Powercat Paint Run

I’m embarrassed to say I have not been eating healthy lately! It was Daniel’s birthday on the 12th and his best friend’s mom baked him the most amazing chocolate cherry cake! I probably ate a good third or half of it…. whoops.

Then my parents bought him cupcakes and a mini german chocolate cake. I also had more than my fair share of those.

And then I saw oatmeal cookies for 99 cents at the store! It came with 10 and they’re 90 calories each. So of course I’ve eaten 6 of them in the past few days.

I have a problem.

But I ran the Powercat Paint Run that I mentioned a couple weeks ago. It was me, Daniel, his friends Robert, Mercedes, and Kory, and my classmates Alyssa, Trista, and Will. We all ended up splitting up right at the beginning. Some how I kept track of Daniel and Robert in the chaos. They were nice enough to keep a slow pace with me.

Here’s Daniel and me pre-race.

color run

Here is us with Robert at the water station. We had run through 2 color stations by then. Blue and Green. Clearly I had more blue powder thrown at me. I also had a little purple thanks to Trista who bought extra color to carry around and throw at people.

color run!

Here’s us after the race. In all our colorful glory. Notice Daniel’s blue face. Apparently people like to throw color at your face. I was lucky enough to avoid that. But I did have some blue stuck in my ears for a couple days after…

end of color run

I did have to learn my lesson though and keep my mouth shut as we ran through the color stations. Otherwise you end up with blue teeth… or whatever color it happens to be that time. But I learned pretty quick after the first station. Let me just say–it’s hard to run and hold your breath!

Regardless, the race was so much fun! I had a lot of pride at the end when some lady in a pink tutu slowed down and I decided to sprint past her to the finish. Woot! Finished in 32.05! Not bad for only running a handful of times before it. It ended up being really close to a 10min/mile pace.

Here’s the MBA gang post-run

MBA post-race color run

Alyssa, Trista, Will, Me

Will actually ended up first in his age group! I’m pretty sure his time was less than 25 minutes. He’s fast!

I was 21st in my age group 😛

Since then, I haven’t ran at all. But surprisingly Daniel has gone a few times! He’ll go with his friends, but not me =( Haha oh well. I’m just proud of him for making the effort finally!

I don’t have much of an excuse for not going except that I’ve been busy with projects, tests, and essays (Economic essays–which are the worst kind if you didn’t already know).

I did however get a good workout in Saturday from helping my sister and her hubby move into a new apartment. They needed more space so they found a 2-bedroom townhouse a block away from their previous one bedroom apartment. They lived on the 3rd floor… and for some reason I forgot to change into my tennis shoes so I ended up wearing flip flops the whole time.

Needless, my calves have just finally recovered as of today! Soreness and knots galore. My foam roller helped a bit and I made Daniel massage them for me too. I also tried to stretch them really well.

The men carried most of the heavy furniture so Sarah and I didn’t really have to do much except transfer over clothes and little things to the new place. But all of those stairs are what got me.

At least we got to meet this cutie:

pet pig!

I don’t know his name but that’s his owner’s feet behind him in case your were wondering. He’s 3 years old (the pig, that is). They were going for a walk by the new place and we just had to say hello. Apparently he’s well behaved and very attached to his owner so he doesn’t need a leash.

He enjoyed nibbling on the grass.

pig pig

After some pig petting they went on their way and we continued the moving process. Since the two locations were so close we finished in less than 8 hours.

My Fitbit said I went over 11,000 steps that day!

After the move we went to Target and bought ice cream. So, you know, you win some you lose some. I think it all balanced out in the end.

I’ll be back with more updates later! Just for a hint– I met Aziz Ansari! (Just kidding–but I was only like 100ish feet away from him at his show, so that’s good enough)

The Opposite of Meal Planning & Upcoming Race!

Happy Thursday! Here’s a two-for-one update!


Breakfast, I took a banana to my first class and then snacked on some cashews in my second class for the morning.

For lunch I enjoyed my left over Chipotle veggie bowl.

After my afternoon class, I was hungry and snacked on a brownie. To get some of the sweets out of the house I took some brownies and cookies over to my mom. But don’t worry, I saved a few to enjoy for myself still!

Then I FINALLY went running again! 3 miles! Have I mentioned I have a race Saturday I need to train for?

It’s called the Powercat Paint Run. It’s basically a color run but it’s put on by the Manhattan Running Company to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses in Topeka and Wichita, KS. It’s a 5k so I think I’ll be able to run it the whole time. The course looks pretty flat and I was able to run those three miles Tuesday without stopping! I think my time was a little over 30 minutes so that’s almost a 10-minute mile. I’m pretty slow nowadays.

I’m super pumped for this race though. My friends from class mentioned it so we formed two teams that signed up for it. If you have a 5 person team you can get an entry discount. It’ll be fun to hang out with them some more outside of class. Also, it’s Daniel’s birthday this Saturday so I’m making him and some of his friends that are coming into town race with us.

After my run I was starving and Daniel was getting home from work so we went to Panera. I had a little money left on a gift card from my birthday so I decided I needed to use it up. I always get the Pick-2 and this time chose the Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich and the Thai Chicken salad. I ended up just eating the salad–it was surprisingly really filling–and saved the sandwich for my lunch wednesday.

Thai Chicken salad

So that brings me to


I took a fruit smoothie to work for breakfast and then had my leftover Panera for lunch. With a brownie for dessert =P

napa almond chicken salad sandwich

We really suck at meal planning and pizza sounded good so I bought a frozen one from the grocery store.

organic roasted vegetable pizza

It’s organic! I like that I can understand everything on the ingredient list. There was nothing you wouldn’t expect: crust, cheese, sauce, and veggies. It was tasty and filling. I ate more than half of it and left the rest for Daniel since he gets home later than me.

I didn’t get around to exercising yesterday but I plan to get one more run in today before the race saturday. Daniel went running this morning while I was in class and did 2 miles in 18 minutes! He said his first mile was about 8 minutes and then he slowed it down. I hate that he can run that fast without even training. Jerk.

Anyone have a race coming up?