Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2013 The Race That's Good for Life 5K recap

I finished The Race That's Good for Life 5K in Oak Park this Sunday. I'm loving short races lately! I once again decided to participate in the Clydesdale/Athena category which required me to get on a scale at the race and weigh in. I've been avoiding scales. Mine is collecting dust.

The races started with the youth mile dash which was a blast to watch. The winner finished in sub 5 minutes! During my race I stuck to my 5 minute run 1 minute walk routine. I finished sub 39 minutes, and 5th in my weight category (there were only awards for 1st through 3rd place, boo.) The women's and men's races are separate, so I was also able to see the men's winner who finished in 15 minutes. The race was on time and well organized as usual.

I realize how far I've come since I ran this race in 2009. In 2009 I was still on the course when the men's race started. So I was excited to have finished beforehand this year. Also, I didn't know anyone at the race then, and this year I saw quite a few people I've met through running.

I think I will make this race a yearly tradition for myself. It's reasonably priced, easy to get to, and fun!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Upcoming race: The Race That’s Good for Life 5K

I’ll be running The Race That’s Good for Life 5K in Oak Park this weekend. This was my first 5K in 2009. I even won an award by placing 3rd in the Athena category. It’s a neighborhood race that winds through beautiful homes and small parks. I registered for this race on a whim. Until a couple of weeks ago I forgot that I signed up. With all the races I’ve participated in since this one, I’m interested to see how this year will compare. With the exception of the Lung Run, I rarely repeat races because I like to try new routes and locations to keep my running interesting. I’ll have a full race report as to how this year compares to 2009.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Make it yourself: Poppy Flower Bridal Sash Tutorial

I had the pleasure of contributing a bridal do-it-yourself project tutorial for Natural Hair Bride.com. This is a new natural hair community in the Chicago area centered on naturally curly brides-to-be.

There are so many options for DIY projects in the wedding industry. I could definitely get lost in creating a ton of bridal pieces!

This video tutorial is for a wedding gown sash with decorative poppy flowers. After I made this, I was tempted to make more in different colors. I first need to find a few brides to wear them! Enjoy!

Materials used:
• Synthetic – chocolate satin like fabric (less than ½ yards)
• Wide satin ribbon – 2 ¼ yards (2 yards in length)
• Tea light candle
• Scissors
• Decorative jewels or beads
• Needle and thread
• Fabric glue or hot glue gun

Monday, April 15, 2013

I pray for Boston

I generally do not blog about world news and events. They are so well covered by the media and other outlets that my cyber opinion is not required. But I felt compelled to write about the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred today.

As a runner, I have experienced the wonderful feeling of dedicating weeks of training to finally complete a race. I have experienced the support and love of friends, family, and spectators along the course and at the finish line. I myself have been a friend, family member and spectator along the course and at the finish line cheering on runners. To think that someone at an event like the Boston Marathon, there to encourage and support other human beings has been murdered is sickening. Words cannot express the horror that has occurred and the evil that mankind is capable of.

Today, I followed much of the breaking news of the bombings on Twitter. One of the (paraphrased) tweets that truly represented my feeling about today was: “The only thing that keeps me from losing faith in all of humanity is the people that ran TOWARDS the victims after the blast.”

There are still good people left on this earth. We must continue to fight the good fight. I only pray that those that died today are with God. And that their families and those that were injured lean on God for understanding.

Pray for Boston.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Craft workshop recap: Feather fascinator headbands

I had a wonderful time teaching my latest craft workshop last Friday! My guests learned how to make feather fascinator headbands. Here are a few photos from the workshop.

Everyone’s creations were different and very cute!
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