Boston Ban

I understand that not everything can be black and white.  And often, I’m guided by my gut.  Some things feel really really right.  And some things just feel really wrong.

One of the things I’ve never really been into has been race banditing, or running races that you haven’t paid for.  And another is in a race where transfers or deferments aren’t allowed, I’ve always had this gut feeling that even if I didn’t like the rules, that rules were rules, and if I didn’t follow them, I would pay the consequences, whatever the association thought that they should be.

The Boston Marathon is one of those races.  It’s super cool.  Super sacred.  I knew nothing of the race until a few years ago (2010ish), when a friend at camp who was into running was sporting a jacket from the race.  To be 100% honest, I just liked the jacket, and when I asked about it, she told me about the race.  So for a long time, I thought about that race only in terms of getting that jacket.  And not for fashions’ sake, but for the sake of actually doing something that could “win” you that jacket.

Years later, 2 to be exact, I ran my first half.

A few months later, I ran my first full.

Etc, etc and so forth. [10 points to whomever it is that gets that King & I reference.]

Now that I am pregnant, and was never a super fast runner to begin with, I’m not sure if I will ever qualify, but if I do, I know it will be such a special experience.  Which is why I was kind of scratching my head at the predicament that Gia Alvarez found herself in.

Gia Alvarez is a pretty popular running blogger.  She’s accomplished a lot.  Long story short, Gia qualified for Boston, and by the time the race rolled around, she was pregnant and unable to run the marathon.  Boston is a non-transferrable race – not only is it one of the US’ holy grails of marathons, but the tragedies in 2013 make it highly improbable that you’re going to pull any funny business with the B.A.A.  Nevertheless, Gia made the decision to allow a friend to run with her bib.  The B.A.A. was tipped off (they have cameras at these biggies), noted it wasn’t her in the photograph, and she was banned for life from the event.  (Another really, really big mistake she made was registering again with her FRIEND’S qualifying time, and not her own, after her friend re-qualified her at the race.  Not good.  I’m not sure if she noted this at all in her post.  But that really might be the worst of what she did, if she didn’t re-qualify on her own.)

Interestingly enough, fresh off the news that she’d been banned, instead of taking full responsibility for her actions, she seemed to nearly (not quite fully) deflect – even going so far as to alternately title the post “it could happen to you.” 2016-04-04 13-55-25.png

My thoughts?

She broke the rules.  Whether they’re dumb or not.  (And I don’t think they’re dumb).  And she was dealt consequences.  Which were very clearly outlined from the beginning.  Like – this wasn’t really a surprise.  Sucks, but it’s not a surprise.

Gia, I think upon receiving some flak, wrote another post, an apology a few days later.  I’m not here to drag her or come for her edges.  The internet certainly had done its fair share of that.  However, I wish, upon getting her disappointing news, that she had owned the mistake a little more – not come back to it when the internet pointed out what a crappy decision she’d made.

All that said, I really hope that if she really, really would like to run it again, that maybe she can appeal and demonstrate to the B.A.A. that she learned from her mistake (and doesn’t feel the need to point out that “I did what so many of us do.”

In the words of our mothers/aunties/parents nosy friends, “if everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?”

What do you think of the situation?  

What do you think of the consequences?


Ann Coulter

Right turn from all the marriage talk and all this talk of texts gone wrong….

So, I can’t really even dignify this by linking to her article – if you’d like to read it, Google it, but Ann Coulter made some pretty heinous remarks about the World Cup as it relates to our country.  I get it, it’s Ann Coulter’s job to say horrifying things and get paid for it, but why do people feel the need to just be so damned mean?  And I’m not gonna sit up here and call her awful names or attack the way she looks, cause to me, that’s stooping to her level.  But it almost makes my throat hurt to know that she spews venom and gets paid for it.  Like, it’s completely beyond me.

img via AP/Peter Kramer
image via AP/Peter Kramer

Which brings me to this.  Once again, feel free to Google this, and luckily I’m not in a place where I’m yet lambasted on the internet, but there is a site, called Get off my Internets, or GOMI, which is entirely dedicated to (mostly) bashing bloggers.  I poked around on the site yesterday and I was astonished by what I was seeing.  Like, talking about a blogger’s weight, talking freely about a blogger’s relationship, or referring to someone as a “skank” for posting pictures of themselves in a bikini?  Just awful just awful.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good laugh, but I feel like if I felt like something like that was going on with a blogger, I’d just STOP READING THEM.  It’s really quite simple.

Why do you think that people feel the need to be so hateful behind their computer screens?

Last 10 photos…

So, I cannot remember which blogger I borrowed this from.  But if it’s you, I totally credit you – please hit me up and I would LOVE to give you credit for this idea.  So please, help me remember!

Anyhoo, so I read this the other day, and I thought I would try it!

Here it is, the last 10 photos there were in my iPhone.  

So, surprisingly there were no selfies in there.  Bummer for you, because my face isn’t so bad to look at.

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I was kinda feeling naughty at work the other day and kinda sprinkled the floor with post-its.  🙂

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I’m too old to be shopping at XXI, but I had a sexy little romper from there, and the strap broke fright before the Twisted Measure concert, and we had to run to Michael’s to get pins to fix it.

photo 2 (2)Just kidding about the selfie!  I did a little charcoal mask the other day.  It makes my skin look stunning!

10176038_10100314959390833_1017502743551108450_nMy little muffin needs a groomer, but she hates riding in the car, so I’m not sure how we’re gonna get there.

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These adorable little earrings one of the girls was wearing at brunch on Sunday morning 🙂

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Look at my great find I made at the antique shop for my wedding.  SO exciting!

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My soon-to-be husband holds my purse link a gorilla – I cannot break him of this habit, nor am I interested in trying any longer.

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Could I really get any more salsa?  I use it on my eggs and it’s the only thing that rivals the Sriracha.

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My ring was looking extra pretty 🙂

photo 5And the salad I made for my lunch today!  It was so yummy!

Describe the last photo on your phone….

The no-reply blogger.

I got this on Twitter the other day.

No Reply


You’re a no-reply blogger.

I didn’t even know what it meant!  So my first instinct was to fall on the ground and ask for forgiveness for “not replying” to something.  I’m very literal.  But when I replied to her comment and Googled it, I found it what it means.

Bloggers pay attention! 

If you’re a non-blogger too, and every thinking about blogging, this is kind of a good thing to know anyways.  So when I Googled it, I stumbled upon this article by the super-sweet Susannah, who, with her blog, guided me through what exactly was going on.

So when I created my Gmail, it was May of 2009, and the contact info attached to this Gmail was my address, which, unfortunately, we were not permitted to keep.  This meant that when I created my blog, almost four years later, when I commented on Blogger-hosted blogs, (which is a Google thing), it would respond to them using an old, no longer functioning email address.  So when bloggers would try to reply to me, they would get a no-reply message!

Thank GOD that she let me know, god only knows how many comments I’d made that they couldn’t reply to.  So, bloggers and writers!  CHECK to make sure that when you’re commenting on blogs, you’re taking the necessary steps to make sure that you’re not a “no reply” blogger.  Any questions?  Put them below!