Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mountain Home Marathon

Ugh....sorry I haven't posted in so long....let me go through the excuses...lots of school work, Reserve duty, marathon training, being get my point! And I do have Chicago pictures ( to be exact- 62 awesome pics my Aunt took and sent me a cd of), but of course those are yet to be posted...but they will (someday). My semester of Funeral Directing/Embalming classes will be over on 16 Dec and the next semester starts on 13 Jan......I promise to be more blog friendly during that time!

Now, back to the title of this blog....I'm leaving for Mountain Home tomorrow to run the marathon, which is on Saturday. Holy finally hit me today that I'm running a marathon in 2 days!!!!!!! This is the first of two marathons I'll be using as a training run for my upcoming Feb 09 ultra marathon in Fort Worth, TX. No PR expectations, just finish it and start mentally thinking about the ultra.

There's a few other upcoming races I'm excited about: Cheryl, Tammy, and I will be running the Spa 10K on 22 Nov, the Memphis 1/2 marathon on 6 Dec, I'm running the Dallas marathon on 14 Dec.

Time to pack and get ready for my marathon!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


I am recovering fast and well from the Chicago marathon! I didn't run for a few days after coming home, which felt great because I had no desire to run. I spent the remainder of the week running low miles (3-5 each time I ran) and spent time swimming, and doing other cross training activities. I realize each marathon recovery is always different and I'm very fortunate this one went so smoothly :)

I know I promised pictures and a full race report....but, please be patient with me. My aunt took the pictures and I'm waiting for her to send them to me. There are some from marathon foto and I'll post them as soon as possible. I have been keeping extremely busy with my embalming and funeral directing classes and all the case studies that go along with it. But, don't get me wrong.....I'm really enjoying every second of my training for my new career!!!!

I also had Air Force Reserve Drill this weekend, so that consumed all of my Saturday and Sunday.

Monday it's back to marathon training because I've decided to run the Mountain Home, AR marathon on 15 Nov as a training run for my upcoming ultra marathon. I know.....I'm either crazy or a glutten for punishment.....

Monday, October 13, 2008

Chicago Marathon a memory now

It's official......the Chicago marathon is just another one to place in my memory book. All the running stars were aligned for me yesterday, as I had my best marathon yet!!!! Not just w/my finishing time---my feet felt good, my knees/IT band didn't bother me, the weather was warmer (starting temp was 62 and I believe finishing temp was around 84)....which is my preferred running temps. My Mom and 2 Aunts did an awesome job trying (and succeeding) w/meeting me on the course (and taking pictures)!!!

Finishing time was 4:29:15 w/a 10:16 pace and I placed 12,341 overall out of 31,401 finishers!!!

I feel pretty darn good for just running a marathon yesterday. But, who knows---I might be sore tomorrow since it always hits me 2 days after. I did stretch before/after the marathon, took my anti-inflammatory's on schedule, used my biofreeze, etc, so maybe that combination worked for me.

I have no desire to run at this planning a short run w/Cheryl on Wednesday. In the meantime, I will go to sculpting/spinning/water aerobics class (I have to do something!!!!).

Pictures and more race report to follow.

And I will also announce the date of my next marathon.....stay tuned!!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Chicago Marathon Countdown: 2 days 20 hours 44 minutes

And I'm ready to take Chicago on!!!! My training has gone well and has been very consistent (although this taper is killing me....doesn't it do that to everyone!!??). I'm really looking forward to seeing my Mom, two of my Aunt's, and my cousin. I fly out tomorrow at 1:30pm and it's a direct it! Lots to do before I leave though.

Tomorrow will be my last run before the Sunday marathon. It'll be 4 miles and I plan to run w/Cheryl. This is the part that scares me....I start to think, "how will you be able to go from 4 miles to 26.2 miles just two days later!!!?" I think this way every marathon, it never fails.

Will be taking my camera, so check back for my race report and pictures!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Still here!!!!

The storm we had over the weekend knocked out our cable/internet. And since Ben left Sunday for Atlanta, I told him not to worry about restoring internet before he left, I'd be fine w/out it. As it turns out, I was fine and actually got more homework done! Such a good feeling.

Busy, busy w/marathon training.....Chicago is 12 Oct. Wow, I can't believe it's almost here. Of course, I say that when every marathon is less than 4 weeks away.

Even busier w/mortuary school. I've also been spending a lot of time at AR Central Mortuary, as I work on my Embalming internship.

Time is flying......

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Computer Monitor

Ben got a new, 22 inch computer monitor that has a built in camera. Late last night, we took some pics of us to send out. They show up small on the blog, sorry about that! Ben's sitting in his desk chair, Maxx is on his lap, and I'm standing behind and leaning over to click the mouse and take the pic.

Friday, September 5, 2008

School, Running, and more School, Running

Ok, so I've been really bad about keeping my blog updated!!! But, I feel I have some good excuses :)
As usual, school is keeping me very busy, especially this sememster since I'm taking 7 classes. I've also started my internship w/Arkansas Mortuary Service in LR. They provide embalming/cremation service to area funeral homes. In the few times I've been there, I've already learned a lot, gotton some great hands on training, and realized how much I love this new career field I'm getting into. I still haven't done any cosmetic or restorative work yet, but I will soon enough. My plan is to also work w/a couple local funeral homes as part of my internship, and hopefully get an apprenticeship from one of them.
Marathon training consumes the other part of my day. No matter what, I squeeze my daily mileage in somehow. I'm getting good at time management (yes, finally!!!) and am able to complete daily homework, daily running, daily spinning, 3x weekly water aerobics, 4x weekly Andrea's sculpting class, and my M-W-F trips to the base gym (where I take my notecards and study while using the exercise equipment). It's a darn good thing I'm the sort of person who doesn't require a lot of sleep!!!!!
This weekend is Reserve Drill Duty.....uniform is ironed, boots are shined...I'm ready to go!
I'm also suppose to go to the Mortuary once or twice this weekend to assist in embalmings/cremations.
I can't believe I'll be leaving for the Chicago marathon in 5 weeks!!!! Well heck, look at the bright side.....taper is soon coming my way!!!!! Even though I don't really like to taper, I'm a good girl and will follow my taper schedule :)