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Normally we’ve kept you up to speed on our long runs and how they went.  Our last two were far from awesome as far as running goes. 🙂

In early November Beth had a plan for one of our long weekend runs, but then we decided to run the DRC Half so it couldn’t be that weekend.  The next weekend we ran Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, so it couldn’t happen THAT weekend. The following weekend we were due to put in a 12 mile run and Beth had a little surprise for Teal staged in our first 3 miles, specifically at a gas station, which we’ve had to stop at before when starting out a long run.  Beth’s fiance was in on the surprise and suppose to hide until we got close and then kind of pop out. =)  I’ll just let the pictures tell the story:

Way too blurry but here we come running

And out pops Brent with the surprise!!

 

Haha, he literally jumped out from behind two telephone poles and scared the crap out of Teal!  On and off as we kept running one of us would be chuckling about her scream when he jumped out.

I am so excited to have Teal stand up there with me on my wedding day!  While it sometimes feels like just yesterday that we met and in reality it’s going on 6 years, we have been through a lot together!  Especially after Sunday when we finish our first marathon together! 🙂  Thanks to Brent for helping me ask her! He’s so awesome to get up early and wait for us to run by!

Back to the running aspect of this day –  Beth was excited to get to the gas station for a break – already not feeling it for the day. 😦  But we started going again on our normal route and somewhere right around the 6th mile Beth got light headed and started to walk.  Teal kept going a bit further and then came back to meet up with Beth.  I don’t think either of us felt exceptionally great out there, and we talked about how we felt like our bodies where screaming at us “When are we going to start tapering??”  It might not have physically been a great run, but at least it is a run we will always remember!

For a little bit more of a wedding update, the first weekend in November Beth & Brent along with some other members of their family went and scouted out wedding venues.  And then that Monday booked their wedding for October 27, 2012 at the Old Red in downtown Dallas!  Which will mean they will be engaged for exactly one year since he proposed October 27, 2011.  That same day Beth asked her sister to be her Maid of Honor!

And of course all the things listed on the right side of that photo were purchased and put into a gift bag to go with all of that!  Hopefully those items will help her to survive this year! 😉

From the first moment of ever thinking about getting married I knew my sister would be my Maid of Honor!  I am pretty sure I’d be lost in life without her!  I am SO truly blessed with an amazing & beautiful sister that has not only been a sister but also a friend to me!

Can you guess which one of us is older?

Two other ladies, who I have had the honor to stand up with them at their weddings, are going to get to be there for me and my big day as well! 🙂 You have probably seen us mention Mandy & Rebekah A LOT in our blog (they kind of happen to be very important & special friends to both of us).  We threw Rebekah a baby shower in October along with Mandy.  It was Mandy’s wedding in February that took the two of us to Puerto Vallarata.  Beth met Mandy & Rebekah in college and who knew at the initital meetings of those two awesome ladies that 9 years later we would still be friends – friends forever!  The three of us have done SO MUCH together!  We’ve traveled to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Canada, Vegas, and some other domestic destinations.  They are two ladies that I can and do turn to for everything!  Somewhere back in 2005 a tradition for the 3 of us started where we would take a picture with a green drink.  It came from sharing a weird green colored drink at the Star Trek bar in the Hilton in Vegas in 2005 and then green beers for St. Patty’s day in 2006.  We have kept the tradition going –

Rebekah's Wedding in 2007

Mandy's Wedding in 2011

 

Both of these pictures were actually used in the card I sent them and underneath them on the front of the card said “Will you help me finish the collection…” and then the inside said “…and do me the honor of being a bridesmaid in my wedding?”  CanNOT wait to have a green drink  picture on October 27, 2012!!

Then the weekend before Thanksgiving Beth went and found her wedding dress! 🙂  And this past Saturday all four of the ladies mentioned in this blog threw Beth & Brent an engagement party!  It has been a whirlwind of a month and cannot be more thankful for these ladies!

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Our last race in November is in the books!  How have 11 months of our goal year already passed??

Thanksgiving morning we woke up and did not necessarily have to be up super early since the Turkey Trot didn’t start until 9:00 a.m. SO late!  Teal and Beth’s cousin, Chase met over at Beth’s house to carpool together downtown for our Thanksgiving run.  We really had no issues with traffic or parking down there just had to fret over whether or not we might get a ticket when our metered parking spot expired.  We have no fear we were ticketless! Hooray!

