Monday, October 22, 2012
I'm so excited, this is race week, woo hoo. The Wicked 10K is this weekend. This is a fun race as everyone is dressed in costumes, it's amazing what people can come up with. As always, I have to be different, i always design my own costume, I want to be unique - I walk to the beat of a different drum ya know. I'm sure there won't be another one like me there that's for sure. I'm excited that it's my SIL's first 10K - we enjoyed a great long run on Saturday, we ran the 10K race course so he could be familiar with where it goes and then tacked another 4.7 miles , including two bridge crossings so we could meet our long run (9 miles), which ended up being 10.7-miles. Only one more long run before his first half marathon debut. I am so excited for the upcoming half-marathon, and the Wicked 10K fit perfectly into our training schedule as we use it as a stepping stone for the big one next month. Looking forward to both.
Any guesses as to what I am going as? Danny, don't reveal please.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I am so happy to announce that my granddaughter's modeling career was officially launched last night. The big modeling debut, her first modeling gig last night at VA Fashion Week. I never knew VA had a fashion week, I thought that was reserved for NYC and Paris, but what do I know? I'm a little outta touch with the fashion world since my idea of fashion is doning the latest running gear, bright colors of course.
She was so nervous waiting backstage, the Designer that she was modeling for was last on the program, so I know she was just dying backstage waiting to get going. We were all anxiously awaiting her turn, we had the cameras ready and waiting for action. Then out she stepped onto the runway, I was just so taken back, WOW, she is such a beautiful girl and when the heck did she turn into a fashion model, lol. Time flies.
Congrats missy, you were gorgeous, fabulous and awesomeness all wrapped into one future Super Model. Look out fashion world, this is only the beginning. Remember you saw it here first.
Can you tell I'm a proud Gma?
Monday, October 15, 2012
Hey guys, I'm still here, been MIA every now and then, but still hanging tough. Wanted to share my great weekend experiences with you. Flew to NY to visit dad.
I enjoyed a simple pleasure on the flight there.... I read the entire issue of November's Runner's World, woo hoo. In Runner's World magazine every month they feature a "Rave Run", gorgeous places to run. Here is this month's pic.
Nothing more beautiful than that in my opinion.
It's so great to be following in dad's footsteps of becoming a runner and we both share in the love of running. Dad used to run ultras and then some back in the day (NOTE: I do not aspire to be an ultra-runner, lol). Dad knows how important my running training is so he planned a run for Friday morning, and what a lovely spot he selected - the Gennessee Thruway - an 82 mile trail. Wasnt sure I was going to like trail running, I was so scared I was going to trip over something and injure myself, however I couldn't wait to experience it. I'm hooked, it was great, a whole lot more kind on the body than the pavement.
It was a crisp 38 degrees. Crisp is a term obviously for people who live in cooler climates, I just call it downright cold, brrrrrr. But I was prepared with some heavier running gear so it really wasn't that cold. When we got to the trail I was so overwhelmed with the beauty and serenity of it all. Nature had rolled out the yellow, orange, red, and brown leaf carpet. This is my "rave run".
Dad hung up his running shoes a few years ago but he walked the trail with his dogs while I did a quick five-miler. I was worried being alone out there, but dad assured me it was a straight path, no twists and turns to get lost on, he said just run til you get tired and then turn around. After running for about 3 miles I quickly discovered I wasn't "alone" out there, OMG, I had forgotten about wildlife...a deer jumped in the bushes right next to me, a squirrel scampered across the path in front of me, yikes, and then I discovered a huge pile of poo, just off to the side of the trail....OMG, bears. So from that point on, I was on the lookout, lol.
I didn't want to leave dad behind waiting on me forever, felt like I could have run forever on that trail with such beautful conditions (scenery, temperture, solitude), so I ended it at 5-miles. WOW, totally exhilerating.
Dad was waiting back at the truck with a fresh apple, what a nice surprise, I don't think I have enjoyed an apple more than I did that morning, it was becaues it was presented to me with love. Thanks dad for showing me and sharing a great experience.
