Half RD’s Fall Veggie & Bean Soup

So.  Some days I can do really awesome things like run a marathon.  Other days (usually Sundays if we’re being on honest) the only marathon I’m doing is taking place on Netflix.

I’ve been battling a cold post-marathon, and being a gigantic baby about (it’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve been sick) so my daily objectives have been something more along the lines of “survival”.

My point is, the easier meals can be to make, THE BETTER.

It was really cool and rainy when we made our grocery list this past weekend, so at the time soup/stew seemed like a fantastic idea.  It was 78 degrees today, so this was something that was better in theory than execution.

Pat and I are also “soup people”. When it’s colder out we are all about comfort food in the form of a delicious soup, stew, or chili. So we have a lot of experience playing around with different recipes, meats, beans, and broths. Fortunately he is able to eat a lot more vegetables now, so making soup is a bit more fun now as I can add more vegetables. 

The stew in terms of flavor was just as good in execution as it was in theory.  It was also super easy, so easy in fact, it only involved me turning on my slow cooker today.  This is also a really awesome meal prep recipe in a few different ways: 1) It can easily be done on your “meal prep” day and eaten as needed throughout the week, or 2) you can chop your desired vegetables for the stew on your meal prep day throw them all together then dump them in your slow cooker the day of.


Fall Vegetable & Bean Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 2-8 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


  • 1-1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat or chicken breasts
  • 32 oz broth
  • 2-3 cups of your favorite seasonal veggies (we opted for butternut squash & zucchini
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (pro-tip, puree them if you want your soup to be more “stew-like”)
  • salt, pepper, garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can of your favorite beans, rinsed


  1. Cut your veggies (as I mentioned above you can cut them on your meal prep day, and make this later in the week)
  2. Season your protein – I put the olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic right on my beef before I put in the crock pot
  3. Add all of you other ingredients to the broth on your slow cooker (except the canned beans, if using droed then add right away)
  4. If you do this in the morning, cook on low for 6-8 hours, if you want it ready a bit faster, cook on high for two hours, then turn to low until you’re ready to eat

 With regard to the beans, we typically use canned, rinsed beans. Normally I just set the can out next to crock pot, and whoever gets home from work first opens the can, rinses the beans, and puts them in the slow cooker with everything else. We do this so the beans don’t turn to mush. 

One “weird” thing about me is that I am very particular about tomatoes.  I enjoy the flavor they have, but I will not eat them raw, or in large chunks.  So I opted to puree them as opposed to tossing them in just “diced”, as I mentioned before you can toss them in diced, or if you pop them in a food processor/blender for 30 seconds you will have a lovely tomato puree that serves as a thickener for your base.  Yes you can use tomato paste or sauce, but honestly it will have added sugar or salt, and I mean I like the way my recipe tasted… so make it my way.  :)

This is great just as a soup, I also like it over a small bit of polenta when I’m eating the leftovers. It’s a great way to get more veggies in as well!!

This is also a really flexible recipe. What I mean by that is, you can decide which types and how much of the veggies you put in. You can add meat, or use a few different types of beans. As I mentioned before this is perfect to start on your meal prep day and eat throughout the week, or just chop the veggies you will need on your meal prep day. I did the latter and was able to very seamlessly thrown everything together before leaving for work! 



2016 Chicago Marathon Recap

What an amazing weekend!  I can’t help but smile, when I think back on “Marathon weekend”.

First and foremost I want to thank my fellow Mid-Michigan Runners who all committed to this journey of craziness almost 7 months ago, and taking me at my word that this was one of the most awesome races ever.  I’m glad it didn’t disappoint!!!

Obviously, the weekend wouldn’t have been complete without the love of my Venados, and of course my family and friends, and especially to Dynamic Runner for my plan.

Let’s be real, training for a marathon can be an incredibly selfish endeavor.

This is my third time running Chicago, and my fourth marathon.  It ended up being a huge race for me on multiple levels.

  1. I pr’d
  2. I found a new mental toughness I didn’t really realize I had
  3. I was able to ignore a lot of pain, part of that was being prepared for the pain
  4. I had fun, yes I had fun during a marathon

The Chicago Marathon is just my all time favorite race.  I legitimately do not have enough good things to say about it, and I am so grateful to have been able to show my friends my old home, and this amazing city.

I opted to get into the city on Friday to spend some extra time with friends, and attend the Venados Pot Luck Friday night, and go to the expo with one of my friends.  The dinner was so much fun, it was so amazing to catch up with people, and the most perfect way to get so hyped up to run Sunday.

