Monday, October 21, 2013

Crafting

Since I’m running in the Halloween Half, I needed a costume.  I have had one lined up since I registered; a super old Alice in Wonderland ensemble.  However, after completing my 10 mile training run last week I decided that when it comes to running; less is more and Alice wasn’t going to cut it. It’s not a heavy or involved costume (just a simple dress), but I would have to wear it over my running clothes and the thought alone makes me feel claustrophobic. 

 

My friend Ele had told me about a witch costume she had seen, and I decided that would be a great alternative.  I went on the hunt for striped running tights thinking I could pull that off with my black skirt, and a black running shirt.  Simple.  It was a great idea, but this world is seriously lacking anything beyond black running tights.  I went to at least 7 stores and all I found was black, black and some more black.  A couple of places online had striped/fancy pants, but they were upwards of $80 and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I gave up on the idea and pulled Alice out of the closet.

 

Well, this past Saturday I was flipping through the Macy’s catalog and stumbled upon a pair of adorable black running tights with lime green polka dots.  I immediately decided they would work perfectly and that I had to have them.  I checked online to see if I could find them in a store close by, but they were nowhere to be found.  I tried calling the store only to learn that there is not a Macy’s in the entire state of Utah that actually sells Nike athletic wear.  What?  The ad was sent out last week…and the front page item doesn’t exist?  I. Was. Pissed.  I tried a couple more stores and gave up once again.  I went home thinking; “Alice, I guess we’re in this together.”

 

Later that night I received a text from my mom saying that the tights had been ordered through Nike, and would be here by Wednesday!  My parents are amazing!  I didn’t want to order them because I didn’t want to pay full price (I had an amazing Macy’s coupon), but they said they’d split them with me. Yahoo!  Alice immediately went back into the closet. 

 

Now that the pants were taken care of, I needed to figure out the rest of my costume.  This brings us to yesterday…craft day.  I had looked online Friday night (Google is my hero!) and found an adorable hat (with instructions) that was perfect!  Yes, I stole it from a toddler, but again…when it comes to running; less is more.  I recruited my mom and we (meaning mostly her) set to work.

 


 

Once the hat was complete we tackled the skirt.  I had decided that since the pants had lime green, it’d be adorable to add the same color and purple to the skirt (which is all black).  This was a team effort.  My dad cut the fabric into strips, I tied and cut the pieces to the right size, and my mom sewed them to the skirt.  It was a lot of work, but the finished product is ADORABLE! 

 


 

I feel ready now.  My costume is simple, yet adorable, and I’m not panicked about surviving the 13.1 miles….at least not as far as my costume is concerned.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Vacation 2013

After a grueling drive yesterday, we finally made it home from our week in Palm Springs!  I've spent most of today sitting on my butt trying to recover...you know, from sitting on my butt all day yesterday.  Anyway, while I'm just sitting here I thought I'd post about our vacation...

If I were to sum up the extent of our trip in one word it would be "HOT".  It was bloody hot in Palm Springs, but we made the best of it!  The trick was to stay in the room during the heat of the day (we watched a lot of House Hunters) and only went out in the evening.  The trip to Disneyland and Newport Beach was a welcome respite from the heat, and got us through the last couple days of triple digit temperatures.  

I will do my best to hit the high points, but it’s late and I’m tired so I make no guarantees.  I have also tried to use some of the photos not placed on FB, but there will defiantly be repeats.  Enjoy them!

We began our trek early, 5:30AM early, and were super happy to be on our way!  As you can see from the photos below, some of that enthusiasm dissipated as the hours and desert stretched before us.  





Again, it was hot in Palm Springs…which we knew going into it.  We still managed to venture out and enjoy some of the attractions in the city.  We visited the lovely Marilyn Monroe statue (yes, she's wearing underwear), and went to a mall.  There is one thing I do not understand; why would you build an outdoor mall in the middle of the freaking desert!?!  



"Nailed It"


It was difficult to find places that were inside.  We ended up seeing Despicable Me 2 to escape some of the heat.  I'm still not sure if it was worth it...


It wouldn't be a vacation without a little frozen yogurt


My grandpa and great aunt live in Palm Springs, so I went down with a plan to spend some time with them.  My grandpa took me to dinner one night, and I met up with my great aunt Patti and her husband, Bob for breakfast another day.  It was great seeing them and catching up!  Unfortunately, there aren't any pictures to share.  I forgot my camera when I went with my grandpa, and Patti was the one with the camera at breakfast.  Should I ever see those photos again…I will post them.  

