Wednesday, March 31

Cooper River Bridge Run

So here is my official recap of the Cooper River Bridge Run!

My official time was:

Drove down Friday afternoon and did some shopping in Mt. Pleasant. Met up with Sarah and took care of some business. We check into our hotel and headed downtown to find out where exactly we needed to be for Saturday morning.

Here we are at dinner at a delicious restaurant called The Mustard Seed.

I didn't sleep very well the night before. I really worked myself up and I think my nerves definitely got the best of me. Lesson learned.

Here we all are at about 6:00 in the morning before the race.

Our friend John Thomas was wearing this awesome shirt:

Rena, Sarah & I waiting at the starting line.

See the yellow banner WAY down there? Yea, that's the starting line.

Here I am at the beginning!

Getting over the bridge! This was the most amazing feeling in the world.

Check out these cool guys in their leprechaun outfits.

I started the race with Kristen, but I was getting a bit of a stitch in my side and told her to go on ahead of me. This next one is me getting over the bridge! It was amazing-knowing that I could push myself to do something I never thought I could do.

SO many people all running the same race.

I saw my friend Spencer while on the bridge! It was very comforting to see a familiar face, someone telling me "You can do it!" Even if he is a Clemson fan :o)

Here I am getting into downtown Charleston.

I was so thankful for the water stations. They just happened to be at the right places at the right time! The volunteers were so nice! It was kind of scary at the first one though because the road was super wet and those cups were all over the place and it was slippery.

Mile 6! Holy Crap! I have never gone that far in a single workout/running session ever. It was the best feeling in the world.

There's the finish line!

And this happens to be my favorite picture of the whole weekend. I found Kristen at the end and her family was there with open arms! We were both all emotional and I was just so happy to be done! Her hubby snapped this picture. This picture total sums up how I was feeling.

All of us Myrtle Beach girls finished!

Rena, D, Carmela, Kristen, Antonella, Sarah, & Me

Here us hanging out in Marion Square, checkin' out all the goodies :o)

Banana phone!

We totally pigged out at Bessinger's BBQ after we vegged out for a few hours.

Rena loved those onion rings :o)

Sunday morning we headed home, but not before snapping a few pictures in the parking lot.

When I pulled into my driveway, I see the sweetest thing my dad put up on our front porch. He made me my very own finish line!

I was totally crying when I saw :o)

Not only did I have a great weekend with some great friends, I learned a lot about myself. I learned I can push myself a lot harder than I ever thought I could. I also learned that we are all running our own race-literally and figuratively. We may have bumps along the way, we may have to slow down and walk, but I finished. I can do what I set my mind to. I could not stop smiling the whole weekend.

Thursday, March 25

Weekend Plans

Friday- Drive down to Charleston and meet up with some bffs.

Saturday- get my you know what handed to me by a 10K.

Sunday-suck it up and drive home!

All prayers are welcomed for this weekend! I'm trying not to stress myself out b/c I will for real make myself sick to my tummy. It's gonna be fun, just have to keep reminding myself!

Saturday, March 20

5K Day

Race Day!

Here's my timing chip:

I didn't take a bunch of pictures while we were actually running, but we got a few cute ones before we got all sweaty!

So the race... it was 151 people. I finished 127th. My official time was 49:15. I really wasn't doing it to win and/or be fast. It was SO MUCH fun!

During the first mile, a woman behind us fell... I'm talking ATE it. So we stopped to help her to the curb and make sure she was okay. It was really scary. She was fine though and we ended up seeing her at the finish line! (We're also telling ourselves that b/c we are good people and helped her, that's why we didn't come in first :o))

After it was over we totally took our happy selves to Party City and may have purchased some medals b/c we're awesome like that:o)

Overall, I think my first race was a success! I am still nervous about next weekend but I know it's going to be a super fun day!

Wednesday, March 17

Random Thoughts Along the Day...

Some random tidbits:
  1. Natasha & I went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast :o) Then I took her to Florence. She had a flight out of there instead of Myrtle Beach. I enjoyed getting to spend as much time with her as a could. We were talking about a possible weekend in April or May for me to go visit her.
  2. The Cooper River Bridge Run is in TEN days. Ahh!! I actually also signed up last night for a 5k here in Myrtle Beach. It's the Conquering Cancer 5K. I am pretty pumped to do this race. It's only about 150 people and it's super close to my house. It'll also be nice to have a race under my belt before a race that's 35,000+ people!
  3. Speaking of the race... I purchased this bad boy last night:
    It's the double puch iFitness Belt. I recently found Chic Runner's blog and she and a ton of other runners recommend it.
Ok so I think that's all the random tidbits I can come up with at the moment! Oh Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!

Liberty of London = Love

So today I went to Target to check out all the hub-bub about this Liberty of London.


I am in love.

I love the all the paisleys and florals! Yum.

I tried on two different bathing suits and a top and ended up purchasing this top:

I also bought one of their bedspreads! I am washing it right now but I'll be sure to update when I put it on my bed.

Monday, March 15

Any body out there?

Two words.

Shin splints.

I think I have them.

The Mayo Clinic's website says the symptoms are:
  • Tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner part of your lower leg
  • Mild swelling

At first, the pain may stop when you stop running or exercising. Eventually, however, the pain may be continuous.

Do I have that? Oh yea.

I hate it. I feel like I'm on the right track for the Cooper River Bridge Run that is in 12 DAYS! Ah! 6.23 miles is gonna kick my butt. It's gonna be so much fun though.

So your prayers are welcomed that I can keep running and show the bridge run who's boss.

*PS- thank you all so much for your kind words about my last post. Mom has an appointment Thursday w/ her oncologist to figure out our game plan. Keep thinking good thoughts!

Thursday, March 11


I feel like I haven't posted on this blog in forever.

Yes the amazing deals are still going on at Gap, in case you were wondering :o)

I totally had some fun blog posts in mind... Foundation Funk being one of them that I eventually plan to write when I have more than 10 minutes.

My Mom's been in the hospital since Tuesday.

She had an appt. with her regular physician and she thought my Mom had a stroke... hence hospital admittance.

Turns out they think it's Bells Palsy.

Well when they did a bunch of scans (MRI, CT, Bone scan...etc.) they found that her cancer has come back. Lesions on her skull and spots on her liver.


So that's been my life the last three days... back and forth to the hospital, on the phone trying to update people, and some amazing friends and family holding my dad and I together.

Thursday, March 4

Gap Updates!

Ok ladies... a few reminders!

  1. Tomorrow starts the 30% off Denim Recycling event! Bring in any old pair of jeans (doesn't have to be Gap brand) to your local Gap and receive 30% off (35% if you have a Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic card) any new denim we have! (Jeans, tops or jackets). 500 pairs of jeans will be recycled into eco-friendly insulation for a 2300 square-foot house!
  2. Friends & Family Weekend! March 18-21 you'll receive 30% off your entire purchase at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic as many times as you want that weekend. All you need to do is leave a comment with your email address and I'll send you a coupon!

Tuesday, March 2

Give & Get Weekend!

It's that time again ya'll!

Gap's Give & Get weekend is March 18-21.

It's 30% off your entire purchase at Gap, Old Navy & Banana Republic, Piperlime and the outlets!

The organization I picked this time is WWF... not the wrestling :o) but the World Wildlife Fund.

I have 25 email invites to send out so leave me a comment with your email address and I'll send you a coupon!