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Top 5 Weekend Moments (& the Bottom Three)

October 10, 2011

#1: Pumpkin pie-flavored froyo.


Need I say more? 

And why am I the only one who thinks cold hard gummy bears are not appealing?

#2: Pumpkin oats for two.


It was cold and rainy on Saturday and although the weather was making me incredibly nervous about what race conditions would be like on Sunday, I welcome any weather that makes hot pumpkin oatmeal even more comforting.

Especially if you get to share the experience with someone else 🙂

#3: Pumpkin raisin cinnamon rolls.


I nearly trashed these after waiting an hour and seeing no rising going on, but I think the fact that it was freezing in our apartment had something to do with it.  I let them rise while I was at the race expo picking up my packet, and finished them up when I got back. 

Cinnamon rolls for dessert > cinnamon rolls for breakfast anyways, right?

Also, I was too lazy to take a picture of the finished product, but you all have excellent imaginations I’m sure 😛

#4: Finishing my second half marathon.

With a smile on my face and a sprint to the finish.


The race went really well, except that my knees are killing me today and my hips were SO sore after I stood still for an hour waiting for Joey to finish (he did the full).  I wasn’t sore at all last year, so I’m not really sure what’s making the difference this year.  Maybe I aged 10 years since this time last year?

It was chilly, but there was no rain or wind, so I was happy and miles 1-7 flew by so fast!  Around mile 9 I was starting to be over it, but I told myself to stay in the moment and stop counting how many miles I had left and it totally changed my attitude.  The half and full routes split up at mile 11.5 so I was on my own the rest of the way and I dominated it.  I felt awesome and was so excited to cross that finish line.  Seeing my family right at the end was so motivating too 🙂

Some days I don’t really feel the best about my running.  I’m my own worst critic and not always in a good way, but I will always remember the feeling of accomplishment, joy and overwhelming pride I felt when I sped towards that finish line yesterday.  I may not feel that way every time I run, but I will always have that moment and that’s what will keep me running.

So what could top that?

#5: Watching Joey finish his first marathon.


Joey is the most carefree person I’ve ever met.  He doesn’t take things too seriously and he totally bailed on marathon training last year, so to say I knew he would finish it this year would be a lie.  Every time he has woken up early to run before work, or just ran to work, or attacked a 2-3 hour training run on a Saturday morning with all the optimism and self-confidence in the world, I have been amazed and inspired. 

I cried when he ran past us at the finish line.


I cried when I hugged him afterwards.


And I cried later when I told him “I can’t believe you ran a marathon today.”

I didn’t think I would be so emotional about it, but the sense of pride I felt when I say him running strong after 4 hours was more than I can put into words.  I’m so jealous of what he’s done.  Maybe one day, when I get my mental running state into check, I’ll run a marathon, but for now I’ll just keep getting teary-eyed when I say my boyfriend is a marathoner. 


We run past this llama everyday — it only felt right that he should be there to see Joey finish 😛

Bottom 3 moments of the weekend include:

Dropping my phone in a puddle on my way to the race expo.


Not getting to go to Snooze because there was a two-hour wait.

I like pancakes, but I don’t like them that much.  I’ll take Biker Jim’s instead though.  Especially if there’s no wait.


And if I can eat an order of charred tahini cauliflower to myself.


Filling up on the best cauliflower ever > having room to finish my vegan dog.


And not having proper soup or grilled cheese making materials for dinner.

I just wanted this.



Fact: Blending up a can of diced tomatoes with some spices and grilled quesadillas in not the same as homemade soup and grilled cheese.

And now that I’ve ended this post on such an optimistic note, you should probably go back and read #4 and 5 again 🙂


What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever watched someone finish a marathon (or any race for that matter)?

How do you like your grilled cheese? I was a total Kraft singles and a mound of ketchup kind of girl most my life.  I think my tastes are a bit more refined now, but I’ll take anything as long as it’s cheesey and melty. 

28 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2011 12:53 PM

    CONGRATS on the half marathon! I can’t even imagine what an amazing feeling finishing one would be! And ugh, when you want grilled cheese, only grilled cheese will do. I keep trying to find a good vegan version, finally found a fake cheese that was okay enough, and then..the company stopped making it. A tragedy! That cauliflower looks amazing….

