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Training to be the best wife, mom, runner, and person I can be each and every day....

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My kiddos race pictures

I have never ordered race pictures.  I think they cost way too much money and really what am I going to do with them?  I don't need any pictures of myself looking all gross and sweaty.  However, pictures of my kids running----that is an entirely different story!

Check these out!!! I am so in love with my little people's pictures!  I think I will be ordering some very soon!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Catching up...where did we go?

Well, way back on November 1st I declared that I would blog every day in November.  I kind of failed at that since I have not blogged for several days.  I have had plenty to say and share, but I was tired.  How is that for an excuse?  Thanksgiving, starting to decorate for Christmas, shopping, and taking care of my family while running my highest mileage week yet took its toll on me.  At night I was just too tired to care.  So, what have we been doing?

As for running, I ran 30 miles this past weekend.   On Saturday I ran a nice and easy 10 miler.  It was such a happy run for me.  I ran whatever pace I felt like running without putting forth much effort.  It was cool, the sun was shining, and it was quiet.  I just felt happy for 10 miles!

Sunday I ran a 20 miler and it went so much better than two weeks ago.  Honestly, it could not have been worse.  I finished 20.5 miles in 3:12.  I took it pretty easy again.  I only pushed the pace during the last 3.5 miles...8:56, 8:58, 9:01, and 8:45.  I also ran 5.5 miles on gravel paths which was hard.  Although I liked the scenery...running through a lovely park....I did not like the paths.  They were really windy and it was hard on my feet and ankles.  Oh, well.  It was a good run overall!

As for the family, Emma has been sick.  And, now I have her cold.   She is getting over her cough.  On Saturday that is all she did and it was really annoying.  Repetitive noises bother me lots and her cough was so constant.  She was well enough to return to school yesterday and the gym today.

Jonah, Samuel, and Elena had a fun weekend playing and helping put up decorations.  It was busy, but relaxing weekend at the same time.  Yesterday dear Elena pitched a huge fit when she realized I had left her with mom.  She cried at the door until she fell asleep on the floor...hilarious!

As for decorating, I finished our second tree today.  In the past I have had four trees in the house, but not this year.  Getting the lights on the trees to work has been a nightmare.  I give in and only decorated our family tree and the snowman tree.  I will share pictures later.  Most of the outside lights are up as well.  Drew has added some trees and it is taking longer than I thought it would, but it looks pretty!.  Pictures on that later too.

As for me having Emma's cold...yes I am blaming her as any good mother would do.  I had to cut my run short today.  I could only muster 3.5 miles instead of 5.  I am considering not even running my scheduled 6 tomorrow.  I need to get well.  There is too much on the line for me to risk my health on these short recovery runs.

Finally, even though I don't feel well my mom is still here so we did a little shopping today.  Elena, Samuel, Mom, and I went to Old Town Spring.  It has fun little shops.  Honestly it was a little disappointing.  Most of the shops were filled with frilly, fru fru kind of stuff.  I was hoping for more country classic items...maybe next year!  But, I did get some cute pictures!

Watching a train...so serious and cute!
Out cold from a morning of shopping and lunch at Panera
They rallied to make candy with Mammy...yum!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Run Thru the Woods 5 Mile Race

This is the second year I have run this race and it will probably be my last.  More on that later.  Samuel was very excited to run a race this fall to get a medal.  That is all he wanted and I am pretty sure he did not realize that lots of running would be involved.  I convinced Emma and Jonah to run the kids 1 mile race as well.  So, it was a big family affair!

We woke early to get there in time for the 7:45am 1 mile start.  The kids were lined up according to ages so Emma ran by herself.  I ran with Jonah.  Drew ran with Samuel.  I knew it would be a good warm up for me.  Also, Jonah is a hilarious runner.  He did need me to distract him from being too tired...good heavens Jonah!  Jonah has no form at all so I knew I would have fun.  Drew said that Samuel needed lots of encouragement at the start, but he finished strong.  Emma walked some because she is not feeling well. 

I was very proud of each of them.  Emma ran a 10:17.  Jonah ran a 10:07.  Samuel ran a 14:08.  They did great!!!  Each got a medal so it was a good start to the day for them.

I got my bib from mom and headed to the 5 mile start as soon as Jonah finished.  Because I was late lining up I could not get as close to the front as I would have liked.  This is a crowded race and the first mile is nuts.  I had to get around lots of people and waste energy.  I hate having to do that.  Thus, my first mile...8:09...was slower than I hoped.

