Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Big News!!

Derek and I have some big news to share!

No, we are not pregnant. (Gotcha!)

YES, we ARE moving to UTAH!!!

Derek has been offered a wonderful opportunity with Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. We are driving away from our sweet Brevard home on October 1st. If you know anyone in Brevard who wants to rent, tell them to check out our listing with Fisher Realty.

Wish us luck on the next phase of our adventure. And don't worry, I'll definitely be posting photos of the 29-hour-long cross-country drive with our Uhaul-car-towing insanity.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thirty-one, done!

It has taken me a while to get to posting this, but I did indeed run 31 miles on Saturday, July 28th as planned! YAY!!!

I don't know how many feet of elevation change we went through, except that there were a couple thousand just in the first half of the run. The whole thing took 5 hours and 52 minutes, which I think has me at an average pace of 11:21. Not bad for my first (and LAST) "Ultra" - seriously, never doing that again!

Happy Highlights:
  • My Derek is awesome and I would not have even attempted this without him. I am so grateful for his support and encouragement
  • We have a ton of awesome friends who came out in support; thanks to Derek, Maggie (who ran 13.1 miles with me!!), Sam, Clay, Ron, Lark, Lindsay, Michele, and Felix, I did not run a single step by myself
  • We also had a great gathering of family and friends at the house afterwards; I, of course, snuck off to go to bed before the party was over (cause dude, I ran 31 miles), but I hear things went great :)
  • Not a single blister on my feet (Derek brought me socks to swap out when mine got super sweaty)
Here are some photos from the day...

We started & finished at Kuykendall Campground

Getting ready to set the official time...

And we're off! Sam ran the first 4.5 miles (and some later miles) with me

Finishing the first 4.5 miles; about the leave the road for the trail

Next 6ish miles were on trails with Ron; we went to the top of Cedar Rock and back. Nothing like a little 3rd class rock climbing to keep things interesting!

Stretching after the Cedar Rock leg; 1/3 of the way done!

Trying to eat before the next leg; another 6ish miles (5.5?) going up and over Chestnut Mountain with Clay

"I'm Eeeeeaaating!"

Sweet note from new friends


Love from the CR Basecamp

CR Base Camp

Finish Line!

Finishing time - 5 hours 52 minutes

Attempting to smile; or at least not sob too openly

To Cathey's Creek to cool down

It was COLD!!

Good Friends :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thirty-one, Here I Come!

Just wanted to check in briefly. My birthday run will be this Saturday in Pisgah National Forest. I am so ready! As you may have guessed from the title, my 30-miles-for-my-30th-birthday run has turned into 31 miles. One to grow on and all.

There have been a couple of training bumps along the way. I got a crazy stomach virus that knocked me off track for a couple of weeks. More recently, I discovered what "Runner's Diarrhea" is [shudder] when I completed my first ever marathon (WOOHOO Marathon!!). But for the most part I've been able to get in good long runs on my weekends and stay active enough during the week that I feel ready for Saturday.

Derek has been wonderfully supportive during this whole process. When I asked for his help, he came up with my original training plan, encouraged me to keep to it, and didn't get too annoyed with me when I ignored it and ate doughnuts instead :) He loves me. Derek is also taking care of all of the 'race day' logistics, so that I can just run and have fun. I definitely would not be able to do this without him.

That's all I have for now. I'm going to spend the week eating plenty of carbs, enjoying a lot of yoga and walking, and just chilling out. Will post again when the run is done! Hopefully there will be pictures :)