Leprechaun Chase

One of my goals for 2013 (…and 2012) was to complete a 10K.

I’m proud (and relieved) to tell you all that it’s been checked off the list!

On March 9, I ran in the Leprechaun Chase 10K.

I mean, if you’re going to run in a 10K for the first time, why not have it be a St. Patrick’s theme?

The concept is simple:

Lasses get a 5 1/2 minute head start.

If a lass crosses the finish line first, all lasses get a free beer Рand vice verse.

The race started at the Strategic Air and Space Museum – or rather, inside one of the hangars.

The huge bay doors opened after the Star Spangle Banner played and we were off.

The route meandered through Mahoney State Park and wasn’t lacking in the hill department.

Amazingly enough, it wasn’t as difficult as I had convinced myself it would be.

I did walk a few times, maybe a half a mile total.

My goal was to finish in approximately an hour – at the pace of 10:00/mile.

I crossed the line in 1:03:31.

In my first 10K, full of hills.

Needless to say, I was pretty damn happy with that result.

My fastest mile clocked in at 8:28 – my first mile, weaving around people and getting into a good space.

My slowest clocked in at 10:58 – Mile 5. My legs felt fine, but my head was starting to get the best of me.


Catching My Breath

In the last two weeks:

Owen turned 1.

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I ran my first 10K .

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We had Owen’s birthday party.

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We had a mini blizzard.


I got a wicked cold.

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We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.

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(pinned here)

I turned 27.


With the last few days of my “stay-cation” upon me, I have three things on the agenda:

1) Read. I’m already 2 books in for the week and want to finish the trilogy (Nora Robert’s Gallagher’s of Ardmore)

2) Play that spiffy new game in the last picture. The original Tomb Raider is the first video game I remember absolutely loving – a female Indiana Jones who kick’s ass – yes please.

3) Play with my lil munchkin.

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My baby boy, you are now a toddler.

It’s so hard to fathom just how fast the last year has flown by.

I can’t believe that one year ago, you entered our lives:


And now you’re a full blown little boy:

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My little man, you’ve taught me so much in the last year.

I love very single minute of being your Momma.

I can’t wait to see how much you change and teach me in the year to come.

I love you forever and always.

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1 More Day

My baby turns one year old tomorrow.

I can’t believe how fast time has gone.

I can’t believe how big he is.

It’s a constant reminder to slow down and be present in the moment.

I don’t remember the exact feelings going through my mind on May 5, 2012.

I just remember feelings of hope, excitement, and a lot of nerves.

It’s hard to remember who I was a year ago.

So many things have changed, and I wouldn’t change one single piece of it.

This post from one year ago today brings back those feelings.

I Believe…

I’m linking up with my brilliant sister to celebrate the simple things we believe in.


I believe in good tea and strong coffee.

I believe in having a small group of close friends over a large group of acquaintances.

I believe the world is a much smaller place than most people think.

I believe in the joy of reading.

I believe in nurturing everyone’s imagination – both young and old.

I believe in learning and growing every day.

I believe we all need nature – fresh air, green grass, and trees.

I believe a baby’s giggles can instantly turn around a bad day.

I believe seeing the world through my sons’ eyes is a wonderful thing.

I believe anyone can accomplish their dreams with a little hard work and determination.

I believe in family.

I believe in writing.

I believe in me – through thick and thin.

What do you believe?