A Mile A Day In May

Previously.

While starting my “training” for the Mini 5K this year on May 3rd, I thought of an idea to get my ass running on a regular basis again. “A Mile A Day In May” was born. I have no excuse to not carve off 10 minutes a day for a minimum one mile run. Since I started this idea late, I made sure to have catch-up runs for May 1st & 2nd, which included a run over to packet pick up in some rain. Little did I know that was an omen for race day. What better way to shake off the crappy weather than with a mascot photo!

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Slim pickins’ in the goodie bag since this race went to a virtual goodie bag. This was a fun surprise, a student who has benefited from the 500 Festival education programs wrote us a note!

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Instead of our usual lasagna dinner, we met up with my cousin and 2nd cousin who would be running the race with Team Triumph!

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If you haven’t heard of this group, please visit their website. TEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Their mission is “To enhance the health and well being of individuals with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.” My cousin’s daughter has an amazing story and gets to ride in this chair at events.

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I have thought about racing with someone like this for awhile because I do so many races by myself. Now, I’ll commit to racing for Team Triumph in 2017. Mom and I added CS to our 5K team this year!

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He’s in shorts and a jacket. I’m in pants, a winter coat and stocking cap. 45 degrees is not my friend. The weather didn’t keep the crowd away but I heard a lot of runners bailed on the Mini because of the conditions.

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The weather couldn’t keep T-Rex away! I needed a picture with this guy!

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Mom was not happy with the drizzling rain. Nobody puts Mama in a hood.

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It was chilly but 5K bag people? Must of been their 1st rodeo.

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During the last mile Mama had her fill. She was ready to bail. Don’t JUMP!!

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But she gets some pep in her step at the finish line!

I think we’ve seen the last of the Mom/Daughter Mini days. We’ll find some warmer races to compete in. Got to see my longtime friend @erikprops finish the wheelchair race! Sorry I can’t show a closer view… Flickr needs to figure out their photo editor choices.

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As I’m trying to figure out time splits for my cousins, Chad goes “There they are!” Fugh! Barely could get my phone out in time but I did get to capture J running the last bit of the race!

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As we walk back to our tent, we spy a massage area. Yes please!

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So, back to A Mile A Day In May… I only missed last Thursday because of the work schedule and events, but I made up for it the day before. My legs are tired, but will stay strong!

My Dreams Come To Life On Stage

Previously.

I’ve started dreaming again. Oh how fun it is! I can never really describe how amazing my dreams are. Until I saw the ISO Yuletide Celebration. Holy shit. This is how I dream come to life.

I have to credit my Mom with this event. She’s been in the past and said get tickets. Sure. Any time I can spend with my parents, I don’t ask questions. I made a large assumption that I was just going to see the symphony for 2 hours play Christmas music. Piep loves to sing, so I figured it’d be a good day for all. Until the night before, I get an email from the ISO that there will be a live reindeer out front before the show. Animals?! Yes please!

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So I’m thinking that was fun, never touched a reindeer before. As I walk into the lobby. Ummmm Yuletide mascot? Not sure, but I need a picture.

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I’m feeling great! Animals, mascots, let’s go hear the symphony. Then I walk into the theatre concourse, and WOAH. I see a sea of holiday mascots. I could hardly contain myself. “Pieper, take my phone! Let’s go!” She’s such a trooper. Reindeer!

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Penguin!

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Tree?

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Mouse!

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Come on! Gingerbread man?!

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I thought we were done until Mom and I found Olaf! And a kid who’s face says “Why is this adult taking a selfie?”

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Best part, my teammates get in on the action without prompting from me. Fun-lovers!

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Fwd: Pic

If you have never been to the ISO Yuletide, please please go. I never in my wildest dreams thought anyone out there had combined my love for theater, mascots, animation, fun, family, hope, goodness, music and sheer happiness into a show. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. And you get treated to Josh Kaufman as the emcee. Yes, the voice winner!

Delayed Date Night

With other Thursday night events on the calendar, I had to delay June’s date night until September. But where was I taking CS with his putter?

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We checked in at the front desk and since we brought our own putters, we couldn’t walk thru museum gallery. We had to take the back stairs to get to our event… Mini golf at the IMA! 18 different Indiana themed art installations turned into a massive putt-putt course.

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First hole was a tribute to the Great Squirrel Invasion. You could turn the squirrels or use them to ricochet your ball towards the hole.

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Rainbow cat

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Cardinal

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It happened to be Pacer’s Movie night, so we took a quick break to get a pic with Boomer.

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Back to golf! This one was a maze of chimes that if you played them, it played “Back Home Again in Indiana”. Really annoying when the kids would just bang on them.

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A nod to the State’s covered bridges.

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My hole in 1!

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Two 6’s killed me.

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Good times for a cheap price! Head over before it closes in October.

Race Season Begins

Big 10 games were in town. I won’t complain about free tickets. I will complain about watching Rutgers v. Nebraska. Boring.

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Probably the most exciting part was the halftime Big 10 baby race with each school represented. This had to violate some NCAA rule.

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Best part, I love you Robbie Hummel!

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As the weekend approached, it was time to put in some work. Previously.

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I did a toughness pose-off with Sparty. I think he won. Coolest thing was as we were walking to the start line, Coach Izzo was walking by the Circle. I’ve seen him before. He’s quite noticeable. I elbowed CS and said “That’s Izzo.” As we passed by I said, “Hi Coach!”. He responded, “Boiler Up!” Awesome.

