Airheads Fun Pass giveaway and awesome weekend recap

March 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Spring break is coming up very soon here in Pinellas County (and going on right now for some of the private schools and for Hillsborough County) and if you were wondering what to do with your restless kids all week, consider wearing them out at Airheads Trampoline Arena! Remember when I did a trampoline fitness class there with the Tampa Bay Bloggers? It was so much fun and I can attest that it will burn any excess energy the kids may have. A one day all-you-can-jump pass is $16.95, but they have just introduced a “Fun Pass” which is an all-you-can-jump package that offers seven days of non-stop activity for $29.95 per person.

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And they’ve given me two fun passes to give away on the blog! Just leave a comment TELLING ME YOU’D LIKE TO WIN A FUN PASS and I’ll have Mack pick two winners this weekend (I promise). This contest is closed. Winners have been notified. Congratulations to Ali and Jessica!

So, this past weekend was so busy and I feel like I still haven’t had a chance to come up for air. I’m going to run it down as briefly as possible.

Friday night was the Brookwood Carnival, benefitting Brookwood Florida, a residential group home for teen girls.

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My friend Kelly offered to drive, so I was ready for some fun.

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A couple of my IRunMommies friends are on the board at Brookwood and helped organize the event, so my girls came out in force to support this great cause.

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I guess I don’t need to mention that it was a Mardi Gras theme. The Lakewood High School Jazz Band was there playing live music and they also had a DJ. We danced the night away.

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Val, Ali, and I teamed up and together we won the “best mask” competition.

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My triathlon relay team from TriRock Clearwater Triathlon were all in attendance.

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We had the best night and hopefully helped to raise a bunch of money for Brookwood.

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I know I did my part with the raffles and my bar tab. One of the former residents of Brookwood gave a speech about her experience there and the difference it made in her life. It was so moving and made me even more happy that I decided to support this charity.

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Thank you again for driving Kelly! I am totally blaming you for the raging hangover I had on Saturday. I intended to get up and run ten miles, but that didn’t happen. I was way too sick.

I did manage to rally just a bit in order to show up for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon Saturday morning.

Walkathon

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It was a gorgeous morning and Chewie was so happy to be included in our plans!

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I couldn’t let our fundraising team, Team Woofin’ It, down.

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My friend Katie of A Full Plate organized our team and she did an amazing job getting sponsors and keeping us motivated to raise money for this fabulous organization. There were so many people out there and so many dogs! I think I heard that there were over a thousand people walking, and they also had walkathons in a few other nearby cities. All of the walkathons generated over half a million dollars for the organization!

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Chewie couldn’t keep his eyes off of the hundreds of dogs all around him.

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The walk was three kilometers around the waterfront and along Beach Drive downtown.

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They had more water stops (for people AND dogs) than a half marathon!

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Chewie is a great dog but he isn’t the most socialized beagle in the world just because we are so busy and don’t get him around other dogs often enough. He’s generally friendly at a dog park, but sometimes on a leash he will have a scuffle with another dog. He did pretty well at the walkathon and was friendly to 98% of the dogs he sniffed. He just had a couple of little growl-ups, but no real throw-downs. I was nervous about it, but he did really well and made it across the finish line without embarrassing me too much.

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It was a fun morning and helped clear away a few of my hangover cobwebs.

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But not all of them. I spent the rest of the day on the couch unable to do anything productive. My Friday night fun was worth it.

Sunday morning the boys and I went to the preview for the opening of the new Outspokin Bicycle store in Tampa.

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Sunday afternoon we all went to an annual party thrown by some of our friends in honor of St. Joseph’s Day.

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We have been lucky enough to be invited to this party for many years but this year it was almost like being at a new house because our friends recently did a huge renovation. Check out their new GORGEOUS kitchen!

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When the priest walked into the house and saw the new kitchen he exclaimed, “Oh my God!” I thought that was pretty funny. This celebration, also known as “The feast of St.Joseph” is definitely a huge Italian feast at our friends’ annual party.

