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Thoughts on Warrior Dash Kansas City

Warrior Dash after photos Warrior Dash Kansas City after photo

My husband (above, left) and his good friend ran the Kansas City Warrior Dash today. What a grueling event! And I hear it was hard for the race participants, too! :)

Some thoughts from today's race, in case you're looking for Warrior Dash tips:

  • Parking is $10 cash. You can buy food there - BBQ sandwiches, giant turkey legs, water, lemonade, beer. Water/lemonade is $2 a bottle. 

  • Shuttles leave the parking area every few minutes, so you shouldn't have to wait long. The ride took 15-20 min.

  • Hopefully you have at least one person coming to root you on - they will be handy for holding your stuff while you're dashing. I kept my husband's phone, ID, race tee & his Viking helmet in my backpack.

  • If you have cheerleaders/stuff-watchers coming, suggest they bring lawn chairs. There is no seating available - I sat in the hot itchy grass for about 45 min.

  • Also bring an umbrella - there is NO shade. Waiting in that sun was brutal. WEAR SUNSCREEN.

  • If you don't have a stuff-watcher, you can check stuff at one of the tables, but word was the line was about a 45 min wait.

  • The race is 3 miles long. My brother ran it in 54 minutes, my husband in 1h:18min.

  • After the race, there is a giant water truck with a fire hose that sprays people off in a crowd. It rinses most of your top half, but people still had pretty muddy legs & feet. 

  • Some people wore two layers of shirts, so they could pull the top muddy layer off and have reasonably dry clothes ready to go.

  • Bring stuff to protect your car seats on the ride home - like plastic trash bags & old towels.

  • You might also want to bring some wet wipes to wipe down with. Leave them in the car so you can clean up for the drive home. 

  • You also might bring a spare pair of shoes - the shoes you run in will be toast. There's even a charity table at the end where you can donate your shoes.

Good luck, Warriors!

Low-fat menu planning with E-Mealz


And I really do {heart} them!  I just downloaded another great (low-fat!) menu from E-Mealz for this week. Here's the lineup:

  • Smoky Orange Chicken with steamed rice
  • Lemon Parsley Turkey with Angel Hair Pasta
  • Bacon Mushroom Quiche
  • Sweet & Tangy Dogs
  • Spicy Honey Chicken with Lemon Roasted Potatoes
  • Grilled Pork Medallions with Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Fiesta Chicken with Cilantro Rice

I'll be trying several of these recipes!

I've been using E-Mealz menu planning program for about 3 months and so many of the recipes have been picky-eater-approved and added to our rotation! I have been really surprised by how accepted they have been - usually I have to give the disclaimer, "Now, this is an experiment...", which is usually met with very wary and skeptical looks from my family. I still give a disclaimer, but can now instead say, "This is a new recipe from E-Mealz", and everyone digs in. I think every one I have tried has been approved. That's really saying a lot at my house.

A selection of approved recipes:

  • Orange Teriyaki Beef Noodle Bowl
  • Crock-pot French Dip Sandwiches
  • Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes & Spinach
  • Crock-pot Italian Beef Subs
  • Creamy Roast Beef Pitas with horseradish cream sauce

Another disclaimer: The E-Mealz links above are affiliate links - I get a 25% commission if anyone clicks the link and signs up for their service. But I wouldn't write such a glowing review if I hadn't tried it myself or didn't believe in the program. Give them a try! You really can't beat $1.25 a week for someone else to do all your menu planning for you!

Book Review: The Lost Diary of Don Juan

The Lost Diary of Don Juan (UNABRIDGED ON 10 CDs)The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, and found myself chuckling out loud as I listened to it. The narrator had a great Hispanic accent that lent authentic flavor to the story. The story had some great fight scenes and generally good pacing throughout.

CAUTION: this book is quite graphic. For the character of Don Juan, you might expect some pretty racy romance scenes, and you would be right. But what surprised me were the graphic torture scenes, as the story takes place during the Spanish Inquisition. Those scenes were pretty gruesome, and unfortunately with an audio book, it's hard to fast forward through them without missing other parts of the story. With a printed book, at least you could scan forward to skip any parts that aren't to your liking. (Yes, the parts were that bad, hence my rating of 4 stars, instead of the full 5.)

But overall, I enjoyed the book, and may pick it back up again to re-read in the future.

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