Chase opted not to dress up as a turkey with us, but we quickly made our way over to the table to get our costumes approved and into the Turkey Coop we went!  The Dallas Turkey Trot this year was attempting to set a new Guinness World Record  for the largest gathering of humans dressed as turkeys!  All of us turkeys 🙂 had to wait around in the Coop until 8:35 when the clock started and we were all in the coop for 10 minutes with our costumes on.  We never actually heard it declared that a new record was set, but we did see the person with Guinness World Record there counting each of the turkeys as the passed through the entrance of the Coop.  We will hopefully receive a certificate in our email for participating in setting a New Guiness World Record!

The Pilgrims who came to shoot the Turkeys 🙂

One of the guys with the YMCA in his freaking awesome Turkey costume!

Once it hit 8:45 a.m. all of us turkeys were then walked over to the start line.  We were all excited this year to not have to dodge as many people since timed runners started 5 minutes before everyone else, buuut dressing like a turkey didn’t really allow us to make that earlier start.  This race we might have stayed together for maaybe a whole minute then Teal darted off and Beth stayed behind doing her own dodging.

This year was much like last year – lots of dodging around until the 5k turn off.  It was also around this part of the race where our distance got off.  All three of us discussed after the race how our Runkeeper app had us almost a half mile ahead of where we were and Chase mentioned it happened around the time we were all passing through a part of downtown with lots of buildings that must have messed up our GPS.  Here are our splits and we wish we were as awesome in mile 3 as our Runkeeper app tries to make us out to be:

Teal's Splits

Beth's Splits

Beth had actually stayed up late trying to sew the feathers onto the back of our shirts, so was literally running on only about 4 hours of sleep and was SO glad we had run that same race last year to know what kind of hills were coming a long the course.  Teal had forgotten about the hills throughout the race, but you would never think that based on her time!  Teal completely crushed her time from last year by almost 14 minutes exactly!  Here are our results –

Teal: 1:11:06, finished 82nd in her age group, 424th female to finish and 1,724th to finish overall

Beth: 1:11:46, finished 87th in her age group,  455th female to finish and  1,799th to finish overall

Turkey Trot 8 mile Elevation

Once we were all finished and found each other we went immediately back to the car and to head back to Beth’s house.  Beth’s sister, Kate, is awesome and had some mimosas and champagne punch waiting for us when we arrived back from the race!

Checkout that Go Sport ID shirt Chase is wearing! =)

We will leave you with this little tidbit of information – I think we both have been asked before ‘How did they come up with an 8 mile distance to this race too??‘ Well here is your answer straight from the Dallas Turkey Trot website

The unique eight mile distance was created when the one hundred and seven participants were instructed to run along the shores of White Rock Lake “to the big oak tree and back”.  By 1979, the race had become so popular that it was moved to the downtown area to accommodate more runners and to showcase “Big D”.

We hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your families! 🙂

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Happy pre-Thanksgiving! To all of our readers who are traveling we wish you safe travel, and to those who get to stay put where you are – yay, so do we!!

And it’s for that very reason we get to participate in tomorrow’s 44th Dallas Turkey Trot. Not only are we going to participate as runners in the 8 mile race, but we will also be participating in setting a new Guinness World Record of the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys! 🙂

Our turkey costumes are not completely finished (that’ll happen tonight), but with these pictures you can get the idea of just how we’ll look!

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If you want to know exactly what we look like IN the costumes, well then, check back here on the blog with us tomorrow! 🙂

We ran the 8 mile at the Turkey Trot last year – Oh boy! What. a. mess. that was! We waited until the last minute to use the bathrooms and just quickly lined up. Then we dodged like we had never dodged before around groups of walkers and people with their dogs. Now there’s nothing wrong with walking or doing a race with your dog, but when you’re at a race and there’s no protocol for making it so people who are running it seriously can do just that….Well, I believe the great people who put on this race heard everyone’s cries last year because this year the timed runners get to start 5 minutes earlier!

Last year our results were –

Teal: 1:25:07
Beth: 1:14:23

Hopefully we can beat our old times tomorrow! Then we’ll be rushing home to get ready for our Thanksgiving celebration with each of our families!

The only downside to running the Turkey Trot is missing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but the mimosa’s afterwards should more than make up for that. 🙂

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Three years ago today Michael and I “finally” got married! It’s weird to celebrate it in a way because it almost seems insignificant compared to the time we have actually been together. I met Michael in the 7th grade and we have always been attached in some way!

