Sunday, April 2, 2017

I guess you can say I'm a runner now

Somewhere in January I decided I wanted to run a half marathon. The most I had comfortably run at that point was 5-6 miles. I decided to do a 10K first, and keep training for a Half. I ran the Chattahoochee Trail 10K in Atlanta, GA on March 4th, 2017. I mixed that race with visiting my good friends the Elizondo's.  It was 32 degrees when the race started and I hadn't prepared for that. I had one super thin long sleeve shirt and two t-shirts on. I was so cold, but by mile number 2 I didn't notice my hands being frozen anymore. The last mile was downhill. Running downhill after about an hour of running was exhilarating. I mean talk about feeling like Super Woman! Dear Virginia was there to capture the moment and cheer me in. Then her fantastic husband had a delicious brunch ready when we returned, I'll never forget: edamame spaghetti noodles, vegan sausage, and spaghetti sauce with sauteed squash and zucchini. The Elizondo's are some of my most favorite people. 
It was a fabulous stop on my running adventure. 

Happiest runner you'll ever see. (blue headband, purple shirt)

Next stop... 1/2 marathon. 

In my training I rewarded my first 8 mile run with the most amazing Torchy's Taco- the Roscoe. a crispy waffle, a fried egg, fried chicken, a slice of bacon with syrup on a flour tortilla. 

I found a small race in San Antonio called the I Ran Marathon April Showers series. It is a weeks worth of races in a Greenbelt near 1604 and I-10. Friday afternoon my mom and I drove down and stayed in a hotel that literally backed up to the trail head and start of the race. 

On Saturday, April 1st, by 6:30am I was up! I had my “Stronger then the boys” shirt, my fancy running socks, my body glide to prevent chaffing, my “Absolutely Brilliant” headband, my play list, salt tablets, and Salted Caramel Gu.  I got all geared up and we headed to the trail head at 7:15am. Our prayers were answered. The night before their was a 50% chance of rain by the start of the race and an 80% chance by 10:00am. Miraculously and hour before the race the rain chances disappeared.  It was about 60 degrees, partly cloudy, and no rain!

We found out it was a really small race, with 5k, 10k, ½ and full marathon, all running the same race. One lady was organizing it from start to finish. My number was 238 (it was 823 at the Atlanta 10K I did in March) but there were nowhere near 238 people at that event. I guess more will show up to various races throughout the week. The course had me run a 1.55 mile route one way and then back, four times.

We started at 7:45am. I took my first Gu and I was off!

Since it was a public greenbelt, there were lots of others out running and biking. Mom went and had breakfast after I started, but then came out and walked the same trail as me for 4 miles. I am so glad that she was there. It was encouraging to pass her and know she would be there at the end.

My play list did it’s job in encouraging me. I tried to think of the person I identified it with each song, a fun memory of that person, and then pushed on.

Every 3 miles we were back where we started and I drank a couple small glasses of water, and swallowed a salt tablet. Every 45 minutes I ate a packet of Gu.  I went 6 miles before doing a little bit of run/walk. My breaks of walking never lasted more then a minute. After 10 miles I was pretty exhausted. Ten miles was the most I had ever done in a training run. I was all out of steam, but I knew I would finish. I knew I could walk a bit, and I never felt like I had to stop all together. My goal was to do it in less then 2.5 hours. My fastest mile was my first- 9:53, and my slowest was my 13th mile at 12:14. My pace stayed in the 11 minute range for the majority of my run. My final time: 2:26:52. Bam! I did it!  It felt so good.  I accomplished a great feat without feeling like it almost beat me!  It felt wonderful. 

At the end of the day when I got back home I discovered that my sweet sweet dad left me 13 roses. One rose for every mile. Now how did I get so lucky? 

This morning I feel pretty good. I am a bit wiped out, sore every where, but not that I can’t move. I am amazed at how great my knees have handled this, not bothering me at all today. I am so grateful for all the advice I got from runner friends, and for the encouragement that I could do this. I could do this! I did this!  I ran 13.1 miles in under 2.5 hours.  Now what? I am not sure. I have a stubborn 10 pounds gained post surgery that I need to get off to feel better about myself. I will work on that. I don’t play on training for a full marathon at this point, but I can definitely aim to do another half! 


