Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1st Last Day of High School!

Today is Hunter's last 1st day of high school at North-Linn.
:-( (sad face) It is also Blake's 1st day of high school. Wishing you both a great school year!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

1st and Last Day Pics of Mordecai

August 11, 2010
June 28, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I completed my 1st MaRaThOn!!!

Team Amber!
Madison, WI 2011
We did it!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chi-Town Half Marathon

Today I met one of my goals that I had set for myself for 2011.  I ran 13.1 miles in Chicago.  What a beautiful city.   The route took us along Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan.  Thank God the sun was shining because the temperature was below freezing!!  After checking in, I still had about 45 minutes before the start of the race.  I just shivered as I waited for the gun to go off.  After getting started running it only took a mile before I thawed out.  I wasn't racing for a specific time and really didn't know how I would do.  I used this race as part of my training journey to my 1st marathon in May.  The previous week I had to run 11 miles and this week was supposed to be a 12 mile long run.  I felt pretty good until the 11th mile marker and then I could really feel that I was slowing down and starting to get really stiff.  I felt like I was hardly moving at all.  I think this was mostly due to the cold weather.  I crossed the finish line in 2:34:40.  Was going to hang around and wait my turn for a massage but the longer I stood around the more sore I was getting.  I just wanted to get back to the hotel and take a long hot shower before we headed back home!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquakes & Tsunamis

Saying prayers for all those affected by the earthquake in Japan today and the tsunamis.  Really makes you stop and think what is important in your life.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011


"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Well, I've been running now consistently since this past June.  I don't run far and I certainly don't run fast.  I averaged about one race a month since June and that seemed to work well to keep me motivated.  Having a running partner has also been a big help.  I finally am ready to make a commitment to train for a marathon.  It's one of the 'things' on my bucket list that I have always kind of wanted to do.  I know that this is not going to be a little undertaking and that it is going to take a lot of time.  I picked this particular marathon because I wouldn't have to train through out the hot summer months.  I also chose this marathon because it is fairly close to home..  only about a three hour drive.  I will start my official marathon training the week of February 7th.  I am following the 16 week training program from the book, "The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer".
This is me running in the Coe Homecoming 5k.  I didn't do as well as I would have liked.  I felt good when I started out...  although I was having a wardrobe malfunction.  The running pants that I chose to wear that day did not have a draw string and since I had been running for about four months at that point, my pants were starting to fit looser and I was having a hard time keeping them up.  I think that took away from my time.  I was looking pretty good here coming into the track to finish the race.  Once I got on the track Hunter, who had finished several minutes earlier had come back to run with me to the end...  as I rounded the last turn on the track I started getting sick.  I wanted this race to be my best time, but unfortunately I had to keep stopping off to the side to throw up.  I'm not quite sure what was going on.  I did finish but not the time that I had hoped for.  Oh Well.

I've got all these cool little widgets on my blog now and I'm going to be very faithful logging all of my miles and any other training that I do. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Resolution #1 - Post weekly
Resolution #2 - Complete a marathon in 2011
Resolution #3 - Read more; watch t.v. less
Resolution #4 - Spend more time with family and friends

Not in any specific order......