It's blurry but you get the idea!- 7th Grade

We have been through some crazy things, crazy styles, events, and ups and downs. Most of the time its life and we do what we can to make it the best for us! Not always pretty but always real!

I had the following quote read on my wedding day by my brother, who married us and I think it basically sums us up – here it is.

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Happy Anniversary- Love you Michael- mmmmmmmmmmmmm

– Teal

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It’s probably a good thing that the two of us were the only ones traveling together to Austin/San Antonio because we might seriously annoy someone else. Ha.  The plan was for Beth to head over to Teal’s and take off from there, well, then Beth had to run home first, and when she got to Teal’s house Teal was actually in the process of switching cable providers. Ha 🙂  Would you want to kill us right now if you were traveling with us?

Then we had to go pick up Teal’s #TeamCindy shirt, oh but first we stopped and got coffee!  We both wake up so early all the time that we needed something to keep us awake during the drive besides our incessant chatting.  After getting the shirt we decided to get dinner and why not just go ahead and sit down and eat while we are at it??  I think we were out of the door of Baker Brothers by like 7:15 and we hit the road!  Would you want to kill us now?

Oh, wait, we need gas! Haha, we made it to Austin a little bit before 11:00 p.m. to our friend Mary Alice’s cute little house! Thanks again for letting us stay with you!  We got all caught up on life and made it to bed right before midnight.  Now that Teal joined Sunstone Yoga again we decided the perfect way to start our Saturday morning would be by attending a Fire 60 class, so off we went to yoga, shower, get breakfast and then pick Mary Alice up to head to San Antonio.

I’d say the highlight of our Saturday was lunch at The Cove!  Not only because The Cove has some de-lish food (get the fish tacos and go ahead and get a side of sweet potato fries – you won’t regret it), but also because of the great company we had to dine with there!  Beth was really excited because her cousin, Chase, was driving in from Houston to meet us and run the half with us!

Do you see any family resemblance?

Sadly that is the ONLY picture we took at The Cove, but we finally got to meet @UltraNinjaRunnr and @theASGwifey a.k.a. Greg and Fiona!  Somehow we’ve all managed to not meet each other yet even though we live in the same metroplex, oh well, glad it finally happened!  We met @RunDaTad a.k.a. Dat – somehow we missed that you didn’t live in DFW?? Ha, always just assumed that – silly us making assumptions! And a San Antonio local, @joeguinn who was going to be running his first full – hope it went well for you, Joe!  AND we finally got to meet our tweep @Ohkaylouise a.k.a. Kristen who had come all the way from Sonoma, CA to run the half!  We chat with Kristen a lot on twitter and send emails back and forth with her, so it was SO GREAT to get to meet you!  Why did we not capture that moment on film?  What is wrong with us?  And of course we cannot leave out our fellow DFW tweeps that we’d already met before – @HeidiRuns & @bmlueb, @ciaobella7 & @reigning1 – you can constantly find us freaking out with the ladies of these awesome couples on twitter about our first marathon which is now 15 days away!  We love to give them support and appreciate so much all the support they give us!  Can’t wait until we are all marathoners!!

After lunch we hit the expo, got some fuel for the race and more importantly some cute headbands to wear.  Here’s Teal modeling her’s even though she didn’t actually wear it during the half.

This is how you wear it, right?

After expo-ing we quickly checked into our hotel – SpringHill Suites by the airport and were quickly off to the grocery store for snacks since it had now been at least two hours since our last feeding. Haha  Also, we’d highly recommend the SpringHill Suites, while yes it isn’t on the riverwalk in San Antonio it was still really nice and a great hotel!  There are some other great parts to SA besides the riverwalk that are right there around that hotel!  After snacking we made sure to get our plank of the day in and our 100 pushups.

Schwoops it's blurry, but we are just so fast with the pushups! Ha

After that we headed out for our final meal before the race with Chase and Mary Alice.  We aren’t even going to go into the special-ness that occurred which led us to dining at Canyon Cafe for dinner.  Just know it was special and not where we were originally going to go. 🙂  The three of us girls got the exact same thing so here is some food porn for you! [Sorry Mom we put the word porn in our blog!]

