Sunday, May 23, 2010

Done and done

We did it!!!! We had our 5k yesterday and we did it!

Casey: 29 minutes
Natalie: 46 minutes

It was actually really fun. We had a lot of friends do it and it was so fun to see all of them and to cheer each other on. Casey said he was going to stay with me, even though I knew he could do it much faster than I could. Then when we started out running with all of our friends, Casey asked if he could leave me and run with those guys. I was so glad that he reached his goal of 30 minutes. And he RAN the whole thing without even walking. I walked some and ran some, and even though I came in one minute above my goal, I am really happy that I finished it.

We have already scoped out our next race and are planning on running another one in July.

Here are some things I will do differently for our next one:

Wear a watch. I had no idea how long I had been going. Casey had his phone, so he could tell on that, but I didn't know. If I had a watch, I think that would have motivated me to go a little faster.

Train earlier. Or train at all.

Stretch. I'm not too sore, but Casey really is. We need to do better at stretching.

Push myself. Casey pushed himself hard and didn't even stop running the entire time (probably why he is sore and I'm not). While I was running, I would think that maybe I should pick up the pace a little bit, but then I'd just be like "meh" and keep walking. I just wanted to finish and not be last. So next time I will try to push myself harder.

Thanks for all of your motivating comments. It was nice to hear all of your suggestions and support. We are really excited to keep going and training and do the next one faster and better!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I have been told....

That everyone is sick of hearing about my running (or my hate for running), but oh well.

My first ever race is on the day after tomorrow! I feel like throwing up every time I think about it. I am probably the most nervous I've been for anything. Marriage, nah. Raising kids, meh. Running a race, terrifying!

I went and walked the course on Tuesday. It wasn't bad, but I walked it. Pushing a stroller. I have thought about pushing the stroller with the kids on Saturday. They could be my excuse for being so slow. Why not? They are my excuse for everything else.

I have also thought of just not showing up, who would notice?

I have thought about making my amazing sister-in-law run it for me. 3 miles is a warm up for her!

My 6 year old nephew keeps saying that he wants to run it and that he doesn't think I will. I might not.

I will probably sign up for another 5k in a month or two. Why would I do that? Because I love running so much. Ha. Because it is motivation. I lack motivation. Hopefully I will actually train for the next one. Motivation.

I have had a bit of a cough. I secretly keep hoping that I get super sick and then don't have to run. Oh, too bad. If I was feeling well, I could have ran 3 miles in 20 minutes, no problem! Ha again.

My ankles and my knees hurt a bit. I am thinking about making a bigger deal of it than it is. Maybe I wouldn't have to run if I was INJURED.

I know what you are thinking. 3 miles. Big deal. Just do it. Stop complaining.
This is what I'm thinking...
I realize people run a lot more than this all the time. But I don't. Never have. I cannot remember a time in my life when I have ever been very physically fit. Shocker, I know. In junior high, they made us run around the football field. I never ran. A few of us girls would just walk until gym class was over. Same thing in high school. Usually people can look back at a time in their lives and think that they want to feel that way again. Not me. Sure, I would love to be as skinny as I was before I got married. But I have NEVER been in great shape or even close. I wish I could be cute and athletic and super skinny and healthy. But I'm not. Never have been. Never will be??? This is the beginning of changing for me. I will NOT run the 5k in 20 minutes. Maybe not even in 60 minutes. Who knows, I might not run very much at all. Maybe I will jog or walk it. But I will finish. I won't make any excuses and I won't give up. So what if I'm not fast. I won't be fast. But I will do it. And not for anyone else. Who cares about everyone else? It's not for you. It's not for them. It's not for you know who. It's for me. It's for changing. So there.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I wish I could be...

There are a lot of things I wish I could be:
Grateful, Smart, Clean, True, Humble, Prayerful, Positive, Still, Involved (Pres. Hinckley)
Ridiculously good looking
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Trifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent (Boy Scouts)
Happy all the time
A good cook


But right now I wish I could be:
A runner.
No matter how often I run, I still don't like it.
I am looking for my runner's high, and I just haven't found it yet.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Some Randomness

  • Casey decided he is excited about the 5k, so now we have started to train for it. I've never had an anxiety attack before, but I might have been close last night when I was thinking about this race. I hate running!
  • Today our neighbor's chicken came in our house. While trying to get it out, I made it go farther in the house. Benson and Casey thought it was so funny. Instead of helping, Casey took pictures.
  • Today Benson was outside playing with sidewalk chalk. Actually, he was smashing ants with his sidewalk chalk. He was so excited that he came in and showed Casey and me the smooshed ant on the end of the chalk. Then he showed Molly. Then he stuck it in Molly's mouth.
  • I am trying to teach Benson things during the day instead of aimlessly playing. Here he is sorting skittles by color.
  • We had a great mother's Day. Casey got me a serger!!! Totally unexpected, I love it!
  • We started Molly on "solid" foods. So far it seems like she hates it, but we are still trying. Here is her first time eating (and gagging on) baby cereal.

