Category Archives: Family

All Hot and Sweaty

3.1 miles 32:08

That sounds like the title to a bad song, sorry about that. Well, I did my run for the Jelly Bean Virtual Race! I chose to run a 5k (since I have one that I’m getting ready for at the end of April) and finished in 32:08 for an overall pace of 10:22. MUCH closer to what I would like my “regular” pace to become! WOO! I did, however, start out WAY to fast, and had to try to recoup during mile 2, so I need to work on that.

It was a nice day, on the cool side but very, very humid. We had some bad storms move through our area last night, so it cooled things off, but whew… you could cut the air with a knife (so cliche, I know…again, my apologies). Later the kids and I headed to the gym and I ran another 2 miles, bringing the total for the day to 5. I’ll take it.

I hope you all (all 2 readers… Mom and Beth) have a GREAT Easter weekend!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!


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It’s Friday!

Yes! I’m a winner!

I’ve been following this site for a while on Twitter, and had been thinking I needed to get over there and get involved but just never did. This past weekend they were having a contest and were giving away two Road ID eCards to the first two people to create a new account and post a new topic. Well, what more motivation did I need? I have been needing a new Road ID (my old one is pretty nasty) and I had been meaning to sign up anyway, so that’s what I did. And guess what…. I was one of the winners! They actually ended up giving away three because I tied with another person in setting up the second new account, that’s pretty cool.

I went with a new Slim Road ID in orange:

 I think anyone running, biking, hiking whatever should invest in some kind of ID product. It’s just a good idea. Thanks again, Twentysixtwo and Road ID!!

Tomorrow is the Virtual Run for Sherry spearheaded by Beth over at SUAR. I’m not going to be able to run on Saturday (rehearsal schedule interferes), but will be doing it Sunday. No family should have to go through what Sherry’s has. If you want to, head over and print out a bib and run, walk or bike in her memory. I know it will mean a lot even though the family doesn’t know you.

 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Miracle Match Recap

My family! I couldn’t have done it without them!

Here it is… finally! My race report. Life has been crazy lately, and I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and get it done. Let me say first I am SO glad I did this. It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I stuck with it and finished what I set out to do. My “A” goal was to complete the race and I did that. I didn’t accomplish my “B” and “C” goals, and I can finally say that’s okay. I’ll be honest, there was a bit of disappointment with time, but I’m giving myself grace on that issue. My whole family was there to support me, which made it an incredible experience! The only thing better would to have been to actually run it WITH Beth, but we will do it together SOMETIME! Now on to the recap!

PHOTOS

Fueling up before the race. Notice it’s still dark…. don’t ask about the face, because I don’t know. Notice the nice straight hair….

 

My number. I was glad that “13” was it there, since it’s one of my lucky numbers! Again, don’t ask about the face… it was early.

 

I placed myself at the very END of the starting line.

 

Beth, Jude (my kiddo) and I. I think I’m talking to Rachel, but I’m not sure.

 

Me and my biggest Cheerleader!

 

My Mom. I’m telling her not to cry… but she cried anyway.

The cutest Cheerleader EVER!!

 

My support crew. You can’t read Judah’s sign, but it says “Run.” yes, with the period.

 

I think this is around mile 5ish, maybe 5.5

 

Giving the 2 thumbs up! I was feeling so good at this point.

The first part of the run was fantastic! The weather was perfect and I was feeling strong. My left calf hurt through the entire race, but it was a “bearable” hurt. You know, the kind that is there, but you can put it aside and just run through it. There were so many watches beeping, that it took me a while to get used to it, and not look at mine every time one went off. The course took us through the zoo, and that was fun. There were so many people out cheering us on during that part of the race. I was in a groove and feeling very good up until the massive hill around mile 9.

Letting the crew know that Chris and Hunter were on their way to join them. Either that or I was doing the hand jive…

 

Between mile 12 and 13. I was working through the WORST leg/ calf cramps of my LIFE.

That hill took it’s toll on me! I think I made the mistake of trying trying to run up it, instead of just letting myself walk it. Rookie mistake, probably. I think that decision brought on the massive leg cramps at mile 10 that stuck with me the rest of the race. I have NEVER had cramping like this before. My right quad felt like a huge golf ball, and my calves were making my toes curl under! At every station I would fuel and grab a banana, but none of that helped. Needless to say, this caused me to walk much of Mile 10-12. I was bummed, but what are you going to do. At least I didn’t quit!

