Happy Friday! Can you believe that Halloween is only ONE WEEK away!?! Oh my goodness gracious, I feel like I still have so much pre-Halloween festivities to relish and only 7 days to do it! Some people binge on Orange is the New Black, I am thinking I should spend my weekend binging on Halloweentown and cookies. Thoughts?
Let’s jump into some Five Things Friday!
First, Pretty Much I’m an Elite Runner
Ha! If only! Every once in a while, in life, circumstances make us plain ole lucky. That is the situation I find myself in for the Southern Fried Outer Banks Half Marathon. You might be familiar with this race’s sister Spring race, the Flying Pirate. A family member is one of the race directors for the race, and has been sweet enough to invite me and host me for the weekend, allowing me to tag along to the elite events planned!
You can bet your bottom dollar that I am gratefully accepting my family’s offer, am all signed up, and and checking off each day until the race on my calendar!
Second, The Best Time of the Year
How many times have I said that this year so far? But seriously, when the North Carolina State Fair, Krispy Kreme burgers (yes, the donuts are the bun) in all of their glory, giant pumpkins, pickles, pig races, and animals roll into town, life is good. I swear the entire vibe of the state transforms this time of year!
My favorite part? Sure the shows, rides, and fried Twinkies are great, but for me, it’s alllll about the giant pickles and caramel covered apples!
I scarfed down my pickles too quickly to snap a picture, but you really can’t beat my fair night dinner, country ham from the Cary Methodist Church, one giant Dill pickle and three sweet pickles, and a M&M covered caramel covered apple…. heaven!
The 13 Nights of Halloween is just another reason this might be the best time of the year. It was time for a DVR cleansing to make room for soaking up all of the Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown (ok, not ABC Family but still) and Coraline!
As far as the actual Holiday itself, I’ll be spending the first half of the evening handing out candy at a friends (the bestest part I only wish I could be one of the Trick-or-Treaters) and then heading out to a SPCA fundraiser as my idol… Elsa from Frozen!
Fourth, Links I loved
I have been dying to make stewed okra and tomatoes for ages now, and for one reason or another have yet to. I asked my okra loving friend who is a fabulous cook to send me her favorite recipe, and ya’ll oh my goodness! I subbed frozen okra and canned tomatoes for the farmer’s market fresh version, and My, Oh, My! was it good to munch on all week!
Finally, The Week In Fitness
Friday: 6 miles easy @8:19, abs
Thursday: am: 5 miles pm: 3 miles
I woke up exhausted and pretty much knew mile repeats were not going to happen. After approximately a quarter mile, I gave up and walked for about 45 minutes and fit in some arm work, and walked and walked and walked at the fair!
Monday: 5 miles easy @ 8:19, abs
Sunday: 12 miles easy pace @ 8:12 average pace
Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:07 average pace
Candy Corn. Yes or No?
Please say no so I can eat all of yours :)
Favorite Halloween special?