Sam Costa 2017

This morning was the Sam Costa Quarter and Half Marathon.  This was our second year running, and we opted for the quarter marathon length.  Sam Costa is one of the most organized (if not the best) races around.  Packet pick-up is so quick, the course is very well marked with volunteers at every turn, water stations are plentiful, and there are cookies at the finish.

I started the race strong hoping to get a 10k PR, but hit a wall after only mile 2.  Mile 3 was awful.  I almost starting walking because I couldn’t breath very well.  I have been battling the flu all week and had trouble breathing on some runs earlier this week, but had been feeling better and had high hopes of a fast race.

I managed to finish in under an hour with no walking which became my new goal during mile 3.  One neat thing about the race is that overall winners, course record holders, and age group winners get their names on the back of next year’s t-shirt.  Drew placed first in his age group with a respectable time of 40:58 or 6:16 pace.  He wasn’t thrilled with the time, but I thought he still did well.  I finished with a time of  56:20 or 8:37 pace.  Somehow this was good enough to earn me first in my age group.  I was so surprised, since last year I ran quicker and was not first.  There were other women in front of me in my age group, but they were overall winners.  The overall winner of the race was actually female this year which isn’t something you see often.


Note that Drew made the shirt this year 🙂


After the race, we went to Taste of Havana for lunch.  A delicious choice.


Plans for the rest of the day include planting these beauties ❀❀❀




March Quarter Marathon


This year we didn’t end up running a St Patrick’s day race.  Instead, we opted for the Sam Costa Quarter Marathon.  It was only the 11th year for the quarter marathon, but the IMG_20160323_084611750-00147th year for the half marathon distance.  According to the race website, Sam Costa was a detective in Chicago that used to travel to central Indiana to run with friends each year.  The race was renamed in his honor in the 70s and there is a cartoon-y looking detective on the shirts each year.


The race was held in Carmel, starting and ending at Northview Church.  The church had ample parking and a large lobby for packet pickup.  The race was well organized with IMG_20160319_102830521_HDRplenty of restrooms and water stops.  The course was had some rolling hills, but overall it was a nice run.  I packed us some Noomas for hydration after the race.  It was my first time having the chocolate mint flavor.  It tasted just like a dessert 🙂


Drew ran it in 40:29 (6:11 pace), and I ran it in 53:14 (8:08 pace).  He took 1st in his age group, and I took 2nd in mine.


After the race we went spice shopping at Penzey’s and went out to brunch.  We decided to try 3 Sisters Cafe.  It was a great choice!  I think it might be my new favorite brunch spot in town.  Drew had a biscuit with egg, chicken sausage, and gouda.  I had the lemon corncakes with blueberry sauce, lemon curd, and whipped cream.  Everyone around us was ordering dessert, so we decided to try it too.  We went with the chocolate bacon pie.  It was good, but not something I would get again.  It was a chocolate cheesecake like pie with bacon crumbles on top.  The main dishes we got were delicious, and I know we will go back again.


We also started working on new shutters.  When the lady at the paint store opened the can of paint to show me the color, she nicely told me she thought I was crazy when I originally handed her the paint chip for exterior paint.  Once she opened the can, she said she changed her mind and thought it was a pretty spring color, ha-ha.  Here is a preview: