Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Very Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone! Hope you all are able to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. We had a GREAT Christmas this year. 

We woke up and opened presents at our house and then headed over to my sisters house (still in our pajamas) to open presents with my family and have breakfast. My sister made chocolate chip pancakes (which were ahhh-mazing!!), eggs, and seasoned potatoes. 

It was so fun to watch the kids open their presents and get so excited over everything. Everything except, my presents. I've gotten them saving bonds for every birthday and Christmas since they were born. They definitely don't notice (or miss) a gift from me since they have such a large family (including FOUR sets of grandparents!!) but on their 18th birthday, I'm sure they'll be thrilled with the $$ that's piled up. My niece some how managed to con 'Mr. Sprinkles-and-Glitter' into opening her Barbie dream house for her- which came with approx. 340,940,038 different pieces that all had to be individually cut off and opened. I don't know how he did it- but she patiently waited as he cut off and opened each little piece.

My family knows me so well and wrapped all of my presents in wrapping paper that had cupcakes on it!! It was seriously awesome! 

'Mr. Sprinkles-and-Glitter' totally spoiled me and hooked me up with a TON of great stuff I'm going to need for this upcoming year/ Ironman! He gave me tires, pedals and shoes (that are all blue and match!) for my bike- so I could stop using the mountain biking pedals and his old mountain biking shoes! 
He also got me another iPod since mine has worked in forever and I may or may not have lost it. So I am totally pumped to try everything out on my bike and go out for a long run and test out the iPod. (Just need to have him install everything and then figure out to work the iPod for me;) I don't know what I would do without him!!) 

After we finished with the presents, the boys started building a swing set for my niece and nephew in the backyard and we may-or-may-not have had a dance party to a beat similar to 'hot-cross-buns' with my niece, where she instructed us to do the can-can and ring-around-the-rosey. I'm pretty sure there is video of this somewhere, I'll have to try to find it. 

After the dance party
Once we left my sisters house, we came home and did nothing but play with all our new stuff, eat way to much candy, and watched a movie. It was great. 

What did you guys do for Christmas? Hope you all had a great Christmas too!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Party at my house!

I had to work a half day today and when I got off I finished some shopping (horrible idea to wait to the last minute! I tell myself every year I'm not going to wait till the last minute... but there I was, Christmas Eve- waiting in a line a mile long to check out. Maybe next year...)

Once I finally made it home and got all my gifts wrapped (Yes, I am the world's biggest procrastinator), me and 'Mr-Sprinkles-and-Glitter' started cooking. This picture pretty much sums up how all the cooking goes in our house. I am really excited and pretend like I know what I'm doing- but in reality, he does all the hard work. ;) I did however manage to break our garbage disposal! After 7 years of Jasen telling me not to put potato skin down the disposal... I now know why. (A full bottle of Drain-O and 36 hours later- it was back up and running!:))

A few days ago, me and 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' were picking up a couple things at Basha's and I saw these really super cute Santa paper plates- I thought they would be so great for our Christmas Eve dinner. I ended up not buying them because I got distracted by witnessing a lady 'texting-while-pushing-her-shopping-cart' knock over an entire display of 2 liter soda's and she flooded the aisle!! 

Well, I really didn't want to do dishes couldn't get over how cute those plates were, and I looked at other stores- but they didn't have anything other than red or green paper plates- BOOOORING!! So, 3pm on Christmas Eve I went back to Basha's and bought the super cute Santa plates WITH the matching napkins! :)

Super cute plates right?!

After we ate dinner, the real excitement started: cookie decorating! I don't know what happened with the cookies- I used the store brand sugar cookie dough, and when I baked them- they blew up! You couldn't even tell what shape they were supposed to be. :/

The 9 different kinds of sprinkles were definitely a hit with the kids! Apparently the proper ratio of sprinkles to cookie is 5:1. ;)
I promise there is a cookie somewhere under those sprinkles! 
Also caught my niece red-handed eating the frosting out of the bowl! LOL!

