Weekend Recap: Glow Run and Baptisms

Weekend Recap: Glow Run and Baptisms

We had a GREAT weekend!  I honestly wasn’t ready for it to end last night.  I knew I needed to go to sleep, but I stayed up a little too late reading trying to stretch the weekend for all it’s worth. 🙂
Friday evening, I FINALLY saw The Fault in Our Stars. I managed to read the book without crying, but oh man, I ugly cried at the movie.  We got dinner and hit up Wal-Mart after the movie.
Saturday, I attempted sleeping in, but I was up around 7ish.  Darn it, early weekday wakeup time.  I guess 7 is sleeping in from my usual 4:30/5 a.m., but I ended up going back to bed after I let the dog out…and I rested until around 9.
We puttered around the house and around lunch time, we headed to the lake.  We saw a beautiful deer on the way there!  It just stood there and stared at us.

We spent two hours at the lake, floating, sunning, and reading. I’m trying to read a book about Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse…but it’s 600 pages….and it’s from the library, so I have a finite amount of time to read it.  I’m reading every spare moment.

We ran some errands after the lake, going to look at a truck and meeting Tyler’s uncle for an early dinner. Then, we all went to Van Buren for the Splatter Me Colorful Glow Run 5k.  It was a BLAST.
We were all wearing our matching neon yellow.  We got some glow face paint before the race!

During the race, they shoot you with glow paint as you walk/run (we walked.).  We were a hot mess afterwards.

But it looks so neat in the black lights!

I’m so glad we can do active stuff like this together!

Sunday, we were up early to head to Hot Springs.  My aunt, uncle, cousin Gavin, and grandma Elee all were baptized on Sunday.  It was SUCH an answered prayer and so special to be there.
The pastor said it’s the first time he’s baptized three generations at the same time!
We had lunch with the family and headed home.  We were a bit tight in the car because mom brought my cousin Luke back with her.  They came over last night to feed the catfish, which Luke really enjoyed. It’s so fun to spend time with the family!

So, today is Monday and we’re back at it.  But I’m doing REALLY exciting stuff tonight…can’t wait to tell you about it tomorrow! 🙂 *teaser!*

Weekend Recap: Dallas and Storms

I spent part of the weekend in Dallas with mom.  I didn’t take a single picture because we were having too much fun. I mean, mom was doing boy band dances in the car funny.  Lots of laughing.
Friday night, we stopped at the casino in Durant for dinner, and then drove on to Dallas.  We had a good night’s sleep and got up early to run.  We ran in the outlet mall next to our hotel.  We joked it was the first time we spent 40 minutes in a mall without buying anything! ha!

Saturday afternoon, we shopped, had lunch at Cowboy Chicken, and went and saw Evita the Musical.  It was great.  A bit heavier of a show with the ending, but still really good.  We did a bit more shopping after, had dinner at Twisted Root Burger, and headed home.  We got home at 11:30 pm and crashed.
Sunday, we had church and lunch, and then I took a glorious nap.  They were calling for severe weather, so our church moved the afternoon’s picnic indoors.  Tyler and I went because he wanted to play volleyball.  Thankfully the weather was ok over us, and we stayed there until 9.  Funny thing, as they were playing volleyball, some of the women went upstairs to run.  We did a mile (16 laps!).  I had to walk a bit because I was wearing Chacos instead of tennis shoes.  Not ideal for running. 

We got home and one last round of severe weather rolled through.  We got crazy wind (I’m SO thankful we have no trees at our home!) and nickel sized hail. 

I’m praying for central Arkansas, as they were hit with a huge tornado last night.  Aside from the bad weather, the weekend was pretty good. This week should be a little low key after the busy weekend. 
How was your weekend?

13 in 13 Race Recap

I CAN NOT believe I’ve done 14 races (12 5ks, 1 10k, plus 1 triathlon!) this year.  I set out to do the 13 in 2013 because it seemed like something that would keep me active all year…and it has!  I didn’t focus on improving my running as much as I would have liked (all my Zumba and then tri training meant doing different things) so my times were pretty consistent all year…but I’m proud to have accomplished what I set out to do: do 13 races in 2013! (actually beating my goal by adding the triathlon!)

