Mastadon Challenge 5K

Hi Guys!

Last Saturday, Brent, 5 of my cousins, my aunt & I participated in the Mastadon Challenge 5K fun run in conjunction with the Saline Celtic Festival. I was planning to have this race-recap post up on TUESDAY but my computer had different ideas about that and well yeah… I need to get better at these timely posts but better late than never I suppose.

A few weeks ago I got a message from my Aunt asking me if I wanted to do a fun race with her and a few of my cousins in July. Since it seemed like a WAYS away I said YES without even really thinking it through & Brent agreed as well. After a week or two went by I realized that we needed to register and that’s when reality hit, we were running an obstacle course race.

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The group PRE & Post Race!

I was pretty excited to challenge myself, do something fun with my cousins and support the local community while getting in a workout. Brent on the other hand was a bit more worried about the running component of the race & decided to forego the “family” fun-run for the individual race where he could do it at his pace and feel comfortable with the obstacles.

Saturday morning we were up bright & early to get ready, get hydrated and get to the registration booth before the individual race began. Brent got lined up and the race coordinator started to explain all of the obstacles that they were going to encounter, it started to sound legit, heres a run down:

Over & Under hurdles
5 foot wall climb — 10 foot wall climb — 5 foot wall climb
Cargo net climb up and over 
1mile straight away 
Kangaroo Ball Bounce 100ft down & back
Cross Pond
Army Crawl through Sand
Tire Drag
Box Jumps
Tire Flips 100ft down & back
Lily Pad Crossing
Pool Dive
Crawl up a hill

While they did not track our times, as it was strictly a fun run, Brent finished in about 30 minutes. Then he hung out with us until the family race started. Because of the obstacles they sent us out in waves, giving everyone a bit of time to make it through obstacles without too much bottle necking.

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Once our wave was set free we headed up the hill through the woods and towards our first obstacle which was the over-under hurdles. I definitely had the “slow poke” mentality when it came to the hurdles, high jumping is not my thang, and this 6-0 girl doesn’t get that low that often 😉 but they were fun and we were all cheering each other on! Then it was time for the 3 walls. The 2 five foot walls had slats to put your feet between the 2x4planks so they were pretty quick to hop.

The 10 foot wall was a bit of a different story. The wall was flat plywood with a 2×4 on its side about half way up the wall and a thin rope with a few knots in it. We had to use the rope to get to the 2×4 and then use that to get our footing and climb up the remainder of the wall. The 10foot wall was our first “bottle necking” or delay in the race. We worked together to help the people in front of us over the wall & cheered each other on.

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While it sounded very manageable this was definitely a perception vs. reality situation. Perceived = easy… reality = much more strategic & challenging. I thought after helping a few people over I would have no problem getting over the wall but instead I needed two tries. The first try I really just thought I could jump up and use my [lack of] upper body strength to pull me to the ledge… reality was I needed to attack the wall at more of an angle so that I could utilize my upper body strength and get good footing on the wall.

After getting over the walls we made our way into the woods and after a few slippery hills and some rugged terrain we hit the cargo net & our second delay. We had a bit of waiting but then slowly started to make our way up the net over the huge tree branch and down the net again. Then it was more trekking through mud and muck. At one point we went from walking in ankle deep standing water to walking through thick knee deep mud. This was the type of mud where you were a bit worried about your shoe staying on your foot when you pulled it out of the mud.

Once we made it through all the mud, muck and hills we came out of the woods and hit a straight away. Through the woods the 9 of us stuck together, helping each other out where we needed it, but then we hit the open field and just started to run. Before I knew it my cousin Kyle, hit the ground running and started passing us all so I picked up the pace and headed off with him to our next obstacle…

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The kangaroo balls… okay so I don’t know what these things are called but I loved them when I was a kid! We had to bounce the ball down to the cone (about 100ft away) and back before continuing on. The girl helping at this part of the race recommended getting air, so essentially we were doing squat jumps down and back the whole way! It was so fun!

After the balls we wadded through the freezing cold pond & headed up the backside of the course which included army crawling through a sand pit, pulling some tires then flipping tractor tires, before he had to head back across the water via lily pads or floating foam pads tied together that were extremely slippery!

Crossing the pond

Crossing the pond

Lily Pad Crossing

Lily Pad Crossing

Then we took a quick dip in the pool before making our way back in the woods for the final stretch of the 5K. Kyle & I stuck together making our way up a few slippery slopes then we encountered dead-mans-hill which had a crawling obstacle set up… Kyle & I both eyed the roots, rocks, mud & muck that was under the orange lattice work and decided that running up the hill sounded like a MUCH BETTER idea. I felt bad for about a second for skipping the obstacle but I like my elbows & knees… a lot.

