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Catching up & My Marathon

I’m still here and I my marathon is complete!!

How did I get so far away from blogging?!? While I love documenting my life, I was finding that it was better for me to be LIVING than to worry about documenting my runs, eats, etc. I love blogging, but when life gets busy (and these past couple of months have been BUSY), it gets put on the back burner! Here are some highlights:


Beeker and I went on an amazing hike


We celebrated baby Molly at Kate’s shower! (Molly is due TODAY!!)


Holly turned ONE!



Ree came with me to my Senior Trip to Dorney Park, where it POURED all day long!


We surprised Dawn with a 40th Birthday Party!

The past two months were filled with lots of training, hard work, love, motivation, and time with family and friends! I finished up my 7th school year teaching (YAY!), AND I completed my marathon!

I am still basking in post-marathon glory!! The race was amazing!

My goal going into the race was to finish under 4:30, and I ended up finishing in 4:38.  I was absolutely THRILLED with this time.  Although the race was beautiful (through Pennypack Park), it was a difficult course…the weather was hot, there were some pretty substantial hills, and there was a 1.5 mile trail section that was killer! I read about the trail section, but was surprised at how “trail-y” it really was! On the first loop, it was fun to jump over tree stumps and splash through the mud; on the second loop (mile 20), it was so painful on my knees!! The other difficult part about the race was the lack of crowds.  Seriously, there were NO crowds for the entire race! One of the things that is exciting about a race is having a crowd to cheer you on.  So, this marathon required a lot of personal motivation and determination.

I was SO nervous in the days leading up to the race.  I focused on mentally training myself for the marathon and making sure that I had the proper nutrition for the race (hello, carbs!).  


My dinner the night before the marathon!

The thing that I was most nervous about was running the race by myself, without my coach.  I mentally rehearsed the race all week and was ready when I lined up at the start line to rock it!



The first half of the race was great.  I cruised through the loop feeling good. I knew early on, however, that I was going to have to adjust my time goal for the weather.  It got hot really quickly, and I focused on trying to make sure that I stayed hydrated and cool.  I walked through each water stop and took 2 waters- one to drink, and one to pour on my head.

Beeker and I decided that I would signal to him how I felt at the half way mark.  When I went through the turn around, I gave him the thumbs up that I felt great.  I loved going through and seeing my family and friends cheering their hearts out for me!!

The second loop of the race was a lot more difficult than the first.  I hurt my knee during the first trail section and was battling that pain between miles 14-20.  Mostly, it was just hot.  I saw the medical team rush out 2 or 3 times to pick up runners that were getting sick from the heat.  Very scary.  At one point I got a chill and realized that I was not sweating as much- not good.  I stopped at an aide station and poured 3 cups of water on myself to cool off- it did the trick and I was able to keep running.  

I took a gel gummy every 2 miles, so I broke the race up into 2 mile increments.  Once I got to mile 20, I was golden. I knew I would finish and finish strong.

Miles 20-25 seemed so long, but when I was about a mile away from the finish, I started to get really excited.  When I turned the corner and saw the finish line, I turned off my music so that I could hear the crowd.  Well, my family and friends saw me before I could see them and I could hear them screaming and calling my name.  Words cannot express how HAPPY and GRATEFUL I was to see them and to have them all there to cheer me on- I felt so loved! My cheering section included: Beeker, my mom, Dawn, Juliet, Kristianna, Holly, Alyssa, Annmarie, Kate, Mark, Pam, Casey, Kenzie, and Scarlett!!! Thank you to everyone that supported me and for all those that came out to watch me finish- it really meant the world to me! ❤

I love my pictures from the finish line, because I am smiling so BIG. I was so so so happy.  

I went into this race repeating my mantra, “I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who strengthens me.”  I am praising Him for strengthening me during my race.  Hallelujah!


My coach, always.


My biggest cheerleader- my mama

I am SO happy that I decided to run this race.  It did exactly what I wanted it to: gave me something to focus on during my wait and helped me to feel strong and confident.  I am excited to run a fall marathon…I really think that I could run FAST on a cool day with lots of crowd support! We will see 😉

For right now, I am continuing to run my mile a day (even the day after the marathon- hello, sore legs), while enjoying summer with family and friends, and looking forward to so many things.


We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of BABY MOLLY, who is due today!!! I cannot wait to snuggle our best friends’ baby girl!! I am so proud of Kate and Mark- they are such fabulous parents already. So blessed to be able to walk through all of life’s journeys with such wonderful friends!

This week, Beeker and I are taking part in the “Living Below the Line” challenge.  We are blogging about our experience on our site, www.run2ourbaby.com. Check it out! We are in day 2 of our challenge, and the Lord is already moving our hearts in more ways than we could have imagined.

Next week we are going down the shore with our family for the week, YAY!

The following week, Beeker and I are going to West Virginia on a Mission Trip with our church. We will be leaving on our 7 year anniversary…7 years! 🙂

All along the way, we are PRAYING for our phone to ring- waiting for the call that will change our lives.  Through it all we are TRUSTING in the Lord’s perfect plan while being OVERWHELMED by His strength and power.

I am sure I will have a lot to write about in the coming months….



1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut: Change of Plans

So, I’ve had a change of plans.  After a little bit more research, I found a June marathon that is closer to home: the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon in Philadelphia on June 15th.

The other day I was reading the reviews of God’s Country Marathon – one person wrote about the beautiful scenery along the way, mentioning that he/she saw “squirrels, deer, and a bear.”

Back the truck up.



Seriously, if I saw a bear while trying to run a marathon, I think I would have a legit heart attack.

