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Run for the Dream Half Marathon Race recap

So, this was the race I wanted to PR at.  I will start with, I did not PR.  I finished about 10 minutes slower than my PR.  And I am OK with that.

The weekend had been long before Sunday morning.  Friday was packed with activity and Saturday was stuffed!  I was on my feet most of the day Saturday and by the afternoon I was tired.  Which got me worried about how the race would go the next day.  My nutrition had not been great while travelling either.  Greasy pizza is not usually on my menu for race week, but this week, it was (twice)!  I kept my water intake up, but even with that I did not feel like I was going into the race day in the best position I could be in.

When I woke up Sunday morning, I was exhausted.  Normally, race day adrenaline gets me moving fast in the morning of the race, but this morning, it was not working.  I got ready for the race, ate and  then headed down to get the shuttle.

The race start was neat.  The Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corp played and marche…

Fit to Run, Fit to Dream 8K and Kids' Runs Race Recap

I wish I could say that I have tons of things to write about this 8K, but I do not.  J and my husband were set to run this 8K on Saturday.  We got down to Williamsburg Friday afternoon and went to the race expo and checked into the hotel.  We stayed at the Woodlands, which was the race headquarters.  I do not love staying at hotels with the boys, but with a free breakfast and shuttles to the race start, Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens, I figured this would be the best place to stay.

Because of the excitement of traveling, and everyone being in the same room, the boys took a while to fall asleep, so my husband and I decided to let K and A sleep as long as they wanted the next morning.  The race start was at 8 AM and I had planned to get to Colonial Williamsburg to cheer J and my husband on and then rush to the finish to see them finish, but when it was late and the boys were still asleep, I had given up trying to see them run through Colonial Williamsburg, and figured I would b…

Wordless Wednesday- A family that runs together, has fun together!

A's new trick

Last Sunday, I was wakened by, "Mommy, I awake." 

As I opened my eyes, I saw A's cute little face smiling at me next to my side of the bed.

So, it was that morning, that I learned, A can climb out of his crib.  He has been doing it every morning and after nap time since then.  And even if I hear him awake and go to get him out of the crib, he says, "No, Mommy, I do it."

This is the latest I have ever kept any of the boys in a crib.  By about 20 months, both J and K were transitioned to a toddler bed.  But, A is such a light sleeper, I did not want to do anything to disrupt his sleep routine.  But, I guess, now its time to dust off the toddler bed and put away the crib!

7 Quick Takes

1. As you read this, we, hopefully, are on our way to Williamsburg, VA for the weekend.

2. We go to Williamsburg at least once a year.  The boys love it.  But this time we will be running in races.  All of us!

4. My hubby and J are running an 8K on Saturday.  A is running a 100m kids dash and K is running a 400m kids run.  I am running a half marathon on Sunday.  All are excited and ready to go.

5. Well, I do not feel ready to go, but that is OK.  I really wanted to PR at this race, but for some reason, do not feel like I have it in me.  Plus, I am not sure how this is possible, since I am still running and workingout a lot, but I feel so out of shape right now. It is pretty much a mental issue and lack of confidence.  We will see if I can overcome it to run well on Sunday.

6. The boys all got new running shoes a couple of weeks ago in preparation for this weekend. A loves to talk about his running shoes constantly.  He is ready to go for a run at a moments notice.  There is something…

Being thankful for the messes too

I have not listed my Thousand Gifts in a while.  It is not that I stopped doing it.  I am still writing them down, but I have definitely slowed.  My journal still sits on the kitchen counter.  Although, most days, I do not even open it to list the blessings.  Days go by before I write them down, and suddenly I remember to write a few down all at once.

I got an email from someone the other day.  She mentioned that she really needs to look for the blessings because the the messes, the laundry, the sink full of dishes, often distract her.  I can add to the list: legos under feet, little boy underwear found thrown behind the couch (do not ask), school books strewn all over.  The list could go on and on. 

But that email got me thinking.  And, as I was thinking about it and walking barefoot into my kitchen, I walked right through a pile of sand! Yes, sand.  We do not live at the beach, or even close to water.  But, we did just fill the boys sand box.   I looked down, wiped my feet off and …

I feel the need, the need for . . .

Yes, to quote Maverick (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun (notice a theme this week . . . I need to see that movie again!), today I felt the need for speed.

