Thursday, September 27, 2012


A couple of months ago I noticed that when I was on a long, and I mean LONG, run my Garmin would flash "low battery".  Now, keep in mind if I could run faster this would not be a problem.  But every time I added a couple of miles the problem became more of an issue.

I finally decided I needed to send it in for repair because it should hold the charge longer than 4 1/2 hours, and I didn't want to near the end of my marathon and not be able to track my pace so I sent it in for repairs.  And oh how I have missed it.  Before I had my Garmin I would use Google maps to map out my route and I love it, so I started using it again.  But let's fact it, I'M LAZY.  It's much easier to just run and let my Garmin tell me how far I have gone ; )

My biggest fear was that I wouldn't get it back in time for the marathon, but I got a note from Canada Post that it should be here tomorrow.  When I came back from my run this morning, IT ARRIVED!!!   I will be so happy to have it on my wrist again.

I only have 7 more runs and then it will be MARATHON DAY!!!!  Excited:  Yes.  Prepared:  Yes  Scared:  ABSOLUTELY.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Marathon Training

We are 4 weeks away from my marathon and I have been reading everything about Marathon preparation.  (Probably should have read it all about 19 weeks ago when I first started training.)

I came across this list of eleven traits to develop for a successful marathon (from and I loved it:

1.  REALISM:  I loved this one because they suggested that:  “The fastest way to a successful marathon journey is down reality street”

2.  PERSPECTIVE:  Basically you need to remember there are no shortcuts.  Each workout leads to the next.  I laughed when the article said, "you'll know you are on your way when you use the words "only" and "6 miles" in the same sentence."  Goodness, how many times have I heard myself say, "You "only" have (5, or 6 or 7) more miles to go"  Never thought I'd say that!!!

3.  GRATITUDE:    I am so grateful for the family and friends who have been behind me on this journey.  I wish you could see what Allan does when I come home from my long runs--he stands there with my bottle of chocolate milk, takes my shoes and socks off, puts a fan in front of me--anything to help.  When I was ready to quit a few weeks ago, he wouldn't let me.  You really need support.  I got the sweetest note from one of my granddaughters the other day who said she wished she could come and cheer me on--I'll think of that as I'm running.  I know Heidi wanted so bad for me to go to Utah to run so she could be there ; )

4.  PROGRESS:  It is so fun to look at my charts and see how far I have come.  It really helps to know that there has been progress on this journey.  On my training schedule, each week that I have completed my training runs I have typed "YES" in big bold letters to remind me I DID IT and I AM READY!!!

5.  MINDFULNESS:  The article said:  “Every long training workout is an opportunity to rehearse for race day”.    I will never forget my friend, Randi, asking me before my first half, “What are you going to wear” for your race?  I thought it was a bit of a silly question and little did I know how important that question was!!!  I still remember my first 5 K back in Oct. 2009 where I had all my stuff laid out before I went to bed.

6.  PERSEVERANCE:  Oh, I can't say enough about that one.  19 weeks (and in my case 23 weeks) is a long time.  Every run has mattered.  Not every one has been easy, but I know each one has been necessary.  I appreciate my training coach who has reminded me to listen to my body.  I also appreciate his advice to go from 5 day a week training to 4 day a week.  The article suggested that “The key is consistency and keeping the momentum flowing”

7.  HUMILITY:  There have been plenty of training sessions that have been so hard and have me feel like I'm not ready, but I have learned from them.

8.  FAITH:  Something I don't understand is tapering, but everywhere I read how important it is.  In fact, this article said, "Tapering is to marathoning as sleep is to life"   It says you can't do last minute cramming.  They suggest you "occupy your mind and rest your body".  I trust my training coach and he is having me taper in a couple of weeks.

9.  REFLECTION:   The article says that as you get to the final weeks it is easy to experience feelings of sheer fear (yeah, I'm there).  It suggests those are the times to review your training logs and have faith in your preparation.

