Good morning!! It’s a nice and chilly one in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Judging from the leaves on the ground vs. on trees ratio, I’m afraid it looks like the beginning of the end… of fall that is.
Super pouty sad face to that.
How was your weekend? Did you all have a fabulous Halloween? Any fun trick-or-treat outings with little ones or staying in to see all of the costumes?
We were in Florida for Halloween last year, so we weren’t sure if we would be getting visitors at our house or not. I made sure to pick up plenty of candy, just in case.
Good thing I picked a bag (or two) of our favorites, because we got a whopping zero doorbell rings. Bummer.
The community we live in doesn’t house a lot of young families, so I guess that isn’t too surprising. That, and it was freezing, rainy, and windy out. Poor kids!
Scott and I had a very low-key, quiet night in. No costumes, no parties, just all the scary movies. I made sure to share a photo, just for my other #halloweencouchpotato friends out there. Turn up, ya’ll.
So about this not-so-fall weather rolling in. Let’s talk about that.
I’m just… not ready.
Last weekend was the definition of beautiful fall weather and this past weekend… well… it’s just wasn’t. It felt like the beginning of winter.
I noticed it the most on my 11 mile training run Saturday.
To be honest, I wasn’t one bit thrilled about this one. It was still really windy outside, but at least it had warmed up to the 40s. So, I put on my big girl running pants, layered up, and set out hoping to make a decent time.
I made my standard 5.5 mile loop around the house, then stopped back in quickly to re-fuel with water and a Gu energy gel.
By the way, the Peanut Butter flavor is on point if you’ve never tried it. Probably the most tolerable I’ve tried yet!
Without too much stop time, I headed right back out the door and decided to take a somewhat new route for the rest of my mileage. I stayed on main roads, and heard the weirdest thing about two miles out.
It was a very loud, drawn out siren.
I thought it was my music at first, and then possibly a fire truck. When my music paused and it was still going on a couple of minutes later, I started racking my brain trying to think what it could possibly be.
Of course, the dramatic side of me came out and thought “whoa… serial killer on the loose alert?” I was just waiting for a helicopter to fly overhead. When that didn’t happen, the next thing I thought of was a tornado sighting. Was it a warning? It was pretty windy out.
When it didn’t stop, I got worried. I started walking and called Scott to ask what he thought it was. He was born and raised in the Midwest, so he knows all about those types of things.
He said they were probably testing for severe winter weather alerts. There weren’t any tornados.
Welp, I guess that confirmed it. Winter is near, my friends.
The good news, however, is this little siren freak out nudged me to turn around and head back home. In doing so, I stumbled upon a new trail and got to take in some fantastic views!
You just never know where roads might take you when you’re running for miles upon miles.
Since it was only getting windier, I was anxious to get home and warm up as soon as I could.
I pushed through my 11 miles and actually made better time than I thought I would. I stopped my fitness watch when I went inside at the halfway mark, but kept it running through all of my picture taking and traffic stops. I clocked in at 1:36:51, not too shabby!
I only had a little bit of recovery time to grab something warm for lunch, so I quickly heated up leftover noodles and topped it with a jar of Amy’s vegetable chili and shredded cheese.
(And finished my morning cup of coffee… yum.)
I just love me a good, hearty and healthy version of chili five ways!
It certainly hit the spot.
Detroit Pistons Opening Night
As soon as I finished eating, stretching, and foam rolling, I hopped in the shower and got ready as fast as I could. I left the house by 4:30 p.m. to pick Scott’s mom up from the airport in Flint.
The Detroit airport is actually the same distance as the Flint airport, and I couldn’t believe how much easier it was to get in, park, and get out. Sometimes small airports are the way to go!
This is Scott’s mom’s first time visiting us in Michigan, so we are very excited to have her! I took Becky straight to the arena to see Scott, and we were so glad she was able to make such a special game.
I enjoyed showing her around my old stomping grounds and introduced her to many familiar faces we saw along the way.
We made it to our seats in plenty of time and were excited for the intros. Every NBA team puts on a show for the season opener!
Intros were fun, and I spent the first quarter telling her all about our team and what to expect.
(That huge jumbotron screen still blows my mind!)
We didn’t want to miss the half time show, so we made a dinner run halfway through the second quarter. I introduced her to the mac and cheese stand and she was definitely a fan.
(I sprinkled mine with red pepper flakes. Whew… was that spicy!)
