(Edited: I wrote this post the day of the race, labor day, but posted much later…I’m a bad blogger! )
As I just wrote the title for this blog post I realized that a goal that I had for the summer. a plan that started off well, then life happened and my dedication waivered and my 1 mile per day through the summer or #amyrunsthesummer plan fell apart at the seams. But I don’t need to focus on that right now because there were so many good things about this summer other than that one thing.
I am still training for the Chicago Marathon that is coming up in just about 6 weeks! I still can’t believe it! I went to Colorado and ran there, and hiked a 14er with Heidi and did all sorts of running as well as getting a new to me bike to start riding and eventually start training for a sprint triathalon next summer!
But I digress, this post is not about my summer re-cap or failures or sucesses of the summer, but rather about my last weekend of the summer. This last weekend of the summer I spend running it out. Just like I did last summer. On Saturday I completed the Women Rock Half Marathon for the second year.
I kept thinking of this race as another training run in my marathon training for a few reasons – one because it was hot, I mean HOT leading up to the race day, like nearly 90 degrees, sunny and so humid, and two because while I really wanted to PR (this race is my current PR), I knew I should listen to my body and not to anything too crazy. Well I didn’t Pr, so there goes that spoiler.
I bought a fuel belt for the first time and tried that out for the run. It went pretty well once I finally adjusted it up to my natural waist, and cinched it up. In the first 100 yards, one of my bottles fell out. Thankfully I got it back. through out the race my glasses fell off my head, my headband slipped off any my tank rode up under my fuel belt. It wasn’t until about mile 6 when things finally settled down. My two friends and I started off together, but split up along the way. I eventually caught up with the one out ahead of my at about mile 8 or so and we pretty much finished the race together, her about a minute or so ahead.
Another new thing that I tried out for this race, because it was just a training run, was UCAN. They started selling it at my gym a while ago and some of my fellow run-clubbers have talked about trying it and how good it worked for them, so I gave it and bought it too (thankfully at a discount since I am now a gym employee!). At the suggestion of my running buddies I put a scoop in my shaker bottle and drank that just before I checked my bag, and also had one of my water bottles filled with a scoop+water for during the run.
Good news is that I had no tummy troubles, or any weird side effects from the UCAN before, during or after the run! Woo! I realized at about mile 4 or so that I was not hydrated enough for the heat, humidity and hills of this particular day and course! I always aim for drinking 100oz of water a day, but Friday I just had other things on my mind at work, so unfortunately, I didn’t get in my 100oz. In the morning I tried to make up for it on my way to the race, but I guess that just didn’t quite happen.
The bad news of the day came at about mile 10 when my friend Crystal and I cross what is the 10 miler finish line for another race that I have done before. I told her, you know if they had a 10 milers today, we would be done right here. That was of little comfort to either of us! 😉 We just had a little 5k left, and it was tough, over the river and over passes up hills and all in the sun. To make matters worse for me was my TI band and or hip flexor was acting up. I hadn’t had any real issues with either of those things in the last month, but that day they decided to show up again! I blame the hills. (Chicago is flat right!? I hope so!) We had past the last aid tent, and next was the finish line my dang I hurt! The pain was shooting from my hip and down through my knee something fierce!
Then about a quarter of a mile away was Angie, my cheering section for the day! She ran in the last little bit with me and help me forget about the pain, which really, I don’t remember it hurting that much when I was running with her. #thankfulforrunningbuddiesagain We passed Crystal’s husband and kids who were beyond excited to see and cheer for me (they kiddos, not so much the husband ;)).
Finally came the finish! Nik was there again helping to pass out the post-race snacks and I got my new necklace by a “hot fireman” and then my favorite person (just some guy) was passing out iced down wet towels. That was my favorite thing. We sat and stretched a bit took our post race pictures and then headed over to the post race party for our free glass of bubbly (I had sprite) and enjoyed some live music by GB Leighton. It was a much better post race party than last year! The band is local but very popular around here. We enjoyed some tunes in the sun and then shortly headed out.
