How To: Survive a Long Weekend of Sports

Hey there kiddos.

Pour yourself some coffee and pull up a seat. Today we’re going to talk about sports. Specifically how to survive an all-day celebration of the #4 (Mizzou) and #8 (KU) rivals playing each other. And then how to rally for the Super Bowl.

Really, it’s all about prep work. Starting as early as the night before.Carb loading. It’s not just for long runs.

Actually, it mostly is. Because you’ll need to get up to the alarm at 7:15 to make sure and start pumping coffee and some cereal in your system to kick-start the day and also to fuel a run before the sport shenanigans.

Run 6.7 miles. You’re starting to creep up there into the higher mileage. You don’t know if it was the early bed time or the coffee or just that you’re pretty awesome, but it was an easy run. 8:41 pace, so not quite the pace you’re hoping to hit in a few months, but still. Easy breezy.

Fuel up with more coffee and, for the love of God, take a shower. Head to your host’s house with a bottle of champagne and the donut version of Andrea’s cinnamon sugar muffinsDon’t coat them in cinnamon and sugar, cut back on the nutmeg and add icing instead. Because, that way, you get to use sprinkles. And everyone loves sprinkles. So clearly this means everyone will also love you. Double win.

Champagne brunch starts promptly at 1:30 because you’ll need to get to the bar super early to secure a table.  It is a big rivalry game, afterall.

Turns out you’re going to suck at getting to the bar early, but are still able to secure a table in the corner. Perfect size for two buckets or so of beer. Keep the buckets filled the entire night.

Jump up and down and dance your butt off when Mizzou wins.

Mizzou won.

Just making sure we’re soaking this information in.

Wake up the next morning. Wonder how you’ll be fully functional by kick-off, but a nice long walk and three cups of coffee oughta do it. Because if your heart isn’t racing, there’s something wrong…Another donut will help, too. The smartest thing you did all weekend was to save one back for yourself before packing the rest of them up to take to brunch. Pat yourself on the back.

Slowcook Sunday didn’t happen yesterday, but Megan more than made up with it by providing endless amounts of edibles covered in cheese and/or buffalo sauce.And there were brownies that arrived later. Because you wouldn’t attend a super bowl party that didn’t include dessert.

Dinner is literally buffalo chicken dip and brownies. To balance it, and make yourself feel better, dip mostly carrots and pea pods into the dip.

Totally healthy. 

Just smile and nod.

Leave before it’s over. Because your bed is calling. And so is an early morning workout that you will desperately need, and look forward to in a sick and twisted way. It’s possible you will sweat a combo of buffalo sauce and bud light. Don’t be surprised if the person next to you is doing the same.

Your workout is most likely not great. 2.1 miles on the tread before you sigh and take it down to a walk and then do the stairmill for another 20 minutes. Kudos for getting out there, but better luck tomorrow.

Because sometimes that’s just how you’re gonna wrap up a long weekend.

Time for you to pour another cup of coffee and go about your day.

Carry on…

23 Responses

  1. Thankfully my house was filled with vultures and so everything got demolished in about 5 minutes flat. Luckily I was able to load up at least one plateful before it disappeared. And it was a doozy.

  2. I love all the koozies on the table ;)

  3. I have a feeling that’s how my workout today is gunna go. I feel about Mondays how you feel about Tuesdays. I’m sure that makes sense to you, :) Congrats to Mizzou…I was glad to see them win!

  4. My family used to throw the superbowl party but my cousin took it over a few years ago – Thank God. Because I get to make tons of yummy dips and desserts and leave them all the hell there.

  5. I don’t know how you can manage to workout after a night of drinking like that! I transform into a useless piece of nothing after that kind of night. Good for you!

  6. Yes. Everyone really does love sprinkles. Good call.

    Love all the koozies on the table. I have quite a collection myself.

  7. I’m glad I was too busy studying to take part in superbowl festivities. My parents had people over, and I snuck some of the food, but managed to keep it to a reasonable amount. This is especially good because I couldn’t drag myself out of bed this morning to workout. I tried – it wasn’t happening.

  8. Sounds pretty productive to me! Glad you had a nice, long run!

  9. Hey, at least I provided lots of veggies. There was even 3 cups of spinach in that cheese dip. Don’t say I never did anything for your health.

  10. I’m just impressed you went out to exercise this morning. That defines rally, my friend.

    Also – sprinkles? See my post. ;)

  11. Hmm a muffin recipe that turns into donuts? Magical!

    I was fairly sports free this weekend…not necessarily by choice.

  12. I’m pretty impressed by all of this. I couldn’t run 6.7 miles right now if my life depended on it and I will likely never be cool enough to make my own donuts. I’m in awe.

  13. Sprinkles are a fantastic addition to pretty much anything – good call!

  14. I love the koozies all over the table. You are an excellent host!

  15. Were the apples supposed to be consumed or just for decoration? I can’t imagine choosing an apple over the rest of the options.

  16. Hahaha…you always make me laugh!

  17. I’m always impressed with your ability to rally after a big weekend. I just walk around like a blob with eyes.

  18. That’s quite the koozie collection! Holy crap haha

    I am proud of your ability to run 6.7 like it’s no big deal. I am officially jealous. I am huffing and puffing when I do my 7 mile run and wishing my life was over at that moment haha

  19. Holy lord—the pasta, the donuts—-the carbs! I’m all about it. I went to a party last night and there was too much food (is possible!) I wanted to demolish the buffalo chicken dip that was there but was nice and left some for others.

  20. Dang you had a tasty weekend, but yeah, I’m thinking it will slow you down on the treadmill though. I’m still trying to become friends with running…why does it not like me?

  21. Your 8:41 pace is making me nauseous. Honestly. And I just started feeling better. ;)

    But seriously, I’m willing to bet money that you’ll be finishing at least your second beer by the time I drag my sorry butt across the half marathon finish line on April 1st. Which I’m totally fine with as long as you stick around long enough to have your third/my first celebratory drink with me. Oh, and just so you know, I am already planning to blame my slow time on the two rounds of flu I’ve endured. Which is total cop-out but I’m not above it. :)

  22. [...] to our habit of weekly champagne brunch on Saturdays, I often observe Sunday the way God intended- as one of rest. Preferably buried under [...]

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