Monday, February 28, 2011

The Great Aloha Run - 2011

I have been looking forward to writing this post for a while now. I should start off by stating that I am NOT athletic in any way. I joke that I am allergic to exercise. When in high school I talked my way out of 2 of the 4 years mandatory P.E. I hate to sweat, and I hate to stink. As I get older though, I have come to discover the benefits of exercise. This past summer I was talking to a friend and mentioned that I would like to start running. She recommended a beginning runners book with a scheduled program. Just what I needed. I committed to this schedule, and decided to RUN my first race - The Great Aloha Run. This run is every Presidents Day in Honolulu, and it goes from the Aloha Tower near downtown, to the Aloha Stadium near Pearl Harbor...8.15 miles. I think it was a little ambitious, but I DID IT!!! I cannot express how proud of myself I am. I know to many, this may be a small thing, but to my little out of shape self, it was a BIG deal. 
Here is my wonderful running companion, Chris. This picture was taken at about 5 a.m. before the race started. 
 I absolutely loved running with my husband. He was just the right person to motivate me to go a little faster. Here we are crossing the finish line together. 
A few weeks after the race we received all the stats from the race. Our time was 1 hr. 35 mins. (I'm still upset about the 5 mins. wasted waiting in line at the porta-potty). I finished in the top 1/3 of women in my age group.

This was such a great experience, both personally and as a couple. I'm not sure I'm ready for a marathon, but you never know...this race proved to me that anything is possible :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

President's Parade

Dallin's school has a fun tradition for President's Day. Each year they choose a few students from each class to represent a President. It is a huge honor, and Dallin was beyond THRILLED to be chosen from his class to represent Herber Hoover, the 31st President of the United States. They are asked to dress like the President would have dressed, then the Presidents and their First Ladies walk through the school in a Parade. After the parade, the school has an assembly where they give interesting facts about each President and First Lady. It is really fun and patriotic. 
Here is Dallin with his (girl)friend, Lauren. She was not HIS First Lady, but they are really good friends.