Saturday a majority of my Michigan friends got into the city, so I made my way to our hotel to meet everyone and head to the expo.  One of the great things I have never experienced about the marathon weekend is the shuttle service from downtown to McCormick Place.  McCormick Place is about 3 miles south of the downtown area, and it gets incredibly congested with traffic (so taking a taxi/uber can suck too).  The shuttle was free, and it gave me an prime opportunity to catch a few pokemon (yes, I am one of “those” people). There are multiple locations and they run to and from about every 15 minutes. 

Saturday night was just your typical pre-marathon night- we gathered in our hotel lobby for some pasta and few glasses of wine.  Saturday night was a rough night for me, I had a pretty safe dinner but for some reason (probably an assload of anxiety) I ended up getting sick in the middle of the night.  So Sunday morning I was VERY anxious.

Sunday morning we all rolled out of the hotel to get to the Congress Hotel, despite a few hiccups with our uberX.  I encouraged everyone (I forced them all) to purchase a spot in the hospitality suite there through another local running club.  For $25 it is so clutch, indoor restrooms, breakfast and coffee, and snacks/beer afterwards.  It also serves as a very convenient place for reuniting with family and friends after the marathon.   We were all dispersed in various corrals (corrals are assigned based on estimated finish times.

My plan was to start with two of my friends who run around the same pace as I do, and around 8:25am we were finally off.  The first few miles were pretty tough, because they are SO congested, so we were running pretty aggressively into the first leg (9:10’s, 9:15’s) around mile 8 I just decided to reign it in, I couldn’t keep that pace anymore, and dialed it back a bit, and I am glad I did even though I ended up running the next 16 miles alone (huge mental win).

Speaking of my mental game I broke the course into 6, 4 mile segments (yes I realize that equals 24, NOT 26).  The first 3 segments are in the north leg, the next 1 is in the west leg, and the last 2 are in the south leg.  I break it up to think about only four miles at time that way the course doesn’t seem so daunting.  The last two miles are really just about keeping perpetual, forward motion.  This worked out really well for me, I made it to mile 20.5 before I walked, and started walk/running.  I also knew around this time that all I had to do to pr was to just keep things consistent.

Around mile 24 I reunited with my girl Emily, and we finished together, which was amazing (I’m sorry again for yelling at you when we ran up Mount Roosevelt).

I crossed at 4:40, which was 22 minute pr for me.  I was pumped.  I have been relatively quiet about my training and updates for this marathon, because after Glass City in the Spring I was really disheartened that I still hadn’t broke 5 hours for a marathon.  I fully admit I was aiming for 4:30, but I am so so happy with what I ran considering how fast and loose I was with my long runs.

Everyone in our group finished under 5 hours which was awesome, and what was even more awesome was everyone had a blast.  Special congrats to Salatelli for finishing your first marathon!!!  We all met back together at our suite and started to slowly make our way back to our hotel (about 1-1 1/2 miles away) on foot. This actually required a pit stop at a bar, followed by a group dinner.

We all opted to come back Monday afternoon, which worked out really well, this allowed us to go get breakfast and head to the Nike store to look at the Finisher specific gear. We did want our medals engraved, but the line was out of control. 

All in all it was an amazing weekend! 

Who’s ready for 2017?!


Mom-Shaming: It’s Bullshit

First of all: I am not a mom. Except to a very sassy cat, and I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count.

Therefore, with regard to what I’m about to write, I am either an objective outsider, or I’m completely out of my depth. I’ll go ahead and let the mom’s who read this be the judge.

I am on social media. As a result I see A LOT of posts about women, both friends and aquiantences and their children. I see everything from the birth announcements to the monthly photos, requests for input on getting through a difficult a time. Sometimes theses mom’s even message me about nutrition questions for either themselves or their kids, (not to sound egotistical but I still find this to be flattering, and am always happy to help). 

I also see a fair amount of unsolicited advice, and the even worse offender: mom-shaming. 

It’s kind of bullshit. Ok not kind of, Mom-shaming is bullshit. 

As I mentioned above: I am not a parent. BUT it seems REALLY hard, and even that seems like an understatement. Whether you have two involved parents or 1, like it just seems super hard. So first all: bravo. 

To build on this, because it seems so difficult that it seems like most parents should feel accomplished by things like keeping their kids alive/getting them to eat etc. 

