3 things thursday [103]

It’s Turkey Day!  Here are 3 Thanksgiving-related things for you…

1.  As you are reading this, Dad and I are participating in the Edison Park Turkey Trot for the 13th time (technically, only Dad’s bib participated last year).  It’s cold.  I ran beforehand, so the streak lives!

2.  Since it’s only Dad and Jakre and me, we opted for the restaurant route this turkey day (I worked all day yesterday and have to work all day tomorrow too).  We’ll be dining at Cooper’s Hawk, and then watching more football.

3.  Speaking of football, GO BEARS!  DOWN WITH @ORTONPANTS!

Enjoy your day!

the four things post!

I was tagged by Emily to do this… okay, I lied.  I just used that as an excuse to play too!  I love games!

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
1.  Mo
2.  Maur (My mom called me this all the time, and it drove me fucking insane.  It’s like, Mom, stop trying to make Maur happen.)
3.  Bob’s daughter
4.  Molicious (don’t ask)

Four jobs I’ve had:
1.  IT support analyst
2.  Fuel dispatcher
3.  Cocktail waitress
4.  Personal trainer

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
1.  Mean Girls
2.  The Avengers
3.  He’s Just Not That Into You
4.  21 Jump Street

Four books I’d recommend:
I chose 4 of the best books I read this year!
1.  This Is Where I Leave You
2.  Labor Day
3.  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
4.  Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Four places I’ve lived:
1.  Chicago
2.  Milwaukee
3.  DeKalb, IL
4.  Arlington Heights, IL

Four places I’ve visited:
1.  Key West
2.  Dublin
3.  San Antonio
4.  Golden, CO

Four places I’d rather be right now:
1.  Vegas
2.  Cancun
3.  Denver
4.  Key West

Four of my favorite foods:
1.  Pizza
2.  Donuts
3.  Steak
4.  Nachos

Four things I don’t eat:
1.  Carrots
2.  Beets
3.  Yogurt
4.  Bananas

Four TV shows that I watch:
1.  The Mindy Project
2.  Top Chef
3.  Scandal
4.  The League

Four things I’m looking forward to:
1.  Being off of work tomorrow
2.  Turkey trotting with my dad
3.  The Bears beating the Lions
4.  Eating the pulled pork that is currently cooking in my crockpot

Four things I’m always saying:
1.  Fucking shit
2.  DUDE
3.  I never liked Jay Cutler
4.  Blah blah running stuff

Four people I tag to answer these questions:
1.  Anne
2.  Pete
3.  Michelle
4.  #AndEric

turkey trot = prom?

I’ve never been one of those people who goes out on Black Wednesday.  For one thing, getting drunk and THEN having to sit through the triple F (Forced Family Fun) seems backwards.  For another, I have the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning with my dad!  (And the one time I stayed out all night and showed up hungover, he was none too pleased, hah.)

The particular turkey trot that I do is actually in the neighborhood where I grew up, and where the Black Wednesday bars that I would frequent if I were one of THOSE can be found.  So I get to see who got fat, and who married down, just in a different capacity.

But I have a different motivation – it’s my prom.

It’s been said that the SeaWheeze Race in Vancouver is the Lululemon prom, in that the participants wear their best outfits, to impress others.  When I read that, I thought of something interesting – I do that with the turkey trot.

Traditionally, it’s one of my last (if not THE last) race of the year.  And what else do you want to do with your last race of the year?  SHOW OFF.

Since I started running multiple marathons again in 2009, I’ve always worn my favorite race shirt from the year to the turkey trot.  Last year, in case you were wondering, it was from this race.

So when I toe the line this coming Thursday, what do I wear?  Do I show off my marathon PR?  My winter badassery?  Or do I remind myself of the day I didn’t quit?

Stay tuned, kids.  This girl wears a t-shirt to prom!

vegas vacation

I’m sure you’re sick to death of all things Vegas, but I don’t care.  I’ve got more stuff to share, and I’m in charge around here.  Required reading.

Time to learn about Vegas eats!  (Sorry/not sorry I don’t have pictures.  I eat my food, not stage it.)

Our flight from Chicago arrived late, so all we did was go to Pub 1842 in MGM Grand.  We each had a beer and split an order of the pork chili nachos.  They were as good as I remembered them!

Jakre and I ran to the expo, spent as little time there as possible, then walked back towards our hotel.  I expected to stop somewhere in The Venetian, like we did last year.  But Jakre had a little surprise up his sleeve.  We went to Tacos El Gordo, a little stand in a strip mall between Encore and the Riviera.  The food was DELICIOUS.  The carne asada was good, but the spicy pork was the clear winner.  With lunch for the 2 of us costing less than $14, we will be back!

