Here is a shot of the "Gazelles" starting the race.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Here is a shot of the "Gazelles" starting the race.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The biggest factor was the crowds. There were over 31,000 runners! I felt like I was shoulder to shoulder with people for the first 7 miles. I placed 9,137 out of 22,749 finishers in the half marathon. I finished 4,422 out of the 14,505 female finishers in the half marathon. To be in the top 30% of female finishers makes me feel pretty good, I have to say.
As I was crossing the finish line I was sort of sad because I had no one there to cheer me on or hug me in a congratulatory manner. But once I got past the finish line and saw the crowds I was so glad Dave had not brought Emily into that mob of people. When I got back to Franklin, my sweet husband, Emily and Dave's mom had on display a giant balloon bouquet, gorgeous red and yellow tulips, champagne, Gatorade, and snacks. The funny thing was that they couldn’t find a congratulations balloon, so he bought one that had a little girl on the front and it said “13 Today” so Dave added a “.1” because the half marathon is 13.1 miles. Too funny! I love my husband!
As much as I enjoyed it, I will probably not be running this particular race again simply because of the crowds. I plan to run the St. Jude Half-Marathon again this December in Memphis. I am still contemplating running a Full Marathon next May in San Diego with my brother. The jury is still out. As Dave likes to remind me, I am not a gazelle and you have to be a gazelle to run that far. For now, I am just going to enjoy my recent accomplishment and my hot tub.
Funny Race Moments:
Two girls running with homemade T-shirts with writting on the back;
- Girl 1: "It's my first time"
- Girl 2: "That's what she said!"
Man with his three small sons on the sideline cheering on his wife;
- Dad's sign: "#22356 is my wife!"
- Boy 1 sign: "Run Mommy, Run!"
- Boy 2 sign: "You can do it Mommy!"
- Boy 3 sign: "Don't puke Mommy!"
At about mile 3 I saw a tiny, frail old man who had to be at least 85 years old, no joke. As I ran past him I said to him, "Good job, you're doing great!" Then I noticed he wasn't wearing a half marathon race tag, he was wearing a FULL MARATHON race tag! Are you kidding me?!?!?!
Sign at mile marker 6 "Beer this way. 20.2 miles ahead!"
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wish me luck! Pictures to follow, that is if I have the energy left to post them!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I just want to thank everyone who joined us this weekend. It really was such a blessing to have you all there for that very special day. Know that we love you very much and are humbled that we have such amazing family to help us raise our little girl. God Bless you all!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Solid foods three times a day now (We had been doing breakfast and dinner. Now she gets lunch too!)
- Fruit and cereal for breakfast
- Fruit and veggies for lunch
- Meat, fruit and veggies for dinner
- Start teaching her to clap her hands
- Teach her to say "Bye-Bye" by waving her arm
- Start reading books with big pictures so she can associate words with things, like "House," "Mommy," "Dog," etc.
- She gets to start drinking from a sippy cup. We've tried this already and it is quite funny. The cup has a valve that keeps the juice from pouring out unless you suck on the spout. Well, she can't suck hard enough to get anything out yet so she gets frustrated. So we have to take the valve out so she learns that juice comes out of the cup. You should have seen the puddle of apple juice on my kitchen floor and on her outfit! SO cute!
The doctor suggested pureeing my own baby food since "the stuff in the jars is so expensive." Well, therapy is much more expensive and this working Momma can't handle another chore without a mental breakdown. So, at $0.50 per jar, we will buying our baby food from Wally-World! Don't worry Grandma Jamie, we buy organic baby food! :)
I can't believe my baby is 6 months old already! She is growing up so fast, but each day holds new and wonderful moments. I am so proud of her and love rejoicing in the small accomplishments. I look forward to each new milestone and each new chapter. But at the same time, those moments are bittersweet, because I know she will never be this little again. Praise God for He is Good!
Monday, April 6, 2009
As much fun as a night out on the town was, my favorite part of the weekend was our trip to the Botanical Gardens. It was beautiful! And Emily absolutely LOVED it! We walked around for nearly two hours. The weather was great and the company was the best! I am so glad that my little girl loves the outdoors as much as her mommy and daddy do. I see lots of trips to the zoo and hiking in our future. The best part, was seeing Emily interact with her Phi Mu Aunts. They love her so much and it shows because she loves them back. Her Aunt LawLaw was even up and playing with her at 7:30am (See picture below).
This weekend was a reminder that I have the best girl friends ever! And that no matter how long its been since we've seen each other, and no matter how far apart we live, we will always be friends. Love you girls!