It seems to me (a health professional with pediatric experience) that the only times unsolicited advice is warranted is:

  1. You are putting your child in danger. (Many will argue that vaccines fall into this, and while I personally agree I don’t think berating a stranger on social media will change their mind).
  2. You’re neglectful to the point that your child is a jerk, and said jerk child is damaging myself, my property. 

To be fair, my second point excludes kids who choose to be assholes despite parental interventions (hey it happens).  

And even then the unsolicited advice is probably not best given by an acquaintance and/or via social media. 

But back to mom shaming. Don’t do it. Don’t comment “why” unless you’re genuinely inquiring/trying to learn. 

I was perusing my feed a few weeks ago when I saw this article come up. I was immediately infuriated by this campaign. I think I understand what message they were trying to convey, but then they (Pedatric Society of Rio Grande) just took a WAYYYYYY too extreme approach. I get it, encourage breastfeeding moms to have a diet rich in nutritious foods. 

Here’s the thing, this campaign not only mom shames but it promotes the idea that some foods should make you feel “bad” or that there are bad foods.

Two things I have a HUUUUGE problem with. 

Foods fall into two “basic” categories. Foods are either nutrition providing or nutrition lacking. A doughnut really doesn’t provide any real nutrition. But are they fun to eat on occasion?! Oh hell yes. 

When you become a parent you are essentially opening yourselves up to being a Denny’s (open for food 24/7). So eat the freaking burger on the occasion you crave a burger. 

I am glad La Leche spoke out about their dismay regarding his campaign (La Leche League is an international organization that promotes support, and evidence to women who are breastfeeding/considering breastfeeding). 

Again to be clear my beef isn’t with the article it’s with the campaign discussed in the article. 

So speaking of breastfeeding- just because you breastfed your child for a year does not give you any right to condemn someone who bottle fed or “only” breastfed for “a few months”. 

The evidence does support that there are significant health and immune related benefits with breastfeeding for at least six months. But some women CANNOT for various reasons, and it’s not up to random women (or men) on social media to question a mom’s decision of what/when/how/and in which manner their child is fed. 

The reality of children is you can have one child who will literally eat anything, then you can have another child that you have to negotiate with them every meal to get them to ultimately eat a peanut butter sandwich because ultimately that is better than no food. This happens in kids who are breast for 6 weeks to 2 years, KIDS ARE NOT PREDICTABLE. It seems like most parents know this, so again mom-shamers out there. You’re the worst offenders as you’re pointing out the obvious. 

Here are a few examples of things NOT to feed children:

-Unpasteurized formula (I.e. Made from goats or cows milk) 

There is a certain celeb who has posted about giving her small children fresh goat milk. In the spirit of not mom shaming I’ll leave her name out. But the issue the arises with unpasteurized milk is infants digestive tracts aren’t matured. But unpasteurized milks can be a breeding ground for Ecoli- harmful to adults and infants alike.

-Honey, until the child is at least 12 months. Again due to the infants’ immature digestive tract there can be spores of clostridium botulinum (botulism) in honey and putting the infant at risk for getting ill from botulism as the spores are able to germinate in the immature digestive tract. 

-Foods they are allergic to. Seems obvious but worth the reminder to meet with a dietitian to learn about hidden sources of an allergen after meeting with an allergist. 

I’m not even touching organic foods in this post.

Social media is a double edged sword. On one side it creates an outlet for connection and discussion (and this blog!- haha). On the other side, everyone with an opinion is essentially allowed to share said opinion whether its offensive or not. It provides a conduit for people to take the snarky things they say (we all say) inside their heads and put it out there for someone to read. 

The take away from this post is a reminder that there is a lot of BS on social media, mom-shaming is one of the worst offenses (there is a lot of offensive crap on social media). There is also a lot of misinformation. So don’t feed into both of these epidemics. Speaking of misinformation remember that even though you may be “correcting” someone on their belief or statement, and even if evidence is on your side.  Remember to not be a jerk about it. 



Chicago Marathon Spectator & Runner Guide, by a runner.

In 5 days I will be running the Chicago Marathon for my third years in a row.  For the first time I feel more excitement than I do nervous.  I have also coordinated 8-9 other people from my run group in Michigan to come down and also run it after I got back from my adventure last year.  It is crazy to believe that almost 10 months ago a group of us doing this was a half baked (and half drunk) idea after one of our weeknight runs as we sat at the bar; then on lottery day as we woke up and check our emails (and bank accounts) to see if we had gotten in.

In 5 days this idea will be anything but half baked.

