I LOVE mint.com (like am obsessed with it). My favorite feature is that it allows you to “roll” budgets…so if you spend over/under one month you can opt to penalize/reward yourself the month. Good incentives. :)
Thanks for the tip! I am totally going to check this out. It looks to be right up my alley!!
Help me pick. Which one should I watch?
Well that clearly didn’t go how I intended.
Run. Walk. Run. Don’t shit your pants. Walk.
Am I a real runner now?
See you on the flip side!
So, I have kind of fallen away from holding to a budget. With so many unknowns in the recent past, I have just been spending and doing the best I can with what I have.
I have been looking ahead a bit…and keeping track. But, as far as sticking to a budget…not really.
So, I am going to try and do the envelope system. This is my rough draft. I will most likely need to do some adjusting in the next couple of months.
+Monthly income - 100%
-Fixed expenses - 71%
-Gas - 4%
-Groceries - 9%
-Clothing - 2%
-Medical bills - 6%
-School supplies - 3%
-Savings/Extra - 5%
If I can get that fixed expense percentage down further in the near future, that would be fantastic.
On paper, this all looks doable. I know I often have some unexpected expenses. And I may need to add in some categories that I am not thinking of right now, but for now…this is a start.
I really need to keep this on the forefront of my mind.
Certainly no backing out now!!
But, seriously. This is my LAST one!! lol ;)
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I saw a video of people going under/over the train too. So definitely good nobody got hurt.
I was trying to figure out the logistics and how people were going over and under it…when I only saw it moving! lol
The train crossed the race path twice. Right before the park and as we were coming out of the park.
Where it stopped me completely, was right before the park. And I had to wait for it to pass by.
And then I proceeded in to the park, etc.
It looks like the train did stop at the other side of the park for a bit…which is when all the runners were going around/through it.
But, by the time I got to the train at the other side of the park, it had started moving again. I thought it was moving slower. Turns out it had just started moving!
And according to the articles, the schedule had been checked…no trains were supposed to be going through that morning. I guess they are still looking in to that though.
Craziness, I tell ya!
We haven’t had a proper coffee date in a bit. So, here I am ;) How do you take your coffee? Can I make you some eggs?
Who plans a race to cross train tracks??
Well, I think that part was unavoidable. But, I am sure someone is geting reamed about the timing. I am not sure if someone didn’t check the schedule or if the train was running late. It was right after the race started….so maybe the train was supposed to have already been gone? Not sure.
I read about that train and wondered if you or Becky had gotten stuck behind it. Glad it was short!
That was definitely the craziest things I have experienced during a race. I should have snapped a picture! lol
But, I am just glad no one was hurt! It wasn’t like there were those arm things that came down or anything. And not sure why the cop didn’t stop the flow of people a little sooner. It all happened so fast though.
I am always down for a nice road trip. And with it including Becky, I was super excited. And this year we were BOTH running the 13.1, so I was happy about that.
Late in the day Friday, I was off.
With me having a longer drive and Becky having to work later, I made it to Columbus only about 15 minutes before her. And we met up at the expo. Got our race packets, parking pass, etc.
And since it was 8:30 or 9, we were both pretty hungry. We had planned on Chipotle, so we stuck with that plan. Since…why not?? Good plans are good.
Becky got carded for water. We were all really confused. Oh!! Credit cards sometimes need proof…got it. And then there was more confusion because I couldn’t hear a darn thing any of the workers were saying. Maybe I am getting old…turn down the music!! lol
But, I got my chicken burrito with pinto beans, brown rice, salsa x2, and lettuce. Delicious.
Since we had an early start the next morning, we laid low Friday night. We got to Becky’s brothers house and settled in for the night. Figured out flat Becky and flat Kari. And decided on logistics.
Saturday, I woke up to my 6am alarm. Got dressed. Scarfed down a banana, a Clif bar, and a bunch of water.
Fun fact: I had never had a Clif bar before. Those things are pretty good!
We left the house around 6:30 and made it downtown with a good amount of time to spare. Parking was a breeze. They had us in a parking ramp a couple blocks from the start.
And can I say thank you, Mill Race, for having bathrooms open in the Commons building. Not having to use a porta potty is just nice :) I don’t even think we had to wait.
I think by the time we got to our corral, we had about 5-10 minutes til the start.
I really kind of love this photo:
Now, I wasn’t sure how I was going to run this race. I felt prepared…enough. But, definitely not “prepared”. So, I could either push and see how it goes. Or just take it relaxed the whole time. I would decide when I started to run.
Once I did start to run, it all just felt right. The weather was perfect. I had on comfortable clothes. The music playing on shuffle was just right.
I was doing some dodging of people; it was a little crowded. But, not ridiculous. I had my music blaring and just was feeling in the “zone”.
And then….flashing lights. Wait, why are there flashing lights? Oh, why is that cop waving his arms and yelling stop?
Oh, shit! A train is coming!
