A post about staying on topic (where I don’t)

I named this blog “SuperKate” in part because it didn’t require me to stick to one subject.  I guess no name would require you to, but if I named it “Kate on the Run” or something, you’d expect a lot of running content.  SuperKate leaves me open to write about whatever I want.  For my 2Toms VIP blogger gig, on the other hand, my assignment is adventure racing…and it has been an interesting experience to have my topic limited.

Of course, you all know (“[groan] Not another adventure racing post!!”) that adventure racing is pretty much my favorite topic, but I won’t pretend I’m not slightly worried that I’ll be able to keep coming up with interesting posts.  Right now I’ve got several in the pipeline, though, so I think I’ve got October covered!  This past Friday’s post was about building a personal adventure network. Check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂

By the way, if you missed my report on this year’s Berryman adventure race, it’s right here

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In other news (so much for staying on topic!), I had a great weekend. Friday night, Jeff and I took our youngest to the drive-in to see ParaNorman (meh…I thought it was ok.  I did think there were some kind of scary/gross things and inappropriate language/topics for the target kid audience, but J loved it).

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Saturday morning soccer

Saturday morning started with soccer. J’s team lost pretty badly, but he had an assist, ran his heart out, and had fun, so I’d call it a success.  Jeff has seemed a little irritated about having to lug all the chairs and stuff from the car when I run there, so I put off my run until after the game.

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My little salesman

The boys headed home to sell Cub Scout popcorn (sales pitch: J was the top seller last year and has set a goal of selling $2500 in popcorn which would qualify him for a percentage of his sales to be credited towards a college scholarship.  He’s currently over halfway there.  If you’re interested in buying some popcorn from my baby, email me — super1kate (at) gmail (dot) com — and I can send you the info.  You can buy online and it’ll be delivered to your door.  Not, unfortunately, by me, though I’d love to come and visit all of you.).

This is my playground this morning. :)
My Saturday morning playground…it makes me happy just to look at this picture. 🙂

Meanwhile, I hit the trails for a 10-mile run.  It was a little warmer than I’d anticipated, so I was regretting the capris and short sleeve shirt, but it was an absolutely glorious morning. Well, for the first 8 miles.  The last 4 pretty much sucked.  Yeah, I know that doesn’t add up to 10.  I didn’t map out my route ahead of time and didn’t really remember how far it was from the trails to my house.  Oh, well.  I need to build my mileage before November’s 30K, so now hopefully the first 10 of next weekend’s 14 will be good.

After a much-needed nap, Jeff and I went on an actual date at Taste of St. Louis.  It’s very much not my husband’s thing, unfamiliar food and packed crowds, but it was fun…and it wasn‘t a movie which seems to always be our default date.  I had Ethiopian food for the first time.  I loved the beef samosa, and thought the doro wat was ok.  It was fun to try something different because it’s pretty rare for us to not go to the same old place.

As you know, Sunday is football day at my house, so while my fantasy football team was busy getting destroyed (again), I went to Alton to help out with registration at the cyclocross race.  Lots of familiar faces, and I got to sort of see some of my Team Godzilla friends race (flashes of green zipping behind the registration pavilion).  Good job Robin, Wade, Russ, Mike, and Terry! One of these days I’ll be out there with you…maybe.

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My jr. pit crew…J saw me changing my mountain bike tires over to cross tires and wanted to help air them up.

After the race I rode the 17 miles home, and this ride was much less uncomfortable than the last time I made the trip.  Of course, I’d only ridden 3 miles there since I was running behind and Jeff dropped me off on the way.  Maybe that’s the difference in how I felt. A couple of my friends offered me rides back, but I’ve had a hard time fitting in workouts since school started, and the bike commute seems like a good way to kill two birds with one stone…at least while the weather’s nice!

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