Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bolder Boulder 2008

Oh, goodness, we had such a good time!

Another slideshow - I'm just really liking them...

Weekend of Fun :)

Memorial Day Weekend with friends!

Clicking on the slideshow will take you to the online album.

Uncle's 90th Birthday!

I went to California to visit family and to attend my uncle's 90th surprise party. I want to write more, but I've been crazy busy...

Clicking on the slideshow will take you to the online album... love you family!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Way too much time on my hands

Yesterday was the first day where I really did feel restless and (dare I say it) almost bored! I spent most of the morning sitting on the porch watching traffic. Rode my little cruiser a few blocks downtown to meet M for lunch. Hit the post office. Back to the porch. Wrote some letters to friends far away.

Sunday I spent a few hours cleaning the back yard. A winter's worth of leaves and trash into 3 contractor trash bags. A wheelbarrow full of potting soil after emptying oh, about 20 pots.

I wish I could tell you that I have a grand landscape plan, but I don't! I will finish laying the stone patio. Roommate and I will square out a vegetable garden. Neighbor and I will dig out the easement between the sidewalk and street and somehow unify his and my property.

Today I'm meeting B for lunch. Then to the DMV to trade in my Ohio drivers license for a Colorado one. Oh the excitement!

Headed to San Francisco to visit family this weekend - should be a good time. Cousins tell me its supposed to be HOT there, which is nice considering today its about 45F.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Run this morning.

So, I spend way too much time on the internet while unemployed. Mapped my run this morning. Check it out!

I like the elevation profile on the actual website...

Colorado Half Marathon

So, B and I drove up to Fort Collins saturday and met up with M in Old Town. Its such a cute little college town! We picked up race packets and walked around a bit. M was like "Rio Grande has really good margaritas!" Of course we have not one, but two each with chips and queso :) (By the way, apparently Rio Grande's margaritas are so potent, there is a 3 per person limit.) Fantastic pre-race meal if you ask me.

I have friends that live just east of Fort Collins and they were great and let us stay with them - we cooked a big spaghetti dinner and chit chatted.

B and I woke at 4:30 to get to the bus station to grab the bus that drove us to the start. We arrived at the start point at 6:20 and shivered along with the other 1/2 marathon runners until the start at 7. The course was point-to-point starting in the canyon and then going slightly downhill along the Cache La Poudre river. It really was a great course and well supported with lots of runners! I took it easy the first hour (roughly 9:30 pace) and was feeling pretty good. Realized I could finish in under 2 hours, so I picked up the pace the rest of the race... I finished in 1:59:04 which is about a 9 min pace and I was very happy with that. The Garden runs we suffer through on Tues/Thurs mornings have improved my running. Yay.

We skipped the beer tent (!) post race and opted for a fattie breakfast! Yay for stuffed French Toast!

It really was a great race and we're definitely wanting to do this next year. I like the 1/2 marathon length. I can comfortably complete one without too much training. Next up Bolder Boulder!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Snow. In May. Seriously.

I took this picture this morning. The day started somewhat ok. It was in the low 40s, high 30s during the Garden run this morning. I wore shorts, only because I thought I had a pair of yoga pants in my car (oh, I didn't) into which I could change. *sigh* Late this morning it started raining then snowing. Then the sun came out. And now its snowing again! As G.O.B. would say, "C'mon!"

Today is my last Army Day! Say it with me "Woohoo!"

This week has been crazy but good. I spent a lot of time with Friend Now Living Here which, I'm going to have to change her name to Friend Who Moved to Delaware. The two kids and her are leaving tomorrow! What am I going to do?! Monday, we spent (minus the kids) two and half hours at Target. Yes, it is completely possible to spend 2+ hours in Target. Especially when the Target has a built in Starbucks! Hey!

I've mentioned that B and I committed to running the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile and their Tues/Thurs training runs. At first we were running with the Middle of the Pack group. The past few runs we've mixed it up with the two trail groups - we tried the slower trail group last week which was fun. Tuesday we decided to run with the fast trail group - not because we're fast, we just didn't want to stop and wait with the slower trail group. Um, yeah. That run I think was the hardest run I've done - 63 minutes of torture. And we weren't even keeping up with the group! The rest of Tuesday I was sick. S.I.C.K. and I blame the run. Needless to say, this morning B and I ran with the Social group and that was a nice 47 min run. There was a craptastic hill included, but really, you can't run the Garden without running hills. *sigh*

Yesterday Boy took me to the driving range. Other than Adventure Golf during gym summer school, I've never hit a golf ball. He proved to be a good instructor (though he says he's an awful golfer) - I hit almost every ball and some I even hit straight and quite well. It was way more fun than I thought. Plus it was a beautiful day (70s) yesterday - hard not to enjoy it.

This weekend we're running a 1/2 marathon in Fort Collins.