Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 Hoover Dam Marathon Recap

Holy haberdashery, Batman! I finished! It was hard but I finally completed my very first marathon. Going into it, my training hadn't been exactly where I had wanted (who's ever is?). In the weeks leading up to my marathon I had sickness, work, and holidays all taking over my free time for training (and blogging). But, in the end I survived and have learned a lot about what I can accomplish, or something like that. :)

Before the Race

I had way too much going on the day before the race. Do not try this at home kids.

6:30am - 3:00pm - Worked.
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Pickup kids and pack for the weekend.
5:00pm - 7:00pm - Mrs. Speedypants' company Christmas party.
7:00pm - 9:00pm - Co-worker going away party.
9:00pm - 12:00am - Finish packing and nap until Mrs. Speedypants gets off work.
12:30am -2:00am - Drive to Las Vegas, I nap in the car while awesome spouse drives.
2:00am - 3:00am - Check into Hotel and then go to sleep.
6:30am - Wake up to get ready for Marathon.

I had read that the sleep and rest you get in the week leading up to your race is more important than the night of. I definitely was hoping that it was true.

Race Day

We arrived at 7:30am and since the race doesn't start till 8am I had time to pickup my race packet and do a little stretching. It was a little on the chilly side waiting around for the start of the race but I knew that I would warm up real quick as soon as I would start running. It had been windy on the drive to the race which had me a little worried because if there is one weather element that I despise running in, it's the wind. But luckily for me it ended up being a non-issue because the hills and mountains we were running up and through blocked all the wind.

The course is an out and back 13.1 mile course and so I would be doing it twice. The course and views were so amazing that I really did not mind doing the route twice.

View of Lake Mead with perfect weather.

One of the many tunnels.



The Race

Miles 0 - 5: This is all uphill. It didn't look like much on the elevation chart but it really is a significant climb. The good thing about all the climbing is the views of Lake Mead and the surrounding mountains that you get to witness. Much of the course follows an old railroad trail so you get to go through several tunnels carved in the mountainside. At mile 5ish is when you get the fantastic views of the Hoover dam. This is also where the turnaround point is.



Miles 5 - 13.1: Finally downhill. Was able to really keep a good pace but even though it is downhill, I feel I might have used too much energy. I was feeling too good and having too much fun. I also had a lot of race left to do. I hit the half marathon mark at about 2hr 14min.



Miles 13.1 - 18: Back up the hill. I was starting to feel the miles on my legs so I popped in my headphones to help me mentally grind out the climb. I was able to keep running and pass a few other runners. The views and the music really helped. 




Miles 18 - 26.2: Even running downhill was hurting. At about mile 22 my legs were toast. I had to resort to walking a minute and running a minute for a couple of miles. I was definitely hurting and my legs just did not have anything left. The last couple of miles felt like hours and I was never going to reach the finish line. When I reached the last quarter mile I finally was able to see the finish line. Mrs. Speedypants came up to me and we ran the last 100 yards together to the finish.

Official Time: 4:49:09
Overall Place: 89 out of 164
Age Group Place: 15 out of 21


Fuel

I ate an Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich for breakfast. Not ideal but it was better than nothing. For the race I carried water with me in my hand held water bottle so I could continually sip water. Even though it wasn't a hot day I know the importance of hydration. I also drank HEED (electrolyte drink similar to Gatorade) at all the aid stations. I also was relying on the Gels that they provided at an aid station on the course. I did make the mistake of not picking up a couple of gels when I passed the aid station the second time which most likely had an effect on my energy levels at the end of the race.

Summary

I really feel like I had a great race. It was a much tougher course than I had expected but that just makes the feeling of accomplishment even more sweeter. The weather was perfect, the volunteers were amazing, the course was beautiful, and the entire event was great. I am very happy with my sub 5 hour finish and hope to be back in 2015 to do this race again. 




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Wife is Always Right

I have recently learned that I should always listen to Mrs. Speedypants. Actually, I am continually learning this but I seem to continue making the same mistakes. Early this month Mrs. Speedypants got her flu shot and suggested I do the same. I didn't. She suggested I double up on the vitamin C during the flu season. I didn't. When I got sick she suggested that I take a day or two off from work to rest and get better. I didn't. She got sick because of me (and was not happy about it) but do you know what happened? She followed her own advice and took a day off from work.

