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First Half Marathon = Conquered

This morning Brent and I FINISHED our Half Marathon. I am pumped. The race started at 7 this morning, so we were on the road by 615. I lined up at the 9 minute mark hoping that having some faster people around me would get me going. But, I ended up starting at a pace that was too fast. I ended up having to convince myself that I was going to go at my own pace and not try to BEAT everyone else that was running.

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Around mile 5 or 6 my knee legit just said no thanks. It hasn’t done this in a while. Out of all of my long runs…it had to be this one that it just said see you later. I was limping a bit and struggling a lot for the next two miles. I stopped a few times to really stretch it out a bit, but it never seemed to calm down.

At mile marker 7, I started thinking in terms of the miles that we had left. However, my math was wrong and I for some reason though we only had 5 left at that time.

When we got to mile 9, the number of people cheering us on really started to pick up. Their signs…were AMAZING.

  • You trained for this longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted.
  • Run faster, I just farted.
  • Sweat is fat crying.
  • Run like you stole something.

Those were just a few favs, but people can be really creative. We finished and immediately grabbed a banana, which I fell in love with after the Rock N Run in Sept. Grabbed some water and headed over to the grassy to start stretching.

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I think Brent wanted to shoot me because while we were sitting there chatting away, I couldn’t help but start thinking about the next one! I loved it. I am absolutely doing another one. Brent just responded, can we just talk about this tomorrow?? Haha.

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Tired elves. After we gained some strength, we started walking around the tents that they have set up for a little after party. One of the things that they were giving away was chocolate milk. Brent found this out before the race and may or may not have been running towards that chocolate milk.

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The route that we ran was really, really nice. It had several areas that were cobble stoned, which wasn’t amazing to run on towards the end. It took you all through downtown Orlando, and around all of the little lakes in the area. If you aren’t from Orlando, I would say this is a great way to get a good sense of what living in Orlando is like!

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They had tons and tons of volunteers and police officers marking the way. Every mile and a half there were Port A Johns and water stations to grab something. Even more towards the end. At mile 8.5 they had supplements to give you that extra boost. There were bands playing in several spots along the way. Tons of spectators cheering you on. They also had a medic about half way through.

At the end, there were tents to get ice wrapped on your shins, knees or whatever else and cooling stations that you just stuck your head into and it showered you with a light cool mist. Yes.

The weather, was perfect. There was a little chill in the air in the morning, and it warmed up to about 75. The light, long sleeve shirts that we wore were perfect. I had so much fun that I am sure this isn’t going to be my last half marathon. Only next time, I’m running for time!

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Post race, I didn’t really want to eat or drink much. The thought of food was just…mer. After about an hour at home, I was ready for something light. I ended up making a little twist on a tuna melt, that was so good.

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Ingredients:

1 Can Tuna 2 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce
1/4 Cucumber Chopped 1/2 Slice Provolone Cheese

Strange, but delish. Brent loved it. I love everything with Sonny’s BBQ sauce on it anyways,

I ended up resting for a bit of the day because tonight, we are going to a BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

Pumpkin Picking Kind of Evening

After running around for the morning and into the afternoon, I headed home quick to make some lunch and then head back out. For lunch, I had been trying to think of something else that I wanted to do with the Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken. And did I find something to do. I used a pita pocket, 60 calories, and made a yummy! sandwich.

 

Ingredients:

2 Full Pita Pockets, Halved 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Buffalo Sauce 1/2 Cup Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken
2 Slices Muenster Cheese, Halved 2 Handfuls of Lettuce

 

Directions:

1. Mix the greek yogurt and the buffalo sauce. Then put 1 half muenster cheese, lettuce, 1/8 Cup buffalo chicken and 1/4 of the greek buffalo sauce into each half of the pita. FINITO!

 

 

The sauce was really delicious. I’m thinking about how to modify that into a layered dip for some parties 🙂 I think it would be fantastic and a great alternative to a cream cheese based dip.

After gloating about my delicious lunch, I went back onto the road and visited a few more accounts. I finally finished my visits with stopping at a doggie boarding place for this weekend.But I’m not sure this is the place. My usual doggie day care/boarding only has their VIP room available and it would cost about 100 bucks for 1 night. No thanks.

Anyways, there was still an hour or so of day light when I finally got back and Brent and I went PUMPKIN PICKING! I’ve been dying to go. DYING. A church about 2 blocks from my house was having a pumpkin picking deal, and we definitely hit that up. They had such a cute little set up.

 

 

 

 

I can’t even tell you how many pumpkins there were. It really didn’t help my indecisiveness. They had little red wagons to help you bring them to the car.

STORY TIME!

The little red wagon was a staple of my childhood. My brother and I used to play with our little red wagon all the time. But BY FAR, the story that sticks out the most is the time that my brother, 4 years old at the time, ventured next door with his little red wagon in tow and tried to sell his wagon. Hahaha! The neighbor ended up calling my mom and letting her know that he little boy was next door trying to pawn off his wagon. Some day I hope to find out exactly why he was looking to liquidize his wagon. That’s like Brent selling his flat screen! Big life decision!

Back to pumpkin picking 🙂 We ended up walking around for quite a while looking for THE PERFECT PUMPKIN. Parameters…

  • Short and Fat (Perfect for carving)
  • Perfectly round
  • Stem in tact
  • No blemishes

Let me tell you…that PERFECT pumpkin just doesn’t exist. It really doesn’t. You think you found it, then you look at the opposite side and there is a seriously large scar. There is definitely some symbolism/parallelism that you can read into here, but I’ll leave you all to think about searching for the perfect pumpkin.

We did find one! It’s not THE PERFECT pumpkin but it is perfect for what I wanted.

 

My arms were legit BURNING from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp yesterday morning. I almost threw it on the ground after I was in so much pain. What I think is actually kind of funny…the pumpkin I am holding, is the SAME pumpkin Brent is holding.

 

 

How much bigger does that one look?! Wouldn’t you think it would look smaller in the hands of a guy that’s 6 foot 5? Mind Bending!

 

We had fun picking out our pumpkin and I can’t wait to dig into the sucker this weekend to showcase my expert pumpkin carving skills, and maybe make some pumpkin seeds. I’m not really an expert pumpkin carver.

 

 

He’s my favorite pumpkin 🙂

Off to work for today! I’ve got some BIG plans for November so mark your calendars for the November 1st post! Should be exciting!

What’s your favorite thing about pumpkin picking?? Is it carving it afterwards?? Searching for the perfect pumpkin?? Roasting the seeds?? Making pie?!

I love the act of picking the pumpkin the most. It’s a great reason to be outside, walking around and is always a fun time.