Thankfully my IT band wasn’t hurting nearly as much after we got back to the car because I had a 3.5 hour car trip up north a head of me! I went up to stay with my sister a brother in-law at their camper up north for the long weekend.
Of course about 1.5 hours into the trip I got hangry and wanted Arby’s (which I haven’t eaten in about 6 years). I passed one and decided I would stop at the next one I saw. Well little did I know they were few and far between once you got out of the metro! Dang it! I finally got about half way and settled on a Culvers, well, because they rock, and got a little snack pack lunch. And low and behold about 45 minutes later TWO Arby’s about 15 mins apart from each other! Oh my luck!
Well I made it up to the camper and spent some time on the beach with my sister and nephews before the storm hit that evening.
It was a long, but fun day and I have a feeling the rest of the weekend will follow suit! Hopefully the sun will come out again soon!
I have been hearing about this Minnesota teenager name Zach Sobiech. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma which is basically (I think) bone cancer.
He wrote a song called clouds and got national attention for it.
Zach passed away on Monday 5/20 just a few days after his 17th birthday.
This is a viedo of his last days. (any/all of these may make your cry…just saying)
Thank you Zach for showing how we should all be living every day.
This is the celebrity version of Clouds.
Hug your kids a little tighter and tell the wonderful people in in your life that you love them.
Do what you can to make the people around you smile each day.
Tomorrow is my nephew’s 5th Birthday!! I can’t believe he’s going to be FIVE! I still remember the day he was born! I high-tailed it out of work a little early to go visit my sister and the new babe in the hospital.
He was a BIG baby! Over 9lbs, way to go Jen!
Today we celebrated his birthday with the whole crew (minus my younger sister) at Sky Zone which was awesome! My BIL’s brother brought his GoPro and I’m sure there will be some footage on youtube soon. B wore the camera on his chest, but that only lasted about 20 minutes and then it was gone.
This is my favorite picture of my sister and B the day they came home.
Happy 5th birthday Brockton!!
Love you lots!
I really don’t know how to re-cap the whole year, so I’m going to try my best. To come up with this list, I literally went through the pictures on my phone to remember everything that I did in the last year. Seriously! I went on trips, I ran, I raced, I softballed, I volleyballed. I lived! I did some great things that I’ll never forget!
I went on an amazing vacation to Jamaica with 15 of volleyball friends for a week of fun, volleyball, and amazing memories!
I got to see Heidi three times throughout the year – in March for the Get lucky 7k. In April for her 2nd half marathon, and my 5th half marathon where we both PR’d huge, and in July when I went to Colorado to visit her and Chris for a few days.
I trained (well) for and PR’d at the Fargo half marathon in April and even got my good friend Katie into running and we ran her first 5k together! I also met a few bloggers/twitter friends there two. I don’t know if I’ll forget the story of “meeting” Jen. We just happened to drive up to Fargo right along side each other and I walked past her taking a picture at a rest stop, and once she posted it on twitter I knew that was her! So awkward, but still funny!
I participated in my first ever RW Runstreak and made it go an extra month or so until after my CO trip to visit Heidi!
I went to Colorado, which needs it’s own line because it was so great (mostly due to the world class tour guide!) I met a bunch of awesome friends out in CO that I hope to visit again soon! (ahem…drop your drawer’s 2013 anyone!?)
I spent my summer at the softball fields, volleyball courts with the fam, and out on the roads/trails/treadmill (continuring my streak) running! I even joined the lifetime run club!
I did my first ever Warrior Dash and Mudman races.
I spent lots of time with friends and reconnected with old college friends and met a new Utah friend!
I became a godmother to a very special little boy named Skyler Lee!
Enjoyed the state fair with my sister and B.
Cheered on friends and strangers at the Twin Cities Marathon.
Ran my 3rd half marathon of the year (7th ever)
Bought myself a new garmin!
I’m so excited for 2013!
Last Thanksgiving my cousin Erik was home on leave from Iraq for the two weeks before Thanksgiving, so we push thanksgiving up a few weeks so that we would all be able to celebrate with him! My aunt and uncle came up from NC to see our soldier. The brought their photo book showing off all the things that have kept them busy down south for 2011.
