Glute pain

Happy Halloween Highlights!

I hope you had a great Halloween!  I started out my day with a 12 mile run.  6 were done on the treadmill because it was dark out, but then I did the other 6 miles outside.  My pace was much faster outside, but it was also painful due to stupid glute pain still 😦  Then I spent a large part of my day shopping with my daughter for clothes.  It was mostly successful, but I was exhausted with all of the walking around!

When night came, it was time for holiday fun!  My kids dressed up as a vampire and an unknown phantom.  Even though it got dark at our house shortly after trick or treating started, my son was able to wear that face cover the whole time.  Pretty cool!

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Our neighborhood is great for Halloween.  One of our neighbors was passing out Reese’s (my *favorite*) AND Jello shots!  That rocked.  And, I had no idea my Athleta shirt zipper was reflective.  Good to know!!

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We had quite the ghastly set up on our porch.  The fun part was the RIP tombstone was sound activated and would light up the eyes and make wailing sounds when people approached for candy.

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My kids got huge bags of candy.  Mostly because they were out for the entire 2 hours.  What a haul!  We tracked the night on our Garmin and it was 3.19 miles of walking!!

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Making candy twins is a tradition now.

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Even my kitten was exhausted after sorting through all of the candy!

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On Sunday we were quite lazy with the daylight savings time change and we watched the New York City marathon.  I cheered on the runners I knew (Go RaPearce and SoonerStef!!).  It looked like a great day to race, so I hope all had a good run.  Especially liked seeing the elites cross the finish.

After taking our first journey into beer making (more on that later), we got the family out for bike ride on a beautiful new trail we have by our house.  Perfect day for a ride!  We tricked the kids into riding 13 miles.  Hey, it’s good for them 🙂

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Q:  Did you watch (or run!) NYC marathon?

Q: Did you have a great Halloween?

Kids haul was an average of 9 1/2 pounds of candy.  Yep, they scored.

Q:  Have you ever brewed your own beer?

We have made wine, but this was our first batch of beer.

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Halloween happenings, and another loooong run

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I sure did!  My work days got switched up this week so I had a 4 day weekend.  Saturday was a bit rainy, so we just hung out all day then watched Jurassic World. I love a lazy day every now and then!  The movie was really great too.  I highly recommend it!  On Sunday, we made a last trip to Cedar Point, the amusement park close to us.  They have “Halloweekends”, which is holiday themed for family fun, and also scary stuff for the big kids.

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It was a bittersweet moment for my daughter, who was technically too big to be trick or treating based on their height guidelines, but luckily they let her participate.

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It didn’t stop her from having a good time… even though the activities were a bit too little for her!  Heck, they were small for Zachary too 🙂

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We took the kids to their first haunted house.  It was WAY too intense for Sydney and she buried her head in my back the whole time.  Not a great idea, because then she really got picked on by the spookers.

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While the kids went on a roller coaster Alan and I got to go to another every scarier haunted house together.  It was fun, just like date night in the old days!

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NOT Alan! They do have some really great scary people working the attractions.

They had a social media game with some really good prizes.  We just had to tweet and put a picture on Instagram and we got some free passes for next year, and a “Fast Lane” pass to the new roller coaster that will open in 2016.

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It was a beautiful Fall day at the park, and we stayed until it closed.  On a school night!  Crazy stuff 😉  But for me, Monday was a day off, so beyond dealing with slightly tired kids in the morning, it didn’t bother me one bit!  I decided I would go for a long run on my day off.  Originally it was going to be 16 miles.  No time goals, but just to get the run done.  I got to visit a new metropark that just opened near our house.  It has a beautiful trail and I saw 10 deer while I was running there!

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I took my family to check out the new trail in the evening. It is so beautiful!

It was also the first time I had to wear full tights this season.  It was chilly!!!

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By the time I got back to my house I had gone 16.5 miles, so I couldn’t stop there – I went for 18 miles.  It was downright painful in my glutes from about mile 11 though, so that was a bummer.  I could barely bend over after the run!  And when I finally stopped, I was *starving* so I made a recovery drink with bananas, milk, peanut butter, and whole lot of chocolate syrup.  Yummmm!  But too cold to hold the frosty mug…

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And to end my afternoon, I took a nap with my kitten in a big warm blanket in my sunroom.  Ahhhhh.  It was quite a lazy afternoon.  My list of chores for the day will just have to wait, because I could barely move off the couch!!  Whew.   What a great day off!

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Q: Do you like haunted houses?

I do!  I haven’t been to one in a super long time, so it was a lot of fun doing that again.

Q:  What’s in your favorite recovery drink?

I didn’t even have an iced coffee after my run.  What is wrong with me??

Q:  Is it cold enough to wear tights where you live?