A runner with an appetite for adventure!

From Surpris-er to Surpris-ee! August 17, 2011

Filed under: Chicago,Family,Food,Friends,Travel — Kelocity @ 9:00 am
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So I was in Chicago to see my mom and my sisters, but Laurie didn’t know I was coming, so she was completely surprised to see me standing there in her living room at 7:30 in the morning on Saturday. We walked around the city all day, and when we came back to her place, we were exhausted. But then there was a knock on the door and we both thought it was the pizza man who we had ordered from.

Imagine my surprise (and Laurie’s) when my oldest friend, Linsay, walked in! We have been friends for 25 years! She was the first friend I ever had and we are still close today!! She was in town to see a college friend and when she found out I was going to Chi-town, she coordinated with my mom to surprise me! aweeee!!!! Now I’m the one who was surprised!

She’s one of those friends that I don’t get to see very often, but when we’re together it’s as if we’d never been separated. We had so much to catch up on since her wedding in February!

Laurie then announced “Is there anyone else I should be expecting this weekend?” hee hee. We took the whole gang to Ed DeBrevic’s for dinner. It’s kind of like Dick’s Last Resort, a restaurant where they make fun of you while you eat and make rude comments. It was very funny.



They also did hilarious dances around the restaurant and the staff wears ridiculous outfits.

And somebody told them it was my birthday that weekend and they brought me over their signature “World’s Smallest Sundae” which was just as it seems! One bite of ice cream with whip cream and hot fudge in a tiny shot glass!

Awe, I can’t imagine a better birthday! So fun!


After, we hung out with everyone back at Laurie’s place and my mom surprised me with a homemade cake. (Don’t ask me when she had time to do that!) I was totally surprised and it was SO delicious!

Laurie’s roommate is seriously a saint for letting all of us crash at their place all weekend! Thanks, Girl!

And yes, Laurie totally paid money for that poster behind them. Sometimes, I can’t believe we are related.

More to come from Chicago! Good times ahead!

PS…. The Winner of the Vanilla Frosting Chips is Amanda! She shares my love of Vanilla!!! I will get your chips to you soon!! Congrats!


My declaration of love for the Lake! July 28, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Happy,New Hampshire — Kelocity @ 7:00 am
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Early the next morning, we agreed to play doubles tennis with Papa and his friend. I’m really no good at tennis at all, so I was a little scared to play.
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But Irving’s pretty good, so what’s the worst that could happen.
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I think I hit 95% of all the balls over the fence. Luckily we had two little kids hanging out with us that would run around and find my lost balls. lol (kidding. kind of).
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BAHAHA. This is what I look like when I’m trying to serve. I should go pro.
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I think Irving realized right away how bad I am at playing. He was pretty much carrying our team. Well I think he got a little overly competitive and just as I was running to hit the ball, all of a sudden Irving was underneath me skidding on the ground! His arm AND leg were bleeding. Oy vey.
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It would have made for a much better story if he’d actually made a point on his attempt, but sadly, that was not the case.

But, the cool part is that Irving’s skin was smeared across the court. See those white marks there? Yep. Kelley Pix (118)

Needless to say, we switched partners after that and I played on Papa’s team.
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We still lost, but that was entirely my fault, he’s pretty good.
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Papa was a Dentist and Grammie was a Nurse, so between the two of them, they got Irving patched up pretty good.
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Guess what we did for the rest of the day!
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Only this time, we had company! My cousins came to play with us too!
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Sisters by the beach!
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My happy place.
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In the afternoon, we decided to take lunch on the road boat.

Three generations of lake-lovers!
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Mother and daughter.
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The captain and my aunt!


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The boys did a bit of tubing too! It didn’t take long to flip them!
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Then Irving went, despite his battle wounds. He had a taped up gauze pad on his arm too!
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And into the water!
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There was scorching heat last week, so the lake breeze and crisp water was welcomed!
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Then we anchored the boat near a trailhead and everyone got off to picnic on land. But Grammie and I decided to stay on the boat and munch on the water. (I ended up skipping the diet coke!)
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Everyone else dined in the woods.

