October 19, 2013

Meeting Dean

Well, I didn't end up running today. I was really looking forward to going for a run, but when I woke up, it was raining. Normally, I don't shy away from running in the rain, but I haven't run in a week, and I was really excited about going out in the nice fall weather; the rain was not at all what I had in mind, especially considering it was only 40 degrees.

So instead, I took a hot shower and decided to return to running on Monday (tomorrow, I'm leaving at 5:30 in the morning for Detroit). Something about my plans changing gave me a bad attitude about staying on track today. I just threw all of my good intentions out the window, and didn't track a single bite today.

It rained ALL day long. The kids went to my parents' house, so Jerry and I sat and watched a new-to-us show on Netflix (holy crap, have you seen The Following, with Kevin Bacon? It's SO good! How have I never heard of it before?). We got some snacks, and some hard apple cider, and watched a few episodes.

We went over to my parents' house for lunch, but I didn't eat much there, because we had plans to go out to dinner in Detroit. We headed up to Detroit to meet Dean and his wife, Mandy, for dinner at Hockeytown Cafe. To make a bad eating day worse, I ordered a reuben for dinner; I hadn't had one of those in YEARS. It was about 2,786 PointsPlus, not including the fries it came with :/

But the main reason we went was to meet Dean and Mandy, who are both fantastic. Dean started running in November last year to help with his weight loss (he's down 90-ish pounds now), and he listened to the Runner Academy podcast (the episode with Rik and Ada from the From Fat to Finish Line Ragnar team). From that, he visited the Fat to Finish Facebook page, and that led him to our blogs--which is how he found mine.

He ran his first 5K, and e-mailed me a photo for Motivational Monday. And he's sent a few more updates since then, both with his weight loss and his running. I thought he might like the new challenge of running a Ragnar, and asked him to join the Ragnar SoCal team. Since his first half-marathon is tomorrow, in Detroit, of course I wanted to meet up with him in person!

It sounds like quite a few readers are going to be running in Detroit tomorrow, so please make sure you say hi if you see me! I'll be hanging out at mile 8 (just after the tunnel into the U.S.), and again at mile 19 (or mile 6 of the domestic half-marathon). And probably other places, too. I'm just as excited to be a spectator as I would be if I was a runner--Jerry and I are both looking forward to it!


  1. The Following is a great show. It got renewed for a second season but starts back up in January or February I think.

  2. I just started watching the Following last week! Awesome show!!!!!

  3. Good luck Dean with your Half today!

    We really enjoyed The Following! It was great!

  4. thanks for sharing this great post! i better check out that Kevin Bacon show!:)

  5. Congrats to Dean! And how funny that you two have similar taste in shirts. ;)

  6. When I saw the title my first thought was that you met Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathon Man! He was at the Chicago Marathon expo on Friday and I would have so loved to meet him and get my picture taken with him but there was a line and I was the only one in the group who would be interested in that so I just stared for a moment and went on.

  7. the following = 2 thumbs up


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