Saturday, December 10, 2011

Numbers!

I got my number for the Goofy Challenge this week. I am number 20309 for both the half marathon and the full. I believe the Goofy numbers start at 20,000 so I should be in corral A which makes me happy. I can't believe the races are less than a month away! I am hoping to kick some serious butt (details on my race goals coming soon).

I ran a virtual 10K this morning and set a new PR of 41:24 (a 6:40 average pace). My training plan called for a 10K race today (with 12 miles total including warm up and cool down). There are no races around here this time of year, so I just did one on my own. I did an easy three mile warm-up, ran my guts out for 6.2 miles and then cooled down for 2.8 miles. It was a big confidence booster for me to be able to run at an under 7:00 pace for over six miles. Tomorrow I have an easy-paced 17 miler on the schedule.

I am still coughing and coughing and coughing. I do ok during the day for the most part, but at around 8pm it just gets awful. Once I have been laying down for a little while it settles down and then I am able to sleep pretty well without coughing, but getting up in the morning and after a run are rough too. I AM SO SICK OF COUGHING. I get this bug most winters and it drags on and on and on for me. Looking on the bright side - at least it is now and not during the Disney races. I am trying to take it easy when I can.

We have a fun day planned today of decorating our Christmas tree and making gingerbread houses. I will take lots of pics!

Earlier this week I was tagged by the awesome, original Tough Chik, Shannon with the Versatile Blogger award.
I am really an open book so it is hard for me to try and come up with 7 things I haven't already shared about myself, but here goes. (Sorry if they are repeats).

1. I have never dyed my hair, I have never had a perm,  and I have never had my ears pierced. I also don't get manicures or pedicures. Not sure if that makes me a natural kind of girl or just boring! I do always wear at least eye liner (and usually mascara) and I can't stand to go more than two days without shaving. I like to be neat, clean, well-groomed and pretty, I am just simple about it.

2. I don't wear running skirts. I never have, and I never will. I have nothing against those that do and think a lot of runners look awesome out there in their skirts and socks, but it just isn't my style. I don't wear skirts hardly ever in "real life", so it just doesn't make sense to me to put one on to run.

3. 16 years ago this week I was 18 years old and a freshman in college and I found out I was pregnant. It was THE crossroads in my life. I broke up with my boyfriend (who was not ready to be a father) and planned to be a single mom. Josh was just a friend at that time, but shortly after he found out I was pregnant he told me he was going to marry me. A few months later we started dating, and a couple of months after that he did marry me. A lot of people thought we were crazy and a lot of people thought we'd never last, but here we are, almost 16 years later, and I don't know a more in love or more happily married couple.  He is my best friend, my true love, and my soul mate and I am grateful for every day I get to be with him.

4. I used to spend hours and hours and hours every day at a barn. I road horses, taught beginner riding lessons, mucked stalls, exercised other people's horses and did all kinds of work to earn my horse's boarding fees. I rode hunter-jumper and showed a few summers and loved it. I love horses and miss them a lot. I did get crushed by a young thoroughbred that I was riding when I was 17 and needed major surgery to repair a ruptured diaphragm, a hernia, and all kinds of resulting problems. They thought my hip was cracked too but luckily it wasn't. I HATED crutches. I have never broken a bone and have only had stitches once (besides my surgeries). Knock on wood. :)

5. I have given birth three times (one c-section, then two v-bac's.) Josh and I have adopted three infants, three toddlers, and three school aged-kids. We have adopted four kids from the United States, three kids from Ethiopia, one from South Korea and one from Vietnam. I made two trips by myself to Vietnam, I have spent over seven weeks total in Ethiopia, and I was "stuck" in South Carolina for over two weeks (waiting on a judge to sign some paperwork). I could never have planned my family more perfectly or beautifully than God has.

6. I am a chicken about some things. I don't like things that have a risk of falling. I am not afraid of heights or roller coasters (I love theme park rides!) but snow skiing, water skiing, roller blading down a hill, and things that like make me super nervous.

