Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
So, yeah. I'm a huge fan of Bart. I look up to him a lot, and he continues to inspire me with his determination, hard work, and his passion for running (hello.... did you see the article about Comrades? The Amish?). In fact, when looking for a late winter race to keep us motivated during the cold months, my decision was made after I found out Bart would be attending the Little Rock Marathon. We signed up too late to be able to do the half, so we settled for the 10k.
I was so excited when we arrived at our hotel, I completely forgot to grab my copy of "My Life On The Run" when we headed to the expo. (Don't worry- we might get to meet him again at the San Francisco Expo this summer- I'll be sure to remember by book then)
|Peabody Little Rock|
Saturday night, we attended the pasta party just for fun- we had never been to one before, and we didn't have much else to do in the exciting city of Little Rock. Guess who sat behind me?
Yes, you better believe it! That is the back of Bart Yasso's head.
My parents- being the totally awesome, supportive parents that they are- decided to join us in LR for the weekend to cheer us on. We met up with them for a post-pasta-party dinner (the pasta party had great vegetarian options for me, but Brandon wasn't digging olive oil and noodles as a vegan option) and then decided to walk around the hotel to see where the Peabody ducks live at night.
We were heading up to our rooms for the night to get some good rest... and it just so happened that we got on the elevator with Bart!
No, I didn't get a picture of this fabulous moment. That would have been too weird, even for me. Brandon swears that I was powerfully speed-walking so that we "happened" to get on the elevator with him.
Brandon and I had both been sick with the crud and a terrible, hacking, cough. I hadn't run in a week and a half. I hadn't even "trained" for the race, really- I've been proud of myself for doing 3 miles when it's 30* outside.
We went out to have fun, but we were both feeling pretty good that day, so we tried to pick up the pace a few times, only to come very close to getting smacked in the face by some vigorously swinging power-walker-arms. Eventually, we made it past the
I was so excited to finally meet the man who inspired me to begin running in the first place. I'm so thankful to him, because I feel so much healthier and happier now that I'm a runner. I've not only found a way to enjoy exercise, but I've discovered a real passion for the sport overall. I love that Brandon and I have something that we enjoy doing together, also. I could go on for days about how much I love running. And Bart. He continues to inspire and amaze me everyday in the way that he reaches out to every runner that he can to offer support and encouragement. From the greatest ambassador for running-
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
For the next 2.5 hours, we had all kinds of people in and out of our house. Firemen, MLGW crews, our landlord, an electrician.... Phoebe thought they were all there to see her, of course. Turns out, a line came down and fell onto another line in a neighbor's yard, and electricity was being fed back through the wrong line (or something? I'm still confused about the specifics). Luckily everything was okay, except for our air conditioning, and our electricity was back on with about 2 hours before the party.
I was so excited we would still get to have my family over- I really enjoy having them at my house and wanted to have a more intimate setting than a restaurant. Plus, I had already bought all these pretty flowers.
I also had purchased some pimento cheese with crackers and deviled eggs from Whole Foods- which everyone went crazy over. We decided to just order pizza since things were so chaotic, and the food wasn't the important thing. It was a little warm, since we didn't have air conditioning. I know it's only March, but stuff 12 people in a 2 bedroom house in 80* Memphis weather and it gets a little stuffy. Luckily, my husband is a genius and came up with "Homemade Air Conditioning"
Even after all of the stress and the chaos of the day, I was so glad to have my family all together. We had a blast just catching up, playing with Anniston, and eating. Here are a few pictures I snapped. My sister has a few more in her post, I was too exhausted to take a lot of pictures!
I think Phoebe was even more exhausted than we were.
Monday, March 19, 2012
We had a VERY eventful weekend- more on that later. For now, I am without Internet and am attempting to blog from my iPad with 3G.
I took so many pictures this weekend, and I'm trying really hard to learn Photoshop. Here are some of my favorites- my sister and niece.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I think everyone who lives in Tennessee was a Peyton Manning fan when he played for the UT Vols (except those few weirdos who are die hard Ole Miss fans). When the Titans moved to TN (from being the Houston Oilers), many Tennesseans became serious Titans fans... but not my family. We followed the great Peyton Manning to the Indianapolis Colts with 100% loyalty.
See, I have proof.
|Me and my adorable cousins in 2005|
|Celebrating the 2007 Superbowl win|
We've even been to Indianapolis to see him play. When I say "we," I do mean my entire family. (Except for Kelly, she was all busy being a pharmacy student. And Brandon and I were only dating, and he thought we were all crazy. He probably still thinks that a little bit.)
One time, I almost met Peyton Manning. We were like 20 feet away from each other. It was awesome.
So, Peyton, if you are reading this... just know that everyone in Tennessee really wants you to come back home. Especially my family. We are absolutely prepared to invest an entire fortune in Titans gear and have already burned our Colts gear while thinking really bad thoughts about that fool they call Jimbo.
I promise it will be great. Your fans will be celebrating all over the state. It will be #ManningMania all season long. (Seriously, check out that link and just see for yourself!)
Yeah.... I was looking forward to Wednesday.
I am very attached to my Nike Frees. We've been together since the beginning. But I know that they don't have any support or cushioning, which I will be needing at some point when I decide to start training for my next half marathon. I'm not completely breaking up with my Frees, but... I'm going to start seeing other shoes. These shoes.
I don't even want to begin thinking about how many Starburst jellybeans I have eaten since the Easter candy came out about a month ago. But they are amazing, and have made it to the list of my favorite candy ever. (Also on the list are Reese's and Kit-Kats, and that's it, because I don't eat a ton of candy, usually.)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This is absolutely what I was thinking when reading the book... "I need to work out more so that I could survive something like this"
Check out this reading nook.... it's in a closet! I need one of these!
This is next on my reading list- 4 time Ironman winner.
Speaking of Ironman... my goal this month and next is to get my quads more toned via..
After my workouts, I might just make some yummy treats like this with my Vitamix.
I can't wait to see the newly remodeled Opryland... look how beautiful!
And finally, I must remember this when dealing with a certain someone. I am an awesome person, and if you don't get that..... I'll survive.
Actually, I'd like to end on a happy note, because I am a happy person, so here: