Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fathers Day Tie

I love traditions!

One tradition that we have in our family, is to give Matt a tie for fathers day.  And not just any tie.  The kids pull out all their craft supplies, and we go crazy.  This years tie included: pom poms, googly eyes, pipe cleaner, fake flowers, sequins, and (my favourite) feathers.

The kids get so excited to give this precious gift to their dad, and hes such a great sport!  He wears it to church with pride.

Weekend Campout

Friday afternoon, Matt called me, and told me that he was going to take the kids camping.
I thought," what a great idea", and "what a great dad Matt is."

So when he got home from work, he parked the trailer in the empty lot across the street from our house.  Then we thought, "whats camping without a camp fire".  Last week we bought a portable fire pit.  So while Matt assembled it, I went looking for firewood (in dumpsters).

When I got back with the wood, this is what I saw...

Yes, this is our campsite.  Matt put the fire pit, on the side of the road, with lawn chairs around it.  I was just a "little" bit embarrassed.   It was pretty white trash!

We got a fire going, and while we were waiting for it to die down a bit, one of our neighbours drove by.  I told her, and her kids to come and join us for a campfire.  They came out, and we  had a great time!  After a little while another neighbour drove by, and they came out too.  Pretty soon, we had almost all of our neighbours, out on the street, for a fire.

It turned out to be a really fun night.  We put the kids to bed, in the trailer.  And the rest of us stayed up chatting.  It was really great getting to know our neighbours. I'm glad I live in a town, that doesn't frown upon little gatherings like that! I think we might have to make this a tradition!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Footstock 2011 Half Marathon Review

Its finally over!!!

My race was on Saturday.  I'm not going to lie, I have been soo nervous for this run.  Every time I would think about it, I got major butterflies.

I ran with my brother-in-law, Matt.  Before the race, we talked about our time goals.  We really would have liked to run it in under 2 hours.  Maybe in perfect conditions that would have been possible, but we woke up to rain.

I was kind of happy to have it rain, because it took a lot of the pressure off me.  If we did crappy, we could blame it on the weather!

The rain itself wasn't really that bad, but what really sucked, was that we ran the first quarter of the race on a shale path.  Every little pot hole on the trail, was filled with water.  So everyone was trying to dodge puddles.  We definitely didn't run in a straight line, we were swerving all over the path, running on uneven ground, and lots of times running off the path, just to avoid the puddles. I'm not really sure why we kept trying to keep out of the water, because at one point there was a HUGE pool of ankle deep water on the path, and no way to go around it!  So everyone just had to run right through it!  It was probably 8 steps long, so our shoes, socks, and legs were soaked.

Next there was a 3 mile hill.  I was really worried about this part of the race.  But it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I did make Matt walk for a couple minutes of it.  Part of the way up the hill the sidewalk turned into a gravel road.  The road wasn't really gravely, mostly muddy.  Every step we took, we squished into the mud.  It wasn't very fun.  But let me tell you how good it felt to run down that hill, right when "Kickstart my Heart," came on my ipod.  I think we made up some time then.

When there was about 5 km left, I started to get really tired.  I'm happy Matt was with me, other wise I would have taken more walking breaks.  He really should have left me, but I'm happy that he didn't. 

This is us almost at the finish line.  We could not have been any wetter.  We were freezing, and our fingers were numb, but we did it!!  Our final time was 2:06:18.  We were 6 minutes over our goal time, but I still feel really good with how we did!  Over all we were 91 and 92 out of 206 runners, and in my age category (30-39), I was 14 out of 35. 

You might be wondering how my knee held up.  During the race I didn't feel a thing.  Taking the week before off, was a good idea.  After the run, we changed into some dry clothes, and tried to warm up.  We didn't stretch until we got back to Matt's parents house, and let me tell you, my knee has never hurt so bad!  I was limping around all day.  To put any pressure on it, made me want to burst into tears. 
The next morning, same thing!  It really hurt.  Luckily Joan came over that afternoon, and worked her magic on me.  Shes a massage therapist, and rubbed my leg for about 45 minutes, and afterwards it felt SO MUCH BETTER!  I was amazed!

Now my leg is still sore, and I'm limping a bit, and I think after a few more days break, I'll be able to run again.

All in all, I feel really good about this run.  Running the actual race was tiring, but not as bad as I thought it would be.  I'm really happy I stuck with my training schedule.  Ive always thought it would be a big accomplishment to do a half marathon, and I'm proud of myself for sticking to it, and finishing.  I have a few friends running another one in October, and yes, I am considering joining them!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Running Problems

So my run is on Saturday! 

Good news:  I have worked soo hard to get ready to run this race.  Ive ran most of the miles I need to run to train.  And I really do feel prepared.

Bad news:  Last week my right knee started bothering me.  Ive never had knee problems.  I just kept running, and every day it gets a little bit worse.  So after Fridays run, I decided I better take a break, so I don't hurt myself more.  I didn't run this weekend, or today, and I'm still limping around.

So, I need every ones advice.  I REALLY want to run this weekend.  So do I:
  •  relax this week and not run till Saturday?
  • Spend $100, and go see a physical therapist, and find out whats going on?
  • Keep running through the pain.  (OK, I know this would be a dumb choice)
To some of you this might seem like a really lame problem, but I'm honestly stressing out.  If I don't run this week, I'm worried that I'll be out of shape, and not ready to run on Saturday.  But I know that if I keep running, I will hurt myself more.  And I also know, that no matter what, I won't do as well as I was hoping to do.

My very wise bro-in-law, gave me some very inspiring advice today (in our 28 min. conversation, when he should have been working).  What he does, when he feels any pain at all, is simply just popping a T3 or 2...  Great advice.  Thanks Steve!

So lets hear it.  What do I do?