Wedding Countdown: Less Than 3 Months

We’re really starting to get down to the wire with the wedding planning. We’re talking 2.5 months to go … CA-RAZY!!!

Since my last wedding planning update, I finally finished up the concept and design of the wedding invitations. My friend Camille, a graphic designer, designed the invites for me and I found a printer who gave me a great deal on printing, folding, and perforating the RSVP card at the bottom of the invite. (My invites are all one piece–folded up from the bottom, with the RSVP card able to be torn off and mailed back to me–easy, huh??)

(Sorry for the blurry photo) A quick glance at the invites’ main side…

Then I borrowed a scrapbooking corner cutter from Camille to cut the top corners, just to give the invites a little extra character. Then I used a stamp and wax to seal the invitations (and, yes, they were able to be mailed with a 65 cent stamp). The wax was a nice touch, I think, because of the rustic look we’re going for, plus M and I are both Maker’s Mark Ambassadors, so we’re fans of the red wax. 😉

Invitations sealed with a “kiss” of red wax…

It was like pulling teeth to get M to help with the invitations by printing labels, but when he finally did, it helped expedite things. (I don’t have the neatest handwriting, nor do I know anyone with neat, let along fancy, handwriting to handwrite addresses, so I bought clear address labels and let our personal printer do the work.) I got the first part of invitations out in the mail that following Monday. (We’re still waiting on some addresses, and then I need to purchase more stamps–those are expensive!)

That same weekend I decided to have a little fun and do some boot shopping for my wedding dress! I always knew I was going to get married wearing cowboy boots, and I wanted to purchase a new pair that I knew I would wear at other times (I have a few older pairs, but they’re not as comfortable any more, so it was time for a new set). I knew I wanted square-toes, and I wanted a fancy top, but I also had a strict budget to stick to, so no fancy leather (no ostrich print, no aligator, just boring cowhide).

We settled on a fun pair that incorporates all the colors–dark brown saddle, jewel-blue top (my “something blue”), and even the stitching has my wedding colors of brick red and burnt orange = WIN!

Could these be the perfect boots? Quite possibly!

I had my friend, who helped fit me for the boots, set them aside so I can come back later to purchase them. I’ll get them in time to wear them around the house to break in and have them for my first dressing fitting.

So now time to finish mailing out invitations and start working on finalizing ceremony and reception decorations, and finalize cake/cupcake stuff with my friend’s mom who’s baking them for me!

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Finally: Bluegrass 10K Recap

Life hasn’t been the smoothest lately for me, so I took some time off from blogging, etc., to focus on other things.

In the midst of the craziness that has been my life, I finally accomplished a goal more than a year in the making–I ran in the Bluegrass 10K on July 4th. In 2011 I was training for the BG10K when I suffered a stress fracture in my right foot, thus taking me out of training. So of course this year I was a little more careful after training/running in the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon and the Warrior Dash. I had heard so much positive stuff about the BG10K, so I wanted to run it.

Leading up to the BG10K, I tried to keep my training consistent with what I had been doing for the mini marathon with morning runs ranging from 3-5 miles, with 6-mile runs interspersed when I had the time. I felt confident going into the race…after all, I ran 13.1 miles just a couple of months ago.

Melanie and I after finishing the Bluegrass 10K–hot, sweaty, but happy!

I ran the BG10K with my friend, Melanie, who has run in the BG10K before, so it was nice to have someone who knew the gist of the event. The day was already starting out to be hot and humid, and the first part of the race was through downtown Lexington, which cities always seem to amplify the heat. However, once we got out on the “outskirts” of downtown, the shade from trees cooled the sun. Plus people lined the streets to cheer on the runners, with homeowners turning their sprinklers on the runners. Let me tell you, running through the sprinklers (and even a few of the hydrants were turned on by the firemen) felt WONDERFUL!

Here were the splits:

Mile 1 – 9:41
Mile 2 – 9:36
Mile 3 – 9:53
Mile 4 – 9:07
Mile 5 – 9:54
Mile 6 – 9:10
TOTAL – 6.2 miles in 59:31!

I felt strong the entire race, even with the heat and humidity.

So, of course, the next day my BG10K bib joined my other bibs from 2012 hanging on my cubical wall at work. I’m so proud of what I have accomplished in just the first half of 2012–the AKC National Agility Championships, Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon, Warrior Dash, and the Bluegrass 10K. I’m not sure all else is in store for me this year (besides getting married in October, of course), but I’m excited to see!!

