the post where i show off my video-making skills

or something like that.

Apologies for my sweaty gross self, my wooping and hollering, and the squeaky sound coming from The Crew. Watch it anyway and pass it on! THANKS!

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insta-friday

It’s know secret that I loooove instagram! What’s not to love?

I’m showing off my week with instagram and linking up with life rearranged.

On Sunday, the kids and I were ready to finally do what we have been planning for months. Time to run for charity: water. 13.1 miles for me, 3.1 miles for Averie, Ashton, and Bridger. {more on that soon}

On Monday, this little guy was up super-early, just like every other day of his life. But he loves his momma and let her sleep in. When I got up {yes, sleeping in is 8 around here}, I caught him doing this:

All week long, I have been grilling and grilling. I have been deathly afraid of grills for a long time. I’ve seen them flare up and hair get singed and that is just not for me. Well, last year, we “gave” my husband a new grill for father’s day, only he was to pick it out himself and never did. So he FINALLY picked one out and voila! I love it and use it constantly while he is gone for weeks and weeks!

My daughter started pointe this week, which in my head is all pretty and glamorous. That is, until I started sewing on the damn ribbons and elastics to her new pointe shoes. Holy crap. SIX HOURS. And I am neither pretty nor glamorous with my sewing abilities. Many words were cussed and fingers stabbed. Brag: She was the ONLY one in her class to arrive with ready shoes.

 

I may bitch about North Dakota a lot, but our summer skies are unbeatable:

My Grandma died early yesterday morning. We were lucky enough to have the chance to drive to Dickinson on Wednesday afternoon, say our goodbyes, and tell her we love her.

Random shot of an awesome little pumping unit in my Dad’s office:

And last, but not least, Mr. Shart {as seen at Target today}:

I giggled uncontrollably when my daughter pointed this out to me. I was forever-changed when I witnessed a real-life shart in the very first mile of my 1/2 marathon in San Diego last year. She was wearing white sweatpants and it.was.not.pretty.

It’s been a roller coaster of a week for me. Wonder what next week will bring?

 

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To Schefield and Back.

Sunday was my LAST double-digit run before race day, can you believe it?? It was also the FIRST double-digit run that I had nice weather for!

First mile: Tough. This workout was coming after a night where I had several beers and not much sleep. The lack of sleep was not due to my beers, but rather to a MOUSE party in my bed at my Dad’s house where we were staying. Yeah. I slept on the little loveseat. Can you say uncomfortable?

Miles 1-3: Fabulous. For the first time, I think I had 13-minute miles! (Yes, that is good for me.) This was my path through my Dad’s land. It was awesome.

Mile 3: Crap. A river runs through it.

Jump, Lissa, JUMP! (It was wider than it looks in the photo. I swear.)

Duck, Lissa, DUCK!

Miles 4-5: Uneventful. Back on the dirt road.

Mile 5:  Those bitch-ass cows. I put on my brave face, but then they start to look angry at me. I call my Dad. No answer. I call my husband. No answer. Shit. I barely escape alive.

Mile 6.5: Out of drinking water. Thirsty. Tired.

Mile 7-8: Schefield, ND. I don’t think it’s really a town anymore. They even took the green sign with the town name down. Population -5.

Mile 8.5: Hubby redeems himself as he and the kids bring me water and sunblock. Unfortunately, the sunblock was a tad bit late and I have some SWEET tan/burn lines.

Mile 11: Nancy and my Dad drive by and cheer me on.

Mile 11.8: I reach the bunkhouse. Damn, I really want that lemonade Nancy brought me. Instead, I yell for my husband to follow me on the 4-wheeler and head back down the road.

12 miles! Woot! Collapse onto the 4-wheeler and get a ride back to the bunkhouse.

Hot stuff, no? HAH!

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Showing off the Skills

Erin, Kelly, & I will be showing off our sweet bartending skills at the Evil Olive in Dickinson tomorrow night! Come out and cheer us on, it’s all for a good cause! We are training for a 1/2 marathon and raising lots of money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while we do it!

Can’t make it? Don’t live near by? You can still support us by clicking here to donate!


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Learning.

I’ve been training hard for this little 1/2 marathon in June. Training hard and fundraising hard. I haven’t decided which part is more difficult yet.

I have learned that it takes thick skin to ask people for donations for a cause. I try not to take things personally, but sometimes my feelings get hurt anyway.

I have learned that donations come from surprising places. My largest donation has come from a friend that I have never met, all the way from Belgium! I’ve had donations from high school friends that I haven’t seen in 14 years. Even a donation from Australia. So many donations from my Sisters. I get teary every time. I tell myself not to take offense that some of the people closest to me haven’t offered a word of encouragement.

