Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Weekend

Hello!! I hope everyone's weekend was amazing.

Mine started out hard. I went for a run on Saturday morning and mowed my lawn. Break ups are just heartbreaking. I went to see him on Saturday afternoon after I finished all of my work at home. I guess it's really over now, but at least now I know where we stand. It really sucks losing someone you love completely to the unknown. He doesn't know where to turn, and I can't help him with any of it.

I made the split decision that night to visit a friend that lives a few hours from me. I called her telling her what went down, and she suggested that I come out to visit and stay for the Eclipse Party. I packed up my stuff, dropped my dog off at my parents' house, and off I went.

That break was exactly what I needed. Took a breath (okay, lots of breaths), gave myself some space to process and deal with it all, and I had a wonderful time in northern Nebraska. I even called in on Monday so I could enjoy the Eclipse with my friend.
The Eclipse of 2017!! What a wonderful experience! Holy cow! I really thought everyone was CRAZY to come all the way here from everywhere imaginable. (I had heard there were people here from England!) That was awesome to see, as well. The drive home was....interesting. It required a certain amount of patience and I avoided I-80 at ALL cost. Smartest decision ever. ;-)

We had quite the spread of food. Burgers, hot dogs, chips and salsa, deviled duck eggs (yes, really!), and even cupcakes! I am going to be dreaming about those deviled duck eggs for a very long time. I have two friends that I get duck eggs from. I love them so much! They have more flavor, and they are bigger than a chicken egg. Win-win! ;-) Ha. Here are some pictures from the weekend!

This is the view her parents have every single day:

My crazy, amazing friend:

The 'boys' and Charlie the donkey!! They were soooo sweet!

Here are my friend's chickens! Their eggs are delicious:

Here are the ducks. Their eggs are even MORE delicious:

This is at totality. Gorgeous 360 sunset. Absolutely gorgeous:

The clouds out here were so weird. It had stormed the night before; there was even a tornado!

Here is a panoramic picture I took. 

  Can you see the star?

The sun and the star:

That was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had with nature. This weekend started out so painful, and ended with a sense of calm and clarity. I have an idea of what to do next, so I better get started!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

OK, I May Have Lied.....

I may have lied the other day. Just a tiny bit. I MAY have signed up for another race. ;-) Ha. I signed up for the Buffalo Run 5 miler. That was fun last year, so I'm going to do it again this year. $20 for 5 miles, and I get a pair of shorts instead of a freaking T-shirt? Yay! The shorts from last year were really cute! It will be interesting to see what they come up with this year.

I haven't said much about my Crohn's Disease lately. To me, it's completely gone. I feel like a new person, and have for a very long time! It's amazing what the right nutritionist can do for someone! I am on the Jason Pearson Diet. Diet being loosely used here, by the way. Some days are harder than others (willpower and all that!) but I am still going strong. I've been off my medication since November of 2016!! (!!!!!!!!) I've had a few slips here and there, but I think it's just dry skin that causes issues, and probably not eating enough fat some days. I can't even tell you how much better life is on that front. Now to get the rest of my life figured out, and I'll be set!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Starting Over

First blog post in a while. This year was a lot better than last year in a lot of ways. I 'think' everything will work itself out, but for now, I'm just taking it one day at a time. There's a lot to think about, and there's a lot to straighten out. I feel like I'm waiting for something to happen, but if I don't DO something, then nothing will ever change. Change is good sometimes, even when it sucks. (I wrote this paragraph in 2016. Crappy that I'm going through this again this year, but funny that a pastor said that exact same thing to me yesterday about DOing something if you want to find your strength). I can DO all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. The catch is, you have to DO something, not sit on your butt waiting for things to happen.

I dealt with a lot of tragedy last year, and a little tragedy this year. Some of it has been absolutely terrible, and the rest of it seems to at least be improving. Hopefully. At the end of it all, I came out a little stronger than I thought I would. Now another blow has come to pass, and here I sit. I do not like the unknown. I find it hard and frustrating.

I have an opportunity coming my way, but I feel like it's going nowhere. I know I need to be patient, but it's running thin.

On the running front, it's getting better. My calf has loosened up to the point where I'm not feeling like death after every single minor run. ;-) It's still very annoying! But, I have races coming up! Specifically my last 10k of the season, The Harvest Moon Hustle (I don't get my BRIN series medal until I finish all three 10k's!) AND my second half marathon. VEGAS. Hopefully I will be able to get back to training for real so I can at least TRY to beat my PR of 2:34:43. I guess we'll see when the time comes!

Before the half, I ran a 5k (ish). The Color Vibe! That was so much fun! Even though it was rainy and muddy! So much color!! Those volunteers were amazing, as well.


My last 10k was fun! Cornfield Cornfield on my birthday! That was crazy! We had a tornado go through the night before, so the whole thing was a mess! Oh sweet volunteers, we LOVE you!! They had it all cleaned up and ready to go for the race! The only thing they had no control over was the power. They had to use a generator for the mics. I didn't even know they didn't have power until they told us! 1:04:20. 10:22 pace. Much better than the Leprechaun Chase in March!

After that race, I had a friend that put on a 5k in her hometown of Firth, NE. They raised funds for CPR classes for the town! How neat is that? That was a fun little race, and we received medals! If I look like I'm in pain here, I am:

There were some hills...and I'm still trying to loosen up my calf muscle! So much fun!