In the process of coordinating this, and thinking about places to go, it got me really thinking about the marathon, the course, and the spectators- all of which are amazing.  But I wanted to use this post as a means to celebrate the various spots along the route for runners- and some key advice, as well as to be helpful to spectators.

In the five years I lived in Chicago, and the countless miles I ran there (including two Chicago Marathons), I am more than qualified to give out some unsolicited advice here.

I’ll start with Spectators:

  1. Discuss with your runner the night before what you will be wearing/what they will be wearing.  There are 45,000 runners and double/triple the amount of spectators.  Saying you’ll see them at mile 12 won’t cut it.
  2. Don’t get “trapped” outside the course- the Chicago marathon is a point-to-point course that does form a loop- when you look at the course map- think of the route as the outer perimeter- don’t get outside of that- unless you specifically intend to (getting on a train etc).  Again 45,000 runners, crossing a street is no easy feat, and runners will not thank you for cutting them off.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes, layers, and be caffeinated.  Last year my family told me how much adrenaline they had hopping around the city- and also how much fun it was.  They ended up seeing me in four different locations, this took: an Olaf (Frozen) balloon, 2 smart phones, several coffee stops, several potty break stops, countless train stops, and a cta day pass.  It also took a lot of planning on my end to make sure I gave them train stops, with locations and destinations
  4. Get a day pass, and be prepared to get on a train.  Download an app like “Transit Stop: CTA Tracker”, and make sure your phone is charged
    1. Speaking of apps make sure you are tracking your runner
  5. Don’t carry unnecessary baggage, some areas will be more crowded than others.  And again your runner can be running anywhere from 2 1/2 – 5 hours- you’ll be on your feet too.
  6. Make time to go to the bathroom, and get food.  When you get to certain locations you may be waiting for a bit.  Better to get off your train and get what you need right away than go without.
  7. Have a rendezvous planned post race, will you meet at the family/friends reunion at the finish line?  Or will you meet at the starbucks a few blocks away?  Establish that beforehand, due to the sheer amount of people cell service can be unreliable
  8. Speaking of unreliable, the trains and your feet will be the most reliable mode of transit after the runners begin finishing- especially if you are a mere mortal and finish after the four hour mark

For the runners, I’ll spare you the advice you’ll get at the expo and from countless Runner’s World Articles about not going out too fast, and going based on effort versus pace.  I’ll also spare you the cliche: “have fun”


  1. I lied.  HAVE FUN!  I get it, if you’re going for a BQ or prize money you’re probably not going to be taking in the amazing scenery, and people.  Again- mere mortals- take it all in.
  2. Pack an ipod, but don’t plan on needing it, until you’re in the pain zone, the crowds are unreal.
  3. Speaking of pain zone, the toughest miles (IMO) are after mile 21 (leaving Chinatown) until mile 24 (you’re back on Michigan avenue heading towards the city.  These miles are tough for several reasons: this is a really common time to experience glycogen/fuel depletion and bonk, these are some of the more desolate miles of the course across the board, and lastly- you run away from the city.  At mile 21 you are on a path that if continued takes you back downtown, but then you turn and head south.  Mentally it stinks, but knowing about it beforehand can help with the much needed mental games we all play
  4. Boystown (mile 8) is really cool, buy my favorite areas on the course are at: Mile 9.5-10 in the Old Town Neighborhood (residents will be out on the curb brunching, drinking mimosas, and cheering as you run by).  Mile 19 in Pilsen, Pilsen is more hype than Boystown, the cheers from the crowds, and bands are DEAFENING.  Pilsen is also the home of my Chicago Club: Venados, and they keep that mile the best mile. I also love running through Little Italy (mile 17.5).  Honorable mention spots are the students of IIT who come out to the street and offer everything from gummy bears to wine (mile 23) and the crowd that gathers on Michigan avenue (23.5) to cheer you on to the start of that last 2.5 mile stretch.
  5. Chicago is flat, flat, flat.  You only need to prepare for two small inclines: 1 around mile 12 (I believe on Orleans st), and the other at mile 26 (aka Mt Roosevelt).  Neither climb is crazy, but preparedness is key, and the climb at 26, I mean its not that bad, but you’re gassed at that point, so it feels like you’re climbing for eternity.
  6. Chicago has a great course, but its the spectators that make it so amazing- so thank them, smile at them, high five them.  It’s the spectators that put gummy bears in cups, offer you beer, chop up fruit, set out sunblock/vaseline for the runners.  As I’m sure some of you know, this makes SUCH a difference.
  7. In addition to the typical mind games we all play, break the course up into “legs” you have your north leg (mile 1-12), west leg (13-21), and the south leg (22-26.2).  You break each leg up however you want.  I will tell you that when you get back out on Michigan avenue around mile 23.5-ish it will be amazing (I mean, don’t get too excited you still have about 2.5 miles left).
  8. Be prepared for the expo- it is such an easy way to spend too much money but also spend more time on your feet than what you mean to.  Go in knowing there will be a ton of stuff.  Narrow down how much you’re willing to spend, and once you have spent that, leave.
  9. Remember to say thank you to your spectators. While they didn’t run a marathon, they hustled all over the city to see you. 
  10. If you’re not staying near the start line make sure you get there early. Lines for the porta potties will be very long. Also, if this is your first time running, it is imperative you are in your corral before it closes leading up to the start. 
  11. Follow the blue line! No not the train. The blue lines on the course are there to map out the most direct way to 26.2. It can be tricky to see when you’re in a crush of people. So my advice is to carefully look down 

