Whew! Whew! Whew! My great friend/neighbor and I ran the Seaside 1/2 Marathon today, sponsored by Vera Bradley. I'm tired now and I'm glad it's over, but I'm so glad I did it. I haven't done any races in a while because they are so stinkin' expensive. So, it was a nice change to do this one. I should have trained better than I did. I'm sure I'll be in some pain tomorrow! I'm excited though, because I beat my best 1/2 marathon record by one minute...so today is a new record for me!
Let's just be clear...I'm not really a runner. You see, at the start of big races, they have pace stations; meaning, you can start out in the area of a 6 minute/mile pace, 7 minute/mile pace, then 8, 9, and 10 (so you don't get run over by the lightning fast runners!). I'm a little bummed that I get left out...I mean, really, come on...where are us 11 and 12 minute milers supposed to stand. Oh yeah...the back of the line!! Actually, I ran 10 minute miles through mile 7, then slowed down just a bit. I finished in 2 hours and 23 minutes. Go team Heather and Christi!! My hubby and my neighbor's hubby/kids were there cheering us on at the finish line. And of course, I got my Vera Bradley bag for finishing...made it worth it!
Oh, and just in case you don't think you could ever run something like this...I'll tell you a secret. In 2007, we moved to Utah and they had an indoor track at the gym on base where we lived. It took 9 laps to make a mile on that track. I could not even run 1 lap. That means I could not even run 1/9 of a mile people. I'd like to blame it on the altitude! Anyhoo...I ran a 1/2 marathon that year and a few other small races and ran a marathon the next year. It's amazing what you can train your body to do with a bit of determination. The marathon I ran was my first and most likely my last. You have to spend so much time training, that you really can't have any other hobbies, so I'm sticking with 1/2's.
Okie dokie, on to something more interesting than my running-that's-really-jogging-but-I-call-it-running story. Furniture coming right up. Slacker of a blogger me didn't get you a before of this one, but it was just really old, dark wood (not in a good way), and plain jane. Picked this up at a garage sale a little while back. I think I paid $25 for it. Here it is now:
cedar wardrobe and a blue dresser from a shop owner here that wanted to use this piece in her bakery. I think it turned out really good and fits the "cottage" feel of Florida.