Saturday, April 28, 2012

OKC Memorial Marathon EXPO 2012

Crossing the finish line at this years OKC Memorial Marathon will make me eligible for Marathon Maniacs.  The requirements I will have met are 2 marathons within 16 days and also by completing 3 marathons within 90 days.  I will actually have completed all 3 within 60 days.  Run, walk, or crawl..... I am looking forward to crossing that finish line.  After that, I think I'll be taking some time off from long distance running.  I need to keep up running a bit because there are a couple of things I'm signed up for this summer.  Plus, I'm already registered for the Route 66 marathon in Tulsa this November.  That means I have to keep up my base.  I LOVE my job and I LOVE running, but they just don't go so well together. It has been quite the challenge to keep up with all of that on top of being a great wife, housework, and social activities.  After this marathon, my students only have two more performances and then we're wrapping up for the school year.  Yippee!!!  I NEED to sit back and relax a little bit this summer.  

Well, David and I went to the OKCMM Expo last night.  It was great!  Here are a few photos from the evening. 

Anxiously waiting to pick up my race packet with my official bib and timing chip.

Not sure I could be any more excited!!!!!!
Ready for MARATHON #3!

All shopped out!  Great expo!

Fun free expo photo

 My official race bib!  This will be pinned on the front of my shirt.

My expo goodies minus the other 9 GU I purchased.  : )
I'm looking forward to trying out the Newtons this summer.  

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Marathon #1: Little Rock

Here it is in pictures.....

 Lisa picked me up the morning of March 3.  Can you tell she was excited?  

 Me with my bib at the expo!

 Your first marathon only happens once.  We had to take LOTS of photos!

Me and Lisa at the starting line about 42 minutes before the race.

Me with Aunt Amy.  She ran the half marathon as part of her training for the OKC Memorial Marathon.  

 This is where the course split.  I remember always seeing the full marathoners split off from us half marathoners.  I thought they were crazy, yet I wondered what it would be like to be a full marathoner and experience running 26.2 miles.  I was one of those crazy people this time.

 Staying on course!  26.2 first timers!

My friend, Chuck, caught this pic of me on the course.   Running obviously makes me happy!

20 miles= CHECK!

The Wall was at about mile 22.  This is when a runner's glycogen level is pretty much depleted.  

I met Dave Mari on the course!  He added me as a Facebook friend because he's a Half Fanatic and Marathon Maniac.  The guy participates in a race every weekend.  He's quite the inspiration and I was so happy to spot him on the course and actually meet him in person.  

My HUBCAP!  This is the largest finisher medal I've ever seen.  It's HUGE!  
I think it brings out the color of my eyes.  = )
 We worked long and hard for those finisher medals!

Me and Amy with our finisher medals. 

Me and Lisa showing off our BLING!

This is a painting that an artist painted under the VIP tent at the marathon while we were running.  I LOVE it!

 Here's the outfit I made for the marathon after party.  I sewed the skirt and made a 26.2 scarf without using a pattern.  Sewing is so much fun!

Catching up.... AGAIN!

Man, oh man!  Where does the time go?  Since my last post a LOT has happened.  Here's a few things....

1.  On Feb. 20 I received a Landrunner Series Award for having participated and completed a certain number of series races.  I was awarded a monogrammed jacket.

2.  I had many more races and training runs with my running buddy, Lisa, and all the other Landrunners.

3.  I caught the stomach bug on March 1 while at school for Literacy Night.  It is NOT fun vomiting in the faculty bathroom.  Ugh.....  This left me severely sore and dehydrated for my first marathon.  

4.  I FINISHED my first marathon (26.2 miles) in Little Rock, AR on March 4.  I seriously have the best running buddy ever!

5.  I sewed my own skirt and scarf for the Little Rock Marathon after party.  It was too fun!

 We were the life of the party!  LOVE these girls!!!

6.  I run... a LOT.  = )

7.  Our custom table was finally completed and we installed a new chandelier.   We LOVE it!!!

8.  David and I traveled to Dallas and Austin for Spring Break.  All we did was RELAX and eat.  Unfortunately, I came down with the FLU and was miserably sick the entire time.  I still had a good time relaxing and eating though.
While on vacation, we received a call from the pet resort where Ethan was staying.  He had bloody diarrhea so they asked to take him to the ER Vet.  Poor guy ended up on IV and spent the next 4 nights there.  He was on several meds and eventually got better, but then it started up again when I fed him his dog food.  So we put him back on his meds and he hasn't had his dog food since.  We've been feeding him baked chicken and veggies. I'm afraid to try to feed him his dog food again because I don't want him to get sick.  Poor guy is allergic to so many things that there aren't many options for dog food that he can actually eat.  This is not an easy fix.

 Swiss Oatmeal from Corner Bakery - OUR FAVORITE! 

 David at Chuy's.  Taking advantage of Happy Hour and the free nacho bar.

 We made several trips to Mozart's.  It's our favorite coffee shop.  After our first ever dinner date, we had dessert and coffee/chai here.  

  Our breakfast from the famous Magnolia Cafe.  This was ridiculously delicious!

9.  I completed another half marathon on April 1.  It was the A2A (Arbuckles to Ardmore) and was very hilly.  

10.  I have another bug of some sort complete with body aches, chills, and fever.  It started yesterday right after lunch.  My body started aching horribly and I was chilled.  I had some errands to run after work so I didn't get home until 6.  I took my temp and it was 101.3.  I had the chills all night and was miserable.  When I woke up to get ready for my morning run I felt absolutely awful.  I had a fever of 104.3.  I was NOT running with a temperature that high.  I woke up at 8, showered, and felt a lot better (I'd been popping a lot of pills.).  I went to the training run finish line to give some Easter gifts to a few of my running buddies and pick up a ticket for a free training shirt.  After that, I went to Red Coyote to pick up the shirt before they ran out and then went to Penders Music because I had a PO that absolutely had to be spent today.  Well, while at Penders I passed out cold!  The workers and a shopper (who I'd formerly taught with) came to see what the big thud was.  I was on the ground.  Their voices got me to come to.  Now I have a lovely bruise on my right hand and a bump on my head.  David came and picked me up and my car is spending the night there.  He has grounded me so I'm not allowed to do anything until my fever is completely gone. I hate being sick and just want my health back!  

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