Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Good Morning SP Friends!
Yesterday we had a beautiful day, though very hot and humid. We headed out for a morning walk at 8:30, knowing that later in the day the only reason I would set foot outside would be to go to the pool.
Got this shot. Couldn't manage to get them to both look at the camera at the same time, but I really liked the way this one turned out...
Some of my long-time SP friends have seen many pictures of Preston on this rock, so it was cool to get both of them on it!
At 1PM we headed out the door to the pool. The temp was 89 with a heat index of 95. Gotta love the humidity in this part of the country! I lived in Sacramento for a summer, and although it was typically 100 every single day, there was no humidity and there is a BIG difference (think oven heat versus heat from a boiling pot of water).
Anyhoo...we worked up our appetite for the pool by walking up the big hill (me pushing the big stroller with baby and all the pool gear in it) and we had a great time. I took Preston's arm floats off him a couple weeks ago, as he can touch in half of the shallow end. He's never wanted them since and yesterday he really impressed me with how much "real" swimming he was doing. The boy is a fish. Big sis bought him a pair of goggles and he loves to go under water.
OK, enough rambling.
Here is a pic of the swimsuit big sis bought Carly this year.
Preston in the pool...
Carly snacking on apple slices and watching P swim...
Last week my mom was here all week and she took the older 3 to the pool in the afternoons while Carly napped and I worked on homework. Here are some great shots she got. Disclaimer: YES, we do feed Preston, LOL! The kid eats and eats, but he also runs nonstop!
Emily floating around...
Chad and Emily...
My brother even visited one day...
Here he is reading to the little ones...
My mom posted this on FB and said "Carly begging mommy for ice cream" Looks like she's praying, LOL!
For now, I'm passing on the ice cream, and trying my best to get my eating back in check. The scale hit 179 the other morning and I refuse to go any higher. Changing habits gradually and within 2 days have dropped 2 lbs. I got this.
My SP friend Debbie posted a quote Monday morning that really hit me...it said...
I have to learn how to handle stress better...eating it away does nothing...wait, that's wrong. Eating it away does do something...makes me gain weight and stress more!
I have to remember...
On that note, I'm off to face the day! Hope you all have a great one!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
As if I have time to write this...but I really could use some input here. Though I think I know what I want to do. And I think I know what most of you will say...but here it is...
I have 12.5 weeks of school left...set to graduate Aug 25th. Ugh...graduate...that brings me to another point...let me rant and get that out a sec...
I didn't graduate from high school. I had Emily in the middle of my junior year, and was already home schooled at that point. Anyway, I actually finished my GED program before I would have graduated high school. As much as I didn't miss many things about HS, I did miss getting to wear a cap and gown and graduate. This is something I looked forward to with my college degree. I was asked if I wanted to walk (attend a ceremony) when I finished my AA 2 years ago. I said no, I'd wait til I finished my BS. Well my counselor called me a few months ago, said there was a ceremony in Cleveland (2 hours away) in June that I could participate in. I asked why there wasn't one in Pittsburgh. She didn't know, said she guess they hadn't posted a date yet. So I said I'd wait. About 2 weeks ago, as a date still wasn't set for Pittsburgh, I decided I would register for the one in Cleveland in June. Too late. The sign-up deadline had already passed. Are you kidding me? And Pittsburgh isn't having one. So again, no cap and gown for me. I know it may sound silly, but I really looked forward to it. To add to my "whine" train, there's been enough depressing sh*t in my life lately, and here is another.
I told Emily that I was ordering a cap and gown and I'd just wear it around the house on graduation day...LOL
Back on point...12.5 weeks to go. I am set to finish one week after the kids start back to school. My little man, Preston, starts kindergarten this year. Emily...my oldest...starts her senior year. I'm already emotional thinking about it all.
So I'm thinking I should take a break between classes...enjoy some summer time with them all. If I finish this class, and the next one, I could break for 4 weeks - from July 22nd to Aug 19th. Then I would just have 5 weeks to finish up my degree and be done.
I just have to decide, do I really want to take a break when I only have one class left? But at the same time, I feel like it's my last chance to have that time with my kids. Because come next summer I will be working, and all the summers after that, unless I should win the lottery...that I don't play...LOL!
I think my answer is obvious, isn't it?
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Alright, there was no way to make this a short blog...sorry. This was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was not just the run, but meeting my best friend for the first time, and sharing the run with her. Though she slowed down for me, so maybe she shared it with me?
There are so many more things I can think of to share about the race...signs we saw, people we saw, etc. But I had to make cuts, LOL!
Here it is...my race blog.
Good Morning my friends! So here it is, the blog you have all been waiting for!!
The trip to Indy started on Thursday for me and my family. A 4 hour drive to Springfield, OH to drop the kids off with the grandparents (my in-laws). We stayed the day/night there to help the kiddos settle in. Friday around 1:30 we departed for Indy and arrived there 2 hours later. Found the hotel with ease and settled in and rested for about an hour.
After our rest we headed out for the Expo to meet Nikki and pick up our race packets.
Meeting Nikki was just as I had imagined…wonderful! We hugged and immediately headed off to pick up our race packets with our bibs!
I wish I had taken my camera along for the evening. After picking up our packets we headed out for dinner. Mind you, none of us had ever been to Indy. We must have stood outside the Expo looking at a map for 5 minutes before venturing in what we hoped was the right direction! I suggested a place called the Bru Burger Bar after seeing this is a magazine in my hotel room…
Even though Google said it was a 20 minute walk, we decided to go for it. Besides, we were running 13.1 miles the next day, so who couldn’t handle a 20 minute walk? Maybe the guys…LOL! I am really glad we did go, because it gave us a chance to really see the city, which I thought was pretty. Lots of cool buildings and such.
