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A Very Special Saturday.

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Had one of the best Saturdays ever.  You know, the kind where everything in the universe goes right and you think to yourself.....wow...I will never forget this day.  That is how I felt about Saturday June 21st.  Most of you know that I have been battling a tendonitis injury from last summers marathon training.  Finally was able to start running a few weeks ago.  I decided at the last minute to sign up for a half marathon because why not right?  Ha! Ha!  Dan and I did not train for it, we were totally not in shape to do it, but who cares, you only live once!

I signed us up for Berry Dairy Days in Burlington.  It is a flat scenic course on the levy that runs next to the Skagit river.  We did this race last year and swore we would never do it again.  The gravel road is full of large rocks and will begin hurting your feet around mile 8.  With that being said, I cannot believe that I am about to tell you that this was the most enjoyable half marathon that I have ever run.  No timers, no watch, no worrying about a PR....just Dan and I out on the road solving all of the worlds problems.  So fun.  I remember every mile, taking it all in and being so grateful that I was out on the road again.  I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, take that for granted.  This last year has been incredibly hard for me emotionally and physically.  So happy to be back at it again.

Dan has been so supportive though this whole thing.  He stopped running when I got hurt because he knew how hard it was for me. I really appreciated it.  I don't think I could bare watching him run all the time while I had to sit it out.  I was so happy to have him right there with me this weekend by my side. Love that guy!

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We came in 10 minutes past our average since we went slow, but I am so glad we finished with no injuries!

After the race we walked over to The Train Wreck and had a beer and a breakfast burrito.  As Dan says "I don't always drink beer in the morning, but when I do, it is after I have run a half marathon"....ha! ha!

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I wish I could tell you that I came home and took a nap but the truth is, I had a little fitbit addiction episode.  I realized that it was 10:00 a.m. and I had already gone 25,000 steps. (the most I had ever gotten in a day....) That is a TON OF STEPS...so.....Why not see if I could do 40,000 in a day??? I walked.....and walked......and walked.....and then walked some more until I made it to 20 miles in a day!!!!  Yay ME!!!

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Now I can say that I have walked 40,000 steps in a day, wooohoooo! (Yes, I know there is something wrong with me...)  Dan threated to take my fitbit away again!

After my 20 mile day, I took a some time to rest and  colored in my art journal:

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I am grateful.  Grateful to have this smiling happy man in my life.....grateful I can get out of bed each day....grateful I can run again...

(please ignore laundry pile on the top of the couch....it got put away....eventually I think)

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What are you grateful for?

 

Ragnar Relay 2013

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Well, Dan and I once again decided to another crazy 200 mile relay race.  Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage 2013!  Sometimes I wonder why we do this to ourselves.  Oh ya, thats right......because it is so FANTASTICALLY FUN!!!!!  Nothing better than hanging out in a van with 6 smelly runners (x2) for 34 hours who are delirious from running and haven't slept.  NOW THAT IS WHAT I LIKE CALLING "A GOOD TIME!"

Most of our team was the same as last year, with a few new people added in.  We had team members from Colorado and Utah....and those of us who live right down the road.  So many fun memories from the past weekend, I don't even know where to begin.  From me literally peeing in my pants to my friends in Van 2 getting stuck across the border in Canada by accident, we all had so much fun!  My favorite part about this year is the fact that we turned our run into a fundraiser.  We raised over $2,000 to support children with cancer! Our team placed 2nd overall!  This really hit home for me.  My best friend had cancer all though middle school.  It was so hard to watch her go through it all: the chemo, being sick, missing school functions....I could go on and on.

Dan also ran into a old family friend at the finish line, what a bonus!!!!

I LOVE MY RAGNAR TEAM!

Here a few fun highlights:

Van 1!

Dan's "Honey Bucket" Blue socks!!!!

A blurry picture of Dan kickin' booty....Ragnar Tutu Style!!!

Oh ya baby!!!! Halfway though my first leg!

Some of the Van 2 peeps, a little wacky from no sleep!

Last exchange for my 3rd leg!!! Almost done!

My friend Janeen and I in the after race beer garden. We did it!

Erin and Rochie....our Colorado peeps.

Dan and his friend Mark...who he hasn't seen in a LONG time!

YES!!!! Another Ragnar crushed!!!! :)

***Dan and I keep sayin' we aren't going to do this next year......but who knows....we always have so much fun....maybe we will!

The Biggest Loser Challenge!

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Well, if you are fortunate enough to know Dan and I, you will know just how competitive we are with each other!!!! Ha! Ha!  I think that is one of the things I love the most about him.  In all honesty, we truly make such a GREAT TEAM!  We are very supportive, and motivate each other.  Every year we do the same old thing.  Lose weight, and then comes the dreaded holidays where we PACK IT ON!  Cookies, cakes, dinner parties, drinks, egg-nog lattes, and so on.....

We decided this January to do a Biggest Loser Challenge, and it has been SO FUN!  Every Friday we weigh-in, and have been going by "percentage of weight lost".....sometimes I win that week, and sometimes he does.  Whoever loses for the week has to pay $20.00 into the "pot".  (Shhhhh......but I think Dan has paid-in way more than I have, hee! hee!)  Whoever wins on May 1st gets to decide on how we are going to use that money on our secret family vacation!!!!  YEAH!  So it truly is a win-win for everybody.