One of them was the Crystal Coast Half Marathon that my uncle Joe ran in 2011 (or it might have been 2010, I’m really having trouble remembering as I write this!). Sue and Joe knew that I had started to run and suggested that I come down to visit them and run the race! I though about it in the next few weeks but I just didn’t think I could get it worked out to run in 2012.
I’m not exactly sure how I started to think about going down for the race in 2013 recently, but after a couple of emails with my aunt, and a little research on flights I decided on yes!
When I was originally looking at flights I was thinking of a Th-S trip. Getting their early enough to spend time with the fam, and get situated for the race on Saturday. The flights for that trip were about $350, which I thought was pretty reasonable since you have to fly into a small airport out on the cost in NC. Thanks to my thrifty mom she emailed me saying – did you see the flight from TH-T for less than $200!? I looked and she was right! A flight for less than $200 and a little more time away from work and more time with the family! Sign me up! I confirmed with my aunt about having me the extra time she bought the ticket that day and sign up for the race!! So for only about $260 I am going to have a little vacation in NC in February!
A number of years ago my mom’s two sisters, their daughters, my older sister and I went out to NC for a vacation and also for my aunt Sue to look around for a new house. Before I knew it she bought a town home and was working on moving! My aunt moved down there and got a job as a principal, while my uncle and cousin stayed up here in MN until my cousin graduated high school. Then they sold their MN home and moved down, and my cousin started school at UNC.
Since then I have seen their new home and visit once. My family went once again back in 2009, but didn’t get back until the day before Grandma’s, so sadly I had to miss that trip!
I am really looking forward to the trip and the time with Sue and Joe. They are going to be great cheerleaders for me at the race! I hope they know it’s going to take me about 2.5 hours to finish! My training plan started last Sunday, and I have run all of once, and did my insanity work out once.
Training in the winter is so hard for me, especially because I am afraid of running outside with the snow and ice and cold, and the treadmill is so boring!
I am going to do a little running clothes shopping/exchanging (Christmas gifts) this weekend and that should get me excited for a little outdoor cold weather running!
I could really use some motivation…what kind of cold weather training tips have you got for me?
My aunt and uncle said I can bring a friend to NC…who wants to be my friend?!
I have just wrapped up my 3rd and final Christmas of 2012! We always have three Christmases so I am use to this all by now!
The first was with my mom’s side of the family. She’s got 6 brothers and sisters, and since my grandma passed away about 5 years ago she has taken on the Weckman Christmas festivities.We have lunch/grazing at my parent’s house for a couple of hours. Thankfully most of my aunts and uncles live in their/my home town!
My mom and two of her brothers still live in their/my hometown. Their three houses are less than 10 miles apart from each other! However we only see each other once or twice a year. Kind of sad huh? Oh well!
Any who, so most of the siblings made it over. Even my aunt and uncle who live about 5 hours away. They are the ones that let me and my friends crash at their second home in Two Harbor’s when we all ran the Grandma’s marathon back in 2009. My uncle Jim always asks when I’m going to come back. I’ll have to do that soon!
My aunt and uncle who live in NC and aunt an uncle who live a few towns away were the only one who didn’t make it. BUT – I will get to see the fam in NC at the end of Feb because I signed up for a half marathon in NC in their home town! More on that later!
So we hung out at ate and caught up with my aunts and uncles. They told me about my cousin’s weddings and babies and all of that. (I have 15 cousins on this side of my family!) There is a lot of stuff going on with everyone and it’s hard to keep up with it all!
Christmas number two was on Christmas day and consisted of just my family for the first part. We opened presents after little E had his nap and before we could get through everything my aunt/uncle cousins showed up for dinner! We had dinner and tried to get back to the present opening but it was a little tough with the addition 7 people in our small living room (that made for 16 total!)! B got a little feisty with his present opening, and everything that wasn’t a toy was no good to him! I guess that happens with a 4 year old! I’m sure I was like that too!
