10.29.2012

Murder Mystery Dinner Event

Eddie and I attended a great dinner event this weekend. Its a Murder Mystery Dinner where while the dinner is served there is a play that is going on around the tables. With this event they asked that we dress in our Halloween costumes. Here are a few pictures of the start of the night. We were a doctor team!




When we arrived even though they said costume was optional I still had Eddie run up and sneak a peak in the door to make sure others were dressed.....and they were thank goodness!



Once we arrived to the dinner you were taken to your table as instructions where given. They explained how the event for the evening would go. Then we had the opportunity to walk around the Mardi Gras museum. I had to share a few photos. For those of you that are not familiar with Mardi Gras there is a queen and king for each organization. Each wear their gown, tux, and train as you see in the photos below. Some of these trains are on rollers because the weight is so heavy. The cost is very expensive and all are hand sewn. They are just stunning.

I knew I left my crown somewhere....and it here was all along!!!









Then it was time to take our seats and let the dinner and show start. Everyone had the neatest costumes!













I was so proud that Eddie won and guessed the killer. Since he is a police LT. it only made me even more proud!! He did such a great job of taking notes.


The costumes were fun but having this guy look at you all night was a little much for me!


Over all we had a great time and it made for a fun date night!


10.26.2012

Update on My Upcoming Savannah Rock N Roll Half Marathon




What I am doing different for my 3rd upcoming half marathon in Savannah..............


I have learned so many different things over the last year and 1/2 of running. On November 3rd I am running my 3rd half marathon for this year. There are a couple of things I will be doing differently.

 One thing will be on  Thursday and Friday  before the race I am going to eat a good breakfast, lunch and dinner. One mistake I made in my last run was trying to loose weight all the way up until race day. I tried to just carb up the night before and that was a big mistake. This race I will not eat different or unusual foods that my system is not used to but I will eat heavier meals.


I have been reading several studies and here is what I have put together for myself. The best breakfast for a few days before and up until the race will consist of mainly carbohydrates since they are digested rapidly and are your body's preferred fuel source. The day before the race until start time I am going to limit and try to avoid fat and fiber because they take to long to digest. They can also cause bloating and GI problems. I have been so blessed to be a runner that does not have GI issues while running. I will also be sure to have clean protein.

I have had several people recommend a bagel and peanut butter, oatmeal with milk and dried fruit, or yogurt and toast. I will be taking in lots of water and make sure I am very hydrated which was a mistake I made on my last half marathon in April.

Once this upcoming Thursday hits I am putting aside the idea of loosing weight and just focusing on good nutrition. I am so excited about this run because I feel better than I have ever felt! I know I am going to set the PR time I am looking for!!

I have also decided that I will not be caring my water bottle this time. Last two runs I carried it and had Gatorade. By mile 10 the Gatorade was way to sweet and I was ready to throw my bottle on the side of the road but I didn't. This time I am going to depend on the water stations and only take in water. My husband is very nervous about me not having my own water because of the scary situation that took place in Vegas last year where all the runners became ill but I don't know the real cause of that so I am sure I will be fine.

I will take a chocolate GU in 15 minutes before the run and then another at 4.50 miles. My hope is to only need the two of them. During my 2nd half marathon in April I took in way to much. I think I started eating gews just because I was bored and need something to do. The race was a long stretch along the beach and as I have mentioned before I need lots of twist and turns to keep my mind busy.

Speaking of GU, my two favorites are the Chocolate and the Peanut Butter. They are so good!


November 3rd and Savannah, Here I come!!!

10.25.2012

A Few Things I Have Learned While Running



As many of you know I only started running just under two years ago. I had no running experience in my school years so this is something I had to learn as I went and teach myself. I had to pick these things up quickly because I started running 5k races and wanted to jump right into half marathons.

Who ever said," just put on a pair of shoes and take off "is very wrong. Running can turn into an expensive habit but I love the benefits you get!

These tips are really for new runners because I know experienced runners will be pros to these but I think its worth mentioning because I had to learn them along the way.

1.When running near traffic even if you are running on sidewalks or side of the road always run into the direction of traffic and not the same direction. You might not see a need for it when running on a sidewalk but my husband who is a police LT. could tell you any type of accident can happen at any time. People have been known to run up on sidewalks and curbs. You always want to have your vision clear and prepared for anything that could come towards you and not behind you.



2.When running past someone give them a "On your right" shout out. There is nothing worse to have someone speed by you either on foot or bike and it scare you half to death! I also try to say "Hi" or "On your left." I was running one night as the sun was going down fast and twice the same guy caused me to scream. You would have thought he would see I was jumpy the first time! :)

3. I apologies in advance for this one.....there is no peeing on the side of the road during a race gentleman. I say gentlemen because that is all I have run across and if any ladies do this than it really applies! I was blown away during my first half marathon this year at the New Orleans Rock N Roll half marathon a guy a few yards in front of me came to a stop and started peeing right on the tree. I have been in 5K races with my son and there will be someone peeing on the side of the road. Sorry to say but this is not OK. Just imagine you have a VIP porta potty pass and use it. :)

4. Give a wave or node to your fellow runners as you pass them. I really am surprised how many people make more of an effort to look away than just say hi or node. I love all the friends I have made from running. Funny story....I have an older gentleman at my park that every time I pass him its like the first time he has ever seen me but I still say Hi every time!



5. I always wait until someone ask me for my advice when it comes to running. This is a sport where everyone sets their own pace and have different achievements. I would never want to make someone feel bad for running a pace that I passed months ago just as I will celebrate with someone that passed my pace. I love that runners encourage each other no matter where they are!! No running snobs!



Just a few tips for today but the biggest one is just get out there and go. No matter your pace because you will see improvement as you go! Keep up the great work!

10.24.2012

Senior Character Day- Disney Theme

Senior year has already been full of fun events with Dallas. Our latest event was the Senior Character Lunch where everyone dressed as a Disney Character and had lunch on the walk way. Here are some fun photos of our day!

Dallas and I were Mickie and Minnie Mouse............





All of the costumes were so creative.






















We had a great time and all the costumes were so cute! Senior year is just flying by!!!

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