Running Through a Fulfilled Life


Another Crazy Weekend

Things continue to be nothing but crazy in the Mason household.  It literally is one thing…after another…after another.  The craziness could stop anytime soon, right?  But probably not.

Case in point, last weekend.

On Friday, we picked up the keys to our HOUSE!  And proceeded to quickly take the customary pictures by the FOR SALE sign before anyone came outside to see just how big of dorks we are.

We finally got to celebrate Mike’s belated birthday with my side of the family and combined it with a belated celebration of my Mom’s birthday as well.  Better late (by over a month) than never, right?  Had a nice meal Friday night at 3Brothers Tavern with cake and ice cream later in the evening.  Mike was pumped that he finally got his bike rack for his vehicle…which now means our bikes are more mobile and will likely get more use (probably not this year–boo, heinous coldness).

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to run in The Great Pumpkin Run, which is put on by the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  I have always loved this race, as its proceeds go towards a great cause and it takes place usually during my favorite weather.  I hadn’t run this race since 2010, so I was pretty sure that I would improve upon my previous time.  It is a 4 mile race, and given that those are also fairly rare, I figured no matter what I did that it would be a PR.  

I got dressed to the 9’s.  And by this I mean I pulled my Bee Costume out of retirement and got ready to buzz around.

Sandusky is what I often refer to as “The Great Plains of Ohio” because there are very few hills to train upon.  Therefore, whenever I get to a course that has even the babiest (not a word) of hills, I probably suck more wind than the average Joe or Jane.  This course is definitely full of rollers, but not significant hills.  Don’t tell my body that, because it felt like I was scaling large beast hills.  I started to get tired around Mile 2, which is way too early, but I kept trying to keep my effort equal throughout the race.


I managed to buzz in with a 28:25.  Good enough for 3rd overall with an average pace of 7:07.  Looking back, I actually ran equal mile splits for the first time in…the history of my running career.  Hurrah!

Later Saturday evening, we drove down to Wright State to watch Greg (my little, but not so little at the same time, bro) play his Senior Night game against Green Bay.  It was an exciting match that saw Wright State come out on top in Double OT, with Greg getting an assist on the match-winning goal.  Marchand family FTW!



Since the game ran so late, we didn’t get home until 2:30 in the morning and therefore were mostly worthless the rest of Sunday.  Based upon the Browns game, you would think they also were up until 2:30 in the morning.  Or maybe that was just Davone Bess.

Womp, womp.



Life Lately

Absence makes the heart grow stronger.  Or at least in this case, absence from my blog should make my content seem super exiting and awesome when I do get around (like now) to actually updating it.

Life lately has been pretty busy and full of lots of random, I’m really an adult now, kind of things.

Let’s recap my week so far:
Saturday–Drove 3 hours total to make sure I could participate in Stephen’s Sunrise Pi Mile again.
It’s been 3 years now, but it seems like it was just yesterday that many lives were changed in the Jackson Twp area.
This race will always be near and dear to my heart, and I love how the sun rises as the racers prepare for their journey.  It was rough running after waking up super early, driving that far, and having my morning coffee provide me with the gurgles.  However, I did my best for the day and turned in a 22:55 (7:16/mile as this course is 3.14 miles–PI!) in order to place 3rd Overall on what I’ll definitely describe as a challenging, hilly course (7-8 hills for a 5K is a lot).  Hopefully this race continues to grow because it is for a great cause!

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Sunday--Watched the Browns shart on their foot (or maybe it was just BWeeden that sharted on the Browns) and we did some of this business.  Managed to squeak in a 5.5 mile run in 43′.

Monday–My work schedule has now changed so I am working on adjusting to different hours.  My body has a hard time adjusting to Daylight Savings Time, so we can only hope this goes better than that.  I did not work out because my favorite thing to do after work is curl up on my couch in the Fetal position and pretend that I am stuck to it with Super Glue.

Tuesday–Managed to squeeze in a half hour sesh on the Elliptical and do a Lower Body Circuit at the clinic.  I also managed to successfully avoid further packing.

Wednesday (Today)–What is all this packing I speak of?  Oh, we only close on our house today that’s all.  And need to be out of the apartment by mid November.  My procrastination skills are being put on display as shown by my lack of drive to put things in boxes and tape them shut.  I ran 6.4 miles in 51′ in order to quell my anxiety towards giving the Title Company a large sum of money (YIKES!).  It did now work and I am still imaginary peeing my pants at the thought that by the end of the day we will finally be new homeowners!


So yeah…things will likely only get more crazy from here on out.  I’m hoping by winter I can go back to being a good little blogger again.  Or at least pretend to be.