Monday, May 23, 2016

When the world stops turning

Yesterday I was going to start working on my race recap from my marathon on Saturday. But then everything changed.
 I got a call from my twin sister, asking me to come stay with my 8 and 11 year old niece and nephew, while she and her husband took my 13 year old niece to the hospital.

 She had been having dizzy spells, double vision, headaches, fatigue, etc.
After about an hour, we got the call, letting us know she had a brain tumor.

You can't put into words the emotions and feelings that come when you hear something like that. It's like you're in total shock. Then slowly it begins to set in. It is heart wrenching.

I immediately thought of this song, "I need you Jesus, to come to my (her) rescue". All I could do was say His name. And cry.
 It's so hard to understand, you ask why, but there are no answers. This same little girl also has diabetes, so she deals with that every day, and now this.
 My twinnie just went through heartbreak a little over a year ago when she had a miscarriage. She's been through so much. I wish I could take it for her. But I know God is giving her peace and strength.

At this moment she is having an MRI. The Dr did say it was in a 'good' place.

I do still plan on doing a race recap. there is so much to tell about my race. And I need the distraction of writing about it.
 Just like Saturday when it got hard, when I wished the sweep van would come pick me up, but I kept going. Nothing could make me quit.
 There is something about pushing through, fighting when you want to give up, and then realizing you're stronger than you thought you were.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Will this be half #23 or marathon #6...

I'll get to that question in a minute.

Yesterday I took my girls to the zoo. For the last time. But I'm trying not to think about only having one week left with them.

Hair drama. I went back to a lady who I went to twice last year. I always liked her and she did a good job.
After the bad experience I had with the Groupon salon, my hair has looked horribly brassy and gold. Then I went and cut off 7".
So I told her I wanted blonde highlights. And I asked her to even up my hair, where I may have missed some places.
Well, I came home with brown hair. No highlights to be found. At least she removed the brassiness. Oh, and I look like a mushroom now. I give up.

Tomorrow is the Horse Capital half and marathon.
About a month ago I bought a bib from someone who got injured, so wasn't able to run. I just assumed it was for the half.
Well, a couple days ago I finally looked at the email she sent me and it said marathon.
Imagine my shock!!

So, now I'm debating doing the full, because I don't want to pay to switch it. Honestly, I know I can do it. It won't be pretty, but I know can cross the finish line before the 6:15 cutoff.
 Even though I'm confident of that, I'm still worried. My last full was in December. My longest distance since then has been lots of half's, but no longer than that.
I am not trained for a full. What if I crash and burn at mile 18. Maybe I'm not so confident after all...

 Everyone says this distance is nothing to play with, and I know that.
It's such a mental game, I have to go into it knowing I can run the full. I can't give myself the out of turning off at the halfway point. I have to get my head into it, if this is what I decide.

I want to do it.
I don't know why. After my last one I said none in 2016, if ever. But suddenly, I want to do this. It's crazy, and scary and spontaneous. Everything that I love.

Feel free to give me your opinions...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Honduras... I'm going back

In 1.5 weeks (May 30th) , I will be on a plane flying to Honduras by myself, for a month. A whole month!

As I've mentioned, my nanny job ends at the end of the school year, so I've been wanting to do something huge, before the next phase of my life starts. Then this opportunity came along.

I will be an intern for an American missionary couple who lives there. They have 4 babies under the age of 18 months living with them, and they also have a couple kids of their own.

I will be helping to care for the babies (heaven!), then one or two days a week I will go to the school to be a teachers assistant. Once a week I'll take one of the babies to the old folk's home and we'll visit with them. The old folk's home is more like an orphanage for old people. Relatives drop them off, and they are never seen again, they are all very lonely. So naturally, babies bring them a lot of joy.
 I'll also help with cooking for different mission teams that come in. Oh, and I'll be able to go to the beautiful beach some too.

I was there 4 years ago for a week, and had an incredible time. Here's a few pics from that time.

