Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

I hope you have been having a GREAT weekend! My weekend has been awesome and exhausting! But, before I can sleep, we have a ReCUP to get to.


Friday Night

Friday was our company holiday party. I try to keep my work life separate from my non-work life, but I will say that I am in charge of the planning and had been doing so since about April. Everything came together much more than I could have hoped for, and everyone had a blast.

Afterwards, the Boy and I went to grab a bite to eat with Kim and Rocco. We opted for the Brandon Ale House and I had a plate of medium-garlic zingers atop a bed of loaded fries. Not at all healthy, but oh so good.

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We got home at 2:00AM! My body can no longer handle 2:00AM! That just hurts! I went to bed almost immediately.


And, was up by 7:00 to volunteer as a water girl for the Girls on the Run- Tampa 5k.

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After having danced the previous night away, I was sore and tired, but I am so so happy that I agreed to volunteer. Girls on the Run is a tremendous organization bringing light to what I feel is an often overlooked sport for young kids (especially girls).

All of the girls did such an awesome job! And, I especially love that all of the participants wear a #1 bib.

I even made a new friend…

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On the way out, we stopped by the Noosa yogurt booth where we scored big time- because Mandy is awesome and makes friends everywhere she goes.

Noosa is the best!

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I took a nice long nap once I got home, and then the Boy and I headed out to run a few errands. Since we were in the area, a stop at Jeremiah’s was a MUST. Lemon/vanilla gelati = YUM!

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The remainder of our Saturday night was spent at home watching episodes of The Office and snacking on this surprisingly tasty treat…

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Once again, I was up super early! Lisa and I planned a date to cheerlead the Holiday Halfathon! We met up at 6, and headed over to Madeira Beach to wish all of the Fit2Run runners good luck!

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My running buddy Don was totally in BEASTMODE…

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The race seemed very well organized, and just the right size. It started at the Madeira Beach City Hall. There were no start waves; everyone just kind of got where they felt they should be. The walkers were released about 15 minutes prior to the runners.

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After all of our runners were off, Lisa and I headed over to the mile 9 water stop. By the looks of the course map, this appeared to be a prime spot for spectating because it was easy to get to and offered ample parking.

The mile 9 Christmas cheerleaders quickly got into character. 😉

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Within no time the elites were whizzing by…

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And Santa too…

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Having never been a spectator at a race before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But, it was so much fun! I loved it! It was so exciting to see and cheer everyone and, and I think our enthusiasm was much appreciated!

We hung out at mile 9 for quite some time, and then headed over to the finish line once the 2:15 pace group passed.

The race was a point-to-point ending at Taylor Park in Largo. It took us forever to find a spot to park there, but we just rolled down the windows and continued our cheering.

Everyone did such a great job; I’m so proud of all the runners especially the Fit2Run finishers! Woohoo!

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Oh, and my buddy Don (from earlier) PR’ed with a 2:02. Yeah!!

Lisa and I hung out for awhile chatting and snapping pics. By time we headed out we were starved, and decided we’d just find somewhere along the way. I quickly spotted a Chick-Fil-A, asked Lisa if she was good with that, pulled a U-turn, parked, got out of the car, and started walking up when we were told by a couple girls sitting outside that it’s Sunday…and they are closed.

Yeah, that totally happened! I know they are closed on Sundays; I was convinced it was Saturday. Whoops!

So, Panera won the lunch battle by default.

For dinner, the Boy and I met up with my family for some Crazy cafe. It had been too long since our last trip to Crazy Cafe and I was starting to have withdrawals. Sushi and hibachi- it just doesn’t get any better.

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And now, I’m pooped and must sleep.

Have a great night!

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?



Mid-week day off in pictures!

Good morning and happy Thursday!

Whether you worked or not yesterday, I hope you had a great Wednesday!

The Boy and I were both off from work, and had a nice afternoon gym date. Chest and triceps!

Followed by “happy hour” at Wow! That’s Fresh. $5 pizza/drink combo ($6 is you want a fancy pizza).

I was able to get some VIPs out to the Fit2Run Fun Run: mom, dad, the Boy, and Mr. Chris (who appears to be the only photogenic one of the bunch). 😉

Nike came out for a demo too! I opted out this time though.

And, an informative ankle/foot injury prevention “workshop”

Had a nice size group out for the run!

Followed by some food court grub. Yeah, this salad is 5 bucks and all the unlimited veggies I could want. Score!

And some Nuun to keep me hydrated! Tri-berry for the win! Although, I’ll probably grab some of the watermelon that I just noticed at the store the other day.

Question of the day

What flavor Nuun/Gatorade/juice do you like best?

Hot, hot, hot!

Good morning and happy Thursday!

It has been a busy couple days! But, I’ve been having fun! And, the sun is back and in full force, so that’s a big yay!

I made it out to Fit2Run on Tuesday to try out their training program. It was super hot and I ended up leaving covered in gnats. Super gross, but I had a great time!

I am calling this workout “track-tempo-Tuesday”. We did a 10-minute warm-up, followed by some “track” drills (not actually done on a track), and a 30-minute tempo run- or, if you’re me and were dying because you hadn’t seen the sun in two weeks and it was 200 degrees out- a 30-minute run. 😉

Yesterday, I met up with Kim for Fit2Run’s Fun Run 5k. It was still (thankfully) nice and hot out; I felt great and strong, which was AWESOME!


And, I was so proud of Kim for 1) making it out, and 2) for rocking her run!

CEP was there for a demo.

It was nice to see that they released a new, thinner version of their compression sleeves. I would have loved to have tried them out, but I don’t care to run in compression sleeves/socks (I like them for recovery), and it was just too hot out.

After my run, I met up with mom at Starbucks. I grabbed a little snack and was dying to try their new cold brew.

With a little sweetener, it was very tasty!

My parents AC went out LAST WEDNESDAY, and their home warranty company and the AC repair guys they send out have been stringing them along, and…well…it just hasn’t been a fun situation.

My parents are trying to tough it out, but I know they must be miserable. I keep inviting them over. And finally, I had enough of it and picked up Smoke. So, we have a visitor… 🙂

He’s doing well, and…it never dawned on me that he had never experienced stairs before. Haha! He was pretty scared, but it was pretty cute.

Question of the day

Tell me, what has been the highlight of your week so far?

—For me, trying to get out there and be more of a social runner has been new and exciting!