Happy Earth Day!

Hello Fellow Travelers!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do anything specifically “earth friendly” yesterday because I was traveling all day long to Oklahoma instead of being at home (which is also why I didn’t have time to write this until Earth Day was over). But to make up for it, I planted some new plants in the front yard to beautify the front of the house over the weekend.

However, I would love to hear what YOU have planned for Earth Day? Have you gone hiking? Did you walk to work? Donated your time and/or money to a conservation organization?

One great thing that you could do is sign a petition to help shark conservation, or teach a child how to start a compost bin.

Really, there are so many ways you can help the earth, and although we should treat every day like Earth Day, one day at a time is a good way to get people, who might not otherwise participate, to take a step towards conservation, recycling, or sustainable energy use.

So, what did you do for Mother Earth today?

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Bucket List #2

There have been many things I have accomplished in my relatively short adult life so far. I graduated with my bachelors degree in 3.5 years. I got my masters degree right after that. I have been to Europe. But the things that I have crossed off my bucket list are what I’m really proud of.

1. Swim with manatees
2. Hold a wild nurse shark
3. Drive to Alaska
4. Live in the rainforest (it was only for a month, but it was far from a vacation!)
5. See wild humpback whales (recently accomplished!)
6. Dive Monterey Bay (also recently accomplished, on the same day as the whales!)
7. Foster MULTIPLE litters of kittens and several dogs
8. Gone on a cruise in Hawaii
9. Ran a half marathon (accomplished March 23)
10. Go parasailing

I have also added a few things to my bucket list, and thought of a few more things that I have always wanted to do, but forgot to add to the last list:

15. See a wild whale shark
16. Witness a massive hammerhead migration (while diving below them)
17. Go to India (This had actually been on my list for a while, but I just forgot to write it down)
18. Bathe an Indian elephant in a river
19. See the whooping cranes
20. Work on coral reef restoration

My First Half Marathon

A couple weekends ago I completed my first half marathon! It’s been a long time coming, but I was finally able to complete this task. This is how it all started:

Last fall, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to join her in running her first half, which was scheduled in October. I didn’t care for the charity, and wasn’t remotely ready to run a half, but she got the idea planted in my head. So hubby and I signed up for the Shiner Beer Run, scheduled for December 16, 2012, and the charity was The Boot Campaign . I was super excited about it, and told everyone what we were going to do. Somewhat related, I had made my New Years Resolution for 2012 to run 10 miles without dying. Not without stopping, but in one running event. So I thought that running a half marathon was the best way to accomplish that.

The problem was the date. December was the busiest month ever. We had something going on every weekend, and three things planned for the weekend of the half. My mom-in-law graduated with her bachelor’s degree on Saturday (congrats!), my work Christmas party was Saturday night, and the half was early Sunday morning, and it was about 2 hours away.

The Christmas party ended up running really late, and the weather was not great (cold and drizzly-no bueno for running 13.1 miles) so we ended up not running the half.

I still planned on running 10 miles without dying, so hubby and I went to a local state park to run our own half marathon the next weekend. I developed a horrible bursitis at about mile 3, and pushed until mile 7 until I had to have hubby get the car because I couldn’t move. Hubby ended up getting a swollen tendon in his hip, that caused him pain for several weeks after our run. My goal was shattered. I wasn’t going to make my goal before the end of the year and I was heartbroken.

Then a couple months later the same friend who put the bug in my ear about the first half marathon asked if I wanted to join her in another half in March. It was the Baylor Bearathon, and the money for entrance fees went toward scholarships for Baylor students. We also had a free place to stay at my friend’s house, so there was really no reason NOT to do it!

Of course, after I signed up for it I saw “This is the toughest half marathon in Texas!” So that was something to look forward to…

Hubby went with me for moral support, and we headed up to our friend’s house the night before. It was an early, COLD morning, but the run went great! So I was getting tired by about mile 10, and I couldn’t believe how long it took me to run the last three miles, but I finished. Unfortunately, my Garmin running watch, which I started every time I started to run, and stopped every time I had to walk in order to record the 10 miles I was going to run to complete my goal, had a lap error at mile 9. It would flash and beep and say LAP ERROR every second, and was no longer recording distance. I was heartbroken yet again. Finally, the next day, my watch stopped saying lap error and instead said that I ran a whopping 16 miles. Ya, NOT ACCURATE. So I can’t even keep the record of my run from before the watch malfunctioned, because it’s not the true time and distance.

Guess I’ll just have to run another one.

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