Behold the FIRE-GRILLED TUNA – Served over oven-roasted vegetables and Santa Fe rice. Topped with an avocado fan and chipotle mayonnaise. It was de-lish!

Just in case you missed our faces here we all are at dinner –

After dinner it was back to the hotel for all 3 of us girls to decide what exactly we were wearing in the morning, lay it out and have ridiculous conversations about our wake up time and leave time.  I think every 20 minutes or so we pushed back our wake up time and leave time by 15 minutes and ultimately decided waking up at 4:30 a.m. and leaving the hotel by 5:00 a.m. would be just fine.  Typical girls?

Want to give a quick shoutout to our friend, Zac (Mary Alice’s brother-in-law, in case you are trying to keep these people straight), for shaving more than 10 minutes off of his marathon time at the race! Here’s a picture of Zac and his lovely preggo wife, Rebekah after the race!  Shoutout to Baby Girl Elliott coming December 2011! 🙂

Zac, Rebekah and baby girl Elliott!

After the race was over we met our friend Bitner at his hotel and together with him, the Elliotts and Mary Alice we went off to dine on Mexican food on the riverwalk!  Once lunch was over we all went our separate ways. 😦 We’ll be seeing Zac again at White Rock in December when he runs his 4th mary!  Mary Alice and Bitner will also be running White Rock with us as their first marys ever just like us!

We dropped Mary Alice off and Austin a little bit before 5:00 p.m. and made our way over to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Umm, why do we not have one in Dallas? How can we make that happen? Again, de-lish!  Thanks to one of us having an iPad we were able to easily participate in #runchat from the car on our way back to Dallas!  Such a great trip even if it was tiring and we are still recovering sleep-wise!

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Well, we completed our 4th half of 2011 and 5th half overall this past weekend at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio!  So many of our running friends were out there too, but we’ll touch on everything we did when not racing in another post!

We were both REALLY excited for this race!  We signed up for this half back in June and began our fundraising efforts for Team Cindy then.  We spent 5 months talking about Cindy Marshall-Death in blog posts and tweets, and so many of  you out there read her story and donated to us!  Because so many people stood with us by donating and because Cindy’s story touches both of our lives this race meant A LOT to us!

We started the race day by waking up at 4:30 a.m. to drive to the shuttle bus pick up, but that ended up being a cluster and we ultimately parked for $18 (ahhh) by the start line. We ended up standing around basically for an hour and a half, but with friends so it was all good!  We both ate peanut butter sandwiches around 6:30 a.m. and were already hungry by the time our corral started the race at 8:00 a.m.

Mary Alice, Teal, Chase, Beth & Bitner

Overall the beginning of the race was great. We seriously felt awesome! For Teal nothing was hurting, well besides her knee that does not like to stay in socket, but other than that all good. We kept a good pace to get across the finish in under 2 hours and that stayed until about mile 9.  It was in those first 9 miles that we ran by a woman wearing a shirt that said “I kicked cancer’s butt twice” and both of us were on the verge of tears. It was shortly after that we began to hear spectators saying “Go Team Cindy,” and the first time we heard that the tears wanted to come again! Neither of us talked about this during the race, but did afterwards and discussed how we both had to get it together to keep going.  Also, Rock ‘n’ Roll – why do you not put names on people’s bibs?? It would make it SO much easier for the spectators to cheer us ALL on!

Us waiting patiently in our corral - notice the straws?? And our ribbons with all of our donators names written on them?

During those first 9 miles we basically moved in and out from people pretty easily but it was annoying and slightly exhausting. We did fairly well for the water stops. Teal had decided to carry a straw this race because she wanted to run sans camelbak and Beth thought she’d try it out with her.  It seriously was awesome.  We both just tucked the straw in our sports bras. Teal just took it out when she needed water – wish we could have somehow gotten a picture of her running and drinking out of her straw at the same time.  People probably thought she was nuts, but it’s better than choking! Beth never actually used the straw and just crunched up the cup to get the water and keep up with the running.

Teal – At about mile 9, I lost my patience and let the annoyance get to me. I ended up stuck behind people at the water stop, the roads had narrowed a bunch, the crowd at points was in the run path and I was like, GET AWAY, I slowed down, I had felt at this point that Beth was running faster than me and I didn’t feel like I could keep up so I slowed down a little.

