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Puttin’ On My Big Girl Pants + A Race Recap

on September 24, 2013

The weekend was kind of a whirlwind! Between oil changes, randomly replacing a toilet seat (because the cat knocked it off and broke it), a twin 7-year-old birthday party, grocery shopping, a random stop at a neighbor’s yard sale, visiting with family who are out here from Indiana and a 5K race on Sunday morning I’m surprised we got anything done around the house.

And, oh yeah, we came home to this:  Boil Water Advisory! That’s been lots of fun the last few days. We’re still on the advisory, but two clean tests so far mean we may be done by tomorrow if a third comes back clean. Gross.



On Friday and Saturday we visited various grocery stores to gather our bounty for the coming week. We also decided on Saturday night to stop at Trader Joe’s (where we don’t normally shop). We perused the aisles and checked everything out and ended up taking home the most random stuff. While at all of these stores, I found one thing or another that was NEW to me to try. Look at me being a big girl and trying new things!



Let’s examine the new things I’ve tried (so far).

Chobani Flips – I tried 3 different flavors. I really like the Coco Loco and Key Lime, but the Vanilla was just OK. I would eat it again if nothing else was available, but not a top choice. This is HUGE news. Like, gigantic. Yell it from the top of a mountain big. Wanna know why? I hate yogurt. Chobani has the best texture for me but I can never get over the bitterness. I don’t know if it’s the flavors being mixed in or what, but hey, whatever works!



The next new things I bought were a bunch of bars. All different kinds. I’d only ever had Clif Bars before, but I am trying to branch out. I’ve only tried one of them so far, the Cinnamon Apple Crisp flavor Larabar Alt. It was surprisingly delicious. I wasn’t sure how close it would come to something that tastes so yummy, but it was really good! P.S. I’m really bad at food photography and always forget to take them until the things are half eaten or gone!



Lastly, and most importantly, this is the BEST new thing I tried this weekend. By far. Above and beyond my wildest imagination. I love you PB & Co. Marry me.



OK, enough about food because I’m getting hungry! How about a quick race recap? Right then…

Sunday was the CVS Downtown 5K in Providence. I had watched the weather all week and looked like we’d be OK, but on Saturday it changed and got pushed back. I got lucky, though, because when we left the house it showed 0% precipitation starting at 9am through the day (race start was 11:15am). Mother Nature had other plans. We were sponsored by my company as a free entry and got free team tech shirts to wear for the race.  We were waiting around to take a picture with my company team when all of a sudden, the sky opened up and downpoured on us. Luckily it only lasted maybe 10-15 min so I was psyched about that.


Me starting out – biggest race I’ve ever done at over 3300 people


My knee was/is still bothering me, but I got an IT Band Strap to try out for the race just to get me through it. I don’t know if my IT Band is just getting better (it’s been a few weeks now) or if the band actually helped but I felt like I was able to run more comfortably for longer distances in between walking spells when it started hurting again. I guess that’s good news for now. My first PT appt is on Friday so I’m hoping they’ll confirm that’s my actual issue, otherwise I feel kind of stupid. My NP seemed to think it was my IT band, so I don’t feel too stupid guessing using Dr. Google.


Me finishing the race out (green shirt)

And one of a fireman in full gear – what a beast!


Race 3 of 5 in a row is now in the books and I’m looking forward to the Rock N Roll Mini Marathon this Sunday. I can’t wait to run to live bands. That’s gonna be so fun! Then one more (Electric Run) and I get a few weeks off of races.

7 responses to “Puttin’ On My Big Girl Pants + A Race Recap

  1. That PB is amazing! So funny I always get random stuff when I go into Trader Joe’s too!!

  2. Desiree' says:

    Geez, I’m tired after reading your post! LOL Glad it was a good weekend though (even though it was busy!) The race looked fun! Oh! We are finally getting a Trader Joe’s here. I need to go check it out. I’m a sucker for Peanut butter so I will definitely be looking for that PB & Co stuff!

  3. PB & Co White Chocolate wonderful is like sex in a jar. It is that good. I have to be careful as some days I seem to suddenly think eating an entire jar with a spoon is acceptable.

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