I felt like I ran really strong for the next four miles.  It was a little warm, but I had decided before the race to ignore the weather.  I was just going to run.  I slowed during mile three and pushed to pick it up for the last two miles.  Those miles were 7:36, 7:43, 7:39, and 7:28.

I do like the course.  There is an overpass bridge just before mile one and it has to be overcome again at mile 4.  The course turns enough to be interesting, but not too much that you lose speed. 

What frustrated me beyond measure this year was the finish line.  Usually I am overjoyed to be finishing and I was.  I knew I was running fast and finishing really strong.  My Garmin had me running a 6:50 pace.  Then I had to slow down.  I was so very frustrated.  The 3 mile runner/walkers were finishing at the same time at the same place.  The ones finishing with me slowed down before crossing the timing mat.  There were too many people for me to maneuver around anyone.  I have never ever slowed down to finish a race.  Overall, it probably did not make any difference, but it frustrated me!  Unless the finish line issue is finished, I will probably do my own turkey trot next year!

I did not PR, but I was really happy with my time of 38:52.  I finished 13/134 women in my AG.  I was 394/2157 5 mile finishers so that is pretty good. 

My training plan had me running a 5 mile tempo run so this race worked perfectly.  I obviously ran faster than my GMP, but that is okay.  I enjoyed the faster pace for a short time!

I was super thankful for everything about this event except the finish.  I was happy we were there as a family.  Some day soon Elena will be able to participate!  My mom was there to watch us!  The big kiddos liked their medals and ran well.  I gave a strong effort and finally felt happy when finishing a race.  Overall, it was perfect!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Phew, I am tired and there is still shopping to do!  Today was filled with so many blessings. 

1.  Samuel, Jonah, and Emma ran a 1 mile race this morning.  I ran with Jonah and Drew ran with Samuel.  Emma ran by herself.  Jonah decided later in the morning that he can run by himself next time!

2.  I had a great 5 mile race this morning.  More on that tomorrow.

3.  Our friends, the Beams, joined us for dinner.  It was great to celebrate with friends and yummy food!

4.  I was happy to have my mom here today.  She actually watched me run, which was a special treat for me.  We missed you Dad!

5.  The kids loved watching the Macy's Parade off and on.  I love that parade and am glad the kids will watch some of it.

6.  It was too warm for November 22; however, the kiddos were able to be outside most of the day.  That was a blessing!

7.  The Texans won in overtime for the second week in a row...the stress!

8.  Drew smoked our turkey and it was so yummy.  I am really looking forward to leftovers!

9.  Today was such a slow paced leisurely day.  I was so glad mom and I prepared a bunch of food yesterday.  I was able to relax and just enjoy whatever was happening at the moment.

10.  Elena napped!  She has been one cranky child lately.  Her nap was short, but it helped!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I had a total picture failure today and did not take a family picture.  I think I will take a Black Friday picture instead.  Maybe by then my face will look better too!

Adult table centerpiece....glittered pumpkins by the kiddos
The kids table centerpiece...pumpkins made at a Fall Festival
Working hard at smoking the turkey!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas Card time!!!!!

If you read my last post, you know that I am cheap. I pay almost no one to take pictures of my kiddos.  I have never had professional pictures taken of Elena and have only done it one time for Samuel.  Goodness, I must be a horrible mom!

Today I decided would be the perfect day for me to take our Christmas card pictures.  My sister Kelsey did them last year because she could be a professional.  I am not, but I do my best.  Thankfully, I forward all my pictures to her and she makes them pretty.  Then she creates my Christmas card and viola....done!  It is a great arrangement.  It makes me and her happy!

I am not sharing any of the possible card pictures because maybe you will be receiving one!  If you want one, you better make sure I have your address...ha!  You can see what cute and casual clothing they wore!  Anyway, after picture time the kiddos played and I got some really fun pictures in my humble opinion.  I know that my babies are the cutest ever!!

A picture from the picture taking place which I just discovered 5 minutes from my house....love it!

Today I am thankful for:

1.  Being okay---I had a picture frame dropped onto my face today.  It hurt like words I don't normally say and now I look so great....just kidding.  I have a lovely blue bruised nose and the entire nose area.  It is awesome really!  Look....
I look way worse than this picture shows!
2.  We ate out tonight---what a great thing after preparing some food today and knowing tomorrow will be filled with cooking as well!

