Tuesday, November 27, 2007

5K Pain.

The damn guy behind me beat me. I am working HARD here...this is right before I threw up at the Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving. Very attractive, huh? :)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Rainy Sunday

Sad. The last day of having Mike home from work. We don't really ever stay home for a long vacation, so it was really nice to have Mike home all day long with me and the little one.

Had a really nice trail run this morning with Mike and Kindzia. We did over an hour at Leita Thompson park. Mike's and my first time there, it was great. Hilly with a soft surface, but not too technical. Mike and I got to break in our new trail running shoes. (Both got Vasque Blurs. And both really like them.)

Obviously, decided to bail on the half marathon in Athens. No really good reason for doing so...just felt like if I wasn't planning on racing, I'd prefer to do a run with Mike and stay close to home. My mom and E hung out at Target while we ran. (Thanks, Mom!)

E had a funny joke for us today. Sitting in her carseat, she says to me, "Momma, I have a spider in my nose. Here." She pulls said pretend "spider" out of her nose and hands it to me. Had Mike and I laughing hard.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy birthday, Mom!

Fun lunch with my mom, Aunt Pat and cousin, Sara at J. Alexanders to
celebrate my mom's big day.


E's sporting a sweet case of pink eye. Just leaving the doctor...poor

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Woke up this AM to E calling my name....thunder (boom-booms) got her again. I was hoping (hard) that the Gobble Jog was going to be cancelled. Called Justin to see what he thought. He answers with "You're not calling to bail AGAIN? Are you?" Um, no...no..not at all. Didn't even enter my mind. :)

Of course, now that I am done am very happy that I ran. Downtown Marietta is so pretty....such nice houses. Nice to see Justin and have a friend there. I hate doing these things alone. We ran into Suzie Martin, too (her daughter, Katie, was running.). Suze is a good mom to be out there cheering. It was GROSS before the race started.

Hilly run, but pretty fair. Ran a 20:35(ish) and had my first actual post race throw up. I knew the dry heaves were inevitable, but I hope that this is not a new phenomenon. I had to push a nice lady aside to get to the garbage can at the finishing chute. Nice.

Mike just finished his run....heading up to Mimi's for turkey.

Have a great day everyone. Eat some good food. Have some good drinks. Enjoy your families and friends.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mike's Cupca-sterpiece

Racing Fool?

Contemplating two, yes TWO, races for this long holiday weekend. One is a 5K Turkey Trot thing tomorrow AM in Marietta. One is a little more involved...a half marathon trail race outside of Athens on Sunday.

Being that it is the off season, I reserve the right to a guilt free bail on either. Although, I actually would like to do both. For once. I am not generally a big fan of getting all jacked up and nervous to race.

5k should be a fun, yet painful, start to the holiday. Plus, my friend, Justin is racing as well and I have bailed on him WAY too many times to not go tomorrow. I enjoy the distance, well, maybe enjoy is too strong a word...maybe endure is better. I am way better at a 5K, say than a half marathon. I can maintain through 3 miles, but any more and I might break down. Although, WITHOUT FAIL, I dry heave. It is embarassing and loud. I wish someone could explain why this happens? (Anyone, anyone???)

The trail run is more like a long run than a race. (Today I say this...on Sunday 2 miles in when my super competitive self sees a few females within striking distance....whole 'nother story.) Never done a ton of trail running. But, I got some new, sweet shoes, so I am all set, right? :) (Went to a great new place I had never been before on Alpharetta Highway, right here in Roswell, per Kindzia's recommendation. Spikes. Good selection and knew what they were talking about.)

Thanksgiving at my mom's in Alpharetta tomorrow. Should be fun. Mike's frosting cupcakes for the occasion as I am typing. And according to him, "I am tearing it up out here". Guess they're looking good. Nice job, honey. :)

Monday, November 19, 2007


In the Stewart NY airport desperately trying to keep Ella away from
the poor man with an eye patch who she keeps calling a "MAN PIRATE".

E's First Snow!

We're still up in NY visiting Mike's family. Leaving in a few hours,
but before we leave it SNOWED! E's first one ever and she loved it.
Made snowballs and snowmen and fell all over the place. Very cute.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Urban camo

On our way back to Mike's parents house from a nice, short, fun run
with mike, Nate (bro in law) and Amy (mike's sister). Nate is showing
off his new "urban camouflage" Nike dry fit top. Can you see him?:)

E's having a sweet time playing and entertaining everyone.