I may or may not have put the frosting's in the little bags and forgot to close them all the way so when they went to ice their cookies frosting came out both ends all over their hands. Just a little large, colorful, sticky mess- no biggie! Several paper towels later.....  ;)

All the cookies are decorated, we've left some out for Santa- with the world's largest cup of milk- full to the tip-top, and are off to bed. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Desert Classic 30K Race Recap

I knew I wanted to do a race in December- there are so many fun ones right before the holidays and I wanted to get in a least 1 more race before my next full marathon in January. I started going through all the upcoming races: Santa Shuffle 5K, 12 K's of Christmas, Reindeer Run, etc. They all seemed EXTREMELY fun, but were really short and a bit pricey. Then I stumbled upon the Arizona Road Racers Desert Classic 30K for $35 dollars- SOLD! 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and I immediately signed up for it!

Us after the race in our race shirts
The race started at 8:00am and we got there about 7:30. We got our shirts, chips, and race numbers and still had plenty of time to spare. Everything was VERY organized, and the shirts were pretty cool. All the girls got pink and the boys got blue. I was SO cold when we first got there that I put the shirt on over my tank top to try and keep warm and ended up keeping it on for the entire race. 

Since it was a smaller race, the 5K, 10K, Relay, and 30K all started at the same time. It was an out and back course along a canal- which meant it was a very flat and easy course. Surprisingly, it wasn't crowded at all! And the small group of people I did see around me, got smaller and smaller as we passed the 5K turn-around point and then the 10K turn-around point. 

I absolutely LOVED this race! (I seriously think I did so well because of the massive amounts of cupcakes I consumed the night before while celebrating National Cupcake Day. I may need to start including a cupcake or three in my pre-race meals! ;)

The weather was beyond perfect once the race started- it was cool with a slight breeze. The course was great- since it was along a canal you didn't have to worry about cars or anything and could really just zone out and run.

Something that I really think made this run so great (besides the cupcakes) was my pre-race dinner the night before. The last few races I've done I've eaten a steak with a baked potato- since it's what 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' eats before a race and he LOVES it- it really works for him. Well, the night before this race we went out on a date to the Italian restaurant we both used to work at and I ended up getting what I used to get before all my races: rigatoni pasta with broccoli and chicken- no sauce. I will be sticking with this from now on. It really works for me. I never felt tired or like I wanted to quit and didn't have any issues like I did in Las Vegas.

I was shocked at how great I felt during the entire race. Usually, as I'm running and I pass the mile markers I think 'Oh my gosh.... I'm ONLY at mile 5?!?!'  but during this race, every time I looked down at my watch (there were no mile markers) I was shocked at how far I was and thought 'I'm already at mile 7?! What?!' The miles seriously were flying by and I was on cloud 9. Since it was an out and back course, I was able to pass our friend, Brady and Jasen and give them both high 5's! Once I hit 13 miles, I knew I only had a little over 5 miles to go and decided to pick up the pace. (I have no idea how fast I was going because my watch went crazy for this race with the pace and just kept increasing my pace 5 seconds every mile I ran... and it had me starting out with an 8:06 minute mile-which doesn't happen except for in my dreams.) 

What sucked is that when I was coming up on mile 16, I was running head first for the finish line. I thought there was no way I already ran 18.6 miles and was already done. But as I got closer and closer, I began to think maybe my watch was wrong on the mileage and time too and I really was done..? Boy that was that a real funny joke! Right when I was about 10 yards from the finish line about to start waving my hands in the air like I just don't care I see 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and he tells me we make a sharp turn and we still have 2 miles to go. (Yes, that's right, 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' finishes the race himself and then waited for me and ran the last 2 miles with me- he is amazing!!) I still was feeling great and told 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' that so he began to push the pace. We talked about how his race went and he continued to pick up the race. Once we were less than a mile away from the finish line 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' told me to finish with nothing left in me and to try and push a sub-8 minute pace. I felt like I was sprinting the entire time but just tried to stay beside him, it felt AMAZING! 

Once it was over, I seriously wished it was a marathon because I wanted to keep running and felt SO great. 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and I made our way to some chips and water and left. We stopped and got some food at a Four Peaks and headed home. 

I wish I would have picked up the pace before mile 13. I have a tendency to go out really slow and conservative until I am almost done because I'm scared I will run out of energy and not be able to finish. I have no idea why- I've never not finished a race?

I will be doing this run again! It was great- cheap, flat, easy, amazing weather, and not too crowded... what else could you ask for in a race?! 

Do you prefer smaller or bigger races? 

Have you ever done a fun run? Like the 'Santa Shuffle'?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

One of my FAVORITE days of the year!!!

