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He’s Off To The City + Race Recap

Happy Tuesday! I hope your week started off on a good note. Have a great day 🙂

I’m going to start the post off with a (hopefully) quick recap of my 8k from Sunday! A few of you requested it so ask and you shall receive. I really took the race as more of a fun run instead of an actual race and I’m glad I made that decision. When we arrived at the winery, I checked in and got my bib and shirt. The shirt was a lot better than a thought and ended up being a tech shirt instead of just cotton. I personally prefer to run in a tech shirt over cotton so I was happy about the fabric.

Courtesy of Good Day For A Run, LLC

Online the course didn’t really have a description aside from it was an 8k and around a vineyard. The course map wasn’t even available until last Monday. It had a lot of up and downs on along the rows of grapes which didn’t thrill me but I also knew that was likely when I signed up. I wasn’t too thrilled when the announcer said that the course was “difficult and hilly”. I honestly had no clue it would be so hilly and it was almost all off road. If you ran cross country, it was basically a grass course with small divots and random inclines that throw you off.

Since I ran 7 miles the morning before, I wasn’t too sure how my times would be. I threw my expectations out the window when I heard it was hilly which was definitely the right choice for me. I averaged a 10:24 pace and my third mile was a 10:09! Seeing that really surprised me but in a good way. Overall, I would definitely do another race that is run through Good Day for a Run since it was very well organized. I would just do some more research next time on the course.



Back to my Monday! I woke up and got ready for the day. After my shower, I made breakfast. I kept it balanced by having my typical scrambled egg with another cider donut. Since I had it in the morning, it isn’t that unhealthy right?!

Yes I made him take this picture before I went to work 😉

It was a big day for Alex. He started his brand new job in New York City! He got all dressed up and used his new briefcase. I’m so excited for him and know he’ll do great.

Work for me was happily uneventful. During lunch, I had my normal peanut butter sandwich and continued to read “Beartown”. I’m really enjoying it and when I think I know what will happen, my mindset changes. It’s not a suspense novel at all but the first paragraph of the book says that a 17 year old picks up a gun on day and then you’re taken through to how the teenager got to that point.


When Alex and I were meal planning during the week, I said he could pick whatever he wanted for dinner tonight. I’m slowly becoming that annoying person who likes to do small things to celebrate new steps in life. Since I had an off day from running and I knew Alex would be home much later than me, I decided to bake an apple pie because it’s his favorite. Guys, I’ve never baked a pie before and this was so easy! I took pictures throughout the process and will happily write up a post about it for you all if anyone is interested. He was definitely surprised when he came home and smelled it.


For dinner, I made some potatoes, broccoli and leftover burgers from a few weeks ago. I was pretty proud of myself since it was the first time I had ever used the George Foreman we have. Maybe I was extra hungry since I had been in the kitchen all afternoon, but everything tasted so good and I cleaned my plate.


After dinner, we hung out on the couch a bit before having a piece of the apple pie. It was delicious! I had to practice some self control and not cut myself another piece. We watched an episode of “Burn Notice” before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What was the highlight of your Monday?

20 thoughts on “He’s Off To The City + Race Recap”

  1. That apple pie looks delicious!
    And thanks for sharing your race recap – 8K is such a fun distance but those hills make it so much harder!
    Good luck to Alex 🙂


    1. It was delicious and really hit the spot last night.
      You’re welcome! I really enjoyed the distance and would have no problems with it in the future without so many hills. Thank you! He appreciates that 🙂


  2. Love the recap – congrats!!

    That apple pie looks soooo good. I want some right now. I will definitely be making some when I go apple picking in a few weeks!

    The highlight of my Monday was my sweetgreen salad, lol.


    1. Thank you!! It was such a good pie and I might freeze the leftovers so we can have “fresh” pie in a few months. Definitely make one when you get some apples.

      I mean that salad did look really good so I don’t blame you for having that as your highlight 🙂

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    1. I really want to bake pumpkin bread now that I’ve had one apple treat. Fall flavors are seriously the best! Not every race can be a PR you know? Sometimes it’s just not going to happen. I hope you had fun doing the half!! A race without a ton of pressure can be some of the best in my opinion.

      Have a wonderful day 🙂


  3. I LOVE apple pie! Baking pies is fun and easier than cookies in some ways, because you just put it in the oven and cook it instead of getting up every 10 minutes to take more cookies out 🙂 Good job on your race too!


  4. Congrats to Alex on his new job! Also, I forgot to mention in my last comment: happy anniversary!!

    Nice job on the 8k race! It sounds like a challenging and beautiful course 🙂

    Also, I am now craving an apple cider donut!


    1. Thank you so much to both!! I just texted Alex you said congrats lol.

      It was definitely a harder course than I thought it would be. Here’s hoping the race I have at the end of the month isn’t like that.

      Go get a cider donut! It’s worth it 🙂

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