3.  I had a great run this morning and I am always thankful for that.  I hope it continues tomorrow when I hope to run close to 39 or better in the mile 5 mile race.  More importantly, I cannot wait for Emma, Jonah, and Samuel to run the 1 mile kids race.  Oh my...it will be awesome!

4.  Charlie Brown Thanksgiving....a truly great holiday tradition.

5.  I am thankful for everyone who reads this blog and takes the time to comment.  I appreciate your love and support! I wish you all a Happy and memorable and yummy Thanksgiving!!!!

Today's pictures are above!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A-Z Thankful list

My friend Carmalyn challenged our little group to create an alphabetical list of things were are thankful for this year.  I am generally up for a challenge so here goes:

A:  The apple pie we had the other night for dessert

B:  Babies---I love them...the smells, the pudginess, the baby stretches, and even newborn cries.  I cannot wait for my sister to have her baby in May and for my neighbor to have her baby next week (I hope)!

C:  College football---a wonderful sport played with heart and not for money by such young men...amazing!  I almost picked cookies.  I heart homemade chocolate chip cookies very much.

D:  Drew of course---he is the best husband I could ever want and definitely more than I deserve.  I could not live this life without him!

E:  Emma and Elena---my sweet beautiful girls who are so full of life and love.  They bring me lots of joy each day.

F:  Flowers---I love fresh flowers and wish I brought them more regularly....hint Drew!  Emma got some today for me so that is extra awesome!

G:  God---He has blessed me with a life full of amazing blessings and I am thankful for that each and every day!

H:  Honey crisp apples---I love apples and usually eat one a day all year long.  I am so happy in the fall when these amazing and crazy expensive apples return to the grocery store.  I buy them despite how much they cost.  Then, I buy other apples for the kiddos! 

I:  Ice cream---because it is so yummy and yes, I eat way too much of it!

J:  Jonah---my little ball of energy who lives life to the fullest each day.  I love to look at his big blue eyes and just wonder what he is thinking.

K:  Kelsey and Kristin---my sisters who are both so different and so special. I wish we lived closer each day!

L:  The little things that make me smile each day like listening to my kiddos giggle, hearing a favorite song on the radio, a lit candle, and so on.

M:  Music---I like how it can change my mood, cause my kiddos to dance, and make Drew sing along.  Music is powerful! And, even better is that Christmas music will soon be on my radio all day long.  I cannot wait!

N:  Northwoods---our church home since 2003.  Our lives are much richer because of the friends we have made and the support we have received from our Texas family!

O:  Oatmeal---I eat it everyday for breakfast and just love it.  Oatmeal pancakes might just be better!

P:  My parents---all four of them support and love me and my family!  I am thankful for all they gave me and taught me.  It has helped shape me and I am grateful for that gift.

Q:  Quiet time before my kiddos wake in the morning.  Yes, I am usually running, but it is quiet!

R:  Running---this is a true gift to my life.  It makes me a better mom, wife, friend, and person each time I run.  Whether the run is great or crap, I learn something and it carries over to my daily living.  I can't imagine my life without running and hope I can do it for a long time to come!

S:  Samuel---dear Samuel is so stubborn and precious all at the same time.  I am glad we are having a fun last year of Preschool before I have to send him to Kindergarten....agh!

T:  Technology---my computer, my phone, my iPod, my DVR, and the list goes on

U:  Umbrellas---I hate to get wet!

V:  My new vacuum cleaner.  Drew was very generous and I am super excited about it.  I love to vacuum (drowns out the kid noise!) and can't wait to use it tonight!

W:  White Christmas---my favorite Christmas movie and perhaps my favorite movie ever!!

X:  I have nothing for x...what starts with x....

Y:  Yuengling---this dog makes me crazy every single day, but she has been a part of our lives for 13 years and she is family.  I still think she is the prettiest dog ever!

Z:  Ziti---what I really mean is pasta but I needed a Z!  I love pasta and should have been Italian!  I don't really care how it is prepared just so long as it is yummy.  I could eat it daily.  Maybe that is why I love to run so much....I get to carbo load!

Today's picture is of me.  I know you are shocked and I am little too.  I don't like pictures of me, but I got my hair colored today.  I usually do it myself because I am cheap.  Today I splurged and thought I would share.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weather Obsessed

I love the weather.  I watch the weather reports about three times a day.  That is ridiculous on many levels, but mostly because we live in Texas.  Our weather is the same 9 months of the year.  It is hot, humid, and slightly breezy from March until November.  Hot is of course a relative term.  I always think it is too hot for the time of year.  When it is 100 in the summer I think it is too hot.  When it is still 75-80 in November I am really annoyed with the weather.  Watching the weather would be much more interesting if we lived in a place that had seasons. 