Happy National Cupcake day everyone!! I hope everyone is out celebrating and enjoying TONS of delicious cupcakes- I know I am! :)

Do you see my penguin on a cupcake ornament?! It's my favorite! :)
Craziest thing, when me and Jasen went to our cupcake store- they had NO CLUE it was National Cupcake day!?!? Shouldn't that be discussed in the employee training or something? Hopefully next year, they get their stuff together and have a huge party or free cupcakes or something. 

Two years ago, (before there was the most amazing/delicious/cutest cupcake store 1 mile from our house- that apparently I refer to as "our cupcake store") I went a little crazy and made a TON of cupcakes to celebrate: funfetti and chocolate!

I didn't get a picture of the finished product, probably because my hands were covered in frosting and I was too busy eating them all!! :) Definitely one of the best days of the year! :)

Happy Celebrating!!! :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Last of Las Vegas

Monday was our last day in Vegas. We packed up, checked out, and headed to meet Brianne for lunch at her work.

Brianne works at a make-up store, and when we stopped in before lunch I felt like I was in make up heaven! I wanted everything. She definitely hooked us up with some major discounts too! Thanks Brianne! :)

Once we got our awesome make-up, we headed over to ' The Meatball Spot' for lunch. It's exactly what you think it is: your choice of meatballs and sauce. I got a meatball sandwich and it was AMAZING! Everyone LOVED it. We will definitely be going back there the next time we are in Vegas.

We chatted it up for a bit, walked Brianne back to work, and then said good-bye. 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and I hopped in my car, Herbie, and took off on the 5 hour road trip home. Luckily, we survived going over the new, terrifying bridge over the Hoover Dam... always a plus! ;)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Vegas Race Recap

Sunday was the day of the half marathon, it didn't start until 4:30pm and I've never done a night race before, so I wasn't really sure what to do all day. I decided to make 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' match me, and just followed his lead. :)

My tutu didn't have all the cookies on it yet. And that was the 'run happy' beanie he won.
We slept in, and then got up and set out to eat breakfast and get stuff to make sandwiches for lunch. We got the sandwich stuff and settled on Ihop for breakfast. It took FOR-EV-ER!! It took so long that we ended up not even making the sandwiches later on.

After the worlds-longest-breakfast, we went back to the hotel and watched football. (Let me rephrase, the boys watched football and I worked on my costume some more. Yes, I am a procrastinator ok?) I also gave in and took some really-awesome pictures with 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' that he had been BEGGING me to take with him. ;)

This is our 'ganster' face. Obviously, I nailed it
 Before I knew it, it was time to get ready and head down to the start. It was pretty windy, so I was nervous about how my cookies and tutu would hold up... 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' REFUSED to dress up as a giant cookie but did end up wear a cookie on his race belt. It was adorable! 

Jay and Anna dropped us off at the start and we immediately got into the super long lines for the bathroom and headed to our corrals. (Since Jasen is super-duper fast he was in #5 and I was in #12.) He dropped me off in #12 and kept on going to #5.

The last time we were in Vegas we took a picture in the Hooters car, so we had to keep with tradition!
The timing really worked perfectly. I think I waited in my corral for maybe 10 minutes before the start. As we slowly made our way towards the start line, I jumped out and used the port-a-potties one more time. (Only in Vegas would they have hot-pink port-a-potties!)

I quickly got back in the front of my corral and some-guy-dressed-as-elvis counted us down, and off we went.

The wind was insane. 5 minutes in, I was already looking ahead for the turn-around point because I wasn't sure how much longer I could make it. The turn-around was no where in sight.... so I did the next best thing. I found the tallest, biggest guy I could and ran behind him. It worked like a charm too! Added bonus, he was totally going my pace!

It was so cool to run down the Las Vegas strip at night. We ran past the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign and runners were actually stopping and waiting in line to get their picture taken in from of it! We also ran by the Pawn Stars shop and runners were stopping and going in there too. (When people said they just run this race for fun- they literally were not kidding!!)

I saw SOO many Elvis costumes and someone dressed up as 'that-guy-from-the-Hangover'. I eventually lost my wind-breaker-dude and was on my own. :( However, it was beyond great to have so many people scream out "GO COOKIE MONSTER!" or "Coooookies!!" at me and definitely made me smile.

