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3M Half Marathon 2016

If you run a race and don’t blog about it, did it really happen?

I’ve been swamped with homework and general life happenings the past couple weeks, so this post is coming at cha a couple weeks late. Long story short: I ran the 3M Half Marathon at the last minute because YOLO. While I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I will YOLO more this year. And YOLO I did.

The week of the race started off with little food poisoning on Wednesday from (most likely) a mahi sandwich the day before. By Thursday, I was feeling 70% better, which left me 30% dumb enough to book a flight to Austin on Friday morning for the 3M Half Marathon on Sunday. Online registration closed on Wednesday, so I had to wait for registration to open back up at the Expo and hope it didn’t sell out by the time I got there. So I basically ran the most expensive half ever by paying double because I registered late and by booking a flight two days in advance. But it was worth it, cuz this girl.

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That was Friday night. My plane landed and I literally Ubered to a bar to meet Melissa and her co-workers. I also had the best Uber driver because he asked me if I wanted to plug my music into his stereo to “get the party started.” How did he KNOW?

Anyway, it took my stomach a few days to recover from the food poisoning. Any time I ate, I didn’t feel so hot afterwards.  Luckily that cleared up on Saturday, right in time for this.

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My race day eve burger from The Silo on 7th. Which might change to a race day eve white rice and saltine cracker because…race morning, I woke up feeling OK but it didn’t take long for my stomach to decide otherwise. I made it to the start but the tummy trouble made it impossible for me to eat OR DRINK during the race. Thankfully it was cool out that morning or I probably would have died trying to make it to a banana at the finish.

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Overall, the race OK. There were no emergency runs to the bathroom so I’ll call that a win any day. My stomach definitely affected my speed. The faster I ran, the worse I felt which was such a bummer because I kept thinking about how MAGICAL my race was last time I ran 3M. Still, I’ve felt and done worse so I’m ok with it.

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I finished and that’s what counts. My medal glows in the dark, which also counts for something.

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I finished in 2:17:25. Six minutes slower than my race the week before.

Post race consisted of a delightful brunch at Jack Allen’s (minus the woman who licked her fingers and then touched the serving spoon *shudder*), many mimosas and Deep Eddy peach/sweet tea drinks, and then sadness because I had to fly home. Because let’s face it, I was in Austin for the company more than anything else.

I have one more half this season coming up on March 5, which Melissa will also be running. I swear I have seen her more in the past 8 months than I have seen some friends that live in town. Not that I’m complaining!

Plan for the next race: I have no idea. I’m upping speed training and hoping it’s not to late for it to affect my race time for a race that’s in 3 weeks.

 

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Shark Bite Half Marathon

Sunday I ran the Shark Bite Half Marathon. Before I get to the race, I should mention that I kept with my pre-race tradition of drinking like a fish on Friday night (no pictures) and then eating a delicious burger for lunch on Saturday.

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Mac and Cheese Burger from Hamburger Mary’s. Add bacon. Always add bacon.

Race morning started off a little choppy. We were having some nasty thunderstorms in Central Florida including tornado warnings. We got a notice the night prior from the race director that the race would start, even if it had to be postponed. And postponed it was. Every time I woke up, I had a new text from Michelle that basically told me to go back to bed.

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Also, don’t send me funny pictures unless you want them to be your picture in my phone.

I finally woke up for real at 6:30 and met Michelle at her house by 7:30. Then we picked up her running friends and headed to New Smyrna Beach (about 45 minutes from Orlando). Parking was easy, but then again I wasn’t driving, so it was really easy for me. Once we arrived, we met up with a few co-workers who were also running the race and got our picture on.

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The race finally started at 9:30. Thankfully temperatures were on the cooler side and the sky was overcast for most of the race, because it would have been miserable running until almost noon if it wasn’t.

The race was surprisingly great considering we got hit with pelting rain during the first mile and gusty wind for the entire race. I have never been so unaware of a race course in my life. Ninety percent of the time, I was running with my head down to keep my hat from flying off. So, like this:

Or moseying. I might be moseying there.

There were a few bridges we ran over that were like mini-tornados and I thought my bib was going to be ripped off my shirt. For miles 9 and 10, we ran into a crazy headwind that really slowed me down. But other than that, I ran a really consistent race and besides some tired legs, felt good the whole time.

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My finish time was 2:11:26. Not a PR, but still 15 minutes faster than my last half so I’ll take it.

Overall, I thought the race was really well organized. The course was great (even with two bridges) and they had a giant medal that was so heavy that we all had to take it off because it was hurting our old lady/man necks.

