Happy Thanksgiving!

God has blessed me so much; I have so much to be thankful for. I have a husband that loves me enough to do yoga, plyometric, run and whatever crazy thing I dream up. I have ten amazing children who I’m so proud of, they always give me something to laugh over, cry about or get angry about. And as they grow guess what you will have, even more children to love.  I’m also blessed with the fact my daughter has a wonderful husband who loves her very much; he is such a blessing to us all.IMG_20151125_095445

My mom gave me this mug a few years back, I have always liked it but it means so much more now that I can’t just call her when I want to talk any more. She helped me and encouraged me, she always seemed to help me see things in a better light, and believe it or not I often did the same for her. She was an awesome Grandma to all our children; they will never wonder if she loved them, she made sure they all knew it. I’m so grateful for her, God blessed me so much.

We just need to remember that family is the most important thing about the seasons ahead. Don’t worry if you have cleaned your house enough or have the decorations all done, what is important is the people we call family. Make sure they know you love them and they are what is important to you. We won’t always have them here with us and we will be left with the memories we have made. So make some good memories with your family and friends this year, we never know if that loved one will have another Thanksgiving or Christmas to spend with their families. So hug everyone and make sure they know you love them. I would so love to give my mom a big hug and tell her just how much she means to all of us.

Here is a poem that my mom wrote I wanted to share with you,

I love you

All the time

 

Not just sometimes,

Not just a little

Or

Almost always

 

Not just when

You are good

Or

When you are kind

 

I love you

Now and forever

As

You, dwell within

My heart.

Mjq- 2001

Philippians 1:3

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends, make some beautiful memories.

 

Soldier Marathon Recap

Well I have to say I had a lot of fun at this run, they are really organized and well supported.

In order to make it there before the gun fires at 7:30, we had to get up pretty early. We were up and eating our eggs and toast at 4:30, I really needed to drink more coffee. We drove to Fort Benning and arrived with just enough time to pick up are bibs and get in our spot in the starting shoot.20151107_07311720151107_073104

Once the gun was fired because there were so many people we walked for the first 5 minutes before we could actually run. Boy did it feel good to get free from the clog of people; I have trouble with claustrophobia so I was really relieved to have some space and room to move freely.

The route was very nice; I enjoyed running through the base and seeing the men and women that graciously serve to protect our nation and others. They really are HEROS.

One hill was really big, it was hard but we had some drill sergeants encouraging us to run up it. So if you need some help with those hills they will do their best to get you up and over at record speed.

There was a lot of hydration stops along the way, I stopped at each one, which I usually don’t do, but I knew I needed to since it was so long since breakfast. Which was a big mistake on my part, but you live and learn, I just wish I could sometimes learn the easy way. They had PowerAde and water at each stop, as well as GU after mile 6.Ruth Soldier Half 2015

Once I got to mile 10, I was really feeling at a loss for energy, I really should have eaten something just before we got there. I was feeling sick and I was starting to wonder if I was going to finish running or walking. But I was going to finish one way or another. I figured that I wasn’t going to make my goal, but I was determined to do my best and whatever that turned out to be I would be happy. I wanted to finish as close to 2 hours as I could.Ruth Soldier Half 2015 -2

The last mile was pretty tough as my right leg was protesting to the run, I have been having some trouble with it, but I had it taped with KT tape which usually helps. By the time I came to the last mile I was limping and feeling extremely exhausted. I came in it at 2:27, but I reached the half marathon according to my IRONMANONEGPS watch at 2:21, but the finish was at 13.49 miles as my watch said.Ruth Finsh Line

I was pretty happy with my time since I was having so much trouble with very low energy. We decided to stay in a hotel close by next year, which should work out much better for us both. We plan on running the full marathon next year, I’m a little worried but I know we can do it. We may not reach the times we would like to but we will finish, we are like an old Timex (we take a beating and keep on ticking).

