Happy Sunday! And…happy November!
I can’t believe it is already November. Where did 2015 go? The holidays are going to be here before we know it. I’m a little upset with International Plaza because they put up a Christmas tree and decorations this week BEFORE Halloween. I prefer we wait until after Thanksgiving, but at least let us get past Halloween, am I right…?
Rant over. 😉 I hope everyone had a great weekend! So, let’s get to the ReCUP…
I got to check off another restaurant on the list (you can read about that here and here). We met up with my parents at Tampa Bay Brewing Company for dinner and drinks. I was disappointed in their drink selection. For being Tampa Bay BREWING Company, I was expecting more than just 12 brews on the menu. I’m trying to expand my horizons, and while none of the brews were jumping out at me, I decided to order a “sampler tray” of 3 to try out.
I’m not a big beer drinker, or a beer drinker at all really, so I didn’t care for them. The one on the far left was my “favorite”, and by that, I mean it was the one I left the least of. 😉 But, their root beer is DELICIOUS!
We started with a pretzel appetizer.
The meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, and “bomb” burger all came highly recommended. Mom and dad shared the first two, I ordered the “bomb”, and the Boy just stuck with a regular burger.
The “bomb” burger comes encased in a pizza dough bun. It was quite tasty, but I wouldn’t order it again.
The meatloaf and shepherd’s pie however could definitely make a reoccurrence.
I was up bright and early. And… I say “bright” loosely, as it wasn’t bright at all. Kayla and I were set to run a 5k for Generations on the Go in Trinity. It was a lot of fun, and a larger race than I was expecting.
It wasn’t a great race for me though. I’m not really sure what happened, but I just kind of struggled through the entire thing. My finish time sucked, and I really expected more of myself, but there’s always next time. I guess it could have been the large cup of coffee I had less than a hour to start time… Whoops!
Also! I don’t know how, but I somehow started and paused my watch immediately when crossing the start line…and didn’t realize it until I was at least half a mile in. So frustrating!
But, at least I finished.
On the way back home, we stopped by the mall to grab a quick bite to eat. I opted for an acai bowl from the Fit2Run smoothie stand. It was just what I needed!
A bit later, I met up with mom for some errands and Starbucks. The new toasted graham latte is very yummy!
The Boy and I opted to spend our Halloween evening at my parents house passing out candy. But first, we ordered pizza and salad…
And then enjoyed seeing all of the little kids in costume. My favorite of the night was a kid dressed up as the mascot from Little Caesar’s. It was so good! And, I did not take a picture because I feel that would have been weird. 😉 So instead, I’ll show off Smokey’s costume…
The trick-or-treaters died down pretty early, so we headed back home so I could get packed up and in bed. Since I had the 5k, I pushed my long run (20 miles) to Sunday morning.
I was in bed by 10. That never happens, and it was so so so nice! However…
I could not for the life of me get out of bed this morning. I had two alarms going off, and there was just no budging. I’m not happy about it, but I stayed in bed. I decided I would just run later on in the day.
The Boy and I were super lazy all day, and watched “The Office” all day. It was awesome! Around lunchtime, I started getting really antsy. I wanted to run!
It was too hot though, so I settled on leaving the house around 4:00.
I’ve been doing my training runs lately with a nice regimen of GU packets (about every 4 miles). But today, I decided to try out the “5 before” statement on the back of the packet. It doesn’t matter what kind of run/distance it is, I don’t start feeling good until around mile 4, so I figured what could it hurt.
It actually worked out really well! I opened the packet when I was about 5 minutes out from the parking lot, and the first few miles felt great. I felt strong the entire time!
The plan was to park at Ballast Point Park, run down to the opposite end of Bayshore (about 4.5 miles away), head back to ballast Point Park, and then repeat- with an extra mile made up at the end.
I knew it was going to be dark for the second half of my run. I feel safe on Bayshore, so it didn’t bother me. However, with Daylight Savings, the automatic street lights didn’t get the memo. Half of the lights were out, and I couldn’t see. That made me not feel safe. I stopped at just under 10, and will finish up my mileage tomorrow.
Back home, I put on my compression sleeves, foam rolled, then elevated my legs, and put some ice on my knees.
Have a great night! I’m off to bed! 🙂
Question of the day
What was the high and low of your weekend?