Since I’ve fallen behind on events I wanted to do posts about, I thought it would be easiest to get back on track by doing one summary post. Without further delay, here’s what I’ve been up to this summer.
Bloody Mary Run
On June 10th, the running club I belong to hosted their second annual Bloody Mary Run. We started at Stanley’s Bar in Northeast Minneapolis on a Sunday morning. The first leg of the run was 0.8 miles to Psycho Suzi’s for our first beverage stop. Since I don’t drink Bloody Marys, I chose a refreshing Blue Moon.
Next up was a short 0.5 mile jog to Dusty’s Bar. This time, I drank the beer chaser that came with Nate’s Bloody Mary. Our last jaunt was the 1.2 miles back to Stanley’s, where we had brunch. I chose a Brooklyn Brown (yum!) with my Cajun chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries. Delicious!
Approximately 15 people came out for the event, including Nate, as mentioned above. He actually ran with us, declaring it his one training run before Warrior Dash. Afterward, he decided that all running should include 30 minute pit stops for alcohol; I’m not opposed this idea. A great time was had by all and we’re already looking to next year’s 3rd annual Bloody Mary Run.
River Valley Riders Ride-A-Thon
The annual River Valley Riders Ride-A-Thon fundraiser was held on June 23rd. Prior to the event, I published a post about the event and asked for donations. Thanks to my wonderful friends and family, I was able to raise $310 for my favorite nonprofit organization!
Thanks to a friend, Sadie was able to join me for the day! It was year two of me bringing Sadie for the trail ride, thanks to generous trailer-owning friends.
Although there were tack difficulties involved with my friend’s horse, we had a nice time on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Total donations for RVR were almost $20,000! Thanks to everyone who donated!
Nate, my sister, my cousin and I participated in Warrior Dash Minnesota on June 30th. It was a hot day, but thankfully the weather was better than last year’s event. Since I hadn’t been doing any hill training and they reversed the course, my time was much worse than last year’s. Unfortunately, I even had to skip two obstacles. My official finishing time was 1:06:07.
Overall, it was a fun event, though I preferred last year’s 1 mile of hill over this year’s 2 miles of hill. We’re considering trying the Kansas Warrior Dash next year, in hopes of a flatter course! Even so, I will probably continue to do WD Minnesota since I started on their inaugural year and would love to someday tell someone, “I haven’t missed this race yet!” We’ll see…
On Wednesday, July 18th, I ran the Lifetime Fitness Torchlight 5k in Minneapolis with my regular Thursday night group. Three of us stuck together for the entirety of the race and even though it was hot and sticky weather, we had fun. There was a lot of weaving around walkers, but we ran a decent pace, considering two of us have been in a running slump for a while. For me, it was my best run in two months and I left the race remember why I love the 5k distance so much; they’re fun! The shirts from the race were adorable, too, which always helps.
This past weekend, we held a family reunion for my mom’s side of the family and had a blast! It was so much fun to see relatives we haven’t seen in 6+ years. There were lots of laughs and shared memories. Highlights include a memorial garden for our departed loved ones, horse rides, fireworks, a bonfire, great food, and lots of laughs. Hopefully we won’t wait 6 years to hold our next reunion!
I’m hoping to do a more thorough recap of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago half marathon soon. I apologize for the lack of detail on each of the above events, but I’ve crammed so much into my summer already that it’s flying by in a blur!