Friday, March 28, 2014

Let Me Tell You Why It’s a Good Day

I started the morning in the best way possible – on the trails.


For some reason I don't mind running hills so much when I’m on the trails. I think I am too distracted by bear poop and just trying to breathe and not die that I forget just how hard it is (okay, this shot below doesn’t make it look hard, but most of it is and I don’t care if you don’t believe me).

I was “supposed” to swim today (according to my training plan), but the thought of going inside to a chlorinated body of water with hair (some of it pubic, no doubt) and band aids in it didn’t really float my boat if you know what I mean. So, I opted for something that spoke to my spirit.

My spirit was further spoken to when I got home and somehow stumbled upon a Blog Topic Generator site. I love all generator sites, one my favorites being the stripper name generator (mine is Dementia Titties – what?- does that mean my breasts are confused and forgetful? That makes no sense unlike other stripper names that are completely sensical). Anyway, on the blog topic generator, you simply put in three nouns and it will generate titles for your upcoming blog posts.

For example, I entered “run”, “poop” and “shoes”. Here’s what I got:


I love the Internet for this very reason. It never occurred to me to write a post about what poop will be like in 100 years or to compare Miley Cyrus and running shoes. All I can think of is that both Miley and shoes have tongues.

And, one last thing that made my day. This email from reader Emily:

I read your blog almost every day, and “shut up and run” has become a regular part of my vocabulary when heading out the door for a hard/slow/fast/hilly/rainy/cold/hot workout.

I just broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years and have had trouble being motivated to keep running some days.  Today was one of those days, and I had a 4-mile interval on tap.  SO, long story short, I put you on my wrist, had several people ask what SUAR meant, crushed those intervals, and made it through the best run I have had in months! 


Of course I love this email because it gives me a big head, but I more love it because it is a PRIME example of why I chose to call this blog Shut Up and Run. It is the perfect kick in the ass that we all need sometimes.


You have to try the blog topic generator and tell me what the funniest one you got.

If you don’t want to do that, what is your stripper name?

If you don’t want to do that, tell me what you had for breakfast (boring, but I do like to know because I am struggling for breakfast ideas these days).


PS: Happy birthday to my beautiful mom who turns 75 today!



  1. Sparkle Titties. Are we related? We have the same last name.

  2. And this... Think You're Cut Out For Doing Children? Take This Quiz.

    I should maybe not play this game. :\

  3. My version of 'SUAR' when I need a good kick is "stop thinking". And your mom looks fantastic!!!

  4. Tink Bunny....what does that even mean!?!?!

  5. Did you see this? You've made it ok for people to write about pooping themselves on the run!

    Signed, your friend, Sleezy Bunny

  6. I love that poop was one of the words in your generator. My running partner and I have a quick conversation before every early morning run about "the go" in, did you? We warn each other that routes may need to change according to what bathrooms are open!
    Cherry Baby

  7. Sparkle Swallows. OMG.

  8. I think that name generator is obsessed with boobs, because apparently I'm joining the family. Blog generator gave me "How to solve the biggest problems with running." Sounds like I could totally make a go at that one! Happy birthday to your gorgeous momma!

    ~Sleazy Titties

  9. Dementia berry. Pie comes to mind.

  10. I want to know what your mom eats for breakfast so I can look like that when I am 75

    1. PS. My blog topic generator came up with: Ten reasons why you should invest in embarrassment.


  11. I've been loving trails lately. Trail pictures never look as steep as the actual trail. Our local trail goes by a cattle ranch, I've seen a few cows on the trail and their patties are quite large!

    Happy birthday to your mom from Kitty Baby ;)

  12. Good Lord, your mom looks amazing. Happy birthday to her!

  13. Holy crap on a stick. There is no way your mom is 75. Please share the fountain of youth that she has obviously found!

    topic: "10 Signs You Should Invest In Peanut Butter"
    stripper name: "Sleezy Bunny"

  14. Thanks for including me! You're awesome! Happy birthday to your mom :)

  15. Um, mine is Easy Swallows!!! WTF!

  16. Dementia Skiz. I don't even know what that means.

  17. My stripper name is Kitty Buns, which I kinda like. Maybe I'll change my name... (True story: When I was MUCH younger and single I did a social experiment. I wanted to gauge a guy's reaction based on my occupation. Chemist (my REAL job)? The guy always - EVERY TIME - moved away. Exotic dancer (my NOT IN THIS LIFETIME job)? The guy always - EVERY TIME - moved closer.)(Incidentally, my friends always knew if I was truly interested by which answer I gave - I was waiting for the guy who would lean closer to the REAL me...I married a guy I worked with).
    I always eat the same thing for breakfast: Maple Brown Sugar oatmeal with walnuts, raisins, and wheat germ. I, too, would like to know what your mom eats because she looks FABULOUS!

    PS Emily, Good for you!! Way to SUAR!

  18. Haha I love your posts they always make me smile :) Thanks for a little bit of comedy to my Friday night!

  19. Blog name - The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Chocolate - which would be awesome because I love chocolate more than running on some days. Egg/cheese on toast for breakfast - delicious!

  20. "How to solve the biggest problems with bacon." I'm not sure that's even a funny might just be the answer to world peace. Really, if you can't solve a problem with bacon it probably can't be solved.

  21. Way to go Emily! BTW you are BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Congrats on defeating your run and moving forward with your life.