Finally we arrived, probably a half hour later, and found the wait for a table to be 1.5 hours! However, on the way in I noticed tables outside were open and asked if we could get one of those. We were immediately seated and within 10 minutes we were all shivering. I was warm from the walk and kind of forgot how it was only 49 degrees, cloudy, and a bit breezy! We all laughed and said it would just be part of the memories. We treated ourselves to some Starbucks after dinner to warm back up and to start the long walk back to the hotels. Yeah, the hotels, plural. The Crowne called me Thursday to tell me they overbooked and bumped us to a different hotel. At least we were only a block apart.
So after dinner and all that walking (my Fitbit tracked it at about 4.5 miles that evening!) it was already after 8 and we decided to call it a night to ensure we got a good night’s rest. Something I had been excited about for a long time, because as most of you know, Miss Carly still does not sleep all night! By 10:30 I was out and by 1AM I was awake and spent the next several hours tossing and turning. Too excited to sleep I guess! Cool room though...
Wake up 6:15, breakfast (2 bananas, wheat toast, eggs, and OJ) and dress with as much pink as possible! Out the door at 7:45 to meet up with Nikki.
Line up at 8:00 AM and wait. The weather? Beautiful!
The crowd around was so pumped up and there was music blaring and the atmosphere was just amazing.
8:45 was our start time and while I have a cool video of it, I am unable to post it at this time. Hopefully soon I can share it. It took a while to get moving in the beginning. At the 5k mark (3 miles) we were at 33:53, so a bit over 11 minute miles. You have to consider the congestion at the beginning of the race too. Even with wave starts, it was crowded at certain parts of the race. Nikki and I did a great job at zig zagging around people and meeting back up!
At the brickyard…oh the brickyard…which is around mile 7.7, we were at 1:24:59, keeping to an 11 minute mile pace. So for those that don’t know about the brickyard, it is the start/finish line in the Speedway. The Speedway is 2.5 miles long!
Apparently it’s tradition to kiss the bricks. Not everyone does it. BUT, the guy right in front of me did. All the sudden he drops down right in front of me and I had to swerve to my right to not plow him over. This morning I found pictures to prove it on the marathon photo site, but as you can imagine they are copyrighted and I cannot share those here (bummer!!).
We were doing good, running great, consistent. I think I was still talking around this time! Eventually I got to the point of not talking anymore! My right knee started to flare up a little around mile 4 or 5, but I tried my best to ignore it. I just kept running, but by mile 10 it was really hurting. Nikki had asked me a few times if I wanted to stop and stretch it, but of course I didn’t. After crossing the 10 mile mark I knew I had to walk for a minute. But do you hear that? I RAN 10 miles straight!! I hadn't gotten that far in my training, so I was very impressed!
At the 11 mile mark we were at 2:02:49, an 11:10 minute mile pace, which was good considering it was after the 10 mile mark that I had to walk for a couple minutes. I don’t think Nikki let me walk more than 2 minutes. Seriously, best cheerleader EVER!
My favorite was in the last mile when she said "feel that finish line pulling you in..."
So over the course of the next 2 miles I had to stop to walk for 30 to 60 seconds about 3 or 4 times. When we hit the 12 mile mark I told Nikki that I was not stopping and to make me keep going. It gets fuzzy here a bit, just because the pain was pretty intense in that stupid knee! Mind you, my other leg felt great…my feet were fine, my breathing was fine. Just that darn right knee!!
BUT, at the 13.1 mile mark, we crossed the finish line at 2:27:26! This means that even during those last 2.1 miles we were at an 11:15 minute mile pace.
The medal up close…
I had a goal of finishing under 2 and a half hours, and I did it. I know Nikki could have finished at least 15 minutes before that, but she was right beside me the whole time, cheering me on, pulling me through those last few painful miles.
We hung out in the park for a few minutes and then had to head to our cars. Nothing like running 13.1 miles and then having to walk 12 or so blocks to get to your car, LOL!
It was so sad to split up and head home. It was the most amazing experience ever. I was so lucky to have met Nikki and to have run this awesome race with her. Just a short background: Nikki and I met through Spark. It was like meeting my twin. I think we spent nearly the first 3 months that we knew each other going “no way, me too”. It seemed like we had everything in common. Our upbringings were much alike; home schooled, BIG Tori Amos fans, track team members, and other things I won’t get into!!
During the 2+ years Nikki and I have known each other we have helped each other through some dark times. We have shared some awesome times too. We have pushed each other to do things we might normally not do. We have encouraged each other and supported each other in regard to physical fitness. I was there “virtually” when Nikki ran her first ½ marathon and then her first full marathon.
Even though I swore during the last mile of this race that I would never run a ½ marathon again, we tentatively scheduled another one together, in 3 years, in Colorado by the time we had walked to our cars!
I cannot thank Nikki enough for being so awesome. She’s always awesome, but she was particularly awesome on race day. If not for her, I would not have met my goal of finishing under 2.5. She was the BEST!! I also have to thank all my wonderful SP friends who have been so encouraging through all my training. I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE!!
I learned so much through this experience about myself. I learned that I am capable of way more than I give myself credit for. I am stronger than I give myself credit for. I learned that no matter how much you have going on in life, you have to make time for you and you CAN make time for you. I went through so much in my personal life during my training for this. I am not sharing those details, but trust me if you knew, it would give you even more inspiration to push yourself!!
The possibilities are endless my friends. Push yourself, you won’t regret it!
P.S. This flower was sent to me by another SP friend (thanks Donna for your endless support, motivation, and assistance..i.e. shin splints!!). If you are not familiar with these flowers, check it out at:
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