Monday, May 02, 2016

The weekend that had me cross a finish line & I finally lost a canoe

What a weekend... what a weekend!

I still feel like it was all a blur - full of excitement & now, I'm in that area where its like, "What now?" ... you know, when you do something for so long & then the big day comes. Then what?  Its why I usually sign up immediately for another race. The habit that is called running.

But let's take a quick glance at the weekend - knowing tomorrow is Training Tuesday & will be full of all the info about the half marathon


... Got off work & headed downtown to the expo. I LOATHE where they have the expo. Parking is so difficult. There is one garage that is always full & anywhere else to park?  Miles away. Good thing its for people that like to get some miles under their feet. I ended up parking so far away, it took me 55 minutes to get to the expo, pick up my packet - do nothing else but that - & get back to my car.  Best warm up for a race ever.

... I got a tooth brush in with my race packet. I thought this had to be some sort of joke with all my dental issues the past 5 months.


... Stopped by the grocery & ended up spending over $17.00 on dark chocolate chips - different varieties.  I see no issues with this.

... the best part of running a big race? CARBS! I made some spinach ravioli for dinner & didn't even think twice at filling up my plate,  If you can't run for any other reason, run for carb eating.


... Who can sleep? I was up all night a nervous wreck about the race.

... SO much to tell,- stay tuned for tomorrow.  But I'll sum it up - I set out to the start line.... & crossed the finish line!  BAM! & DONE!


... We got rained on for the race. I didn't think I would ever dry out or warm up. BRRR!!!

... Harvey Dent was so glad for the lazy afternoon & just wanted to snuggle all day long. Seriously. All day long. He was crawling in my lap, or trying to get in Ricky's.  There was a big news report last week that talked about dogs felt anxiety if they were hugged or loved on too much.  So every time Harvey would throw himself on either of us, we'd look up & say, "He's miserable getting loved on"


... It really was a cool day on Saturday. I had to shut all our windows because inside, our temps were 54 degrees.  Spring left us for the day.  Except for the whole Spring showers thing I guess.

... made Ricky a brownie/cookie desert in thanks for him doing the race with me.  Sugar is always a reward for him.


... We had to have a AC/Heater repair guy come out to look at our unit.  & then left us with sticker shock. We basically need a whole new unit.  & you may ask, didn't we just buy a new unit a few years ago. Yes, yes we did. & it's ruined. grrreeeeaaaatttttttttttttt.

... Did a late night Bible Journal page.  It felt perfect for my day at the race.  I even mentioned on IG about it - how the Bible reminds us that life is better together, & this race was a complete reminder of that. All the support I got in so many ways - big & small. It all makes a difference.


... I woke up scared to move but totally wasn't sore at all. YIPEE!!!!  This was like the best surprise ever. I usually am always tight in my hips, & while I could feel it if I raised my knees up to my chest, I could actually do just that - lift my knees up to my chest - which is something that I would never be able to do with other races. The training paid off.

I never tire of this GIF

... I have been stuck at 38 lbs lost for the LONGEST time but really have watched my food the past 2 weeks & BAM! Finally hit it - the 40 lbs mark. That really made my day knowing that I had reached my half marathon goal & while I didn't make my ultimate weight loss goal (I have 20-25 lbs still to loose) I did hit a marker that I wanted to hit for race day!  YAHOOO!!!!

... I did want to take it easy & slow so we missed church service but made it for Middle School Ministry. So glad I did too - it was great getting to know these girls better.

They had to form letters with their bodies & we had to figure out what they were spelling from above

... Stopped for a quick Target run to get some paper plates & dog bones - the week can't go on without dog treats & bones.

... Got my 3rd Starbucks for the weekend.  Mango Tea Lemonade again & they had their hot chocolate k-cups 50% off.  The expiration date was good through 2017 so I'm all about tucking these things away for cold nights that lay ahead... or maybe next week. Who knows.

... Made out my bills. & shucks, didn't find an extra $8000 for an AC unit.

... Started a new book while watching storms go through.

...  made some banana cookies.  I seriously made 3 batches of these cookies. I've become quite the pro at making them lately with a little scooper that gives me perfect cookies & not get my hands all dirty. I'm set for healthy sweet treats all week long.

... watched Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the 235th time. That movie was my favorite by far out of the series (Oh wait - I still havent seen the very last one yet) ... I hate when they put it on TV, they take this movie & drag it out for over 3 hours. Really? I set my DVR for it so I could fast forward commercials - which is so dumb because why dont I just put in the actual DVD?  ... makes no sense.

& now its Monday... back at it.  
It's Derby Week around here. Lots of excitement in the air - none of the activities that I will join in with - except hitting Derby traffic since I work like 1.5 miles from Churchill Downs. 
Funnnnn.... yeah....

So how was your weekend?


  1. Wahoo! You finished!!! Can't wait to read all about it tomorrow. I got rained on Sunday morning too during my race.

    40 LBs is a lot, but when you put it in terms of a canoe!? That's crazy & I have no doubt you've worked extremely hard to make it happen.

