Now that my spring break has begun, I finally have a little time to post from last weekend's half marathon. After finding this race online Friday evening after getting home from work, I set my alarm for midnight and left the farm at one o'clock to run the Tell City Half Marathon. It was a fabulous find with near perfect running weather, a challengingly hilly course, and lots and lots of wonderful volunteers and crowd support. Having free photo downloads was a terrific touch, but seeing this amazing runner, @mom_o_6, at the starting line was the best part of the event. I was honored to get a picture with her after finishing.
Happy 17th Anniversary to my everything. Growing up, I used to dream of my future soulmate, my best friend, my life partner, my husband. Who would he be? Where would I ever find him? How would I know? I truly am blessed that HE found ME...and never let me go. His family has repeatedly let me know Billy told them the night he met me that he was going to marry me. Fast forward a few years, and here we are on our first Valentine's Day together. As his work had it, he was to be down in Houston chaperoning a couple of work employees from Equatorial Guinea as they visited our country to attend work-related classes. What does Billy do? He surprises me with plane tickets and a limo so we could be together on that Valentine's Day. Fast forward another two weeks to the day we married. Billy tends to be forgetful when it comes to important dates, so he had me choose a day that he could easily remember. I chose 03-02-01. Three...Two...One...Blastoff! He never forgets our anniversary. #happyanniversary#seventeenyears#foreverandeveramen#321blastoff#myeverything#imarriedacowboy#myfavoritelovestory#whenbillymetcarol#datingdays#courting#ilovemyhusband#iwaslookingforhim#hefoundme#thankful#blessed#spoiled
REST IN PEACE, my sweet-sixteen, funny-faced, Fur Baby. Although these pictures portray her looking like a grumpy cat, a mean girl, Oscar the Grouch, etc., she was quite the opposite. Black Hills Gold (Goldie), otherwise known as Banana Bug, better known as Nana, was an extremely shy, genuinely gentle, nonstop purr-machine. She was the best company ever. And, she was sooooo funny; omgoodness, she kept Billy and me rolling with laughter. Sadly, old age caught up with her, and this lovable, little lady slipped peacefully across that rainbow bridge in her sleep during the wee hours of the morning on Friday. I cannot express how much she is missed. #restinpeace#furbaby#funnyface#pekefaced#snaggletooth#tortoiseshell#calico#tortie#persiancat#purr#rainbowbridge
Your flight just arrived safely at EWR marking the close of your double half birthday weekend with Jeff. Congratulations, y'all and Happy Birthday, Tracey!! Your photos show what a wonderful time was had in Florida! Now that I am finally able to post to you for your birthday (sorry I am a day late), I have chosen eight pictures for the nearly eight years we have been friends (and an extra one for good measure). Eight years! I cannot imagine this journey without you. These photos recap much of our friendship while also highlighting several of your major milestone events (which I am lucky enough to have shared with you). #happybirthday#solesisters#runnerlife#marathonmaniacs#halffanatics#goalstoreach#runningisbetterwithfriends
Louisiana Marathon: Saturday pre-race evening spent with fabulous friends and family!
I cannot thank @tanewen3 enough for working out the details to develop a dinner date for her New Jersey family and her Arkansas friends whom coincidentally happened to be in Baton Rouge over the same weekend. This reunion was so much fun! I had not seen Tracey's brother, Brian, in nearly two years, and I had not seen her son, Kevin, in even longer than that! Omgoodness...how is he even twenty-twenty?! I LOVED getting to meet and spend time with Kevin's lovely Louisiana Lady, Laura!! Running into Mary and Sandy while walking across the street for dinner was the perfect prelude to our pre-race pizza party. Having Dave Bell join us and share a few of his exciting stories was a delightful conclusion to the evening. I did not want the night to end, but it was getting late, way past my bedtime, it was going on seven o'clock, y'all. Thank goodness Kevin and Laura were able to meet us the following day at the post-race festival after we finished the marathon for a fun farewell. #lousianamarathon#dejavu#batonrouge#louisiana#schlitzandgiggles#pizzaparty#dinnerdate#vendezvous#friendsbecomefamily#runnerlife#marathonmaniacs#halffanatics#50statesmarathonclub
RUN for the RANCH Half Marathon was the perfect conclusion to my 2017 race schedule! It snowed the entire time!!
I LOVE SNOW Although I ran less races than usual this year, I did manage to reach some hard-fought goals such as running at least one marathon (or farther) a month for one hundred months straight (and counting) back in April, completing another Ironman in November, and a week later finishing my circuit of half marathons in all fifty states! I know these numbers are far lower than soooo many of my fabulous friends, I suffer in comparison, but I am tired, y'all.
27 Marathons (6 50Ks, 1 Ironman, 19 states)
27 Half Marathons (2 Half Irons, 24 states)
08 shorter triathlons (7 states)
05 100 Mile Bike Tours (4 states)