Wednesday, June 26, 2013


For my moms party, I purchased some flowers for decorations on the tables and the card table.

After the party I brought them home and added color to my porch and flower beds.

BUT, first I had to clear out the weeds. I havent had time to 'play' in the flower beds for several days , weeks , at all this spring. The poor flowers were overrun with weeds. two hours of pulling and tugging, and digging produced brown earth.

To start the leaning tower, I dug a hole, about 1 foot deep and shoved the rebar down as far as I could.  (My husband purchased a bar that is 6 ft high, rather than the  4 ft that I needed) For the bottom I decided I wanted a larger pot sitting level on the ground. I used some rocks, and other debris so that I didn't have to use so much dirt.
I used two more pots on top of that, sitting them caddy corner to each other. Then I started to fill each pot with flowers.I really like the look, BUT, its going ot be hard to water!! I think I filled the dirt to close to the edge. SO!!! I came up with a genius idea. I drank a diet coke!! And then I cut the bottom off of the bottle, turned it upside down, and stuck it in the pot!! Its in the back so you cant see it. NOW when I water the flowers, I just fill the upside down diet coke bottle!!!

 I had enough flowers left over that I was able to do several flower pots for the steps!! I LOVE FLOWERS!!! I don't usually spend money on annuals, but this year, I can use my mom as my excuse!! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pay it Forward

Today my schedule called for a three mile easy run. I very rarely deviate from my training plan!!

A new friend sent me a message on face book, asking me some questions about walking the 5K that I help coordinate at our church.  She wanted to sign up, but felt like she would embarrass herself.  What if she couldn't finish. She kept saying she was afraid she would fail.

She was asking if I know of a 5 K loop around town, or if I could give her pointers. I asked her if she was free tonight around 7 PM to join me at the park.

So tonight I walked with her. Our pace was a 20 minute mile, and, we had fun!! For her it was a workout! She was sweating and at times a bit winded. We slowed down and ended up doing walking intervals.

I wore my Garmin and she looked at me and said, how far does it say we went now? 3.8 miles. WOW that wasnt to bad!!

She was finished, and I was so proud of her!!!
I may have given up my three mile run, but I helped her find her confidence!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Weekly recap

Saturday reminded me how quickly life can change!! I got a call around 8:20 AM "Say a prayer for T, he wrecked his bike, and its not good."
T and another friend, K, participate in a 100 mile bike race in our area every summer. They started at 7 AM all bright eyed and ready for the day.  Going down a steep hill (well steep for me on a bike!!) and T hit some gravel on the side of the road, slid into a pothole.  He was thrown up over his handle bars, and landed on his head in the ditch. Helmet cracked, having trouble breathing, nose bleeding.  He was sent by ambulance to the hospital.
A CT scan and several xrays later, we learn he has a small fracture in his neck, and some compressed discs in his spine. Some chipped teeth, stitches on his nose, and dirt in his hair. A transfer to another hospital with a neurosurgeon an overnight stay, more xrays.
He is going to be ok. Sigh of relief. Needs to wear a brace for 3 months. BUT oh how different it couldve been.

Makes you stop and think, and hug those you love a little tighter!  You never know what the day will hold!

Weight: for weekly weigh ins click here:
04-08-13 199.6  +0.3
05-27-13 191.2 -0.6
06-03-13 190.0 -1.2
06-10-13  190.0
06-17-13 188.4 - 1.6 Total 11.2 for 100 Day Challenge.
06-24-13 188.2 -0.2 Total 11.4

Well, crumb buckets !!!! I was hoping for more than 0.2!!! Next week!!

I keep talking about doing Yoga. WELL, today in the mail I received a Jillian Michaels Yoga DVD. Tried it out tonight. HOLY MOLY!!!! Sweat!! Its 30 minutes long, and Im excited to add this to my running/walking!! Thankfully she has a beginner and an advanced.... I cant even do all the beginner moves!!! BUT, I love a challenge, Bring it on Jillian!!!!

