Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I sure did!  My work days got switched up this week so I had a 4 day weekend.  Saturday was a bit rainy, so we just hung out all day then watched Jurassic World. I love a lazy day every now and then!  The movie was really great too.  I highly recommend it!  On Sunday, we made a last trip to Cedar Point, the amusement park close to us.  They have “Halloweekends”, which is holiday themed for family fun, and also scary stuff for the big kids.

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It was a bittersweet moment for my daughter, who was technically too big to be trick or treating based on their height guidelines, but luckily they let her participate.

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It didn’t stop her from having a good time… even though the activities were a bit too little for her!  Heck, they were small for Zachary too 🙂

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We took the kids to their first haunted house.  It was WAY too intense for Sydney and she buried her head in my back the whole time.  Not a great idea, because then she really got picked on by the spookers.

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While the kids went on a roller coaster Alan and I got to go to another every scarier haunted house together.  It was fun, just like date night in the old days!

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NOT Alan! They do have some really great scary people working the attractions.

They had a social media game with some really good prizes.  We just had to tweet and put a picture on Instagram and we got some free passes for next year, and a “Fast Lane” pass to the new roller coaster that will open in 2016.

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It was a beautiful Fall day at the park, and we stayed until it closed.  On a school night!  Crazy stuff 😉  But for me, Monday was a day off, so beyond dealing with slightly tired kids in the morning, it didn’t bother me one bit!  I decided I would go for a long run on my day off.  Originally it was going to be 16 miles.  No time goals, but just to get the run done.  I got to visit a new metropark that just opened near our house.  It has a beautiful trail and I saw 10 deer while I was running there!

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I took my family to check out the new trail in the evening. It is so beautiful!

It was also the first time I had to wear full tights this season.  It was chilly!!!

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By the time I got back to my house I had gone 16.5 miles, so I couldn’t stop there – I went for 18 miles.  It was downright painful in my glutes from about mile 11 though, so that was a bummer.  I could barely bend over after the run!  And when I finally stopped, I was *starving* so I made a recovery drink with bananas, milk, peanut butter, and whole lot of chocolate syrup.  Yummmm!  But too cold to hold the frosty mug…

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And to end my afternoon, I took a nap with my kitten in a big warm blanket in my sunroom.  Ahhhhh.  It was quite a lazy afternoon.  My list of chores for the day will just have to wait, because I could barely move off the couch!!  Whew.   What a great day off!


Q: Do you like haunted houses?

I do!  I haven’t been to one in a super long time, so it was a lot of fun doing that again.

Q:  What’s in your favorite recovery drink?

I didn’t even have an iced coffee after my run.  What is wrong with me??

Q:  Is it cold enough to wear tights where you live?


10 thoughts on “Halloween happenings, and another loooong run”
  1. Sounds like a fun afternoon with the fam! I HATE haunted houses. Adam makes me go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal every couple of years and each time I nearly die from fright! It’s a really unpleasant experience for me but he finds it hilariously fun. Hmph! 🙂

    Really sorry to hear about the painful glutes. I hope it went away quickly with some stretching?
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    1. Sadly, the glute pain didn’t go away with stretching. Still a bit stiff this morning too. So frustrating when your mind wants to do one thing, but the body is fighting it! (but you know that all too well also!!) Curious – did the PT recommend squats for your pain?

    1. I had to go back and change into a vest for my run. I do like wearing vests, but I’m always worried that I’ll want to take it off, and then I can’t tie it around my waist. Vests are quite a commitment!

    1. They did beat a pan against a wall which created a big sound that really scared me, but I was really expecting it so it wasn’t too bad. Just don’t let them know you’re scared – they will pester you!!

  2. I love how big Halloween is in America!! Here in Sydney people get dressed up a bit but the trick or treating thing isn’t so big in our culture (lame right?!).
    I def would have been scared in the haunted house! Fun fact: my parents met working as psych nurses in a psychiatric hospital and I went to day care there and now it’s a haunted house! Weird lol.
    I am a leggings runner all year round- they are more comfy for me and they protect me from the sun in summer (my skin burns way too easy!)
    Hope you made up for missing that iced coffee!! 🙂
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    1. I do like the look of leggings and capris to run in, but most of my pairs make me far too hot. I need to run in a minimum amount of clothes most times!
      That is quite a story about your parents, and the haunted house!! Too bad Australia isn’t big on trick or treating. I’m just as excited to get a big bag of candy as the kids are!!

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