Thursday, June 24, 2010

Riley's Summer Camp

I finally remembered to take my camera when I picked Riley up from summer camp!

For the last three weeks Riley has gone to Hope Hollow to attend summer camp and she just loves it! They do crafts, play games, have a water fun day and even go horseback riding! Best of all her buddy Ashtyn has been there sometimes too. She loves Riley and I think the feeling is mutual!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's Official!

We bought our flights to Chicago for the marathon! Southwest is having a nice deal right now so we're staying an extra night which makes it even more exciting. Our hotel is booked so now all we have to do is... RUN! Which is not that easy in this Mississippi heat.
Last weekend I talked myself out of 9 miles and only did 6.5. This weekend I WILL do 12! Now that I've written it down I have to do it. :)
Mitch ran 9 miles last weekend and hurt his knee. It's feeling better now but let's hope it's nothing that gets worse!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

half marathon finished!

And it was a HOT one. But why would I think otherwise in June in Mississippi?

Race Report:

I got up at 3:40 so I could eat breakfast (toast with peanut butter and a banana) and drink some coffee and chug water 2 hours before start time which was 6:00am. Checked the weather and it was 80 degrees with a feels like temp of 87 and 85% humidity. Not even 4:00! Got dressed, put my timing tag on my shoe, grabbed my garmin watch and ipod and was out the door. Picked up friend A, then picked up friend M and we were at the race site by 5:20.

6:00am and the horn sounds and we are off! There were nearly 1000 people running the half marathon, and it was so exciting to be part of it! I made sure to keep my pace comfortable and slowish, just under 10 minute miles, because I didn't want to go out too fast and fade out later. The sun was out now and we were running in it which made for a hot run. I grabbed water from every water stop and drank on the run.

By mile 6 I was feeling hot and tired, and I wanted to walk a little. In training I was able to run 12 miles only stopping for about 30 seconds once to take a drink so I was a little disappointed that I wanted to walk so soon. I kept telling myself "there's no shame in walking, there's no shame in walking". Just over the halfway mark at the next water stop they had ice in the water which made it so refreshing and cold. I decided to walk and drink it and savor it. The next couple miles were pretty hilly and sunny so I took walk breaks on the harder hills. I walked fast and then was able to run faster after each walk break so I still kept up with the runners around me.

Miles 8 and 9 had some shade and more downhills than uphills which felt pretty good. But at mile 10 we turned onto a road that was full sun and facing the sun which was not so fun. Mile 11 they had us run through a neighborhood that was full sun and just brutal. I walked through the water stop and kept walking. I tried running but was just too hot and tired. I probably walked an entire mile. Caught up with friend M who said "this blows" and I couldn't have agreed with her more.

At 12.1 miles I told myself ok ONE MORE MILE I can do this. I saw the guy directing runners toward the parking lot of our finish line so I started running. I would have been perfectly happy walking that last mile but I really wanted to run across the finish line. They had us run around the parking lot and down the frontage road (so close and yet so far!), up the exit ramp (ugh, one last hill!) and then down around back to the parking lot and the finish line. At this point I was running by myself so all the people standing around the finish line were cheering for ME, go me! I saw the time clock was at 2:19-something so I pushed a little harder so I could finish under 2:20 and I did - official time was 2 hours, 19 minutes, 31 seconds. I finished.

I felt amazingly good. My knee, which usually hurts after long runs, didn't even hurt. My muscles felt stiff and a little tight but otherwise I felt fine. I am now a believer in walk breaks! I don't feel like they slowed me down any, and I felt so much better when I took them. Hopefully walk breaks will make marathon training this summer more manageable!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

6 days until half marathon!

This half marathon has been in the works for a long time and now that it's getting close I'm getting nervous! I had hoped to run 1 or 2 long runs in the last few weeks but heat and travel kind of prevented that. So I guess I will just go out and do my best and hope I can make it!

The plan for this week is to REST! I'll probably run 2 or 3 short runs in the next few days but that'll be it. I really need to concentrate on eating healthy to do some damage control from our trip to Colorado. There was lots (and lots) of unhealthy eating going on there and I'm definitely feeling it this week.

I also need to make sure to drink my water! This morning it was 74 degrees with a dewpoint of 73 degrees, which means it was extremely humid. I imagine it'll be just like that next Saturday. It would be nice if they passed out dry towels along the course, I think I'm going to need them!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Top 10 reasons Rett Syndrome is not all bad

It's hard not to focus on the negative, so I wanted to list some positives! I thought of a few of these on our recent trip to Colorado, if you can't tell. :)

  1. Closer parking spaces
  2. Getting moved to the front of the line at airport security
  3. Getting to board planes sooner
  4. Becoming friends with amazing people you wouldn't have otherwise met
  5. Discovering a strength you never knew you had
  6. How many people get to say they are truly inspired by their child?
  7. Really understanding what is important, and what is not
  8. Meeting people who are so compassionate, caring and generous it blows you away
  9. Appreciating the little things in life
  10. The look in her eyes that says peace, love, awareness and innocence all in one

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

IRSF Conference 2010

We are back from Colorado Springs and had a wonderful time! It was great to meet up with other families, learn some new ideas for different therapies and hear inspiring stories of hope for a cure!

  • The keynote speaker. A couple things she said really stuck out for me. One was that a bent and tarnished quarter has just as much value as a shiny new quarter. I'm going to remember this at our IEP meetings in the future! And she told us that if you can't get out of it, get into it!

  • The communication sessions are always favorites. It's so wonderful to hear people talk about and show videos of our girls showing off how smart they are!

  • The tribute reception! By far my favorite part of the weekend. We watched some amazing dancers, which Riley LOVED! Then Kevin Black sang. He is Clint Black's brother who had a daughter with Rett Syndrome that passed away a few years ago. And then we heard from a fabulous band from Nashville, the John Titlow Band. There was tons of great music and dancing!

Riley had tons of fun at the Tribute Reception!
Dancing with Daddy was the highlight for her I think

Does this look like a happy girl or what?

Riley walked right over to the band for some personal attention

And she got it!

We spent lots of time with the two couples we hung out with last year. Sunday night we all went out to dinner together. We had our own private room which was PERFECT for the kids. Made for a relaxing and fun dinner!

Here are the Dads with their special angels

All the kiddos

The parents! I feel really tall in this picture...

These annual conferences are just what I need to "recharge my batteries"!