Wow! What a weekend! I knew the weekend was going to be a good one when we were graced with cooler temperatures on Friday. 70s all weekend long - Fall is here and I (along with everyone else I see on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) is excited about it.
Friday was an exciting day because our new living room furniture was delivered! Russ and I have been toying around with the idea of using the big room we have in our basement as our TV room - making the upstairs room TV-less. We purchased a couch last year that we both absolutely love, but it's a very deep couch. I love this about it (it was one of the selling features for us), but I can understand how it would be difficult for others to be comfortable on it when they are just wanting to sit and not lounge on it. So we have been hunting for something more universally-comfortable while still having some style. I think we found it...
Sorry for the phone-quality pictures - we are happy with how the furniture looks in the room (with paint color and the light we have) but now we're on the hunt for some new end tables and pillows to soften up the couches a bit. I really love the furniture but now I'm ready to move our TV downstairs so I can be lazy on my lounge couch and watch tv :)
Saturday was an amazing, exciting, challenging and exhausting day! If you didn't see on Instagram, Russ and I ran the Roots n Blues n BBQ 10K bright and early in the morning (race started at 7:30AM).
(Photos above taken after we got something to drink and some food)
I know for some people running a 10K would be easy. For me, it was definitely a challenge I put upon myself. A year ago, I would put up a fit to run a mile. Yes, 1 mile was hard for me. I finally decided I wanted to get serious and really start focusing on feeling better within my own skin so I started (seriously) going to the gym. My best friend Sarah has always been a motivation to me when it comes to running and just living a healthy lifestyle in general. She's run many marathons and has always supported me when I would get weird surges of excitement and say that I was thinking of running a race. Well, in the Spring I decided enough was enough and I signed up for the 10K and was able to get Russ to join me. Since then, I've been working on building my running endurance and I think I can honestly say that I've never felt better. Sure, I get those days where I feel gross or if I go several days without working out I feel awful, but when I'm in my routine I feel good!
This Saturday was a huge turning point for me. I realized I CAN do it. I CAN run. I did it! I ran 6.1 miles in 1 hour and 7 minutes. While some people would laugh at that time, it's something I'm proud of - and as Sarah told me on Saturday - "you are only competing against yourself and you can always get better" and she's right! Never in my life did I think I would set out to do this, train, and complete this challenge. I proved to myself that I'm stronger than I tend to give myself credit for. While I didn't experience the "runner's high", I did experience what it feels like to be strong and proud of the effort I gave. I've been toying around with the idea of signing up for a half. Having something to train for makes going to the gym more enjoyable and keeps me motivated. 6.1 is definitely different from 13.1, I know, but I think it's something I'm going to try!
After we went home, took a short power nap and cleaned up we went to the actual concert and festival portion of the Roots n Blues n BBQ at Stevens Lake Park. The weather was beautiful, people watching was at its finest and we were surrounded by great music and food - we couldn't ask for more!
big square - There were people carrying around and dancing with this giant squid during the Black Crows - I loved it.
top right - we got a little bored at one point and started acting like 5 year olds and played with our food.
middle right - so.much.kettle.corn.
bottom left - a new food truck (Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co.) has arrived in Columbia and I was so excited when I saw they were coming to the festival so I had to try them out! The verdict: It's amazing, delicious and so, so, SO good. I can't wait to chase them down and have more!
bottom middle - enjoying my biscuit sandwich
bottom right - my sandwich: bacon, fried green tomato, arugula and pimento cheese on a fresh homemade biscuit - it's heaven, y'all!
Sunday I went to my Mom's house and we celebrated my Grandma's birthday. It was such a nice day we ate outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather and celebrated the Birthday Girl, of course!
Blowing out her candle (the others were blown out for her by the wind!) on the german chocolate cake I made for the celebration!