I don't know if very many people know this, but I have been training for a 1/2 marathon this winter. I ran this same one two years ago with my sisters and they talked me- aka forced me -into doing it again with them this year. My sisters are both much more "fit beasts" than myself- in fact they refer to me as a "fragile flower" when it comes to anything physical. But I agreed to do it this year again so I could lose the rest of my baby fat. My younger sister is getting married this month and has been on the LGN diet- if you aren't familiar with this diet I'll have to discuss it with you later. This is a G rated blog! And my older sister and I have been on the LGIBMDD diet. I can discuss this one- "Look Good in Bridesmaid Dress Diet" And that might even help you decipher the LGN diet. Anyway the race was this past weekend and I can honestly say it was so much fun. I'm sure there are several of you out there who think I am crazy to think running 13.1 miles is fun. But it truly was. My sister's finacee also ran with us as well as two of my cute cousins- Emily and Lisa. My Aunt Margie came to chaperone- :) and to be the designated photographer, clapper, treat provider, driver and freeway fetcher of beasts- this will be explained later! It was a great weekend of laughing, singing, not sleeping, story-telling, eating - oh and running. We all finished very respectably and good news- no one threw up although there was one casualty- again will be discussed later. I even improved my time from 2 years ago by 20 minutes. I attribute this to 3 factors- my incredible sister who stayed with me and wouldn't let me give up (in several areas of my life!), my Heavenly Father helping me because He knew I needed this weekend and caffeine pills. But more importantly we looked good running. We bought matching tank tops to run in as well as zebra stripped bandanas which Michelle bedazzled for us. J.J.- Natalie's fiancee even had a bedazzled bandana complete with at least one token pink jewel. (Yeah- he may not do this again with us!) Although this next part may not interest anyone except those who were there, here are some of the funny quotes or stories from the weekend that I wanted to remember:
*"Emily doesn't need an IPOD. She has herself."
*J.J. not willing to share a spoon with Michelle or even sleep with her for that matter- rude!:)
*All kinds of potty-talk like we were a bunch of 7 year old boys. Running brings out all kinds of stuff-literally!
*Lisa and Emily knowing someone every time we turned around and me seeing one person I knew- Finn's piano teacher's daughter- random I know but of course Emily knew her too! But we did have dinner with someone from my ward, but we didn't figure it out until the conversation turned to David Archuleta. I, of course, proudly claimed him living in my ward, but then this other guy we where having dinner with said he lived in his ward. What?!? Come to find out he lives on the street right behind me. Nice to meet you neighbor! In my defense he moved in two weeks ago!
*Everyone sending text messages to our cousin Jake.
*Margie's awesome salsa.-"Lisa" clap, clap "Salsa!"
*Quotes from several movies.
*Not being able to even recall the song "Sweet Violets" that our Grandma Sarah use to sing, but then being able to sing every single word once Margie provided the first line. I think our Grandma was close by at that moment.
*Talking about our near death experiences while driving in the deadliest canyon in Utah- Spanish Fork Canyon- then Margie hitting a deer but miraculously keeping us all safe with her expert driving skills. Then her pulling the deer from the middle of the freeway while a semi is bearing down on her. Just like the pioneer women of yester year who pulled deer from S.R. 71. Of course Spanish Fork canyon is now the deadliest canyon in the world!
I'm sure there are many more that I can remember and if any of my family remembers them- let me know! Here are some more pictures from the event:
My eternal visiting teachers! Man- do they have some guns?!?
After the race.
I sure do love my family-including my extended family. They fill me up and have made me who I am! I'm glad I get to be with them forever.