Monday, April 17, 2017

*Monday Memos*


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Weekly recap of my rather crazy, insane, but fun and rewarding life!

dear one week before the big day!!!  It's almost here ! I didn't sleep at ALL last night! Well, maybe I got a couple cat naps, but I just am so keyed up!  I spent a couple hours last night watching YouTube videos of the course and several of Heartbreak Hill and it psyched me out!  They all said how difficult it is and it makes or breaks many a runner (mostly breaks!)  I have been wondering if I am ready. Have I trained hard enough?  Is it going to be a suffer-fest or am I going to be happily surprised?  I have never ran any marathon without a lot of suffering along the way and so I will expect that, I just don't want it to be overbearing suffering.  Only time will tell.  And the weather will have a lot to do with it as well.  If it's raining, it WILL be miserable.  If it's hot, it WILL be even worse.  I have checked the forecast three times a day for a month and right not it's holding around 59 degrees and sunny!  Crossing my fingers!  
I posted this on Facebook today:
My Boston Marathon jacket ARRIVED! I'm giddy with excitement!! Are you allowed to wear it before you cross the finish line? :) Exactly ONE WEEK from today I will be doing just that! Somebody pinch me! It's really here! I am proof that dreams do come true! It has been a long road to get here but I didn't get here alone. No one knows that better than me. I want to sincerely thank all of you who have helped me in ANY way, whether it be through your encouragement, kind comments or supporting me along this journey. I wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for the great support I have had from my family, friends and running pals along the way.
Qualifying for Boston at my age (at any age) is a runner's dream come true. It hasn't come easy and has involved a lot of pain, sweat, and tears....sacrificing sleep, toenails, and even chocolate (believe it or not!).:)It's included hill repeats, speedwork, overcoming several injuries along the way, running in downpours, blizzards, brutal wind, and slippery roads. I've watched my dream slip away several times when I missed qualifying by only minutes. But what's a dream worth if it comes too easily? This race means so much more because it was at times so unreachable. As any runner will tell you, it's not crossing the finish line that matters, but how you got there. Thanks again to all of you who have helped me get here and make this dream come true! 

dear run, I am tapering and so I only ran four miles on Monday.  I tried to find a hill that is a half mile long so I could practice since Heartbreak Hill is that long. I went west of the high school.  The only problem is my legs were fresh and so it wasn't as much of a challenge as it will be at mile 20 on very tired legs.  I went to the track and did my PT work after. 
My serious contemplating Boston look and my STOP IT and ENJOY this instead of worrying look!

dear getting ready, I spent the day doing a million things I needed to get done before I leave.  Cleaning, post office, a million phone calls, emails, etc. etc.  It is coming fast.  I checked a lot off my list but I still have a million more things to do.  I made banana bread because I had some visits I needed to make.  
I also got Carson's package mailed.  I got to Skype with him as well.  He is so adorable!  He wanted to see my bobble head and so I got it out and did a little dance with it.  He was giggling.  He wants me to go to post office and get mailed to California.  Haha.  What a cutie! Sarah sent me these cute photos of when he got the package.  I sent him all the Panda's in the first photo and the second photo is his entire collection.  Too funny!

dear tuesday run, it was really cold this morning but I figured it would be good training for the start of the race.  I decided to do five miles even though I probably should have only done 3 or 4, but I wanted to get in some hills to help with my confidence.  I ran to the tabernacle and took in the gorgeous spring flowers.  I loved how peaceful it was there and soaked it all in before heading to the cemetery.  I enjoy this five mile route because I get to stop in and say hi to Tys.  :)  I felt good!

dear harp lesson, I had a later lesson today but it was an hour long to squeeze in two lessons since I will be gone next week.  We worked hard.  I liked the longer lesson because there was more time to really assimilate it all.  I had a bunch of errands to run in Layton and Ogden.  I am still unsure about what I am wearing (UGH!) and stopped at Dick's to see if they had any cute running things.  I found a couple skirts that I will most likely return but at least I have more options.  I tried to find some bday gifts but didn't have much luck. 

dear boston course, I called Walter (Utah running Guru) to find out when the Utah runners were meeting for a group photo at the Finish Line like they always do and I picked his brain a bit. He said it's a tough course and would be the perfect race it the two half's were reversed. He said it's downhill the first half and uphill the last.  He said that it's hard for Utahn's because  we run mostly downhill courses in full marathons and this one is not like that. He said the ending is not like St. George and it's tough.  Great.  That is not what I wanted to hear.  I didn't feel too positive after talking to him.  I guess I need to prepare mentally for what's ahead though.  Sigh....

dear chocolate appreciation night, I rushed to the church for the meeting I helped plan.  I almost didn't go because I had SO much to still do to get ready for Boston but I felt like I needed to.  It was fun.  At least most of it.  We got to know each other with a few games.  One sister came and gave me a hug and said a prayer for me (for the marathon) while we were hugging.  I won't turn down a prayer no matter how it comes! :)  I got a lot of well wishes and questions.  One sister came up to me and told me she heard I was really fast and she knew I was going to win it.  I laughed and laughed and explained to her that I was certainly NOT going to win it!  I told her there are 30,000 runners and only three women win it.  It made me smile how serious she was.  Bless her heart.  I told her I am just praying that I finish it in one piece!  

dear sweet friends, I had two friends drop by well wishes and some gifts to wish me luck.  Lacy brought me some chocolate and some lotion!  She stayed and chatted about running for quite a while.  It was very thoughtful.  

Then Robin dropped by with some fun little motivating things...

She is so sweet!  I love how sweet people are.  We talked about my nerves and she said I need to trust in my training because I didn't run any downhill on my long runs and I will do great.  I am still not so sure!  I worry it's going to be a suffer-fest.  I really do need to quit all this negative thinking and just from here on out BE POSITIVE and RELISH in the fact I am RUNNING THE BOSTON MARATHON!   It's going to be hard. ALL marathons are.  BUT, I worked hard to get here and I have ran in some pretty brutal conditions and no matter what I have been prepared  through all the hard runs to tackle this thing!  

Then my sweet and thoughtful friend Dawn stopped by on Wednesday! She brought me a very motivating card (which I really needed!) and my favorite chocolate on the planet...seafoam!  Aka Crunchie bar all the way from Australia!  And I ate the entire thing!  I have been really good withholding chocolate the past couple weeks and so I deserved it, right?  :)

Dawn is a very positive person and would make the perfect running coach because she pulls you out of your negative thoughts and helps you see the positive when you can't seem to do it by yourself. I have been really struggling with doubts and fears, but she assured me that I GOT THIS and I CAN DO IT!  Thanks Dawn!  I needed that reassurance and positive vibes!  I am so blessed with amazing friends!

I have decided my mantra for this race is going to be: 

dear mr. cat, he has no idea that he is going to be family-less for the next five days. He will probably not even notice since all he does is sleep anyway!  hah

dear boston bound, I finally got packed and got the house clean and then we were off!  I can NOT believe it's really here!  I seriously can't!  And I am so happy all my boys that are here are able to go!  What a blessing!  I really wish my parents could come but I am not sure my Mom would survive all the walking.  I'll know better after I see what it's like there.  

I guess that is Taylor's eye cover.  LOL

Sorry if I already posted this, but if I did, it's worth repeating!  HAH
If only he were chocolate!
I am ending this week here.  I will post the rest of it on the trip post.  Here we go! Wish me luck!

Monday, April 10, 2017

*Monday Memos*


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Weekly recap of my rather crazy, insane, but fun and rewarding life!

dear monday, this week's Monday was what most people typically think of as a Monday.  
It started off with freezing weather!  I also didn't feel great and I just wanted to go back to bed!  So I did!  Well, for about 30 minutes. Then, I got a text from a friend asking if McKay was nearby where the explosions went off in Russia.  I hadn't heard anything about that and so I got online and researched and thankfully it wasn't anywhere near him.  It happened in St. Petersburg.  A bomb went off in the subway killing 10 and injuring at least 50.  They detonated a second bomb before it went off.   Then, I saw on the news that manhole covers were exploding in Boston.  They were exploding in fiery flames!  They weren't sure why, but later said there was an electrical fire underneath the roads.  Great.  They better get those fixed before two weeks from today!  YES TWO WEEKS from today I will be running the Boston Marathon. Hopefully, without manhole covers exploding in our path!  
We thought Sky was going to arrive home early this morning as well, but no Sky.  I guess we had communication wrong because he arrives late tonight.   The worst part of this Monday had to be the fact that the hotel I booked is telling me they are charging me full price because I cancelled it and it's a non-refundable cancellation fee!  I booked it as a FREE cancellation because I booked two others the same because I wanted to wait until I was in Boston to decide which hotel to actually stay at after I saw how close it was to where I will have to board the marathon bus.  It's a mess.  The place I booked it ( use them!) is saying it wasn't a free cancellation.  I can go to the website right now and prove it is. But they are saying my email says (which it does) that it was non cancellation without a fee.  Okay, then charge me a fee, NOT the entire cost of the three nights!  It is $680 they are charging my card!  I didn't even look at the email because I KNOW I ONLY booked FREE cancellations since I was going to for sure cancel two of them! Why would I book a place if I also booked two others unless ALL were free cancellations?  It's a nightmare.  But neither is really budging (the hotel or - both are blaming the other.  I AM SICK!  That is a lot of money!  The guy at the hotel I spoke with is really nice but he says his hands are tied.  I am pretty feisty when it comes to injustices like this, but I was feeling pretty defeated and actually started to cry while talking to them on the phone. That. Is. A. First!  The entire planning of this trip has taken me down!  And now this!  I guess we will try the route of disputing it with our credit card and see if we get anywhere.  I have spent hours trying to correct this, but to no avail. 
I didn't get out on my run until much later.  It was around noon.  But at least it was warmer.  There was still snow on the ground though.  I went up where I do my hill repeats and did my PT exercises while there because I had a lot of room.

I made Swiss steak in the crock pot. I have been craving it.  It was okay. Not great. I think I need a new recipe for it.  Anyone?

dear tuesday, I got up early and headed to the temple to clean the grounds.  I have never done that before but when the sign up sheet came around, no one had signed up and so I did.  
We worked from 8 am until noon.  It was really cold this morning (29°!) and so I dressed warm. I wondered if they ever cancel it due to the weather, but everyone showed up and they put us to work.  
It did warm up quite a bit when the sun came out and so that was good.  I am not a fan of working in dirt because I always fear I will run across a snake or huge spider or something, but I LOVED working on the temple grounds.  It is already so clean and nice that I wasn't too worried.  We mainly raked out old leaves around the shrubs and that took about three hours.  Then we pulled weeds. I did the entire south side and front and I was certain I found every single little tiny weed but after we all grouped together, the grounds keeper came out and showed us some that we thought were flowers and so we ended up getting a ton more.  I liked this much more than cleaning the inside.  It was really a lot of fun.  
With our buckets full of weeds!
Sky was here when I got home from the temple.  He said his trip did not go as expected and really was not fun.  He is no longer a huge fan of Puerto Rico.
I made a s
our cream noodle bake and just as I was putting it in the over Taylor showed up.  It was nice to have everyone here.  
This is a keeper. It's a bit like lasagna but a much easier version.
I went to Taylor's game, but didn't see much because I was late.  He came home for a bit after.

dear wednesday, I headed to the high school track to get in some miles and my Physical Therapy.  It was pretty nice today.  I rushed home and headed to my hair appointment.  She took longer than usual, but I love the highlights.  
Eeeeeeek!!!!  First time I have used a REAL dryer in ages!  I look like an astronaut or alien with the foil hair and big helmet
Only in the country.  Traffic comes to a stop so some ducks can cross the road!

I spent more time on the phone to the hotel AGAIN (every single day for the past week) and it's not looking good.  But, on a good note, I got these cute running earrings in the mail.  
Sarah sent them as a good luck for Boston!  Aren't they the cutest? I never wear earrings when I run but I always wish I had some cute ones so I could and these are the perfect size!  She had the little heart in the middle specially colored purple just for me!  LOVE THEM!  She is so sweet!  I have a package almost ready to go for Carson. He is obsessed with Panda Bears at the moment and so I am sending a few (ahem!) pandas.  Give me a theme, and I go crazy.  But he will love it.

