The Blood Mobile at Wawa


Thursday: 6 miles @ 8:28 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

My glute felt better than it did Wed, so I think I’m going to stay on the speed train and incorporate it SLOWLY back into my training. Body pump was good as always.

Friday: 10 miles @ 8:19 pace on trail

So I almost passed out on my run today. No. Joke. As you’ll read below, I gave blood Wed and I thought I’d be OK to run outside 2 days later but NOPE! I felt like total crap the whole run- like not tired, but fatigued, does that make sense? There is a bridge .75 miles from where I park and running over it on the way back seriously had me worried I’d pass out. Thank goodness I remembered a rice crispy treat I had gotten after giving blood still in my console for some quick sugar!


I heard on the news the other day that OneBlood was teaming up with Wawa to do a blood drive. I have been wanting to donate blood for the longest time, but every time I saw a donation bus, I either didn’t have time or it was the day before a long run. I know that sounds lame, but one time I DID give blood the day before a hard effort and felt like total crap during the run. I’ve donated blood a dozen or so times, so it’s no biggie and I love doing it. It’s such an easy thing to do to help others. You can save up to three lives by donating, plus, you get a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Not too shabby.

Back to the Wawa part… Donating on Wednesday at certain Wawa locations got you a free Wawa Shorti Hoagie, Iced Tea and two, yes two, Fandango movie tickets! Sign me up!


There was a bit of a wait, but that’s normal. Apparently, I just missed a huge rush and there was a line out the door. Lucky me! If you’ve never given blood before, the first thing you do is give them ID and answer 32-ish questions about your medical history. Things like previous surgeries, medicines your on, diseases, pregnancies, recent piercing/tattoos, travel out of the country, etc. Then you go into the smallest “room” ever and they take your blood pressure, temp and prick your finger to test your iron levels. As usual, they asked me if I’m a runner. I have a VERY low pulse and it always alarms people, haha. I got the all clear and headed to get hooked up 🙂

IMAG1137The tech (not sure what they are officially called) was so nice and loved my veins, haha. If you’ve never seen me in person, let me just say my veins can get out of control. (I’ll have to take a picture next time they are huge. It’s really impressive.) She was so chatty- just like me!- and we talked about our dogs, the weather and her long day at work. After a full five minutes my bags were full and I was outta there to get my free shorti hoagie and iced tea!

I’ve never been to a Wawa before this, but it was love at first order! You walk in and there are several ordering stations that are touch screen, so you can make whatever sammie tickles your fancy! There are so many options. It’s awesome.

IMAG1138I went with the Oven Roasted Turkey Shorti on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, pickles, cucumber, and onions…

IMAG1139It came out quick and was veeeeery yummy! I can see what all those northerners were raving about 🙂 I ate my shorti (btw I love that they call it a shorti) and was on my way with my 2 free Fandango tickets…

IMAG1140Don’t mind the white hair on my car seats… Riley likes to make sure I never forget about her, haha. OH! I forgot to share with you this beautiful rainbow we saw at the Gaither football game…

IMAG1134Ashley and I had fun at the game! It didn’t hurt that they won 28-0. Holler! Must be the great coaching by Mr. Sechrist.

Photo: Coach Sechrist leading his boys to a W! #seasonopener #goghscowboys !❤ @sechzach

Have you ever eaten at a Wawa?

When’s the last time you saw a rainbow?

PS I think Body Pump on Thurs made my where I gave blood on Wed bruise a bit 🙁 Oh well, BP was worth it.


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  1. Good for you for donating blood! My husband regularly donated but was nearly killed in a car accident back in June. He had a blood transfusion (3 pints) and he is a living ad for blood drives now! If anyone reading this is iffy about giving blood, please consider it-it saved my husband’s life! You can read about it on our blog in the June or July archives. I just found your blog a few days ago and I really enjoy it! I have to try out Wawa if I ever see one. I live in SC and I don’t think we have that in this state!

    • Wow. Thank you for sharing your story! I can’t believe all that your husband went through. and that your son was untouched. Giving blood isn’t as bad as people may think and it obviously does a lot of good! I hope he is still doing well and will be cheering you on during the Tower of Terror 10k 🙂
      I guess Wawa is a northern thing… we JUST got a few here in Tampa.

  2. Don’t you just love wawa! So easy and yummy…I have to admit, I haven’t had the time to read lately, but I’m glad you’re doing we’ll and had a great 18 mile run today. Hope to see you soon!

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