The Black Keys.
A Half Marathon.
Yup. That’s how we roll here in the lair.
Friday night Dr. Evil and I took Eldest to see The Black Keys live in concert. It.Was. AWESOME. We had stellar seats and the music was beyond words. The opening act Jake Bugg rocked as well. Now we have someone new to find on Spotify! A while back I took Eldest Female Spawn to see Demi Lovato. It was there I learned that when taking a child to a concert, a large part of the concert as a parent…is watching your kid rock out.
This was no different. Other than his rocking out was considerably more understated than her jumping up and down.
Watching him love music moves me. Like I didn’t know it would.
He’s growing up so fast. He’s already more than 4 inches taller than me and now I know when we wrestle if I win – it’s because he’s let me. Eldest is a good kid. He has a good heart and I hope – I HOPE – and pray that he stays his path. I really enjoy hanging out with him and I know we’re not going to be friends until he’s in his 30’s because I’m his mom but I hope we can keep the relationship we have for a long time to come.
Before the concert we took Eldest to try sushi in Minneapolis. He tried everything we put in front of him and even liked most of it. And we went ‘real’ sushi on him – raw and everything. Which made me nervous because….I was running a half marathon the next morning and one of my mantras is “nothing new the day before.” Oh well. It was amazingly good and I didn’t care.
The Half Marathon. The Monster Dash. Well…I finished. In my second worst time ever for a half but I finished it. The first 10 miles rocked. I really loved the first 8 miles. The next two were okay. I was on pace for a PR. Then mile 10 hit and you watch most everyone cross into the 10 mile finish lane except us crazy people who decided, “Well, I may as well sign up for the half – I mean it’s only a 5k further run than the 10 mile, right?” It’s a great concept when signing up. It’s a long 3 miles when you’re running it while watching others be done. My half completely self destructed at mile 11 and I must have slowed down tremendously and I know I walked up most of the hills at the end. And I walked on some of the flats. I even walked a bit of the downhill I think. I was just done.
I did entertain myself watching people…and…as always…talking to people. I met this awesome lady at mile 3.5 from a near by town. So crazy!!! Running in St. Paul and there’s 18000 people and I meet someone from New Richmond. And before the race even started I ran into someone I know from here!!! How crazy is that. At mile 8 I ran with another gal who was super friendly and chatty. I learned more about her in a mile than I would have any other time. At mile 11 I tried to chat with a gal but my brain was fried and I think I may have scared her a little. I was trying to encourage her to keep going as she was running her first half and her feet were hurting. I finally figured out she was waiting for me to get away from her! Ooops. Oh well.
I finished. And then…you can’t make this shit up.
My phone died at mile 11. No more music. That’s okay. The route was along the river and with the fall colors it was gorgeous. But…I took a picture of where I parked. I paid attention too. But the morning was screwy with some last minute changes and I came into downtown from Minneapolis and found parking. I always come in from the East – except for that morning….so to ensure I didn’t lose my car I took a picture of the area and the signs.
When I finished the race I realized my phone was dead. I remembered seeing the Xcel center across the street from where I parked so I started walking around the huge convention center. I was laughing. Then almost crying. Then shaking mad. I finally walked up to a lady who I could tell had run and asked, “May I please call my husband? I can’t find my car and I’m hoping my pictures when to photostream and he can tell me it is!!!” She graciously let me use her phone. Dr. Evil didn’t recognize the number SO HE DIDN’T ANSWER.
Her ride picked her up and they EVEN OFFERED TO DRIVE ME AROUND!!! That’s why I love the midwest. I didn’t get in because honestly, I smelled terribly and didn’t want to waste their time. I figured I’d find it eventually.
2 miles later – AFTER RUNNING A 13.1 MILES – I found the car. I know it was probably good to walk a bit after running before driving home 45 minutes…but TWO FREAKING MILES?!?!?!?!? And it was about a mile to the start of the race from where I parked so I would say I got my miles in for the day.
I got home and crashed for a bit and then enjoyed my family.
The moral of the weekend?
ENJOY IT! LOVE IT! EMBRACE IT!
What did you do this weekend? Are you looking forward to Halloween? Love to hear from you all!!!!!