Me and Scout in the lcy stuff.

Me and Scout in the lcy stuff.

Great 10 miles this morning…along with crazy weather and the rest of the day!!

So today I met up with Jess and a couple of her friends for the 10 mile big block run! It felt good to get out there and do my 10 miles. The girls are great! The “new” girls were quick, but I think they still had a good time even though they had to wait for Jess and I. I still did the run 4 min run, 1:20 min walk, the awesome thing is when we finished I still felt great (I did have a moment where I had some “weak” legs) but the overall pace was GREAT (for me) 10:35. I definitely love running in the winter.


Before I started running I had gotten a call from one my Special Olympics buddies. One of our swimmer’s Dad’s had passed way on the 1st, and an email went out about a memorial service that was happening today. I somehow didn’t get the email so my friend was calling me to let me know. I’m sad I wasn’t able to attend, but I sent along my condolences. Our swimmer is going to be moving out of state to live with his mother’s family. We will both him and his Dad.


After the run I needed to go to Target and get my gift card for the baby shower I was going to (right after I got home and got clean). I should of done it sooner, but didn’t. I left the girls after we took our picture at the end of the run, and went over to Target (across the street). I talked to my husband on the phone (because he called right at the end of my run) and he said it was snowing like crazy at home. I called Jess (who was still across the street at Starbucks) to let her know (since we were just talking about the crazy weather at the end of the run….dark clouds and lot’s of wind picking up). Jess said she knew because it was snowing there…as in across the street from where I was (and it wasn’t snowing where I was). Too Funny. Driving home I got a blast of snow. By the time I got home there was no more snow.


I went to the baby shower. Yes I know another baby shower, but it was fun and I actually had a good time! *smiles* Ohh and there was wine!! Always a good thing. It snowed on and off while at the baby shower. It didn’t stick, but it was pretty to see it coming down. We had fun games at the shower, one I had never played before (memory) and the prizes were candy based on what we were matching (college fund = 100 Grand, laundry = mounds, conception = skor)! It was great.

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Jess, Me (in my new running jacket and tights), Casey, Kerri

Jess, Me (in my new running jacket and tights), Casey, Kerri

4 days of Core Workout….so far!

Man o man…I’m getting a jump start on some of my “New Year’s Resolutions”! I’ve done 4 days of Pilates workouts. They are hard…especially if you are trying to do them correctly (which I am). I can feel my core, which I sure hope means I’m getting stronger. It’s sad what just a little bit of core work can reduce you to. It hurts to laugh, but I’ll keep laughing anyways!!*smiles* My hope is that if I keep working on my core, it will help me with the rest of training and my life in general! Here’s hoping! My Goal is to master the teaser! Maybe by the end of the year I will be able to do the whole series of teasers without any help? Let’s see….I’ll keep you posted!
I have 3 Pilates DVD’s to work from, and they are all hard…as suspect they should be. Pilates doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does seem to work! WOO HOO!!

4 days of Core Workout….so far!

Man o man…I’m getting a jump start on some of my “New Year’s Resolutions”! I’ve done 4 days of Pilates workouts. They are hard…especially if you are trying to do them correctly (which I am). I can feel my core, which I sure hope means I’m getting stronger. It’s sad what just a little bit of core work can reduce you to. It hurts to laugh, but I’ll keep laughing anyways!!*smiles* My hope is that if I keep working on my core, it will help me with the rest of training and my life in general! Here’s hoping! My Goal is to master the teaser! Maybe by the end of the year I will be able to do the whole series of teasers without any help? Let’s see….I’ll keep you posted!


I have 3 Pilates DVD’s to work from, and they are all hard…as suspect they should be. Pilates doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does seem to work! WOO HOO!!

