Sunday, April 7, 2013
( I can't even think about this, without my eyes leaking. Don't worry the leak isn't a side effect of lupus, but rather my way of saying tears are falling. All Happy! )
One of my Christmas Gifts from Tim was a Spring Break trip to Las Vegas! On our first day of the trip we toured Hoover Dam and then drove to Arizona to participate in a trail race. The views at the dam and on the drive to Arizona were amazing! The trail race was just beautiful! It never fails that during every race I am shocked and amazed at how fortunate I am to be competing in such an event! This race was no exception, as it was a true butt kicker! This was the perfect way to start the day that we would get engaged.
So, getting to the point of this post... We finished the race and cleaned up a bit and then set off to drive back to Las Vegas via Sedona, Arizona for some sight seeing. We stopped at an area called Bell Rock Vista to take a little hike. The views in his area were just beautiful! Tim got a little back pack out of the car to take on our hike and he wouldn't let me look at it. I did think that it was odd, but had NO IDEA what was coming. We hiked out a bit until Tim found a nice spot to sit. He asked me to sit on the rock and made me close my eyes while he got it ready. He got out a little Pooh bear and told me to open my eyes. ( If you know me, you know that I love Pooh!) Tim was holding the left arm of the Pooh and said to me, " You can only have him if you promise to marry me." He then let Pooh's arm go to display the most beautiful ring! I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA HE WAS GOING TO PROPOSE! My answer, without hesitation, was YES! This was one of the most romantic, beautiful , special experiences of my life! It was like something out of a Hallmark movie! Here is our engagement pictue, note we have on our matching race shirts.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
I typically have no idea how many miles / hours that I cover in an given week/ month/ year.... so, I'm going to try to keep track of my exercise this year. I'm spinning at the Y, so I am just using an average of 20 miles for an hour class. In January 2013 I logged: 120 miles on the bike, 26 miles of running and 16 hours of, "other." This month "other" is defined as: elliptical, stair stepper, pilates class, and workout videos.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I did my first half marathon without TIm today. My solo effort had my nerves on edge, as Tim is the one who always works out driving directions, parking, and departure time. The races started at Sawyer Point which is an area that I am only slightly familiar. Thanks to NancyBarbara, my trusty GPS I arrived successfully! The races sells itself as a low key no frills event and I would say that is exactly true. The course was pretty cool, running around downtown Cincinnati. I have never been around Paul Brown Stadium so it was a sight seeing adventure! I started out probably faster than I should have, but was feeling good. The temperature at the start was pretty nice and pretty soon I had worked up a good sweat. The first 9.5miles of the race were pretty I eventful, and then it started to drizzle and the wind really picked up! At this point I was on the stretch that runs along the Ohio River and was hating every second of the breeze. By mile 10 I was shivering cold and wet. It wasn't supposed to rain! Here is where I fall apart. I hadn't been running more than twice a week, so I was a little undertrained but had been getting in a weekly long run, so I knew that I could go the distance. Unfortunately the cold rain made my legs cramp, BAD! My quads, calves, and hamstrings were cramping, in both legs! Every step was painful! I started feeling sorry for myself and putting on a little pity party, which resulted in not taking full breathes and causing dizziness! Not one of my brighter moves! I gave myself permission to walk the rest of the race with the coal of moving slow, breathing deep, and being thankful for the ability to be able to finish! I finished, slow and steady. My legs feel really beat up and sore. I dread what they will feel like tomorrow! I have no pic of me because all I wanted to do was get in the car and get warm!
Monday, July 16, 2012
My summer numbers / goals: run 107 / 125, bike 1000 / 563, swim 8 / 25.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
This past weekend we did a two day bike ride totaling 116 miles! We started by camping in a small park on Friday night, there were no campfires with smores, but it was fun just the same. We rode our bikes from Preston, Iowa to Dubuque, Iowa. The photo above is the elevation map of the ride. It was VERY HILLY! There was one grand hill called, "The Wall." We did this ride two years ago and I skipped The Wall, so this year I went right for it! I am proud to say that I made it!! Saturday night spent the night in Dubuque and then rode back to Preston on Sunday. The ride home was DIFFICULT because most of the ride was either uphill or right into a strong wind. There were times when I found it difficult to keep my bike going in a straight line because of the wind. It was a great weekend! As always Tim took great care of me. He hauls all of our electrolyte and sodium needs. I'm a very lucky gal! I don't have any photos yet, so I'll do a blog with just photos. Tim got some good shots. Here are my numbers / goals: Run 37 miles - goal is 125. Bike 340 miles - goal is 1000. Swim 5 miles - goal is 25. P.S. The bottom and legs are still sore!