Friday, May 26, 2017

New York City Marathon: So The Adventure Begins

I was accepted into the New York City Marathon for 2015, but ended up deferring my entry to 2016.  The reason was because I was running the Dopey Challenge in 2016 and I just couldn't imagine running that many miles back to back, not to mention the costs of both of those trips back to back.  So this past November my daughter Bre, my niece Meghan and I flew to New York City!  To say I was a little nervous was an understatement.  I had never really traveled without my husband and the thought of taking on a place like New York City was terrifying! We had only been to New York City once and that was for Colt's cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  Bre was 6 at the time so she was so excited to see the city again! 


After we got there and got checked into our hotel we had lunch with some friends and then headed to the expo.  We stayed at a hotel on 57th St. near Central Park.  We loved it and we loved the location!  Our trip to the expo was our first experience on the Subway!  I can't even describe the excitement these small town Texas girls had when we first walked underground to the subway.  Blown away!



After our subway adventure, it was on to the expo!  The expo was of course one of the biggest I've ever seen...other than Disney.  We picked up my bib and made a few purchases.  I was just excited beyond belief.  Who would of thought I would ever be here, in New York City, picking up a bib to run through one of the most amazing cities in the world!






And a sweet teddy bear for Luci

We then headed back to the subway.  This time we accidently went the wrong direction and had to hop off and back on before we ended up on the other side New York City!  Now that we had the subway figured out, it was back to the hotel to get cleaned up.  We were ready to hit up Times Square for the evening!  Stayed tuned to hear about our first evening in Times Square!  It definitely deserves a post of it's own!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I'm Home Again

Wow! A lot has changed since I've blogged!  First of all, I am now a stay at home Mom again.  I'm loving every second and looking forward to summer when the kids and I can get out and have some fun.  This was a tough decision for me to make because I actually loved my job and the people that I worked with and for.  I know that I made the right decision though!  For our family things were just a little chaotic.  We are a large family and involved in a lot of things!  This year was Luci's first year of school and I was finding it hard to get away and attend her school activities.  Those are things that I just wasn't going to continue missing.  She's only little once and I can sacrifice material things for this time with her.  Joey's job also requires travel and a lot of time away so me being home allows things to be a little less chaotic.  His support is also allowing me to pursue my dreams and I can't thank him enough.

Being home has allowed me to eat lunch with Luci every Friday, attend every party, school event, and every field trip!  I wouldn't trade these moments for anything.  It also allows me to get workouts done during the day so they have my attention in the evenings.  I usually go to the gym 2-3 days a week for classes and cross training and I run 6 days a week with Friday being my rest day. 

It's been such an exciting year!  Since November...I've ran the New York City marathon, the Chevron Houston Marathon, the Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney World, and several local races.  Now that I have time off, I plan to get some race recaps up soon.  I started working with run coach in January and have since gotten a personal best in my half marathon, 15k, and 5k.  I'm currently training for the Chicago Marathon where my goal is to break 4 hours. 

Lunch is calling my name, but stay tuned for blog posts in the days to come!  Also, a few pictures below of what life is like.  Total Bliss!  So Blessed!











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