A Van Awesome Journey
Hi thanks for finding my blog! I am a wife of an awesome husband and proud mother to two amazing boys. I just quit my job to stay at home with our children and now have all the time in the world to play play play!!! Play with my children and play some games of my own...hence this blog. I entered a contest to be part of an Adventure Race something I have never done before. So I am required to blog weekly on my journey...so here goes..thanks for sharing it with me :).................So what has started out as a blog for reasons mentioned above has now continued into an on going journey that I have been asked to continue to share...and you with me! So thanks for coming along for the ride :)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Warrior Dash and it's a 5k course at Horseshoe Vally with obstacles you have to go through it as you go along, including a fire pit jump and mud pit at the end. What was neat about this race was that it was a first for both hubby and I, where before he had joined in on races I had already done. We hooked up my Dad this weekend to watch the boys and shipped them off from Fri night until Sun morning!! Kid free all weekend...I don't care what we are doing, I call that a romantic weekend away :) RockStar Adventure Race as Team Van Awesome!! Once again shipped the kids off to my Moms this time on the Fri night and headed out early Sat morning on the 3hr drive just to get to the race site. The weather was beautiful and we were in good spirits and excited. This year they changed what happen at the start of the race. So we were given our stage 2 map ahead of time so that we could map out where we wanted to go and what points we were going to collect. 15min before race start they gave us the stage 1 map that we had to complete first and get 2 flags. The first one, one of us had to run a trail and get the red flag in the waist deep water. Hubby looked at me and said, " You can run!" LOL!....once I did that we both had to hop on our bikes and go counter clock wise through a path the get the 2nd flag......now I have run this path before and knew that it was pretty rough going. LOL!! Oh man it was hard and tiring and the race started at 2pm so it was hot out!
Friday, July 6, 2012
Iron Canucks .... By the time we got back from the bike it was late morning and REALLY HOT!!! So the run kicked my ass....I was dying. I had to stop and walk a few times but I was in good company the whole way as I talked with one of the girls I had met for the first time that day. I told her a bit abut my story and she told me hers (she's a personal trainer too) So the training ended 3+hr later, 30+k moved, and over 1700 calories burned....and I felt AWESOME!!!!! just as I knew that I would and that is what motivated me to go out in the first place :)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Meredith Hagan Inspiration Run. This is the run that came from my trainer that died in an accident 2 years ago. Her family and friends have made the Meredith Hagan foundation and they do the race to help raise money for different charities that Meredith supported. This race would make Meredith very happy and I can see her smile now. So I headed out early to help set up and then ran the 5k route which was a trail....it was, hard, hot and awesome! You can see the video I did of it here.
Monday, June 4, 2012
So this past weekend (Fri - Sat) I went to my first Personal Trainer Conference. I went because in order to stay a registered personal trainer I need to get 7 CEC credits. So going to this conference for the two days gave me 14...enough to be renewed for 2yrs. To tell you the truth I was feeling really intimidated about it. I thought it was going to be a tits and muscles show kind of show and that everyone was going to be sizing each other up. Think about those crazy fit, ripped people you see in the gym...that's what I thought I was going to be surrounded with for two days. But I was ready to go in and stand my ground for the 'normal' guy :) I am happy to report that it was nothing like that at all!!!....all different types of awesome people were there from young to old and fit to unfit! I looked around the room and was amazed at all the 'normal' people that were there. I felt like I fit in...not at the top or at the bottom but right in the middle. To me this was a sign that I am where I should be and am on the right path. It was great!! Everyone was SO positive and friendly...which I find most people who are into fitness and health are. I learned a lot of awesome fun things, the funniest class I took was where we did the exercise. And any of you that know me it won't surprise you to hear that I put all I had into doing the exercise, while others just went through the motions. I was lucky to have been paired up with a guy named Ross who liked to go hardcore just as much as I do. We had a blast!! We were sweaty, hot and laughing the whole class. As partners we had a belt around the person's waist in front and while they tried to run/side step/back walk & bear crawl across the floor the person behind would hold the end of the belt and try to stop them. It was hilarious!!! I was pulling that guy back across the floor as he tried with ALL his might to move forward and he did the same to me.....at the end we only had high fives/smiles and congrats on a awesome workout. One of the people watching even said to us, " You two were the best out there and SO fun to watch!" Anyone else that I partnered up with or eat lunch with, where all up beat, friendly and very helpful with tips and ideas and sharing their experience with me. After those two days I feel more confident in what I am doing, excited to learn more and positive I am headed in the right direction :)
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
CrossFit Altitude offered Momstown a free trail class and I jumped at the chance...it even ended up that day that I was not only going to have my 3yr but two other friends 3yrs as well with me...so I borrowed my moms car seat and off I went to CrossFit with 3 3 year olds in tow!! LOL!! That's how serious I was about wanting to try this (plus they had a kids area where someone played with them while I worked out!) So it was really cool...just as I thought it would be. The instructor was great and really into doing things the right way and with goos form....CorssFit has sometime gotten a bad rap because people have gotten hurt doing it, but that is because they aren't doing it right or are not being taught well. She went through some different moves and I learned some new things...which I love and got me excited about learning more, getting better and getting stronger at this....a new challenge!...YES PLEASE! Something that has come out of this whole journey for me is learning to live WITH fear and not IN it!...this means...before I would be scared about doing things so I wouldn't do them...fear has robbed me of many chances, experiences and goals that I could have had in my life. Today, the fear is still there but it doesn't stop me anymore, I still go and do it. This seems to also have given me confidence in myself and that I CAN do things I have never done before. I have learned to ask for help, admit that I need help or that I don't understand something and even ask questions until I do understand them...well who knew that, that was a good way to learn new things and have fun doing them!! LOL! So hear I am doing my first dead lift at CrossFit....hardcore baby!! LOL!!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Momstown message board, "Who wants to train for a Triathlon with Mommy's in Motion!?".....I really liked the name of the group because that what I was becoming...a mommy in motion. So my brain said,"YES!", my body said,"OH DEAR!, then fear piped up and said, "No frigg'n way can you do THAT!" and then this new little voice in my head said, "Screw you all! We ARE doing this!!!" OMG! OMG! OMG!!! Krista was there every night with such a beautiful smile to show us, a confidence that it will be ok and that I could do it (something I didn't have yet) and an excitement and love for the sport that couldn't help but rub off on me :) She is one of me main 'people' that have been an important part of my journey. So our first get together for Mommy's & Babe's in Motion was last night and this year I will be trying to fill Krista's shoes as Assistant Coach! AHHHH! SO excited and honoured, I was almost in tears when I told my husband that I was going to be 'Coach Gail' for the team. His reply was, "No you are going to be Coach Awesome!" LOL!!! as a congrats he made me a jacket with iron on letters saying, "Coach Awesome" on the back and "Awesome" down the arm! How wicked is THAT!!!