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
January 1, 2010
Happy New Year one and all. As usual apologies are tenfold for not having updated. We had a wonderful Christmas watching Kirsten try to understand the concept of what was going on. Next year will be even more exciting. She now wakes up every morning asking for presents. It’s back to school as of Monday and she will now be going 3 mornings a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday as she has been moved up with a couple of other children to the Older Twos class. No she’s not yet potty trainined. I was going to spend Christmas doing that but then she ended up with a cold (and so did I) so decided that was just too much to handle.
We have also spent Christmas converting Kirsten’s bedroom from that of a baby to that of a toddler. The only thing remained the same is that she is still sleeping in a crib. She has shown no signs of trying to climb out so in that case why push it. It will ultimately convert to that of a toddler bed. Boxing Day the 3 of us took a trip to Ikea (no hoards here in Phoenix, not like if we were back in England) and then I spent the next few days putting the storage furniture together. Her room now has her kitchen, tables and chairs (for tea parties) and plenty of storage. We actually bought too much storage to allow for new items…which you know she’ll get.
Last but not least I’ve been trying to clear out the clutter around the house. We donated the bed that we shipped from England together with the matching furniture (3 bedside cabinets and a small chest of drawers) to the family that Infosol (where John works) sponsored for Christmas. It turned out that they had 10 children and some of them were still sleeping in toddler beds. We’ve also cleared a number of the empty boxes out of the storage room and yesterday the workout bench went to a work colleague of John’s. I don’t know if I told you that we had sold the free weights and the storage rack at the end of the summer or not. Currently what was the gym still has the treadmill in it but I’m using it more as a sewing room as many of you will know I’m really enjoying that at the moment.
I have signed up for the next Fitness Challenge at the gym. I only lost 5lbs during the last one, but did lose 6% body fat. I’ve got the Phoenix Half Marathon in 2 weeks (won’t successfully run it, but I’ll make it to the end) and I’m signed up for the triathlon mid-way through April so that will keep me motivated to try and finally lose these 10lbs minimum that I want to lose.
Anyway better go as Kirsten has woken up and I can hear her over the monitor.
Again, Happy New Year to you!