We got through the presents and dinner and dessert and it was a good night! B got a lot of toys that he wanted, including TWO nerf guns! My younger sister got him one that is for ages 8+, I think that one might get put away for a while… E got the tractors that he has been wanting for a while too! And we all enjoyed his Santa impersonation!
My family got me a lot of things! I got some new running tights, three shirts and 13 pairs of socks! I also got a new mouse and a floor/desk mat for my office chair (added to the ease of which I can write/blog! ;)). My dad got all three of us girls these sweet gopher sweatshirts so we all match. But he mistakenly got my older sister a zip-up hoodie which isn’t like my younger sister’s and mine. Oh well! The old man tried!
After a short week at work we had Christmas #3 on Saturday with my dad’s side of the family. My dad also had 6 siblings, but we are unable to spend the holidays or any great amount of time with several of them. Two of my dad’s siblings passed away before I was born (while he was still quite young actually), and one passed away when I was young. My dad youngest brother Jeff and his wife Mary + their fam and my dad’s sister in-law are the only family on his side that live in MN, so they are the one’s we see most often. My dad’s other brother lives in Chicago, and his older sister lives in California with her family.
Our Shaner Christmas is slightly smaller than the Weckman Christmas, but we still ended up with a full house! My younger sister’s boyfriend, and his two kids came, so there were now 4 kids running around which was nice because they were off in my old bedroom playing with their toys and entertaining themselves, while, the adults (read: me) got to spend time coo-ing over baby Madison!! My cousin Karie just gave birth to her first child on 12/15! She’s the cutest! E was very interested in the new baby and wanted to hold her right away! How cute is this!!
We actually got to hold off the present opening for quite a long time! I was very surprised given the extra 3 and 7 year-olds that we had in the house! Between sledding down the hills in my parents’ yard, and a movie and lunch, it was pretty late in the afternoon by the time we got to presents!
My aunt Mary made pies for dessert, and normally I request that she make her homemade ice cream each Christmas to go with the pies, but this year since I had my very own ice cream maker, I whipped up a batch for us! It was a hit, and apparently I have now relieved Mary of her ice cream making duties…not sure if that’s good or bad! J
When we got to presents my mom made the little ones wait and we let the oldest person in the room open, and went down by age from there. We all draw names and exchange gifts. I got my aunt Mary and she got me! She gave me a target gift card aka new running gear and I got her a giftcard from a store that she requested.
After a long day I said my goodbyes and got a big hug and a couple of kisses from E and nucks from B.
It was a very fun couple of weeks of friends and family and food, but I’m looking forward to getting back to normal and a little more slow paced life. Volleyball will start up again here next week, and half marathon training is fully underway!
Goodbye 2012, you were a challenging and fun year!
Bring it on 2013!
What a nice long weekend! Today was definitely tough to go back to the office! Thankfully when I left on Wednesday I left my desk neat and tidy and got done what I really needed to so I could fully enjoy the holiday weekend!
Since I got to leave work early on Wednesday I headed to the gym early to get in a quick work out. When I was leaving, Jonnie (one of the run club peeps) told me about the brick work out that they were doing on Thursday morning. It was made of 30 spin – 20 run – 30 min spin. I’ve never done one before so I figured why not!
Thankfully my running buddy Linda got to the gym earlier than I did and scored us two bikes near each other, the class was packed! I guess lots of people wanted to get a jump on burning extra calories before self-educing their food-comas! I had only taken two or three spin classes at my old gym before; I really liked them so I was excited to try it again! Brian was our instructor and he was great! He even came over and help me fit my bike just right! I was so thankful, because I seriously have NO idea how you should feel or where everything should be when you’re biking!
For this special workout the even set up a big projector so we could watch a cycling moving that went along with our work out! It was set on the PCH and it was so to feel like you were there and Brian did a great job of coordinating the work out with the route!