I also went to Cover Up and ordered a shirt for Boston. I saw this online and tired to order it but they are no longer available:

I loved the quote and so Cover Up is going to order me a purple and black shirt and I am going to have the saying printed on it.  The plan is to wear it during the marathon but the weather will determine that. But even if I don't race in it, I can wear it anytime.

dear thursday, I had my Physical Therapy appointment early. It will be my last one before Boston!  We did the usual. He also watched me on the treadmill and video-taped me.  That was a bit painful to watch even though he said my form is really good on all levels, but watching in slow motion is just painful!  lol  Watching the flab bounce around in slow motion....eeek! 

I came home and showered again (PT was a workout!) and then headed to SLC to one of my favorite running stores blowout sales at the Salt Palace.  They are really expensive and I refuse to buy their stuff unless it's on clearance.  I was excited to see what they had.   Holy cow, I walked and walked and walked! I felt like singing the Primary song about the pioneers!  From where I parked (completely worst place for the location of the sale), it took me a good 30-40 minutes to get there.  That place is huge and I had no idea where the annex was.  I shopped for about 30 minutes and bought some cute running skirts, but that was it. I was a bit disappointed.  And the fitting room was a big curtained community area with about 10 chairs and mirrors.  The sign going in read "Be Brave!".  And most of the women in there were!  They were trying on swimsuits and stripped right down. I felt like I was in a locker room.   
This was by the Salt Palace. Interesting...

I then stopped at Lyon and Healy to get me new harp strings because I have one that looks like it is about to go.  Actually two.  Interesting store.
I hit Wasatch Running store to get my fuel for the Boston Marathon.  The clerk told me I was going to love it but the hills are brutal.  I have been stressing about the course all week. I am not sure I am ready. It's going to be the hardest marathon course I have run I am sure.  I also hit Dick's Bakery and grabbed our usual chocolate donuts and eclairs, and cinnamon bread.  I really can't eat them because I have to eat clean until the race.  But the boys will hopefully like them.  Actually, they don't eat this stuff much either, but Dave will be happy! 

Dave made us hobo dinners!  Yum!

dear friday, I had my last "long" run today.  IF you can call 8 miles long.  I broke it up though and so I hope it counts.  The wind was C R A Z Y today!  Look at my ponytail!  I cut off my face because it was so wrinkly!  Ugh!  This aging thing is not fun!

I did my PT on the track in between.  I like doing my PT there because I have the room and privacy I need.  It was spring break and so I thought I would find a lot of coins, but only a few.  I found another plastic one this week!  
The coins in my jar I have found the past....not sure.....but less than a year.
I came home and ate my"bird seed oatmeal".  I am trying to eat clean until the race.  On a scale of 1 to 10.... I am probably around a 7.  But, that's an improvement, so I will take it!

I ran some errands and then got a text from my blogging friend Nancy asking if I would be home later that day.  I figured she was just passing through to go to Honeyville to see her mil, but I got a huge surprise!  She dropped by to bring me some of the cutest cookies I have ever seen to wish me GOOD LUCK in BOSTON!  

Look at these! 
Have you ever seen anything cuter?  Check out the cute tag!  She is a very talented lady.  I have learned from reading her blog that she can do pretty much anything.  She also decorates wedding cakes!  But these cookies are the most amazing cookies ever!  And they tasted SO good!  I was soooo excited!  I was seriously overcome by her thoughtfulness to first, even think about doing this, and second taking the time to do it (those are very time consuming) and third to drive all this way to deliver them!  I am SO glad I was home!
THANK YOU NANCY if you are reading this!  You are truly an amazing friend!  I can't even tell you how excited just seeing these made me or thank you enough!!!!  You blow me away!!!

Dave and I along with Sky went out to dinner at Ricardos.  It's not my favorite place but Dave likes it.  

