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A Daddy/Daughter Weekend in Omaha + Giveaway Winner

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Daddy/daughter weekends are some of my favorites.  And while I like to think that my dad loves visiting me (no really, I hope he does!), I also know that he secretly uses me as an excuse to come out to Omaha to run in races.  My dad ran the Omaha Marathon last year with a kick-butt time and he was back this past weekend to do it all over again.  The weekend was not all about running, though.  We made sure to throw some delicious eats/drinks, grocery shopping (you know, the fun stuff!), and quality time in between.

dad weekendWhen my dad visits Omaha, he almost always comes bearing gifts courtesy of my mom.  She is incredibly generous and when she sees clothing or accessories that remind her of me, she kindly buys them.  How cute are these infinity scarves?  Now that the weather is beginning to cool off a bit, I am super excited to start wearing scarves more frequently.  Both of these will be super cute ways to spruce up my outfits!

dad weekend 2After settling in a bit, we started our Saturday with a lunch date to Which Wich.  This was my second time there and my dad’s first.  I ordered the Tomato and Avocado sub on wheat to which I added hummus, lettuce, spinach, carmelized onions, bell peppers, pickles, sauerkraut, and Dijon mustard.  This sandwich was a mushy mess.  But it was also a very delicious mess!

dad weekend 3Following lunch and a quick stop into Wal-Mart (ack!), we headed to Lucky Bucket Brewing Company for a brewery tour and a beer.  I chose the Big Pimpkin (awesome name, right?) because I cannot say no to pumpkin right now.  I loved it and really wish they bottled it!

dad weekend 6The rest of our afternoon was spent shopping and relaxing, followed up with a beautiful walk in the Old Market district to and from dinner.

dad weekend 4My dad generally likes to eat pasta before his races, so I chose Spaghetti Works for dinner.  I started my meal off with a trip to the salad bar.  Any salad bar that has peas and cottage cheese on it is instantly a winner in my book.

dad weekend 5For the main course I built my own pasta with whole wheat penne, traditional marinara sauce, and a vegetable primavera medley.  Oh, and do you see that piece of garlic toast on the side?  Um, yeah… that was my favorite part.  It was amazing!

dad marathon 2Sunday morning was my dad’s big day.  It was an early morning for the both of us but the weather was great for running.  Last year my dad finished the Omaha Marathon in just a little over 3:40, so he had a similar goal this year.  I met up with him on mile 20 on the course where he ditched his radio and water bottle and basically said he “wasn’t doing too good.”  After he passed by, I headed to the finish line at TD Ameritrade Park.  I was attempting to track him on my phone but the system was not very reliable.  After more than 20 minutes had passed beyond the time when I was expecting him, I knew something probably was not quite right.  I assumed he had either cramped up and could not run and was walking, or that he had to stop altogether.  I was happy to see him walk in a little after the 4 hour mark.

dad marathon 4His body had in fact said “no more” and he had to walk the last couple of miles in.  But the way I look at it, anyone who can finish a marathon (running the majority of the time) has accomplished a lot.  Coming from someone who is physically unable to run, finishing a marathon is a huge accomplishment!

dad weekend blattWe did not do a whole lot after the Marathon except for some Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods shopping and some relaxing.  But we made sure to head out for a delicious dinner Sunday evening.  I chose Blatt Beer & Table where I ordered one of my favorite things ever: the Vegetarian Currywurst (think veggie bratwurst) with coleslaw.  As always, it was amazing!

treat yourself tuesdayAll in all it was a great weekend!  To celebrate this awesome weekend of treats, I am linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday!

Lastly, I want to announce the winner of the Annie’s Homegrown giveaway.  Congratulations Cynthia!  Enjoy your box of cheesy goodness!

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  • Jeff @ Murnan Creative September 23, 2014, 6:19 am
    Congrats to your dad! No matter what the time, completing a marathon and crossing that finish line is a HUGE accomplishment! Jeff @ Murnan Creative recently posted...5 Ways Running a Marathon is Like Running a BusinessMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 23, 2014, 7:21 am
      It certainly is and that is exactly what I told him! I'm sure it is disappointing when you don't do as well as you have done in the past, but unfortunately you cannot plan when you are going to have a "good" day.
  • Lish September 23, 2014, 8:39 am
    That looks like a lot of good food! And, how awesome for your dad!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 23, 2014, 7:04 pm
      Yes, it was a great weekend all around!
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 23, 2014, 9:32 am
    What a great weekend, and a big congrats to your dad for doing the marathon! I think that's fantastic and such an accomplishment no matter what! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Week 33 – No Birth PlanMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 23, 2014, 7:07 pm
      It really is! I wish I was as cool as he is ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul September 23, 2014, 10:32 am
    Way to go your dad!! I'm sorry he didn't get the time that he wanted but he is still a rockstar in my eyes! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Early Fall OutfitsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 23, 2014, 7:08 pm
      He is in mine too!! I hope I am half as active as he is at that age.
  • Katie September 23, 2014, 11:58 am
    The beer sounds delicious! I'm not a huge fan of subs, but the caramelized onions at whichwich sound amazing! Katie recently posted...Personal Attendant: Dress OptionsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 23, 2014, 7:09 pm
      The beer was absolutely delicious. I am definitely hooked on pumpkin beer now!
  • carol whitcomb September 23, 2014, 1:27 pm
    Thanks for getting your dad thro the race in one piece!! glad he did not try to be a hero and run til the end. Those special weekends are ones you will remember years from now bye and love ya Grandma cArol
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 23, 2014, 7:10 pm
      Yes, he definitely made smart decisions!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine September 23, 2014, 2:52 pm
    LOL - I'm so laughing at your Wal-Mart remark ;) And yes, I agree - Anyone that can finish a marathon, be it running, walking or crawling is pretty much a hero to me! I hope he ate his weight in deliciousness for the rest of the weekend too :) Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...#54 Treat Yourself TuesdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 23, 2014, 7:20 pm
      Gotta love Wal-Mart, right? ;) Finishing a marathon is SUCH an accomplishment. Soon you will be able to add that to your list of accomplishments! :)

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