Everyone should love coming to my blog, because sometimes you get nothing but text, and sometimes you get overloaded with way too many pictures of my friends and I. Today is one of those days.
I feel I've been remiss in my discussion of running groups. I've done nothing but praise mine and encourage people to join, but I haven't warned you of the dangers.
Peer pressure. To sign up for more races, and longer and more difficult endurance events. To be fair, I'm the one who does the majority of the peer pressuring, but I need to warn you, because you could encounter someone like me in one of these groups.
Here's my next challenge:
My body might even benefit from a temporary break up with distance running and appreciate the switch to some other activities?
|Us in 2008 - so young!|
Every year that we've been married, we've competed in an annual Flipcup event that the Baltimore Sports and Social Club puts on. If for some reason you don't know what Flipcup is, well, you have been missing out. It's a game where you put a little beer in a plastic cup (a shockingly tiny amount for me, like, so little that other people try to fill you up because they can't even see it), and stand in a line on one side of a table, with the opponents doing the same on the other side. When it's your turn, you drink the beer, and set the cup on the end of the table, and use your fingers to flip it over, so it's face down on the table. Harder than it seems. The first team with all their cups flipped is the winner of that round.
It's called an event because there is no winners or losers, or even anyone keeping score. For a competition weiny like me, that's heaven.
I love photographic trips down memory lane. Let's look at Flipcup through the years.
|2008 - our first Christmas as husband and wife|
|2009 - different shirt, different year, same facial expression|
|Look at that beard and glasses! He looks so different now!|
|2010 - Team Santa|
|2011 - Team Santa again, before playing|
|2011 - after playing|
For every picture I've posted of Eric and I that's sweet and nice like the one above, there's work that goes in to it. See below to witness the process.
See, not easy. I also wanted to clear up that myth that some people seem to have that marathoners are super healthy people who do nothing but eat spinach and drink Gatorade at all times. I think my blog has pretty clearly documented that chocolate, wine, and running are all equally important parts of my life, but just in case anyone is confused, here are three runners who've done multiple marathons, but also feel it's important to devote a Saturday entirely to drinking games here and there.
|I make it my mission to share the truth.|
|Flipcup in action - notice the sun, indicating this is the middle of the day|
|The flipping technique|
After two hours of flipcup, we hung out with our teammates at the bar for another few hours, then headed over to Carolyn and John's to watch A Christmas Story. The cool kids on the team went to more bars, since it was only like 6:30 pm. I'm not cool, so watching Christmas movies at a friend's house is my idea of a heavenly Saturday night.
|So uncool, I pulled over and refused to drive until everyone in the back put their seatbelt on. That's how I roll.|
Of course, no event is complete for me without dessert, so I made "Christmas pie". Christmas pie is what happens when you plan to use the leftover cookie dough in your freezer to make cookie bars, and realize you only have enough to cover a pieplate, not an actual pan.
Double dark chocolate chunk cookie base, covered in melted white chocolate, candy canes, and Christmas sprinkles. As easy as it is delicious.
What holiday traditions do you have? Are they as grown up and mature as ours?
Do you think I can handle the half ironman or am I totally screwed?