Kentucky Derby Minimarathon Race recap

Half marathon number 6 is in the books! I traveled to Louisville, KY to run the Kentucky Derby Minimarathon (aka half marathon). This has been on my racing bucket list for a few years. I decided to take the plunge and register for the race. The race is on a Saturday so I had to travel to Louisville on Friday. Due to some last minute scheduling issues it became a solo getaway weekend for me.

Here is a recap of my race weekend in Louisville!

First Step: Rent a car and borrow audio books from the library for the trip.

Next, begin packing! Since I was going by myself I decided to pack the biggest rolling suitcase we owned so I could make one trip into the hotel with all my stuff. A must in every runners bag- foam roller!


My hotel room had both a microwave and refrigerator. I packed snacks and drinks to get me through the weekend.


After arriving at the hotel, I unpacked. This is a must for me on any trip. It makes me feel settled and I wanted to make sure I had all my race necessities. Then it was onto pick up my packet!


Back at the hotel it was time to prepare for race day!

First layout flat Erin. This was my custom shirt I had made for the race.

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Then it was time to fuel and relax before trying to sleep. I opted for pizza from a local pizza place and Handmaids Tale on Hulu.


Race Morning!

The hotel was under a mile from the start line. After a quick (free) breakfast at the hotel I headed to the start line. Along with 18,000 other runners! I cued my running playlist – the Hamilton soundtrack and off I went.


The weather was PERFECT! I lucked out because the next weekend for the Kentucky Derby was super rainy. Around mile 8 you enter Churchhill Downs. It was so cool to enter the track! I was hoping to see a horse or two but no luck. Plus I had a race to finish.


I ended up finishing in 2 hours 28 minutes. A personal record for me! I was hoping to beat my last half time of 2 hours 31 minutes. I kept a pace of 11 minutes and 17 seconds. Woo-hoo! I was pumped and very tired.


I made my way through the race village and headed back to the hotel, I was greeted by this beautiful bouquet of flowers from my husband. #ahhhhhh


After taking a long hot shower it was time to refuel. I ate a couple pieces of leftover pieces before heading out for some city exploring and Mexican food and libations. I highly recommend booking a hotel with a fridge and microwave!


After food and drink it was time to explore the city! I walked through the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and a few shops along the downtown area. I found a few souvenirs too! I love supporting a local community.

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I also found this cute little park with a perfect spot to enjoy some reading.


After a long day of running, eating and exploring it was time to relax! I curled up in bed with an avocado oatmeal mask and ER on Hulu.


It was a fun weekend! Louisville, KY is an easy 4 hour drive from St. Louis. I enjoyed the city and the sites. The race was well organized and the course was pretty flat, more than I expected. I would travel for this race again with or without buddies!

I am debating a fall half but have my sites set on the Disney Princess Half in February 2019!




Spring into April

April had a lot of activity- including the return of the sun and warm weather!

I listened to 4 books.
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh.  I was hoping to be wowed by this book, I loved this author second book – Arrowwood. It had some suspense but I felt the story was a little dull.


The Wicked Will Rise & Yellow Brick War.  These are two books in YA series that I found. It goes into the dark side the Wizard of Oz. It’s a fun series to listen to and the narrator was on Gilmore Girls!

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter. I have read other books by this author, she writes mainly thriller novels. It was good, definitely kept me guessing until the end.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark. As a teenager, I found Mary Higgins Clark and fell in love with her writing. This book is the first in a series. I look forward to following the characters through the next 4 books in the series.

I read 4 books:
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham. This was super short, but I love Lauren Graham and will read anything she writes. It was a quirky positive read. I recommend it!

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Still Me by Jojo Moyes.  This is the latest installment in the Louisa Clark series. They made the first book into a movie. It is a good read. Plenty of quirkiness and mushy romantic stuff I crave!

Text Me When You Get Home I really enjoyed this book. It detailed the importance of female friendship and the bonds women have with their friends.  I would recommend reading this and then scheduling a girls night out pronto!

This is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz. I a huge This Is Us fan, so of course this was top of my list. It was pretty good, I love learning about how people to where they are today.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – This is a super fun book for all ages and all genders. They are stories about fabulous women who made a difference in all walks of life.


I saw Hamilton at the Fox! It was AMAZING! I am ready to see it in every city. Definitely worth the hype. I often run to the soundtrack.


Baseball is back!! We went to our first game in April. It was a little cooler than usual but we still had a great time.


More details to come but I ran my 6th half marathon in Lousiville, KY.

Onto May! Yes, I know we are half way through already. I will get better at this some day!






Making whoppie….

Pumpkin whoopie pie desserts that is, get your mind out of the gutter! I decided the next recipe I would try would be these pumpkin whoopie pies with chocolate icing. This recipe is from Martha Stewart Cooking. You can find the recipe here.

whoopieThis recipe is a keeper! Although next time I will make them smaller. Hopefully, then they will look more like the picture. These are not over the top pumpkin, so they are nice pumpkin dessert for those that aren’t obsessed with pumpkin like I am! Plus the chocolate in the middle is always a plus! The icing is super easy to make and could be used for many other recipes. You can find the recipe for this winning dessert here.

They would make a great fall dessert to kick off pumpkin season. And of course who doesn’t want to say they are making whoopie for dessert.

Stay tuned to see what I attempt next……