The Versatile Blogger Award!

First off, this is my 51st post on Emily Rocks the Road! A milestone, yayyyy!

I was sort of planning on taking a blog day off. I wasn’t planning on posting anything or reading blogs. Then I said to myself, who am I kidding, I kind of miss my bloggy friends. So I headed to ye ole Bloglovin’ list for a quick lunchtime gander at what everyone’s up to. Low and behold, I found that I was nominated by Kayla at Blondes Have More Run for the Versatile Blogger Award!


Holy wow, thank you!

So I’m going to be a huge dork about this because I’m still kind of new to this blogging thing, and I am completely shocked and humbled. Another milestone, yayyy! Totally doing a happy dance over here.

Anyway, here are the rules for this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated me for the award (Done! Kayla, you rock.)

2. Share 7 random facts about myself (Oh wait, this takes work? I thought I’d just get to wear a sparkly dress and look cute.)

3. Nominate 15 bloggers of my favorite versatile bloggers for this award (Share the bloggy love!)

7 Random Facts:

  1. Growing up, my parents owned and taught at a dance studio/karate dojo. I would demo for my mom teaching ballet, swap the tutu for a black belt, then partner for my dad teaching wristlocks and hip throws. This means I am one badass ballerina.
Amanda and I, in the ill-fated sister duo, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” competition tap number. Look, we won awards!

2. I live in San Francisco, but I grew up outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Despite popular opinion I did not grow up on a farm, and had never seen a cow up close until I moved to California.

But they’re sooooo cute!

3. I used to ride bikes competitively in college and rode for the University of Nebraska. I am the 2006 Nebraska State Road Race Women’s cat. 5 champion. That sounds really impressive until I tell you that I won the race because I was the only women’s cat. 5 contendor to show up that day. I should probably start leaving that part out.

Me racing some crit in Nebraska with Hulk cheering me on in his straw hat. And by cheering I mean drinking his post-race beer and yelling at me to go faster.

4. I am really short – 5’0″. Pants never fit.

5. In 2011, pre-Squishy, we took a Babymoon to London. Best. Vacation. Ever.

A six-month-pregnant me in front of Parliament

6. The Calvin & Hobbes comic series by Bill Patterson practically raised us. Between my brother, sister and I we had every volume. One snowy winter we developed our own “Snowman House of Horror” in the front yard, complete with red food coloring as blood (green for the Alien Tribe Massacre). I should mention that this was also during the time period when we were attending a Catholic school. Every morning three sweet, young, plaid uniform-bedecked children would skip into an awaiting minivan surrounded by a macabre snow carnage. Not sure what the neighbors thought.


7. Hulk and I are celebrating ten years of wedded bliss this summer. Ten years. No wonder I feel so old.

And the Nominees Are:

1. Amanda’s Sketchbook

2. Alexis Marbach Yoga

3. Bekah Outside the Box

4. Bendiful

5. Busy, Bold, Blessed

6. Change of Pace

7. Crazy Running Legs

8. Eat Live Run

9. I’d Rather Sit on the Couch

10. It’s a Dog Lick Baby World

11. Leading the Good Life

12. Made in Sonoma

13. My Neon Running Shoes

14. Paleo Jess

15. Skinny Jeans & a Healthy Me

Ahh! That was hard. I hate decisions. Hope I didn’t forget anyone. If I did, I’m sorry and you get a free pass to kick me in the shins next time you see me.

EDITED: Um, I totally misspelled “Versatile” in the title. Good thing I am not a professional writer. And I forgot to include the badge. This is fixed, and this is why you don’t write a blog post right before bed without proofreading.

The One Where Watching Crossfit Games = Rocket Fuel

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Or afternoon, if you’re not on the West Coast. Or tomorrow, if you’re not in the Western Hemisphere. I really need to put these up sooner in the day.

If you missed it, then I will not hesitate to brag about the Versatile Blog Award from yesterday. That’s right, I got a blog award. For reals. I’m a dork.

I have been on a killer workout roll! Hulk and I got a chance to work out together yesterday, and he in his Hulkly form put me through the ringer. Since I was super sore and walking funny from the weekend we just worked on arms. It still hurt.

The Hulk Arm Wringer Workout:
w/u – medicine ball partner exercises that Hulk pulled from some dark, demonic corner of hell
Dumbbell Kettlebell thruster thingys – 3×10 dumbbell @ 15, 20, 15 lbs respectively
Bench Press – 3×10 @ 30 lbs
Shoulder Press – 3×10 @ 15 lbs (my shoulder was bothering me after all the medicine ball action so I wend down a bit)
Single-arm rows – 3×10 @ 15 lbs
Incline Shoulder Press – 3×10 @ 15 lbs
Bicep Curls aka “Lady Killers” – 3×10 @ 15 lbs

I slept like crap Monday night. I had a hard time falling asleep, and Hulk and the roommate went out with my brother and everyone sort of started trickling back around 2 am and waking me up. It wouldn’t have bothered me too much, but the idiot dog barked every time he heard a noise.

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No, dumbass. It’s the same family and friends that have been around for months/years/since we’ve had you. Get over it.

Anyway, I slept in and packed my (totally random) breakfast/lunch for work.


Some frittata I made for breakfast and didn’t have time to eat, the last of the AB, banana, a couple of HB eggs, carrots, and an orange.

OMG, it’s been so long since I’ve had a banana with AB. Normally the bananas are reserved for Squishy purposes. Wow. That was an epic snack of foodgasms.

After work, I hit the gym. My legs are – get this – still sore from the weekend. I do have that triathlon in September to prep for, so I spun on the stationary bike and watched the Crossfit Games. I had never watched the Crossfit Games before. And now I will never watch anything else while working out ever again. That shiz was, like, rocket fuel. I saw the final heats of Fran, and was so absorbed in competition I didn’t realize that I had sprinted to the end of my workout and the machine had turned off. So my 20-minute gentle spin to warm up and work the legs turned into a 25-minute tempo pace. But it felt fantastic.

Then I did some lifts for stuff that wasn’t sore yet:

– Deadlift 2×10@ 25 lb barbells 1×10 @ 30 lbs

– Bent-over rows 3×12 @ 15 lbs

– Pronated chest flys 1×10 @ 10 lbs (never done these before, and my shoulder was not a fan. Maybe do them inclined next time.)

-Back Extentions 3×10; 1 set on the stability ball that was too large for me and I kept rolling off of it, 2 on the floor holding a 4-lb medicine ball

Then I ate a hearty dinner. I threw some frozen chicken breasts in the oven before I went to the gym and Hulk had just pulled them out as I walked in the door.


Chicken, the last of the taters I roasted last week, and broccoli. + beer.

Further proof that I’m a dork:

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This was hilarious.