10  PATIENCE:  This one really interested me because I know how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement of everyone being there and get into the wrong pace.  They say it is better to be the tortoise rather than the hare--being the tortoise is definitely my style ; )

11.  CELEBRATION:  I love what it says about how "it is better to define your success by the magnitude of the accomplishment that the minutes on a clock".  I have always said all I want to do is cross the finish line standing up and with a smile.   Believe me there will be CELEBRATING WHEN I CROSS THE FINISH LINE!!! 

I know there are many people who seem to have a problem with kids getting trophies for participation--LET ME TELL YOU I CALLED TO MAKE SURE I WAS GETTING A MEDAL.  I WILL HAVE EARNED IT AND WILL GLADLY WEAR IT!!!

One thing I worry about is I need my playlist and this marathon discourages the use of iPods--they will let you those them, but they are discouraged.  I do appreciate my kids who have contributed to my playlist.  When I hear their songs, I will see their faces in my head and it will encourage me.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I Will Remember

It is a day that is always filled with such emotion.  So many things I remember:

...turning on The Today Show when they first reported a plane had hit the towers and thinking it must have been weather related and then watching the second plane hit and seeing the blue skies and knowing it had nothing to do with weather.

...thinking of all those people in the Towers and feeling scared for them and worrying about their families.

...going to piano lessons and sitting with my teaching watching the reports and crying.

...talking to Allan on the phone and wondering how and when he was going to get home.

...worrying about Heidi in her first year at BYU and wishing she was home so I could hug her.

...talking to some of my kids.

...worrying about Allan's cousin, Ron, who worked in the towers.  Being so grateful to later find out that he didn't go in that morning.  (This is the same cousin who passed away just last week)

...taking brownies to my local firehouse--my way to say thank you for these brave men and women who protect us.

...going to New York the following year and being so moved as we went to Ground Zero.

I have felt so emotional today.  The tears have just been flowing.  And it's time like this that I am so very grateful for my understanding of the Plan of Salvation.  I know God is mindful of us and I appreciate that knowledge so very much.

I remember President Monson's words last year in an article about September 11th:

"If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Where Did Summer Go?

I guess when I say summer, I mean June, July and August.  Somehow they have just flown by.

We had a marvelous 3 months with so many exciting things--picked up Kyle, Brandon graduated from high school, spent a few days in Idaho with some of the fam, went to Texas and got to spend time with a few of the grandkids--even hours count ; ) and then at the end of August went to Chicago, Nauvoo, and Indiana, where we finally got to meet our newest great granddaughter.  Now here it is September 9th!!!
I have posted about the trips except the recent one.  It was time to meet Lyla, so we decided to head to Indiana over the Labor Day weekend (yes, we have Labor Day in Canada).  Then when I was in Texas, Allan sent me a note and said he had business in Chicago, so we were going to go there first.  I thought, he maybe we could hit Nauvoo and go see The Pageant.  When I had checked into it, I looked at the wrong site and thought it went until September--bummer!!!  But we love Nauvoo so we went anyway.

The drive to Chicago on Monday was good--long, but good.  (Of course, I can say that because I don't have to do any of the driving ; )   Lots of toll roads, glad we had a fair amount of U.S. coins with us.  We arrived Monday night.

Allan had meetings all day Tuesday.  I had talked with Neal who gave me some great ideas of places to go in Chicago.  So I got a taxi to take me to the train station and off to Downtown Chicago I went.  When I arrived in Union Station I was ready to find my way to the Shed Aquarium--Neal and Macy's recommendation.  First problem--I didn't know which door to go out!!! I have not had a lot of experience with trains (other than in Europe) and this was even more confusing than being in a foreign country.  I decided to just GO OUT ANY DOOR and get my bearings once I got outside.  I started heading out and called my "go to guy" aka Neal.  He told me which way to go.  I walked, and walked, and walked.  Got to the Aquarium and it was wonderful.  Only problem--just not as much fun when you are alone.  (Now I have no problem being alone, it never bothers me--I can even go to a movie or out to dinner alone, but doing this was just not as much fun.  Not fun when there is no one to share the oooh's and aaah's with ; )
Spent some time there.  Had trouble taking pictures, but got a couple that I liked.

Then headed to the Field Museum.  Enjoyed that as well.