    And I love the llama–too cute!

    • October 11, 2011 9:09 AM

      I was just wondering how vegans live without grilled cheese! I see lots of vegan mac and cheese recipes, but no grilled cheese ones. Thanks so much 🙂

  2. October 10, 2011 1:22 PM

    Congrats to you (and Joey) on completing your marathon!! I love pumpkin pie froyo, I had it 3 times last week. Those pumpkin cinnamon rolls look soo good, ill def be making those in the near future. I wish we had a cool vegan restuarant where I live, that cauliflower dish looks yummy.

    • October 11, 2011 9:11 AM

      It’s actually a fancy hot dog restaurant, that surprisingly has one vegan dog offered amongst their meat dogs! Cool huh?

  3. October 10, 2011 1:55 PM

    Omg my eyes just got teary reading this. Congrats to you BOTH! Such an exciting day- I LOVE that you included your llama buddy in it as well. So awesome! I really would like to go to Biker Jims btw..looks so good!

  4. October 10, 2011 2:28 PM

    Great job to the two of you! What an accomplishment. 🙂

    Of course, now you’ve made me want a grilled cheese…

  5. October 10, 2011 3:39 PM

    I dropped the SAME phone (That’s an EnVy right?) in a toilet and I let it dry out in some rice and it was fine!!

    I’ve done the same thing with a droid 😉 haha

    • October 11, 2011 9:12 AM

      Bah, yes it is the envy! I can see water under the screen but otherwise it’s working fine… for now. It’s the second time I’ve dropped an envy in water. The first being when I tried to carry my phone and a glass of water in one hand. I think you know what happened next.

  6. October 10, 2011 3:44 PM

    Congrats your half/full marathons — you guys are bad@sses!

    I don’t like gummy bears on my ice cream. Ice cream and then gummy bears? Sure thing!

    I like my grilled cheese with a few different kinds of cheeses — none of them cheddar though! And super melty and indulgent with some added tomato.

  7. October 10, 2011 6:21 PM

    Pumpkin Pie froyo?! Sign me UP 😀

  8. October 10, 2011 6:38 PM

    Congrats on your half marathon!!!
    The pumpkin oats look SO good, I need those ASAP!
    I’ll take my grilled cheese melty and spicy.

  9. October 10, 2011 7:34 PM

    Congrats on your half and congrats to Joey on his full!

  10. October 10, 2011 7:54 PM

    Congrats to you BOTH! Your man has some serious dedication.

    I find gummy bears + ice cream TOTALLY unappetizing. I like all my teeth intact, thank you.

  11. October 10, 2011 11:32 PM

    1) Congratulations!! Finishing a race is one of the best feelings ever… no matter what time, how you felt during it, or how you feel after it… there is always that feeling of joy that just can’t be beat!
    2) I love that llama sign! One of my favorite things in running a race is seeing all the signs people have out.
    3) Congrats to Joey! Finishing your first marathon is one of the biggest accomplishments! Is he hooked? Signed up for another yet?

    • October 11, 2011 9:15 AM

      He’s “running the Boston Marathon” next. Well see about that 😛

  12. October 11, 2011 11:30 AM

    I totally need to hit up the fro-yo soon before pumpkin spice is gone for good!

    Congratulations on the race, I am proud of you girl!! Tell Joey I said congrats on his accomplishment of the full as well 🙂

  13. brittney permalink
    October 11, 2011 6:01 PM

    Watching people cross the finish line is so emotional, even when it’s strangers! I unfortunately couldn’t see my mom cross the finish line when she ran her first marathon this year but I would have cried for sure if I had been there.
    It must feel soo good to be done, congrats 🙂

  14. October 12, 2011 3:25 PM

    Froyo is so good. 🙂

  15. October 12, 2011 8:05 PM

    congrats!!! that is so sweet that you cried, AW – lol. I feel like that’s how the boyfriends always are when running these things when we’re training like cray cray. and I didn’t think of pumpkin pie froyo… I clearly NEED to make a trip to 16 handles pronto.

    and can ya tell I’m catching up. I already spy Jamie’s crying comment up there (typical!)


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