This was not my best race by far- my stomach started hurting about half way through and never stopped. I had brought a water bottle with me (after hearing the horror stories about the water last year), but still needed to used the water stations to refill it. (I don't know if that's what caused my stomach issues but they didn't start until after I started drinking the Vegas water. It could all be coincidence though...) All the volunteers were awesome at the aid stations and were non-stop cheering for everyone- it really helps, especially when you want to quit. I also grabbed a Gu at an aid station (I have NEVER used GU's in my life, but I figured it couldn't make matters worse.)

One thing I thought was weird, were the mile markers. I didn't see one mile marker until we reached mile 9 and even then there wasn't an actual 'marker', it was a lady at a corner screaming "THIS IS MILE 9! YOU HAVE REACHED 9 MILES!" I had my GPS watch so I guess I wasn't really 'looking' for them, and it was dark- but usually they are pretty obvious.  Then at  mile 11, I think the marker fell over or something because it was some spectator trying his hardest to hold up the sign in the crazy wind.

The last 2 miles were amazing. We merged with the full-marathon runners and were headed back on the strip. People were on both sides of the road and on all the bridges cheering and screaming for all the runners. We were SO close, and yet I was still barely moving.

Once we reached the last mile, I forced myself to pick up the pace. I just kept telling myself 'Run as fast as you can for 10 minutes and it will be over'. I could see the finish line and was getting closer to it. I heard a familiar voice scream out "HEY COOKIE MONSTER! GO COOKIE MOSTER!" I turned and saw Jay and Anna screaming and waving to me!!

Pretend the sweat isn't there
 SO awesome to see them, and definitely kept me going. I was so close to the finish line and I knew 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' would be there waiting so once again, I tried to pick up the pace.

I finally finished. 2:28. It wasn't the PR I was hoping for but with the crowds, crazy wind, and stomach-ache I did the best I could. All I wanted to do was sit down once I finished, but I couldn't. They fence in all the runners and you're forced to keep walking. They give you your medal, some water, chocolate milk, gatorade, food, and everything else you could want (but didn't want to carry) except cupcakes- no one ever has cupcakes!

 I finally made my way out and found 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter'. I was able to sit down on a curb for about 2 minutes while Jay and Anna made their way over to us.

Guess what they brought us?! CUPCAKES!! I was SO excited to see cupcakes them!! I again, just wished I could sit down so I could eat them!

They had Sprinkles ANNNND glitter on them! My favorite!
 We then had to walk 2.68 miles back to the car parked at Hooters. (Yes, I know exactly how far it was because I forgot to turn off my watch. Opps!) We grabbed our wallets, left the tutu, and headed inside for dinner.

We ordered our food and I was seriously not feeling well. (I think 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' could tell right away, because he kept asking me it I was OK.)

Right after our food came out, I knew I was going to be sick. I went to the restroom and THANK GOSH it was empty. (I could already hear the jokes about the Cookie Monster loosing her cookies). I felt a MILLION times better!

When I got back to the table 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' asked if I wanted to leave and go back to the room. I told him I felt SO much better and was ready to win all my money back!! Yeah.... $40 dollars lost at roulette later... I was broke and ready to leave.

'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter's' friend Brianne lives in Vegas, and met up with us for some late night gambling. Once we headed back to the room, we were all hungry again and decided to go get food. Our first choice of Weinerschnitzel was closed. We went to a small bar and realized I forgot my ID at the room and Jay only had a paper ID (long story) that they wouldn't accept. So, we got kicked out.

Moving right along, we found a Buffalo Wild Wings and again got rejected with my lack of ID and Jay's paper ID. However, they said we could get to-go. SOLD! 1 hour and 20 minutes later..... (I really wish I were kidding here) we had our food and headed back to the room.

We ate our food so fast and immediately went to bed, it was only 3-something in the morning. This is what everyone does in Vegas right? ;)

We leave tomorrow and I'm super bummed. I've had such a blast here! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Viva Las Vegas!

This weekend 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter's' friends, Jay and Anna, went up to Las Vegas to celebrate their wedding anniversary and we got to tag along! Not only did we tag along for the fun, but we both ran the Rock n' Roll half marathon!!