As a runner, I pay particular attention to the morning temperatures.  I run in the early morning and need to know what to wear.  As a mom, I want my children dressed appropriately for the day.  I do not want to be "that mom" who sends their child to school in shorts when the temperature will drop 30 degrees during the day.  That happens frequently during a southeast Texas winter.   

Lately the weather has been my enemy.  I have raced twice this fall.  Thursday will be the third time.  I promise that the morning lows were pleasant except for race day for my first two races.  Both mornings were warm...almost hot...and very humid.  It is going to happen again.  The morning low for Thursday will be the highest we have had in 10 days.  Then guess what?  It is going to cool off the very next day!  Unbelievable!!!

I do have little superstitions that guide some parts of my life.  I do believe in the power of "3's".  I am hoping this is the last time it will be hot.  It will be the third time in a row for warm race weather! I have two races in December and most importantly the marathon.  The weather was great for the half last year.  Last New Year's Day it was warm and I really hope this year is different.  I don't really think God is very concerned with my prayers for race weather, but I plan to ask a few times between now and then!

Today I am thankful for:

1.  My house---even though I am always frustrated with the number of projects yet to complete, it is our home.  I have so many memories of our life here and I would not change that for one second!

2.  My Thanksgiving Day food shopping is complete.  I know I will have to return to Kroger for milk and bananas before Thursday, but at least those trips will be quick.

3. Listening to Jonah, Samuel, and Elena play so nicely this afternoon.  It was a rough morning so I was so happy to hear them play well together!

4.  Listening to Elena sing lullabies to Yuengling, our dog.  She loves Yingy, as she calls her, so much.  It was just precious.  No one else was allowed to talk while she was singing and Yuenlging was trying to nap!

5.  Checking things off my to do list.  Today I caught up on laundry, put all all those little things, went through 3 days of mail, and completed work for Church!  I am ready for a little Thanksgiving break!

Today's picture is of Elena singing to Yuengling.
You know Yuengling is just wishing for Elena to go away.  She has become very patient in her old age...thank goodness!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Running in the Zone

Most runs are just runs.  There is nothing super special about them.  Parts are great, parts are lots of work, and parts I just wish would end and end quickly.  Funny how running mirrors life so much!!  Every once in a while there is that special day where everything clicks and everyone is happy.  This rarely happens for an entire day in my house so I am happy with periods of time.  This also has rarely happened for me lately while running.  Most of my runs have either been like death or felt like too much work.  I worry regularly that my legs are just going to be too tired to run this marathon.  Today gave me a little hope that all will be good!

I was scheduled to run 3 easy, 6 at 8:23 pace, and 3 easy.  It was a great morning to run.  It was 42 degrees when I set out at 6am.  The sun was starting to rise.  It was a lovely, peaceful morning.  I had a good attitude about my speed work.  I was excited to run that pace.

I ran the first 3 super easy...just shy of 30 minutes.  I picked up the pace to what felt challenging, but at the same time easy.  I looked at my watch and it read 8:15 pace.  That made me happy!  The miles were ticking by and feeling easy.   I had to focus, but nothing like speed work.  As I neared 6 miles, I decided to run 2 more miles at GMP and one mile cool down.  This was not the plan, but I knew this was what I needed to do today.  I could have kept up this pace for longer and that was super encouraging to me.  I know the cool morning was a factor, but I also felt strong today! 

My splits were those 8 miles were

My last mile was nice and easy for a total run time of 1:45! 

My marathon is in 6 weeks and I am running a half in 3 weeks.  I have 4 weeks left to prepare and then it is taper time!

Today I am thankful for:
1.  Being able to teach Sunday School on a rotating basis.  I love my preschoolers and enjoy my time with them. 

2.  Homemade apple pie---thank you Mom and Emma.  It was amazing!!!

3.  A wonderful piano concert at church tonight.  Umi Garrett performed.  She is a 12 year old piano prodigy.  She was cute and a delight to watch.  Her music was beautiful!

4.  Volunteering to help with crafts at Christmas Choir Camp.  I was able to help the kiddos make the Advent Daily Countdown Banners and visit with friends at the same time.  The craft is super cute and I can't wait for Emma and Jonah to bring it home!

