Hubby runs the half!

Yes that is right my husband has officially run his 1st half marathon at Pf Changs RocknRoll. Last year he wanted to attempt it but since it was the day before the Marathon Olympic Trials (I was hoping to be running in that race) he had to postpone it for a year. He signed up through the  “Mayor’s Run” Hugh Hallman the former Tempe Mayor put this group together years ago and they have raised lots of $$ for charities in the Phoenix area.

Throughout his training I tried to sneak in little tips here and there (some were taken others rejected). I was able to stress the importance of at least some prerace nutrition. I am really proud of my husband for balancing the training and committing to the race. One morning I ran with him and it was 36 degrees. Lets just say good thing we live in AZ.

Kevins half marathon 011I think corral 4 deserves some bragging rights!!

Kevin prerace on Mill Ave.

Kevin prerace on Mill Ave.

In the corral ready to roll!

In the corral ready to roll!

We wanted to try to go see him on the course but with traffic and parking logistics it just did not seem possible. This did give me the opportunity to get to the finish line early and see the winners.

reading a book at the finish line waiting for dad.

reading a book at the finish line waiting for dad.

Kevin had a great race. He said his legs were heavy near the end and someone added a big hill around mile 10. I suggested more hill training and speedwork next time around.

He did it!

He did it!

I made him show off the medal.

I made him show off the medal.

Official finish time 1:47:44!!!!!!!

Kevin was pretty salty at the end so I forced him to drink 2 big Gatorades and a bottle of water. He was very patient to go over to the finish line again and watch for some of my friends running the full marathon. Then we hiked about a mile to the car.

Since no Camberg weekend is complete with just 1 sports event we rushed home to prepare for a gymnastics meet. Katherine’s gym was hosting the Arizona Grand Invitational with lots of gymnasts from all over the city and country. Kevin really is a trooper he sat at the meet for 5 hours.  Yes that is how long the meets generally are including the awards ceremony. Katherine’s total time competing and on the awards podium about 6 minutes. Big cheers for Kevin!!!

Gold Medal gymasts won 1st place for Level4.

Gold Medal wins 1st, all 29 girls on the podium.

It is yet to be determined if he will run another half marathon or even go for the full but I know if he does he can beat his time and enjoy doing it.

Friends in running.

I am thinking this week about all my friends I know through running. It seems like a big circle, those I run with here in town and all those spread across the country I have met at races and online. It is a really cool circle of running women (a few men in there). I feel blessed to have them in my life.

This weekend we are having a meeting with my coach and several women from the Phoenix area that all share the common goal: Olympic Trials qualifier (OTQ) in the marathon. To join this elite level of women we will need to run a sub 2:43 marathon at a pace of 6:14 per mile for 26.2 miles. I am thrilled to have other women to share this journey with.

I ran my 1st marathon in June 2005 as a fundraiser for my friend Susan (she had undergone a double lung transplant). My friend Kendra and I had done our 1st triathlon together the previous year and decided to train for the marathon and make it a girls trip to San Diego. We had a blast! I qualified for Boston running 3:31 and not even knowing what that meant. A month after the race Susan passed away and left behind her 5yr old son. Running has always been a time to think/pray for Susan. Whenever I have a tough spot I think of her and feel strength. I ran Boston the next spring in her memory.

I started to focus on just running in the fall of 2009 as I reached for the goal to qualify for the 2012 marathon Olympic Trials. Injuries, illness, coach changes and family crisis seem to pile up left and right. I finally found my groove when I started running with Susan Loken (The Legend) late summer of 2010. She introduced me to my coach and the Bandidos group. This group has some wicked fast people!! I remember showing up for the 1st track workout and Sally Meyerhoff was on the track running in the 1 mile timed event that night. She was smoking all the guys and clocked maybe a 4:50ish mile. My immediate thought was “I have arrived! These are the fast people”.

Susan Loken and me at Austin marathon

Susan Loken and me at Austin marathon

Wendy and I racing days after Sally Meyerhoffs death. Paying tribute with braids and pink socks.

