Saturday, December 31, 2011

1,011 miles in 2011!

Yep that is right I went over 1,000 miles in 2011! I was struggling to finish up miles..... I ran 5.4 miles on Friday 12/30 to clinch the 1,000 miles! I was so elated to once again make consecutive years of 1,000 miles. I had set up a date with Keep on Keeping On to run some miles on NYE so she could clinch her miles as well! We met at 8am with hopes of getting in 11 miles in honor of 2011! I have to be honest, I was struggling early and was hoping that I could keep up with H. Finally downhill to Dissmore's(8 miles)! we decided to keep going to get 3 extra miles in! Yeah we finished 11 miles in 1:37 with a 8:54 pace! whew! we made it!

Post 11 mile run with Keep on Keeping on! Thanks for the runs, commaderie and most of all friendship! 2012 here we come!

Recap 2011 runs:
202 workouts
1,011.17 miles
9'0"4 /mi
152:55:10 duration of total runs
101,923 calories burned(why am I  not skinnier!!!)

Recap Part 2....forgot pics! oops

In the midst of me recapping 2011, I forgot to add two pictures....I even talked about them and forgot to insert them!
so here they are....the first is of S and me at the runnning journal inspiration party with Blonde Pony, Keep on Keeping On and Nerd on the Run!

Here is the second of the all the runners by the bike at Thomas Hammer!

Thanks for the great 2011 runs ladies! I have truly enjoyed(actually loved) the early morning runs with you all. Here's to 2012 and more memories!
Next up....1,000 mile recap and NYE morning run with Keep on Keeping on!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Year in Review...Running and in life!

Wow where has 2011 gone! Super fast and already looking in the rear view mirror as it goes by! First off so internally grateful for great family, friends, a job, a great community that my family lives in, health, and the ability to be able to participate in so many activities and adventures with my without further adew...

January..January brought back coaching jr high vball! I love to be able to give the young women the gift of learning volleyball skills and become an impact in their lives. Everyday was a new adventure! As the wife of a coach for hs football and basketball, that means we travel lots(good things for tahoes/surburbans), stay up late, cheer loud for the wildcats, eat lots of meals on the road, share road trips with great friends, see great hs kids perform in the athletic arena...couldn't ask for a better life! Also both kids were busy playing youth basketball. Both had great seasons-Rylee her first playing 3rd grade(even though in 2nd) and Luke getting to play on both 4 and 5 teams.

February...Brought the end of youth basketball for both kids, jr high volleyball and the playoffs for Clark's girls basketball team. Running was basically put on back burner due to weather and crazy family life! The treadmill got lots of action on weekdays nights after practices, dinners,etc! Got in a few local fun runs!

March....State Championships for Clark's hs basketball team! What a great season capped off with a very deserving 3-in-a-row State Championship! Ran a few more local runs-St. Patricks Day 5K in Lewiston, Campus on the Run 5K at WSU(Go Cougs!)We also said a very sad goodbye to Clark's dad after a 10+ year battle with Multiple Myeloma cancer. It was a very quick, downhill fight. They just couldn't fight it anymore. The service was a beautiful reminder of how wonderful a life Bob lived, lives he touched, lasting memories that we will hold on to forever and how quickly life can change....Every breath is a precious gift

April ....brought warmer weather, spring sports-baseball for Luke and softball for Rylee. Both kids great! Luke's team ended up wining the league championship, and the post season tourney. Rylee's team did great too with an appearance in the post season tourney. She did great for playing her first softball season.
May....Vegas baby! Need I say more?! Sun, drinks, the pool and 2 books is all I needed for a much needed 4 days of R & R to get me back up and going for rest of the spring! May 14 brought the Windermere Half Marathon. I was after that elusive sub 2:00 hr half time... the weather was perfect, course great, had a great running buddy run with me in the half and 3 running buddies running the it turns out I missed the sub 2:00 by 3 minutes...darn potty stop! But I brought home my first running medal!!! So excited for the bling!