To keep the good "rave" going, here's Rave 2:
We went on to enjoy some quality daddy-daughter time with great dinners, target shooting with his new sniper rifle, walking the dogs, visit to see my grandma and aunt. Wish I could have stayed longer, it's quality that counts, not quantity but wish I had both.
Yesterday was life back to normal. Met the SIL for a 8-mile run yesterday morning, less than a month til the half marathon, he's getting excited and his running is improving tremendously. Go Danny !!!!
Enjoyed having the whole family and close friends (all 17 of us) over for football and dinner. Good times and laughter with the whole gang, including my hilarious teenage grandson, and my future model granddaughter and of course...my little chunky pie playing cornhole. Life is good.
Monday, October 08, 2012
What a super exciting weekend. It was a much needed one too. I had the week from Haydes last week and a string of bad luck last week, but I am happy to report the stress level has diminished and I think my luck turned around (two days in a row anyway).
Went shopping on Saturday, found my favorite collectable shoes, on sale, so I had to splurge (less than $30). I only visit this store maybe once or twice a year so I figured I better load up - 17 new lovely shoes to add to my collection.
Didn't do my long run on Saturday, had a headache so I beat myself most of the day about it, so I planned to do it on Sunday. I headed out the door and I got exactly one block and it started to pour, so I turned around and went back home, bummed. I got DH to set up the treadmill, managed two miles on that before I said....the heck with this. I hate the treadmill. It had stopped raining so I decided to get out and try it again. This time, no rain. The whole time I was running I thought, geez I'm tired, why didn't I just skip it, well...this new mantra I had been repeating to myself really kept me going...
"Don't quit when you're tired, quit when you're done"
The whole time I'm running I usually scan the pavement for coins, I'll stop in a heartbeat to pick up a penny. So my runs usually net about 10 to 15 cents, on a good day it can be 30 cents. Well let me just say.... yesterday was payday. I had just finished my 7-mile run and was walking my usual cool down quarter-mile and I looked down on the sidewalk and low and behold, a $5 bill, so I bent down to pick it up and even better.... it was three $5 bills. Woo hoo, I was so danged excited I sprinted home to show the DH, woo hoo, woo hoo. So for all my family and friends who think I'm nuts for stopping to collect coins, get a load of this pic.....
Can you tell I was giddy and goofy? LOL.
Lastly, I want to give a huge shout out to my my buddy MZSLYDE01...she ran her first 5K race on Saturday and rocked it. Way to go lady, hop on over to her page to give her a big WOO HOO !!!
Monday, October 01, 2012
Neptune Festival this past weekend at the oceanfront. It was supposed to be a sunny day for the race, grand parade and sand castle competition, well....Mother Nature changed her plans. Rain, rain, and more rain on race day, boo. There was no way the rain was going to stop me and Sis from a great race, just means we would run faster so we could get out of the rain, lol.
Started out with a super pace, sis wasn't "feelin" it, she hasn't run in a while so we slowed it up a bit, then speeded it back up. She got a stitch about mile 2 so I kept going. Sis said we could finish in 52:00 minutes, well me being the "realist" I had set my goal for 55 minutes or under.
I was heading down the home stretch when DH took this pic, I think I was not wanting to see the finish line clock, but to my surprise it was 53:06, woo hoo. I finished UNDER my GOAL, yeah. That was the vote of confidence I needed for this month's 6-miler - I CAN DO IT, I CAN and WILL beat the last 6-milers time. Bring on the WICKED 10K.
After race party was nice, except it's way too early in the morning for beer and pizza, lol, guess it's 5:00 somewhere for runners, it was actually 9:15. Posed with King Neptune for a picture only to discover it was really Queen Neptune.
Great race, but didn't stay for the parade, we were wet from running and it started to get a bit breezy so we headed home. Can't wait til next race, in the mean time, logging the miles training for the half-marathon, this week's long run is 7 miles, meeting the SIL for that on Saturday.
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