Monday, February 23, 2009

Garibaldi Sno' Bootin' trip

so, this weekend, i responsibly blew off work, hooked up with some friends, strapped some tennis rackets onto my feet, and headed off into the back country. Location was up to Elfin Lake Hut. here are some photos.

Monday, February 16, 2009

First 1/2 Marathon

so, apparently, this is the "100th post" on this blog. Happy 100th.

moving on.

this weekend, I ran a 1/2 marathon. I was a little concerned, because of being stricken ill last week, and I am still a little on the wary side of random muscle cramping. (I have recently been experiencing random muscle cramping. not too often while running, but more frequently biking, and even more frequently swimming. and, then there is the random nighttime muscle cramping in legs, combined with my intermittent restless leg syndrome. anyhow...) but, none the less, after a yummy fueling dinner on friday night, a relaxing day on saturday (which included making valentine's day truffles for my friends!!!) I was up to run on sunday morning.

I woke up at about 6:30 (race was at 8:30), and mosey-ed on downtown on my bike. Weather was absolutely phenomenal, with not a cloud in the sky, and brisk air. I stopped by my favourite coffee shop for a quick little espresso, and down to the roundhouse. Ran into a few people I know, including a client of mine who is a ironwoman (who is in the photo above!), and a former trainer from my work. got there, and everything went fine. my anterior tibialis were tight for the first 2 miles or so, but then that worked out. I got a random, unexpected stitch in my side with about 4 miles to go, but that got worked out as well. there was only one time where i took a deep breath in, and felt the "oh, so, i am not *totally* over my lung sickness" feeling, but that didn't happen again, so i was thankful about that. I almost puked about 50 meters from then end, and then right over the line, but didn't. and, the last km seemed a lot longer than it should have been.

all of those things being said. I don't have a watch, so I don't really know what pace I run at, normally. what normally happens, is I go along, until about 5 miles to go, and then I ask someone how long we have been running for. they tell me, and then i decide to pick it up a bit, or keep it as I am. This time, i when I asked how long we had been going, I realized i was going a bit slower than planned on, so I knew I had to pick it up a bit. and, right at about that time, a fellow named erik asked what my pace was. I responded "oh, somewhere about 1:45-1:50." he said "i would love to finish in that time." so, i said "let's do it!" and, I had a pace friend for the last 5-6 miles. so, that was really nice. I honestly don't think that i would've finished as strong if he wasn't there. So, thank you Erik haatvedt, whereever (and, whoever) you are. it was great running with you.

finish time: 1:47. not a PB, but only :30 seconds off. for being really sick last week, I am really happy with that. that puts me at 24/135 in age group, and 192/1117 for overall female. so, this running thing isn't going so badly afterall....

after the race, I made it up to the cafe again for breakfast, and a meeting about going snowshoeing next weekend. I am off to Elfin Lakes with my friends erik, celine, and tim. Should be a *great* time.

oh yeah, and today, where I am sitting in the library "doing homework" I can look down onto a sidewalk below, where it is chalked: "hug someone you love." that is a good tidbit for the day :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Teen Missions

So, when I was 16, and 18, I went to Africa with an organization based out of Florida for the summers. What ended up happening was that those summers changed my life.

in 1999, I went to Nampula, Mozambique, and amongst other things, these are a few of the things that happened:
  • I met my best friend christina.
  • I was "woo-ed" by my first african woo-er.
  • I lived in a tent, and washed in a bucked for 2 months straight.
  • I questioned what faith meant, and learned a little bit more about it, and about God.
  • I realized that Africa is an incredibly special place.
  • I dug and poored the foundation for the front wall of a hospital.
  • I toured a hospital in Nampula, and saw the horrendous health situations there.
  • I had team leaders, Sam Kim, in particular, who ended up being mentors for a long time.
In 2001, I went to Belo, Cameroon (in the North West Province), and here are some of the things that happened there:
  • I fell in love, in more ways than one.
  • I fell off a roof, and broke my arm. I subsequently saw the health situation in Cameroon, on a first hand level.
  • I got worms in my skin, and africa in my blood.
  • I realized that Africa was where I was going to spend most of my life. I had a peace about leaving, because I knew that I would be back.
  • I got un-dressed, and re-dressed in african garb, by african ladies.
  • I discovered for the first time what it felt like to have someone taste the glory of God, and then decide to not want it.
Now, I am someone who believes that if you are priviledged to receive big things in life, that you should be able to give back to those same things. I received huge things from Teen Missions International. and, although there may be some things that I don't completely agree with, I do believe that the biggest thing that makes a difference in the lives of the kids who go on these trips are the leaders. The leaders have the ability to change lives. And, because my life was changed on these trips, I have decided to give back...

Today, I mailed my acceptance/application to go as a leader this summer to Haiti. you can read about the trip in that link. So, for June and July, I will be leading a team of 30 (or so) teenagers (13-18 year olds) to go and continue construction on an orphanage building and the property wall for an orphanage home. No, it is not Africa, but this is the team that I felt I was meant to go on. Im nervous, and I am excited. And, I am raising money ;) (3000$)

I am still a little in shock that this is actually going to be happening....

Monday, February 9, 2009

sick dog!

so. 8 weeks to go until I race in new orleans. 6 days before i race a 1/2 marathon, here in vancouver. ask me how training is going. go on. do it.

oh? how is training going? you mean, i was supposed to be swimming, biking, and running this past week? well, let me tell you that i would have loved to. in fact, it would have been ideal. but, instead, my "oh i bonked on friday" feeling was instead the beginning of being the most sick that I have been since January 2006, when I was in Liberia, and I had strep throat.

im talking about fever. achey body. sometimes energy so low that i couldn't stand up in the shower, or I had to sit on the kitchen floor to put my home delivered groceries away. everytime I would take a breath, i would have searing pain across my ribcage. the whole nine yards. how many days without doing much more than the essentials? 5. count 'em. 5 days of not training. ughghghgh. and, i don't know how many more days of "easy goes it." it is sure a stick in the mud. and, i don't like it. but, at least i am on the mend. so, my wine and cheeze goes away, and i get back to training. but, it was awful. i just want to say that. i hate being sick. esp cause i don't ever get sick. oh yeah. and, the doctor told me i have low iron. i gotta figure out what to do about that.

in other news.... i am done done done my thesis! (well, pretty much; i expect to have a few more edits before the defense, and then maybe a few revisions after the defense, but that is all minor compared to everything!!!)

woooooooooo hooooooooooooo!!!

defense date will be in about a month, and then this M.Sc is finito! it is about time. so, it should be about one more month of hard work and preparations, and then a deep exhale. how fricken exciting is that!??!?!

Monday, February 2, 2009

jack chamberlain

My dear friends, sam and gretchen, have this amazing dog, Jack. I have never met him, every time i think of him, i think of this video. I cannot stop laughing when i see it :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Vancouver Fog

this photo was recently taken from Cypress Bowl road. There has been some media around two very similar, but not quite the same, photographs. At any rate, whomever the photo belongs too, it is amazing. and beautiful. here are some more photos from the fog that engulfed Vancouver recently. Enjoy. Vancouver is beautiful, even when clouds are at ground level.