Friday, October 7, 2011

What? October 7th? No!!

Many months have passed since the January Marathon post, why is that you ask? One small four letter word, life. Last school year I had a senior in high school, so the year was a blur. Now that hubby and I are the only ones in the house, I want to commit some time to Popcorn's Page, I miss it!

Not only do we have a college freshman adjusting to dorm life this fall, one of our daughters spent the month of September in Europe. He's doing fine and I'm happy to say that the traveler is back on American soil where she belongs...for now.

If you haven't visited the website, you need to. It is a great concept and fun to browse around on. See you next post.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marathon Memories

Running the marathon Sunday was awesome. The course took us to all of the prettiest and charming parts of H town. Amazing people came out to line the streets just to cheer us as we ran by. The weather was nice. All things considered, it was a fun experience and one I'll never forget. Thank you Mr. Popcorn and Popson for following me around just to wave and snap pictures of me and hold up encouraging signs. You two are awesome and your faces kept me truckin' through no man's land, the miles far enough out from the finish that your mind starts a stream of negative thoughts. Thoughts like, "Why did you think you could do this?", or "Why would any idiot run this far?". The closer I got to the finish line the negative thoughts turned more positive..."Mel you are actually going to run 26.2 miles!" ... "OMG you are almost there!" "Look at all these people that are so happy you are almost finished!"..."You aren't going to die after all so keep going and don't embarrass yourself! " "I see the 26 mile flag oh man!" I loved it and now have a memory to cheer myself with when I feel defeated, because for a day in 2011, I was a champion.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Real Popcorn: Marathon Mel

This weekend I will run 26.2 miles in the Houston Chevron Marathon. Sunday at 7:10 to be exact. I've trained with my running friends since May with this goal in mind. Well, not this goal but a goal. At first it was to run the half, but Dec. 19 I decided to go for the whole thing. Staci, my pace running partner finished it in 2002 and kept encouraging me to give the full a go, as did our coach/running guru friend, Donna. So I did, I bumped up. I will probably never be this trained up again in my life so I'm going for it. The very act of training for a marathon is inspirational and I've grown more than just muscle through the months of early morning run chats with Staci. See you soon with sore but proud legs.