The 3rd weekend in November, my husband and I celebrated our marriage at our belated wedding reception! You may remember that we eloped in California over the summer after a road race. We wanted to celebrate with friends and family, so we had a reception at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA on Sunday the 18th.
On Saturday night (the day before the wedding), we went bowling with some of our friends who were in town. I don’t know what was going on, but just about every one of us bowled the worst game of our lives – oh well, haha. Then we hit up the karaoke bar at one of the hotels for some singing and dancing!
Terry and me ran together in the race, and my sister and brother also participated. The race was relatively flat with a few small hills, although it felt like there were more downhills than uphills which is always an amazing feeling! I ended up finishing the race in 34:54, which is actually my best 5K time to date! I’ve had some slightly faster paced 10Ks and half marathons (crazy how I can keep a faster pace in a longer race) but I was pretty proud to get that 5K time. My goal for next year is to get below 33 minutes – it’s going to happen!
My sister, unfortunately, did not do as well as she had hoped. At mile 3 – just before the 5K finish – there was a turn off for the 10K in a separate direction than the 5K finish. After waiting at the finish a few minutes and not seeing my sister, we realized that she probably went the wrong way. We finally got in the car and drove the 10K course and found her just in time to get back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding, haha!
And of course, I spent 3 of the 4 hours of the reception burning calories getting down on the dance floor. We had a pretty sweet mix of top 90s/2000’s pop and R&B – think “Tootsie Roll”, “Cotton Eye Joe,” “Motown Philly”, etc. And no wedding would be complete without an awesome soul train line to end the night!
I love when I can say that I’ve made smart nutrition and physical activity decisions, even in situations that traditionally don’t focus on them. How do you stay healthy when attending or planning special events like weddings or parties??