It’s A Good Weekend!

(This post was supposed to be up yesterday but for some reason, my pictures were not loading properly. Oh well… here it is.)

Weekends come and go.  The best thing about it though is that it’s a repeating process. You get over one and you know there’s another coming up.  There is always opportunity to make up for a bad weekend by having a good one the following week.

So what made this weekend good for me?

My weekend was action packed with running and events.

Saturday morning, my husband and I were up bright and early and started our day off with our usual morning run.

Just an easy relax run, focusing on our breathing more.

Yup! As you can see, I finally got my “Runners for Boston” shirt! 🙂 Remember when I told you guys on my previous post that I wasn’t able to get one because my size got sold out quick. Well, when my husband and I picked up his new running shoes at the running store last Friday, I saw this booth where people picked up their “Runners for Boston” shirts.  I asked one of the sales lady if they still had any more shirts available and she told me that there’ll be no more stocks coming in. A lady at the counter about to pay for her stuff overheard and approached me. She told me that I can just have her shirt. I asked if she was sure, she certainly said yes. I got so excited! As I was giving her my payment, she said “no, it’s okay, you don’t have to, I was going to donate for Boston anyway”. I couldn’t stop thanking her. I hugged her!  She’s soooo nice. That became the highlight of my weekend. Runners truly are very kind people! 🙂

We also learned that our running store was able to raised $18,000+ to donate to the One Fund Boston. They just sent out the check that day. Wow!

After lunch, we headed over to the Flying Pig Expo. We did not run this race this year but we still wanted to check out the expo. I love to check out deals on running gears and see what kind of free swag we could get. :p

I was impressed at this expo last year when we registered for this race. For me, this one was definitely the best compared to the ones I went to for my half marathon races last year.

It’s sponsored by Proctor &Gamble (P&G is based in Cincinnati) so you’d expect a lot of freebies from the company.

We arrived a little late so it wasn’t so crowded. No lines. We meandered our way through the Flying Pig memorabilia area.

We got more Boston Strong shirts – more donations to the One Fund Boston. 🙂

We stumbled upon this Green B.E.A.N. Delivery. It’s a year-round grocery delivery service that hooks people up with local & sustainable food. My husband and I thought it’s a very cool concept. It’s an easy way to get local, organic, and humanely-raised food that’s hard to find in a supermarket. All you have to do is log on to your account online and choose the items you want. You can choose to set your delivery every week or every other week. It’s delivered right to your home (or office). You don’t have to deal with the chore of going to the grocery store anymore to get some good quality produce. Isn’t that awesome?!  I’m sure they have more options but you can just check out their website for more details.

We are considering getting the $35 bin, set to every other week delivery. This comes loaded with organic veggies and fruits. That would probably be more than enough for the two of us for two weeks.

Have you heard or tried this kind of service before?

The expo was easy to move through and still very well-organized as last year! 🙂

We weren’t able to make it when they were giving out sample freebies from Proctor and Gamble. Last year, we got several varieties of Olay skin creams, tampons (my husband didn’t want those), laundry scent booster, Dawn Power clean, and more! We missed out this time. :p

We got a lot of goodies though from the vendor section such as Bio Freeze, vitamins, assorted snacks, Koru yogurt, ice cream, Dick’s bag, gloves, seat cushions and a lot more, aside from the ones we purchased for an awesome deal!

They even had free photobooths. 🙂

On Sunday, after church, we headed back downtown again to the Flying Pig event to cheer for our friends who ran the marathon.

Friends, Tim (@ghstrnnr) and Nires (@therunnerfly), drove all the way from Chicago for this race. They’ve ran several marathons already and both love to travel to join races. My husband and I are so inspired by them. They’ve inspired us to train for a marathon someday.


We took them to a nice seafood lunch after their race.

It started raining harder after lunch but we managed to take a few good pictures of Cincinnati in the rain before we could let them go, back to Chicago. 🙂

Congratulations to everyone who ran and finished

the Flying Pig!

This last weekend was a great weekend for me.  I always say a good weekend for me would include the following:

* Spending time with friends.
* Exercising, like running, biking, or hitting the gym.
* Hanging out with the family.
* Eating! Good food of course!
* Downtime to relax and chill especially after a hard work week.
* Being productive

Those are the things that I would consider to be a perfect weekend.

What makes a good weekend for you?!

Do you enjoy going to race expos? What is your favorite part of going?

Xoxo, JOTR

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30 thoughts on “It’s A Good Weekend!

  1. TheTinyRunner

    This sounds like an awesome weekend!! So glad it was so great for you 🙂 A great weekend for me usually consists of a nice run, good food, relaxing and Brian being in town!!

  2. Brittany

    WOW what a weekend!! I love all that swag you got at the expo. I’ve never been to an expo that I wasn’t running the race of but that sounds like fun! SO awesome about that lady giving you her shirt, what an angel!

  3. Ashley @ OurPersonalRecords

    I agree with your criteria for a good weekend. I really like to do relaxing on Friday since I’m usually too tired to do much else. The one exception will be seeing The Great Gatsby this Friday night!!

  4. rebacox

    Just found your blog and I love the layout! I think my soon to be sister in law uses that vegetable delivery. She sometimes has a hard time cooking everything!

    Thanks for the photos from the Expo and the race!

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      Hi! Thanks!
      I read reviews about the service and that’s the complaint of people -they give out too much vegetables which I think is good. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  5. imarunner2012

    Great pics. A friend of mine PR’s at this race.
    I’m not sure that finshing is my favorite part, but I’ve often been glad to finish. I think the pre-race time hanging out with friends and the intensity of focus getting ready are what I like best. Running a marathon can be fun, but it can also be grueling, I often compare the last 5 miles to the Bataan Death march. I mean no disrespect to anyone when I say that. It’s just so difficult somtimes and you just wish it would end.

      1. imarunner2012

        That might be interesting. i’ve never thought about running a race there. Can you imagine the heat and humidity? At least we would get to eat and have something to drink.

        1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

          I know! When I see pictures of races in the Philippines, I would see runners wearing too much clothes (long sleeves, compressions socks, leggings, etc). I wonder how they manage to finish without getting dehydrated. I think, they are used to the weather already. I also heard that they start races as early as 4am to beat the sun. 🙂

          I am thinking of signing up for a race over there when I visit. 🙂

          1. imarunner2012

            You should. If you will be there anyway you might just as well get a race in. Even a 5K would be fun.
            I wonder what the running culture is like there? Besides starting before sunrise, what else do they do differently? Do you get pineapple juice instead of gatorade?

            1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

              Haha. That’s an interesting thought. I think they get fresh coconut juice! 🙂 Just kidding I don’t know. That would be a very cool experience. 🙂 I will definitely let you guys know if I get a chance to visit and sign up for a race.

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      I agree! That’s so true! I was anxious when I visited this expo last year! It’s maybe because I was a running a race the next day. Last weekend was more fun and relaxed. 🙂

  6. Coco

    I love fun weekends like that! That delivery service looks great. I haven’t seen anything like that before. I CSA would be too much for us, but this would be perfect.

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      Hi Coco,
      That’s what we thought too about the delivery service. It is a good concept. The veggies that we are going to get are local produce and organic. I read good reviews about it. We might consider signing up. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by! 🙂


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