Wild Weekend: Football, Classes and Marathon (Parking) Madness!

Let me first state that no, I did absolutely not run the Marine Corps Marathon this morning. But living along the path of the course has made today a bit … challenging. But I’ve learned throughout the years that there will be a few days a year that my neighborhood becomes a traffic nightmare to accommodate a race.

The highlight of my weekend, naturally, was something I’ve been looking forward to since … well, two years ago, to be totally honest. My Clemson Tigers made their FINAL trip up to the University of Maryland before they leave the ACC at the end of the school year, and I talked my girl Helen into joining in on the fun with me.

We got to hang out with the Tiger.


And I made a new friend.


Our seats weren’t great, but I figured it made more sense to get tickets through Clemson and participate in the whole alumni tailgate experience. It was so much fun – and so cool to see all the orange and prove to Helen that there are plenty of other Clemson crazies such as myself out there – and age is not a factor. There were people who could be my grandparents screaming “Go Tigers” … not to mention this SUPER CUTE little kid who was one pumped little super-fan – during his cheering, Helen looked at me and said would be my kid someday (of course I agreed). Unfortunately, near the end of the game it was so cold we couldn’t feel our hands, feet, or faces … and that’s when the game got interesting. Seriously … we left with less than 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, and we missed FOUR touchdowns! My Tigers came out victors in the end, so all is still well.


I started both my mornings with classes, as well, this weekend, which is always a good time. I had just enough time yesterday morning to get home and get cleaned up and oranged-out after my Pilates class at Sport&Health, and then this morning, I purposely tried to plan ahead, knowing the marathon route was going to make the morning difficult – and I still ended up running into some issues. But I guess that’s why I left about 30 minutes earlier than usual … because it took me 15 minutes, three marines, a police officer, and a traffic officer to figure out how on earth I was going to get to the gym. Hey, marathon organizers … maybe when you say streets will be closed at 8:30, you don’t have them already blocked at 8:15? Just a thought. Perhaps Piloxing fuel this morning?

Anyway, it was a fun weekend – it definitely is starting to feel like fall (I’d like to know how we skipped from 80 degrees to 50, though, thanks).  Congrats to all those who ran the Marine Corps Marathon this morning! I saw quite the crowd running past my building when I got home from the gym this morning. I’ll have to get the recap on the race from my customer/direct manager tomorrow morning at work – this was marathon #3 for him. I, however, don’t really see the need to spend that much time running. The older I get, the more things start to ache, and I don’t even want to know what would bother me if I decided to run three or more times my normal run.

Have a great week!

Life’s Been Crazy … Here’s What I’ve Been Up To!

It’s been a crazy busy last week, so I apologize for the lack of posts with substance as of late! Here’s a little run-down of the insanity that has been my life during this last week(ish) of May:

Golf Lessons.
My dad has been trying to turn me into a golfer for several years now, and after he dragged me to the driving range during a trip to Florida last month (and sent me a check with a note to “go take golf lessons”), I figured I guess it was time. Last Friday, I spent an hour with a pro, who assured me that, as a naturally athletic person, I would pick it up pretty quickly (muscle memory and all).There was definitely a huge difference from the beginning of the lesson until the end – just like anything else, the form is really the biggest factor. So, yeah, dad may have been right. Golf’s not so bad. My second lesson is this Friday. Though I still don’t anticipate rivaling Tiger Woods any time soon.

Virginia Beach.
A certain someone and I decided to spend a couple days in Virginia Beach over the long weekend, and it was WONDERFUL. The weather was perfect – sunny and warm, but not too hot. We took a few nice strolls along the boardwalk, spent several hours lounging by the pool on Sunday (I tanned, he … may still be hurting), and ate some awesome seafood. It was a relatively quick trip – in Saturday evening, out around noon Monday – but based on our crazy schedules as of late, it was nice to just escape, relax and actually have some time together for the first time in a couple weeks. And really … it may not be the nicest beach I’ve ever been to, but there is something about a beach that just takes those shoulders down an inch or two the moment you can smell the salt in the air.

Golf Tournament.
It’s TODAY! This is one of the most fun days for my full-time job. We’re headed to the golf course for the 7th annual Chenega Invitational, benefitting Azalea Charities’ Aid for Wounded Warriors. It’s a great cause, the weather is supposed to be gorgeous (albeit very hot, at a predicted 93 degrees … yikes), and our golfers always have a great time. This will be the fourth tournament I’ve been a part of (I’m assigned to working the putting contest), and we’re anticipating another great tournament! (This also means no Spinning playlist tonight, as I’ll likely still be at the course about the time my class is supposed to get rolling … but I have great faith that my sub, Sarah, will take care of y’all).

Pool’s Open.
This one technically isn’t something I’ve been able to take advantage of just yet, but I’m looking forward to it this weekend! If there is one vice I’ll cop to, it’s spending probably a little too much time in the sun. But it’s also one of the few places I actually let myself relax, so I’m giving myself a pass (and hey, as I’ve gotten older, I have finally started being consistent with my sunscreen usage).