Weekend recap

I got thrust into public speaking first thing this morning. When I was barely settled in my office and still deleting emails, my co-worker came in and announced that I was going to sit in on a presentation he was giving to students about the advising center.

"Okay!" I replied enthusiastically, polishing off the remains of my La Croix Grapefruit Sparkling Water (I'm becoming a big fan). Things have been kind of slow for me, and I've been looking for something to do.

"Excellent!" he said. "And I want you to present a few of the slides yourself."

Not okay.

But I guess I didn't really have much time to freak out about it because within a matter of minutes, I was in a classroom full of students whose eyes were all on us.

I hate speaking in front of large groups of people because I'm terrible at it. I stumble over my words and I usually shake like a chihuahua outside in a snow storm. But I've been making it a point to do things that scare me (It's good for personal growth) and since public speaking terrifies me and I'll be forced to do it every week next semester when I teach, I'd better take advantage of every opportunity to get over my fear.

And it went okay. Just like my brain unsuccessfully tried to convince my jittery body before I went up there, 18 year-olds are harmless. In fact, their blank stares are good indicators that they're not really paying attention to you anyway. I was 18 once. I remember how I felt listening to guest speakers during class: I was wondering what I was going to do after class.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was SO busy, but it was wonderful!

On Saturday morning, Clay and I drove out to the Indiana Memorial Stadium so I could participate in the 14th Annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5k. I ran on a team that was put together Trudy's husband's company, and we were pretty easy to spot in our bright green and yellow tie-dye t-shirts.

Like I said last week, I had zero aspirations of doing anything monumental with this race. I was just happy to be running for a good cause and proud to be running alongside cancer survivors and other people running in honor of loved ones who passed or are still fighting.

The 5k route snaked through IU's campus and though the university boasts one of the most gorgeous campuses in Indiana, it sits on a rather hilly area. I was not counting on hills. My thighs were stiff and sore from Thursday's 5-mile run and softball game, and I wasn't 100% sure my legs weren't going to quit on me. By the last hill I was thinking, "Okay, let's be done now."

Thankfully we ran DOWN Sorority Row this time. During the Hoosier Half Marathon this past April, I was forced to run UP that monster!

But I powered through and finished with an unofficial race time of 24:32 (according to my Garmin). I'll take it!

That evening, Clay and I went to Central Indiana to attend my college roommate's baby shower. I haven't seen Jeni in ages and was delighted to receive an invitation to her BBQ, Beer and Baby party. Jeni's husband is a huge Indianapolis Colts fan, so all guests were required to wear blue, and baby Robert Kayden received oodles of Colts gear. It was a great party and we all chatted and laughed like time never passed.

I wish I had a full picture of Jeni's baby bump. Pregnancy is treating her VERY well and she's one of those lucky gals who is all belly, and nothing else. She looks amazing!

I've really missed her.

Sunday morning I woke up and was greeted by rain showers. It was a relentless downpour and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get in my 17-mile run (not to mention that gloomy, gray mornings makes me want to snuggle on the couch and do nothing). Running on the treadmill is always an option, but I don't do well running long distances indoors. The longest I ever lasted on our treadmill was 8 miles and I thought I was going insane.

Luckily, the rain cleared in a few hours and I was able to brave the elements outside. The rain had downgraded from "flood" to "light mist" and made for a cool, pleasant run. The rain did pick back up about 9 miles in, but I just slipped my Garmin into my running pack and went for it. Once you have your electronics safely stored away and make peace with the fact that you're hair will be ruined, running in the rain is actually quite pleasant.

The 17 miles went by slowly (I made the mistake of running a few of them on the dirt trail and that slowed my pace down significantly. I do not recommend running through mud), but I was feeling so drained from my weekday runs and the previous day's 5k, I need to take it easy. I made it through the run without any walk breaks and when all was said and done, I successfully achieved a new distance record. Only 2 more super long runs before I start tapering for the marathon!

I'm not sure if the deserted trail made the animals feel brave enough to come out of hiding, but I dubbed yesterday's run my Snow White Run. You know how Snow White would start singing and woodland creatures would suddenly come out of every nook and cranny of the forest to hang out with her? Well, during the 3 hours I spent running up and down the trail, I saw a handful of snails, a gaggle of wild turkeys (which is both hilarious AND terrifying), two groundhogs, a deer, and two turtles. I encountered my last turtle on my walk back to the car, so I was able to get all up in his business with my camera.

Then I definitely bowed to the turtle and said, "Good day to you, sir," before resuming my walk to the parking lot. 

I named him Scribbles. I do not know why ...

After my run, I came home to discover I had a cupcake in my mailbox. You read that correctly: I had a CUPCAKE IN MY MAILBOX. Miss Ireli, the little sugar fairy that she is, went to our favorite cupcake shop this weekend and brought me a pumpkin spice cupcake with cream cheese frosting. She always has such a neat way of making her friends feel special! (And a rich, decadent cupcake was an a-mah-zing treat after a grueling run!)

It got a little squished during its journey to my house, but it was YUM all the same!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Did you get a lot of rain, too?


  1. WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME YOU SAW TORTOISES!!!!????? (or as Chris and I call them Torti)

    1. Oops I meant turtle... Eastern Box Turtle to be specific... you're welcome!

  2. Good job on the run! That shirt is really cool! And that cupcake was exactly what I felt like after my 20 miler in the weekend. Does that shop deliver to NZ?? hehe.


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