5.  Watching the Texans with Emma.  I hope she starts to love football as much as I do!  I know she wanted them to win (they did) for the free slush, but she was still watching!

Today's picture is of my crazy Jonah who LOVES to climb trees and swing from the branches. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Too much to do

Today was the first time we had to pull double duty at kid's events.  It was not fun.  Samuel had a soccer game at 9am.  Jonah had to be at the gym for a meet at 8am.  There was a parent's meeting from 8-9a and the meet began at 9:15.  Drew also had choir that began at 9am and I had to run 6 miles. 

Choir was a no go.  Drew went to the soccer game.  I went to the meeting and gym meet.  We texted back and forth about each boy was doing.  Thank goodness for technology.  I know this is just the beginning of things to come.  I don't like it.  I really like to be at each kid's event and support him/her.

It was Jonah's first meet of the season.  It was actually a practice meet, but Bill had real judges come and he ran it just like a meet.  It was a good experience for the boys.  Jonah has to compete level 4 again this year because of his age, which I think is just fine.  He can do the level 5 skills, but his body is just too little for all stress.  It is nuts what those boys do!

Jonah did great.  He is so improved from last year.  He has such greater control of his body and is way stronger.  I was very proud of him.  Jonah lacks no confidence and thought he did well too!  He is so funny!  Two weeks is the first official meet and I know he will be awesome!

Today's thankful list:
1.  Coach Bill---he is so experienced in the gymnastics world and his coaching philosophy is fantastic.  What I like best is that the boys comes first.  School comes first.  Family comes first.  Gymnastics is after all that, but then Bill wants total commitment.  Jonah loves him!

2.  The older boys on the gymnastics team---Teenage boys can be so annoying sometimes, but the boys on the team are so kind and supportive to the little ones.  They cheer for them and always have a kind word of encouragement.  It is a great environment!

3.  Elena took a nap in the car today.  She needed it really bad and was so much happier after her little rest.  She was just so cute!

4.  College football---Penn State finally won today and I was bummed the game was not on here.  West Virgina is losing again, but at least on TV.  Drew was so happy when they joined the Big 12!

5.  Peppermint tea---it is so yummy anytime of day!

Today's picture is of dear Jonah preparing for his meet

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday's Thankful list

1.  Emma, Jonah, and Samuel all had Thanksgiving Feasts at school today.  That meant I did not have to pack lunches.  Why is it so much worse packing lunch for school than it is to make lunch on Saturday and Sunday?  So weird!

2.  Today was a rest day.  I was so happy to sleep in this morning.  Then this afternoon I was itching to run because it was so nice.  I need to remind myself of that feeling tomorrow at 5:30am!

3.  Homemade lasagna...enough said!

4.  Duck Dynasty...super sad statement about my life, but the show is flat out hilarious!

5.  My mom is here... two weeks of fun, shopping, cooking, eating, and visiting!  YEAH!!

Today's picture is of my mom...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Can I do it?

Today was my last time to run 800's in this marathon cycle.  Can I get a huge Woo Hoo!!!!  I have run 800's 7 times since August and I have learned lots running them.  It is probably the most challenging workout I have completed ever especially 8 and 10 repeats.  The amount of sustained focused energy is nuts.  A loss of concentration for 5 seconds slows my pace.  It is a mental as it is physical.

My first set of 800's was done on the treadmill.  I will avoid doing that again at all cost in the future.  I was so out of shape and almost died running 4 repeats at a 7:53/mile pace.   My fastest set of repeats occurred the first week of October.  I ran6 and all my times were between 3:27 and 3:33.

I ran my 10 repeats the last week of October and was honestly really disappointed with my times.  There were all between 3:41 and 3:34.  I had no reason to be upset with them, but was for some reason.

Today I ran 8 repeats with my times between 3:38 and 3:33.  I would love to have seen more improvement from the beginning of October until now.  However, I am really happy with my consistent times.  I felt really strong running them today and could have done at least two more if not more than that.  I guess that means I could have run faster.  It could also mean I am getting stronger and it is probably a little of both.

Bart Yasso, amazing runner and athlete, believes if you can run 10 repeats at your goal marathon time, you can run a marathon in that time.  So, my goal time is 3:40.  Running each 800 at 3 min 40 seconds or better has been my goal since August.  I am well within that goal.  I guess we will see what happens on race day.  I hope I follow the trend!!!

