Festival Foods Turkey Trot 5Mile (race recap)

I spent the entire week drinking large quantities of emergenC and Airbourne trying to fight off the glorious cold I managed to give myself by running the Living History Farms race. This is the primary reason I did not sign up for the Festival Foods Turkey Trot in advance. On Thursday morning (Thanksgiving) I woke up to the beautiful blare of my alarm. All for a big dumb race and a $25 t-shirt. I’m just that dedicated. My cellphone said it was 16 degrees but weather.com said it was 2 degrees with the wind chill. I still dressed myself up all purdy like and headed downtown to the local YMCA where the race started. One great thing about a nearby race is that I can leave the house at 8:03am for a 8:30am race start! I parked about three blocks away and dilly dallied to register for the race, pick up my t-shirt and stop by the locker room to drop my jacket and t-shirt in my locker and still made it to the race start right on time. I took my sweet time … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Whoa…ADD me!

The original purpose of my previous post (A very short week) was to brag about how super short my work week was. Obviously I was so tired out from all of the work I did [not do] that I completely forgot what I was trying to talk about. Wow. I’m special. On Monday I only worked 4 hours…I spent the first half of my day driving home from Iowa after running the Living History Farms race and spending time with family. Tuesday was a responsible day for me – I worked a full 8 hours. Of course everything was uneventful because it was a “holiday week”. Apparently half the world shuts down during a “holiday week”. I was supposed to spend a full 8 hours of working on Wednesday…however, we had some crappy weather in the forecast and a lot of commuters. With it being the day before Thanksgiving they closed down our office early and I only had to be attentive and productive for about 4 hours. Awesome! Of course, Thursday was Thanksgiving so no worky work. I did run the Turkey … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Living History Farms Cross Country 7Mile (race recap)

I put the last bit of my vacation time to use by giving myself an extra long weekend. I took a half day on Friday and a half day on Monday…all for the Living History Farms Cross Country Race in Urbandale, IA. Oh, and I spent some time bonding with my Iowan familia! On Friday afternoon my mother and I headed out on the first leg of our road trip…Eau Claire, WI to Des Moines, IA…a glorious 5.5 hours of mother/daughter bonding. Right… The important part of this segment of the story is that we survived! The whole world knows my mother has issues reading a map, but I also need to add that she has trouble reading off the directions given by her GPS. Yup, the GPS gave her instructions and she had issues relaying them to me. We met my cousin for packet pick up and dinner in Des Moines on Friday night. Earlier in the day she asked what time we would get down there. I told her between 6pm and 7pm, depending upon the driver – … [Click Here For the Full Story]

A Weekend Tour of Iowa

I spent my extra long weekend (Friday-Monday) doing a mini tour of the glorious state of Iowa. I spent a grand total of 18 hours (you read that right, eighteen hours) in a car…I spent 14 hours being the driver. We should be done doing weekend road trips after Thanksgiving weekend…I am glad! With all the driving and bonding with family I have not had any time to even think about creating a post, so I’ll leave you with a teaser of what is to come… – 14 hours in the car with my mother…lots of stories from this! – Living History Farms Cross Country race…7  miles, 26 degrees, 5 creek crossings – Found a mouse INSIDE the restaurant we ate at, on our way out…I rescued it – Family bonding at Steak & Shake…quick “trade family members” stop – Board/card games beat down…won some, lost some – Accidental child restraints…excitement with a leg stuck in a seatbelt – Fred’s “home alone” freak out…poor kitty! Later this evening I will be posting stories with photos and stories. You’ll learn more about … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Hot Chocolate 15K Race Photos!

Again, I know this is yet another post today…back off! Just be glad I’m getting around to show such awesome photos on a Friday evening. And I promise that I have actual plans for the evening – although I did skip my nap so I may well fall asleep before the plans happen, we will have to see what caffeine does to me after 5pm! As you may remember I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K in Chicago with my cousin, Danelle, last weekend. It was freezing cold and I highly doubt I will ever run this race again (never say never, right…?). Not because of the cold, but because it was so over crowded! But that is all in the race report, which can be found HERE. And again, these photos were taken by marathonfoto.com. If you want my shpeal (how do you spell this word anyway?!) on that check out the Monster Half Photo. I am the taller one (ha) with the blue and white, Danelle is wearing pink! (click photos for larger image) … [Click Here For the Full Story]