And after they were done eating, they found some wild blueberries growing nearby!
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They brought us a few handfuls to eat on the boat too!
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For the next two hours, the boys played in the water…
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My grandparents read and napped on board…
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And my mom and I floated on the raft chit-chatting!
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Then the boat ride continued! We passed Bear Island along the way. Check out their little post office! A mail boat delivers the mail daily!
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Also on the island is a huge sleepaway camp for kids. My mom went there for many years when she was a kid. And then she went back as a counselor later on. Irving and I decided that whether they like it or not, our kids will be going to the camp. They must grow up knowing this lake. They don’t really have a choice. We’ll fly them there for two weeks every summer. Smile I’m already excited for parents weekend. BAHAHA.

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I sat in the front, closed my eyes, and just felt the breeze on my face, and the sun on my shoulders, and the mist of the waves splashing up as we drove. This image right here is my own personal heaven.
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When we were almost back to the dock, our tube blew off the back! We had to circle back around to get it!
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I think there was more card games and dominos played in the evening, and then we ventured on foot to get some Ice Cream at the Kellerhaus! Dollar Cone Wednesdays! What, what!?
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Don’t worry, we walked a mile there and a mile back… so that makes the calories free, right?

I’d like to say that after this trip I swore off ice cream for a while, but I already broke my streak by getting a Menchie’s yesterday. Someone save me!

Where is your happy place? Did you go to camp as a kid?


Sugar, Chocolate and Coffee Beans July 9, 2011

Filed under: Food — Kelocity @ 5:05 pm
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Trader Joes recently introduced a new product. It’s a Sugar, Chocolate & Coffee Bean Grinder. I’ll take a gamble on just about anything Trader Joes puts on the shelves, so we decided it was definitely worth a taste.

They say you can put it on anything: cake, coffee, ice cream. **Record Scratch**  ICE CREAM?! Well then I bet it would be GREAT on banana soft serve ice cream!

I whirled up some plain banana soft serve and sprinkled my little heart away.

It added just the right amount of sweetness and flavor. Such a great idea! Such a great idea. I think the grinder only cost $1.99 which is pretty awesome for something so great that will probably last a long time.

I wonder what else I could put this stuff on?


Look, ma! No hands! June 5, 2011

Filed under: California,Food — Kelocity @ 7:48 am
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After I was done blogging yesterday, it was time for breakfast! IMG_5825

That’s the beauty of staying in a Bed & Breakfast! It includes breakfast!

Everything was freshly made here and it was delicious!

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Once we were sufficiently fueled for the day, we headed out on our ziplining excursion!! It was my gift to Irving for Valentine’s Day this year! (Via LivingSocial of course!) We chose Action Zipline, which is right at the base of the ski mountains. They first take you in a large van, and then you switch to army-style off road vehicles. They don’t allow cameras on the tour at all for safety reasons, and I was really bummed I couldn’t get pictures of this part. But we weren’t there for the truck, we were there to ZIPLINE!!!

After a brief safety demonstration, we were already on the platform ready for our first jump! One by one, we zipped across. I had a hard time knowing how to brake, and came slamming into the landing blocks the first few times. But then I got the hang of it.

They were snapping pictures of everyone (but at $5 a pop, we only walked away with two of them). We almost didn’t get any, but these were too good! Plus, a blog needs pictures right?

Whoo hooo! Here comes Irving!!!


Look, ma! No Hands!!

The whole trip took about three hours from start to finish, and it was a blast! It’s an adrenaline rush for sure! We’d do it again in a heartbeat!

After our tour, we grabbed lunch and….dessert! I was dying for some REAL ice cream. I love frozen yogurt, but sometimes, only real ice cream will fit the bill. This was Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Dough! YUM!

Irving got a frozen chocolate covered twinkie….yea. he did. Oh, and he wanted me to mention that it was also rolled in Oreos too.

We wanted to get a few more miles in for the day, so we walked to the other side of town to the Bear Mountain Brewery. Irving tried the flight (4oz. each of their signature brews).

I tried a sip of each, but enjoyed my Arnold Palmer!

We sat for about an hour and chatted and enjoyed the scenery. We were across the street from the Alpine Slides. I’d love to try those one day!

Then Irving declared that the “beers were half way done”. Which meant it was time for nachos.

We split them, but they were mediocre at best. I think we make better nachos at home…


Once full, we walked back to our room (we walked 11,000 steps yesterday, (which is a little over 5 miles.)

We watched Strictly Ballroom, and were in bed by 8:30. YES!!!! Feels good to get some solid sleep in. There is nothing like waking up at 6:30am refreshed and energized. And I get to sit on the porch again and breath in that fresh mountain air.