Today I am thankful for:
1.  My sister Kelsey---it is her birthday and I wish I was celebrating with her.  She is the best sister...strong, kind, daring, funny, and so serious at the same time.  I wish we lived closer.  Happy Birthday Kelsey!!!

2.  Honey Crisp Apples

3.  Naps---I took a 30 minute nap today and it was great.  I had a killer headache and needed rest.  I am so glad Elena let me sleep with her!

4.  Clean sheets on my bed tonight....the only thing that would make that better would be if someone else had washed the sheets and made the bed!

5. A freezer full of buffalo meat---I put our dinner in the crock pot this morning.  I had to use a 5 spice Chinese blend to make the Asian pulled beef.  I never looked what was in the 5 spice blend, but I knew as soon as I smelled it cooking.  I detest Anise and guess what was in the spice blend?  Yes, and to make it worse the blend also contained white pepper.  Drew hates white pepper.  So, our roast was tossed (I know but we could not eat it) and I pulled ground buffalo from the freezer at 4p to make sloppy joe.  Heavens!  Now my kitchen smells like anise.  Gross!

Today's picture of the day is of my beautiful Emma!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Today I decided my thankful list would be in pictures so here goes....

 Emma's book report poster is complete and awesome.  Her oral report went very well too!

Samuel is so stinkin' cute that I could eat him sometimes! Today was picture day and I think he looked quite handsome in his sweater!!!

Elena is silly, happy, fun and such a joy!  I love spending my days with her and don't regret for one second that she is not going to preschool.

These boys...Samuel, Jonah, and Connor played hard outside and were taking a rest.  Good friends at such a young age....precious!

Resting in the sun trying to stay warm while I watched Samuel and Elena play.  I am glad we could play outside today!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It is only a small FIRE

Today I was minding my own business messing around on the internet while Samuel and Elena rested.  That is when my rest became stress because of one phone call.  Haude called to say there had been a small fire at the school, the children were evacuated, and everyone was safe.  Um, what???  Of course, it is was a mass call so I could not ask questions and I had many!

I couldn't decide what to do.  Should I be one of those parents who immediately drives to the school to get my children?  Should I wait for them to come home on the bus?  Should I wait for another call?  What to do???

So, I called my friend and asked her what to do...really grown up of me I know!  She said I should go check it out and get back to her (her little girl was napping).  Her little boy is Jonah's BFF Connor so she was equally worried. 

When we arrived at the school there were several fire trucks, a rescue truck, a police car, and several district maintenance vans.  There were children outside by the cafeteria and on the playground.  It was chilly today so I was a little worried about them being outside for a long time. 

Being a good eavesdropper I listened to another parent's conversation with a teacher.  I learned that smoke was coming from a bathroom near some classrooms.  The building was immediately evacuated and the fire company was called.  Two responded.  This teacher did not know what caused the smoke, but huge and I mean huge fans were being used to clear the building.  The littler kids (pre-K and K) were allowed back in the building and the older children would soon follow. 

I felt so much better knowing this information.  It calmed my heart and mind to know that my children were safe.  I actually never doubted they were, but I felt much better.  Being the kind person I am (ha!) I texted a picture to Drew of the fire trucks in front of Haude.  He was a little alarmed, but then I told him what happened.  Yes, I took pictures!

When Emma and Jonah got off the bus they could hardly contain themselves with their exciting stories.  Emma was actually never allowed back into her classroom because the fire was near her room.  So, no homework for her or lunch box (gross) or coat for tomorrow morning.   She spent the remainder of the day in the gym.  Jonah returned to his classroom because it was in a different part of the building.  He could do his homework!  Emma reported through means of gossip that someone placed a firecracker in the soap dispenser.   Who knows!  Thankfully, it all ended well!!

So, that was the excitement in our lives today.  I am praying tomorrow is much calmer!

Today I am thankful for:
1.  The staff at Haude---obviously quality decisions were made and executed to keep all the children and staff safe.

2.  Our local fire companies---there are two within spitting distance of the school and they did their job well today.  It is a job I could never do, but I am so thankful that others are willing to train and protect others in a time of need.

3.  The Texans win on Sunday night---one they won and that is great, but more importantly that meant free slushes at Sonic today.  Not small slushes either...20 ounces!  Emma, Jonah, Samuel, and Elena were super happy about that treat today. 
The four kiddos split them
4.  Paolo---she cleans our house every other week and today was her day.  I love when she leaves because everything is clean.  With a child home all the time I never have the entire house perfectly clean on the same day.  It will be messy tomorrow or someone will spill something tonight so I enjoy it while I can.

