Weekend Wrap up & Weekly Goals

Good morning!  Gosh, I haven’t been able to blog since Thursday…yikes!  We’re going camping this week, from Wednesday till Monday, so I won’t be able to blog either without Wifi.  I may schedule some posts to go up, we’ll see if I have time to do that before we go.

I had a really nice weekend, despite a mishap on Friday night.   So Friday I volunteered to go to the running store from 2-5 to pass out Packets to the people running the Hawkeye 25/50K race on Saturday.  That was so fun and I was very happy I was broke since I was in the running store eyeing the goods for 3 hours!

At 5 Abby and left and dropped off some prints for a client of mine (the photography business) on the way home.  She lives not far at all from the running store.  Then we headed down I-80 home when we started hearing a ticking sound coming from the car.  Then when I looked at the rear view mirror I could tell too much exhaust was coming out the back end of the car.  Just about the time I decided to pull it over, we had smoke (or steam not sure) coming out from under the hood too! :(

Turns out hubby found a big oil spot on the garage floor that we didn’t know about.  The heat gauge was all the way to HOT when I got it pulled over and my engine just died.  So I put it into neutral and pulled it as far off the shoulder as I could get.  I called hubby and then my dad who helped us out by paying for the tow (bless his heart, I owe him big time).  We also had a police officer stop and stay behind the car till the tow truck got there.  We might have had car troubles, but I still felt blessed beyond measure.  God really looks out for us.

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10

Hubby came and picked Abby and I up and then we met the tow truck at the auto shop.  Hopefully today I will hear some news about the car.
I took one photo of the interstate while we were sitting there.  It was quite scary because it was 5:00 traffic and they were flying by us.  The other shots are of the dog while we waited in our truck for the tow truck to get to the shop with my car.

I’m praying that it isn’t dead and that we can get it fixed.  Otherwise we’re going to have to look into buying another car, and I DO NOT want to do that.  Not only can we not really afford that right now, but I love the Kia and we haven’t even had it 2 years.

So by the time we got home it was 8pm and we still had to have dinner!  I whipped up a quick spaghetti dinner.  what a day. oy



Saturday we woke up early and headed to the race site.  I volunteered Ralph, Abby and myself to work the Aid station with Team RWB.  It was a really great day!  Check out how foggy it was on the way there:

Working an aid station was so fun.  I had never done that before.  I also think it was good for hubby to see what it’s like to be involved with being a runner, since he’s not a runner!   We were there from 7:30 till about 2ish.  It was a long, but rewarding day.  I also got to see my friend Michelle who was running the 25k!  Her hubby was in a horrific car wreck about 2 1/2 months ago and so she hasn’t really been training, but he bought her the registration for Valentine’s day and I’m so glad she went ahead and did it.  Great therapy!

Here’s some shots from the aid station.

Not sure what’s going on with my hair…lol  Michelle looks amazing and she’d already run 8 miles!!  I look like death by 8 miles hahaha

When we got home from the race Ralph made us turkey tenderloin sandwiches and then I changed clothes, did dishes and headed out for my 11 mile long run.  It was tough.  I’ll just be honest.  It was just not one of my better runs.

I did manage to get all 11 miles in, but man o man, I should not have done it after being at the aid station all day I don’t think.  My son rode his bike out to meet me at about mile 8, brought me more water and rode with me for the last 3 miles.  I walked a lot at the end.  But that’s ok.  I did it, when most were sitting on their couches, so I am happy with that!

I did, however, get a great sunset shot to share on the blog!  Isn’t it gorgeous.  God has a way of showing us beauty when we do not feel like going any more.  He encourages us daily if we look around to see it.

The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
Deuteronomy 32:4

When I got home we had friends come over to watch Friday’s episode of the Amazing Race, and then by time time I got to bed, I just collapsed! It was a VERY long day!

Sunday we went to church and had a very beautiful time there as well as at Home Group Bible study that evening at the Pastor’s home.  We had the Bible study and then we celebrated his mother in law’s 18th 81st birthday!

My goals this week are pretty simple really:

Monday: 5 mile run, go the the Gym to lift & work on abs & legs

Tuesday: Rest day.  Work on Pilates and stretching.  Work my volunteer job from 12-4
pack for camping

Wednesday: pack up the truck and get everything ready.  Head down to pick up the camper and get it set up at the campsite.  First camping trip of 2015!! I’m so excited!!  I have a 6 mile run that day too, which I will probably get up early and do before we do all the camping stuff…OR I may decide to wait till that afternoon so I can run at the campgrounds. (new routes are always good!)

Thursday: 4 mile run out at the campground, I have a client consult that evening so I’ll be heading back into town for that.

Friday: Rest Day.  Probably hiking with the kids at the campground.

Saturday: 11 mile long run, Senior boy photo shoot and resting at the campsite.  We have friends coming out on Friday to camp with us. So we’ll all be hanging out together.

So that’s pretty much my week in a nutshell.  I’m so extremely excited about going camping!!  Winter seems to last forever in Iowa and camping season seems so short.

Have you volunteered to work at Races?

Do you go camping?

What are your goals for this week?

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