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The Nearly Perfect Weekend


This has been a nearly perfect weekend!

On Friday night, I finally won the Champion Title at our monthly Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament!

We’ve been hosting for eight years, nine times a year. So this means that out of 72 games, I finally won one. It does feel strange winning, almost wrong, when you are the host. But now that I’ve won, I’ve redeemed myself as a player in my own eyes. And I don’t feel like I need to win again. πŸ˜‰

orbsop trophy 1

Then, Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day in Minnesota.

My husband and I participated in the Challenge Obesity 5k. It was the first time I was to run a 5k since my back surgery just over a year ago. I walked a couple of them last year. However, the last 5k race I ran was in November of 2012.

But this was Rob’s first 5k! We had a lot better weather at Lake Como this year than I did with the girls last year. It was The Perfect Weather for a run.

Lake Como

Yet, this was the most difficult 5k I’ve ever done.

I started off strong, feeling great; but I think I did that first mile a little too fast. By mile 2, I had petered out. I wanted to stop so many times. And I finished horribly – almost four minutes more than my slowest 5k race: 42:40. That was a little disappointing. {And what made the day nearly perfect, instead of just perfect.} As I crossed the finish line, I was completely out of breath and dizzy for several minutes after the run. I had to keep walking around because I felt like I would fall over. I’ve got a lot of work to do!

On the other hand, Rob had the best first race experience!

This was his first time running more than 21 minutes at a time. He felt great the throughout the whole race! He even picked up the pace at each mile. Rob said that about two thirds of way through the run, a guy who had about twenty pounds on him and was six inches shorter passed him. This made Rob mad! Since the race was two laps around Lake Como, he thought he was being lapped by this guy. He wasn’t going to let that happen! So he picked up the pace and kept the guy just in the distance to pace himself. About a half-mile later, the guy veered off onto another path. He wasn’t even in the race! He was just a guy running around the lake in the neighborhood.

Rob laughed and loved the fact that he had that guy as a motivator. And he finished his very first 5k in 35:18.

He now has the running, bug, too.

Carrie & Rob 5k 5.17.14

Our next race is the The Bacon Chase on July 19th. You may know hat I’m not a huge bacon fan. I’m okay with bacon by itself. I’m just not into bacon-flavored foods or bacon added to dishes or sandwiches. But when I saw this race, I knew it was right up Rob’s alley. It’s going to be fun! And it’ll keep us running until then. I always need an upcoming race to keep me going.

I took Rob out for brunch to celebrate his first 5k at Ward 6 in St. Paul. We also found that they have a great cocktail list and all Minnesota beers on tap. Restaurant Impression to come!

ward 6

When we got home, we were determined to enjoy the day and perfect weather to its full extent. We played a little cribbage on the deck while the dogs frolicked in the yard. We followed that by an afternoon nap with the windows open, creating the perfect cross breeze.

I ended this near perfect day by enjoying some Punch Pizza with some friends while watching the Veronica Mars movie.

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Punch: The only certified Neapolitan pizza in Minnesota

Sunday was equally beautiful.

I slept in. That felt great. Then Rob discovered that they sell Izzy’s Ice Cream at Kowalski’s in Eagan. For the record, Izzy’s is the best local ice cream in the Twin Cities!

There is absolutely no reason to be inside on a beautiful weekend like this. Remember this post from Winter Carrie? She told me to get outside. So I did.

I tried to savor this perfect weather as much as I could, even with a Sunday nap out in the hammock. {I puffy heart weekend naps.} Dinner was a cook-out at our friends’ place. We were spoiled with an excellent dinner outside and enjoyed every moment of this perfect weather sans mosquitoes. {We are smart enough to realize that won’t last long!}

Who could ask for a better weekend!?

Here’s what’s on tap this week: planning

Β Food

*We didn’t make a few of these last week, so they’ve been pushed to this week!

  • Monday – Dinner out after golf league
  • Tuesday – San Marzano Tomato Pasta
  • Wednesday Andouille Sausage with Red Beans & Rice and Creole Roasted Veggies
  • Thursday –Pork Chops with Garlic Green Beans and perhaps this Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread
  • Friday – TBD
  • Saturday – TBD
  • Sunday – TBD


  • Caprese Salad {Not a poorman’s caprese. I’ve got mozzarella on hand for the real deal this time!}
  • Leftovers – We’ll have a lot this week!
  • Snacks – fruit, nuts and dark chocolate



We are using this Advanced Beginner’s 5k Program to keep going with our running. We are going to start at Week 3, so I can attempt to move into the 5k to 10k program easier later this summer.

  • Monday – Golf
  • Tuesday –RUN2 miles
  • Wednesday – cross train /Β Yoga
  • Thursday – RUN – 1.5 miles at race pace
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – RUN- 2.5 miles
  • Sunday –yoga and/or cross train

What was the highlight of your weekend?

What do you do to enjoy the outdoor weather?


Run a 5k with me!


It’s that time of year that many people set New Year’s Resolutions because it’s only natural to want to start fresh at the beginning of a New Year.

Back in September, I created a birthday list of things I wanted to accomplish or incorporate into my life over the next year. One of those things on this list was to run in a Color Run event. I’m excited to announce that yesterday I signed up for the Twin Cities Color Run scheduled for July 14th. (Thank you, Ann!) This is a fun 5k event set up for people of all ages and abilities. You can learn more on their website.

color run

However, one of my top wishlist items is to inspire others to run this year.

Last year, I used the Couch to 5k program in my own effort to start running. By the anniversary of my first 5k, I will have run 12 races in 12 months. If you asked me a year ago if I would do that, I would have laughed and said, “Just let me get through my first 5k!”

The truth is, I’m not fast. I’m still pretty slow. But we all have to start somewhere. The only thing I can do is try to improve my own time each and every time I run.

So why don’t you join me?

I announced in November that I’d love for you to join my on April 21, 2013, in running the Challenge Obesity 5k in St. Paul, Minnesota, around the beautiful Lake Como. It is the event I felt most comfortable doing as a first time runner. Runners, run-walkers and walkers are encouraged. If you aren’t local, please consider signing up for a local event around that time or doing a virtual 5k on your own. It would mean so much to me!

I have just created a team for the Challenge Obesity 5k:

Team Season It Already!

To join us, you can register online here.

When you are registering, be sure to choose: Team Member Registration.

Under the “Select a Team” drop box, choose team: Season It Already!

Team password: seasonitalready (all one word, lowercase)


I have also recently signed up for a new challenge – to do 13 races in 2013. Jill at Fitness, Health and Happiness has set this up and has even secured sponsors and prizes! Am I crazy? Maybe. Especially since my sciatica has been giving me grief and I need to ease back a little bit. {Any and all advice regarding running with sciatica is appreciated!}


I will be starting the year off with a couple of virtual races. The first one is honor of the birthday of Katie at Runs for Cookies. A week later, I’m running another virtual race: the Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial Virtual Half Marathon and 5K. Funds raised from this event will benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut. That will be an emotional one.

So who’s joining me this year?


Think You Can’t Run? Watch This and Tell Me You Can’t.


I recently saw this video of a Disabled Veteran who was told he would never walk, unassisted, again.

He surprised everyone that by doing yoga, heΒ did learn to walk again… And in the process, lost 140 pounds in under a year.

Check out this inspirational transformation.

Then, tell me that you can’t run.

If you are all inspired by this man, consider joining me to Challenge Obesity on Sunday, April 21st in St. Paul, MN. It’s a walk-run event, so don’t even think you have to be “ready” to run it. But there’s no reason not to start the Couch to 5k program now…

What sorts of things have inspired you in your life?