The end result?

Mrs. Speedypants was sick for no more than 48 hrs.
I was sick and miserable for 8 days and still am not 100%.

Some of that might be just because she is stronger and has a higher pain tolerance than me. As I have mentioned before, I am a big baby when I get sick. But I believe the lesson to be learned is that you need to get your flu shot, take care of yourself, and rest when you start feeling symptoms, and that the Wife is always right. Every year I believe that it is going to be different and yet every year I should have just listened to her advice.



This week I have been feeling well enough to start running and working out again. It is nice to start getting active again but taking a week off feels like I took a year off. I am sure that it is because I am still recovering from my illness but it is a little unnerving that I am struggling on 4 mile runs when I have 26.2 miles to run in 17 days.

So I will continue with easy runs this week and will reassess my ability and adjust my training plan after this weekend.

Here is a bedhead selfie at 4am. In case you forgot what I look like. :)


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dang Sickos

This week I have been totally immobilized because I have come down with the sniffles. I have finally caught the cold that has been circulating the office for the past 45 days. Since I am a big baby when it comes to being sick I haven't done any workouts of any kind all of this week. I am still going to work though so that I can reinfect everyone. That will teach all those dang sickos to get me sick.



Before I started actually feeling the symptoms, Mrs. Speedypants and I took a little romantic trip to Fresno, CA. It is a fairly long drive through California's agricultural region, the Central Valley. Which is where we were able to really pass the time playing the game "What is that #*$& smell?". When we finally arrived in Fresno, we had a great relaxing weekend. Fresno is where Mrs. Speedypants and I started dating about 14 years ago. So we had fun reminiscing and spending time together. We visited the same park, and movie theater we had our first dates at. The weekend flew by far too quick.

We started the Selfie craze 14 years ago. Sorry world.


It took me 14 years to grow that much facial hair.


I am still planning on going to the Turkey Trot 5k/10k this weekend. I guess my arrogance of predicting nothing less than a PR is coming to haunt me. Without running a week, gaining 10 lbs, and being sick, I think my new goal is to not DNF (Did Not Finish) the race now.

I am now off to spread my germs. :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Marathon Training and Other Updates

AHHH!! I can't believe that my first marathon is exactly 30 days away right now. Time is flying and I am starting to worry about whether or not I am going to get enough training in before then. I am sure everyone feels that way before their first marathon. But my training so far I would have to say has been very up and down. I have had a few long runs of 18+ miles, but they were not exactly confidence building runs. After I reach 17 miles I feel like death and I have concrete blocks attached to my feet. 26.2 miles is still unfathomable for me.

This past week I concentrated on speed and actually each of my speed workouts have gone very well. I was able to do sprints and intervals faster and further than I have ever been able to before. So that makes me happy. Maybe I will just sprint and beat everyone off the line at the start of the marathon and when everyone starts catching up to me I will just fake a muscle injury. :)

Next couple weeks I will be getting back to the long runs again and I am really hoping that they start to feel a little easier. If not, I just might have to give up running and find an easier hobby.

I have started making plans and booking my room in Las Vegas for my marathon that is coming up. I realized that I have been to and done enough things wrong in Las Vegas that I might actually have some tips and tricks to share with all of you. So stay tuned for a future blog post about that.

I do have a Turkey Trot 5k/10k coming up also. I still am undecided on which distance I want to PR in yet. Because I am just that good!

In other news, has anyone else watched the new Billy Yang video "Western Time"? It follows Nike Trail athlete Sally McRae and her first run of the Western States 100. It is a good video and well worth 30 minutes of your time. Full video YouTube link here: Western Time. Southern California runners rule! :)

The video got me all pumped up and wanting to enter the Western States lottery that is currently open. I actually almost entered but with my luck I would beat the odds and be selected and I am easily a couple years away from being ready for 100 miles. So I wisely decided not to, or did I? Muahaha.

Ok. I better end this post here. It is already random enough. I guess I just am glad that the weekend is finally here. Woohoo.

Look at me go!

