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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Widget!!

Yeah...I'm official and everything! All signed up to do the Augusta 70.3 Tri!

Training with the best training program....Team in Training....and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Wanna help, click on my Purple Widget on the side ---->

And donate!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Shamrock Weekend

AWESOME weekend of hanging out with friends and running a Half Marathon...again!!

Started out on Saturday morning...met up at a friends house. Decided the Highlander was the easiest car to take with 4 Girls (some of which don't pack as well as other...yeah I'm talking about me). We were also bringing a blow up bed, and lots of food. So we packed up the highlander and headed out on the open road.

We stopped for a bathroom break and some wake me up stuff/ gassing up the car. Ohh and we tried on a few hats!

We made it to the EXPO and got our packets with our numbers, and shirts....and then headed to the EXPO part that, and got more goodies! Including for me a motivator for my next big step and 70.3 headband.

We had a nice evening full of eating our food that we brought pasta with meat sauce and garlic bread...ohh and some choc. chip cookies. We all tried to get to sleep early..but sleep was slightly elusive for most of us. I think I pee'd 5 times that night. We were up at 4:30am. Got breakfast and got ready to RUN!

It was totally COLD and WINDY!! It was ridiculous! We parked closer to the finish line and walked to the start. They had not even put up the coral numbers when we got there because the wind was blowing them over. We got into our corals probably 15 minutes before the start! It wasn't to bad once we were there...but it was still COLD!!

The run was GOOD! My first 5 miles were AWESOME! I felt great, my legs felt fresh and happy. Then I had to play little games with myself because I was starting to get tired. I still run/walk so I would run and catch up to someone (lady in the pink jacket) and then I would fall back on my walk and the next run I'd try to make sure I caught up with my target person again. That worked really well for awhile. Then...I had to stop and stretch a little at about mile 8.5, my calves and "hip" were getting tight.

At about mile 9.5 I met up with Jenn and she totally helped me rock it to the end. I was getting I always do at mile 10. Jenn was my light at the end of the tunnel. We laughed along the way at people and signs. We stopped and took pictures of different things including a couple of sweet puppy dogs.

We turned the corner to go down the longest boardwalk to the finish I have ever been on. I mean you could see the finish...but it was way way way down there. I was battling with the 2:30 pacer guy. He was great and had lots of motivating things to say to the people in his group...but I was working really hard to stay in front of him. So in the end the 2:30 pacer guy made me finish at my goal...less then 2:30! 2:27+, I know I'm not fast, but I'm happy!!

Afterwards there was a ton of BEER. And Fun...ohh and a hotel change...from the okay hotel to the Hilton at the Oceanfront. Ohh and it was club level...ohh and FREE!! WOW!! Just sayin' it was a FANTASTIC weekend!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Good and Sad.

Spring has Sprung - Flowers coming through

Great weekend! The weather has been FANTASTIC!! So happy that Spring seems to have SPRUNG!

Friday I did a double round of Insanity! It's a crazy DVD workout, that is pretty dang hard! I'm working on getting stronger, but with these videos I have to watch that I don't overdo it and hurt myself...more. I'm working on slowing down the plyeometrics (jumping) and making sure my form is good and not hurting my feet and ankles. My double round was because I missed Thursday, and then I did my Friday workout.

Saturday was a beautiful day to get out and RUN! I did. I cut my 8 mile run down to 6 miles because my feet and ankles were talking to me. Jason came out and ran as well. He did 6 as well (that was all he was planning on doing). It was so nice out and so many people were out enjoying the day.

Sunday (today), I met my friend Kim for a bike ride. We did a Hilly N. Raleigh ride, that was AWESOME! We checked out some different routes, ie: went in and out of neighborhoods to see where they led. It was so beautiful out and the ride was fantastic. We were out there for 1.5 hours. I did have the most stellar pace...but it was still AWESOME.

Scout hanging out on the patio.

Tonight we met up with friend from the dogpark to say Farewell to one of our Favorite People and Dog Combo's. Rebecca and her sweet pup Freddie are moving to Maryland on Tuesday. She organized a great meet up at Boylan Brew Pup, and it was AMAZING. The outdoor patio had reserved seats for us and the dogs were welcome to come. Of course we brought Scout. He had a blast! It'll be sad to not have Rebecca and Freddie to hang out at the dogpark with us anymore, but we are excited for her new adventures in Maryland! We'll miss you guys!!

Freddie at the dogpark

Friday, March 11, 2011

I made some updates....

HINT HINT...I've made some updates to my blog.

With my updated widgets are some clues as to what my "faith" crisis is about.

Okay so here it is coming out of my mouth (or fingers as it may be): My ankles and feet are really starting to act up again. I say again because the last time they felt like this was when in the middle and after Nike Women's marathon in 2008. I hated running for awhile. Hated it. It was just painful, waking up in the morning with foot pain, feeling constant ankle pain, and just dealing with all the ick of it all. Well I'm feeling it all again. So my plans on training for a full marathon "may" be put on hold, and I "may" edit my race schedule to instead include a......HALF Ironman. Ohhh I know what your going to say...well those who know me well. What happened to the girl who said she didn't want to do an Iron distance race? Well here's the deal. Team in Training (in my area) is having the first Iron distance training group. I feel like I might of had a small part in starting the ball rolling on getting this to happen. With that and the fact that I could probably use some "FORCED" cross training, I'm thinking I should give it a try. I mean I know I can each of the pieces of this race on there own. 1.2 mile sweat, 56 mile bike ride, fun times, 13.1 run..yep I've done that a bunch now. Now it's just putting it all together.

I've been working at being more involved within my dental hygiene componet. I became a trustee this year, it's a pretty big responsibility, but doesn't take to much time. I'm happy for that. I was just recently asked to consider running for Vice President, which was such an honor to be thought of. However I'm not sure I'm going to have the time to be able to do that position effectively. I'm thinking it through though and considering it. My wanting to please people tends to get me in trouble and putting to much on my plate, so I'm really thinking this one through.

I'm also working on fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Team in Training), and for the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), plus coaching my AWESOME athletes for Special Olympics. I do have raffles going on, on both of my fundraising websites (so go check them out...the links are on the side of this page).

That's what's happening in my life right now.....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'm still here....

Hello Blogger World...

I'm still here...just having busy days, not much time to blog my life.

I'm having a crisis of "faith". More to come on that.

Overall Life is still WONDERFUL! I still love being me! YAY!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Belk is having a Spring Charity Sale. It will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 6 to 10 a.m.

If you are not familiar, the charity sale is an event in which Belk is partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help me/us raise funds. The tickets cost $5.

In exchange for your $5 ticket, you get access to the sale, which boasts discounts of up to 70 percent off. You also get $5 off your first purchase (which covers the cost of your ticket). Also, on the morning of the sale, the first 100 customers in line will receive a Belk gift card, ranging inv alue from $5 to $100. There will also be three $1,000 gift cards awarded company-wide.

If you would like to get your ticket for this great event/mega sale please let me know. For only $5 and you get the $5 back with your first purchase. 20-70% off Rarely Discounted Brands (ie: Dooney & Bourke, Jessica Simpson, Cole Haan, Calvin Klein, Lucky & more)