Last week
Monday:  Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Run 2  Walk 1
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Run 6 Walk 1
Saturday:  Run 3.75 Walk 4

I had an average of 10000 steps each day!!!  Now that its getting warmer Ive been walking to and from work and that helps.

I stayed around 1200 calories a day. 

I had 100 oz of water every day.

This weeks goals are going to stay the same!

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 7:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

To see past week goals click here.

Monday, June 17, 2013


YES! I finally made it back into the 180s!!! It took two weeks of being stuck at 190.0

Weight: to individual weigh ins click here:

04-08-13 199.6  +0.3
05-27-13 191.2 -0.6
06-03-13 190.0 -1.2
06-10-13  190.0
06-17-13 188.4 - 1.6 Total 11.2 for 100 Day Challenge.

Last week
Monday:  1 mile walk
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3 mile run 5 mile walk
Saturday:  7 mile run 3 mile walk

When I was still at the gym, I really enjoyed the yoga classes. Does anyone know of a good video that I could purchase to do at home?  Ive tried to remember the moves, but its not working. I try to look at a magazine, but sometimes its hard to follow.  I think if I had a good video, it would help.

Hard work pays off!!   Its not easy! If it was easy to lose weight, everyone would be doing it!!  Saying no to that cinnamon roll is worth it! Adding an extra helping of beans is worth it! Eating an apple instead of a bowl of potato chips is worth it! A grilled chicken breast that is made on the stove top or grill instead of pulled out of a Tyson bag for ease, is worth it!  Having 8oz of water instead of soda is worth it. Being accountable with my failures is worth it. Keeping track of every bite, lick, taste, crumb, is worth it.
The choice is yours. Make it a healthy one.

I had 10000 steps each day!!!  Now that its getting warmer Ive been walking to and from work and that helps.

I stayed around 1200 calories a day. 

I had 100 oz of water every day.

This weeks goals are going to stay the same!

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 7:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

To see past week goals click here.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Somerset 10K

At my last 10K I found myself dead last!!! Saturday, June 8th I would find myself in almost the exact same place!!

My goal for this race was to be faster than my last 10K. I wanted to beat the 1:18.40.... 12:40 pace....
Somerset is a bit hilly. 160 ft climb around mile 2, 90 ft climb at mile 3, and several other 50 ft climbs.
I was passed by quite a few people in the first few miles. I was last!!!! They also had a 10K walk, so I wasnt last last!! But I was at the end of the runners.

It was a bit chilly and sprinkly to start. Cloudy, 57 degrees, with 88% humidity.  The humidity was downplayed by the cooler temperatures.

I power walked the hills, and was able to run the rest.

Time: 1:19.07 Pace 12:37.......... I missed my PR by 27 seconds, BUT, I had a better pace.... In other words, I didnt run the tangents at this race. I ran 6.27 miles instead of 6.2....... OH well!! Ill get it next time!!!

AND AMBER did the 5K walk. She didnt sign up for the run because she was afraid of being sore from the last half marathon... SHE FINISHED FIRST IN HER AGE GROUP!!!!!!! She got a medal... SO proud of her and her accomplishment!!  Time 42:26 Thats a 13: 34 pace.  

Friday, June 7, 2013


On our trip to Williamsburg we ran into Cicadas.  They are UGLY!! Orange buggy eyes.
Stopped in a suburb of DC and heard this loud buzzing. Sounded like a weed eater.  I think I would go crazy listening to that all day long!!!

Apparently some people eat them. Recipes here.  They were so annoying I had to close my window for fear I was going to be attacked!!! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Run for the Dream Half Part two

Run for the Dream

Short version:
Awesome packet pick up
Great organization
Lots and lots of water stops
Lots and lots of volunteers
Back of the pack had food and medals and water!!! 
Great communication on facebook and thru emails

Heat, (but nothing the organizers could do about that one!!)
No fuel on the course
Race hotel had check out at 11 AM (to early)
Shirts were very small

Long version:
Our hotel was within a mile of the start line, so we opted to walk. A good warm up.  There were quite a few port a johns. There were buses for the gear check. They provided clear bags, that you had to use.
We were asked to gather on the street around 6:45AM. You were asked to stand in the area of your pace group.  There were no corrals set up.  
We were entertained by the Fife and Drum Corp. We then paused for a moment of silence for Boston.  There were some first responders at the race, and also a Boston Marathoner. We thanked the wounded warriors who joined us and the service men and women who are still serving. 
This race offered discounts to military personnel. I saw some shirts saying, "Im running for my husband in Afghanistan". There were also some who were representing Wounded Warriors. One vet carried the American Flag.  After the National Anthem that was sung by a student from the Dream Academy, we were off. 

Amber and I started out doing 3/1 intervals. We started by running thru Colonial Williamsburg. The horse dung on the streets made me feel liek I was at home.
After mile 3 we switched to 2/2 intervals. It was starting to get hot. Thankfully quite a bit of the race was shaded by trees.  We were doing pretty good and keeping up our goal of 12:30 miles. Ferguson had some amazing signs, but I missed most of them.They were funny, and of course I cant remember what they said. ... At mile 6 I could see that Amber was starting to have some abdominal troubles. We took some extra walk breaks. Our goal was to stay in front of the 3:00 pace group. Somewhere around this point, they passed us. 
At mile 7 were were on cobblestone and my feet were aching. We had just climbed two hills! It was time to run, and we realized we were walking faster than we were running. We decided to keep walking. This was the out and back portion of the race. We saw two wonderful ladies playing, (Im not sure what it was).. but they were so encouraging. Clapping and waving. 

The cobblestone continued and we were crossing a bridge and the shade trees ended. It was so hot!! We came to a turnaround point, and ran into this amazing water station. They were all dressed up in coconut bras and they were standing in the heat handing out water, giving amazing encouragement!! And playing Jimmy Buffet tunes! (at least I think thats who it was, my brain wasnt thinking very clearly)
On our way back down the hill we saw our first person who needed medical attention. I have to say, it was so wonderful to see so many volunteers!! They rode bikes on the course. I think the longest time of not seeing a volunteer was only three minutes. They were everywhere and it was wonderful knowing they were there if we needed something!!! 

Mile 10 or so (they were all running together by this point) there was a lady with a garden hose. AAHHHH it felt so good!!! 

We kept walking....
At mile 12 I noticed Amber was really slowing down. She looked like she was in pain. She doesnt complain about pain, EVER! But, I could see it on her face. We both commented that mile 11 and 12 were taking forever!! We were passing a church and there were angels, handing out orange slices, PURE HEAVEN!!! 
We finally rounded the corner and saw the stadium. Around the track and there was the finish line. I could tell Amber wanted to run, but she couldnt make her legs go. We walked across the finish line together. 

Water and cold wet towels. AMAZING!!!! Misting tents, AAAHHH yes. I was so hot!!! 
We made our way over to the food. Chocolate Milk. I chugged it!! another bottle of cold water!! A banana, granola bar, and pretzels.
There was a long line at the BBQ tent.
Our hotel had a checkout at 11 AM and it was already 10:30. We headed straight for the shuttle, and missed the entire after race bash.
We were in such a hurry to get back and shower, we even missed our post race picture!!

We both showered, checked out, filled our cooler with ice, and were on the road home by 11:15 AM. 

Our final time: 3:14.54  On the way home Amber admitted during mile 12 she was starting to shiver and get goose bumps...UM heat stroke?? I sure am glad we agreed to stick together no matter what! That orange slice and sprinkler was an answer to prayer. And listening to her body and slowing our pace, saved the day!

I would love to do this half marathon again!! I would make sure to stay an  extra day to enjoy the city!! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Run for the Dream Half Marathon Part one

Run for the Dream Half Marathon in Williamsburg VA.  This weekends events benefits the Achievable Dream Academy and the Wounded Warriors.

