Houston Marathon 2019

I finally have time to sit down and right my review for the 2019 Houston Marathon. This was my 9th time running that marathon. Did I plan to run Houston that many times? No. Why do I keep doing it? My friends are running it and I train with them so might as well. Plus it is Houston, I live here so it is a convenient location. They always( well mostly) on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.

Friday

This is the day the expo opens. I am however at work. I do not take off early or anything like that. Instead I work the full day. That night though is different. The girls I run with have a tradition of having an Italian Girls Night. My best friend hosts and we all bring something like bread, salad, dessert, etc. So we have some type of pasta to do our carb loading. We all sit around, talk, catch up, etc. It is always a lot of fun.

Saturday

This is the day we go to the expo. Even though my husband hasn’t run the race in years, he still likes walking around the expo. The expo has different companies that come out with products and some races come out to get to people to sign up for their race. They also usually have fun booths like photo booths or giveaways. The sport teams are there too with little things for the kids. This year I was really hungry during the expo so I only ended up buying these headbands that I like called Sweatybands.

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Wearing a Turkey Trot shirt to scare my competitors

That night I did something differently. I slept over at my best friends house. In the past, I have driven myself, driven with my husband, taken a taxi or carpooled with a friend. This year we decided it might be best to sleep at my friends. That way I don’t wake up my family super early in the morning and don’t have to worry about my car.

Sunday

Woke up and got ready and debated what to wear for awhile. Basically it was like 33 degrees at the start but would be about 50 when we ended. I decided to go with crops, long sleeve and gloves(free from the expo). I also texted my husband to bring me a tank so I might switch later in the race. It was going to be sunny so I have my new running sunglasses with me.

We get to the race and the race meeting place is inside at the GRB Convention Center, same place as the expo. It is really nice because you are stretching and putting your bag away but are inside so protected from the elements. We saw all our friends, hugged and said good luck to everyone. Then it was time to go to our corral. This is going to get a lot of we. My best friend (and training buddy) and I were in C Corral. C Corral was a mess. I have never seen it like this. Basically a lot of people couldn’t get in because the corral was too small for the amount of people in the corral so they were sending people to the back of the D corral. We got in but we still didn’t start the race until almost 40 minutes after the race had started.

We were running with a woman who was running the half marathon and after two miles she said she was going to try to run with us until their turn which is mile 8. We said sure. She asked us if we finish every race together and our answer was no because we usually split before mile 19. So this year we decided we would run the whole race together. I didn’t have a time goal but my friend wanted under 5 hours because she hasn’t done that in awhile.

My husband comes out and cheers with my son every few miles. He is at mile 3, mile 6, mile 10, mile 15 and mile 21 plus the finish line. He did forget my tank because I did ask for it at mile 21 but I was fine. I gave him my gloves at mile 21 and then just rolled up my sleeves. My friends parents were out there 3 different times with food. They have peanut butter filled pretzels which are just so delicious when I run. We also had our friends husband who we only saw once but he always has treats too.

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Mile 17

Once we got to mile 18, we really realized that we could finish the race together. We talked the entire time or complained whatever. She had a lot of people on the course cheering for her (her work is on the course so coworkers came out). We saw a couple of friends cheering and I was just so excited to get to the mile 24 beer tents to see my favorite brewery Karbach and hear their loud cheers (it helps that I know some of them).

One thing I do is I have a list of names and I dedicate a mile to different people. Mile 25 to the finish is always dedicated to my dad and I normally cry a little and this race was no different. It was real quick and then over it. My friend and I were getting to the finish line and we had come up with a plan for the finish at mile 2. I asked if she was still game for it and she wanted to double check if I could do it and I told her I could, I felt great. So a little bit from the finish line, she jumped on my back and I ran the finish line. It was the perfect way to finish the race.

One you finish, they give you water and your medal. You go through a maze of getting your picture taken plus little food like bananas and chocolate milk(which I loved at the finish). Then you go get your shirt and beer mug. I then always go get my bag and head to the food line to get something. Then I go find my husband and son. This part takes away because you always run into friends and they want to take pictures. I also saw my former student and her mom volunteering so I went to them and talked to them.

Once I left and found my family, we went to the little store that had deep discounts and I bought a hat and bought my son a shirt that he can wear in like 5 years. We went home so I could shower/bath and then it was time for all the food.

It was such a great day with the best weather!

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February Updates

Ugh, I need to better about updating.