After writing a post that will be autoposted in Friday, I realized that I have felt very down about my running and running abilities lately.  The fact that I ran 26.2 miles recently just was not good enough for me to quiet my inner critic. I have been very upset that I feel so slow. And it has affected most of my runs.  Lately, I just mentally give up after 1 mile.

But, not tonight.  After writing that post, I decided I really needed to do some speed work and push myself.  So, after dinner, the family headed to the track.

I "wogged" with the boys for a lap and then I told my hubby I wanted to run one mile at a fast pace.

Mile 1: 7:39

Wow! I have not run that fast in a long time.  I literally just blasted my ipod into my ears, looked straight ahead and RAN.  I felt like I got tunnel vision and was so focused, I did not realiz…

Wordless Wednesday - Nature in our own backyard

Anyone know what this is?? All I know is that is is one large moth!

I am feeling old and my running mantra

So while checking my email this morning, I saw the headline that the movie Top Gun came out 25 years ago today!  Um, wait, I was NOT a baby when it came out.  Really, 25 years ago??  Clearly, I was old enough to have my parents allow me to see it.  And then watch it so many times when it came out on VHS, that I had most of the dialogue memorized.
Oh, gosh, I do feel old today.

And I guess over the past 25 years the dialogue has been saved in the recesses of my brain, because I use, "I feel the need, the need for speed" as my running mantra to get me running faster when I certainly do not want to!

Happy Anniversary Maverick and Goose!  I think now I will, unfortunately, have the song "Danger Zone" playing in my head all day! (I may just have to see if I still have the cassette tape of the soundtrack still  . . . yes I am that old!)

A trip to hubby's work and the Imagination Movers Concert!!

Last week Thursday, we went to the Imagination Movers Concert at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.  The week before the concert, K would ask every morning if this were the day we would go to the concert.  He was so happy to get a "yes!" on Thursday. 
Because my hubby carpools to work and works in DC, we went to his work to pick him up and to see his office.  This was the first time we had visited his work since he got his new job.  It was beautiful!  The building was beautiful.  There was religious artwork everywhere.  There was a garden in the courtyard area of the building too. 

 Then we grabbed a quick dinner and headed to the concert.  We got there with just minutes to spare.  If you remember, I got the tickets for writing this post.  Well, when we went to sit down, we were pleasantly surprised to find we were sitting in the second row!  The concert started with Choo Choo Soul, a group that is on the Disney Channel.  They were good.  But at thi…

May Procession

This past weekend our parish had a May Procession to lay flowers at the Grotto of Our Lady of Rock Springs.  Our parish has colonial roots and is the site of where the first Bishop in the United States was named. The Grotto is very old, so the procession and May Crowning is quite beautiful.  Since J received his First Communion, he was a part of the procession.  I do not have any great photos, but I thought I would share!

Fishing Fun

Yesterday, J's Cub scout den went fishing. They had a blast!  I have tons of photos, but I do not like to post photos with other minors and even some adults without permission, so the only picture I have to post is of A "fishing." I brought a rod for him that did not even have fishing line on it so I did not have to worry about him hurting anyone. He did not notice the difference and had fun just the same.

7 Quick Takes

1. I have not been in the blogging mood lately.
2. I get very happy by simple things.  Last week I got the best thing ever off of Freecycle.

Yes, that is grass.  Sod to be exact.  Someone had redone their back yard and had 10 rolls left.  Since our front yard is mostly dirt and weeds, with a smattering of grass, I desperately wanted the sod.  When I went to pick it up, I thanked the man over and over again and told him I felt like it was Christmas.  We now have one, small, beautiful patch of grass by our flower beds!
3. Our dog is a cone head.

She had surgery on her ear last week.  And now she has to wear this lovely cone so she does not open up the stitches.  At least the cone, is reflective . . . . I guess we could take her out for walks in the middle of the night and cars would see her ;)
4. Today while driving home from the our dog's vet appointment (to get the ear checked), we saw signs for a Dinosaur Park.  So we drove down the road.  It looked like a lot of fun.  They open up th…

First Communion!!

This weekend was J's First Communion.  It was a beautiful day. My parents and my aunt came down from NY to be here for the special occasion and my hubby's parents came to the mass as well.  A priest friend of ours also came to concelebrate!
I, of course, cried as my "little man" received his First Holy Communion.  It really is an amazing experience to watch your child receive Jesus for the first time. 

He looked so cute in his suit.  And, he loved being in it too.  He kept it on for the rest of the day and refused to take it off until it was time to go to bed.