Sunday, August 31, 2008
After 4 months of training, it is finally over! This morning was my second half marathon. I am pleased to announce that I finished almost 5 minutes under my first half marathon time and that I kept everything down after this race! yay!! I still felt terrible right after the race, but that feeling went away after about 10 minutes of sitting down. This race was not any easier than the last one and I still do not know how I am going to do a marathon. My marathon, which is 26.2 miles, is in March. I begin training for that next week. I have decided to take a week off. BTW, I was able to wear my Garmin watch for this race...at the conclusion of the race, I had burned 1400 calories. Not bad huh? :)
Running with Team Hoyt was AMAZING!! I enjoyed getting to meet Dick and Rick Hoyt and many of the team memebers. I very excited about running some local races here with Team Hoyt VB and pushing disabled children from St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children. I will keep you updated on the progress of that.
Thanks for much for those of you who were always asking how training was going, or those of you who supported financially by donating to the Hoyt Foundation!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Jonathan and I are frequent visitors of Rita's Italian Ice. It is a place that serves custard and shaved ice in several different flavors. It is so good!! We just discovered it last summer. We have been lucky enough to have a Ritas about 3 miles from our current house.
Well, as I was doing my run a couple Sundays ago, i noticed that they are building a brand new Ritas in the shopping center almost directly behind where our new house is going to be! It is within walking distance and I think I will conveniently end my runs at the Ritas! Ha :) We were very excited, and figured that his lot must be meant to be for us to live there!!
Before I finish this blog, a quick update on our house. The lot has been completely cleared. We received the final drawing of the house plans this week, however we decided to change a couple things in the kitchen this weekend, so she will have to send us a new final copy this week. The next step is getting the plans submitted to the city. Once they are approved from the city we can start construction! yay!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
My sister in law had mentioned in passing last weekend about how her dog, Baxter, loved swimming in the water at a local park. After she had talked about it, we made plans to meet up there Sunday to let the dogs all go for a swim together. We weren't sure if we were going to make it happen due to the weather, but everything cleared up around 4:00 so we gave it a shot. The dogs had so much fun!! Chubbs has never been fond of getting wet past his ankles, but today he surprised us all and took off swimming! This was the first time that Einstein has been swimming and I am sad to report that......he did not have the coordination yet to swim. He kept trying to find the bottom of the lake with his feet, so he was sinking fast!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I'm pretty sure when people ask me that question my face lights up. I cannot express to everyone enough how much I LOVE being married! I just wanted to take this time to express how much I love my husband and how much I love our life.
There was not a big adjustment period for us after marriage with the transition of moving in together. Everything has gone pretty smoothly. Even more recently with my change of my job/schedule I feel even better about our household as I am able to cook our own meals now and deep clean the house once a week on a regular basis. I have even gotten into clipping coupons every Sunday and we are saving a ton of money!!
I am lucky enough to have every Friday off from work. My fridays once a month are spent cooking about 20 meals. I freeze them for us to use for the whole month. It has made my life so much easier!
I am so thankful for my husband and I appreciate how hard he works to support and take care of me and our two bulldogs. I am thankful that we are in the position to have a brand new house in a couple of months. I am thankful for the similarities and the differences in Jonathan and my personalities as I think we compliment each other perfectly. I love my husband!! So next time you ask me how I am enjoying married life, be prepared to get a long happy answer along with a glowing smile! :)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I was able to see the sunrise and several dolphins in the water. It was so beautiful!! I was so focused on the water during my whole run. I even saw a dolphin jump out of the water. I have never seen one do that in the wild. It was amazing!
I really enjoyed doing my long run on sunday mornings. Hopefully I can stick to that schedule for the next marathon. I was able to get the run out of the way first thing in the morning, still make it to church, and have the rest of the day to relax.
Back to the shorts issue....I bought some shorts on clearance at Tj Maxx. They were Nike shorts for only $10. I made the mistake of wearing them for the first time during a long run. Big mistake. A mile into my run they were sliding down my waist. I had to run the next 4 miles holding them up until I could get back to my car to get my hydration belt to help hold them up. I am also in the process of breaking in some new shoes, and my feet were blistering terribly this morning. It was a rough run, but I am able to do 10+ miles now with ease. I'm really looking forward to this race and finding out how much easier and enjoyable a race can be when you train properly :)
Saturday night, Jonathan's parents invited us to go sailing for a sunset cruise. It was so nice!! We got to the marina about 7:00, ate Chick-Fil-A on the boat and then started sailing. The sunset was beautiful and the temperature was perfect! I was hoping to see some dolphins, but no such luck. Maybe next time! We sailed for a couple hours until we started to notice some lightning and decided that we should prepare for a storm and head back to the marina. We never received any rain....oh well! It was fun, and we cannot wait to do another sunset cruise. Next time hopefully the dolphins will show up! :)
This was the boat as it was leaning significantly...I must admit I was a little nervous and thought we were all going to get wet!
Brittany (my sister and law) and me
Jonathan and me, afterwards