Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vegas/Cali

I am a little late on this post, so here it is. Matt and I decided to go on a little vacation for my graduation, and because we don't really get too much of a summer break with school until the end of July. We flew out on the 8th to good ole Las Vegas for a 10 day trip. Matt's brother was nice enough to pick us up at the airport and lend us his car for basically the entire trip.

We started out at the Red Rock hotel. Amazing. Matt's old mission companion works there, and he hooked us up with VIP treatment. The pools there are amazing. There is even a private pool that we were able to swim at basically all day. We also got to stay at another Palace Station hotel, and Landon's wife works there so she hooked us up with a suite. We are so lucky. 

Next it was off to San Diego where we all experienced our first night of sleeping on the beach. All we had was some tarps, blankets and pillows. When we woke up the next morning it was really overcast so we decided to head up to L.A. where we body boarded the rest of the day and had a quick Pizza Hut and Wienerschnitzel run. Good times. The next day was again filled with body boarding and more Pizza Hut. By the way if you are ever in L.A. never try to find a hotel that day, always get one before you go...nightmare!

We finally made our way back to Las Vegas, and that 110 degree weather never felt so good! Matt's brother Mitch was out of school so we were able to spend some time with him, Sarah and their two kids, who are the sweetest little kids we love them so much. Our stay at their house included some Nielson's Custard, Sammys (so good), California Pizza Kitchen, late night movies, bedtime stories, and some mini golf.

We are so thankful to have the coolest family and friends. They all made our trip a blast! Here are some photos from the trip. I am sad I didn't take more, but that is what happens when you are having too much fun.
Our room at Red Rock

Pools at Red Rock


Red Rock!

Our Room. Just look at how big the curtains are that is how big our window view was.

Jetted tub, Matt turned the jets on before the tub was full - water went everywhere

I always make Matt take these close up shots haha he is a good sport.

Our juicy bed at The Palace
First night in San Diego
Landon and Teeny
Hottness right?
Jack figuring out hot to climb to the top shelf. He figure dad's legs were the best resource.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Race Recap

I can't believe it is over! What an accomplishment, for anyone who has ever ran a half marathon I give them props. It is not an easy task. On Sunday morning Matt got a text that said I finished 8th in my age group. My time was 1 hour 50 min, and the first place in my age group was 1 hour 42 minutes. I am truly proud of myself, something like that I wouldn't have even thought possible.

Jill, Rachel, Stan and I were all geared up to run the night before. We started our carb load with some spaghetti and bread. I think I speak for everyone when I say sleeping was hard to do, waking up every hour checking the clock. I finally got out of bed at 4:15, got dressed and ate some Mini Wheats for breakfast. Rachel's friend Krista picked gave us all a ride to the buses where we road for about 20 minutes to the starting line. I wish I had my camera to show you the lines for the bathrooms. It was ridiculous. I would usually say "why didn't they just go before" but I was in the line too. Its those nerves! Anyways we finally got in line for the race and heard the gun go off. We were lucky because it was such a nice morning and we were shaded for most of the race. The first 7 miles were in a canyon, and the last 6 were through neighborhoods and finally ended at Zollinger Park. We were lucky enough to have everyone cheering for us at the finish line. It was nice to see some friendly faces! Here is an over load of pictures, enjoy!













WE DID IT!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Half Marathon Jitters

Well two more days till the big run. Its one of those things that you dread and are excited about. Today I came to my parents to hang out with Natalie after her 2nd nose surgery (poor thing). She showed me this Wheaties box that had a guy (Chris McCormack) who was a champion of two Ironmans, two years in a row. If any of you are unfamiliar with what an Ironman includes here it is; 2.5 mile swim, 24.2 mile run, 112 mile bike ride. I don't know about you but running a marathon alone would be an amazing accomplishment for me, and this guy is not only doing all three of these events, but beating everyone else. His time was 8 hours and 10 minutes. Kidding me! That is not natural. Anyway after reading that my half marathon doesn't seem that bad, I feel a lot more confident now.

I am so grateful that I am not doing this run alone! Luckily I will have my two sister-in-laws sweating their brains out with me. The race is called Top of Utah Marathon. From what I hear it is a pretty popular race. We had to register months ago to get a spot cause it sells out every time. Super. Now I don't just have to worry about running it, I get to worry about being trampled over.
Claustrophobic anyone? Regardless I will be there ready to go, so if you read this before Saturday say a prayer for me, and if you read it after that still say a prayer because I will be in recovery for a while.

I will be posting pics of the race day soon enough!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Deep Thoughts

For the past couple months I have been training pretty hard for a 1/2 marathon coming up this Saturday. Its been a lot of hard work having the motivation and discipline to stay on schedule. I love running but when it gets into the 7+ range, it loses the stress relieving feeling more to a stress making activity. I know that when I actually finish the race I will feel really proud of my hard work.

There are so many different body types in this world it is amazing. I myself have a very athletic build there are many times when I see these tiny, size 00 girls walking around, and yes there is a slight envy inside of me wishing that I was blessed with that. I am sure a lot of you can relate when I say there are times I work my butt of for a while eating right, exercise, sleep and low amounts of stress, only to be disappointed by not seeing a magical number on the scale. Sometimes not seeing any difference whatsoever. Discouraging. I try to stay upbeat about it and press forward with more goals no matter what happens.
 

The whole point of this post was for me to relay some random thoughts. There are people struggling with not just weight loss but goals in general to never give up. I don't know about anybody else, but I have always seen so many of my friends and people around me doing these amazing things, and I think to myself wow they are so talented. I have this inner desire to make a difference, or do something of value. So I am committing myself this week to do something different, that expands my ability a little more than today. If you have any ideas let me know.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

College Grad

 What a day. Its weird because I am pretty sure graduating high school felt more exciting than college, but as a couple of days have gone by its starting to hit me. I just wanted to tell everyone that supported me on this day thank you for taking the time to come celebrate this accomplishment. Whether you were there in person or in spirit! I can't wait to begin a new chapter in my life. Time to get a job and enter the real world..no more school! Here is some pics from the day, enjoy!



Me and Rachel

My other parents

Natalie even came with her broken, swollen nose

Devin, Julie and Will

Finally!

Pip and Skip

The Taft Family

My parents and little Will

Dallin and I
Matt and I