Wendy and I racing days after Sally Meyerhoffs death. Paying tribute with braids and pink socks.

Conquering South Mtn with Tere, Arianna, and Susan. 22 miles that day!

Conquering South Mtn with Tere, Arianna, and Susan. 22 miles that day!

Susan, Arianna, John, Ricardo nailing a premarathon run.

Susan, Arianna, John, Ricardo nailing a premarathon run.

Arianna got so fast she had to leave us and join the Brooks-Hanson team. We could not be more proud. http://arianahilborn.com/

It was such a pleasure to meet Wendy Shulick during my running journey in 2011. Wendy was filming a documentary called “Miles to Trials” documenting us women trying to qualify for the Olympic trials http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Miles-Trials-Running-Towards-2012-Film/188446341168490?fref=ts Many of the women I met were because of Wendy.

Jacqui and Christina from Chicago at CIM race.

Jacqui and Christina from Chicago at CIM race.

Filming with Wendy at CIM race.

Filming with Wendy at CIM race.

Running at MCC this fall was really special. It was awesome to have all these teammates even though I was more than 2 decades older than them.

Bekah and I at running camp in Flagstaff.

Bekah and I at running camp in Flagstaff.

Thank you Flash for helping me realize the dream of being a college athlete at the age of 43!

Thank you Flash for helping me realize the dream of being a college athlete at the age of 43!

There are those friends that have been great cross training partners during injuries or help in lifting your spirits.

Icing buddy Lauren Fleshman.

Icing buddy Lauren Fleshman.

Christy and Brooke, where there is a will there is an Elliptigo or bike!

Christy and Brooke, where there is a will there is an Elliptigo or bike!

Oiselle girls supporting Lauren at Olympic Trials in Eugene.

Oiselle girls supporting Lauren at Olympic Trials in Eugene.

My sister in-law Carren is one of my loudest cheerleaders. She is not a runner herself but always finds ways to cheer me on, encourage me and lately keep me honest (yes I had my green juice and Bikram yoga today). She lives in WA but we chat often.

Carren and I with our green juice.

Carren and I with our green juice.

My favorite supporters are not just friends but my family too!

What is mom going to run? 245 at Grandma's Marathon.

What is mom going to run? 245 at Grandma’s Marathon.

My brother, niece, and family at Bigfoot Run in Yacolt, WA.

My brother, niece, and family at Bigfoot Run in Yacolt, WA.

My favorite, racing with the family

My favorite, racing with the family

I could go on and on with the pictures! I look forward to a new journey with some new runners and others I have been running with.

How have friends impacted your running?? I would love to hear your story??

New year new goals!!

The chaos of the holiday is finally over and we are settling back into a nice routine this week! I have been wanting to blog about some of my goals, resolutions, ideas for 2013!

#1 Qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. I was so close for 2012 I have to go for it again. The standards have changed and the unofficial time goal is 2:43:00. This is perfect since I feel my possibility is around 2:42. If the rumors are true and the qualifying window opens this fall then I will most likely run California International Marathon in Dec. Next weekend Coach John is meeting with several of us girls that want to qualify to see how we can train, race and support each other together on this journey. I am so excited to work on this goal with other female runners. Look for an update after the get together.

#2 Building a strong foundation/pyramid for my running. I plan on achieving this goal by emphasizing strength, core, yoga type training to complement my running. If I don’t have time for it then I should not bother running since I will only end up injured! I met with Dr john Ball in Dec and he has me on an exercise program for my hamstrings. Today I met with Nicole my physical therapist to get a runners tune-up. She identified some areas that are locked up or not moving correctly. i received some exercises today to start working on. I am going to meet with her 1x per week for a few weeks to keep myself on track (or to keep myself honest).

#3 Tweaking dietary intake to achieve maximum health benefits.  has been an issue for me for a few years so I don’t usually eat more than 1 serving of cheese per day. I have decided to go vegan during January and see how it impacts my health. I got an awesome gift for Christmas from my husband to help with all the cooking, a Vitamix. I have used it at least once per day since Christmas. This machine rocks the house!!!  Raw cashew chocolate milk is my favorite. I am continuing to drink at least 20 ounces of green juice per day. My green juice has kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, green apples, lemon, ginger,celery and tastes super yummy. It is really health in a glass!!!!