Just a random Thursday…

This morning I got up and did my 3rd day of Pilates Mat workout.  Yes I really can feel my core now, no please don’t tell a funny joke it hurts to laugh!  
Jason and I had already decided to do a run today.  It was supposed to warm up to about 38 degrees by 10 am and we thought that it would be the perfect time to be out running.  It was also supposed to be sunny.  Well it wasn’t 38 degrees more like 33 and it wasn’t sunny, it was overcast.  We had a pretty good run though.  It was hard converting the air from the cold outside into our warm lungs.  I had a weird ankle issue (just weird pain) but it resolved itself during the run. It was probably from sliding down the snow/ice on the dog walk yesterday (ie: the dogs pulled me down to the ground so they could go say hi to a “new friend”).  I did end up walking a little more towards the end to get ready for the last BIG hill.  HA!  Glad to be warm and cozy in the house now, just waiting for the shower! 
Here is a link to the route we did.
Run Time: 42:11
Distance: 3.81 miles
Average: 11:04 /mile
Fastest Pace: 8:43 /mile
Climb: 256 feet
Calories: 499

Side Note: Doing this run means that when we go to Flemming’s tonight, I get to enjoy the food and wine brought to the table!  This is one HAPPY HAPPY Girl!  It’s Supper Club tonight!

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If this article doesn’t make you want to NEVER touch another fast food burger again in your life…I don’t know what will!  Ohh yeah, it’s that eye-opening!

BLIND WINE TASTING
While we were in Virginia we decided on a whim to do a Blind Tasting of some of the wines we had in the house. We had a couple of people who my Mother in Law thought knew a lot about wine and would be able to “tell the difference”. Anyone who really enjoys wine knows that everyone’s palate is different and what I love you may hate and vis versa. So we tasted a California Box Wine (Black Box Cab) - don’t knock it, it’s a great everyday wine that keeps well because of it’s packaging. I wouldn’t venture beyond the Cab though…for my tastes. We had to put some of the box wine into an actual bottle to “fool” the folks. A Chilean Cab Blend (that cost us around $10), and two Virginia wines that were Merlot blends (Barboursville- Octagon ~$60, and Veritas Claret ~$40). The person everyone though knew the least about wines got a perfect score, the two guys who my MIL thought would know the most got 0 correct and 1 correct, I only got 1 correct, and both of my in-laws got 2 correct. Pretty amazing right? The favorite wine of the group? The Virginia Wine - Veritas, was the favorite, then the boxed wine and the Chilean wine were tied for second and the most expensive wine Barboursville came in last. What did I drink at dinner? The Octagon (Barboursville), heck the rest of the wines were going fast, I might as well enjoy the $60 bottle while I can!!*winks*
A NOTE: Everyone said that they actually liked all the wines and would drink any one of them.

BLIND WINE TASTING

While we were in Virginia we decided on a whim to do a Blind Tasting of some of the wines we had in the house. We had a couple of people who my Mother in Law thought knew a lot about wine and would be able to “tell the difference”. Anyone who really enjoys wine knows that everyone’s palate is different and what I love you may hate and vis versa. So we tasted a California Box Wine (Black Box Cab) - don’t knock it, it’s a great everyday wine that keeps well because of it’s packaging. I wouldn’t venture beyond the Cab though…for my tastes. We had to put some of the box wine into an actual bottle to “fool” the folks. A Chilean Cab Blend (that cost us around $10), and two Virginia wines that were Merlot blends (Barboursville- Octagon ~$60, and Veritas Claret ~$40). The person everyone though knew the least about wines got a perfect score, the two guys who my MIL thought would know the most got 0 correct and 1 correct, I only got 1 correct, and both of my in-laws got 2 correct. Pretty amazing right? The favorite wine of the group? The Virginia Wine - Veritas, was the favorite, then the boxed wine and the Chilean wine were tied for second and the most expensive wine Barboursville came in last. What did I drink at dinner? The Octagon (Barboursville), heck the rest of the wines were going fast, I might as well enjoy the $60 bottle while I can!!*winks*


A NOTE: Everyone said that they actually liked all the wines and would drink any one of them.

Resolutions and Goals…

Got any?


