Monthly Archives: June 2012

Congrats and The Olympic Trials

First a quick congrats to these two who are getting married today:

Hated that I couldn’t be here to watch them get married but it’s a beautiful day in Michigan while yes it’s raining in Oregon.  Meg and I have known each other for years and despite running and competing against each other we have remained great friends.  Best of luck to her and Matt.

Anyone else watch the Olympic Track Trials which are in Eugene?  I am that person who check twitter for all the updates last night, have been checking the official schedule and results, watched videos, and read the live feed from runners world.  Don’t worry I have updated Dave which he has thoroughly enjoyed:)  Last night was the final for the women’s and men’s 10,000.  I was pretty confident about the woman’s and who would win and was really excited about Lisa Uhl.  She is a definite up and commer who I think will do great things.  The men’s is where I was really interested as my favorite male runner, Dathan Ritzenhein was trying to qualify for his third Olympic team.  He missed qualifying with the marathon by getting 4th place.  I have watched Dathan running since I was in high school and would watch him in local races.  I even got to meet him which was pretty hilarious.  Even then I knew he was going to be amazing.  I had a friend in college who was friends with him and thought it was hilarious how I would follow him but hey he’s a local Michigan runner.  He now lives out here in Portland with his wife who I ran against in high school and his two kids.  He has had countless injuries but still goes at it.  This along with his faith has only made his story even more appealing to me.  Last night he finished third and with an Olympic qualifying A time!!

That’s Matt Tegankamp in front of him, who went to the University of Madison and is an awesome runner.  The winner was Galen Rupp who actually grew up in Oregon and went to Central Catholic High School in Portland.  Way to represent:)  I am beyond excited for the Olympics if you can’t tell and can’t wait for the Marathon especially after Kara Goucher’s amazing half marathon performance last weekend and for Shalane and Desiree to compete.  I am seeing big things for the men and women this year.

It’s a rainy day in Portland today so it looks like we’ll be doing some inside house projects and relaxing.  Back tomorrow as it’s a special day for Dave and I:)

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The Last Days

Well today marks that day that every school age kid/teen dreams about – the last week of school.  I am sitting here watching my 2nd hour class take their final.  We have 2 days left if this with the students having  a half day on Wednesday and then it’s summer.  Crazy that I still live my life by the ways of school aged people but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I started my class off with a little speech about how proud of them I was and I realized I had to stop before I burst into tears.  You would think I would be used to this by now – the changing of students every year the students graduating and going on to bigger and better things but each year it gets a little harder.  I have to say this has been my favorite year of teaching thus far.  I have loved every other year but for some reason this year was amazing for me.  I feel as if my classrooms became communities where students respected each other and worked hard.  That’s not to say I didn’t have bad days – because I did but the good days far outweighed the bad.  So if you are looking for a great career I would always recommend teaching.  It’s not easy and some days you just don’t think you can go on but in the end the rewards are so great that I go home quite often and say wow this is what I get to do every day:)  I am leaving you with an article about our school.  Click on the word school.  I think this article says it best about our school and the students who go here.

Happy Monday!

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Happy National Running Day

Yep…aside from Christmas, Easter, and birthdays this is an amazing day.  To celebrate I went on my first run since the marathon.  I had planned on doing 5 but for once I listened to my body and did 3.6 miles.  I kept it nice and slow and while I felt a little sore overall it was great.  I honestly feel like a different person when my endorphins get going on a run.  Plus I love the early morning peacefulness of the city waking up.  I’m leaving you with some race pictures from Saturday.

The Boardwalk

Almost to the half marathon spot and only had a smile because I love cheesy race photos:)

Happy Running!!

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Birthday Boy

Today my little brother Nathan turns 23.  I know not so little anymore but I still like to think of him that way even though he just celebrated his 2nd wedding anniversary and is updating the house he owns:)  I still remember when I went off to college and he was in middle school and coming home to my little brother.  Or the nights of babysitting when I was in high school.  I have pretty amazing brothers – let me just say a day doesn’t go by to where I don’t know how blessed I am to have them.  So Nathan happy birthday today.  I remember the day you were born and the McDonald’s pancakes that Derek and I got to have.  I remember signing songs to you when you were just a baby – clearly the only time you thought my voice was good:)  But mostly I remember you being such a great addition to Derek and I.

I am so thankful for all of the times we have together, the amazing half marathon we did – although when is the marathon for us going to happen?  We love you and can’t wait to see you soon!

Yeah my brothers got a little bigger than me and my mom:)


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Newport Marathon

Well it happened today – the marathon that is.   I have now ran 5 marathons which is a lot for me.  Running has always been a part of my life and something I kind of fell into.  I started running because my gym teacher told me I was good at it.  Turns out he was right and I did cross country and track in high school.  I thought for sure that I would run at college and even met with the coach, who was Dave and his brother’s coach and a fellow teacher when I did my student teaching.  My senior year I got burned out really quick and really fast and knew college running wasn’t for me.  I still finished the year running in high school and I still ran all through college but I really thought I was done.  I ended up signing up for the Chicago Marathon with my best friend and the rest is history.  I started with a 3:35 at the Chicago Marathon which was good enough for a Boston Marathon qualifier where I ran a 3:20.  I then ran that same time at the Seattle Marathon and then I ran 3:13 at Portland this past year.  I loved Portland but each time the marathon and the training gets a little bit harder.  I decided to sign up for the Newport Marathon which was on the coast in Newport, OR.

Dave and I love the coast so I did have some selfish reasons for going here:)  We went up on Friday and explored the town.

There is something about the ocean and it’s beauty that reminds me of how awesome our God is and what he creates.  We had a blast and even were able to grill out for dinner.  I was a basket case but by now I think Dave just expects that.  I got up at 5am and took a shuttle to the start.  I really had no idea what to expect.  I really wanted to break 3:10 but I just wasn’t sure.  I have had a pretty rough couple of weeks including my great grandma dying this past Thursday which was expected but still no easier for anyone.  It’s the end of the year at school so I honestly just wanted to go out and enjoy the race and take in the amazing ocean.  I started out with what I thought was too fast and was even in first for a little bit:)  I held on though and finished 9th overall woman with a 3:08:51.  I was ecstatic and am so thankful that I can do stuff like this.  My body is really really sore right now but a good sore.  I think I am done with marathons for a little bit.  Not done with running…..come on half of my blog posts are about running:)  But I am thinking of trying some shorter races like a half marathon so the training is not so time consuming.  Overall Dave and I had a great little getaway and just enjoy the coast.  It is truly like no other place I have ever been.

Thanks for letting me talk about my marathon:)  Happy Saturday.

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