Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mid Week End of Summer fun

So school will be starting for our little Diva next week and I wanted to go have some fun before the summer ended.
We live ridiculously close to the Grand Canyon. At the turn off to go to the canyon is the cutest little mountain tow called Jacob Lake.

I called the hubby and said come home early we have a lunch date.


                                               It is always important to take in the car selfies.
                                             We love places that provide fun stuff for kids to do.


 Shawn was not letting go of his cookies. They have the best cookies. They are pretty famous for them.

Then as if lunch wasn't enough we took the kids on a little off road adventure.  Which means mom busts out the big camera for some shots.

                          



                                     Shawn the Adventure Dude he keeps calling himself...

                I love our adventures. Sad they will not be as frequent and that summer is coming to an end.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

When I found out that we were going to be making a quick overnight trip to SLC, UT I got busy planning to make sure we enjoyed our time there.

First on the list was the Hogle Zoo.















 This seal scared Shelb so bad. It was so funny. It swam around the corner when she wasn't looking. She turned around and there he was!!!!!





 We loved the giraffes. They were very friendly and so fun to look at. We showed up late to feed them. Something for next time.
I will just let the pictures tell the story.

We had an amazing day. We rode the train and walked all over. I highly suggest the Zoo. So fun.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Running, training and WHAT!!!

So since the last blog post I have been putting in the miles and getting a great base mileage so that when I got news about weather or not I would be training for my first full marathon I would be ready.

Well I got news today that October 1 I will be running or walking the St George Marathon. I say walking because either way I will be finishing.

The best news was not that I got into the marathon but that my mom did too. It is her first ever race and she is choosing to do it with me!!!!

I am pretty sure team shirts will be made. For the runners and the support team. PS If you are a lucky member of the support team get your order in now!!!

So I got out of town last week and took my running shoes of course.....





Sorry frog I have found my prince

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rain, Snow and Zion

I had the pleasure of pacing the Zion half marathon this year. It was absolutely amazing. I had my doubts in the beginning though. 
The night before the race I was having stomach issues on top of woman issues. Sorry guys got to keep it real. I went to bed feeling very nervous about the next morning.
When I woke up the next morning I was feeling fine in the stomach department but I could hear rain. I showered got ready hop in the car proceeded to drive an hour and a half to the race.
As I started my drive it started to snow. I was like great , this is all I need I hate the snow. The great thing about Vacation  Races is they send you text messages if there's issues. I started getting text messages right away on my drive telling me about all the rain and the mud in the parking area. 

They rerouted all of the parking to a church down the hill and shuttled everyone up to the start line. Worked out perfect and I got there on time. I met my pacing group and waited for our Time to start. There was a bit of rain. See Corey (my pacing partner) making good use of our wave sign.


They had us start in staggered times to allow for less congestion. Here are Corey and I at the start line. 


Seriously when you are pacing the 3 hour group it is always a party. 


They delay the start time a bit to allow for late people due to the rain.  Then we were off.  Here is the race director Lyle giving us his best Braveheart speech.


Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful races. I didn't stop for many pictures. I was too busy chatting. 



We met up with some amazing runners. We helped one amazing girl through her first half and not her last. 



The medals for this race are so beautiful.


I will be putting this on my list every year. I love it. 

After all the day was beautiful. 

Last group shot of the Pacers- minus a few

Amazing group. The American Flyers Race. 
Fun Fact.....this is a no waste race. Cup free. Read about it here.
Have you ever run this race?
Are you a pacer?
American Flyers Race Pacers

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Snow Canyon 5k and Kids races

Are you there? Are you still following? Am I just talking to myself? 

I have been away for a bit.
 I have been busy with my baby girl starting kindergarten. 
Only a slight meltdown when that happened.

Also the oldest is now a senior and plays football so that is ultra imporantante. Did you read that? 
He's a SENIOR!!!
and  
They are going to state...see how he excited he is... 

Also I started working at nights to get me out of the house a bit. So we are busy around here.

This week started my training schedule for the Zion Half Marathon. Zion may be my favorite park in Utah. I love the Vacation Races series. This one I will be pacing AND it is all uphill. Holy Crap. So you get the training right?
So to start off the  18 week program I designed for myself I did a 5k. Let me start by saying I do not do many 5ks. If I am going to run I like it to be far. I chose to do the 5k for 2 reasons. 
  • First I signed up for the runners series for the St George Marathon. I have 2 complete 2 Washington County races 5k or longer in distance. So I chose to do the Snow Canyon one first.
  • Snow Canyon has a kids race. When looking at the times for that I knew I would not finish the half  before the kids started so 5k it was. 
My race started at 9. We got there a bit early. Checked out the track and the finish then went to line up to start.
 The view of the start line. So beautiful and clear. Where the guy in the red hoodie is standing is where the kids started their race and ran to the finish line. They ran 200 meters. Next year they will run the mile or the half mile.

 The finish line. They have a beautiful school in Snow Canyon. So happy they allow us use of their facilities.
 Ready to start.

After we got started I realized that I had messed up setting my intervals. I have said before that I interval run. The day's plan since I had not been running was to run 3 minutes and walk 30 seconds. I set it for running 3 minutes and walking a mile. Yeah that was not going to work. So I told myself I would run to the first mile mark and walk for 30 seconds.
That came and went. I kept running. I hit the first hill, looked down and kept running. I got to the top of the hill and walked for about a minute to catch my breath. Then we ran downhill and turned around to come up the hill we had just run down. Again at the top I walked for a bit. Then started to run. I thought to myself maybe I could actually run the whole thing. I was trying to stay around a 10-11 minute mile. I did not want to injure myself. I was just taking it easy.

 I took this picture to send to my husband to let him know where I was. He sent back a text telling my great job, keep going.

This guy has my sign. 

 Around this point I am still running. I thought about my friend Brooke and the fact that she calls me sparkle butt and I just started crying. I have been ultra emotional lately. I text my hubby saying I was at the church and he told me KEEP PUSHING!!!
Just at that moment This Girl is on Fire came on. I ran and I put everything I had into it. I tried to pass the girl in front of me but then she kicked it up a notch as well.  We pushed each other at the end. She beat me but not without a fight. 
Not the best picture but that is one determined women right there.

I finished in 35:28 minutes.  7th out of 16 in age group.
Which was a PR of 3 minutes......
Previous 5k times
Jan 2010     49:00      61st in age group. Last place in age group.
Nov 2010   48:44      21st out of 23 in age group
Jan 2011     38:14      34th out of 50 in age group
Apparently I get faster as I get older.
I was so excited to be done and have some food. I know it was only a 5k but I didn't eat before hand. Also Waffle Bliss was at the finish so ya I ate good:


After filling my belly I got to watch the half marathoners start to come in. I knew one of my fellow bloggers was about to come in. I have wanted to meet her so bad. She is just the cutest. So I stalked her and found her and her cute mom and daughter. Go Check out Janae at Hungry Runner Girl

Then it was onto the kids races!!

They got lined up and were off. I was able to run with Shelby. This year they asked us not to. So I ran along side them.
I told Shelby to make sure Mr Man didn't get  run over. She said "Don't worry Mom." So here is how she made sure.


 She held his hand the entire way. She never let go till she saw me again. Love that she was being his protector.
At the end all medaled up.
 Snow Canyon is one of my most favorite races. I love that I live close enough to do it every year.
 

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