Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Peach Days 10K

This post was really supposed to go on my Running Blog, but it helps to realize these things before they are almost done! Argh! I decided it would be easier to put a link to this on it!




I ran the Peach Day's 10 K Road Race a few weeks ago for my second year. Yes, I know I am slow at getting this posted, but better late than never! It is a real tough course (said to be the toughest in the state) and has some challenging hills. It is one of the biggest and oldest 10 K's in the state. I am not sure how many were entered this year, but it was in the hundreds. The hardest part of the whole thing is the fact that the last TWO miles are run on the parade route which also happen to be uphill! So just when you are feeling and looking your very worst, you get to run in front of thousands of people along the route. Fun, fun! The only good thing about it is the spectators cheer you on and that does wonders for morale when you are feeling the pain and anguish of a tough run.
The weather was perfect, although pretty hot for a September morning, but it was beautiful. My friend Doran had some trouble with either heat stroke or dehydration and ended up being taken off in an ambulance. When I caught up to him just before the turn onto Main Street, I could tell he was struggling some. For that story go here to Jody's blog. But he is doing great now and out running again. All in all it was a great race. Here are some photos...


Doran going full speed ahead...


Me BEFORE the 6.2 mile run



Me AFTER ~ still alive and barely kicking!

Here I am on the right just about to cross the finish line! I was determined to pass that girl before I got to the finish line!


Crossing the finish line!!! Boy was I happy to see that! That was one long and hard race! I wanted to quit a few times into it.

My official time was posted as 53:43 !
My pace was 8:39 minute miles.




The officiator taking my race number ID right after crossing the finish line. And look I'm still standing!

Not anymore.... I was beat!


Jen showed up at the finish line with this beautiful bouquet of flowers for me!!! I did not expect that! She is just soooooo amazing! She wanted to run it but she was recovering from surgery. Not sure what I did to deserve a friend like her!
Thanks Jen!


It was fun walking around with the flowers because everyone thought I had them because I won the race!!!


Free peaches for all the finishers!!! The BEST peaches around!



I got a good one! Mmmm.......



The awards...
I won THIRD place in my age division!!! Woo-hoo! I was happy because I won 5th last year and this year I beat my time by over three minutes! This photo is of me accepting my medal.
"I would like to thank my family and friends for putting up with me and all the time I spend training. I would like to thank my knees for being so dependable even though they are getting old. I would like to thank my shoes for being so gosh darn good (though expensive!). I would like to thank my lungs for pulling through even though they felt like quitting many times. I would like to thank whoever invented Gatorade...you rock! And lastly, I would like to thank my Ipod for not dying on me this time!"
Actually I just smiled and said thanks!


I got an awesome medal!!!



You will never believe what I found at Peach Days of all places!!!



















Purple Man!!!


He was walking around all over the place and was more than happy to pose for a photo! Just wish we had got the FULL shot of his suit. He was purple from head to toe! A match made in heaven!!! Thinking about getting one of these suits for Dave! LOL!



My cute little friend Jaida



I also have this cute little friend named Julie, who is truly amazing. She is the most self-disciplined person I know. If she decides to do something, she does it come H-E-double hockey sticks or high water! About 25 years ago, she decided she was becoming too much of a chocoholic (is THAT even possible???) and so one day she went cold turkey and QUIT eating chocolate completely (blasphemy!) and has never touched it since. We didn't know each other then, and I can ASSURE you IF we did, I would have talked her out of that one! I mean eating no chocolate for the rest of your life is INSANE! Who would want to deprive themselves of one of life's greatest pleasures???? Not me that's who! And we won't even talk about the fact that she abstains from ALL fat!!! I would rather die with clogged arteries than not be able to enjoy all that yummy bad stuff sometimes! But like I said....she is dis-ci-plined!


We used to power walk together until I started running. She is a fast little power walker. I emphasize little because she only stands 4'9" (if that!) She is tiny! But she can push it and those short little legs of hers would always keep up with my very long ones. She decided to start running and even though she is older than me (hee-hee!) she has done well. She worries me though because she will push herself too hard at times. Her first race was the Turkey Trot and then she did the Snowman Shuffle. They are both 5 K's (3.1 miles). Next thing I know she is signed up for the Dam Race which is 4.7 miles and then she decided to do Peach Days which is a 10 K (6.2 miles). Peach Day's is not an easy race. In fact it has been said to be the toughest 10 K in Utah. I was a little worried about her doing that one. But she was determined and I knew that was all it would take. Never underestimate Julie. She ran it and did great!


Julie is the short one! Hee-hee! Isn't she cute?



Jen brought her flowers too!

Cheesin' it! We did it!!!

Now off to eat some yummy Peach Cobbler! We earned it don't ya think???

For more running posts check out my blog Jogging Beats Blogging here.


Monday, September 29, 2008

The Invisible Woman

Do you ever feel like this????
The Invisible Woman. Funny, I always thought that was a SUPER HERO. Now, I KNOW it is!


Watch this and you will know what I mean...
To turn down my music playlist so you can hear better - scroll to bottom and click on the pause button on the far left.



Keep building moms! What you are constructing is priceless and IS known by the One who matters most. The masterpiece you put your heart and soul into each and every day may never be realized by anyone BUT you and Him. That is okay. Keep building anyway!


This one took FIVE centuries to build!




Sunday, September 28, 2008

Serenity Sunday ~ Broken



You will have to scroll down and click pause (far left) button on my music playlist so it's easier to listen.








He will forgive....
Have a Serene Sunday... enjoying the tranquil moments in today's busy world.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Memes

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Since the Friday's Feast Chef has been out of the kitchen for quite some time (and may be for a while yet), I have decided to start my own version until he/she is able to return. I am calling it


Food 4 Thought Friday


It is generally the same idea, with just a little twist. Feel free to play along for some yummy fun! I will post a new one each Thursday afternoon for those that are on a different time zone. JOIN IN!!!


Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions

Breakfast
Who was your role model growing up?

Lunch
Who would you turn to first if you were in desperate need of help?

Dinner
Are you generally organized or messy?

Midnight Snack
What do you do when you can't sleep at night?

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?)


PLEASE PLAY !!!! Come on you know you want to!

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MY ANSWERS:

Breakfast
Who was your role model growing up?
My cousin Shelley. She was nine years older than me and I idolized her. I wanted to be just like her! She was amazing. She passed away this past April from MS. She suffered so much in her last 20 years, but hung onto life with all she had. She continued to be a ray of sunshine to all who knew her until her last day. Love and miss you Shell!

Lunch
Who would you turn to first if you were in desperate need of help?
That is easy. It would be my Heavenly Father. He is the only one that I can always trust to help me through anything.

Dinner
Are you generally organized or messy?
I am generally organizied and can't stand messes. Lately though, I have noticed a change in my tolerance for disorder.

Midnight Snack
What do you do when you can't sleep at night?
I will usually get up and write in my journal. That seems to help me sort out whatever it is that is causing my insomnia. If that doesn't work and Dave isn't home, I will turn on the TV until I fall asleep. If he is home, I will get on the computer.

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?)
Never give up. Tomorrow is another day!


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1. HALLOWEEN!, cool crisp evenings, hot chocolate, the beautiful color of fall foilage, garden squash, and caramel apples are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in October.


2. Sometimes I wish I was magic!


3. I held a snake and that's why there is a saying, "never say never"!


4. When I'm down, I try and focus on the power of gratitude to lift me back up.


5. Watching football games is where you'll find me most often.


6. A rainy day is good for baking something yummy, curling up in a blanket with a good book, and staring outside the window watching the rain.


7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to nothing yet ~ no football game tonight (it's a bye), we might go see a movie (Eagle Eye), tomorrow my plans include breakfast at the church and then attending Especially For Youth with the Young Women, watching McKay's last football game, and attending the General Relief Society meeting, and Sunday, I want to chill after church!


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1. What dog do you most resemble?
Well that depends on the day and the time...













2. What is your favorite zoo animal?
The polar bear, hands down! They are so entertaining to watch! At the San Diego Zoo many years ago, we just stayed and watched them for so long because they act like little kids playing in the pool. I am also very entertained by the monkeys.


3. What zoo animal reminds you most of yourself?
What kind of a question is that? Hmm... I would say the Giant Panda. They like to eat and to play and aren't so good at climbing trees, like me. Plus they have those dark circles around their eyes like me when I stay up and play too much!

4. Do you have any pets? If so, how many, what kind, and what are their names? If not, would you like one?
Unfortunately I have none! NONE! Not a single one! (crocodile tears falling...) I LOVE all animals and I NEED a pet! I keep telling Dave that my babies are all older now and I don't have anyone to take care of that needs me, so I need a dog or a cat! But I still haven't convinced him. I hope one just shows up on my doorstep someday.

5. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Of course I've ridden a horse. How sad if I hadn't ridden one yet at this age! I've ridden several over the years. One of my first times was on a date as a teenager. I used to be a little afraid of them and that date didn't help any. My horse just took off so fast and I couldn't get him to slow down! Haven't been real fond of riding them since. Plus I tend to get real saddle sore! We took the boys on a long horse ride years ago up and around Sherwood Hills. I walked like Frankenstein for several days after!

6. Have you ever milked a cow?
Yes! It was on a field trip when I was teaching preschool many years ago! Not something I would like to do for a living!

7. Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Who says they don't!





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