Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Turning Stone Half Marathon

Turning Stone Inaugural Half Marathon, also my first half!
All shiny and pretty, pre-race.

Get ready, set, go!

See me and Erika??              

I think I see the finish line!

Rounding the corner to the finish!

Post-race stretch

Yippee! We did it. My marathon training partners, all completed our very first half-marathon race together. Total awesomeness!

My first race medal ever.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Marathon Training

     I ran 18.63 miles of the marathon course this morning. It seriously kicked my butt. The marathon distance is scaring the bejeebies out of me. 7.57 more miles. Yikes. I really struggled just to finish toward the end of today's run. I'm not sure I can run the marathon without having a very angry last 10 miles. I find I'm generally in good spirits with my long runs until mile 15 and then it is hard, hard, hard. Thanks to my running partners Erika, Emily and Dave for pulling me though the last of it or I might have cut the run short otherwise. The run left me deflated and I'm contemplating switching to the half marathon. We'll have to see what the next few weeks of training brings. I want to enjoy the marathon experience and not leave it cursing after mile 15, wondering what the heck I got myself into. I run because I love it. I'm not competitive so I want to keep the experience fun. If I'm cursing the last half of the marathon, well, that's not so fun. Only time will tell. Thankfully I have a half marathon on the race calendar for next week, with Erika, Emily, Dave, and another Emily E.. Like the fall marathon, it's another new race for the area. I'm super excited for it and I'm happy to only have to run 13.1 miles. Funny, because I thought I'd never hear myself say that. I'm  pretty sure I have told Emily E. on a run, that I could never do a half marathon. I eat my words.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Lydia and I spent a couple of days at Casowasco for Mother-Daughter Camp. It was an awesome experience. Last year we went to Family Camp. I am hoping she wants to go to the 6-year old camp next year (all by herself)!

Lydia did and excellent job helping out in the dining room after our meals.

Bethany~ the lodge that we stayed in for both years.

Lyds loved doing the crafts.

Wagon ride

Enjoying the lake.

She never has a hard time making friends.

Climbing Jacob's Ladder to check out Mt. Tabor.

Mother-Daughter Tea