Next was a treasure hunt, complete with a treasure chest my parents brought, filled with Mardi Gras beads (purchased at Goodwill).
It was pretty funny to watch older brother, Nathan, take over the details on finding the treasure with each of the 5 clues. Matthew was a few steps behind.....until they found the spot where the treasure box was!! Grandma told him not to be greedy with the loot, but his response was, "Pirates are ALWAYS greedy!" Um...apparently sharing is something we need to work on. :/. I spent most of the next two days breaking up fights regarding bead necklaces....
After the wild outside stuff, we came in for "birthday cake" which was really just brownies. I make good brownies, but I don't make good cake. I put a few plastic soldier guys on it and frosted a name....and wha-lah! Instant birthday cake.
Yes...I am wearing my BOSTON jacket in the background.
I have only taken it off to sleep at night. I earned that thing, dang it!
A pile-up of boys!!!
My tree-climber, Nathan
As I told another blogger friend, I am all done with my Boston pity party.
I gave it my best and it was pretty good. I know I can do better- and that's a great feeling! God HAS answered my prayers with regards to running, by blessing me with a chance to race and some experiences that have taught me some good lessons. Still learning.....
Possible TMI Toe stuff:
I hit the road again this week..once on Monday, but my toe was still bugging me. This may be TMI...but I had to finally put a hole in my toenail 6 days after the race to drain it, because it was still so bad. I hate waiting to run more than a few days after a race, but I just couldn't do it without causing that toe to go backwards in healing.
Garmin is my new friend/enemy:
Kinda wishing I had taken 2 minutes to figure out the autolap on the G before Boston!! And that I had worn the heart rate monitor...
I strapped that puppy on yesterday for the 12 miler I did, and hooked it up to the computer as soon as I could. I can see how the stats/splits/heart rate info is going to be addictive!!!
Anyone know anything about heart rate training? I don't. Time for me to do a little research...
I have been wondering for a while if I am pushing my easy pace too much, or if my marathon pace is just pretty slow in comparison...Ack. I think I know the answer for this last go-round anyway. Maybe it's a little of both.
And now I can dazzle you with my charts and graphs =D If you notice a little mirror image to the run, it was an out and back with a little longer start. There is a fairly good sized hill in the mix.
And FINALLY ...a BIG SHOUT OUT to the crew running in the EUGENE MARATHON and HALF tomorrow! A year ago I can remember all the excitement and nerves I had getting ready to run my first marathon in Eugene. Happy running to you all!
I can't wait to see some of you at dinner tonight and maybe at the expo today. =D
Kim , Rhonda, Jenna Renae, Julie, Stacie
Laurie, Laurie W., & Beth
My verse for this week is 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (and I think I need to paint this on every wall of my house!)
16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.