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6 weeks off...REALLY?!?

 Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I have to take 6 weeks off from running.  Although this is a relatively new hobby (is it considered a hobby???) or rather, an addiction, I enjoy it, I enjoy the competition, the "me" time, I enjoy being able to eat whatever I want, etc.  So, to literally have to take a full 6 weeks off...is not my idea of fun!  I will miss my next 2 races that I have already signed up for and was SO looking forward to running them with friends ;-(

I had gone to the doctor back in October for pain in my right leg and was told to take a couple weeks off.  Which I did (from running), the pain was still there, but not as bad.  Then recently moved into my left leg, but getting worse.  So, after gimping around this weekend after my race, I made another doctor appointment for this morning.  This time he ordered X-rays. 

He came back & told me he had bad news...I asked if I was just a wuss and needed to suck it up?  LOL.  Then he showed me X-rays...very clear there was a nice break!  Yes, I have a fractured pelvic bone.  So, it does turn out that I do have a wierdly high pain tolerance.  He was amazed that I had been running on it for all this time.  Then he proceeded to tell me I was stubborn (who, me???) and crazy (what, me???).  So, I will follow his advice, unfortunately.  Guess my New Year's Resolution will be to lose the 20 lbs I will gain from taking 6 weeks off....LOL  ;-)

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Believe 10K Race

 Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cold doesn't even begin to describe how the morning started out!  It was a chilly 32 degrees when we arrived at the race!  Brrr.  It was so cold that 'Frosty the Snowman' made an appearance...


Have I mentioned that I am not a fan of the cold?  And especially not running in it.  Great idea of a race Kim ;-)  Just kidding, we had a blast!

We got lined up and started out a little fast, but I like running a fast (for me) first mile because it gives me a little leeway in the next 5 miles.  And at the start, a seasoned runner of this race told us how hilly it was.  And he wasn't kidding!  3 BIG long hills!  Ugh, hills....AND not to mention, the finish line is at the top of a hill.  Lovely. Check out these hills:
The green line shows the elevation change...YUCK!  Have I mentioned I hate hills?!? 

I went with the goal of finishing the race (#1), running the entire thing (#2), and hoping to do it in under an hour (#3).  I managed all those goals in addition to making this time my PR (personal record) for a 10k. 

Stats:
Average pace was 8:36 per mile.  Finished with an official time of 53:32.  Got some great stats from my Garmin, which I love love love having all these stats.  It amazes me!  Although I was constantly looking at my watch every couple minutes, it was a nice distraction from the cold, my numb feet, and my aching hip(s).  LOL.

Other stats:  I came in #74 our of 210 people (men & women).  #25 out of 111 female runners.  And #4 in my age group, I was almost a full minute behind the third place finisher, oh well!  Perhaps one day I will get some bling :)  LOL. 

After the race, we headed to a local coffee shop in downtown McKinney (which has some very neat little shops!).  So, once I got my delicious zebra mocha, I was in heaven.  Then, I couldn't pass up a donut.  Yum!  So worth running 6.2 miles ;-)
 
Despite the cold weather, hitting a bunny on the way, and the hills, we had a wonderful morning!  ;-)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 Thursday, November 25, 2010

I got up and ran with Lesley this morning to do our own version of the Turkey Trot, we called it '10k on Turkey Day'.  It was cold and windy.  I decided to map out our 6.2 miles and include the 2 mile long  bridge in our course.  NOT such a great idea.  We only made it about a half of a mile on the bridge  before turning around, the wind on bridge was about 30 mph, not fun and not easy to run in.  So, we headed back and ran around my neighborhood, like usual.  This was the first time I got to use my Garmin watch on a real run.  I love that it tells me everything about my run!  Although I dislike how it tells m..e we started off pretty good, then slowed way down ;-)  Oh well, we still got in our 6.2 miles, I can't complain.   I just need to figure out how to use it correctly.  Me + technology = disaster!


 Then, I headed to Starbucks to bring us home some yummy drinks!  I figured I deserved some deliciousness.

Then onto the food.  Of course ;-)  It was pretty simple this year:

Turkey breast...
Cranberry sauce...

