Sunday, April 13, 2014

My First (and likely last) Half Marathon!

A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.082 kilometers.   Running one has been on my "bucket list" for a while.   Convincing Philip that I should do one has taken... a while. =)

When a friend mentioned this race last fall, I decided it would be a great one to do, just before moving away from the Emerald Coast.

While the training, for the most part, was not bad, I am happy to be finished with long runs that take me away from Philip and the kids for hours every week.   Philip doesn't do long distance, runs so we haven't run together in months!   I miss that, and am excited to get back at running with him several times a week as we get ready for our second Mud Run!

It was a smaller race than I was expecting, with less than 2,500 runners.

 Off we go!

 There I am!

 There I go!

 The kids waiting with Daddy (the boys still in their pajamas)

They ate breakfast, ran around and found a geocache while waiting for me to get back..

The race run down:

The first four miles went well.   I managed to keep each mile under 10 minutes and there was some nice cloud cover.  (At this point, the goal was to get a time as close to 2 hrs as possible).  After that, it got a little less pleasant.  We were on a straight stretch, two lane road (with sand dunes, but no view of the water on either side).   There was some hefty headwind and the road and the runners in front of me just faded off into a haze in the distance.   Mentally, this was extremely hard.   It felt like we were running into the desert.  (By now, I was hoping to eek out a 2:15 time).   After the turn around, it was so HOT I felt like an egg frying in a pan!   At mile 9, I was so spent I Seriously considered stopping, but didn't have my phone on me to let Philip know that I wasn't dead, so I just kept running.   Well, plodding might have been more like it.    Almost constant prayer was the only thing that kept my feet running at this point.   (My goal now...finish without walking!!)   I kept saying to myself "The good news is, this thing has to finish Sometime... just keep your feet moving!"   The last mile seemed like an eternity (as it usually does...

 Approaching the Finish Line

 I still have a little adrenaline on board!

 An exhausted smile for my photographer

 Only feet to go!


 Literally seconds after I finished with my three cheerleaders

 I had to sit down so I didn't fall down =)

Two new friends, Tiffany and Katie (they ran the 15K I did in January)

Since I did my 12 mile training run two weeks ago in 2 hours flat, a 2:18:52 (that's my chip time) finish today was a bummer, but I will take it.   YAY for checking "half marathon" off my bucket list!   *I don't have an actual "list", but I'm going to be crossing something else off my virtual list next month.. stay tuned!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blue Angels and Red Berries

Today was a super fun, super busy day!  Philip was home and we made every minute count!

It started with a 7:00 appointment with the guys who are redoing our bathroom.  They needed to do a last check over before they begin demo on Friday.

Then at 8:00, the realtor that we chose came by (Philip hadn't met her in person yet) for us to sign a bunch of paperwork and talk about a date to list the house.   Looks like we have about three weeks to get this place in ship shape order! =)

Next we headed to Pensacola to see the Blue Angels (we went a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to go with Philip before we move).   The last time was CRAZY!   It was only their second practice since they started back after a year off, AND it was Spring break so there were 26,000 people there!   This time the crowds were much smaller and we got to choose a much better viewing spot!   Here is a combination of pictures from this week and two weeks ago:

 I put both of these, because by the time Caleb had turned around (below) there was a golf cart in the picture =)

 Not sure what this was, but it doesn't look like it should be able to fly, does it??

 A retired Blue Angels support plane

 Upside down!

 More upside down silliness =)

 All finished!

 Sleepy boy on the way out

On the way home, we stopped in Baker to pick strawberries!

 Happy girl!

 This squinty guy is a Great picker!

 My faves

 So beautiful

 Caleb picked this gem with Daddy =)

 Moriah's basket!

 We didn't get as many as we usually do, because I'm not making jam this time (didn't want to have to mess with it in our move)

 Not much prettier than this...

 My little berries =)

 ...and perhaps the best part of the trip =)

 This picture is super weird, but they did all enjoy their frozen yogurt! =)

A cute picture in the wildflowers at a geocache on the way home

What a fun day!   Now, back to work!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2nd year of CC done!

Things are soo busy this week that I need to keep up with blogging each day so I don't get buried!

Today was a big day.   It was our last class with the CC group here!    When we start CC again, we'll be with a brand new group in Wichita!   Crazy, and sad...   We have been blessed with a great group (just several blocks from our house!) These past two years.

Keenan with his class and teacher, Mrs. Frye

Being silly

Moriah's class with her teacher, Mrs. Chastain

... and their silly picture =)

Today was also the day that the kids all got to test out the "egg protectors" they've been building the last couple of weeks.

Moriah's - the egg is wrapped in napkins, and is sitting on a "trampoline" of rubber bands inside of it's popsicle stick box

Excited to get started on testing them out!

Keenan with his model

Moriah's was the first to be dropped!

Checking to see how it faired (it actually did pretty well... it sustained a crack, but didn't totally break!)

It was fun watching!

Keenan's turn!

There it goes!   (His didn't make it either, in fact, only 3 eggs survived out of about 24!)

Caleb with the two sweet women, Melissa and Geri, who have taken care of him in the nursery during CC both years =)
We will miss them!

At lunch time, I set up a photo booth so we could get pictures of all of our friends to remember them by.  It was a big hit:

This is the first big "last" for us before this move.    It's starting to feel very real now that our lives are going to completely change in just a short time!