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I had a great time and definitely plan to run it again next year. And I don’t say that about a lot of races. Apparently the endorphins of this race have caused me to book a flight to Austin to run the 3M Half Marathon on Sunday with Melissa. So as long as my flight doesn’t keep getting delayed (ugh), I’ll be doing that.

 

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Things

New Year’s Eve weekend was probably the best ever. Two days before NYE, I begged my Austin Lover to fly in for our party. And she did!
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Sucker.

We proceeded to do all the leisuring and all the drinking and all the eating all weekend. It was magical. Leisuring included not showering until 7:00pm on New Year’s Day and watching 10 straight hours of the Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy (my fave!). New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. It’s the only day of the year where I can do absolutely nothing all day and have no regret. That night, we went to see Sisters and thought it was cute. By we, I mean hubs and I because Melissa fell asleep and snored loud enough that I got the stink eye from the girl sitting in front of her.

Eating included a trip to the Willow Tree in Sanford for the best German food in our area.

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We ate sausages, spaetzle, potato pancakes, and a giant pretzel. I only got a picture of the pretzel, so hopefully your imagination can run wild with that one because I’m not posting it. I will post this picture of Melissa hydrating, all without taking her hand off her adult beverage.

And this opportunity that could not be passed up.

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We also took Melissa to Kasa. Kasa is a mostly tapas restaurant downtown and it’s our new favorite. They have THE BEST dessert: an apple pie roll. It’s basically a deep fried apple pie “sushi” roll with salted caramel ice cream.

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I don’t like fruit in my desserts and it is probably the best dessert I’ve ever had. Hubs even said after he took a bite that he would be OK with dying because life can only go downhill from here.

Drinking included a trip the The Barn in Sanford. The Barn is a country club and not a place I would normally go, but we decided to stop by for an hour before we went home because Melissa is from Texas and loves her country music.

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(That’s our friend Jen on the left. Also, not a country fan.)

Four hours later, we were closing the place down, so I’m thinking we had a good time. Good enough for the gift shop to sucker Melissa into this gem of a hat.

And that ended her trip. It was short and sweet. She left the next morning and we were sad to see her go because our weekend of fun was over. We literally mourned fun on Monday morning. It was awful to be back to work.

Since Melissa left, I have been trying to do some adulting. School started on Monday and that’s about as adulting as I can get. This semester I’m taking two classes instead of one so I can take the summer off. Taking classes in Spring, Summer, and Fall last year almost threw me over the edge. This year, I will enjoy keeping my sanity, thankyou.

I’ve also been doing this.

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I’m not going in order and some items don’t apply to me, so I’ve been substituting them. Like, kid’s clothes for socks and the mudroom for my extra home in the Hamptons. But man, I can’t wait to get home every night and add to my Goodwill pile. It’s so liberating!

I finished season 1 of Jessica Jones. Hubs and I liked it, but JJ made too many bad decisions that started to get annoying. Also, I like how she’s super strong when she’s fighting Nick Cage, but then she gets KTFO by someone who doesn’t even know how to fight. Too much inconsistency going on. And to my friend (who doesn’t read my blog) that said Jessica Jones is better than Daredevil: YOU ARE INCORRECT.

Apparently, season 5 of Homeland began and ended without my knowledge. So we are currently watching that. It started a little slowly but it’s getting pretty good now.

And that’s it for now. I’m running the Shark Bite half on Sunday, so hopefully I don’t pooch that race like that last one. Stay tuned.

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The Holidays

Christmas has come and gone. Santa was good to me and I got to spend time with family and friends. It was nice. We spent Christmas Eve at hub’s cousin Pauline’s house.

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We dressed up and looked like respectable adults and ate a potluck dinner that was really good. I made some fast friends with a plate of Oreo truffles. #noregret. After dinner, Pauline hosted her usual white elephant gift exchange and this year was more hilarious than usual. There was a 12 year old girl in the exchange and the first gift she picked was an air compressor for tires (she can’t drive), then someone stole that gift and she picked up some beer mugs (she can’t drink), and then someone stole those and she picked a men’s shaving kit. It was hilarious and I was highly entertained by her reactions to the gifts.

Hubs and I didn’t get home until 1:00am, so our tradition of exchanging gifts at midnight went a little late. We always put on the Swingerhead Christmas CD (seriously, why is that thing $44?), open gifts, and watch a Christmas movie. We made it half way through Christmas Vacation until we decided to call it a night.

Christmas Day, hubs and I went over to our friend Jamie’s house for dinner with her family and a few friends. We spent last Christmas with her family too and it’s always a good time.

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I made fast friends with the eclair cake (also, #noregrets) which we have all named the Calorie Wreath.

