Showing posts from September, 2015

George Washington's Mount Vernon….. Saturday

George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon began as a one and one-half story farmhouse built in 1735 by his father, Augustine, and received its well-known name during the ownership of his half-brother Lawrence. George acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the dwelling to create the resplendent 21-room residence we see today.
Even though the concierge almost made me cry when we arrived at our hotel at 11:40am by telling me the last shuttle to Mount Vernon had left at 11am and there was no need for me to try to go on there for the afternoon, we DID!  I think he could see the tears welling up in my eyes.  See I had a very detailed schedule of how we would see DC in 3 days and when he started telling me that there was no need to try to get to Mount Vernon for the afternoon, my brain was going crazy thinking about how my schedule was already going to be screwed up.  Anyway…. He finally suggested we take the metro subway half way and then a taxi from there t…

In the nick of time!

Washington,  DC & PA trip
Day 1 - what an early morning. Our flight out of New Orleans was scheduled for 7:20am so that meant leaving house at 3:45am.  I awoke around 3:20am and started watching the clock.  I kept waiting for Gary's alarm to go off but it never did so at 3:35am I got on up. I turned on then lights and started making coffee. I figured he would get on up but he was just a snoring. So I decided I was going to have to wake the sleeping bear.  He immediately assured me we had plenty of time. Which is odd for him cause he's always rushing me.
We left the house around 4:13am .... Already behind my planned schedule by almost 30 minutes. I drove as usual. It was a very quite drive. I was so very sleepy. I had not taken a shower which usually wakes me up. I didn't even put on makeup. All I did was brush my hair and teeth and slap on come comfy stretch pants with a T- shirt and I was ready. Basically kind of felt like a run day where I jump up and slap my clothes…

Virtual - A Star Wars Celebration of Life

My coworker just asked me what in the world a virtual is so I thought I'd write a quick post to explain it.  I have a little flyer posted in our break room at work advertising this virtual because it's a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital.  Over the past 3 years that I've ran as a hero for St. Jude.... meaning I run and raise money for them, I've begged for donations through all sorts of means.  I've learned that sometimes people like to get something in return for making a donation so I decided to do this virtual because everyone that signs up will get a nice medal.  
A virtual race is a race that can be ran, walked, biked, swam, skated, danced, etc. You do it at your own pace and your own location and you pick your activity.  And honestly.. you really don't have to do anything because no one is watching you.  :>) 
So here's my Virtual info: Calling all Jedi! It’s time to unite to fight the dark side (childhood cancer)! Grab your s…

Running to Win

Happy Sunday Peeps!

Earlier in the week I told some of my running buddies that I wanted to do a quick 5 minute devotion before our run on Sunday.  I normally do not run on Sundays because I love to go to church.  However, most long distance runners do run on Sunday.  I think they must get up extremely early if they make it to church because we started at 6am which meant me getting up at 5am to dress and drive 25 miles to where we were going to run and I did not make church.  
I actually woke up around 4:30am and starting watching the clock.  I guess I was excited.  Not sure why since I did a TRI yesterday and drove home from Gulf Shores afterwards but I was.  I was ready to do my 18 miles because the next time I have a really long run will be 20 miles and then it will be taper for the New York marathon!  Which means it's getting CLOSE.
I rolled out of bed at 4:45am and put a big crockpot of beef stew or vegetable soup as some call it on to cook so my hubby would have lunch.  He does …

Brett Robinson Costal Triathlon 2015 - Gulf Shores Alabama - The Hangout

What a weekend so far! 
Friday I traveled to Foley, Alabama to stay with a friend that recently moved there.  Well, actually December will be 1 year for her!  Hard to believe it's already been a year almost.  They normally camped 6 months out of the year at the beach so when they had the opportunity to sale their house and move they jumped on it.  They are in an awesome location! 5 minutes from the outlet and 20-25 minutes from the beach.  There are so many different places to run down there.  I know they are so happy they finally made the move.  I was beyond thankful that she let me stay with her for the race.  We haven't seen each other in months! It was so nice to visit with her and catch up.  Yes, we text and email but you don't really get to get all the details until you are face to face.  

Robbie and I at her house.  We had a nice lunch and looked at each others scrapbooks that we'd finished recently.  It was a very dreary day on Friday.  It rained off and on all d…

Why raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital?

I felt it fitting for me to write a blog note on why I raise money for St. Jude since the ladies group at my church has asked me to speak to them tomorrow night about just that.  I don't like to talk in front of a group of people really.  I get so nervous that I forget the "things" I want to say.  So maybe by writing this blog today, I'll be prepared tomorrow night.  :>)  
I'm not sure if there is a simple answer as to why I support St. Jude that would fit in one small sentence.  Let me first give you some background.  Maybe you know about St. Jude or maybe you know nothing.  For those that know much, please bare with me as I try to give a little history to those that don't.  
St. Jude was started in 1962 by Danny Thomas.  Click the link for a short video... History - St. Jude

I've visited this hospital and it's something you will never forget.  I was very lucky to get a tour in 2013. The St. Jude Statue standing out front is huge.  The hospital is si…

3 Day Weekend - Labor Day 2015

What is labor day? The most important thing to me is that it means 3 day weekend. :>)  Labor day is the first Monday is September and was set to honor the American labor movement.  For me it means getting in extra running miles this Monday.  Normally Monday is my REST day but due to a TRI coming up next Saturday, I need to get some extra miles in during the week.  I'm not sure how that's going to go because today was brutal.  I believe today was the hottest LSD training run that I've done a long time.  

We had a good group this morning. I was thinking it would be just me and Frank because we have several team members out of town for the long weekend.  However we had some non-team members join us today.  It was nice to have fresh faces to talk to.  :>)  Here's a picture of our group at 6am (11 of us).  

We had 8 - 19 milers in this group.  It was a nice variety of runners.  We also saw Jenn & Bubba as they were getting ready to start their 5 hour bike ride so I …