Happy girl after church

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just a few pics to brighten your evening. We took these a couple weeks ago, but she wore this dress again today, so that reminded me to post these.

We're so lucky to have this bean for our daughter - she's a true blessing.

13.1 Miles

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I ran it! I finished it! I can't believe I did, but I did!

The race started at the top of Snow Canyon State Park in St. George. We wound down through the park, then back up a gravel trail for a couple miles, then back down through residential neighborhoods to end at Snow Canyon High School. (Here's a link to the course map)

It had a lot of hills (please, never believe people when they say it's "all downhill") but, in general, it had slightly more downhill portions than uphill. Gorgeous run and the weather was perfect. Not too cold, not too hot - perfect. I would recommend this race to anyone - beautiful scenery and weather to distract you and terrain that was challenging but not discouraging.

We ran in the morning, so it looked much better than this, but I ran over this bridge.

The trail as we descended from the top.

More of the trail.

You can see here where the park hits up against the residential neighborhoods. Isn't it beautiful? This is what the day looked like.

Buses met us at the high school and then took all the runners up to the top of the course. There were 1200 people participating, but it didn't feel crowded at all because the race staggered everyone really well.

Below are some of the girls I trained with. We were waiting for the buses (we did miss my great friend Annie [you may remember her from my 5k pictures] - sadly, we didn't get a picture together, but she was one of the key people to keep me going in my training and was the one who originally told us about this half).

Showing off the numbers (yes, my bravado was all a show - I was a little nervous).

Great friends from my ward, Rondi and Meesha, came with us to support. They couldn't get up in the park but once we were in the residential neighborhoods, they started taking pics..

Laura and Heather around 10.5 miles

Meesha's on the left. She's running with me to hand me water. She and Rondi just came up with us to support us - they were selfless.

This is blurry of me (and Bryce asked if I was walking at this point - but I wasn't, I swear, I just have a small stride and was going up hill : )), but I thought I'd include it to show the beautiful background - and that was in the residential neighborhoods.

Me around mile 10.75

Crossing the finish line! And overall, the race felt very hard but not torturous. I kept a steady pace, which made the last few miles doable (but still challenging!).

My legs felt very unstable and wobbly as soon as I stopped running. I kept moving, but I think I leaned on random strangers as I walked through the crowd. I was a bit out of it for the first few minutes post-run!

Proud finishers!

We were waiting in line for complementary massages.

They were working on our hips - so sore! (And yes, I'm very sore today. Heather, Laura, and I are in the same ward - you should've seen us hobbling around the building!)

So happy I finished!

I ran it in 2 hours 32 minutes - kind of slow, but considering I was out of commission for a few weeks of training right before the race (achilles tendonitis, strep throat, then cold), I feel good about my time.

And I felt blessed to have been able to run it - that I have a body that can run. I thought about Caroline and my grandma C (who can walk but feels a lot of pain when she does walk) during the race when it got difficult and thought "I can run this for them - I am representing them." It was a spiritual experience.

This running thing started off as a whim. One of my New Year's resolutions was to get in shape and run a 5k, and THAT seemed far-fetched to me. I've never been a runner, I've never liked running, and I never thought a half marathon was even possible (let alone something I wanted to do).

So, I'm amazed that I ran a whole 13.1 miles. Despite several rough setbacks, I trained for it (ex. got up every Saturday in the summer for 6:00 am runs, which I think pretty much all of you know is unheard of for me) and my preparation, and the faithful support and encouragement of my wonderful husband and stalwart training friends allowed me to cross the finish line.

It reminds me that the only limits I have are the ones I place on myself - I can do anything.

(Cue Rocky music : )

Now the question is - what to train for next?....

Only a few days away...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Remember back in June when wondered if I should train for a half-marathon?

Well, I decided to run it. I've trained for the last 14 weeks, and now it's here - this Saturday I'm running it. Needless to say, I'm a bit nervous, but I've prepared as best I can despite having strep throat AND getting achilles tendonitis last month.

To avoid getting too psyched out, I am trying to think of the run on Saturday as just another long run. Nevertheless, your prayers for me and my craziness would be most appreciated!

One thing that helps me run is my iPod's playlist. Music is a must-have for me. I've listed below some of my go-to, never fail to pump me up, songs. Will you do me a favor and comment w/your favorite songs that do the same during your workouts? I could use a few fresh tunes for race day.

Boom Boom Pow, Black Eyed Peas
Crazy (James Michael Mix), Alanis Morissette
Forever, Chris Brown (I know, this song is tired, but for some reason I never get sick of it!)
Welcome to the Jungle
Play it Loud, MXPX
Sandstorm, Darude
Fire Burning, Sean Kingston
Get Up (edited ver.), 50 cent
Pump It, Black Eyed Peas

Halloween Photoshoot

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

These pics were taken on actual Halloween day. I admit that I was the one who did her hair, but in my defense, she had had this hair-do for hours, so the fact that there were even hairbands in her hair still was a miracle.

On the resonance board looking up at mommy.



I included this picture even though it's blurry cause I thought it was just so cute. She really does smile like this when she's so happy.

A happy bean.

Lately, she really enjoys exploring her face, and especially her mouth, with her hands. Things go a little awry very quickly...

More hand in mouth...

Just being a cutie on the couch...

Hands back in mouth again....

Worth the wait/Happy Halloween!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I think you'll find these Halloween pics of Little will make up for our October blogging break...

Our Strawberry Shortcake

These were taken after our ward's trunk or treat (see below), so she was a little spent.

"Maybe if I scrunch down they won't see me..."

Couple of pics from Trunk or Treat (Caro's first one, and she did well! Plus, everyone loved her costume - she was the darling of the night.)

B and I actually dressed up! B was a sheriff and I was a cowgirl (i.e. - the easiest costumes we could come up w/at the last minute)

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