Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Race Report: The Mill Race Half Marathon 9.28.13

I realized today that while I did write about this race being Adam's first half and about the awesome drawing I won here, I never wrote an actual race report.

This was the very first year for this event.  Not only did they have the half marathon, but there was also a 5K and a full marathon.

Registering for the race was a breeze, and we loved that we were able to customized our bibs - we had them say Husband and Wife!

The race started in downtown Columbus, IN near the Cummins office buildings, including the one where Adam works.  We were able to easily park in one of the garages, and we had plenty of time to use the port-o-potty and get to the start line.

One thing I noticed that I hope they'll do differently next year is that they didn't have a couple of blocks of road closed off that they really should have closed.  They set the stage up on this one corner, but traffic was still allowed on one of the roads off the corner.  They should have just closed that stretch altogether.  Not only that, but the potties were lined up down the sidewalk along the road that was still open... so there really wasn't anywhere good for the runners to line up for them.  Everyone was cramped up on the sidewalks, and then people who were trying to walk through risked pushing through crowds or being hit by doors when someone came out of a potty.  And the stage was a block away from the race start.  I think they could better place all of these things, but it wasn't anything that would cause me to not return.

We had plenty of time so we stood in the start area for a bit.  It was the first time in 10 months for me to run a race, but it still felt odd to be standing at a start line and not knowing a lot more people.  I really miss the Tennessee running community!

The start was a bit anti-climatic.  We weren't that far back, but we couldn't hear anything and I never heard the actual start... no gun, no sound system... Hopefully they'll improve on that next year as well.

The race itself was great.  Columbus (and Indiana in general) is very flat, so this was perfect for us since we didn't really train all that well.  We had terrific fall weather, and we felt great!  There weren't a ton of spectators, but when there were they were enthusiastic.  The water/Gatorade stops always came at the perfect time.

The only thing of note that was a bit negative is that the half didn't have any mile markers after mile 8.  I had my Garmin, so we were able to keep up with it.  At first I thought I may have just missed seeing one, but by the end it was clear that if there were any after mile 8, they were poorly placed.

They also gave out fuel/bars at mile 12.  For the half, this was a bit too late.  However, I wished at the finish I grabbed one because all they had there was bananas.  I don't expect a meal after a race, but when you do 13.1 miles you want a little more than just a banana.  Plus, I don't eat those.

Nonetheless, I chalk all these little things up to it being the first year, and in the end we still had a great time getting out there and enjoying the race and chatting with other runners, etc.

Even better was that once we got changed, we were able to walk to Zwanzigs and have some awesome beer, breadsticks and pizza for lunch before joining the after party and waiting for the drawing, where I wound up winning the Dodge Ram.

All in all, it was a pretty terrific day.  I suppose in a lot of ways the race got overshadowed by the truck, but we still enjoyed all 13.1 miles and plan to do it again next year - only maybe we'll actually train a bit better!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Upon Having a Relaxing Weekend

I think this weekend is one of maybe THREE in 2013 that Adam and I didn't have something going on and that we were able to just straight up RELAX.

Seriously.  Starting the year newly engaged, wedding planning, moving to Indiana, getting settled, getting married, going on a honeymoon, traveling for work, and our regular time with Connor has sort of prevented us from having a lot of serious down time on the weekends.

Don't get me wrong.  Our life is awesome and happy and full of good adventures... but it's also been a little exhausting.  We have high hopes of 2014 bringing us a lot more of these kinds of relaxing weekends where we aren't traveling and get to just relax and have a "normal" life.

What did we do with this one?  This last one we'll have all to ourselves until the new year?

On Friday, we went out to eat and then just lounged on our couch catching up on shows on the TiVo. (We switched from Comcast to Direct TV this last week and are also canceling the TiVo because we found a pretty sweet deal and are going to save like $800 over the next year by switching!)

Saturday, we slept til 10 which was GLORIOUS!  We lounged around more on the couch watching tv, and I finished up a little bit of work.  I usually try to avoid working on the weekends, but we have two big events in the next 3 weeks that will take me to both DC and back to Nashville... so I've got to stay on top of things.

We had a Groupon to a wine tasting, so we spent the afternoon going up to Fishers to Chateau de Pique to sample some wines and have some cheese.  It was a really laid back experience, and we ended up buying two excellent bottles at a great price thanks to the Groupon deal.  $20 for us to both taste 7 wines, have a full glass and $10 off of two bottles... STEAL.

We then went to Drake's and watched the end of the UT game as they beat South Carolina (Go Big Orange!) and then back home to continue lounging.  I took a little nap while Adam watched some football.  We both caught up on magazines.  And then we used some discounted movie tickets he got through work to go see Gravity in 3D.  Totally a good movie and worth seeing in 3D.  (I usually don't like 3D movies, but seeing space stuff in 3D is cool.)

And yes.. you may be noticing a trend of trying to save money.  Adam and I are very blessed, but we're definitely aware of his remaining student loans and want to do everything we can to save money, pay them off, but still have some fun and enjoy life along the way.

We concluded our night by watching Dexter... I've seen the first 5 seasons, but Adam has never watched... so we started at the beginning a month or so ago and have been flying through it.  We're almost done with season 5, so I'm excited to keep going and see the ones I haven't seen.

Today has been lovely as well.  We slept in.  I did a bit more work while Adam watched tv.  We did a quick power clean of the house so it is MUCH cleaner now.  I can't tell you the last time I dusted.  It's a good thing Adam doesn't care... don't get me wrong. I keep a relatively tidy house and it's usually clutter-free... but I don't always do the "deep" clean stuff, so it was nice to get that done today.  I also got all the laundry done... I can usually stay on top of it during the week, but with a heavy work to do list and leaving for DC  in a few days, I figured I'd better just knock it out.

We ran 3 miles.  We have watched more football.  And we're about to cook dinner and are looking forward to seeing Peyton and the Broncos stomp the Colts tonight.  I'd love to be at the game in person... but that sort of went against the saving money thing since tickets are like $200 apiece!  

All this to say... there's something really nice about simple and relaxing weekends like this... maybe it wasn't exciting or full of crazy adventures like many of our weekends this year have been, but it was just as lovely!  It's in these lazy weekends that I am so glad that Adam is my husband... we balance each other out really well in combining moments to relax together, moments to do some chores together, and moments to play together.  And there was wine... so you can't complain about all that.