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.
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....
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...
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!
Soccer for Rylee.....2-3 grade
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!
October-December brought Cougar football games, tailgating, Halloween, thanksgiving and Santa Fun Runs! Also brought me close to these awesome running women!
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 Move..as 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!