July 24, 2016

Summer 2016: California

We spent the 4th of July out in California this year. I have the greatest sister in the world who cashed in her sky miles to fly me and the kids out from Georgia to California. Miles flew out from Virginia a day later as he's (still) in a course there. My parents drove from Arizona and my brother and sister-in-law came out from Colorado. So my whole side of the family was together for a few days in San Diego and it was really great to all be together again - I legitimately can't remember the last time my whole family was together and this very likely will be the last time I see my side of the family before our move to England in a couple months.

I was a little worried about flying coast to coast with two little ones by myself, but the kids did great on the flights out to California (we had a short layover in Atlanta, then a direct flight from Atlanta to San Diego). I think it helped a lot bringing Mary's seat on the plane. She took a nap at one point and I was able to read and watch a movie on the flight - it was awesome! The flight back was great on the flight, but the layover was a little rough with some fits, messes, delays, etc.

While in California we got in some beach time and I tried surfing for the first time in my life and actually stood up twice! Sweet Finn was so excited to go surfing (meaning for him to be held up on a board), but when the waves pushed him a little harder than he was prepared for he got really frustrated. "I just don't know what to do!!" he shouted. Poor buddy, we'll stick to boogie boarding for now.

The kids had a blast on the 4th - further reaffirming it's my favorite holiday!

And we just really enjoyed the time with family, hoping we get to see them all again sooner rather than later.

And then my heart exploded


July 19, 2016

Run Across Georgia Update (Round II)

The Run Across Georgia (almost two months ago) this year was both very similar and very different to my experience last year. It was similar in that it was overall a really positive and rewarding experience. We raised over $10,000 on just my team alone, but of the four teams of Stroller Strong Moms teams we raised over $50,000 which is just awesome and humbling all in one. That money is going towards three really great charities so if you are reading this and you have not gotten a very delinquent thank you card yet, please know how much I appreciate all the donations and all the support that we got.

The reason it was different was because this year it was a lot harder for me physically than it was last year. I signed up for more miles this year than last as I've been running more and felt a little more prepared, but I just went in to the whole thing pretty drained. We had a girl get injured so the only way for our team to stay competitive was for the rest of us to cover the remainder of her mileage (versus dropping to a non competitive status and not having a time requirement as well as the ability to switch out runners). I thought I was doing a decent job of fueling throughout, but actually got pretty dehydrated and my longest run (7.2 miles) ended up being my slowest and I basically was running in the standing fetal position, had to take breaks to go to the bathroom in the woods on the side of the road, dry heave, and mostly question all my life decisions. It was super!

Fortunately things improved, I was able to keep food down after that, I took two oral IVs, and with constant hydration my last two runs weren't too bad. I ended up running 38.5 miles in the 36 hour period and was totally exhausted when it was done, but really proud of our team and really grateful for the opportunity to participate in this race another year. 

This flag was about halfway along the course and had Daren's picture and info about him.

The first handoff. I always handed off to my good friend Julie who 
has become my marathon buddy while living here.

Miles drove out from Savannah to meet me at my last run. He said Finn worked
for HOURS on my sign and the cute little nugget was so excited to hold it up.

About to start the last run!

The two competitive teams of Stroller Strong Moms crossed the finish line together, 
coming in as the first place female team for the third year running!