5.  My friend Kim---We are PA transplants who found each other in Spring, Texas...small world.  She is such a wonderful friend and huge lifeline for me.  She is my family away from family.  Today we met for muffins for maybe 45 minutes to catch up and visit.  It was just a breath of fresh air in my day!

Today's picture is of these two goofballs enjoying their cookies while Mommy ate her muffin.

Monday, November 12, 2012

I have nothing

I have nothing today.  Today was a totally normal Monday and I am glad it is almost bedtime.  This momma is still tired from my weekend runs and I think still somewhat dehydrated.

So on to my thankful list for today:
1.  Veteran's Day was celebrated at Haude today, Emma and Jonah's school.  I took Samuel out of preschool early so we could all watch the program, which included Emma and Jonah singing.  It was a great presentation.  Two veterans spoke.  The kids did little skits that explained why Veterans are celebrated.  All the grades sang different patriotic songs.  It was lovely and I am so thankful Haude gave up instruction time to learn about history from people who helped shape history!

2.  My camera phone---seriously how did people survive without a camera phone?

3.  My crock-pot---I am a huge crock pot cooker.  Tonight's dinner was amazing and even better because I love soup.  Check out this site....A Year of Slow Cooking.  I have never ever made a bad thing!

4.  The cold front that blew in last night.  It finally feels like fall and I love it.  I even bought another fall candle today!  I might not love 40 degrees tomorrow morning at 5am, but I do at the moment!

5.  Getting the winter coats out of the closet and having them still fit everyone!  Whew because Jonah would have had a fit in the morning if he only had a sweatshirt to wear.

Today's picture is of the flags in Haude's front lawn.  It was windy again and I thought they just looked great!  Elena liked them too.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Worst Run EVER!

I really mean it.  I had my worst run ever today.  It was my slowest and most painful run.  I have never battled so much for almost every mile.  That is saying tons since I run 4-5 days a week and have for a while.   As I was hating every second of my run I thought about all other crap runs and today kept winning.  What a great title to have!

I knew running 20 miles today would be super hard.  My calf muscles were sore from yesterday's race.  I knew it was going to be really windy and warm.  I was just thankful I could sleep late.  Yes, I skipped church to run.  20 miles is just too much to run before church. 

So after way too much piddling around I left around 7:30.  My legs were immediately off...read way tired.  I knew it was going to be a LONG run.  I divided up the run into 5 mile chunks and focused on that.  The first five miles were 9:18, 9:28, 9:30, 9:24, and 9:20.  That was the best part of the run. 

The next five were okay but were getting harder and harder.  It was also getting so much more windy.  Having to work that much harder just made me mad, but it did not help me run any faster.  Miles 6-10 were 9:26, 9:38, 9:35, 9:40, and 9:57.  I pretty much feel like I hit the wall between mile 9 and 10.  I could barely wrap my brain around running 10 more miles.

I ran four more miles and decided I need a break.  I stopped in a park and just sat for about 5 minutes.  I needed to regroup and psych myself up for 6 more miles.  I was crazy thirsty and the GU's were not giving me any boosts at all.  Miles 11-16 were 9:46, 9:44, 10:14, 10:03, 10:25, and 10:17. 

I almost finished my water by mile 16 so I decided to stop at Target for a refill.  In 16 miles I had finished 28 ounces of water.  I never drink that much on a run.  It is probably why I was feeling so sick in my stomach.  Literally every step was a chore.  You should have seen the people looking at me in Target!

The last four miles were killer.  I decided after mile 17 that I needed to walk run for mile 18.  That was the only way I could finish.  I hoped that would give me a boost to finish, which it did.  That decision and getting more water were the smartest things I did the entire run.  The last four miles were 10:26, 11:28, 10:52, and 10:34. 

I took a wrong turn after I left Target and actually finished 20 miles about 8th/mile from my house.  I almost cried realizing I had to walk home because I would not be running.  I decided to call Drew and he came to get me.  I was so happy.  I sat down and waited for him.  Then he made me two big glasses of chocolate milk.  What a guy!!

I knew today's run was going to be tough, but I was surprised at how tough it was.  I weighed myself before my post run shower.  I weighed 3.5lbs less than yesterday.  Remember I had drank 35ozs of water, two huge glasses of chocolate mile, and another glass of water when I got home.  Hello---I was super dehydrated!  I am still trying to catch up.  All my drinking is making my stomach so full that I don't want to eat.  I have forced myself to eat all day knowing I need the calories!  I see myself eating like a mad woman tomorrow!

