I manned the grill for the first time and my performance was not too shabby. For the salad we grilled asparagus, onions, red peppers, and banana peppers. We then added them to a mix of spinach and arugula, goat cheese, and a spicy homemade vinaigrette. I love goat cheese. I need to buy some when I get home.
Saturday morning was the big event I was in town for - The Great American Mud Run! However since I'm marathon training, I needed more weekend miles than the 5k race. I headed out for 4 easy miles before the race and average a 9:30 pace.
The race was amazing and SO much fun! Great obstacles and very muddy! The race said it comes with free hi-res photos, so I'm going to wait until I get them for a full recap. Here's a taste...
After 2 showers and a nap, we headed to my Mom's BF's house for some more summer fun.
I got to put a check in a bucket list spot...I went paddle boarding!
I managed to stay on the board, but the windy weather almost pushed me into the bridge, rocks, and generally down the creek. I need to work on my turning skills apparently. I practiced in the pool before I headed out onto the water. Paddle boarding was pretty easy and relaxing. Next time I think I'd like a day with a little less wind and more people out with me. I also spent some time kayaking, which I think is much easier.
For our post-race celebration dinner we headed out to a cute area called Phoebus. Look at this cute cat in the antique store window!
Dinner was at a Tapas style restaurant called Six . The three of us shared about 6 different treats including the skirt steak and shrimp & manchego flat bread seen here.
Sunday morning I joined my Mom for practice with her master's track team just like Kyle and I did in December . Minus the 5,000 extra layers of clothes. Sundays are usually my day off, but since I was at the track I decided to use it. I did A LOT of stretching, plyo exercises with the group, and ran 2 miles of "stride the straightaways, jog the curves".
After the running, I had something very, very special planned. A trip to Trader Joe's! We in Central Florida are unfairly TJ's deprived. I needed my fill of ginger trail mix, Powerberries, and almond meal. Kyle scored some fruit leather and turkey jerky.
Mom whipped together one of her famous salads for lunch and we spent the afternoon watching Disney's newest Oz before my flight.
This weekend was so marvelous, that I'm linking up to Marvelous in My Monday. Check out the posts for more MIMM joy.
Do you live near your parents or do you have to visit home?
What's your favorite meal from your childhood?
Love and VA life,
Carissa & Kyle