Running/Working Out

I started the month by running in the Hot Chocolate Run. I did the 15k which is about 9.3 miles. The course wasn’t the most exciting but the after race was great. You get a hot chocolate of course but also a huge mug filled with goodies which you can see below. It was fun and I got to run with friends.

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Some of my friends and I planned to do a run for the Trail Riders coming in town. Rodeo season is huge here and before the rodeo starts, they do a race and a rodeo parade. Trail Riders come from all over to be in the parade. To get to the parade, they sleep at the park I run at and then Saturday morning leave for about 5 mile ride to downtown. My friends and I started at a cupcake shop, ran to a spot to watch them and then ran back to the cupcake shop for cupcakes. My husband and son also joined us.

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Trail Riders coming in town

Family/Friends

One of our friends had a going away party at a kid-friendly restaurant which was nice for our kids to play. We got there early to eat and didn’t get to see our friend for too long because we had tickets to go see Sesame Street Live. Sesame Street Live was short but my son had a lot of fun. He was engaged and excited to see the characters live. We were cheap and didn’t do floor seats but my son had no desire to be on the floor and I heard you can’t see anyway.

For Valentine’s Day, we had been putting hearts on our sons door since Feb. 1st of reasons why we love him. We also got him a few more Lego mini-figures because that is what he loves the most. We went out to dinner too and just had a relaxing night.

We also saw Lego Movie 2 in theaters. We (the adults) prefer a theater that serves food and drinks. My son loved the movie and has been asking to see it multiple times.

We had another friend move this month and got to go to two new breweries because of the move. We went to Holler Brewery and Eureka Heights. Both have really good beer, they both have outside space and food trucks. Holler also sells really yummy popcorn and Eureka Heights is huge. We enjoyed both of the breweries.

We ended the month by seeing Kasey Musgraves at the Rodeo. My son loves the rodeo and was so excited. Since Kasey performed a weeknight, we just went to the rodeo and not to walk around the grounds. She put on a great show.

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January 2019 updates

Usually January is an extremely long feeling month but this year it went by really quick. I guess it helped that we didn’t go back to school until the 7th, which is nice. I hate going back the 2nd.

Running/Working Out:

The Houston Marathon was this month so for the first part I was tapering which means I do not run as much. I did enjoy a nice run with friends one morning with a really yummy breakfast afterwards.

The Houston marathon basically takes up one weekend and I will have a separate post about that.

This month I also started a Yoga challenge. Well, sort of. I love the youtube videos of Yoga with Adrienne. Every January she does a “30 days of yoga.” Since I am not running as much, I do maybe yoga twice a week instead of once. Even though I don’t do it everyday, I keep up the challenge until I am done, like I recently did Day 9.

Family/Friends:

We started this month by our monthly trip to Target. Yes, I limit myself to once a month. We were looking at the holiday decorations and my son saw some wrapping paper he had to have. I saw it was 75% off so bought it. I was very happy to see it was actually 90% off when we were at the register so it was really cheap, like 20 cents cheap.

While on Winter Break, we met up with a friend and her son for storytime and lunch. This playdate turned into an almost 5 hour playdate. The kids had a blast.

We also met up with some friends at a brewery called Fetching Lab. They recently moved into a place because they were just off a dirt road in a residential area. It was cool because the next door neighbor raised goats and would bring the babies over. It was nice though to see that they are growing and being successful that they had to move to a building in town. Plus they have a lot more beer now.

My mom was in town for a few hours in January so we met up with her for dinner. I wish we could have spent more time with her but she came the week we went back to school and I really didn’t need to take a day off just when we got back to work.

Eli and I met up with some friends to go to the zoo on MLK Jr. day. It was a pretty day and nice to be outside. We of course had to feed the giraffes.

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As a family we met up with some of the same brewery friends to go to another brewery called Valliesons. We have been meaning to try them so we wer glad to get the chance. They have a pretty nice little area for kids to run around and a lot of good beer too.

We ended the month by going to Twsited Acre Brewery just as a family. This is a new smallish brewery but good beer, and very friendly. We will defiantly go back.

Reviews:

Pete’s Dragon: We watched the new movie as a family about a week ago. My son absolutely loved it. Really cute, sad but with a happy ending in a way.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: This is a historical fiction book about a family of kids in TN who were basically kidnapped and put in a orphange. It goes back it forth from the 1940s to modern days. It is based on of the true story about the Tennessee Children’s Home Society which kidnapped children and “adopted” them to rich families while making a profit. After I finished the book, I researched the Children’s home, the lady and charge and some of the famous clients. I was hooked to this book and loved it!

