Thursday – The TCS New York City Marathon

This weekend is the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.  I wish I was running in it or even standing on the sidelines cheering everyone on.  That would be so amazing, but unfortunately, I’m over here deleting all my emails just in case…I need extra space on my hard drive or something.

I love following the elite athletes and the celebrities who sometimes run the New York City Marathon every year but my favorite stories are the ones that you don’t often hear about and the stories that warm your heart and sometimes make you cry a little.

Like this one….

This Mom is changing her shirt 26 times to honor 26 beautiful people and if you can get through this entire story without a tear you are stronger than I.  Click on the video to see the story.

mom-changing-shirtsAnd this one about the superman from my youth, Christopher Reeve.  I loved him.  He was an icon and I clearly remember when he was injured and subsequently paralyzed.  This year his son Will Reeve will be running his very first Marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon for the Christopher Reeve foundation.

 

If you want to watch the race you can go to this link for information.

Do you plan on watching the race this weekend?

Team USA, boats and family

Let’s just go ahead and address the most important thing that happened this weekend.

Jemima Sumgong

A big congrats to Jemima Sumgong of Kenya!

The 2016 Olympic Women’s Marathon.

I didn’t watch it live because we were on the boat but I did follow along via my iPhone and it was just as exciting albeit much less stressful.  Kara Goucher said it perfectly via Twitter.

Kara Goucher Twitter

Here are the top 10 finishers:

Top 10 Rio Womens Marathon

A big congrats to Shalane, Desi, and Amy who were so amazing and looked so strong and powerful.  I love watching those women run.  Actually I love ALL of the track and field events and I have for as long as I can remember.  My favorite site for keeping up with results, news stories and medal counts is ESPN.  This link is for the track and field events but you can navigate to any other events from there.

And now, let’s talk about my weekend.  On Friday night MacGyver, me, and the dogs headed down to Nokomis to spend time with the family.  I was supposed to come down Thursday night and have an EEG on Friday morning but due to some other issues I cancelled, (more on that at another time), and so we all came down together on Friday night after the rain which afforded us the opportunity to see this:

Rainbow

At one point it was a double rainbow and so close it looked like you could actually touch it.  I couldn’t get a picture of the double one though because I was too busy trying to figure out what it meant.  Bwahahahaha

Rainbows never cease to make me happy.  Well, rainbows and bad jokes.

We got to the house too late to actually do much except look at the grass and moan and groan about how much of a pain in the ass it is to cut it.

overgrown lawn

There is a dachshund somewhere in this picture…no really, there is.

FYI, this is what your lawn looks like in Florida if your too much of a control freak, (me) or too much of a cheapskate (MacGyver) to hire a lawn service.

On Saturday morning MacGyver got up to go fishing and I headed over the Legacy Trail where I managed to walk 6 miles and score some serious Pokemon.

nokomis trailhead

That’s an awesome shadow right there let me tell you.

Later that morning Inspector Gadget came over and the brothers hung out all afternoon while I went shopping with my sister in law and the kids.  We had a great time and then decided to call it an early night with plans to get up early on Sunday and head out on the boat.  We were all really looking forward to a day on the water.

I got up early and got dressed and prepped for a day of serious fishing, I was ready!

Bass Pro

Bass Pro Shops, REPRESENT!

We headed out about 8:00a.m. and here are some photos from the trip

Rob and Vin

My niece and nephew

driving the boat

His first time driving the boat!

Colphin Tale Two

She loves my Dolphin Tale II hat. She went to the movie with me.

Philly and me

Me and my sister in law.

 

At the beginning of the trip we were happy and hopeful.  Hopeful to catch some serious snapper and maybe a redfish or  two…..Unfortunately the only thing I caught was a tiny speckled trout.

I did catch selfie fever because this happened.

Selfie oneAnd I kept going because obviously I have no shame.

selfie me

 

Today is my sister in law’s birthday so I hope you will all join me in wishing her a wonderful and happy birthday!

happy birthday

Happy Birthday Philly!  We love you.

MacGyver and I decided to take each of the kids on separate evenings so that they could each have a night alone to feel special.  On Saturday after we got back from fishing we all swam in the pool and then MacGyver and I stole my nephew and headed back to the Nokomis house.  We had a great time playing Pokemon Go, eating a little too much junk and watching some hilarious TV.  It was a great time.

My nephew and I have a special bond, we actually share the same birthday.  For the last few years we’ve celebrated together.  I love having someone to share my day with and we always have a great time.  This year we decided that since we’re both playing pokemon Go, we would set a goal to reach level 23 on the 23rd (our birthday).  We’re both pretty excited about it but probably for different reasons.  My nephew is on level 14, which means he needs to play a lot of Pokemon Go and do a lot of walking to hatch some eggs and that means we get to spend a lot of time together and I am really looking forward to that.

After taking almost an entire week to get to Level 21 I’m worried that may have been a lofty goal but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

I am also looking forward to having our niece over this week.  She is also our goddaughter and we have a special bond with her as well.  We only get to see the kids a couple of times a year so it’s nice to have some one on one time with them and I also like giving their mommy a little break.  🙂

Unfortunately today is Monday and reality just hit me like a ton of bricks, time to get to work!

What did you do this weekend?

What do you do on your birthday?

Did you watch the Olympics?  Which events did you watch?

Tuesday, triplets you need to watch.

Leila, Liina and Lily Luik are triplets.  When they were 24 they started running together.  This year they turned 30.  And this year they will run the marathon for Estonia at the Summer Olympics in Rio, only six years after they started running together.

luik sisters

Their slogan is ‘trio to Rio’ and the Luik triplets are believed to be the only identical triplets to compete against each other in the Olympics.

The triplet runners Leila is currently the fastest, she has a PR of 2:37:11.  Liina and Lily run two and three minutes behind her, respectively.  While they are not expected to win a medal, they are hoping to finish together.

The three triplets from Estonia

Even if they don’t win a medal how cool is it that three identical sisters are running together in the Olympics?  That’s a movie waiting to happen, don’t you think?

Marathon running triplets

The three sisters who live in Estonia train mostly together, though they do live apart and are sometimes forced to train alone.  They spend the winter months in Kenya at a high-altitude training camp and because they are very close, the sister prefer training together as much as possible.

source:  nytimes.com

The sisters admit that it would be hard to beat the Kenyans in the Olympics saying, ‘we are not at the same kind of level as they are now.’  That being said, if you consider the fact that they only started to run long distances six years ago, the future looks pretty bright for these three.

3 triplets run marathon

Typically our sport is solitary and so much of it is mental.  Imagine having not one, but two sisters there with you pushing each other, encouraging each other, motivating each other.  It’s why I follow the three sisters and I can’t wait to see what great things they accomplish.

Have you heard of the Trio to Rio?