Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fanny Pack

I ran 15.5 miles. How? Why? What was I thinking? I am two weeks out until my marathon and I finally did a long run by myself. I did this in 3 hours and 21 minutes. Not the best time but I kept on trucking along. I didn't hurt too bad and was able to drink water, eat electrolytes gels, bananas, and almonds. All made possible because of my fanny pack and family. My husband and kids drove out to the turnaround point and dropped off one banana and another one near the end of my run. I was elated and very tired. However, I had very minimal soreness because I drank a lot of water, stretched, and rested afterwards. I also ate a small peanut butter sandwich within 30 minutes of finishing along with 1/2 cup milk. I am scared and nervous for the marathon but I am doing it anyway. This is the same feelings I have when I defended my thesis and when I was in my eighth month of pregnancies. Very scared but prepared.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


My boys love biscuits and gravy. All three of them. Just made a fresh, homemade batch and the boys are screaming with excitement. The boys are at such a fun age and I feel a tinge of sadness because they are so independent and imaginative...so boy. They have spent a lot of time with their cousins this summer and have really gotten stronger as brothers because they've had only each other while lovely husband and I went on a little couple's getaway to Seaside, OR.

They love to practice play sparing, attack aliens that want to come and take over the toyroom, make paper airplanes, catch worms, grasshoppers, and catapillars. Pray they don't bring home a snake for me.

Lastly, they are continuing AWANA-which they absolutely LOVE! I love theys two boys so much and am grateful for every hug, every smile, cry, and laughter in my presence. It just goes too fast.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I've been swamped. Totally swamped. Life's been chaotic with kids' schedules, doctor's appointments, traveling to see family, sewing, and trying to stay in shape. I'm not doing a good job of juggling. Things are starting to fall through the cracks...like this blog. I don't like this feeling like there's a lot of "stuff" hanging over me. I feel cranky when this happens and it's time to refocus on what's important: God, family, and health. I haven't been on my knees enough to give thanks and praise to God. Prioritize, prioritize...wish me luck.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Grandpa Bob

This morning, my lovely husband's paternal grandfather passed away. He was 85 years old. He was a kick and always voiced what was on his mind. When we visited him a week ago, I had a very nice long talk with him and telling me a lot of stories of when he was a young Navy soldier. It was very nice. One of my favorite mental pictures of him was when I asked Koo to sing to him and he did-boy the smile that came across Grandpa Bob's face was priceless. I'm glad in all his physical pain, he was able to find the strength to smile. I hope he is smiling again that he's with God.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Where have I been? Why haven't I blogged? I've been dealing with treatment for my health and trying to keep my family healthy and happy that I've not been able to sit down to figure out what would help me serve my family, friends, and me better.

Here's the lowdown of the summer: lots of visiting family, my maternal grandmother passing's, two weddings, 20-year high school reunion, and most recent, my lovely husband's paternal grandfather is very, very ill.

Now here's the part that I'm most baffled by-I have not been inspired to run for hours. I don't know if it's because my good-for-my-skin diet has totally wiped out all the foods I love or I'm just not in a good groove. Add to that, my feet have been hurting-a lot so when I run, I've been overcompensating and so my knees have started to hurt. I'm trying not to panic as I write this.

The break I've given myself and believe me it took a lot of thinking, I will only run in the half-marathon instead of a full marathon. I'm just not ready and mentally and physically, I'm not as fit as I was in the spring. I don't know why I've lost my way...but I'm just going to run for running sake instead of trying to meet miles and time. I want to enjoy running again. I want to still run a full marathon...just not next month.