Thank goodness tomorrow is a rest day and Tuesday just might be as well depending on how I feel!

Today I am thankful for:
1.  Drew---he saved my butt today.  Truly this is the first time I needed him to rescue me from a run and that even counts when I fell hard last winter.  He took care of me all day and took care of my responsibility at Children's Choir Camp.  I love him!
2.  Did I say Drew?
3.  My friend Carmalyn--she is just inspiring and creative all the time.  I asked her to make me a bracelet and she gave it to me today.  Well, she gave it to Drew because I skipped church.  I love it.  It is my reminder to myself for my marathon!
It says Push and Believe in You!
4.  Did I say Drew?
5.  Finishing my run today was a good lesson in perseverance and hydration.  I know it will help me in my marathons. 

Today's picture is:
I took this picture around mile 7.  The entire neighborhood was filled with flags....every house had a flag at the curb.  I had just finished talking to Drew about where Jonah's bible was so I took the opportunity to take this picture.  I was a wonderful place to run for several miles!  You can also see how windy it was.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

RWB Veterans 10K Race Report

I arrived at the race so ready to run.  I was mentally prepared despite the weather.  I knew it would be hard and I was ready and then the opening ceremony began.  It was emotionally draining for me!

First, I did not have my phone with me to take pictures.  Biggest mistake ever...well, at least on this day.  So, I borrowed this from a friend's FB page.  This will always and forever make me cry.  This is how the flag was positioned at my Pop's funeral. 
Isn't that just great?!!!

Second, the veterans who are members of RWB arrived via the Woodlands Trolley.  They exited and walked or wheeled to the stage.  They were cheered by everyone as they arrived.   More tears from me.  Then all the other veterans present were called to the event stage.  Goodness!

Third, a local Color Guard presented the American flag and our local Congressman Kevin Brady spoke.  The Star Bangled Banner was sung oh so beautifully by a minister who then lead everyone in a very moving prayer.  For heaven's sake!  I was trying to prepare to run and all I could do was wipe away tears. 

The one fire truck lowered it ladder and moved it to the finish line.  So to start we ran under the big flag and then finished under the smaller flag...just AWESOME!
I realized right then and there that it did not matter what happened during my run.  It did not matter one little bit.  All the stress and planning was good, but other things were more important.  I was surrounded by people who had risked their life for me and this country.  That is so much more important than any race and race goal.  I was so glad I decided to run this race.  It was just so moving to be in the company of these amazing people.  Then, most of them raced.  Several runners had the blade leg and I just don't know how they run with that.  I think there were four wheelchair participants.  The race wheelchairs are the coolest looking things. 
The guy in the red shirt ran holding the flag the girl now has...seriously....it was windy!
My mantra for the race was "nothing I'm doing is as hard as what they did".  So true!  I PR'd today by 38 seconds and was so happy. I did not quite run my plan, but I did my best and I achieved my goal.  I was second in my AG and I think 7th women.  I haven't seen the official results yet, but it was 7th or 8th. 

My official time was 49:33.  I forgot to stop my Garmin immediately so my last split is not quite accurate.  My splits were 7:48, 7:52, 8:06, 8:07, 8:07, 8:02, and my watch had 8:01 for the last .21.  I know it had to be faster...oh well!  I was not passed during the last mile and I passed a few people.  I am very proud of that as well.  Trust me when I say I wanted to stop running.  I was tired and hot.  The last two miles is all up an incline...we don't have real hills.  However, it was just exhausting to be in a constant little climb.  I am proud that I picked up the pace again even if it was just a little bit!
I got a new sweatshirt!
I think I am going to retire from 10K's.  I find them gut busting hard and I don't really like them.  I broke the 50 minutes barrier and that was my goal!  I will continue to run this race, but will stick to the 5K I think!

Today I am thankful for:

1.  Our veterans---I can't say enough about their sacrifice and bravery
2.  Our soldiers and veterans families---I can't say enough about their sacrifice
3.  RWB---I can't say enough about an organization that uses exercise to improve the overall life of returning veterans!
4.  Achieving my 10K goal today---selfish but true.
5.  Living in Texas---I love this state (it took a while, but I do)!  I love that we say prayers before a race...God Bless this State!

Today's picture is of me and Samuel.  He won a medal at his soccer game today for his participation and sportsmanship!  He was so excited that we both got medals!!