December 2018 Update

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2019 is good to all of you!

As I only have a few more days of winter break, I have been reflecting back on 2018 and December. 2018 was not my finest year as I was in the hospital two different times but it could have been a lot worse too. December went by so quick and I had a lot of filled weekends so let’s begin.

Fitness

Marathon training is in its peak during December. My marathon is in January so my really long runs are in December. I ran a 18 miler, a 13 miler, a 17 miler, a 20 miler and a 16 miler. The runs went really well and were really pleasant weather except for my 20 miler. It got so hot! Plus we missed the SAGs(water, snacks) so we were dying. Thank God for Starbucks.

The most memorable was the 13 miler. So I run with a group but my friend and I sometimes decide to tweak the route a little to make it more pleasant for ourselves. This run, we started later because it was raining so bad that a lot of Houston had flooded. We wanted to wait until there was more sunlight so we could see. We ran along the bayou so that we could see the flooding to downtown. It was a very quiet run but also weirdly beautiful. This run took us forever because we stopped so many times for pictures. We also stopped to take this picture because President George H.W. Bush had just died and the park we run at put up a memorial for him as he was a supporter of the park. IMG_20181208_090613406 (1).jpg

It was pretty cool to see in person.

This month I also participated in two different Christmas Light Runs. Basically we meet at a neighborhood with lots of lights and run around to look at them. It is always so much fun!

Camping

The day of my flooded run, we also went camping as a family. We went to Bastrop State Park. It was so cold! We have been to this park before and really enjoyed it. Without doing any research, we lucked out. The town of Bastrop was having their Christmas Light Parade. The whole family went, including our dog, and had a great time. They had over 100 vehicles, plus the local high schools had their dance teams, marching bands, etc. They also had people walking up and down the road selling kettle corn, hot chocolate, etc. It was really fun.

Family

We had a lot of family time this month. We started the month with going to a Christmas Market and eating at a restaurant we enjoy. The nest day we went to Copperfield Parade of Lights which is a small local Christmas Light Parade. It was our 2nd year going.

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Light Parade

We went to our favorite farmers market (I say favorite because it is the only one we go to monthly). My husband loves it because there is a local farmer who brings meat from their ranch and he loves it.

We went to my son’s schools holiday party. I love that I am able to go because I was already on winter break. It is my only party I am able to make.

We spent the last bit of December with a private swim lesson with my sons favorite swim teacher. We also went to Barnes and Nobles Storytime.

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Storytime

We went and cheered on my friends who were completing the Snowdrop 55 Hour Ultra, The race raises money for childhood cancer.

We ended our year with a play date at No Label Brewery(they have a playground). It was a lot of fun and there was a beautiful sunset.

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Sunset

The rest of the night, we ate and just watched the ball drop(or I did).

That is our December.

 

November 2018 Update

Holiday season has come and gone and as always, as it is with most people, it was very busy. So I will update on the holidays later this week but let’s do a November update first.

Travel

I started November by going on a girls trip or a Mom’s Weekend if you will. Basically, we all met in the same playdate group and have become friends. One mom has a beach house in her family so once a year, we get it for the weekend. I went down on Friday night with one of the moms. We stayed up drinking, eating and chatting.

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Beach jump after surfing

The next day I woke up early with a few of the moms who we all did Stand Up Paddleboard. It was so cold outside and windy but the water was actually a nice temperature. The waves? Not so much. We all had a lot of difficulties. So we played instead and I surfed instead. I have not surfed since 2013 and I miss it. I had so much fun surfing. I definitely need to get out there more. We spent the rest of the day eating, walking on the beach, drinking and hanging out. Lots of laugh. We left on Sunday. There was about 8 of us. I always love Mom Weekend.

Family and Friends

When I got back home from Moms Weekend, it was my nephews bday party so we went to that. It was just family and really nice.

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Zoo Sprouts

I took my son to the zoo for one a class. The zoo has classes called Zoo Sprouts where they teach little toddlers about the animals. My son loves the classes so I took a day off from work and we had a fun day at the zoo.

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Zoo Lights

The day after our zoo trip, we went back for the members only Zoo Lights sneak peek. I highly recommend going then because it is not as crowded so it is more enjoyable.

