Weekly Wrap Up & Happenings

running + playing | Weekend Happenings

What a weekend! I know that we do not have a lot of plans to head back to KC this summer, but I am sure that it will happen often. On the flip-side, I look forward to some “stay home and relax” sort of weekends. Driving 2 hours there and back really takes it out of me…by Sunday evening, I have absolutely no energy and go to bed super early (yes, earlier than the usual “early”).



I didn’t start Friday as I would have liked…obvi, with a nice, cool morning run. Oh well, I take what I can get most days. The little man decided that he wanted to be up quite early, so I was on daycare duty. I then scurried to work for the next 8-9 hours. I intended on getting off work around 3 pm so I could beat some of the rush hour traffic going into KC for the weekend, but I didn’t get out until almost 4 pm. We were on the road closer to 5 pm…no good.

I met up with my MIL to trade off little man duties for the evening so that I could head to Crown Center for the Hospital Hill Expo.

Once at the Expo, I was able to get my bib and swag – and then spotted my co-pacer, Erin, walking though the Expo. We walked and chatted about the race on Saturday. Once back at the pacer table, we talked a bit longer before she headed out for the night and I stayed to assist at the table for a couple hours. As I was leaving the Expo, I noticed that the final walkersย of the 5K wwere coming through.ย Derek Mitchell and a few RWB members were finishing up their 5K Hospital Hill experience. I stopped to take a couple snaps. He is such an inspiring individual and it is great to see him at many of the local races!

On my way out of town, I decided to drive part of the running route for Saturday morning. In the past couple years, I have only completed the 5K and 10K distances, so I am not familiar with the additional 6.2 miles beyond the 10K/half splitting point. AFter driving around for a bit, I decided to head home for the night. With the construction and stop-and-go (but mostly stop) traffic on I-35, I decided to take the slower, scenic route home. I decided to stop by Jimmy John’s for a sandwich ๐Ÿ™‚

Once I got back to the house, I realized that I still had not got in my 1-mile for the day…so off I went, walking in the dark. I had my phone light on, but it was still the darkest walk I have been on for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

After my walk, I quickly put together my #flatlindsey for the morning. This way, I knew exactly what I was wearing and I could get out the door that much faster!


The morning came quickly and I was ready to get out the door! I was planning on meeting up with the other pacers before the race so we could all just mingle and chat. My pre-run breakfast was the same as always : toast + banana + PB + coffee


Around 6:30 am, we headed to the start line! I met a few new runners that were planning on running with us and a familiar face from Bill Snyder a few weeks prior ๐Ÿ™‚ There were A LOT of runners out and that is always good to see! I will have a Recap on the blog this week ๐Ÿ™‚

After the race, I just relaxed in the courtyard of Crown Center. I met a couple of gals chatting about the race, and one was even someone that I knew in high school! Small world… I eventually made my way to the “food tent” area, but there were no pancakes as I expected. There were several boxes of bagels and a table of a bunch of different cream cheeses…well, that wasn’t what I was craving. I wish that Chris’ Cakes was still there, but whatever. I decided to take several bagels with me and snack on one on the way to my car. I also sipped on beer from the local brewery that was at the event (at least they didn’t run out of beer!!). It turned out to be a beautiful day!

As promised in my Ultimate Coffee Date post on Saturday, I stopped for Starbucks on my way home ๐Ÿ™‚ I am not sure what I was thinking about getting hot coffee when it was well into the 80s, but it was still “refreshing”!


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Once showered and fresh, I laid down on the couch to just…relax…while the little man took a nap. I then became a pillow for one of the family cats, Frankie. We “cat-napped” for a little bit…until I heard “potty…potty…potty” being whimpered from the other room. Since little man is not napping in diapers, I got up to take him to the bathroom.

Post bathroom break, he started looking for Nana…well, Nana ran out to get an errand completed while he was out and thought that she could make it back before he got up…nope. I had a sad, whimpering little boy calling for his Nana for like 5-10 minutes…maybe it wasn’t that long, but I could not console him…so I recorded him ๐Ÿ™‚

Poor kid… But watching the video made him happy… And then he was over it ๐Ÿ™‚

So, we had a snack and put our feet up…monkey see, monkey do these days. So he pulled up Papa’s foot rest and put his feet on the table… Sorry Nana.

Nana mentioned that there was a garden at school that was in need of some vegetable thinning…so we went on out to see what we would like to have. There was a lot of butter lettuce, bok choy, assorted leaf lettuce, spinach, kale, and several other leafy greens. There will soon be carrots, peppers, tomatoes, squash, and herbs ๐Ÿ™‚ Little man is still small enough that he could walk through the cages…I am not. I banged my head on the cages where they were not lined up well…ouch!

After our little gardening adventure, we met up with my BFF Steph and her little gal at Black Hoof Park. There were 3 playgrounds in the area and this was the perfect time of day to play!

Dinner was in the crock pot most of the day and we were truly spoiled ๐Ÿ™‚ While picky eater was a little less impressed overall, he would have rather eat all the food off Papa’s plate than his own…

After dinner, a bubble bath was in order, and then some relaxing before bedtime. Since little man is now too long for the pack-and-play (he has been too “big” for it for a while now), we decided to make a little bed on the floor for him. He took to it well, as long as someone was there until he was asleep… Nana sat with him during part of his naptime, and I laid with him for bedtime ๐Ÿ™‚


Little man and I started the day with some breakfast, play time, and a walk around the neighborhood.

Time passed a little quicker than I expected and we missed church. We decided to meet up with my parents for lunch in Gardner, and my sister and her little family came as well. It is not often that Syd gets to see little man, so it was fun to see how they interacted.

IMG_1322Once lunch was over, we hit the road. My thought was that if little man could stay awake to Baldwin City, we would either see a family friend or go see Thomas the Train. Well…he didn’t even last to Edgerton…so we went on our way back to Manhattan. He even slept until we were close to home…not a record, but a nice long nap ๐Ÿ™‚

Once home, we played with Murtley in the yard while the hubs brewed his first batch of beer in his new brewing system. Out with the old, and in with the new!

We spent much of the evening relaxing, watching movies, playing with cars, and went to bed without a fuss ๐Ÿ™‚

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How was your weekend? Have any exciting adventures?

Check out some awesome #linkups this week!

There is the great Weekly Wrap #linkup with Holly and Tricia! Also,ย check out a couple other weekendย updates withย Meghan,ย Katie, the Tumbleweed Contessa!

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4 thoughts on “running + playing | Weekend Happenings

  1. It sounds like a great weekend in KC. That looks like a really big crowd at the race too. Congrats on another great pacing job. I love Starbucks after a race. Try your favorite latte iced next time. Little Man must reall love his Nana and Papa! Thanks for linking with us Lindsey.


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