My Top 10 Favorite Photos of 2017

2017 is just a few short weeks away from being over, WOW!

Parts of me feels like the past year went by faster than ever, others feel like SO much happened and things moved slow. But I’m not here to recap the past year, yet.

Today I wanted to link up with Erin from Perfectly Port to share my 10 favorite photos of 2017! (I had hoped to share a house post today, but I decided if I waited just a few more days there would be a lot more to share.)

At first the idea  of sharing my top 10 photos sounded like a super fun and super easy post idea… then I quickly realized just how hard it was going to be to only pick 10. I opted to narrow things down a bit and chose 10 photos from my Instagram account.

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Route 66 Marathon Recap

I’ve been wanting to share this post for a few weeks now, but the holidays threw things off a bit. Typically if more than a couple of weeks pass by, and I have yet to do a recap, I just skip it. However seeing this was my very first marathon, I decided to make an exception and share the post.

I could recap each mile and talk my way through the whole entire race, but nearly 27 miles of that would get to be a bit long. Instead, I thought it would be fun to share some thoughts, photos and highlights.

The date was November 19th and the place was Tulsa Oklahoma. After a very sleepless night I woke up about 4:30 in the morning and hit the road shortly after 5:00. We arrived at the starting corals shortly after 7 and things instantly “got real”. We were actually there and this was really going to happen.

* First off  let me say that was A LONG way to run. I mean on one hand, duh. But on the other hand, WOW! I knew it was going to be long, but that felt and was really, REALLY long.

* Things became extremely realistic around mile 12.5. At that point in the race the half marathoners head for the finish line and we had to run in the opposite direction. I have never wished I was running a half marathon so badly.

* The course was WAY more hilly than I expected. They weren’t steep hills like we have around here, but they were very long and steady inclines that felt like they went on forever. That made the course more difficult than I expected it to be.

* A big motivator for us through the run was literally taking it minutes at a time. Our training was far less that what it should have been and we were running 10 miles further than we ever had before. We did those last 10 miles in run/ walk intervals and literally took things one mile at a time.

* I had the best bib number ever! Did anyone else catch that?! 1225 so I was basically running for Christmas, HA!

* Plus, I got my ultra marathon coin from Santa! There is an optional detour you can take making the course the worlds shortest ultra marathon and you can guarantee we went for it. I mean at that point, why not?! I wish I had thought to point out my bib number to Santa Claus.

* It may be months before I can eat fruit snacks again. We ate them before the race and every 5 miles for energy. By my 3rd pack I was ready to swear them off for good. 

* Realizing that we had this in the bag during that last mile was awesome. We had thought for months that we could, but to actually be doing it and know we were going to finish was so good.


* The run went really well for me. I was really worried about my body “falling apart” or some kind of injury popping up, but everything went okay. I was even surprised to have minimal soreness in the days following the run.

*At a certain points it took everything I had to will myself to begin running again. I would tell my body to go, but nothing would happen. 

 

* We drove home with HUGE smiles on our faces. Because now we are marathoners, ultra-marathoners at that! Our time may be less than impressive, but putting up an impressive time was never the point. Honestly, we finished a lot faster than we ever thought we would. 

* Will I ever run another marathon? NO!!!

All in all the experience was AMAZING. I am so thankful to those who supported us, encouraged us and cheered us on through all of our training and especially on that day.

I am also especially thankful to Anna. I can not imagine having done this with anyone else by my side. We’ve been running together for over 4 years now and this was such a huge achievement for both of us.

It’s been over three weeks since that day and I can still remember how exciting it was. I’m pretty sure I’l never forget the day we ran a marathon, ever.

Recapping my first, and only, #marathon on the blog today! #rt66run Click To Tweet

Friday Highlights 12.8.11

Hello Friday!

What a week friends. This week I spent most of my days lying in bed feeling a bit under the weather. I got smacked in the face with a cold on Saturday morning. Yes, again. That marked cold #2 within one month and I was feeling all of the emotions. From sadness all the way to rage, I couldn’t believe that I was sick… again. The good news is that cold #2 was much shorter lived than cold #1 and I am already feeling mostly recovered. The bad news is that Emily started sniffling and running a fever around noon yesterday. *Big sigh*

This year seems to be one full of sickness, it is everywhere friends. I pray and hope your home has been a bit healthier than mine has the past few weeks. 

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday Favorites!

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Christmas Bucket List 2017

For the past 3 years I have shared Christmas Bucket lists on the blog and I was SO close to not posting this years list. Why?! Honestly, I don’t know. I think part of it was I felt like I waited too long. Another reason was that I am blogging a lot less than I was even a year ago. Regardless of the reasons I almost didn’t share the list, I am so glad I snapped out of it.

Things may be a bit chaotic and different this year, but it is still Christmas time. I still want to celebrate as much as we can with all of our favorite seasonal activities. This years list has 20 activities and I think I could already cross about 5 of them off! That leaves plenty of time and plenty of fun to be had!

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My Monthly Goals, December 2017

Let’s take a look at what I completed…


* Share some holiday related posts.

* Plan out a short blog sabbatical over the holiday season/ when we move.
* Have at least 2 designated family nights.
* Complete my final 16 mile training run.

* Run a marathon
* Log my necessary 12 gym visits, getting as many as I can before the marathon.
* Give myself lots of grace while I recover.
* Get ahead as much as we can so we can relax over Thanksgiving Break.

* Continue working on brush piles mountains out at the land.
FINALLY start construction.
* Order Christmas Cards.
* Nail down a move out date. 
* Decorate for Christmas, the best I can.
* Make a new soup recipe.
* Plan some holiday fun.

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TBB Asks, December 2017

Hello Friday, Hello December!

It’s here, it’s here! The last month of the year, which I think is the best month of the year too. 2017 went by FAST! And I know this month won’t be any different. It will feel like we blink two times and the holidays will be over, I will be another year older, we’ll have moved and it will be a brand new year all at the same time. Whew! It’s going to be a busy, busy month. 

So instead of thinking about all of that, let’s think about much simpler things right now.

I am super excited to be joining in for the Christmas version of TBB Asks. These question are so easy and fun. It’s the perfect way to get to know a little more about yours truly and a super easy read for a Friday morning. 

Take a look at my answers and feel free to grab the graphic and play with The Blended Blog ladies . The link-up officially opens up on Monday December 4th!

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