This weekend was crazy busy. I crammed in two separate virtual races, a soccer game, an overnight visit to Richmond, and now it’s snowing. I’m actually enjoying the snow because we had plans this morning, but canceled them when we saw the snow coming. This meant I slept in until 10 am (hence this late post) and the boys are still sleeping. I think we all needed the sleep more than the event we were going to attend.
One of the big things on my calendar was the ZOOMA Run Love Challenge. I planned to run a 10K and I wanted to beat the time I ran my last 10k training run in: 1:02 and change. Spoiler: I did not run a 10k and my 5k was one of my slowest. It was a balmy 25 degrees yesterday with not much wind and a fair amount of sun, so it actually felt good to get out. Unfortunately, I was dealing with a totally snotty cold, so breathing was challenging. Then, about a third of a mile into my run, I dodged around a group of guys hanging out smoking in front of a storefront, and wiped out. Totally landed on the same knee I’ve banged up before. Beyond the embarrassment factor, my biggest issue was how hard I hit my knee. I walked for a while and was eventually able to finish my “race” with running, but it was my slowest 5K ever that didn’t involve walking with one my children.
On the bright side: swag
On the not so bright side: my knee is pretty swollen and sore today. Remember though, this was the kickoff for ZOOMA’s races and you can use my code ERIKA16 for 10% off of Cape Cod, Annapolis, or Florida. So, make sure you sign up right away – their races are always fun! Prices go up on Cape Cod and Annapolis soon so don’t wait!!!
The rest of my weekend was busy but fun. Friday I ran the Run with Heart virtual race with Motigo (you can still participate as it goes through today.)
That run went a bit better than my other virtual race, but it was a windy feels like 13*. It was a good run except when I was running into the wind. Oy. On the bright side, I did discover that I could fit my iPhone 5 into my Skirt Sports Go the Distance tights pocket, so my phone did not shut off during the run.
I also got a chance to sample the next beer for my Cooking with Beer series: DuClaw Quick Start My Heart. I’m thinking dessert this time.
Saturday, Shoo had a futsal game. It wasn’t one of his teams’ better games, but I was glad he got to play because it had been WEEKS since we’d last played. Then it was time to jump in the car to go to Richmond. A family we are close friends with moved there this fall and their boys are the same age as ours. We headed down with a car full of middle school boys + Shoo to celebrate birthdays.
Beer Geek and I dropped all the kids at our friend’s house and convinced the dad to take one for the team, so my friend went out with us LOL. First we hit Hardywood Brewery. Check out the cool bag that they gave us when we filled two growlers. It’s insulated and designed to keep two growlers cold and keep them from breaking. Some of our best beer swag ever!
Their beer is some of my favorite beer, so it was fun to get to see the actual brewery. We did a sampler of all of their beers and ate quesadillas from a food truck.
Dairy free? Yeah totally blew that this weekend.
Then we headed to Answer Brewpub for dinner. We tried all of their beers and had a yummy Asian dinner. I was more than a little bit full by the end. Then it was back to our friends’ house for the evening. Can you guess which beers were mine?
Yesterday we started the day with a brunch at the University dining hall. I was reminded why I was so heavy in college – so many food options and it was all you can eat. On the walk over we saw this sign. I have no idea what it was for, but we apparently decided it was telling us to eat all.the.things.
I definitely ate more than I should have eaten. Then it was the usual trafficky drive up 95 back to DC. Ugh.
Today is looking like a lazy day. There’s a couple of inches of perfect running snow on the ground, but the snotty nose and the knee are hinting that maybe I should just chill today. We’ll see.