We, as in my son and I, went to a bday party for a baby. My son had fun playing with the toys and eating cake. We couldn’t stay long at the party because I was meeting some friends for dinner that night.

Running

I ran in the Cypress Half Marathon. I have done this race the last 3 years I think. The course is flat and usually the weather cooperates. This year was not my year. My time is perfectly fine but I was in pain. My foot has been hurting on and off and it was definitely on that day. Because of that, my core was also hurting because of overcompensating for my foot. It was still fun though.

Thanksgiving

We went to my mom’s house for Thanksgiving this year. We arrived on Wednesday and hung out with my family. We did a little Christmas celebration since my family wouldn’t see my son at Christmas. We also went to my moms friends house for a Thanksgiving party. That night I got drinks with my college roommate/best friend. It was nice to catch up.

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Thanksgiving walk to see the ducks

Thanksgiving lunch was at my mom’s house this year so I helped her cook some of the dishes. My husband and I ran in the Chesterfield Turkey Trot which is such a hilly course. I forget every time how hilly it is. It is a nice way to start the day though.

On Friday, my son, husband and I went to the St. Louis Zoo. There was nobody there. We got great free parking and the zoo is free too. We had a lot of fun looking at all of the zoo animals. When we got back, we went to a new brewery called Greer Brewery. It was really nice, lots of games, they serve pretzels and has great beers so it was a winner for us.

Our last full day in St. Louis was Saturday. My husband and I ran in the Girl Scout Run for Cookies 5K with one of our Houston friends. Another hilly race but always fun. They have hot chocolate and girl scout cookies when you finish. I was actually surprised and placed 2nd in my age group.

 

That was my November. Doesn’t seem like much but it was really busy but a lot of fun too.

 

 

April and May Updates

So to give a run down of events in April/May, I will do it in one blog post. I was going to do April’s by itself but then realized it was like May 25th and I would have to post May anyway.

Birthday Weekend:

My son turned 3 in April and we had a full weekend planned for him. We first did the Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. Afterwards, they have a huge party with games, bounce houses, etc. The only problem was that is freakishly cold. It was also drizzling the whole time so we didn’t stay as long as we thought.

My son also had his birthday party that day at The Little Gym. It was so easy for me. I just provided the cake, food, etc and they did the rest for us. So easy and fun for all the kids. Since the weather was so bad, the kids were really happy to get all their energy out.

The next day we went to his friend’s birthday party at a playground.

Running/Working Out/Fitness:

The half marathon I had been training for happened in April. It was the Blue Bell Half Marathon. It was their first time having a half marathon. My friends and I drove up the night before and slept in the town. The race itself is run by the local high school. It was very hilly through the country with beautiful flowers. Luckily, it was chilly out because some people got their first water station at mile 7. I got water at Mile 3 and Mile 7. The race organizers realized their mistake and say it will be better next time. When you finish, there is Blue Bell Ice Cream. Since it was cold, the high school opened their doors for the runners to go inside.

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Blue Bell Half Marathon Scenery

We also as a family did a Cinco de Mayo 5k. My husband even placed in his age group and he does not really run anymore.

I ended May by doing the Murph at Crossfit. For those who do not know, the Murph was named after Michael P. Murphy who was a United States Navy SEAL officer. Each Memorial Day Weekend, people do this workout in his honor. It is a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and end with another mile 1. Some people wear weight vests and others modify it to suit their skill/fitness level.

Family/Friends:

We have had a lot of fun these last couple of months. We went to a small local rodeo since my son had so much fun at the huge one. My sons favorite part at this rodeo is that they had little pig races and he saw a pig swim.

We also went camping in May. We normally only camp October-May because the summer months are just unbearable. My son had a lot of fun catching lightning bugs this time while we camped. He also liked the hammock we had between two trees.

For Mother’s Day we went to a brewery we really like but it is over an hour away. We were excited to go because they had recently opened up a kitchen and the food was really good.

The last thing we did was go blueberry picking. We only got about 1.5 pounds but that is plenty for us. We will probably go fruit picking another too this summer.

March Updates

As I am writing this, I am sitting at home, eating a Pop-Tart while my sick son is lying in my bed relaxing. It is very chaotic trying to get sub plans written while I am teaching but glad I could be here for my son. Anyway, it gives me a perfect time to write.

