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Done with the Run

I’m drinking a hot cup of Doodles special blend coffee, glasses on, patio door open to the smells of fall. After 32 hours of running and cheering plus an extra long 13 hour drive home, the Bourbon Chase is officially over. I’m home in pjs, contemplating how much effort will be involved in cleaning out the “Black Bullet” we called home for 4 days before returning it to enterprise.

So in the spirit of procrastination, a few images from the race:

Our 12-person relay team at the race start: Jim Beam Distillery
  • Best foods consumed during race: Black Cherry PowerBlocks, Pretzel M &Ms, Bananas, Cinnamon Raisin Mini Bagels, Clementines, Coffee, Coconut Water.
  • I Wish I’d Packed: Shorts, Pajamas, more Coconut Water, a Sleep Mask, Camera.
  • Things  That Kept me Sane: Stores in the towns that stayed open until 4am so we could invade and use their clean restrooms, Knowing my final leg was shorter than my first leg, Twitter, Daydreams of egg mcmuffins and my bed, Bryan’s sleeping bag, Coffee, Phone Adpater for charging on the go.

    Fall foliage on the road back in Kentucky



Or at least that’s what my fingernails say at the moment. Tonight after work, 5 friends and I are driving down to Kentucky to meet up with 7 other lucky runners to compete in the Bourbon Relay Chase.  This is a 200-mile, 12-person relay race over about 35 hours.

nailing the motivation

Our team name is “Runners Distilled” and our motto is “Anything Worth Doing is Worth Overdoing.”

Our mascot is Hermes (or Mercury, if you prefer the Roman mythology), who is bold, clever, athletic, faster than the wildest wind and secret agent of Zeus.

We’ve got gold wings for our shoes, neon posters for the windows, sparkle tights for a variety of uses, enough food to feed a small army and lots of enthusiasm.

And we’re running for a great cause: the National Hospice Foundation. In the course of 7 months we collectively raised $5,791.00, which is 115% of our goal.

The Black Bullet

I picked up our minivan yesterday and have lovingly dubbed it the Black Bullet. Did you know that Chrysler Town & Country makes a ‘Touring’ model? Me neither. But this baby has leather seats, a DVD player with two screens, rear camera, touch screen radio, under seat tow ‘n go (my request), dual climate control, cruise control and a whole lot of other bells ‘n whistles that I’m not sure how to use.  Another name could be the “Keep Your Kids Entertained on Long Trips” model.

But I digress: I’m going running! A lot! With some awesome people and for a good cause. And then on Monday I’m taking the day off to sleep and eat and hang out with the cutie boyfriend and furry cat. A girl’s got to relax sometimes.

World’s Best Mac ‘n Cheese

Gooey salty heaven

I kid you not. The Best.

And I have tasted and made many varieties in my day – powders, pouches, with seafood, with smelly fontina, with sharp cheddar, with a roux base, with bechamel sauce. This is my favorite.

My Bourbon Relay Race teammates agreed as we told stories and ate the night away. The toasted buttered panko crumbs made it. Between a pan of this, a pan of veggie lasagna and a pot of BBQ turkey for sliders, pumpkin spice cookies and 4 bottles of wine – it was a helluva meal.

Try it. Love it. Share it.

My thanks to We Heart This blog for the recipe.


au·tum·nal /ôˈtəmnəl/ – Adjective: Of, characteristic of, or occurring in autumn.

Nothing says fall better than the appearance of Punkin Ale.

Tonight we’re heading over to some friends’ home who have Punkin Ale on tap. Yes, on tap! (Be jealous). I anticipate raucous laughter leading to hiccups.

To kick off the official start of fall weather and say thanks for sharing beloved amber-spiced brew, we’re making them Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops with Pecan-Quinoa Pilaf.

I’m also gonna throw in a pumpkin pie, because it’s awesome. And it’s a shame that we only eat it one week in November. Sillies.