I’ve got a few goals this year…a big one is running my 26.2! Once I conquer that beast I will never HAVE to do it again. Of course I have to do the same race I didn’t quite finish, and of course that has to be in San Francisco….OF COURSE. Another HUGE goal I have is to raise $15,000 for cancer research! Yeah..I know it’s a lot of money, but it a lot of much needed money. Those are a couple of my “big everyone can see it all happen” goals.
(Side note- if you wanna help me with my goal of raising money for cancer click on the links on the right hand side of my page under Fighting Cancer…Wanna Help?. The links go to my fundraising pages for the American Cancer Society and for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)
Personal goals are more of the needing to eat better and try to stay a little more dedicated to my training schedules. Adding in core training and strength training so I don’t hurt myself with all the endurance training that I do. Work on not over extending my “free” time, but still taking time to do all the things I love. Also trying to put the positive into as much as I can, seeing the good in people, and enjoying what I find.

Wanna help me fight cancer?  Sure you do!!  I’m working on raising $15,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year.  Doing that and conquering my beast of 26.2 are my big goals for this year.  I get to do it all together!

I’m fundraising again for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Team in Training Endurance Sports Training Program. It’s exciting to for me to start planning some fun fundraising activities. I kicked everything off with the wine raffle last month. I’ve also been selling Angel of Grace Cancer Awareness bracelets. That and some generous donations thus far has gotten me up to $1,000 thus far. I’m excited about that nice start….but I’m working on raising $15,000 this year. I really hope I can do it! I’m going to do the Nike Marathon again this year, the WHOLE THING! This year I will not sweep myself off the course, this year I will conquer the beast that is running a marathon in the very hilly city of San Francisco! Soon I’ll have a Fundraising Website (it’s not quite up yet), so if you feel like being generous I’d love to have a small, or large donation in the name of cancer research.
I will also be raising money for the American Cancer Society in the Relay for Life event. I did this event for the first time last year and love it!Raising money for Cancer Research is important to me. I know to many people who have had to go through what Cancer does to a family! I’m dedicating my fundraising this year to my friend Joanie’s family…the Brooks. Her son David was diagnosed with Leukemia last year and he has been so strong this year going through all the treatments. Just recently the Brooks family had a trip to San Diego to go to Lego Land granted by the Make a Wish Foundation! They had a great time and enjoyed time just being a family. Unfortunately when they got home David broke his foot, and now has to wait to go back to school for awhile longer.When I get my websites up and running I’ll post the links to them on here, and on my other blog site:http://livingthislifegiven.blogspot.com/

I’m fundraising again for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Team in Training Endurance Sports Training Program. It’s exciting to for me to start planning some fun fundraising activities. I kicked everything off with the wine raffle last month. I’ve also been selling Angel of Grace Cancer Awareness bracelets. That and some generous donations thus far has gotten me up to $1,000 thus far. I’m excited about that nice start….but I’m working on raising $15,000 this year. I really hope I can do it! I’m going to do the Nike Marathon again this year, the WHOLE THING! This year I will not sweep myself off the course, this year I will conquer the beast that is running a marathon in the very hilly city of San Francisco! Soon I’ll have a Fundraising Website (it’s not quite up yet), so if you feel like being generous I’d love to have a small, or large donation in the name of cancer research.


I will also be raising money for the American Cancer Society in the Relay for Life event. I did this event for the first time last year and love it!
Raising money for Cancer Research is important to me. I know to many people who have had to go through what Cancer does to a family! I’m dedicating my fundraising this year to my friend Joanie’s family…the Brooks. Her son David was diagnosed with Leukemia last year and he has been so strong this year going through all the treatments. Just recently the Brooks family had a trip to San Diego to go to Lego Land granted by the Make a Wish Foundation! They had a great time and enjoyed time just being a family. Unfortunately when they got home David broke his foot, and now has to wait to go back to school for awhile longer.
When I get my websites up and running I’ll post the links to them on here, and on my other blog site:http://livingthislifegiven.blogspot.com/