Workouts

In March I was continuing the Crossfit Open with workouts 18.2-18.5. I think my favorite was 18.1 though. I think I gave my best performance too since I had been off for 6 weeks. I also stepped up my running to get ready for my half marathon. I also ran a 4 mile race where I ran 3 miles beforehand. The race is called the Brunch Run and I run it every year because the after party is great, my friends run it and it supports the park I run at. For the Brunch Run, I did it in 37:57 which is a 9:29 mile. I will take it.

Rodeo

We also went to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This is a big deal in Houston. It is like 21 days long and huge. We went the night Kelsea Ballerini played. While we didn’t really know her, we enjoyed the show. We walked the Livestock Show to see the animals, go to the petting zoo, etc before we watched the rodeo. The rodeo is before the concert. Personally, I love the Calf Scramble and Mutton Bustin the best. I did not grow up with a rodeo and didn’t know how much I would love but now it is a tradition that we go once a year.

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Houston Rodeo

Other

This month I tried Goat Yoga for the first time. Yes, goat yoga! Basically you do yoga and there are goats around you. You can pet them, pick them up, whatever. They even put the goats on you. It was so much fun.

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Wheel Pose with a goat

We also went camping on the beach with some friends. I have camped at the beach before but we were on the beach. It was nice to hear the ocean waves at night. The only negative was that when we got up in the morning, there were mosquitoes every where!

We decided to also go to GermanFest this month. I have heard of GermanFest before but never been. We randomly ran into another family we know while we were there. My son loved that they had pony rides.

As a family we also went to the Houston Zoo. I am a member so I get one person in for free. It was so crowded the day we went (Good Friday) because a lot of people had off, it was beautiful out and the animals were opening Easter Eggs. We still had fun and my son loved riding the Carousel and feeding the Giraffes.

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We ended the month with a couple Easter related things. I went to my sons Easter Egg Hunt at school which was fun. We also went to an Easter Egg hunt at No Label Brewery. The only problem with that one was that my son did not get any eggs because the older kids took them all. He did get to meet the Easter Bunny though. We also went to another free Easter celebration called Baskets and Bunnies and they separated the kids by age groups and their egg hunts were on different fields so that was nice but quick. I might have been a little too competitive because my son only picked up random eggs and would skip over some. I wanted him to pick them all up but I also know it is good that my son is not greedy.

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Easter Bunny at No Label. My son gave him his monkey.

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Barely collecting eggs.

That was our month. Really busy but a fun month. My son did go swimming with his dad on the roof of a building downtown and I felt awful for my husband because it was freezing. My son didn’t care.

Houston Marathon 2018 Recap

I am going to recap the 2018 Houston Marathon since it has been a few days and I think I can write about it as I am all recovered from it. It is really a weekend and not just a day so I will start with the whole weekend. Warning: this will be long.

Friday

I went to work. Okay so I will start with after work. Every year one of my friends host a girls pasta dinner at her house.  We all bring something to share with everyone. It is always a lot of fun, lots of laughs and lots of friendship. It is one of my favorite nights. It was also nice to see some women who I don’t run with (because of different paces).

Saturday

My family decided to go get my packet in the afternoon. You have Friday or Saturday to get it. I would love to get in on Friday because it is not as busy but they close at 6, and I wouldn’t be able to get there until like 5:30 and I would like to shop too.  I usually spend about 2 hours at the Expo. So we went Saturday afternoon hoping to not have as many crowds as the morning is usually packed. Well it was still really busy. Maybe I should try even later on Saturday. So I picked up my packet and then bought 4 headbands at Sweaty Bands.  They are my absolute favorite. They also had a good deal of buy 3 get 1 free and that included the $5 clearance so I got 4 headbands for $15. You can find them here, they don’t pay me.

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Sweaty Bands are amazing!

Otherwise I didn’t buy anything else. Just walked around the booths, took pictures, signed me day, etc.

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Many pictures taken at the Expo

Oh and I always wear a silly shirt to the Expo like this one is a Turkey Trot shirt. I don’t know why, just like to scare my competition on how fierce I am.

Sunday

My friend picked me up at 5 am and drove me to the start. She was also running. In the past, my husband drove me but we decided this was better so he could get to the first spot to watch me and allow my son some more sleep time. So we got in the GRB at like 5:30. What is great about Houston is the start/end is at this huge Convention Center and you get to hang inside until the start. It was like 32 degrees so everyone was all bundled. I decided to wear capris and a long-sleeve shirt plus gloves. Inside the building, it is just a bunch of pictures being taken.  Since I am in a running club, we all take a bunch of pictures together. The start of the race is at 7 am but I was in C corral.