Of course, both of our phones maxed out in photo space when halftime came around. I was disappointed, but glad to find this article to show just how cool it was, including a video.
It’s only a snippet of the show, but starts with HOOPER (remember that crazy horse mascot?) coming in from the ceiling and ends with a spontaneous appearance by Kid Rock himself. (Check it out!!)
The entire show was themed “Detroit Pride” and featured hit music from Detroit music legends. The appearance by Kid Rock wasn’t planned, and he agreed to go out on the court at the last minute and say hello after the tribute to him. Pretty cool!
My favorite part of the night was our appearance on the Dance Cam.
Longtime readers might remember me posting about The Dancing Usher last year, and we just so happened to have tickets right next to his famous stairwell. (You can see me snapping a photo of myself and Becky on the big screen!)
He gets featured almost every home game and it seriously never gets old. Makes me laugh every time! This time, Becky had some fun and started dancing in her seat as well. It was great!
We also got a special visitor in the last quarter, and I was just quick enough to hand my phone off to capture the madness.
Although we didn’t come out with a win, the game was great. The entertainment teams and elements were fun to see and all of the memories of performing during Opening Night last year came right back.
After the game, we joined Scott and a group of my former co-workers at a nearby sports bar. Some things never change!
As I finish up this post, I am signing off for the day and spending some quality time with Scott and Becky. It’s her last full day in Michigan and also Scott’s 41st Birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!!! <3
(I’ll see you back later this afternoon if he ends up going to work for a bit.)
(Which he most likely will…)
Happy (marvelous) Monday!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
We have a very low key approach to Halloween too. The weather was beautiful in Austin though so I got outside as much as possible!
I have never tried Peanut Butter Gu but I love the chocolate and mint chocolate flavours. They remind me of chocolate pudding.
I do like that one too. The PB is even better! 🙂
What pretty views you were able to take advantage of on your run! Have you tried the Vanilla Clif shots? Those are delicious and taste like cupcakes!
I haven’t! I’ve actually never tried Clif shots before. I’ll have to give them a go!
Happy birthday to Scott!! Soooo nice to have a family visitor in town, isn’t it? Too bad about the trick-or-treaters, but obviously, we didn’t get any either in the city. 🙂
I will pass on the message. Yes, it’s so nice to have family here! Especially on holidays or during big celebrations. <3
So funny, my husband and I did the same thing on Halloween watched scary movies and waited for trick or treaters…..I bought a ton of candy as well and we had 2 trick or treaters. lol
Haha, whoops. Hey, better than a ton showing up and you being empty handed right? Glad you enjoyed your Halloween!
LOL! They test the severe weather alerts EVERY Saturday at 1pm in Metro Detroit. That is too funny, I barely notice them anymore. And yes, it’SNOWvember around here. glad it warmed up today. I’m glad you like the PB flavor, they always hand out vanilla in the Kalamazoo Area Runners and I think they are nasty.
Yeah, there aren’t too many Gu flavors I like. PB is definitely a win!! Thanks for the info… haha, I really thought something crazy was about to happen there… 😉
You’ll here the alarm the first Saurday of every month for about 1 minute at 1:00. It’s the monthly test;) understandably scary!!
What? That’s so crazy that I’ve lived here for 2 years now and have never heard it before. Thanks for the info! 😉
Ha! A town I used to live in did severe weather drills I was scared for the first 6 months then went unphased after that! I can’t do the GU… any of them, yuck! Have fun with your visitor!
Thanks!! Good to hear I’m not a weirdo. Now that I know what the drills are I won’t be freaking out… 😉
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Happy birthday to Scott!
I keep thinking it is going to be freezing outside here in DC, but we are back in the upper 60s this week! Cold, but totally bearable! (Nothing like NJ!)
Upper 60s – so nice! Enjoy it while it lasts for me 😉
That sounds like such a fun weekend!!! Happy birthday, Scott 🙂
Chelsea @ Raw N' Toned
Happy Birthday to Scott!! And great job on your run girl! Those conquered cold runs are always the best feeling, well once they are done 😉
Thank you!! Yes. Once they are done is right… 🙂
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Aww bummer about the no trick or treaters! I live in an apartment so I didn’t get any either. 🙁
Happy Birthday to your hubby!
Hey there Piston’s fan! Love the beautiful Autumn tree pictures. Really cute blog!!