Friday, April 17, 2015


On Sunday I ran my first marathon.  

There's something I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY. 

Notice the word "first" slid in there too, you can't run just one can you?  Now I have a time to beat....

Kind of crazy when you think about it: 26.2 miles.  But it's so much more than that.  A journey.  A physical, mental, and spiritual journey.  So many hours of dedication & discipline all coming together.  Those miles taught me a lot about myself and what I can accomplish.  They brought me closer to God, as I spent nearly all of them listening to, and studying His word. 

This whole process really got me thinking about how we set our own limits.  I had been telling myself, for all kinds of reasons, what I can't do. But when I push through that negativity, I realize I can do whatever I put my mind to.  

Even if I fail, that's okay, it is all part of the process that eventually leads to success.

I really didn't think I would become a distance runner.  But as it turns out, I actually enjoy it. 
As we pushed through each training run: 18, three 20's and a 23, all the while, my confidence began building, and I started to realize that I can do this, I really can run a FULL marathon.  

Even if it's totally nuts.  Which it is.
Here I am with Mariah and Melanie, right before the start.  
I ended up staying with Mariah for the first 13 miles, then she just flew away, that chick is FAST. 
Beast mode!!
 That is our friend Michael, who is one of the nicest guys ever.  He came to pace Mariah for this race, he was not even running in it.  He jumped in at about mile 3 and took her all the way to the end.  After they left me, I didn't think I'd see him again.  At mile 25.2, with one mile to go, he came back for me, he fell back into step with me and encouraged me the rest of the way.  It was such an incredibly nice thing to do!  And it helped so much.  That last mile feels sooooo long!
 I had the best surprise as I came around to the track where you do your last lap to the finish, Katherine, Lauren and Thea were there holding a sign and cheering for me!! I had no idea they were coming! It was such a wonderful welcome sight! Julia, Dad, Angi, Jessica, John and the kids were there too!  What a great cheering squad!  I was really feeling the love!

 I love Ava snuggling Norah up on top of the bleachers.

Ava ran the final lap with me. She was adorable!  

Quick, someone tell me to go under the marathon sign, not the half marathon!!
  So happy to be so close!

Having my family and friends there to cheer me on, it was just so awesome!!

 Love this one!

I'm so very thankful to have had Mariah to do all those long runs with in training, it was really great being able to end them with a race together.
  What an accomplishment. 
 Love my sister Jessica and Lauren, my two best cheer leaders!
 These girls.

 I'm so grateful to all who showed up to support me!  What a gift!
Super Amazing Radical Athletic Hero
What an awesome sign!!  Thank you Katherine for making it, and having everyone sign it.  That was so sweet!!
 This is my very favorite shot, Mariah's husband took this and he even photo shopped out the "half" part of the sign, since I accidentally ran under the wrong one.  Haha

All in all, it went great.  I ran it in 3:54.  I may have started out a little too fast as I didn't have nearly the energy left over that I was hoping for.  But I am happy.  

Since I ran this on Sunday, and it is now Thursday as I'm writing this, I will add that as I had expected to be really sore, I had greatly underestimated HOW sore I would be.  It was intense.  Wednesday was the first day that I actually had remarkable improvement and started to believe that I may heal and quite possibly might be able to run again sometime in the future. 

Even though I was hurting, all the while I couldn't stop thinking about and planning the next one, because when you CAN run a marathon, why not keep running them??


Monday, April 13, 2015

Our little Ballerina

Ava is thrilled to have started a new ballet class.  This one is a tiny bit more serious, each class is an hour and it even has a recital!  
 This is my first bun, not too shabby!

 She is just so dang cute!!
Sadly, I knew ahead of time that I would not be able to attend the recital but Ava wasn't concerned about that at all, as long as she got to do the class.  I'm sure she is hoping other family members will come out to see her perform, so please do come, if you can!  May 30th, save the date!  : )

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easter at Erik's

We love Easter.  It was really nice getting to spend the holiday over at Erik's house, again.  I think he vows every year that THIS year is the LAST time he is hosting.  But they do such a good job and it's the perfect spot, so we are all hoping that it will be there every year!  

Of course we started the morning with Easter baskets.

 And took a few photos before church.

 I love to try to get a family shot for Easter, check out how sassy Miss Norah is in this one!

 Matt & Rhi
 Jessica & Jeff
 Meka and her family joined us this year, so fun!

 Love this guy.
 One of my very favorite families!

 Rhi is so funny!!

 Love these peeps.
 Cutest couple.
 Lots of awesome food!
 Getting ready to eat.

 My kids only eat fruit, and orange rolls.
 Oh Norah.

 Bayli brought a date!  Although she won't admit it.  They are "just friends". This is Sean, I totally approve. 


 Love this family, this year they brought their exchange student Justine.  

 So cute!  Always happy to have Kate & Patti join us!
 Egg hunting!
 Found it, finally!

And the egg toss, a tradition that's gone strong my whole life and many years before my time...

 I love the look on everyone else's face! 

 Can you see the egg flying through the air?

 The last round moved to the driveway...
 Love these sisters.
 And the winners are Chris and Jeff!!  Yay!

Such a fun time had by all!  Can't wait until next year!  Hopefully we can trick Erik & Tiffani into hosting, one more year...

Happy Easter!