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Still counting even when it is hard

Counting the gifts is not always easy.  They may be under my nose, but there are days that I cannot see them.  Days when I am living the hard eucharisteo and it is hard to feel the love.  Everything is grace. Everything is a gift.  But, it does not always feel like that.  So, today, I make a conscious effort to find the gifts and write them down.  To look at my list and type it here. A reminder of the gifts that surround me.  The blessings all around.

 the smell of chicken noodle soup cooking
eating chicken noodle soup from the SAME bowls I did as a child
getting my long run done on a Saturday
date night with my hubby
cuddling with my 3 yr old
my 8 yr old wanting to change the world
talks with family
Superbowl party
homemade pizza
a good homeschool day
birds sitting in trees, so pretty
a huge red-headed woodpecker
talking with another runner/a stranger while on my run
time with friends
iced tea
boy laughter
a great conversation with an adoptive mom
reading scripture with my boys
J hav…

An Open Letter to Jeff Galloway

Dear Jeff,

I am writing you today to tell you thank you for developing the run/walk method.

I started running in 2009 and have been plagued with injuries.  Last April I ran my first marathon.  Fearful of another stress fracture, I thought the Jeff Galloway method would be the only way I could get to the start, and finish line, uninjured.  And, although I had some IT band issues while training, I was able to complete my first marathon with no injuries other than being sore.

But, this year, I knew better.  You see, even though I used your method to complete my first marathon, I still, secretly thought it was a bit wimpy.  I felt wimpy for having to take regularly scheduled walk breaks.  Yes, I got through the marathon and still felt great at the end.  I was not alone. There were MANY runners that day that were using the run/walk method.  But, I secretly felt that to be a real marathoner, I needed to run every minute of the marathon.

Now, I am 23 days away from the my second marathon.  I…

Lenten Plans

Lent is my favorite Liturgical season.  I really like to set specific traditions for each season for the family.  This year, our plans are very similar to what we did last year.  I loved the prayers we prayed and the books we read last year, so I want to continue with that.




- Prayer: At the start of the school day the boys and I will light the Way of Light Wreath that is pictured above and can been seen at Ann Voskamp's blog. We will read fromA Family Journey with Jesus through Lent (which is perfect for younger children). And then we pray the stations of the cross using The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children.

I have been working hard to make it to daily mass once a week so far, but will do so this Lent.  It is a great habit to be in.  

Fasting: My oldest has decided to give up Legos for Lent.  This is HUGE since he spends lost of his free time building Lego creations.  So, we boxed them up this morning and they have been put away for the next 40 days.  Th…

The Never Ending Derby

This past Sunday was the Pinewood Derby.  J is a Bear Cub Scout and this was his second derby.  Last year, his car did, surprisingly, well.  And this year, J was really hoping to place. 

We got to the Derby about 30 min early to get the cars checked in (K and A had made cars to enter into the Open class).  We got the cars cheked in and anxiously waited for the derby to start.

For the last several years a "professional caller" has called the derby, brought the track and handled all the heat logistics for our pack.  This year, he was unable to do our derby, so our Pack bought a track and had to handle all the details by itself.  The derby started about a half an hour late.  All cars first race by "level." So all Tiger scouts race against each other, followed by Wolves, Bears and Webelos.  The Tiger heats started and there was a delay between each heat.  There was way too much time between heats as those running the derby tried to figure out the new computer system.



7 Quick Takes

1. My strong desire to give up on the marathon has subsided.  I had a great long run last weekend and I am looking forward to another good one this weekend. Next weekend is my 20 miler and then TAPER!! So hard to believe it is only 29 more days till the Shamrock Marathon!

2. And, I have never been one that wants to stand out.  I am an introvert and really have preferred it if I just blend with the scenery, but for this marathon, I am looking to have fun with my marathon outfit! If I will run my way through 26.2 miles on St. Patrick's Day weekend, I might as well get into the holiday spirit!  I have it all planned out and we are still 29 more days away  . . . The only time I have planned my outfit that far in advanced was my wedding!

3. Speaking of Love.  I had a great Valentine's day.  There is something special about getting to love four "men" and having them lavish love on me all day.

4. On Valentine's Day, Audrey Assad, a Catholic singer, released her second …

Wordless Wednesday: It is Almost Derby Time!!!

Not quite done! But there are 3 boys in our house that cannot wait until this weekend!


Law of Diminishing Returns

I remember learning about the Law of Diminishing Returns in a high school economics class. Want to know what it is?

In economics, diminishing returns (also called diminishing marginal returns) is the decrease in the marginal (per-unit) output of a production process as the amount of a single factor of production is increased, while the amounts of all other factors of production stay constant. (from Wikipedia)
And, as much as I would like it not to, it applies to my running as well.  And I know the exact point where I hit the diminishing returns.

35

35 miles per week.  I can run 6 days a week, add speed work or hill work and my legs and body are happy.  But, the week my miles get above 35, things start to fall apart.

And this is a problem when you are training for a marathon.

Have you read the book Born to Run?  I have, and as much as I would like to think I was born to run, I do not think I was born to run marathons. At this point my legs are on the verge of shin splints and knee probl…

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Our trip to Patuxent Wild Life Refuge and the list that keeps on growing

Last week Tuesday was incredible.  The Sun was shining. The temperature was in the 60s.  So, I took J and A to the Patuxent Wild Life Refuge (K was sick and stayed home with my hubby, who was also sick!).  We had a great time walking the trails and taking in nature's beauty.  God's gifts abound there and it is not difficult to see all His gifts displayed in a place like that . .


521. Capturing beauty so close, while trying to capture the beauty that is far

 522. Discovering a beaver's handiwork


523. Boy wonder

524. Nature's bright colors


525. Minnows

526. A walk through the woods


527. Swans on the lake


528. A tree adorned with it own ornaments

529. A wooden walk way
530. The warm sun
531. pine needle carpet
532. The sound of the rustle of leaves in the trees
533. My 3 yr old who hiked over 2 miles and NEVER complained

And the other gifts that abounded this week:
534.  A singing at mass
535. ducks feeding in the canal
535. how the sun shone on the Potomac during the 1…

High Cloud Snapple Half Marathon Race Recap

This past Sunday I ran the High Cloud Snapple Half Marathon. It took place along the Carderock towpath which is an old canal towpath next to the Potomac river.

I have wanted to do this race for the last two years, since it started, but have not.  I love winter running and running a half in January seemed like perfect sense to me.

If you had read my 7 Quick Takes from last week, you would know that I was no really "feeling it" for this race.  I had no goal in mind.  I physically did not feel prepared to PR at the race. To make matters worse, my stomach was bothering me on Saturday.  All day, I kept thinking that if my stomach did not get better before the race, I may have a rough run and it might be best if I do not even run the race  . . . it is a small race with a VERY limited number of port-a-potty stops.  Plus, the trail has the Potomac on one side and the old canal on the other . . . no places for an emergency "pit stop".

I woke up Sunday morning and felt OK, s…

Wordless Wednesday - Brothers