June brought the start of Marathon Training #2-Portland Marathon! 18 week is set and on the docket...Traveled to Boise, Idaho for the See Jane Run Half Marathon. Wow-if anyone has a chance to travel to Boise and run this race, it's top Notch. Not only is the theme behind the race and See Jane Run powerful, the course was fantastic, great race support, great prerace warm up, tons of port-a-potties, weather was perfect, easy walking from hotel to Julia Davis Park. My goal was to break 2:00 half....
quick race we are lining up at start and turn on ipod for music and get my ipod chip/sensor ipod tells me no sensor found....yep I had left my sensor on the dining room table a few hundred miles away...:( after I settled my mild panic attack, I took deep breath and realized I will run what I can and not pay attention to my time. I will rely on my running buddy K and the course volunteers. A quick start and K kept us posted on pace and time. After halfway point, I'm feeling great, pace fine. K starting to get tired and knowing pace and time, I gotta keep it up. I pull away from her and hot the trail. I follow a girl for a while, but think in my mind I might be slowing down, so I pass her. Only a few miles to go and I have to push it. I cross over the river and make my way towards the last of the path system and into the park. I'm about a mile until finish and I can hear the finish line announcer yell out times...1:50..oh panic set in. I tried to run so fast but knowing I had about a mile left....I 'm getting closer...I hear the time 1:56..oh geesh! I'm closer, closer, closer and now I can see the huge clock over the finish and it's at 1:58 and some change....still sprinting and I finish at 1:59:42!!!! Here are my running buddies...MD, K, KD. We had a great trip!
June also brought Hoopfest in Spokane for both pf the kids....

Clark's 40th birthday as well! a great camping trip right before 4th of July! and of course...More marathon training!

July...I had the opportunity to participate in and join a relay team with my running neighbors and K! Mt Misery relay says it all...56 miles of pure uphill and downhill through snow, rocks, logs, snakes, gravel roads! We beat our time and had so much fun! here is the team with medals and beers!  And of course...a year wouldn't be complete without a trip to see my boyfriend... Kenny Chesney! We traveled to Portland to see Kenny Chesney with great friends! what a great concert as always....Clark & I and a sign I found on side I-5...

and after Kenny brought a week long camping trip complete with boating, great weather and oh and training runs around our campsites.....that was a struggle but I ran 3 days and accomplished over 15 miles!
August was a 6-6 outdoor coed volleyball tourney, weekend in Chelan with HS bestest friends, 2 days of non stop working for Lentil Fest and MUCHO running miles! Lots of LONG training runs prior to heading to river to go boating! Gotta do what you gotta do to get the miles in! I participated in my second annual Hells Gate Duathalon-I'm on a team...I run 2 miles, KD bikes 12 miles and I run 2 more miles! It is a pretty much all out spring for me! I am so darn competitive!

September brought back first day of school for kiddies 5 and 3rd!

flag football for Luke...

Soccer for Rylee.....2-3 grade

the coach.....Football for the Wildcats! Here is Father/son on sidelines!

October....Marathon time! Portland Marathon here i I come-goal 4:15.....finish time 4:14:21! what a great experience.had a great run, felt great until end when muscles cramping and tightening up on my right "Quad" must be why I have that nickname....It was a first marathon for fellow running/training buddy K and hs friend/running buddy T! They did awesome for their first races!

my gear, race bib!

Fellow running buddy/great friend K in hotel lobby before race!

T & K first time marathoners!

Halloween for kids!
October-December brought Cougar football games, tailgating, Halloween, thanksgiving and Santa Fun Runs! Also brought me close to these awesome running women!

Running in the freezing cold......

and a running buddy meet up at Thomas Hammer to begin our running inspiration  journals ...thank you Keep On Keeping On for hosting and inviting us! Blonde Pony  and Nerd on the Run and S for joining in on the fun! I have had soo much fun meeting with my new running friends for Saturday or Sunday morning runs! Thank you friends for inviting and including me!
With only 2 days left until the new year....I am 5.38 miles away from my 2nd consecutive year of completing 1,000 miles! I know I can finish strong! Recap of the last few miles to come in 2012!

As we approach closing a chapter (2011) in our lives and look forward to opening a new chapter (2012).....there will be sure more to come from Quads on the I plan out my 2012 race calendar! That will come shortly into the New Year when I possible pull the plunge and put 2 races on my calendar in the next few days!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

2 Blog Days in a Row....Three Things Thursday!

1. Had a great run this morning before work! Thought getting up at 5am would be hard but when you know you have to meet a running buddy, you better get up! workout plan called for 15 min E + 5x (5 min T/2 min ER) + 10 min E. All of that in 60 minutes and 7 miles! Felt strong and good! my legs are definitely sore and a tad tired but a GOOD tired!

2. This is my Friday today! off to Chelan, Washington with my 3 bestest friends from HS. Sun, fun, the lake and friends!

3. Less than a week until hubby starts the 2011 football season! Go Cats!

Have a great Thursday and I will return next week after my vacay!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'm here and alive.....I promise!

Wow! where has the time gone?! I am so sorry and know that I'm sure people have stopped checking my blog! I love to check my fav blogs daily and get sad when there hasn't been an update! And now it's me failing on the blogging front!
I know it's technically Wordless Wednesday in the bloggy world but I recently saw some one have a 10 Things Tuesday....I think to catch up, I'm implementing today!!!!
So here goes....
1) It's August where has summer gone...12 days until Washington State University starts school and all my staff will be back! Yeah I can't wait to hear all about their summers! Love the catch up and hype!

