Monday, July 25, 2011

Starting Over...

After five years, there is no easy way to move on. Things will inevitably remind you of him, will make you realize that your life has changed immensely in a matter of seconds and you'll constantly be reminded that things will never be the same.

Whoever said break ups were easy for the one who initiates it, was wrong. It was a decision I had contemplated for some time, knowing it was in both of our best interests, but it was never easy. I delayed and delayed hoping that the feelings would go away, or somehow I could sleep through the whole break up, move on, and find someone new process. Well, I'm in the middle of the moving on phase and I'm wide awake.

I'm sad for the end of that chapter because I thought it would spill over into a whole new book. However, I don't make the rules and I can't predict the future. So, here I am, scared and excited to see what the next chapter brings. 

Thank you all for the support through my craziness.

Girls Night Out - Park City

My three Army ladies and I decided to take a small getaway to Park City to escape the stresses of everyday life and the girls could use a break from the Army life.

We stayed at the Marriott, went to dinner, did some hot tubbing (where teenage boys followed me around), ate lots of chocolate and shopped shopped shopped!

This is us, in a nutshell
 Cassie, Me, Aubrey
 I don't know how I would have survived the last year without these two.
 Cute Sara. Love her.
 One of the many pictures that emerged from the backseat.
 I guess I'm always on my phone...this time, Googling.
 I'm a giant.
 This is my attempt at throwing my hands up in the air.
 My touchdown face...while watching Food Network
 Sweetest, happiest baby ever

Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

Tacey heard that the Bryce Canyon half was a great course and a favorite among the locals. So, we signed up and drove the 4.5 hours (neither of us realized how far away it was) to Tropic, Utah.

The weekend started out with a free hotel, fireworks and a full moon. From that point forward, I knew it was going to end up being a good eventful weekend. I was not disappointed.

Tacey and I had to catch the shuttle in Tropic at 4:30, to be bused up the canyon. Race starts at 6am. It's the moments between waking up at 4am and the race start when you think "Hmm...why do I do this?" (these thoughts also run through your head at mile 7, and again at mile 11)

This course starts with a slight incline for 1.7 miles and then for the next 4.5 miles it is a sharp decline. From mile 7 to the end is rolling hills, aka total death. If it weren't for the nice doctor I met at mile 7, I might not have finished. He kept me company (and encouraged me to keep going) until almost mile 11. I pushed through to the end of the course thinking I was going to hit my normal range of 1:54-1:57; however, I broke my personal record by 8 minutes!! I kind of wanted to pass out when I was finished, but it was well worth it :)

Date: July 16, 2011
Race Time: 1:46:31
Age Rank: 20 out of 161
Overall: 219 out of 1019 
Finishing up. I always wondered why my back hurts after a race...well, this picture explains it.
 Documentation of my new PR.
 Tacey and Me
 Tacey lookin' good. Me being delusional.

Ragnar Relay - Wasatch Back 2011

Am I really that crazy? I can't stay away from the Wasatch Back! This was year 3 and I think after year one AND two, I wasn't sure I would come back again. However, here I am blogging about year 3 and I'm already signed up for year 4. I think running has become an addiction and the Ragnar Relay keeps fueling that fire. I do love it though!

Somehow I was talked into being Runner 10. This runner does THE "Ragnar". I was Runner 9 my first year, so I did the first 3.6 miles of Guardsmans' Pass, but this year, I did the second half, 4 miles, and gained more elevation. However, now that I've done both, I think the first 3.6 miles is harder. Just sayin'

The first run was a quick 3.7 miles. It was sooo hot, but the firefighters were so nice to hose us down as we ran by. There was so much traffic because of construction that I actually beat my van to the finish line. This would not be the last time we were stuck in traffic and our runner had to wait for us.

Second run, 2am. Coldest and scariest run of my life! I was running on a trail that was intermittently lit with some random little lights. The water stations had been deserted by the volunteers and the only way I could tell if there was another runner was the red flashing butt lamp we have to wear. I thought I was running so fast, but it was one of the slowest 7 milers I've completed. I kept thinking "If someone were to kidnap me, no one would know." Terrifying.

Third run, THE RAGNAR. It went better than I anticipated. I booked it up that mountain as fast as I could. I think I did it in something like 50 minutes. Yeah, that sounds slow, but it was not easy.

Good news, I did not fall this year! That's always a good sign, right :)

Pictures are more exciting than my words, so here you go:
My Sissy's first Ragnar run ever! I think she is hooked!
 Spencer is the token male of our group and we couldn't imagine Ragnar without him.
 This viking is my new boyfriend. Doesn't he have a sweet booty?
 Rockin' the running skirt in some HOT Utah weather.
Cheeseball. Love her.
Sissy love at the first big exchange: Snow Basin
   Our team! (Minus runner 1: Katie)
 Van 2!
Shelly (8), Kati (10), Spencer (11), Ashleigh (7), Lisa (12), Reb (9)
 This picture cracks me up. Lisa had just finished showing Reb and me her flirting skills. She makes it look so effortless. Obviously, I slept through the whole thing. 
Van 2, Day 2. Showered and ready for run #3.
Our team after Van 1 finished
Reb was Van 2's cheerleader. Lisa was the mist-er(not to be confused with mister)
It was Sissy's first year doing Ragnar and we put her as Runner 9. Blame Lisa.
"Oh Sissy, I'm so glad to be done. Have fun going up the next four miles."
 Gaining 1,600 ft in elevation over 4 miles is a lot harder than it seems on paper.
 The more elevation I gained, the higher the snow pack
 Guardsman's Pass in June
So glad to be done!
 The Roos girls conquered the "Ragnar" mountain