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This year, the Calorie Wreath was specifically requested and it was just as good as I remembered.

For Jamie’s birthday in November, I got her a sexy Jeff Goldblum coffee mug because that’s what good friends do. Then randomly, her step mom (next to me above) got her the SAME mug for Christmas.

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We could not get over how she could possibly get such a random gift from two different people. We know all good things come in threes, so we’re waiting for someone to unwittingly gift her the third mug.

After stuffing ourselves silly, we sat by the fire.

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Then we watched Ted 2, which was so much better than I expected it to be. I guess Rotten Tomatoes and I will have to agree to disagree on that one.

That pretty much wraps up my holidays. I hope everyone has a happy and safe new year. Tis the season for the Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy!

 

 

 

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Lately

Oh, hello there. It’s been *looks at watch* a month since I’ve posted. I was on my long run this morning with Brad and he reminded me that I have not blogged in awhile and I got excited that one person missed me so here I am. Brad couldn’t believe that I haven’t blogged about my new Garmin Forerunner 225, so here it is in all its glory.

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I didn’t need a new Garmin but Michelle texted me that it was on super sale on the Amazon app and my “purchase” finger got itchy. So far, I love it! I wish the back light button was on top instead of the left, but it’s a huge improvement from the POS Forerunner 405 that I’ve been using for years.

While I’ve been away, I’ve been stressing out about Christmas shopping and finishing up my semester of school. Christmas shopping has been exceptionally hard this year. I have no idea what to buy for anyone. I can’t wait until I’m old enough where people will believe me when I tell them that I didn’t buy anything because I forgot Christmas was in December.

This semester has been exceptionally easy and I’m completely convinced that my instructor has not read anything that I’ve turned in. I literally got 100% on all three of my major assignments. Two of those were group assignments. For the first group assignment, every group received a 100% (you can see the high/low scores in Webcourses). I don’t know how that’s even possible, but my friend told me not to look a gift 100% in the mouth, so I guess I won’t.

Besides all the usual working, schooling, training for a half in January, and generally being busy, we have managed to get super Christmasy this year. We bought a new tree and it can change colors!

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I had a white tree growing up and hubs and I have had a white tree for over 8 years now, so in an effort to stop being so racist against trees, we got green one too.

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Never enough trees.

I’ve been pretty bad at taking pictures this year, so that’s what I want to work on next year. Hubs and I have so few new pictures together so I’m going to change that…starting last weekend. It’s a selfie, but it’s a start. It was also on “Winter’s Day,” aka, the one cool day in Orlando. (We have jackets on!)

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That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a happy holiday and stays safe!

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Crap from My Phone

It’s time for another edition of crap from my phone. A lot of this stuff makes it to Instagram, so it may be a repeat for some of you.

1. Let’s dial it back to October. I had a great Halloween this year. Just, so good. It’s started at work on the 30th where Michelle, Kate, and I decided on a group costume.

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This costume taught me that there are people out there that have no idea what we’re dressed up as. Reactions at work ranged from, “What are you?” to “Do you think that’s appropriate for work?” And the answer to that is yes. Yes we do.

2. On Halloween day, hubs wanted to go to Spooky Empire to bring a birthday gift to a friend that was running a booth there. Spooky Empire is a big convention for horror fans (a.k.a., me) and they have celebrity guests each year. AndOMGfangirlalert!

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It made. my. day to meet Matthew Lillard. He signed my copy of Serial Mom and talked to us for a bit. He was so nice and genuine. He talked to all his fans and didn’t rush them. We waited in line to meet him and he has this rule that children can skip to the front of the line, so we got to watch him play with a 6 month old baby in a Scooby costume. My ovaries hurt from watching that. I need a baby every Halloween so I can dress it up and give it to Matthew Lillard to play with.

3. I feel weird posting pics of other people’s kids that I don’t know, but this family was posing for all sorts of pics so I guess it’s ok. I could not get over that kid dressed as Chucky. I mean, he (or she?) was creepily playing the part and looked so good.

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Seriously, how do I get a kid for Halloween only?

4.  Later Halloween night, hubs and I went to our friend Ursula’s party. We didn’t know anyone at the party but had a great time meeting and talking to new people. I also met my new boyfriend at the party. His name is Buddah.

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That piggie was so sweet. I want him so bad and now I have piggie fever. (Similar to baby fever, but for guinea pigs.)

5. My co-worker went on vacation. She told us if she didn’t come back for any reason, that we could all have the decorations on her desk. (??) Preparing for the worst, I guess. So we decided to assume she wouldn’t be back and took everything out of her cube and put up cobwebs and a vacant sign.

