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39.3 Part 1

16 Nov

What does that number mean?  That number means that we’ve finished our third marathon!  Woohoo!  Three down, only forty-seven more to go…

So what did we do last weekend?  Well, I’ll tell you!

Friday

Friday we left after I got off of work, which was pretty early since it was Veteran’s Day weekend.  Driving to the Outer Banks only takes about an hour and half, which is, let’s face it, pretty dang awesome!  We got into OBX around 6 or so.  It was kind of different because by the time we got there it was already dark.  Another anomaly was that OBX had been experiencing flooding and super high tides.  As I was driving down the road I had to dodge huge puddles that covered both lanes of the highway and sand drifts.    We got a little worried that this would affect the marathon on Sunday, but we were assured (by the local weatherman) that all would be well by 7 AM on Sunday.  But I digress…  We checked in and I instantly went to the balcony to look outside at the beach.  Surprise!  The ocean was right under our window.

 

Hello angry ocean!

It was kind of creepy to see the ocean that close.  Usually it’s waaaay back there, but not this weekend.

After standing in awe of the ocean it was grubbin’ time.  We decided on The Black Pelican and were not disappointed.  Leanne will write more about our restaurants, hotel and the like in her later post, but I just want to state that I really liked The Black Pelican.  One of the highlights were the oysters!  The were amazingly delicious.  I am not a big oyster person, at all, but they are in season and when at the beach…

How's that for deliciousness?! Pretty darn tasty!

Friday night ended with a grocery shopping trip to get the necessities for Sunday; bagels, peanut butter, and banana’s.  Also, some unecessities were consumed; mainly in the form of red wine.

On to …Saturday!

Up bright and early, no really!  Our clock had was not in “falling back” mode, so we were up an hour earlier than we really intended.  No mater, we got to the best places on the Banks to get donuts.  Where you ask? DUCK DONUTS!!  Oh sweet, hot, buttery goodness!  The lady there was a little overwhelmed with the onslaught of people that were there before 8.  See the thing is that they make the donuts fresh to order, really they do, which when only one person is working can lead to backups.  However, we got our donuts and were soon back at the hotel, sitting on our balcony drinking very hot coffee and eating delectable donuts.

Yes Homer, exactly

The rest of the day Saturday was filled with picking up packet information and trying to figure out where to watch football games.  We tried to go to a Christmas holiday craft show, but it didn’t quite work out.  First, I got us lost.  Then, I found the place and it was in a very tiny Community Center at the back of the Fire Station.  I pulled into the parking lot thinking maybe it’d get more exciting once I got all the way to the back…mmmm, not so much.  If we would have went in, there would have been a grand total of 10 people at the craft show.  No thanks, I really don’t like to be the only one looking at what people are selling.  Inevitably, I’ll feel guilty and buy something that I don’t really want or need just so that the little old lady will stop boring holes into my forehead.

This is part of my synopsis of our weekend.  I going to stop and break the weekend in half.  After the craft show the evening got…interesting, you’ll see.

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Weekend update!

15 Nov

A quick post!

This past Sunday Leanne and I walked the Outer Banks Half Marathon.  It was a goregous day on Sunday and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  I took a bunch of pictures with my new camera that, I think, turned out pretty well.  I will post them tomorrow, hopefully.

The exciting part is that we finished in 3 hours and 20 mins.  Not too shabby!  I am very impressed with us and think that we deserve many accolades and pats on the back! ;)

As of right now I am sore and very tired.  I went to bed at 9 yesterday!  How’s that for sleepy!?  I will be going to bed within the next 6 mins. tonight.

Keep checking back for a post from Leanne.  She says she’s going to do it!  And a post with pictures and more info on our weekend in the Outer Banks.

Hope you all had a happy Monday!

Walk, walk, walkin’ away

12 Nov

The day is finally here!  We leave for the OBX in no time at all.  Leanne and I are doing the Outer Banks Half Marathon on Sunday.  The hotel just made us stay for more than one day; so we are leaving today!

This will give me my first opportunity to use my new camera.

Hello new friend! I look forward to using you. Wait, that came out wrong...

I tested it on one of our walks this week and it’s  shnazzy and even when I was walking the pictures were pretty darn stable. Exciting!

We’ll roll into OBX today a little after dinner time.  Don’t know if we’ll get our packet and swag tonight or go tomorrow…  Saturday we pretty much have the entire day to do whatever we want.  Sightsee, sunbathe, frolic in the ocean waves.  You know the usual November stuff.  Sunday we are up bright and early to walk the half marathon!
How are you spending your weekend?

Start all over again

11 Oct
So, the taper week is over and it’s time get started again for the next half marathon.  Next on the trip tik is the half marathon in the Outer Banks

It's Momma G at the OBX! Hi mom!

Well, I guess technically before that is the Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach. 

The Wicked 10K is a pretty awesome race.  I did it last year and had a blast.  In the Wicked 10K you can dress up in costume since it’s on Halloween.  This year Leanne and I are going to walk it.  We are going to go as good and evil in the form of rival college football teams.  Leanne is an Ohio State supporter whereas I support the University of Michigan.  I think we know who has the correct affiliation… ;)

Anyway, we are planning on dressing up in all our collegiate gear and having some form of good and evil on our backs. 

This Sunday we started “training” again for the half marathon.  It’s not like you really do have to start all over again, but that’s how your legs may feel at the beginning.  We did a pretty easy walk on Sunday it was about 3.5 miles through First Landing State Park. 

 I love walking through here!  It’s also where we did our trail training for the White Tail Trail Half Marathon.  The trail in the park was pretty busy on Sunday as there were tons of little girls with their dads walking on them.  I’m thinking that it was some kind of Daddy and Me girl scout thing. 

After our walk, as per tradition, we went to Starbucks to get some coffee and read the New York Times.  This is my Sunday schedule, walk at First Landing, go drink coffee at Starbucks.  I get a grande iced soy latte and read the paper.  It really is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. 

Mmmm unecessary calories...

After that we ran some errands and got…pumpkins!  It’s Fall!  Well, kind of, since Virginia Beach doesn’t really recognize Fall until the end of October…sheesh.  So to end this lovely post, some pumpkin pictures!

These were cool. They're all bumpy and green. They reminded me of green candied apples

Regular ol' pumpkins. They had sooo many at this little farmers market

 

So, Leanne was super psyched about all the pumpkins and Fall decorations

How did you spend your weekend?  Are you ready for Fall?

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