Beth – It was at a water stop in mile 9 that Teal and I got really separated for the first time.  We were doing some serious dodging at that specific water stop more than any other.  It was around this time that I knew I was teetering a fine line of making it less than 2 hours and just barely missing the goal, so I knew I had to step it up a little bit just to be on the safe side.  I kept thinking about how people would yell for Team Cindy and I’d responded with “Thank you” and send them a smile – did I have more in me and I wasn’t pushing hard enough?

Teal – I ran mile 10 about 30 seconds slower than the previous 10 miles. The last 3 basically sucked in my opinion. I thought I would still make it under 2 hours even with the 30 second slower pace because my Runkeeper kept saying a pace that I knew would make it under 2 and at mile 12.05 (yes I remember it because I was like under a mile) it said I had like 10 minutes and something seconds to make it to the finish under 2 hours and that my current pace would get me there in time. I picked it up a little but was sure I would make it.

Beth – I was keeping my pace pretty consist around 9:00 minute miles and I would say the last 3 miles were hard!  I don’t remember there being much shade and it had gotten HOT and HUMID!  Somewhere in mile 10, I believe, I saw our friend, Heidi, and she asked me if I was on target for finishing sub 2:00.  I told her I thought I was and she told me to go get it!  Appreciated that encouragement right then! Thanks, Heidi!  🙂 When I got to the 11 mile marker I knew I had roughly 20 minutes left before two hours.  I just kept telling myself you are running 9 minute miles, you got this, keep it up!  Don’t give up now when you are so close.  And honestly I never felt like I wanted to stop or give up.  Was it hard? Yes, but I was determined and hungry for the sub 2:00.

The last part of the race before you turn and haul to cross that finish line was freaking uphill!  Pretty sure we both saw that and just thought you have got to be kidding me!  Don’t worry we made sure to take a picture at the end of the race so those of you who weren’t there could see just what this hill looked like.

This one is kind of dark, but hopefully you can get the idea!

Teal – I picked it up a little but was sure I would make it. As I was running up the last hill the stupid 2 hour time sounded in my ear from Runkeeper and I was literally in sight of the finish. Slightly pissed I crossed the line and turned off my timer. 2:01:15. I thought well maybe just maybe my timer was off and I didn’t know the official time. I found out a few minutes later because our dear twitter friend Betsy (@WarriorBetsy), was tracking Beth and I and she tweeted our finish times- 2:00.56.  Initially bummed, but a PR is a PR. I ran that race the fastest I have ever run a half-marathon. It was hot, humid, crowded, and slightly stinky and I still ran it the fastest ever. Oh and I learned something knew about my runkeeper  that I feel dumb for not getting before, but it doesn’t tell the current pace- or at least I am not set on that, so my final 3 miles were actually too slow to make it, but my updates confused me and I still thought I was fin. Live and learn! When I got over it I was super proud of both of us- I am impressed by Beth who was able to get it under 2 hours and super close to her PR, we are definitely stronger than we were when we started all this! Oh and plus, I will have another ½ this year to get in under 2 hours—New Years Double – ekkkk I said it, but first, 3 weeks to the marathon!

Beth – When I crossed the finish line I knew I had to have made it! It might have been barely, but I knew it! I couldn’t get my Runkeeper turned off because 1. I’d needed to go the bathroom (no. 1 only people) since right before the race started and was so focused on getting to a port-a-potty [Sorry mom if you are reading this :)] and 2. I’d turned down the brightness on my iPhone so low to save battery power I couldn’t even see the screen with how bright the sun was.  It was a good 15 minutes later I found out from Betsy what my time was! 1:58:46! But then looking at the official results yesterday they had me clocked at 1:58:47 – oh my, a whole second longer! Haha 🙂

That was a hard race!  We are both VERY proud of what we accomplished out there.  We ran smart races! We drank water, we fueled up a little after the one hour mark of running, and we only pushed ourselves to what our limits where for that day given the temperature and the humidity!  We are proud of our friends who were out there with us!  It was a hard race and no matter what crossing that finish line was a big feat!  So congrats to each and every one of you!

Thank you to Betsy for tracking us and keeping others updated on where we were! It was so cool to see your tweets after the race! Thank you!

White Rock Marathon or BUST!!

Results:

Teal – 2:00:56, a new PR!!  Finished 3,074th overall, 1,055th out of all the females and 209th in age group

Beth – 1:58:47, finished 2,710th overall, 890th out of all the females and 177 in age group

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