Thursday, May 28, 2009
The Ogden Marathon has come and gone and it now seems like a distant memory that I was running in it. Fortuantely I do have some documentation of the event so I know that it was real!! All I can say is YES!! I am done!! Sadly I have been talked into another marathon in September by some amazing ladies that we met at oh yes 5 am waiting for the buses to load us up and take us up the canyon! Before we get to that though there are some more interesting events that occurred the day before.
Friday night Kim and I ate our carb loaded dinner of whole wheat pasta with homemade summer squash spaghetti sauce. Yes I can vouch it was delicious!!! Packed and thinking we were all prepared we headed up to the runners expo to pick up our packets in Ogden where we picked up a wide variety of gadets and accessories for our run the next day, oh and we were informed we were rubbing anifreeze all over our bodies and were killing ourselves but what else is new?! I still love BioFreeze!!! Maybe that is how they got the name from AntiFreeze, could be I will never know! Next we head off to locate our hotel so we can get settled for the short sleep we would get before having to get up at 4:30 to get ready and on the bus. Side note: Kim is a germ-a-phobe and as most of you all know I am nowhere near one and I picked the hotel soooo I was a bit nervous if she was going to last in my selection. I picked the Ben Lomond Hotel becuase that was where the busses were picking us up at and I figured it would be less of a hassle. So we pulled in and it was a bit run down. As we enter the lobby it reeked of something not sure what still and there were two cops in the lobby and nobody at the front desk. Kim was seriously doubting my choice and I was begining to as well. So we get to the front desk ring the bell and wait, and wait and wait. So I ring it again and this lady peeks around the pole and asks, "You aren't here to check in are you?" Well actually yes we are and why in the world do you sound apprehensive?? The lady informed us that not only did they not have our reservation due to thier computer crashing 2 weeks ago but they did not set aside any rooms for those lost reservations and so there were no rooms available unless we wanted the room without a bed in it? Yeah we sure did want to sleep on a hotel floor, uh huh exactly. So she wrote out a few other hotel phone numbers in the area and said that they are probably full but she couldn't do anything about that becuase it wasn't her fault!! Kim is a bit more forward and blunt than I so she gave the lady several choice words and I got to work calling hotels. Eventually we found one about 20 minutes away in Layton that was lovely and the front desk girls were nice enough to take off about $50 of the room rate becuase we were the 3 group that came from Ben Lomond!!
As we were leaving the ghetto that is called Ogden Kim turns and says, "Hey that guy has a gun!" I thought she was joking till I turned and the kid was shoving the gun under his shirt as he noticed us looking!! Then I was glad we were heading out of Ogden and over to Layton!!!
Saturday we rose at 4 am, showered, got our matching outfits on, taped our thighs and knees, watches synched, shuffles in place and numbers pinned we headed out to run our little legs off. WEll from the last run I didn't remember how chilly it was while waiting for the start of the marathon but luckily we bumped into this mother daughter marathon racers on the bus who gave us thier garbage bag to share. So Kim and I wandered around from the porta potties to the bon fires front to back with our heads stuck out of a garbage back. Let's just say we became a lot closer in those 45 minutes we were stuck to each other!!
The race started and we were off to win the race!! This time around I was not as happy of a camper, my hip was bothering me from the get go and therefore other parts of me were achy shortly after. Kim pulled ahead at mile 15 and I was alone with some very funny people. I also ran into a girl from my old singles ward who recognized me while we were running, what a small world!! I finished in 4 hours and 18 minutes about 18 minutes slower than my goal but I am done and the pain is mostly a memory until I think of running again!!!
Those lovely ladies that we rode the bus with invited us to run in the Top of Utah marathon in September and they would love it if we would stay at their house! Free lodging, who wouldn't run another marathon for that!!! Haa haa haa haa!!!!
To Be Continued.....
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Possibly?! So now that the marathon is looming in the very near future my mind is wandering off to what I will do next to keep me at the gym and working out. Yes a Triathlon came to mind so I of course did some googling and found several Triathlons in the next few months that are nearby that has got me itching to give it a try. The nice thing is that there are Sprint distances, olympic distances and then there are the half and full Ironmans that you can do. I will admit I was thinking I would just do the Olympic distance after watching the Biggest Loser finale but have been talked down from my dream world that I call my head and am back to the Sprint distance.
If anyone is interested in going for it with me let me know I will put an email together with the information but it would be fun to have a group to train with, at least some of the days.
Okay I have found that I really love watching Biggest Loser!!! I got introduced to the show I think over Thanksgiving when Sarah came over and helped me build zillions of gingerbread houses. I then still took until a few months back when I started watching my shows on my computer instead of the TV since I am weaning myself from the DVR.
The finale was amazing and Jesse was soo emotional it was really cute. He has all the emotion in our relationship and it makes me feel whole!! So Jesse and I sat there glued to the TV gasping and aahhing over the results with all the contestants. I was just soo motivated after watching this show and how dedicated these contestants are and how hard they work. So when I was griping about having to get up and run I just remembered if they can do it I can too!! Now that the show is over I am not sure what my motivation will be, I guess I should just find my own inner motivation!!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Today I got in my very last long run of the training schedule and I am soo happy!!! Now I get to kick back and relax till Saturday. It has been a struggle for the past few weeks and finally today I felt good again while running. All I can say is its about time!!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Today my dad and I set up the office for a few hours on the back deck so we could enjoy the fresh air and warm weather. After getting settled in this humming bird came flying in and sat about 2 inches from my dads face. It stayed there staring my dad in the face for a good 30 seconds. Pretty amazing!!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Last weekend Celina called me up and wanted to know if I would be interested in being a Chauffeur with her to take Morgs and her friends and their dates to Prom. I of course asked if we would be dressing the part and the answer was YES!! So I thought about my outfit, set it out hours beforehand, borrowed a lovely black and white cap to match and was ready to go. Now Celina rarely does anything half way and this time was no exception. She had her mom's black expedition decked out with globes, a privacy curtain, sparkling cider served on a platter at each pick-up, cheese, cracker & fruit trays hand served, fruit & fruit dip, dessert with princess crowns for the girls sent to their table, photography moments, background music and of course a little awkward questioning!!!
Being a prom chauffeur brought back all those fun memories of High School dances and the excitement of getting ready and going out with your friends. Oh to be in High School again!!!
(if you would like to check out all the lovely pic's from the evening go to Celina's blog and scroll down a few posts)
Friday, May 1, 2009
Sometimes these thoughts come to me and I can't stop thinking or Googling about them. Here are just a few of my millions of quandaries throughout the day:
*How is it possible to weigh more after you go to the bathroom than you did before going???
*How do you not know you have 4 testicles and how does that even happen??
*What does the different colors of snot mean again?? (I am not sure how I don't remember that but every year I am looking it up several times)
* How is it that one person can have such rank gas and there be nothing wrong with them??
* Why is the gym so hot and where are the fans!!
* Is there something you can take that will make you poop on demand without having to do it continuously?
* Why does water taste so nasty?
Sorry if some of these thoughts are a bit gross but that is what goes on in my head!