View from our room
We left for Vegas after work on Friday and got up there around 10. They were already there and checked in, so we dropped off our bags and headed to Hooters for dinner. (Keepin' it classy here! :))
The highlights of Hooters would probably be that Jasen (aka Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter) ate wings that the waitress told him were "80% butter" and he said that was under estimating!! GROSS! And then the small fact that I lost $100 dollars playing roulette in less than 10 minutes- no joke! I bet on black every time and it never once hit- the second I lose all my money and stop playing.... BLACK! 

The next day, we had to go to the expo to pick up our race packets. On our way there, we decided to stop and get lunch. Someone threw out the word buffet, and next thing you know I'm three plates in ending with this beauty. 
Best pre-race fuel ever! ;)
I was so surprised at how organized the packet pick up and race expo was! I had read a lot of not so great reviews of the Vegas race, so I was pleasantly surprised. 

*Added bonus, I got an email saying that the coupon code I used was for "NYC marathoners" only and would be required to show our NYC registration when we picked up our packets....??! Neither me nor Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter were signed up to run the NYC marathon. I freaked, and when I called they informed me I would have to pay the 20% I saved. Bummer.... big $70 dollar bummer! 

Well when we got there and picked up our bibs, they gave them to us- with a big red piece of paper saying to verify our NYC registrations- and never got asked for any sort of verification or payment. It all happened so quickly I didn't even realize we were done with everything (and got out of paying) until we were walking into the 'expo' area. Not having to pay the $70 dollars was awesome! (Let's not forget about the $100 I lost at Hooters, ok?)

I tried to get Jasen to pose like the guitar guy, but he wouldn't go for it
So, we made our way into the expo and wandered around. There was an extremely large, weird looking bus in the middle expo and the company Brooke's had sponsored a whole carnival set up- complete with games and prizes! We of course, signed up and headed over to the prize area. (I saw they were giving out blue sunglasses (that would TOTALLY match my Cookie Monster costume), and immediately crossed all my fingers and toes that I would win those. Again, remembering what happened last night at Hooters, I knew luck was not on my side and I made both Anna and Jasen promise that if either won them, they would trade with me.)

Jasen won a t-shirt, but all they had was small so he got a super cool, bright blue beanie that says 'run happy' on it. And me? What did I win? ....The Cookie Monster blue SUNGLASSES! You would have thought I just won a million dollars I was so excited! Anna won the sunglasses too and we immediately opened them and tried them out. 

This was us, in front of the weird bus with our totally-awesome, Cookie-Monster-blue sunglasses and some random glass we found? (Seriously though, what's up with the bus?! Look at the dudes super-buff arm and then his face. And what is that long thing on the right? A sword?!)
As if winning the coolest sunglasses ever wasn't enough, I saw one of my blog/running idols, SkinnyRunner!! (She is a crazy-fast marathoner- who has actually WON marathons!) I knew she was going to be at the expo that day, but I for sure thought we were too late and missed her. I literally freaked when I saw her and Anna was the one who convinced me into going over to her and asking for a picture. Thank gosh she did! 

Not only did I meet her and take a few pictures with her, but I freaking made it onto her blog!! I know, I still can't believe it either!

Pulling an "LC"
Best expo ever! I saved money, won free stuff, and met one of my idols. What more could you ask for?!

After the expo, we headed to OutBack for some real race fuel. We ended up getting free appetizers because they set us at a table and had to ask us to move one table over. We hadn't even ordered our drinks and literally had to walk MAYBE 6-feet but if they wanted to give us free apps, we definitely were not going to argue.

After OutBack, we went back to our hotel and watched a movie while I finished up my costume. Can't wait to show you my home-made Cookie Monster costume in the next post!! :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope everyone had a great day eating tons of good food. :)

This year, since it was only 4 days after Ironman, 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and I decided we would do Thanksgiving at our house- just the two of us. (We did it last year and it was great! Plus the left overs are amazing!) 

Well, Wednesday rolled around, and we still hadn't bought any of the groceries. So, we decided it would be easier if we just went to my sisters house and eat all her food. I told her I would bring deviled eggs, green bean casserole, and a pumpkin cheesecake. 

I woke up on Thanksgiving, and poor 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' was sick! Not only was he sick, but he couldn't taste anything- worst kind of sickness to get on Thanksgiving, right?! 

I made all the stuff I was supposed to and packed up and headed over to my sisters sans 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter'. (But I did promise to bring him lots of left overs!) I should have known the way things were going to turn out at my sisters house when she called me on the way asking me to bring some forks....?!?! 

