“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I am still alive!!!

Family vacation in Colorado means no blogging or reading of blogs for Mandy.  I will be playing catch-up over the next week!  I'm looking forward to some laughs and smiles from all the blogs I follow!

I won't bore anyone with the minutia of my two weeks in Colorado.  Let's sum up...

I skied.  A lot.
Mark and I in the snow at Breckenridge

Lindsey and I - me with ice in my hair

Matt, Lindsey, Me and Mark at Beaver Creek the day we skied over 31,000 vertical feet.

Lindsey and I stealing a picture so that we could beat the boys on EpicMix points.
Then, at the end of our second trip to Breckenridge, I started feeling nauseous.  I didn't even try to eat the burgers my parents made for us all upon our return to the house.

I spent the next three days with a stomach virus.  I didn't eat or do anything resembling physical activity for THREE WHOLE DAYS.  And then, Avery got it too.  My husband flew home to Ohio, and came down with it the next day.  Awesome.

No long run for me, no hiking the ski slopes.  Just lots and lots of trips to the bathroom.  

As soon as I felt better though, I hiked the Golf Course at my parents house (8,200 feet above sea level). 
That smile is huge because I was so happy to be outside!
The next day, I skied in the morning (over 20,000 vertical feet), then hiked the Golf Course again in the afternoon.  
My Dad and I posed for a picture because it was such a nice day!
A view of the way I'd come on the hike...
The next, next day, my Dad and I skied 43,880 vertical feet, the most I've ever skied in a day!   

And then, I traveled alone on two planes with a toddler.  She did amazingly well.   Nonetheless, I'm not sure I ever want to do that again.  Ha.
I made you look good Mom.
Now???  I'm happy to be home, ran my long run like normal yesterday, and hiked again today.  Springlike weather in Ohio right now - perfect welcome home.

How have all of you been?  Any big races since I've been gone?

What's the longest you've ever gone without eating?  This was definitely a new record for me!


  1. The stomach viruses have been baaaaad this year. And why do they always hit during vacations???

    Congrats on all the skiing though, and on getting some good snow! I have a half-marathon in Utah next week--looking forward to it.

    1. Have a great race next week! I want to hear all about it!

  2. Sounds amazing! Other than the stomach flu... :( Thanks for the supportive comments!

  3. Sounds like loads of fun and great pics! Sorry you got sooo sick! The Bunny run went off without a hitch- I liked the old course location better, but this one allowed dogs! I started a new blog: livelikeabunny.blogspot.com Come follow me or add me to your reading list. Missed you!

  4. Your time in CO looks like so much fun minus the whole flu thing. Glad you enjoyed! I adore Breckenridge. Yay for Avery being a good girl on the plane!

  5. Missed reading your blog! The snow pics are beautiful!

  6. I think I refused to eat for 3 days post c-section. I wasn't hungry at all. Anyways, stop leaving me please.

  7. CO looks beautiful! I'm sorry you got sick there, that is no fun! The longest I've gone without eating is during labor, but only because nurses were there to stop me :)

  8. That's a whole lot of skiing! Wow! Sorry you got sick. I'll admit to telling Mark to step back when he mentioned it picking up Cassie. So much for his "bachelor" week!


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