Who lost their Stanley Brothers cassette? I know you all are guilty of liking their 1950 song "Man of Constant Sorrow" which can be heard in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Morning darkness cannot stop me and my training.
OK, really. I am ending this post. Have a great weekend.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Running is Better with an Armband From Armpocket



Today I am going to tell you all about my new must have running accessory, an Armpocket armband. Many of you have probably been running and have gotten along just fine without an armband so far. Even I have been running for a few years now and have survived just fine without one. That is until I started training for my first marathon coming up in December. I don't know about you, but long runs are really hard. After suffering through a few long runs and reaching new distances, I soon realized that I wanted to distract myself with music and have my phone available to call Mrs. Speedypants to pick me up if I needed. My runs would be so much better and safer if I just had my phone on me.

Armpocket to the rescue! I was contacted by Armpocket to see if I would be interested in trying one of their armbands. I checked out their website Armpocket.com and realized that their products were exactly what I was looking for and needed.
Armpocket Racer

Couple days later I received my Armpocket Racer. It is one of their slimmest and lightest models that they have. Which was great because I knew it would take a little bit of time to get used to having something strapped to my arm. They have a multitude of different armbands with different size pockets, and lights, and colors. But I am boring and just wanted a nice slim, simple, black armband that would fit my phone, car key, and a little money.



Some awesome things about my Armpocket Racer:

Water resistant - Very important for me because I sweat a lot.
Slim and light - I seriously do not notice or feel it on my runs.
Comfortable - The strap is comfortable and the band has memory foam so it does not slip or move around on my arm without being tight.
Touch window - The window lets me easily see my phone screen and is touchscreen compatible. So it is very easy to quickly skip songs, or check text messages without stopping mid-run.
Price - Although my armband was free for me. All the prices on the their website are very reasonable.

Out on a run selfie

Blurry early morning selfie
Bathroom selfie


Overall I am very happy with my Armpocket armband. I wear it on all my runs now, even if I am not listening to any music. It has become just as important to me as my Garmin watch and my RoadID bracelet out on my runs.


Disclaimer: I was given an armband to review.
All opinions are honest and are my own.


Monday, November 3, 2014

October Recap

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween weekend. October really flew by fast for me. Probably because October was the real start of my training for the Hoover Dam Marathon. Actually getting ready and training for my first marathon is starting to get exciting as my long runs keep getting longer.Which also has been making it start to feel more real and the distance of a marathon is has become more intimidating than ever. I don't know why I never thought 26.2 miles was far before but I am really respecting the distance now. OK, so here is the month in pictures and numbers.

Family hike up in Big Bear, CA
Running and sweating in the crazy early hours of the day.
The first winter air finally arrived.


October Stats

Total Miles - 102 miles
Longest Run - 19 miles

Total Time - 18:53:22 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 7,190 ft.

October Races

October 11th - High Desert Half Marathon (recap)


Just noticed my eyes are shut. Can I ever take a decent photo? lol.


Official Time: 1:52:17
Overall Place: 39 out of 155
Age Group Place: 12 out of 24


Summary

I don't know where all the days have gone, October was gone far too quickly if you ask me. Anyways, the first cold air of the year finally arrived and so the weather has turned into the perfect running temperature. Hopefully it stays that way for a while. In other news, I actually did pretty well in my cross training finally. Woot! I know I have been complaining each month how I did not do any but finally I actually stuck to an easy plan. I did lots of foam rolling, push ups, stationary bike, sit ups, lunges, and even a good family hike. Now I just really need to keep the momentum up as I get closer and closer to my first marathon in December. 

November

November means Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas shopping, and cold weather. So it will be tough to keep my awesome training going, especially because I refuse to run on a treadmill. I do have a small turkey trot race coming up this month which I hope will help me stay motivated. I also have received my Armpocket and have been loving it so far. I will have to put together a review of it shortly for all you awesome readers.

Stat Total for the Year

Total Miles - 920
Longest Run - 19 miles
Total Time - 162:44:02 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 78,609 ft.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I am the Cool Kid



I have come to the conclusion recently that I must be the cool kid around town. I have been running for a couple of years now and I have noticed a significant increase in the amount of runners that I come across on a daily basis now. I remember the days of going out for a run and being the only one out on the track. I remember being able to run out in the desert and being completely alone aside from the occasional dirt biker or the helicopter flyby when I wandered too close to the U.S. Marine base. But now when I go to the school track there are several other people wandering in circles on it. When I run around town I cross paths with other runners on a regular basis. And now when I seek the solitude of a run out in the desert I am greeted by other sweaty runners doing the same thing. So there you have it. I am too popular and cool for my own good. I take the responsibility of the running craze in my town. :)

Stay off my running paths!

