Sleep or Sunrise

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I am typically the type of person that needs at least 8 hours of sleep; 9 or 10 is even better.  I can scrape by one night here and there with 7 hours sleep if need be.  If I get less than 7 hours sleep, I cannot guarantee what type of person you will encounter.  Not getting enough sleep literally makes me feel like I’m sick.  This is forever my struggle as I always want to get up and head to the beach for a sunrise paddle before work.  In order to do this, I have to get out of bed at 5:30am.

I am currently training for a paddleboard race because I’m on a race team for a local board manufacturer.  This means that I really need to get my butt out of bed and get on the water.  I will usually find myself paddling the canals as the beach is usually not calm enough but this week was an exception with a flat ocean almost every day.  I always HATE getting out of bed before the sun but after I’m out on that water paddling, watching the sunrise above and watching the sea life below in the clear blue water, I am forever grateful.  There is no better feeling.  It is a natural high and sets my day off just right.

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A nice long beach run at the end of the workday to clear my head. No prettier place to run.

A nice long beach run at the end of the workday to clear my head. No prettier place to run.

A little needed weekend hammock time.

A little needed weekend hammock time.

After being in the market for a race board (paddle board) I finally bought one at the local used board sale

After being in the market for a race board (paddle board) for a year, I finally bought one at the local used board sale

Played hookie on a Friday and took my favorite girl to the beach

Played hooky on a Friday and took my favorite girl to the beach

We joined a new gym where I get to do awesome classes like MMA, boxing, conditioning, kickboxing and ninjitsu (ninja training)

We joined a new gym where I get to do awesome classes like MMA, boxing, conditioning, kickboxing and ninjitsu (ninja training)….AARRRHH!

Even though I have to spend an hour in the car each morning, I get this amazing view

Even though I have to spend an hour in the car each morning, I get this amazing view

Mud Run and a Trip to the ER

I have to admit, I just wasn’t as gung-ho about running this race as I usually am and neither was my husband.  Steve hadn’t been doing any cardio training and I had been sick the previous week.  But, a commitment is a commitment so we did it.  It was 9 miles and 20 obstacles and I have to say, my energy level was much less than 100%.  Man, did I notice it.

The race was over and we grabbed our medal, t-shirt and banana and headed over to take the “after” pictures.  Once Steve showered off and changed he came up to me and said, “I think we need to go to the hospital.”  This is a guy who hates doctors and has an enormous threshold for pain, so of course I was a bit panicked.  He has had an abdominal hernia for over a year now but his doctor said it was fine unless it ripped further and he had pain with it.  Well, this was that exact scenario.  He was doubled over in pain.  I went to the paramedic tent where they told him to keep a towel pushed against it to hopefully push it back in.  Apparently, if it stays out more than 4 hours, it can cause major damage.  The paramedics walked us over to the bus line, which was an easy hour wait and put us directly on the bus.  Thanks, Steve for saving us from waiting!  As we were riding to the car, his intestines finally push back in (yuk!) and he got some pain relief.

Of course everyone was riding with us so the four of us were along for this great adventure.  We got to the ER and were able to see the doctor right away.  He felt on his stomach and said that he definitely needs surgery but it can wait until we get home to schedule it.  So glad an emergency surgery was necessary!  It took us only five minutes to see the doctor but a good 45 minutes to get released.  Luckily, we had plenty entertainment by listening and watching a very irate foreign woman that the cops brought in.  By the time we were discharged, they were sedating her.  We definitely got a show in the meantime.  From there, the doctor put us on a mission to go to a medical supply store and get a hernia belt to keep his intestines pushed in (again, yuk!).

We drove directly to the medical supply store only to find that it was closed.  At this point it is almost 4:00.  We haven’t eaten since 7am and we ran for 2 1/2 hours burning at least 2,000 calories.  We are STARVING!  The next best option was the local CVS, but of course they didn’t carry them.  This caused us to improvise.  Long story short, Steve ended up with an ace bandage wrapped around a maxi pad.  Hey, it worked!  We went to a local Mexican restaurant and stuffed our face.

Steve did go to his regular doctor and got a referral to a surgeon.  He will be meeting with him soon to schedule hernia surgery.  This race was fun and definitely an adventure.

Here are some pics from the race and one shot from the ER that I captured from the very hesitant patient.  Also, thanks to Simon for strapping a Go Pro camera to his head for the entire race because now we have a video of our adventure.

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Official Race Pics

Nell Jumping the FireNell Fighting to the Finish LineSteve Fighting to the FinishTrey Jumping the FireSteve doing the Leap of FaithEarl Jumping the FireEarl Fighting to the Finish LineSteve Jumping the Fire

Down and Dirty

Superhero Scramble Before 3

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It was just me and the boys on this mud run. 6 miles and 20 obstacles later, this is what we looked like. The run was called the Superhero Scramble so I obviously had to use this as an excuse to dress as Wonder Woman. We had a BLAST!

Resolutions for a New Year?

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2012 was a year of changes and trials. As difficult as that can be, it also paves the way for learning, growing and receiving blessings. I am thankful for the good but I’m also thankful for the struggles. These are the times that make us and shape us into better people today than we were yesterday.

I am not one for New Years resolutions as I tend to not keep them or overextend them; i.e. the year I made the resolution to not exercise as much, I ended up training for and running my first full marathon. 2012 was one of those years where I tried to back off from so much exercise. I learned that all this did was make me miserable. So, in 2013 I plan to do something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time – CrossFit. I also have a couple of mud runs scheduled and I may sign up for a half marathon. I also made an appointment for my next tattoo. The point is that I’m going to do what I love and what makes my heart happy. Ultimately, I want to simply live for today and live life to the fullest. After all, we are only guaranteed today.

The Black Belt

My son received his black belt earlier this year. Since then, he was asked to be on the karate schools demonstration team. This team is made up if the best karate students in the school and they perform at different events in the community. Here is a collage of some pics from his performance today at a city event. He truly is an amazing martial artist. So proud of this guy!

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Serenity Now

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A paddleboard, some peaceful water and a little Kenny Chesney; now that’s serenity.

The coolest thing about paddleboarding is that its awesome exercise but it doesn’t feel like exercise. Did you know you burn anywhere from 600-700 calories in an hour? That’s more than surfing. It kinda blows my mind. I’m an exercise freak but what I love even more than the exercise is the stress relief and peace it brings.

I was able to paddleboard twice this weekend which is absolutely unheard of. It’s been awesome!!!

Sunrise Runs

I was able to get in four morning beach runs this week!  It is most definitely one of the best ways to start the day; quite invigorating, energizing and beautiful.  Here is a summary of my sunrise running view each day this week.

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Start the Day with Beauty

I’ve recently added in morning beach runs a few times per week.  I’ve figured out how to time my runs so that I get to see the sunrise and I have to say…what a way to start the day!  It is breathtaking, beautiful and magnificent.  The beach is my happy place; my peaceful dwelling.  To add the beautiful sunrise just makes it almost magical.  I just praise God to get to see His breath taking creation each morning!

Here is the sunrise this morning in stages.  Enjoy!

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