Happy Birthday Ben!

Happy, happy birthday to my sweet husband!!  We love you so much!!  Thank you for being the best daddy and husband there ever could be.  We are so grateful for all that you do for us.

  We all hope you have a fabulous day like you deserve.  See you soon so we can party!!  :]

Marathon Training Weeks 2 & 3 - Heart Rate Training

The other night I had a dream that I ran a 3:31 marathon and during that marathon I had even stopped and eaten for 45 minutes with my family.  I was pretty excited because I knew I could do better in the next marathon if I didn't take a lunch break.  lol!

^^As seen on my run.  4x hot air balloons if you can see them.

Some Friday Favorites

Zulily jacked up some of my orders (grr) which meant full refunds including my shipping! + extra store credit (YAY) and I got to keep the wrong stuff anyways.

I ordered the silver and received mister flowers.  Not as cute, but definitely wearable.

B3's new play station by my desk.  He loves playing by me.  I love that he... stays by me.  lol

My cousin moved here last month.  His brother came down to visit and we all got together for a swimming, BBQ party during the unexpected yet plentiful sunshine of hurricane Dolores.  (Where are our monsoons??  I'm so disappointed in them so far.)

Ben is incline walking and can start running in the next week or two.  His surgery was successful, thank goodness!

B3 has teeth now.

I've been on another shoe kick lately (to very little surprise).  The bottom two were a good chunk courtesy of Zulily jacking up other orders.

Thinking B3 is asleep only to look up to see he was very much not.

Story of my life:

The CrossFit Games are this week!  I am obsessed with watching the Olympics so I love to watch the games each July.

I'm only three weeks into official training, but it's been going really well and I have been looking forward to each workout!!  Nine weeks until I get to race my next race, a 1/2!

Fridays are definitely some of the very best.  Throw summer in there and they're even better.  

Happy Friday!!

Ten Months!

Mister B3 has hit yet another month of life and I'm thinking he has reached the point where he looks like a little boy and not a baby anymore.  Man, that went fast!

Little guy is little, but getting tall!  He still wears size 2 diapers and 6-12 month clothes.  He apparently popped out another tooth (#7) at the end of the month, but I never noticed until it was well out.  :(  He's been eating his hand this week so I think maybe #8 will arrive soon which will be four on top and four on bottom.

The China Experience

Alright, one more post about our trip.  It almost feels like it was a dream.

This post took me forever to write.  Not only because it's five novels long, but because I can hardly find enough time in my day to work since my child is ALL OVER THE PLACE.  Or should I say, my child is in the pantry shaking the oatmeal and playing with the box of Monsters.

Revel Marathon Training - Week 1

This past week was week one of my marathon training!  It was also the first week where I bumped up to running 4x a week since having B3 (although I may alternate 3x).  My overall mileage isn't suddenly increasing, I'm running more shorter distances plus the long run.  In a couple of weeks I'll add track /speed work back in as my legs continue to agree!

So, marathon training.  It scares me so much.  The maintenance increases to stay uninjured, but there are still no guarantees.  It's putting a lot on the line!  Your whole heart, gallons of sweat, hours of time, mental strength, and chances are you're also devoting a major part of your daily thoughts to this one race!!

It usually goes well in my daydreams.  Or maybe I hit the wall at mile 25.5.  ha

The start of training is really exciting and I do love it.  This will be a really long cycle as I'm working on my base still, but I plan to do periodic updates like I did with the Great Wall training.  Maybe every couple of weeks or so.

Some monsoony-views from this week.

I spent more time rolling/stretching than running!  After last Saturday's race in the warmer temperatures, my legs were a bit tight.  I've also been keeping up some squatting + push ups.

I am going to invest in a new foam roller with ridges/bumps on it.  What I would really like to buy is this awesome R8 Massage Roller.  If you've never heard of it you should check it out.  I've seen it on running blogs and it has great reviews, I just wish it wasn't $120!

On to week #2!  

Have a great Monday!

Summer Palace, Olympic Park = CHINA!

I was hoping that posting everyday in June would jump start my creativity and get me blogging more in general.  aaahahaha 

I shall do what I can.

So back to our China experience which was just fantastic!  The last full day we were there we visited the Summer Palace, walked around and took a ferry over to the bridge which is in the background.  This was the day after the Great Wall Marathon so we were all walking on fatigued legs!  Some people in our group were hilarious to watch getting on and off the bus (stairs).

