Wednesday, June 26
Saturday, June 15
We love our new place... but I feel sentimental about leaving our old apartment.
The new place is a little town home and we love the location. This is our first time not living in an apartment! I will put up more pictures soon of what it looks like!
We brought Sean, our little moving buddy, to help us. (He helped us move to Denver last summer)
We were so glad he came, even though it made him late for his senior trip!
Sean is so random. We were stopped in traffic on the way out to Denver and so he got out of the car and started doing these really weird pushups. Never a dull moment with that kid.
We only moved one block and so it was really nice to not have to box every little thing up. Like our clothes:
Friday, June 14
It all started with Devin driving me to Provo so I could have a sleepover with sister who happens to live right down the street from where I needed to be at 4 am the following morning.
We had a lot of fun.. going to the race expo...eating at brick oven...watching the kardashians...
see bruce jenner in the background?
It was all fun and games until Ashley started snoring.
So I ended up sleeping on the couch. Have you ever tried to argue with someone who is talking in their sleep? It's not a good situation. Ash kept denying that she was snoring or that she was even asleep. There was no hope in reasoning with her. Crazy pregnant lady. ;)
I got up at 3:20 am.
I was a little stressed because I forgot everything (not everything, but a lot of stuff).
I forgot my running shorts.... my tri slide... MaxATP...zyrtec...
Talk about unprepared.
How I resolved my forgetful-ness:
Shorts: I borrowed some of ashley's shorts. see those pink beauties?
They really chafed though and they were just uncomfortable. But thanks ash for saving the day. Uncomfortable shorts are better than no shorts...
Tri slide: If you have ever chafed in a longer run, you NEED tri slide. It's the best anti chafe spray out there and i was sooooooo sad that I left it in Denver. I ended up buying some body glidefor women at the race expo, but it was 0% helpful and didn't work at all. Tri slide is the way to go. Worth every penny.
MaxATP: It is the drink that I have before I run. It's basically packed with vitamins and gives you a boost of energy. I am really surprised that I had a PR in this race without drinking my usual dose of ATP.
Zyrtec: not really essential to performance but I get awful allergies. I ended up picking some up at the grocery store.
Like my compression socks? I've always wanted to try them because apparently they help with blood circulation, performance, and recovery. The first 2 miles my legs felt like lead... But after that I felt amazing. I would suggest trying them out before your race in them to see if you like them. Sometimes I don't make the best decisions on race day.
What I ate:
3:30 am. Watered down Muscle Milk Light with ice. and a plain white bagel.
During: Nothing. I took a few sips of gatorade and a few sips of water at each aid station (every 2 miles). In the past I have taken a couple of gu packets, but I haven't had them in a while and wasn't sure how my body would react. I didn't want to risk it. But I felt completely fine and didn't feel like I needed anything.
It was the prettiest summer morning.
I wish I would have taken a picture of what I was wearing before the race. I was getting some pretty strange looks.. but i think everyone was just jealous that I was so warm and not shivering. It was in the 40's and so I wore gigantic sweat pants, a sweatshirt, and I big, pink, fur coat. I looked ridiculous but when everyone else was freezing after waiting 2 hours for the race to start, I was pretty happy with myself.
This is during the first mile.
I felt amazing basically the whole race. I ran an average of 8:45 per mile which was shocking. I have never been in the 8-9 minute mile range during a race, let alone a half marathon. I felt strong, yet felt like I was pushing myself. At about the half way mark a girl told me that I was awesome at pacing and that she was trying to follow me the whole time. I stayed around 8:30 per mile the whole time, and walked for about 20 seconds during the aid stations, so that averaged out to 8:45 per mile.
This picture is at the end... Hanging in there.
My final time was 1:53...ish. My garmin watch sayid 1:52 and the race clock said 1:54, so I'm goin' with 1:53. I beat my other half marathon times by about 15 minutes, so I'm really proud of that.
I loved having my family at the end cheering me on.
I really need to work on my race emotions. I always start to cry when I get near the finish line because I'm so happy. it's really weird and embarrassing and makes it hard to breathe.
Thanks ash for taking pictures.
And thanks Ash for letting me stay at your place and driving me to my shuttle at 4 am. No hard feelings about the snoring ;)
And a panda because I love pandas.
Utah Valley Marathon Review
At the end I got the most amazing free massage.
There were creamies...fruit... chocolate milk ....jamba juice...etc. at the end.
I love the medals and t-shirts.
There were plenty of shuttles/buses to drive us up to the starting line. I only had to wait about 3 minutes to board.
NO PORTA POTTIES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE RACE. They only had them at the beginning and the end. I honestly don't understand how people survived if they had to go during the race. Luckily I didn't have to use one at all and so I didn't really notice until they emailed everyone an apology. Those poor marathoners. Yikes. But in the race's defense, they said that they drove around the porta potty people the day before and told them exactly where to put them (every 2 miles). So the porta potty people really dropped the ball on that one.
Overall the race was really organized and well put together.
Thursday, June 13
Things have been crazy around here and my blogging has definitely been lacking...
We are currently moving and so that is throwing me through a loop.
Last wednesday, we drove to Salt Lake.
The drive is gorgeous, and boy are we getting to know this drive really well.
We usually stop in Grand Junction because it is the half way point and where Devin's g-pa lives.
Behind them in this pic is an eagles nest with baby bald eagles inside. Not something you see everyday.
we finally arrived to Salt Lake and gee whiz it is pretty.
I can't get over how close the mountains are and how green everything is.
Utah in the summer=heaven
We found this kid and we all went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner.
I love this dog. He wanted to come to dinner too.
The next morning we got up and went to Hallie's graduation from elementary school! I can't believe she is going to start junior high.
I remember the first time I met her and she was a little kindergartner returning from a Jazz game with a big Jazz teddy bear and came and snuggled right up to me on the couch.
Time flies and makes me feel old.
Here she is around the time I met her.
And here is a picture at graduation.
She is the cutest little sister ever and she was pretty emotional about graduating. It was really cute.
Hallie and her 6th grade teacher.
Oakridge graduates, past and present.
The day just kept getting busier and busier.
Here is the other graduate, Sean.
He is done with high school now and I can't even believe it!
I don't have a full recollection of when I met him, but this is what he looked like (middle):
Here he is with his good friend, right before walking across the stage.
I was sooooo hungry because we didn't really eat anything all day (like i literally was shaking). So about 5:30 we peaced out during the ceremony and picked up some fries and shakes from Hire's. Those ceremonies can be pretty lengthy and I don't think Sean noticed, so it was a win win situation. And that is why i'm so happy in the following pictures.
Devin, chocolate shake in hand.
Afterwards, we went to The Little America for a fun dinner with all of the graduates from Sean's ward.
The food was amazing and it was such a fun way to celebrate! Afterwards, all the graduates went to their respective parties until 6 am. The only thing I remember about graduation is being locked in Olympus High School with a bunch of blow up obstacle courses and some high school bands.
Sean, Devin, and Aaron (sean's best friend from forever ago)
because I like to talk about myself I'd like to add the following...
Since my high school graduation, it has been 7 years people! SEVEN.
So glad I've stayed in touch with these girls though. That's the only thing that's important about high school anyway. Having a social life ;)
Next up: the half marathon!
This deserves a post of its own.
Hopefully it won't be a week before I post again...