Titan Trot 5K, craft show finds, and eating food with a face

Hey guys! It’s Monday, and the freakin’ weekend is O-V-E-R.

I never know how to open a blog post… 
 

Despite Clay being out of town at a programming competition, mine was pretty good. Since he was out of town, I signed up a few weeks ago to run the Titan Trot 5K at Trinity Collegiate School, which is a private school here in town. A lot of my friends liked the Titan Trot last year (it fell on my wedding day, so I didn’t run it), and I figured I wouldn’t be doing anything else on Saturday morning, so may as well race, right?

Friday afternoon, we got a *crazy* amount of rain here in the swamps. We were in a drought or deficit, so we needed the rain, but I heard the course was a trail, and the roads were wet, wet, wet! I pretty much figured the race was going to turn into one of the “Mud Runs” that are becoming so popular, so I didn’t have any big expectations. I went Saturday morning just to have a good time and get a cool shirt, and a cool shirt it was- mine is a tech shirt in a size youth large which is perfect for me!

Since the race was at a school, we all hung out in the gym until start time, and when the race ended, went back in the gym. Having shelter before and after the race is always good, especially since it was chilly and a bit windy out. There was even a mini “expo” set up in the gym with free samples of kettle corn, tables displaying information about the school, and a few local businesses. There were two race options: a 5K and an O-Run obstacle run. Everyone who did the obstacles said it was like a 5K and two weeks worth of CrossFit workouts combined into a race and they all said it was crazy difficult!

The course was a LOT better than I expected, too. I only saw a few puddles, all easily avoidable, and it was a true cross country course. We ran a loop twice and then turned to cross the finish, and we even had a little crowd of spectators, which was nice. I finished in 24:07- which was pretty good for a slightly windy day and a cross country course!

I finished right behind Ivan, one of the kids I coach in the Florence Track Club, and right in front of Bill, another one of our coaches. Ivan was so amazing- he definitely held on for 3 miles which is no easy task for a 10-year-old. I can’t think of a better person for me and Coach Bill to finish after than one of the kids we coach. It says a lot about our coaching that we have runners who are faster than us!

Here’s a picture of some of us Florence Track Club peeps after the race. I won a 2nd place age group award and Samantha won her age group. We look like a staircase, haha.

After the race, I came home, cleaned up and ate Subway (I always eat a sandwich the night before a race, and I had leftovers). Then, I headed to a local craft show at the country club. The craft show was pretty neat- it was free to get in, and once you did, you could buy tons of neat stuff like jewelry, home items, foods, etc. I bought some dip and marinade mixes for cooking, and I also bought this super cool Christmas ornament. The lady shapes pinecones into palmetto trees, paints them, and glues a moon shape on- I can’t wait to hang it on my Christmas tree in December.

I also got a cafe mocha coffee from Harris Teeter. Our Harris Teeter now has a Van Houtte’s coffee machine where you can get a cup of coffee or hot chocolate for 50 cents, and the coffee is delicious! I’ve been getting them lately because it’s chilly out, cheaper than making my own coffee in the Keurig, and the Cafe Mocha tastes like something you’d get at Starbucks. Super strong cafe mochas from the Teeter are my new vice, along with Sweet cupcakes. On Saturday night, I got a raspberry vanilla cupcake that was gluten free, but it was so delicious anyone would love it, even those who don’t follow a gluten free diet– I don’t.

Clay got back from his programming competition and spent Sunday vegging out and doing more programming for school. I went to the gym and we also went grocery shopping- our weekend date this weekend was a trip to the grocery store, gotta love married life! He’s crazy sleep deprived, so I made him vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting in the middle so he can have a sugar high while he codes :).

Today at work, it was back to the grind as usual, but with a little fun. I was slicing my fruit up (for breakfast) in the break room this morning when my friend Melanie and I noticed it made a face. Kinda funny, because I’m a vegetarian so I don’t usually eat anything that had a face, right? Mels gave me a strawberry for his nose, and I decided I had to take a picture for the blog. We’ll just say the bite out of his eye is a lazy eye, right?

