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Pack It Up

Disclaimer: I received Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport to try as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Sometimes I wonder if my car smells.  Stay with me here.😛   I commute to work, which on a good day – zero traffic, all green lights, tailwind, not a cop in sight, don’t ask me how fast I am driving- could take me 35 minutes but in reality is closer to an hour on bad days.  I try to keep it clean but my car usually ends up looking a little lived in.  Throw in the fact that I run after work 2-3 times a week and carry everything in my car and well, it’s not pretty.

First thing I do post sweaty run is take off the sweaty top layer.  It gets tossed wherever it lands.    I wish I could say I always took it inside to the laundry when I got home but well… 😒  Then there are the socks.  Not running socks, that would be gross.  Knee socks.  On cold mornings, I often wear a pair of knee socks on the drive to work then take them off and toss them on the floor of the passenger side to put on my heels.   They were only worn for an hour but still, there would be times there were 3 pairs on the floors.

Ok, now that I’ve scared you all, where am I going with this?


I was able to try the Eagle Creak Pack-It Sport Active Set.   Game changer, people, seriously.  My car has been clean for weeks!!!  No messy clothes lying around!   Plus it’s cute and despite how it sounds above I am a sucker for organizational products of all kinds.

So what is it?  It’s a 2 piece set- a Wet Dry Fitness Locker and a Shoe Locker.    Let’s talk about the Fitness Locker or my new favorite thing.

From the website-

  • Separate clean clothes from sweaty workout wear: put your clean and dry gear in the front, and dirty and damp clothing in the back
  • The internal baffled divider allows you to pack more or less in the front and back depending on what you’re bringing
  • TPU-coated fabric for even more water-resistance and odor protection
  • Top grab handle so you can conveniently hang it inside a locker
  • This organizer has a top load opening giving you easy access to clothing and gear
  • Machine washable
  • Ultra-light, water-resistant fabric
  • Agion™ Antimicrobial treatment helps contain odor and prevent microbial growth on the Sport™ organizer


I can fit an entire running outfit in the back pocket, pants, socks, shirts, long sleeves, Buff, watch, everything.    Once I change, my work clothes then fit in the back pocket.  Post run, the sweaty gear comes off and goes right into the front zipper pouch.    The back clothes have never smelled sweaty even with the close proximity even after more than an hour.  Hmmm, I just realized I’m doing it backwards.  Oh well, works for me!


I can’t wait to travel to races with this.  I usually change post race and need to stash my sweaty clothes somewhere and I won’t put them in my my overnight bag.     Now the only downside and it isn’t really a downside- some of my work clothes don’t fit in the pouch- some of my skirts and dresses are too poufy.   They never fit in my gym bag either so nothing’s really changed there. 😛

The Shoe Locker–  pretty standard, it carries your shoes and keeps the smell and dirt inside the locker and away from your stuff.   Sounds simple, right?  But I think we’ve established I’m odd right?  I found a way it serves me better.  It holds all my water bottles!


I swear I’m not crazy.  My car has cup holders, yes, they are often too small or all filled already and I am left with water bottles rolling all around the passenger side.  It was even worse when I was carrying the entire Beachbody container too, now I have little containers.   One day I shoved all the bottles in the Shoe Locker and it was awesome!  I may never put shoes in it again!

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Week 15- Ouch

Upcoming Races:

  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13
  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1-June 4

Ouch, ouch, ouch.  It hurts.  Cue panic.   I have a half in 2 weeks and Wine Country in 26 days.  Why?!?!

This week was tiring.  There wasn’t any real reason I can pinpoint it was just tiring.   I actually bought a few beers to help me relax a bit the last time I was at the store but to show how rarely I drink- when I went to have one I realized I didn’t have a bottle opener.   Well crap.  Who knew those multi purpose race medals would actually come in handy? 😛

After a good week of running last week I was looking forward to more of the same this week.   Ha!

Monday- Rest  I had planned on running after work but things ran a little later than I thought.  This is when the tiredness started.  I was also supposed to help my parents with their taxes so I decided there just wasn’t enough time.  I hate taxes.

Tuesday- Rest Hmmm, apparently this is the black hole day of the week.