The final stretch. I “sprinted” to the finish line…. kinda… but I was running!

 

My medal! Notice the not-so-nice not straight hair….

 

My family! (Beth, Chris and Hunter are behind the camera)

My finishing time was 2:54:12; about 10 minutes slower that what I would have liked it to be. I know that I did the best I could under the circumstances, but it made the moment a little bitter-sweet. BUT, I had my whole family there cheering me on. Every time I saw them I’d get this huge boost and renewed determination. Coming into the end, I saw my Dad up on the bridge and I knew I could finish and finish strong. It was GREAT and  I’ve already signed up for my next half, on Oct. 9th and am really looking forward to it!

The trophy Phil got for me. This is what it said:

“CELEBRATING THE SUCESS OF

MINDY ARMOUR IN FINISHING THE

HALF MARATHONG RUN ON

JANUARY 30, 2011″

Phil got me a trophy! Poor guy stayed up late one night to order it, and you can see what the inscription said. He has a replacement with everything spelled right, but there is NO WAY I’m replacing it! Who else has completed a “Half Marathong”? We were all trying to figure out which half it was…..

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this adventure! Your encouragement and support has been one of the things that has kept me going. THANK YOU! I plan to keep on running with a 10k scheduled for March and then the half in October (perhaps another half next January?). This has been an incredible life changing journey, thanks for sharing it with me!

Until then, happy running!

 

 

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!

Life….or Something Like It

This made me laugh.

I was going to get out and run this morning. I got my new Bondiband hat in yesterday, and was stoked that I was going to get to try it out in “cold” (UM… remember I’m from TEXAS…anything below 60 degrees is “cold”) weather. But, that has been put on hold for just a bit. My girly woke up not feeling well, and is sacked out on the couch as I type. I don’t feel good about going out to run and leaving her on her own….just in case she wakes up and needs me for something. From the way she’s snoring, I doubt that will happen but you never know. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

I took yesterday off, since I ran on Sunday. So of course, now my mind is going into overdrive about slacking off. Get over it. That’s what I’m telling myself, let’s see if it works. I’m not counting today out completely, since there’s a lot of day left. I hoping that after she wakes up, she’ll feel a ton better and later this afternoon I can either hit the road or go to the gym. BUT, if that doesn’t happen, it’s still all okay.

It’s just a little over a month and a half until the half marathon! I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, that it’s actually going to happen, and that I’m actually going to run it. My next really long run is scheduled for 11 miles (there’s a shorter long run before that one), and luckily (if that’s a word that can be associated with running 11 miles) I’ll be in Waco and can run the course they will use for the half. I’d like to run it at least once before the event, just so I know what I’m in for. I should be able to get most of it completed that day, and it should give me a good feel about what to expect. I’m also hoping for nice weather on race day, but being Texas it could be 80 degrees or -20. Who knows.

Well, I guess that’s it for today. I know this post didn’t really have a point, and was a bit on the boring side, but so is doing laundry.

Hope you have a great day!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

A BIG Happy Thanksgiving!! I participated in the Daily Mile “Feed the Turkey Trot” this morning and ran my fastest 5k to date (non-treadmill time… why do I always go faster on the treadmill??) 31:30! I was muggy and warm (in the 70’s at 7:30 AM!!), but it felt good to get out there and run. I was able to print out a certificate and all that good stuff. 609 people participated, and it will be interesting to see where I place when all the results are in.

I still need to register for the Miracle Match Half that will take place in January, it was on my list to do yesterday….but like a lot of things yesterday I put it off. I’m not nervous about the distance, I mean 13.1 miles is a lot, but I’ve eeked out 12.1 so I’m pretty sure I can do it… what really is freaking me out is the PEOPLE. I like to run alone…. actually, to be honest, I like to do most things alone. The idea of all those other runners around me, and then add spectators on top of that, and that gets my heart rate up just a bit. I KNOW that they won’t be focusing on me (I’m not that conceited… geesh), but still the freak out factor is there. BUT, I’m still going to do it, and I’ll just focus and push all that out and just run. So TODAY (or perhaps tomorrow) I will register! (I need to do it before Dec. 1st to get a $10 discount)

I hope each of you have a wonderful, family filled Thanksgiving!

GO COWBOYS!!

Blessings,