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What's Next?

For my running, that is.
Hmmm.  First, I read so much about the post-marathon blues.  I did not get any.  None.  After the marathon, I felt good.  I will admit, I was disappointed with my performance and know I could have pushed myself and done so much better, but other than that, I had no let down.  I think it was because I had so much to catch up on around the house, that I had no time to think about the fact that the marathon was over.
I have had people ask me if I feel different now that I have completed a marathon.  Truthfully, I do not.  There are moments, when I just stop and think, "I cannot believe I am a marathoner.", but other than that, I do not feel any different. 
I am running again and this is the first week that I am back up to higher mileage again.  It feels good.  I was sore for the first week and, after most runs and workouts last week, I was so sore.  I could only attribute it to the fact that I was still recovering.
I am running with the Zooma ladies on Sat…

Wordless Wednesday - Easter

Marching Through Time

I am very behind on blogging.  After running the marathon, I had so much to catch up on before Easter.  Then Holy Week hit and I did not want to blog.  And now, this Sunday is J's first Communion!!  So please excuse my sporadic posts!

Two weeks ago we went to a local event called Marching Through Time.  It was an encampment that had renactors from 1st Century Roman times all the way to the modern wars.  It was amazing and a paradise for my boys who love all things history.  I am fascinated by these things as well.  Each reenactor knows so much about the time period they are reenacting.  I love to soak up any knowledge I can from them.  They know more and can explain the time period in a way that no history book can.

So, without futher ado, here are the pictures from the weekend:
In Barbarian armour:

 Medieval Times:

15th Century

My Gratitude Giveaway!

Melody at Blossoming Joy had a great idea to host a Gratitude Giveaway, well I have decided to join her in hosting a Gratitude Giveaway. 
I feel as if I have so much to be thankful for and the items that I have choosen for the giveaway are a reflection of the blessings in my life and the things that have helped me to grow spitiually and physically as well.
1.  One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voaskamp Have you seen my lists of a thousnad gifts on my blog?  Well, they orginate from Ann's blog A Holy Expereince.  And this book is about how giving thanks and finding the gifts in each moment can affect your life and your relationship with God.  This book and listing the gifts in the moment has really helped me to become so much more thankful and happier.  It is a must read book!  I loved this book and would love to share it with one of you!

2. Lena, at JOYfilled Family blog, and soon to be Esty shop of JOYfilled Creations (do not worry, I will let you all know as soon as it opens!), has graciou…

Wordless Wednesday - The new bumper sticker

Marathon Day

Warning: Long Post!

So I was off and running in my first marathon, the Garden Spot Village Marathon.

But, first a little background:

As I got closer to the National Marathon (the marathon I orginally registered for), I started to set some goals.  The first, was I wanted to run a sub-5 hour marathon and come as close to 4:30 as possible.  I had no doubt, that with the right conditions, course, and remaining injury free that I could do it.  Two weeks before the National Marathon, I developed the IT band issue, which you have heard me mention, over and over again, and I knew that that changed everything.  Plus, I had now tapered for a full month and one week of that taper I did NOTHING.  No running. No crosstraining. Nothing.  Plus, I was not smart about my taper. I ate as I had been eating at my peak mileage weeks.  Eating lots of calories and exercising less = weight gain.  I was not going into this marathon at top form.
So, I revised my goals and how I would run the marathon.  First, I h…


The day before the marathon was fairly busy.  The boys and I headed to co-op for just the first class (that I had to teach) and then we left early.  I wanted to go to the chiropractor one last time before the race and we had tons of packing to get done before my husband came home early so we could head to PA for the race.

By Friday afternoon, I was exited, but really nervous.  I have had IT band issues on and off over the past month and really tried to rest it by doing lots of cross training, but for some strange reason, it was hurting during regular activity.  For those who do not know what ITBS is: the IT band, is a tendon that runs from your hip to your knee.  If it becomes inflamed, it can work its way into the area of the knee cap, causing severe pain every time the knee cap hits the IT band (ie: every step you run).  I had it flare up in three different runs and had only attempted to run through it in one.  So, I had no idea what would happen if I tried to run through the pain f…

Gotta Run . . .

We are getting the car packed and ready to go to PA so I can run the Garden Spot Village Marathon tomorrow.  Are all first time marathoners this nervous? 

Please pray for me tomorrow!

Sometimes I wonder . . .

Sometimes I wonder if I am doing a good job with the boys.  I wonder if I am a good teacher.  Being a homeschooling mom can be hard.  And many days I just hope and pray that they are learning all that they need to learn.

And then, the most important thing, teaching them Faith.  Teaching them to love God. 

Just a few days ago, A was napping and K and J were outside playing.  I started washing the dishes and looked out the window to see this:

Can you guess what they are doing?  

How about now?
I wasn't so sure either when I was watching.  But, when I asked, they said they were playing the Stations of the Cross.  For, at least that day, in that hour, I thought I must have done something right at some point that they "play" the Stations of the Cross.

Here are the rest of the photos I took:

Sorry for the absence of several of the stations.  I was asked to be Mary the Mother of God, Veronica, and the Women weeping, so I could not take pictures of those!

The Race

Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run is such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last,: but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.                              I Cor.9: 24-25
I got this video in an email from a friend.  I am sure it came from a blog post.  And, I am sure that this video has probably made the rounds before.  But, it is simply inspiring.  It reminds me to get back up again every time I fall, and to push forward with all I have.

Zooma Women's Race Series, a random fact and a giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed.
First, for the random fact: unless something changes between now and April 9th, I plan on running the Garden Spot Village Marthon! I am nervous and excited. I am going in with no expectations since I now have been tapering way too long, but I am hoping for a good first marathon. My IT band is still not too happy with me, so pray that it will be better before the marathon. It will be totally different from what I expected for my first, but I am looking forward to the smaller crowd of runners, running country roads, and getting passed by a horse and buggy!
Second, I am surprised I have not shared this before, but I am a ZOOMA Annapolis Race Ambassador! I am thrilled to be apart of this fun team for this great race. I ran the Zooma Annapolis 10K last year and had lots of fun doing it, so I am excited to be able to help other women prepare for this race.
The Zooma race series is designed specifically for women.  Here is a little information about Zooma from the webs…