Thursday, October 25, 2012
Fast forward to about 7 years ago. Bobby and I walked a 5K for the Baptist Children's Home. It was fun. Munchkin ran with us and Little Man rode in the stroller. Aside from walking my neighborhood with my friend Sharon I have not been a runner since then.
Several months ago at a Spam and Anchovies gathering (it may have been Greek night) Vanessa mentioned she was going to sign up for the Color Run.She told us you get covered in colors and that it is a lot of fun. I started to think about it, Beth started to think about it. Another sweet lady named LaRae started to think about it. If you run with a team your fee is smaller so Beth and I signed up with LaRae and Devoted Fitness.
hurt my leg again? All of those question were for naught. Beth met me at a grocery store parking lot and we rode together down to LP field and found a parking spot. It was early and chilly but we were glad to get there when we did. After a substantial wait in line for a port a potty we discovered no toilet paper. Someone told us just then that there was a bank of about 50 toilets somewhere else and we made our way over to those picking up free 5 hour energy along the way. These potties were clean and we were happy.
As race time loomed nearer we still hadn't found LaRae so we made out way to the back of the pack of 15,000 runners and climbed a hill to see if we could see her. Once we found her we also found Elvis! Did you know he is a Color Runner too?
A few things I learned for next time:
1) Don't wear the fanny pack...it looks dumb (although I did carry all of our post race dust in it...
2) Wear extra fun costumes...our crazy socks were fun but we can be crazier
3) Don't worry..so there will be no headaches
4) Bring a bandana for going through the dust stations...breathing colored cornstarch can't be good for you
5) Pay the $5 ahead of time (I did) for post race pics
6) Remember to have fun
Friday, October 12, 2012
On a dark and stormy night....Ok, ok, it was a bright chilly afternoon...a group of people squished into a little car pulled up in front of a "quality" inn that had been booked through choicehotels.com. (It was me, my kids, and my parents...shh). The first sign something was not right was the "lady" of the night (ahem....broad daylight) selling her wares in the parking lot. The family didn't think too much of it but a still small sense of foreboding began to creep over them.
Into the "quality" inn they went and found their room. The kids were anxious because they wanted to jump right into the sparkling pool they had seen in the pictures on the internet. After a quick inspection their mother deemed it safe and let them change into swimsuits. The sense of foreboding grew stronger as they entered the sleeping room in their "quality" suite and found what appeared to be high velocity blood splatter stains on the curtains that wouldn't quite close. At this point the family should have just turned around and left the horror hotel but they were going to stick it out.
Now you might think that it is not such a bad thing to have no peephole except when there is just a hole in the door.
|from outside the room|
The smart devices that had been plugged into the walls were charged enough that reviews could be read on the "quality" inn. Stories of bed bugs, unmentionables being sold in the vending machine next to the nutrigrain bars, and other nastiness finally sent the family heading for the hills. They didn't know where they were going but they were not staying there. A pizza place of good quality was found, a new hotel booked, and a happier night with no bed bugs was had.
To end our story though, the next morning the matriarch of the group (hi mom! ) was telling the story to the desk clerk of the "comfort"able inn we stayed in (they had fresh baked cookies when we checked in). When the location of the "quality" inn was revealed the clerks eyes grew wide and she told of a body found in the wall of a hotel where we had been!!! Bwahahahaha....aren't you glad the family came back from their adventure alive?
Monday, October 08, 2012
My mom and dad are here for fall break. So far we have gone to the mall, my mom got a haircut, they watched munchkin and little man while bobby and I went to talladega, and now we are headed to louisville.
We are planning on packing in at least 4 activities plus swimming at the hotel.
I hope to have pics up soon. :)