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Least favorite part of the race. Totally kills the momentum.

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I decided I needed a selfie. I’m a dork.

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A look back.

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Usually I recruit double digit participants to represent. My numbers are dwindling. My loyal 2016 crew.

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Even the warm temps couldn’t keep WFD away. Got to use my flax seed mittens when I got home. I’m an old ass lady.

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But only 6 seconds/minute slower than 2 years ago. Take it. Bonus note: 1st in my age group!!! So, let’s do it again the following week at my fav location. Previously. Hello Holliday!

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Getting back into the running swagger, I was excited to race. This place just energizes me. It showed in my finish. 30 seconds/minute faster than last year. 2nd fastest pace ever for me there. Again, I’ll take it.

Must Find Them

Hick-daddy knows my love of mascots. Sends me this picture today.

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Holy shit! Where are they? Are they still there? As I look at the text, I was 25 minutes late in responding. Crap. I was just heading out for lunch anyway, so I turned on my minion radar and used my Sherlock Holmes skills to figure out where the picture was taken. I knew that corner of downtown Indy. They MUST be headed to Monument Circle. I high tailed it that way and BOOM!

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New Goal

Previously.

As I age in years, my goals for Corp Challenge are changing. Thank Karma, cycling was cancelled. This year, it was to minimize the field events. B-ball only. I still don’t want to do the 5k and 1/2 mile, so hopefully I can change that next year and have my new goal be solely, mascot sightings!

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Axel the Racer

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And me post 5k with, Safety guy. Huh? Yeah, you look official so it counts.

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Indy Eleven

What better way to ring in a crisp fall-ish evening then with an Indy Eleven futbol game.

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Little did I know, I’d be adding to my mascot album! Meet Zeke.

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I literally had to flag him down to get his attention. Then when he saw my gorgeous photographer, he wanted his picture with her!

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Even gave her the hand-heart symbol as he left. At one point during the game, the team tossed mini soccer balls into the crowd. If you get one, you win 11 gallons of gas. As my friends in front of me were blissfully unaware a ball was coming right our way, I get their attention. A few bobbles later, I caught the ball!

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Immediately, PS says “Can I have it?!?!” When we went to turn it in, they said you either get the gas gift card OR the ball. Hmmmm. Screw your $28 in gas. We want the ball!

Return to KC

If I had to go to KC, it needed to include 2 things. Shopping.

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And Royals!

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CS was excited because it was KU night at the field. I got more excited because there were extra mascots!!

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I’m always stumped on what to eat at these places. Plain Jane over here doesn’t have a good menu at ball parks. CS, he’s fine. Let’s eat this magnificent… umm. What is that?

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I had heartburn just sitting next to the thing! Gross. Let’s get this party started!

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The Royals take the field!

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So the game was originally in the afternoon, then thanks to TV, it became the evening game. Urg. Long drive home listening to the end of the game. We had to leave in the 7th evening. Jobs, babies, etc. Life gets in the way. Yet Royals pulled a winner, so totally worth it!

Mini Mini

Previously. With my epic banana fail last year, I employed a Kate Spade cross body to secure all of our necessities. Let’s race/walk/finish!

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This was going to be a questionable day for us. Mama’s been dealing with some Plantar Fasciitis issue the past few months. The doctor cleared her with some heel supports. Said, “Do what you can and take the bus back if you need to.” Urg. No bus. We agreed to see how the day played out.

Even with the 2nd year of wave starts, the crowd is always inspiring to see how many people get involved in this race.

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As usual, the street shows provide some great entertainment.

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After mile 2, they had a special marker for the 500th mile of the history of the Mini Marathon. Mama “thought” it was the finish line. Nope, keep going.

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I love seeing the type of people that compete here. So selfless and thoughtful. This guy was leading a vision impaired gentleman. Mom and I look like this several times at these races!

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Around mile 4, another banner. Not yet Mom. Keep going!

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As we rounded our way towards the track, I asked “How you doing Mom?” Mom, “Well, my heel knows we are doing something.” We started brainstorming our options. Quit, keep going, split up, break, and Herbie’s choice, cut the track. After a few rounds of “What do you want to do?” “What do you want to do?” Decision was, cut the track. It’s a hard hot surface. It was not worth costing the race to do something we’ve done enough times. This was her 8th! Seriously amazing.

Also meant I had time for a pic with a cow!

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So with heavy hearts, we by-passed the gates and walked around the semi to join back up with the masses ready to complete this course.

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We ended up over 10 miles so a solid day for us! Next year, hello 5K! New experience for both of us to share together. Mom’s getting some cortisone shots this week. Mike drop Mini. We out.

Can I Help You Find Your Bib Number?

Previously.

With CS’s help, I got in early for the Mini volunteering this year. I scored a packet pick up spot! During our instructions, the leader asked for 4 people who would serve as greeters to the packet pick up area and help people as needed. Hell ya! I raised my hand first. Sounded like so much more fun than pulling bibs out of a box. CS was stationed in the Ask Me booth and got an action shot.

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After awhile, a news crew shows up and plops down right where we are. They were prepping for a live spot from Anne Marie Tiernon.

As they comb the area for the perfect shot, she spies my mini bag. Asks me what’s in it and if she can borrow a few pieces. Couldn’t think of any reason to say no. She wanted the hat, shirt and the bib.

Yes, the bib with my name on it! Immediately called AM to get a live shot! Am I famous yet?! My welcoming crew with the TV star.

Boomer sighting! Can’t turn that down even if it’s a repeat.