I always forget how time consuming it is to find the time to exercise everyday.  Sounds silly huh?  It seems like between going to work at my "real job", painting, taking care of the kiddies, and cooking......there really isn't a lot of time in the day.  I have been making sure to take an hour to work-out 6 days a week, and that folks, TAKES TIME!!!!  6 days a week you ask????  Oh ya baby, this girl is going to win!

My new secret weapon that I am going to use next is.......  my new "Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred" DVD!!!!  This is going to make me WIN THIS CHALLENGE FOR SURE!  This is a 20 minute HELL work-out. Excuse my French, but this BABY IS HARD!  I totally thought I was in shape....I have been running 4-5 miles a day, but this work-out is a KILLER.  It basically is a circuit training quick video that combines weights, cardio and abs.  I have done it twice now, and can barely type this blog post.  I AM SO SORE!

I am down to my last 5 pounds, let's see if I can SHRED it OFF!!!!!  All in all, this challenge has been so great for Dan and I.  We are having fun, eating clean and healthy, and saving some cash!!!!  Speaking of clean eating.  I have banned myself from watching anymore food documentaries!  It is disgusting what the government does to our food.  I now run around preaching to everyone to eat organic, no processed, no GMO foods.  I am starting to sound like my uncle Petey.  Who is uncle Petey??  Well, he use to be my uncle, then people got divorced, and blah, blah, blah.....but still feels like my uncle.....and long story short, he is always posting horrible things on what we should and shouldn't eat on Facebook.

I really hope we make it to our goal weight.  We are both stuck at a plateau right now, and it is frustrating.  Working so hard all week, and the scale refused to move.  I keep thinking in my head, WE CAN DO THIS! WE CAN DO THIS!  I posted some pictures below of our challenge.....Dan doesn't know I posted his weight....but he never reads my blog posts, so shhhhhh.....don't tell!  I don't care if the whole world knows how fat or skinny I am, I think people shouldn't care about telling their weight at all.  Large or small, we are who we are, so who cares anyways!.....I also added a couple of sketches from my watercolor journal.

Wish us luck....two more months to go!

Here is our weigh-in chalkboard, did you notice this week? Nothing is moving.

Where we started. Ha! Ha!

Yeah!!!! A Three, a three!!!! Back down into the 130's! PHEW!!!!

A picture of my secret weapon.....muahahahahaha!

Oooooooo ya baby!!!!! Feeling good, and gonna get BUFF!!!!!! :) Bring it on SEATON!

Happy Saturday!!!!

Meet Maddie and Olive……..

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Hey guys.....it's me AGAIN!!!  Two posts in a week?  What?  What?  Ooooo ya baby, back in the groove.  Studio is clean, and I feel like I am getting back on track.  Haven't had to much time to paint, but I can't wait to get started on a few pieces that have been mulling around in my head.

Here are the latest commissioned pieces I have been working on.  These guys were so fun to paint!  Meet Olive, the sassy queen kitty.  Sounds like she is full of herself so I painted her on a pedestal, wearing a crown of course!!!!!  I struggled with Maddie the dog, quite a bit, and painted her over twice!  Mad's signature move is the cross-legged lay down position, which was "oh so" hard for me.  I do like how she turned out in the end!  Judy, the pet's owner picked the back ground colors of coral and turquoise.  These paintings will be hung in her newly remodeled studio!!!!!  Hurray!  I hope she sends me a picture once they are hung!  For now, they are all boxed up and headed out to the post office today!!!

So cute and colorful!!!!  Hey speaking of colorful, Dan and I signed up for the Color Run on May 12th in Seattle......so excited!!!!!  Really wanted to do this last year but missed it!!!!  Come on out and run with us!

Happy Thursday!

Ragnar Relay – Northwest Passage

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Last weekend Dan and I participated in the Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay Race.  It was a 12 person, 200 mile relay that started in Blaine Washington, traveled south and ended in Langley, on Whidbey Island.  What a BLAST!  We were both pretty nervous for the race due to the fact that our training went right out the door when we went to Belize.  We did no type of training 3 weeks before the big event! AGH!  I highly DO NOT RECOMMEND preparing for a race this way, ha! ha!  I was really excited to be able to run in something like this.  I have done some half marathons, but I have never had to worry about someone waiting for me on the other end of race.  Another big concern I had was that it was in three legs, we would be up and awake for 33 hours.....taking turns. It sounded like our whole team "Chafing and On Fire" was pretty nervous before we started.  We all seemed to be second guessing ourselves, and wondering if we could actually pull it off.  Once the race began, we all settled down, and what a party we had!  I have never in my life had so much fun goofing off with people.  When you are piled in a car for hours at at time (and with no sleep) things just start getting goofy.  We were all making jokes about Body Glide, making fun of Dan (the only male runner), and laughing the whole way.  I only knew one other person on our team besides Dan, and I felt like we were all best friends at the end!  This race was amazing, challenging, and something I will never forget!  Dan was totally shocking pulling in 8 minute miles and powering over mountain hills.  I had no idea he could run like that! (I don't think he did had any idea either!)

The month of July has gone by in a flash.  Between the trip to Belize, and the relay race, I haven't had much time for art.  We have been to a few markets, but need to get back on track.  I am so excited to get back in the studio and back to creating!  Art is something that is such a big part of me.  I always feel like something is missing when I cannot spend some time in the studio.  There are some wonderful ideas that our roaming around in my head, inspired from my vacation.  Stay tuned!  For now, check out these crazy pictures of our race.  Dan and I have been smiling ever since we have been home. We just keep going over the memories......... My friend Clark described it the best: "Welcome to the bizarre world of running."