Sunday, October 10, 2010

Applefest 5K

Kyle and I didn’t get home Saturday night Sunday morning until after 2 am! Needless to say when our alarm went off before 8am we weren’t ready to get out of bed with only 5+ hours of sleep….but we did!

We had a 5K to run! And to top it off the start line was about 1 mile from our house! Score!!! It was a chilly 34 degrees, so hats & gloves were welcomed with open arms!

Packet pickup was a breeze. We pinned our numbers on and headed to the start line with right around another 100 runners. Not bad for a local race!

The gun went off at 9am sharp and we were off. Kyle stuck with me for about the first 1/2 mile, but was feeling good and I told him to run ahead. Doesn’t it just stink that guys are so much faster! He hasn’t run since July 22nd, but I’m proud that he decided to this race me.

Ok back to the race!DSC08875

The race went through town and a few neighborhoods. I welcomed a “new” route, but it was fun to be familiar with the surroundings! My legs were quite tight & sore from yesterday’s run, but I pushed through and maintained right around a 10 min/mile pace.

I turned the last corner and gave it all I had. It was probably a bit too early & I was hurting, but I saw Kyle at the finish line and that was my motivation! My finished time was 32:15 and I was happy with that!

Not only was there a long sleeve tee (my fav!!) included with our race registration, but also made to order omelets!DSC08876

Afterwards we headed home, but ended up being unofficial 10K race cheerleads/staff! There was a 10K race that started an hour after our race and the route went RIGHT by our house! There were quite a few turns on the race route so Kyle & I volunteered to help keep the runners on course. It was SO fun! Maybe we’ll have to volunteer to help with more races!

Oh and in the meantime I got a text from a friend and said there was an awards ceremony after we left and Kyle got 3rd place in his age division with a time of 28:15! Way to go Kyle!!! 3rd place with no running  in 2+ months, I’m impressed! They are going to mail him his medal.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Penn State

Saturday morning hit the road for Iowa City, not as early as usual since it was a night game!

We stopped mid way in Des Moines for lunch. I had the awesome idea to shop and cut our tailgate time short! Luckily, Kyle went for it! ;) I found some great deals! Gap = MY FAV!!!

Yellow tank, $1.38DSC08849

Purple tank, $6.99DSC08850

Purple sweater, $10.30DSC08853

Pink striped tee, $5.59 (got one in green too!)DSC08855

I got quite a few other things I forgot to photograph and of course a few things for my fav nephew, Hayden!! :) I got 18 things for $110! I <3 Gap!!!

We had a short 20 minutes left to get to Iowa City. Once we got to our parking spot and got settled.

We walked around a bit and saw a few friends. Remember Heidi from this post? She’s a rock star, just signed up for an Iron Man next summer!! She is my fitness idol!!!DSC08860

Game time came around and the stadium looked AWESOME!!!DSC08868

It was Homecoming and we played Penn State. We had an awesome 1st half, a dull 2nd half, but pulled out a win, 24-3! I <3 Hawkeye football!!

We jetted out of there right away, game got over after 10pm and we had a 3+ hour drive home!!

Fall Decor

Although I’ve always said summer is my favorite season, fall is a very close 2nd!

I love this time of year, the smells, the crispness in the air, all the fun activities that come with fall, the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, etc! DSC08792   DSC08795 DSC08796 DSC08797 DSC08798

I did something new this year, an outdoor fall display!DSC08933

I purchased some mums and painted some pumpkins!DSC08931

I wanted to include some corn stalks & a bale of hay, but decided 10:30pm wasn’t the best time to visit a corn field! ;) Eeekk!DSC08932

Enjoy the season!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


We headed to Iowa City with Kyle’s parents Friday night and met up with Mel& Steve. We headed to Outback for supper.DSC08751

We hit the hay early ‘cause 5:30am was coming early! Gotta get our prime tailgate spot!

Mom B was the grill master…eggs & sausage!DSC08758DSC08760

We had time for a few games of bag-o before the rain came!DSC08762

I was so excited to get to see one of my BFF’s, Sara, and her little girl, Emma! Another one’s on the way too, due in December! DSC08767

Mel and I sporting our ponchos…which I was SO glad we brought!DSC08768

It was a GREAT game…minus the rain! We won 45-0!DSC08772   DSC08773

And I ran into a hs friend, she was only 10 rows above us!!DSC08774

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