Dinner turned out to be surprisingly good- considering the fact that when my mom called my sister the night before Thanksgiving, and my sister still had the turkey in the freezer?! (She's pretty new to the whole cooking/hosting gig.) 

I did get the best seat at the table (and one of the few REAL seats- others used camping chairs, an office chair, and an ottoman) and was able to sit next to my 4-year-old niece, who did not want any of the food we had there and wanted the only thing we didn't have: broccoli  She also told me she didn't like the whipped cream I put on top of her chocolate milk- after she ate it all off. Kids.... :)

After dinner was done, my sister literally packed our things for us and kicked us out. You see, she is one of those crazy people who goes and waits in line for ridiculous amounts of time on Black Friday.... or I guess Black Thursday now since it starts on Thanksgiving?! She loves waiting in these long lines with complete strangers all night- but do you think she came with me when I went to register for Ironman?! Nope. I told her it would be a like a 'practice round' of Black Friday, but she didn't buy it. Even though, a couple years ago she some how forced me into going with her. I ended up freezing- even though I had 20 layers on, and sleeping on my yoga mat on the sidewalk outside of Target. Oh, it was great. Then when we finally got in (6 hours later...), we both were buying a TV they were having a really good sale on, and some crazy-lady tried to steal our cart, saying we stole her TV. Like I said, it was real great. While she kicking us out, we snapped a couple photos and I headed home.

My niece, me, my sister, my mom, and my adorable nephew (LOVE his smile- haha!!)

Me and my lovely sister
 When I got home, I gave 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' the left overs- along with some homemade chicken noodle soup, and forced asked him to take a picture with me. And why yes, I did have the zoom all the way on- but beggars can't be chooser can we?! ;)

This is quality folks. If anyone needs photos taken... you know who to call! ;)


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jasen's Post

Usually, when I get to work in the morning, I have time to check my email, Facebook, blog-stalk, etc. Well, I had a meeting right when I got in, and was swamped ever since. I got a text from my best friend saying something like "OMG! What Jasen posted on Facebook about you was the sweetest thing ever!!" I told her I hadn't seen it and she told me to drop everything and go look. I was on the phone with a doctor, so I pulled up Facebook on my phone. 

I had to stop reading it, because I started crying and was trying to talk to the doctor I still had on the phone. Once I finished that phone call I read the entire thing and could not stop crying. He is seriously the sweetest thing ever!! This is what I read.....

I still get teary-eyed every time I read it. This is the sweetest thing I have ever read! Am I not so lucky that I'm engaged to this boy and get to be with him forever?! I don't know what I did to deserve someone like this, but I am so grateful that I found him and for some crazy reason he puts up with me!! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

I'm officially broke and have nothing to show for it

*A little background information on Ironman events: they are extremely popular and there are only 2 ways you can register for it:

1. Volunteer at the previous years Ironman and then get priority registration. Priority registration means that you are guaranteed a spot in the next years events. So, you have to volunteer at the previous years event (like I did yesterday) and then you still have to go down and wait in a ridiculously long line the next day, with all the other volunteers registering. (This is by far the best way to go about it! You are guaranteed a spot.)

Option #2, is general registration open to the public, which is done online. Very convenient, however, it doesn't open until noon, after all the volunteers are registered, and it sells out VERY quickly. This year, it sold out in 40 SECONDS!! (Wouldn't recommend going this route... You blink, you miss it.)

So, we all know I went with door number 1. I volunteered bright and early at yesterdays Ironman and then had the pleasure of waking up bright and early again today, to go back down to Tempe Town Lake and wait in a ridiculously long line.... for OVER THREE HOURS!! Luckily, I have the best boyfriend ever and he volunteered to go with me and keep me company. (Ok, that is a lie, he went down there to wait in an equally long line to buy some really awesome finisher gear and clothing. But once he finished that he did come keep me company for the last hour in line! :))

I thought that since registration didn't open until 8am, us getting there at 5:30 would make it to where I was one of the first people in line and we would get in and get out. Boy was I wrong!! The first guy in line had been there since 3:30am!! I've never in my life seen a line like this, it was never ending! It was also EXTREMELY slow moving. 

