My First 5k

*This run was on November 9, 2013 in Clintwood, VA.

So a little more than a month before the actual run myself, my husband and one of our friends decided to do a Color Run.  It was in support of Alpha-1 research.  My friend Christina had been training and my husband regularly runs on the treadmill.  They did GREAT!!!  Christina beat both of us though…she kicked butt!  I think this was her 3rd 5k so she knew what to expect and went out there and got it done.  The Husband beat me too!  I was very proud of both of them!  I hadn’t worked out at all.  I had my son 4 months prior and I’ve been (understandably) preoccupied.  I’m just now getting to where I feel like I can juggle it all and add working out.

Anyway, it was just for fun so I thought, what the heck?  Who cares about my time?  I had a blast and I think the Husband and Christina did as well!

I learned 3 things:

  1. I did better than I thought I would.
  2. I didn’t do great AT ALL!
  3.  I wanna do it again…and again…and again!

I have to tell y’all though…it was HARD.  But that’s why I liked it.  I liked the challenge.  I liked the fact that it was hard and that I doubted myself but I pushed through and made it happen.  Was it pretty?  No.  But I DID IT.  I put my mind to it and proved I could do it.  Now I’m excited at the prospect of what I can do with training.  I’m excited to see how far I can push my body and my mind.

The first major hill was huge and it was long.  I really thought I would never get up that hill.  My lungs burned and my ears rang.  I could feel my finger trips throb.  There was an ambulance in the back that played “Eye of the Tiger” all the way up that hill.  It seriously took me, oh I’d say 4 “Eye of the Tiger”s to get up that hill but when I crested that hill I knew I could finish.  I just knew it.  I kept pushing.  Yes, I jogged but I also walked.  I walked A LOT.  It’s okay.

Me...walking once again (& taking a selfie, lol) up that God awful hill  :)

Me…walking once again (& taking a selfie, lol) up that God awful hill :)

Me & Christina

Me & Christina

Me, The Husband & Christina

Me, The Husband & Christina

So this begins my journey to become a Runner.  I’m sure I’ll be posting every once in a while about training and trying to keep up with my progress.

I look forward to being able to do my next 5k!

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Dollywood Christmas Lights

We decided to do a quick trip to Knoxville & Pigeon Forge this weekend.  We only did an overnight (Friday) but it was fun.  We were joined by our friends (who are more like family), Betsy & Larry.  It was a short stay but we still had fun.  We rode down Friday morning to pick up some solar panels that we ordered (I plan on doing some posts about that project shortly), went to West Town Mall, ate at The Cheesecake Factory (one of my ALL time faves!) and then went to Dollywood to see the lights.  Saturday we stopped by Bass Pro and made our way back home.

All snuggled up ready for his blanket on top of that!

All snuggled up ready for his blanket on top of that!

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My Sweet Boy is being shy...there's a first time for everything I suppose!

My Sweet Boy is being shy…there’s a first time for everything I suppose!

Bets & Larry

Bets & Larry

He watched the whole light show & he loved the ducks in the pond.

He watched the whole light show & he loved the ducks in the pond.

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I love how they did every branch with lights.

I love how they did every branch with lights.

The train even had lights

The train even had lights

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Beautiful Carousel

Beautiful Carousel

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He's out...

He’s out…

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Our First Christmas with Our Little Man

My favorite Christmas of all!!!  This year we were able to celebrate with our Little Man and it was great!  I enjoyed waking up with him and the Husband and opening our presents and getting to lounge around all day with each other.  It was truly priceless!  My family means everything to me.  Without them, nothing else matters.

Garmin Forerunner 10 from the Husband - I can't wait to use it!

Garmin Forerunner 10 from the Husband – I can’t wait to use it!

Cuisinart Food Processor & Blender!  So excited!

Cuisinart Food Processor & Blender! So excited!

Columbia Jacket

Columbia Jacket

FMF Pipe for one of his motorcycles - Yamaha WR250X

FMF Pipe for one of his motorcycles – Yamaha WR250X

Opening up to find the EFI Tuner in the box as well!

Opening up to find the EFI Tuner in the box as well!

Actual FMF Pipe piece

Actual FMF Pipe piece

Our boy on Christmas morning

Our boy on Christmas morning

Trying to eat his Mickey Mouse paper...again haha

Trying to eat his Mickey Mouse paper…again haha

Aligator

Aligator

Mickey Mouse that sings "Hot Diggity Dog"

Mickey Mouse that sings “Hot Diggity Dog”

Sit to Stand Walker

Sit to Stand Walker

Stride to Ride Puppy

Stride to Ride Puppy

Must have gotten a bad tasting present! ;)

Must have gotten a bad tasting present! ;)

Chewing on his rings

Chewing on his rings

Surprise face!

Surprise face!

Playing amongst his Christmas loot

Playing amongst his Christmas loot

He's too cute for words...