Delicious homemade rolls...
(oops...I had already eaten one before I could get a picture, it wasn't the last I ate before dinner!)

And then we had green beans & sweet potatoes too...

And of course, my favorite pumpkin pie....
And the whip cream...such a treat for the boys to lick the whisk...love this picture...

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Not enough toys? Really???

 Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The boys have started getting out the silverware to make music.  Not really a fan of this, but it is pretty cute. 


But then I start thinking, don't they have toys that are more fun than spoons???

Obviously, we don't have a shortage of toys...especially not dinosaurs and animals...

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I caved & bought some hideous shoes...

Ugh!  I said I would NEVER EVER buy the boys shoes that:
1.  Have characters on them.
2.  That light up.

Apparently, I officially have lost my marbles!  Here is what I came home with the other day...

What is wrong with me?!?  They light up.  And they have several Toy Story characters on them.  Oh well.  They were so excited and are showing them off to anybody and everybody who will listen...it is pretty darn cute.  And sweet.  And funny.  And it makes it all worth it.

Here are 2 videos that I took of them.  I couldn't help it.  I had just put the shoes in their "shoe basket" and told them to go get their shoes as we were heading to the gym.  Connor was thrilled!

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Date Night...

 Wednesday, November 10, 2010

With my favorite little 3 year old ever!  Yes, Connor & I had another date night.  He actually asked and I happily agreed.  And he even asked to go bowling.  Wow!  He knows what I like.  I love it!  He even picked out my shirt in my closet, how sweet!

Needless to say, we had the BEST time.

Connor truly had a blast and kept telling me how much fun he was having.  Every time he would knock down a pin, he would yell, "BINGO".  Not sure where that came from, but it was pretty cute.  We were nearly tied in the 3rd frame, I was thinking he was going to beat me.  Luckily I pulled out a win 131-70.  I would have been crushed if Connor would have beat me.  I don't like to lose!

And here is a video of Connor bowling...
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We both had a both had a blast, just like last time.

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Ahhh, the beach & warmness...

 Monday, November 8, 2010

The beach sounds wonderful right now...

Too bad these were taken this summer when we were back in Washington.  The weather is cool here, highs of 60's, which sounds nice, but it is COLD!  So, I enjoyed looking through these beachy pictures and the kids had SO much fun....


They had so much fun!  Which also got me thinking about Seattle and just how much I miss it.  So, here are a couple Seattle pictures from my trip that I just love....
Good thing I am going back for a visit soon :-)  I am so excited!

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Just a couple more pictures...

 Friday, November 5, 2010

So, blogger went a little crazy on me...or I just post way too many pictures...you be the judge!  Anyhow, I ended up having to buy more storage for the pictures.  So, let's see how far 20 GB of storage gets me...hopefully pretty far ;-)

I just had to post these 2 pictures from Halloween...the kids faces are just too stinkin' cute!

 Connor & Dylan were THRILLED the kids stopped by for a quick visit & a quick trick-or-treat...and I just love the girls' dresses.

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Happy Halloween!

 Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Here are a few more of our Halloween decorations.  I swapped out pumpkin pictures for our regular ones in the frames around the fireplace.  Love it. 

Then, here are the little pumpkins that the boys drew on with markers.  They both loved this!

We had fun at our Halloween Party on Friday afternoon.  We ate and played...
We even had a pinata at the party.  How fun!
And the food was plentiful and so creative!

The boys LOVED handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters


We headed out with some neighbors to do a little trick-or-treating...
This is what some of our neighbors houses looked like...the boys were not so sure about some, for good reason!  The first is a neighbor who had a walk thru haunted house in their front yard complete with smoke and several live people dressed up throughout it to scare you.
Then Lesley brought the kids by for a quick visit, as they got mobbed by all our crazy trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood ;-)  I have the cutest picture of all the kids, but blogger is not letting me upload it!

***Blogger is being really funky & telling me I am out of room and need to purchase addition storage space for my photos...anybody else have these problem?  Did you purchase more storage, did it work?  I will do some research and try and figure this out soon ;-)  Promise.



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