Category Archives: Family/Friends

IRun4 Rosie!

I signed up for a buddy to run for in January this year because I knew I would need more motivation to keep running throughout the year. The thought of running or working out in general for someone who can’t run for themselves was very interesting to me. I then joined the group “I Run for Michael” on Facebook and I was sold. All of the support from the runners to their buddies and from the buddies to their runners was so uplifting. To know that I could bring a little bit of joy into someone’s life just through movement…wow.

After 4 months I was finally matched up with Rosie and her mom Brittany. I couldn’t wait to find out more about her. How old was she? What does she look like? What does she like? Brittany sent me a Facebook message giving me details of Rosie’s condition. She has what’s called omphalocele, which she describes very clearly:

It is an abdominal wall defect where some of their organs are herniated outside of their body where the umbilical cord is in a protective sac. They can be small or giant & she of course decided to have a giant one.

While I had never heard of it before, it definitely is something that is more common than some think. So, my first surprise about Rosie was the fact that she hadn’t been born yet! I was fully expecting to be buddied with a young child or an adult, an unborn baby never entered my mind. However, that being said, I am not disappointed in the least! I get to be there (in spirit!) for her birth and get to watch her develop from the beginning into a special little lady! She is due to be born May 28th!! I can’t wait to welcome her!

IRun4 Rosie!

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Run for Your Lives, Zombie Apocalypse 5K Obstacle, Dallas, Texas

What do you do when the zombie apocalypse happens? Run for your life!

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Amy, Jeremy and I made our way to Cousin’s Paintball field for a day filled with zombies and mud! One of the things I like about this obstacle race was how seriously they took it. The zombies weren’t just people dressed in halloween costumes, they actually had an area where professional makeup was applied.

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There were a ton of people standing around and enjoying the DJ and other festivities. We were in the 9AM flight and lined up to start. My stomach started churning just before we began! I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but in some areas there were 20-30 zombies waiting to take your flags. Some of them were runners and some were walkers who barely moved. Thankfully, they had rules that not all of your flags could be taken in one leg! Otherwise, I would have been dead in the first area. It was a lot of fun trying to dart around the zombies and to see the different outfits. The zombies weren’t allowed to touch you at the obstacles, but anywhere else and all was fair game!

The obstacles were quite muddy and some of them were trying. I was able to get over a few walls that were about 4 feet tall, but wasn’t able to climb over a 10ft wall, which Amy made! I’m a chicken when it comes to heights like that!

We went into one building that was completely black. I assumed it would be just a dark place where people jumped out at you, but nope…they had wires hanging around that shocked you. I mean, shake your teeth shock you. Wasn’t exactly pleasant!

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I turned around as soon as I was shocked and crawled back out the entry! I lost my last flag toward the end, as did Amy. Amy would have made it through if the Zombies didn’t talk to each other and tattle on her! In fact, it shouldn’t be legal for them to talk. Zombies can’t talk. The last mud obstacle was a crawling one. Some of it wasn’t so bad on my knees because it was squishy but some of it was more rock than mud and wasn’t pleasant!

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From there you climbed up some wood slats to the top of the water slide. This scared the tar out of me. Amy was already at the top and helped me get up there since there was no where to hold on to pull myself up. With all that mud on my feet I was slipping and sliding!

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The water in the tub had chlorine, probably to help kill any crap you picked up in the mud! There was one last zombie crowd to get through to the finish. However, I didn’t have my flag left for them to take. We tried to fake the zombies out by running together to help these other two people make it through with a flag. One of them made it, but one did not!

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We were infected!

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We were able to shower off and watch the rest of the people try to finish. They were taking shoe donations and had quite a nice pile when we were leaving!

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On our way out we saw this one lady with a zombie baby backpack. She passed us during the race!

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So, while we were infected, it was a good time all around!

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We finished in 1:30, which wasn’t too bad considering all of the obstacles and mud!

 

Wildseed Farms 5K, Fredericksburg, Texas

This was one of the prettier courses I’ve run! Granted, there weren’t as many flowers as I thought there would be but we are still in drought conditions. The weather was lovely, although slightly warm. However, the skies were blue and sun was shining! The Wildseed Farms is a lovely place to visit if you’re ever in the area!

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We all lined up to get ready to run through the wildflower farm. This was a women’s only run, but there were one or two men there to support their wives/sisters/girlfriends/friends. The line wrapped all the way around to the main building.

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They sounded the bullhorn and we were off!

