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Fun weekend + St. Peter Fun Run Recap

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What a fun and busy weekend!

On Friday, J and I went to my dear friend and marathon buddy’s wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful wedding and my friend looked gorgeous!

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Plus, it was like a mini reunion with some of my former co-workers.

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Early Saturday morning (which, let me tell you, felt great the morning after a late and wine-filled night), Andrea, Mandy and I drove down to St Peter to meet up with Jen to run the St. Peter Fun Run!

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St. Peter is a small-ish city just outside of Mankato, Minnesota. This was the 11th year they’ve held this Halloween Fun Run and it’s a pretty course with some hills and a surprisingly good amount of crowd support! I took it super easy and just enjoyed the lovely weather and all of the fun costumes. After the race, we grabbed some snacks and checked out the little festival that was set up. They really went all out! For all of you Parks and Rec fans, I seriously felt like I was at the Harvest Festival!

On our way back to the Cities, we made a quick pit stop here:

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I left with a nice little haul.

The rest of the weekend was busy busy. We went out for yummy drinks for Andrea’s birthday. I was having so much fun, I forgot to take photos! But my drink was delicious. I had “The Greek God:” Skinos Masitha Spirits, House-made Sour, Muddled Cucumber & Seltzer Water. So refreshing. I also ordered the lefse nachos which consisted of smoked salmon, cucumbers, finely sliced radish, pistachio guacamole & crème fraiche. Awesome.

Sunday morning, I met up with Andrea again and we took Cole for a 2.5 mile walk. The weather was too amazing not to get out and enjoy it.

For the rest of the weekend, my time was consumed by working on this “little” project we have going on:

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We bought our house five years ago and have been renovating each room ever since. This is by far the biggest project yet. It’s not like I’ve been cooking a ton lately anyways, but now that my kitchen is in my living room and we don’t have access to a stove/oven, it doesn’t look like I’ll be starting anytime soon!

On the running front, I’m looking forward to what is most likely my last race of 2014 (but who knows) — a turkey trot the weekend before Thanksgiving. And I believe I almost have my next big race locked down. I’m SUPER excited about it and hope to announce it very soon!

What kind of home improvement projects have you done?

Have you ever dressed up for a race?

What food should I make while I’m without an oven/stove?

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9 thoughts on “Fun weekend + St. Peter Fun Run Recap

  1. I wish I had done the fun run while I was still in school, sadly it wasn’t on my radar at the time.

  2. Sounds like a jam-packed weekend!

    You should make meals in your slow-cooker…. you’ve got one, right?

    • I do! Any favorite/easy recipes you’d recommend?

      • Definitely! Nom Nom Paleo slow cooked Kahlua Pig: all you need is 2 lbs pork shoulder, sea salt, 5 garlic cloves and 1-2 pieces of bacon. Cut slits randomly into the pork and stuff with the garlic. Season with salt. Lay the bacon on the bottom of your slow cooker and place the pork shoulder on top, fat side facing up. Cook on low for 8 hours, then pull apart and shred. We eat it with everything! Eggs, omelettes, salads, Mexican meals, anything!

        Against All Grain makes a delicious slow cooked Beef Red Curry, you’d have to google that recipe though.

      • Thank you so much!

  3. Kitchen remodel – fun! I loved when we redid ours because then it was exactly what I wanted. I can’t remember what we ate when we didn’t have the appliances hooked up though. Good luck with the project!

    • Thanks, Paulette! That’s great that it turned out so well. I can’t WAIT for it to be finished 🙂 Then I can buy all of the appliances I’ve been putting off buying until we had more space!

  4. Maybe you can get a camping stove 😉 it’s real quick to boil water!

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