Monthly Archives: January 2011

Let the Countdown Begin

It’s hard to believe that over a year ago, this whole thing started. It sure doesn’t seem that long, but it is. In a little over a week, I’ll be participating in my first Half Marathon! WOW!

If you had asked me 2 years ago if I thought I’d even run a half marathon, I would have looked at you like you had a screw loose. Me, RUN?? I mean RUN AT ALL?? Yeah, right! Running was for people being chased by deadly weapons. Running was for weirdos who had nothing better to do (like sleep in) on a Saturday morning. Running was NOT in my game plan. No way, no how.

I’m not sure what changed, but something did. At the end of December 2009 I started to jog on the treadmill at the gym for a few minutes. It felt good, so I kept adding time. Then in January the subject of another Half for Beth came up. At first, I wasn’t convinced… but eventually the idea took root and this blog was a result. NOW… a year later…. IT IS TIME (said very dramatically, of course)!

I’m excited! I’m ready! This Monday I had my 14 mile run. While it was slow, I felt GREAT. I could walk when it was over, and I even was able to do things the rest of the day. I have no doubts that I can finish this Half, and finish strong and in the end that is what it’s all about. Also, my parents are driving down from IL to cheer me on! How awesome is that?? Okay, the idea of getting to meet SIL’s little boy might have been a motivating factor as well… but, I’ll share.

The rest of my mileage is low, and I hope to get a run or two in this week, but I want to make sure that I give my legs plenty of time to rest after the 14 miles. I’m not really good at recaps, but I will try to have a good one to post after the race is over.

Hope you have a GREAT Wednesday!



Hey there! It’s cold, rainy and just a great day here today so I thought I’d blog! Got my coffee and am snug and warm in my house enjoying the rain/sleet mix here in Texas (basically a blizzard to us Southerners). I have homemade potato soup simmering on the stove and feel just like Martha Stewart (no, it doesn’t matter that I haven’t taken down the Christmas decorations nor made my bed yet…).

I’ve found another Half that I’d like to run in October, the Tyler Rose Half. It’s only the second year that they will be doing this, and I’m excited to participate, in fact I’ve already registered! I would have liked to have participated in 2010, but I didn’t find out about it soon enough. Ironically, it was held on the same day that Beth and I originally thought we would be running the half in Waco. This year it’s on the 9th of October, and I’m really hoping (HINT HINT) that Beth will be able to run this one with me!

I’m also going to run the Cherry Festival 5k in Washington, IL sometime in June. My family lives in Washington, so I should have a lot of people to cheer me on! They are also having a logo competition, so I’m going to submit this one:

The theme is “Survivor Washington”.

In other news, Beth R. over at Shut Up and Run had an exciting announcement. If you haven’t read about it you should head over there and give her some congrats… it’s quite an accomplishment! (man, is that a great teaser or what??) I’ve made it easy for you, if you click on the link it will take you right to the post.

3 weeks to go!

Nothing to Say?

I have to tell you a secret. I feel guilty taking the time to blog. Yes, there it is. I feel guilty. I know it’s silly, and that I shouldn’t feel like that, but I do. I sit down to write and then start thinking about the laundry that needs my attention, the dishes in the sink, the bathrooms that are in dire need of a  good wipe down (okay, a hose down might be a little more accurate), and not to mention homeschool (luckily my kids are at the age that they are pretty self directed… WHEW!). So I feel guilt, but I’m going to blog today anyway and just get over it.

I really don’t have anything to say. I’ve run 2 times this year and am planning on running later this afternoon, so that will make it 3 times (and it’s only the 6th so I’m doing pretty good… I’m sure lots of people have run 6 or more times this year, but this isn’t their blog). I do have the lofty goal of 1000 miles for this year, although I’m going to take Lindsay’s advice and be happy with just running more miles this year than I did last year. IF I hit 1000, all the better. I’m waiting to run this afternoon because we have a hopefully not too major plumbing issue out by our side walk (a leak in the pipe I think) and the plumbers are supposed to be here around 9am, and I didn’t want to try to fit a run in before they come (yes, I know I could, but it’s cold outside so I’m waiting). I hope to go around 1 or 2.

Other notable events in this week:

Our 19th anniversary!

My husband’s 40th birthday!

I’m on the final countdown to my first ever Half Marathon. I have a 14 miler next weekend, that I feel confident yet a little queasy about. Life is hectic. Life is GOOD.

Okay, the plumbers are on the way, I’m hoping that it’s not TOO expensive… ah the joys of home ownership.

till next time!