So I headed towards the start with a couple of friends. One decided to get closer to the start since she is a faster runner. The rest stayed behind. We ended up not getting to the start line until like 7:36. So we start and it was cold and glorious. My husband and son were at mile 2. I also saw a girl I went to high school with. At this point I was running with my training buddy and another girl who was running the half.

At mile 6, my husband and son were there. I gave my husband my gloves. My training buddy had already given him her gloves and her jacket. She was already in just a tank and shorts. A mile later, my training buddy was in the area where her students live.  So one of her students had donut holes for us. It was amazing. After mile 8, the half breaks apart from the full so we lost the other girl and it was just me and my training buddy.

At mile 10, my husband and son were back.This was also the first time my son looked awake and smiled when he saw me. We also saw our friends husband who snapped this picture.

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Mile 10

We kept running and my friend saw her family. We finally got to the first big hill of the race. After the hill, our friends husband was back. The halfway point is a disappointment because it is hard for people to get to and it is a little out and back. The only good part is you get to see some people in front of you and behind you.

Mile 15, my friend grabbed a beer from the Buffalo Bayou Brewery guys. My husband and son were also there cheering so I gave them a high 5. My son looked very happy just eating his snacks.

At mile 16, we saw our friends and their kids. It gave us some energy because we were not expecting to see them. We also saw some more friends at mile 18 and mile 19. This is usually a hard part of the race because there are not many spectators and there is no entertainment. So us seeing our friends was really nice. I also saw someone from my Crossfit gym at mile 18 and ran with him for a minute.

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Mile 18

So my training buddy used the restroom at mile 19 and that was the last I saw her. One thing they did this year that I loved was they had speakers playing music from mile 19-22. Again, this is a part where there are not many spectators. I saw one of my friends struggling at mile 20 so I talked to her for a second. I was feeling great at that point and thought I could get my B goal at that point.  My A goal was to finish. B was a time goal. My husband and son were at mile 21 and I told them I would see them at the finish. Around mile 22 is when the spectators pick back up. Right before mile 23 I see a guy who use to run with my running club. He has had health problems so I cried and hugged him when I saw him.

At mile 24, Karbach Brewery was there with some of my friends.  It was such a boost to see them all. I ended up finishing the race at 4:52:22 which is my 4th fastest time, I believe. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. My time goal was under 5 so I was really happy.

Once inside, I got my medal, shirt and got some chocolate milk. I talked to my former students mom, talked to some of my friends and saw another former student waiting for his family. My husband met me in the reunion area and took me to the car. He always has Crave cupcakes waiting for me which I love.

The weather was perfect and was a big redemption from last years horrible race. Maybe I am over the dramatic experience of the 2017 Houston Marathon. I am sure I forgot something but whatever.

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Finisher Shirt and mug

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Medal

December Updates

December just flew by..sorta. Sometimes I was like “Man, four weeks until Winter Break” and other times it flew by. I can’t believe it is now 2018. I really do not make resolutions but I am going to try this year to take time to breathe. Like it is okay to stay in my house and relax. I don’t always have to be on the move. Anyway, my life in December.

Working Out

Last month before my big race so I did some long runs this month like a 20 miler. I felt great on that run. I also hit some PRs at Crossfit. December has been pretty cold here(for Houston) which is my favorite running temperatures. I love it in the 40s. There has also been hot humid days too. It was very weird and explains why everyone got sick this month.

Camping

After my 20 miler, we went camping at Lost Maples State Park which is like 60 miles west of San Antonio. It was in the 30s throughout the night and rainy. My husband packed our car and forgot to pack my suitcase so my coat, socks, everything was in my house. So I was really cold. The next morning though, we went on a nice hike as a family(dog too) and it was beautiful. Highly recommend that park.

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Lost Maples State Park

Friends

We had a lot of fun with friends in December. I started December with a baby shower for a friend which my husband even went because it was at a playground so the kids could play. The night I went with a friend to an ugly sweater party. I had a couple of Christmas Light Runs with friends which are my favorite. I did a dinner with some sorority sisters. I saw my college roommate/sorority sister and went on a brewery tour with a friend before New Years.  Some of this will be extended on.

