I did my first “fun run” this weekend. Austin Peay hosted their own color run, but for a third of the price of the original.
At check-in, I got my white t-shirt that had the words “The Gov Run” on the front and the names of sponsors on the back. All around there were people wearing stick-on mustaches in honor of our mascot, who has just been changed to look meaner on behalf of our football team. The friendly mustache is like a throwback to when he looked like the peanut bag guy. Anyway!
During the run (which was somewhere over a mile, I think….I wasn’t wearing my Garmin) we were sprayed with flourescent liquid, and shot at with colored cornstarch powder at different intervals. Once we finished, we were directed to the intramural field and given a packet of colored powder each. Then at the end, we waited for the time to come when we were told to throw our colored powder in the air as a unit.
Waiting to throw the powder was boring for me, since I wasn’t really dancing or down with the beat. I had the misfortune to meet a large-bottomed student who asked me if she could could move up to the front with me, when she really meant was that she didn’t care whether she pushed me out of the way or not with said large bottom but was going to do it faux-nicely.
Nevertheless, I stayed until it was over. I managed to catch (and break) an APSU frisbee thrown my way, a skittle packet, and an extra packet of colored powder before it was all over. And I got thoroughly covered by colored liquid and colored powder as volunteers made their rounds. I took a few pictures of myself before leaving. I also got some yummy “street tacos” from the taco truck parked next to the intramural field.
It was fun. I would do it again, but I would try harder to recruit a friend next time.
This past weekend I did my first-ever relay. However, if you count other types of relay, it isn’t exactly my first. I did the 4×8 my last year of high school. This, my friends, was a bit different. Where the 4×8 was four girls running half a mile each, this baby was 8 (7 since we lost one) people running what added up to 116 miles. The race went from Paris, TN to Pickwick, TN.
What led me to do this, you might ask? I didn’t look the event up and then decide to do it. About two months ago Jan and I went to support fellow runners/nab free food 😉 at a race. A mutual runner friend walked up and was chatting with us, and asked if we might want to join this race he was doing if someone dropped out.
I didn’t think much about it after that. A week ago, I got a text from a former teammate from college and then I got a message from the friend Jan and I were talking to in February. Once I cleared it up that they were on the same team, I looked up the event. This was the first year that the Tennessee River Relay has been held. The event didn’t yield many results on my search, and though it had a facebook, the website for the actual race didn’t have a lot of information. Nonetheless…Jan and I got set up to join, as more people dropped out of the team and were replaced by us. The day before, someone had to drop out. By the time of the race there were seven of us instead of the race director’s preferred number of eight members.
I didn’t sleep very well that week, and the night before the race was no exception. I got an hour of sleep. One of the team members, Kent, picked Jan and myself up in his vehicle. He and Brandon rode over together. We met up with my former teammate Tracee nearby. Next we all rode over in our respective cars to Paris, Tennessee, where the race was set to start. Here we met our remaining two team members.
There weren’t many teams signed up. For a second I was disappointed, but then I thought about how we could win. I wasn’t alone in my thoughts, as the rest of the team started talking about how we wanted to do really well.
We ultimately decided to do evenly measured distances for everyone, until we got tired or needed to adjust our strategy. Ultimately that worked better than Jan and my initial plan of having one longer distance in the middle of two shorter race legs.
Someone proposed our team be called Team Terminus. The ‘Terminus’ part comes from the last half of Walking Dead season 4, in which the characters keep seeing signs for a “safer” community called Terminus. The name stuck. After Brandon, the team leader, wrote the team name and drew a zombie on the car, I started drawing too. We covered the side windows of both team cars with drawings from the show.
The race proved to be pretty exciting. Another team had a back and forth with us early in the race. They even passed us. We changed up our strategy after that, and were able to pass them again.
Much of the day was spent munching on food and driving to stopping point of the runner running the current leg of the race. We changed our strategy as necessary if someone got fatigued or we needed to extend our lead over second place. Ultimately, I ran 7 legs. 5 of them were 3 miles, and the last two were less than 3 miles. I ran nearly 17 miles in total, Jan ran even more.
I hadn’t met 2 of the people on our team before. I enjoyed getting to know them as the day went on. For the entirety of the race, we were on roads like the ones pictured above. We were rarely in the downtown areas of where we ran. For the most part, we did have a shoulder to run on, except for a few scary times when we did not. There were a few times when we ran past barking dogs. We ran past roadkill and litter. Kent had a hurting foot, but otherwise the only injury any of us got was a sunburn.
