Sunday, April 29, 2012

OKC Memorial Marathon 2012

After being sick most of the week, and waking up to see 68 degrees and 99 percent humidity, I can honestly say I was not looking forward to running the OKCMM Half this year. I tried to erase any negative thoughts from my head as Roger and I made our way downtown this morning at 5:00 a.m.

After parking, we headed toward our usual pre-run meeting place, and visited with several friends before walking over to the start line. Loads of people flooded the streets, also making their way to the start. It seems like this marathon grows bigger every year!

The 168 seconds of silence is always amazing. With 20,000 people lining the streets, you could literally hear a pin drop during this time. The wheelchair race starts five minutes earlier than everyone else, and this year sweet Gracie was heading out with her Uncle Tim and Jennifer Henry. They did a great job!

At 6:30 the runners are set loose on the streets of downtown OKC. I love the start of any run, there's always so much excitement! I felt happy to be moving, but could tell in the first mile that it was going to be a tough run. I warmed up very quickly, and really didn't feel that great. Roger was such an encouragement to me, and continued to cheer me along the way. Before the 10K, I needed a walk break. I took some GU, hoping this might give me more energy. Unfortunately, it did not. This was the first of MANY walk breaks. We made it down Classen and I actually appreciated the wind! Then towards Homeland, just before entering the neighborhoods, I saw Craig Thompson, who shared some encouraging words. Thanks, Craig!! I kept running. Even though I was struggling, I was not about to quit. Coming towards the finish line, I was feeling happy to have made it all the way.

I appreciate Roger for staying with me all the way and trying everything possible to motivate me. Even though I bumped him out of the way at a water spray stop! Literally...pushing was involved. Poor guy!

Tough day, but overall glad to be finished and SO PROUD of all the runners who made their way to the finish line today. Especially to my friend, Jason Butler, who not only ran an amazing marathon, but also qualified for BOSTON! I'm sharing my favorite photo of him kissing on his wife post marathon.

Paint Splatter

Who knew splattering paint could be so much fun? The project that I started for my next MESS was to drop some type of liquid from at least five feet on the pages of my book. I was still having a little bit of a problem with mess making in the book...after all, I am a Media Specialist (a.k.a. Librarian) and messing with books is just wrong, isn't it?

Still, I knew I needed to break the rules and get the mess underway. (Plus, if Lisa can grow seeds in her book, I can splatter paint, right?) So I laid out a brown paper bag to cover the kitchen floor and then tried dropping my first liquid onto the pages...pomegranate juice. Hmmm, interesting, but not colorful enough for me. I went in search of something more lively and found some acrylic paints. Squirting them onto the pages created some nice blobs, but it was rather thick and didn't really splatter well.

Since the paint was "blobbish" I decided to smear some of it around with a paper clip. Then I left it to dry. I didn't come back to the book for several days. When I looked at it again, I wanted it to have more of a splattered appearance and more color, so I started on round two. I thinned some additional acrylic paints, yellow and green, and took the book outside! This time I decided to be messier. I laid the book on the grass, up next to a tree, dipped my sponge brush into the paint and slung it at the book. THIS WAS FUN! My dog thought I was nuts, and even came over to investigate, but realizing I was not slinging food he quickly continued on his sniffing journey.

I liked how the final version turned out and thought this was a really fun and easy technique to use. I am already looking forward to trying out something else!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Remember the Ten

This beautiful sunrise greeted us on our drive to Stillwater, OK this morning. Roger, Jason, and I headed out from the Wal-Mart parking lot at 6:40 a.m. and made our way to Orange Country. It didn't take us long, maybe an hour or so, before we arrived at Boone Pickens Stadium. I snapped a picture of the stadium, and noticed afterwards that David Ball was in it!

We registered for the 5K, visited with friends for awhile, then started our warm up jog. The weather was amazing early on, but became warmer as the sun came up. It wasn't long before I peeled off my arm warmers and gloves! After our warm-up, we headed to the start line, where I got to see Pistol Pete for the first time (in the "flesh").

Pistol Pete shot his gun and the race was ON! Straight ahead...then turn, slow down, bottle neck, and finally a space to move on ahead. 1K...2K...hilly, but I'm feeling good. Around the 3K, I started feeling tired (more hills) and HOT. Roger noticed and poured a cup of water down my back. Thanks, Rog! When I got to the 4K, I reminded myself that I was only 1K away from finishing this run. Since we had jogged this section during our warm-up, I knew we were close. I kept putting one foot in front of the other until...THE FINISH LINE!! My finishing time was 22:08. It wasn't a PR, but I was happy with it, and received first place in my age group. Roger was second in his age group (he mostly ran with me...even though he managed to swish past me near finish line). Jason's new 5K PR was 16:55 and David's new 10K PR was 39:14.Congrats, guys!

Race PROs: great cause, enthusiastic atmosphere, cool awards for age group winners and medals for all finishers
Race CONs: hilly course, narrow lane=bottleneck around first turn

Overall a great event that I would definitely do again!

After the race, we walked over to Eskimo Joe's for lunch. Since there was a TWO-hour wait, we left, walked across the street, and ate a grilled chicken breast sandwich outdoors. This actually turned out to be awesome. On the way home, we even stopped at Braum's for some ice cream. Rocky Road. Delish.

Which, of course, means that I'll be running a few extra miles tomorrow. ;P

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hand + Print + Doodles

Okay, so my first project is completed. The fun and messy part...pouring paint in my hand. I was like a kid...I told my husband, "Hey watch this!" Then I poured a glob of paint into my left hand and smeared it around with a sponge. FUN, FUN, FUN! I made the print on paper, allowed it to dry, then grabbed my pen to create some doodles. After doodling, I used my new pan pastels (which I LOVE!)and created a light blue background.
I am looking forward to getting started on my next mess making project!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Blogging Again!

Third time's a charm? I hope so. I've been very successful at starting a blog, but not so much at keeping up with one. I have recently decided to try again after being inspired by several of the blogs that I am reading. In addition, I signed up for a free book workshop with Lisa from The Wright Brain Stuff. I ordered and received the book, Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, in the mail yesterday. It's basically a book about making a mess. Like I really need any help with that, as I am fairly messy already! This type of mess is a little different though. It's about making a creative mess. Sounds like fun, right? The first challenge was to
"Open the book at a random page and follow the instructions no matter how uncomfortable they make you feel (no cheating and picking another page). Give it your all..."
So, that is just what I did tonight. I opened the book and randomly selected a page. My challenge,
"Create a series of thumbprints as the basis for drawing other objects (i.e. doodle over top of them). Also, try working with handprints."
I started! The blue stamp pad was completely dry, so I dipped my fingers into the green pad and printed away. Then I added a few illustrations around the prints. I'm still working on it, but can't wait to see how it turns out. The most difficult thing...not to think too much about what I was doing and just do it. Hopefully, I will be back very soon to post some pics. I'm looking forward to seeing what others in the group are working on as well. Update: Here's the pic of green finger prints. I did quite a few prints on the upper half of the page, then turned it into a tree! I didn't finish this pic, so it's just the tree so far.