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Monday, June 12, 2017

Wisharts are in town!

When the Wisharts are in town... I spend lots of time at the cabin eating and playing games and hanging out and piling in to the party van with the entire crew for adventures.... and I LOVE every minute of it. I'm bummed that I didn't get more pictures... but had fun playing.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

First Fireworks of the Summer


Even though I ran the half marathon in the morning and was pretty tired...  I LOVE fireworks... and didn't want to miss the first fireworks of the summer. I go to Summerfest in Orem every year. I didn't want to miss it this year. Thankfully Kyle wanted to go as well.

So we went and ran into people we knew and socialized and found a place to sit and watch the fireworks. We found a place away from the crowd and were laying right under them. We even had firework pieces falling on us. Ha! I love it. I Love fireworks and I LOVE summer!!!





Saturday, June 10, 2017

Utah Valley Half Marathon - Take 2


I'm not sure how I was convinced to run this half marathon again... but my friend, Kristi, that works at the gym at work convinced me to sign up with her. I put back on more weight since I did it last... but I am stronger and in better shape than I was when I did it last... so I had no idea how it was going to go.

I didn't train the way I wanted to this time. I wanted to run outside everyday but it was too cold and then it was too hot. I did however run 9 miles (running most of it) and felt ok the next day... so I felt like I was going to be ok. Last time I did this I had never run more than 3 miles in my life and when I was done with the race... I could barely walk for the next couple of days after. So I was definitely stronger this time.

The night before the race I was up in Salt Lake watching my niece in her dance recital so I didn't get a good dinner and I didn't get as much sleep as I wanted (since you have to get up at 3:30am to be at the mall to take the bus up at 4am. It is crazy. So energy levels were not the best for me... but I did it.

Waiting in the cold for over an hour isn't the most fun. The nerves of doing the race just sit with you while you wait. There are so many people. I'm so tired but everyone around me seems to pumped. I was glad I had a friend to talk to. I don't think I would ever sign up for something like this if someone didn't convince me to. ha ha. Here is Kristi and I waiting to start the race. I am wearing my race jacket that I got. This year they did jackets instead of shirts because it was their 10th anniversary of the race. Kind of cool. They fold up and fit into a tiny pouch... so great for traveling or backpacking light. So it will be nice to have around.



Then the race started. I feel like starting out is the worst. All you can thinking about is that you are already tired and you just started... haven't gotten into the groove yet... and how far you have to go. At least we had a beautiful canyon to look at and that is the first 8 miles of the race. Kristi ran with me for almost half of the race... but I could tell I was slowing her down and she was trying to be nice and supportive and stick with me. I told her she really didn't have to. I ran the last one by myself, I could run this one by myself too. I like to go at my own pace and not feel the pressure of slowing anyone else down. I had my tunes. That is all I needed. Last time I created this entire long playlist. This time I just put on pandora. It worked out great.

I ran most of the first 8 miles going through the canyon. Didn't really stop for water or a snack until the half way mark. Then I could tell that I needed to. While running through the canyon I saw a dead snake on the ground that I almost stepped on, a dead bat on the ground that I ran around, and I was coming out of the canyon... there was a big deer (buck) that came down the mountain from somewhere and you could tell it wanted to cross the road, but saw all of the runners and changed it's mind and pranced off back up the mountain where it came from. It was pretty cool. That was probably the highlight for me. If I were closer to him... I would have gotten my phone out and taken a picture, but it was kind of a pain to get my phone out. It was in a little pack in the curve of my back buckled around my waist which worked out quite nicely. There was also an emergency snack in there in case I needed it... which I didn't and my car key was in there as well. Anyway... when I cam out of the canyon and hit the 9 mile mark, I was making pretty good time and I thought I would be able to finish the race in 2 1/2 hours... but then I started getting really hot and losing energy and when you come out of the canyon the race is so boring and you know exactly where you are and how much longer you have because you count every street and block. You can see the temple in downtown Provo where the race ends from SO far away... but you know how far away you are... so it is a little discouraging.


I knew that Kristi was waiting for me, so that was pushing me a little. I had no idea how far ahead of me she was. I struggled more and more towards the end, especially when my goal time came and passed and I still had a couple of miles to go. However, I did finish it under 3 hours and that will just have to be good enough for me. I'm not a runner. I accepted that fact a long time ago... so just finishing these races is a big deal for me. Kristi had texted me asking me where I was when I had 3 miles left. Thanks to my new apple watch, I saw her text and instead of getting my phone out to text her back, I just replied by talking into my watch. So nice and convenient to do while running. She was there waiting for me in the last block of the race and ran in with me. So nice for her to wait since she finished a half hour before me. She is so positive and encouraging and was so great to do this race with. She has always been such a great cheerleader for me when it comes to my health and fitness. And a good friend.