I was honored to win a free entry into the Half  Marathon thru Carolines blog. I didnt want to go alone, so I drug Amber with me.
We sat in traffic quite a bit in our 4 1/2 turned into 5 1/2 hour trip! Our van doesnt have AC!! We guzzled water, chatted and laughed at this motorcycle family.

My leg and arm got a bit to much sun on the drive down! I eventually realized what was happening and used the best sun screen I had, a piece of paper.

The first thing we did was pick up our packets at the visitors center. Very easy and smooth! Follow the ribbon and we were thru in about 10 minutes. Everyone was very helpful and friendly!
Our hotel room wasnt ready yet, so we went searching for KT tape for Ambers knee, for a tank top and for something to eat!  As we were driving we kept seeing RailRoad Crossing bars on the roads, but there werent railroad tracks. I noticed that it was along the roads that said Hurricane evacuation route, but I couldnt figure out why they would put the bars down to keep people off the route if it was the evacuation route.  The friendly waitress at Cracker Barrel explained that if theres a hurricane they open the Route to go the 'wrong way' so that both lanes of the highway go the same way, further inland. . The bars come down so that people cant drive the 'right way'.

HOT!!! It was HOT!!!
It was 96 degrees in the shade according to this thermometer at Cracker Barrel when we stopped for supper at 3:30!!! Have I mentioned, it was hot!!!!
Last weekend we had snow in the air at home, and this weekend we were sweltering in 96 degree weather!!!! Speaking of Cracker Barrel, they have amazing baked potatoes!!! Awesome day before a race fuel!!

We checked into our hotel and checked out our goody bag. The shirt was VERY small!! Ill be lucky to get into it within the next two years. I sent them an email to see if I can exchange it. There were coupons for local eateries and health clubs, a key chain, car magnet, magazine, and of course our bib.  They handed out cow bells to everyone, and we saw/heard lots of them being used by families and spectators during the race.

We were also given a day pass to Colonial Williamsburg. Amber and I went
exploring. Of course by the time we got there it was after 5PM and most of the places were closed, but we enjoyed the sights.  The streets were cobblestone, and crushed sea shells lined the walkways. I wish we wouldve been able to see inside the different buildings. The old time print shop, the saloon, the church, so many places, but we looked in the windows.  That night they had special readings and presentations followed by fireworks. We were exhausted so we went to our hotel, but we could see the fireworks from our room.

 If you signed up early you also received tickets to Busch Gardens.

Race report to follow............

Monday, June 3, 2013

Weekly Recap

Weekly Update:  I really really really need to add some toning and yoga into my schedule!!! (dejavu I think I said that last week!!)  This week at work they are starting a video challenge, and that involves both cardio and some strength. Im participating, but I havent been told the particulars yet.

Last week
Monday: 3 mile run, 4 mile walk
Tuesday: 4 miles hills
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest (unless you call dodging people in Walmart for 2 hours exercise!!)
Saturday: Walking around Williamsburg, VA. (the day before the half marathon that Ill talk about tomorrow)

Weight: to individual weigh ins click here:
03-11-13 206.0 Challenge with Julie
04-08-13 199.6  +0.3 Total 6.4  100 Day Challenge started
05-27-13 191.2 -0.6  Total 14.8
06-03-13 190.0 -1.2 Total 16.0

I moved that silly scale around in the bathroom and reweighed myself FIVE times!! I really wanted to see 189 today!!! Next week it is!!!!

I had 10000 steps each day!!!  (This seems to be weekly comment) Three days a week I work 13 hours a day, and those days are hard to get those in, but this week I DID IT!!   Now that its getting warmer Ive been walking to and from work and that helps.

I stayed around 1200 calories a day. 

I burned 1356 calories this week. Missed my 2000 goal.

I had 100 oz of water every day.

This weeks goals are going to stay the same!

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 7:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

To see past week goals click here.