    Also, $8000? And the BF wonders why I like to rent. 'Cause ain't nobody got time for a casual $8000 repair.

  2. Congrats to you! You should feel so proud and accomplished! :)

  3. yay for the race and for hitting 40lbs lost :)

    and i never take those stupid reports seriously...dogs LOVE attention. they'll definitely let you know when they need personal space

  4. Yay, congrats on the race and the weight loss goal! That's great that you weren't sore the next day, that is such a wonderful thing to wake up to :)

    1. As soon as my eyes opened, I was nervous about it :)

  5. So excited that you crossed the finish line! Congrats on that and your 40-pound loss. Both are a huge accomplishment! You're a rock star!

    1. Ahh - thanks friend - you rock a lot yourself lady!

  6. YAY FOR FINISHING THE HALF MARATHON!! I can't wait to hear about it on Tuesday!

    We were just talking about that news report on hugging dogs at dinner on Sunday with my family! Kyle said, "Well they must have forgotten to interview Lylee because I'm pretty sure she enjoys a good hug, especially in a storm!" Haha!
    Congrats on losing a canoe and that Brad gif is ALWAYS welcome! :)

  7. Yay!! What a great weekend (except for the AC repair -- yuck!) but I really am so glad that you were able to start and FINISH the race and no soreness after! And buh-bye to that canoe. :) My dogs didn't get the memo about being anxious with the hugging. I can hardly sit down without one of them jumping up into my chair first so they can be the first on my lap. That Bible journal page is beautiful -- I love it! Can't wait to read your recap tomorrow!

  8. There are several movies that I own the DVD but much prefer to watch when they're broadcast on TV. DH doesn't understand it, but at least I can tell him that I'm not the only one.

  9. So happy to hear you finished the race!! Can't wait to hear the details! xo,Kristina

  10. Crossing the finish line AND making it to the 40 lb mark in one weekend?!?!?! Now that is something to be proud of for sure!!!!! Sucks that it was shadowed with adulting in needing a new hvac unit. Gross. That is NOT a fun expense at all!!!

  11. Congratulations on crossing that finish line - I can't wait for the recap and I'm with you the tooth brush was sort of hilarious!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  12. Yay for losing a canoe! I love that reference!! Sounds you had a great weekend and can't wait for the race recap!

  13. Yay, I am happy you finished and I can't wait to hear about it! Also awesome your knee is still okay the next day. Cookie brownies.. Omg, I love those. Mango tea lemonade sounds so good. I like pink lemonade so maybe I would like that. And Starbucks drinks are looking so good, lately. Their birthday one looks yummy.

  14. YAY for finishing the race!! I bet that felt good even with the rain.

    Why???? on the unit!!! Ugh I hope that replacement last longer than this one! that's so frustrating!

    And big CONGRATULATIONS on hitting the 40lb mark. That's amazing, and I'm so glad you did it! That's really an accomplishment.

    liz @ j for joiner

  15. So happy that you finished your race AND made your weight goal! You are AMAZING! Check with your power company...sometimes they have payment plans for getting a more efficient HVAC unit in your house. Good luck!

  16. I was going incognito today and reading posts but not commenting but I HAD to comment about the dog thing! Michael read the same article and told me about it and then we just had to look at each other like, "They're crazy" when our dogs would come over and snuggle with us willingly!

  17. 8k for a new unit?? That's just depressing. You should start a Go Fund Me. 😉
    I'm not gonna mention this on my recap cuz it's embarrassing, but I'll tell you. I drove around downtown for a freakin hour trying to find a parking place for the expo. I finally gave up and drive the 30 mins back home. I ended up texting my friend and asking her to just pick mine up when she gets hers. They need to change the location!!
    I can't wait to lose a canoe!! I'm sure that made a difference in your running!

  18. What a huge accomplishments! Weight loss and the race! I can.not.wait for the recap tomorrow! You always have such fun and busy weekends!

  19. Congrats for starting and finishing and the weight loss!

  20. So many congratulations on the race and on your weight loss! I can't wait to hear more about the race tomorrow and those brownies look amazing! I laughed out loud at putting your k cups away until the winter... or next week, that's totally something I would do too, haha :)

  21. I was thinking about you over the weekend, looking at the smile on your face I am going to guess you had a great time!
    Congrats on finishing, guessing your knee held up good for ya, yay!!!

  22. Any post that Harvey Dent makes an appearance, is a post that makes me smile :)

    I do NOT run. Never have. think that someone who wasn't much of a runner has accomplished what you have is truly amazing to me. Well done!!!!!

  23. that dessert looks ahhhhmazing. and congrats on 40lbs! that is amazing. and LOL i didn't even notice if i got a toothbrush. that's ridiculous.

  24. Aww look at you this post is just full of great news! Congratulations on both your race finish and the milestone weight loss! I know you are on top of the world! How do resist the brownie dessert though? It would be so hard for me.


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