Kyle & I rounded the last corner and there we were facing the last obstacle…

The Slip & Slide!!!!!

Talk about the best ending to a race possible & reminded me how much fun slip’n’slides are… it also made me really want to make one of my own!

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We waited for the rest of our group to make it down the slip & slide before getting hosed down by a fireman and heading back to the house to shower & grab a beer.

A wet & muddy HI FIVE!

A wet & muddy HI FIVE!

It was such a fun day & I cannot wait to do more fun runs with my family. I am usually not someone who will pay to run a 5K but doing these obstacle races and things as a group made it so worth the money and was a great use of our time!

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big thanks to Brent for being our race photographer and following us around! 

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#TBT Wedding: Getting Ready

Hi Guys!

I hope you are all having a great week! Its been a cooler week here in Chicagoland and I am ready for it to heat up and feel like summer…

Can you believe that it has almost already been a month since Brent & I got married. It seems like the whole wedding week and everything leading up to the wedding was just yesterday! We received our wedding photos a couple weeks ago via the internet & then the USB last week and it has been really fun to relive the night through the pictures and talking with some of our friends & families.

I am so excited to share some of the photos here on the blog and decided that I am going to break the posts into mini-recaps of the day. I have been having the hardest time choosing which pictures to use for everything so bare with me these posts will likely be long and ultimately a photo dump!

For the first installment of #TBT Wedding Edition we are going to take a peak into when we were Getting Ready.

The morning of our wedding I got up bright & early to get showered and ready before the hair & make up girls made it to the house. All the girls & my step mom got their hair & make up done by the amazing ladies from Primp Beauty Concierge, if you live or are getting married in the Ann Arbor area hit them up. It was a fun morning of relaxing, drinking mimosas, snacking on breakfast food & getting pampered. I loved getting to spend some down time with my bridesmaids before the wedding started & being able to all get ready at the house made it even cozier!

The Primp glam squad & us!

The Primp glam squad & us!

My step mom had really gone all out in getting the house ready for the wedding, she even put cute signs on the doors, labels on the water bottles & decorated my bedroom with signs & photos from our engagement pictures. It was great!

door

Once we were all glammed up we started to get ready, Chelsea got to the house & got to work taking pictures of all the little details which I absolutely love looking back on. Its nice to have pictures of the little things that you think no one will look at but you have to have, like bracelets, veil details & the belt that adds just a little bling!

I made sure that I had some comfy shoes to wear for the reception!

Possibly one of my favorite things I got for the wedding. My monogrammed reception shoes were well worth it!

I love this photo of my bracelet, shoe & veil!

I love this photo of my bracelet, shoe & veil!

ceremony shoes & my something "old"... I wore these shoes for my friends wedding in November and they worked perfectly with my dress!

ceremony shoes & my something “old”… I wore these shoes for my friends wedding in November and they worked perfectly with my dress!

Then it was time to get the dresses on! The girls got dressed first & I helped with a few necklaces before it was my turn to get ready! I had shown the picture of my dress to most of my bridesmaids but my friend Amalia couldn’t decide if she wanted to see it or not, she honestly kept saying,”OK show me!… NO wait don’t!!!” the whole morning so it was fun to have someone (other than Brent) surprised with my dress selection too!

<3 All of our dresses <3

I purchased my dress from Mimi’s Bridal Boutique in Ann Arbor, an amazing local store with great consultants!

My sister Stephannie helped me get into the dress, zip it, throw the garter on (which honestly was just for this picture, it came off the rest of the night until we did the garter toss, those things are not comfortable), belt & all the accessories. It was a pretty cool moment to be finally putting on the dress that I kept telling everyone about and seeing the whole day start to come together!

zipping dress dressed putting on garter earrings

While we were finishing getting ready & heading to the church Dayna (Chelsea’s second shooter for the day) met up with the boys as they were getting ready at the church. I love these pictures of Brent tightening his tie & Shane helping him with his boutonnière. Apparently the guys had a bit of difficulty figuring out how to fold the pocket squares and I love that we have photographic evidence of that!

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Best Man duties were on point!

Best Man duties were on point!

figuring out the pocket squares...

figuring out the pocket squares…

I gave Brent this pocket watch at the rehearsal dinner, it was something that he always has wanted and a fun gift to give him for our wedding. I got it engraved and monogrammed for him so its a nice moment of our wedding, especially since I got to buy so many things for the day!

I wrote Brent a pre-wedding card... I love this picture of him reading it!