That comment, coupled with the almost 4 hour travel each way, prompted me to see if there was another marathon around the same time closer to home. I’m not trying to run a marathon, not be on the next episode of “Man v. Wild,” thankyouverymuch.

After some research, I found the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon.  Even though it is later in the month, and could therefore be much warmer, there are many things that I love about this marathon:

  • It is the day after the last day of school. A fun way to end the school year.
  • Closer to home = I do not have to ride in a car for 4 hours with marathon legs.
  • More of my family and friends can come to cheer me on. Yay!
  • The race seems really fun
  • The course is through Pennypack Park and is mostly shaded.
  • My name is Heidi, so that may earn me cool points with the German race organizers.

Awesome, right?  I am stupid excited about it.

So, with 2 more weeks, I am stepping back my training program 2 weeks back.  I am a sticker when it comes to training. I like to complete the program as prescribed.  I try to not miss one. single. run.  My thought behind this is that I don’t want to get to the start line and wonder how things would have been different if I had followed the plan.  Rather, I want to get to the start line knowing that I followed the plan to the letter- that I did everything I could to be as successful as possible.  



This morning was one of those good, strong runs.  I did 5 miles on my treadmill at home.  That treadmill is slowly dying. I can’t really complain, though. We got the treadmill for $75 last year on Craig’s List.  I wish we could afford a really beautiful, new treadmill for our home! My dream. For now, I am going to milk this sucker for all it is worth and then look for another cheap option to power my 4 am runs.

My eats this week have been pretty typical with my usual oatmeal for breakfast and crock pot veggies for lunch.

I wanted something different for dinner tonight and I have been craving sloppy joes lately.  So, tonight I made a healthier version- “Sloppy Janes”.  I got the recipe from Hungry Girl, and modified it a bit. I cooked up ground chicken with the following ingredients:

1 onion

1 red bell pepper

1 tsp. worcestershire sauce

3/4 jar tomato sauce

A little bit of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ


I sauteed all the ingredients together and served them on everything rolls with a salad. It was really good.  

I came home from work starving and mistakingly ate too much while cooking dinner- I hate when I do that- so I had mine sans roll.


Sloppy Janes

ImageAfter dinner we went to youth group and now we are home in bed like two old people. I am blogging and Brian is reading on my Kindle.

Woah, it’s almost 10.  We are really crazy. Better get to bed!



Doing ittttttt!

It’s official: I decided that I am GOING TO DO THE MARATHON.

Let the games begin…..

I will be running in the God’s Country Marathon.  It is about 3 hours from my house, so we are going to make a weekend out of it 🙂

I am so so so excited!! In my 28th month waiting for our adoption referral, it will be so good for me to focus on something else. 

This wait is making me do crazy things.

Let the games begin!!

This blog will be a fun way to document my training 🙂

I begin tomorrow with 11 miles.  I had hoped to go with my sister to the gym, but she has to work.  So, it will be a cold and rainy 11 miles.  At least that will motivate me to go fast 😉


After Weight Watchers last night my mom and I went to our favorite little sandwich shop.  We go there each week and get turkey sandwiches and indulge on homemade kettle chips.  The chips are shut-your-mouth good. So good. It is our little treat for the week!

This morning I did my normal run at 4.  It was just eh.  So funny how some days I can run and feel so strong, while other days are so eh.  I guess the bad runs make the good runs all that much better!

I was greeted by the most beautiful sunrise while pulling out of my development this morning.  It took my breath away.


God’s creation is gorgeous

I was so tempted to turn my car around, call out of work, change into my running clothes, and go for a long run.  It was a shame that such a moment had to be wasted by driving to work. Boo!

However, it was a good day today and I was definitely TingGIF!

After work, I did what I normally do on Friday evenings: clean my house.  Sounds so lame sauce (and it probably is), but it is so worth it to wake up on Saturday mornings to a clean house.  I can clean in about 2 hours on Friday, but for some reason it takes me all day on a Saturday. 

Beeker and I blitzed the house and now it is perfect. I *heart* a clean house in a big way.

Beeker had pizza for dinner. I really didn’t want to have that because I don’t need the extra calories, and I really wanted to eat something more nutritious.  So, I made myself a bbq chicken wrap and salad.


It was absolutely delicious and I am happy that I made a good choice and stayed on track.

Tomorrow will include my run then going to church to help cook and serve at the Youth Group Spaghetti Fundraiser (for their mission trip this summer)…should be yummy!


To marathon or not to marathon…that is the question.

Someone please punch me in the throat.  I am *thinking* of doing something I said that I would never do again- run a marathon.

I hate that I want to do this!! 

Beeker and I ran a marathon to raise money for our adoption in the fall of 2010.  It was an amazing experience and we were blessed by so much love and support from our family and friends. 


Some of our family that came to cheer us on


Isn’t our family the greatest!?


26.2 and we’re still smiling!

Our marathon was a painful great experience- but when it was over I said that I would NEVER run one again.  To me, it was one of those things that I could cross off of my bucket list and not revisit.  I loved running, but would stick to 1/2s. I told my family that if I tried to sign up for another marathon that they should punch me in the throat.

-Commence throat punching-

And now the justification:

Lately I have been feeling really strong in my runs and so in love with the sport.

Running makes me feel strong, confident, in control.

I really really really need something else to focus on instead of waiting for the phone to ring.

The race I want to run is only $55 and is on June 1st- the perfect date to get me through the end of the school year.

I am feeling up for a crazy challenge.

Good reasons, right?

Still, I need to talk it over with my biggest fan- I need his blessing.

I will make my decision by the end of the week!!

Now, I need to run and eat dinner (I am making pasta primavera) and get ready for Bible Study tonight! 🙂

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