Off to the races

I’m on a roll this week, let me tell you. To summarize:

  • I let my daughter go off to school with her pants on backwards the other day (unbeknown to her) because I noticed it as we walked out the door that morning and turning around would have cost us another 10 minutes as she removed coat, backpack, shoes, etc. to change. Mom of the year.
  • I addressed all our holiday cards the other night but didn’t stuff them. Happened to notice the next day that Mr. Zippy had taken them off the counter, meaning he was planning to mail them. Empty. (I did get ahold of him before this happened).
  • I ordered a dress from Title9, which arrived on Thursday. Took it out of the package and realized I have a skirt in the exact same pattern. I clearly like to shake things up in my wardrobe.

But it’s all good. This weekend I get to run two races. Note I am running them, not racing them. That’s what happens when you’re old, tired and two weeks removed from a marathon–no motivation to race.

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Awesome premium as always from this race

Saturday is one of my all-time favorite races, the Celtic Solstice 5-Miler in Baltimore. I think I am maybe on year eight or nine of this one? It’s low-key, festive, and fun and my friends and I have a tradition of doing it with some extra miles and then heading off to brunch. This year I am even more excited because the girls from Capitol Area Running are coming up. You are probably familiar with Cheryl from Dash’s Bites and Katie of Run This Amazing Day, among others. They are coming and we are meeting! Can’t wait–these ladies seem to be the D.C. equivalent of my running crew and I’ve always wanted to meet them.

Sunday is the four-mile Rudolph Relay in our local state park. I’ll be teaming up with my daughter (with her pants on correctly) and my son and his friend will be a team. We did this one last year and had a blast. My daughter and I got out for a little night-time “training” the other night, headlamp and all, which she loved.

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Running in the dark with my favorite training partner

Pretty sure these two races will redeem my otherwise flaky week, don’t you think?

What’s on tap in your world for the weekend? 


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  1. Jingle Bell Hell, baby!!!! Saturday! Free donuts!

    It’s an annual run event that I host that no one intentionally attends. Sounds weird, I know, but it’s really lots of fun :)
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  2. You’re so funny ;) I love that you and your daughter are training for and running a race together! What wonderful memories you’re making.
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  3. I’m assuming your daughter didn’t have jeans on – she’d be starting the whole backwards jean trend again from Kris Kross. Remember those little boys from the 90s? hahaha!

    Your weekend sounds like fun! Enjoy!!
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  4. Awwww…you guys are cute!!
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  5. That cracked me up about your daughter!

    My weekend will consist of shopping, shopping, and more shopping. This little thing called CHRISTMAS has snuck up on me!
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  6. That made me laugh! I let my daughter go to town with her shirt on inside out because we were running late. The things Moms do!
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  7. Our son dresses backwards and inside out all on his own! Very proud parents. Amazingly enough, a quiet weekend, only one soccer game!
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  8. You two are soooo cute! Great picture!

    I have many days (weeks) like that…it keeps things interesting don’t you think?! ;) lol
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  9. Dammit I’ve been jonesing for one more race but there’s nothing around here I haven’t already missed. Have a blast! Love me some Title 9!
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  10. Enjoy your races
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  11. All I can say is TGHDMT! (Thank God He Didn’t Mail Them)

    Have fun not racing this weekend, but still kind of racing – in the most mellow way possible.
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  12. Awwww, have a wonderful race and your little training buddy is adorable. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve had my mom-fail moments lately too. This morning I put her in the bad horrible no good winter coat with the zipper that never works right. Of course as she’s getting on the bus, we notice the zipper is jammed and have no time to fuss with it :( I told her to tell her teacher to help. *sigh* This is what happens when you try to be “too frugal” instead of getting a new coat that works better. Have a great running weekend!
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  13. Hope you have a great race. I wish we had various distance races like a 5-miler around here. At least you addressed the holiday cards, I just realized last night I totally forgot about holiday cards.
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  14. Hey, you saved a late arrival to school and averted a Christmas card disaster. I think you’re doing pretty well this week! Have fun at your races!
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  15. You’re so funny… Let’s hope that most of your friends are Buddhist, this way when their cards arrive they can say “just what I’ve always wanted, nothing!” Haha!
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  16. hahaha LOVE IT!! And I know even if you are running, not racing, that you will still rock those runs!
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  17. What a week! It all happens at once, doesn’t it? I would do the same thing with my daughter. We are always just barely leaving the house in time, she is a dawdler if I ever met one.
    Enjoy the fun runs! I have a 13ish run tomorrow, teach spin, and have a holiday party with friends.

  18. Have fun this weekend!
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  19. See you tomorrow!
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  20. Ha- I love that you knew about your daughter’s pants and didn’t say anything for the sake of time. Sounds like something I’d do!
    Your weekend sounds like loads of fun- a great way to wrap up the racing year in a fun fashion!
    I have food and Christmas on the go this weekend- a birthday brunch with girlfriends, my husband’s work Christmas party, and his extended family’s holiday celebration. Hopefully I’ll get some good calorie-burning workouts in there, too!
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  21. Sounds like such a fun weekend! I laughed out loud when I read your tweet about your daughter’s pants. Hilarious!

  22. I’m running XLMIC’s Jingle Bell Hell tomorrow! And lots of eating plans with friends. :)
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  23. Too too funny! I have felt so flaky lately. Good to know others can be as nuts as me at times.
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  24. We have our Christmas part this weekend so naturally I’m wasting time on the computer. :-)
    I love that your kids will race with you. Mine do a little but they don’t seem to convinced it’s worth getting up for. Someday they get the bug….I hope.
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  25. Racing weekends are fun – have a great time! This weekend I have a run on Saturday morning, work party Saturday night, and then snowboarding on Sunday!! I’m loving using Sundays as my “off” day from real training. :)
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  26. I tried to jump on the Celtic race in B-more, but was too late. Maybe next year,
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  27. ha! The same thing almost happened to me with our holiday cards. I like to address all the envelopes first – don’t know why – and my husband thought that they were good and ready to go. I’ve sent my son to school with his shirt on backwards before. At least you noticed. I didn’t even notice until he came home and said his teacher fixed him. Oops.

    Have FUN this weekend on your runs. They sounds great, especially being able to run with your daughter. We’ve got swim class, a birthday party and grocery shopping. Good times over here :-)
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  28. So funny about the dress you ordered. You obviously really like that pattern.
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  29. Your weekend running plans sound like a ton of fun!
    I loved you Christmas card story – sounds like something I would do!
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  30. What a fun weekend! I am sure that your kids love the opportunity to get to run with you. Especially when their pants are on correctly. ;-)
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