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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Next Sunday..

Hi. I have been resting up and being a mom. I have gone for a couple good runs but I a trying to listen to my body. I have a 50K that I have been looking forward doing this sunday. It will be my first time running The Hodges 50k. I have heard great things about this race and I am crossing my fingers its not to hot. I know its a really well put together race and the organizer is a really great guy. Mike has ran this race twice and he did great. I just want to have a good time and do a little better than my last 50k. The race is about 15 minutes from my house so that is very cool. A local 50k.
Lake Hodges is always full of runners I think its hard to find trails around here and you can get a-lot of solid miles out there.There are hills and its pretty.  I had a bad experience out there once so I really don't run there as much as I could. I ran out of water and it was over 100 degrees and I was not alone but it sucked . I will be running 31 miles out there Sunday so I should get over any feeling I have about Hodges while I am out there. I am looking forward to the experience and seeing some friends out there on the trail. Oh and seeing my dad and family at the finish line is always a huge plus. I have my kids this weekend so they will be there too. I love having cool races to look forward to but even more the cool life experience you get is kinda awesome .

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Touring San Diego

This weekend we went to the Air and Space Museum . Kids are free at Balboa Park this month.. Jack Loves airplanes. He can say two words and one of them is Airplane.

We had great weather this weekend. I love going to Balboa Park. I just started making more and more trips to this great place. 

One of the really neat things about going to Balboa Park is every 15 minutes an airplane passes by. If I was a little kid and I loved airplanes and then I went outside and an airplane passed by that would be so exciting. Jack went crazy.

Ready Set Go…..This place was great there was so much to see and I highly recommend it.

Simple is good.

Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that has been put in every heart. Rumi
I always battled with the notion that my calling was not enough. That it was not as good as other callings but when I am still - I hear the whispers in my heart and I know what I love to do and what fills my heart. Its simple and what I have to remind myself is that simple is good and how lucky am I that I know what I love.  I know what I love to do. First thing I need to not judge what I love. I am OK with knowing my family, running and all things paper are my loves.
I think sometimes we just brush the little things away ..when we grow up we put those things that make our heart sing aside. Its those things that will keep our mind and souls alive. If you love to do something and you don't think your good at it just practice and take it from me learning is half the fun. It really is. I am not the best scrapper but I love it so I do it. The process rocks. I am not the best cook but cooking for my family also rocks my world. I am not changing the world but I am changing my world for the best and that's good enough for me. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tourist Stuff

While we were in the Bay Area we got to tour Facebook. Mike used to work there so his friend showed us around.(nice guy) I was excited to see this place but Christopher was crazy excited to see it. It was very high tech college like. I was seriously impressed. We toured the grounds and got to go the sweet shop. Oh my gosh so so good.

It did not take long to view what we could but it was well worth the trip.

We also got to see Instagram. That was very cool with all there vintage cameras. It looked like a nice place to work.

but if you ask Jack and if he would speak he would tell you the best part was the gift shop . That's were he got his cute Facebook fox..It was nice to get to do something besides the race. I was so sore walking around but hey how many times do you get to tour a place like this.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

D.C. 50 miler part 2

 I took this at mile 37. This was where I picked up my pacer Andy.  I know him from Instagram and he used to work with Mike so he was not a total stranger. He was the perfect pacer. He was very talkative and happy. That worked for me. Oh and he likes taking pictures and his wife is a scrapbooker. How cool is that he was a fun runner with great stories.. I was feeling great at this point. I was almost done. 

This was close to the end. There where balloons and lots of family and friends waiting for there runners. I felt the best Mile 30 to 35 . I felt the worse mile 40 to 42 by that I mean I felt so tired like all I needed was a 20 minute nap. I felt great after mile 42 not because I was almost done but because I kept thinking this is what I have wanted for the last couple years and here I am. DOing it. SO I tried to take it all in. My wish came true. 

Maybe this sounds a little wimpy but I dreamt about having enough time to train and not getting injured and actually getting to go do this for a very long time. Everything came together and I finished my first race. This is Andy and a very tired me and Jack looks tired too.

At the finish with my family. My phone was a little blurry I forget to clean it. I got a cool Jacket and a wine glass but no medal. I wanted a medal but hey I put the wine glass on top of my medal rack.

Thats the end of my adventure ..I loved this sign. This is what I learned ultra runners are cool people they talked with me and we shared special moments. I love this freaking sport. I love that I came in smack in the middle of my age group. I love that I came in 11:47 minutes and yes I believe if you want something bad enough you will get it..You just need to put the work in. I loved all 50 miles. I hope to do this same race next year I give it 5 stars..Dick Collins marathon/ 50 miler..

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dick Collins 50 miler part 1

Hi guys I made it. I am going to tell you half of my story today and I will post the other half tomorrow because I am waiting on those pictures. We flew into San Jose and the night before the race Jack was seriously unhappy. I think it was his teeth but having a crying baby in a hotel room is stressful so I got maybe 3 hours sleep. I was up at 4:30 am and my butt was at the start  by 5:45am. The race started at 6:30 so I had plenty of time to get my bib and go to the bathroom and get my drop bags to the right place. As soon as I got in line to get my bib  standing next to me was Dr. Gordy Ainsleigh wearing his number 0. It was really cool to see someone in there 60s that has been running for as long as he has who is still so passionate about running. This man has ran the Western states course 120 times. (crazy cool ) So the race started in the dark and I did not bring my head lamp and that was ok because there was so many people with them and the race starts on concrete for about the first 20 minutes and by then the sun was out. 

The really cool thing about running this distance is that I can talk when I run because I am running at a pace I can keep for 50 miles  right? I first met a lady that lives on the same street as my mother in law. She was really sweet and this was her first 50 miler and she was in her 50s. Thats so perfect. Then I met lady who ran up to me and said hey wanna talk ? I said sure and for about 2 hours we ran together. She was 20 years older than me and could kick my butt any day. I was and am so inspired to keep running and stay healthy. 

I took these pictures while running and there no the best but the course was so inspiring. I would look up only to see these majestic massive trees all around me. 

This race Dick Collins Had the best aid stations I have seen in a race. I know I haven't ran that many trail runs but these people where serious about there stations. They all had huge smiles and they were very excited to help you. I made sure to thank them all for being there. Its always great to see so many happy smiles when your out trying to run 50 miles.  I felt strong and happy and the hardest part was the hills. There was so many hills. They never stopped . Just ask my legs.

I just kept running and I did not use music. I talked a-lot with God. I did most of the talking but I felt heard. I knew I wanted to finish around 11 hours so I also did a-lot of math. I was so freaking happy..


I was at the top of world. So for nutrition I drank Trailwind until mile 25 . Then I started with a GU every 45 minutes and I had a banana at every aid station and I felt great. 

You could see clear to San Francisco. 

Its kinda hard not to be happy when your running here. 

30 minutes before I got to the turn around this guy I met his name was Rob told OK Gloria for the next 3 miles we get to run down hill lets go. It was so cool we ran together as fast as we could down hill it was not that fast but I felt like I flying with some pain but it was a great feeling. 

This was mile 25. There was a great aid station and good food and drop bags. I sat down and put some stuff in my bag and got up and started up again. I did not want to stop for to long I just wanted to keep going. It was a little warm but totally manageable.