I wrote Brent a pre-wedding card… I love this picture of him reading it!

pocket watch

Once we all got to the church we met up with the flower girls & ring bearer than Brent & I had a moment together, that will be on next weeks #TBT Wedding Edition!

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Linking up with Amanda for all of my thinking out loud done on this wedding post, make sure you go see what other people are thinking today!

 

Weekending XIV

Hello Monday…

I hope you all were able to enjoy your long holiday weekend with friends, family and outdoors. It was a gorgeous weekend here in Chicagoland and a 3 day weekend could not have come at a better time. Last week was a bit hectic and stressful with work so having 3 days to relax, enjoy & unwind was exactly what I needed.

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So lets get right into this weeks weekending extravaganza! Linking up with Katie today & every Monday.

Friday Brent & I got up and headed straight to the DMV. After a successful trip at the social security office on Thursday I was equipped to head to the DMV to get a new ID, change the information on my title & registration. We waited for 20-30minutes before getting called up to get my license changed. After filing through that line we headed to a second line where I could change my title & registration. All parts were pretty easy, a little waiting but overall we were prepared with my whole life in documents so it didn’t take too long. When we went to pay for the title/registration I gave her my credit card, she asked for my ID so I gave her my new ID and she told me she couldnt accept my payment because my name was different on both documents. WHAT!!! I just changed my name that was the whole reason for us coming to the DMV!!! I freaked out for a minute but then said “I have my marriage license??” which she took and processed my payment with.

the line at the social security office on Thursday

the line at the social security office on Thursday

Brent & I joked that I need to carry a copy of my marriage license in my wallet until all my credit cards change. That’s the next big bridge to cross!

After the DMV we headed to the gym for a quick chest lifting session. I have been doing barbell lifts with Brent then doing some different lifts when he goes to dumbbells as I was feeling pretty stagnant in my lifting routine. After doing incline & flat bench I did dumbbell presses & flyes on a stability ball to engage my core then some push up variations. It was a good burn workout and definitely felt good to start the day with a workout.

boat, beer, sun & friends... the perfect combination!

boat, beer, sun & friends… the perfect combination!

We then headed up to Wisconsin for a day with our friends Brian & Gina on the lake. Brian’s parents own a condo on the lake and have a pontoon boat so we cruised around the lake, chatted & enjoyed way to many delicious snacks along with a few drinks before stopping and jumping in for a quick swim. The boys braved the water first and after about an hour they got warm again and talked Gina & I in the lake. I was not super excited about the 74deg water temperature but once I got in the water really did feel good and super refreshing! After a while we headed back to the cottage and grilled up some dinner. It was the perfect day to relax and enjoy friends on the lake. Pure-perfection!

Saturday we got up and hit the gym for a Fourth of July back burn out workout. I love back days, its one of my favorite days in the gym and Saturday did not disappoint! After our sweat session we hit the showers and got ready for a fun Fourth of July day with some of rents friends from High School. Once showered we hit the road towards Brent’s home town.

AND a belated happy birthday to my girl Kasey!

AND a belated happy birthday to my girl Kasey!

Once we got to Chris’s house we relaxed a bit & chatted before Ryan & Kaley along with their 1year old Tinley made it to the house. We all chatted and caught up, it was nice to see the 3 of them again as they were all at our wedding! Brent & I had not met the babe so it was also great to get some baby time and play with their sweet girl. We then headed to Chris’s families 4th party where we relaxed, ate BBQ and played a few games of Cornhole.

picnic food at its finest!

picnic food at its finest!

Before long the sun had set and Chris’s family started to load up the trucks for their “famous” firework show. Chris, his dad & uncle all set off a pretty impressive display of fireworks in the back property of their country house. It was awesome to have watched such a personal firework show and while probably not as many fireworks as downtown Chicago it was an impressive display and nice to be right under them!

Have you guys tried this stuff? It tastes just like root beer. A fun twist during a hot summer day!

Have you guys tried this stuff? It tastes just like root beer. A fun twist during a hot summer day!

Sunday was a pretty typical recovery day… we drove back & hit the grocery store and grabbed lunch before doing our shopping. When we got home it was nap time then food prep, laundry & getting started on our wedding thank you cards. We had quite the loot of leftover beer from the weekend so Brent went to work on reorganizing the fridge to fit all the beer, organized by type, for easy access. I’m pretty sure we have enough beer for the rest of the summer so if anyone wants to come over and have a few the beer is on me!

Organization perfection!

Organization perfection!

Phew!! This week I am meeting up with a friend from college who is coming to the city for a conference and then we are heading to Michigan for the weekend & are doing a fun run with my family on Saturday.

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