Today, we have a 7 mile nature walk planned, and then we’re heading back to LA. See ya later!

PS. Yesterday was my mom’s birthday! Happy Birthday, mom! NTOTHAK!


Cookie Dough Banana Soft Serve April 21, 2011

Filed under: Food — Kelocity @ 8:18 pm
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I have a sweet tooth. A bad one. Maybe it’s just habitual, but everyday after lunch and after dinner, I’m jonsing for some chocolate. Cookies and anything with frosting will get me everytime. Le sigh.

Tonight, I whipped up another batch of the most delicious banana soft serve. Started it off with 1.5 frozen bananas.

And gave them a twirl in my smaller food processor (which actually works better than the Cuisinart for something like this.

I also added in some chocolate peanut butter to sweeten it up.

Bada-Bing! Topped off with a few easter/baby shower M&Ms.

Doesn’t it look like cookie dough ice cream?

Irving had a Trader Joes Ice Cream Sandwich (which are also good, but twice the calories!)
But don’t think for a second that I didn’t have one of these earlier in the week. Summer is here!

His and Hers!

Hit the spot.

We’re off to watch Weeds! I love that show. It just keeps getting funnier. Kevin Nealon makes the show.


The Thrill of the Race January 17, 2011

Filed under: 20 before 30,Arizona,Marathons,Races,Running — Kelocity @ 4:56 pm
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I did it! I ran my 10th Half Marathon yesterday! It was a great race!

But first, let’s back up! The night before, Irving and I went searching for some Italian food to carbo load with. There were plenty of Mexican restaurants, but Italian was surprisingly hard to find in Phoenix! We ended up at a great place called Nello’s.

The menu was perfect. Lots of options and reasonable prices.

I went straight for the Pasta. Sometimes simple is best. I didn’t want to take any chances before race day.

It was delicious! The pasta was homemade and cooked al dente.


Washed down with a few hydrating glasses of H2O.

When we got back to the hotel, I laid all my race gear out.


GU and Shotbloks: check
Garmin and Ipod: check
Fuel Belt: check


Fuel Belt Bottles: uhhhhh…. NO CHECK!

I totally forgot my Fuel Belt Bottles…. If it wasn’t on my list, it didn’t get packed! Next time, no beer while making packing lists.

But the race must go on –with or without my liquid energy. Luckily, I knew they had Cytomax and water on the course, and that’s what I run with anyways, so of all things to forget, this was probably the best case scenario. In the past, I’ve forgotten my Garmin, and that’s the worst!

Moving on… I pinned on my race bib, and set my alarm for 5am!


I slept fairly well, but still felt a little groggy in the morning. I knew I’d be fine once I started to get excited about the race. I wore my Boston Marathon shirt to give me a little extra confidence boost. haha I also rocked the Zensah compression socks. This will have been my first race running in those.

Ok… let’s do this!

We parked at the golf course club house where Irving was going to play golf, and then I walked to the shuttle busses across the street. The line looked long, but I was able to get right on a bus. It took about a half hour to get to the start line, but it was so cold, I was thankful for heated transportation.

The start line was organized and spread out, so it wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be. 

They were giving out water bottles, which fit perfectly in my fuel belt. Score!

I met up with some Team in Training friends and we chatted for an hour or so.

I kept my sweatshirt on for as long as I could before I had to check my gear bag. It was so cold, maybe 35 or 40 degrees?

I was SO glad I had my compression socks on. At the very least, they kept my legs warm!

Then I made it to my corral and waited to start.

They assign corrals based on estimated finish time. It took 35 minutes to for us to cross the start line. I just put my ipod on, blasted the music and tried to forget how cold I was.

Once we passed the start line, I started running. At first I was annoyed that I’ve already lost 35 minutes behind the first half-marathoners before we even started, but then I realized what a great perk this was to the race. It was SO nice to be with the same group of people at the same pace for the whole run. I really appreciated that. I didn’t get trampled by fast people, or slowed down by walkers. It was just right. I was very thankful that they did this. Just one more reason why “Rock N’ Roll” marathons get it right.

And not long after that, the sun came out and the air warmed up a bit.

I hadn’t really trained properly, so I just ran when I felt like it and walked when I had to. I definitely ran more than I walked, and that was pretty much my goal. I had no real time expectations. I rocked out to my music, and muted it during the bands along the course.