There were a few people in front of me that flew over the tracks and were probably about 3 seconds from getting hit. I “might” have made it over, but then…um…who would I have taken with me and would they have made it?
So, I stopped and started yelling “stop!” as well. The crowd halted and the train went by. The conductor waving his arms and probably obscenities. I had my music blaring, so I couldn’t hear.
I was right in front of the train, I could have reached out and touched it. Definitely a race first for me!
Luckily, it was a short train. And we only had to wait a minute or two. If that.
And we were off again. It didn’t take too long to catch up with the rest of the pack.
And another brief wait/slow down for the train at another intersection.
Some people cut through the park. I um…call that cheating, lol. So, I did not follow ;)
I had my runkeeper on and my head phones in. So, I had my average pace at every mile marker. The first one was under 9. Hmm…well, I usually start off kind of fast. Second one was under 9. Hmm…wouldn’t it be cool if I could do every mile under 9? So, there was the challenge. And each mile….I heard the lady start with the number 8 and I knew I had hit it. Each time.
It did take me awhile to find a rabbit.And then around mile 4 or 5, I found a pair of them! A guy and girl running together. I got about ten feet from them and just couldn’t pass them.
But, around mile 8, I managed to get around them. Push :)
That was also right about the time there was a water stop. A lady on my right got a cup and then poured the water out on the ground. She apologized to the guy in front of her in case she got it on his shoes. And then she proceeded to throw the cup ACROSS me to try and get it in the trash. It was 1/2 an inch from my forehead. New flash: it didn’t make it in the trash can 10 ft away.
So, this run was great for many reasons. But, mainly because I was so mentally ON. I was focused. My legs were bothering me some. And of course I got my 8 mile start of blisters. But, I just kept plowing. There were times I was amazed I was able to keep my pace.
I was definitely lethargic near the end. And the finish line felt so very far away! But, I wasn’t willing to give up those sub 9 splits. And the music…definitely pushed me.
After I crossed the finish line. A guy came up to me and thanked me for keeping him going. He passed me in the end, but I guess before that he kept catching up to me..and then walking the water stops..and then had to catch me again. I have never been someones rabbit beore! At least that I know of :)
I didn’t PR, but I am so stoked that I got my second sub 2 Half!!
I was able to see Becky cross the finish line. I cheered her name. She didn’t hear me :P
Post race selfie….necessary. :)
But, seriously…I am so proud of these legs. They continue to do me well.
We hung out downtown after the race. There was food and beer..and they were giving away a truck later. So, why not?! lol
Our first stop was Yats. Because a 5 month old craving had to be fulfilled!
He he…yes, I took a photo of you, Becky :)
I went with the Upland Wheat Ale. And the Chili Cheese Etouffee with Crawfish. And of course Becky gives me her bread ;)
We also met up with a friend of Becky’s, Rochelle (sp?). And her friend, Zack. Rochelle had ran the Half. And Zack ran the Full. His first.
After we lounged around at Yats for a while, we mosied over to the cutest ice cream parlour. Ok, cute isn’t the right word. But, it was pretty cool in there.
Your own boat of chocolate sauce is always a good thing :)
And then we decided to go to a brewery up the street called Zwanzigz.
I ordered a flight and some cheese sticks. (and offered some to Becky because I am an AMAZING gluten free friend smh)
Those beers were DELICIOUS. I couldn’t even tell you my favorite. I mean…I am partial to the Stout. But, that Brown Ale…yum. And I was surprised I actually really liked the Chocolate beer. The IPA was nice and hoppy. The Honey Wheat was probably my least favorite….it was just “regular” if you know what I mean.
It was getting close to the truck give away, so we walked back to the after party. And no, none of us won the truck. Surprise!
Oh, and I should note that Zack made me feel really old when he had no idea who Alice in Chains was. Ugh, lol
Becky and I parted ways with Zack and Rochelle and made our way back to the car.
We had thought about going to Indy for the night, but in the end decided to just crash at her brother’s again. We finally got some showers and then headed to Kroger for provisions.
I got some (horrible) mac n cheese and a piece of chicken. It was hot. It filled the hunger void.
And we got fixins for Moscow Mules (a sub par version). And some Chocolate Wine.
And we proceeded to talk about all the things. We solved all of life’s problems. And Becky taught me some crazy “Grandma’s rules” while playing Rummy…which actually ended up in my favor :)
Becky: “You look like a gnome! Let me take your picture….” lol
Side note: I like how the clock says 3:00. It was not. I think I passed out at 11pm…I am old. lol ;)
And since I am crazy and for some reason don’t want to sleep in, I woke up at 6am. Still dark out. Wide awake. So, I got my stuff around and got on the road to Michigan. Which worked out because I got to see the sun come up.
And since there weren’t many cars on the road, the trip took me a smidge under 4 hours. Not bad.
Mill Race 2015? Oh yes.
Charly: “Wait. Debt? That doesn’t sound like a very good fortune”
Me: “I agree Charly. I agree”