#4 Balance and patience. Dec is a long way off so I need to stay focused on healthy running and building miles but most importantly not burning out. John and I have talked about my goals for this year and I look forward to running some PR’s in the 5k, 10k and half marathon.

Josh has started practicing (when he can) with a running club for kids age 10-14 yrs old and he absolutely loves it! Last weekend he was going to do another 5k but after a long week of running, basketball, and flag football he had some very sore muscles. Sat night I was checking him out and decided he could not race the next day since he was limping around and his hamstring and calf muscles were very sore. He was really upset and I tried my best to convey the message that great runners don’t race injured.

 I enjoyed taking classes last fall at MCC so much that I signed up for a couple courses in the spring. My favorite will be the sports nutrition.

Running, strength training, yoga has all been consistent so far this year (yes we are only 10 days in but it is a good start).

New Years Eve

Our holiday season was bustling with activity. I just barely managed to get a run in each day along with my important hamstring exercises. Luckily with my sister in-law Carren in town I had some extra motivation to go to Bikram Yoga Mesa http://bikramyogamesa.com/ and prepare green juice everyday.

It seems once school ended the rest of the year was a blur with shopping, holiday events, sports practices, relatives visiting. We had a great time hosting many meals, game nights and a 50th patent party for my brother (yes that is right he just got his 50th (fifty) patent. My sister in-law Carren and I always spend tons of time in the kitchen whipping up gluten free feasts. This year I got an awesome present from my sweetheart, a VITAMIX. We have been using it everyday.

Louie's 50th patent party

Louie’s 50th patent party

Gluten free pineapple upside down cake made by Carren.

Gluten free pineapple upside down cake made by Carren.

 

Last month I had heard about the Midnight Madness Run on New Years Eve and thought it would be fun. I presented the idea to the family and got lots of YES YES let’s do that race. This would be our 4th family race this year and a great way to ring in the New Year. I am by no way in racing shape so just have to let that go and have fun. We made a stop by the dollar store for some fun hats, lightup items and horns. Also a great time to try out my new Christmas gift from my brother (no he did not invent these).

Nothing says party like gold "schwings" on your shoes.

Nothing says party like gold “schwings” on your shoes.

My party runners! Katherine ran the entire race with her crown.

My party runners! Katherine ran the entire race with her crown.

New Years Eve with Father Time.

New Years Eve with Father Time.

As we prepared to leave for the race I checked the forecast, 39 degrees for the start of the race. I piled jackets, gloves, hats in the car and made some hot cocoa in the thermos. They were serving chili postrace.

It was really fun and surreal to run through the streets in the dark. I always run a bit slower when I can’t see where I am going. I was a bit worried about the kids running on their own. At the half way turn around it was great to see them running and screaming “go mommy”.

I could see one other pony tail bobbing up front so knew there was another female somewhere up ahead, not my day to try to chase anyone down (just here to have fun). I was 1st in my age group and 2nd female in time of 19:07 for 3 miles. It is crazy to think that is really my marathon pace!

Josh came in next around 20:54 then we missed my husband. I was getting worried when I did not see Katherine, hoping she was not lost in the dark. Then around the corner came the crown wearing princess bolting to the finish. I was curious what happened since she ran quite a bit slower. Oh mom I met a friend at the start line from Rhode Island and so we ran, laughed and talked the whole race. Now that is my idea of a good time.

We drank hot cocoa, ate chili and shivered while waiting for awards.

A case of post race giggles in the cold.

A case of post race giggles in the cold.

I wanted one last photo with the medals and my husband was shivering as he took this picture. The kids and I got a case of the giggles maybe from the craziness of it all. They fell asleep on the drive home after I promised we could do it next year.

Have a wonderful New Year. The sky is the limit set your goals high and you never know what you may achieve!

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