Monday, April 28, 2014

Garmin Half Marathon April 26, 2014

I did it!
I finished my second half marathon this past weekend. I am really proud of myself as I shaved about 3 minutes off my time from my first one. I ran it in 1:55:49.
Amy ran it too, and she had an incredible finish once again. She finished 8/242 women in our age group, and I finished 51/242 (top 21%). Not bad for a gal that just picked up running last year!
My official results were better than I thought they would be. I placed 527 out of 2199 half marathon runners which was in the top 25%, pretty excited about that! Of all the women in the race I placed 171 out of 1317 women, which was in the top 12% of all female runners!
My 6.2 mile split was 7:51, and my overall pace average in the 13.1 mile race 8:51. I am so happy about my time.
We started the race in 57 degree, partly sunny/cloudy weather, which continued for me until about an hour or so in when the light rain started. About the time I hit mile 10, the rain was pouring down, and by the time I hit mile 12, hail, yes HAIL and sharp cold rain, pelted me for about 5 minutes. Of course the minute I crossed the finish line the rain stopped. Still, better than the 14 degree half I ran in November (no sweat or snot 'cicles' this time!)
No runners high this time, more consistent pace per mile, and I felt much better immediately after the race (last time I couldn't even talk or move my face and I could barely walk for a couple of minutes after). I was a little sore the day after, but not nearly as bad as after my first one. And today, two days later, I am almost completely pain free (stairs still hurt a bit). Overall, I am definitely getting better at this whole running thing. :)
In fact, I am seriously thinking about running a full marathon this fall. I need to register soon before I lose the nerve! I am thinking about either the KC Marathon, or the DM Marathon, both in mid October. Iowa folks, if I run in Des Moines, will you come cheer me on?! I will need all the support I could possibly muster!

Before the race.

Afterward, with our well-deserved finishers medals.
Once the Garmin race website gets official pictures up, I will come back and post action shots of me during the race.

Woodland Creek Easter Festivities

Our neighborhood held an Easter egg hunt, meet and greet the the Easter bunny, and free  activities the Saturday before Easter. They hired a professional photographer who took images and let us have free access to them. Here are the pictures that Gus, Hazel and Walter were in.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Program at Church School

Hazel's 4th Birthday Party!

Keeping Busy

Hazel at gymnastics last week.

A selfie on my phone of Gus.

At Kennedys tournament last weekend.

At Parker's birthday party last weekend.

Hazel started soccer last week.

Walter LOVES blowing bubbles!

Hmmmmm... Something about this just doesn't seem safe...

Walter the red Power Ranger.

Enjoying the warmth outside with Popsicles (neighbor Cooper did too!).

Pure Happiness

You can tell they've been cooped up all winter- the joy on their faces when I broke out a new bottle of bubble solution! Pure Happiness!