Currently: October


Waiting (and not so patiently) for my Beach2Battleship finisher's jacket to arrive. For big and/or first-time events I like to have apparel beyond what comes with my registration fee. I perused the official B2B merch booth at the expo, but it was crazy crowded and I wouldn't have bought anything before actually doing the race anyway (because superstitious). They had it set up at the after-party and I headed straight there determined to buy something, but nothing really stood out to me. They had a finisher's jacket but I didn't love (no hood = deal breaker) and it didn't want to waste the money. It was disappointing, but I truly didn't need anything new so I moved on. They had the booth set up again on Sunday when I went to pick up my bike, and my friend spotted a different jacket (with a hood!) that I ended up liking much better than the one I had seen previously. We both ended up ordering the exact same one, which will be customized with this year's date. I can't wait to put my hands on it and wear it for the rest of time.

Avoiding my 10-year high school reunion. It's on Saturday, and you couldn't pay me to go. I'm not bitter, Class of '05, it's just I've passed that point in my life.

Feeling like I got hit by a truck. My mom got sick right before B2B weekend, and I think she got me sick too. Thankfully I had no illnesses or injuries before the race, so really, if I were going to get sick, now is pretty much the best time, but still. I felt fine until Tuesday evening and then it just hit me like a ton of bricks. I'm dragging this week and I can't tell if it's being sick, recovering from the race, trying to pick up after being out of town all weekend, or some combination of the three.

Wanting to buy the new Rock Band that came out this week. Ben and I were OBSESSED with Guitar Hero and Rock Band in college and we used to battle it out all the time.

Planning outfits, outfits, outfits. Capsule outfits, running outfits, all the outfits! My fall capsule is finally complete (only a month late, no big) and, if I can get my act together to finish the photos, will be making its debut right before your very eyes next week.

I have two races coming up over Halloween weekend and I'm super excited about my running outfits. The first one, the Wicked 10k, is my FAVORITE race of the whole year, and this year it's actually ON Halloween. This will be my 5th year running it, making it my longest race streak, but I've never dressed up. Shame, I know! But I'm dressing up this year and I think my costume will more than make up for my lack of costume the last 4 years. It's not going to be a PR in terms of time, but it just might be a PR in terms of fun. We'll see.

After Wicked wraps up I'm jumping in the car and heading down to Raleigh! Yes, 2 races in 2 different states during the same weekend, but both were non-negotiable. In Raleigh I'll be running the City of Oaks 10k so I can pace/calm/entertain/whatever Alyssa for the first 5 miles of her first marathon(!!!!); then I'll send her on her way and finish up my race so that I can go back out on the course and cheer her on to her finish! Normally I'd probably wait until the night before to pick out a shirt, but I've already decided I'm wearing the shirt I got from Beach2Battleship. You would too if you just finished a half Ironman.

Celebrating my favorite human on the planet! Ben's birthday was last Friday but, you know, we were a little busy being out of town for B2B, then a little tired, then a little preoccupied with trying to catch back up to normal life, so we've rolled his birthday celebration around to this weekend. We've got plans with friends tonight and tomorrow I'm taking him to see the Steve Jobs movie (which I've been calling "The Steve Jobs Movie" and being worried I sound like an idiot who doesn't know the actual title...but it turns out it's actually is just "Steve Jobs") like I promised.

Learning new hobbies and skills. Now that I actually have free time, I've jumped on the adult coloring book bandwagon, and I've also been teaching myself to crochet. The latter is really only because I saw a scarf with an outfit, which I linked to in my fall capsule inspiration, and thought, "I want that. I should make that!" I've known how to knit for years so I was just going to pick that back up, but when I was going through my knitting stuff I noticed I actually own 2 crochet hooks? I've never crocheted anything before so I have no idea why, but there they were. And the week before a big race seemed like as good a time as any to attempt to learn a new skill, ya know?

Writing my Training for Tuesday post! Just because my goal race for this year is over doesn't mean I don't have more training to look forward to. I have Big Sur on the horizon and I'm trying to figure out what other goals I'm going to tackle in 2016. October's T4T is next Tuesday the 27th - check the link at the top of my page if you need a refresher, and Alyssa and I hope to see you there!

