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Friday, October 18, 2013

Chicago, new friends and salsa dancing

Happy Friday!

It has now been 5 days since the marathon and I'm feeling perfect! I'm ready for the Great Pumpkin 10k race tomorrow!
 Now, about Chicago... on Saturday the 3 Cheap Runners and I made plans to meet. I've been following them for awhile, and was so excited to meet them! They know my love of ice cream, so we met at Pinkberry. It was my first time eating there, and it was amazing!
 It also worked out for me to meet a few other facebook friends and bloggers there. We all had a great time and I loved getting to know each of them better.

Lynn, Amanda, Lorenda, Allee, me, Michelle, Rhoda and Mike

You know how sometimes you feel a connection before you even meet someone in person? Yea, these beautiful girls right here. We're already planning a race together. Besides our shared love of running, we all are wearing Tom's. That says a lot right there! ;)
 I have to give a shout out to Mike too. Chicago was his first marathon and he did AMAZING! His time was 3:15! How crazy is that?! Woot woot!

I also want to thank Amanda. I would not have even considered running Chicago if she hadn't asked me to join her all those months ago. I am so glad she did, and I am so glad I did. She drove me all over the place. I think I would've died if I had to drive downtown on my own. This girl is seriously so much fun! We had a lot of great talks, and just had a wonderful time together. She will definitely be a friend for life. Mostly because she's tall like me. And friends like that are hard to find. ;)

 Last night my BFF Charity took me out for my birthday. I'm 30 today. (Haha, I wish!) We ate at the Grape Leaf. I had heard so much about it, so was very excited to eat there! It's a delicious little Mediterranean restaurant in Louisville. I got the Eggplant Parmesan, which was amazing!!



After that, we went to SkyBar for a salsa dancing class! It was SO MUCH FUN! Ok, you need to understand, I am so not a dancer. Like, not at all. Like, embarrassingly bad and klutzy. Seriously, I can't dance. 


 During the class, we had to keep switching partners, and I felt so sorry for every guy I danced with! They were all very good and experienced and I was truly a beginner. I definitely stepped on a few toes! But they were all so sweet. They just laughed with me (well, probably AT me) and kept on going and really helped me. It was a blast! 

 And then, it was my turn to dance with the instructor. Talk about intimidating! And my darling Charity felt the need to tell him it was my birthday. He pulled me into a bear hug and EVERYONE sang happy birthday to me!! 

 Even though I looked like the biggest dork ever, I had so much fun, and definitely want to go back! I can only get better, right?

Have an awesome weekend!


Have you been salsa dancing? Is there hope for this girl?
katie
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  1. I went salsa dancing once as a work event. Thankfully there was tequila, helped me forget my dancing.
    It was great to meet you too Katie, we had a great time. And happy birthday! My bday is coming up on Sunday, I'm excited because I go from old 34 yo guy in the 30-34 age group to the young guy in the 35-39 AG yay! It's the little things at this age in life...

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    1. I had a couple drinks, that definitely helped!
      Haha, that's great! It is nice to be the young one in your AG! Happy birthday on Sunday!!

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  2. Salsa dancing looks like so much fun, but I've never tried it, before. Haha it takes quite a bit of courage to just get out there and try your best!

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    1. It really is a lot of fun. Once I know what I'm doing, it'll be even more fun!!

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  3. So much fun! The marathon and the birthday celebrations. :-)

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  4. Nashville here we come?!?!!!!! Can't wait for our next meet-up!

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  5. I am hopelessly klutzy too but I have always wanted to try a dance class. =)

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  6. Never been salsa dancing...and I have two left feet so my husband and I are terrible dancers :)

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  7. Happy Birthday to you :) I went salsa dancing once..made a complete fool of myself, I think my brain can't register directions..I can never seem to get the difference between left and right when I dance :D

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    1. Thank you Tanvee! That's exactly how I am. It was fun trying though! :)

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  8. It looks like you had a great time in Chicago and for your birthday! I can't imagine being brave enough to go salsa dancing - I am very uncoordinated!

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    1. I am very uncoordinated too! At least I got to laugh at myself all night, and that's always fun. ;)

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  9. It was soo nice to meet you Katie! That is funny that we were all wearing Toms! I am looking forward to doing a race with you some day-hopefully soon!

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