Friday, July 8, 2011

NH50 Miler - Debbies Ultra Marathon - 2Day Event.

This past weekend, Ryan ran 51 miles in an event named Debbies Ultramarathon. This wasn't an "official" event or anything, just a group of 7 guys who decided to run the entirety of the Monadnock-Sunappee Greenway Trail (MSGT). The trail runs, as you supposed, from Mount Sunappee to Mount Monadnock. Ryan did this over a two day event, 27miles on Friday and 24 on Saturday. All the families of the runners got involved and had a blast! The group of guys meshed perfectly, and they all had the time of their lives!

How did we come up with the name if it was just 7 guys? Good question. For starters, it was a guy named Mike who came up with this idea. One day, we were all training together and he was going on and on about how we "weren't going to be able to do this." So, we called him "Debbie Downer" - thus the name stuck and the Ultramarathon event was born!






At the Finish, atop Mt Monadnock:








Monday, June 20, 2011

Camping!

Last week we took a short (4 night, 4 day) camping trip. We stayed on the Kancamangus Highway, just outside of Conway. The first two nights we camped with good friends. They have a boy close to Asher's age, a girl Israel's age and another on the way! The kids had a great time playing. The last two nights we spent just as a family. It was such a great time being outdoors, hiking, playing and relaxing.



At the campsite:





Aiden in White Lake:




Israel at White Lake:





Ryan and Asher at Arathusa Falls:






Israel and Asher catching tadpoles at the Lower Falls:






Camire Family! ...at the Lower Falls.















Israel and Daddy:





Israel relaxing:






Asher and Aiden love climbing and hiking:






Asher:






We are so looking forward to the next camping trip!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Key Bank Marathon Burlington, VT



We ran our second marathon yesterday in Burlington Vermont. It was quite a different experience from the last one. This one started off with 8,000 runners, TONS of crowd support, lot's of heat and humidity, less hills and lots of running through downtown Burlington and its suburbs. The one we did last year in Maine was 1,000 runners, not many people cheering you on, gorgeous scenery, lots of hills, and very cold.

We only shaved two minutes off of our time from last year and made it in 4 hours and 27 minutes. We started with a goal of finishing in under 4, but around mile 12 when the heat and humidity started getting to us, we knew we would be happy just finishing the race. At all the aid stations, they post a sign that tells you the health risk; they ended up red-flagging the event as "High Health Risk." We have seen people in races on the side taking a breather or massaging a cramped muscle. But this race we saw at least three people flat on the ground with medical personnel around them and oxygen. We saw one person with a defibrillator on and there were ambulances everywhere. Scary!

Well to sum up with some bullet points...

Favorite Parts:

+The support from the crowd...SO many people cheering the runners on.

+Support from the neighbors...any neighborhood we ran through we were handed slices of watermelon and oranges, water and we must have seriously run through 15 sprinklers put out for the runners.

+High fives from kiddos.

+Miles 1-9 and mile 26.0-26.2

+Gena didn't cry in pain this time, but she almost lost it in the last 2/10 at the end. It really does bring you to an emotional point to almost be done with 4 hours of running and to have so many people cheering you on to the finish.

+Ryan got to high-five Bart Yasso at the end of the race! Cool.


Least favorite parts:

+Too many runners. We felt like cattle at the beginning and it was nearly impossible to make up your time, even through the first half we were fighting the crowd which really slowed us down.

+Making it to the start line with 30 seconds to spare. Ooops.

+Men in drag cheering runners on. Somehow this just does not inspire us. Might make us want to run faster in the other direction! =)

+The heat. No explanation needed.

+Miles 10-26.


Some of our favorite signs people were holding:

-"Your feet hurt so bad because you are kicking so much butt!"

-"Worst parade ever." (little boy holding this one)

-"Toenails are overrated." (Lost one last year, I identify!)

-"Hello complete stranger, I am so proud of you!"

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tough Mudder!

Tough Mudder Vermont, which took place this past weekend, May 7 & 8, was the largest athletic event in Vermont history. 14,000 participants took on 10 miles and over 25 obstacles, with 13,747 feet of elevation change and 7,000 feet of climbing. If you want to know more, you'll have to ask one of the 83% that finished! (Taken from their website)

Ryan and I joined a team from Newport of 28 people. We trained with the group a few times a month to prepare for the event. It was such a great time forming relationships with people from the town.



Team Pinnacle!


Pre race pep talk.


Start of the race. If you have not figured it out, we are all in orange!


Not a picture of us, but for me the toughest obstacle. After all the training, I was not prepared for how cold the water would be. Your feet are on the rope under the water, and you bring yourself across on the two ropes. The water is so cold I got pins and needles and almost lost my breath. I think after this moment, I was not warm until we finished! (8 miles left to go)


A little claustrophobic!


Oh good grief! 45 degree water. I could not swim fast enough to get out after the jump.


Waiting for teammates. I ran more than half of the race with my "space suit." It keeps your body heat in and actually most peple during the race wore it at one or more points.


Team work to get over the walls.


Almost to the end...giant slide! This one wasn't hard, just fun!


Electroshock. The wires shock you as you run through. To my relief, I didn't get shocked!


The finish!

Before we "ran" the race (not much running with all that elevation gain, mud and obstacles) I thought these people are crazy! Especially Ryan for talking me into it. But I enjoyed the experience. To work hard for something, complete it and really see what your body and mind can do, it is really inspiring. God's design is amazing and it is fun to see its potential. That said, it will take me awhile to forget some of the pain (mostly from the cold) before I sign up again. But next year I hear it is in July. =)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Wallis Sands Half Marathon

We ran the Wallis Sands Half Marathon on Sunday. Running and racing are basically our "date nights." It was such a great race. We could smell the ocean, the sun was out, but it wasn't too hot, and they offered steak tips after the race!

This was also our best race yet. We both felt great and enjoyed the day together. 13.1 miles in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Birthday Boy!



Asher and his new bike. Man he is one happy boy!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Asher

Asher is 5 tomorrow! It really is just one more year, most people have turned 5, but hearing this particular number really gives me some pause. 5? Just sounds impossible!

Asher is such a great kid. He loves his brothers, loves his daddy, and really just loves life. He is always eager to help and enjoyes making others smile and laugh.

It is sort of sad that he is growing up. I can't take a video now with spontinaety. He knows what it is all about. He feels put on the spot. He is not as innocent as he one was. =( See that face before you even push play? But he is eager to "show off" what he is learning. So, enjoy!

video

I have been trying to get a video of Israel. However, the cooperative child that he is, he knows I want him to stay in one spot and runs the other way everytime, giggling as he hides from me.

Friday, April 15, 2011