Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ragnar relay northwest passage 2011

(It's super late, and I should be packing for my trip to Seaside, but I have to write about this before it escapes my mind. And I apologize in advance for the cheese factor. It really was incredible though.)

Holy cow, if your into running at all- do your self a favor and consider running the Ragnar Relay Series. The race is close to 200 mile stretch split up over 400ish teams of 12 runners, Starting at the Canadian border and ending on Whidbey Island. I can't describe in words just how awesome this experience was for me. I am a convert for life. When I first set foot in the van, I knew only my sister in law Becca but by the time we crossed the finish line, I felt like I had made life long friends....I ended up running 4 legs of the race when one of our team members was injured. I think I estimated i ran around 19 miles or so. I've never run that many miles in such a short amount of time in my life. All the running mixed with lack of sleep made me so delirious and exhausted that by the time I laid my head down, I slept for 12 hours straight.The last time that happened I think I was about 12.

....and It just so happened to land on my 32nd birthday! Happy birthday to me. It was maybe the best birthday I've ever had in my life. shhhhhh, don't tell my husband.  I actually found another runner who was also celebrating her birthday. ha! (Is it just me or is it super cool to meet other people with your same birthday?)
start line:

waiting for 1st exchange.. cheering sqaud in back.

most of our team:
some other super rad team who had the coolest costumes and theme of the whole race" lord of the ragnar".

waiting to start our night time runs...
its our birthdays: 22 and 32

cheering on our runner!

nothing says leap worthy like a 5am run through some small random town in washington.
lamest team name of all time:"will run for chocolate". i didn't pick it, but i've already decided what i want to be called next year and its a secret.
foggy run
the lines for the bathrooms were always insane!!
just about to cross the finsish line with the team.
some how she actually managed to get chocolate all over her team shirt.

the end.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of july/cody is 9!

this year cody asked if his birthday could be separate from the 4th of july.  it's a little tricky when it lands on the 2nd of july, but we did our best and had a smallish family bbq to celebrate complete with super awesome cupcakes courtesy of aunt arah and the worlds ugliest pinata, courtesy of walmart...merv: "soooo, what am i suppose to hang it from? we don't have any trees that will work."  me: "i don't know, maybe just hold it from a long stick??" nice. and in a side note: oreo cookie snack packs do not make a good pinata stuffer. they turn into cookie crumbs after being beat to pieces. oops.

our holiday weekend was cram packed with relatives visiting, a trip to the lake,  grand coulee dam laser show (....and a stop for a picnic a long the way in davenport and letting the kids play on that super old school playground equipment...no wonder they don't make that stuff any more...), riverfront park fireworks (complete with all the white trash in spokane) & a drive to indian res. firework stand to stock up with all the best stuff for traditional beach display for seaside trip in a few weeks.  fun start to summer.