6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Highs and the Lows

Life can hand you extreme HIGHs times when you are filled with excitement, joy and happiness... With the highs come the LOWs, those points were your heart is heavy and you ask yourself "Why did this happen?"  I have been on this Roller Coaster and couldn't find the time to stop and Blog.. 

August 2nd marked our 9th Wedding Anniversary.  I LOVE being married and have tried over the years to make the day special.  this year I decided to take Thursday and Friday off to be with the family.  We had plans to go to a Baseball game with my work that night and my Mom would watch the boys the next night so we could have a date...

Then I looked on Facebook....a quick glance at my 2nd cousins status and I knew... My amazing Aunt Jean was now with the lord... I hoped that it wasn't true, but my cousin confirmed.  That night my sister and I cried and spent time with my Mom, I cant imagine the pain of losing a sister.  I wanted to help in some way....but there seemed to be nothing I could do..  My cousins were amazing when my Dad passed away.. I offered to create the slideshow for the memorial which will take place this week.

My Mom was sad but still offered to take the boys for the night the next day..  I was heavy hearted and somber at dinner, but put on a happy face as best I could.  Nice Seafood Dinner followed by a Movie and dessert at home.. Perfect Anniversary..

The next day since I was on vacation we decided to go for our annual photos where we got married, Point Defiance Rose Garden.  I love this tradition and look forward to it every year.  The boys were GREAT and put on cheesy smiles for me.  Here are just a couple of my favorites..

 I had decided, sort of last minute, that I wanted to run the Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon.  My friend Sarah was in town from New York and I thought it would be amazing to have that experience together.  Plus it would continue my streak....4 Halfs in 4 consecutive months!!  The people at Fleet Feet and the RD for the race were AWESOME!!!  I cannot say enough good things about this race.  Well organized, relaxed, super energy and I got to run over this...

 My Area Code is 253, so I was pretty excited to represent with my bib..
Sarah was not sure what to expect, she had recent knee injuries and had been traveling for a couple weeks making it hard to fit in runs.  I told her my sole purpose of being there was to run with her, no pressure..
 Running over the bridge things were good, then we hit a Hill and I could tell my buddy was not doing well, so we incorporated some walking... Soon there was a loop section and I noticed one lady look at where she should go, and take a right instead cutting nearly 2 miles off of the course.  UGH I don't like cheaters!!!  We continued on, walking when we had to.  I knew that at my 6.25 Jill and Tiffany would be at the water stop so we planned to take a little break then.. Thankfully I over-hydrated that morning.. 

I loved seeing smiley Tiffany!!  Jill, Sarah and I went to High School together so this was a mini Reunion of sorts.. Although I look like a GIANT!!! Maybe I was up on the curb??  What a treat to have buddies at a water/Powergel stop..

 Sarah's Dad was along the course checking in on us and I knew that she was a little tempted to go with him.  Her knee was hurting and her body was not doing what she wanted it to do.  At that point I said "We don't have to try to run anymore, lets walk and Finish the race."  She told her Dad, we snapped and picture and on we went.  It was a HOT day so walking was very pleasant...
I joked if it had been raining I may have left her ;)  We were coming up on Cheney Stadium where we got to walk around the outfield and see ourselves on the Jumbotron.. I had to snap a picture it was just too cool!!
After the stadium the course went around the outside of the whole parking lot, again I saw an older man in a Half Fanatics top cut the course... there were cones, chalk arrows, etc... he knew he was CHEATING!!  I just don't get people, do the course you signed up for.  The couple of cheaters were the only negatives for this race, the course support was amazing, I will be back for sure!!

Toward the end of the race we passed the Old Spaghetti Factory, which is one of the last memories I have of seeing my Aunt alive, I was moved to tears because I knew she was with me.  Later that night I would go to the viewing and cry with my family over her peaceful body.

I loved the time spent talking with my friend, the last time I saw her was at her wedding, her 1st anniversary is today.. She reflected on how the race was a lot like relationships.. Thing may not always go how you plan but if you keep moving together you will reach the Finish and we did..

Half Marathon #12- 3:12:45

I got home and showered to go to the viewing and noticed that ZoĆ« had changed her profile picture on Facebook to be a picture with her Dad...and so had her husband... It was either his Birthday or something bad had happened... My dear friend who lost her mom to a brain aneurism when she was a teenager had now lost her Father.  I started to cry immediately, having lost my Dad I knew the shock and pain she was in.  I wanted so badly to be there to hug her, to do anything....but what could I do?? She went with her sisters to Montana to get her Dad, Zoe posted about this on her Facebook page, please reach out with your condolences.. Kind words help, I cherished the Bloggy world when my Dad passed.
Life is precious and can be taken away at any time.  Hug the ones you love, take pictures, make a phone call...be sure that they know you love them. 

That is all I have for now.. I am continuing to run with Muscle Man and the Little Studs and will check in when I can.. you can always find me on Facebook and Dailymile :)


Sue's Ramblings said...

Send my prayers and thoughts to Zoe.

Yup, I could never figure out why anyone who want to cheat in a race. Where's the pride? Well, unless they were injured and decided to cut the run short.

And Happy Anniversary TM and MM.

RunningJunkie said...

Cheating is disgusting. Why bother running?

I'm sorry for your loss. I just had two people I care about pass away and it's really tough to deal with. Thank goodness I have my loved ones around me.

Kristin Miller said...

Thanks for sharing I'm sorry there seems to be so much loss; it reminds us to cherish the moments and the people we love. We talked this weekend about my grandfather and it was the first time we told stories where I didn't end up in tears. Praying for your family and for Zoe's.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Sorry for your loss.......

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss and also for Zoe's. I will keep you and your families in my thoughts.

Tiffany said...

Happy anniversary to you an MM! And it was fun seeing you at the race- I am glad you were able to enjoy the course and be there to help your friend finish the race. Thank you for the reminder to make sure our loved ones know how we feel. I am so sorry for your loss, and Zoe has been in my thoughts all week. Hugs!!

Madison M. said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!! :) I am so sorry for your loss and for Zoes.. Your both in my thoughts and prayers!

Christy H. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you were able to spend quality time with your friend and remember your aunt in a special way.

Also, I don't know if you saw these, but here are some free pictures from Saturday's Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon. I stumbled upon yours while looking for mine. Yours start with 273 (There are 2 albums with over 1000 pics). http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=173756046092901&set=a.173746486093857.39915.109511549184018&type=3&theater

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