Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saint George Marathon

I ran my 6th marathon this weekend - 3rd in St. George. It's been my goal the past two years to run fast enough to qualify for the Boston marathon and I finally did. It was warmer than ideal and a lot of people there seemed to really struggle with the heat but I was able to make my time goal and finish in 3:14:51. The St. George course has nearly all of the harder/uphill miles in the first half so I ran somewhat conservatively until about mile 20. This was the first time in a marathon that I felt I had plenty of legs left at the end and was able to make up several minutes over the final 10k. I finished 343rd of the 5700 that finished the race.

My splits:
Mile 1 - 7:26
Mile 2 - 7:35
Mile 3 - 7:20
Mile 4 - 7:08
Mile 5 - 7:21
Mile 6 - 7:04
Mile 7 - 7:09
Mile 8 - 8:24
Mile 9 - 7:58
Mile 10 - 7:55
Mile 11 - 8:11
Mile 12 - 7:39
Mile 13 - 7:19
Mile 14 - 7:25
Mile 15 - 7:07
Mile 16 - 7:06
Mile 17 - 7:15
Mile 18 - 7:44
Mile 19 - 7:41
Mile 20 - 7:34
Mile 21 - 6:58
Mile 22 - 7:24
Mile 23 - 7:15
Mile 24 - 6:59
Mile 25 - 7:16
Mile 26 - 7:08
Final 0.2 miles - 6:05 pace

Pam with friends Julie and Amy that we met up with in St. George.

Thanks to all who made it a great weekend.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cute Kate

Kate keeps getting cuter and cuter - not that I'm biased.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Backpacking with Blake

Blake and I tried something new and exciting and went on a backpacking trip to the Inyo National Forest. My uncle Larry organized the trip with the goal of fishing for Golden Trout in the high Sierras.

Blake and I drove through Yosemite and down past Bishop with Allen, Michael, and JD to the trailhead. We slept at, and started hiking the next morning, at about 10,000 ft. The altitude was fairly unforgiving for several in the group.

The first day we went about 5 miles in the heat and sun up to close to 11,000 ft. It was a tough day for everyone and we arrived at the lakes pretty well spent. After some late lunch, Blake had recovered enough that we climbed a smaller peak surrounding the lakes we were camping out and I took this next photo of him. Mount Langley is above his head in background.

The next day we woke up to frost and several in the group were still feeling the effects of the altitude and thought there would be no way they'd be able to traverse the 12,000 ft pass to the next campsite. We put our heads together and scrapped the loop plan for the trip and decided to stay where we were for the day.

Since we had a open day a few decided it would be great fun to summit nearby Mount Langley. Langley peaks at 14,042 feet and is just south of Mount Whitney, which at 14,500 ft is the tallest in the lower 48 states. We had a long climb up - none of it technical - and eventually summited late in the afternoon. Blake was dragging for portions of it but definitely got a bump from the single GU I had brought as we approached the final ascent. On the way back down he commented that he had, "really built some character" that day by making it all the way to the top. For me, it was the highlight of the trip, and really, the summer.

On the summit with Mt. Whitney in the background

Our summit group - Me, Blake, JD, Jon, Rob, and Abbie

We finished the next two days with a bit of hiking and fishing. Blake enjoyed reading in camp, looking at stars and exploring. In all, it was a great trip and something that I'm very happy that Blake and I could do together.

Summer Family Fun

We enjoyed a fun end of the summer with several more family get-togethers. My mom celebrated her 60th birthday and all the kids surprised her by sneaking into town and we met her and my dad for an early morning hot air balloon ride. She was completely caught off guard and we enjoyed a fun day and also had a new family picture taken.

The first week of August we went to the Oregon coast with Pam's family. Our kids love the beach and ocean and they spent lots of time collecting shells and building castles. The cousin and family time was super. Also while in Oregon Pam met up with my grandparents and Severson cousins

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Family reunion time

We just enjoyed our bi-annual family reunion near Mount Hood in Oregon. The theme was generations and all four present had the spotlight on them. The weather was cool but nice. A few less people were able to make it this year but was fun even so. A few highlights were zip line, soccer, and game show night. Charlotte put together a compilation video which was also super and a great walk through the years since Grandma and Grandpa were kids. Of course, the best part is chatting and catching up with everyone.

