Saturday, December 29, 2012

Winter Break

Few words, lot of pics...enjoying my time off work catching up with Family and Friends.  
Tim, my former co-worker
Larry and Chad, former student and co-worker
Pfeifer and I at the Packer game
My niece's text thanking for her gift! 
Christmas at Z's
Jason rock em sock em with his nephew
1D dolls for the girls!
Saw this beauty on way to my parents
My bros and I~and crazy look on my face
Almost all the nieces and nephews
Post present opening play for Z
Post present opening play for N
Another lost tooth the day after Christmas!
Ran into Larry again, this time I got a pic!
Friendsmas Photobombing!
Friendsmas Fun!
Water park
Ready to swim
Lazy River N
Z cruising the lazy river
Titletown Brewing Company!
Lunch at Curly's Pub at Lambeau Field
My finished ink!

I knocked out my last few miles to get over the 1400 mark for the year!  Yay!  Looking forward to the last few days of the year.  

Hope your Holidays were wonderful and you make the most of the last couple of days of 2012.  


Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Recap

My 8 mile run on the last day of the world...12/21/12 ~wait never mind!
2012 was a crazy year for running.  The weather was the major story.  It was a hot racing season, but a fun-filled one also.

Here is a run-down of my year:
8 Half-marathons (including my 1st stint as a pacer)
1 Full marathon (as a pacer, my other planned full was canceled due to heat)
1 15K
2 Four milers
1 198 mile relay with some wonderful new friends 
1 Tough Mudder which was 12+ miles 
1 2 1/2 mile run (Alumni Meet)
1 100 Day runstreak, at least one mile every day!

Disappointment was training for Madison Marathon and only getting to run the half due it being canceled.  
I didn't PR in the half this year, which was one of my goals, but I did in my second 4 mile run at the end of the year.

My mile goal was 1200 miles, and I am happy to report that I am only about 30 miles from 1400 miles, which will happen, so I am quite happy about that! I also took a couple age group awards, which is always an added bonus, since I tend to be most competitive with myself. 
I am looking forward to 2013 and what races it will bring.  I am already signed up for several races, starting right off with a race January 1st!  

How did your 2012 running go?  What are you planning for 2013?  Hope to see you on the course!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December Shift

Maybe it is not obvious, but being a runner is not the only hat I wear.  I write this  blog focusing on that, otherwise it would be scattered (like my mind), but I add little bits and pieces of who I am outside the running realm.  

One thing that I have been almost as long a a runner is a teacher.  And I can't fully express my thoughts into comprehensible reading over Friday's tragedy but I can say, I am hurt, sad, and sickened.  I often discuss the perks of my job with my husband.  He gets a company car, cell phone, yearly bonus, and raises.  I get hugs, tears, laughter, and statements that make me light up on a day to day basis.  I get to see little four-year-olds turn into graduating 8th graders years later.  I see alumni come back as parents. I see parents as partners in education. 

I am lucky.  My school is founded on seven core values, we honor those values with ceremonies, we can PRAY.  

I have probably spent too much time watching TV coverage of the events that unfolded.  I have cried until my eyes hurt.  I have probably hugged and kissed my daughters more than usual.  I will probably have more hugs than usual to dole out this week before break to my students.  The best I felt yesterday was after my run, today when the wind whipped against my face on my return back to my house...I was grateful for the reminder that I am feeling and alive.  
These tragedies that keep occurring won't turn me into a bitter woman, they will remind me keep trying to work on being more loving and giving to the people I come in contact with.  I don't want to understand why this happened; I want to be sure that the new Angels in heaven are acknowledged by the people here who can and will continue do good to spread love.

If you took the time to read this, thank you.  My virtual hug to you.