OK, maybe my head is too big. Just maybe, I didn't start the local running craze. To set the record straight, for the most part I actually like that I am seeing a lot more runners around. Eventually I might actually meet some of them and make a friend. There are a few things that I am going to have to get used to now though. First, I can't just go run shirtless in the desert to work on my tan without being seen. Secondly, it can get quite crowded at the track sometimes and I have to be prepared to not be able to do speedwork, unless I want to do zig-zag dashes between strollers, and walkers.

So there you have it. I may or may not be the trendsetter I think I am, but people are getting out and running and working on getting healthier. Which is a very good thing.

Has anyone else experienced the increase of running popularity?

Monday, October 13, 2014

High Desert Half Marathon Recap

Last Saturday was the High Desert Half Marathon. I am surprisingly sore from the race in all kinds of places. Which is one of the reasons that I like doing races as training. You end up pushing yourself harder than you normally would and it is a great way to see how your training is doing. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you would have heard that I had a half marathon PR at this race.  Even though my race went great, the race itself had a few "new event" issues.

The race is only 30 minutes away from my home so I had the luxury of sleeping in my own bed the night before the race. I had missed the Friday race expo because it closed at 6pm, so I had to wake up extra early on Saturday to get there in time to find parking and pickup my race packet.

Sunrise before the start.

Parking and packet pickup was easy and fast. I even had a little time to look around at some of the vendors that were setting up.

Vendors setting up.

Pre-race selfie.


The race start was scheduled for 7am but was delayed 10 or so minutes for an unknown reason. Everyone was standing around at the start until all of a sudden without notice people started running. Little confusing but at least we were moving.

Miles 0-3 - Pace 8:47 - Course was slightly uphill and I took it easy as my legs were warming up.

Miles 3-7 - Pace 8:10 - The course leveled out and I settled into a nice pace. The course started taking some turns that I was not expecting but I was feeling good.

Miles 7-11 - Pace 8:30 - Mile 7 there was a good hill that took me out of my rhythm. There were also several more unexpected turns so I soon realized that the course was different from the course map that was posted on the website.

Miles 11-13.1 - Pace 9:33 - The course went off onto a soft dirt road for a mile which made me feel like I was running in slow motion. After I got off the dirt road it was all uphill with an especially mean hill at the very end. I was totally spent and ended up going into survival mode and just wanted to finish.

Just chillin' and drinking a cappuccino after the race.


Official Time: 1:52:17
Overall Place: 39 out of 155
Age Group Place: 12 out of 24



Summary

This was the first running of this race and so I was expecting some issues going into it. I was surprised at how many issues there were though. Here are some positives and negatives of the race.

Bad Stuff 

Aid Stations - I believe there were only 3, maybe 4 aid stations on the course and they only had water. The aid stations had sponsors so I was expecting a little more from them.

Course - The course was not the same as the course map that had been posted for months.

Start - Start was late and there was no audible or visual signal for start of the race. I was paying attention and wasn't far from the start and didn't notice anything.

Finish - The post race water wasn't near the finish. It was hot and there was not enough aid stations so I was in need of hydration and found it hard to find the water at the end.

Good Stuff 

It is the first event of its kind in the local area.

Race price was low.

Pre-race stuff was great. Parking, packet pickup, bathrooms, etc. were quick and easy.

Course - The course has some potential. I believe the course map that they posted would have been better with less turns and more lake views.

Post-race stuff was good. There were plenty of vendors and they had a D.J. making it a fun atmosphere. I like the medal and the shirt is O.K. 


Overall the problems can all be fixed. I am sure the race directors learned a lot from this year and will turn this event into the great race it can be. I really am glad that someone is finally trying to get some distance races started in this area. 


Friday, October 10, 2014

Getting Ready for the High Desert Half Marathon


This week I have been taking it easy and making sure that I am rested and ready for the High Desert Half Marathon tomorrow. This evening the event is putting on a fitness expo and I will be there to pickup my bib and check out the vendors. This is the inaugural year for this event so I really don't know what to expect. I just know that this is the only local running event longer than a 10k in the area so I had to sign up for it.

