Category Archives: Marathon 2011

Not ready to be grandma

I know time goes fast. But when my soon-to-be 6 year-old tells me that soon I’m going to be a grandma, I firmly explain that “NO. We have quite a few years before we have to start worrying about that.” Ignoring me he continues with, “THEN…you’ll be Great-Grandma.” Seriously…who taught this kid to talk?


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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Marathon 2011


Key Scarves for a cause

For those of you that are unaware, I love to create. And, out of necessity, I have created a wonderful way to keep my keys from getting lost, and look fabulous too! I’m NOT one to always put my keys in the same place. I can’t do it, it’s just not possible. So, why not be able to find them when I need to? I have created a way to not only be able to quickly locate my lost keys when I need them, but to also look fabulous!

Introducing the Key Scarf (I’ll need to come up with a better name. Ideas?)

I was featured on Vintage Glam {the boutique} blog with my Key Scarves! They’re beautiful, and functional. The scarves are firmly attached to a cord that loops around your key ring. Then, simply slip it into your handbag and let it hang over the edge. You’ve accessorized, and you’re keys are RIGHT THERE!

The best part, 100% of the proceeds of these scarves are donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. No, really! Can you believe it? I know…I know…Seems too good to be true.

How do you get one? Well, click on the Vintage Glam link above for now. Soon, I’ll have an etsy shop, and a link on my blog. They’re all unique, so act fast if you find one you like. They are $9.95 plus shipping.

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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Marathon 2011


Well…if he can do THAT!…then

We have 2 beautiful, enegetic children ages 7 & 5. We have found that for my husband and I to train together, we are going to need to get creative. Today for our 3 mile run, Jeff decided to put both kids in the trek “ride” (Buggy-type jogging stroller). It was a tight squeeze for the two, totalling 80lbs. I think we may have overloaded the thing, but regardless, he pushed them the entire run. Tired or not, there was no way I was going to wimp out on this one! Especially after seeing multiple people we knew. And, I made it. YEAH!

Having my husband there has been imparitive. I have a hard time staying motivated alone. I find it too easy to create excuses for myself when I’m by myself. I am thankful for his support during this.

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Marathon 2011



Not the best run…to put it mildly

Three miles was supposed to be easy. It wasn’t. I’ve been doing 3 miles for months, why was it so hard? Maybe because I thought it was supposed to be easy, I took off too fast. Or, God’s looking down at me saying, “Show off. Don’t forget me.” I admit it, I forgot Him. I took off, thinking ‘I’ve got this. I can do this one, no problem.’ I whistled for the dog, and ran like a bat out of…well, you get the point. Isn’t this supposed to be easy? I know, it takes a lot of muscle work, but I looks like all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and go. Why do I have to think so hard? Such as: How to breathe so that I’m not collapsed on the ground in a side cramp. How to keep relaxed to prevent injury. How to pace yourself so that you go as quickly as you can, but not too fast so that you burn out.

All this new information is making me scared that I’m not going to be ready in time to be able to do this for…WHAT WAS IT?!…26.2 MILES?!!! How am I going to have all this figured out by then? I think I need to go find my quiet place with my prayers, and have God give me the confidence, because clearly I doesn’t come from me.

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Marathon 2011



Cross Train?

Our 2 mile run went really well yesterday. Yes, it was raining, but for the first time in the last few months I felt great. A few months ago I was huffing and puffing the first few times I tried to pull off a 2 or 3 mile run. So, to be able to go out there, and talk the entire time was a great feeling. Also, at the end of the run, we kicked it into gear and booked it home. Who knew you could actually have fun running?!

Today, we have cross training for 30 minutes on the plan. Now, what to do? Wii Active? uhhhh…hmmm…yup, I guess that’s it. What do YOU do for cross training? I can’t bike for 30 minutes due to a tail bone injury. It’s 50 degrees outside, so swimming is OUT. Dance is over, so I can’t use that anymore. I’ll have to come up with something that doesn’t cost me more money. So, for now, my Wii is going to get my attention. But, more ideas would be great too.

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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Marathon 2011


Kicked off and ready to run…IN THE RAIN?!

Yesterday we had the kick off party for Team in Training. I was in tears with the stories of those struggling to beat blood cancers. It’s motivating, though to have those stories in my brain. I don’t think I would be out there training for a marathon if it was just for myself. It really helps having the inspiration of those that are trying to live a normal life, but can’t because of cancer. Those stories help me keep inspired. There was a photo of a jersey that said, “If you think a marathon is hard, try chemo.” What struggles do I really have? It’s a good to bring yourself into a new perspective once in a while. It helps keep yourself from getting too wrapped up in yourself.

But, my reality is much easier than those fighting cancer. And, my reality is pouring from the sky in a steady soaking rain. I remember last year, chuckling…all right, all right…down right laughing (I admit it)… at my husband when he was lacing up the shoes to go run in the rain. My pep talk was laced with “he he he…have fun SUCKER!” God was watching me those days. And you know what?! IT’S RAINING. And today is day 1 of our training. We only need to run 2 miles today, but I know that I deserve a lot worse than this.

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Marathon 2011



Spent all morning printing, signing, folding, stuffing, and labeling. We’re close to ready for the kick-off party for Team in Training. It’s been a crazy morning, but exciting too. Getting our fund raising letters out makes this all real. I’m excited and ready to roll.

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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Marathon 2011