In case you can't tell, I had a baby obsession back then too. Not a day went by where my heart didn't break. When you see so many unwanted orphans, and you would give every breath in your body to have just's very hard.
 Jeremy asked me if this trip will be hard, because I will be around all those babies again. I told him that every day is hard. Every breath is hard. This will just be another day. But I know it will be very fulfilling too, and I will be very, very happy!

The people I'll be staying with have a lot of property there, with a few other families. I'll have my own cabana, with wifi. So I'll still be able to keep in touch and hopefully blog.
 I'm hoping they have a place I can run too! It would be hot runs though, their temps are in the 90's and humid. If I'm not able to run for the month, that'll be ok too. That just means more time lovin on the babies.

 Have any questions? Feel free to ask me anything!

Monday, May 16, 2016

The race that wasn't, and a small change

Saturday I was supposed to run the Horsepatty half marathon. Buuuut...I didn't.

It's Jeremy's fault. He talked me out of it! :)
But I later agreed that it was probably for the best.

Why, you ask?
1. It's a 2.5 hour drive each way.
2. It was supposed to be cold and rainy. Meaning I would have a long drive home in cold, wet clothes- miserable.
3. The RD sent out an email saying to beware of stray dogs, mean roosters, coyotes, and other creatures. (That just added to the excitement for me!) The course was on country roads.
4. It was a tiny race, so I probably wouldn't be missing out on too much.

I did look at the results, and this year there were actually 4 people who did it. Come on, they doubled in size since last year!
 They had another half that started 2 hours earlier, and that one had 40 participants.

I still got a run in though. It was a chilly day, and I was not happy about digging out my winter running clothes again! This weather is crazy.
I had a great run. Again, in a new to me park. It was beautiful.

I do have another half on Saturday, the Horse Capital half. I did this one last year, and I can't wait to do it again!

As for the small change...I cut all my hair off. Yes, I cut it. I'd been considering getting it cut for awhile, and finally just got to a point where I couldn't wait anymore. (Even though I have a hair appt. Thursday!)
 I took out my kitchen scissors and chopped it off. After the first snip, I freaked out a little. But it was too late, I had to keep going.
This was before, very damaged and dry. No amount of argan oil or conditioning treatment helped:

And after:

I'm still getting used to it, but I think I like it.
Interesting enough, Facebook sent me this memory the day after I cut my hair.
That's a lot of hair cut in the past 6 years!

So, that was my exciting weekend. Tell me about yours!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Eyelashes, froyo, and a great run

Happy Friday!
This has been a super busy week, I'm glad it's almost the weekend.

The only running I've done was 9.2 miles on Saturday. I took it nice and easy, and really enjoyed it. Lately all of my long runs have been races, and then I have races the next 2 weekends, so I just wanted to slow down and enjoy this run.
 I started out in the park I always run at, but instead of turning around at my usual turnaround, I kept going for a few more miles. I am so glad I did! There were some beautiful sights and I found a new (to me) park that I can't wait to run in again.

Monday night a few of us took my Mom out for Mother's Day dinner.

L-R My sis in law, and brother. (Baby due in June) My nephew and oldest sister, me, Momma, my niece (twinnie's daughter), and my youngest brother.

I went to Ulta for the first time. I could easily spend $1k there, and love every second of it.
Running clothes and makeup, that's all I need to be happy. Well, and ice cream.
I found a girl who loves makeup and eyelashes as much as I do. I'm 20 years older than her, but I'm pretty sure if I had a daughter, it would be her. We are the same. (She may be my daughter in law someday, ya never know) She even loves ice cream/froyo almost as much as I do.

Tomorrow I'm running the Horsepatty half marathon. Remember, the one with only 2 participants last year? Yea, that one.
 I actually know 2 people doing the full, so I'll be able to run my half with them. (The full starts at 8, the half starts at 10)
 It's supposed to be rainy and cold- of course! But this is a race I've never ran, it's 2 hours away, so it'll all be new to me. I love running in places I've never been, or even ever heard of!

Have a lovely weekend, my friends!

Friday, May 6, 2016

5 Things Friday!

I hope you guys had a great week! Here's 5 things from mine...