Photo Cred @lazielife

The Chicago Marathon is my favorite race, hands down. I hope this post serves as a helpful resource to runners and spectators alike! For spectators and fans, I hope you all have fun, weather-wise, it’s looking like a great day to run a marathon!! 


Capital City River Run Half: Recap

I’m officially in my taper going into Chicago.

So I’m super cranky, and always hungry.  However, for the purposes of this post, that is beside the point.

yeah, I ate that. I blame “the taper”

This race was aligned on the same weekend as my peak run.  I haven’t posted an awful lot on getting ready for this marathon for several reasons: 1) I’m superstitious at this point because of my goal and 2) I have definitely had a less than traditional plan with regard to long runs.

Overall things have gone well, July, August, and September were all 100+ mile months so in terms of having a base I feel fairly strong.

Anyways, the Capital City River Run is “Lansing’s Race”, they offer a full marathon, half, marathon relay, and 5k.  My girl Emily and I decided we would sign up for the half, and do 5 miles beforehand to get to out 18.

I was actually really excited about this race, I have never done it before, and I have always heard good things about it, and a lot of the course I am really familiar with. A couple of bonuses were a big group of people from our run club were participating in the various races, and the weather forecast was promising.

We (Emily and I) did 5 miles beforehand in about 50 minutes, then made another potty break, and lined up.

My boo thang

The course itself was flat (Lansing is flat), the downside of this is the first 4ish miles were straight east- so straight into the sunlight.   

After that, you turn onto campus and get into the shade that the river trail provides and make your way back to downtown Lansing.  Overall I had a really awesome race, somehow I managed to completely zone out from about mile 7.5-9.5, which in retrospect probably turned into a lifesaver since I was running the half a lot faster than what I anticipated I would (I was aiming to finish around 2:10-2:15, with doing the 5 beforehand- I ended up finishing in 2:06) so around mile 11 I was just over it (the race), but then I remembered I was actually at mile 16, and actually felt pretty ok at the end. 

Finally out of the pain zone, and just over a half mile to finish

It was actually a really awesome way to break up that long of a run. This would be a great race to actually “race” as it is truly quite flat. Another nice bonus was the amount of pacers in both the half and the full. Packet pickup was also very organized, it was held at the local running store Playmakers, we were in and out with our packets in record time (although we did stop to do a little shopping).

Overall I’d highly recommend this race you really get a fantastic tour of Lansing, East Lansing, campus, and Reo Town; and as I mentioned before it’s a really good pr course. 



The Crim Festival of Races: Recap

A few weeks ago I ran my first “Crim”.

If you’re not a runner, or a runner from Michigan you likely don’t know what I mean. 

The Crim Festival of Races takes place every August in Flint Michigan. 

Yes, Flint. 

Let me get a few things out of the way immediately

Yes, the race is safe. 

Yes, Flint is the city you heard about for having lead in the water.

No, I wasn’t drinking Flint’s water.

But, Flint also has some really proud residents that make this one of the best races I’ve done in terms of crowd support. I’d truly give the race as a whole a 8.5-9/10 overall and a lot of that can be attributed to the crowd support.

I ultimately signed up because of peer pressure,  a lot of my friends in my run group signed up and/or have done it in years past and recommended it. 