  • We have started going to a new ward. It is fine, but we miss our old ward and all the fun we had there. I'm sure we will grow to love this ward too.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Well, I did it... I braved the crowds and headed into the NEW WinCo in Ogden. Since I know you are all DYING for my opinion, I am more than happy to tell you exactly what I thought about it.

We got there and had to park way out in the farthest spot in the parking lot because it was so crowded. But it was their grand opening, so I expected that.

Walked all the way from the car to the store with Benson skipping along-side me and lugging Molly in her carseat. When we got up to the store, they had no carts. Zero. So I looked to the parking lot and none of the cart returns had any carts in them. So I headed back out to find someone who was done using their cart. About half way through the parking lot, still no carts. A kind lady noticed me and came to my rescue with a cart for me. Awesome lady. Not cool to have zero carts, but it's their grand opening, so I'll let it slide.

So as soon as you walk in, you are forced to go to the right, through the "bargain isle" straight to the produce. I like to get my produce last so it doesn't get smooshed in the bottom of the cart, but whatever. And what if I had just needed one thing in the right side? It would have been a pain. But I was glad to go through the bargain isle, it was great. Seemed like some pretty good deals.

Oh crap. The bargains are only bargains if you remembered your ad they sent in the mail. Of course I didn't. Asked an employee if there were any ads anywhere. Nope. Guess the bargains aren't as great as I thought. But even without the coupons, they were still ok priced.

The prices were alright. The majority of the good deals I saw were the ones in the ad that required a coupon. Too bad. I didn't really see many things outrageously priced. Overall, I thought the prices were fair. Of course there were a few things that were seriously cheap (like Grandma Sycamore's bread), but most things were average priced.

I didn't like the store layout. It felt a little off to me. Maybe that's just because it's different than other stores. I like long, straight isles, and they didn't have that really.

In a few places, they had someone standing by items that were particularly good priced, asking you to buy that item "Totinos Pizza, A dollar-five today, would you like some?" Maybe I did, until you asked me. Um, no.

Samples. Yes. Good. Keeps Benson happy.

So I get to the checkout thinking that overall I felt just average about the store. Not anything amazing, but I wasn't disappointed. I was thinking that maybe after the grand opening, when it calms down, maybe I'll come back.

And then came the checking out. I guess this is the part that can really make or break a store. And I think it ruined WinCo for me. For a long time I have been trying to choose between stores with low prices and no service or stores with higher prices, but friendly people and great service. I like to go to Macey's, Wangsgard's, and Harmon's because they are so friendly. The lady at Wangsgard's even knows us. She always gives Benson a sucker and talks to me while I'm checking out. But my wallet feels that friendly service is a bit overpriced and it's hard for me to justify the expensive stores just because they are "nice". I just feel so much better after leaving those stores than I do, for example, when I leave Wal-Mart.

Anyway, I'm checking out.... First of all, WinCo doesn't take credit cards, so after swiping mine 3 times, I finally figured out that I should probably use the debit card. There goes my 1% cash back! Then, and this is the breaker for me, I had to bag my own groceries. Now I don't want to sound lazy or anything, but I feel like stores should bag your groceries for you. In fact, this is the first store I've ever been to where I have bagged my own groceries. I was really thrown off by it and after the credit card fiasco and Molly crying and Benson trying to grab at things, it was a huge inconvenience for me to bag my own stuff. Sounds lazy, right? Think what you may, but I like baggers.

And of course, no one offered to help me out to my car. I have never said yes to having anyone help me to my car before, but I guess I just like being asked.

My overall impression of WinCo was fine. I feel their prices are fair, even probably lower than most stores. The store seemed clean and organized, although it would take some time getting used to where things were in the store. The employees seemed nice enough, but I just can't get over bagging my own groceries. I don't like that they could pay someone to stand by the pizza and try to get me to buy it, but they wouldn't pay someone to bag the groceries for me or to offer to help me out. Maybe it saves money, but I guess I would rather pay for good customer service instead of saving a few cents here or there and feeling "meh" when I leave.

So yeah, I guess I'm still torn over whether I will go back to WinCo. I will probably go back when the crowd dies down a little bit because maybe it wouldn't be so bad to bag groceries if there aren't 28 thousand people behind you in line. And it might even be better because sometimes I get a ga-zillion bags or the people bag my milk. Really? And I like the same things in the same bags. Fruit here, frozen stuff there, bathroom items over there. You know. Anyway, we'll see.

Thanks for listening to my rant. It really was a rant, I could tell. But now I feel much better.

Monday, May 3, 2010


Still haven't ran.... Unless you count the mile and a half I ran (walked) like 5 weeks ago.

But I am mailing our registration form today.

Maybe we will walk.

Or maybe we will die.

We'll see.