Black Saturday 5k and Weekend Shenanigans

Black Saturday 5k

Last Saturday I ran in Appalachian’s Black Saturday 5K. I had a 2-mile run on my training plan for Saturday so I figured why not bump it up another 1.1 miles? Good choice.

Bonus was the entry for the race was $10 for students. I like. My wallet likes too. Why aren’t all races $10?

The race went along with Appalachian’s Black Saturday. Even though I’ve been at App for four seasons of football I still don’t understand what Black Saturday is. All I know is that it’s a home football game and everyone where’s black, and usually at the end of October, except this year. I don’t think there’s much more to it than that. So what do I where to a Black Saturday 5K?

Neon green, because I just can’t seem to play by the rules.

Going into this race I definitely wasn’t trying to PR, I just wanted to enjoy my run in get some miles in. Mission accomplished. It definitely wasn’t a speedy race, but it was still nice.

The race started at 8AM on a COLD Saturday morning. You should all know by now how much I hate the cold, luckily I warmed up pretty quickly as I started running, but I still like to be a whiney little wuss. I got to break in my new long sleeve shirt from Old Navy though, which I ended up really loving (and it had thumb holes!). FYI highlighter yellow/green wasn’t my first color choice, but I’m not picky when things are on clearance. Plus I won’t get hit by a car in it.

The course was a big loop around campus, aka the flattest part of this little mountain town I live in. It was a small race (like everything else in Boone), with about 150 people, so we were stuck running on sidewalks. I don’t usually mind sidewalks too much, except that race basically started on one, even in a small race that’s not an ideal situation. The first half mile was pretty congested, but after that the crowds started to thin out a little and it wasn’t too bad after that.

I always forget how much harder it is to run at elevation, especially compared to last month’s Triangle Run/Walk For Autism 5K.

I realized I need to start taking my phone with me when I run so I can snap pictures of priceless moments like having to side step a pile of hair extensions on the sidewalk. Someone had a fun Friday night.

I finished in 31:55 not at all speedy, but that’s okay! I was think back to a year ago when I ran my first 5K and finished in 37 minutes, so I’m proud that now I now consider a 32 minute 5K slow.

Weekend Shenanigans

My family came to visit this weekend and it was so good to see them again. It’s been about a month since I last saw them so we had lots of catching up to do!

They rolled into town around 11 and we headed out to lunch. A little early but I was hangry after my race. We had lunch at one of my favorite Boone restaurants, Coyote Kitchen.

 

I got an Isabella burrito: “Rice, black beans, sliced spinach, grilled tempeh, caramelized onion, pineapple, fried plantains, and chipotle cream cheese” with cranberry chipotle salsa, minus the tortilla, and sub sweet red vegan mayo for the cream cheese please.

This meal was so stinkin’ good. I mean, everything I’ve ever eaten at Coyote Kitchen is good, but this might take the cake. The combo of the sweet pineapple and plantains mixed with the spicy-ness of the salsa was AMAZING. I was so full afterwards but it was SO. WORTH. IT. I love you Coyote Kitchen.

After lunch we hit up the outlet mall, or basically the whole reason my mom came to Boone. We got some ridiculous deals at Gap and left with a 2 new pairs of pants (including a green pair!), a snazzy new cardigan, compression capris for $12(!!!) and a blue workout tank. I also got an early Christmas present of new boots (man-made, we don’t do leather over here) because for some reason all of my winter-appropriate shoes decided to fall apart.

Once we were thoroughly exhausted from out shopping adventure I took them back to my apartment to hang out for a little bit before dinner. Dinner was also a tasty meal, I took my family out to Black Cat Burrito (I’m sensing a theme here…) another of my favorite Boone establishments (which I’ve mentioned lots on the old blog, a quick search shows 8 different posts, can you tell I love Black Cat?).

 

I ordered a Satay it to Me Softly “tofu in a spinach wrap stuffed with broccoli, carrots, carmelized onions, a spicy thai peanut sauce, cheese & rice” minus the tortilla and cheese, one day I’ll go to a restaurant and order something off the menu with no changes. Some day. I’ve ordered this lots and it’s very tasty, I’m a sucker for anything with peanut sauce, and broccoli. I need to switch things up and try out some of their other burritos, but this one is so good, if it’s not broke why fix it? Variety is dumb. Kidding.

