Monday, November 21, 2011

Marathon & Fundraising Progress

I'm so excited to say that I completed my first half marathon!  It was such an amazing experience and the location was breathtaking.  It was at the Valley of Fire and is supposed to be one of the most challenging courses around because all the huge hills.  It was intense.  I'm not going to lie, I had to walk on the very last hill during my 12th mile because my legs were protesting.  But I only walked for a few seconds before I realized walking is way harder them running after you have been running for 2 hours straight so I finished off strong.  I got so emotional as I was running through the finish line thinking of how hard I worked for this, and I felt so grateful for all the beauty in my life and in this world.  It was such a wonderful moment for me.  Timing was not important to me at all, my goal was to just finish but I'll share my stats in case anyone is curious.  My time was 2:18:59 and I placed 20 out of 49 people.  I got an award at the marathon for 1st in my division but after getting home and reading the stats I realized I was the only one in my division. Ha!  But hey... I was still first! right?

On a side note I did learn a few things  during my marathon:
  • Majority of full marathon runners look homeless
  • Throwing your trash on the ground is OK 
  • Snot rockets are socially acceptable
  • Running downhill is WAY harder then running uphill (who'd of thunk?)
  • Slow and steady really does win the race - Everyone who started off fast I eventually passed (for the most part)

I am going to be taking a little break from running so intensely for a while I think so I can spend time with my kids.  I felt like towards the end of my training it was getting kind of hard to juggle work, kids, household stuff, and running (But that's not to say it can't be done!  Where there is a will there is a way so if you have kids and are trying for a half, it's possible and its a wonderful experience!).  I want to keep my love for training so I think its a good idea not to overdo a good thing so I don't make myself hate running altogether.

And for the fundraising... we are at a whopping $1045.00 and I cant wait to give that to the Make-A-Wish Foundations and brighten up a child's life.  I just have to collect the monies from my lovely sponsors! So that's it for the marathon and fundraising...for now anyway.  Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


Do you ever feel like blogging is bad for your self esteem? Seriously. I have considered ending my blog because sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time looking at other blogs and comparing them to my own and it makes me feel inadequate (Don't worry though because I'm not ending my blog, at least not anytime soon). But these feeling can't be healthy! The real reason for blogging, I believe, is to find inspiration and share inspiration and uplift others and hope that you get the same uplifting feeling in return from the blogs you read.  For me, sometimes, the purpose of blogging gets lost and my ego takes over.  Human nature I guess?

These thoughts were sparked from an interesting post I read today from one of my favorite blogs, Sometimes Sweet, about how sometimes when blogging you talk about the best parts of your life and leave out the crappy parts and it gives a false impression to readers that your life is perfect (I do it, and I think we all do it because obviously you want to look good when putting yourself out there for others to see). Reading about seemingly perfect people all the time can really make you stop and think..."Whats wrong with me?  All these people seem so perfect and I am far from it!". 

But anyway,  these are just random thoughts I have had on my mind about blogging lately and it was a coincidence that I read a post about it today so I felt it was post-worthy.  I thought it would be nice to hear everyone's though on the subject...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Craftin' Time!

I bought a can of chalkboard paint a long time ago and have been trying to find ways to use it.  This, my blog friends, is one of those ways.  Super easy and cheap.  I bought a picture from the dollar store, which I use to have hanging up but decided it would make a much better chalk board than cheesy wall art.  I simply removed the paper from the wood so that way the paint would bond. I painted a few coats and that was it!  Cute and nifty right?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Half Marathon Training & Fundraising

It's been a long time since I have taken a moment to blog. I'm sorry! I can only do so many things! I'm not super woman. Between work and kids and running and cleaning  and crafting and just the day to day stuff I am feeling overwhelmed but I anticipate the feeling will die down a lot after my FIRST HALF MARATHON! Woop! I feel like I am trying to take on the world right now and it will be nice once the half is ran and I can relax a bit. I will keep running but I wont be in marathon training mode which will be nice. Training is going real well with the exception of a missed run here or there due to sick babies or what have you. I feel like I am ready to do this thing! A few more long runs and I'll be good to go. . . I hope.

Did I mention that I have decided to not run the Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon? No? Well I did. Partly because I don't want to run in such a crowded chaotic half marathon for my first time and partly (well actually mainly) because I booked a flight to Oregon to see my Mom without thinking about the date of my Marathon and accidentally book it for the same day as the marathon. Gosh I am such an airhead sometimes!  But oh well, life goes on.  So given that,  I decided to run the same race I did last year; The aMAYZing Race at the Valley of Fire (for the Hailey Mayz foundation- if you aren't familiar with this foundation I suggest you google it because they do amazing work). Last year I only did the 5k so I'm excited to came back new and improved this year.  The race is on November 20th, so it's about a week earlier then the original plan but that's okay because I think I'm prepared. I'm excited to see in two weeks if all my hard work has paid off.  I'm also kind of excited that the half is right before Thanksgiving so that way I can be a true fatty and indulge for the holidays guilt free! Yay!

Now on the fundraising.. meh. I'm disappointed in myself because I haven't made any more strides but I know at least I am doing some good and hope the $945 I have raised can really help someone at the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  If you are interested in sponsoring me let me know... 100% of the money raised goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

So that's all I have for now.  Thanks for sticking with me for the past couple months of no blog posts.  Don't worry though, I will be back soon and I will blog your faces off with high quality blogness.

AND By the way, don't forget to check out the "Suite 4E Shop" page on here or go to my Suite 4E Etsy page... I added a bunch more stuff to my Shop.  I also made a facebook page for my shop so if you want you can head on over and "like it". Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween

 Halloween Night...Trick or Treat!