I'm not sure what's going to happen next, I just hope things start to look UP.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Jingle Jog 2016

Happy Hump Day!!

Well, that wrapped up my last race of the year! It was COLD. 23 degrees and I had to use the port-a-pottie!! Ugh!!

This is me right before the race. I was sure I would freeze to death! 😉

3.7 cold miles later, and here I am!

It really was a fun race. Lots of festive wear. I had my Christmas tule skirt on to begin with, but I figured it would just make me colder. Probably not, but meh. Just wasn't feeling it. I wore the stocking cap that we got! That was so warm and awesome!

I ran it in 33:15. 9:02 minute pace! Not too shabby. I'm really happy with it! I wasn't sure how it would go. I tend to run slower when it's cold out for some darn reason. Ridiculous. I tried to beat a girl to the finish line, that did NOT happen. I passed her, and then I got ran over. 😊 Haha!

It's been really cold here lately. I need to get over it. I even bought fleece lined tights! I need to wear shorts with them next time. I wore two shirts, two hats, and two pairs of gloves!! Still froze.

Here's to 2017!! Hopefully this year goes MUCH better than 2016. Which, it should. I am healthy, everyone in my family is doing better, and I think this year will just be my year because I said so.

I am signed up for three 10k's (The BRIN Series) and I am going to run the Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in November! My ex-roommate convinced me to sign up for the last one. Although, she didn't have to twist my arm very much!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Saturday Long Run + A Floor Update

Hello! Sunday was a long run day. I've been increasing my long runs by 5 minutes every time. I'm up to 80 minutes now! I hit an overall 9:46 pace, total distance was 8.20 miles. Longest run ever!

Here are my splits:

Mile 1:  9:52
Mile 2:  9:47
Mile 3:  9:56
Mile 4:  9:51
Mile 5:  9:59
Mile 6:  10:00
Mile 7:  9:10
Mile 8:  9:38
Mile .2: 1:51

This run was exactly what I needed. Also, how is it November? It doesn't feel like it. It was in the 60s on Sunday! In Nebraska. Gorgeous outside! Just gorgeous.

My Floors!

My house was built in 1925. When I bought it, it had carpet all throughout the entire house. Yuck. Fast forward 8 years, I went a little crazy when I became single, and ripped up all the carpet!! Here we are:

No. Just....no. I almost cried. How could you spray paint anything on a lovely, ORIGINAL, oak wood floor? My mom and I tested a few spots and stripped the paint off. Here's what that looked like:

We stripped all the paint off so that was done. Then, we rented an orbital sander and went to town on it. My dad brought his belt sander and hand sander to use as well. It took alllllll day! Here it is after we sanded it:

Gorgeous, right? People, if you have beautiful oak floors, no touchie!! NO. Don't do it. This took a LOT of work, but so worth it! I love them so much. Here they are stained:

I only used one coat of Early American (color) stain. Next phase is to put three coats of polyurethane on them. I can't wait! They are going to look fantastic!

Have a great week!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bryan Health 5k/15k/1-mile Kid's Run

Here's the backside of the Nebraska State Capitol Building. It's so pretty! This race was held by Bryan Health. It was so much fun! I ran the 5k. I almost signed up for the 15k, but I wanted to see what I could do with a 5k since it has been a while! My official time was 28:40! A PR by over a minute! It's been a long time since I ran a 5k. Sweet deal.

They had cookies, orange slices, and bananas for the finishers. We also were able to swipe samples from Rita's Italian Ice! I had never been there before, and it was so hot out for a run! It was a nice treat. I stayed around until some of the 15k runners were through. The winner ran it in 55 minutes! Someday I would love to be that fast. Ha! I'm riding out on my runner's high yet. I felt so good after that race! My first mile was 8:36! It's so cool to see what my body can do when I push it.

I'm not sure I'll be racing anymore this year, but we'll see if I can find a decent 5k in December. We've been lucky with all of this nice weather, I'm a little terrified to see what winter will bring us! I have a feeling we are going to get a lot of snow!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sidney Oktoberfest Beer Run 2016

Here we go! The Oktoberfest Sidney 5k/10k was a blast! Perfect weather. Decent course. Fun costumes. Hilarious medals. I PR'd! Yay! My previous PR was 1:12, I believe. Back in 2014. I haven't ran a 10k since! Ugh. I crossed the finish line with a 1:02:19!! 10:03 minute pace! YAY.

Here I am, ready to do this:

I was Ariel from the Little Mermaid. I had Sebastian on my shoulder for the race. I didn't have time for anything else more creative, plus I don't like adding weight with a costume when I am aiming to PR. :)

This is the medal we got for finishing the race! That's a real pretzel. I was so amused. I was also sad, mine broke within the first 5 minutes of wearing it! They also had a costume contest. Sadly, I did not win. Haha! A lady with a homemade shirt that said I run for beer won it. She even had a headband with beer mugs on it, and a foam beer mug that she carried around with her! Hilarious. It was a smaller race, but that made it so nice.

Here are a few pictures from my walk the afternoon after, and the next morning. Nebraska is so pretty!

There were two horses that I saw on my walk Sunday morning. They were so curious! I don't think they see a lot of people walking on the road. Such beauties!