Monday, December 10, 2012
Sis and I visited the expo to pick up my race number on Friday, and we ran into a jolly ole fellow.
Lots of silly photo ops at the expo.
I got two new hats at the expo, yeah, I have a thing for running hats these days.
Race day was Saturday. It was raining, uggghhh. I woke up with a headache, I seriously considered just staying in bed, I can’t function with a headache, but I knew I would kick myself in the butt if I didn’t go, I asked the DH to take my pic before I left. I love themed races but I have never been to a Christmas one before.
I had to get there early in order to get a parking spot, I took some Tylenol and had a banana hoping I would feel better. I went inside to see how everyone else was dressed, I really wanted to just sit in the car and die with my headache, but I had to get it together. Look who I ran into, my fav Elf Buddy, only he wasn't so cheery. Standing in line for the restroom for 20-25 minutes can make one an angry elf, lol...
Headache went away, just in time to start, thank goodness. I was so nervous racing by myself, I didn’t think being there alone would bother me but it did, lol, my DH had to work. And I felt like such a nerd taking my own picture at the starting line.
Off I ran, it was unusually warm and I was overdressed with my new thermal running pants on, I should have wore shorts, but dang…it is supposed to be winter time. Perfect 54 degrees, but a little humid from the rain. 5,500 participants.
I seriously wanted to quit after mile 3, the 5K runners were being directed towards the finish line and I really just wanted to finish with them and be done, but I just couldn’t quit. I turned the corner at the mile 3 mark to find my friend Billy and his daughter, standing by the water stop yelling “go Lisa”, what a nice surprise. My DH had told him the night before that he had to work and that he wouldn’t be there for me, so Billy volunteered to be a cheerleader, that was the sweetest thing ever, and that gave me the oomph I needed to keep going. After that it was smooth sailing.
Kinda lonely running on my own, but I kept my pace and did my own thing. I missed my running buddies. Rounded the corner about .2 miles from the finish and there was Billy again, this time with his camera, what a sweetie. I finished in 1:57:49, I had set a two hour limit on myself, so I was happy to have made that goal.
The after party really stunk, gave us come icky soup, tasted like flavored water, that was a huge letdown since my tummy was really hungry, so I didn't hang around, went home for some food and a hot shower.
Thanks to all my friends for sending me supporting texts to cheer me on and posting your support on FB, it means alot.
Great race, can't wait to do it again next year. Lots of looonnng training runs to keep me occupied until my next race on New Years Day.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
I have been trying to find a variety of things to cook for dinner. I always try to make healthy, balanced meals and I have been running out of ideas. Tired of the same-ole same-old. Dad is staying with us and he diabetic so I want to make sure he is eating properly, so I asked him what kinds of foods he likes to eat and his response was "I'm not picky", well that sure was a big help, lol. I went to the market yesterday on my lunch hour and couldn't decide what to purchase for dinner so I bought a couple of things. I was set to make us breakfast for dinner but dad sent me a text and said "HE" was cooking dinner. What????? Dad cook?????
I must say I was wondering all afternoon what kind of disaster I would come home and find and if "his" cooking was going to be edible. Well get a load of this.....
Stuffed peppers and not the Stouffer's frozen ones either. WOW, totally from scratch and he had even set the table. I was floored. Who knew Dad was a chef???? Not me, can't wait until the next time he surprises us with dinner. Thanks dad for giving me a night off in the kitchen, please feel free to repeat as necessary :)
Gearing up for the big Surf-N-Santa 10-mile race on Saturday, this will be the first official 10-mile race so I'm guaranteed a PR, lol. Looking forward to the festive atmosphere and getting "my run on".
Happy day Sparkies, make it count. Love to all.