Brewery

On the 30th, we went with a friend to two new to us breweries.  They are both close to me and one hasn’t officially had their grand opening.  We went to Wicked Boxer Brewery and Bearded Fox. Wicked Boxer is new and hasn’t had their big grand opening yet.  The space was small but cute. Bearded Fox has been open for a while and has stuff for kids, free popcorn and had a food truck on site which was nice.

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Wicked Boxer Brewery

Travel

I had to take a weekend trip to Dallas for a training for my volunteer job. We stayed at a Marriott because it was next door to the training. The hotel was nice and the food was good. The gym looked pretty nice but I didn’t work out in there. They had little maps of running routes in the area so I did that. I ran before the sun came up since my training was early and the only problem was one of the routes you went on a cute path except it was dark, no lights, and no one could see it. So the next day, I turned before the path and just ran in a neighborhood instead.

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Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

Health

My son had an appointment with his allergist and he is still allergic to peanuts but not as bad as last year which is a good sign. I did feel bad because the night before, my son was cleaning up his toys and fell right on the coffee table so his cheek was all cut up and bruised.

Holidays

For the holidays we traveled to St. Louis to see my mom, aunts, sister, etc. We stayed with my mom and got in Christmas Eve. I had won a free drink ticket on my flight for knowing my Christmas trivia. My sister had ordered my favorite pizza for when we arrived. It was cold the whole time I was in St. Louis like 18 degrees as the high cold. The only good thing, there was snow the whole time.

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White Christmas. Deers in my moms backyard.

For Christmas we went to Illinois to have lunch at my aunt’s house. It was nice to see everyone including my cousins. The night my mom, sister and I went and saw Father Figure which I do not recommend. We did get Steak N Shake beforehand so that was enjoyable.

On Tuesday we went to Myseum to let Eli play all day. He had a blast and it was a great place. That night I caught dinner with my college roommate, her husband and her daughter at Kirkwood Station Brewery. It is always great to see her.

On Wednesday we went to Chesterfield Sports Fusion to play mini golf. Unfortunately my son had no interest in playing minigolf so it was a bust.

We left super early the next day. So it was a great trip but short.

For New Years Eve, some friends came to a restaurant by me to eat dinner and celebrate. I was home at like 8:30 and then watched Dick Clark’s NYE or whatever it is called. Very low-key but whatever.

 

So that was my December summed up pretty quickly. Last thing, I saw the movie Miss You Already and I really enjoyed it.

November Updates

So…it is December 22nd and I am off for winter break and I have not written since November….my bad. December got a little out of hand, fast. I hope everyone is done with their shopping. I am not. Hopefully by 9 PM tonight I can say I am. I was do not have any pictures because my they disappeared. I don’t know what my phone did with them. Anyway, lets update:

Fitness:

November is when I really starting amping up my miles for my marathon training.  My training runs had been going terribly. They were hot, humid, miserable and I felt horrible during them. I ran the Cypress Half Marathon on November 12th. It was the third year of this race and my 3rd time doing it. The course is not exciting but it is close to my house, tons of parking, plenty of water and good volunteers. It was little humid that morning and the sun came out to make the course very sunny. So that week my friend was having me try Ketones(*) to see how they work for me. They did not.  They did not give me energy and made me extremely hungry starting at mile 5(I don’t get hungry during halves and I ate beforehand). So that with the heat, I thought I did terrible. So I was very surprised when the clock said 2:02:XX. I ran my 2nd fastest half. My fastest is 2:00:45 and that was a couple of years before I had a baby.

*Ketones work really well for my friend but not me. My body is weird.

Friends:

One of our married couple friends moved away this month. So we did a couple of events with them. With the wife, I went a couple of times to place called Rustic Brush. You create a wooden sign, sand it, stain it and paint it. It was a lot of fun. We also went to St. Arnolds Brewery as a last get together.

We have another couple come in town for the holidays so it was nice to meet up with them at the Great Heights Brewing.

Lastly, we met up with some of our friends we met through Eli at No Label Brewery for a playdate. This brewery has a playground so the kids all played while the adults socialized.

Holidays: 

For Thanksgiving we stayed in town and went to my husbands brothers house. It was lowkey which is how I like my holidays. I made a dessert and an adult beverage. I have included the recipes for both since I do not have any pictures:

Chocolate Acorns

Poinsettia Drink:

  • Champagne
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Liqueur (optional)