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We stayed on the farm and even went next to a creek. It was quite peaceful and the flowers were beautiful.

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Most of the flowers were found toward the front of the farm and building. They had a test area where they grew different flowers in patches.

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Breakfast was provided along with wine tasting and mimosas! There was a band for our entertainment as we relaxed afterward.

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All in all it was a fun race! Maybe next year they’ll have better luck with the flowers throughout the race area.

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I just couldn’t get enough of the poppies! So beautiful!

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We walked most of it with intervals of running. Then toward the end we hooked up with some other ladies and did 1/1 intervals. My Garmin showed 3.5 miles and finished in 53:19.

Junk Drawers

I’ve slowly been trying to clear out the junk in my house. There is so much clutter (albeit better) that the house just doesn’t feel comfortable to me. After seeing how much stuff my Dad, Aunt, and Uncles had to clear out of Grandma’s house (and she didn’t have a lot by most standards) it made me think even more. Would I want someone to have to clear out all the junk in my house if I passed suddenly? No, I wouldn’t want them to have to concern themselves with all of it.

I’ve decided to get back to trying to minimalize my house. I don’t regret getting rid of some of my sentimental items but it was definitely bittersweet. It’s tough because it’s not just my stuff, but “our” stuff. Some things I may want to get rid of Mike may not want to. However, I’m going to do my best! I am going to go through my DVDs and get rid of any I haven’t watched in the last year or two (which is quite a bit!), donate more clothes, get rid of my excess dishes, clear out the nicknacks, get rid of the CDs I’ve uploaded to my computer, and just get rid of stuff I’ve held on to for so long but haven’t utilized for any reason. My wedding dress is still hanging in my closet, but I’m going to eventually cut it up and make a quilt out of it!

My biggest hurdle will be going through the stuff Dad gave me that was Grandma’s. She left me all of her crocheting items. I don’t really crochet, but I have tried. However, I know how important it was to her and I’m honored she wanted me to have it. I also have my Mom’s wedding china. She gave it to me and I’d like to keep one place setting to put on display instead of leaving it all in a big Tupperware box. I can give the rest to my Brother, but I’m not sure how Mom would feel about that!

Speaking of nostalgia, I’ll sign off with the best Star Wars picture…evah!

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Needs Improvement

This week I’m taking an online workship by Franklin Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I just read/listened to the book so it’s been quite interesting to see the examples in the workshop offering more insight. One of the habits, Sharpening the Saw, is all about improving yourself (your circle of influence) in four key areas: Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul.

Body: This is basically making sure you get plenty of sleep, exercise, and healthy food.

Mind: Yep, anything having to do with improving your mental capacity, such as reading, writing, thinking, and discussing.

Heart: Making consistent deposits in people’s emotional bank account. In other words, doing something the other person deems as positive (you may not necessarily get it) as a way to improve your relationship.

Soul: Regardless of whether you’re a religious person, this about improving your spiritual side. Reading spiritual literature, meditating, and praying.

They had a questionnaire to fill out to see how you stack up right now (prior to including the 7 habits in your life). I found it quite interesting!

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I wasn’t all that surprised by my Soul score (sounds like a song!) because I knew I had work to do here. What I was surprised by was my Body and Heart scores. I workout 4-5 times a week, but my food is not as good as it should be. I’m also guessing that my Heart score is low because I can tend to get negative. Again, these are things I’ve constantly been struggling with!

Right now I’m reading Erin McHugh’s One Good Deed, which is a book about her choice to do one good deed a day for a year. The subtitle says it all: 365 days of trying to be just a little bit better. In December, I challenged myself to do one random act of kindness a day. I truly enjoyed doing most of these but was starting to run out of ideas. I think Erin is on to something…it should be just about trying to be a better person each day. It doesn’t have to be random, although it will usually work out that way, or anonymous. From what I’ve learned in Stephen Covey’s book and by using the outlook that Erin used in her’s, I think I’m finally figuring out how to turn myself in to the person I want to be. I’m not saying I’ll do one good deed a day for a year, but really…why shouldn’t I strive to? How difficult can it be to just be a little bit nicer and more compassionate?! I think it may be a struggle at first since I typically have “dark storm clouds” following me as my husband says but it’s a struggle I’m ready to take if it means replacing the dark clouds with sunshine and blue birds (a little over the top, huh? Yeah, I agree…but you get my point!).

So, with that in mind…it’s off to finish my workshop and figure out some goals for the day!