    For breakfast today, I had tofu and kale and some pancakes made with almond flour. I'm testing the whole vegan thing...and carbloading because I'M RUNNING MY FIRST ULTRA IN THE MORNING!!! AHHHHH. I need to go to sleep.

    xoxo, thanks for the laughs and inspiration!

  22. From the blog topic generator, I got:
    10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Cycling
    4Miley Cyrus And Running: 10 Surprising Things They Have In Common
    5The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Food

  23. blog topic thing gave me 7 Things About Eating Your Boss Wants To Know (ya-not gonna go there--well ok--NO THANK YOU LOL)....and today I had a chocolate donut for breakfast (normally I have an AdvoCare meal replacement shake).....have a great weekend...v/r Tink Swallows (WTF)

  24. Miley Cyrus and Sun: 10 Surprising Things They Have in Common. And no, Miley was not one of the nouns I chose.

    Thanks for the giggles!

  25. Oatmeal with chia seeds, blueberries, almond butter and dried cranberries. Yum!

  26. Thunder down under....

    I to find trail running much more spiritually fulfilling than swimming in a pool. As a former pool rat I now find it depressing to be in all that chlorine, though a nice mile ocean swim still really makes me happy

    Breakfast coffee and buttered sourdough toast with homemade Marguerita Marmelade

  27. Blog topic suggestions were:

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on cats
    Best blogs to follow about pie
    Common Misconceptions About summer
    Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About cats
    10 Quick Tips About pie

    Breakfast? I fail miserably at eating in the morning. Coffee is usually it, sometimes a smoothie before hitting the gym. Then about 11:00-11:30am I get hungry and eat. Unless I'm up earlier than normal (normal for me is about 8:30am - what? I work swing shift!) I'm not much of a breakfast eater. I know, I know....BAD.

  28. 14 Misconceptions about Socks. Easy Buns. Eggs. Happy Birthday beautiful mom!

  29. Cherry Swallow. Um. So bummed, because when I first opened your blog page on my phone, I saw the Heil path, and thought, "OMG! That looks awesome, and I can totally do that!" and THEN read your disclaimer about how it's much harder than that. Damn. Maybe next year. Your mom is beautiful. Hope she has a great birthday, and a fabulous 75th year.

  30. Must be something on everyone's Blog generator. 10 things Miley Cyrus has in common with Triathlons.

    As for breakfast: I make breakfast muffins that include eggs, cottage cheese, shredded cheese, veggies and sausage. Keep in the freezer and pop in the microwave when you want.

    Love your blog,

    Easy Lick :)

    1. Hey Easy Lick, would you be willing to share that recipe?

  31. Sparkle Lick. Wow. I thought it would be much worse since my last name "Burdick" lends itself to stripping. I mean, really!?
    LOVE the girl with SUAR on her wrist. So awesome for you.

  32. I had cereal this morning :) Haha I love those blog post ideas!

  33. I like to find my stripper name the old-fashioned way: Name of your first pet + The street you grew up on. Mine, that way, is Jasmine Grand. I think I would use that before Honey Titties; sounds more high class.

    My favorite blog title generated was "Why We Love Chafe (And You Should, Too)!"
    I don't. I won't. But that doesn't mean I won't use the title...

  34. Blog topics I got. The history of thirsty and 7 things about feet your boss wants to know..

    I had peanut butter and jam (think you guys call it jelly) on toast with a cup of tea. Then a banana before my race.

    Gosh I wanna look that good at 75!! I hope she had a lovely birthday.

    Oh and stripper names is "tink swallows"

  35. A friend of mine (shameless plug) has started making energy bars, Nii Bars, and I had one this morning before my 8 mile run. Totally delicious, vegan and gluten free. It was great fuel. Made a nice change from my usual cereal.

  36. I wish I had "the go" before running! I have digestive diseases so I don't get that…unless it's race day. Then I feel like I have to the entire race even if I go or not!

  37. I'm at work, so probably not a good idea to check out stripper names right now! I think that's awesome that one of your readers is so inpsired to SUAR! Happy birthday to your mom, she looks fantastic at 75!

  38. My stripper name is Easy Swallows - prophetic? I doubt it!
    Your mom looks fantastic! Time and good health have obviously been kind to her. God bless!

    Amy P. Philly Runner.

  39. Happy belated-Birthday to your Mom! My Mom's birthday is today :)

    My Blog Generator Topics : nouns: fiber, skinny ankles & running shoes :
    Think You're Cut Out for Doing fiber? Take This Quiz
    Miley Cyrus and skinny ankles: 10 Surprising Things They Have in Common
    The history of running shoes
    10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About fiber
    7 Things About skinny ankles Your Boss Wants to Know
    *I love #s 4 & 5

    I really wonder how they come up with these names - mine is Kitty Baby!

    As far as breakfast, I had a 2-egg omelet with spinach, sun dried tomatoes and light cheddar wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with strawberries on the side. Being pregnant and/or running long distances kicks butt b/c it allows me to eat a little more!

  40. That was mine too - WTH, right?

  41. Haha I love the blog generator! I got..

    1 - What Will Running Be Like In 100 Years?
    2 - The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Parenting
    3 - Why We Love Chocolate (And You Should, Too!)
    4 - 10 Quick Tips About Running
    5 - The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Parenting

  42. Happy Birthday to Mom! That looks like a fun trail to run.

  43. I'm pretty sure this means we all need SUAR bracelets now. Much better than WWJD