Grandma’s Half Marathon–here we come!

Today started off with some exciting news…Dan and I were selected in the Grandma’s Half Marathon Lottery which means we are heading to Duluth June 22nd! Everyone who has ever run in Grandma’s (either half or full) has raved and raved about the course and atmosphere, and I’m so excited that we get to experience it this year! It also helps that we will have some motivation after a very cold, cold winter.

After work today, I taught a voice lesson which was fun as always. I really love that all my students are at different stages in learning and singing – the variety keeps things exciting and quite fulfilling for me.

Typically on Mondays, we have been having most of the framily (we refer to our close friends as the “framily” Smile) over to re-watch Dawson’s Creek which has been a BLAST. We are on Season 2, and it’s been a most wonderful trip down memory lane. At any rate, there’s some sickness going around, so instead of DC, Dan and I headed to the store to check out clearance winter items and for me to pick up some KT tape. I’ve been intrigued ever since seeing all they Olympians wearing the tape over the summer games, and decided to finally pull the trigger and try some out. I’ve had ankle issues for the past year and I haven’t gone to the doctor to get it checked out because I’m scared they will tell me to stay off it (which I don’t think I could handle). After much debating, I picked up the blue tape:

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And after searching online for the correct tutorial, I taped up my ankle:

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I’m really excited to see how it holds up for my run tomorrow and hopefully I will find some relief.

All in all, today was an unexpectedly fantastic day…and it was a Monday of all days!

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Weekend trip to Fargo/Moorhead

Yesterday I drove up to Fargo/Moorhead to visit my dear friend and her husband before she gives birth to their first baby (which could happen any day now!). As always, we had a really fun and relaxing weekend. A and I met in college (she was my first close friend I met) and spent three years in choir together. We were roommates on choir tour, and she has seen my at my worst and still speaks to me and I feel incredibly blessed to have her in my life.

Katy and Anna circa 2005

Katy and A circa 2005

We started the weekend with pedicures, and then bopped over to Starbucks for some catching up as we hadn’t seen each other since October. A and her husband share my love for all things Disney, so it was really fun to get to talk about the W&D Half we’re planning on running in this fall. Maybe she and her hubby and baby-to-be will come and cheer Dan and me on???

For dinner, we hit up Duane’s house of pizza which was a staple for Dan and I during college. It was as amazing as I remembered and oh-so-satisfying. Earlier in the day we had bought cupcakes from Angel Cups for dessert, so we were pretty excited to head home and indulge (and indulge ourselves we did)!

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yummy!

Today, we went and walked around the mall to try and encourage baby to come, and stopped and Sephora where I picked up a couple new items I’m SUPER psyched to try tomorrow morning.

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Sephora goodies

Since A wasn’t feeling any contractions (and I *promise* that was the real reason we were shopping!!), we decided to hit up DSW as I had decided I wanted some new boots. Of course, I didn’t end up purchasing new boots, but instead got some gold and sparkly peep-toe heels that I am super psyched to wear…perhaps to a fancy anniversary dinner while in Disney (there’s even a crown inside the shoe!)?? Check them out:

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When I left Moorhead, there was still no indication baby was on the way, but at least I got a successful day of shopping out of trying to induce labor!! I can’t wait until my next trip up, because I will be visiting A, hubby, and baby!

Everyone has to start somewhere!

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Dan and Katy on our Disneymoon in 2009

Recently I have been searching online for reviews of runDisney races, as the husband and I are planning on running in Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon later this year. Through the many recaps I’ve found, I discovered a wonderful community of bloggers who seem just as obsessed with running and Disney as I am, and I discovered that this is a community I want to join! Thus, running&singinginthepark was born!

I live in St. Louis Park, MN with my wonderful husband, Dan, and our two cats, Alma and Gustav (named after the composer Gustav Mahler and his wife Alma). I started on my running journey three years ago while we were still living in Columbus, Ohio, and after a brief break in 2010, I have become more and more of a running fanatic. I joined a couple running groups here in the Twin Cities and haven’t looked back.

In addition to running, music is a very large part of my life (hopefully that’s fairly apparent from the naming of the cats! :)). I recently began teaching voice lessons out of my home on a part-time basis last year, and it has turned out to be one of the most fulfilling journeys I’ve ever embarked on. I’m also the alto section leader in a community choir based here in the Twin Cities.

So, without further ado, let’s get the show on the road!