Sunday was pretty laid back. I put some air in my car tires because they were getting low, chores like this make me feel like such an adult, gross.

Sunday evening I had a meeting for the University Rec employees and since it was the last meeting of the semester we had a potluck to celebrate! Yay, I love potlucks! I made my mixed bean and sweet potato chili and these 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies because I’m an over-achieving potluck-er.

These cookies were scary good. Seriously tasty gluten-free cookies should not be this good. It’s a little criminal.

I’m happy to report people liked the food I brought! I’m never sure because my tastes are so different from most people so it makes me happy when other people like my food.

I spent the rest of Sunday night watching Breaking Amish with my neighbors. Not ashamed. Those Amish kids are crazy.

What did you do this weekend?

Do you have any races coming up? I also signed up for this 5k on December 1, and I’m volunteering for the High Country’s Girls on the Run 5K the weekend after that!

Does your school have any weird sports traditions? I think almost every school does!

Because I Can’t Sleep

I’m blogging instead, might as well be productive. I have a presentation to give in the morning but of course I’m not tired, typical.

Unfortunately, it was a less than exciting day. Just exam junk and rain. Boo.

This post is a little pointless. That’s okay.

I got in a 2.5 mile run and some yoga today. The run felt pretty good, but the yoga didn’t go so well. I’ve been neglecting it the past couple of days and my muscles were super tight and not excited about it. I’m making a bee line to a yoga class asap when I get home.

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I’m still working on the Yoga Challenge and still trying to make a habit of it. My body definitely needs some more yoga right now.

My goal this summer is to work on my arm balances, because I’ll actually have room to do them.

And in other news North Carolina’s Amendment one past:

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And even made national headlines. Embarrassing. I love my home state, but I’m disappointed at the moment. It makes me sad that there’s still so much prejudice in this day and age. I only hope to get this amendment appealed as soon as possible. Also, Katie wrote a great post regarding the passing of amendment one here.

This afternoon I was browsing around downtown Boone for a birthday present for a friend, and found some fun things along the way.

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Full disclosure, there are a lot of things I love more than bacon. Like most things.

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I love this cat. My friend actually has owns this same creature, she bought it at a thrift store. I had no idea more than one of these things existed. I might have to go back and get it.

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A lion in a fedora. It makes him much hipper. Obviously.

Downtown Boone is an eclectic place, gotta love it.

And I ended my day with:

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Doing a marketing project on Starbucks entitles me to drink by the gallon right? Right.

Maybe that’s why I can’t sleep.

Birthday.

It was a pretty good birthday. Very low key, which I’m more than okay with (but I’ll be partying it up this weekend!).

I started the morning with a 4.25 mile run. It was a hard one but a good one, it felt good to start the day with a good sweat. It was a beautiful morning so I ran outside too, I definitely enjoyed that.

Post-run I got in a good 20 minutes of stretching and foam rolling to workout my poor muscles.

Speaking of stretching, it’s the first day of the Stretch for Seven Challenge! So far I’m off to a good start, I’ve been trying to be really mindful of stretching and it’s felt so good. My muscles are happy campers now!

I ate a delicious lunch at Earth Fare

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Salad with mixed greens, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts, and carrots, kale (cooked with soy sauce I think) and sesame seeds, roasted vegetables and chipotle barbecue tofu. Very tasty.

I browsed some stores downtown.

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I found this hippie yoga store. I love it and I want my future house to look like it.

There may have been a fro-yo run at some point too.

My parents sent me a package today with a cake in it! They also popped a bunch of popcorn in our air popper to use instead of packing peanuts, which are much messier but much tastier. My friend Jessi was also sweet enough to bake me some gluten-free cupcakes. There is so much sugar sitting in my dorm room right now, I’m scared I’m going to get diabetes just sitting here.

I had dinner with a small group of friends at Black Cat, always a favorite. No pictures (again, I’m terrible at this) but I got the “Satay it to Me Softly” burrito, which had tofu, broccoli, carrots, caramelized onions, cheese and rice topped with a thai peanut sauce. It was wonderful, my stomach is going to hate me in the morning though. Thanks gluten. Still worth it.

