Confession Time

Okay so I have a confession. Until today, I have not run since my very hilly half marathon back in November. Today I decided to dust off the shoes and run a mile. It was awesome! It was about 45 degrees, sunny and no breeze; perfect running weather! My first mile went so well and I was having so much I fun I decided to run another. That hardly ever happens after taking so much time off. It was way overdue, though. Especially since the stress of building our house has been draining me.

Little tip, run with music. A really good song can keep you motivated and keep you running! Ooops, time to pick up the kiddo’s from school. Hope you all have a super great Monday!

Joy is a gift,
Shan

Half Marathon Time

So I have been officially training to run another half marathon. The last one I ran was with hubby at Disney World in January 2006. Ever since my major mountain biking accident the summer of 2007…well, let’s just say, my body will never be the same. It has been a huge uphill battle to run since my accident. It is almost like starting all over again, but with a “crutch,” meaning that I am “broken” compared to when I began training to run my first half marathon back in the fall of 2003. I finally am running 3 miles at least 3 times a week – the past 3 weeks. Saturday was the first time I ran over 3… 5 miles. So now I will be upping my mileage every Saturday by one mile until I get to 10. It has been a slow process and humbling. I usually hurt, believe it or not, in my shoulders and arms after I run. This is where I took the brunt of the fall in my accident.

I have just told myself that if I have to walk some during my 13.1 miles, it is okay. This is difficult for me to think about considering I have run 26.2 miles in 2005. I will finish, that is a given, just maybe not as fast as I would like or have done before.

Toodles,
Shan

38 is GREAT!

Today is my birthday and I want to thank everyone who called me to wish me a happy day. It is special that you remembered. It has been a good day. I started out by running 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym. I placed my little card on the scanner like I do every time I enter the gym and the computer all of a sudden said “Happy Birthday!” It totally shocked me! Then everyone in the office said Happy Birthday to me. That was pretty cool!

I then decided I would go see the progress of the house. There was only one framer there. It is very cloudy today with a high chance of rain. He informed me that one of the framers fell off a rafter yesterday working. I was very surprised to find out they worked yesterday. I did not expect that, being Labor Day, & then to find out someone who has been instrumental in building our miracle was hurt doing so. I was sad to hear the news. I think he has shoulder and ribs injured. The one man who was there asked me why I was coming & taking pictures of the house. I was thinking in my mind, “why would I NOT take pictures…it is my dream home you are building.” Anyhow, he continued talking and said out of all the 12 houses he has help build in the last 3 years that only one other owner came to take pictures. I was a little surprised myself and then told him it might be due to people working full time. I think maybe they just came and took pictures at night when they were not there anymore. This was a very nice man and I began to explain to him that I am very grateful for their work. “I want to take pictures and capture this process…it is a miracle to me. I like to see how it has grown. Honestly, I am in awe.” He looked at me and said, “you are the first person to say that, usually everyone takes us for granted.” I can not begin to tell you how humbling it was to hear him say this to me. He continued talking, sharing stories of how rude owners were to them, treating them like second class citizens. My sympathy overflowed as I listened to him. I am very grateful for these men, the framers of our new house. They have a special talent…it really is amazing to watch them work and see their progress.

At the last minute, a friend invited me to lunch and we visited a quaint little “Tea Room” in our small little town. Then before we knew it, it was time to pick up the kids from school. Hubby just got home with a cake for dessert…isn’t that so sweet! He also gave me Stephenie Meyer’s book The Host! Something to look forward to reading. Although, I really can’t imagine it being any better than Twilight. So we are off to have dinner at my favorite Italian Restaurant as a family. I made a birthday mix today and found a song I have been looking for for years: Something Good by Utah Saints. It is such a fun song to dance to!

I hope this finds all of you, my family & friends having a good day too! I am so blessed to have you all in my life. And even though I have wrinkles, grey hair and a slower metabolism I am grateful to be here this day…it is a gift itself!

Adios, Shan