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas 2016

The Christmas Season started in Texas for me. The two weekends before I had house guests, Elizabeth and Scott came in to town from Utah for the BYU/Texas Women's Volleyball game.
Then after that I had the Elizondo's for 2 days the next week. I had another Utah visitor come drop by one evening just days before my own Utah trip.  December was a whirlwind of a month with guests, work, church callings, an a lot of friends who needed extra love.

  My trip getting to Utah was not easy. It was full of a few tears, an extra ticket bought, an unexpected stop in Detroit, and the blessing of a chocolate bar in a christmas card from a patient who ordered me to not open it until on the airplane.  However, I would have to say that my trip to Utah was pretty perfect. From immediate family, to aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, I saw 32 relatives! 32!

 I received two very cherished gifts. One, my grandpa Jack Hutchison wrote out his life story and gave that with a pedigree chart that has a photo of EVERY SINGLE ONE of his POSTERITY. It is the coolest thing I have ever gotten from him. The second is the gift of a family heirloom. I was given the wedding band that belonged to my great-great grandmother Elizabeth Davies. She was married to Peter Cox in 1899 in England. I've known I would inherit it some day, it was a joy to be able to receive it in person from my grandma Aline Kelm.

Christmas Eve was spend celebrating with my dad's family, his brother and sister and their families. 

We did the traditional Kelm Candy Houses. I'd say they were spectacular this year. 

Here is mine with Yoda, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca characters. 

Here is my uncle Warren's with the Imperial Walker shooting at the rebellion on the planet Hoth 

And here is Adam Kelm making his first candy house. He was very proud of his sprinkles. 

And here is the whole village. 

After the houses we had another Kelm tradition. GERMAN PANCAKES! 

Followed by a German and his bride of almost 60 years imparting of their wisdom to us. 

It was great to see Grandma Aline, Grandpa Wolf, Warren, Misty, Halle, Trisha, Darian, and Alisha. 

What a Merry Christmas Eve it was! 

And Christmas Eve it snowed all night long, and we woke up to this! 


Mom and I got ready to head to church only to discover we were matching! 

Seriously didn't plan it, but I sure love this lady! 

After I walked home from church, and everyone thought I was crazy, I made us all take pictures outside while it continued to snow! 

What a good looking family I have! 

These two were so fun to have around Christmas morning! 

 NOW get ready for an EPIC photo shoot I had with Aline Kelm... 

Christmas day was filled with my mom's side of the family with the Hutchison's being our gracious and generous hosts. We had grilled steak for lunch.  Teresa and her family joined us. 

The day after Christmas we were joined again by Teresa and her family, as well as my cousin Beth and her crew, and Mike, Terri, and Heather. More family to have fun with. The Texans made all willing persons come outside and build a snowman! 

Yes, that is a Darth Vader hat provided by Clark! 

Then things got a bit carried away. I swear I didn't mean to hit Savannah in the face. I mean, I did mean to hit her with a snowball, but not in the face.  

Then I was viciously attacked by my so-called loving brother Michael. 

He said he was just wanting to help me re-live old snowball fight memories. 

Grrrr, I was angry ( I mean look at that face).... but got over it quickly! 

On my last day there we ventured to Kneaders for all you can eat French Toast. This darling one could not get enough of the whipped cream! 

Can you look much happier then this? No, no you cannot. 

We then posed by our fabulous creations... 

...before Adam destroyed them for us this year! 

Some victims were left in the wake of the destruction... 

We ended the day with a trip to see the lights at Temple Square, eat a little pizza dinner, then off to the airport I went. 

Christmas 2016, you gave me so much joy! I thank you! 

2016 in Review

The Hymn "Ring Out, Wild Bells" has a line that I have seen frequently reflected in social media recently...

