Author Archives: RunnerGirl

About RunnerGirl

The secret to running 50K/50 mile/100K races = Run until it gets too hard, then walk until it gets too easy. Repeat. I can give you some good taping techniques to prevent blisters, too. Likes: brains, wit, athletic prowess, thirst for knowledge, adventurous palate, kindness to animals, generosity of spirit, the Western States trail, Brooks running shoes, Streets of London Pub Quiz, David Sedaris, Arrested Development, Sherman Alexie, Malcolm Gladwell, Eddie Izzard, Gilmore Girls, House, Top Chef, Top Model, '80s mod/techno/industrial, California Golden Bears, Alfred Hitchcock, Will Shortz's puzzles, Armstrong & Getty, running ultra-marathons on the trails Dislikes: Under Armour clothing worn as an everyday fashion choice, real fake-y looking French manicures, snobs, mayonnaise, the words "moist" and "delicious" (or any made-up variation of "delicious," especially "delish" -- thank Rachael Ray for ruining it for everyone), country music, running on pavement

Not *quite* as good as the chimichanga on the chandelier

OK, this is not meant to get the fur flying on who’s right/who’s wrong when it comes to animals. I think we can all agree that lots of animals in not a lot of space = not a good thing. … Continue reading


Perhaps the most awesome sign in the region?

I don’t often find myself out in the greater Madison and San Juan area, but on a recent trip, I drove past this, gasped so hard it required a huff on my Albuterol, and pulled a quick and highly illegal … Continue reading

How to find a job, part II

Things are still tough all over for a lot of folks, and I’ve (fortunately) been in hiring mode in recent weeks. Following up on last November’s post, here are some tips from an employer’s perspective. The bottom line is to … Continue reading


How can the folks at Bonney Plumbing live with themselves, knowing their new radio jingle COMPLETELY rips off the old Sacramento Union one? No long-term Sacramentan could ever forget the Union’s “Four forty-four fifty five five five. That’s the number … Continue reading

Leave the kid alone

I’m all for civic pride, but come on people. You can continue to badger Dustin Pedroia if you: Have never made a disparaging remark about the place where you grew up and how eager you were to leave Have never … Continue reading

Request to radio traffic reporters

As I’m driving around, slightly zoned out (but not so zoned out to be a danger to myself or society), the traffic reports are usually the same, so I don’t pay too much attention. There are, however, instances where a … Continue reading

RunnerGirl Breaks Her Silence

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted, but I just have to say that those Pottery World radio ads are really annoying. I will not go to that store based on how lame the copy is and how shrill … Continue reading

The (un)official haiku contest of The Sac Rag

In these troubled times, expressing ourselves artistically is how we survive — the hope of a new sunrise (and perchance that Laurence Fishburne can deftly fill William Peterson’s shoes.) RunnerGirl thusly introduces The Sac Rag haiku competition.  That’s right — … Continue reading

“I’ll play along with the charade”

Wait, WHAT?!?! Rick Springfield, aka Dr. Noah Drake, will be performing at Tuesday’s tree lighting at the State Capitol. Festivities begin at 4:30pm. (Maybe Luke and Laura will renew their vows on the Capitol steps during the ceremony, too.  I … Continue reading

How to find a job

“Nobody is indispensable” is what my mom has always said when the economy has started to look bleak, encouraging me to work harder and diversify my skills. The downturn affected me (and also sac-eats, as he is married to me, … Continue reading

Mad About Plaid: Seeing this show once is not enough

Even if you didn’t grow up in a KCTC “Music Of Your Life” listening household with parents who grew up in the WWII era, it would be impossible to not enjoy The Cosmopolitan Cabaret’s presentation of Forever Plaid. Sac-eats and … Continue reading

I’m sure that our cohorts at The Fresno Rag are loving this

Burglar wakes men with spice rub, sausage attack – The Associated Press Published 4:05 pm PDT Sunday, September 7, 2008 Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say broke into the home of two farmworkers, rubbed one with spices … Continue reading

Leapin’ Lizards!

Here’s an e-mail request you don’t see too often — this went to all volunteers on the Sacramento SPCA mailing list: A woman called who is putting on a production of Annie. They would like to have two dogs (double … Continue reading

Frequent Caller Bassil Works Out The Kinks

RunnerGirl is in training for both her “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” taping in New York AND a 100 miler (within days of each other — which gives her an iron-clad excuse if the 100 miler doesn’t work out … Continue reading

Enjoying the Fair for Less

Spend less dough getting into the fair so you have more to spend on the fried dough inside! Here are some ways that the State Fair folks are saving you money this year: Today is Tuesday, so that means all … Continue reading