Monday, July 9, 2012

Thank you Budweiser

This blog post isnt about me or my running today, other then for me to say Im seriously LOVING Train Like a Mother 1/2 Marathon Finish It Plan but strides kinda suck. 

Anyway, todays post is because a miracle happened on July 4th (of this year, not 1979, when I, myself, arrived...a miracle to my parents and future husband, of course) I mean the miracle that only happens when husbands spend a little to much QT with their long lost buddy Mr. Budweiser, jump into conversations their wives are having and end up committing to ridiculous things thinking they are committing to less ridiculous things.

Please let me explain.

July 4th....simple conversation starts with a friend named "A" who is running the Monument 1/2 Marathon with me in October asked if I would think about running the full with her next year.  I said SURE (not sure if that was SURE, Ill think about or SURE, Ill do it....I have well over a year to figure that one out) and then said if you can convince "J" to run the 1/2 this year.  "J" says something along the lines of I should, I want to, I need to....took her awhile but we did get a YES out of her and "H" who was a YES all along but had some husband/ranch duties/travel/shopping plans for that weekend already that she needed to work out. 

Somewhere along the lines "J's" husbands ear perk up and he (and his Budweiser) come over and say "what are you doing? I can do that to, sign me up also"  and he walks away.  This is where things get interesting because MY husband (and his Budweiser) who was sitting right next to us the whole conversation also jumps in and says "what did he just say, he can do it, I can do it also, sign me up too!"

Ummm, ok....whatever you say Budweiser boys.  It wasnt till after the party, on our way home I looked at him and said "do you really think your ready for a 1/2 marathon?"

I wish I had a camera for the look he gave me....."what 1/2?"
"the one you said you could run because "S" said he could run it."
"that was a 1/2?"
"I thought you were talking about a 5K."

Oh Mr. Budweiser.....for years and years you have been helping smart people make stupid decisions and thanks to "S" and  "S", your streak continues :)

Now that we have covered that.....I will say that my "S", who has been doing a walk/run interval for 2.5 miles or so for about 1 month went out on Thursday and proceeded to run 3 miles straight (a first for him) and and AND he did it in 27:30.  THAT is a 9:08 pace.  Then he did it again 2 days later. 

I was feeling sorry for him and told him that if he didnt get some solid runs in the next few weeks (before his 12 week training plan started) I would chalk it up to Budweiser taking over the common sense portion of his brain and let him off the hook.

Then he ran back to back 3 mile runs at a 9:08 pace.....his ass is toeing the starting in Scottsbluff because for 2 years he has been LYING to me about how he CANT run.  He CANT run and he really CANT run outside.

Bullshit.  LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE.  He is going to the race and he is running and he probably will NOT beat me to the finish line but thats ok because I know the secret to getting him to do these things with me now....Mr. Budweiser. 

I wont complain to much....committing to running is better then ending up like these pool fools??

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Colorado Mountain Wedding!!

Last week was my little younger brothers wedding in BEAUTIFUL Estes Park Colorado.  Beautiful and buring, Colorado.  Driving down to Thornton on Tuesday we caught the smoke from the Flagstaff Fire that started in Boulder that afternoon courtesy of a lightening strike.

Smoke from Flagstaff Fire Tuesday, June 26, view from I80.

So sad, its SOOOOO DRY!!!  Oh my, I thought we were dry (which we are) but WOW....sadly...thats all I have.....WOW.....

After spending the night at my bro's house with LOTS of people, picking Stinkerbell (who turned 10 the next day) up at the airport, and attempting to get some sleep on the air mattress in the dungeon (nothing but love T-roy but its kinda a dungeon down there), we headed to Estes Park on Wednesday morning for wedding festivities!

Well, I did get up and run 2.2 miles around his neighborhood Wednesday before we left.....sooo different from running here and I dont just mean the 2500 ft in elevation change....flat, even ground is kinda a treat for is sidewalks so I dont have to dodge vehicles :)

The rehersal dinner picnic was at Lake Estes Marina.....beautiful!!! 

View from Lake Estes Marina (also my running route :)

Bran....during a rare, SSS moment (sitting still & smiling)

My babies Sage, Piper, Brannon

Birthday girl and Mom!

The wedding itself was BEAUTIFUL!!  Very simple and elegant.  The resort was soooo pretty, and the ceremony site was exactly what I would have done, if I wanted an outdoor wedding in the mountains. 

Chateau at Della Terra


Kelly and Troy practicing vows

Piper and Momma

Justin and I went to H.S. together.  He always did like to tell me what to do.....I listend that well back then also :)

P.S. Stone steps + my shoes = brusied up leg...yes, I fell, gracefully I might as AND I didnt drop the brides bouquet I was carrying.  Yes, the wedding planner did catch me.  It was all good.

The ceremony did get rained out....but really, no one complained cause the rain was sooo desperately needed.  Well, the bride was bummed, but why wouldnt she be....who wants to make that decision as you are supposed to be walking down the aisle......

Mr. and Mrs. deBeauclair

Siblings and spouses

My "little" brother

Again...sooo pretty there!!!

We danced and had fun with people we havent seen in years and it was a blast.  Shawn even smiled WILLINGLY for a photo op course that could be 4 beers at 7500 ft....

My hubby SMILED!!!

Two of my favorite ladies!!

Single guys all look thrilled to catch the garter, dont they??

It was a beautiful, wonderful day with lots of "family"...both old and new, near and far.  I cant wait to see the photos the photographers took (especially the one where I am avoiding elk scat by mear inches).  It was a day I was very proud to be a part of and so happy for Troy and Kelly that it went out without much of a hitch.

Congratulations Troy and Kelly deBeauclair!!!!