Sunday, June 5, 2011

Finally a good run!

This is a little late but yesterday was CrAzY!!!  I FINALLY got a decent run in while down in Florida.  I decided to take SportLegs and I wore my nerdy little Fuelbelt.  I decided that carrying one tiny little bottle of water just wasn't going to cut it with the heat down there.   Jake and I started running and I must admit that I had little hope to get in a good run.  I tried to talk positively to myself and be my own little cheerleader.  I started to feel pretty good and decided that I would in fact go the 8 miles that I had wanted to do all week.  Jake stopped at the 2.50 mile mark and waited for me to run up the road a ways and back.  I picked up the pace a bit and felt great, until I almost stepped on a snake...eeeek!  It was alive and I knew I was going to have to turn around in a few minutes and run right past that same spot, I was so scared.  For those of you who don't know me very well I am TERRIFIED of snakes, I'm not exactly sure why but I am deathly afraid of them.  Once I turned around I was scanning the ground like crazy, I was going to be prepared for that little sucker.  Well, I never did see it again...thank goodness.  So I got back to Jake and we continued on back to the condo.  I could tell Jake was struggleizing so I told him to walk and I would run down the road and then come back for him.  So when all was said and done I got my 8 miles in and did it 1:02:18 with an average pace of 7:47 minute mile and a max speed of 6.10 minute mile.  I was going to do little sprints along the way, while I was by myself, but it was just too hot and I knew I would never make it 8 miles if I continued to do that.  So I only sprinted 1 time, oh well.  I was happy with my time, I just wanted to bust through that 8 minute mile pace while down there.

I am getting nervous for the Utah Valley Marathon and I'm not sure why.  I'm doing it so that I can have 2 chances to qualify for Boston, who knows if I will actually make it to Boston to run but either way I REALLY want to qualify.  I feel more than ready but with my weird lack of energy that comes and goes, who knows.  Hopefully, I will have a good running day on Saturday and kick some trash.

We had to kill some time before our flight so we headed to the City Walk at Universal Studios.  We wanted to eat lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.  It was quite expensive but it was a fun place to see.

We saw Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co. I don't know about you but I thought that movie was pretty funny.  "Stupid is as stupid does" ;)

I'm not sure if any of you know this but I am a SUPER famous Nascar driver...see.

After we killed a little time we headed off to the ol' airport.  Our first flight was to Atlanta, Georgia and it was a rocky flight.  I was pretty scared I won't lie.  Luckily, Kobe slept the entire flight I gave him some Dramamine and it knocked him out.  It was only an hour flight but it was a looooong hour, we had some pretty big drops that really freaked my freak.  Then we had to switch planes.  We grabbed some food and it was onto another plane.  When my kids asked for food I thought they were nuts, it seemed to me that we had just eaten.  Then my sister pointed out that we wouldn't get home until like 12 p.m. Florida time and 10 p.m. Utah time and I decided that I had better get a little something.  So we ate "dinner" at about 3:30 our time.  Needless to say by the time we got home I was starving but decided that I would just go to bed and not worry about eating AGAIN :)

So anyways, we are home now and I am feeling a great deal of sadness :( usually by the 7 day mark I am ready to get home but it was such a relaxing trip that I never wanted it to end.  Now I have to worry about adult things again like cleaning the house, doing laundry, cooking and running the kidlets all around the town.  I am excited however to get  back to the gymnasium and hoping that I will have better runs again, now that I am away from all of that humidity.

My family has never gone on a vacation all together before and I must say I quite enjoyed it and I hope we can do it again sometime.  By "my family" I mean our little family of 4, my parents and my sister and her 3 kids.  We all got along great and had some good times.  We don't get together all that often so according to my nephew, Riun, we don't need to get together again for about a year.  I guess we hit our quota for the year ;)  I know Kobe can be a bit hyper but hopefully he didn't drive everyone too crazy.  My parents did a lot for us on this trip and we really appreciate all the effort that went into planning it.  All we had to do was show up, we didn't have to book any rooms, flights or worry about renting a car.  It was all taken care of and I know it probably caused Mama and Papa Jex a great deal of stress.  We could never thank them enough for this past week, we love you Mama and Papa Jex!!!


  1. Glad you had a great time! I don't like running into snakes either, I would probably do more trail running if it weren't for snakes! Yikes!

  2. Glad you had a good run! You are going to rock the marathon this weekend. woohoo!

  3. I'm so glad you were able to have a good run, finally! And you are so lucky to have such an awesome Mama and Papa Jex to take you on such a nice trip, maybe they will make it a yearly thing ;) I think I would freak out pretty bad if I saw a snake, they rank up there with birds for me! I am SO happy you got to go and enjoy some much needed rest, relaxation and family time but selfishly I am super happy to have you back home!!!!!