After the race, I took my shoes off and I was shocked to find my toe like this... my toes weren't hurting so I had no clue. I clipped my toenails so I wouldn't lose another one this race... but it looks like I am going to lose it anyway.  Oh well. But I went out and about that night after the race... so at the end of the day I looked at my fitness app on my watch and I got all kinds of steps in and miles and awards. Go me.



I came home from the race and found this waiting for me on my back porch. Very sweet of my mom. She knew I was a little nervous to do it again and didn't feel quite prepared. So nice to know she and others are proud of me. I need a little encouragement in my life. I am so hard on myself and have a hard time believing in myself... so I will take all the love and encouragement I can get. Thanks mom!



I didn't hurt like I did last time after the race, and I think I even improved on my time a little bit, but I still feel like I could have done better. But I am glad that I did it again. It was an accomplishment. will I sign up for another half marathon? Maybe... but probably not for a while. Maybe this is something I do every 4 years. ha ha. We shall see. It would be nice (if I do it again) if I can be thinner AND be in great shape. That would be ideal and I would probably do a lot better on time. Anyway... Thank you Kristi for being so supportive and running the first half with me and waiting for me at the end to run in with me. So nice to have someone to do the race with and encourage me and feel like I can do it.





Friday, June 9, 2017

Irelyn's Dance Performance


My mom and I went to Salt Lake to see Irelyn in her dance recital. She was really cute and did a great job and you can tell she really loves it. I'm a proud Auntie and that has a lot of talented nieces and nephews. Love them all. Great Job on your dance Irelyn. Love you.






Thursday, June 8, 2017

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 378

Picking up where I left off...

The half marathon is next week. AHHH!!! I'm not ready. I will say that I am a little less nervous this time since I ran 9 miles and I wasn't sore the next day. So whats 4 more going to do to me? Can't be that bad. ha ha. So Saturday I tried to run 10... because that is what you are supposed to do the week before the race. However... I got too late of a start and so it was really hot and I ended up only going 9 miles and walking  lot of it. I just don't do well in the heat. Thank goodness they start those races so early in the morning so you don't have to deal with that eh? That is as good as it is going to get for me before the race I think... so we will see how the race goes next week. I am a little nervous because I am still not a runner even though I have done this before. But... not as much as I was last time.

After taking a long rest and a shower, Rachel and I went out to get greek food from this really yummy food truck and then some shave ice next door which was apparently the happening place to be that night. I saw this guy that I had been talking to online but would never meet up with me... and now I know why. He was there with a girl that looked like a girlfriend. Ha! Caught. I am pretty sure he saw me as well and now feels stupid. Wouldn't want a guy like that anyway. I also ran into Candice and her little crew.... and then our co-worker Katy, her daughter was there with her hubby and kid. So Candice called me over to say hi. So funny we were all there and didn't plan it at all. Love it when stuff like that happens.

After dinner we went to catch a movie. Saw the new and last Pirates movie. It was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be since there are like 5. But I enjoyed it. Thought it was better than a lot of the other ones. Good ending to the series.

I already blogged about hammocking at Tibble Fork with Kyle. It was relaxing and I always enjoy time in nature. It just makes me happy. It calms me. Takes me worries away... at least for a little while.

Monday I broke down and bought an Apple Watch. I have had a couple of people convincing me that it is great for the fitness aspect of it. So... since I am about to do a half marathon and they are doing another 10,000 step challenge at work which Kristi at the gym (the one I am doing the half marathon with) signed me up for it, I figured I might as well do it. So I did. Got some wireless headphones too while I was at it. Will be great for the race and the gym.

Wednesday Kyle and I headed back to Tibble Fork, this time with our paddle boards. Kyle had bought some floating water lanterns to have around us as we paddle board. We didn't really get the pictures that we wanted... but it was still fun. We will have to try it again.

Guess that leaves us with today... I just went to work. I'm in the middle of the 10,000 step challenge at work, so after the sunset, I got Rachel to take a walk with me so I could get all my steps in and we could chat and catch up.

And that was my week. That is a wrap. :)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Photo of the Week 376

A gorgeous sunset that I captured just up the street from where I live. Last minute run up the hill to watch the sunset and I am SO glad I did.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Hammocking at Tibble Fork


Kyle and I both decided we needed some relax time, so we headed to Tibble Fork to hang our hammocks and take in the views. It was nice.

While we were there we saw a guy by us set up a balancing rope. I don't know the proper name for them... but I do know it takes some mad skills/balance to get all the way across. It was fun to watch.


Nice relaxing day. I love summer.