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I realized that I haven’t blog in a really long time and decided that it was time I get back to it.

Just last weekend I was able to run the Run Like a Dive Half Marathon again for the second year in a row.  I wasn’t able to train well due to some back issues but I managed.  And this year I very glad that I got to run it with friends.

   IMG_4974.JPG  Me and one of my best friends ever, Wendy


IMG_4973.JPG Me and my good friend Symya

IMG_4979.JPG and YAY! I finished!

IMG_4990.PNG  Considering that I didn’t train well, I didn’t do to badly. Less than two minutes longer than last year’s finishing time.

(We all three earned a medal but I didn’t get a photo of us together with them.)

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I’ve been meaning to post about this. A couple of weekends ago my friend, Wendy and I participated in the Glass Slipper Challenge.  Much like the Tinker Bell weekend where we ran a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday except we received the challenge medal in addition to the race medals.

Although I had been running some since the Tinker Bell, I hadn’t been running enough.  Mostly thanks to the weather this winter.  It has been negative temperatures cold with more snow and ice then we are used to getting.  So at the beginning of February I did join an area Planet Fitness so that I could at least run a few times using a treadmill.  Let me tell you, if I thought I didn’t enjoy running before, I really didn’t enjoy running on a treadmill.

The weather here has been very cold and the weather in Florida on race weekend… humid! On the half marathon morning at 3:30 am prior to the start of the race is was some where around 90%.  The below picture was a screen shot I took after the race.


But Both mornings we still got out there and got it done.  And that is what matters.  Receiving those medals is the goal and that is what we did.

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I Survived!

Fourteen years ago today while driving to work there was an accident. My car was t-boned by another car, split in half and went airborne. I don’t remember the accident at all. I do recall coming to, asking what was happening, being told there was an accident and that they were using the “Jaws of Life” to get me out of the car. I knew there was something important I needed to let them know, but couldn’t recall right away what it was, through I did eventually remember. I was flown by helicopter to Baltimore. My injuries included some cuts and bruises, I bit thorough my lower lip, my eye looked like I went a round with Ali and lost, and I had four hairline fractures in my left hip and tailbone.



My car-baby that I had just paid off two months before the accident. 😦



What the article doesn’t mention because the reporter didn’t know and was the thing that I was trying to remember that I needed to tell the EMTs, is that I was fourteen weeks (on that very day) along in a high-risk pregnancy. I was to go to an appointment that afternoon to check on the cervical cerclage the doctor had put in two weeks before. Thankfully, I left the hospital the next day, still pregnant but on three months mostly bed-rest. Hannah was born early but not until July 15th.

I am grateful every day that we both survived that day.

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I finished this quick little stitch and thought I had posted it via my phone but I guess it didn’t actually post.  I haven’t a clue what to do with it now that it is finished, but stitching brought me out of my little slump.



I started this one last year, and put it aside.  After finishing Glad Tidings I pulled it back out and have been enjoying stitching on it.

I finally got my medals engraved.  I have them hanging on the back of the door in our fitness room.  I’ve got other plans for them then just hanging on the back of the door.



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Back at the end of last year or so I got a pair of Bose Sports earbuds for running.  I chose to get the ones without the mic (a mistake I later realized) but I love them. They are comfy and sound great.  After coming back from the Tinker Bell Half I couldn’t find them and thought I left them on the plane.  So I got a pair of Yarbuds.  A lot less expensive and with a mic this time.


However, a couple of months ago since I got the store’s extra warranty I took them back because the fast forward, pause and mic stopped working.  They didn’t have the same ones in stock, but a white set and since that didn’t matter, I was fine with it.  So they worked great until once again the buttons stopped working.  It wasn’t a big deal until last week while I was out for a run and Hannah’s school called.  I couldn’t click over and had to remove the ear bud and the armband in order to take the call.  of course, then I couldn’t get the ear bud back in or the armband back on right.  So back to the store they went yesterday.

I planned on getting the Bose Sports with mic this time.  See, although it doesn’t happen often, I need to be able to answer the phone if I am out running.  I just wish I had realized this back when I got the other pair.  I didn’t really want to spend the money on the Bose because I had already forked over for the other pair and was mad that I didn’t think about the need for the mic before but Sean said that since I was returning the Yurbuds again for not working, I might need to get over that.  So Best Buy had them but not in the color I wanted and since I had already made a purchasing mistake before, I decided I wasn’t spending the money on them if I couldn’t get the color I wanted because I just knew I was going to regret it later.  Then I saw a set of Yurbuds in the color I had decided I wanted and they were a new model.  So I decided to give the Yurbuds brand one more chance.




The clicker to fast forward a song or answer a call looks much better designed, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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So a little over a week ago I took Hannah in for an eye exam.  The doctor said her vision was just barely required glasses and would leave it up to her if she wanted to get them or not.  I told her to give it a week in class to see if she wanted to.  Today we went in to pick out some frames.  So the same woman that was helped me pick my frames was working, thankfully and I love Hannah’s new frames. But while we were sitting there the woman said that my glasses weren’t sitting right on my face.  They had started to slide down my nose awhile ago so I am always pushing them up but I didn’t think any thing of it.

Well, she swiped my glasses off, looked at them and said she knew what the problem was then went to the back for 10 minutes then came out, put my glasses on me and perfect! They sit and stay… which since I wear bifocals, I will be able to see correctly again.  :0) She replaced the nose pads with new ones made for a different material.

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I got up bright and early, headed to the gas station and then hit the road to head to Tarara Winery for the Run Like A Diva Half Marathon.  We were informed in an email that we were to be parked by 7:15 am as the race had a 7:30 am start time.  I was parked by 7:00 am and since I was alone, the kind people parked next to me took this picture of me.


I took care of some…um, business, then lined up in the corral.  Unfortunately, there were a few announcements that the race would be starting late.  First 15 minutes, then 30 minutes.  Finally, after what seemed like forever, the race started about 9:00 am.  After standing around in the chilly morning air, I felt stiff in my joints, but after a mile or so, it wasn’t as bad.  It really was a beautiful morning, cool, with a breeze and sunny.  The route of the race was a lot more hilly than I had expected and some of those hills were steep and seemed very long.  But I just pushed ahead.  I ran most of the race, walking through the water stations as I discovered during the Tinker Bell I am not able to run and drink from a paper cup at the same time, and I walked some of the hills here and there.

At mile 13 we were given a pink boa and tiara.  This is where I wanted to kick it up and really speed through the finish, but that didn’t happen… instead I just kept running, although another woman almost knocked me down to get in front of me for the photo op, but finished the race running.

At the finish line we received our medals and a glass of sparkling cider.  It was supposed to be champagne but VA law apparently doesn’t allow it.  It was pretty tasty sparkling cider and I downed it like my life depended on it.



Thanks to the kindness of another runner, I was able to get this after photo!

My official time… 2hrs:29min:47sec


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