Wednesday- 3.5 miles Where it all went to hell.  Ok, maybe that was a tad dramatic.   I headed to home town for what I thought was going to be a nice, easy 4-5 miler.  20 feet in I had a feeling it was going south.  My left knee hurt- like a sharp stabbing pain right under the knee cap.  Do I stop or is it going to work itself out if I run on? I ran on, slowly.   By mile 2ish, my knee was under control but now my left shin was throbbing.   My shin is always a hot point but never usually this bad.  What the hell! I had turned around before that point and was gimping my way back to my car.  Walking made my knee hurt but running aggravated my shin.  Both sucked.   Later that night I had shooting pains in my right leg… compensation maybe?

Thursday- Rest  My knee hurt at odd points throughout the day, I did the smart thing for once and just went home.   This was beginning to get irksome.

Friday- Rest  My knee felt 85% better but my shin was still twinge-y.  For only having hobbled my way through 3.5 miles during the week, I was stupid tired.  I took a nap on my lunch.


Saturday- 4 miles  I helped my mother move a bunch of rocks in the morning which may or may not have been the best idea.    I joked that I was just working on my squats and hip openers.    I headed out for a test run in the afternoon to see how things went.  One thing I changed was my shoes- Wednesday’s run was in the Sayonara’s and this was in the PureFlow’s.  I tried to keep things easy and walked anytime I felt any sort of twinge from my left leg.  All in all, it wasn’t a bad run at all.  If anything, my legs really wanted to run but I wouldn’t let them.


Sunday- 10 miles 2 less then my original planned long run but maybe more than I should have done.   A cool front and an incoming storm meant I could run in the afternoon again.  I helped my mother with more buckets of rocks and then got the run in before Easter dinner.   Can I count all the rock lifting as cross training this week?  I wasn’t sure how many miles I was going to get in but I figured I would give it a shot.     I ran the same route as last week and coming up on mile 4 I knew I had a choice- turn left and turn it into and 8 mile run with more hills or go straight across the bridge for a slighter flatter 10 miles.  I was feeling ok so I headed across the bridge.  Per usual, I picked up the pace running across the bridge and slowed it down after that.   The river path is super over grown right now so lately  I slow down, pause my music and keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.  😕    Coming back across the bridge my leg was starting to talk, not pain but not happy.  Ok, 8 miles would have been a better idea.    I slowed down and just kept moving forward.  I think I can, I think I can.  10 miles done.  Where’s my foam roller?

17.5 miles for the week.   Less then I wanted but more than I thought I would get considering how I felt on Wednesday.   I will be spending lots of time with my foam roller and stretching throughout the week to come.  Maybe this will be the kick in the pants to use the roller more consistently?   As for the pains, I think the knee may be a problem with my shoes.  If so, this is the quickest I’ve ever killed a pair of shoes- the Sayonara’s only have 174 miles on them.  I think I might know what triggered the shin so I am testing a theory this week.

Oh did I mention I tried to knock myself out on a tree branch?  😂😂

Last week had some shiny moments-  I made it to the movies to see Fate of the Furious.  Yeah it had it’s over the top moments but it was still awesome.

How was your week?

Happy Marathon Monday!!!!

BibRave, Run!

Vegas Baby

Disclaimer: I received an entry into Rock n Roll Las Vegas as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’m going to Las Vegas!!!

Seriously, I still can’t believe it’s happening.  I also still don’t know how but that’s beside the point.  😛  I have wanted to run this race ever since I flipped a page in Runner’s World a few years ago and realized there was a race on the Vegas Strip.  And it was at night.   I want to do that!!!   As amazing as it looked, I could never make it work.   So when the chance to run it came up this year, I leapt without looking.


I’m going to Vegas!

Sorry had to say it again.  😛   I haven’t been to Las Vegas since I was a child- seriously the only thing I remember is colorful carpeting and even that might be confused with another memory.    Ha!   Due to scheduling conflicts, my mother is busy so I’m also flying solo this race trip.  Who wants to join me?!? Slacker’s first real trip to Vegas?  😁


This is also an afternoon- evening race so I don’t even have to worry about an early wake up call!   I can sleep in and look forward to an afternoon run with thousands of other crazy runners like me under the Vegas lights!  Is it November yet?

Now I just have to figure out how I am getting there.   This could be my first plane ride since my senior trip in high school!  Ok, now this post is making me feel nostalgic and old.  😛

I will have a discount code soon that I will share with everyone.

Have you ever run Las Vegas?

Want to come run with me?

Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 14- Somewhat Normal

Upcoming Races:

  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13
  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1-June 4

This week was a little over the place.   First week post merger, crazy busy and I had to spend time fighting with the IRS to prove that I was me.  That was real fun.   Identify theft is a never ending story.  I was actually a little worried going into the appointment-  the picture on my drivers license is over 15 years old, I swear it’s me!   I also hit a possum and felt traumatized.   😢

All stress aside, this was a slightly more normal week running wise.  Woo hoo!  And I ending up buying myself the entire Fast and Furious collection so I had a couple of relaxing weekend evenings.😛

Monday- Rest  I took all my gear to work but didn’t really account for the chaos of the first day post merger.  Which was silly because this was not my first rodeo.   Anyhow, the day was insanely busy and my boots did not cooperate with my feet at all.  By the end of the day, I was done.  I limped to my car and just went home.


Tuesday-  4 miles  I ran from work, I just felt like it was a day for the eucalyptus grove.  While I keep my pace easy for my work route I push the threshold in other ways.  I often run without water and try to not use my inhaler.   In a town that often has a heavy marine layer.  It sounds crazy but I do it every couple of weeks as a workout of sorts for my lungs.    I always have my inhaler with me if I need it but I like to try run the whole run without using it.

Wednesday- Rest– Once again, Wednesday is a black hole.  I am sure I did something but I have no idea what.


Thursday- 2 runs, 2.6 miles each  Grrr, I had to leave work early for my IRS appointment and had hoped I would have enough time to get in a 5 mile run before I had a tire rotation appointment.   Yeah no.    I squeezed in 2.6 which started sluggish and ended speedy- 8:50 pace for the .6.  Then it was off the get my tires done.   Once home, I managed to head out for another 2.6 in the evening.  This were more evenly pace miles and I learned that the elementary school is a madhouse after 6.  I was dodging cars right and left and lost track of how many times I stopped to avoid getting hit.   Aaagh!!!   Just get me home!  5.2 miles for the day.

Friday- Rest Oh I ate so much food!  It was my 10 year anniversary at work (even with the new company) and my boss and coworkers brought me donuts and pizza!


Saturday- 10 miles I woke up with a headache and I knew there was a cycling event on my running route so I decided to go back to sleep.   The rain that came through on Friday kept the temps down  so I headed out for my long run around 4.   Oh man, the wind was nuts at some points.   I felt like I was being blown backwards.   My legs felt fine for this run and I didn’t really feel tired but I couldn’t ever really get my  head in the game.   My stomach started to cramp around mile 7 but considering what I had eaten over the past few days, I really couldn’t blame it.  It wasn’t a bad run by any means, it was just meh.  It did reinforce my opinion that I hate running west across the bridge.  East- no problem, west? Yuck.

Sunday- Rest Well, crap, my calves were sore.   The PureFlow’s seem to be working out but I forgot how long it took me to transition to a 4mm drop.  Oops.

19.2 miles for the week.  That missing .8 kind of bothers me but hey it’s 7 more miles than last week.  I was super tired this week but finally figured when I am not going to be?  Might as well just run.  😛

How was your week?

Anyone race this weekend?

Watch any movies lately?

Run!, Slacker

Rambling On 7

Happy Friday!!

First week post merger is almost done!  Woo hoo!  I didn’t mess up answering the phones as bad as I thought.  😛  Only a few times.

Rain is coming back, boo.   While I am over the rain and dealing with it, it’s kind of shocking how quickly all the lush green started to go brown in the last 2 weeks.   Anyways, it’s only supposed to be for a few days.

from Tuesday’s run

Oh, speaking of the new company- they treated us to lunch on Monday.  Since I always have a late lunch I am weird about what food I will order since it has to wait a couple hours.  I ordered the grilled cheese.  Holy crap, this was the most amazing thing ever.    I ate part of it when it arrived and reheated the rest at lunch.  Seriously, it was awesome.    Oh yeah, the fries were damn good too.

I had to go to an IRS office to prove who I was.  That was fun.    This was after a phone call where I spoke with an unbelievably rude representative from the IRS.    Can the person who tried to fraudulently use my social security number and get a massive refund just pay my taxes this year?  That would be nice, ok, thanks.

I won’t lie, I really just want to spend a day sleeping.  Is that bad?  If it could be on a beach in a hammock, all the better but at this point just sleep.  I’m still feeling a little ragged around the edges after last week.

I totally had something else to say but just completely blanked…oops!  Your turn!

What are you doing this weekend?