It took me awhile to walk back to the train station.  I kept stopping and looking at different things along the way.  Chicago is a fascinating city.  I should have gone to the Skytower, but REALLY I hate heights!!!!
Got on the train to head back to my hotel and I accidentally got on an express train--one that didn't stop where I wanted.  Oh, well.  I rode to the first stop and then bought a ticket back to my stop.  Then I called the hotel and got their complimentary shuttle back to the hotel.

The next morning Allan and I headed to the Chicago Temple.  We had been there many years before.

You can't see that fountain in the front very well, so here is another shot.

Back in the car and off to Nauvoo.   The drive was lovely.  We got there in time to walk around a little.  Poor Allan was having some trouble with his leg--we think he had gout and he was in a significant amount of pain.   First stop for me had to be the Trail of Hope.  I am always so inspired as I make part of that walk.  This is one of my favorite plaqards along the trail:

What faith!!!!  And we think it's tough when the microwave doesn't work!!!!  I can't be in Nauvoo without crying and feeling such gratitude for these amazing pioneers.  And, of course, when I am on the trail and look up and see the temple, my heart aches for them for what it must have been like to walk away from it.

We went to the land and title office and looked up some information.  It was fun to find some of Allan's ancestors.

We had a yummy dinner at the Nauvoo Dinner House--it was rib night and I enjoyed every bite, although I had to be careful because I was going to run 7 miles that night.

So back to the hotel to change into my running clothes.  We found a route and Allan headed off to take some pictures.  Look at this shot he took of the sunset--PRETTY AMAZING, EH ; )

I had to run quite a bit in the dark, but my wonderful husband was right there to watch out for me.

Next morning up to go to the temple.  Oh, how I love that temple.  Yes, I know it was rebuilt, but I still feel the Sprit of those early pioneers whenever I am there.

One of the men who Allan worked with in Salt Lake is on a mission in Nauvoo and we went to find him, but it was his Preparation Day, so Allan left his business card and off we headed to Indiana.  

We got there and went to our hotel and then met Wendy, Tony and Josh for dinner at one of Allan's favorite restaurants--Cracker Barrel.  It was so fun to see them again.  It felt like it had been ages.
Next morning (after my run) Wendy, Josh, Allan and I headed off to Indianapolis to go to the NCAA Hall of Champions.  It was fun.  I could kick myself because it is right next to the NCAA Headquarters where the selection committee meets to make the picks for the NCAA tournament and I DIDN'T GET A PICTURE!!!!!  
However, I got a few that were kind of fun:

Josh demonstrating his skills!!!!

We then headed back to have lunch before going to see Wendy's husband, Tony, who just recently got a teaching position.  It was fun to see him in his environment.  He is such a fun guy (and very smart), and I can only imagine how much fun the kids have in his class.  He attempted to teach these guys:

Back to the hotel to meet Nancy and Scarlett and the gang to see our two little great grandchildren, Xander, and our newest little one, Lyla, who we had not yet met.  And then we were heading to Hollyhock Hills for dinner.  

 Isn't she adorable????

Our meal was wonderful--they have GREAT fried chicken.

I had another run on Saturday morning, but it worked out fine.  I got back and showered and got ready before everyone got to the hotel.  Off we went for a fun day of jumping, playing, shopping, and movie going.  

One of the other things we did was go to Wendy's salon.  It is beautiful.  (I have to admit I wish she was closer so she could do MY HAIR!!!  She does a great job.  I would say she can do almost anyone's hair

Of course, the criteria is THEY HAVE TO HAVE HAIR!!!

We went to Church in the morning on Sunday and then Allan gave Lyla a blessing.  It was wonderful.  

I'm so glad we got this picture of us with Lyla.

We then kissed everyone goodbye and headed for home.  Stopped in Clearwater, Minnesota, for the night.  Got home in the early afternoon.

It was a fabulous trip and we are so glad we took it.

SIDENOTE:  One of Allan's cousins passed away and he will be heading to his funeral toward the end of the week and will not be back in time to go to Bismarck for my marathon, so I will not be running.  Instead I will do a marathon in Wisconsin in mid-October.  Downside 4 more weeks of training--Upside 4 extra weeks to prepare ; )  Biggest challenge:  staying injury free.