Water graffiti:

I was really excited to visit the Beijing Olympic Park!!  I am a huge Olympic junky so I soaked it all up.  Did you know there is only ONE more year until the next summer Olympics!?!?  They will be held in Rio!

Below is a 7 star hotel built for the Olympics.  If you look at it through creative eyes, you'll see it looks like a dragon!

The sky wasn't entirely pollution, it was dreary and we had some drizzles too.  It was great weather for touring around.

Have you ever seen a Panda Bear in real life?  We stopped by the Panda Zoo to see them in their cuteness.

The entire Great Wall Marathon gathered for a Gala the night before we were set to head home.  The race organization held it in a massive ballroom and we were all able to enjoy a tasty buffet.  

A slide show of pictures from the race along with the official race day video were shown.  My sister had a giant close up image and I had a neat one in a shadow but I cannot seem to locate it ANYWHERE.  The event photographers were separate from the race photographers so I wasn't able to buy that picture.  I'm sure you'll see it if I ever track it down.

Touring China with a fellow group of runners was the best experience ever.  On day one we all came together as complete strangers from around the world but already relating in so many crazy runner ways.

I want to say that 500ish of the 2500 runners were from the United States.  I think our group was about 1/2 American.  I like learning about others' homelands and I loved some of the accents.  The fun thing is we have been able to connect on Facebook.

Our group had the 3rd place overall woman finisher, and Karen, the runner next to my sister, runs a 3:10 (my sister is in yellow)!!  I wish she lived closer so she could coach my slowness.

Back at the hotel we bid our farewells with our group of 30 since some were leaving as early as 3am to head home.  (Luckily not us.)  What an awesome experience in so many ways!  

I'm not sure we'll ever make it back due to the expensive nature plus complication of growing our family and traveling, but if we ever win the lottery then YES.  We'd go back!  And we'd run it again.  China rocks!  (And we'd stay in that 7 star hotel [if they'd accept foreigners].  After all, we'd have won the lottery.)

^^That's Shorty!
This is the official video from this year. We make a tiny, itsy bitsy cameo that you probably will never find. haha!

And if you missed it, our family's race video from the race.  It is B3's favorite video ever.:

4th of July + ARR 4 Mile Race

The Summer Series are races put on by the Arizona Road Racers.  They not only bring out a fair amount of people for such small races, but they're fast with a lot of talented runners!

This weekend we ran the 4-miler for the 4th of July.  Our cousin just moved here so he also joined.  Turns out he's pretty fast!

I was going to turn this finish line video clip into a GIF, but I haven't.  Thanks to my brother, James, for this one!

The race started at 6:30am which for this time of year we're already in the 90s by that time.  I had a couple of goals but was planning on just taking it mile by mile due to the heat.  No negative splits like I usually shoot for!  Just have fuuun and live to tell about it.

1.  Top 15 in my age group (based on previous years' results)
2.  Sub 35:59 (beat the only 4 mile race I've run which was at 6 months pp)

The heat wasn't bad until the last 1/3, then it was a slap in the face.  I have no idea how somebody can run a 5:30 pace, period, let alone in that heat, but the winners came in at 20:xx!!  Pretty incredible.

^^Net time was 35:37.  I delay started with the 9 min/mile group which is the clock discrepancy you see.

I got both of my goals.  The race was a little shorter on runners this year so it wasn't as competitive as years past, so I slaughtered my first goal.

Due to the competitive nature of these races, we didn't bother checking official results in person.  Turned out that James got 1st in his age group!

Official times:
James:  27:21 (6:50 pace)
Dallin:  28:28 (7:07 pace)
Brian:  29:32 (7:23 pace)
Christy:  35:37 (8:54 pace)

^^That last one is 1.00m average stride length.

Ben was a trooper.  He came along with B3 as early race morning spectators.  He didn't run (he's still not supposed to lift B3) but will be back out with us soon.

^^I really had no idea.
The devilish oreo smores pancakes made their July debut into my belly.  4th of July post race breakfast was at Butterfields.  It is the best.  If you visit Scottsdale you shall visit.

Followed by a 4 hour nap (thanks Ben!!) and a BBQ at the pool.  We are trying to start new 4th of July traditions since we had such strong ones growing up in Layton.  

It's much hotter here for the holiday, but there are still so many things we can do!  Having more and more family move here has been the BEST EVER.  Arizona is full of good memories.  Arizona is home.

I hope you had a fabulous 4th and have a fantastic week ahead!