The race was such a fun time. As the race neared to a close, we started worrying that second place was closing in on us. Though they were nowhere in our immediate sight, we acted as if the threat were real, and kicked it in for the end. We started doing shorter distances or taking breaks. All of us were pretty tired by this point. In the end, we won!! Well, kind of. Though we beat the second place team by well over 5 minutes. (We finished in 15:23 and they in 15:29). The race director considered the second place team the true winners since they had a full team of 8 members and we only had 7. We disagreed, but none of us was going to cause a scene.
After taking pictures and talking to the other team, we went out to eat. We had originally decided to camp out in tents after the race, but thankfully we decided against it. I don’t think our bodies would have responded favorably to sleeping on the ground after the exercise we we put them through. We got hotel rooms and called it a night after that.
The next day we ate breakfast and said some bittersweet goodbyes.
I have a feeling that may not be the last time we all see each other. I think they were great people to meet and I am glad I got to run with such a fun and energetic group of people.
I really enjoyed this race, mainly because of having the people that were on my team. I also liked the competitive nature of our run. I think the race itself could have some improvements in communication and resources for the runners.
I am thankful I was asked to run on this unexpected adventure.
Tonight, Jan and I made Pizza Margherita. The book I got it from is Betty Crocker’s Entertaining Basics.
Here’s the finished product:
The best part about this recipe is how satisfying the dish was, yet it was so simple to make. This is a dish I will definitely make again, as it requires very little prep time (it took us about 10 minutes). Cook time was about 20 minutes, though we took it out a minute or so before the timer went off. The crust I purchased was supposed to be thin crust, but since I don’t’ have a rolling pin, we made do with a cooking spray can and evened the crust out as much as we could. As a result, we ended up with 5 pieces instead of the 6 the recipe claims to make.
Here’s the recipe if you want to make it yourself. It was too fun and simple not to share!
Ingredients: Shortening to to grease cookie sheet (however, I just used parchment paper and was okay. It may have helped me flatten the dough, though)
1 can (10 oz) refrigerated crust dough (The only one I saw was thin crust)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
2 roma (plum) tomatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil.
Directions 1. Heat oven 425 Fahrenheit. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
2. Unroll pizza crust dough. Press into 12-inch cirlce on the greased sheet, pressing from center to edge, edge should be slightly thicker than center.
3. Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the dough. Leave 1/2 inch border of dough showing.
4. Slice tomatoes, arrange on cheese. Sprinkle salt, pepper, 2 tbs of the basil over the tomatoes and cheese. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese, then drizzle with the oil.
5. Bake 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbs basil upon taking the pizza out of the oven. Cut pizza in wedges.
Yum! If you happen to make this, feel free to comment below and say how it went! As a totally novice cook, I can say this recipe is virtually fail-proof. 🙂
I have read several self help books in my day. Maybe more than several, and I can tell you that I have begun to learn how much of life is subjective and how it honestly depends on the choices I make to acknowledge my feelings (or not), to do the right thing for me (or not), to listen to others (or not), and so on. I do believe that there is a right and a wrong and that my opinions different from others’. In fact, my opinions have changed over time. Some things may never change, and that is okay. Not everything is supposed to change. Change is constant, though. The exciting part is that I can make little changes and they’ll later take shape in big ways if I stick with them.(Career, Relationships, Friendships). The other great thing is that it isn’t all about me. I’m a cog in a great piece of machinery. Life neither depends on me to go on nor should it go on without me as long as I’m breathing. God is here and he has everything to do with me but at the same time if I don’t count myself accountable to take action then I can say “God is good,” and pray to him and be no better than I was before.
I was trying to have a point to this post, a thesis. I found inspiration from reading the interview I posted above, but especially from the quote I pasted above this post. Some answers are not temporary, (like being saved) but others, like how to deal with a situation or a feeling, change.
Today was Jan’s birthday. I wanted him to have a surprise get-together. When Jan told me he hadn’t made any plans a few days ago, I knew that my plan would work out. I asked one of his sisters if she thought she could drive up to come, and she said she thought she could. I then asked his other sister, too, They then told their parents. Unfortunately I couldn’t complete it with his brother being there too, because he was in California. But it was fun still. I had Jan close his eyes as we came into the restaurant, so it was a surprise up until he got to the table! I call my plan a success, thanks to Jan’s family.
On the way home from his house, I got a freeze from Taco bell, with all three flavors mixed in. A yummy end to a good evening.
Jan and I ran on the coldest day of the year (so far). It was also the coldest day in a long time!! We don’t regularly have days that are in the single digits here. It was between 5-7 degrees fahrenheit when we ran. We had plenty of layers, so we didn’t freeze. However, I did borrow Jan’s gloves mid-run in exchange for mine. Otherwise, it was ok! Shout out to Jan for asking if I wanted to go run.