31 May 2009
I'll be running in the NYC marathon on November 1st. And it's my very first marathon. I'm raising $$$ for the charity, ING Run for Something Better. It's a running fitness program for school kids. I'd love to get some suggestions from all y'all on how to raise funds for my marathon! I've committed to raise $2500 and I'm about 22% of the way there. Here is a link to my fundraising site. Any suggestions are appreciated on how I can improve my site or any creative ways to raise money for this awesome charity!
We warmed up to jogging to the Katy Trail and then set out for our timed "Magic Mile." I felt like a tool running strides as we waited our turn to start, but my coach reminds me that strides are key to a good sprint performance. And she's right because I ran a 7:56. My first sub 8 mile!
We'll find out later this week I guess what group we'll be in. Michelle finished right before me (she's a speedy girl) so I'm pretty sure we'll be in the same group. And we should. We are the same pace AND she's my race buddy!
After my shower, breakfast and short nap I caught a movie I've been wanting to see, Running the Sahara. So this takes ultra marathoning to the next level. These guys are INSANE; they ran over 5000 miles across, well duh, the Sahara dessert. In just over 100 days. Straight. Yes, in temperatures of 140 degrees. But what an inspiration! Just what I needed on my first official day of marathon training. At one point one of the guys said, "It's not easy, no. If I wanted to do something easy I would have run a marathon." That's how hardcore they are. Check it out...on Showtime here.
Other than that it's been a lazy weekend. Hubs has been working so much and it seems like I've had a commitment each weekend day for a while now. So we parked it inside and just vegged. And it has been bliss. So, I'm going to head out to the porch and enjoy a little more nothing before I get ready to start the week. Ahhh.
21 May 2009
17 May 2009
Torrential downpour yesterday means, long run rescheduled for Sunday. We carefully calculated the latest we could possible sleep and still make it to each respective Sunday School...5:45 it was. Only, you see, we were supposed to meet at 5:45. But instead I woke up at 5:45 when Michelle called me to tell me she was "almost there." Almost where? I was so confused. I didn't know WHY she was calling me. Oh, yeah. Oops.
We took a decidedly unusual direction and decided to just run. No route, no trail, no idea where we would end up, or how long we would run. And it was so fun! I highly recommend trying it every now and then just to shake things up. We ended up at 8 miles, which was perfect. Since we met so much later (6:03 thanks to sleepy me) the sun was actually out for a good deal of our run so I got to enjoy the houses, that usually appear as dark shadow in the night. Oh, and did I mention it was only 53 when we started? 53! That is unheard of in Texas in mid May! I think hell must have actually frozen over because that is the only thing I can imagine that would create such a climate.
I had a dog, red weenie dog, named Spanky growing up. This is important.
At one point we were a bit lost in a neighborhood that didn't see to have any through streets. So we'd take turns calling out which direction we wanted to go. Turn right on Kevin! Turn left on McKamy!
Imagine my delight when we saw this sign.Spanky Branch Dr! Who doesn't want to live on Spanky Branch Dr?!!? I chuckled all the way down the street, until I saw THIS option.So many choices! I could turn on Spanky PLACE! Which was tempting, until I saw...Spanky Branch COURT! Really, who named the streets in this hood? I laughed all the way out of the neighborhood. Made my day.
What made YOUR day today?
09 May 2009
It's hot out, so I made sure to have plenty of beverages to quench their thirsts. In addition to lemonade (pink, of course) we had water. Making your own labels is super easy and really "cutes" up a plastic water bottle! The verse is from Matthew 25:36 - 40. I needed clothes and you clothed me...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers, you did for me.
No party would be complete with out some sweet treats. Strawberry cupcakes and shortbread with dark chocolate dollops.
Jelly Bellies are always a hit, and you can get them in just about any color!
Not pictured is the corn dip, yummy hummus and the dozens of baby quiche that I consumed.
It was so exciting to see the pile of jammies just growing! People want to give, they really do, even in these tough economic times.
Boy sleepers. Love the superman - it even came with a cape!
Girl jammies. Look at all that pink! You can't see it well, but there is a pair towards the top of the photo that has little yellow bees on them. Super cute! Of course I also love the pink pairs with sleeping cats on them! They were all so precious and soft.
Hubs high tailed it out of there before the girls started arriving. But after he left I found this adorable pair of Transformer pajamas that he left for us. Isn't he the sweetest? Just another one of the kazillion reasons I love this man!
I found these polka dotted boxes at Papersource. (my fave stationary store) I also just printed some pink labels, slapped on some hot pink grosgrain ribbon and filled them with addictive dark chocolate covered almonds. Mmm.
I'm so thankful for my amazingly generous friends. What a blessing their generosity will be to these children! We were able to collect 27 pairs of brand new pajamas for Jonathan's House! After everyone left, I prayed over the heaps of pajamas. I pray these children feel loved and safe as they put on their new pajamas and that God will continue to put people in their lives to protect them and nurture them. Thank you Jonathan's House for doing what you do!
05 May 2009
Sunday afternoon Jules had us over for an Open House and a Mavs watching party. Ooh, her new house is so cute! And she did such a great job of remodeling the kitchen. Julie, I stole a before and after pic. Hope you don't mind - I'm so proud of you! She and her dad did this all on their own. I'm so impressed!
Snazzy new kitchen - beautiful!
Speed was brutal last night, just like I pay them to make it. I certainly don't have the discipline to run 12 400's at 5K pace, alternating every 3rd at Magic Mile pace. No way. But I love it just the same! I might be slow, but I'm faster than I used to be!
Gotta go catch Biggest Loser!