The Pain!

I officially completed one of my 2012 goals: finish at least one half marathon. I did that today around 9:30am. OMG are my legs sore! It took 3 hours and 14 minutes, but I’m done!

The first three miles weren’t bad. Just a typical 5k through Disneyland. Mile 5 was hard, but I’m not sure why. It was definitely more mental than anything else at that point. Mile 7 was really fun with the marching band and cheerleaders. Mile 9 definitely started to hurt. Mile 11 I passed our hotel and waved at my husband. My legs were really unhappy with me. Then it was through California Adventure to the finish line.

Even the parts that didn’t have Disney all over them were fun. I’d totally recommend this race.

I am in so much pain! Gonna hobble slowly through the parks some more and eat icecream. Its my reward for finishing.

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Nervous…

Tomorrow is my first half marathon. It’s the race I was training for when I fell last month. I’m really scared and nervous about this race. The inaugural Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland.

I talked about it with my doctor, who also happens to run marathons. She gave me the all clear and told me to have fun with it. So that’s what I’m going to do.

My bib is pinned to my shirt. My clothes are laid out. My belt is ready to go. The race starts at 5:45am tomorrow.

I know I’m under prepared for this.
My husband has been talking me up with it. He says: look at it this way, a month ago you fell really hard and were laid up. You cracked a rib and had a concussion. And yet you’re still getting out there and attempting to do this. That takes guts.

I’m still hella scared.

So here’s to completing a half marathon. Let’s hope and pray that I do. And that I don’t break anything while I’m doing it.

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My mostly unplanned training

I’ve been up and down with my running lately.  Starting, stopping, starting again, not getting enough sleep so running is harder than it needs to be…  I know I start Couch to 5K again, but the stubborn part of me wants to figure this out myself.  So, instead of following a specific plan, I’m winging it.  The goal: complete a half marathon in 3.27 hours.  That’s about a 15 minute mile.  Right now I can do a 5k at an average speed of 11:30 min/mile with a combo of walking and running.  I just need to translate that to longer and longer distances.

I think I can handle running for 3 minutes and walking for 1 minute at a time.  I’ll do that during my training and plan to do it during my races too.

I’m only willing to run 3 days each week, so that’s what I’ll do.  My non-running days will be spent walking, doing strength training, hiking, or resting.  Maybe I’ll do some yoga too.

Each week I’ll increase my distance by 0.5 miles.  If I’m not up to an increase or if I do poorly one week, I’ll just repeat the previous week’s training.

My neighborhood is all hills… well, except for the street I’m on and the (very) busy street my apartment backs up to.  Even though hills are great for building muscle and training your body to work a little harder in a run, I’ll have to research different trails to drive my happy little butt too for some running.

Here’s to training to run 13.1 miles in Disneyland in January!

A married woman

I’m back and I’m now officially a married woman!  Working on all the name change and benefits “stuff” that goes along with getting married, but that’s all just a matter of paperwork.

We were married on August 22, 2010 at the San Ramon Golf Club.  It was a beautiful day.  Not too warm with a few clouds in the sky and a light breeze.  I was up at 5am that day to eat and get my hair and makeup done before the mad dash to get married.  I was supposed to be at the golf club by 10am for “getting ready” and “first look” photos.  Unfortunately, I was a half hour late (ACK!) so we were only really able to do the getting ready pictures.  That meant that the first time DH saw me was when I started down the aisle towards him on my brother’s arm.

The flower girls and ring bearer were adorable and so well behaved!  The night before my niece called and said “Auntie guess what!  Tomorrow’s my big day!”  I said “Really?  It’s mine too!”  She went “Oh yeah.  OK bye.”  She sounded so disgusted that it wasn’t just her day.  She’s only 6.  I had to laugh.

DH and I were both teary eyed during the ceremony.  Surprisingly we both chose the same vows from the list our minister gave, but I added on to mine.  DH couldn’t hold his tears back when I said my add-on: “I place my heart in your hands for safekeeping.  I love you.”

My nephew (the ring bearer) cried too.  He was worried that I wouldn’t be his Auntie any more.  I calmed him down and explained that no matter what, I would always be his Auntie and he could come to me for anything because I love him so much.

DH and I danced to “I Do (Cherish You)” by Mark Wills, ate, drank, and partied.  Our cake turned out really well.  It ended up being 3 tiers, with a fake top layer, chocolate cake and coffee filling in the middle, and lemon cake with lemon filling on the bottom.  There was enough cake that each person could have a slice of each if they wanted and a chocolate covered strawberry too!

When it came time to throw the bouquet they told me to aim for the ceiling.  I guess a lot of brides aim too low…  but not me!  I aimed for the ceiling and hit it!  Everyone looked on in horror as the bouquet came crashing down.  My 6yo niece ran up and grabbed that bouquet.  Then she ran over to me and said “Look Auntie!  I got the flowers cuz I was faster than everyone!”  About then she looked up at the ceiling and said “OOOOhhhh…  Auntie!  You made a mess on the ceiling!”  Too funny!

Our honeymoon was a ton of fun.  We went to Disneyworld and stayed in the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Our room overlooked the savannah.  Every morning we’d get up and go out on the balcony to watch the animals.  There were zebras, giraffes, cattle, pigs and pelicans.  I even saw a wild hare once!  We ate at 4-5 star restaurants every day and rode the rides.  We were genuinely sad to leave.

So, to finish this post, I’ll leave you with a link to some teasers from my wedding photographer.  Her name is Heather Prettyman, and she’s kind of awesome.  She did our engagement photos, wedding photos, and my boudoir shoot for DH.  I can’t wait to see the rest of our wedding pictures!

Hmmm… Disney? Vegas?

Those of you that know me know that I love Las Vegas.  You also know that my hunny loves Disneyland.  So, in spite of school and all the costs that go along with moving out, my hunny and I are trying to plan a trip to each of these locales this year. 

This year, however, we want to do things a bit differently from previous years; we want some of our friends to come too.  Usually it’s just the two of us and after 12 years together there’s only so much time you can spend one-on-one before you get sick of seeing each other, hence our idea to bring some friends.  So, we’re going to try for Disneyland in February and Vegas in March. 

My hunny always laughs at me when I’m planning a trip.  I become obsessive about finding the best deal possible.  I look at review sites like TripAdvisor (where I’m a member) and compare prices among the different vacation searches to see if that cheap hotel is really such a great deal.  Then I find cheap things to do, cheap places to eat, and come up with an itinerary that incorporates the things each of us want to do.  It seems a little crazy, but it works out in the end…  I know how much we’re going to spend almost down to the penny!

So, if I seem a bit more distracted than normal it’s because I’m dreaming of possible vacation destinations.  What’s your favorite place to vacation?  What are the best activities to do there?

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