Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Race4Taylor 10k Recap

On May 17, I headed to West Florence High School (with my husband!!!!) to run in one of the biggest races in Florence. 

This is a race that is put on in honor of Taylor Elmore, son of Belinda and Greg Elmore, who was killed in car accident at 17 years of age. We did not know Greg and Belinda and Taylor very well at the time of the accident, but since then have gotten to know their family through friends and the running community. 

This year was no different than any of the other years this race has been held. It was an absolutely wonderful day celebrating the life of Taylor! 

Me and Mom

Charlie ran the 5k! He finished with a time of 28:41, the fastest he has ever run! Whoop Whoop! (and he did some training too!) I was a proud runner wife!

So, this race was just ok for me as far as feel. I started out way too fast as usual and then fizzled out at the end. I hate 5k's and 10k's that start together! I always try to start out at 5k pace and it never ends up good.

I ended up running a 47:58 (7:44 pace). I was just ok with this, not pleased. It was good enough for 1st place in the 20-29 AG and I also got an award for "beating the pirate" that was on the course. 

Lisa and I with our awards!

This race will likely be my last race in my 20's. I wanted to run another race before I turn 30 in July but I don't think its going to happen. I began my running career when I was 25 so I have been in this one age category the whole time! I am a bit nervous about moving up!!! Girls in their 30's are seriously fit and competitive!!! I'm ready though, bring it on!! 


Our Third Wedding Anniversary Weekend

The weekend of Memorial Day (May 23-26) we headed to the Outer Banks to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. We had booked 3 nights at the Cape Hatteras Bed & Breakfast in Hatteras. 

The bed and breakfast was absolutely fabulous! It had a mini hotel feel with all of the rooms opening to the outside but still had the bed & breakfast feel as well. Perfect for us!

We arrived on Friday afternoon with just enough time to check-in, eat dinner at Diamond Shoals, and take an evening walk on the beach.

Saturday morning after breakfast we headed out on the road bikes to the end of Hatteras, jumped on a ferry over to Oakracoke Island, and then back over to Hatteras. The bike ride took almost all day because the ferry took way longer than we had anticipated. We ended up riding about 40 miles on the bike total. After we got back we got ready and headed to dinner at Rusty's Surf and Turf.

View from the back of the ferry

 Oakracoke Island

Some of the best shrimp and oysters ever!

Sunday we decided to be lazy all day and were literally beach bums! It was an absolutely beautiful day in Hatteras! Sunday night we ate dinner at The Sandbar & Grille. 

Monday we got up and went for a run before having our last breakfast and packing up. I think breakfast was my favorite part of the whole weekend. Virginia, the owner, knows how to cook up some amazing stuff!

We had a wonderful weekend and I still cant believe it has been three years!! We are looking forward to so many more.

The dogs stayed at Gma and Gpa Y's while we were gone and here is a little peek into how their weekend was...

Its official: they both LOVE the country!!


Exciting news

On the eve of our 3rd anniversary, the husband and I began talking about having children. I was having issues with my birth control and I really just wanted to get off of it. I knew it would make me feel better. I also knew that after I accomplished my half-ironman race that I wanted to take a step back from training with the hopes of beginning our family. 

I most definitely want to go back to running and triathlon and it's not that I have completely stopped. I have slowed my intensity and length of training to give my body a rest. 

The week after my big race I decided to finish my birth control pack and not begin the next month. I felt like we were still in the talking stages of having a baby but if it happened it would be the right time.

Our anniversary trip to the Outer Banks came up May 23-26, 2014. I was supposed to start my period that weekend. I knew something was up. The next week came and still nothing. I decided to order a few pregnancy tests with my normal monthly order from I took one that next Thursday afternoon after the box was delivered and then took a second one the next morning.

I cannot believe I am getting ready to type this and I am still in some sort of shock and disbelief. They both read PREGNANT. The first read 3 weeks and the second read 3+ weeks. WOW, that was fast! I cannot believe how fast it happened. We were not trying and not planning, we just weren't preventing either.

It seemed like it took forever for Charlie to get home from work that afternoon. All I could do was giggle. I was so nervous to tell him (I think he already had an inkling anyways). We laughed, hugged, and then just kind stared at each other. Then we ordered pizza from Marco's to celebrate! 

It is June 11 today and I am still waiting to go to my confirmation appointment. I am having such a hard time lying to people and trying to cover this up. I cannot wait to tell my parents and sister. My appointment is next Wednesday, June 18th where I am guestimating they will tell me I am 7 weeks along. We leave to go on vacation next Saturday the 21st so I have no choice but to tell my family then. I would never ever be able to pull off a whole week at the beach with no drinking over on them. They would know immediately!

We are excited, thrilled, scared, nervous, anxious, and amazed to be expecting our first child (well 3rd if you count dog children!)

I have been feeling pretty tired, a little nauseous, and having period-like symptoms off and on throughout each day. Some days are better than others. I haven't been exercising because of work schedule and I just can't make myself get up at 5am anymore. Hopefully I will get that motivation back soon. I am done with work after next Monday so I will have plenty of time to begin running and swimming again. Hopefully a weights class and yoga also.

So Cheers!! (with a glass of sparking juice) to a new member of the Yarb's family! I can't wait to post more! I am hoping to begin belly pics as well to document but those wont start until I get official word from the doctor!