I was sick for a few hours afterwards; I may have just gotten back into the car too quickly. Ken stopped and told me I needed to drink some coke, not water or diet but the stuff I refuse to drink that’s full of sugar. I did protest some but I gave in, and in about a half hour I was feeling a lot better. So after you run on empty for a while and you find yourself feeling sick and weak, drink something with some sugar in it do yourself a favor. My brain must have shut down or something because I should’ve known better. Hope I am not the only one who does so many stupid things in a row, and can’t seem to connect the dots sometimes.

In the end we did enjoy our time at the soldier’s half marathon, as I said earlier we do plan on going back next year and do the full marathon. This was a great run and I would suggest it to anyone who is looking to support our soldiers and want a run to participate in this time next year. Let me know if you are planning on going, I would like to see you there.IMG_20151107_180521

Ken’s Review:Ken Soldier Half 2015 Path

Awesome race! I really enjoyed this one, everyone seemed to have fun. I enjoyed the course and seeing the place that my son went to for Basic training. I recognized a few areas that we saw from our visits before and enjoyed new sights as well. The hill was fun with the drill sergeants, the pictures are from me. I did get the comments that I could not take pictures and that it might be used as evidence against them, they gave this part “charm”.20151107_08053320151107_080529

Around mile 3 I noticed a couple running together with Denmark on the back of their shirts, I ran up to them and found out they did come here from Denmark for this race. I met my goals and pace, but the pace hit me around mile 11 and the last two were tough. Unlike Ruth I relied on my hydration pack but I still did not drink enough fluids as my calves were cramping at this time. Next year I will need to hydrate better, the long car ride did not help me either.Ken

The takeaways from this race for me are that we need to be closer next time, so we will get a Hotel the night before. This way we can be hydrated, well rested, and enjoy everything more. One of the things we were not able to do was to get a Fallen Hero name to wear, something both Ruth and I want to do for next year. This race is large enough for all the frills but also a lot smaller than a New York, Chicago or Boston.Ken Finish LineKen Finisher Medal

Let me tell you the funny that Ruth forgot to mention. I finished first so I went to watch and encourage Ruth as she came down the final stretch. After she crossed the finish line I had to work around the spectators, volunteers and the finish lane to meet back up with her. When I go to the area she should have been I did not see her. So I started looking down as she likes to lie down after pushing herself so hard at most of her races. I found her with 5 to 6 people around her, checking to see if she was Ok. Her plan was to walk away from the finish area and avoid attention, but she walked over to the corner area that was block off for the Medical tent. Her plan backfired and she got lots of attention. After I arrived and they saw her get up to walk away to find another area to recover, they realized I would make sure she was OK. We had choices of various drinks, hamburgers and breakfast burritos. I really enjoyed the Planet Pops they handed out to the runners.

Next year Ruth and I will run together and finish together for out very first Marathon. My chip time was 2:06:42, hoping for a sub two hours in February when we go to Gulf Shores for the Sea Turtle Half. We will also be able to visit my parents, who stay at my sister’s condo to avoid the coldest month of Michigan winters.

Hebrews 12:1

… let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Birthday Rag Quilt

I have been really busy this past week, so I wasn’t able to do any posts. It was my daughters 15th birthday and I had to finish a rag quilt blanket, I was making for her. I hate it when I leave so much to do in the last week. It was all I could do for days while she was off at school. When I was done believe me I was so happy and my hands were sore.

But it was worth all the work, she loves it.20151113_202323[1]20151113_202333[1]

I have been wondering if anyone would want me to do a post on how to make these quilts. You can make them small or big, it all depends on what you want. For you runners, you can use all of those shirts you have from your races. I think I may do one soon, as we have a lot of shirts we have collected from our races.

So let me know what you think and leave me a comment if you would like to see a post on this.