I'm off to enjoy my first workout-less weekend in...you don't want to know. Have a great weekend, friends!

16 comments :

  1. Its not time for my 10 year reunion yet, but when the times comes I absolutely will not be going. I still keep in touch with the few people from high school that I care about and for everyone else I can facebook stalk. Happy birthday to your Ben! I hope you guys have a fun and relaxing weekend. I also hope you get over your sickness!

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  2. sometimes we just need a workout-less weekend to recover and recuperate. it'll feel weird but enjoy it!

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  3. Ugh, I'm fighting some germs, too. Mine started Monday night... by Wednesday I had to leave work early and yesterday I didn't even attempt going in. Hope you feel better soon. There is some nasty stuff going around. It's so draining!

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  4. Being sick sucks! I'm sure it's because you're run down from the HIM, so your immunity is down. I'm still feeling pretty darn tired (marathon & travel with a 4 year old is exhausting), so I'm avoiding any and all sick people like they have the plague. Vitamin C and antibacterial gel for everyone! (I'm totally blanking on what that stuff is actually called right now. Tired brain much?) I tried to get out on the bike this morning for some low-impact cardio, and it was laughable. I averaged 11-12mph for much of the whole thing and quit after 5 miles.

    Enjoy your weekend, and I can't wait to see your jacket! Feel better!

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  5. Hooray for Halloween races! We're running one on Halloween, too (the "Great Pumpkin Run"). It's a tiny, little 5K but it's at a park that's basically across the street from where we live so there was really no reason not to attend!

    I don't think my high school class did a 10 year anniversary, but if they did I wouldn't go either. Just from lack of interest, like you. I bump into those people often enough already - I don't need to see even more of them! Hope you feel better soon!!!

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  6. Girt... my 25 yr reunion is next week - pullleezzee - you couldn't pay me to go.

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  7. I was wondering if I would get sick after last weekend too, but luckily... ya know what? Not even going to finish that sentence until November 2. Hope you feel back to normal soon though. Super can't wait to see pics of your Wicked costume, and I seriously cannot thank you enough for packing so much into your weekend next week and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU (again, so soon! yay!) in Raleigh! Hope you guys have a great time celebrating Ben's birthday this weekend!

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  8. Ohhhh I cant wait to see your fall capsule!!! I didn't go to any of my reunions. Next year would be 15 years. Yikes! No thanks. And happy birthday to Ben!!!!

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  9. yayyyy for all the things!! how exciting about your jacket, hope it arrives soon. love that you are starting Alyssa's marathon with her, so cool! hope you are feeling better soon. when i got the e-invite for my reunion it filled me with such glee to be like NOPE. i'm not bitter either (anymore) but i have no desire to revisit that time of my life. no thanks felicia.

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  10. Ah. It's nice to read an update! My mom jumped on the adult coloring book bandwagon, too. She LOVES them. I cannot WAIT to see your costume for your Halloween race.

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  11. Happy birthday Ben ! I also wish I could get my life together so you could help me plan outfits. I'm terrible at it. And um...Is it next weekend yet ?! I owe you a giant high five for your B2B. Also, I feel like we should have "I avoided my high school reunion and I'm not sorry" t-shirts. We'll be a cool kid club.

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  12. I have wanted to hop on the coloring book bandwagon for a while! But I think I would spend way too much time coloring if I did that :(

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  13. Oh no, I hope you feel better!!! Can't wait to see you model your new jacket! ;)

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  14. I was just thinking the other day about my 10 year reunion. It'll be next year and I will not be attending. I didn't go to my 5 year either. I'm past that point in my life too! Plus there's no way I graduated that long ago! :)

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  15. I hate shopping so I should love a capsule wardrobe but I feel like you have to wear things in kind of a quirky way to fully appreciate it and I'm not quirky with clothes. That said, I want to see yours! And I want to see the Steve Jobs movie this weekend. And I just got an adult coloring book and it's lovely. So basically we're twins, minus the whole fitness thing :)

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  16. I had no idea you and Alyssa got to run together for the first few miles of the race! That is so awesome! I feel the same way about my 10-year reunion-- I don't have bad feelings about anything or anyone, I just don't have any interest in going.

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