Monday, June 28, 2010

Tanner's little buddies

Tanner has had such a good summer so far! He's enjoyed sleeping late, going to Honey and Otto's house for lunch nearly every day, going to the pool and lake, and playing with friends, old and new! He and Jack play together all the time. There's a year age difference between the two of them, but I swear that little Jack is just about as big as Tanner. They wear the same size clothes!

Tanner and Jack in the pool!

Watching Barney together...how sweet :)

Last Friday we met Cortni and Greyson (our new friends!) at the country club for some swimming. Tanner and Greyson were both a little shy at first, but eventually warmed up to each other. We took them to eat Mexican after swimming, and they were a hoot! They both got cheese quesadillas and rice, and by the time we left there was rice everywhere. They thought it was funny seeing how much rice they could get everywhere but in their mouths!

At the pool...
... and at June Jam

Half Marathon....Half Crazy

So I finally ran a half marathon on June 12th. I'm so glad I did it, but will never again run a race like that during the summer. It was extremely hot. Two weeks before the race I had no trouble running my 11 mile run, so I felt pretty confident going into it. My knees were feeling better, too. I went to Jackson Friday evening since the race started so early on Saturday. Lauren and I (and Matthew) went to Amerigo's to load up on our carbs, and I stayed the night with my sister. I could hardly sleep I was so nervous. Saturday morning I woke up and met Lauren (who was running late as usual!) at the Renaissance. The announcer kept telling us all to hurry to the finish line so we skipped one last run to the bathroom, which we regretted later! We lined up with the other runners, had the prayer, then heard a teenage girl gagging in front of us. This was just the first of much vomitting we would encounter on our hot run through Ridgeland and Madison. So we began to run. Before we even made it to mile 1, Lauren and I both decided we would have to use the 1st porta-potty we could find. We had to drink so much water to keep hydrated that we ended up stopping at 3! Lauren was so sweet and encouraging while we ran. I felt so defeated because I knew my mile 6 I wasn't going to make my goal, AND I wasn't even going to do as good as I did in my practice runs. But Lauren kept up the encouragement and even kept a one sided conversation going through a lot of the run, which helped me keep my mind off of how I so much just wanted to give up and take a short cut to the finish line. She slowed her pace to stay with me, too. What a great friend I've been blessed with! She could have had such a better finish time if she wouldn't have stuck with me. I really could not have finished the race without her. When I got near the finish line I saw "my fans" waiting on me (Hart and Tanner, Stephanie and Walker, and my sweet friend Kayla, who surprised me and came)! They were troopers. It was so hot, and they had to stand and wait on me forever!

I've slowed down on my running the past couple of weeks. I've just been keeping up my 3 milers a couple of times a week. We are at the coast right now on Hart's work trip and leaving for a cruise July 10th-17th. I plan to start training for my next half the day after we get back from the cruise. It's in October, so hopefully it will be much cooler and I can have a better finish time. Here are a few race pics.

Waiting on Mama to finish

Here I come...I wanted to cry!

My sweet little family. Tanner made me a sign!

And the best running parter ever! See her big smile! I don't think she ever got tired.