Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekend Happenings...

We had a wonderful weekend!  We started off with a hike at the Overland Park Arboretum on Saturday morning.  Ken and I hiked seven miles.  It did rain on us a little, but nothing too major.  We only have about 10 days before Pikes Peak Round Two!

After hiking, we enjoyed a little barbeque at Oklahoma Joe's.  It was the perfect end to a wonderful hike.  We ended the day watching a movie, since I had an early wake up call the following day. 

On Sunday, I got up to run 16 miles.  It was tough, but I finished it.  Physically, I am fine.  It is more of a mental thing going on.  I figure it is the heat and other things that are going on that are making my long runs tough.  At any rate, my 16 miler is finished!  I did see this little guy and I had to turn around to take his picture. 

what is this?

After my run, Ken asked if I wanted to go down the plaza for a little shopping and a late lunch.  Um, yeah I do!  Upon arrival, I noticed a top in the Ann Taylor Loft window that I had been dying to have, but it is sold out at Town Center and online.  Score!

We stopped at Kona Grill for a little sushi and some drinks.  My friends are thinking, oh my goodness, Keri eats sushi.  Yes, I do just barely.  I have to be very careful because of my shell fish allergy, but I love spicy tuna rolls!

After lunch, we walked around for a bit, bought Miss Kya some treats at the Three Dog Bakery and then cruised on into Starbucks for a latte.  What a simple, but wonderful weekend.

Kya getting ready to enjoy her smores treat.  We timed her, it took over three minutes to eat the thing.  :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

15 Miles...

I had 15 miles on the schedule for last weekend.  Oh who am I kidding, I really do not follow a training schedule, I make it up as I go along.  I have an idea of my long runs each week and just run around that.  I like it this way because I do not feel married to a schedule and do not have beat myself up if I switch things around or skip something.  I know this way is not for everyone, but it works for me.

Anyway, back to the 15 miles.  This would be longest run since the whole Tibby incident back in May.  I went to bed plenty early, work up early, and started so that I could beat the heat.  The weather was much cooler than it has been, but it was still pretty warm.  I am hoping that Chicago will be a decent temperature this year and not blazing hot like last year.

I ran hills, I ran downhills, I ran on flat terrain.  I saw a skunk, cows, and bicyclists.  It was entertaining.  I am just thrilled that I am back to longer runs.  I have 16 or 17 in mind for this weekend.  Who knows, I might get all crazy and just run 18.  I like to party like that.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Going Crazy for Fall!

Here is what I am burning today

This is what it looks like outside today

The only thing I am missing is a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks!  Too bad they do not come out until the end of August.  Boo!  On the plus side, I did enjoy one of these bad boys yesterday...

That's right, a mini Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen!  My day was completely made by this wonderful treat!

Happy Almost Fall!