Friday, February 15, 2013

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo

I took Whitney and Belle, her pig, to the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo last weekend. This was Whitney's 1st major stock show. She did not place but we had lots of fun. We are discussing what breed of pig, we will take next year. Her good friend, Raney, had Reserve Champion Berkshire Gilt. One of the highlights for Whitney, was eating at Zentner's Daughter Steakhouse. She loves steak. Here are a few pics of our trip.

 Getting her shine on!
 The Midway
 Whitney, Raney, and I
Whitney and Belle. Belle is a purebred Chester White and just a bit nutty!
 Whitney and I getting ready to come home.
Payton, Taylor, Raney and Whitney.
Listen to ME, Life...We had a good time piggin'!!!
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Virtual Races

I have only recently learned about the concept of virtual races, and I am in Love. What is a virtual race? Pick a distance, pay your registration fee, and run the race anywhere. Some races have a website or Facebook page that require you to post a picture of your time and distance. Other races, follow the honor system. Unlike most of the "real" races that I have raced or researched;  you receive a Finisher's Medal, not a t-shirt.

Although, I am training for a Half Marathon in April; I don't have a lot of time for running in races. My weekends are filled with whatever sport is in season and livestock shows. On the rare occasion, that we have a weekend free, we like to stay home. All of my training runs are during the week. Virtual races allow me to run races during the week, get some really awesome bling and help different charities.
Tackle the Miles 5K 2/4/2013 47:35
Listen to ME, Life...4 races completed, 9 to go!!!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

For Buffy!!!

Today, I ran for 8 miles. Yep, you read that right. I freakin ran 8 miles! And it was great! It took 2:09:57 which is a 16:14 minute per mile pace. I was aiming for a 16:00 pace. I was very happy! For the past 2 weeks, my runs have been horribly bad. I was more worried about speed and time. Today I just ran and I ran with 1 person on my mind. My high school friend, Buffy.
Buffy was just diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer last Friday. This has affected me for many reasons. Buffy is my age (technically she is about 5 weeks older and older is older) and has 3 M's (babies). She was burned when we were in High School. And you know, that I have a very special place in my heart for anyone who has been burned. Buffy is also a runner. She was a sponsor for the SuperMAHAN 5k. For anyone who is new to my blog, you can read my why Here .
Buffy and I were good friends all through High School. We even dated the same boy (at different times). Remember Kelly, Buffy? There was the usual High School Drama but Buffy was a blast! We always had fun.
Year book photo for an essay contest!
Buffy "borrowing" flowers for our Prom decorations. I was the get-a-way driver. My favorite memory of Buffy in High School!
Buffy and I haven't seen each other a lot since our late teens and early 20s. Facebook has allowed us to keep in touch. Buffy will beat the beast that is called Cancer. She follows her dreams and is a woman of strength. Buffy is a FABULOUS Mom!!! And did I mention a baker? You can read about that Here and Here .
I had already decided to run 13 races in 2013. After learning about Buffy, I also signed up for the Shoot for the Moon Challenge. Details Here . The charity for the Shoot for the Moon Challenge will be the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All my miles this year will be for you Buffy!!! And when you are ready, we will run together.
Listen to ME, Life...Buffy will beat cancer!!!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2012 was a great year. No one had to stay overnight in the hospital. Cade started playing sports again (his 1st touchdown and sac were fabulous and brought tears to my eyes). Whitney started middle school and band (and no one has broken her flute). Jeff expanded his welding shop to include a tire shop. I am a much healthier and happier Moma. We are blessed with a great family and great friends.

Now on to 2013, Jeff was in bed by 9pm and asleep by 930pm. Cade was asleep by 1030pm. Whitney stayed up til 2013 and watched the ball drop. I was awake at midnight but was in bed watching TV. We are party animals!

Do you make resolutions for the New Year? I haven't written down resolutions in years. I am this year.
  1. 13 in 2013...I am running 13 races in 2013 including The Big D Half Marathon (Dallas TX) in April and The Route 66 Half Marathon (Tulsa OK) in November.
  2. Lose 30 more pounds...will this get me to my final maintainable goal weight? I don't know, I may get to the 30 pound mark and decide that my body needs/can handle loosing another 10-15 pounds. I will know when I know.
  3. Tone my tummy and arms.
  4. Write my blog consistently.
  5. Become a more organized housekeeper.
  6. Take a family photo every week for 52 weeks.
  7. De-Clutter the office.
  8. Cook healthier meals.
I started the year off right by running 2.4 miles this morning. It was cold. I like to make sure that I am visible to passing cars.
Listen to ME, Life...2012 was great and 2013 will be even greater!
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