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She got back and literally did not care that all her stuff was gone. She even made a comment that she liked the minimalist look, which basically ruined all my fun. Some of her decorations are still at other people’s desks three weeks later and my awesome joke was killed dead.

6. And lastly, if you want new pants (in a larger size), I highly recommend this.

I don’t even know what to do with that stuff beyond putting it on a spoon and then into my mouth. I mean, doing that is working out fine, but I’m sure there’s some carb out there that I haven’t discovered yet that can act as a cookie butter shovel to my mouth hole. This stuff is so good that I’m breaking up with Nutella later tonight.

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Delightful Weekend

I’ve taken the last two weeks off running and I have to say, I don’t miss it. At all. Actually, I’m tired of exercise in general (including crossfit) and have been forcing myself to exercise twice a week, down from my normal voluntary five days a week. I have three more races coming up in January, March, and April and I’m not even excited about them. You know what I’m excited about? Beach drinking and generally not moving.

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That’s what I did last weekend and it was quite delightful. A few friends, hubs, and I took advantage of the fact that we have another friend with a dad that owns a condo on New Smyrna Beach. So we went to said condo and hung out for the weekend. This is the second time we’ve been there and this time we made it a point to go on the beach instead of just looking at it from maximum safe distance (a.k.a, the patio with a drink in our hand). Hubs, Jen, and Frank were the first to take the beach plunge.

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#proof

New Smyrna is about an hour from Orlando. An hour is a long time to go without eating, so we were all starving when we got there. We stopped at this super cute restaurant called Norwood’s Treehouse.

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Not my picture.

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The bottom floor is an upscale restaurant (we were way under dressed for that) but the top floor was much more casual for our shorts and flip flops. They had really great food and I just love sitting outside, so it was perfect for that. I had a bacon cheeseburger that I didn’t take a picture of because you would just see that I left my fries and bun on the plate because I’m doing a stupid low carb diet to lose the weight I gained over the summer. Hashtag Lindseys. Eating low carb has seriously dropped my fun factor by half. I do not enjoy watching other people enjoy bread and dessert. Thankfully my no carb friends, rum and vodka, have been a big help with that.

After lunch, we stopped at the grocery store for food and drinks for the weekend. I came up with the quite possibly the best idea I’ve ever had: make Jamie cook brats for us.

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I have never liked sauerkraut in my life but I liked it last weekend and those were probably the best brats I’ve ever had. I think it was probably a mistake for Jamie to make these because now I’m going to demand them all the time. If you have the opportunity, find a friend and make them cook for you. You won’t regret it.

The rest of the weekend consisted of sleeping, beaching, boogie boarding, pooling, and leisuring.

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That’s the Brat Queen.

Before we left town on Sunday, we almost went back to the Treehouse for dinner but ending up trying a restaurant that Jamie had heard good things about called The Garlic instead. And man, I’m glad we did. The place was amazing minus the weird old dude that told us a dirty Santa Claus joke on the way in. The restaurant was built around trees, so it was partially indoors and partially outdoors. It was just the cutest, most quaint atmosphere I’ve ever seen in a restaurant.

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I spy Jamie and hubs walking toward me in the pic above.

I feel like none of the pictures that I took really does the place justice. We sat in the outdoor area but indoors was amazing too. The place just had so much detail and personality. And yes, a lot of garlic hanging on the walls. You would be safe from the vampire invasion there.

Anyway, the food. Hubs channeled his inner fat kid and ordered the 16 oz filet mignon meatball.

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It was delicious, but it tasted like a regular meatball. Not that that’s a problem. I guess I just expected a different flavor.  I got the wood-fired salmon (it was boring, just like my low carb diet) but then ended up eating off everyone else’s plate because everything was just so delicious. Jamie, Jen, and hubs ordered dessert and when you eat off of other people’s plates, there are no carbs. So I tried Jen’s flourless chocolate cake, hub’s lava cake, and Jamie’s tiramisu. All of them were incredible. I must go back.

So long story short, it was a good weekend. And if you’re in the area, go to The Garlic and thank me later.

 

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Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon

Let’s just get this out there: This race sucked for me and it kinda turned me off to running. It was half my fault and half mother nature’s fault, but still. It sucked.

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So let’s talk about the day before the race. Around noon, I had my normal pre-race lunch of a cheeseburger and fries. Then I topped that off with a pumpkin pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen (omg, please eat one of those now. So good.). It was a meal that happiness was made of and it was all delicious and filling.

So. very. filling.

By 9:00pm that night, I still wasn’t hungry so I didn’t eat dinner. That wasn’t my best move. Usually I have a light/healthy dinner the night before a race but this time, I didn’t eat anything for probably 10 hours.

