Sunday, July 26, 2009

There's a 4 a.m. now?!

Everyone I have talked to since Friday morning has already heard ALL about my race, but still, I couldn't resist blogging about it.

My morning started when my alarm went off at 4 am! I can't recall the last time I've been up that early, but I was so excited for my race it wasn't that hard. My dad was adamant that we needed to be on the road by 4:30. However, when Kelly arrived at 4:29, she woke him up. He got ready as fast as he could and as he did Kelly put my timing chip on my shoe.


We laughed and had fun our whole ride down, which a pretty amazing thing for three non-morning people. We got to Salt Lake in more then plenty of time and the atmosphere was SOOO awesome. Everybody was so pumped up and ready to go. It was still dark but there were hundreds of people there excited to get going. I LOVED IT! On the ride down, I check my bag fifty times for my blessed iPod. I went so far as to make the comment "I'd rather run without my shoes then my iPod!"


As we waited for the race to begin, we met several of my dad's friends who were racing. Just a few minutes before starting time, we met Chris (Millie, you know this post would not be complete without a Chris mention). Chris used to work with my dad and my dad always went on and on about how amazing Chris is. Well, after he meeting him for thirty seconds, I could see what my dad was talking about. I felt like we'd been best friends for twenty years. We chatted for a few minutes and heard people cheering. We thought this meant the race was about to begin. I decided it would be a good time to get my playlist going. I get out my iPod (I still get sick just thinking of this story) and it's dead as a doornail. Mind you, I fully charged it the night before the race. I was so upset. Kelly and I looked at it, but neither of us know the first thing about electronics. I had never had this happened before. Kelly said "do you think you overcharged it?" I thought for sure she was right, even though I didn't think that was possible. But remember my new best friend Chris? He grabbed it to look at it. I think a lot of people would have made a small effort, but kind-hearted Chris showed so much concern and tried in everyway to get it to work. I was almost crying at this point, and wondering if I should just drive to the finish line to wait for Kelly and my dad. Chris even offered me his iPod. I so would have taken it! He asked to see my iPod one more time. Again, I was like nice effort, but the thing is busted. Well, what's a new best friend good for if not to fix your iPod!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sure most iPod owners know exactly what happened, but it had never happened to me before and I didn't know it could happen. Chris just held down a few buttons. Oh my gosh!!! The relief!!! I thought it was so ironic after my last post that my darn iPod should be causing me MORE trouble. I guess I need a backup! Anyway, with my iPod and me ready to go, we were on our way...


This was the most amazing race. It was so much fun and such an awesome course. I highly recommend it to everyone. The end of the race is along the parade route. That means there are hundreds of people cheering on the runners. I even turned off my dear little iPod for a minute (but only for a minute) to hear the kind parade watchers encouraging the runners. A lot of people just clapped and whooped, but there were several who were shouting "way to go! you're amazing!" I wish I could have had them running along side me! Two generous parade watchers even brought squirt bottles. That was heaven. If you ever go to the Pioneer Day parade in Salt Lake, squirt the runners and you will have friends for life!


They marked each of the miles, but I only saw mile marker one and two. After that I had no clue how close to the end I was. I didn't like that! Next race, I'm going to wear a watch to time myself. If I would have known how close I was to beating the time I wanted, I really feel like I could have pushed harder. Maybe not, but at least I know what I have to beat next time, right?!


On Tuesday, I decided to run the 6.2 just to give myself an idea of how long it would take. My run on the treadmill in the A/C gym could have never prepared me for the hills (thankfully mostly down, but still that's all sorts of different muscles then an ultra flat treadmill) and the heat. By the time I crossed the finish line, I wanted to hug everyone. It was fun to see my friend at the finish line and finish almost exactly with Kelly.


As soon as you cross the finish line, there are some dear souls handing out bottled water and at Pioneer Park there are activities going on, so we headed over there to hang out and visit with some friends. My favorite part of the day was definitely when I started to hear talk that the first marathoner was about to finish. I ran over to watch him coming in and started cheering for him and was so caught up in the emotion of it. It was an amazing thing to see!


I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! I am already excited for next year. I want to do other races between now and then, but I can't imagine a more fun atmosphere! I'm grateful that Donna had Allie and Detmer spend the night and got Kendall bright and early. I decided the one thing that I really want at next years race was to have my children at the finish line. For a split second I thought "what if they surprised me and came down" just picturing them yelling for me at the end would be SO amazing! However, next year I want Dave to race with me so I'm wondering what the chances are of talking his mom into bringing them down...:)


I have no desire to do a marathon (have I mentioned?) but I really want to do a half. Dave's friend told me about the Hobble Creek half which he said was amazing and the best (easiest) half he's done. I was excited and got on the internet to get details of how to sign up. It filled up in May, the second day it was open! That's out. I know the Salt Lake half is in September. Has anyone done that? If anyone has any suggestions on a good half, let me know! I'm also curious for you runners out there (so this definitely does not apply to you Kristen M:)) what is your favorite brand of running shoes? I'm so excited for Kelly and I to participate in a half marthon sometime soon!