On Tuesday morning we began our adventure to Anaheim.  We had a good time in Disneyland (minus the closure of several awesome rides), grabbed a quick dinner, and checked into our hotel.  Let’s just say that our hotel that night made us oh so grateful for our hotel in Palm Springs.  It. Was. Nasty. 








Wednesday morning we woke up and headed to the beach.  I would have to say that the trip to the beach was the highlight of the trip for me.  I LOVE the ocean, and the weather was perfect!  We played around for a bit and bailed as soon as the sun came out of hiding.












Every Thursday, Palm Springs shuts down the road running through their “downtown” district and hosts a street fair.  There were tons of booths selling food, art, jewelry, etc.  It was really nice walking around without the sun beating down on us.  It was still 96 degrees, but 96 in the dark is much more bearable than 96 in the sun. 



Overall, it was a good trip.  I feel that we lived it up as best we could.  We took advantage of the pool and exercise room (I managed to fit in all of my training runs), and spent enough time in the town to become familiar with the area.  I’m really grateful that I was able to visit with family, but should I return in the future, it will be in December.

I will leave you with this piece of wisdom that was laid on us as we were departing the fine state of California; “Get outta that like elbows and assholes!"




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

SO Excited!

2 days!  2 more working days and me and Linds will be on our way to sunny (albeit hot) Palm Springs!  

It was during the dark and dismal months of winter that we decided we desperately needed something to look forward to.  What is better to look forward to than a vacation?  Once again, Lindsey's folks came to the rescue with the use of their timeshare.  We spent a couple of weeks considering a location and finally landed on Palm Springs (right price, and close enough to drive) SOLD!  That was back in February.  February!  We have been waiting for this trip for far too long, and it is FINALLY here!!!

One positive aspect of planning this far in advance is that I had plenty of time to research our destination and nearby attractions.  Disneyland is only about 1 1/2 hours away, and Newport Beach is only 15-20 minutes from there!  We have added an evening in Anaheim so we could thoroughly enjoy Disneyland (you need a full day) AND we'll get to spend a day at the beach.  I cannot wait!  This may very well be our best trip yet...here's to hoping anyway:)  Cheers for vacations!!!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Training

About a month ago, I got a wild hair to sign up for a half marathon.  I had been visiting the gym regularly, and felt that my physical aptitude was greatly improving; therefore I needed a challenge.  I also may have been influenced by a book I had recently read titled; Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  It’s an excellent read, and it motivated me to try something that I found wildly intimidating.  I ran a 5K a couple of years ago, and was so impressed that I ran the entire 3.2 miles (without any training), but in all honesty I couldn’t wrap my head around a marathon, or even a half marathon.  13.1 miles of straight running…that’s hours!  I could barely make it on the treadmill for 30 minutes.

Picture it; I’m sitting in bed wasting time online.  I find a Halloween Half Marathon in Salt Lake City, almost 12 weeks away (the length of most training schedules), and mainly a downhill course; a moment of spontaneity later and I was registered.  Uh oh!  Better start training. 

I found a training program I liked, and have been keeping to it ever since.  Running is not easy for me, and up until fairly recently not something I particularly enjoyed.  However, I think those who run are amazing, and have always wanted to join this elite group.  I bought my first pair of “proper” running shoes, inserts, and special socks.  I’m basically a professional now…ha ha ha.  It is getting easier, but it is amazing the amount of time it’s eating up, and I’ve had several rough running sessions (“if it was easy, everyone would do it”).  But, and this is a very big BUT, I am enjoying it.  I have never sweated so much in my life, and there are times when I want nothing more than to sit on my butt and watch TV, but I actually miss going when I’m on my rest days.  That’s a good sign…right?

I’m learning so much; running is not just about building up endurance.  There is a multitude of information about diet, training methods, and the do’s and don’ts on race day.  I can’t believe how much goes into it!  And I will tell you this; I can definitely tell when I’ve made poor food choices, because I can barely make it through my miles.  Yeah…birthday week was really tough.

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to it and hope that I can survive the training.  Summer registered as well, and it will be so nice once she’s living here and we can motivate each other (I fear it’s going to be difficult when it gets cold…assuming that happens).  

I’m sure I’ll have some horrific stories to share as I continue on this journey...