Weekly Wrap #10 – Cajun Country Fun
This is a weekly link up that I’m co-hosting with my very good friend Holly from HoHo Runs. We want to connect with you and support fellow active women! We want to hear about your weekly adventures. You are encouraged to include anything you did to be active or anything you considered fun. You can wrap it up for the week, weekend or an event. Yes even race recaps, we’d love to hear about it!
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For this week’s edition, I’m calling it Cajun County Fun because I am wrapping up my week in the heart of Cajun Country, Louisiana! In fact, if you are reading this on Sunday night, or heck it could be even in the wee hours of Monday morning, it is highly likely my husband and I are traveling home.
Here’s how my week went:
Marathon Training Week #5
Yes, I’ve made it to week five and so far so good. If you’ll remember last week was my first real challenge I faced by getting in my long run and participating in a 5k for a great cause. It went smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy too! <Happy Dance>
I’m slowly building back up to the distance of a half for my race at the end of the month and hoping to squeeze in another fun 5k with my training run. I also got great inspiration from Lisa over at Running Out of Wine this week when she wrote a post about Time Management which prompted me to write down some of the things I’m doing to be able to balance it all. If you missed it, you can see my post here. Thank you, Lisa, for allowing me to share your content!
I got tons of encouragement from this post too! So thank you! I think the support from our blogging community is what keeps a lot of us motivated and inspired to not only reach for our goals but achieve them! I know it does for me!
Here’s how my week played out –
I started off my day with just over 5,000 steps. I met Tammy at the gym for leg work. This time, only body weight (Step ups, lunges, squats and even hit the core) and the next day I could tell I was a little sore but nothing like the past few weeks. So #success in my book!
After work, I had an appointment for a massage. Ahhhh I can’t put into words how great this felt, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. I also went ahead and made another appointment for after my race Halloween weekend!
Up bright and early when my running partner with 4-legs, wakes me up telling me it is time to go!! He gets so excited when I lay out his harness the night before. He loves to go with me! We were out the door, made it to our destination and even started my run all the while I could still see the stars out. An easy 3 miles to start my day!
I was a slacker this morning and only managed 3500 steps on my walk. This afternoon was arms and core work at the gym. My arms and shoulders were noodles when I left and I could feel the soreness through Friday. Tonight we tried a great new dish for us: Broccoli Rice Chicken casserole. How do you get your kids that do not like broccoli to eat it? Chop it up very fine and stick it in a casserole and when they ask why it has a green tint just say must be the spices in the rice… lol! Boom you just got your greens for the day!
If you saw my Instagram account you know I was excited to get the email informing me that Season 4 of American Horror Story was out on Netflix! We indulged in not 1 but 2 episodes tonight!
I got a text message from my running buddy Jen seeing if I was running so we met her for another early morning run. It was cloudy so it took even longer for it to get light outside and I run faster with her there, like a whole minute per mile faster and that is even with Wrangler stopping to pee on everything!
Today my husband got a new work truck and I got 3 pairs of shoes, REAL cheap! So we’re all good!
I had 6,000 steps under my belt this morning. I managed to hit my step goal, but today was more of a rest day. I did drink up the Isopure Aminos to help me with recovery!
I wanted to get in my run before we left for our trip so I got up early and went to the campground this time for 7.1 miles. It was pitch black when I started so I had to use my light. I’d never ran in the light before and hoped it wouldn’t bounce or bother me, it didn’t! 🙂
I always feel less guilty about eating on the weekend if I get in my run first!
We got on the road by 9 and headed South. We stopped at Camping World to pick up some things and browse the new motor homes.
It was fun looking. Also made a stop by Cavenders on our way, before reaching our hotel.
It was a nice clean hotel connected to the casino and racetrack all under one roof!
We got settled in our room and hit the track! If you’ve never been to a horse race, let me be the first to tell you how much fun they can be. Yes, we are “horse people” but you don’t have to be at all. We were watching the quarter horse races, not the usual Thoroughbreds. Ya know we barrel race with quarter horses and a lot of times barrel horses get their start right on tracks like this. So that was fun for us to look at the owners, trainers and breeding of theses horses.
I had been here once before, but G did all the betting. Well, this time he taught me how to go to the window to bet on one. Now granted our bets were all in the fun with only a couple dollars per bet, I think we splurged once and upped it to $15, but it was mostly fun play money. But I learned how to bet on the winner = Win, bet on the 2nd place horse = Place and bet on the 3rd place horse = Show.
As unorthodox as it was I had my own system of picking winners. It was a combination of their name, their looks, what color their silks were and the length of the track. In my book, short track horses were more stocky with motors for quick and fast, vs longer tracks for leaner, long legs an backs. Ha, I won a few lost a few and in the end we came out ahead if you count both our pockets.
After the races, we enjoyed dinner in the casino and did a little penny slot playing. When we walked out we were up $60 including the races. So turned out well for us this trip.
Since our blog is going live earlier on Sunday’s I try and get most of my post done ahead of time. If you are reading this, well Sunday, hasn’t yet come and apparently my crystal ball is a bit cloudy. I couldn’t find the time or WiFi service to update you on what happened today. Ahhh the cons of pre-blogging… But hey, you can always go checkout what fun I may be having by my Instagram Feed!
I will tell you we went to the Angola prison rodeo an it’s a lot easier getting in than getting out. We got to our car an 1.5 hours later just made it out of the gates. Freedom never felt so good!!
I have another giveaway I’ll be running soon and you’ll get a Roar out of it! 😉 So look for that.
Tell me, have you ever visited Louisiana? Where and what for?
Do you and your husband keep a tally on the things you get? We don’t really or at least he doesn’t think so… 😉
Tell me something fun you did this past week!