My year started off with a bang at the Booneville Relay for Life 5k back in January.  It was spitting snow and FREEZING and the race was small…but I got 2nd place female and won a trophy! ha!  (The funny thing about this race was it was soooo tiny…they had homemade bibs!)
April was busy busy busy with a race every weekend!
The first weekend I ran with Alden at the Reach Out and Run 5k.  This was SO fun to run with my best friend and push her to finish strong.
 The next weekend I ran the Miles for Mutts 5k with Amber.  Another race with a friend- so much fun! There were TONS of dogs on this course since it was for the Humane Society….we were dodging doggies for 3 miles! ha!
The next weekend I headed to Tulsa to meet up with Cristi for the Color Run!!  The whole experience was exciting!  The color powder did stain my skin a bit…so the “high” from this race lasted for several days until the pink wore off!
The last weekend in April, I did the Charleston Inferno Run for the fire department.  It was cold and misting rain…and I stepped in a HUGE puddle about a mile from the finish completely soaking my show.  It was a good race though!
The Hot Foot Run was next…and it’s the only run I didn’t get a picture of myself at! I went alone (Tyler wasn’t feeling great and slept in…he was usually my paparazzi at races!).  This race was so special because of the firemen running in their gear.  The race was also SUPER hot and I had to walk more than I wanted because there were no water stations.
Next up was the Color Me Rad in Little Rock with Tyler, Mom, and Nancy.  Sooooo fun to share this with them.  We had a great time dancing through the color stations.  I liked that this one was smaller and had both wet and dry color stations.
The next race was the Splatter Me Colorful in Van Buren.  I did this with my coworker Autumnn and her friend Sara.  The wet glow paint was fun..and the after party at the finish line with the black lights was GREAT!
July 4th was my next race..the Firecracker 5k in Greenwood.  I totally dressed for the occasion (but didn’t win the costume contest!).  It was a hot one….but the fire department was shooting water from the trucks keeping you cool.
Next up was the Lavaca 9/11 Memorial Run.  This one also had firemen running in their gear. It was a warm day…and mom came with me to this one.  I got a 2nd place medal in my age group!
In October, I ran the Arkansas Best 5k at work.  It was a little chilly (and I hadn’t ran much in the weeks prior) but had a great time.  It’s fun to run with your coworkers!
Next up was the Tri for Roses indoor triathlon.  I got 2nd place in my age group and finished strong!
The next race wasn’t ideal…but I did it!  It was the Turkey Run 10K.  I ended up having terrible knee pain around mile 4 and had to walk a bunch of it at the end.  But I stayed in my 12-13 minute mile range and finished in 1:18ish (clock time said 1:20…but I know my actual time was a little faster!)
The last 5k was the Greenwood Yule Run in December. I was really looking to this run and attempting to PR (runner speak for beating your best time- PR= Personal Record)…however my IT band inflammation I incurred at the Turkey Trot prevented that.  But Mom and I had a GREAT time dressing up…and she actually ran almost 1/3 of the race!  So proud of her! And we won the costume award for dressing up! ha!
When I set this goal, I knew I was capable of doing all these races, but I really thought that doing them would magically make me thin and “at goal” and all those magical weight loss things.  Truth is…that didn’t happen. 
But I did learn SO much about myself pushing myself this year.  I learned how to encourage friends running with Alden and Mom.  I learned how to push myself when I just wanted to stop in the triathlon and 10k.
I learned what the running community felt like at the Hot Foot Run.
I learned how to just suck it up and do it in all weather.  I was able to use these events to meet some neat friends in person (Cristi at the Color Run), and somewhere in there, I learned that I really could push myself and do what I set out to do.  This was a lofty goal when I started, but I completed it (plus one!).
I’m not doing the 14 in 2014…but I will keep running and pushing myself.

Weekend Recap: Santa and Cookies

This weekend was a busy one.  Along with the fun stuff we had planned, we also had some prepping and family stuff to do as well.
Friday night, I picked Gram up and brought her to my house.  She was my official “taste tester” while I cooked all the food for the party.  We had a great time hanging out.  After dinner, Mom came over and helped me clean a little bit.  I LOVE throwing parties….and it’s so much easier when I get a little help with the party prep.
Saturday morning, mom and I did the Greenwood Yule Run 5k.  It was a little chilly, so there wasn’t a big crowd.  We decided that since we weren’t going to be the fastest, we would be the cutest.  We dressed like Santa and an elf!
I was SO proud of mom!  She usually walks during the 5ks, and with my recent knee issues, I was going to walk with her.  But she decided to run some…and she ran like 3/4 of a mile….beating her best 5k time by 3 minutes!  
And we won costume!  Because we looked AMAZING. (Yes, I’m Santa!)
Saturday afternoon, we headed to Mt. Ida for a funeral.  My Gram’s best friend, Mrs. Linda, passed away.  We were good friends with her family.  We all went to church together.  So we went to the funeral.  It was good to see some Hot Springs friends…but it was so sad to lose such a wonderful woman.  It was a beautiful service, and it was good to hug their necks and pray for their family.
Saturday evening when I got home, I finished cleaning and hung out by the tree watching a Christmas special.
I also got all the presents wrapped.  Look at all those gifts under our little tree!
Sunday, mom and I served in the nursery with the 2 year olds.  I LOVE that.  They were all so cute talking about baby Jesus. 
After church, we had our third annual Christmas Cookie Swap.  I made lunch and we had some friends and family over.  I decided to invite folks to wear their Christmas sweaters since Tyler and I had some matching ones to wear.
My sweet friend Rachel joined the sweater fun!  (isn’t she precious…her spirit is sweeter than that big smile).
We had SO many yummy goodies there!
And look at these fancy goodies that Sarah brought!  My friends are talented, y’all.
After stuffing ourselves with cookies, we went to church for the children’s program.  It was precious, and a great reminder that Christmas is about Jesus…and that God takes care of all of our needs.
After church, we stuck around to play basketball (which I watched!) and then volleyball at church.  Because they were short some people, I had to play.  I actually got a couple serves over the net…and hit a few balls over too.  Improvement from ducking when the ball comes at me! ha!
It was a great weekend of celebrating the season and celebrating the life of a dear sweet woman. I hope you had a great weekend.
What is your signature holiday cookie?  I made some peanut butter butterscotch goodies dipped in chocolate and rolled in potato chips! ha!  I called them “chip and dip” cookies!