Kate with cousins Grace and Brooke

Our happy baby Kate

The week before our reunion was Blake's first scout camp. No photos of him there but here he is trying out his pack before leaving. He had a great camp and reported enjoying the merit badges and getting to know some of the older boys.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy Father's Day Daddy

At the end of the day when you're tired and through,
At the end of the day when you're down and you're blue,
At the end of the day when you've finished all you do,
We're there for you, at the end of the day.
Happy Father's Day Daddy! Love us.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Swim Team season start

It's summer now and swim team is now underway. We had our first swim meet yesterday and I snapped a few photos and video. Of note - this was Josh's first competitive meet and he has made a lot of progress in his confidence in the water. Abby and Meg are in the 9-10 year old division now so swim 50 yards (or meters) with a turn in the middle. It takes a lot more endurance for them and they're trying to get down their flip turns. Abby also swam butterfly yesterday for the first time. She'd never raced it the last two years in the 25 distance and was very concerned going in. There were some tears but she put her cap and goggles back on for it and our theme after she finished was "I can do hard things."

Josh Backstroke






Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Burney Falls

My family has been going to Burney for vacationing for over 50 years. Recently, we've been going over the Memorial Day weekend for some great fun with family. We arrived late day on Saturday and mostly set up camp and enjoyed some conversation and let the cousins play. Sunday was church in the meadow, a bit of exploring and a visit to the fish hatchery. We left Monday after a trip to the falls and some ice cream treats at the general store. It was a short, but very fun, adventure.

Kate with her Great-Grandma Frances

We found a salamander and Josh and Blake enjoyed holding it

Blake with cousins Michael and Levi

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blake as Michael in Peter Pan

So, I don't care to brag-I just don't have the time. But we really had fun watching Glorietta Elementary School's latest dramtic production of Peter Pan. Blake was cast as Michael Darling with cousin Talyn Severson cast as John. Everyone in Blake's cast was fantastic, and the pianist even did a super job!(a plug for Ralph) I don't think I've ever seen Mr. Ron Pickett so happy. Our Peter Pan, played by Lauren Bond was outstanding. I was behind the scenes changing scenary between acts, and then depositing all the money at the end. We just had such a great time, I think we'll encourage Abby and Megan so we can do it all again next year!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Moraga Triathon

After doing a fair amount of running and races the past 3 years, I decided to give the local triathlon a go. I'm not too sure what I was expecting but I really had a good time. I've never been a strong swimmer - or every enjoyed swimming but that's started to change since last summer. I was doing some fairly regular (once a week or so) swimming and it was, if not good, at least tolerable. I finally got a bike this past September so have started to do a bit of riding as well. After running a marathon in mid November, though, I've been in full "off-season" mode as far a serious exercise. So going in, I wasn't too confident in my fitness level.

In the end, I did better than I thought I would. The swim was slow and steady. The bike proved that I need to ride more since my legs were burning on every hill and in the higher gears. The run was good and I passed a gob of people but my legs felt like jello after biking.

I think I'll keep doing this local tri but not sure I'll ever venture out to other or longer ones. We'll see. I do enjoy mixing in a bit of variety into my running though.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Break-Can't Wait for School

I can honestly say this wasn't my favorite Easter/Spring Break. This was Kate's first Easter, and hopefully she won't recall what really happened. Our General Conference weekend was mixed with the baseball draft and a rainy-day Easter egg hunt. Blake was so disinfranchised with the egg hunt that he found eggs then gave them away to on-lookers. This photo is of our kids plus cousins in Grandma and Grandpa's sun room.

The cousins left, and we spent the next two days cleaning and organizing the house. Chris worked the entire Spring Break overnight, which left me calling insane asylums looking for vacancy.

Friday the younger four kids and I went to the Jelly Belly Factory. I would have enjoyed the trip if I hadn't had to hold a hungry baby for an hour in line. Saturday we went to the San Francisco Zoo, which was beautiful. Chris asked me how the Tiger cages were looking as this is where a Tiger escaped and killed a teenage boy a couple years back. The cages were looking fairly sturdy, and the Tigers were looking pretty docile. I guess this was the point of the week I enjoyed the most.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Kids and Kate

Well, only at certain points in your life you get to have your photo taken with all your siblings. Your wedding, graduation, and infancy if you're lucky. So who is lucky? We'll let you decide.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kate the Great

So, This is Kate at three months old. I haven't taken a lot of photos of her because I think this is when babies look a little funny. But, I tried to catch her in her element-the exersaucer. Work it baby, work it. Her head is finally pretty stable despite her disdain of tummy time. But show me a baby today who sleeps on their back and enjoyed manditory tummy time. They are all just functions of the system!