Sam I Am

This week's beer is... Sam Adams. I have to admit, I am not a fan of their Summer Ale. However, I may have to try one of their fall or winter brews this weekend, while I am at...guess, guess....

You guessed it, I am in Massachusetts this weekend, racing in the Newburyport Green Stride Half Marathon. I am probably running right now, as you are drinking your coffee and reading this post. So, you know the drill, put down the coffee, grab a beer, and look what happened to me this week! (Inspired by Kim) (photo credit)

It was another busy week, but in a different sort of way this time. On Monday I finished up with my last client in Cape Girardeau and headed to Columbia to check out of the office. Now I am once again jobless! Back to the old drawing board. But first, let's start at the beginning...

Last weekend one of my very dearest friends came to visit me! She and I have been friends since...well probably about 20 years. We played little league together. Her nickname is Red.

We decided to do some hiking at the Trail of Tears State Park. Along the way, we found....More Ponies! These ones let us touch them! 

Then we went hiking! It was great! Except I told Red that the trail had "a few hills". I didn't remember that it was quite strenuous! We took her dog Lucy and poor Lucy was tuckered out afterwards (and so were we!)

Even though she was tuckered out, she was happy to dress in this banana split costume and pose for the camera. Can't you tell how happy she was? 

The foliage, or as my family likes to jokingly call it, FOILAGE, is beautiful right now!

After Red left, I took at 16 mile run, my last run in Cape. It was 90 degrees. It was brutal. This is the Cape LaCroix Creek trail, where I have been running for the last 4 months. 

And then it was time for me to leave Cape. A departing shot of my "home", the Candlewood Suites.The drive to Columbia is about 4 hours. It rained the entire time.

I had to check out all my equipment and I said goodbye to my friends in the office in Columbia. More importantly though, I checked the color of my urine against this chart in the bathroom. My favorite? The second one from the top...in case you can't read it, it says, "You're just fine. You could stand to drink a little water now, maybe a small glass of water." Who writes these? And who has pee the color of the bottom one? If you do, you better get to the doc ASAP! (or maybe you ate beets?)

And then? One last run in Missouri. This time the weather was in the 40s. 
Total miles this week: 30.

And now? 

Wish me luck. Hopefully I get a beer when I am done!

What did you do this week? Do you live close to your best friends? What friend have you had the longest? Have you ever dressed up your dog in a costume?


  1. Good luck!!! Go out there and ROCK Newburyport! You should have beautiful weather for it!!! I live about an hour from my best friend. WE have been friends since 3rd grade! Love the pee chart!

  2. Good luck. My weekend feels like it has been more floundering than anything. With training for Chicago being over I'm not sure what to do haha!

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  3. Good luck! What a beautiful place to hike as well, with all the fall colors it's just stunning. Enjoy your race and definitely grab a beer when you're done!

    Oh--and that is the most bizarre chart ever.

  4. I did not know or i forgot you were running a half this weekend! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!

    One of my best friends, Brooke, lives in Minneapolis. Then I have other best friends scattered across the us (and then amber is in canada, I consider her one of my best friends)

    Looks like a fun weekend with your friend. That 16 mile run in the heat must have been tough. Yuck. Kind of nice that tbis is a 'step back' week although isn't it funny that 13.1 miles is now a 'step back' week? ;)

  5. weird-just read another blog that mentioned Sam Adams beer-it must be good! I live far from my best friends-and feel it today. Moving can be hard sometimes.

  6. Looking forward to the race recap!! I'm with you, I'm not a fan of the Sam Adams summer brew, I will say the beer makes great beer bread!!!

  7. It may have been strenuous, but that looks like a beautiful trail.

    Good luck with all the changes over the next while. I hope you get a nice break and visit with your friends and family.

    And that pee chart made me laugh. But also cringe. I know I don't always drink enough water, but at least my pee has never been that last color!

  8. Good luck at your half marathon! I had no idea you were planning to race this weekend!

    My oldest friend that I am still in contact with is from kindergarten. I haven't seen her in years, but Facebook is good for some things. :)


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