Tag Archives: 5K

An unexpected afternoon

27 Aug

Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes it’s alright. I recently agreed to run in a marathon relay with some of my aunts. Realizing we’re not too far from race day, my Aunt Theresa suggested we all walk a 5K together and finish at a local winery for its annual balloon festival. You know, a good team-building activity. We all decided to participate and met on Sunday to “train.”

I had every intention of walking to the winery, having a glass of wine, relaxing for a couple of hours and then driving back to my apartment. But after we finished the course, and found a great spot under a tree, it became clear the afternoon was just beginning.

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We tried different wines (my favorite was the white wine sangria), and soon everyone was laughing and having a great time. My goofball Dad got creative with the face painters.

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And in true Dad fashion, he talked some random guy into joining in the fun.

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IMG_4125After we’d been there a couple of hours, my Uncle Ron suggested we all put money in a kitty, put our names in a hat, and send whoever won on a hot air balloon ride. Everyone agreed, and I did too, never thinking I would actually get picked. Before I knew it, I was scheduled to go up in a hot air balloon.

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I have to admit, this wasn’t something I had on my bucket list. I’m sort of afraid of heights. As the balloons started filling with air and lifting up, I was filled with excitement and nerves. The takeoff happened so quickly. One minute I was snapping photos and the next my pilot was telling me to hop in the basket. And then we were floating above the crowds, drifting off into the sun.

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You can’t steer hot air balloons so we just floated where the wind took us. The views were incredible – something I’ll never forget. I also loved how excited people were on the ground. You could see cars pulling over to watch and people waving up to us. It was an amazing experience.

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After we drifted a while my pilot found a spot to land, and then it was over. A truly unexpected afternoon – the best kind there is.

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The happiest 5K on the planet

23 Jul

This past weekend was an absolute blast. After work on Friday, I drove to Columbus to spend some time with my sister and run a 5K together. It wasn’t just any old 5K – it was The Color Run.

You may have heard about this colorful race that’s sweeping the nation. If not, let me explain. The Color Run is a 5K where you’re blasted with color (aka colored powder) at each kilometer. You start the race wearing white and finish covered in color. Sea of white before, colorful people after:

Grace and I met up with our friend Allison to run the course, and we had a great time.

{the aftermath – Allison, Grace and me}

After the race, everyone participated in a color throw. This is how we celebrated completing the course (and added even more color to our clothes).

The course ended at the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. So of course we loaded up on ribs before heading back to Grace’s apartment. We were a little tuckered out from the race (and the ribs) so we decided to spend the rest of the day relaxing.

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On Sunday we made cinnamon rolls, and then it was time for me to head home, but not before stopping in Hudson for a soccer game. I signed up to play on a co-ed team, and it was our first game. We lost 2-1, but man did it feel good to be back on the field.

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I don’t know about you, but with summer weekends like that, it’s hard to be bummed out on a Monday.

Here’s to a great week ahead!

One big, happy family

30 Oct

It’s been almost a month since Grace moved home. I can’t say it’s been easy, but slowly but surely we’ve started adjusting to having everyone at home. And so far, it’s been nice. Like tonight for example. We all sat down and had Sunday dinner together. This is something we used to do back in the day, and I forgot how great it is.

I’ve also been spending a lot more time with my sister. We’re only 20 months apart, so we’ve always been close. However, with her living in Chicago we haven’t been able to talk as often as we’d like. So needless to say, it’s been nice hanging out and doing things together.

A couple weekends ago we ran a 5K and this past weekend we celebrated Halloween together. All in all it’s been good, and I’m looking forward to what else these next few months will hold.

In other news: SEBASTIAN IS COMING FOR THANKSGIVING! 18 days and counting. I can’t wait!

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halloween{happy halloween}

Random Friday

14 Oct

This is the post where my sister moves back home for three months, and all five of us are back together. I never thought this day would come, but by random chance my entire family is living at home again. My brother is here because he’s still in high school, me because the rent is cheap and my sister because she took a temporary position in Ohio to be home for the holidays.

It will be nice to have all of us together, but it will also be very interesting. I foresee some sibling arguments, squabbles with the parents, and a lot of fun having everyone under one roof.

On another note, tomorrow is the big 5K I’ve been not at all somewhat training for. Even though I’m not expecting a great time, it will feel good to be running again. Here are two other things that made me smile this week.

My little brother was crowned homecoming King! We were all really excited for him, and to top it off, his football team won their first game.

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The second thing is Sebastian might be coming to visit for Thanksgiving! Nothing is set in stone, but I am beyond excited. And to round out my random thoughts for the night, here’s a little quote that will get me through the race tomorrow. Happy Weekend!

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Stuck in a rut

31 Aug

Do you ever have those times in your life where you feel stuck? Well, I’m there, and I’m not really sure why. I have a good job, a family that loves me and a wonderful boyfriend. But I can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. Another birthday came and went, and this month passed again in the blink of an eye. Should I be doing more with my life? If so, what?

Lately, these lyrics have been running through my head: Time’s flying by, moving so fast, you better make it count, because you can’t get it back.

I keep thinking about how much time I wasted this summer laying around the house, moping about Sebastian and watching TV. That is certainly no way to live. And while I’m frustrated about the long distance, it’s no reason to stop living the life I have here.

So it’s time to start being more active. It’s time to start setting goals and accomplishing them. My first goal is to get back in shape. I was on my way to success with this one at the beginning of summer. But then I went to Germany, ate a lot of bread, came home, made excuses and never got back on track. To start this change, I’ve decided to run another 5K this October (except this time I’ll actually train for it). It’s small, but it’s something to work toward.

Here’s to a fresh start this fall. Cheers!

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Chicago Weekend

16 Mar
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St. Patty's Day Gang (after the race)

This past weekend, I flew to Chicago to spend some quality time with my sister (schwester in German – see I am learning). Grace lives in Lisle, near Naperville, about 35 minutes West of downtown Chicago.

The weekend started on Saturday with an 8 a.m. 5K run for St. Patty’s day. I used to run all the time, and although I didn’t have time to train, I wanted to do the race. I finished in 33 minutes, which I was happy with. My legs, however, weren’t quite so happy. I could hardly move after, but I pushed through the pain and still enjoyed the rest of the trip.

Saturday evening, we hung out with my sister’s friends. There are too many details to write about, but everyone had a great time. My favorite quote from the night was, “Yo bro, we need to get a keg.” I think these pictures best describe our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:

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On Sunday morning, we got out of bed to go play Whirly Ball (don’t worry, I had no idea what it was either). If you’ve never played, watch this video. It’s a mix of lacrosse, basketball and bumper cars. Although I didn’t quite get the hang of it, I had a lot of fun laughing (and slamming into walls).

After the game, we met up with our friends Greg, Shaun and Angie. We did some shopping at IKEA and had dinner at Front Street Cantina (one of my sister’s favorite restaurants in Naperville).

Even though we were exhausted by the end, it was a great weekend. We both agreed to set up flight alerts, because when you have so much fun together, it just seems silly to wait so long to do it again.

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