Couch At The Finish Line

brightroom event photography

Friday, November 16, 2007

Running in Newburgh, NY

Just got up here this am to visit Mike's family for an early
Thanksgiving. While E was napping, Mike and I got out for this
gorgeous (very chilly and windy) run.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Don't click here....

...if you don't want to do an Ironman. Sheesh...this thing had me crying and ready to sign up for every Ironman that there is.

Our friend, Eddie, who is an amazing photographer put together this slideshow of his wife, Michelle's, first Ironman.

Here's the link in case the enclosure thingy isn't working. (I can't ever seem to figure out how to do the links on words trick that everyone else does.)


Congrats again, Michelle. Thanks for sharing, Eddie. Even if I am screaming or my eyes are closed (or both) in all your pictures. I understand that your first priority was not to make me look hot in the pictures. Next time, right? :)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Beautiful day....

...great run. Just finished up a trail run at Vickery Creek. Never
run there before, pretty technical and lots of fun.

Now on our way to get Rapunzel's locks cut. Seriously, Mike's hair is
getting out of control.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Fall Friday

Love this weather... So nice to be bundled up in fleece. Best fabric
ever made.

Had a nice walk with Lauren and her new baby, Davis, today. He's
completely adorable and Lauren does NOT look like she had a doughnut
much less a baby recently.

Looking forward to the weekend. Had my first long (well..long for me
these days) run today and it knocked me out. 8.25 miles should not
be that tough....damn.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Zoot Customer for life.

Wow. Sometimes you get caught off guard. Sadly, I usually expect a hassle/poor customer service/a fight/etc. when something goes wrong with something I bought.

Well...I was completely (and very happily) surprised by Zoot today.

I emailed them letting them know that my (very expensive) 2007 Ultra Tri Top and shorts were kind of falling apart. I just wanted to see if I could send them back in to get repaired by Zoot. (Thanks for the tip, Alex Poon!)

Well, this was their response.

Hi Kate,

So sorry to hear that! Seeing as how it is rather late in the season, we are
sold out on the majority of our ULTRA product. However, if you'd like to
hang on to your suit and send it in in February, I'd gladly replace the
pieces with new '08 models. Would this work for you?

Umm.....HELL YES!!!! Pretty impressive.

Ants in her....bed

According to our little entymologist. So, of course, no nap right
now. We're in our bed now trying to salvage some rest for E.

Painful swim today. Don't recommend swimming after crossfit.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

IMFL 07 Pictures

Finally downloaded some of my pictures from this weekend. It was a gorgeous day and the all3sports tent was awesome. We had great music, cowbells, maragaritas, hot dogs and hamburgers. What else could you ask for? Tons of fun.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Holy a@&$! Kevin ran a 3:15:33....crazy fast. Congrats!!!
Sent from my iPhone

Heading home

Like our sign for Paul "the Polish Hammer" Kindzia?

On our way back to ATL and E. We miss our little nerd.

Been getting updates from the NYC Marathon about Mike's brother,
Kevin, who is rocking a 7:08 pace at 15K. All I can say is WOW.

Congrats again to all the racers. Watching an Ironman was an amazing
experience. We had so much fun. IMFL is Definitely on my to do list!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Congrats, IronMichelle!!

She's done.....amazing job!!

Our art for the day

Just saw Michelle and Kindzia. Both looked awesome, smiling and
slapping hands. Just what you want to see.

On the run course at IMFL

Beautiful day....if a bit hot. Everyone is racing great . Cant't
wait to see them come through...

Friday, November 2, 2007

I am bored....

....so here's another picture.

On our way...

In the car and stuck in ATL traffic, what a surprise! Heading down to
Panama City for IM FLorida. Can't wait to cheer on all our friends who
have worked so hard to get on that beach tomorrow.

Excited to go, but it is always SO hard to leave that cookie monster
behind. She's with my parents and totally fine....but it hurts my
heart to leave. :(

Wow. 35mph now.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Well, Halloween did live up to its HUGE hype for Ella. I didn't think it was possible, but she loved it. Did the whole "trick or treat" routine and had a blast. My mom and sister came along, too. Enjoy the pictures...