Friday, November 30, 2012

That's Where I Come From...

"Well I'm from a map dot

A stop sign on a black top,"

In the words of Tim McGraw, that's us in Dearborn, Mo. Most people have no idea where we live. Even those in St. Joseph, which is 20 miles up the road, have never heard of Dearborn. We often have to say, "you know the town between here and Platte City on 29?" Dearborn is a town of 496. If you've been to the Trex Mart gas station along Interstate 29, you still haven't seen the town. You have to drive a mile to the northeast to actually go into town. We have no stop light, no grocery store, no retail stores, yet we have a cafe, post office, and yes, a stop sign. We have little to no notoriety for much of anything. 

That changed a little yesterday with the announcement of the Hill family winning the largest lottery jackpot in Missouri history and second largest in the United States. All day there was speculation of who it was, maybe it was a passer-by like is most common in our only convenience store along the interstate. Yet, when we heard from local townspeople who they thought it was, we all got a little more excited. 

I don't personally know them, but Mark Hill graduated with my mother-in-law, and I've been told they are an incredibly good, wholesome family that deserves it. I hope they use it to take care of their family, save some, and do good with the rest. 

Yes, you might say, those of us in Dearborn have a little civic pride for being put on the map, finally. 

As a friend put it, "Dearborn has been Googled more today than in the last fifty years." 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Little Changes...

I made a few changes to my blog like I said I was going to do for my 101 list.

I have finally added a few pages about me and my fitness goals/journey so far. Check them out above and let me know what you think!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Photos 2012

Hey Ya''s been a few weeks. I haven't had much to say lately.

I was able to cross one more thing off the 101 list, though. We had our holiday pictures taken by the ever-so-creative and fun Laura Benitz. Laura was our photographer for our wedding. She does an incredible job, and I can't wait to show everyone our actual Christmas Card.

For now, enjoy a short or two and the link to her website post of our pictures.

Photo Courtesy of Laura Benitz Photography

Photo Courtesy of Laura Benitz Photography

Friday, November 2, 2012

Those Bucket List Items...


I don't really have an actual, written bucket list. Just things in my head I'd like to do in my lifetime.

One of those recent items is completing a full marathon. To begin the story, let me paint the picture for you when I was younger. 

I was THE slowest kid in our class when we first had to complete the 1-mile run in elementary school. I have no idea what my time was, but I remember vividly being the slowest. I don't mean to be incredibly mean, but I was by no means an overweight child; I was average. So it stung a little when I wasn't even as fast as those who weighed a lot more than me.

I went out for every sport in middle school just because that's what you do in a small town. I played volleyball, basketball, and ran/threw in track. I, again, was not very fast or good, but I slowly improved. We still had to do that presidential fitness test I loathed every year. By the end of 8th grade, I was usually about the 4th or 5th girl to finish in the 1-mile run. I placed the same in the 1-mile run in track meets too.

In high school, I didn't run my freshman year in track. I decided to go out for track in my sophomore and junior years. I tried running, but quickly realized I am by no means a "sprint" runner, but I also wasn't fast enough to really be competitive in the long distances. I threw javelin, discus and did long jump instead. We still had to "run" some during practice, but nothing too intense. I also knew I needed to stay healthy since I wasn't really in sports sophomore, junior and seniors years other than cheerleading and swimming. I took the weightlifting class. It was awesome to see myself improve in strength. Though I would question the approach of our teachers. It was always to lift more. Now that I know a few more things about weight training, I know that is not always the smart approach to fitness. I digress...we ran for 15 minutes every other day and then did core work, then weights. Great workout for an hour and a half, really! We still had our fitness tests. You had to run 2 miles in 15 minutes. I did that several times so I was proud of that. I came a long way since being the slowest girl in my class.

In college, I didn't really do much exercise during school. I walked, of course, everywhere so that was a lot of my workout. During the summers, I ran, rode my bike and walked a lot, too. The summer of my sophomore year I got serious about losing weight and making better choices. I ran almost every day and lost 45 lbs.

The story of today. My exercise habits have ebbed and flowed from the age of 19-24. There are months where I really get into it, and long periods I do nothing. When I became engaged, I knew I wanted to look my best so I began running. My sister-in-law coaxed me into the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. It was hard....seriously. Looking back, I laugh at how easy the out and back, flat, 3-mile course is, but it was hard my first time. I didn't follow the training plan like I should have. It was also 16 degrees that day.

A lot has changed in 2 years (it'll be 2 years ago I ran my first 5k on Thanksgiving). I have since completed 20 or so 5Ks, two 10Ks, and two half marathons. I know to remain healthy and be the healthiest I can be before pregnancy, I have to run. I don't really enjoy it until I see the results or the feeling of completing the long run I have never done before or beating a time. But, I know it's good for me. So what's the next goal? Complete the 2013 OKC full marathon! Not sure what I'm really getting myself into, but I look back and think if you would have asked me two years ago if I ever thought of running 13.1 miles, I would have said, you're crazy. Now I am just fully crazy instead of half crazy, so cheers to 25 weeks of training!

More to come later on training and why the OKC race.

*~*What is on your bucket list? Have you done something you never thought you'd do? Please share in the comments!*~*