The Neon Run!

So, two Saturdays ago, I ran my first 5k with some friends!!

It was a super fun neon-dance-party-pseudo-rave kind of thing. AKA, untimed, and a BLAST. (But I did still kind of try to time it and I think we completed it in 40ish minutes! Which is pretty dang good in my book. Haha). It was at Candlestick Park (where the 49ers used to play), and we even got to run through the stadium at one point! Not ON the field though…that would have been cool. And not on the stairs either…that would not have been cool. Hahahaa.

I’ll let the pictures tell the story:

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Shari, getting her war paint on

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Jayna, Shari, myself, Arica, and Brittney!

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Blacklight glow zone!

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Arica looked SO awesome. And her gel nails were glowing like crazy.

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BOOM.

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Dance partay!

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It was pretty awesome. And pretty much the closest any of us Moms are ever going to get to a rave…on a church night. Hahaha 🙂

Seriously, these ladies are awesome. I am so lucky to live exactly where I am, surrounded by them and countless other fantastic friends! Jayna and Shari are pretty much pro runners, Brittney has some impressive races under her belt, and Arica and I are super slow newbies. But they all slowed down to jog beside us (and encouraged us to try this whole running thing in the first place, haha)! Also I wore my craptastic old running shoes (glow paint was EVERYWHERE), and they were killing my feet/ankles halfway through. So Shari found out we wear the same size and she up and traded shoes with me so I wouldn’t hurt myself. Talk about giving the clothes off your back. Pretty sure I shed a tear for that one…or maybe that was just eye leakage from the wind in my face. Either way, I was touched : )

And as for that triathlon training….well, it’s going! This week was kind of a bust. But the two weeks prior were pretty decent! Brittney and I are training together. We run on our own, but we’ll swim and go on bike rides together after our kiddos are asleep. Actually, we’ve just done it twice so far….dang, it is so hard to feel like biking and swimming after a long hard day chasing kids. And it’s even harder to get the training done in the wee hours of the morning when your kids aren’t reliable sleepers yet. But we’ll work it out….I’m just happy to be training and to have a goal  to work toward! Someday I’ll complete a triathlon, even if I’m not ready this August.

Hope your summer is off to a fantastic start! We’re off to a family camping trip next weekend, I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and tell you all about it ; )

love, Rach

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TQFTMDMCCIC: Ding Ding Ding, We Have A Winner!

One of my best friends came to visit about a month ago, and on a trip into San Francisco we were set on hitting up the Ben&Jerry’s store along the waterfront. Until we came across this signage:

Norman's | Thin Mint

 

I took the bait, and boy am I glad I did! I’ve found a five-star flavor!Norman's | Thin Mint

THE SCOOP: Thin Mint by Mitchell’s Ice Cream. A  fresh, natural-tasting peppermint ice cream with dark chocolate shavings.

PROS: EVERYTHING. Light, fresh peppermint flavor that isn’t dyed green and doesn’t taste fake. With the most amazing texture. And high quality chocolate chips, that are the perfect texture to melt in your mouth!! Oh my. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Loved every last second of this cone.

CONS: I can’t purchase it just anywhere. The closest grocery store that carries it in the freezer section is Draeger’s in San Mateo! And if I ever move away from the Bay I’m straight outta luck.

OVERALL RATING: 5/5
And now my palate has been tainted, because I’ve finally tasted something that qualifies for five whole stars. My apologies for any further ice cream reviews – I promise I’ll try not to let my judgment be altered but I figured it’s only fair to let you know that it might be 😉

Since this was such a special find, I have a couple bonus categories/photos to share with you!

 

Norman's | Thin Mint

THE FELLOW TASTE TESTERS: This was the first time my darling daughter actually enjoyed ice cream! Before she’s just made nasty faces because it’s cold. Or maybe because it just wasn’t as delicious as this stuff. My BFF Maye was also here and taste-tested too!! But for some reason the only photographic evidence I have of our trip into the city together is the fact that you can see her shoes in the photo I took of the ice cream cone.

Norman's | Thin Mint

THE SHOP: Norman’s Ice Cream and Freezes. It’s adorable! Hidden in a little corner of a courtyard (in the Cannery), with that fantastic signage. I’m pretty sure the owner, Norman, is the one who served us, and he is a gem. “It’s a lovely day, huh? But not as lovely as you ladies or my beautiful wife!” Totally tipped him. You *can* purchase Mitchell’s ice cream at other locations, but I love this little place so much.

All in all, I’d say this day was one of the best days ever. It was enough to get both the “Best Day Ever” and “Everything Is Awesome” songs (a la Spongebob and The Lego Movie) both running through my head, because I am so mature and grown up when it comes to my mental my-life-is-awesome soundtrack.

love, rach
disclosure, again: ain’t nobody paying me to write this bidness.

[previous ice cream reviews can be viewed here!]