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Christmas in June!

7 Jun

Yesterday was Christmas!

No, not really, but I got a package in the mail…

That would be my package from Red Star World Wear.  When we got our swag bags at the Williamsburg Run for the Dream Half Marathon there was a $500 gift certificate from Red Star inside.  I was all about using the gift certificate and seeing what they had to offer.

5 pairs of sunglasses and two watches

One of the pairs of sunglasses I wanted are on backorder, but I can be patient…I can!

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Definitely "dude" sunglasses, giving these away

Another pair of guys sunglasses

These glasses are really big! I'll probably give these away as well.

I'm keeping these! These are going to replace my cheaper pair of running glasses I had. They're a little crooked, but oh well.

I like these the best. They are big, but frames don't touch my cheeks!

Lastly, I got two watches, cuz why not?!

Two Red Star watches, plus my tried and true Paul Frank watch

Like I said I’ll probably be giving most of this stuff away as presents or just cuz.

Bond was not really a fan of my impromptu photo shoot

Only because I used his cat shelf as a lighting spot!

I am going to be trying out my two new pairs of sunglasses and perhaps a watch.  I’ll let y’all know what I think!


Run for the Dream – hills? What hills?

24 May

Where’d we leave off?  Ah yes, the start of the race…

Leanne and I started way  at the back while Phil went up and started way at the front.  It all worked out!

Some students from the Achievable Dream school sang the National Anthem and we were off!  There wasn’t a gun shot or anything like that, we just slowly moved forward. This was a smaller race; being the first year and all.  There was a total of about five thousand for the whole race weekend.  Pretty cozy.

This is what was behind Leanne and I…

See, I wasn’t kidding when I said we were at the back.  It was all good since we wanted to start with a more comfy pace.  Leanne was worried about her stiff back and foot.  I was a little worried since I had the Pig two weekends ago and hadn’t really trained for this one.

Anywho, on with the story!

Miles 1 – 2 were all through Colonial Williamsburg.  It was pretty cool to be walking through Williamsburg without anyone else there.  And by anyone else, don’t worry about the two thousand or so other runners/walkers.

I see you runners!

Miles 3 – 5 took us around  Colonial Williamsburg.  We really got to see the outlying areas of Williamsburg and some of the city.  It was tranquil through this part of the race.  Not a whole lot of spectators or other people about.  One thing I noticed right off the bat about this race was that there was not any entertainment at all.  In some parts it was nice to just be in Williamsburg and enjoying the scenery, but towards the end…I really needed something!  Around mile 3/4?  a lady in the neighborhood told us, “I brought you shade and a downhill!”  She was cute.  It’s little things that make races worth it!

Miles 6 – 9 these were the fun miles…or not really.  At mile six you turn and start heading into Historic Jamestown.  Also at this point you get to see the runners you haven’t seen in an hour or so.  This part of the course also starts with the hills….oh the the hills.  Looking at the elevation map

I didn’t fully appreciate how many elevation changes there were throughout miles 6-10.5.  Even that’s a lie.  Pretty much from mile 6 – 13…there was a hill in some shape or form.  Ugh…

I was doing fine during miles 6-9..er 8.  After that I hit…the brick frickin’ wall…  It pains me so…really, it does.  The thing is, Sunday was the hottest and most humid day of the year.  I know this sounds like an excuse, but whatever.  I drank water and Gatorade at every water station yet still at mile 9… I was done.  I had to make Leanne slow down her pace…I felt like a big weenie!  I know I shouldn’t but, hey it’s pride!  Leanne was my own personal cheerleader.  Honestly if she wasn’t there.  I so would have stopped.

At mile 8 we got serenaded by a piano player.  Seriously we did!  This man had an upright piano and was singing and playing old musical songs such as, “One.”  Leanne and I were very appreciative.

Moving on…

Miles 10 – 13.1  We had to move over for the ambulance to go pick up a walker behind us.  Lots of people were struggling due to the humidity and heat.  I hope that person was okay!  During these last couple of miles we headed back in to Colonial Williamsburg and onto the campus of William and Mary.  More Gatorade and water were consumed, but for some reason…didn’t really help.  Damn you humidity! *shakes fist at sky!*  Between miles 11 and 12 the best thing happened…a cool mist station.  Oh my God!  I felt like I stepped into a tiny little rain shower, it felt soooooo good!  After the cool down station we were heading into Zable Stadium at William and Mary.  We could hear the announcer yelling off everyone’s name,  I so wanted to be in the stadium so he could say my name!  So close!  There was one last turn and a hill (curses!)before entering the stadium.  This is where Phil showed up!  Thank goodness.  You know why?  He had water!  Oh and I guess he was a bit of a motivator…;)

Do you see what I see?

That, my fine friends,  would be the finish line.  When we entered the stadium they were playing Olympic themed music.  It was a good touch and it did help me a bit, although I kind of wanted to be on the back of those Olympians…

Leanne and I crossed the finish line in 3:18 unofficially, 3:15 officially.  Once we stopped moving, I felt a lot better.  Considering that I made us slow down, I think our time is pretty awesome.  It irks me to know that our time could have been better if I hadn’t been a human slug!

The after race party in the Sunken Garden was pretty impressive.

There was BBQ! 

and beer, although I did not partake.  They also had lots of other goodies such as cookies, peanuts, yogurt, bananas, and chocolate milk.  Yum!  There was also a live band playing.  Pret-ty good.

I give the “after party” an A+.

Leanne and I enjoyed this race, even with the whole “wall” thing.  It was the first year for the race, so I know next year will be even better!