7.  I was a total nerd in school (although I had lots of friends, so I wasn't a geeky nerd). I graduated #5 in my high school class of over 500 students and got a $25,000 scholarship to an excellent school (Marist College in New York). 

I am no good at tagging, so if you are reading this and want to play along, consider yourself tagged! :)

And... I am hoping to have some super awesome news to share on Monday. I probably could share now, but I want to be 100% sure before I do. (Sorry to tease, but my hopes are so high and it will make it way worse if I share and then find out it isn't really happening).

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Find some time in all the holiday craziness to get some running in. You'll feel better for it! :)

19 comments:

Laura said...

What a speedy 10k! You're going to be so prepared to nail this race. Great list, too... I enjoy reading the non-running tidbits!

Anonymous said...

I am sure your Goofy number is Corral A. With times like yours I cannot see you in any other place!-Marg

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

What a stellar 10k time and on a virtual one too! You are amazing. I always have a harder time pushing myself when there are no other runners around.

Elle said...

Such a fun read, Erin!

I hope you quit coughing very soon and get healthy so you can rock that Goofy.

LBTEPA said...

How exciting! Go away, cough!

emlizalmo said...

Interesting stuff. :) Good GRIEF, you are getting so freaking fast. You should feel SOOOOO great after that virtual race...aside from all the coughing. :(

Mallory said...

Great job on your 10k! That's awesome! You're wicked fast. Really cool facts about yourself. I love that Josh told you he was going to marry you. I think that's so awesome. Sounds like the two of you have had a pretty amazing life and have a lot of love to give. Made me smile.

robinbb said...

Oh gosh, you are so super fast. I am #737 at Disney so will be in Coral A as well probably, can't say I can keep up with your speedy legs during the race. Gonna email you back in a bit!

Her Name Is Rio said...

Wow! Those Disney races sound huge! Looking forward to reading about your Goofy experience! Also, loved learning more about you!

Hoffbeauty said...

Always love your lists! I've read quite a few of your "tagged" posts over the years, but somehow I always learn something new. Certainly never knew that you were crushed by a horse!

I can't wait to hear your news on Monday!!! And I'd still love to have the username/password to your other blog again, if you ever think about sending it to me. Just can't remember it, as it's been too long. :(

-SarahH

Mark Matthews said...

I didn't realize you were doing the Goofy. You got a body and a heart of gold. Once I read that, I couldn't focus for a bit but regained my composure at the monday surprise part. Hmmm, What's on the horizon? "The suspense is killing me, I hope it lasts..." (willy wonka)

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

That is one fast 10K. I loved reading your random facts! I have to agree with the no skiing which has made me quite the outcast in CO. I hope you start feeling better soon...coughing at night is the worst!

Penny said...

That is one fast 10k girl. I love learning more stuff about you. You are already amazing in my book girl.

Suz and Allan said...

Sorry to hear you are still coughing like crazy! Hope you feel better soon!

Terzah said...

You are so right! Better to deal with the cough now than during Goofy...That said, I hope it's almost run it's course.

Man, that is a fast 10K! Congrats!

And I agree...it's a very very good thing to be married to one's soul mate. A good marriage is the best gift parents can give kids, IMHO. I'm trying to think of something nice to do for my own soul mate. He's been really patient and supportive with the mid-holiday marathon training. I was so glad when he went out for a run after my long one on Saturday--he deserves it.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and just love it. Love your "story", love your family, and after reading this, so sweet, love your marriage! You are very blessed! :) Thank you for sharing.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

HOLY FAST ERIN! You just keep getting better. and you are a natural beauty!

Jill said...

Loved your list, that was fun. You are simply an amazing woman...raising all those kids, being speedy fast..you don't have time to be sick! Hope you're feeling better soon!

lindsay said...

marist! my parents went there :) small world. always love the random fact posts. hope your cough clears up soon!