As I mentioned before it is a “festival of races” so there are various distances offered: 1mile, 5k, 8k, 10 Mile and the “Teddy Bear Trot” (a dash for the kiddos). You are able to sign up for one, I.e. The 10 Miler, or sign up for combos- which is what my girl Emily and I ended up doing as we both needed more miles based on where we were at in our marathon plans, so we signed up for the 10 miler and 5k.

We also did this because we both lack sense, and general sanity, and because we love commiserating with one another….

With regard to the Crim- it seems like the main attraction is the 10 miler. It gives runners an interesting, although challenging tour of Vehicle City (Flint). This is also their 40th year of putting this on, so their organization is on point!! The race(s) were a tad pricey- I paid ~ 90 ish dollars to do both races and that is comparable to what I used to pay to do a half in Chicago. 

Granted I did get two medals and two sets of treats as I crossed the finish line twice so that was cool. The volunteer support on the course was awesome, as was the organization of the event as a whole. Packet pickup was also very seamless and took minutes. There were also ample places to potty the morning of. Which if you’re a runner this is a big deal.

And there was chocolate milk. 

The 10 miler is tough, and it was a pretty humid morning. I was prepared for a “few hills” near mile 5, and was prepared for that. It was the hills that came after mile 5 I was not prepared for. By mile 8 I was cussing up a storm hating everything and everyone- specifically the fact I still needed to move my butt across the finish line to start a 5k. To do another race after the 10 miler you need to make sure you can finish the 10 miler under 2 hours, so that you can line up for the start of either the 5k or 8k. So my girl Emily and I finished up collected our popsicles, waters, and medals and headed back to the car before we started our 5k. Our 5k truly was a cool down, we really didn’t push the pace at all. What we later found out was that we finished 5th and 6th in our age group for our “cool down” which we thought was super cool. 

A small group of us ended up staying and hanging out to spectate the Teddy Bear trot and then taking off for brunch afterwards.

I would definitely do this race again, and maybe be a bit more mentally ready for the hills on the back half of the course. 


South Haven Blueberry Run 10k: Recap

So I’m super behind on my race recaps…because life.  So I am finally catching up on my racing escapades over the summer.

A few months ago I did a Sunday long run, at the start of that run it started raining, and then moved to “pouring” by mile two. Despite a 14 mile run turning into a 8, I said at the end “I’d rather run in rain and be cool, than in the heat and humidity”.

Mother Nature can be sassiest of all sassy.

For the Blueberry Run I originally signed up for the 5k/10k combo (to get more mileage), and planned to run both races at paces to pr a 15k can versus pr both individual races and potentially burn out during the 10k.

Despite having a plan our Saturday morning was turned upside down when we rolled into South Haven amidst POURING rain. I was with a group from my Venados squad half of us had planned to do the combo, and the other half were just doing the 10k.

Turns out, pouring rain is a game changer. Three of us were soaked even before we were able to pick up our packets. Once we were all reunited we all decided to just make a go of the 10k, and make the best of trip.  The races ultimately were postponed due to the weather.  I ultimately could have ran the 5k, but I would have gotten even more soaked (which I am not even sure is possible) as it continued to pour.  Once we opted to just do the 10k, I opted to change into my dry post race outfit- so glad I did….because it rained yet again.  Yes that was sarcasm.

Regardless of the crappy rain, we still had fun!  We clearly had so much fun that we all placed in our respective age groups for the 10k!!!  I was only aiming to pr, so placing in my age group was the cherry on top.

The race itself was pretty good, I would definitely do it again, I really enjoy races like this as, we run through neighborhoods, and there is definitely a “hometown feel”.  The course was flat, the weather was clearly out of the control of the race directors, but I felt the situation was handled well.

Two things that could be improved in the coming years:

-Placement of the porta potties at the finish line.  The finish line was right by the marina so as you crossed the porta potties were to the right, and runners were funneled to the left, if you had to go, you had to wait for a gap in runners to get to the potties.

-VERY poor signage/lack of volunteers in the final turns, creating confusion on when/where to turn. Throughout the course there were tons of volunteers, police officers etc.  There were only a couple of turns that were tricky, but even signs would have been extremely helpful.

Once we all finished we picked up some blueberries (because it was the Blueberry Festival) we picked up our medals, and headed back to the cottage to shower, and have a well deserved lunch stop at a local restaurant, where I experienced something beyond my wildest dreams, it was called: The Tater Tot Mountain.

No, I did not/could not finish this, but I did have was amazing

This was one of a handful of 5k’s and 10k’s I have done over this summer, which have definitely broken up the monotony that can come with marathon training.