Psalms 90:17

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

 

Paint the Town Pink Recap

Paint the Town Pink recap

The Paint the Town Pink was a lot of fun for all.20151024_093213

It was comfortable, not too chilly, and just right so you would warm up in the first mile and not get too hot. That’s one thing I love about fall running, it’s perfect.20151024_075439

This is the table to put pictures of those you are running in honor of, we also framed one of my Mom’s poems she wrote when she first got cancer.

Let me tell you what the Christensen’s were able to accomplish this year in the Paint the Town Pink.

Christensen Bling

Ken was able to greatly pass his goal of under 25 minutes; he finished at a speedy 23:41. He also finished his 1,000 miles for the year at mile 2.5. How exciting; He was also able to make a new PR, the third male to finish and to finish his 1,000 miles, all in the same run. He was running so fast that Riley was a few steps behind him, instead of in front as usual. Breathtaking!11140285_10207114574355570_851650520160214563_n

Faith’s goal was to be in the 26 minute range and to be one of the first three women to cross the finish line. Her time was 27:28, and she was the third female across the finish line. That was so cool to see her cross that line and know that she reached one of her pretty lofty goals. So proud of her.20151024_093022

Cameron and Rexi came in at a strong 34:17, this was his second run he’s been in, and it’s fun to watch him learn how to run better. Cameron received first in his age group. He has been working on his form and how to pace his runs. If he keeps up his training than watch out next year he’ll burn the track. He is working on being even more remarkable than he is already.20151024_092824

Mary’s goal was to be faster than she was in the Lottie Moon run; she was able to complete her goal. She came in at 38:58 and finished first in her age group. She was able to run with her dog Peeta, who has a heart that never wants to stop running; she says he inspires her to run faster. They are an impressive team, love to watch them run together.20151024_093149

Hannah came in at 40:19; her goal was not to walk at all, which she accomplished. She was running with Ruby’s dog Toby, which she trained last year to run. They are so cute; they got a lot of awes at the finish line. She got second place in her age group. She will be a tough one to beat next year, if she keeps up the hard work. She is awe-inspiring.20151024_084521

I ran with Penny, she’s Ede’s (my daughter) dog, because she loves to run so much. I usually run with Rexi but when I run fast he has a hard time keeping up, so he ran with Cameron this year. My goal was to run it in 27 minutes, let’s just say I was able to speed past that goal and finish at 25:39, my new PR! Wow was I happy; I was the second woman to finish the run.  I was really surprised.20151024_093009

We were able to all do quite amazingly, it just goes to show what you can accomplish when you set goals and aim to meet them. So make a goal and go make it happen.

I will update this when I get the details of the over all winners.

Kale Vegetable Soup

Kale Vegetable soup

This is a really easy meal, is good with a sandwich or cornbread. You can put it in your slow cooker or in your stock pot.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • I onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 12 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 lb. kale chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 15 oz. can Cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. can white beans, drained
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoons salt, you can leave out the salt or add more, it’s up to you
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  1. Heat oil in your stock pot; add onion and garlic cook for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the stock, beans, tomatoes, carrots and seasonings. Bring to a boil and cook for about a half hour or so.
  3. Add your chopped kale and cook until the kale is done, I like mine to be a little chewy not to soft.IMG_20151029_163639IMG_20151029_172250
  4. This is different each time I make it as I will put into it what I have on hand at the time, good for left over vegetable as well.I hope you like this it will really warm you up on a cold day.

Nutritional Facts

  • Calories                        107
  • Total Fat                       4 g
  • Saturated                    0.5 g
  • Polyunsaturated      0.6 g
  • Monounsaturated   2.5 g
  • Trans                             0 g
  • Cholesterol                 0 mg
  • Sodium                         556.2 mg
  • Potassium                   398.7 mg
  • Total Carbs                  15.4 g
  • Fiber                              5.2 g
  • Sugars                           6.3 g
  • Protein                         4 g
  • Vitamin A                    227.8 %
  • Vitamin C                     119.4 %
  • Calcium                        14.1%
  • Iron                                10.5 %

You can find more meatless recipes here:

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Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

Matthew 11: 28 – 30