But I finally got up to the registration tent and my heart was racing- I felt like I was about to jump in the water for the actual Ironman event. I had dreamt of this moment for SO long and it was finally here! I walked in to the registration tent like I owned the place, not knowing what to expect but expecting something good- like a live band and cupcakes or something.

They asked me to write my name, date of birth, and email address on a small scrap of paper. I quickly wrote it down then was told to wait in ANOTHER LINE. This was the line leading up to the people with the computers who actually take your money and register you.

I got up there, handed her my piece of paper with my information and she started entering everything in on the computer. THIS was it, I was registering for my first IRONMAN! 

Once she was done typing my whole life story processing the payment, she asked if I wanted to take picture on my phone of the registration confirmation, I told her no because my phone takes such crappy photos it wouldn't have turned out anyways. She told me I would get emailed the confirmation as well as the rest of the registration information. 

That was it. It was done.
No confetti fell from the ceiling, no live bands, and unfortunately, no cupcakes.I didn't even get anything to take with me besides my little scrap piece of paper with my own information on it.

So I left $708 dollars broker (I know it's not a real word- just go with it) and nothing to show for it but my scrap piece of paper and the free Ironman chap-stick they handed out while I was waiting in line. 

But, I am officially registered for the 2013 Arizona Ironman!! Yay!! :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jasen's Ironman Recap!

Yesterday was one of the longest days of my life! Therefore, this may be the longest post in my life! 

 We woke up at 4:15am and left the house by 5. Once we got down to Tempe Town Lake, I had to go volunteer "Body Marking" and Jasen went to drop off his bags and get ready.

In order to guarantee entry into next years Ironman race, I had to volunteer at the this years event.
When I signed up for 5am shift of "Body Marking", I didn't really think much of it (I mean how hard is it to write a number a someones arms and legs with a sharpie?!) Let me just say, I don't think I will be doing body marking again...

Everything started out fine, I waved my sharpie in the air and waited for athletes to come over and tell me their number. I wrote their number on both arms and  their age on their left calf. (For some strange reason, instead of pulling up their left pant leg, most men would just drop their sweat pants down to the ground? Is this normal?!) And if I had a dollar for every time someone would make a joke about "I don't typically drop my pants this fast..." or "I can't believe I'm dropping my pants for someone I barely know..." I'd probably have about 50 bucks!

So there I was, marking bodies, pretending to laugh at the 'pant-dropping' jokes- when an older athlete, with a really thick accent came over and asked me to mark him. He had a really bad runny nose (like it was running down his chin) and was only wearing shorts. I quickly marked him and moved on to the next. (Business was picking up since it was getting closer to the start time and more athletes were arriving) I was able to mark Jasen and chatted with him in between marking athletes. Next thing I know, the guy with the runny nose and accent is back with an industrial size tub of Vaseline...?! His accent was thick all I could make out was him shoving the tub at me saying "Do my back?" 

I about died. I looked over a Jasen, but he was trying not to laugh and avoided making eye contact with me. I was a VOL-UN-TEER, so I couldn't really say no, could I? So, there I am rubbing Vaseline all over Mr. Runny Nose with no glove or anything. (Did I mention I won't be doing body marking again?!) 

Shortly after I was done with the Vaseline, it was getting REALLY close to the start time. I had to make a mad-dash to the truck to get my camera and then come back and find Jasen (in a sea of 2,000 athletes all in black wet suits with the same colored caps on!) We had just enough time to take a couple pictures and I gave him one last kiss before he made his way to the water.

I know I look weird, I had the car keys, my phone, and my (Vaseline-covered) Sharpie all in my jacket pocket

Then I made my way through the ridiculous crowd to try and get a couple pictures of the swim start. I knew I wasn't going to see much (and I sure-as-heck wasn't going to spot Jasen out there) so I left and waited where the athletes would exit the water. Since it's a 2.4 mile swim, I had plenty of time to eat the bagel I brought and hear the entire life story of the lady next to me.

