Busy Week & Weekend

Short weeks seem so crazy around here.  I don’t know what it is but it is more hectic on a short week than a regular week.

I entered some photos I had taken in the Clinch River Days Photography Contest.  Thursday would have been the awards ceremony but I couldn’t make it.  Our week has been so crazy that I just couldn’t leave work early enough.  I don’t think I won anything because no one has called but I feel good to have just entered.  I’ll check on them this week and see when/where I can pick them up.

Friday we did a 5k Fun Walk/Run called a Glow for a Cure.  We just walked.  Mom wanted to do it and we agreed to do it with her.  We hadn’t trained or anything for it but it was fine and always good to spend time with family.  There was a good turnout, probably 75+.  I was silly and didn’t get a single picture!  Can you believe that?  Anyway, we had us three, Mom, Bets, Larry and my aunt Heather in our group.  I hope they do it again next year.

Saturday we went kayaking at Adventure Mendota.  Christina’s birthday was last Tuesday so this was her (slightly late) birthday present!  We had such a great time!

20150530_123251We didn’t intentionally match…but it happened!  

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The owners even made sure to personalize our trip.  They seem like nice, genuine people who are very passionate about their new business venture.  I really think they’ll do well.  Anyone interested in some SWVA kayaking should check them out!

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Sunday mornings don’t get much better than this!  We all slept in and Rylan and I had some extra cuddle time.  It was perfect.

We stayed home to work on some projects and getting ready for the week to come as well as some rest.  I had to move a lot of things around so that we could get our walls textured and ready for paint.  It has been hard to deal with everything out of whack but it will all be worth it when it is finished.  I’m trying to decide on a wall color right now.  I have an overall plan but picking the perfect wall color is hard sometimes.  I’ve gotten so many paint swatches and I keep looking at them in different lights at different times of day.  Its quite a process.  I want this to be the last time I paint for quite some time.

I worked on a sign for our dining room.  I love the way it looks so far.  I hope to finish it up soon.

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I also painted my dining room table.  I had painted the chairs earlier.  Now I’m ready to reupholster them and my table is FINALLY finished!

I hope to be finished with it all soon.  This process is definitely love/hate.  Maybe when I get done I’ll do a post on it.  I love being able to look back at everything we’ve done.

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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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