January 23, 2010
So the half marathon has now been and gone and yes I completed with a lot of thanks to my neighbour, Amy McBeth. I’m not sure I’d have finished without her by my side. I think this is the 3rd or 4th time that Amy has done the half marathon but she moved to the back of the corals so that she could start with me rather than closer to the front where she could have been. Because I’d estimated that I’d walk the bulk of it I was actually in the last coral. The corals were let off in waves of about 2 minutes which meant we didn’t actually start till almost 45 minutes after the official start time. We maintained a 15 minute mile until mile 9 then I needed to take a potty break so lost 1 minute there. After that it went downhill so to speak. My legs just kept seizing and then it was a matter of completing. My longest training run/walk had been 9 miles and that had been inside at the gym on a mixture of treadmill and running track. My longest run outside had been 6.5 miles. I hadn’t got the mileage in over Christmas that I had hoped due to both Kirsten and I have coughs/colds/flu symptoms. Anyway I did it and that is something off my bucket list.
If you want to view me crossing the finish line here is a link where you can search on my name: http://arizona.competitor.com/features/finishreplay/ Here is a link that will take you to a page so that you can search on my official results: http://results.active.com/pages/searchform.jsp?rsID=88865 I think my official time was 3 hours and 23 minutes, 58 seconds which makes it a 15.50 minute mile for those of you trying to work out the maths.
So my next challenge, as some of you will remember and others won’t, is the Tri for the Cure on April 11th. It is a Sprint Triathlon which means we have a 400 metre swim, 8 mile swim and a 2.25 mile run. I am scheduled to take part in 2 separate swim clinics to help me with the swimming side of things and I need to get my bike serviced and spend some time getting my backside prepared for the cycling. Amy McBeth has signed up to join me in this and another friend of mine, Colleen, who John and I know from The Village is also participating. I’m not certifiably mad just feel I need a little challenge now and then. Here’s the link if you want to find out more information: http://www.triforthecureaz.com/index.php
January 22, 2010
You may or may not know that I bought myself a new sewing machine on July 4, 2009 with the plan to start trying to sew clothes for Kirsten as she is so tall and skinny. Well that hasn’t happened yet, but I have got into quilting instead. I have joined a group both at my local quilting shop, The Olde World Quilt Shoppe (http://www.theoldeworldquiltshoppe.com/owq/?CFID=3901389&CFTOKEN=84347671) and now a second one online called “Year of Schnibbles” that a lovely lady called Sherri is hosting through her blog (http://www.aquiltinglife.blogspot.com/). The whole basis of the “Year of Schnibbles” is that on the first of the month Sherri will announce on her blog what the next month’s project will be in the way of a “Schnibbles” quilt. “Schnibbles” quilts have been designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company (http://www.missrosiesquiltco.com/). I am loving the challenges being thrown at me by joining a quilt club and trying things with fabrics that I definitely would not have tried out on my own. I have quite a bit of catching up to do with the Year of Schnibbles but here are 2 of my quilts.
January 13, 2010
Another thing I forgot. Kirsten received her first school report in December entitled “Mid Year 2’s Observation“.
So hear it is.
Teacher’s Names: Mrs Buchanan and Mrs Varley
4 = Always; 3 = Often; 2 = Sometimes; 1 = Not Yet
Plays independently in classroom environment = 4
Enjoys outside time in the playground = 4
Interacts with others during playtime = 4
Engages in play without being overly prompted by a teacher = 4
Sits in circle time with friends = 3
Gives verbal responses during circle time = 3
Helps clean up after playtime = 4
Follows simple directions given by the teacher = 4
Separates from parents without excessive difficulty = 3
Verbal skills emerging (verbally labels objects, colors and friends by name) = 4
Life skills emerging (sharing & taking turns) = 3
“Kirsten is a pleasure to have in class. She plays well with the other children and loves circle time.”
John and I thought that this was a very good first report. We have to remember she is only 2.5!!
January 9, 2010
Just a last quick note that John has been creating a new photo gallery just showing pictures of Kirsten. Here is the link: http://gallery.me.com/jwx67