We also stopped by Carla's (Bev's daughter) to take her a treat because she just had surgery and posted on FB hoping someone would bring her one.  It was a chilly tonight!

dear saturday, it was pouring rain all morning.  
When I saw a window in the clouds, I headed out for my run.  I decided to hill repeats since I didn't get them in yet.  I went to KC and ended up doing 10.  That is probably more than I should be since I'm in marathon taper mode right now.  I also did my PT while up there.  When I got home, Taylor was here.  
He requested Hawaiian Haystacks, so I made them.  We ate an early dinner because of fast Sunday tomorrow.  My parents joined us because they came by to wish me well at Boston.  I wish they were coming to cheer me on, but getting around without a car in a big city would be tough on my fragile mom!  
Bryce headed to a REAL soccer game and watched it in a blizzard!  I can't believe he stayed the entire game but he did.  He was glad they won!  That's crazy!

I ran to Kent's and as I was walking in, I saw this rock by the door.
It was a painted rock and is part of the our "City Rocks" thing they are sponsoring. You are supposed to take a photo of you holding it and post it on FB and then hide it again or make a new one.  Pretty fun! I have been hoping I would find one while running. I didn't expect to find one walking into the grocery store!  hah

I wore my Boston Marathon BAA jacket to the store because it was raining and even though I am not sure if you should wear them BEFORE you cross the finish line, I did.
Probably should not be wearing this quite yet, but I can't help it!  I LOVE IT!
It was interesting to see the attention it got.  I didn't think anyone would have any idea it was a Boston jacket but as soon as I walked in a guy came up to me and asked me if it was a Boston jacket. He asked if I had ran it and I told him no but I would be in nine days!  He was very nice and so interested and told me his kids run marathons and what an honor it is for me to be running it and he talked on and on.  It was pretty cool. There were several others that were starring at it.  I did not expect that at the grocery store!  lol
Kent's had this strange fruit!  Taylor and Sky have both had it in Brazil and Hawaii.

dear sunday, I got up and really practiced the piano. I have been a slacker and I had to play today and a rather difficult song.  We woke up to snow!
I ended up bearing my testimony in sacrament even though I had no intention of doing so.  But it was one of those times when your heart is about to jump out of your chest and so in order to calm it down, I stood up.  I had no profound story but just simply bore my testimony of the gospel and the Savior.  In Relief Society, I somehow got through the hard song pretty well. I think I must have had help because I made a lot of mistakes at home but did pretty well at RS.  We had our SS training class today. I got told good luck at Boston a lot and got many hugs from peeps wishing me well. This thing is getting real!  We had a super yummy roast dinner thanks to Dave and then I took a little nap.
The deer were hanging out

  We then headed to Gregg's bday party and had some yummy pie.  

dear mckay, we got pictures!  Yippee!  Even if they are mostly of a bunch of fish!  He did send a few of himself, but not enough!  But I am happy he sent any! Love this cute boy!  
Not sure about that sweater!  lol  Putin's head.  I will refrain from the comment I want to add.  :)

The hair cutting process
Russian basketball
 His letter was really cute and he sent me a private one wishing me good luck but it totally made my day!  This is why having boys is so awesome.  True or not, it made me feel good!  He wrote:   

"Good luck at Boston, whenever people  ask me what is going on at home that is the first thing I talk about. By the way whenever people look at my photo album they are always so impressed by how young you look and you have more than once been mistaken for my girlfriend... It is weird to hear but I'm sure it makes you feel good."

Oh, the poor kid!  That must traumatize him!  At least I can laugh about it, but I'm sure he cringes!  Too funny!  He's right, it did make me feel good, but I know photos always make you look younger than in person. Still, it made my whole day!  

dear boys trip to PR, I am STILL finding pix from the boy's trip and some are so awesome I have to post.  Check this out!  WOW!
 I am not sure who is in the waves....but I do know I WISH it was ME!
 Finally some of Bryce!

dear, last but not least!

And just for fun,
If only he were chocolate!!!

These are from the new Paris Temple!   PURPLE stained glass windows!  The entire temple has a purple touch!  Now, I must go back to Paris just to go through this glorious edifice!!!  I don't think I have ever seen anything so beautiful!

Another week in the books!


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