone but you get the hang of it. It took me a couple times but I can atleast make it down a run or two now. If all else fails just go to the lodge and drink.

    Finally, swimming?! really!? next thing we’ll know you’ll be on a bike and doing a tri!

    December 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply cyberHag

    Snowboarding is super fun! Take a few spin classes before and your quads will be ready;-)

    I have been on the fence about the 13.1 but is mighty close to home so a free entry might knock me right off that fence;-)

    December 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Carolina Girl

    It hardly EVER gets cold enough here for Uggs, but I really do think they are adorable. That scarf is SO cute!!!

    I have bought about 5 Snuggies so far this year for family. I best be getting one too or I’m gonna have a serious case of the SADS! haha

    December 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    Awesome list! I love your taste, although I could NOT pull off the hat, boots or hairband like you could!

    Slammin’ swim hat! Yes, I said SLAMMIN. lol

    December 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    I recently bought a swim cap as well in an effort to not have any excuses to not go swim. It’s not my favorite, but I so want to attempt an indoor triathlon in the spring.. and if I’m going to then I should probably start swimming some. We can encourage each other and be online pool buddies!

    December 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply x-country2

    My cousin’s girlfriend has those Ugg boots, and while I normally hate Uggs, they are adorable in person. As usual, you have fantastic taste.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Nobel4Lit

    I don’t have any races in January, either, but if I win, I will be there!

    December 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    Wish I lived in LA! Oh well!

    Awesome stuff on your Xmas list. I LOVE LOVE those shoes and I’m not usually an UGG person.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Jules

    Hi Danica…just found your blog a couple days ago. love it! and I also love that you have a headband obsession as i do to…and now need to get to f21! i’m in SoCal, but ran the Atlanta 13.1 last year and it was fun! Actually been contemplating the LA 13.1…we’ll see

    December 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Madison

    I would LOVE a free race entry! Here are some reasons why you should pick me to win that free entry.
    1) I live really close to LA
    2) I am ready and willing to run…but I am poor!
    3) This will be a nice training run for me to prepare for Surf City.
    4) I love your blog!!

    December 17, 2009 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Rachael

    Pass on the marathon entry as I am working that day :(

    You were super hyper and funny in this post … extra shot of espresso in that latte eh? My red cup says hi to your red cup …

    December 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Audrey

    Fun Christmas wish list!

    December 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply CJ

    I have those Uggs in Grey and LOVE them!! Also I have that external drive and it’s great too. Very nice list!


    December 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Brandon

    So…..I would actually re-consider my four-plus year relationship with Kelly if she even thougt about asking for Uggs. Yes, even those Uggs. My boss dresses silly TOO and wears Uggs when the temp drops below 55 degrees. Which is not officially cold by the way, cold starts at 32 with 10 to 20 mph winds. Sorry for hating so much, but Uggs make me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Oh, on a serious note, get a screwdriver and take that frozen computer apart and remove the hard drive. It’s not too hard, and will be totally worth it if it works. OR you could take it to a 14 year old boy and he could do it for you, either way. Hope this helps. And, I love it when a lady wears a headband and a “classy lady” dress. Women don’t wear dresses enough anymore. Happy Christmas to you! Hope you get your wishes this year.

    December 17, 2009 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Wearing Mascara

    OMG I love my Uggs too. I have them in short- grey and would LOVE the ones you posted too. Sigh. That’s AWESOME about the swimming! I used to swim competitively and I took it up again this past summer. I stopped though bc I don’t have access to a pool anymore. Hopefully that will change in the future. Also, I love the new swim cap!

    Oh and don’t enter me for the half marathon since I won’t be flying to LA for it, unfortunately :-)


    December 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Tara

    I want stufffffff!!!!! love everything on your list <3 I really shouldn't be running a half in January, but I want to WIN one of your contests!!! Haha

    Ps….you should tie a bow on the top of your cute lil tree :D

    December 18, 2009 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Sydney Hunter

    I want to run in the race January, 10…I think this is how you said to ENTER = my entry!!!!!!! Love the uggs, I am asking for the brown, leather ones…but doubt I will find them Dec, 25!

    December 18, 2009 at 12:26 am
  • Reply andrea

    I just pictured you wearing all of the things you want at once and cracked up…the swim cap, headband, and beret – haha

    December 18, 2009 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Cory

    Are you not aware that I get farty and bloated with a foamy latte?

    December 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Perfectly Imperfect

    I love those uggs!! And how are you so tan?! You look great! I want to move my pasty pale tail to Cali.

    December 18, 2009 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    That’s quite a xmas list, ChicRunner! I hope you get everything you ask for because you’ve been such a good runner girl this year. Haha! Happy Holidays!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Bonnie

    I love the Uggs and they are not always my favorite kind of shoe. Merry Christmas!

    December 21, 2009 at 11:54 am
  • Reply The Waspy Redhead

    I’m lusting after those cardi uggs! My boyfriend has a no ugg policy, but we saw those out in public the other day on a cute gal and he said that the cardi uggs might be acceptable.

    PS… I think I’m going to start running. Yikes, now that I’ve written it, I have to do it.

    December 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I have promised to run the Irvine half on the 9th with some friends. BUT… If I won a free entry, I would definitely do back-to-backs! That would be pretty good training for Surf City in February. Would it be crazy to run two half marathons in one weekend??

    December 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Rudy Paz

    Thank you for answering some questions I had asked a while back. Hope you get everything for Christmas !! Also, go ahead and enter me in the 13.1 LA race. I’m doing the Surf City Half so it would work out to see how my training is going so far. Thank you !!

    December 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm
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