This is the crazy swim start, also known as "The Washing Machine"

I knew about what time Jasen was going to be finishing the swim, and I was ready. I saw him and started screaming and taking a million pictures. I was screaming "GO BABE! GO JASEN!" so loud, I was sure everyone there could hear me, and Jasen was literally a foot in front of me and never saw me or heard me- even though I was jumping up and down, ringing a cow bell, and screaming my lungs out.
Can you believe he didn't see me?!
Once he passed me, I rushed over to the bike exit and waited for him to change and grab his bike. I was able to climb onto a semi-truck's bumper and get some pictures of him running out. This time Jasen actually heard me screaming and waved!! :)

Since the bike portion is 112 miles I knew I had some time to kill. Luckily for the spectators, they do three 38 mile loops, so you are able to sit in the same spot for 6 hours and see them quite a few times. Luckily for me, I have the most amazing friends, and one of them came down with her daughter to hang out with me. We walked  a part of the run course so I could write more "GO JASENS!!" along the way. I am so grateful they were able to come for a couple hours, it really helped the time go by. 

Shortly after they left, I found a spot along the bike course and ate the lunch I brought. Not long after I finished Jasen came flying by on his bike. I rang my cowbell SO hard and screamed at the top of my lungs! Once again, he saw me and smiled and waved. 

I saw him again, on the second loop, and then made my way to meet another friend and find a spot along the run course. Again, luckily for the spectators, the 26.2 mile run course was three 8.5 mile loops around Tempe Town Lake. We were lucky enough to find a pretty open spot right next to the a bridge that crossed the lake. That meant we got to see him run by, then we would walk across the bridge and see him run by again on the same loop.

Still looking awesome after 100-something miles....
Since it was getting closer to him finishing, a couple more of our friends showed up to cheer him on and watch him finish. 

Ironman races, have the best website that allow you to track your athletes along the course and see where they are. For the run portion, there was a check point every 1.8 miles. Once he passed us for the last time we made our way to the finish line and got a pretty good spot right at the last corner before the finish line.
Happy to see his friends
At this point I was checking the tracker website every 2 minutes. It said he was still at mile 22. I kept checking it and it still said mile 22?! I was getting worried after it had been over 20 minutes and it still said mile 22. I checked it again, for the millionth time in the same minute, and it jumped to him passing the 26 mile mark! I kept yelling "He's coming! he's coming!" to all of our friends there and got the camera ready. 

A couple minutes later he turned the corner and came down the final stretch and crossed the finish line. He finished in just under 13 hours. I got a video of him running by us, lucky for YOU, everyone else is screaming like crazy so you can't really distinguish which crazy-scream is mine. ;) Once he passed us we all rushed over to the finish line to find him and congratulate him. 

I was BEYOND excited to finally see him, and the second I finally saw him coming out I ran through the crowd to gave him the biggest hug. I was so incredibly proud of him and amazed at what he had just accomplished. 
We hung out with our friends for a little bit, had to get all of Jasen's stuff together, and then went and got some food. When we finally got home at about 10pm, I was so tired. I went straight to bed, since I knew we would be waking up at 5am the next morning (more on that in the next post...) but Jasen was still so pumped I think he stayed up all night? Once he finally did lay down, it was 5am and  time to wake up again!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Chalk it up...

So tomorrow is the big race day- not for me but for my fiance, Jasen (AKA Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter). 
He is doing his 1ST IRONMAN!! 
I really cannot believe that it's already here, I don't think he can either since he has been extremely quite and keeping-to-himself all week. It's been a long, hard year of training for him and I think he is completely ready!

Since an Ironman is made up of 140.6 miles, I knew it was going to be a long day for him and I wasn't going to be able to see him very much throughout the race. (I typically try to run around the race course like a crazy-person, to cheer him on and get pictures- but 140.6 miles all over town is going to be hard!) I also knew, this was going to be by far, the hardest race he had ever done- both mentally and physically. 

My sister told me to do that pose with my legs crossed... ya, this isn't awkward at all!
So I came up with a creative plan to hopefully surprise him along the course when I wasn't around to cheer him on. I borrowed a bucket full of chalk from my 4-year-old niece and went to work! My sister and I drove the entire bike course- stopping every mile or so to jump out of the car, hurry and write "GO JASEN!!" with chalk, jump back in the car, and then drive another couple hundred feet and repeat. (I also sprinkled the ground with glitter, but I guess the wind/cars zooming by wasn't the best combination? Who knew?! ;))

 Once we finished the bike course, I went down to the run course with my bucket of chalk and wrote some more "GO JASEN!!"'s. He has no idea I did it, so I hope he sees it and it surprises him! :)

Yes, all my Ironman Mdot's were wrong too. Opps!