I have tons more things I want to post about but as I knew I would, I babbled on way to long about my race so I'll save all the other good stuff for another post!
PS. Since my blog roll only randomly updates on occassion, I've been slacking in my post readings but will catch up soon. I love seeing what's going on with everyone even if I can't comment and/or it's a week after the post!

Monday, July 20, 2009

iPod

I hate sounding like a drama queen. But I have to tell you about my morning.
Life has been an emotional rollercoaster lately.
In the midst of everything that's going on, I've been training for my 10k. It's been a lot of fun. This week, I want to stick with 5.5 miles and Friday is the big race.
I love my iPod. I couldn't run two minutes without it.
I woke up this morning and as I started preparing for my run, I couldn't find my iPod. I was so upset. Maybe more upset then I would have been normally, but remember my emotional rollercoaster?
I called Kelly to see if by any chance I left it there. She couldn't find it.
I looked everywhere and felt certain that I had put it in the diaper bag. I thought it must have fallen out. But where?
I was on the phone to Dave telling him how even though I had already been upset today if I could find my iPod, this day would be so much better.
After I hung up with Dave, I thought I should pray about it. Then I was doubtful. I thought I have already looked everywhere. It can't be here. One of the children must have run off with it at Kelly's. Praying about it won't help. Hearing my own thoughts, I forced myself to have faith and pray about it. I had to remind myself that Heavenly Father cares about my happiness, even if it's something as seemingly silly as an iPod and a morning run. He knew how important it was to me. So I prayed and as I was praying I remembered exactly where I put my iPod. I could see my hands placing it in that exact spot. After I thanked Heavenly Father for loving me THAT much (to care about what might seem like a lousy iPod) I walked right to my iPod. I had spent a lot of my morning looking for it. Why didn't I remember sooner that I could get help?
On Saturday, someone asked me if I ever doubt the truth of the gospel. I said no. I have before, but when it brings me such peace and happiness, and when my small prayers are answered that easily, I really can't doubt. Heavenly Father reminds me constantly of His love for me. Life can try to bring me down, but I am surrounded by His love, and despite everything, that keeps me full of joy, even when my burdens seem heavy.
Last weekend, we went to the cabin.
I was so excited. I have always loved going to the cabin, but I love it even more now that I know how happy it makes my children. So when we showed up on Friday night, I was excited. Then I saw this:





Nate!!! My handsome nephew who lives in Virginia. I forgot he was coming and I was so excited when he casually came strolling outside. It's so great to see what an awesome young man he is becoming. He was so so so helpful with my children. He not only kept an eye on Allie and Detmer when they were outside, but he played with and entertained them. They were in heaven! He held Kendall and tried to entertain her as well, so that Dave and I could play games. I love him!

It's is fun to watch my neices and nephews grow and I know I will sound selfish, but I love how much they help me! McKenna held Kendall at church that Sunday. I actually got to ponder and listen a little bit. That rarely happens in church. Thanks Kenna!

I guess if Kendall had been a boy, this is what he would look like:) She's beautiful, but the part in her hair makes her look like a boy!I love these muscle boys and girls! I'm so glad we got to have such a great time together at the cabin!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Days!


I love the 4th of July! I was so excited to see how Kendall would react to everything (or if she would). Allie and Detmer loved being surrounded by cousins, and Allie especially loved the candy fairy, Aunt Tammy. Allie was so excited about getting candy so everytime someone threw candy Tammy tossed some by Allie's feet and said "Allie! Look right there!" It was priceless, the look on her face. You'd think she'd won a million bucks everytime she found a taffy. You'd also think she would actually eat any candy, but she doesn't even like it. It's just the thrill of the hunt. Detmer just enjoyed watching and going from one person's arms to the next as well as being the big boy and standing with cousins. Kendall liked it at first but I had to pawn her off so I could get soaked in the water fight. Since I spend hours filling up the water balloons, I always get to start it by surprising everyone with a balloon popped over their head. The downside to this is that everyone wants to seek revenge on me and I always end up more wet then anyone else!
I was so, so happy to see the sun coming out. We had a bbq planned with a whole lot of people coming over and our activity was swimming. I couldn't believe what a nice day it turned out to be. I was SO thankful. The kids swam forever. They would have swam longer if we didn't have to head to the fireworks!
In prepration for our upcoming 10k, Kelly and I jogged from my house to the fireworks at the highschool. We went home a different way so we didn't get the exact distance. I'm guessing four miles? Last week I was doing about 4-4.5 in preparation for the big run. I'm loosely using the schedule that my mother-in-law suggested (in the comments of Run It!). It's been so fun! I'm mostly interested in endurance, but I can tell my speed is increasing, too. I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm interested, also, in not being the last one to finish. But I'm feeling better now that I know people who will be walking it.
I LOVED the fireworks with my Kendall. Allie and Detmer were laying by their cousins so Kendall laid between Dave and I. For half the fireworks, she was staring right at me. She seemed to like them, except when there was tons of loud booms. She got scared so I held her tight and she did great.
It was a totally awesome day, except (in case you don't read Kelly's blog) that Cami and Dallin's flight was cancelled. But we are looking forward to picking them up tomorrow. Yeah!!!

Tonight we did fireworks. Allie loved them. She wanted to do all of them (but we only did half because Zack was not a big fan "are we done yet?")
They also had their first experience with sparklers!