So I Lied

I may have said that every half marathon that I have done will be the last. Time and time again, I make some grandiose statement to Tom that this “one” means this to me, and this is why it will be my last. And I will promise no more!

I lied.

Not intentionally though. I really do mean it in the moment.

But then things happen.

After every race, I am on a high and go searching for that next race. After a few weeks, I begin getting stir crazy and want to have another race to aim for. I feel it in my gut to go after that next medal.

I am addicted to race day!

Although much like my last race, I need to be realistic about how I train and how I run. I probably will never PR again because I want to be able to use my knees when I am forty.

So what is a girl to do?

Get creative.

I have signed up for my next race in April. This one in Nashville will be my fifth half marathon.

There is a twist though.

I ran my very first half marathon with my sister-in-law. “With” being an operative word. She came in under 2 hours, which is much faster than I ever hope to run.


We ran to honor her birthday back in 2011.

But the fact is she was a big reason that I started running and signing up for races in the first place, so I suggested doing this one actually with her, especially knowing her infatuation with Nashville. Plus, neither of us really grew up with a sister (we both had younger pesky brothers), so it will be fun to do some sisterly bonding with her.


Instead of running for a PR, we decided to do a scavenger hunt while on the course.

Yes you read that right. We are going to do a 13.1 mile scavenger hunt.

We will run some of it for sure, but it is meant to be all for fun and doing something different together.

So for 13.1 miles we are going to be on the lookout to pose with just a few things.

  • port a potty
  • someone dressed as a character
  • cheer team
  • band
  • a cop
  • someone in a military uniform
  • best road signs
  • historic places
  • Nashville icons
  • best road side snack
  • beer stop
  • water stop
  • start/finish

We may not find all these, and we may add others along the way. We will be taking tons of pictures regardless.

We are also going to be dressing up in costume to fit the Nashville country theme. So that will be entertaining.

I am really looking forward to it.

And who knows maybe this will be my last one. I like that it would end on my fifth race. Five is a nice round number to me.

We’ll see a couple months into the summer how I am feeling after the fact.

Here’s to Em and I taking over Nashville one scavenger hunt item at a time!


Do you have ideas to add to our list? Anyone else running a race soon?

Let’s Go Peay!

That slogan gets me every time.

I work at Austin Peay State University, and we started the Fall Semester this week.

Things have been crazy busy and hectic trying to work through student requests, but I love the start of the semester. LOVE!

As a kid the start of the school year was always so exciting. New adventures, new lessons to learn, new school supplies. It was the one time of year that we got to really splurge. I loved picking out my new pencil boxes, folders, and back packs.

Yep huge nerd alert over here.

But my favorite thing about school starting was a tradition my dad started. The first day of class, he would take me to Baskin Robbins and we would chat about the day. We went every year from kindergarten until my senior year of high school. And every year, I got the same thing-double scoop mint chocolate chip and chocolate. My brother did the same thing on the second day of school, so we each had our individual school date with Dad. I had first child benefits and stole the first day privileges!


I have kept the tradition alive over the past decade, always finding someone to eat ice cream with me on that first day of classes even when I was no longer a student. But for the last decade there has not been a Baskin Robbins nor has it been a date with my dad, so it has not been quite the same.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This year though the tradition was re-instated in full because Clarksville has BRs everywhere!

AND my dad was in town this week!

So we went and indulged in our 23 year old tradition, which is still one of my fondest memories growing up. We still chatted about our thoughts on education, although the conversation was much more sophisticated than what happened at recess and when the new Scholastic catalog was going to arrive. I should have gotten a picture, but we were too wrapped up in the conversation and the goodness of the BR.

This is definitely a tradition that I want to carry on to my kids. Such a simple way to get excited about the new year and be able to create intentional memories. And it was a great way to bond with my dad since it was just the two of us.

A little Armucation for you. The military allows soldiers to be absent from work the first day of classes for their own children. That way they can help get everyone where they need to be when routines haven’t been set, but also be there for the big moments that come with starting a new year at school. They are very family oriented when they are stateside, mostly because they know that the soldiers potentially miss out on all these things when they are deployed.

This week has been super nuts with Dad in town and it being the first week of school, so I have not been able to blog as much as I had planned. We are also going out of town this weekend, so things are getting pushed back so I can enjoy time with friends and family.

But here are some previews of what is to come:

  • The results of a blog gift exchange I entered
  • A blog award/recognition
  • a new blog partnership
  • updates on the doggie adoption
  • crafts galore…I have so many to put on here! I just haven’t had time!
  • my “math” class adventure

I hope you all have a great holiday weekend and had some good stories for the start of the academic year!

For now, I leave you with my 4th grade First Day of School picture. It was the only one I could find in my house. I was going through my tomboy stage and thought the hip action was super cool apparently.

Year 94-8

Do you have any traditions from your family for the first day of school?