He’s too cute for words…

Me & My Sweet Boy

Me & My Sweet Boy

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The Husband’s Family Christmas

We had a great time celebrating Christmas with the Husband’s family!  It was a very fun evening.

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I love this picture!  So funny!

I love this picture! So funny!

He was interested in opening gifts...

He was interested in opening gifts…

Still doing his thing, ripping it open...

Still doing his thing, ripping it open…

Then he decided that it looked quite delicious!

Then he decided that it looked quite delicious!

He knows he's caught!  haha

He knows he’s caught! haha

My Future Farmer

My Future Farmer

Love that look!

Love that look!

His pony...he's still a little young for his real horse.

His pony…he’s still a little young for his real horse.

Riding his pony...

Riding his pony…

Eating his pony....  haha

Eating his pony…. haha

CSX Railroad hat from Paw

CSX Railroad hat from Paw

Nana helping him ride

Nana helping him ride

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My Family’s Christmas

This Sunday my side of the family had their Christmas Celebration.  We had a great time and our Little Man had so much fun playing with the family!   The food was great, the conversation was great, I just feel so blessed to be able to spend time with them.  I know of two families personally this Christmas that just lost loved ones and it really makes me think about how blessed I am to be able to have another Christmas with the people that I love.  

Little Man spending time with Tyra & Dale and playing with a new toy.

Little Man spending time with Tyra & Dale and playing with a new toy.

My Mom, Step Dad & Uncle opening gifts.

My Mom, Step Dad & Uncle opening gifts.

My Mama

My Mama

My Popaw

My Popaw

The Husband: The Thinker  ;)

The Husband: The Thinker ;)

Little Elvis Grin

Little Elvis Grin

Happy Boy!

Happy Boy!

Playing with our Sweet Boy

Playing with our Sweet Boy

My Family!

My Family!

 

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Let the Christmas Festivities begin!

This past weekend was the first of 4 Christmas celebrations for our family.  We had a lot of fun catching up with relatives that we don’t get to see often.

Rylan and one of his Great Grandmothers - December 14, 2013

Little Man and one of his Great Grandmothers – December 14, 2013

Mama & Little Man - He is about to get mad...this dinner was during his normal nap time so he was a little cranky which is not normal for him.

Mama & Little Man – He is about to get mad…this dinner was during his normal nap time so he was a little cranky which is not normal for him.

 

My Family

My Family

 

He loves his New Balance shoes!

He loves his New Balance shoes!

Sunday was spent having a rare lazy day around the house.  This hardly ever happens so it was wonderful!

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So amazed…

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He really enjoyed the light strand!

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Love this face!
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Little Man and Daddy playing…so sweet!

Monday I woke up feeling like death.  The Husband had to go to a conference out of state so my Mama came over and took care of me and my Little Man.  I don’t know what I would have done without her!  When she first got here I literally had trouble getting out of bed I was so weak.  She brought magic with her to cure me (Coca-Cola & Theraflu) and after two doses of each and lying in bed most of the day I’m back to normal.  Now I’m just hoping and praying that I’ve cleaned all of whatever got me down out of my house.

My "Miracle Cure" - Coca Cola & Theraflu  haha  :)

My “Miracle Cure” – Coca Cola & Theraflu haha :)

So now I’m just gearing up for our 3 other celebrations.  The one I’m most excited about is my Little Man’s first official Christmas at home!  He actually shows interest in his presents.  I know he doesn’t “get it” yet but I do think he’ll be interested (at least at first) in ripping off some paper.

Our Christmas Tree 2013

Our Christmas Tree 2013

We are so blessed and so thankful to God for our family!

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Our Little Man’s First Thanksgiving

We were blessed to be able to get together with family, share a great meal and enjoy our time with each other.  I am so thankful for my family and I feel so blessed to have these people be a part of my life.  God is good!

My Momaw holding my Sweet Boy.  I can't put into words how much I love this lady!

My Momaw holding my Sweet Boy. I can’t put into words how much I love this lady!

My Aunt & Uncle's Christmas Tree - Beautiful!

My Aunt & Uncle’s Christmas Tree – Beautiful!

My Popaw with my Sweet Boy

My Popaw with my Sweet Boy

My Mama holding her only grandbaby

My Mama holding her only grandbaby

My Uncle Jack loving on him

My Uncle Jack loving on him

My Uncle Jerry wrestling with the little booger

My Uncle Jerry wrestling with the little booger

 

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So I’m actually going to do this…

I’ve toyed with the idea of a blog for a long time now.  I’ve had a lot of hesitation because I’m a very private person.  I’m always hesitant to put too much out there and I think the biggest reason is just shyness and fear of rejection…and the crazies.  Yep.  The crazies.  Haha.  But…I’m growing, pushing my limits and I felt that it would be good to go a little more out of my comfort zone and do a blog.  I think that it will be great to have this record to look back on.  It will also be a great way to share with family, friends and make new friends.I recently started running and I feel that having a blog and sharing some of that will keep me motivated as well as hold me accountable.  

So here goes…

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