Monday, December 03, 2012
The Holidays are officially here. Started out the month long celebration with our annual family trip to the Christmas parade at the beach. It's always a fun time for our family, it's a tradition, complete with silly hats, glow necklaces, my famous homemade sausage and cheese biscuits and cookies. (I only bake once a year, lol) and we enjoy the goodies at the parade with a large thermos of hot cocoa. This year I was so excited to take my GS to his first parade. Christmas is always more fun thru the eyes of a child, and of course, I'm just a bid kid myself. Missed having my oldest teenage grandson there, but he was the lucky one that got to go to Busch Gardens Christmastown, there's always next year. I was so happy to also have my dad come along with us this year, it is so nice having him living back in Virginia. Here's the story in pics.
My DD and I, this is her last Christmas at home before she gets married, sniffle, sniffle.
My sweet youngest grandson, just started walking this week, couldn't keep him from toddling everywhere.
My chunky pie is snacking on a biscuit. So much fun chasing him around.
My DH and the Chunkster
The parade started and he was mesmerized.
He fell asleep on Auntie Jessica's lap half way thru the parade, he was so worn out from all the excitement. I was a little tired too since I had started my day with a 6 a.m. 8-mile long run with the SIL.
After the parade we all gathered at my house for pizza and we watched the movie "ELF". No matter how many millions of times I watch that movie, I still LAUGH. What a great way to kick off the holidays
Monday, November 26, 2012
It was a chilly, chilly, windy morning, uggghh, not so perfect running conditions, but wanted to start the day with a calorie deficit, lol.
Had to do my famous race pose, which really means...hurry up and take the pic dear :)
A sea of people, I've never seen so many at a local race.
And we're off, Hi honey, I'll see ya in six miles.....
I ran my heart out, I wanted a new PR and I just knew today was going to be the day, it had to be...no more 10K's on the schedule for a long time, so RUN LISA RUN.
Great race, I did my best, but I missed it by 20 seconds, awwwhhh shucks. Enjoyed a great holiday weekend with the family afterwards.
I want to give a shout out to my Granddaughter who ran the Turkey Trot 5K in Burgettstown, PA - AWESOME job on your medal. She finished second place in her age group (13) and a big Woo Hoo to my SIL Dan who finished his best 5K time ever. I love that running has become a part of our family.
Running happy and on Week 2 of Marathon Training, gotta run yall.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
It's official, my SIL completed his first half marathon, WAY TO GO Dan. This was my second one, and I finished 6 minutes faster this year. Here we are pre-race hanging out, waiting to get lined up. Weather was absolutely gorgeous
Corral time, we were in Coral 5, we chose to line up next to a 2:30 pace group, that would prove to be a little too ambitious later in the race.
Off we went. The 2:30 pacers started pulling way ahead, funny thing is the guy carrying the sign and leading the pace group was a WALKER, omgee, so we were a little disappointed we couldn't keep up, but better to back it down a notch, we had a long way to go.
Somewhere between mile 7 and 8, our super friends, Maria and Eli were waiting on the corner to cheer us on. So happy to see a familiar face along the way and that gave us a much needed moral boost. Thanks guys.
We kept a pretty good pace, until we hit the last bridge, which slowed us down just a tad, and then the final underpass (mile 11), boy the hammies were screaming.
We had talked about finishing together the whole race, neither of us was going to try to out do the other, it was a team effort. We rounded the corner of the final .1 mile and we kept step for step. I started with the.... "left, left, left, right, left. As you can see, we finished step for step, in perfect unison. How awesome was that?
Our finish time was 2:41, final times have yet to be published as of this morning (remind me to send a complaint email).
Yeah, we did it. Thanks for our wonderful family and friends who were waiting for us and cheering at the finish line, love you all.
Celebration dinner at my house afterwards, a spark recipe actually, Salsa Chicken, rolled up burrito style, yummy. Then for the ceremonial putting the sticker on the car, can't put it on the car til you finish. Well earned Danny, so proud of you.
The happy finishers, we had now earned the right to sport the tech tees and medals, woo hoo.
I had to be a smartie and add a little something to my car since I had already earned my 13.1 sticker last year.....
Taking a couple days off from my runs, then back at it full speed next week for 18 weeks of marathon training, next race will be Thanksgiving day, our local Turkey Trot.
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