Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Runner Girl

It was a beautiful spring day today.

 Emma had a ton of pent-up energy and wanted to GET OUT. This was just her warm-up before we went running together this afternoon.

She ran up and down the street a few times...

I don't know if her feet ever touched the ground. I love the look of pure joy when a child runs.
Gotta love the running outfit I bought her at Target last fall. This was the first time she was actually able to wear it.  Check out the little girls' size running skirt! Well, it's actually a "skort," so she was able to climb the monkey bars when we stopped at the school track.  I didn't take my camera on our run, so no pix of that.

Go, Emma, go!

Then, before we left, she got excited because she noticed our tulips have bloomed!

Notice she still has the jingle bells and race chip in her shoe from the Jingle Bell 5K?

Monday, April 11, 2011

No "Easy Run" For Me

Getting back in shape after the flu (or whatever it was) has really been a challenge!! I have struggled to just run for 2 straight miles without stopping to walk for a minute. I know I can get back, but it is really hard for me, and is going slow. I'm in my 40's, I'm a new runner, and there is no such thing as quickly bouncing back.

I'm already a slow runner as it is, and even when I am in shape, it can be frustrating to read about a runner going for a "4-mile easy" run, or to read a training schedule and see that you are supposed to do an "easy 3-miler" on Mondays. There is no "easy" run for me! Not even a 12-minute mile is easy. A hard run for me is at a 10-minute mile pace - and that's when I'm in good shape. There's been a few times that I've been able to run a mile in 8 minutes, but never 2 in a row. Walking is easy. Not running. Not jogging. Every run is a challenge. Every mile is a challenge. But I just make up my mind to do it, and like Nike says, "just do it." That's the only way I ever managed to run the half-marathon (13.1 miles) without walking last year. I did it then, and I'll do it again.

Some runners say that all people are born to run. I disagree. There's no way I was born to run - but I really do enjoy it. That said, I am proof that even someone who has not been born with any talent or natural inclination for running can still fall in love with it, and be a runner. Put your mind to it, and if you want it badly enough (and are physically able), you can be a runner too. I will run as long as I am able - even if it means I slow down to a 4mph pace when I get older!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Time for Some Catch-up!

I can't believe I haven't blogged since New Year's Day - and four months into the year, it's not even "new" anymore. Here's what's been going on...


My sweet daughter and cutie pie grandson
- My oldest daughter Whitney and her little family came up from Texas for a week-long visit. Since they couldn't make it for Christmas, we had a second Christmas with them, opening gifts and enjoying a another huge Christmas dinner.  We also had some friends over so they would get a chance to see them. Had a great time, and it was hard to say good-bye!

- My 15yo son started public school for the first time, after being homeschooled all his life. He loves it, has made a ton of new friends, and is doing great. He's making straight A's so far - and I've threatened him that he better keep it up!

- Found out I am going to be a grandma - again! Whitney and John are expecting a new little one in October.

- We have two January birthdays in our family - Andy and Whitney, so we celebrated!

Yep, the candles say "44"! Old man!


- Pittsburgh went to the Superbowl - how many times is that now? We wore big ugly Steelers jerseys to church, but apparently that didn't bring them good luck since they didn't win.

- Celebrated my husband's promotion to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at a special promotion ceremony in San Antonio. Whitney flew in again so she could stay with the younger kids for us, while Andy & I flew down to Texas.
It took me 45 minutes to curl my hair for that evening! 45 minutes!!!!!
- We found out we will be transferred to Tacoma/Seattle area of Washington State in July. I've never even visited the Pacific Northwest, so it will be an experience.

- I got sick the morning of the ceremony! Sore throat, cough, aches, terrible chest congestion, and fever. I drugged myself up and attended the ceremony; as soon as it was over I went straight to my hotel room, swigged down a dose of Nyquil and went to bed. The plane ride home the next day was horrid. And then...

EVERYONE got sick! Yes, our entire family, including poor, pregnant Whitney. Not only that, but morning sickness kicked in - all-day sickness in her case. She was in no shape to fly home. We made some phone calls and extended her stay, changing her plane ticket home to April 1, with the hopes that morning sickness would be gone by then. The illness hit me the hardest - I was unable to run because of my chest congestion and cough for several weeks.


- My 12 year old turned 13. I now have TWO teenagers in the same house. Lord, help me!

That's my Sky-Baby with a Texas Sheet Cake - the yummiest and easiest cake ever!
- Finally started to get well toward the end of the month. This illness really put me behind on my training. I officially changed my registration for the Pittsburgh marathon to the half-marathon, since I missed about 6 weeks of running. Getting back out there at the end of March was almost like starting over. It was terrible and is still a challenge.


- Whitney made it back safe and sound to Texas. Her morning sickness is much better now, but she did have a difficult month in March. I'm glad we were able to be here for her, and it was great having River here for so long! He loved the attention from his doting grandparents and aunts and uncle! Hopefully, we didn't spoil him too much. :)

Pretty boy!!
- Finally, I'm back to running and training! It's taking some hard work to get back in shape. I've gained a few pounds and it's depressing. But, I'm glad my cough is almost completely gone, and I'm able to run again. The weather is getting nicer too! I actually ran in short sleeves yesterday!

- And that said, I hope to be back to blogging again.