Happy Work Week!

Q1.) What kind of fun shenanigans did you get into this weekend? Everything I did was super fun, but I enjoyed taking it easy on Sunday, too. 

Q2.) What’s your favorite thing to drink in the chilly weather? Hot chocolate? Coffee? Apple Cider? Something else? I love those cafe mochas, obviously, but I like most of the K-Cups. I’m not a cider fan, though my mom is.

Q3.) What do you usually eat for breakfast? Do you eat it at home, in the car, once you get to work/school? Typically, I drink coffee when I get to work and eat breakfast a little later. I usually have fruit or a Greek yogurt, but sometimes I do instant oatmeal. 

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13 Responses to Titan Trot 5K, craft show finds, and eating food with a face

  1. I love Starbucks flavored lattes when it’s cold. I just had a hazelnut one with soy milk the other day and it was pretty tasty, though mochas are one of my favorites too!

    I try to mix it up at breakfast but most days I have overnight oats with different toppings depending on what I’m feeling. Greek yogurt’s a good option too if I want something quick.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Starbucks is delish too! We only have one in my town (yeah, it’s weird here), and it’s not super convenient, so I don’t go that much… maybe a good thing it’s not super convenient, haha.

  2. Cori says:

    I’m glad that the course wasn’t as muddy as you thought it would be. I’ve noticed how the “mud runs” are very “in” right now. My friend has been in a couple of them. Me? I hate mud, so I think it would just freak me out, haha!

    I love that ornament! Very South Carolina! 🙂

    That was sweet of you to make cupcakes for Clay! You’re such a thoughtful wife!

    Q1.) What kind of fun shenanigans did you get into this weekend? Went shopping with a friend on Saturday and did a bunch of cleaning and lounging around on Sunday.

    Q2.) What’s your favorite thing to drink in the chilly weather? Pumpkin Spice coffee or Hot Cocoa.

    Q3.) What do you usually eat for breakfast? Do you eat it at home, in the car, once you get to work/school? I usually have some Cheerios in the morning at home, but if I’m running late, I’ll bring something for me to eat at work.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I was really into pumpkin spice coffee this year too- mostly in the Fall. It just doesn’t taste as good in the Spring, though. Not into mud runs but some of my friends do one where they end up COVERED in mud- they have to swim in mud and stuff like that. I don’t mind if my feet get a little muddy but that’s about it…

  3. ladycoop says:

    1) nothing too exciting. LOL Saturday was a lazy day for the most part. Sunday is my errand running day. I also got to have lunch with a friend.

    2) Pumpkin Spice Latte’s or Peppermint Mocha’s.

    3) I usually don’t eat b-fast. Shame, Shame. If I do eat something before working out, it’s a powerbar.

  4. Lindsay says:

    I love that pine cone palmetto tree!! I may have to try to copy that 😉

    1. I hung out with my sisters in Rock Hill. Nothing crazy, but fun.
    2. Anything warm. Coffee. Tea. Cider.
    3. Dry cereal at work. Not exciting 😦 breakfast is my favorite meal but I have to be at work at 7:30 and I can’t make myself get up and eat a real breakfast that early. Plus then I’d be hungry again by 9-10.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, I go to work early too and that’s why I never eat at home. I’d have to get up at like 6:00 to even be able to eat a bowl of cereal at home! Fortunately my job doesn’t have a problem with desk eating!

  5. Hhaha that dish is pretty adorable 🙂 I really did not do anything fun last weekend… but I am going home this up coming one so hopefully that will be better
    That is fun about the race too Amy!

  6. Patty says:

    That Christmas tree ornament is friggin awesome!!!

  7. Sarah says:

    Nice job with the race my dear 🙂 You look great!!!!!
    LOL I love the fruit plate adorable!

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