Last Saturday was one of the best days of my life. As I mentioned earlier, my wife and I have been running a lot this year and really getting into our fitness. The Ray Tanner 12K (7.5 miles) was to be our grand finale this year and the longest race we have ever competed in. Earlier this year when we were struggling to do a 5k we thought at 12K would be impossible. We saw that there was a time limit on it and just hoped to finish before being cut off and not allowed to do the entire race.
When we first signed up for this race I hoped to do it in 1 hour 17 min. As we continued to train and improve our running speed and fitness level my goal time steadily came down. I got to the point where I decided if I could run it in anything from 1:05 to 1:10 then I would be very happy. I was super excited when I crossed the finish line at exactly 1:05:00. To reach my goal so perfectly for such a big race to me, meant the world.
If you would have asked me at the end of August if I would have trouvle with this race, I would have said no. Unfortunately, I hurt my knee in early September and have only been able to run once a week for at most 6 miles since then. I was really worried about my knee holding up as the pain becomes unbearable. I didn’t want to go to the doctor before the race for the doc to tell me I couldn’t/shouldn’t run. I didn’t want to go to the doc for him to say to just watch it, rest it, ice it. I already know that. Sometimes ignorance is bliss and in this case I chose to go that route. Thankfully, my knee held up. I am using some crazy knee braces to run right now but at least it held up and I was able to finish and finish in my original goal time. One thing that is so neat about this race is that not only do you run all around the USC campus and beautiful bridges in Columbia but you get to run in the stadium for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks 2-time National Champion Baseball team and finish the run by crossing home plate. Very neat.
Now, I need to fix my knee, get back on the horse so to speak, and get even fitter. I feel like having to back off for my knee has hurt my fitness and I have decided I want to run a half marathon before the year is over. I will keep everyone posted on my progress.
Life is busy as ever for us and a large part of that is our new home. We started this process last November/December and we will be closing on our new home just before Thanksgiving!
We are so excited! We have put all of our thoughts, dreams, money, time, and hopes into this home. It is so exciting to see it all come together. We broke ground in August and at times it seems like it is crawling by and other times it seems like it is flying by. We went to the house today to check it out and the painters have started. We did some different things with the paint that we were very nervous about but I think they will turn out really well. I will wait and post some pictures once the painters get a little further. Right now it will just look like a mess but hopefully by next week the home will look a lot more complete. So with the painters in there now, here is what is already done on the home….
Obviously the home is all framed and all of the wiring is in, the sheetrock is in as are the cabinets. Brick is on and the stone guys are supposed to start this week as well as the rest of the guys to finish the exterior trim. The granite has been cut and will be installed soon. A lot of the crown molding/trim has been installed with just a little bit remaining. Once the painters are done the tile work will start. That is for our tile flooring and tile showers. The rest of the flooring will go in, the light fixtures, appliances, speakers, and the exterior (landscaping, driveway, fence, etc).
We can’t wait and I will post some pictures in a different post soon. The next month will fly by as there is a TON to do in just a month but hopefully it will all get done!
My last post was about our home that we are building. This post will not be about selling or buying homes either but it will be about some work my wife and I have done to our bodies this year. A year ago I lost a bunch of weight, about 60 pounds. I was really happy with the ‘new me’ and I took football season off from dieting and exercising as a reward. I gained about 10 pounds back but this year we really got after our fitness. It wasn’t so much about losing weight but that was a nice side effect. My wife and I discovered that we love to run. Running has become a big part of our lives and we have done several 5K’s and 10K’s this year. We are going to be running a 12K in a few weeks and have a plan to run a half marathon in December.
All of this running and conitnuing to hit the gym has meant I lost the 10 pounds I gained last football season plus another 20. I am down now a total of 80 pounds from my all time high and I could not be happier. I love the way I look and the way I feel now. I can’t imagine my life without running. It is such a great way to get in shape and stay in shape and is something that you don’t need a lot of fancy, expensive equipment to do. I love it. I do have a slight knee injury right now requiring me to take some time to rest (driving me nuts since this is the meat of our race schedule and when I need to be doing the most running) and so lately I have been getting my bike out and riding that as well. Hopefully my wife and I can accomplish our goals in the final races of the year and finish the half marathon in December that we are looking forward to so much. One thing I have learned is that our lives are so much more productive now that we are in shape and fit. We have also learned that we are most definitely ‘runners’ and proud to be runners.
Finally! We have progress!
We started the process of a new home at the end of November last year. Unfortunately, we needed to put things on hold for about three months. We needed to select the stone for our home so it could get approved by the ARB for our neighborhood. We were phasing out some stone and introducing a new line of stone so we wanted to wait for the new stuff to arrive. We finally were able to pick that out as well as some other selections that we were on hold with and we have finally signed off! Now the guys in the office are busy preparing our plans and samples so the ARB can approve everything. Once that happens we can begin physically building our home! Can’t wait! Once we get going, there will be lots more pictures. Also, sorry for not blogging as much recently. I have been busy focusing on my job in Lake Carolina to sell the Ashland Falls, Downes, and Grove for Essex and have been consumed with everything that it entails! Much success so far but a lot more work on the way so it will be a busy and demanding year but that is the way I like it.