1. I went back to spin class, after not being able to go the past few weeks. It was great. The instructor, who I hadn't seen before, was tough. Just the way I like it. My legs were sore the next day, which doesn't even happen after my half marathons! I convinced a girl who I hadn't met yet, but we're Instagram friend's, to come with me, and she didn't even say she hated me after it was over, so that's a success!

 2. I got to spend some time with one of my beautiful sisters, and my sweet nephew. I absolutely adore each one of my 6 sisters. There is something so special about each one of them.
 We literally sat at her kitchen table and cried for 30 minutes as we talked about orphans. Then she says something hilarious, and we forget all about the ache in our hearts, because we can't stop laughing.
Of course this boy makes everyone smile!

3. I had the homeless look going on!
 It may not look too bad in the pic, but I wear my hair straightened 99.9% of the time, so this once when I let it go au natural, woah mamma, I felt like my hair was one giant frizzball. But it sure was a lot easier and took way less time than usual!

4. Ok, has anyone else lost a toenail? I've been running for 4 years, and that has never happened.  I thought I was one of the lucky one's. But, apparently not. This is the grossest thing to ever happen to me. Just keepin' it real...

5. This is the last time I will ever have to help childcare kiddos make Mothers Day presents. It's a hard thing for me to do. Ok, it's real hard. I love sharing her joy in doing this. But man, it sucks.

I actually don't have a race tomorrow, so I plan on going for a long run, and then watching the Derby.

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ky Derby Mini Recap

Saturday I ran my 22nd half, the Kentucky Derby mini marathon. It was a very rainy and wet race, but at least it was fairly warm. I ran it last year, in the very same conditions!

 Let's start with the expo...
I was planning on going Friday morning. I dropped the 4 year old I watch off at preschool, and then the baby and I headed downtown to pick up my packet.
Now, I loathe driving downtown. I don't go unless I have to, it stresses me out!
I drove around for about an hour and could not find where I'm supposed to park, then I couldn't find a parking place. If I was alone, I wouldn't have minded walking a mile to the expo, but since I had the baby, I didn't really want to do that.
 I finally decided to ask a friend to pick up my packet, because I had to get back and pick up C from preschool.

Friday night I stayed with Amanda, Julie and Lindsay. Amanda and Julie were doing back to back marathons, the Derby full, and the Flying Pig. Lindsay was doing the Flying Pig full. Those girls are amazing!!

Saturday morning we woke up at 6, got ready, and then headed out the door. It was so nice to be able to walk to the start line.

The day started out cool and cloudy, perfect weather.
On the way to my corral I ran into BJ, and then a little bit later I saw Darrin. I love meeting blog/Instagram friends in real life!

At 7:30, all 16,000 of us were off. There was no rain for my first 5 miles, and I was HOPING it would last, but it wasn't meant to be.
The rain started, and it didn't stop once. It wasn't a heavy downpour, so that was nice. It was just a light, steady rain. And since it wasn't cold, I didn't think it was too bad.

I honestly thought I was doing really good. It's a super flat course, so I hardly walked at all.
I walked through the water stops, and on a couple small hills, and then a couple times towards the end, but overall, I mostly ran. So, because of that, I thought maybe I'd come close or even beat last years time of 2:33.

My favorite part of this race is running through Churchill Downs on the infield. It was so cool to see the horses and jockeys out there practicing, even in the rain. Loved it!

Because of the rain, I didn't get any pictures during the race.

I ran into my favorite Rebecca, (or Belle) on the course. I had been so worried about her running injured, but she pushed through and killed it!

Jeremy was able to be at the finish line again, so that was great! I really appreciated him standing out in the rain waiting for me. :)

My finish time was 2:39. I was so disappointed.
That was 2 minutes slower than my Carmel half, and this course was much flatter. Maybe the rain slowed me down, but I didn't feel like it did at the time.
 So, I was bummed about that. But I still had a great time, got to see some sweet friends, and I got to run, which always, always makes me happy!

Christie and Darrin

And cream from Chick Fil A. Because ice cream.

I love this race. Love the volunteers who stood out for hours in the pouring rain, cheering us on.
Loved everything about it. Hopefully next year it'll be dry!