I win!

Back from a fun Nashville weekend! Already got everything put away, the Sunday paper read, coupons clipped, and the week’s dinners planned (nothing excited.. believe me). Watching the Super Bowl now with Sheff and finishing up some school menu analysis.

So… this weekend’s 5K :)

Talk about cold – it was 33 degrees, windy and flurrying! Luckily, I had packed smart, with double layers top and bottom. The Boy didn’t even try on his only pair of sweatpants until that morning.. luckily they fit! But a thin pair of Target sweatpants can only keep one so warm. He also had no gloves, so he borrowed my GAP pink gloves. Oh why did I not take a photo of us that morning!?

Anyway.. we hung out in the Sommet Center until about 2 minutes before the gun went off, to stay nice and warm and people/runner-watch. I think The Boy felt at ease once he saw the variety of people who had signed up. He even said “Geez, I don’t know that some of these people are going to make it!”

The gun went off… we started jogging until the crowd thinned out. Half a mile in a realize that The Boy, Mr “I can walk so fast you won’t be able to keep up” is lagging behind me and looking cold and miserable. I tried to pep him up and throw in some humor or competition to get him to move faster. Fail. He just gave me this look and said “you go ahead”. I felt bad for leaving him in the dust, since this was something he was only doing for me, but knew that if I stuck with him we’d both be miserable (him for being there in the cold, and me for being cold and not going as fast as I wanted to!). So anyway.. I left him and finished just under 41 minutes, about a minute slower than last year. The Boy made it 9 minutes after me, headphones in, looking freezing, mad and zoned out. Poor boy….

We rewarded ourselves with a nice warm Panera brunch. I was so hoping they’d still be serving their breakfast sandwiches, but had to settle for my favorite Cinnamon Crunch Bagel w/ Honey-Walnut Cream Cheese and a coffee instead. Not a bad trade :)

In other weekend news:

We drove around Nashville, stuck in lots of traffic thanks to the many detours going on, and checked out some apartments for The Boy. Hoping he can find something soon and move out of his scary place!

We also discussed the idea of him adopting his own dog (after moving to a better apartment) and fell in love with this adorable Wheaten Terrier/Mix named Christian in a local rescue group. Maybe this will motivate him to be more proactive in the apartment hunt! haha


Random/Misc. News:

Tomorrow we’re getting Bess! I’m trying to get Sheff excited, but right now he just wants to sleep on the couch. Not even watching the Superbowl… tsk tsk

The Winter Olympics starts this weekend!! I only have a few sporting events that I get extremely excited about – that being Tennis Grand Slams, and the Olympics. Friday night is the opening ceremony, and I have a date with my couch! :)


Dunkin’ Donuts and Me :)

Disclaimer: this was written on Thursday afternoon. I have no idea when it will be posted. The glory of dial up internet :)

In honors of the date being 09-09-09 on Wednesday, I felt in need of a treat. Driving back from my job interview, I was reminded of the Dunkin Donuts coupon in my wallet that I’ve been so excited to use. 99cent latte or cappuccino. After reading about all of Tina’s adventures with the iced coffees at DD, I figured it was high time I gave it a shot! Luckily, there was a DD on my way home, so I stopped in for a drink. And then… the aromas of donuts hit me and I realized that you can’t get coffee without a donut, right? :)

I hadn’t tried DD’s coffee before, and wasn’t familiar with their selection. I settled for a small iced mocha swirl latte – basically coffee, milk and mocha syrup. Probably not skim milk, but I didn’t know if it was appropriate to customize one’s drink Starbucks-style at a donut place. It was an excellent drink (and with my coupon I saved about $2 on it!), but basic enough that I think I could make it at home.

And so that is what I’m doing now. Brewing up a pot of coffee to cool and chill in the fridge overnight, and then be able to make an iced latte for free, whenever I want it. Sounds good, right! In order to make it “mocha”, I have debated with pouring in a splash of chocolate milk (only my favorite drink ever!). Chocolate milk in coffee, over ice, sounds gross in theory, but how different is it from coffee, milk and chocolate syrup – the basic recipe for an iced mocha latte!? So anyway… tomorrow we’ll give it a shot (no coffee pun intended, haha!) for our road trip. Driving to the North Carolina mountains tomorrow for my mom’s best friend’s birthday dinner. I’m bringing some delicious german chocolate cookies that I baked this afternoon (and subsequently burned my poor thumb).

Also, have I mentioned how I love that Dunkin’ Donuts has a whole section on their website about local 5K races? They sponsor a few races throughout the country (I’m signing The Boy and I up for the Nashville DD 5K in early November… watch out!) and even have an 8-week couch to 5K training program that you can print out from their website. I love it – a donut shop training you for races. haha. The race in Nashville takes place at Centennial Park (home of the parthenon, and my favorite place to walk and people-watch), has breakfast provided by DD, lunch provided by Applebees, and ice cream from Baskin Robbins. I think the ice cream alone is what will get The Boy to the race :)

Adios readers!

Save the date: 8.31.08 for The Human Race

I’ve been seeing these Nike ads throughout my community for “8.31.08 The Human Race”. At first I had no idea what this was; a new movie? Some bizarre social experiment? Seeing Nike endorsing it, I went to their website and found that it’s a 10K race occurring on the same day all over the world. You can sign up to run the race in a big city near you, or run a 10K on your own using your handy-dandy Nike+ ipod thingy and be connected with all those other runners worldwide. The goal 1 race, 1 day, 1 million runners. They also help you with a training program – again either with groups or with your Nike+. And, the money raised goes to 3 charities: The Lance Armstrong Foundation, The World Wildlife Foundation, and ninemillion.org

Of course, there’s no mention of walkers. I think these big athletic companies (and the majority of runners) have this superiority complex against us. Oh well. I actually did a little running last night – went out for a quick lap of the neighborhood (exactly 1 mile) while my gnocchi was firming up in the fridge (the gnocchi turned out delicious, but that’s another post altogether). I was proud of myself, took about 12 minutes for the mile walk/running it. I have been reading a little in Chi Running, and their philosophy for beginner runners makes sense: listen to your body, stop running when you find that your breathing and steps are out of sync, run as slow as you need to until you get into a good rhythm. Which is what I did. Families probably saw me out of the window while sitting down to their family dinner (if this even happens anymore) and wondered why on earth I was running so slowly (or if I even could call that running). But hey, I finished the mile in a good time for me, and no hip problems at all. So, I’ll keep with these small distances and work my way back up. And on August 31st, you will find me participating in The Human Race. I won’t officially be a part of it, since I don’t have an ipod nano to use with the Nike+ (nothing beats my little clip on ipod shuffle!) but I’ll still be out there with the thousands of other athletes around the world. Hope you can join us!