I have learned that the greatest obstacle keeping me from running is me. I talk myself out of it and tell myself that I can’t go on any longer. So I don’t. Why do I do that? I proved to myself that I CAN do it. I just had to go all the way to Baltimore and have 3 friends-I-had-never-met-before with me. And today, I saw progress in my (barely)running.

I have learned that everyone has a story worth telling.

I have learned that there are amazing people who will go ABOVE and BEYOND for a worthwhile cause.

I have learned that the right song playing on my iPod can make or break me. Dolly can save me in my weakest moment.

I have learned that supportive people can make all the difference. I’m fortunate to have many of them in my life.

The training is hard. The fundraising is hard. But I’m doing it, and it’s SO worth it. 

 
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On Kicking Off…

This weekend marks the kick-off of the Virtual Team In Training summer season. We had our first conference call yesterday and heard from our coach, Joe English.  We also start our 1/2 marathon training, which this week consists of three “run” days totaling approximately 8.5 miles and 2 cross-training/weights days, but will only get longer and tougher from here on out. I am really hoping we have a short winter and a nice, warm spring filled with sunshine. (A girl can dream, right?)

I am nervous, but I am also super-excited and am already looking forward to our race weekend in San Diego in June!

Remember these two cuties? Peyton and Ezra are both my personal honorees, two adorable little kids battling the nastiness of leukemia.

I am going to continue to celebrate my 31st birthday this entire year because I am convinced it will be one of the BEST YEARS EVER, so for every 10 donations ($31+) to my personal fundraising goal, I will have a drawing from those who donated and give away a $50 gift card to Amazon, Target, or one of my new faves, The Healthy Pantry (winner’s choice).

HUGE thanks to those who already donated:

Thea Rudland
Steph Enos, for the beautiful jewelry that I will be selling to raise money!
Erin Pirkl
Christy Mensi
Becki Barnhart
Mindi Parker
Nancy Collins
Beth Fletcher
Dale Ann & Danny Hoyt
Brooke Fradd
Les Pirkl
Summer Lang
Hope Hamby
Melissa Faris
Karena Ohlsson
Jared Barnhart
Anita McGurran

Why donate?

The need is critical: An estimated 912,938 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or
myeloma. Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.

Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of
20. Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age.
The survival rate for myeloma is only 37.1 percent.

**So, if  you can spare a few extra bucks (100% tax deductible), please donate. Heck, even ONE dollar will make me happy. Those dollars add up.
Donate with a credit card at my secure fundraising page

Or you can send me a check made payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Shoot me an email at melissa@shrinkingjeans.net and I will give you my mailing info. 

Businesses – The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans has HUGE advertising opportunities for you. Want to see what we are offering you in exchange for your donation? Email me for a copy of our media kit. 

Thank you. So, so much.

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I Ran So Far Away…

In 2007,
I ran/walked a 1/2 marathon in Steamboat Springs.
I trained with Team in Training.
I raised $2700 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Cancer sucks.
Let’s kick it’s ass.
I am doing it again.
This time in San Diego.
My friends and I have formed a team.
Help us help others.
I have committed to raise even more money.
I will also beat my 1/2 marathon personal record.
Your donation?
Appreciated more than you will ever know.

 

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On the Crazy Train… Again

This is going to be my accountability post. I have begun my half-marathon training as of April 21st and this is going to be where I keep track of my progress.

I am asking you to give me encouragement and to also chew my ass when I start to slack.I am using my 17-week training schedule that I used last year training for the Steamboat Springs half.

My goal this year is to complete another 13.1 towards the end of August/beginning of September and cut 40 minutes off of last year’s time. I am starting from scratch, I have done no running whatsoever this year!

Week One: TOTAL WEEK ONE: 7.79 miles, 1 hour 45 minutes. :o)
Monday: 30 minutes, 2.21 miles, 120 crunches
Tuesday: 30 minutes, 2.22 miles, 120 crunches – I had to really push myself to finish today, my face feels like it is going to explode from my sinus infection and my legs felt like lead!!
Wednesday: Weekly Weigh-In: -3.2 lbs! Rest/Recovery day.
Thursday: 30 minutes, 2.21 miles, 120 crunches. Weights: Arm exercises x 5, 10 reps, 3 sets. Leg exercises x 3, 10 reps, 3 sets.
Friday: Turbo Jam, 20 minutes.
Saturday: 15 minutes, 1.15 miles, 120 crunches, 60 bridges. Yeah, I suck today.