Friday, June 27, 2014

Yay Idaho

My sister and her husband recently moved to Idaho from Illinois.  We couldn't be happier to have them back in our time zone!  Daniel is going to be teaching at the University of Idaho starting this fall.

There are plans for Emma to spend more time there learning what's really involved in having a horse all your own.

And now there are twice as many reasons to make the 12 hour drive up to Idaho.  We can visit Jacko and my brother Steve all at the same time. 

We spent this trip checking out the new digs, polishing our Frisbee skills, and playing with our favorite Irish Wolfhound puppy.

The barn where Jacko is boarding her horses has a miniature.  We finally found one just Emma's size so she can actually hold the hooves up by herself.

Even Bob took a turn.  I was quite surprised!

Looking forward to many more trips up North.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Reno Tahoe Odyssey 2014

This year marked the fourth year I have run the Reno Tahoe Odyssey and the first year I got to be "Van Mom".  I let the boys do the driving and did my best to be hands on and supportive (even in the wee hours of the night!)

Disco Velveeta year 4

A pretty sweet addition to our team this year, my brother and his wife, William and Erin - respectively, ran with us.  Maybe one day we will take over a whole van...who knows!

The exchange at the top of Dog Valley
 This year also marked the most "training" the boy logged for the relay.  I think we might have found a winning system here, sign him up for as many 10K races as I can find between February and the end of May and call it good.  He did well this year!

The boy and I ran back to back legs.  It was pretty nice to be able to hand off to each other.  He ran leg five which has some good runs, it's the route I did last year.  This year I tackled leg 6.  Short on miles but steep on hills.  I wanted a good challenge, I'm really happy with my times!

Our crew, waiting at Homewood for the start of our second legs.  If you haven't done a relay race before, there really is no experience quite like it.  You'll end up short on sleep but the journey is beyond worth it!  Thinking about doing a relay run?  Here are some great tips for first timers.

I logged 19 kills this year.  19.  And an even better all three of my runs I only got passed by one person.  I was very surprised (and happy) about this.  Historically, I have been the passee not the passer!

Middle of the night shenanigans in our way-cool socks!  What else are you gonna do at 2 am??

What a Kindergarten Grad looks like

Bob with his teacher on graduation day

For the kindergarten graduation program this year, the classes learned 4 songs in sign language.  
All of those crazy hand gestures that bob has been walking around doing in the last month finally make sense now!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tough Mudder

I found this old draft dated September 2012  while I was cleaning out the old blog clutter today.   I considered just deleting it.  But I couldn't bring myself to do it.  You see, I started crossfit as a desperate, I-better-get-my-act-together-I'm-signed-up-for-the-tough-mudder move, and I found a family there.  One that celebrates accomplishments and encourages every single person who walks through the door.  I considered finishing the end of the draft as I imagine I would have.  But instead, I've left it as is.  Truth be told, it has been quite a journey.  The tough mudder is still an accomplishment in my book, even though it ended in ACL reconstruction and 6 months of physical therapy.  Crossfit carried me through therapy and recovery and I am faster than I ever was before.  For that and the amazing friendships I have made along the way, I am very grateful.

The gym is organizing a tough mudder team this year.  
They will have a good time at it, I am sure!

And so....

Last year I put running the Tough Mudder on my bucket-to-do list.  So when a girlfriend called me up and asked if I'd be on her team I couldn't really tell her no.  This was going to be my one chance and the motivation I needed.

Mostly because I didn't want to chicken out I stayed away from the website and the training guide.  Smart right?

It turns out that I joined a team chalk full of workout-junkies!  And so I didn't disappoint them with my athletic abilities I decided I better get my act together.  I joined crossfit.  After attending classes twice a week for months now you'd think I'd feel like I'm getting stronger.  I leave class every day feeling like I have so much more room for improvement.  But you know what?  It's just what I need.  I'm not a pusher.  Speedwork is virtually non-existent for me.  I need the accountability of some one telling me to run faster or squat deeper.

An unexpected bonus to all of this, is that I am becoming a faster runner.  Running, is where my heart really is, and without consciously trying, my half marathon time improved by 15 minutes.


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