So You Think You Can Run

Good Morning and Happy Monday! I had a wonderful weekend and I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did! I woke up early Saturday morning to head up to the 5K, spent Saturday afternoon cooking and getting some projects started, and then today was a mix of some projects and getting into the kitchen to cook some delicious food. All in all, not only was it fun and relaxing, but I was so productive - and that's always an amazing feeling!

One of the best parts of the weekend, however, was definitely running the 5K on Saturday morning. The race was scheduled to start at 11, and registration pick-up started at 9, so I figured I should be there early and got there at about 9:15. Arriving over an hour and a half prior to the start of the race was maybe overdoing it a little bit though and I definitely spent awhile just sitting around. By the time it started though (around 11:15 am) I was ready to go and took off with the group of runners! I mentioned on Friday that my goal was to run the whole time and while I did walk once or twice, the course was not flat (as advertised) and I definitely wasted a lot of initial energy on the uphill first mile. When all was said and done though, I came in at 31 minutes and 56 seconds - putting me at an average of a 9 minute and 14 second mile - and I am ecstatic about it! I am so glad that I challenged myself to run this race and I'm looking forward to races in the future. I may even sign up for a 6K on February 11th, but I think I'm going to hold off on that decision for  a little bit. For now, I'm simply going to appreciate the great race that was yesterday morning.

But, my weekend didn't end there, I also worked on a painting that I've been thinking about for awhile - a "you&me" painting:

I started with a small, 8x8 canvas, some acrylic paints, and a roller brush.

I wanted a light gray color to cover the canvas so that it wasn't a stark white against our walls and all I did to get this shade was pour some of the white paint out, add a drop of the black paint, and mix it together. I liked the first color I got, but I could have added more white or black to adjust the shade.

Usually, I would have probably used a larger brush, but I had this foam roller hanging around and it was on its last leg of life anyway. I figured it would be the easiest way to paint the full canvas and it gave me an even application.

After painting it gray, I let the canvas dry for a couple of hours.

After it was dry, I used a smaller brush to paint "You & Me" onto the canvas. I used dark green for my writing shade. I wrote it freehand and then went back over the letters to get the look I wanted.

When I was done, I let it dry and then put it in its place on our living room bookshelves. I love this painting - the way it came out and the concept behind it.

It was such a great weekend and I cannot wait to show you so many of the other things I spent the weekend working on! Have a wonderful Monday and I will see you back here tomorrow!



  1. Great 5k time! If you walked here and there you must have been truckin' it the rest of the time! Great job on the painting too, I love the color combo.


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