To add to that mistake, in an effort to not poop my pants during the race, I drank magnesium citrate the day before. I drank it before the Chicago Marathon too and it worked out fine, but I think the combination of the magnesium citrate and no dinner left me with no energy. I felt fine leading up to the race, but about a mile in, I knew the next 12 miles would be a shit show. (But not literally, thankfully.)

Now let’s place blame on things other than me. The weather was a hot and humid 70 degrees at the start. It was terrible racing weather but it could have been worse. I was really thankful that it was overcast the entire time.

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The course had a ton of steady inclines and very little decline. Mile 12 was a giant, horrible bridge.

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All of these things together made for a really miserable race. I walked a lot and even stopped for a few pictures, which I never do. (As opposed to taking pictures on the run and hoping they aren’t blurry at the end.)

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The race namesake at Ponce Inlet. That was mile 6.

I finished in 2:27:32, my third worst time behind my first half and one I ran with Michelle when she was seven months pregnant.

The after party was great. They had four different kinds of beer and a buffet style breakfast with omelets, sausage, grits, fruit, etc. We got a choice of a sleeveless or sleeved shirts in our race packets and the medal was cute. I was really impressed since I don’t think I paid more than $55 to register, so I have to give props to Final Mile for knowing how to organize a race.

Overall, I just didn’t care for the course. Most of it was along the ocean that I couldn’t see because it was blocked by buildings. The parts I could see were beautiful and it wasn’t the worst course I’ve run, but not one that I’m dying to run again.

I had big plans to do chores and clean the rest of the day, but I managed only two things: a mimosa’ed lunch with hubs and then six straight episodes of Bates Motel, which I am now addicted to.

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Movies for Halloween

I love horror movies. Even though I get nightmares and wake up and think I see someone in my bedroom only to find out it’s the stuffed animal on my nightstand, I still watch them. So, I thought I’d share the best horror movies I’ve seen this year since it’s almost Halloween. So if horror movies are your thing, I definitely recommend checking these out.

The Final Girls

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I.loved.this.movie. It’s a dark comedy and it’s kind of like the Pleasantville of slasher films. Not only is it super funny but it actually gave me all the feels once or twice. I watched it with a bunch of friends (we all loved it) and I may have shed a couple tears in front of them like a giant baby. I also have a new girl crush on Taissa Farmiga to go along with my already existing girl crush on Malin Akerman.

It Follows

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Ok, so this movie has a weird premise. The “It” that follows is transferred from person to person sexually. Sounds really dumb, I know, but it was great. The movie takes place in some weird time frame that seems like present day but then has a really cool retro Halloween vibe with the music and atmosphere. It’s definitely a different take on a stalker horror movie. Until The Final Girls came along, this was the best horror movie I had seen in a couple years.

As Above So Below

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This one came out last year, but I just saw it so it makes the list. This movie got terrible reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (I live by Rotten Tomatoes) and I’m not sure why. It’s about a group of people that sneak into the catacombs in Paris to find some jewel and they get trapped. Hubs and I really liked it, as did our friend that we watched it with. Three people can’t be wrong, right? After going caving this summer and realizing I was in fact claustrophobic, this movie brought that issue right back to the forefront. I will have to be drugged to go into the catacombs in Paris. This is what I learned from this movie.

The Hallow

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This one is about a couple that moves into a new house out in the middle of nowhere and there’s something in the woods around them that wants their baby. It’s not original but it has some creepy moments and overall I really liked it.

If you love horror movies and have any to recommend to me, I would love to hear them! Bonus points if you can recommend one that I haven’t already seen.

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Race Season is Back

I have a race this weekend! My running wife and I will finally be together again.

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That was the Chicago Marathon last year, aka, the last time we raced together (the 10k in July doesn’t count). She’s been cheating on me a lot this year with her other running wives so this is my chance to win her back and show her what she’s missing.

This is the longest I’ve gone without racing since I started running. I had big plans for this race, namely a PR, which I was going to achieve by speed training and losing five pounds. Instead, I did none of that and gained 9 lbs. I never lost the “Lindsey’s” from vacation and then gained some additional “Jamie’s” after that. The extra pounds have been named Jamie because she introduced me to brunches with endless mimosas which I would not have known about otherwise.

Now my goals for the race have changed a bit. I plan to cross the finish line in an undetermined amount of time without pooping.

That’s about it. The weather has been amazing lately so I’m looking forward to it. So I hope you guys are all ready for some mediocre running.

Michelle and I are also registered for half marathons in January and March, and yesterday we registered for a 10-miler in April, so I’ll have a few more chances to PR this season if brunch doesn’t get to me first.

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