First half of 2012, by the numbers.

Kentucky Warrior Dash Recap

What can I say about the Warrior Dash but … AWESOME! It was a blast! I had so much fun just hanging out with the group of people who were with me, feeling accomplished and proud of myself after every single obstacle. The sense of accomplishment you get after you pull yourself up and over a solid wooden wall, or swim through a (smelly) pond, or jumping over the fire.

Early Saturday morning, June 23, we met up at the YMCA that I used to be a member of and the group of us donned our “team uniforms” of fake tattoos by Ed Hardy. My co-worker Tom wanted us all to wear the fake tattoos because he felt we were “badasses” for running the Warrior Dash. It was a lot of fun watching the others, who all ranged in age from 40-67, figuring out how to apply the tattoos to various parts of our bodies–shoulders, calves, forearms. Then we piled into Tom’s van and made the 1 hour 20 minute trek to Lebanon.

I was disappointed with the price for parking–$20! Then we waited in a long line (though our wait wasn’t as long as others, from what I’ve read on the Facebook page) for the shuttle busses to the site. The site ended up being six miles away, which was surprising. Because of the wait, we missed our 10:30 wave (the organizers did send us an email saying we should arrive at least 1.5 hours early, which we did). Once the shuttle dropped us off, and we made the additional 1/4 mile trek up a gravel drive, we arrived at the site to heart pumping music and an electric vibe that just got up revved and ready to go–PERFECT!

“The Gang” before tackling the Dash–note how clean we are.

We were able to sign our waivers, get our packets, check in our gear, and put on our numbers and timing chips in time for the final call for the 11:00 wave, so off we sprinted to the start line just as the flames shot up ad the crowd started cheering. The race started out with a 1.5 mile run through a farmer’s field, which proved to be a little difficult because of the rough, uneven terrain. Beth, Tom, and I decided we wanted to stay together as a team through the whole event. We ended up losing Billy and John because they went to the bathrooms before we started.

The first obstacle was the tire obstacle in which we ran through swinging tires and then ran, football-camp-style, over a bunch. This was followed by a swim through a (smelly) pond–they gave you the option to go around it, but Beth and I figured we didn’t come to just avoid the pond, we’d go through it. You had to actually swim, and I’m not the best swimmer, but I tried my best to keep my head up (there was no wanting to stick your face in this water) and paddle through. It was the hardest obstacle of the entire race because your tennis shoes got weighed down by the water and you had to propel yourself up and over a log. But once we got out, you felt accomplished! (However, you had to be careful running for the next mile because of your wet shoes and the possible slick conditions.)

Other obstacles included:

  • Chaotic Crossover: crawling over cargo netting parallel with the ground (I did the “bear crawl” over the netting)
  • Deadman’s Drop: climbing up and over a wooden wall (a little nervous, but it wasn’t anything too difficult)
  • Teetering Traverse: it’s almost like a human-sized dog walk! Walk up an incline, run over a “bridge” and then run down the incline.
  • Storming Normandy: military crawl under barbed wire — the rocks hurt my knees!
  • Great Warrior Wall: climbing up and over a wall using rope (I was worried about anything involving using my upper body strength, namely the ropes, but this was pretty doable thanks to using my legs against the wall)
  • Giant Cliffhanger: another incline, this one using a rope and at a much steeper level. The lady at the bottom suggested I lean forward as I get higher, but for some reason I didn’t listen, which made getting over the apex a little harder…oops!
  • Treacherous Trenches: more crawling under barbed wire, only down into a trench. This time I did a “plank crawl” so my bum stayed down, but my knees/arms were saved from the rocks.
  • Vertical Limit: almost like rock climbing–fun!!
  • Cargo Climb: climbing up cargo nets hanging vertically, then we slid down a fireman’s pole. Whee!!!
  • Warrior Roast: what’s more fun than running and jumping over lines of fire with two friends? So much fun! It really got the heart pumping.
  • Muddy Mayhem: the grand finale for the dash–diving right into a muddy pit, being sure to stay lower than the barbed wire, making sure you had to get muddy from the neck down.

(left to right) Me, Tom, and Beth rock the “helmets up” after completing the dash!

 

All in all, it was a blast! We wanted to run it again, but we decided to celebrate with a cold beer and free samples of Bear Naked Granola instead.

I’ll definitely do it again when it comes around next year!