Wow! I just had the longest Saturday ever!
But first, let me show you just how romantical Joe and I are:
Haha.. yes. Cheesecake Factory for dinner for this year’s late Valentine’s celebration. We’ll go all out another day when we have more monies and more time to prepare.
I ordered my favorite salad, the Pear and Endive salad (dressing on the side):
I guess you can’t tell, but it’s huge, has lots of chicken, cheese, cooked pears, endive, lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, and candied pecans (with balsamic dressing on the side). I enjoyed it with the complimentary brown bread.
Okay. Now to yesterday’s race…
It started with a nice wake up call at 4:52 a.m. <— yeah, I like to give myself an extra two minutes. The trick to getting up so early is to turn on the light as soon as the alarm goes off. It definitely signals to me that it’s not sleepy time anymore.
I washed up, had some coffee, did my thang, then headed out to Fremont while eating some cereal out of the bag.
I arrived when it was still dark:
That meant that I got to see the sun come up over Quarry Lake!
^Did you know God is a painter? Yeah. He paints the morning sunrise every day. 😉
We manned the bib booth pretty well (except for when our fingers felt numb from the cold and we couldn’t look through the bibs fast enough).
And when I say “we”, I mean this awesome girl named Maria!
It was our second time volunteering and working at the 5K bib booth together! This time, we were both running the half.
I knew that this half was just going to be for fun when a number of things went wrong:
1. About a 15 minute late start. That was understandable. The half started at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K at 8:40, which meant there was a FAT line of people when we were supposed to be taking off.
2. The line for the bathroom was tooooo long. I didn’t get to pee.
3. So three miles in, I had to wait in a little line to use the porta potty which added about 2:30 to my mile time.
4. That gravel is pretty tough to run on!
In those lovely moments when there WAS pavement (the majority was on gravel), it felt so wonderful and I think I hit 8:00 min per mile.
So how did I do?
1:51:01. That’s an 8:25 pace, waaaay slower than the sub-8:00’s that would have been nice.
Oh, well. I was still 4th in my age division (F 25-29). 90th overall.
^Quite possibly the most awkward race photo ever. It’s literally right after I crossed the finish line and was given the medal, hahaha.
Since I didn’t train for this run, I didn’t really freak out about the mile splits or not hitting a time goal. I just knew I had a wonderful workout through it.
I grabbed just a few of these snacks before heading over to Joe’s
We decided to try out a place near his home. It had relatively cheap Mediterranean food… or so we thought:
Sure, it looks like a lot at first, but it’s not that much chicken, it’s only heavy with rice, and the tabouli comes only in that tiny little container.
For 9 bucks, we could go somewhere else and get a lot more bang for the buck.
And no pita bread whaaaaaat.
I took a nice nap. After being awake that long and being tired from the half, it was well-needed. Then I met up with a couple girls and went over to TAMMY’S house for her birthday/ladies’ cocktail night!
So… I actually gave up dessert AND alcohol, so I just got to sit there and watch them make drinks and enjoy them.
Actually, this girl didn’t drink either :)… even if it looks like the picture says otherwise, hahaha.
So much wonderful homemade food to eat!
There were also trick candles. This is after she already blew them out:
^BTW, those are like 4 or 5 different slices of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory! Garsh. I just watched and salivated as people enjoyed them. I’m sure it was only a little creepy.
Tammy, I hope you had a wonderful birthday party! You are such a wonderful host and we all had a great time 😀
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning here in San Jose. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
[Edited to add]: Today is the last day to enter into the KIND GIVEAWAY! I will be picking a winner tomorrow!