Sunday, September 23, 2012

I did it!!!

This past Sunday was my first half marathon. I wasn't planning on running it, due to a foot injury I got. I was pretty bummed out about it. I convinced my Mom to let me run a few miles of it with her. We decided I'd run about three miles in the beginning and then stop. I kept debating on just running the whole thing and saying forget my foot, or we'll see how it feels...I ended up crossing the finish line!!!! :)  I hadn't been keeping up with my training, due to the injury so it had been about 6-8 weeks since I ran long distance. I never expected the run to be so difficult. I knew it would probably be hard, but I didn't know it would be that hard! I was starting to get tired about half way through the race. I was getting really bad cramps, so bad it was hard to breathe, and it hurt. It hurt so bad, and I felt like I was struggling so much, I wanted to cry.  We ended up walking for a bit and that helped. After that my legs really started hurting, it felt like my legs were made of metal. They didn't want to move. I felt like I was running so slow. Towards mile 9 and 10 I just wanted to be done. I couldn't wait for it to be over. Every mile felt like an eternity. My Mom kept telling me to focus on something else, I tried and it was really hard..all I wanted to do was walk. There were a few inclines through out the race towards the end and I felt like I was dying. I kept pushing through all the way to the end. Once I turned the corner to the finish line was something I can never explain. It was the greatest feeling. Everyone cheering you on, seeing the finish line..the music, everyone screaming. I had an adrenaline rush and ran as fast as I could through the finish. My body hurt so bad when I was done. Thankfully my Mom massaged me. I felt so awesome after I finished, even though I hadn't finished as fast as I'd like. I am so proud of myself for accomplishing this after not training for such a long time. My Mom took care of me the whole way and stuck by my side the entire time. I'm so thankful for her. I had so much fun running this race with her even though I felt horrible most of the way. Words can't even explain how thankful I am for her, and how much I appreciate what she did for me that day. I really enjoy running with my Mom. I look forward to our morning runs together. As tough as this race was, I can't wait to do it again (and feel good). I know next time it won't be nearly as hard. Hopefully one day I will even run a full marathon with her!

A special note to my Mom:
Mom, you are amazing in so many ways. :)  You are so inspiring, and such a strong person. I am forever thankful for how much you helped me. I'm not sure I could have made it with out you. I've really enjoyed running together, and hope we can run many more races together. It's so awesome to experience something like that with you. I appreciate all the help and support you gave me that day. I will never forget that day! You were there for me when I needed you. You helped me cross that finish line, and you were with me every step of the way. You ran extremely slow with me, when I needed to. I know this was so hard due to my lack of training, but I did it anyways because you were there to help me. Words can't describe how happy I was to have you there. I can't wait to run many more races with you. It's such a cool bonding experience. Thank you again so much for everything you did for me that day.

I finally got my pictures from race day, unfortunately I have to order them in order to use them. I have some cell phone pics so we'll use those instead!

 I got this awesome picture to display, that I am very proud of :)
 Happy to be finished!
 This picture reminds me why I hate my legs so much..chicken legs!!!
 I think this was mile 3 or 4 when I was still happy :)
 Getting close to the finish, Zac hopped in and ran for a bit with me. So happy for his support this day

 Can you guess which one is my Mom? She is short like me!
I had to walk quite a lot due to pain and being tired, but all that matters is that I finished!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

We have a new addition!

We have a new addition to the family!!! No, we're not pregnant, but it's fun to tease ;) His name is Louie, and although you've kind of already met him, I decided to dedicate this post to him! We adopted Louie about 3 weeks ago. We've been looking to adopt a pup for awhile, and we finally found our perfect match. He's a good little pup, although he needs to go to puppy school for some obedience and training. :) He loves to cuddle and follow mommy and daddy around. He also loves to chase his brother Frank (our cat). Frank usually ignores him, but every once in a while he fights back. I always tell Frank he should show Louie who's boss. Frank will always be the King in our house. :) Sorry Louie.

 Daddy and I love paying catch in the yard

 Although, I'm not the best at returning the ball :)

 I love when Daddy rubs my belly, it's my favorite

 Catch me if you can, I bet you can't!

 Don't you just think I'm so cute? I know you do.

 I may be little, but I'm sneaky and fast

My big brother likes to watch me from the window. I think he's mad because he can't come outside and play. Mom and Dad get mad because he tries to escape all the time. I don't get it, why don't they just let him come out and play.
Another few things that I enjoy, is giving kisses to my mom and dad, I love my kong, and my pigs ears. I especially like to hide them in the couch where Mom and Dad can't find them. :)

We love you Louie, and of course you too Frank.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekend Recap/Ryan and Katie's Wedding!

This Labor Day weekend we have not one wedding, but two! Zac's best friend Ryan got married. Zac and I actually met through Ryan. Their wedding was a blast! They got married at the same hotel my sister did a few months back. Instead of having a typical DJ, they had a band. Hey Jimmy was the name of the band. They were awesome!!! We all had a blast. I was a little worried at fist I wouldn't have many people to talk to since I didn't know anyone real well. I was sitting at a table with no one I knew, since Zac was a part of the bridal party. I was sitting with one of the bride's friends. She introduced herself right away and I found out she was a vegetarian as well. We had so much in common and she reminded me of myself, only very tall. She was a ton of fun and so nice. I ended up having so much fun and Ryan and Katie's family and friends were so nice and fun to hang around. Unfortunately, I didn't get too many pictures because my camera died, and I was having too much fun. Katie and Ryan, your wedding was beautiful and amazing. We are both so happy and excited for you. We hope you have a blast on your honeymoon. Ryan, thanks for bringing Zac around that one night. I don't know what I would do if I hadn't met him. Katie, I'm really enjoying becoming friends. You have some amazing friends that all say such nice things about you. I don't know you well, but you're a very sweet and caring person, and I only hope we can grow to become closer friends. We're so excited for your future together as a married couple. Our next wedding is today, one of Zac's co workers. They are getting married in their back yard. How fun! Last night was the first night we left Louie alone out of his cage. He did so well! We got home and everything was intact and he had no accidents. I'm happy it's a three day weekend. I'm looking forward to getting my extra rest on Monday. I'm also glad I'm feeling better. The past two days I thought I was getting suck. I'm not sure what it was, I just know I wasn't feeling good. Now that you know about my weekend, how was yours? What did you do? P.S..I wish I would've taken a picture of my hair. I curled it differently and it took forever..and I got so many compliments on it!

The kids...

 The Bride's beautiful dress

 Bride and Groom
 First Kiss
 So happy!

My oh so delicious vegetarian meal. It was so yummy. Eggplant ravioli!

Garter Toss

 The Groom singing some Blink 182

 The Bride singing Madonna...
 Congratulations you two! Being at their wedding makes me miss mine so much. I hope the couple had so much fun! Hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend.

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