We had a snack at the new bar in MGM Grand, Tap.  (For those of you familiar with Vegas, this is housed in the old Lion Habitat.  So it is automatically @OrtonPants-approved.)  The cheese curds we had were AMAZING.  The best I’ve had in quite some time.

For dinner we went to our old standby, Ellis Island Cafe.  This place boasts an $8.99 steak special for players club members, and it is legitimately good.  It’s hard to pass up a steak, potato, veg, salad, and draft beer for $8.99.

Jakre and I walked to Paris, and had lunch at one of our haunts, La Burger Brasserie.  Sadly, the menu has changed since last year, and it not very good anymore.  We won’t be back.

For dinner, we went to d.Vino in Monte Carlo with Eric.  The boys each had $50 food credits, which covered both bills.  The food was unexpectedly good, and we would definitely go back.  I had the homemade shell pasta with vodka sauce and bacon.  (Duh, obviously I got the one with the bacon.)

You already know about our brunch at America.  Croissant french toast and more bacon FTW.

After the race, I wanted nothing more than 1) to not have to walk anywhere, and 2) steak.  We met up with Eric and Jessie and went to Wolfgang Puck’s Bar and Grill.  I satisfied my steak craving with the flat iron, and it came with red wine sauce, bleu cheese, and crispy fries.  It was heaven on a plate, basically.  The fact that I had a BOGO entree reward from myVegas was the icing on the cake!  All you need to know about that dinner is this – Jakre ate the entire bread basket, and fire fucks.  The end.

Since it was my birthday, I picked lunch.  I wanted Mexican food and a margarita, so off we went to Hussong’s.  I had the flautas, and a lot of chips with green salsa.  It was magical.  Thanks to restaurant.com coupons, it was inexpensive as well.

For dinner, we went to Tony Roma’s.  I just learned now that this is in the Fremont Casino.  You see, I was quite drunk.  I could never find this place ever again.  I ate my own onion loaf and mashed potatoes, maybe?  Hah.  Vegas.

After getting a late start, Jakre and I met up with Eric and headed to Monte Carlo for lunch.  I still had my own $50 dining credit, so lunch was on me!  We went to 800 Degrees for pizza, a new place that recently opened up.  In one word – amazing.  I had a pizza with artichokes and olives and ham on it, and it was delicious.  The crust was chewy and crunchy in the right places.  Everything was fresh.  Jakre and I just learned that one of these will be opening in Evanston in 2015… save us spots in line!

For dinner, the three of us went to Gallagher’s for steak.  My dry-aged filet was magical.  Also, thanks to a resort credit, our total spent was minimal.

After dinner, we all went to the Bar at Times Square.  Jakre and Eric each had a $50 drink credit, so all we did was tip.  And listen to the music.  And make fun of drunk people dancing.  Good times.

For our last meal in Vegas, Jakre wanted more pizza.  So back to 800 degrees it was!  The pizza tasted even better than it did the day before.  We split a pizza and also split a huge chopped salad.  Jakre, not really a salad eater, loved it as much as I did.  What a way to leave our culinary adventures!

Can’t wait for next year!

training nov 17-23 [1]

Training Stuff:

Monday:  1 mile (9:50 min)
Tuesday:  1.02 miles (10 min, avg pace 9:48)
Wednesday:  2 miles (18:12 min, avg pace 9:06)
Thursday:  2.02 miles (18:12 min, avg pace 9:01) + 0.48 miles walking (7:40 min, avg pace 16:00) = 2.5 miles
Friday:  4 miles (35:58 min, avg pace 9:00) + 0.50 miles walking (8:02 min, avg pace 16:04) = 4.5 miles
Saturday:  1.19 miles (10 min, avg pace 8:25) + 0.39 miles walking (6:18 min, avg pace 16:12) = 1.58 miles
Sunday:  5.21 miles (45 min, avg pace 8:39) + 0.13 miles walking (2:08 min, avg pace 16:25) = 5.34 miles

Total Mileage:  17.94
Total Mileage (month):  96.41
Total Mileage (year):  1576.03

Total Time:  2:51:20
Total Time (month):  15:38:58
Total Time (year):  265:53:13

Fun Stuff:

Something Interesting:
On Saturday, I slept until 1pm.  Mostly because it was the first time since, like, May that I didn’t have to get up early for a long run.  In other words, it was magical.

Books I Read:
Brain on Fire (Susannah Cahalan)
Love Life (Rob Lowe)

New Beers I Tried:
Traditional British IPA (Sin City)
Oktoberfest (Sin City)
Apple Hoppler (Banger)
Magnanimous (Banger)
El Heffe Jalapeno Wheat (Banger)
Liquid Courage (Banger)