I’m not going to lie; the first part of the spin was tough! I was a sweaty beast! But I got off the bike and felt pretty good until I had to go up the stairs to the treadmills that Jonnie had reserved for us. That was tricky! Jonnie had set up a speaker and Ipod which was blasting AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. I love that song so much. It reminds me of college, we would have a drinking game centered on that song. Every time “thunder” was said you have to drink…it’s a long song, but a fun game! I started out on the treadmill slow but got up to my 10 min/mi pace toward the end, even sprinted a bit just because. WOO!
We went back down stairs for another 30 of the spin class with Brian. That was tough again. We wrapped up with a little stretching and we were done. My legs felt like jello. J-E-L-L-OOOOH! I got my smoothie after and once I got up from my chair, I knew the rest of the day was going to be tough. I was already getting sore! Thankfully I didn’t have any other plans for the rest of the day!
That way my Thanksgiving Day: gym, quality couch time, a few errands and some housework.
When I left the gym on Thursday Jonnie of course had to tell me about the sampler class they were doing on Friday – 20 minutes of each of the three TEAM classes (bootcamp/fitness/weightloss). So Friday morning I found myself back at the gym sorer than I was when I left on Thursday.
I started out with boot camp which I’ve taken before, so I knew it was tough. The first thing to come out of Vernon’s (the instructor) mouth was 100 squats, and then I knew I was really done for. I did 100 squats while my partner did walked lunges until I was done. Then there were push ups, while she did sprints and burpees (2x), then more walking lunges. My legs were screaming! And then our 20 minutes were up!
Next was team weight loss which was stations with machines – more weight lifting and less cardio. It was my kind of situation! Finally was team fitness- this was more heart rate zone focused and things like that. (I may have the last two swapped…)
Since it was black Friday the gym had lots of deals on their classes, supplements and gear. I’ve been eyeing up a Garmin since I foever but I’ve never been able to get up the courage to spend the money! But I did it with a little encouragement from Nick, Linda, Brittany, and Barb. Introducing my new baby – the garmin Forerunner 210! It was the only black Friday shopping that I did that day, and it was all for me! I also bought some protein for smoothies but only because it was 20% off! Yay deals!
Friday evening was my immediate family’s thanksgiving dinner + one aunt and her family. I had to get to the grocery store for a few last minute items then I headed home make some AMAZING homemade vanilla ice cream! It turned out sooo well!! It was much better than my chocolate peanut butter batch! I’ll post the recipe soon.
I pulled out my Christmas things, but didn’t have energy to set everything up before heading over to my parents’ house for dinner. So they sat on the floor for a while after I moved the furniture out of the way, which took some leg work (ouch!)
I had dinner with the fam and my ice cream went over great! My 13 year old cousin who doesn’t eat anything tried my ice cream, but then lied to me when I asked him if he liked it. He ended up throwing it away, but telling me that he liked it. Don’t worry, I busted him! J But he covered by saying “don’t worry; I don’t like a lot of food”. Haha!
I think the highlight of the night was when my 22 year old cousin Erik came in (he’s in the US Army and just came home from his first tour in Iraq this spring) and my 4 year old nephew Brockton ran up to him and said “guess what? I’m going to be a soldier like you when I grow up. I’m going to go where you went.” I only wished I had a camera or video rolling. I think I was grinning ear to ear. B knows all about soldier Erik from my mom and sister. The whole family is very very proud of him!! I know grandpa and grandma would be really proud of him too!
After some living room wrestling between my cousin and uncle, some bonding with my Cousin Paige’s new boyfriend, and a second helping of my aunts apple crisp with my ice cream, it was time for me to go home and get to bed! After all Saturday is run club day!
I know that I have been total MIA since forever but I promise I will make up for it soon! It’s just a little rough trying to keep up a quality blog when you don’t have the internets at home!
Tuesday was Christmas #2 for me and it was a lot of fun! This is my favorite shot from the days! I’ll have a lot to write about soon. Hopefully tonight while I’m working at the club!
For now I will say Merry Christmas to you all and I hope Santa brought you everything on your list!
You must watch this video of my nephew Easton sharing his Christmas Spirit! Sorry it’s the wrong way, you’ll have to tilt your head, but I swear it’s worth it!