I appreciate Leanne for helping me get through those last miles.  I appreciate Phil for having water at mile 13ish and for taking Leanne and I’s picture that last leg.  *Group hug!*

Run for the Dream

23 May

Happy Monday!  Today was definitely still a recovery day.  I didn’t take the day off or anything, but I’m still moving pretty slow.

Let’s recap shall we?

Saturday we headed up to Newport News.  We stayed at Phil’s since he is much closer to Williamsburg and this way we wouldn’t have to get up ridiculously early on Sunday to get there.

We headed to the Expo which was a bit underwhelming and confusing.  The packet pick up was at the Visitor’s Center at Williamsburg in a smaller building.  This was the first year for the race so I know things will be fixed and changed, but the packet pick up was all over the place.  First, you headed downstairs to get your number.  In order to get your number you had to walk through the room where you signed up for shuttle bus times and got your swag bag, but you couldn’t sign up for a time or get your swag bag until you got your number.  Oy.  Then you headed back upstairs, through the expo to get your shirt.  It was a super small expo and I’m sure it will get bigger and more organized.

After the expo we chilled for a bit and then headed to dinner.  We went to Luigi’s in Newport News.  It wasn’t that busy, which just meant we got our food that much quicker.

First off…garlic knots!

Carb it up!

They were super addicting.  I got chicken Marsala as my meal.  It too was very good!

You can also see Leanne’s pizza, which she said was delicious as well.

After dinner, I got my stuff together…

spi belt, gu's, shirt, sports bra, pants, socks, shoes, bus pass, headband, and race number

Yeah, we didn’t wear the bus wrist things.  They pretty much just let you on the bus when you got there and really didn’t pay attention to the times at all.  See, at the expo they made you pick a time (our time was 6:10).  It was stressed that you needed to be there at the specific time and yada, yada, yada.  We got there sometime around 6 and still got on the bus.  Whatevs.

Sunday we got up bright and early at 5 in order to make it to the buses by 6:10.

We made it to the start of the race course well before the race started (7:30)


Banana nut bagel w/almond butter.

There was also coffee and a banana for breakfast.

The race start was actually inside The College of William and Mary; we ate breakfast in the library parking lot I believe.  Lots of people watching ensued along with entertainment.

Drum and fife!

Finally we headed over to the start.  We didn’t see a corral system in place, apparently there was one, so we just headed to the back.

There was still time for a few last-minute shots before the race started…

Phil, Leanne, and I

Leanne and me

I’m going to end it there today.  Lots more to write!  Stay tuned!

Williamsburg Run for the Dream

21 May

Tomorrow morning Leanne, Phil, and I will be in Williamsburg running/walking the Run for the Dream Half Marathon.  It’s going to be a great day and I know we are all going to do an awesome job!

See you on the flip side!

Think, think, think

20 May

I’m pondering…


b) what to order off of Cheesecake Factory’s massive menu

c)how those balloons are ever going to come down

d)why oh why The Office let Steve Carrell get away

e) all of the above

Leanne and I have the Williamsburg Run for the Dream Half Marathon on Sunday.  I will be sure to bring updates of all that.  I pretty excited about it since the course runs through historic Williamsburg and the campus of William and Mary.  It should be great.  The only thing I’m worried about is that it is supposed to be pretty hot on Sunday…no bueno.

By the by, if you haven’t seen Bridesmaids…you totally should.  It is hilarious!

Seriously, I laughed so hard!  Go. See. It!

Yup, those balloons are still up there…

I’ve died and gone to strawberry heaven

15 May

It has been a great weekend.  Definitely what I needed after the crazy week at school.

Saturday we went strawberry picking.  I was so excited about this!  My mom would take my brother and I strawberry picking every summer in Michigan.  We went to Cullipher Farms in Virginia Beach.  We chose this particular farm because they have organic strawberries.

They gave us big green baskets that we could fill up for $13.50, not a bad price for the amount of organic strawberries we got.

Look at those beauties!

So what to do with an abundance of strawberries?  Strawberry freezer jam of course!

Step 1: crush up strawberries so that it equals 4 cups.

Step 2: Mix in pectin and 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  We used Ball Freezer Jam pectin.  Let sit three minutes.

Step 3: Pour into freezable containers and wait for 30 minutes

Step 4: Put in the freezer!  We also put a couple in the fridge so we could enjoy it sooner than later.  It is delicious!

Since we had so many strawberries still, we made a strawberry rhubarb crisp!


Today Leanne, Phil, and I went to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens to get some training in.  If I forgot to mention, Leanne, Phil, and I are going to do the Williamsburg Run for the Dream half marathon next weekend.

It is a beautiful place.  A lot of flowers were in bloom, including pretty much the entire rose garden.

The other exciting thing about the botanical garden is that there is an eagle nesting there.  Guess what!?  We saw it!  It was awesome!  The eaglets are somewhere else.  A sad thing happened about 2 weeks ago, their mother got hit and killed by a plane.  The father eagle was not able to care for them, so they moved them to a wildlife center.  Check out this website to learn more.

After all of our walking, stopping to smell the roses, and eagle watching we were pretty hungry.  Why not head over to the church festival for some food!?  Good idea.

Cheese empanadas, rice, kielbasa, sauerkraut

Pulled pork and baklava

The one part of the meal you don’t see are the scrumptious lumpia we ate.  They. Were. Good.  I think it helped that they were pretty authentic.  They were eaten to fast to have their close up.

Sadly, the weekend is coming to an end.  SOL testing is creeping closer and closer, but so is the end of the school year. 🙂

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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