2) with that means Cougar Football...season tix came last excited for the team to run through the tunnel, the "shark attack", tailgating, all the crimson and grey, the band playing the fight song loud and proud!

3) My kids are going to be in 5th and 3rd grade! Holy cow where was kindergarten?
4) I'm on week 10 of my 2nd marathon training plan! Can't wait to experience Portland-Sunday October 9 if anyone wants to cheer me on along the route!

5) what a great summer my family has had.....Rylee's first junior softball season placing 3rd in the end of the season tourney, Luke's Minor league taking home the PYBA Championship, myself and 3 friends traveling to Boise, ID for the See Jane Run Half Marathon(gettign my elusive sub 2 hour half!!!), both kids participating in Hoopfest in Spokane and Luke's team 3C's & a P bringing home the Loser King t-shirt, Clark turning the BIG 4-0 and camping at Chief Timothy for his birthday and 4th of July, river and yet another camping trip, Clark & I attending our 6th Kenny Chesney concert in Portland with great friends and family, a week long camping adventure to Chief Timothy with great friends and awesome weather, I played in a 6-6 coed outdoor volleyball tourney in name The Bartenders...because we spike it!, CHELAN with my bestest friends from HS(need I say more)....whew!

6) Bring on school and COLTON WILDCAT FOOTBALL!

7) Did I say only 8 more weeks unitl my 2nd marathon in the books?!

8)We gave Clark's red truck to his mom after we got his dad's big dodge! I'm so glad she loves it!

9) My brother-in-law Raed made it home safe and sound from his deployment to Afghanistan! We love you Raed for your service to our country!

10) Love you all!

Monday, February 28, 2011

ABC's of Quads!

(A) Age: Just turned 35
. Can't believe that I am almost double the age that I was when I graduated from HS, seems like it was just yesterday! And I do have a child whose age is in the double!
(B) Bed Size: Queen
(C) Chore You Hate: vacumm
(D) Dogs? No. I do like dogs but I'm never home, if I did own they would wonder who their family is!!
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: Coffee must be in hand within half hour of getting out of shower!
(F) Favorite Color: Blue
(G) Gold or Silver? Gold my wedding ring is gold. All my other jewelry is silver.
(H) Height: 5'4
(I) Instruments You Play: NONE! well I did play the piano and clarinet but traded those in in 6th grade for basketball shoes adn track spikes....the rest is history!
(J) Job Title: Mom, daughter, friend, runner, creator if activities that other people scrapbook about, wife, sister, volleyball coach, taxi driver for kids, Colton Wildcat #1 Fan...
(K) Kids: Luke 10, Rylee 8
(L) Live: Born in Western in Eastern Washington! Go COUGS!
(M) Mom's Name: Mom. Nancy or Nana
(N) Nicknames: Megs, Mugs, Mugsy, Pook
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? 2 babies
(P) Pet Peeve: People standing over me eating, reading what I am reading, hovering, etc.
(Q) Quote from a Movie: the entire Christmas Vacation is a fav quote, Reality Bites, etc
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right.
(S) Siblings: onebrother 5 years older than me
(T) Time You Wake Up? 6:20'ish! heavy on the 'ish!
(U) Underwear: commando here
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Brussel Sprouts
(W) What Makes You Run Late: kids and fmaily waiting untillast minute to get snacks, go to bathroom, change clothes, forget wallet, check to see if garage door went down, wait one more time to go to bathrom!
(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: Never
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: I hope everybody says everyhting!
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: Monkeys

Can't wait to see other people's ABC's-thanks Keep on Keeping On for sharing!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Run, Run, Run!

So nothing exciting going with my blog and I am very sorry! When I find the time to sit down and truly explore all there is to explore on my blog and make it simply mine, I will! For now, a few random posts will have to do! I am excited to have a blog but just can't find the time of late to contribute to it.

As my blog title indicates, my big ol' quads on the and from work, coaching middle school volleyball, following my 2 kids (we shall call them SugarBugger(my daughter who is almost 8), and Lukers (son who is almost 10) from their 3 youth basketball games, traveling all over Whitman County to root on my husband's high school girls basketball team(yeah go Cats!) and some where in there finding the time to literally move my Quads....I LOVE to run and freak out when I have a run scheduled and can't get it in. I am very much a person who needs 30 minutes to myself sometimes....running is what I want to do the most but reading a few chapters in my latest book is good too as long as I get it! When I don't, watch out! Fair warning has been given......Until the next post....Quads on the Move :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My first follower!

It's official! I am a blogger! Thank you Harmony for being my first follower! Please stay tuned for more posts and exciting things to come!