The course has a number of 90 degree turns but doesn't look too bad.

As you can see the aid stations are sponsored by various companies. I just hope they get my orders right so I don't have to turn around and go back through the drive-thru aid station again.

Besides supporting a local race with my registration money I have only a few goals for this race.

Goal #1 - I need to see where my road running fitness is currently. I have my first marathon coming up in December and all I have been doing is lots of slower trail miles. This half marathon will give me an idea how well I can keep a fast sustained pace.

Goal #2 - I would like to PR. Currently my PR for a half marathon is 1:58:46 which I set at the OC half marathon earlier this year. The website has a map of the course but no elevation profile so hopefully not knowing about any hills will be a good thing.

Race day temp.

The weather around here is still hot and sunny.  The impending heat will give me plenty of incentive to run fast so I can finish before it gets too hot. So if I survive this hot race I will tell you all about it next week.

Does anyone else have a race this weekend? 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Post That Didn't Post: September Recap

September was pretty amazing. The month was full of wonderful training runs in some great areas and I even had a great race. I didn't get as many running miles in as previous months but I am really O.K. with that. The quality of the runs were higher and I even had a couple runs that felt fast and really effortless. I did miss the one and only local triathlon and I am a little bummed out about it. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming so eventually I will get my butt out there and try a triathlon. Well, here is the month in pics and numbers.

Running on the PCT

It is nice to get away from the desert to run in some trees

Running isn't so bad if you run with views like this

Getting swallowed up in the foam pit at the trampoline park


September Stats

Total Miles - 99 miles
Longest Run - 16 miles

Total Time - 19:17:42 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 11,485 ft.

September Races

September 20th - Xterra Aliso Canyon Trail Run 16K (recap)

Mrs. Speedypants is the best crew/supporter/fan a runner could ask for :)
Here is me trying to recover from the race at the hotel.
Official Time: 1:38:45
Overall Place: 121 out of 225
Age Group Place: 14 out of 19

Summary

Every month I have the goal of getting more non-running activities mixed in during the week. As always I failed at getting a routine in. I have started to return to doing small things such as push-ups or sit-ups during a few commercial breaks in the evenings. So it is better than nothing. On some of my long runs I have had some soreness in my shoulders and back so I do have weaknesses in my core that definitely need to be worked on.

October

In October I have one race coming up. It is a new local half marathon and I am looking forward to it. My last and only other road half marathon was the OC half marathon back in May. It will be nice to see if all this slow running on trails has effected my speed any. 

In other news I have been selected to be an Armpocket Ambassador. So stay tuned for discounts and me telling you all about the good, and the bad as I try their products out. In the mean time you can check out their website at Armpocket.com


Stat Total for the Year

Total Miles - 818
Longest Run - 16.1 miles
Total Time - 143:50:40 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 71,418 ft.


Friday, September 26, 2014

No Triathlon For Me


Happy Friday to everyone in Blog Land. This weekend is looking like it would have been perfect weather for a run, bike ride, and a swim. The problem is that I am not ready. I haven't ran since my race last Saturday because of wonderful post race soreness for a couple days. Then I decided to just take the rest of the week off from running just to relax a little. It also was a little bit of me pouting because my San Francisco 49ers and my fantasy football team lost last weekend. It is now a week later and I'm 5lbs heavier from self treating my sadness with junk food. I knew the Apple Valley Reverse Triathlon was coming up fast but I just couldn't get motivated to bring my bike out from the garage and get it ready. So it does not look like I will participate in it this year.



I do have some good stuff to look forward to. The L.A. Dodgers have clinched their division and will be going to the playoffs, I will be ending my running moratorium tomorrow and running some trails, and I have the High Desert Half Marathon coming up in two weeks.



I am not sure if I ever announced it here on my blog but I have two big goal races coming up. In December I will be doing my very first marathon, the Hoover Dam Marathon. Then 6 weeks later in January I will be running in my very first ultra-marathon, the Calico Trail Run 50k. I do realize that the races do not have much time to recover in between but both of them look really fun and I couldn't pick one or the other. I will be smart and pay close attention to how my body is feeling and I also have the option of dropping down to the 30k at the Calico Trail Run. Anyways, I am looking forward to the challenge of new distances.




Tell me about your next big goal race.

Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Xterra Aliso Canyon 16k Recap



I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I certainly had a great weekend and I am going to tell you all about it. But first I'll tell you about how my race went since that is probably the only reason you are reading this blog post.

(warning: the color orange is rampant in this post)

Before 

The Xterra Aliso Canyon trail run is held on a Saturday while all the other races of the Xterra So-Cal series are held on a Sunday. So on Friday after I got off of work I did some last minute packing and then my family and I headed off to Orange County. Of course as soon as we leave I start remembering stuff that I forgot to pack such as the food I planned to eat before the race and my Garmin heart rate monitor strap. I have only been really wearing and paying attention to my heart rate monitor for a couple of months so this was the first race I really planned on racing by it. But that was  not an option anymore. Thankfully I remembered my Garmin watch, which I have had actual nightmares of arriving at a race without. So it could have been worse.

Race Day

Our hotel was 10 minutes away from the start but as I have learned in some of my past races like Xterra Black Mountain and the OC Marathon that I should still plan on arriving extra early or I'll be late. Luckily for me, we had no issues with getting our free hotel breakfast, arriving at the race, and finding a parking spot. Mrs. Speedypants and the kids decided that they were going to volunteer at this race so they could be distracted from the excitement of waiting for me to finish wouldn't be bored. So they headed off to the volunteer tent as I went to pickup my race bib. Afterwards I met a blog reader of mine, Wally. He was very nice and of course I was awkward. Later I looked up his race times and our times are very close so I am looking forward to racing him again in the future.
Pre race selfie

The family that matches together, stays together.



At 7:45am the race started and I was stuck in the port-a-potty line. Of course I was going to miss the start, why wouldn't I?

At 7:48ish I started my race.

Miles 0 - 4 - The first mile was really fast for me. It was downhill, I had race adrenaline, and I was minutes behind everyone else. By 3 miles I realized I was still running too fast and going at my 10k pace. I actually caught up to the race though. This first part of the course was shaded and beautiful and I was feeling good.

Mile 4-5 - This was the big climb up out of the canyon. I just hiked as fast as I could up and I actually passed a few other runners.

Miles 5-8 - These miles were rolling along top of the ridge where we were exposed to the sun. It was a reminder that it is still summer in Southern California. I was able to keep a good pace but my legs were starting to feel heavy from the constant uphill and downhills.

Miles 8 - finish - Mile 8 was steep downhill back into the canyon. I bombed down as fast as I could safely. By the time I was at the bottom my legs felt like lead. Looking back at my splits I was still moving well but it felt like I was running in slow motion and the hot humid stagnant air in the canyon was like a sauna. I finally reached the finish and I was drenched in sweat, and water that I poured on myself.  I got to see Mrs. Speedypants at the finish line and my son and daughter were passing out the finisher medals.

Official Time: 1:38:45
Overall Place: 121 out of 225
Age Group Place: 14 out of 19

My Unofficial Time: 1:35:16
Overall Place: 102 out of 225
Age Group Place: 13 out of 19





Race Summary

I feel that I did the best that I could. I am very happy with my splits. My loose goals for this race was to finish in 1:30:00 and I was really close to that. My other goal was to finish top 15 of my age group so I would earn Xterra race series points. Earning Xterra points has been a goal ever since I started these Xterra events and this was the first time I achieved that goal. I really liked the t-shirt that was given out but the finisher medal was tiny. it is by far the smallest medal I have ever gotten. Other than that the course was great, and the family had a fun time volunteering.

After race selfie and photobomb from my daughter
Son hard at work
Mrs. Speedypants hard at work at the Finish line


Rest of the Weekend

After I showered and changed we went to Panera Bread for lunch. If I can't get my IHOP or Denny's after a race than Panera is the next most awesome place to devour all the things. I had sweated so much and ran so hard at the race that my leg muscles kept cramping up so we went back to the hotel and I did some self leg therapy by alternating time in the cold pool and the hot tub. 

In the evening we all went to Big Air Trampoline park. The kids had a blast jumping off the walls and it was surprisingly fun for us adults as well. 

Sibling battle royale

I'm the biggest kid in line.

Foam block pits are impossible to get out of.


Sunday morning we all came home to our normal lives. Mrs. Speedypants went to work and I lounged around watching Football and rested my legs. 

It was a great weekend.

Tell me all about your weekend.