Friday, May 2, 2014

This week's headliners: "Currently" Edition

I'm choosing to do a "currently" post. I feel like if I try to highlight my week, this will turn into a rant.

Honesty time: This week kind of sucked.

Moving on. Currently:

Reading: The Light Between Oceans. If you haven't read this - you must! Such a good read. Conflicting.

Loving: Longer days of sunlight!! I am able to run & bike at 5 am without my headlamp...so I'm a happy girl! And the sun is staying out until about 7! Makes a huge difference on quality of life. That is one of the hardest parts of living here. The longest the sun stays out is 8 pm!!! Makes me miss those Midwest summers where the sun stays out until 10 pm in the summer.

Thinking: That my husband is never coming home. He was originally supposed to be home on April 25, then that got moved to April 29, then it got moved to April 30, then May 1. Now I don't think he'll be home until May 6 - but that's being super hopeful. This is getting super old. I'm ready to live together again....

Feeling: Dehydrated! Did a 9 mile trail run and a 19.5 mile bike ride with a girlfriend today. In the heat. Can't drink enough fluids at this point!!

Anticipating: A phone call from my husband saying, "I finished my check ride, I'm on my way home!!!" Fingers and toes are crossed that this happens Monday afternoon!!!

Watching: Barely any tv! My evenings have been full, and by the time I get home, cook dinner, do dishes, pack my lunch for the next day - it's time to read and go to bed!

 Sad: That Tucson is in such a horrible drought. It honestly scares me how dry we are! It's drastically effecting jobs and families across the state. I pray for heavy rains soon!

Working: Hard!! It's nearing the end of the "busy snow-bird season" here in AZ hospitals. And my week was crazy. There were several days this week where I don't think I went 10 minutes without my phone ringing. It took self control not to throw it into a wall.

Grateful: for girlfriends! They are keeping me smiling these days! I'm so blessed to have a good group of ladies in my life.

Listening: I'm in quite a "music loll". I did pull out my headphones and listened to classical guitar music on Pandora this week while @ work to block out chatter. That was pleasant.

Wishing: For calm skies, so winds don't cancel Ryan's flight Monday morning. (I know. I sound like a broken record here...)

What's currently going on in your life?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Holy Moly Mud Run 10K: Facing my fears

You may not know this about me (or believe this about me) - but I am a big-time "scaredy cat".

I don't do diving boards, I don't do heights, ever sports stadiums make me a little weary.....

I never climb anything. I'm too scared of falling.

So I'm not really sure what I was thinking signing up for an obstacle run. Especially the 10K, where I have to do it twice.

12 foot walls had to be climbed up and jumped down from 24 times.
We had to climb a 30 foot wall using ropes.
There was this rope-net that was 20 feet above the ground that we had to spider climb across.
We had to climb this other "rope" ladder thing about 20 feet into the air....and then slide down a pole.
We army crawled through tunnels under roads (that had fake snakes in them)
We army crawled through mud, mud, and more mud....

The only obstacle I couldn't do was crossing monkey bars. My hands were too wet, and I kept slipping. And lets just be honest...I can't cross monkey bars.

Never could. Even has a child.

But I did it! I ran it with 2 girls from my Desert Tri Girl group...and we wanted to take the top 3 for women's. And I couldn't let them down. So I pressed on!

Results?

I had a blast! It was kind of empowering to face my fear of heights and falling. Also this race was a huge step out of my comfort zone. I don't like getting dirty.

Another bonus? My husband & I won $75! He took 1st in the 5K overall! (stud)

Some interesting wounds were obtained from this race. Bruises, scrapes, cuts, ear infections..... good battle wounds, right?

My 2 training partners and I crossed the finish line in a pyramid - because none of us wanted to be 1st, 2nd, 3rd. So we crossed as one!

Here are a few photos!

Here's a "clean" photo of me! 
 
We paused to pose for the camera! Totally worth it!
 
This slide was right before the finish line. You had to climb a wall, swim across any icy pool of mud, and then slide down into a pit of mud. The slide gave me quite the abrasion to my bottom side. Very painful!
 
 
And the results of the slide! Can you see the pain I am feeling? (I'm on the far right)
 
And, finally, the happy, muddy couple. Christmas card picture? My mother would be so proud of the lady she raised. Right, Mom? ;)
 
 
 
 
This was just crazy silly fun! I never thought I'd like it. It just reminded me that stepping out of your comfort zone is almost always a good thing! Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately in an aspect of your life? Faced some fears? Didn't it feel good? (after the fact)