Speaking of gluten…

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I ordered my first legal drink, it was very tasty, I’m definitely a Magic Hat fan.

I still don’t feel like I should be old enough to buy alcohol, but it’s kinda fun.

Adventures in Bargain Shopping

I love a good bargain as much as the next person. I am the typical broke-as-a-joke college student after all, and I have found some steals a bargain clothing stores. But there are some items that are just destined for the clearance rack.

Here’s some WTF unique finds from this weekend’s shopping adventures:

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For when you’re going for that “fresh off the crime scene” look.

Blood is not a good accessory. It’s just not.

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Those are pizza slices. Because I always wear my favorite food on my pants? Maybe we’re trying to appeal to frat boys. If you spill pizza sauce on your pants it will only add to the look, I’m sure.

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A cat dressed like King Tut. What’s not to love? The fact it’s a crop top is a bonus. When I picked up this shirt I was thinking “this is hilarious, if it’s under $5 I’ll buy it as a joke”. It was $6, the universe did not want me to own a shirt with an Egyptian cat on it. Sad.

I did leave with 2 blood/pizza/cat-free shirts and a dress for only $16. I’m definitely a fan.

After my bargain shopping adventure I poked around World Market for a little bit. World Market is the best for window-shopping. I even saw a Buddhist Monk shopping there once, so I’m convinced it’s truly a well-cultured establishment. I hope he bought the Buddha-shaped paper weight, is that wrong?

World Market also sells a lot of fun international specialty foods, here are some of my fun World Market finds:

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Pralines with Tabasco sauce. I loveeee pralines, but I refuse to believe this combo could taste good.

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I just like the name. The ingredients are gator-free, and less weird than you’d think.

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Yes. In case bacon chocolate bars just aren’t cutting it. As a vegetarian, I’m mad someone ruined perfectly good chocolate with beef jerky. Travesty.

Sometimes browsing is more fun than actually buying stuff. For my wallet.

Happy Easter!

Rainbows, Black Cats and Bananas

I managed to peel my lazy but out of bed by 11:00 this morning to make it to the gym. I ran a quick warm up mile in 9:00 (fast for me!) and did some leg work with weights. Saturday morning gym goers are crazy. The guy next to me was curling 130 pounders. What!? That’s my body weight, in each hand. I It made my 15 pounds look real wimpy.

Then I took me and my tax refund check to the mall, but had no luck. When I actually have money to spend I can never find anything, without fail. Murphy loves it when I go shopping. I did stop by Wal-mart and bought more fruits and veggies. I know they’re produce is grown in foreign countries and has all kinds of chemicals on it, but it is so cheap, it’s hard to turn down. I picked up some bananas, nectarines, red cabbage, sweet potatoes and plums. Yummy.

The weather in Boone today was so bipolar. It was sun/rain/sun/rain all day long. It even hailed, what the hail? (corny, I know). But that weather is perfect for

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RAINBOWS!

It’s really hard to see in the photo, but it disappeared shortly after I took the picture.

I joined some friends for dinner at Black Cat. Always delicious. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture, again. I’m bad. But it was crazy busy, they ran out of silverware. I got the “Thai Me Up” burrito, it came with rice, tofu, and spinach in a spinach tortilla with a curry sauce and sunflower seeds on top. Sooo good. I cleaned my plate, like a champ.

Speaking of cats, I got to see this cute little guy too.

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My friend’s cat Jack, he’s really cute, but a little crazy. He also doesn’t like to sit still when I try to take a picture of him.

Post-dinner plans was Appalachian’s Spring Dance Concert

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The dances were really good this year. There was choreography from both students and faculty and they were all awesome. I enjoyed myself, and it really made me miss dance. I need to get back into taking classes if I can ever find the time.

I need to get to bed, I’ve got an early morning tomorrow! But first

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I was eating a Chiquita banana and the sticker said “Place Sticker on Forehead. Smile” So that’s exactly what I did. Because sometimes you just need to have a little fun. Thanks Chiquita.

What’s the last silly thing you did?