Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to all the bloggers in America! I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday. We spent the evening at a river front park that sponsors a festival every year with carnival games and food vendors. There is a fountain where the children frolic and play. Then the symphony plays patriotic music while the fire works go off over the water. Mom came with us and we met up with several groups of friends, some of whom we planned to meet, and some who just happened to be there. We all had a lovely time, with plenty of food and good company.
The kids all enjoyed themselves completely. Poor Sydney passed out cold about halfway through the fireworks and had to be carried back to the car at the end of the night. There is something very sublime about cradling a sleeping child in the middle of a bustling event. I know I won't get many more opportunities, so I'm trying to savor each one. Anna's friend Sierra was there with her mom who is one of my running partners. She had family in town as well, so there were quite a few of us gathered together.
I got up this morning for a run and got in a quick 6 miles. I've been trying hard to decide what to do about fall marathons this year, and I'm having trouble. I did two marathons three years ago, but for the past two years, I've only done halves. The first time because I was having back issues, and last year, just for a change of pace. I enjoy the half marathon distance, but I kind of miss the long marathon training runs. That sounds silly, doesn't it? I shouldn't miss a grueling 20 mile run. So we've been discussing the possibility of doing the marathon, but as a run/walk this year instead of a run. It would be something new to try, but might not be as taxing as trying to run the whole thing. We did the run this morning that way, and the time was about the same, but I'm less tired than I usually am. I'm having my running partner read the book that explains the theory of the run/walk and we'll take it from there.
Not much on the quilting front. I finished the binding on the OC and the log cabin quilt and got in a little practice on hand quilting using my new thimble lady thimble. So far so good, although I haven't quite got my rhythm down yet.


Julie said...

Your post reminds me of a time when Joy (my daughter, now 11) told me, "Mommy, my wegs are wobbewy." b/c she was so tired after a similar event. We still say that in our family as an indicator that we are really tired. LOL.

Michelle said...

The picture of your family is just precious! Love the quilt too! :)

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

I wanted to start off the same way michelle did----that family picture is a treasure!!! :0) So glad you were all able to kick back and enjoy!

Regarding running---*chuckle* you know only "we runners" understand the enjoyment of a QUICK 6 miles; the joy of running a Half (and yes, I agree, that 13 miles is a GREAT race to really enjoy and go for a PR), and besides, it doesn't take a whole lot of training unless you really were running it as a "race." However, whoe---the marathon---yup. That takes full-blown dedication and training. About the run/walk; I've also heard of the method, but haven't read much into it. I'm more of a "slow-n-steady" marathoner (4:58 last year, jogging MOST of it).

Come know you want another marathon notch on your belt :0)

Meisje said...

The only problem with the picture is that you're not in it! Next year give me the camera.

Kathy Wagner said...

I love that photo of your family on your quilt! It would have been perfect if you were in it too!