"The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die."

So many are ready for 2016 to die. 

The third verse redeems the sad tone of the first...

3. Ring in the valiant men and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand.
Ring out the darkness of the land;
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Ring out the darkness of the land;
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

As I have been reflecting the close of another year, I am grateful to find richness, beauty, love, hope, and faith. I had a conversation with a friend last week about the reality of an Adversary in our lives and how we can guard ourselves against him. It might not connect in anyone else's mind, but I've been thinking about how optimism is a weapon we can use against the darkness that can so easily envelope us in life. 

I read an article in the January Ensign on the life of President Gordon B. Hinckley. It said the following, 

“I am an optimist!” President Hinckley often declared. “My plea is that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” His optimism went much deeper than having a positive outlook, although he cultivated that. The ultimate source of his optimism—the source that made it a power—was his faith in God and his testimony of God’s plan for the happiness and salvation of His children.
“If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us.”

President Hinckley’s optimism sustained him through trials, feelings of inadequacy, and overwhelming pressures. And he stood by his conviction that “things will work out” even when he experienced setbacks and disappointments, heartache and loneliness.
In his optimism, President Hinckley did not minimize problems. He explained: “I have seen a good deal of this earth. … I have been in areas where war rages and hate smolders in the hearts of people. I have seen the appalling poverty that hovers over many lands. … I have watched with alarm the crumbling morals of our society.
“And yet I am an optimist. I have a simple and solemn faith that right will triumph and that truth will prevail.”

“We have every reason to be optimistic. … Look at Nauvoo. Look at what they built here in seven years and then left. But what did they do? Did they lie down and die? No! They went to work! They moved halfway across this continent and turned the soil of a desert and made it blossom as the rose. On that foundation this church has grown into a great worldwide organization affecting for good the lives of people in more than 140 nations. 
You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. 
You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.”

You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. 

So it is on that note that I reviewed 2016... a year that was spent "building". 

 got to be aunt Tamara on Labor Day weekend

and loved every minute of it 

watched my house be built step by step 

added inspiring quotes pre-sheet rock

had a really fun photo shoot in my framed house

and awesome after-construction photo shoot 

went to a conference off the River Walk in San Antonio

and had a great time with friends in between speakers at said conference 

Tia Tamara got another nephew

saw the most decorated bathroom ever in a private residence 

Played with my cousins kids in Salt Lake City 

Went to the Provo City Center Temple Open House 

saw even more cute kids, cousin Brianna's kids after the temple open house

became a homeowner April 13th! 

saw the worlds ugliest cat 

Spent the 4th of July hiking... 

and hanging with fun people including Melissa Smith who later moved away from me 

but before she did we ate at the Peached Tortilla and had popcorn ice cream! 

put final touches on my massage room 

baby sat the enchanting Aria, known to her as Miss Camera 

Tia Tamara had another slumber party with the adorable Faith

grew some green beans...that turned out to be a Sun Flower 

went to a sealing in August and saw lots more cousins! 

celebrated this gorgeous girls birthday as Tamara Khala, fair princess and face-painter. 

became Primary President and made these spectacular cupcakes for my 25 adorable kiddos 

celebrated my birthday at Painting with a Twist with my parents, Michelle, and Bridgid

had surgery 

and recovered quite well 

first Halloween as a homeowner 

celebrated Halloween as a ninja turtle with Bat Girl and Supergirl 

had a lovely flower garden clear through Fall! 

met up with my former Reavis coworkers at a yummy place called Snooze

made fried ice cream with Michelle for my Gilmore Girls party. AMAZING! 

first Christmas tree in my home

Merry Christmas Ya'll

quite pleased! 

TEXAS women's volleyball game. POINT TEXAS! 

visited my friend Larissa and her kids.

went to temple square 

annual candy houses! 

SNOW on Christmas day

and best photo shoot ever with my Grandma Aline Kelm

In 2016 I realized my dream of being a homemaker. I've made my house a home and can't wait to see what other company fills it in 2017.