Just for the heck of it, I ran through this tunnel of hula hoops. Total energy booster!!

I cruised through the first 8 miles or so. I got into a rhythm of running/walking intervals. My body was in tune with my mind, which is sometimes the hardest part to overcome.


I had been nibbling on Shot Bloks here and there every couple of miles, but I had this Chocolate Cherry GU at mile 9. It was SO GOOD! It had two shots of caffeine in it too.

For the most part, the race was a point to point course down one main road with very few deviations. It was starting to get a little boring until we finally got some glimpses of the beautiful Arizona scenery.




How funny is this giant inflatable rock and roll man?! Rock on!

My knees were starting to get crunchy around mile 11 with two miles left to go. I’d start running and my knee cap felt like it was going to fall off. But then I realized that it only hurt when I jogged, not when I was running full out strides. So I started sprinting pieces of the last two miles.

I looked down at my watch and saw that I could break 3 hours if I kept up the pace. My best time was 2:40 and my worst was 3:13. Coming in under 3 hours would put me right in between (not bad for a bad training season!)

It’s always exciting towards the end of a race when the crowds get a little thicker and you can hear the cheers getting louder.

I never saw the Mile 13 mile marker. But my watch read 13.1 miles about a half mile before the finish line!

I crossed the finish line officially at 2:56:44.

Here’s the stats:


I was really thirsty at the end (no fuel belt bottles, remember?) Don’t worry, I was drinking every few miles, but it was starting to get hot, and I was parched!

I gathered up all the post race swag: frozen yogurt, cytomax, fruit, pop chips… and headed out to find Irving. He was still playing his last hole on the golf course, so I plopped down on the nice grass on the course (the golf people didn’t seem to mind.)

Zensah Socks: huge success. My shins didn’t hurt at all during the race.


I entertained myself by taking self portraits.



The medal was huge! It was heavy duty!


I was saving my frozen yogurt for Irving, but he took too long and I got bored, so I ate it!

Soon, I was reunited with my golfer.



Mile 1 – 11:28
Mile 2 – 11:49
Mile 3 – 12:11
Mile 4 – 12:53
Mile 5 – 12:36
Mile 6 – 13:53
Mile 7 – 14:23
Mile 8 – 14:24
Mile 9 – 14:33
Mile 10 – 11:38
Mile 11 – 15:05
Mile 12 – 13:26
Mile 13 – 12:23
Mile 13.56 – 12:15

Garmin told me that I burned 1210 calories, so I decided to make up for some of it by heading to:

I normally don’t condone eating fast food in a car (and we NEVER eat it at home…) but the prospect of a cheeseburger being delivered to me was too tempting to ignore!

Soon our waitress on skates arrived with the goods!


When we got back to our hotel, Irving went out to play another 9 holes of golf. I, on the other hand, chose to take a two hour nap.

Later that night, we went to a blogger meetup that was organized by Skinny Runner. If you don’t already read her blog, you should.

Virtual life meets real life!

We met at Seasons 52 (which I’ve been reading so much about on some of the Florida blogs lately.

The food was fantastic. They claim that everything on the menu is under 475 calories.

It was fun to chat with so many great like-minded people. So nice to meet all of you!
Sarah, Pam, Diana and me! (Not pictured: Risa!)

After dinner, Irving and I used my ‘Buy one, get one’ coupon from the race swag bag at Mojo.

I didn’t put too much because I was pretty full from dinner. But I added some nice looking chocolate toppings.

It was as good –if not better—than Menchies! Hit the spot!

I slept like a rock last night. My body was just exhausted. I woke up with incredibly stiff legs though, and there was only cure:

LA desperately needs to get DD!

After a couple hours of reading by the pool (I’m already half-way through Meb’s book!) we grabbed lunch and began the 6 hour drive back to LA.

Arizona was a blast. What a great (long) weekend!

Just a few weeks until the Surf City Half Marathon!


Cooking Challenge #5 September 23, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Food — Kelocity @ 1:32 pm
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Last night’s meal was a “use up what’s in the fridge” night.

A nice hearty BLTA sandwich! (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado!!!)

Simple and delicious!

We kept dinner light because after, we headed over to MENCHIES!
Oh man, I needed this!

Pretty much a little of everything! YUM!


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