Thursday, June 27, 2013

newport marathon 2013

"we run to undo the damage we've done to our body and spirit.. we run to find some part of ourselves yet undiscovered." -john bingham

if someone would have told me even a year ago that i would be running a full length marathon, i would have rolled my eyes and laughed. although the idea was appealing and i admired my friends who had completed them, i didn't see myself in a position to finish one- physically or mentally.

i think it was in late december/early january of this year, when i decided that i was going to sign up. i had already done a couple 1/2's along with around 10-12 bloomsdays 12k races, etc. after tons or research, i got on a training schedule (hal higdons- which i was mostly happy with.) and got to it.

i learned so much about myself during the long training runs/months and that i could do hard things. multiple times, i burst into tears of joy..(..sounds so dumb..) but it was so emotional for me! i was able to work through so many mental blocks about myself, my past, my relationships and my value as a human being: that i have value and my mistakes and shortcomings do not define my heart & soul.

after completing one, i'll say it was one of the best things i could have done for myself. without going into a lot of detail... these past few years have been rough. this was what i needed to help me out of that dark cloud.

i could not have found a better marathon for my first one.  everything about the newport marathon was perfect: the course, location, weather, and the very unique glass medal. even the drive down was so beautiful! the kids stayed in seattle area with uncle brian and aunt becca. we left early friday morning and took the scenic route down 101 to newport.

 merv was so good at being supportive to me all along (not just the race day but the training as well). he was so concerned the day before that i stayed super hydrated and ate plenty. we took our time stopping all along the way to check out the some of the best scenery on the west coast. we may be a little partial since we were married on the oregon coast in 2001.

this town LOVES this race and fully supports it!

i was super, super happy at this time!

the evening before the race and  after i picked up my number we hung out at the beach and watched the sunset. this weekend was right up there with one of the top weekends of our marriage. we learned tons and loved each other a lot.

i definitely had a case of the pre race jitters at 5am. i hardly slept, coudn't decide what ot wear depending on if it would rain or not... couldn't decide what to eat... apparently i did ok with the plain bagel and banana along with plenty of water.
the beautiful starting line at the yaquina bay.

i loved the course, and loved that the high school students were also the volunteers along the course! all of the proceeds for this race go right back to the newport high school athletic dept.

merv was the best cheerleader. i think i fell in love with him even more during the race. i know it sounds so corny, but its true. all that thinking does something to you. he met me along the course to provide kind words and and anything else i needed. i passed on the oyster shooters that are handed out twice along the route.

this sign was a site for sore eyes!...but there was a sneaky little hill the very very last 1/3 of a mile from the finish line.
i came in at 4:19, which was 19 minutes over my goal time, but after finishing and having time to digest and think about it... i think finish alone was goal enough. next time i'll know better what to expect and i'll train harder.
my dear friend nikkei and her sweet baby. i believe nikkei finished around 3:45(?)!!
the glass metal is so neat. they are each handmade by a local craftsman i believe.

this view never gets old. loved seeing this outside of our room.

also loved spending such quality time with merv.
(on a side not: the same day as this race, my cousin kaisa had her baby girl, birdie.. coincidentally, merv discovered this red sailboat by the same name while we were going for a stroll along the boardwalk.)

we were both SO excited to see the kids. cody's tsunami shirt was  hit and lola of course loved her shell bracelet and stuffed shark.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

memorial weekend camping: 2013

we LOVE adventures.. and if it's up to me, we find them as often as we can. so glad this recent camping trip with good friends panned out in our favor.

camping tips with kids 101 (these are all actual things we have learned while camping):
*best to show up before dark to set up a tent.
*put the sleeping bags on an incline as opposed to a decline.
* a tent is made from very thin tent material.. all noises can be heard..
*sleep is overrated, especially during the best part of the night when kids are in bed, fires roaring and chatting about anything and everything is in order.
*there isn't much worse than having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night while camping...
*creepy horror stories about serial killers, recent murders, etc are best told in the middle of the very, very deep, dark woods.
*bring more hot chocolate with marshmallows and less carrot sticks.
*put your food away at night. seriously, squirrels, deer... bear all enjoy pb&j too.
*kids need nothing more than sticks/dirt/marshmallows to stay fully entertained... leave the animal toys, crayons (..that melt to a mess), legos at home.
*pack a decent first aid kit! ...and by decent, i mean basically anything more than band aids and neosporin... check here for a real good starter list. better to be over prepared than under. i consider myself pretty prepared most of the time... but fell short this particular trip when we had a nasty burn accident... :(
*ALWAYS pack some shorts and a swimsuit just in case, even if weather predicts cool weather.
*always a good idea to go for a 5-6 mile run in  bear/bearhunter(or redneck!) season..through the super thick northern idaho forest as long as you have a great friend by our side and some good pepper spray.
*showers are also overrated...
*repeat: wipies are a MUST! and extra toilet paper never hurts.
*food is best with dirt. even better with dirty utensils.
*tinfoil dinners are the best food on earth. no matter what's in them.