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“Baby” was in charge of keeping the floors cleaned.

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We are honored to be included in this tradition and have a great excuse to eat tons of delicious homemade pasta. So much for avoiding grains.

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Well, that was it for the weekend. It was awesome. I don’t think I could have packed anymore awesomeness into it considering the hangover, and without the hangover it wouldn’t have been so awesome.

Cya.

The Suncoast Classic “Run for Kids” 2013

March 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Yesterday morning we all headed downtown for another family 5K, The Suncoast Classic.

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We love this race because it is in our beloved downtown St. Pete and because it benefits such a great cause, The Ronald McDonald House Charities. At the Suncoast Classic last year I did the 10K and the boys all did the Pelican Mile and the kids’ fun run.

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This year the course was changed a bit.

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We met up with a bunch of my IRunMommies friends in front of the Fit2Run St. Pete store where the race was starting.

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I also got to see my friend Callie, The Wannabe Athlete, who I have been missing so much since she moved to Venice. As usual, she had her family entourage in tow.

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I was so happy to finally get to meet her newest little sweet potato, Little Miss Athlete, and to get to see the always adorable Mini Athlete again.

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The IRunMommies have been fundraising our tails off for this event, and the fabulous McGee literally fundraised her tail by selling advertising space on it.

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I tried to sell advertising on my rear end, but nobody wanted to buy it. Oh well.

People who aren’t into the whole road race scene probably can’t understand, but it is so fun to meet up with so many friends and their families and do something active in the city that we love. Special props to my friend Christie’s daughter Grace who ran her first 5K race yesterday! Go Gracie!

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It was also really nice to meet IRunMommy Angela (above on the left) who told me she reads my blog all the time…thanks Angela!

The 10K kicked off first and with it came the rain. It was pretty chilly by Florida standards, but the IRunMommies didn’t let the cold rain dampen their spirits.

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We briefly considered bailing on the 5K because I was a little leery of making the kids run in the cold rain, but we sucked it up and headed to the start.

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Because of the rain, however, I did not carry my camera or my phone on the course. So for the first time ever I have NO photos of our race on the course. Sadness. It was pretty cool too because they have already set up many of the barriers for the Honda Grand Prix that will be taking place downtown in a couple of weeks. Oh well. Just refer to last year’s pictures.

Mack ran ahead at the end and finished in 40:58 and the rest of us crossed at 41:55. My friend Callie snapped this photo of her sister coming into the finish and Chad, Cal, and I were right behind her.

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This was one of our fastest family 5K’s yet. I think we may have been a little faster last year at the Belleair Sunset 5K, but there was no chip timing for that race so I’m not sure. At the next small 5K that we do as a family we’re just going to let the boys run at their own pace. Mack wants to run all out!

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After the race we got in line for some food…

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but sadly all of the Jimmy Johns subs were gone. We did get bagels and bananas, though, so we didn’t starve. We hung out for just a little while chatting with friends and Cal got to see his science teacher which was probably only just slightly awkward for him.

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We didn’t stay too long because I needed to get home and run another 7 miles before the contractors were coming to do some more work on our master bathroom. I’m sad that I missed the kids runs and the awards, but I heard that the IRunMommies did indeed get first place as team fundraisers for the third year in a row! Also, I found out that I was the third place top individual fundraiser. Wow. Ronald McDonald thanked me personally.

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Thank you so much to all who donated to our team, and to those who donated to me personally: Liz, Kelly, my mom, Kat, Beka, Cindy, Linda, and Bobbi-Jo…thank you! Thank you also to PDQ St. Petersburg for hosting three fundraiser nights for our team. I know it may be annoying to have to hear people begging for donations for charities, but it means so much to those who benefit from them. It’s hard to fundraise, but it’s also very rewarding.

Thanks again for your support! Cya.